Help and Tips for Patients with an Overactive Bladder

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Do you feel like you constantly need to run to the bathroom to urinate throughout the day and even at night? Has there been a time when you’ve experienced a little leakage out of nowhere? You could be living with an overactive bladder and not even know it!

Your urologist is here to set the record straight on what overactive bladder is exactly and what can cause it.

What is Overactive Bladder?

The Cleveland Clinic says that overactive bladder is can be a combination of symptoms that include:

The urge to urinate – This means you’re unable to hold it. When you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go as they say. When you feel like you have to urinate, there’s a small window of time to get yourself to the restroom.

How frequently you go – You’re running to the restroom every two minutes when you used to go just a few times a day.

IncontinenceWhen you feel the need to go, sometimes urine leaks out without your control.

Nocturia – This is when you wake up and have to run to the bathroom at least two or more times a night to urinate.

Do any of these sound familiar to you or someone in your family? Maybe it’s time to talk to your urologist for some more explanations and advice.

What Can Cause Overactive Bladder?

There are a few reasons patients develop overactive bladder. Some of them can be controlled while others are out of our control. Here are some of the biggest reasons why people develop and overactive bladder:

  1. Weakened pelvic muscles due to injury or childbirth.
  2. Nerve damage caused by trauma or diseases such as pelvic or back surgery, radiation treatments, and stroke.
  3. Medications, alcohol, and caffeine all affect how our nerves and how our brain sends and receives signals leading to a fuller bladder faster.
  4. Urinary tract infections (UTI’s) can make you feel like you need to go more frequently and can irritate your bladder.
  5. Being overweight means there’s added pressure on your bladder and makes you feel the urge to use the restroom more than normal.

If you’re struggling with overactive bladder it’s best to see a urologist right away. They can help you feel better and take control of your life, instead of spending your time running back and forth to the restroom all day and night!