Running helped me sort out my bladder

Running helped me sort out my bladder

Running helped me sort out my bladder

First published in News

NICOLA Firth was hoping to get back in shape at a boot camp in 2012 when she suffered an accident.

The 36-year-old had had no indication she had a bladder problem and was shocked.

Nicola, a pre-school worker from Basildon, said: “I had a really embarrassing incident while attending my first ever boot camp.

“I was happily cracking on with the warm up when I realised that I no longer had control over my bladder.

“I had to confess what happened to a rather embarrassed young personal trainer and went home and sobbed my heart out to my husband.

“He encouraged me to see the doctor who referred me for surgery straight away.”

Nicola was told she had urinary stress incontinence – a common problem which affects millions of people worldwide.

Stress incontinence is the most common form of incontinence.

It means you leak urine when you increase the pressure on the bladder, as in coughing, sneezing or exercise.

It happens when the pelvic floor muscles that support the bladder are weakened.

Doctors told Nicola she wouldn’t be able to do any high impact exercise and that surgery was her only option to be able to live a normal life and be able take part in exercise.

But she refused the treatment.

Instead she looked into alternative cures.

Nicola said: “After looking into it, I found that a course of physiotherapy and losing some weight could help my situation so I cancelled my operation.

“After losing a stone alongside attending regular physio appointments and bladder training, I had great improvements and was soon able to take up running.

“I chose running for a few reasons. It is convenient, it’s free and your workout begins as soon as you step out of the door.

“While in my school years, I always avoided PE class because I felt so useless at sport, but now I feel empowered to prove to myself that I can run.

“I was also inspired by my friend who started running from being a non runner to running a marathon.”

Despite the doctor’s prognosis, Nicola’s treatment worked.

She is now looking forward to taking part in the Women’s Running 10k Race Series when it returns to London’s Finsbury Park on Saturday September 27.

Nicola started running as a beginner in June this year and now runs 15k a week.

She hopes by speaking out about her problem she will encourage others to seek help.

She said: “When I first started running I kept reading about women who run commando and I felt a bit ashamed that I could not try it because of my concerns.

“However, talking to others who have similar problems I now realise that I’m not alone and I would like other women to know that too.

“I would also like to encourage women not to just put up with the problem but to seek medical advice.

“For me managing my condition is about keeping to a healthy weight and building my core muscles. I find running is the best and most enjoyable way to do that. I know that one day I probably will have the operation, but for now running is helping me.”

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7:56pm Mon 18 Aug 14

supermadmax says...

Why would you want to have you photo done and speak about that to the local paper ?
Why would you want to have you photo done and speak about that to the local paper ? supermadmax
  • Score: -2

8:06pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Kim Gandy says...

supermadmax wrote:
Why would you want to have you photo done and speak about that to the local paper ?
Perhaps it might inspire others in the same predicament.

I've seen far worse things discussed by some of the nutters who post on here, especially by that Taylor female aka Happy Chickie who posts the most salacious bile on here and even worse elsewhere. Some of the stuff I read on the comments is sickening.

Frankly, I think Nicola is quite brave for speaking out on a subject that is embarrassing. If others are small minded and petty about it that's their problem.
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: Why would you want to have you photo done and speak about that to the local paper ?[/p][/quote]Perhaps it might inspire others in the same predicament. I've seen far worse things discussed by some of the nutters who post on here, especially by that Taylor female aka Happy Chickie who posts the most salacious bile on here and even worse elsewhere. Some of the stuff I read on the comments is sickening. Frankly, I think Nicola is quite brave for speaking out on a subject that is embarrassing. If others are small minded and petty about it that's their problem. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 6

9:46pm Mon 18 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

PEED OFF...
PEED OFF... sesibollox
  • Score: -3

10:06pm Mon 18 Aug 14

supermadmax says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
supermadmax wrote:
Why would you want to have you photo done and speak about that to the local paper ?
Perhaps it might inspire others in the same predicament.

