I've been fighting an overactive bladder for about two years, and previously my primary care doctor had tried all sorts of pills. I went from one pill to the other and some made me swell, some would work for a week, others for only a day or so and then it was back to normal.
I just couldn’t control it. I'd get up seven or eight times a night. When I went shopping, I would have to make sure I knew where the restrooms were. Sometimes I’d take a change of clothes along with me when I was away from home. It was one of those things I knew I had to do something about, but I didn’t know what.
My primary doctor sent me to a specialist, who then referred me to Dr. Joseph Costa at Shands Jacksonville. That’s where we’ve had good luck.
Dr. Costa recommended I have a special device implanted to stimulate the nerves going to my bladder. I really had no idea what this whole procedure would be like. I was very naive but the nurses there are very knowledgeable. Dr. Costa warned me it might not work, but I was willing to try anything.
In June, 2011, I went in for the outpatient procedure to have the implant. So far, it's been great and I haven't had any problems. I'm starting to feel like my old self again.
I have great respect for Dr. Costa and the nurses and staff at Shands Jacksonville. They are the most pleasant individuals to be around and I thank them all because I am back to normal.
Orange Park, Fla.
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