Something prevents a good sleep
It all started in the middle of last year, 2015, I had an appointment to see a urology consultant. I was having problems with leaking urine before I inserted a catheter to have a pee. Only very very occasionally was there a total disaster. Accidents do happen and very occasionally I have to change my jeans and underwear. Things can be a tad embarrassing when I have to do a quick shuffle to the loo. What was available to would make my life better. Could the answer be Botox?
I went to see the Urology consultant
For several weeks I had to keep a diary of what I drank, how much and at what time. I also had to keep a record of the frequency and volumes every time I had a pee. It was all a bit of a palaver and sometimes some guess work was necessary. Would you carry a measuring jug with you when you went to the loo in a pub or restaurant?
Alcohol or Caffeine
Eventually I was told that Botox was not the answer, my bladder was too well behaved. The consultant suggested I give up caffeine and or alcohol. A tough one, I opted for caffeine. I had to change my prescription from ?Tolterodene to Tropsium Chloride, it helped. I was told to start Mirobegron if the problems started up again.
I took Tropsium Chloride for about 5 months then in January 2016 it all started to get messy again so I started on Mirabegron, another drug to treat an over active bladder.
Ten days later I woke up after 6 hours sleep because I needed to go to the loo and the wee was an insignificant quantity. The problem was I could not go back to sleep. If I went to bed earlier I would still wake up after six hours sleep.
Soon it was after 5 hours sleep then it went down to 4 hours sleep. I would doze when I went back to bed but never a deep sleep.
I was not a happy bunny. In fact I was a bad tempered fractious bunny. Why was I not sleeping?
The big change was taking the Mirabegron.
I phoned up my MS Nurse who is highly practical. I explained the problem. She was as perplexed as me but told me to go back onto the slow release Tolterodene.
After ten days off the Mirabegron and Tropsium Chloride I was getting a full night’s sleep. Bliss!
28 February 2016