If you spend a lot of time in the bathroom, you could be suffering from an overactive bladder. Overactive or neurogenic bladder is characterized by going to the bathroom every hour. Usually, patients have a constant urge to urinate, which is difficult to postpone. At the same time, patients also have disturbed sleep because of an increase in the nighttime frequency.
All these symptoms have a severe impact on the quality of life, leading to depression and making the patient a social outcast.
Overactive bladder can result from a variety of conditions, including:
- urinary infections;
- lifestyle changes;
Meeting a urologist can help to set a correct diagnosis of your condition. Besides, a doctor can do the proper evaluation and start treatment. There are many diseases which can mimic an overactive bladder, such as:
- urinary infection;
- bladder pain syndrome;
Diagnosis And Treatment
We do our diagnostics with the help of a urine test, voiding diary, and ultrasonography. The urologist will then start on a treatment which may include:
- lifestyle changes;
We suggest our patients try to hold urine for as long as possible to increase the bladder capacity. It is important at the same time to destress the mind. You can do it with the help of exercises, meditation, and hobbies. To put it simple, lifestyle changes aim to divert the mind upon urgency.
Slowly, we can see good progress by engaging in hobbies, talking to a friend, or going out for a small stroll.
To fasten the recovery, we can prescribe medicines, which can help by building in motivation and getting a sense of improvement reflected in the quality of life.
Besides, medicines can help decrease the sensation of urine, increase the bladder’s storage capacity, and calm the mind.
Using our expertise at Urological Surgical Associates, a Premier Urology Group division, we can accurately diagnose how your neurologic condition may be affecting your voiding. Moreover, we have state of the art urodynamics that help distinguish the problem’s extent and provide individual patient-tailored treatment.