What are the causes of an overactive bladder?

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).

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What is the cause of a sudden overactive bladder (had it since 2007) and how can I cure it? How exactly does a doctor diagnose this condition?

See a urologist. Oab is diagnosed by history, urinalysis, and urodynamic testing done by a urologist. There are several treatments for this condition to include oral meds, behavioral therapy, nerve stimulators, and recently Botox bladder injections have been approved for use in oab. There however is no real cure. Read more...

What could cause an overactive bladder?

Busy Bladder. An "overactive" bladder is a term used to describe frequent urination which can be due to many causes. Some can be related to neurological issues, metabolic issues, obstructive issues or infections. If you have no physiologic or physical issues it could also be a "perceived" issue and more psychosomatic. Most commonly it is infection in a woman and a simple urine test at your doctor can check. Read more...
See below. True oab is not caused by anything specific. It is also called bladder dysynergia or unstable bladder. It occurs in both men and women. Now certainsthings can make it worse such as caffeinated beverages, and alcohol. Read more...

What can cause an overactive bladder (oab)?

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 more...
Pveractive bladder. If urinary infection is ruled out as a cause for symptoms like this, then there are several other possibilities. There are several treatments for overactibe bladder that can be helpful. A health care provider should be consulted. Read more...

What exactly causes an overactive bladder and what can I do so I sleep nights? Any meds I can take or do I need a perscription? I'm not a diabetic

Common problem. Overactive bladder (oab) is defined as "urinary urgency, with or without urge incontinence, usually with frequency and nocturia, in the absence of an obvious cause such as uti, neurological condition, etc. Related to a "short-circuiting" between bladder and brain leading to an involuntary bladder contraction. Treated with behavioral and diet modification, pelvic floor exercises, and medications. Read more...

What causes an overactive bladder and fever?

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...

What's the difference between the urgency caused by overactive bladder and that caused by membranous urethral stricture?

Urgency vs pressure. A stricture interferes with the flow of urine, causing a pressure sensation and difficulty establishing and maintaining urine flow. Overactive bladder is an early sensation of needing to urinate, and peeing a small amount at short intervals. Read more...

What do you think could be causing my overactive bladder?

Great question. Difficult very common condition, unfortunately no identified cause most of the time and therefore termed idiopathic. This is if your physical exam, history, urinalysis, voiding diary and possibly imaging of your bladder pre- and post void do not identify any specify condition. However, there are now excellent treatment options to help treat your condition. Read more...