July 19, 2018 Posted By: Sankhya Hospitals 795 viewsRSS
It is the most embarrassing thing to be making rounds to the washroom every now and then and mind you, it might not just be that you are consuming a lot of water and hence the overactivity. It could actually be a matter of concern. Read on to understand the condition of overactive bladder, better.
What is an overactive bladder?
This is a condition characterized by sudden, involuntary urge to relieve yourself because of the contraction of the muscle in the wall of the urinary bladder. This results in a sudden, compelling need to urinate which is difficult to suppress, even though the bladder may only contain a small amount of urine.
When do you know your bladder is overactive?
You’d know you have an overactive bladder when you,
Experience urge incontinence, which is the involuntary loss of urine immediately after you feel an urgent need to urinate.
Urinate as frequently as around eight or more times in 24 hours
Wake up two or more times in the night to urinate
What are the causes for an overactive bladder?
Inappropriate contraction of the detrusor muscle regardless of the amount of urine, results in overactive bladder. It is mostly in women but may occur in men too. Most often than not the cause of condition is unknown but you might suffer from an overactive bladder as a result of other conditions or due to the problems of the nervous system that are listed below.
Other causes of overactive bladder include,
Urinary tract infection
Benign prostatic enlargement (BPH)
Drinking too much fluid
Taking medications that increase urine production
Consumption of caffeine, alcohol or other bladder irritants
The common abnormalities of the nervous system that cause overactive bladder are,
Spinal cord injury
Back problems (disc hernia, degenerative disc disease),
What are the treatments for an overactive bladder?
Drugs for Overactive Bladder
A group of drugs called anticholinergics block the nerve signals related to bladder muscle contractions and research also suggests that these medications also might increase bladder capacity and decrease the urge to relieve yourself.
There are a lot of exercises that can help you regain control over your bladder. physiotherapists who specialize in the muscles of the pelvis, through targeted muscle exercises and strengthening, can help you manage urinary problems, including urgency, frequency, and nighttime symptoms. Consult our doctors at Sankhya and they’ll be able to help you out with the condition.
Small doses of Botox injections can paralyze bladder muscles, stopping them from contracting too often. The results of botox last about 12 weeks. But botox comes with its share of side effects which is why it is important to make an informed decision. You must consult the doctor and evaluate the pros and cons beforehand.
This procedure changes the electrical signal of the nerves that carry impulses to the bladder, studies have shown this can relieve the frequency and urgency of an overactive bladder.
We at Sankhya, extend the best services to our patients and strive to make their journey of recovery as comfortable and pain free as possible.
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