Have you ever felt a frequent and sudden urge to urinate that may be difficult to control? As if you need to pass the urine many times during the day and night, and also unintentional loss of urine? If yes, then you may have an overactive bladder!
Today, let’s know more about Overactive Bladder Syndrome, the reasons for overactive bladder, and how to treat it.
What is an Overactive Bladder?
Overactive Bladder Syndrome is a combination of symptoms or a group of urinary symptoms that include a frequent urge to urinate. It can be caused by weak muscles, nerve damage, use of medications, alcohol or caffeine, infection, and being overweight.
OAB can get in the way of your work, social as well as personal life. Without treatment, OAB symptoms can make it hard to get through the day without many trips to the bathroom. You may not want to go out with friends or go far from home because the thought of being far from the bathroom may scare you.
What are the symptoms of an Overactive Bladder?
As the symptoms of Overactive Bladder, you might experience the following:
- A sudden urge to urinate that’s difficult to control
- An unintentional loss of urine immediately after an urgent need to urinate
- Urinate frequently, usually 8 or more times in 24 hours
- Waking up more than twice to urinate
Why is Overactive Bladder caused?
The following are the causes of Overactive Bladder:
- The muscles of the bladder start to contract involuntarily even when the volume of urine in the bladder is low.
- Neurological disorders such as stroke and multiple sclerosis
- Urinary tract infections
- Hormonal changes during menopause in women
- Abnormalities in the bladder such as tumors or bladder stones
- Factors that obstruct bladder outflow – enlarged prostate, constipation or previous operations to treat other forms of incontinence
- Medications that cause a rapid increase in urine production or require lots of fluids
- Declining cognitive function due to aging making it difficult for the bladder to understand the signals it receives from the brain
- Incomplete bladder emptying
How can the Overactive Bladder be treated?
There are a number of things that can be done as the treatment of the Overactive Bladder. Firstly, some of the lifestyle changes may work, like:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Regular physical activity and exercise
- Limited consumption of caffeine and alcohol
- No smoking
Secondly, Overactive Bladder medication and surgical treatments like Bladder Botox treatment, nerve stimulation, etc. can be deployed by your doctor to let you be free of the irritated bladder.
For more info on what Overactive Bladder is and how it can be treated, get in touch with the expert urologists in Panipat at Park Hospital Panipat via 7027898989.