How Do I Know If My Incontinence Is Temporary?
Incontinence is a symptom, not a disease.
In many situations, incontinence is a temporary symptom of a greater issue. For health conditions such as prostate issues for men, pre-natal and post-natal conditions for women, or a urinary tract infection, incontinence can be caused by a number of things that can eventually go aware.But how can one know when their incontinence is temporary? So when should one call their doctor about their incontinence problems? What are the diseases and conditions that can cause incontinence? In this brief guide, we’ll be exploring all of this and more.
Is My Incontinence Temporary?
Incontinence can be a temporary problem that is caused by everything from medications to a chronic condition to infections. The only way to know if one’s incontinence is temporary is to examine what changed around the time the incontinence issues began.Did you recently give birth? Temporary incontinence is common in post-natal mothers. Were you recently diagnosed with a prostate condition? This can also cause temporary incontinence. Are you taking a new medication, specifically an antidepressant, diuretic, or blood pressure medication? Certain medications of those types can cause incontinence.If your incontinence problem becomes chronic and does not cease after a long amount of time, there could be a serious underlying cause. If your incontinence does not let up after two weeks, it may be time to consult your doctor.
Conditions that Cause Incontinence
There are a number of conditions that cause incontinence, including:Urinary tract infections (also known as UTI), Constipation, Diarrhea, Muscle damage, Certain medications, including specific diuretics, antidepressants, and high blood pressure medications, Interstitial cystitis, also known as chronic bladder inflammation, A disability that makes it difficult to travel to the bathroom quickly, Stroke, Side effects from a previous surgery, Overactive bladder muscles, Weakened bladder muscles (commonly reported by men and women over 65), Weakened pelvic floor muscles, Enlarged prostate, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), Prostate cancer and Nerve damage,
There are several different kinds of urinary and fecal incontinence.
The most common form is stress incontinence. This type of incontinence happens when urine leakage is caused by the pressure of muscle contractions against the bladder. This occurs during exercise, laughing, coughing, etc. It can also be caused by the stress of childbirth or weakened pelvic floor muscles during menopause. Stress incontinence occurs mostly in young and middle-aged people.
Urge incontinence or “overactive bladder” occurs when a person is unable to hold back the urge to urinate long enough to reach a bathroom. This can be caused by a stroke, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and other chronic diseases. Bladder cancer can also be a cause of urge incontinence.
Overflow incontinence occurs when someone is unable to empty their bladder completely and an “overflow” occurs as new urine is produced in the body. This can be caused by an enlarged prostate, diabetes, and spinal injuries.
Functional incontinence occurs in elderly and disabled people with normal bladder control that lack timely and efficient mobility.
Gross total incontinence is the inability of a person’s bladder to function as storage for urine. This can be caused by a birth defect, an injury, fistula, or a urinary tract surgery.
When to Visit Your Physician
If you are experiencing frequent incontinence and cannot pinpoint a cause, it is best to consult your doctor for testing. Some of the above causes of incontinence are dangerous, so it is important to seek out a diagnosis right away.
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