Thursday, 20 January 2011

Not my Usual Blog Post!

I thought a long time about posting this, but decided, what the heck!

I have been very poorly over Christmas and New Year, Flu! Being an M.E. sufferer (although in remission) my recovery is taking along time.
I coughed continually for weeks and my pelvic floor finally gave up the ghost and I am now suffering with Urinary Incontinence or Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. To be honest, for a long time I have had to cross my legs if I sneezed anyway!
I have put my pelvic floor through alot, 2 children, being 'morbidly over weight' as they say in hospital, and a vaginal hysterectomy. To name just a few! After these the physio would visit and say,'don't forget your pelvic floor exercises'! All well and good but:- Where exactly are your pelvic floor muscles? How hard do you squeeze? Am I doing it right?

About 6 years ago I had a similar problem and the doctor sent me to a physio, and after many months and much squeezing and concentration (who ever says you can do these exercises without anyone else knowing told lies!), I managed to get some control back.

Therein lies the problem, you are supposed to continue the exercises........ how many of you do?

This time, it has been so bad, a pack of Tena Lady had to be bought!! I was so embarrassed, that I actually sent my daughter to buy them. How bad is that, reminds me of when I bought my first tampons!!!!!!!

Anyway, I wasn't prepared to visit the doctor and wait 6 weeks for a physio appointment, and we are fortunate enough to be able to afford to buy an alternative. So after much research of the internet I purchased this Athena Pelvic Muscle Trainer from Amazon £32 cheaper.

I have now been using this a week, twice a day for 15 minutes. When I first used it, as per instructions, it was like an electric shock, so I had to turn it down. I can assure you I now know where my pelvic floor muscles are!!!! They are not just up inside you, they are deeper. If you rest your hand on your hip, push your fingers where you think you appendix is then cough, feel the tightening, that is part of your core muscle and this little gadget makes you aware of these as well. So when you lift anything you need to not only pull up the pelvic floor, but tighten these core muscles at the same time!!!

I had been told this by the physio, but never really understood..... now I do!

So I still cross my legs if I sneeze and I cannot stop 'mid stream', but I can slow it!

I will keep you posted!!!!!


  1. Interesting read Libby! It's good of you to share and be open about your condition. There are so many out there who are the same or similar situation as you and by being more open you're indirectly helping out too.

    Glad to know it works and hope you get better soon!

    Mark (who works in a hospital :))

  2. I bet you felt a lot better about your condition as soon as you posted that!
    So far I haven't suffered the same fate (fingers crossed, or should that be legs crossed??) but occasionally if I sneeze... well, you know!

  3. Well, it's a real life we all live, isn't it! Hope you are doing better and better every day. As with your gardening, you aren't afaid to take action. Best wishes - Paula

  4. Just catching up now Libby. Sorry to hear you are having problems, tho' I think this issue is far more common than we realize.
    I hope the gadget and the exercises are helping,
    best wishes and hugs


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