urinary retention - anyone know any solutions?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 10, 2013 at 9:17 PM

When I was in grade 1 I got a lunchtime detention every day because I needed to leave class to pee in order to not wet my pants. Looking back I don't know why no one ever reported it to my parents but I sure didn't because I was too ashamed and scared. Before going into grade 2 I worked out that I had to stay seated on the toilet (I'm female) after I had finished peeing, wait a while, then I'd pee a little bit more and no longer needed to leave class to pee (although I made sure to go before school, at morning tea and at lunch time - so was probably still going more than the other kids).

Fast forward to adulthood and when I spent several years really sick my peeing system changed - even though I'd still wait when I peed and went a little more it didn't seem to do the trick and I'd be back to the toilet two or three times within the next 1-2 hours. People at work started bullying me because they thought I was just leaving for toilet breaks all the time for fun. I saw two doctors about it both of whom tested for UTI's but didn't follow up when the tests game back negative. (To the best of my knowledge I've never had a UTI at all). I didn't push the issue any further as I was scared I'd be pushed into catheterisation and didn't want to take the opportunity to introduce infections where none existed before.

Fast forward to a time in adulthood after I've been on a primal/paleo diet for 2.5 years and sometimes I feel like the frequency problem is improving and sometimes not. Things are still particularly bad if I'm in a hurry (seem less likely to void well), stressed/anxious, and when I lie down at night (often have to go again within 5 minutes of lying down - doesn't interrupt sleep, just annoying).

Now I'm looking at going into a career with outdoors work where there won't always be toilets available or the opportunity to "go behind a tree" and really wishing I could find a way to void completely on the first go. Before I go back to doctors and insist on referral to a specialist I'm wondering if there is anything at all I can do to help myself through lifestyle choices - diet, exercise, or anything else? This is one thing I've googled on endlessly to find natural or paleo treatments but always come up empty handed.



on February 10, 2013
at 09:44 PM

EFT or "tapping" may be helpful here. Check out www.eftuniverse.com or www.tapping.com for more info. I've been able to help a couple of clients clear early trauma/shaming in this area, which has helped them tremendously.

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on February 11, 2013
at 12:30 PM

This is known as polyuria. Check out Matt Stone's post on it -- http://180degreehealth.com/2011/11/polyuria-nocturia-bedwetting-frequent-urination


on February 11, 2013
at 06:56 AM

I'm sorry to hear the trouble this is causing you. Though there certainly could be a "psychological" component to the problem, realise there could be physiological and anatomical issues as well - more than we need to discuss here. So don't get caught up in thinking that you are "bringing this on yourself".

My advice would be to find a urologist that is completely sympathetic to what is going on. One that listens to your history without jumping to conclusions (like UTI/STD), and is genuinely concerned with finding the best possible (usually a simple and elegant) solution. You may have to do some serious shopping around to accomplish this, but a visit to a naturopathic doctor could help too. He/she may have an alternative treatment method and may also be able to refer you to an appropriate urologist. A good chiropractor could also benefit you here.

Getting back to the psychological component, there certainly can be unrealized issues with shame, anger, acceptance, etc. As Dragonfly mentioned above, EFT could give you some amazing results, even if only psychologically, and even if you think there are no underlying emotional issues. I've had good experiences with this myself, when I thought there was nothing wrong "upstairs".

Best of luck


on February 10, 2013
at 11:40 PM

I know alot of folks who talk about the having to pee 5 minutes after laying down. I think this is mainly psychological. I know I dont do this on days when Im worn out and go to sleep almost immediately.

Out of curiosity, when you got sick and your habits changed, what did you have? Mine have changed recently also due to a mystery illness that Ive had for 3 months now. We're thinking it's Mono.

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