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    Lightbulb High School and Incontinence

    O.K., I explain my situation here. That thread is more general. I feel that there needs to be a thread for JUST the high school aspect of incontinence. This is where to share tips (please!) and experiences about being incontinent in high school. I shall start with this:

    About two months ago, I started inexplicably reverting to bedwetting. I didn't tell my mom, or anyone for that matter, until the 1st of November when I wet almost every night and began to have daytime accidents. Around then is when I joined ADISC. It may be the best thing I have ever done for myself. I got taken to a doctor, who refereed me to a urologist. I currently am waiting for an appointment. My family is poor. ACCESS probably be able to get diapers for night and pads (If it gets worse, pull-ups) for day. Until then, the school nurse bought some pads for me and lets me change and keep spare cloths in the nurses bathroom, and my doctor "borrowed" some bed pads from an examination room. I haven't used the day pads yet, but tomorrow is the first day, so wish me luck. I have used the bed pads for about 4 nights, and while they protect my sheets and mattress, it utterly sucks waking up to completely soaked pajamas (Top too, since the pad diffuses all over) and having to wash my blanket at 6:00 AM before I go to school. Yesterday, I started wetting myself while sitting at my comp (no diapers or pads yet) and don't even notice until I feel my feet slipping! This all started so suddenly and so unprovoked that it's surprised both me and my mom. And to top it all off, (drum roll please) It may have no physical reason and could be permanent!

    Well, at least I'm not a girl. I genuinely respect any girl who makes it through puberty with her sanity. Or even half her sanity, for that matter.

    I will update both this and the thread here.

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    wells, a copal things i find when dealing with my incontinence is...

    a) keep your mom informed of evvvverythingggggg- no ifs ands or butts
    b) keep your doctor informed of every thing
    c) It has absolutely nothing to do with puberrrty
    d) whats so wrong with being a girl in puberty @[email protected] i didnt find it so bad... i was just kinda bummed out by the lack of cleavage imo... :< damn you god! why so cruel to petite girls?!?!?! D:
    e) ok all kidding aside your 14, stop guessing if you know what your talking about :P, thats what specialists who trained their whole lifes to figure out this stuff is for

    *gulps* and towards high school oh gosh i have no idea .. i am and always have been homeschooled o.o but ur best bet is to make sure you have addiquit protection cuz leaking is a great way to ruin the day... and look on the bright side :P atleast your problems are only with wetting.

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    I don't know about the US, but in Canada, you can get financial assistance to cover incontinence supplies; I do not pay for my diapers. You really should have more adequate protection for school since teenagers can be unrelenting and you don't need to be emotionally scarred on top of all of this.

    I am glad to hear you're getting into an urologist... what you have just said does not look like any case I have ever seen before, and, even if psychological (which is EXTREMELY rare), the symptoms seem rather odd. Not to mention, your symptoms suggest a physical progression; if it was psychological, your symptoms would not likely be changing so quickly or drastically. In my opinion, the lack of sensation sounds neurological - if so, you want to get that examined as quickly as possible. Have you been tested for juvenile diabetes? Although your incontinence symptoms are not typical for diabetics (for them, it's more of a "holy crap, I have to go NOW", and VERY often, then not making it), it's something worthwhile to have ruled out.

    Incontinence that comes out of no where is always a red flag. Incontinence is not a disease, it is simply a symptom of another (possibly qute dangerous) illness or disorder. I don't want to scare you, but I want to be sure you get the best treatment possible. It might help to look up causes and tests and suggest these to your doctor or urologist, just in case they don't think of something. Secondary incontinence (that comes on suddenly; that you haven't had all your life) is rarely incurable, so I doubt this will affect you forever.

    I wish you the best of luck... high school is hard to begin with. But, if you end up incontinent all through highschool, it's not the end of the world either. I've been there and done that, and a lot of the time I was NOT wearing protection (aside from menstrual pads) for fear of being caught (which, in retrospect makes no sense). Wear lots of layers, always have a long sweater or something you can tie around your waist and go to the bathroom as often as possible, whether or not you have to go. When I was in highschool I went to the toilet as soon as I got to school, halfway through every class (I spoke with my teachers privately to explain my situation - they WILL comply and if they don't, have your mom speak to them; it's illegal to not allow a student to go to the bathroom), between every class, the beginning, middle, and end of lunch, and right after school before heading home. It's not foolproof, but it cuts back a lot of embarrassment.