I've seen far worse things discussed by some of the nutters who post on here, especially by that Taylor female aka Happy Chickie who posts the most salacious bile on here and even worse elsewhere. Some of the stuff I read on the comments is sickening.

Frankly, I think Nicola is quite brave for speaking out on a subject that is embarrassing. If others are small minded and petty about it that's their problem.
Na, its weird.

Most normal 20 or 30 something girls would not come on the paper and embarrass themselves. I don't get it, its not an advert, it looks like she contacted the paper off her own back. Weird.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: Why would you want to have you photo done and speak about that to the local paper ?[/p][/quote]Perhaps it might inspire others in the same predicament. I've seen far worse things discussed by some of the nutters who post on here, especially by that Taylor female aka Happy Chickie who posts the most salacious bile on here and even worse elsewhere. Some of the stuff I read on the comments is sickening. Frankly, I think Nicola is quite brave for speaking out on a subject that is embarrassing. If others are small minded and petty about it that's their problem.[/p][/quote]Na, its weird. Most normal 20 or 30 something girls would not come on the paper and embarrass themselves. I don't get it, its not an advert, it looks like she contacted the paper off her own back. Weird. supermadmax
  • Score: -5

10:50pm Mon 18 Aug 14

DAGASMAN says...

supermadmax wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
supermadmax wrote:
Why would you want to have you photo done and speak about that to the local paper ?
Perhaps it might inspire others in the same predicament.

I've seen far worse things discussed by some of the nutters who post on here, especially by that Taylor female aka Happy Chickie who posts the most salacious bile on here and even worse elsewhere. Some of the stuff I read on the comments is sickening.

Frankly, I think Nicola is quite brave for speaking out on a subject that is embarrassing. If others are small minded and petty about it that's their problem.
Na, its weird.

Most normal 20 or 30 something girls would not come on the paper and embarrass themselves. I don't get it, its not an advert, it looks like she contacted the paper off her own back. Weird.
How has she embarrassed herself? Shes sharing an experience to support others who may experience the same, i bet you also laugh at disabled people or when old people fall over
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: Why would you want to have you photo done and speak about that to the local paper ?[/p][/quote]Perhaps it might inspire others in the same predicament. I've seen far worse things discussed by some of the nutters who post on here, especially by that Taylor female aka Happy Chickie who posts the most salacious bile on here and even worse elsewhere. Some of the stuff I read on the comments is sickening. Frankly, I think Nicola is quite brave for speaking out on a subject that is embarrassing. If others are small minded and petty about it that's their problem.[/p][/quote]Na, its weird. Most normal 20 or 30 something girls would not come on the paper and embarrass themselves. I don't get it, its not an advert, it looks like she contacted the paper off her own back. Weird.[/p][/quote]How has she embarrassed herself? Shes sharing an experience to support others who may experience the same, i bet you also laugh at disabled people or when old people fall over DAGASMAN
  • Score: 4

6:01am Tue 19 Aug 14

supermadmax says...

DAGASMAN wrote:
supermadmax wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
supermadmax wrote:
Why would you want to have you photo done and speak about that to the local paper ?
Perhaps it might inspire others in the same predicament.

I've seen far worse things discussed by some of the nutters who post on here, especially by that Taylor female aka Happy Chickie who posts the most salacious bile on here and even worse elsewhere. Some of the stuff I read on the comments is sickening.

Frankly, I think Nicola is quite brave for speaking out on a subject that is embarrassing. If others are small minded and petty about it that's their problem.
Na, its weird.

