Elaine isn’t exactly sure why she had incontinence issues, but she did.
“I don’t know if my supersized babies did damage to me, or what. Welcome to motherhood!” she jokes. “Before treatment, I always had to know where every single bathroom was located. I was afraid to drink liquids. It was a terrible way of life for years,” she shares.
Elaine tried to fix her growing problem with a series of over-the-counter remedies that continually failed. She resorted to wearing pads and easy on-and-off clothing. She felt alone and frustrated.
“I was embarrassed,” she says. “I thought I was the only one with this problem.”
Elaine attended a seminar about incontinence issues hosted by The Urology Group and regained hope. A physician injected Botox directly into her bladder muscle, reducing overactivity and leakage but still allowing for control.
“When I first heard about Botox injections, I couldn’t believe it would make a difference for me,” she says. “I am shocked by the results. I am no longer racing for the restroom. I don’t wear pads anymore. I’m not the one stopping everyone because I have to go to the bathroom. This is what it is like to be a normal person.”
Elaine adds, “Botox is the way to go. It’s a godsend. I never imagined feeling completely normal again. It works!”
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