Joyce, a 70-year-old mother of three, recently visited her doctor because of what she calls "bladder trouble". A problem with bladder control is also referred to as incontinence. Joyce has cut down on doing things she likes to do because she has wet herself in public several times. She also leaks urine on her way to the bathroom and even when she coughs or laughs. Joyce started wearing pads, but she wants to find a fix for her problem.
It took a while for Joyce to call the doctor because she felt ashamed. Dr. Smith, Joyces Primary Care Physician, told her there was no need to be embarrassed. Lots of people, women and men, have bladder control problems. Dr. Smith told Joyce there are several reasons for bladder control problems, and they will work together to find out what’s causing her condition. He also talked about what they can do to help take care of it.
Some Reasons for Bladder Control Problems:
- Weak pelvic muscles
- Nerve damage
- Back problems, such as a herniated disc
- Some medicines, alcohol, and caffeine (coffee, tea, etc.)
- Urinary tract infection
- Certain health conditions such as diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
- Being overweight
Are you having bladder control problems? Make some time with your PCP. With your help, your PCP will come up with a treatment plan that could take care of the problem.