Most normal 20 or 30 something girls would not come on the paper and embarrass themselves. I don't get it, its not an advert, it looks like she contacted the paper off her own back. Weird.
How has she embarrassed herself? Shes sharing an experience to support others who may experience the same, i bet you also laugh at disabled people or when old people fall over
Who's laughing ?
[quote][p][bold]DAGASMAN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: Why would you want to have you photo done and speak about that to the local paper ?[/p][/quote]Perhaps it might inspire others in the same predicament. I've seen far worse things discussed by some of the nutters who post on here, especially by that Taylor female aka Happy Chickie who posts the most salacious bile on here and even worse elsewhere. Some of the stuff I read on the comments is sickening. Frankly, I think Nicola is quite brave for speaking out on a subject that is embarrassing. If others are small minded and petty about it that's their problem.[/p][/quote]Na, its weird. Most normal 20 or 30 something girls would not come on the paper and embarrass themselves. I don't get it, its not an advert, it looks like she contacted the paper off her own back. Weird.[/p][/quote]How has she embarrassed herself? Shes sharing an experience to support others who may experience the same, i bet you also laugh at disabled people or when old people fall over[/p][/quote]Who's laughing ? supermadmax
  • Score: 0

8:40am Tue 19 Aug 14

_Lotus_ says...

supermadmax wrote:
Why would you want to have you photo done and speak about that to the local paper ?
Well you wouldn't Max would you, that's for sure. You know, not everything is selfish in this world, you would do well to realize that.

There are numerous people out there who have this problem, many of which may not realize that it can be sorted, without surgery. This young woman, bringing her own experience to other people's attention could help them too.

Thank God everybody isn't like you Max, because if they were, the whole world would be stuffed.

Go for a run or something for crying out loud and stop finding fault with everything you read, the whole world does not revolve around you.
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: Why would you want to have you photo done and speak about that to the local paper ?[/p][/quote]Well you wouldn't Max would you, that's for sure. You know, not everything is selfish in this world, you would do well to realize that. There are numerous people out there who have this problem, many of which may not realize that it can be sorted, without surgery. This young woman, bringing her own experience to other people's attention could help them too. Thank God everybody isn't like you Max, because if they were, the whole world would be stuffed. Go for a run or something for crying out loud and stop finding fault with everything you read, the whole world does not revolve around you. _Lotus_
  • Score: 2

9:42am Tue 19 Aug 14

Nelly99 says...

An operation helped me! She probably strengthened her pelvic floor muscles by running. Madmax.. the man who knows everything but not that it is "off your own bat" NOT BACK!
An operation helped me! She probably strengthened her pelvic floor muscles by running. Madmax.. the man who knows everything but not that it is "off your own bat" NOT BACK! Nelly99
  • Score: 3

11:27am Tue 19 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Tight shorts no doubt help...
Tight shorts no doubt help... sesibollox
  • Score: 1

12:13pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

Fancy running to the press over such a matter, one story we could do without.
Fancy running to the press over such a matter, one story we could do without. Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: 1

1:48pm Tue 19 Aug 14

nixfir78 says...

Just to clarify, this article has already given at least 5 other women the confidence to seek help for a condition that sadly most woman who have children will experience at some point. A condition that can have a real negative impact on quality of life and lead to other serious conditions such as depression. Why should a condition that a high percentage of ladies suffer from carry such a stigma, especially when there is treatment available to relieve them of the misery and suffering it can cause. I am proud to have not only overcomethe condition but to be able to help others to seek help and regain their lives is a priviledge. Maybe it is embarrasing having an article like this in the paper, however what does a few blushes mean when it could be life changing for others reading it. The small minded nobodies will forget this in a few days, those it was meant for will remember it. That is what mattersto me. Sometimes you just put others first and do what you wish someone had done for you.
Just to clarify, this article has already given at least 5 other women the confidence to seek help for a condition that sadly most woman who have children will experience at some point. A condition that can have a real negative impact on quality of life and lead to other serious conditions such as depression. Why should a condition that a high percentage of ladies suffer from carry such a stigma, especially when there is treatment available to relieve them of the misery and suffering it can cause. I am proud to have not only overcomethe condition but to be able to help others to seek help and regain their lives is a priviledge. Maybe it is embarrasing having an article like this in the paper, however what does a few blushes mean when it could be life changing for others reading it. The small minded nobodies will forget this in a few days, those it was meant for will remember it. That is what mattersto me. Sometimes you just put others first and do what you wish someone had done for you. nixfir78
  • Score: 2

