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Depends: First option should be behavior modification. Cut out caffeine etc. All medications have there own set of side effects and warnings. There are no good head to head studies. Some of it is trial and error with your doctor. For more see http://peedoc.Com/female-urology or on twitter @thepeedoc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more
I've had urodynamics test that shows I have an atonic bladder and been told that a cathater is my only choice, what other options are there!
Other options: I would not proceed to having a catheter placed. That leads to a lot more problems. An atonic bladder in a 20 yr old is pretty rare unless you have had a spinal injury or have another significant medical problem. Sometimes you can cause a bladder contraction by pushing hard on the bladder every 3 seconds 7-8 times in a row. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diagnosed with an atonic bladder 12 years ago. I only self catheterize when desperate. What can I do except wait for extreme pressure for release?
Physical options: You could try catheterizing yourself on a time contingent basis two or three times a day on a schedule that suits you rather than waiting. An indwelling or supra pubic catheter placed by a urologist is another option. There are electronic devices which stimulate the bladder available, but your age associated risks may preclude that option. ...Read more
Adult -> 5 - 600mL: (17 - 20 oz) calculation for children is to add 2 to their age in years ; express it in oz. Thus normal bladder volume for a 5-year-old is 7 oz or 210ml, 12 oz or 350 ml for a ten-year-old. Teen-agers have an adult size bladder. Full-term newborn babies have about a 50 - 60 ml bladder capacity, just about 2 oz. Of course some adults can stretch their bladders to hold a liter. ...Read more
Yes but . . .: Why? Talk to your doc about what's going on in your life that would make you ask this question. Yes, the bladder can be removed, but usually only when someone has extensive bladder cancer. Frequent urinary tract infections are not enough reason for surgery. Nor urinary incontinence (loss of bladder control). You mentioned constipation which can sometimes aggravate/cause incontinence. Fix that 1st. ...Read more
See below.: Generally, for women, bacteria from feces (particularly e. Coli) gets in contact with the urethral opening. The bacteria are then able to enter the urethra and travel the relatively short distance (compared with men) to the bladder where it can cause infection - a uti. One of the best prevention strategies besides daily hygiene is to wipe front to back, not vice versa. ...Read more
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