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What Causes An Overactive Bladder
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
Infection: Overactive bladders are usually related to irritation of the bladder or nerve dysfunction. When the overactive bladder is associated with a fever and this is a new problem for you, this is probably an infection. You can self treat by drinking a lot of water and trying to acidify your urine with high acidity foods like citrus fruits and tomatoes. However, if you are fevering, call your md for abx. ...Read more
See below: We are not sure what causes the oab but we know what can make the symptoms worse: caffeinated beverages, alcohol, and diuretics. The other medical term is bladder dysynergia or unstable bladder. The bladder is essentially going into chaotic inconsistent spasms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can urethritis cause an overactive bladder? What is the difference between overactive bladder and bladder spasms?
Here are some ...: Urethritis may incite a premature urge to void so the patient may void oftener than usual; after treated, urethritis-related urgency subsides, but not OAB-related. Although OAB generates urge to void, the patient still usually can make to bathroom to void; bladder spam is usually referred to the occurrence of uninhibited bladder contraction incited by catheter or poor central nerve control, etc. ...Read more
See below : Overactive bladder occurs because the muscles of the bladder start to contract involuntarily even when the volume of urine in your bladder is low creating the urgent need to urinate. Many potential causes: neurological disorders, high urine output, meds (diuretics), UTI, enlarged prostate (BPH), excess caffeine or alcohol, incomplete bladder emptying, constipation, and aging (idiopathic). ...Read more
Many: Oab can be urgency / frequency (uf) or full blown urge incontinence (uui). Ufcauses: dietary, inflammation, infection (vaginal or bladder), hypertonic pelvic muscles. Urge incontinence: weak urethra, spasm or unwanted contraction of bladder muscle. Reasons for bladder "spasm" include neurologic (stroke, spinal cord injury, ms) or idiopathic (essentially unknown). ...Read more
Damaged or no nerves: Between brain and bladder.Some children born with spina bifida & myelomeningocele & other spinal abnormalities or cerebral palsy have congenital neurogenic bladder. Spinal cord injuries or tumors, transverse myelitis, brain tumors or injuries, multiple sclerosis, diabetes can all cause nb.Basically, any interruption, of sensory or motor nerve impulses to or from bladder &/or sphincter cause a nb. ...Read more
Many reasons: Bladders can become overactive because they are blocked, as from a large prostate or scar tissue in the urethra. They can also become overactive from neurologic causes such as stroke or spinal cord injury. Some medications can also cause this. Sometimes, no cause can be found. ...Read more
Many causes: Oab can be due to bladder irritants like caffeine, tomatoes, or alcohol, but it can also be due to infections, stones, cancer, or neurologic diseases. Be sure to see your doctor for an accurate diagnosis. Oab can be significantly improved by using a bladder diary, avoiding irritants, not over-drinking, and using "bladder retraining" with timed voiding. Medicines are available if needed. ...Read more
BLADDER DIVERTICULUM: Hutch diverticulae are a certain types seen at the junction of the ureter and bladder and, by themselves are harmless if there is no reflux. They are often associated with refluxing ureters. There are many who have them found by accident that have no symptoms. Other bladder diverticulae can be signs of high voiding pressures as well as a hutch enlarging from same. A bladder diary and urodynamics. ...Read more
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