Heal Your Overactive BladderGulf Coast Healthy Living Magazine Volume 6, Issue 3 - Baptist Health Care
With a tennis racket in hand, you serve and play the game until bladder loss occurs and causes a quick exit from the court. Or you go to see a funny movie with friends, laughter ensues, and then you abandon your front row seat to rush to the bathroom.
Does this sound familiar? Incontinence, the uncontrollable loss of urine, is a common issue that is highly treatable. But because of feelings of embarrassment or the belief that it is an unavoidable part of life, the condition is often not addressed medically.
Loss of bladder control is a condition that is routinely overlooked, underdiagnosed and undertreated. Many patients do not share symptoms with their physicians and do not realize that 80 percent of most urinary incontinence cases can be cured or improved.
Three main types of incontinence are overflow, stress and urge. Overflow incontinence occurs when the bladder is unable to empty properly and has a urethral blockage. Stress incontinence happens when there is increased abdominal pressure and the pelvic floor is weak and is typically caused by physical activity or sneezing and coughing. Urge incontinence is caused by abnormal bladder contractions resulting in a sudden uncontollable need to urinate.
You don’t have to sit on the sidelines or leave the show for an overactive bladder (OAB). Try limiting or avoiding irritants like caffeine, spicy foods, tomatoes, citrus juices and fruit, chocolate and artificial sweeteners. Schedule an appointment with an urologist to discuss your specific problem. The first step usually involves a trial of medications to calm the bladder. If that fails, your physician may recommend low to noninvasive options, such as nerve stimulation or Botox injections.