Here are the facts on incontinence. About 30% of all people will suffer from this condition at some point in their lives, usually in their 60s or later. Most of those people are going to wait years to get help with this condition. How long are they going to wait? On average, it’s about seven years.
That’s seven years of struggling with leakage, embarrassment and the potential for the problem to get worse. That’s just the average, mind you. Many people wait far longer or never get help for their incontinence.
The problem here is that the shame of this medical problem is so big that people just don’t like to talk about it. They may buy adult nappies for themselves or try some method of treatment after they self-diagnose, but that’s not as likely to produce positive results as if they went to a doctor for treatment. That’s because the same method won’t properly treat every kind of incontinence, and many methods, such as medication and incontinence pads, are just treating the symptoms and not the root cause.
In other words, many of the things people do to combat their incontinence is not helping them get better at all. What’s really sad about that is that this medical problem is one that it is often curable. People could be completely cured of their incontinence in the time it takes them to realize that they should be getting medical help.
Now, sometimes incontinence will go away on its own after a few days or even weeks, and some people just keep waiting it out. However, if it lasts longer than that, then it needs to be addressed, and the person suffering from it needs to see a medical professional about their problem. Only then can they get the help that they need.
The average person waits so long to get that help because they are embarrassed about what people will think or what kind of changes they will have to go through. The fear of being treated differently or of people finding out about their problem keeps them from getting the help they need. That stigma has caused many people to suffer unnecessarily, and they often end up worse off than they were to begin with because they have not received the necessary help.
Those who suffer from incontinence need to realize that they are not alone and that many of the people around them, that they know, are probably suffering from the same medical problem. They can find support within their own friends and family members, but they won’t be able to do that until they let someone know that they have this problem. Then, they can start to get help.
This is the kind of medical condition that can be treated and managed without much difficulty. In fact, it is one of the most treatable medical conditions that regularly affects seniors. Incontinence can occur at any age, but it does tend to be more prevalent among seniors.
Those same seniors can get support from the people in their lives, but they first have to let them know that they are struggling with this medical issue. Then they need to see their doctor about treatment and management. They might be surprised at how quickly they can start to see positive results. Many people who undergo treatment for incontinence see positive changes in as little as a few weeks, just by taking medication, making changes to their diet and starting an exercise program.