If you have ever been sunburned, then you have experienced hypersensitivity. Your skin was very sensitive to light touch, warm water and clothing for days. Well, imagine if that sensitivity was being experienced in your gut. Some people are troubled by such a problem called visceral hypersensitivity .
The phenomenon of hypersensitivity involves the nervous system. At some point, the irritation to a particular organ system like the skin or the gut leads to the sensitization of the nervous system , the alarm system. In severe cases, the central nervous system becomes so hypersensitive that everything seems to hurt. Painful stimuli become even more painful; that sensitivity is called hyperalgesia . Even non-painful stimuli like touch become painful; this sensitivity is called allodynia . In the case of visceral hypersensitivity, everything from digestion to urination can become painful. Thus, many conditions are linked to visceral hypersensitivity like: noncardiac chest pain, nonulcer...
Frequent urination means needing to urinate more often than usual. Urgent urination is a sudden, compelling urge to urinate, along with discomfort in your bladder.
A frequent need to urinate at night is called nocturia . Most people can sleep for 6 to 8 hours without having to urinate. Middle aged and older men often wake to urinate once in the early morning hours.
Urgent urination; Urinary frequency or urgency
Together, frequent and urgent urination are classic signs of a urinary tract infection .
Diabetes, pregnancy, and prostate problems are other common causes of these symptoms.
Other causes include:
Medicines such as diuretics
Overactive bladder syndrome
(infection of the prostate gland)
Stroke and other brain or nervous system diseases
Tumor or mass in th...
While it is arguably almost expected for women to have some degree of urinary incontinence , based on physiology and other factors, that is not the case for men. Men may have a harder time discussing incontinence among people they are close with or even with a doctor or other medical professional. Urinary incontinence is an embarrassing topic for anyone to discuss. But now that pharmaceutical companies are allowed to advertise on television, many women have begun to seek treatment for their incontinence. Most women know that childbirth and age are risk factors for stress urinary incontinence , and knowing they are not alone has really opened up lines of communication between physicians and patients as well as other women, like friends and family. It is almost expected that women have some degree of urinary incontinence. This is not to say that it isn’t an embarrassing situation for women, but it’s more common, and there is much more information out there for women. Men, on th...
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