How to Control an Overactive Bladder

by Sally on August 4, 2011

How to Control an Overactive Bladder

Are you missing out on life because of an overactive bladder? Are you suffering from urinary incontinence for a long time now? If this urinary incontinence disturbs you daily activities, then the information you are about to read will prove most beneficial for you.

Overactive bladder: What causes it?

How To Control An Overactive BladderDo you have difficulty suppressing a sudden urge to urinate? If yes, then you are having an overactive bladder. This is caused by a problem with the bladder’s storage function related to nerve damage. Nerve damages can also be caused by the following:

* Diabetes Mellitus
* Parkinson’s Disease
* Multiple Sclerosis
* Stroke
* Trauma from surgeries

What can damaged nerves do?

Damaged nerves send signals to your bladder at the inappropriate time thus, spasms happen and urine leaks out without warning. These damaged nerves sometimes do not send any signal. The brain gets clueless about how “full” your bladder is and right before you know it, you are already leaking urine! Now, can you imagine yourself leaking urine in public? Wouldn’t that feel like ending your life right then and there?

This bladder control problem can certainly limit your work and social interaction, making you miss out on life’s important moments. But, you should worry no more! If you are suffering from a weak bladder, go to your doctor and have yourself checked! It only takes a brief medical evaluation to get you to the right treatment that can eliminate the symptoms and help you regain your life’s momentum.

How do you get diagnosed?

Is there a cure for this bladder control problem? Yes, there is certainly a cure! Before going to the treatment, understand first how you will get treated. It all starts with seeing your doctor and undergoing bladder functions tests such as post-void residual urine measurement, urine flow rate measurement, cystometry, electromyography, X-ray or ultrasound and cystoscopy.

What are the treatment options?

Because an overactive bladder is related to nerve damage, your doctor will most likely use a combination of treatments: lifestyle changes, behavioral interventions, medications and surgery.

Lifestyle changes: This entails eating the right food and doing the right activity to keep you at your best health. An example is limiting caffeine intake in your diet.

Behavioral interventions: This may not result to complete dryness but can at least reduce the episodes of incontinence:

* Fluid consumption limit prescribed by your doctor
* Bladder training
* Scheduled toilet trips
* Kegel exercises
* Intermittent catheterization
* Use of absorbent pads

Medications: There are numerous drugs for relaxing the overactive bladder muscles. These include tolterodine (Detrol), solifenacin (Vesicare) and oxybutynin (Ditropan).

Surgery: Surgery is only for severe cases. An operation that will increase the bladder capacity can be done. Another surgery is the bladder removal which requires replacing the organ, making an opening through the skin and connecting that replacement to the external urine collecting bag.

Suffering from an overactive bladder need not rob you of your precious life. Do some research and go talk to your doctor now. Don’t spend the rest of your life living in shame! Explore your treatment options to a better life.