2:08pm Tue 19 Aug 14

DAGASMAN says...

nixfir78 wrote:
Just to clarify, this article has already given at least 5 other women the confidence to seek help for a condition that sadly most woman who have children will experience at some point. A condition that can have a real negative impact on quality of life and lead to other serious conditions such as depression. Why should a condition that a high percentage of ladies suffer from carry such a stigma, especially when there is treatment available to relieve them of the misery and suffering it can cause. I am proud to have not only overcomethe condition but to be able to help others to seek help and regain their lives is a priviledge. Maybe it is embarrasing having an article like this in the paper, however what does a few blushes mean when it could be life changing for others reading it. The small minded nobodies will forget this in a few days, those it was meant for will remember it. That is what mattersto me. Sometimes you just put others first and do what you wish someone had done for you.
Dont explain yourself to those idiots, its a sad example of what we end up with when we allow anybody & everybody to use the internet
[quote][p][bold]nixfir78[/bold] wrote: Just to clarify, this article has already given at least 5 other women the confidence to seek help for a condition that sadly most woman who have children will experience at some point. A condition that can have a real negative impact on quality of life and lead to other serious conditions such as depression. Why should a condition that a high percentage of ladies suffer from carry such a stigma, especially when there is treatment available to relieve them of the misery and suffering it can cause. I am proud to have not only overcomethe condition but to be able to help others to seek help and regain their lives is a priviledge. Maybe it is embarrasing having an article like this in the paper, however what does a few blushes mean when it could be life changing for others reading it. The small minded nobodies will forget this in a few days, those it was meant for will remember it. That is what mattersto me. Sometimes you just put others first and do what you wish someone had done for you.[/p][/quote]Dont explain yourself to those idiots, its a sad example of what we end up with when we allow anybody & everybody to use the internet DAGASMAN
  • Score: -1

9:23pm Tue 19 Aug 14

ThisYear says...

DAGASMAN wrote:
nixfir78 wrote:
Just to clarify, this article has already given at least 5 other women the confidence to seek help for a condition that sadly most woman who have children will experience at some point. A condition that can have a real negative impact on quality of life and lead to other serious conditions such as depression. Why should a condition that a high percentage of ladies suffer from carry such a stigma, especially when there is treatment available to relieve them of the misery and suffering it can cause. I am proud to have not only overcomethe condition but to be able to help others to seek help and regain their lives is a priviledge. Maybe it is embarrasing having an article like this in the paper, however what does a few blushes mean when it could be life changing for others reading it. The small minded nobodies will forget this in a few days, those it was meant for will remember it. That is what mattersto me. Sometimes you just put others first and do what you wish someone had done for you.
Dont explain yourself to those idiots, its a sad example of what we end up with when we allow anybody & everybody to use the internet
Especially racist and bigoted scum
[quote][p][bold]DAGASMAN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nixfir78[/bold] wrote: Just to clarify, this article has already given at least 5 other women the confidence to seek help for a condition that sadly most woman who have children will experience at some point. A condition that can have a real negative impact on quality of life and lead to other serious conditions such as depression. Why should a condition that a high percentage of ladies suffer from carry such a stigma, especially when there is treatment available to relieve them of the misery and suffering it can cause. I am proud to have not only overcomethe condition but to be able to help others to seek help and regain their lives is a priviledge. Maybe it is embarrasing having an article like this in the paper, however what does a few blushes mean when it could be life changing for others reading it. The small minded nobodies will forget this in a few days, those it was meant for will remember it. That is what mattersto me. Sometimes you just put others first and do what you wish someone had done for you.[/p][/quote]Dont explain yourself to those idiots, its a sad example of what we end up with when we allow anybody & everybody to use the internet[/p][/quote]Especially racist and bigoted scum ThisYear
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