An Overactive Bladder Shouldn’t Control Your Life

by Sally on August 29, 2010

Incontinence is embarrassing, and often time unavoidable as we naturally age. Most commonly known as an overactive bladder, the signs and symptoms associated with it are key in knowing if it is something you, or someone you love suffers from. 1 out of 11 adults located in the US suffer from its embarrassing effects. While it may seem common, it should not be considered a natural part of the aging process. Understanding its causes is the first step in finding a treatment plan that can help you relieve the symptoms that are associated with it.

Overactive BladderThe problem with an overactive bladders begins with your bladder. When the muscles of the bladder are overactive it causes control over it to lessen. The first place to look for problems is the nerves and the muscles that are located in the bladder itself. While age can be a contributing factor, trauma and other accident related events can cause the onset of an overactive bladder. Individuals who have a spinal cord injury, strokes, Parkinson’s Disease, dementia, multiple sclerosis and diabetic neuropathy are at an even higher risk. If you have any of these pre-existing conditions and also feel you may suffer from an overactive bladder, see your health care professional right away.

The treatments for an overactive bladder are varied and will rely heavily on how severe your case is, and the prognosis delivered by your doctor. Non invasive treatments include doing basic pelvic exercises to help strengthen the muscles of the bladder. Individuals can also try using behavioral therapy treatment techniques to help with their urges. While these alone have been shown to help decrease the effects of an overactive bladder, when paired with a  medication, individuals have been shown to drastically regain control of their bladder.

You don’t have to live with the embarrassment associated with having an overactive bladder. Simple techniques and the latest medications can help you with regain control of your bladder and get back to your life. Talk to your doctor today so they can do the tests necessary to help develop a treatment plan specific to you. The time for suffering with incontinence is over.