Common Reasons a Person May Be Incontinent
When a person finds that they are incontinent, there are many variables that may come into play when determining the cause. Physical causes as well as emotional causes can leave a person incontinent. Some common experiences that people have as they find that they are incontinent follow.
When trying to urinate the flow of urine feels like hot water, and it has a strong odour. While some odours are caused by foods or even vitamins, in this case the person has not eaten anything that should cause a strong smell in their urine. These symptoms describe a urinary tract infection, unless urination is also accompanied by a pain in the lower part of the abdomen, in which case the infection is in the bladder itself.
If a person is not particularly old, say under forty, and along with being incontinent they notice that they have become more clumsy lately, it is advisable to have a doctor check for multiple sclerosis, which is a neurological disorder. Trouble walking and a tendency to drop things accompany incontinence in the early stages of this disease.
In the case of an overextended bladder, a person many need to press on their abdomen to start the flow of urine. Two of the more common culprits for this problem are stroke or diabetes. A stroke can affect the brain function required for proper urinary control.
For a person experiencing back pain, like sciatica, their x-rays may show that they have an inflamed disc exerting pressure on a nerve. While the back pain is unpleasant, if this protruding disc presses on the nerves that control the bladder’s operation, the person may find that not only does their back hurt, but they are also incontinent.
After having several children, a woman never gives incontinence a second thought, and then years later a simple sneeze is enough to cause urinary incontinence. The muscles of the pelvic floor that were stretched during each pregnancy have been made just weak enough to cause stress incontinence in the woman as she gets a little older.
Just a little over forty years of age, a man begins to notice that his bathroom habits are changing. While he used to sleep soundly through the night, he now awakens several times to go to the bathroom. His urine stream is weak or split, and often it feels like his bladder does not completely empty. Other times he continues to dribble after he has stopped urinating. All of these symptoms can be attributed to an enlarged prostate gland obstructing the urethra and inhibiting the flow of urine from the body. While the beginning stages of this problem are probably more annoying than dangerous, as symptoms progress, it is important to consult a physician to make sure that no kidney damage occurs as a result of this overflow incontinence.
One way to fix the problem of an enlarged prostate is to have it surgically removed, but that plan can easily backfire if the surgery damages any of the sphincter muscles that control the flow of urine from the bladder. Now instead of frequent bathroom trips, a man may find himself completely incontinent.
When cancer is found and it results in surgery and radiation in the pelvic region, the nerves that help to control urination can become damaged. Frequently a person does not experience any symptoms of incontinence for weeks or even months after undergoing the radiation treatments.
There are many things that can happen to a person over a lifetime that may render them incontinent, and it is always advisable to discuss incontinence issues with a doctor to determine the best way to go about treating or managing any problems with incontinence.
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