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Neurogenic Bladder: What Is It and Other Questions

Comfort Zone.....what's THAT?    This is a jokeful statement to mean that after all the medical tests and procedures,  CT Scans, MRI's, and Surgeries, nothing can prepare you for this one! 

For someone without a medical background or an interest of medical technology and developments, sotred in their long term functional memories this could possibly be a horrific and frightening ordeal.  As a person with a very lengthy background in the medical community as a healthcare provider for over 20 years I had never heard of and the development of the practice of medicine never ceases to amaze me.  It is odd to be the patient and equally fascinated and intrigued by such an invasive and personal procedure as to want to know all about it.  However, despite this intrigue this was a very emotionally uncomfortable test that really makes one feel vulnerable.  The actual procedure was not painful because I had an AMAZING gal I was working with for my testing who explained EVERYTHING, went very slow, and commmunicated consistently.  The doctor I dealt with was very informative,  knowledgeable and actually got her report of my history entirely correct.  I cannot remember the last time this has happened.

Essentially that urge most people get to go to the bathroom apparently is transmitted to the spinal cord and then to one of the 21 known receptors in the brain which helps us know "when to go" or not.  Well with me, I have Neurogenic Bladder.  

If you don't know what that means, it essentially means that my brain isn't getting the mesage. A Neurogenic Bladder is any type of bladder or lower urinary tract dysfunction related specifically to a neurologic disease. Neurogenic Bladder is found with those who have Brain Injuries, Spinal cord injuries, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis if accompanied with incontinence of BM also, is often seen in those who are paraplegic.  I do not test postitive for MS/MD or BM incontinence....these are good things.  I was just diagnosed with this 7 days ago, so I have spent this whole time absorbing what that means to me (no pun intended with the absorbing part), or could mean to me in the future.  

I have learned a lot and wonder why this has never been addressed in me before now.  For the purposes of this post I am endeavoring to keep this post clinical and educational as opposed to emotionally laiden with shoulda coulda would'ves......

The machines they use are so sensistive that it detects the smallest vibration and spasms, so there is no way to "fake it" or make your body act a certain way and I love that specifically about this test because it is so specifically oriented.  I also learned that I wasn't as aware that I had lost as much function as I had that has been attributed to a brain or spinal cord injury.  My brain I have determined, aside from my soul and spiritual base, is my most valued commodity for myself.  

I also have noticed that a lot of the great information I get also tends to come from other Countries.  Our Country really does need to catch up in the Research and Medical spectrum compared to the Global Industry as a whole





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Comments (3)

  • Ramona Andrews
    Ramona Andrews

    Ty for all your research and hard work to understand what happened to you - - and to share it with others! I am sure you are encouraging to many! 💙💛💙

    6 years ago · Reply
  • Carolyn DeNeut
    Carolyn DeNeut

    Caren - you are a wonder to all. Please know prayers and good thoughts and positive energy continue to be sent your way. You are AMAZING and the fact you can remain in good humor and attempt to teach throughout your ordeal(s) is a testament to your great upbringing and strong spirit.

    6 years ago · Reply
  • Caren Robinson
    Caren Robinson

    Thank you Carolyn. I am assured that crying all the time is not So, sarcasm it is then!!!! LOL. Thank you for such a hearfelt compliment. It means a lot to me.....truly! You are right though.....I had a great upbringing. My mom has been my rock for my whole life. I am just fortunate enough to still have her IN MY LIFE.....

    6 years ago · Reply