urinary incontinence

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Urinary incontinence is a condition in which there is a loss of bladder control. It ranges from occasionally leaking urine when coughing or sneezing, to urinating before making it to the bathroom in time. Simply lifestyle changes or medical treatment can often help stop urinary incontinence.
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What is urinary incontinence?

Urine leak

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Urinary incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of urine. there are many forms. It can be a drop or a spurt of urine loss with physical activity, such as cough, jump, lift or even getting up out of chair= Stress incontinence. Getting an urge to urinate and leaking before you get to the toilet is known as urge incontinence, a form of Overactive Bladder (OAB)
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Dr. Jon Ahlstrom answered:

How can I stop urinary incontinence?

See a gynecologist

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Urinary incontinence is very common and there are many treatments available. The treatment depends on the cause of the leaking. Newer treatment available over the last few years are highly successful. Your gynecologist can do the necessary testing or refer you to someone who can more completely evaluate your symptoms.
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What is stress urinary incontinence?

Leak w/pressure

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Stress incontinence is due to a combination of weak ligaments and weak pelvic muscles. Commonly associated w/weakness caused by vaginal childbirth but can occur in women who've not given birth. the most common treatments are kegels or pelvic muscle exercise. muscles can be too weak to exercise on your own; pelvic floor PT is the best method. Minimally invasive surgery can restore ligament support.
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Can seroxat cause urinary incontinence?

Seroxt

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Seroxt or paxil can cause urinary urgency and occasionally urinary incontinence
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Is there a cure for urinary incontinence?

Usually

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Begin with kegel exercises to strengthen muscles that close urethra. Some women leak because of poorly supported urethra after having babies, which can be fixed with a urethral sling as an outpatient 10 minute procedure with minimal downtime. Others need medication for over active bladder. While it's embarrassing don't acquiesce to suffer in silence, ask for help.
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What exactly causes urinary incontinence?

Many factors

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much of incontinence is related to genetic factors. Other common factors include: weak ligaments & muscles due to pregnancy and childbirth, bladder spasms, urinary tract infection, neurologic damage (spinal cord injury, stroke, MS), diabetes, chronic cough chronic heavy lifting, chronic constipation and obesity.
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How is urinary incontinence fully treated?

Meds surgery & rehab

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The first step in incontinence treatment is the correct diagnosis of type and cause. Then a treatment plan can be created consisting of medication, rehab, surgery or a combination of all three. A test called Urodynamics can help determine the cause and help create the treatment plan.
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Can urinary incontinence be totally cured?

Depends

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Incontinence is a symptom. Finding a "cure" means idenfying the problem and correcting the problem. The problem could be a medication or dietary irritant causing urgency and incontinence associated with it. Or the problem could be a nerve problem related to back surgery. So the cure is really based on what the problem is and identification of the problem is often times the challenging part.
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What drugs can cause urinary incontinence?

Many

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some high blood pressure medications (eg hytrin) affect urethral tone and cause incontinence. diurectics cause the bladder to fill quickly & can aggravate incontinence (but should not be stopped w/o Dr's ok). muscle relaxants can aggravate incontinence. and certain medications such as for myasthenia gravis can affect bladder function. any drug that worsens constipation can worsen bladder function.
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What's the remedy for urinary incontinence?

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Begin with kegel exercises to strengthen muscles that close urethra. Some women leak because of poorly supported urethra after having babies, which can be fixed with a urethral sling as an outpatient 10 minute procedure with minimal downtime. Others need medication for over active bladder. While it's embarrassing don't acquiesce to suffer in silence, ask for help.
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