By Elizabeth Torres, Women & Infants Patient
“It started right after my youngest daughter was born. I had to run to the bathroom all the time but had difficulty emptying my bladder. I was in incredible discomfort, started to get urinary tract infections and couldn’t sleep at night. My name is Elizabeth and this is my story.
I talked to my doctor but he told me it was my age. He said this was ‘normal’. I was 35 and he told me I needed to get used to it. Finally I stopped saying anything because I figured this was how I was going to feel for the rest of my life.
But then a friend from work told me about a doctor at Women & Infants. At first I said no but my friend made the appointment for me. So I went and she started asking me questions. She said the pressure I was feeling isn’t normal; the bulge isn’t either and she referred me to the Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at Women & Infants.
I met with Dr. Wohlrab. Sometimes I couldn’t express exactly what the discomfort was but he would say do you feel this or that? And I would say – that’s it, that’s exactly what I’m feeling. Suddenly someone understood exactly what was happening to me. I can’t tell you what a relief it was to have someone who understood and cared about what I was going through and wanted to help.
It turned out that my bladder had dropped and I had incontinence. Dr. Wohlrab went through different treatment options and talked me through each one. He even arranged for me to meet other women who had problems like mine. They shared their stories, answered my questions and told me how treatment had helped them feel better.
Now the torture is over and I feel great. After about 15 years of suffering, I’m well. I’m back at work, I can drink water again, visit my family and get my job done without worrying about finding a bathroom all the time. All without worrying about my back hurting or what’s happening inside my body that shouldn’t.
I’m so glad I went to Women & Infants. It was like a door finally opened and I was able to get what I needed. I hope other women will realize that this isn’t just part of aging. It’s not normal and there is help at Women & Infants.”