When you happen to face an unexpected situation that leaves you badly affected, astonished, and clueless, you just find yourself unable to come to terms with it, and are stuck on the thin line between acceptance and denial.
Many people have a wrong notion, that incontinence is just an ageing problem or a temporary issue, that they can recover from, with time. But, that’s not true at all! In fact, incontinence can happen to anyone at any age. The accompanying embarrassment makes it quite difficult for people to come to terms with it, let alone being openly vocal about it, which in turn, is accompanied by isolation, stress, anxiety and depression.
There are several questions you might have in mind when you just start getting incontinence episodes, like ‘Why me?’, ‘Why is this happening?’, ‘How long will it last?’, ‘How can I get rid of it?’
The correct responses to these questions can only be answered by your doctor. So, the first step towards accepting incontinence is to approach your doctor to understand what incontinence truly is, and what is the underlying cause of your incontinence problem. In order to treat incontinence, it is important to find out the root cause. If the cause is diagnosed and treated in time, you could most likely get rid of incontinence. However, in some cases, it is not treatable, which leaves you with only one option - incontinence management. There are many causes of incontinence, such as prostate surgery, childbirth, menopause, diabetes, enlarged prostate, obesity, neurological disorders, and urinary tract infection.
Untreatable incontinence can only be managed. So, if you suffer from severe incontinence, it becomes necessary to throw any feelings of embarrassment, shame, and stress in the bin and leave it behind you. You should know that incontinence is not uncommon; there are millions of people all over the world living with it, just like people live with diabetes or asthma. There are various incontinence products you can manage incontinence with, like adult diaper pants, protective underpads, taped briefs, and disposable underwear. We, at Friends Adult Diapers, offer highly absorbent unisex adult diapers online that help manage incontinence the right way. In addition, you can keep it under control with bladder training, kegel exercises, void training, and scheduled toilet visits. There are also certain lifestyle changes you can incorporate, such as avoiding spicy foods, caffeine, alcohol, carbonated drinks, and chocolate.
When you start to manage incontinence more efficiently, it gets easier to come to terms with it. But, that is not enough to live with incontinence forever. Mostly, incontinence patients find it difficult to be relaxed around people in public spaces, because they are constantly worried about getting an incontinence episode, while around people. Hence, it is equally important to talk to your friends and family freely about it, so they not only understand your condition but also help you deal with it, by being your support system.
Once you have introduced the required lifestyle changes and normalized your incontinence condition by talking to people about it with no shame, you gain your confidence back and accept it as a part of life.
This will allow you to live a normal, happy life with your head held high!