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18 Year-Old with Nighttime Bed Wetting - Please Give Advice! Primary Nocturnal Enuresis

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  • Posted By: Aselfi
  • July 16, 2014
  • 09:58 PM

I've been told since I was a very young girl that I would outgrow bed wetting, and at the end of each year I'd continue to be disappointed with the results. I am now eighteen years old, and continue to wet the bed (not literally, as I prevent this by using pull ups, my preferred brand being Nighttime's). The condition that I have is best known as nighttime incontinence, but more specifically as Primary Nocturnal Enuresis. I've lived with it my entire life, have endured shame and embarrassment, having cancelled or denied plans to stay over at a friends house or in a hotel during the night. It's affected me, in ways I wish it didn't. I have a low self esteem, and I often feel alone as I have yet to come across another adult who also bed wets on a nightly basis. I've ran out of options - if fact, I'm considering going back to options, as I'll be off to college in a few months and will be rooming with another person. I've tried many things, such as, but not limited to: acupuncture, massage therapy, medications, alarms, reducing liquid intake, and waiting. The longest that I've gone without urinating at night is a month, which wasn't due to any of the treatment's I've previously listed. The month of no bed wetting was also the month of fear, the month of holding my breath, the month of hope... I moved out, and I was terribly anxious which caused me to not wet the bed. But I had no idea that would happen, or when it would happen. I soon got comfortable in my new home and began to bed wet again. One other point to add to that it something I noticed as I grew up with my condition, is if I stayed up late enough, about 2 or 3 am, I was able to fall asleep and not bed wet - although it was still a hit or miss, it seemed more successful than the other treatments I tried. Though this hit and miss discovery of mine also made me sleep deprived and anxious and I still had little to no control over bed wetting. Sometimes I feel like bed wetting is the price I have to pay. Either I give up living a comfortable, healthy life to avoid bed wetting occasionally, or I just tough it out and learn to live with it. I hope that everyone else around me accepts that I am who I am, and this condition comes with me. I have to accept that I have this condition, and I know that it's very hard for me to do that. I'm not sure what progress I'll make in the future, but I hope that you and everyone else out there might have some advice, support, or stories that you'd share with me. Thank you so very, very much! - A

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