Leaking Urine

By LadyLee2011 Latest Reply 2012-03-17 20:28:54 -0500
Started 2012-03-14 09:49:36 -0500

For the past 3 weeks I have been leaking urine. I went to my family doctor and he gave me some medicine called CIPROFLOXACN. I used it and it stopped. Now the problem is back. Is this serious? Can anyone help me shed some light on this? I am only 38 years old and I have had diabetes for 2 years. This is the first time I have experienced this.

21 replies

veggieD 2012-03-17 20:28:54 -0500 Report

i have a minor problem when sneezing, coughing, etc. I just wear pads for the rest of my life.

nanaellen 2012-03-17 10:49:18 -0500 Report

I've had the same problem since I was your age…I'm 54 now. I use liners all the time,but my sister had the same problem and she went in for minor surgery because the muscles around the bladder had come loose. She was in and out the same day and hasn't had that problem since! Good luck to you I hope it is something just as simple for you! Ellen

restlessdiabetic 2012-03-15 22:19:45 -0500 Report

I had the same problem when I laugh or sneeze had a cat scan done and found out my bladder tipped also. I also had a hysterectomy and after that I got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Having other medical issues so the cat scan was done and that's how I found out I have a tipped bladder so my bladder never empties all the way plus I leak whenever I laugh,sneeze,cough etc. Cipro is an antibiotic so I would go back to the same dr and make sure there is no infection. If the infection cleared up then I would ask to check that the bladder hasn't tipped.

Jan8 2012-03-15 10:32:00 -0500 Report

Cipro is used for infection so maybe yours hasnt cleared up yet. Call the doc and get a refill.

GabbyPA 2012-03-14 20:45:20 -0500 Report

Let me ask what kind of numbers are you having with your glucose? That may not account for the leaking, but may account for the need to go so often. I know I can tend to have issues when my levels are too high. When they come back down, I usually do much better.

However, like many have said, I would continue to talk to your doctor. If you are going through your primary doctor, make sure he understands the control level of your diabetes as well.

locarbarbie 2012-03-14 12:34:48 -0500 Report

Did your Dr. order a urine culture and sensitivity test to rule out UTI? That should be the 1st step. Considering that the onset was sudden and it cleared up for a time with Cipro, it does sound like UTI. Sometimes one antibiotic works better than others depending on the type of bacteria present etc. This is why a test should be done to identify the exact type of bacteria present. (if any)

Drinking plenty of water also helps. I know cranberry juice is often recommended, however, it is pretty much impossible to drink as much as you would need plus that much juice is a diabetic no no.

Also, make sure you wear cotton panties and avoid bubble baths. I would also sleep without panties if possible to allow for ventilation. Just my two cents.

LadyLee2011 2012-03-14 11:51:52 -0500 Report

Do I talk to my family dr or my diabetes dr?

locarbarbie 2012-03-14 13:19:04 -0500 Report

It really does not matter which Dr. However, if it is not a uti and is bladder disfunction due to neuropathy, obviously your diabetic Dr. would be best. I suppose the first step would be to rule out uti, so family dr.

Gemm 2012-03-14 11:40:04 -0500 Report

Leakage of this sort can also be a sign of a tipped bladder. My doctor and I have discussed this as mine has tipped since my hysterectomy and I have to wear liners in my panties all the time as I can leak any time - a sneeze, cough, move a certain way etc. I would suggest you talk to your doctor about this again as there can be several other causes some serious and some that aren't. One other, that can be fixed with simple muscle exercises is weakening of the pelvic floor muscles, often caused from childbirth and the more children we have the weaker some of those muscles can get. Hope you can find a cause and solution soon. :)

jayabee52 2012-03-14 11:57:47 -0500 Report

Ah, yes, the exercise of which you speak are called the "Kegels".

Gemm 2012-03-15 15:12:43 -0500 Report

yup those are the ones lol they are easy to do and can be done almost anywhere you are, even when traveling or just sitting watching TV or on the puter :)

LadyLee2011 2012-03-14 12:00:09 -0500 Report


locarbarbie 2012-03-14 12:23:42 -0500 Report

Yes, regardless of what is going on, kegal exercises are a good idea. All women should get into the habit of doing these several times daily. While urinating, consciously start and stop your stream. While just sitting around, you can do these and no one will be the wiser. I must have read this long ago, to kegal in time to a song…mine happens to be, "Yankee Doodle"!! (TMI??)

jayabee52 2012-03-14 12:36:27 -0500 Report

guys can benefit from doing Kegels too! Not as much as the ladies, but benefit nonetheless. I would do Kegels along with my (ex) wife when we were together.

jayabee52 2012-03-14 11:30:30 -0500 Report

Howdy LadyLee!
Ciprofloxiacn (also comminly known as "Cipro") Is commonly used as an antibiotic. I had some foul smelling urine due to inadequate emptying of my bladder (? neurogenic bladder?) and Dr Rx'd some "cipro" for me. After 1 week's course of the med, the foul smelling urine seemed to be corrected.

The thing you need to figure out, why are you having recurrent UTIs? (urinary tract infections)

The ladies seems to have more of a likelihood of UTIs then men do. It is thought it is because of the shortness of the urethra, compared to a male's

Sometimes a change in one's eating habits, or one's sexual partner can bring on a UTI. Other times it is anyone's guess as to why it happens. My 1st wife, the mother of my 3 sons, did seem to have her share of UTIs when she was with me.

Is it serious? Well you don't want to let it grow into a bigger problem, so take care of it as soon as you reasonably can. Try also to discover what is causing the UTI, and seek to avoid whatever is causing the problem, if you can.

I pray you are able to get this problem fixed, while it is at the level of an annoyance.


LadyLee2011 2012-03-14 11:34:46 -0500 Report

Thanks for responding. The smell is not foul. I am not in pain. I just leak a little and have to go at the top of every hour. Sometimes is minimal sometimes, it's a lot. Should I see my family dr. or my diabetes dr. or both? I have no clue why it's occuring. Thanks. I will look into it.