I'm learning to live without dippers now, which I couldn't imagine life without before.
I’ve had multiple sclerosis for 18 years. In the beginning, I even had an attack every month, so I had to re-learn to walk repeatedly. And when your legs don’t work, you have trouble urinating. On top of that, I’ve wet myself several times at night and had to sleep on a plastic sheet.
Two years from when I was diagnosed, I peed myself in museum. I wanted to find a toilet but before I could find it, I completely wet myself.
I constantly had to choose between the lesser of two evils. For example, when we went to a theater, I had to pee in the parking lot because I didn’t have 3 minutes to run to the next floor. Or when we were in traffic, I had to get out and pee between cars. I’d choose rather to everyone see me, over my pants getting wet. There was nothing else to do.
So, I visited my doctor, who referred me to urology, where they first recommended a medication. In addition to this, I also underwent treatment for multiple sclerosis at that time and somehow the problems had disappeared for a while. But I got pregnant and had to change my treatment for another one, which twice destroyed my immunity and my problems returned. Consequently, since giving birth I have been on a disability benefit due to the progression of the disease.
Attacks of the disease stopped, but the frequent urination returned, and it just annoyed me. You might think that going to the toilet frequently is not a tragedy, but in reality, it limits you in everything – travelling, any kind of work, even just in the garden or taking care of the family. You’re always thinking about where you’re going to go to the bathroom and whether you’ll be able to make it. The first thing I did whenever I went somewhere unfamiliar was to find out where the toilet was.
So, I decided to go to urology again, where they offered me either to be treated with drugs again or to participate in a clinical trial. And I opted for the clinical trial and the URIS device. My treatment plan was 12 stimulations, one a week. Thus, in total it took 3 months, when I had to commute for the treatment to Prague regularly.
Definitely better than medication!
The stimulation sessions themselves were completely trouble free. Only occasionally it started to sting a bit, but that was a sign that I needed to find a better place for stimulation, and when it was found, I didn’t feel anything. Plus, nurses even had let me to plug the device a couple of times by myself and I have to say that there was not difficult at all and I could easily do it at home.
I’m learning to live without diapers now, which I couldn’t imagine life without before.
I felt the improvement right after the first stimulation. I did not go to a toilet for whole morning, which was completely unimaginable before, and an unpleasant burning during urination disappeared. Suddenly I became free, I could go to do whatever I wish without constantly thinking about where a toilet is and having to pee 3 times. It’s a whole new life for me now.
Then when I compare it to other treatments I underwent, this one, using the URIS device, is like 100% better than everything I’ve tried. Additionally, the treatment is pleasant, I relax during it and it still works without side effects. I would recommend it to everyone.
Overall, the URIS treatment has given me back freedom. I used to be trapped at home because of the frequent need to urinate. Rather than a risk of not being able to find a toilet in public, I preferred to stay at home. Now my life has changed. I can go for a 3 km walk with my dog without having to run off into a field somewhere. I simply have more control over my life now.
Veronika, 37 years old