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    I recently read about this syndrome in my USMS Swimmer Magazine. For some folks intense exercise, particularly over time, can cause incontinence. Although I've not experienced long term permanent damage, I have had a couple of isolated accidents right after or during my workouts.

    2 years ago after completing a triathlon was one of those times. It was maybe 15 mins. after finishing. I had just downed a bottle of water, and my wife and I were casually visiting with another couple. The husband had also finished the race. Suddenly, and without any warning, I started wetting myself. The urge came strong and quick. Fortunately, I was able to clamp down after a few seconds. I excused myself and gingerly walked to the bathhouse which fortunately was only a few hundred feet away. I did make it but barely. Since my triathlon suit is black and was drenched in sweat anyway, no one noticed.

    This summer I had a few "accidents" while open water swimming at a local state park. This is a situation where I'm in the water for an extended time. I always make a point to use the pot-a-potty on the trail that leads down to the distance swimmer's beach, but often the urge hits fast and furious when I'm in the water. So I've had a couple of "accidents", but there is not a whole lot of incentive to hold it in this situation. One Sunday afternoon, however, as I was swimming, I was suddenly hit hard with not only the urge to pee, but to poop also. This really concerned me because, as usual, I was swimming in my wet suit. I immediately swam back to the beach were there were a half dozen or so members of the distance swimmer's club relaxing. By this time, I was in dire straights. I was extremely uncomfortable. My whole pelvic floor was literally quivering, if not my whole body. It seemed like it took forever to get my wet suit off. To any casual observer, it was quite obvious I was desperately trying not to have an accident. I was not at all sure I could make it to the nearest port-a-potty, but could not give in since there would have been no way to discretely clean up. Plus it was a 20 min. hike back to the car and then a 50 min. drive home. I forced myself to think positive since I didn't want to spend a hour plus in a messy wet suit. Somehow, I managed to get out of my wet suit which takes several minutes and a lot of tugging and twisting. I threw my sneakers on and hiked quickly up the trail to the port-a-potty which, thank God, was vacant.

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    I'm having incontinence problems at the moment because I have a UTI. I've not heard that extreme exercise can make you incontinent, so this may be a doctor issue. I had to go to the hospital last night because I was in so much pain and had a spiked fever. You never know what might be fooling with your body. If it rarely happens, I wouldn't worry about it, but if begins to happen with more frequency, see your doctor.

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    I used to run and swim competitively. Swimming never bothers me to pee wheneve, haha. But running I wear a tampon which helps a lot and supplement with drinks containing sodium which helps not only electrolytes/ recovery but seems to keep my bladder tamer.

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    Exercise does exacerbate my issue, but mine isn't urinary incontinence. When exercising your core muscles (running, swimming, etc) it causes them to occasionally spasm. This in turn can cause the void reaction in normal people and for me it just makes my issue way worse for a bit. This is why I had to stop working out after being medically retired, but I did find a diet that has been helping me lose weight without working out. IdealShakes from IdealShape have helped me greatly. I hit over 240 lbs. because of this effect from working out, but I have already lost over 20 lbs. of it. Just 40 more to go. After the surgeries I can no longer work out my core (abdominal section) at all. Even bike riding can cause this for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlinu View Post
    Exercise does exacerbate my issue, but mine isn't urinary incontinence. When exercising your core muscles (running, swimming, etc) it causes them to occasionally spasm. This in turn can cause the void reaction in normal people and for me it just makes my issue way worse for a bit. This is why I had to stop working out after being medically retired, but I did find a diet that has been helping me lose weight without working out. IdealShakes from IdealShape have helped me greatly. I hit over 240 lbs. because of this effect from working out, but I have already lost over 20 lbs. of it. Just 40 more to go. After the surgeries I can no longer work out my core (abdominal section) at all. Even bike riding can cause this for me.
    What a bummer! For me, exercise is an integral part of my lifestyle - not needed for weight management. Don't know what I'd do if I had to give it up. Glad the IdealShakes are helping you.

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    News to me. I've done a lot of tri's, marathons, open water swims, several Iron distance, never an issue. Had it, I would have considered it a good thing, meaning I was staying ahead on water intake. Peeing while swimming without screwing up your stroke rythm is actually a challenge.

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    I worked in the recovery area of the New York city marathon for five years I can not tell you how many people I have seen wet themselves there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tetra View Post
    I worked in the recovery area of the New York city marathon for five years I can not tell you how many people I have seen wet themselves there.
    Interesting. I've never noticed. Of course, with all the sweat, spilled gatorade, and god knows what, how would one tell?

    Possibly a matter of sweat rate. At race pace on a warm day, I'm sweating out more than 2 liters an hour. Its hard to drink fast enough to stay ahead of that. Early in a marathon when I've been overloaded with water and standing around in the starting pen.... at Chicago you see a lot of people disappearing behind trees in Lincoln Park around the 4-5 mile point. Later on, mustering up some pee would be next to impossible.

    Or maybe among the backmarkers, where they've had it pounded into their heads to drink a lot, but aren't going hard enough to sweat it out. Then there are some people who just don't sweat as much....

    Then of course, there's this:

    *****Warning, poop ahead (it was on national TV, mods, so its not THAT bad)******
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVKqFAPdjIA
    Last edited by Maxx; 20-Dec-2015 at 13:59.

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