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Incontinence...but just a little?

This is going to sound a really stupid question, but how do you know if you’re incontinent or not?

I just went for a really long walk - about 4 miles - and I’ve been walking briskly, and uphill.

Although not a very nice day, it feels quite warm and humid once you get exercising.

I’ve just got home, and my knickers (there, I’ve said it!) were really wet, but I can’t tell if it’s just sweat, or…you know, the other.

Had a sniff (sorry!) but I’m none the wiser. I mean, not great, but not mortally offensive either. Not obviously urine. But I don’t think it smells strongly when it’s fresh, does it?

Obviously, I haven’t suddenly let rip gallons, or I’d know. But I wondered if I’ve been leaking a bit the whole time I’ve been walking.

I’ve noticed it before after walks. Seems a bit more than usual today - but then again, I have walked further and got hotter. So maybe just sweat? Still not very ladylike, and not very nice, but maybe nothing to worry about?

I’ve had to put my jeans (clean on this morning) in the wash, 'cos I’m not sure if I might have peed in them or not. If so, it doesn’t show - so as I say, it can’t be a lot. But just the thought I might have meant I couldn’t carry on wearing them.

T.

Oh Tina, what a to do, eh?

I know you will already know that a lot us (your`s truly included) do suffer with incontinence. it could be sweat, leakage or whatever, but why not use a panty liner, just to save on washing.clothes I mean there!

Always use a pad/liner meant for urine leakage, as tothers dont do the job nearly as well. Plus they can cause iritation.

You can now buy pads in all sorts of sizes. from the teeny weeny never let on type, to the swinging hammocks, big enough to set sail in!!!

I get my pads on prescription and whilst they are bigger than I would ever choose, they do the job should I have a big leak…oxybutynin is my med for trying to control an over sensitive bladder.

luv Pollxxx

Thanks Poll, yeah, I did use a liner - always do if I’m out walking.

But no, it wasn’t one specially designed for “accidents”.

The liner didn’t seem especially wet, if I’m honest, so maybe that’s indicative it must have been sweat, rather than anything else.

As you say, I’ve certainly read about it as a common problem, so perhaps I’m worrying myself, jumping to conclusions.

Then again, did I used to sweat so much? It seems something has changed, even if it’s not incontinence. I never used to have to put eveything in the washing machine, just after going for a walk.

What’s up with that? Time of life, perhaps?

Tina

Hi Tina, first of all well done on such a long walk. The fact you said it was brisk and uphill and a warm day makes me think it could be sweat but would you really notice that amount of sweat, especially in that area, after a walk, it sounds to me like your walking is good but because you have ms could you be expending more energy than a “normal” person, hence more sweat. I wonder if you notice this when you are not walking but then you probably wouldn’t expend that much energy or generate that much sweat doing normal household jobs. Do you think the action of walking could have made you leak urine? Cheryl:-)

Dear Tina,

My way of discovering if it’s one or the other is that in my experience, if it’s sweat it tends to be in the creases at the top of the legs and bottom area and my pants will have sweat marks akin to those areas, otherwise it tends to be in the middle like where you might have had leakage during a period! A dark pair will reveal all. I’m always chucking things in the wash after exercise and more so in this clammy weather.

Such a joy to discuss these things!

Take care

Trudie x

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Thanks Poll, yeah, I did use a liner - always do if I’m out walking.

But no, it wasn’t one specially designed for “accidents”.

The liner didn’t seem especially wet, if I’m honest, so maybe that’s indicative it must have been sweat, rather than anything else.

As you say, I’ve certainly read about it as a common problem, so perhaps I’m worrying myself, jumping to conclusions.

Then again, did I used to sweat so much? It seems something has changed, even if it’s not incontinence. I never used to have to put eveything in the washing machine, just after going for a walk.

What’s up with that? Time of life, perhaps?

Tina

[/quote] Ah Tina! You may just have hit the nail firmly on it`s bonce! Time of life…are you in your 40s, if I may ask such a personal question?

If it is the good old menopause, then that`s the answer to the extra sweating. Lovely glamourous life, eh?

luv Pollx