The Bladder - Urge Incontinence

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As the majority of cases of urge incontinence are idiopathic, that is, they have no known cause, even after extensive testing, some people are unable to find any type of medical relief from urge incontinence. What is urge incontinence and why is it so difficult for doctors and patients to manage? To learn about all the various types of incontinence please click here: Here we will discuss urge incontinence in depth as well and provide treatment methods to make living with urge incontinence manageable again.
First, urge incontinence is characterized by a loss of urine that comes on suddenly and it is quite strong. The urge to quickly urinate is so powerful and fast that most individuals will not be able to make it to the restroom in time. In some cases you may have this happen throughout the night as well as during the day and it can cause you to alter your life in a number of ways. Urge incontinence is so hard to manage that many people begin to withdraw from all social activities because they are so embarrassed. Having a bathroom close is vital to individuals with urge incontinence problems.

Secondly, there may not be a treatment for urge incontinence. You may find management options for it like using adult diapers and having a portable toilet in your home but actually stopping urge incontinence from happening is not easy to do. Your physician may end up recommending some treatments that are mostly behavioral treatments. Botox injections are very popular as are pelvic floor muscle exercises, medication, and also electrical stimulation. The theory behind the treatments is that your muscles will learn to contract again, allowing you to hold in the urine.

Third, it is important to understand what things may trigger urge incontinence. Some people claim that running water can cause them to have urge incontinence where others feel that drinking coffee and soda can make it happen more frequently from drinking only water. Exposure to sudden cold can also end up trigger urinary incontinence to arise.

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After a pelvic exam has been done your doctor may send you in for additional treatments to see what will work. In most cases, at-home remedies tend to give better results. Here are some things you can do about incontinence in the comfort of your own home:
·         Bladder training – this is used to help you increase the intervals between the time in which you empty your bladder and how long you can hold in the urine. It can often help you train the bladder to the point that it knows how often it will be emptied so it doesn’t have that sudden urge to urinate.
·         Pelvic Muscle exercises – in addition to bladder training you have to work on your Kegel exercises. This is when you try to stop the flow of urine by compressing the urethra walls. Doing this will give you more control over the pelvic muscles so you can easily find a way to prevent yourself from having that sudden urge to urinate. Some people find that it also helps you to have more control over your bodies balance issues and you are less likely to fall.

Physicians often find that the bladder will not relax when you need it to so they may recommend that you use medications as a way to help treat urge incontinence. With these medications you will be able to help reduce the bladder control problems you may be having so you don’t have the sudden urge to urinate.

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