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Healthy Tips for Seniors: Urinary Incontinence

Posted by Lisa Witt on Mar 22, 2016 6:30:00 AM

Healthy Tips for Houston Assisted Living Seniors: Urinary Incontinence

What is urinary incontinence?  

  • It is defined as the accidental leakage of urine.

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  • Causes of this condition may include:
    • weak bladder muscles, overactive bladder, damage nerves, blockage from enlarge prostate in men and other disease such as arthritis that may make it difficult to get to the bathroom

Diagnosis

  • For proper diagnosis of this condition the first step is to see your doctor.
  • A physical exam and medical history will be reviewed.
  • Test that might be performed include: Urine and blood test and a test that measures how well you empty your bladder.

Type of Incontinence

  • Stress incontinence: This type of incontinence occurs when urine leaks when there is pressure applied to the bladder such as during exercise, coughing, sneezing, laughing, or lifting heavy objects. It is more common on younger and middle age woman.
  • Urge incontinence: This type of incontinence occurs when you feel a sudden urge to urinate and you are unable to hold urine long enough to get to the toilet. This type of incontinence is more common on people who have diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson disease, multiple sclerosis, or stroke.
  • Overflow incontinence: This type of incontinence happens when small amounts of urine leak from a bladder that is always full. Conditions that may cause this type of incontinence include: an enlarge prostate in man, diabetes and spinal cord injuries.
  • Functional incontinence: This type of incontinence occurs in adults who have normal bladder control but are not able to make it to the restroom on time due to arthritis or other disorders that may cause them to move slowly.

Treatment

  • The type of treatment depends on the type of bladder control problem you have.
  • Bladder control training its one way to manage this condition.
    • Pelvic muscle exercises also known as Kegel exercises. These type of exercises workout the muscles that you use to stop urinating.
    • Biofeedback treatment it’s a mind-body technique that uses sensors to make you aware of signals from your body helping you control the urge to urinate.
    • Timed voiding is another way to control you bladder. Using this technique you will have to urinate on a set schedule.
    • Life stay changes may also assists with incontinence. These include: losing weight, quitting smoking, drinking less caffeine, say no to alcohol, avoid heavy lifting and prevent constipation.
    • Some signs and symptoms may include: full time around the clock assistance with activities of daily living and personal care, increase difficulty in communicating, lose awareness of recent experiences.

Also, always remember to consult with your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

For more Information you may contact call Ana Vazquez RN, ADON @ 832-627-6470

Reference: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/urinary-incontinence

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