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    Coffee and Bladder?

    Hey,

    I likes me some coffee, especially now that I am going back to school and have to get up early in the morning/stay up late at night studying... or "studying". But it seems like when I drink coffee (esp in the morning) I cant predict what in the hell my bladder is going to do for the next 8 hours or so. Sometimes I will leak almost immediately (from overfull bladder) sometimes I will leak in several hours (from overfull bladder) sometimes it will happen several times in a row (like I cath every two hours or so, and sometimes I get nothing, and then my bladder is overfilled before another 2 hours is up).

    Does anyone else have that issue? Have you found anything that helped or that worked?

    Its not like I am drinking a lot, maybe 10-12oz max.

    thanks,

    funk t6complete

    #2
    Happens to me. It is worse when I drink strong made with instant
    C5/6 incomplete

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      #3
      Guess i have same problem, especially with instant coffee.

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        #4
        Coffee irritates my bladder too. I take an instant coffee cup in the mornings... The way I deal with it is that I always empty my bladder an hour and a half or two after I have drank it, before I leave the house. Sometimes that means staying in just waiting for it, or not taking coffee at all if i really dont have time. It is a pain, but I have had enough accidents because of the coffee effect...

        If I really have to leave before the coffee goes through my body, I find a bathroom as soon as I get to the other place.. Cant drink coffee at night. If it is giving you symptoms that last all day, it may mean that the irritation to the bladder remains even after you haved cathed the liquid out. It has happened to me with strong expresso. The only solution I have found for those cases is to drink large amounts of water to "wash out" the bladder. Unfortunately that just makes you pee more.

        White wine produces the same effect as coffee!! I guess it has to do with the acidity and diuretic properties of both. For me, it means no coffee after a fancy dinner EVER.

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          #5
          it might be that the caffeine in the coffee is upsetting your bladder. they do sell coffee that has half the caffeine. I wake up at 5.00 am and empty my bladder and then drink a cup or two cups of coffee and then pee at 10. Its usually about 600 cc's. when i know that i have had that much to drink i pee in 4 to 5 hours.
          T-7 Complete
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            #6
            Originally posted by RehabRhino
            Happens to me. It is worse when I drink strong made with instant
            maybe thats part of it too (the strong part not the instant) I make it as strong as I can every time. Seems like mebbe its not going to work out tho

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              #7
              Originally posted by agnes
              If it is giving you symptoms that last all day, it may mean that the irritation to the bladder remains even after you haved cathed the liquid out. It has happened to me with strong expresso. The only solution I have found for those cases is to drink large amounts of water to "wash out" the bladder. Unfortunately that just makes you pee more.
              Its not that my bladder is irritated (i think... how would I know right?) but that I just get HUGE volumes randomly, like the last time i did it I cathed after an hour or so, then again a couple hours after that, then like 30 min after the last cath I leaked and got around 600-700cc when I cathed, and it hadn't even been an hour!

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                #8
                Yes, I know what you mean with the huge volumes... I think it is because caffeine is a diuretic, so basically draws water from all cells of the body and makes you pee more...

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                  #9
                  Botox

                  Even though coffee does irritate yor bladder yu should not be leaking. Do you take any medication that helps the bladder hold more? If you are and that is not working you should try Botox to stop the leaking. Only a few insurance compnies are paying for it but if you go to www.dignitytoostudy.com they can tell you where to go to get it free in a study. Or call 1-888-617-8839. Leaking is a pain in the neck.

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                    #10
                    Anything over 1 cup and I can;t depend on knowing what my bladder will do.


                    Originally posted by agnes
                    Yes, I know what you mean with the huge volumes... I think it is because caffeine is a diuretic, so basically draws water from all cells of the body and makes you pee more...
                    That explains why my cup of coffee leads to a 600cc cath!

                    (8 oz = only ~236cc)
                    T7-8 since Feb 2005

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                      #11
                      Same here. I miss coffee so much, but like I've said, continence trumps indulgence.

                      I'm actually considering trying [shudder] decaf.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by sjean423
                        Anything over 1 cup and I can;t depend on knowing what my bladder will do.

                        That explains why my cup of coffee leads to a 600cc cath!

                        (8 oz = only ~236cc)
                        There's no getting around it. If you're a gimp and drink a strong cup of coffee you're going to need to drink lots of water to make up for the dehydration effect of that cup. Since it's best to get the 'replacement' water in your system right away that single cuppa may well account for a half gallon or more output.

                        Of course you can forego the coffee and avoid the problems althogether. And drink tea.
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                          #13
                          I switch to tea in the afternoon, funny the caffeine in tea doesn;t bother me as much.
                          T7-8 since Feb 2005

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                            #14
                            Everybody seems to notice that and agree. Whole different delivery system.

                            What I love about most of the teas I drink - bulk teas for teapot infussions - is that you can remove most of the caffine with a brief infussion w a little water that you dump in the drain. That's the little thing. The big one is that you can keep making pot after pot of tea with the original amount you put in the pot.

                            With most of the larger leaf teas the best infussion doesn't even come until the third to fifth pot. It can be a fantastic value.
                            Last edited by Juke_spin; 27 Aug 2008, 3:14 PM.
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                              #15
                              coffee and beer does the same thing to me,how long has it been since your injury cause only after 1 and a half year i can feel now when i need to go to bathroom and if i lave it a bit to long i leak.if you feel shiffers or any thing abnormal go cathirise cause what happens to me if i was suppost to catherise i stetched it i tend to leak for about 3 days before it gets right again. good luck

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