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Overactive Bladder

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Common symptoms of OAB are a sudden strong urge to urinate, urinary frequency, or even loss of urine because you cannot make it to the bathroom in time.

Symptoms of an overactive bladder can occur when the nerve signals between your bladder and brain are not coordinating and as a result your bladder is called to empty even when it isn’t full. Or, when your bladder muscles are too active and want to “contract” to pass urine before your bladder is full.

Both men and women can have OAB. Common groups of patients at risk include post-menopausal women, men with prostate problems, and those individual with neurologic diseases such multiple sclerosis, stroke, spinal cord injury, or diabetes.

Also some people who commonly consume food and drinks like caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods can also suffer from OAB symptoms.

Your doctor can help make the diagnosis of OAB by simply taking your history, performing a physical exam, collecting a urine sample, and perhaps checking a bladder ultrasound or voiding diary.

There are several treatments available to help manage OAB. Initially most doctors recommend making some lifestyle changes. This may involve adjusting your diet, voiding schedule, and kegel exercises.

Medication that relaxes the bladder muscle may also be prescribed.

Otherwise if these initial measures fail then surgical options may be considered such as InterStim placement which serves as a pacemaker to the bladder controlling the nerve impulses to the (sentence incomplete)