I really struggled about writing this post but figured if it helped me...it might help someone out there in bloggy land...
About a year ago, I began drinking 1/2 my body weight in ounces of water. This led to drinking 75 oz. of water a day...that's a LOT of water. I began going to the bathroom ALOT and any time I felt like it. Unfortunately, I messed up my bladder signals to my brain. It became so bad that I think I was going to the bathroom about every hour...it was ALWAYS on my mind.
I went and saw my doctor a couple months ago and told her about this. She sent me to a Urogynocologist and to Bladder Physical Therapy. Thanks to these two specialist...I now am back to "normal" in the potty area and I am SOOO thankful!!!
What did they do to get me "unchained" to the toilet?
The first thing I did was cut back my liquid intake, I was NOT allowed to drink more than 4-6 ounces in an hours time.
This lasted the ENTIRE 6 weeks of my Bladder Therapy.
The second thing I had to do was go to the bathroom at certain times - Here was my schedule all times are from waking: Week 1 - go every hour Week 2 - go every hour and 1/2 Week 3 - go every 2 hours Week 4 - go every 2 1/2 hours Week 5 - go every 3 hours Week 6 - go every 3 hours If this is followed and you are successful...you are CURED!!! With each of these weeks, I also did Bladder Physical Therapy which included various exercises both internal and external to get the pelvic floor to relax. You are NOT allowed to go at night once you've gone to bed, if you find that you need to go and it's NOT time for you to be able to - you must occupy your mind with something else like saying your ABC's backwards or counting to 100 by 3's - I had several of these times and got pretty good at saying my ABC's backwards. I spent many a nights laying there praying that I wouldn't wet all over myself and the bed. I'm so GLAD this has worked...now I sleep right through the night...it's WONDERFUL!!!
To those not dealing with an Over Active Bladder - this may seem silly and really easy but let me tell you...there were MANY challenging times during all of that but you CAN retrain your body/brain and straighten yourself back out to hold an appropriate amount of liquid.
Now I just have to make sure I never go less than 3 hours at a time...most of the time, I can successfully hold it 4-6 hours. I am SO thankful!!!