Bladder Weakness Caused by Constipation
Quite often bladder weakness is simply a symptom of some underlying condition. For example, constipation can cause bladder weakness, and once the problem of constipation is addressed, the bladder weakness issue disappears. Constipation can be caused by many different things including not enough fiber in the diet, not staying properly hydrated, lack of exercise, medications, stress, nerve damage, overuse of laxatives and pregnancy among other things.
It may seem odd to think that constipation could possibly have any effect on the bladder, but there is a very real connection. The bladder shares some nerve endings with the rectum, so if the nerves are damaged both areas can be affected negatively. When constipated, the distended rectum can also exert pressure on the bladder and urethra, which can in turn add to a sudden need to urinate.
By treating the symptoms of constipation, the resulting bladder weakness can be improved and possibly even abolished. Begin by eating a high fiber, well balanced diet including plenty of fluids. Include whole grains, vegetables and fruits as sources of both liquid and fiber. Incorporate a regular exercise routine into your day, and if constipation is still a problem seek help from your doctor, who will be able to help you identify the exact cause of your constipation and possibly even your bladder weakness.
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