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Over Active Bladder +
Over Active Bladder +
Living with an overactive bladder is tough. You never know when the sudden urge to urinate will interrupt your day. Worse yet, you may be anxious about being caught without a nearby bathroom.
You aren't the only one with that fear. According to the National Association for Continence, 1 in 6 people have symptoms of overactive bladder (OAB). The rates of overactive bladder are almost equal for men and women. However, women start showing signs at an earlier age.
People coping with OAB may have trouble remembering what normal bladder function should be. They may not realize that most people get plenty of warning when it's time to find a bathroom, urinate less than eight times a day and typically awaken less than twice per night to go to the bathroom.
It’s different for people with OAB. To start with, bathroom urges are more sudden and demanding, and bathroom trips are more frequent throughout the day. And, instead of sleeping soundly,they’re up a few times every night to urinate.
If this describes you, you don't have to live with these symptoms. Lifestyle changes and medical treatments can help you reclaim control.
How your bladder works
To understand how your bladder becomes overactive, it helps to understand what your bladder does and how it is supposed to function. Urine is produced by your kidneys and then moves to your bladder, where it is held before being released from the body. The cells lining the inside of the bladder send signals to your brain to let it know when the bladder is getting full. Eventually the signals are so strong that you realize you have to go to the bathroom.
Most people have a reasonable amount of time from the signal to the time they get to a bathroom. Those with OAB usually don't. Instead, somewhere in the complex signaling, the bladder muscle may have spasms or start contracting earlier than it should. As a result, your bladder suddenly feels full.
Reviewed by: David O. Sussman, D.O., FACOS
Just when you thought you could hold it, the urge to go to the bathroom has hit. Again. It can happen at any time and any place, and it often happens without warning. But living with overactive bladder doesn’t mean you have to live in the bathroom—learn the best strategies to help you regain control of your bladder.
- The Basics
10 Essential Facts
- Am I at Risk?
- 9 Ways to Take Charge
In the Workplace
- Beverage Do's & Don'ts
- The Right Treatment
Surgeries & Procedures
- Emotional Support
Talking About it
Review date: 07-31-2009
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