Anyone developed (mild) incontinence since developing CFS?

keepswimming

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This isn't something I've seen discussed much on here, but I wondered if anyone else has this problem. Since becoming ill with CFS I have developed a slight problem with incontinence. Strangely, a common trigger is when I'm putting a lot of effort into talking to someone, I experience some... leakage... I don't know whether its because I'm exerting myself and putting a lot of energy into socialising? Or perhaps if I'm laughing a lot etc that could be the cause...

I'm going to try to tackle this with some pelvic floor exercises. But I just found it quite a strange symptom and wondered if anyone else has experienced it? I'm in my 20s and have never had children, and the symptoms appeared around the time of my CFS so I think they must be linked.
 

keepswimming

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I have seen it on one or two symptom lists. I also remember when I went to the NHS CFS clinic it was one of the questions on the form I filled in. But as you say I haven't come across anyone talking about it!
 

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Hi @keepswimming.....Yes, I have the same symptom and actually have had it as far as I can recall. I have to know where a bathroom is at all times. I've noticed that it's worse since my GI surgery of the summer of 2019. Bear in mind that I'm also almost 74 yrs. old.

I have a lot of GI problems, too. Most of them started when I was between 18 and 20 and yes, I'll be the first to admit that stress makes it all worse. Always check for the Ladies Room....Yours, Lenora.