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How many times a day do you pee?

Yes, I know that's a weird question. I am going for a urodynamics test in January and in preparation I have to do a voiding diary for two days where I write down everything I drink, how often I pee, and how much comes out. I feel like I go to the bathroom a lot (but I also drink a lot) so I was just wondering how often everyone else goes. So if you're interested, take a 24-hour period, count how many times you go to the bathroom and answer these questions.

How many times do you pee in 24 hours total?
11

How many times do you get up at night to pee?
1

Other comments?
So far all I've found out from the urologist is that my postvoid residual urine volume (PVR) is 102 (milliliters I think) which is not great, but not terrible and, as an incidental finding, I have a gallbladder stone (which does explain some occasional intermittent pain I have, but apparently it's big enough that it's unlikely to pass so the urologist said I can ignore it unless it bothers me)

sho
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I usually go once an hour and may be once at night depending what I drink.

Alex
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I was wonder the same thing as you. When I had my urodynamics test about a year and a half ago, I was peeing an avg of 16 times in 24 hrs and I was getting up between 1-2 times at night.  He put me on Vesicare.

Now I'm going to PT for pelvic floor spasticity for my bowels.  She asked me to do a log of how many times I'm peeing in 24 hrs. Now, even with the Vesicare, I'm going between 14-15 times in 24 hrs and getting up now between 3-4 times at night. At times, I'll use the restroom, get up, walk 5-10 feet, then feel like I have to go again. Then I go again - and it's anywhere between 30-100% of the amount the first time that I tried to go.  

Hmmm, now that I just looked at this, it seems like the Vesicare isn't really working. I only take 5 mg a day. He wanted me to take 10 mg, but it made my mouth way too dry.

-Kelly
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Kelly, my guess for you is that you are not voiding completely and that is why you continue to have the urge to urinate.  IT is a no win situation. You might talk to your doc about intermittent self-catherization.  Yes, it has a real ick factor to the idea but it is also can be a real plus.  Emptying completely allows you to go longer periods of time without peeing.  It also removes stale urine, which has the potential to creat UTI's.

HAving to pee that many times signals that something is really amiss.

Sho, your results sound more on the nomal side, though 11 times is still a bit much.  Your post-void residual number is pretty good- not great, but acceptable.  When I am retainig or fighting an infection I would go 15-20 times a day.  



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It seems to depend on how my symptoms are flaring (or not) and the circumstances of my life.  During flares and when taking Prednisone I tend to go frequently.  For some reason, prednisone makes me lose fluid instead of retain it.  I drink a lot and retain a lot.

I used to get up 3-4 times at night.  Now that I wear CPAP to treat sleep apnea (and actually sleep) I'm up no more than one time each night.  However, that often means I experience an overflow incontinence when I do wake up because my bladder gets overly full during the night.

If I've been working regularly and get too busy to drink much or take regular breaks I can last quite a few hours.  I pay for that with urge incontinence sometimes too :(  

When I've had longer stretches of time off (like recently) I think I "train" myself into urinary frequency.  If I'm at home and free to empty as soon as an urge hits -- I do!  It doesn't seem to take very long for urgency and frequency to increase when my bladder figures out I won't make it wait.

All bets are off when the MS symptoms flare.  The bladder lets loose almost at will then and when it does there is NO stopping it again.

Mary
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For me, I go at least 12 times during the day and I get up every night to go once abd sometimes twice...so that's about 13 to 14 times daily.  Plus the lovely incontinence issue which my vaginal mesh surgery done a few months ago did not do a damn thing.

But I have no diagnosis so I dont know what's causing that save for my age.
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Kelly, what you describe is called double voiding.  I've had that too and it can be quite aggravating.  Lulu is right that it means you aren't emptying your bladder completely the first time you go.

The therapist might be able to help you use it to your advantage as a technique to 'teach' your bladder how to empty completely during the first sit down.

Mary
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I don't have any bladder issues anymore but when I did I'd say I went maybe 7 times a day. Now, I go around twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon and once at night before bed. So that's a total of 5 for me. Wow, I am blown away by the size of the numbers above.

Blessings
Alex
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Alex, the plumbing for men often works so differently than for women.  Whatever the reason, be thankful that your bladder is kinder to you than most of us.  Must be nice!!

Lu
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Yes, now that I know that I'm double voiding quite a bit, I am hoping the PT can take a look at that and see what we can do to empty all the way the 1st time. I'd rather go that route then self-catherization if I can avoid it.  I've never had a bladder / UTI infection in my life (at least none that I ever knew that I had).  I've never had any of the symptoms for it - other than not going all the way, and having to double & triple void.

I know I have the voiding problem.  Whenever I go to the uro, they always make me use the restroom in a cup. Then afterwards they do an ultrasound to see if I have any residual pee still inside of my bladder. They never say that I do, but I know that I do.  

One time, just to prove myself right, I stopped mid-stream and then went into the room to get the ultrasound to see if they would catch the left over urine still in my bladder. As I had guessed - NOPE!!!  Just, OK, great, nothing in there.  When I absolutely new for sure I had a lot in there.  It's either you can't trust these people to read it correctly, or the machinery isn't the best....

Thanks,
Kelly
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