A common problem that people usually don’t want to talk about is urinary incontinence. This condition varies in causes, severity, and treatments, and though many of us do not want to discuss it, we do want to know about it. We have come up with some frequently asked questions about urinary incontinence and this may shed some light on the situation. As you can imagine, this is not one condition that is taken to the doctor often enough.
- So what causes urinary incontinence? First off, urinary incontinence is a condition where a person loses bladder control and this can be caused by weak bladder muscles, medications, nerve damage to the spine, complications from surgery, or a blockage from an enlarged. Diseases such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease can cause urinary incontinence because of the effects they have on the bladder nerves and spinal cord.
- Who experiences urinary incontinence? Women tend to suffer from loss of bladder control more often than men. More than 13 million Americans live with urinary incontinence and other factors that may cause this are age and being overweight. Nerve injuries can cause incontinence in both men and women, however, women more commonly experience it based on natural changes, such as menopause, or maybe weakness in the muscles that help hold urine until the appropriate time.
- Are there different types of incontinence, and how is it diagnosed? Yes, there are several. The most common form in women is stress incontinence and involves small bladder leaks during physical movements, such as coughing or sneezing. Overactive bladder, or urge incontinence, involves an uncontrollable urge to go at times when you may not have in the past. Urge incontinence sometimes happens during sleep, when you hear water running, or when you have had a small amount of water to drink. Functional incontinence happens when someone is unable to prepare or get to the bathroom in time due to physical limitations or decreased mental function, like someone living with Alzheimer’s disease. There is also overflow incontinence that happens when the bladder does not ever completely empty, usually due to nerve injury.
In diagnosing loss of bladder control, seeing your primary care physician for a physical and that can start the process where he or she will ask you about your bladder habits, symptoms and medical history. There are also tests that can be used to diagnose urinary incontinence like a stress test, where the physician looks for leakage after the request of a strong cough. They can also perform a blood test that detects substances in your blood that cause incontinence. Urinalysis is another common way to detect infection that may cause loss of bladder control.
There are different ways to treat incontinence that involve medication or other options that include the type of products Aeroflow Healthcare can provide for you. If you are having trouble getting to the bathroom in time, you don’t have to live that way. A short visit to your doctor can give you the fuel you need to tackle this common, but usually unspoken about condition. Once you have a way to make it easier on yourself, you will feel so much better!
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