(Apologies in advance if this thread isn't the right place, and also if this - or something similar to this - has been posted before)
I've been seeing a physician (as well as a physical therapist) due to a Pelvic Floor Dysfunction diagnosis, and accompanying urinary incontinence (bouncing between stress and urge) with possible nerve damage/tightness, cause yet to be determined, but not attributed to PFD. I also have an appointment with a urologist later this month to get a more accurate picture of what's going on. That being said, I've been poked, prodded, and have had so many pointless tests and examinations in the past year, I'm not exactly hopeful for an accurate diagnosis or, for that matter, a positive prognosis.
In the meantime, it was suggested that I consider wearing some form of mild to moderate protection. Being that I've only ever been a DL - and rarely worn more than once a week, at best - I don't have a clue as to what products would be reliable (or affordable), and would definitely appreciate any suggestions in that area.
Beyond that, this whole situation has me a little freaked out. Even if it's only a temporary thing (which I'm really, really hoping is the case, but am preparing myself for the worst), I know from experience that wearing in public tends to make me extremely neurotic. For anyone who is IC or has had to deal with this disability, how do you cope?
- Rather than risk the embarrassment that would come with potential discovery, do you just "come out", as it were, to room mates, friends, family, etc?
- When wearing in public, what measures do you take to prevent the sound, smell, bulge? And, for that matters, how do you keep the temperature "down there" from becoming overheated?
- As far as physical activity goes, what adaptations are necessary. Before all of this reached that point that it's at, I used to enjoy running, hiking and swimming, and I'm not sure if I'll still be able to enjoy said activities.