Do you pee frequently during the day or have to get up a few times in the night to urinate? Do you feel a little leaking from your bladder when you eat certain foods or drink certain beverages? You might be suffering from what is known as an overactive bladder.
This is a fairly common condition, experienced by millions of people all over the world. While many people assume that it is simply something elderly people suffer from, it’s a problem that can affect people at any age. We will look at some of the overactive bladder causes so that you will have a better idea of what may be the problem and how you may want to go about treating it.
Of course, you should see a doctor or pharmacist if you think you have a medical condition, but knowing why you have the problem is a good way to make changes in your life and in your habits that can positively affect you.
The bladder becomes overactive because the muscles controlling the bladder are contracting on their own. In other words, you have lost control over those muscles and they no longer respond when you want them to. They will contract on their own, casing urination when you are not expecting or wanting it. So, those who suffer from this condition often have to wear incontinence pads or adult nappies to manage the bladder leakage that occurs through the day. This lets them live their life normally and enjoy all the things that they have always done without wearing anything overt or obvious that makes their condition known to the people round them.
There are certain factors that can cause an overactive bladder to leak, such as eating spicy foods or foods with chocolate or caffeine. All of these affect muscles in certain ways and cause involuntary responses that can lead to leakage. Drinks with caffeine, fruits, citrus beverages and acidic foods can all make the problem worse as well. These only cause temporary leakage, but it is still something that a person with an overactive bladder needs to be aware of and deal with in their daily life. Simple changing dietary habits and doing some muscle exercises can make huge difference in controlling the symptoms of an overactive bladder.
The overactive bladder causes could be genetic, or they could be something that is spurred by a disease or a medical condition. People who are overweight, who have diabetes or who suffer from tumours near the bladder can all have bladder control issues Those who suffer diseases of the kidney or bladder can have trouble controlling their urination as well.
It is important that anyone who thinks they may have an overactive bladder see a medical professional about the problem. This is likely not something that will go away on its own, especially if it has gone on for more than a week or two. That often means it is a deep-rooted problem that needs to be dealt with through medication, dietary or lifestyle changes, surgery or physical therapy. There are many different solutions to the incontinence and overactive bladder problem, but how effective this treatment is depends on what the root cause is. Once that cause has been identified, it will be much easier to correct the problem and treat it effectively.