Tracey Beadle - Harrison, MI

"There has been no downside at all. Mom was right. It changed my life!"

Walking, Not Running, Thanks to Innovative Treatment

For Tracey Beadle, living with an overactive bladder (OAB), and the urgent need to find a restroom, was a decades old issue. “I lived with it before I had children, although pregnancy certainly didn’t help,” she said. “I think it is just part of my makeup.”

Through the years, Tracey tried everything she could to manage her condition. “I tried a lot of different medications, did the exercises, changed my diet and even did physical therapy – twice,” she said. “I did everything they told me to do but nothing really helped with the urgency issue.”

She handled her situation pragmatically and with humor. “I always had a plan,” Tracey said. “I can tell you where all the bathrooms are in mid-Michigan.”

However, her condition had become more than simply a nuisance. “I always had to be where I could use a bathroom, I had to be careful about how much liquid I drank and the medications I’d taken for years were a concern me -- the side effects were not at all fun,” she said. 

Unfortunately, Tracey’s 72-year-old mother had battled the same condition most of her life. Fortunately, last October, Tracey’s mother was given injections of Botulinum Toxin type A, commonly known as BOTOX®, to relieve her symptoms of OAB and urge incontinence.

Involuntary contractions by the bladder muscles can cause urine leakage. Using a cystoscope, a thin tube with an optical lens on the end that is inserted into the bladder through the urethra, BOTOX is injected across the bladder muscle, preventing the contractions that can cause incontinence.

“Shortly after her procedure, Mom told me ‘You’ve got to get this done – it will change your life.’ When I saw my primary care provider and asked about it, she referred me to Dr. Witzke,” Tracey said.

Karla Witzke, D.O., is a board certified in urologist. Dr. Witzke uses a variety of methods including physical therapy, biofeedback, medication, surgery and other treatments to help reduce patients’ symptoms and improve their quality of life. In Tracey’s case, Dr. Witzke determined that BOTOX injections would be a good treatment option.

The injections are administered on an outpatient basis or as a simple office procedure. Tracey had the procedure done on December 10. “I had it done as an outpatient,” she said. “The entire experience from the moment I arrived until the procedure was complete only took about an hour and I had no pain at all. I went to work the next day.”

“Within a couple of days, I could really tell a difference. I wasn’t running anymore,” she said. “Before, when I felt a certain twinge, my mind was programmed to run to a bathroom. Now, I can finish what I’m doing and walk there.”

Even non-stop extended trips are now possible. “We spend a lot of weekends in the UP and before, I scoped out the exits because I knew I’d have to stop,” Tracey said. “Now, we can drive all the way up or all the way back without stopping.”

She is delighted with the results and the freedom she gained. “It’s really been wonderful,” she said. “So far, there has been no downside at all. Mom was right. It changed my life.”

BOTOX is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc.


Those who are experiencing urinary incontinence are encouraged to talk with their primary care provider. Additional information about Dr. Witzke may be found at www.mymichigan.org/witzke.