Another term for urinary incontinence is bladder weakness, and it is a problem that affects millions of people throughout the world. Bladder weakness can occur in men and women of all ages, and while it is not actually a disease, it can be very disruptive to a person’s lifestyle. Typically bladder weakness is the harbinger of some other underlying problem, so it is a condition that should not be dismissed or ignored. While bladder weakness affects both genders, four out of five of those affected are women.
This higher incidence of bladder weakness in women occurs primarily as a result of stress and damage caused during pregnancy and childbirth. Because of this fact, incontinence, or bladder weakness, affects people of all ages, though it is still most prevalent in the elderly.
While it may be a challenge to deal with bladder weakness on a daily basis, the condition is completely manageable. However, there are some common problems shared by people suffering from bladder weakness, and these problems typically fall into one of three categories, which are physical, emotional and social.
While embarrassing leakage may be a physical problem, it does not cause any particular physical harm, but it may cause emotional or social harm. The physical challenges of managing bladder weakness is to maintain healthy skin keeping chaffing and infection at bay. Since the skin is often wet when a person is incontinent, it is quite common for some sort of skin irritation to occur, which can vary from a mild annoyance to a severe, skin infection. Another physical side effect of bladder weakness is the onset of infections, both the the urinary tract and to the bladder. Both of these types of infections are more commonly found in women than men. Another physical problem may show up as pain resulting from bladder spasms, which can cause a great deal of stress.
The result of the physical discomfort can also take an emotional toll on the person suffering from bladder weakness, and they may begin to feel isolated, depressed and hopeless. Adjusting to lifestyle changes may be difficult, as a person feels that they have no control over what is happening to them. Many people see bladder weakness as having one foot in the grave, and they never realize that when the underlying condition is treated, often the symptoms of bladder weakness disappear.
As a person feels the despair of hopelessness, they may also begin to withdraw from social activities, rather than face the risk of public embarrassment. For many, the condition of bladder weakness is a closely guarded secret, and the stress of guarding the secret can cause a person to completely isolate themselves from friends and family. Avoiding intimacy, opting out of social gatherings and losing self esteem can all contribute to a person withdrawing socially because of a problem with bladder weakness.
For these reasons it is important to seek the help of a medical health professional as soon as a pattern of incontinence or bladder weakness begins to appear. Since the condition can frequently be cured, consulting with a physician is extremely important for a person’s physical and mental health. The types of patterns that may be worth mentioning to a physician are constant urine leakage; a sudden, violent urge to urinate followed by an accident; and urine leakage as a result of laughing, sneezing, coughing or lifting a heavy object. Other symptoms, like painful urination or blood in the urine, may not be classified as bladder weakness, but they probably indicate an infection, so it is important to have a doctor check them out as soon as possible.
There are many factors that may contribute to bladder weakness including injury, genetics, surgery, menopause, nerve damage, infection or weak muscles. When bladder weakness is caused by weak pelvic floor muscles, doing Kegel exercises is an effective way to build up the strength in these muscles so that they can properly support the bladder. Other times medication is used to treat the problem, and in the most extreme cases, surgery may hold the solution to a bladder weakness problem.