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The Effects Of Caffeine On The Bladder
Yes and no: Caffeine acts as a diuretic, increasing the production of urine, so you have to urinate more frequently and may have an overfilled bladder. Generally that does not weaken the bladder. But if there is an underlying problem emptying the bladder (like an enlarged prostate), overfilling the bladder can ultimately weaken the muscle activity. Caffeine, like most anything else, is best in moderation. ...Read more
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 drink 4-5 caffeine-free Pepsi sodas a day. Can this be the cause of a weakened bladder? I can barely make it to the toilet sometimes.
Doubtful. I would: First rule out infection with a urinalysis. ...Read more
Seems like every time I have caffeine, my bladder/stomach starts to hurt and I get nauseous. Every time. Why does that happen?
Stimulate Contract: Caffeine is a substance found in coffee and tea and now in various drinks or supplements. Caffeine is a stimulant, meaning it causes certain organs of the body to become active. You may have noticed that you are more awake after drinking coffee. So your brain is more active or stimulated. Caffeine stimulates the bladder to contract and may cause stimulation of GI tract causing nausea. ...Read more
Occasional bouts where I feel like urinating even though only drops are in my bladder. No other signs of a UTI. Dehydration, caffeine, etc. Don't seem to affect severity or frequency of the bouts. No known UTI in my life, 1 yeast infection. No sex.
Possible uti: Feeling like you have to urinate but then not having much come out is often a sign of a UTI. It would be a good idea to be tested for a uti and treated if you have one. It would also be a good idea to drink at least one gallon of water a day to hydrate yourself and flush any potential bacteria out. ...Read more
Born with spins bifida. If removing my bladder as an option instead of Botox injection &oxibutinin injected to the bladder, what are the side effects?
Yes: Our bodies as a whole usually do a great job of self-repair; as long as there is nothing to hinder the work efforts. Examples include poor nutrition, certain disease processes, certain exogenous substances and medications. ...Read more
Pumpkin Seed Oil: While cranberry juice is great at keeping bacteria from attaching to the bladder wall, pumpkin seed oil (from pumpkin seeds) is probably the single best food for bladder health. Eating pumpkin seeds (also a great protein source) and using pumpkin seed oil are the best way to eat right for your bladder. Most people don't know about this secret wonder food for your bladder! ...Read more
Depends: It really depends on how much volume you are voiding. Most people void with 10-15 ounces and can void about half an ounce per second so you can do the math from there. You should have a relatively strong stream that is continuous so any significant changes in this might require an evaluation. ...Read more
? infection: Tough to say without an examination and testing, but a vaginal infection is often considered infections until proven other wise. Bladder discharges are only seen in the urine as opposed to vaginal discharges. If you have a discharge when urinating from the bladder, that would need to be evaluated as well. ...Read more
No: Bladder control is a function of the sphincter. There is no food that will improve control of the bladder sphincter. It is helpful to avoid ingestion of anything that increases urine production, such as alcoholic beverages. When the bladder is full it tends to have more urine leakage. Emptying the bladder more often will result in less bladder leakage. ...Read more