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Wednesday, February 17, 2010 steve jenkinson, Community Member, asks

Q: Wearing diapers 24/7 for the odd accident has made me worse.

Wearing diapers has made me worse I started to wear them for the odd accident about four or five times a week but there have been a lot of times when it has been easyer to just wet rather than go to the loo because of it being to public with the noice of taking them down and others hearing you. The thing is over the past six months my incontinence has got worse infact I am now totaly incontinent of urine I have no control I am totaly dependent on Diapers I have talked to my uroligist about this and he agree's that because I have been just letting go all the time it has made me totaly dependent on diapers has anyone got any thoughts on this please.

Oh I have been wearing diaers 24/7 for five years

Steve  

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jim p, Community Member
2/20/10 10:40am

If you have "no control" there are other remedies than diapers. I use external (condom)catheters with a small leg bag. With shorts on the golf course I use the Afex system. Both work great. Your urologist can prescribe either and it will be covered by Medicare (but probably not both). Go to Afex.com to see how their system works. For the condom catheter systems go to the web sites of Urocare, Hollister, and Coloplast. There you will find their products.

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Cynthia Suellen Russell, Community Member
2/17/10 11:48pm

About one year ago, I posted a comment to the effect of: "I have urge incontinence and over active bladder.  I usually have from fifteen seconds to five minutes before the involuntary (incontinence) voiding occurs.  Even at home and readily accessable to toileting facilities, I find it much less stressful if I just wear diapers.  My question to the forum was this: do you think the constant wearing of diapers will make me become dependent upon diapers."

 

The comments I received were to the effect of: " No, we don't think the mere wearing of diapers will make the problem worse."  So I began to 'just wear diapers'.

 

One year later my experience is just the opposite to yours.  My incontinence has not changed one bit.  I still have a 'window' of from fifteen seconds to five minutes  before I void with no control. 

 

What has changed is this: my life is so much less stressful and thus so much better because I just wear the diapers and don't worry about it.  IF I can get to a toilet, fine, I do.  If I cannot, fine, I use the diapers for their intended purpose.

 

I guess acceptance on my part is the difference.  To me the wearing of diapers is just no big deal.  Good luck.  I hope you get a lot of feedback. 

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incontinentman, Community Member
3/24/10 8:45am
I have had the same experience. It is also called Mental muscle memory. When you have worn diapers for years, eventually your mind is not triggered to hold your urine because of wearing diapers 24/7. Now I do not even know when I will wet my diaper. It just goes without thinking. Your brain has accepted to tell your bladder to let go. Diaper and mental conditioning and increases bladder weakening. I have accepted my incontinence and it does not bother me wearing diapers. It does not change who I am and I am still able to enjoy life. Reply
incontinentman, Community Member
3/24/10 8:46am
I have had the same experience. It is also called Mental muscle memory. When you have worn diapers for years, eventually your mind is not triggered to hold your urine because of wearing diapers 24/7. Now I do not even know when I will wet my diaper. It just goes without thinking. Your brain has accepted to tell your bladder to let go. Diaper and mental conditioning and increases bladder weakening. I have accepted my incontinence and it does not bother me wearing diapers. It does not change who I am and I am still able to enjoy life. Reply
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By steve jenkinson, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/26/10, First Published: 02/17/10