What is an overactive bladder?
People with an overactive bladder feel sudden and strong urges to urinate. The urge can be tough to stop and often results in an involuntary loss of urine (urinary incontinence). This condition can be very embarrassing and causes many to isolate themselves and alter their lives.
What are the causes?
Under normal bladder function, your kidneys produce the urine that drains into your bladder. As you urinate, urine passes from the bladder to the urethra, where it is expelled from the body through the urethral opening. When your bladder fills up, nerve signals are sent to your brain, trigging the urge to urinate. As you urinate, nerve signals relax the pelvic floor muscles and the urethra’s muscles, while the muscles in the bladder simultaneously tighten and push urine out. With overactive bladder symptoms, the bladder’s muscles will contract involuntarily even when urine volume is low in the bladder. This contraction will create the sudden, urgent need to urinate.
Other contributing factors include: multiple sclerosis, a stroke or other neurological disorders, diabetes, acute urinary tract infections, tumors in the bladder, bladder stones, an enlarged prostate, constipation, excessive consumption of alcohol or caffeine or declining cognitive functions.
What are the symptoms?
If your bladder is overactive, you may experience:
- Urge incontinence, which involves an involuntary loss of urine immediately following an urgent need to urinate
- Sudden urges to urinate that you are unable to control
- Frequent urination (8 or mores times in a 24-hour period)
- A loss of sleep, due to 2 or more trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night
Diagnosis and Treatments in Torrance, California
If you suffer from any of the symptoms above, please seek professional medical help immediately. There are treatments that can help you feel like yourself again. If you live in Torrance, CA or the surrounding areas, schedule your appointment with Dr. Shelby Morrisroe today. To schedule, call (310) 542-0199 or use our online form.Schedule
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