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Overactive Bladder

Overactive Bladder

03.05.2013 | About your condition, Over Active Bladder, Women's Health

Do you have an overactive bladder?

  • It seems like I’m always going to the bathroom
  • I use the bathroom more than 8 times during the day
  • The first thing I do when entering a public place is locate the bathroom in case I have a sudden urge to go
  • I go to the bathroom whenever I am near one, just in case I can’t find one when I need it
  • I get up more than twice during the night to use the bathroom
  • I am bothered by how often I have to go
  • I often have sudden urge to urinate with little or no warning
  • When I have an urge to urinate, it’s overwhelming and difficult to ignore
  • I’ve had wetting accidents because I am unable to control the urge to go and can’t get tothe restroom in time
  • I’ve had to alter my habit and lifestyle because of a frequent urge to urinate

 

How is Overactive Bladder evaluated?

To make a diagnosis, your physician may take your medical history, test your bladder function, and ask you to complete a voiding diary. In a voiding diary you will record how often you urinate, if you have to rush to the bathroom and if you have accidents.

 

What causes these symptoms?

Specific nerves and the muscles surrounding your bladder regulate bladder function. These nerves and muscles can be affected by:

  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Surgery – prostate, pelvic, etc
  • Medication
  • Natural aging process
  • Chonic disease
  • Trauma
  • Obesity

 

What are common treatment options?

  • Behavior modification, such as monitoring fluid intake
  • Pelvic muscle strengthening, such a Kegel exercises and biofeedback
  • Drug therapy, using prescriptions to relax the bladder
  • Neuromodulation, stimulating nerves that control your bladder. This can be done in your doctor’s office with Urgent PC. Another way is to surgically implant a stimulator in your buttocks.