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Incontinence: What to do About It

Incontinence: What to do About It

November 30, 2011

What is Urinary Incontinence?

In the simplest definition, incontinence signifies the bladder’s inability to store urine without leaking. People can have wetting accidents regardless of the amount of urine in the bladder.

How is Incontinence Diagnosed?

Incontinence is typically analyzed by urologists. In many cases, a urinalysis is given to ensure there’s no blood or abnormal cell growth. Such things can be indicative of infection.

Biofeedback (also called Urodynamics) can help determine the bladder’s strength and voiding control in men and women. Small tubes containing electrodes are placed into the urethra and water slowly enters the bladder. Measurements are monitored to determine severity.

Doctors might recommend a cystoscopy to examine the bladder internally. A cystoscope is a long tube with a lighted camera at the inserted end. Water may be inserted into the urethra so the doctor can have a clearer image of the ultrasound.

Can Other Disorders Cause Bladder Problems?

It’s not uncommon for people with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) to have simultaneous urinary problems. Since the synaptic activity in the brain doesn’t work properly, the colon and bladder can have motility issues.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome causes the body to mysteriously become exhausted and weakened. Patients with CFS can develop cold or flu-like symptoms with no known medical cause. Sometimes the bladder’s detrusor muscle stops working accordingly.


Controlling Symptoms via Food Limitation

Caffeine should be avoided because it’s a stimulant and a diuretic substance. In a person suffering with incontinence, caffeine causes an already overactive bladder to produce greater amounts of urine.  Likewise, limit the chocolate, coffee and tea a bit.

Milk, yogurt and cheese are relatively new to humans. We lack enzymes for digesting dairy items. Many are lactose intolerant and don’t even realize it. Lactose intolerance affects the digestive and urinary systems. They’re in close proximity to each other.

When our parents told us we are what we eat that isn’t far from the truth. You don’t have to give up your favorite foods or beverages. Either way, Wearever’s washable incontinence underwear will ensure protection wherever you are, whenever you wear them.


Will Herbal Supplementation Help?

Some homeopathic supporters and herbalists claim that certain organic compounds existing in nature can help stifle an overactive bladder. Asiatic dogwood, ginseng and valerian are all plants, which can relax the urinary system. Discuss this option with your doctor.


What are my Other Treatment Options?

The female body undergoes metabolic and physical changes which can put pressure on the bladder. For women with an overactive bladder, seeing urogynecologic specialists can be a viable choice. Urogynecologists can check for vaginal prolapses, bladder function and position.

Contrary to popular belief, Kegel exercises aren’t just for ladies. When the pelvic floor muscles are strong, bladder leakage is less likely for both genders. Kegels can be done 10 times a day.

Certain medications known as anticholinergics (Sanctura, Detrol and Enablex) are manufactured specifically for promoting bladder relaxation. When prescribed in low dosages, side effects are minimal. Talk with your urologist to decide what’s right for you.


Incontinence is a Functional Disorder

No matter who or how old you are, options are always available. Don’t let incontinence dictate your life’s quality. Nothing’s embarrassing about adaptable changes. You are not alone. Incontinence underwear and incontinence briefs will help you feel more comfortable as you work to control minor accidents.

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