"I now live a normal life and I am so happy!"

About: Locala Community Partnerships CIC / Continence advisory service

(as the patient),

I am 67 years old and have suffered with an over-active bladder for more than 2 years. I had to constantly wear pads and often had to change my underwear two or three times a day if I couldn't get to a toilet quickly enough. I had ongoing bladder infections and led a miserable, reclusive life.

After a particularly bad infection, my GP told me about the Continence Advisory Service at the Eddercliffe Centre in Cleckheaton. I plucked up the courage and rang for an appointment - it was very hard to keep that appointment - I was very ashamed of my condition, didn't want to talk about it, fearful of what people would think. How very wrong I was!

The staff at the Eddercliffe were wonderful, caring people who made me feel so relaxed and listened so sympathetically.

After many tests, including a bladder scan, I found out that caffeine and alcohol were the main culprits of my irritating my bladder, plus I was not drinking enough liquids during the day to keep my bladder functioning correctly.

I have switched to decaf drinks and reduced my glasses of red wine (not easy! ) and now I have a NEW LIFE! !

I also take a small tablet at bedtime to keep my bladder calm and have no more disturbed nights getting up to the toilet!

I was also introduced to pelvic floor exercises - so easy to do - and they have really helped.

I now live a normal life and I am so happy!

If you have a bladder problem, I would encourage you to contact the CAS at the Eddercliffe Centre - the Telephone number is 0114 84 415 515 and you'll meet Julia, a wonderful nurse/advisor/confidant who is so easy to talk to it's like having a new best friend! !

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Response from Jane Appleyard, Continence Specialist Physiotherapist, Continence Advisory Service, Locala Community Partnerships

Thankyou so much for such positive feedback!

Bladder and bowel problems are very difficult to live with and it's no exaggeration to say that may people become reclusive and even quite depressed.

One of our main aims to to encourage people to relax and feel they can talk to us before we start performing various tests in order to put together a treatment plan.

It's great that you found Julia who is one of our continece nurse advisors so helpful.

If you stay on track with the advice you recieved your symptoms should stay well controlled.

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