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Race like a pisshorse

Discussion in 'Step I' started by BrisketAttack, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. BrisketAttack

    BrisketAttack 2+ Year Member

    Jun 1, 2008
    A concept has bothered me since the start of medschool.

    In the hours leading up to a big test, it seems like I have to pee 10X as much as usual. This is perplexing to me because I expect that my sympathetic system is cranking like crazy, and isn't the SANS supposed to quell the urge to urinate and defecate? Instead, I have the exact opposite urges. I cannot make sense of this phenomenon.

    If someone can shed some light on this, I'd love to hear an explanation.
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  3. overfiend06

    overfiend06 Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    (1) Do you have increased thirst?
    (2) Do you drink caffeine in the morning?

    When I drink coffee in the morning, I usually have to use the bathroom frequently.
  4. indo

    indo Feed me a stray cat 7+ Year Member

    Sep 28, 2002
    are you an athlete?
  5. murphomatic

    murphomatic Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 22, 2004
    i get the same thing too. The only explanation I could think of is that SNS increases BP and therefore increases GFR leading to an increase urine flow rate.
  6. TerpMD

    TerpMD 2+ Year Member

    Sep 26, 2007
    UMD 2010
    Haha. I have this same prob. I think it's all in my head... I think I have to go but really I would have been fine holding it any other time. Why can I sit in a movie for 3 hours but not sit in a test that long?!? Hopefully, my prometric center has a nice, clean bathroom.
  7. BrisketAttack

    BrisketAttack 2+ Year Member

    Jun 1, 2008

    Interesting. so more urine is being made. this is plausible. now, how to account for the poo? the mysteries of human pipes. sweet lord, what did we get ourselves into?
  8. It'sElectric

    It'sElectric 10+ Year Member

    Dec 5, 2005
    Exactly. 10 minutes into just about every run, I have to take a crap like no other. WTF? Maybe the bouncing around loosens everything up, but can't my sympathetics do just a little better job of calming that crap down (pun intended).
  9. tacrum43

    tacrum43 Behold the mighty echidna 7+ Year Member

    Oct 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    Being nervous gets some people's guts moving, while in others it causes them to cramp up. On the plus side, apparently being a "nervous crapper," as it were, decreases your chances of getting colon cancer.
  10. Messerschmitts

    Messerschmitts Mythic Dawn acolyte 10+ Year Member

    Aug 29, 2005
    Gilroy, CA
    Ha ha this is a great thread. I have to pee more than anyone during exams. I just finished my USMLE today. You get one potential break after every block, and I took every single one to go pee, so within 7 hours I went 6 times. And during the second block I had to rush to finish the block because I couldn't hold it in anymore, I had to pee so bad.

    I've also never been able to make sense of why you need to pee when you're nervous, since sympathetics are supposed to oppose urination.
  11. It'sElectric

    It'sElectric 10+ Year Member

    Dec 5, 2005
    That, and the large quantities of fiber I attempt to consume each day. Colon cancer (and cancer in general) runs in the family, so I'll take what I can get to reduce my risk.
  12. Mr. Freeze

    Mr. Freeze Not right. (in the head) 10+ Year Member

    All I know is that I will pee on myself before I get flagged for "irregular behavior" during a block.

    I plan on salt-loading like mad the night before, to counter my caffeine habit.

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