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Your Nervous System and Incontinence

Your Nervous System and Incontinence

November 12, 2014

If we suffer from incontinence, we often think that it’s simply a fact of life because we’re growing older. Perhaps we’re too embarrassed to tell our doctor about it. The truth is that we need to see our doctor about our incontinence, because most incontinence is curable and avoidable, but some types of incontinence have underlying neurological causes that can have serious consequences if they aren’t addressed.

Urge Incontinence

The common type of incontinence associated with neurological disorders is the type known as urge incontinence. Urge incontinence occurs when you have an uncontrollable urge to urinate and cannot defer it. When that happens, you might dribble a bit of urine or may lose control. It can be very embarrassing and frustrating to deal with this type of incontinence. You may have to wear reusable incontinence underwear to prevent wetting your clothes, or you may have to know where all bathrooms are at any given moment. Your bladder might feel sudden urges to go, and the urges will take center stage in your mind.

Neurological Conditions that Could Be Causing It

Just because you might face an embarrassing condition like incontinence doesn’t mean that you should hide it. In fact, you could be harming yourself by not letting the right people know about this health concern. The problem could be neurological in nature, which means that there has been damage to the nerves, and somehow something is triggering our urge to urinate.

Diseases such as cancer can affect our nerves and cause us to have incontinence. There may even be an underlying problem such as bladder stones, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis, a spinal cord injury, or dementia. One way that the spinal cord becomes affected in some individuals is through small fractures to our tailbone that may be causing damage to the spinal cord, which could lead to the overwhelming urge to urinate. All of these things should be addressed if they’re present, so allowing a condition like incontinence to make us silent about the condition is not in your best interest.

Talking to Your Doctor

The first step is to talk to our doctor when it comes to incontinence. In many cases, incontinence can be treated so that you don’t have to suffer with it. What’s more, you need to talk to your doctor when it comes to symptoms and signs of a possible disease. The doctor is likely to ask questions about your eating, drinking, and bathroom habits. They may want to run tests to rule out other diseases, or to confirm their suspicions when it comes to determining what is causing the incontinence.

Remember: incontinence, in many cases is curable. You don’t have to suffer with it any longer. Incontinence may signal another more serious problem, which is why it is important to see your doctor about it. Once you do, you’ll be on the road to treating your incontinence.

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