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Athletic/Post Partum Incontinence

Discussion in 'Support Subforum' started by grapefruit, Jul 5, 2018.

  1. grapefruit

    grapefruit Newcomer

    I had a radical healing of back and hip pain from Sarno's books. Now I am trying to deal with urinary incontinence from sprinting and sports. There are equal reasons why it could be structural and why it could be mindbody. I know for certain that at least to a degree the condition is affected by my mind and stress. I don't really want to hear any "nays" (I already made the mistake of reading about "bladder prolapse" which terrified me out of my mind and wish I had never heard about so I could just go on enjoying being physically active without fear). Basically I'm wondering if there are any success stories about this topic. Googling brings up nothing for me.
     
  2. EileenS

    EileenS Well known member

    Have you been doing your kegel exercises? You also say you're post partum. As long as you do them property and consistently they work wonders for women. As far as tms goes, a feeling of urgency to go is typical tms, but sounds like you have the typical weakened muscles after child birth and years of running.
     
  3. grapefruit

    grapefruit Newcomer

    So you believe running is bad for your pelvic floor?
     
  4. EileenS

    EileenS Well known member

    You said sprinting and sports, so assumed you meant you have an issue from a lot of running as well as the typical post partum muscle issue. Running can cause weakened muscles over time, but again can be fixed with kegels. It's nothing serious.
     
  5. grapefruit

    grapefruit Newcomer

    Why does running cause weakened muscles in the pelvis but not the legs/hip/feet/back? Also, how can exercise both cause muscle weakness and fix it? I don't follow this logic. It sounds a lot to me like the faulty "logic" of physiotherapy.

    Ironically, the physio I saw for my SI joint pain is also one of the leading pelvic floor specialists in my city. And she was totally wrong about my back.

    Like I said in my original post, I'm not really looking for nay-sayers; I'm looking for another success story for encouragement. And no the condition is not harmful, but it is embarassing and affects athletic performance.
     
  6. grapefruit

    grapefruit Newcomer

    I would be interested in hearing from older people who have been running for decades if they now have bladder incontinence.
     
  7. EileenS

    EileenS Well known member

    Hi grapefruit, I hope you aren't reading my replies as being a naysayer, I am intending quite the opposite. I am saying that it should be fixable by simply strengthening the muscles with kegels. That's my experience.
    You titled your post "Athletic/ post partum incontinence ", so I assumed you have recently had a baby as well as you are an athlete who is possibly a sprinter. It's very common to have some incontinence while in last trimester and after having a baby. I have read that running can bring on the same from frequently running with a full bladder. It's not the exercise/running itself that causes the incontinence, it's the pressure of the full bladder pushing down while running, which is why pregnancy and childbirth cause it.
    I have had 2 children through natural childbirth and used to be a high distance runner. I still occasionally run, but have gravitated to long distance walking to save my knees from all that pounding. I did NOT develop any incontinence from all my running (60 - 70 miles a week in my marathon and 10 km race days). I did from having babies, hence have done kegels and know they work. I'm 61.
     
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