|Diuretics and Incontinence|
Many people are facing the difficulty of having to take a diuretic and control their incontinence symptoms. Because a diuretic is a drug that encourages the production of urine this can make incontinence symptoms far worse. Studies show that more and more people have to deal with needing to take diuretics for a medical problem while trying to manage incontinence. However, the good news is that by understanding what your options are there are ways to manage both taking a diuretic and dealing with incontinence.
It is important to understand that there are natural diuretics that most people consume every day. If you drink coffee, tea, or eat chocolate then you are consuming a very common diuretic in the form of caffeine. If you use any product that has alcohol you are also adding diuretics to your system. You may be surprised to learn that even certain vegetables have a diuretic effect. So depending on how much of that morning coffee, afternoon soda, and evening nightcap that you can consume you are already getting diuretics into your diet.
For most people the consumption of these items doesn’t pose a problem. However, if you are experiencing symptoms of incontinence then the above listed items can make it worse. When many people begin experiencing incontinence symptoms they are often advised by their health care professional to avoid these items. If you are dealing with incontinence you may already have reduced or eliminated these items from your diet. However, for certain medical problems you may have no choice but to take a prescribed diuretic in order to treat a medical condition. Diuretics are often used to treat a number of different medical conditions such as: edema, heart problems, high blood pressure, liver and kidney diseases.
The result of dealing with incontinence and taking a diuretic can be less then ideal. However, the good news is that there are options. It is important to work closely with your doctor and learn what your options are. You need to keep your doctor informed about how the diuretic is affecting your incontinence symptoms. Your doctor will have the option of reducing the dosage or even trying different medications. This can have a dramatic impact on making the incontinence symptoms far easier to handle. The bottom line is that you should never assume that you have deal with worsened incontinence symptoms simply because you are taking a diuretic.
In addition, to working with your doctor you should continue on with other management techniques. Kegel exercises and other therapies that help strengthen the pelvic floor can help make improvement in the severity of incontinence symptoms. You should also continue with dietary management in order to help reduce your incontinence symptoms as much as possible. By working closely with your doctor and using these other management techniques you can find that taking diuretics and managing incontinence is certainly doable.
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