Overactive Bladder

Overactive Bladder

An overactive bladder is a physical problem with how your bladder is functioning. Do you think you may have a problem with an overactive bladder? If so, review the symptoms below and seek help if necessary.

 

Symptoms:

Frequent urination 8 or more times in a 24 hour period
Strong urge to urinate
Leak without warning
Waking up at night to urinate

Causes:

Over contracting bladder muscles
Damage to bladder nerves and/or muscles
Parkinson’s disease
Stroke
Multiple sclerosis

Risk Factors:

Excessive caffeine or alcohol consumption
Prescription medicines
High fluid intake
Poor kidney function
Diabetes
Tumors
Bladder stones

What you should do before visiting the doctor:

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services it will assist your doctor if you keep a Bladder Diary. Here are the things you should record:

How much do you drink
What you drink
How many times you urinate
How much you urinate
When you have urine leakage or strong urge to urinate
What you were doing when you had a leak or a strong urge (physical activity, laughing, or just at rest)

Treatments:

Bladder training
Prescription medicines that decrease bladder contractions
Surgery
Moderate fluid consumption
Increase fiber
Urinate on a schedule
Maintain a healthy weight

Do not let this condition ruin your social life or cause you unnecessary embarrassment. Talk with your doctor. The functions of your body are fascinating to your doctor not embarrassing. He should be able to provide you with treatment options that fit your lifestyle.

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