I had my VDU Bladder Screening at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton on Tuesday.
The bad news is that the nerves that stimulate function in my bladder are either dead, or severely damaged.
This is causing my bladder to stretch further and further, which is why when I sit or stand the urine just gushes out.
An average human bladder should hold 400-500ml and the signal to empty one's bladder should come well before one's bladder is full. They filled my bladder to 800ml and there was still no signal to empty my bladder, nor did the bladder properly fill, so it didn't leak one drop! The consultant said that it would take a lot more than 800ml to fill my bladder, but it would be counter productive to do so.
He said that because I do not get a "need to pee" signal, my bladder is stretching bigger and bigger, and it is acting like a snapped elastic band or balloon, where it contracts at such a rate that the pee is pushed out by force.
He also said that if they continue to leave my bladder without treatment, it will continue to stretch and stretch bigger and bigger until it actually ruptures.
The Good news?
The Consultant has suggested a "permanent" urethra catheter with a "tap" so that I can empty my bladder frequently on demand, in the hopes of getting it to shrink back to normal size, but I would still continue to need said catheter as my nerves are not telling me when my bladder is full, so it would stretch all over again, should I stop using it.
The catheter would be fitted at home by my continence team, and would require changing every 4-6 weeks.
This is REALLY good news for me, because he said I would no longer have to wear the Comfort Super pads! (Which I am currently soaking and leaking out the sides!) Sorry guys, not what you want to hear on such a forum, but it would mean the world to me!
So, although I am very upset that I am most probably going to be incontinent for the rest of my years, (unless significant treatment to my DDD fixes it) I have good news via a solution to my problem!
Thank you for following my story.