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(no subject) [Jul. 16th, 2006|09:23 am]
Paruresis: The Shy Bladder Syndrome

(Court TV) -- The inability to urinate on demand can cost someone a job.

After consuming gallons of water to foster a drug test, Captain Joseph Kinneary's 29 years of service in the Merchant Marines ended when he couldn't produce a urine sample under pressure.

The 51-year-old Long Islander, who has been out of work since March 4, 2002, filed two lawsuits Thursday against the State of New York and the U.S. Coast Guard claiming discrimination against his uncontrollable social anxiety disorder called paruresis, also known as Shy Bladder Syndrome.

Although Kinneary has been battling the drug urination test since it was instated 10 years ago, he finally failed and was suspended for 80 days. On October 16, 2003, an administrative judge for the Coast Guard ruled against Kinneary and moved him from the position of captain to an administrative desk job.

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Newbie [Sep. 19th, 2005|03:34 pm]
Paruresis: The Shy Bladder Syndrome

Hi there.

Does anybody suffer from shy bladder on top of already having bladder problems? I have Interstitial Cystitis (IC) which means I have very high urinary urgency/frequency (bad day every 3-4 minutes, "good" day 25+ minutes).

Sometimes I really can't go in public bathrooms and stay in there for like 15 minutes, before coming out crying and running back in 2 seconds later, and having to go round in that circle. I also can't pee if there's someone close to the bathroom door inside, or even if people are waiting for me to say, start watching a movie or whatever. And at other people's houses I find it a struggle.

I've never tried the meds to help relax the bladder though because I'm scared - with already having to pee a lot) I'd be peeing even more than I already do, or even become incontinent. I can't describe it but having IC, when I have to go, I have to go, I can literally feel the urine almost coming out..yet as soon as I sit down on the toilet, and I'm still bursting, nothing comes out. Sometimes I can only pee a tiny amount, then tense up again.

I find that layering the toilet bowl with a few sheets of paper kinda makes it easier sometimes..it takes the noise away..has anyone else tried this, or got any other tips?

I think this all started in high school (I was made fun of when I developed bladder problems) and I remember going to the bathroom mid-class once, and there was a group of girls skipping class all gathered in there, and when I went into the cubicle they were all laughing and started throwing wet paper towels onto the ceiling above me. I could not go. After 5 minutes I ran out the toilets right over to the other side of the school grounds to use the other bathrooms, and ended up being another 10 minutes before getting back into class and getting into trouble for being gone so long, ever since then it's built up over time. Before that day I used to be fine about peeing when other people were close by.

I've asked my DR about learning to use a catheter, but he simply says "that wouldn't be appropriate", and that's taking into consideration both the ridiculous frequency and shy bladder!

I also suffer from agoraphobia (I've not been diagnosed but have twice had counsellers to try and help) and extreme travel phobia, both come back to my bladder problems.

Anyway, thats just me:)
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an old time who's had shy bladder for over 30 yrs. [Mar. 28th, 2005|09:37 am]
Paruresis: The Shy Bladder Syndrome

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Female age 48. I've suffered from paurasis for years. Back when I started having problelms there was no name for it and I don't even think the docs. knew anything about it. I went for medical attention when I was no longer able to pee even in my own home. I am what they call a severe case. I was taught to do self urinary catherization for it. I never knew there were other people with this problem till this past year. When my high school aged daughter started telling me should could not pee in public or at school and was often in severe pain on feild trips I cam clean with my daughters about my own history with not being able to pee myself and my need to stay in my saftey zone all these years as well as that I have to preform self cath when necessary. I had spent all these years thinking I was some kind of mental freak a nd the only one. Well I'm not and I feel so much better now that its not just my "ugly discusting dirty secret". It's just a part of me and I pray that one day it will be a public talked about subject so that the proper privacy bathrooms are available for all someday. I fear my daughter will have problems when she goes off to college. I have told her that she doesn't need to suffer...she can train for self catherization if it becomes necessary. I hope she gets better on her own and that never becomes necessary for her. Any one want to talk about an of this and the problem you may suffer...write to me as I am an old timer with this and the issues that can go with it. shame and fear of people knowing, is still and issue for me but at least I know I'm not the only one now and my girls still love me even though they know their mom has some severe social issues. Best to all of you. love Kathy
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(no subject) [Jul. 8th, 2004|12:54 am]
Paruresis: The Shy Bladder Syndrome

I can pee fine alone and usually at night. If I have already started and someone comes up next to me Im fine. But if anyone else is around its not happening. I just loosen up, doesnt work. Ive heard coughing helps, doesnt for me. Im not at all shy. I talk to people all the time in rest rooms.
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(no subject) [Jun. 3rd, 2004|12:35 am]
Paruresis: The Shy Bladder Syndrome

I have a shy bladder.
I can pee fine alone or in a stall in a public bathroom, but I can't pee at the urinal when others are around at all. I am not nervous about people seeing me naked as I grew up going to nudist parks, but the peeing in public view is very difficult. I have made some progress, but not as much as I would like.

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