First, it's important to realize that OVERACTIVE BLADDER is not a “weak” bladder. In fact, OAB occurs when nerves are affected. These nerves send signals to your bladder at the wrong time, causing the muscle to squeeze without warning. This process causes your bladder to spasm uncontrollably, creating leakage, the strong sudden need to “go,” and going too often.
Overactive bladder can have a major impact on just about every aspect of your life. It can force you to avoid vacations, dinners out, and other social situations. You can even miss out on valuable time with loved ones because you're afraid your overactive bladder will trigger at the wrong time and embarrass you.
Overactive Bladder Diagnosis
The diagnosis of overactive bladder can be suspected based on the history and presenting complaints of an individual. A thorough medical history and physical examination by the doctor and review of the medications and symptoms often provide major clues in moving toward making a diagnosis of overactive bladder. A pelvic exam in women and prostate exam in men are important in the assessment of an individual with overactive bladder.
How well-controlled are your OAB symptoms?
Many with OAB still have symptoms such as:
- Going too often
- The strong and sudden need to "go"
Signs that you're just coping with OAB include:
- Using multiple leakage pads per day
- Planning all your travel around bathrooms
- Not doing things you like because of the fear of leakage
- Worrying about the problem every day
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