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A 52-year-old male asked:

what causes parkinsons? is it curable? can it cause urinary incontinence?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alon Seifan
Neurology 13 years experience
Unknown: The cause of parkinson's disease is unknown. Some of the major symptoms are caused by loss of neurons in an area of the brainstem that produces dopamine. There is no cure yet for parkinson's but there are many treatments available aimed at improving the symptoms. Urinary incontinence is a common symptom in parkinson's disease and results from inability of the brain to suppress bladder emptying.
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Mar 6, 2013
Dr. Robert Harris
Urogynecology 31 years experience
Overactive bladder: Parkinson's is a degenerative disorder where the brain stops producing dopamine. While there is no cure, treatments for early symptoms are effective. Urinary incontinence is common and unusually these symptoms are over active bladder symptoms; trouble making to the restroom once an urge occurs.
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
Gynecology 23 years experience
Incontinence: Parkinsons causes a degeneration of the nervous system. Urge incontinence and voiding dysfunctions can be associated with Parkinsons. Follow up with urologist to discuss further

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there anything aside from medications that I can use to treat urinary incontinence?

3 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Many options: Medications are a typical treatment for urge incontinence. Other options for urge incontinence are neuromodulation: ptns is a nerve stim appplied weekly at the ankle, or interstim, an implant at the lower back. Botox injected into the bladder is indicated for certain types of urge incontinence. Stress inconitnence can respond to kegels, physical therapy or minimally invasive surgery.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What medications are available to treat urinary incontinence?

6 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Many: For urge incontinence, medications known as anticholinergics are (pills, skin patch or skin gel)are used. Botox (injected into the bladder) is newly fda approved to treat neurogenic urge incontinence (off -label for other urge incontinence). A type of antidepressant known as tricyclic can help urge incontinence. Duloxtine, an antidepressant, can improve symptoms of stress incontinence.
Dr. Patrick Weix
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
As noted by Dr Elser, incontinence comes in many forms: Stress, Urge, Overflow, or a mix of these. Different types respond to different medicines, and some respond better to surgery.
Nov 7, 2011
Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology 36 years experience
If you have overactive bladder try taking your medication at bedtime to reduce dry mouth side effect.
Dec 27, 2011
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there any exercises the help with urinary incontinence?

5 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: Kegel exercises are the classic exercise for women with urinary incontinence. Basically, while sitting in a chair, contract the muscles at the bottom of your pelvis back & forth as if trying to control your bladder & then release. Do this several times in a sitting, several times a day. This is a good 1st line therapy for stress, urge, or mixed incontinence but it doesn't always work.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How can I stop urinary incontinence?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brandon Zabukovic
Family Medicine 19 years experience
It depends: There are several types of urinary incontinence - stress, urge, functional, overflow, etc. All have different treatments ranging from simple kegel exercises to oral medications to surgery. This is certainly something that should be brought to your physicians attention so that the problem can be further defined.
Dr. Lillian Schapiro
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
You may have stress incontinence, which happens when you cough or sneeze. You may be able to improve your symptoms by cutting back on caffeine and doing Kegel exercises. You may have urge incontinence, that you feel the urge and then your bladder just empties. This is often improved with medication. You may have urethral hypermobility which is easily treated in the office with Renessa.
Aug 29, 2012
A 21-year-old member asked:

How long will urinary incontinence last after treatment?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Eulogio Galvez
Specializes in General Practice
Depends: Where you treated with medications or surgery. You did not specify what type of treatment you had, I am not a urologist, i will not be able to give you a definitive answer without knowing what was done to you. I think I have answered some of your questions before..

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