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Doctor insights on: Urge Incontinence

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Urge Incontinence (Overview)

Urge incontinence occurs when you have a bladder contraction with little to no warning and are unable to control it or make it to the bathroom on time. This is in contrast to stress incontinence when you have a leak due to cough, sneeze, laugh or other strain.


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Could a urinary tract infection cause urgency or urge incontinence?

Could a urinary tract infection cause urgency or urge incontinence?

Yes: Urgency can certainly be associated with a urinary tract infection, especially if these symptoms occurred suddenly. Call your doctor to set up a urine lab test. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Urge Incontinence (Overview)

Urge incontinence occurs when you have a bladder contraction with little to no warning and are unable to control it or make it to the bathroom on time. This is in contrast to stress incontinence when you have a leak due to cough, sneeze, laugh or other strain.


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Could I have urge incontinence?

Could I have urge incontinence?

Yes, UTI, OAB, diet: Many causes of ui. Cystitis or urethritis from uti. Overactive bladder which may require medication. Caffeine or acid urine producing foods and beverages like tomatoes or oj. Less commonly, in incompetent bladder neck or internal urethral sphincter or neurologic condition like ms. See a urologist or uro-gynecologist if not from diet. Good luck. ...Read more

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Living with Bowel Incontinence (Checklist)

Don't be embarrassed to discuss with your healthcare professional.
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Avoid trigger foods and activities.
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Use over the counter bulking agents like fiber.
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Use over the counter antidiarrheals.
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What are the symptoms of urge incontinence and how is it treated?

Can't wait or hold: Urge incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine when you can't postpone or wait to get to the restroom. This is different from stress incontinence, the leakage you get when you cough/sneeze/laugh and also different from over active bladder (oab) & urge/frequency - when you need to urinate often. Usually treated with medications after small work up to make sure it's not other. www.peedoc.com. ...Read more

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I have urge incontinence. What are my options?

I have urge incontinence. What are my options?

A few options: The treatment options include medication, and neuromodulation therapy. The latter is known as interstim therapy. The meds inhibit inappropriate contractions (spasms) of the bladder's detrusor muscle, which is the cause of ui. Pts with ui have an overactive detrusor. If the meds are not tolerated, ineffective or contraindicated, interstim is usually very effective and is a simple, safe option. ...Read more

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Living with Urinary Incontinence (Checklist)

Find a good urologist for proper evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment
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Find out the type and cause of your UI and educate yourself
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Manage your intake of fluids: neither too much nor too little
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Watch what you drink: avoid caffeine and alcohol. Stop smoking
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Sometimes I get sudden urges to pee and then leak. Is this urge incontinence?

Sometimes I get sudden urges to pee and then leak. Is this urge incontinence?

Yes: There are a few types of incontinence: stress incontinence: leaking w/ activity/coughing/ sneezing or urge incontinence: a sudden urge to got to the bathroom. Different types of incontinence are treated differently. Some can be treated with surgery and others medication.A good resource is www.voicesforpfd.org. You can also discuss further with a gynecologist/ urogynecologist/urologist ...Read more

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What is the procedure pelvic muscle rehab for urge incontinence?

What is the procedure pelvic muscle rehab  for urge incontinence?

Pelvic Floor Rehab: A specialized physical therapy rehab program usually performed by female physical therapists for female patients. The therapists have specialized training to identify insufficient muscle strength or muscle coordination. The use of deep heat modalities may help if increased tone of muscles that are not coordinated. Biofeedback allow you to understand which exercises fire which muscles. ...Read more

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Could I have urge incontinence?

Yes, UTI, OAB, diet: Many causes of ui. Cystitis or urethritis from uti. Overactive bladder which may require medication. Caffeine or acid urine producing foods and beverages like tomatoes or oj. Less commonly, in incompetent bladder neck or internal urethral sphincter or neurologic condition like ms. See a urologist or uro-gynecologist if not from diet. Good luck. ...Read more

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I think I have urge incontinence?

Check with urologist: First diagnose cause: overactive bladder, urinary infection, neurogenic bladder dysfunction etc. Can then be treated appropriately with bladder muscle relaxants such as oxybutinin er, Detrol la, vesicare, (solifenacin) sanctura etc, &/or antibiotics. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Beard
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Incontinence (Definition)

Incontinence denotes involuntary leaks of body wastes from urethra or anus; that from urethra is urinary incontinence, which may be classified as stress, urge, mixed (stress + urge), total, & overflow urinary incontinence, signifying its timing & specifics; that from anus is fecal incontinence, which may be urge, stress, total, etc. reflecting the ...Read more