I wake up every night to visit the lavatory
I saw my MS consultant for the annual visit in November 2016. He asked me if there were any changes since my last visit to the clinic. I said to him “Now I wake up every night to visit the lavatory and have a tiny pee”‘
I wake up every night to have a pee
“Yes” I added, “It is really getting me down. I’m only sleeping for about 6 hours each night.”. I added, “To make things even worse it is only a tiny pee”.
He did not even pause.
He just said straight out “I will arrange for you to start a course of DDAVP or desmotabs” then he went on to add warnings and instructions.
“Is it really that simple?” I asked
We then went on to talk about more general things
This included the frequency of my falls, the FES, my Travelscoot and the sponsored I km walk I did in September. I first started seeing him 20 years so we have a good relationship. He suggested the ASCEND and MS-SMART trial to me but that is another story.
A few weeks later
A letter arrived from my consultant, copy for me and the original to my GP. I fixed up an appointment with my Doctors surgery for a couple of days later.
I went in to see the doctor and talked about my visit to my MS consultant. After checking the magic book she wrote a prescription for desmotabs. They were given to me for a trial to see how I got on with them. The doctor said that I’m to take one about an hour before I go to bed.
First night I took one not really knowing what to expect
I slept straight through the night
Fell asleep at midnight and I woke up eight hours later. I had . None of that strange feeling of waking up and then realising I need to have a pee before I eventualy fall asleep. The 0.2 mg desmotab pill that I take every night has totally changed my life. It must have been 5 or 6 months since I last had an uninterrupted sleep through the night.
These pills are not addictive.
There is no need for me to change my way of life in any way. I don’t wake up to go to the loo. What is there not to like about them?