Incontinence

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Urinary incontinence is loss of bladder control. Symptoms can range from mild leaking to uncontrollable wetting. It can happen to anyone, but it becomes more common with age.



Most bladder control problems happen when muscles are too weak or too active. If the muscles that keep your bladder closed are weak, you may have accidents when you sneeze, laugh or lift a heavy object. This is stress incontinence. If bladder muscles become too active, you may feel a strong urge to go to the bathroom when you have little urine in your bladder. This is urge incontinence or overactive bladder. There are other causes of incontinence, such as prostate problems and nerve damage.


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Incontinence

  1. 1. Fitango Education Health Topics Incontinencehttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=183
  2. 2. Overview Urinary incontinence is loss of bladder control. Symptoms can range from mild leaking to uncontrollable wetting. It can happen to anyone, but it becomes more common with age.http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=183 1
  3. 3. Overview Most bladder control problems happen when muscles are too weak or too active. If the muscles that keep your bladder closed are weak, you may have accidents when you sneeze, laugh or lift a heavy object. This is stress incontinence. If bladder muscles become too active, you may feel a strong urge to go to the bathroom when you have little urine in your bladder. This is urge incontinence or overactive bladder. There are other causes of incontinence, such as prostate problems and nerve damage.http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=183 2
  4. 4. Overview Medline Plus - National Institutes of Health:http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=183 3
  5. 5. Causes Incontinence is often seen as part of aging. But it can occur for many other reasons. For example, urinary tract infections, vaginal infection or irritation, constipation, and some medicines can cause bladder control problems that last a short time. When incontinence lasts longer, it may be due to: -- weak bladder muscleshttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=183 4
  6. 6. Causes -- overactive bladder muscles -- damage to nerves that control the bladder from diseases such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinsons disease -- diseases such as arthritis that may make it difficult to get to the bathroom in time -- blockage from an enlarged prostate in menhttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=183 5
  7. 7. Causes National Institutes on Aging:http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=183 6
  8. 8. Treatment **Types of Incontinence** There are different types of urinary incontinence:http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=183 7
  9. 9. Treatment **Types of Incontinence** -- Stress incontinence happens when urine leaks as pressure is put on the bladder, for example, during exercise, coughing, sneezing, laughing, or lifting heavy objects. Its the most common type of bladder control problem in younger and middle- age women. It may also begin around the time of menopause.http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=183 8
  10. 10. Treatment **Types of Incontinence** -- Urge incontinence happens when people have a sudden need to urinate and arent able to hold their urine long enough to get to the toilet in time. It is often, but not only, a problem for people who have diabetes, Alzheimers disease, Parkinsons disease, multiple sclerosis, or stroke.http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=183 9
  11. 11. Treatment **Types of Incontinence** -- Overflow incontinence happens when small amounts of urine leak from a bladder that is always full. A man can have trouble emptying his bladder if an enlarged prostate is blocking the urethra. Diabetes and spinal cord injury can also cause this type of incontinence.http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=183 10
  12. 12. Treatment **Types of Incontinence** -- Functional incontinence happens in many older people who have normal bladder control. They just have a problem getting to the toilet because of arthritis or other disorders that make it hard to move quickly. **Treatment**http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=183 11
  13. 13. Treatment **Types of Incontinence** Today, there are more treatments for urinary incontinence than ever before. The choice of treatment depends on the type of bladder control problem you have, how serious it is, and what best fits your lifestyle. As a general rule, the simplest and safest treatments should be tried first. National Institutes on Aging:http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=183 12
  14. 14. Diagnosis The first step in treating incontinence is to see a doctor. He or she will give you a physical exam and take your medical history. The doctor will ask about your symptoms and the medicines you use. He or she will want to know if you have been sick recently or had surgery. Your doctor also may do a number of tests. These might include:http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=183 13
  15. 15. Diagnosis -- urine and blood tests -- tests that measure how well you empty your bladder In addition, your doctor may ask you to keep a daily diary of when you urinate and when you leak urine. National Institutes on Aging:http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=183 14

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