What is Overactive Bladder?

Overactive bladder is a problem with bladder-storage function that causes a sudden urge to urinate. The urge may be difficult to stop, and overactive bladder may lead to the involuntary loss of urine (incontinence).

What are the symptoms?

 Urgency: This means that you get a sudden urgent desire to pass urine. You are not able to put off going to the toilet.

 Frequency: This means going to the toilet often - more than seven times a day.

 Nocturia: This means waking to go to the toilet more than once throughout night.

 Urge incontinence occurs in some cases. This is a leaking of urine before you can get to the toilet when you have a feeling of urgency.

How common is overactive bladder?

In two large studies it was found that about 1 in 6 adults reported some symptoms of an overactive bladder. Symptoms vary in severity. About 1 in 3 people with an overactive bladder have episodes of urge incontinence.

What causes overactive bladder?

Normally, the bladder muscle (detrusor) is relaxed as the bladder gradually fills up. As the bladder is gradually stretched, we get a feeling of wanting to pass urine when the bladder is about half full. Most people can hold on quite easily for some time after this initial feeling until a convenient time to go to the toilet. 

In people with an overactive bladder, the bladder muscle seems to give wrong messages to the brain. The bladder may feel fuller than it actually is. The bladder contracts too early when it is not very full, and not when you want it to. This can make you suddenly need to use the washroom. In effect, you have less control over when your bladder contracts to pass urine

In most cases, the reason why an overactive bladder develops is due to stress, and the amount of stimulants that are ingested (caffeine, alcohol, recreational drugs, and over the counter medications).

In some cases, symptoms of an overactive bladder develop as a complication of a nerve or brain-related disease such as following a stroke, with Parkinsonís disease, with multiple sclerosis or after spinal cord injury

Similar symptoms may occur if you have a urine infection or a stone in your bladder. These conditions are not classed as overactive bladder syndrome as they have a known cause.

 

How can we treat this?

We offer treatments to help regulate your bladder issues. These are very successful in bringing the bladder back into balance.  The severity of your symptoms will determine how many treatments will be needed.

 

 

 

 

 

Overactive Bladder?

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