Reader Question: I drink a lot of water and occasionally I have some terrible urgency in running to the bathroom. I just turned 60 and this has become more of a problem lately. My mother has so little control that she needs to wear pads all the time. I have heard that the exercise Kegels can help incontinence. Will they really help, and if so, how much and how often to see improvement? Answer: Ah, urgency! Probably the most common symptom people come to see me for. One doesn't have to be incontinent to have urinary urgency , but many do. Urgency is the feeling of having to urinate with a strong sensation and the inability to prolong or put off voiding. There are many, many reasons for urinary urgency, and often we have no real explanation for the symptoms. It is important to be evaluated by a urologist in order to find out why you are having the symptoms and what are your options for treatment. The most worrisome cause, but...
Pass urine less frequently and reduce the sudden urge to pass
urine by retraining your bladder.
Follow these steps:
Keep a record for a week of how often you pass urine.
If you pass urine every hour and a half, keep to this
schedule, even if you dont have to go.
When you find youre not leaking on this schedule, add
another 15 minutes between visits.
Continue to increase the time between bathroom visits by 15
minute intervals until you are passing urine every three to four
hours without leaking.
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Incontinence can be caused by at least eight different urinary issues. Sounds like a lot, huh? I hadn't any idea about this until I investigated it myself. With my multiple sclerosis I know that my brain sends messages that become faulty (due to damaged nerves) and my bladder sphincter sometimes doesn't open or more often it wants to open frequently, which causes issues of incontinence.
What follows is a basic rundown of the types of incontinence:
This is the need to frequently urinate, with urgencies more than seven times a day or twice during the night. This is most common in older adults.
Weakened pelvic muscles, bladder walls, or urethral sphincter muscles, an enlarged prostate, and nerve damage can cause intolerable pressure on the bladder, causing urinary leakage. This condition is most common among women and it's often a result of pregnancy/childbirth.
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