    *Edit* - as for the no physical cause? If that is the case, then it most certainly CAN be cured. I majored in psychology and, trying to cure my own problems, this is something I have studied a fair amount. If the cause is not physical, it has to be psychological. Although rare, psychological factors leading to incontinence can be dealt with, often easier, than physical factors. If you ENJOY wetting or wearing diapers, there is no reason to be ashamed, but please do not feign incontinence as a way of getting diapers (especially if your family is poor, as your mom seems to care deeply and show a lot of concern). I am not saying that's what you're doing, but since your symptoms sound so unique, I did have to address that possibility 'just in case'. Either way, best of luck!

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    Oh yea green caught onto something i missed when reading your post, yeah theres financial assistance availible... but this ties into "letting your parents know" and having stuff looked after properly :3. im just a silly kid and no doctor so i cant say whats causing it but between what me and greene said... you should be good to go. ^^*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chiharu View Post
    Oh yea green caught onto something i missed when reading your post, yeah theres financial assistance availible... but this ties into "letting your parents know" and having stuff looked after properly :3. im just a silly kid and no doctor so i cant say whats causing it but between what me and greene said... you should be good to go. ^^*
    You don't sound very silly to me... you gave a very thoughtful and informative answer!

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    *Edit* - as for the no physical cause? If that is the case, then it most certainly CAN be cured. I majored in psychology and, trying to cure my own problems, this is something I have studied a fair amount. If the cause is not physical, it has to be psychological. Although rare, psychological factors leading to incontinence can be dealt with, often easier, than physical factors. If you ENJOY wetting or wearing diapers, there is no reason to be ashamed, but please do not feign incontinence as a way of getting diapers (especially if your family is poor, as your mom seems to care deeply and show a lot of concern). I am not saying that's what you're doing, but since your symptoms sound so unique, I did have to address that possibility 'just in case'. Either way, best of luck!
    I have always kinda liked privately acting like a baby and wearing diapers (when i could get them!) and even wetting them, but I can assure you, I HATE not being able to control when I urinate. I understand where you are coming from, and I understand why someone might THINK they want to be 24/7 incontinent, but if they really thought about all the stress, paranoia, embarrassment, and general terribleness that comes with it, who on earth would WANT that?! I am seeing a urologist in a week, and always tell my mom everything. She really does care, and may be the most understanding mom in the world. My doctor and school have been able to help me with supplies until ACCESS starts supplying them. Thank you, your post put me a little more at ease as it is probably not permanent.

    ---------- Post added at 05:30 PM ---------- Previous post was at 05:29 PM ----------

    Yeah, you're awesome! Thanks! Very helpful, mature, and wise.

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    Your parents are the one that will be required to go through the process since your under age as far as i am aware... or someone with guardian status i would imagine... as a wild guess... i honnestly not sure i mean my dads medical cores me so im different.

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    Glad if I could put you at ease... and thank you for not taking it personally when I brought up the concern about faking incontinence... I certainly didn't want to accuse since I know how much it sucks to be incontinent. You sound very mature for your age and that will help you get through this... I'm glad you have such an awesome mom! Good luck at the urologist and please let us know how it goes!

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    Yeah I guess my moms will cover it...

    And these prevails are really, REALLY discreet, so I might wear them with a pad inside so that if the pad leaks, the diaper catches the overflow. that way I'll change the pad and I'm completely dry on the outside! Again, It's moderate during the day, so the pad may leak enough for it to be noticeable, but little enough that I can wait till I get home to change the diaper.

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    I keep extra pads in a black pencil holder in my backpack, (clever, eh?) so I may keep a few extra diapers in my backpack, in a pouch I never use, with a micro-combo lock, and the excuse that I have a calculator the school rented me in there, and don't want it stolen. Again, I am an uber-nerdy freshman in Advanced Algebra II with my personal TI-83 Plus, (never leave home without it in my right pocket) so this won't seem at all out of place for me.

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