Everything You Need to Know About Overactive Bladder

Overactive Bladder Symptoms:

The following are some common symptoms of overactive bladder. They may not all apply to you but they will give you an idea of what to expect when dealing with your own case.

Nausea – Nausea is one of the most common symptoms associated with overactivity. It is caused by excess fluid in the stomach area which leads to nausea and vomiting. If you have had a recent surgery or other medical procedure then you may experience pain in the lower abdomen. This is due to the nerves being damaged during these operations. You need to avoid eating anything that might upset your stomach.

Vomiting – Vomiting occurs when there is too much pressure inside the bowels causing blood to leak out from them into the surrounding areas such as the mouth, eyes and nose. If you vomit frequently then it could lead to dehydration.

Bloating – Bloat is a condition where the stomach expands beyond its normal size resulting in abdominal discomfort and weight loss.

Diarrhea – Diarrhea occurs when there is no longer enough liquid in the body to keep everything functioning properly. It may result in dehydration if left untreated. A good way to prevent diarrhea is to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.

Painful Urination – Painful urination can occur with overactive bladder. People who suffer from this condition may find that they need to urinate more frequently during the day and night. This can result in a loss of sleep and an increased risk of infection due to not drinking enough to quench the body’s thirst.

Bladder and Kidney Infections – If you have overactive bladder then it is likely that you will suffer from recurring urinary tract infections over time. This occurs when the urine remains in the bladder for extended periods of time. Drinking cranberry juice can help to prevent these infections from forming.

Restless Leg Syndrome – RLS is a condition where you feel an uncontrollable need to move your legs. The nerves in the body are not functioning properly which causes unpleasant sensations. It is often difficult to get a good nights sleep when you have restless leg syndrome.

Sciatica – Sciatica is a condition that causes pain in the lower back and legs. It is caused by pressure being put on the sciatic nerve in the lower back causing tingling, numbness and pain. The condition gets worse if left untreated and can result in loss of bladder control.

If you suffer from any of the above conditions then you may be suffering from overactive bladder. It is important that you see a doctor as soon as possible so that they can prescribe medication to control the condition. You may also find it beneficial to eat a well balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids. Your doctor will be able to give you more advice on how you can manage your condition. They may also be able to give you advice on what you can do in the short-term to relieve the more severe symptoms such as drinking cranberry juice to prevent urinary tract infections.

You should be aware that certain medications can cause overactive bladder. These include blood pressure pills, diuretics and those designed to treat diabetes. You should inform your doctor about any medication that you are taking before they prescribe anything for overactive bladder.

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