Too many trips to the restroom? Constantly fighting the urge? Overactive bladder (OAB) affects more than 13 million adults in the U.S., according to Weill Cornell Medical College. The real question is, how can you find out if you have an overactive bladder, and what are your treatment options?
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Urinary incontinence and overactive bladders are things that both men and women experience and can be extremely disruptive in their daily lives. It is typically characterized by frequent voiding, urinary urgency, and sometimes incontinence. There are numerous causes of these symptoms including:
- Neurologic surgery
- Multiple sclerosis
- Bladder tumors
- Kidney stones
Evaluation of the symptoms requires a thorough discussion of your symptoms with your doctor as well as physical exam. A voiding diary is also a useful tool to help in evaluation. Further testing is typically required which can include radiologic imaging, cystoscopy, and functional testing of the bladder. Treatment of the symptoms is usually approached from several angles and can include dietary and behavioral recommendations and treatment with medications. Other therapeutic options include peripheral nerve stimulation, biofeedback, pelvic floor physical therapy, Botox injection in the bladder muscle, and sacral nerve stimulation (Interstim).
Questions you can ask yourself if you have an overactive bladder:
- Do you often have sudden, strong urges to urinate?
- Do you urinate more than eight times in a 24-hour period?
- Do you often get up two or more times a night to go to the bathroom?
- Do you have uncontrollable urges to urinate that sometimes result in wetting accidents?
To learn more about urinary incontinence, please visit MayoClinic.com.
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Next, read our blog, Talking About Incontinence.