The effect of foods and beverages on the bladder is not understood but elimination of one or all of the items listed below may improve bladder control. It is recommended that eliminating these foods on a one-by-one trial basis may help reduce urinary incontinence in some individuals.
Citrus juices & fruits
Highly spiced foods
Soft drinks with caffeine, tea, coffee, even those that are decaffeinated
Artificial sweetener (aspartame)
To see if any of the above products are affecting your bladder, stop them one at a time and see if your symptoms improve.View Thread
I am not surprised that your doctor has not taken your OAB problem seriously as less than 50% of health care providers ask patients if they have any bladder control problems. I am sorry to say that this may be because they are not sure what to tell them to do with the problem or they may not understand the condition. I would keep bringing it up when you return to see your doctor or better yet, keep a bladder diary.
A bladder diary is like a food diary"014you can mark when you go to the bathroom, if you have "01Curinary accidents"01D or incontinence, how much you drink, etc. As a nurse practitioner, having the patient hand me a record or some other piece of information they find important makes me stop, look at it and review it with the patient. So this may get your doctor's attention more thoroughly and have him or her take your symptoms more seriously. Do not give up! There is lots of help for your symptoms.View Thread
Chronic pelvic pain and vulvodynia, two frustrating pelvic disorders seen in young adult women, are not well understood. Research on these two conditions, which are often linked under the umbrella of "chronic pain syndromes", is scarce, especially as it relates to successful treatments.
Vulvodynia’s main symptom is pain in the vulva (area around the opening of the vagina and urethra). It is a chronic pain syndrome that affects up to 15%–20% of women. Women will complain of vulvar discomfort and describe it as burning or stabbing pain. They may experience pain during sex. Activities such as bicycle riding, tampon insertion, prolonged sitting, and wearing tight clothes may cause this pain. Vulvodynia is not associated with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Chronic pelvic pain is pelvic pain that continues for more than six months and as many of the same symptoms as vulvodynia.
Many women consent to hysterectomy or other major surgery and still experience chronic pelvic pain. Chronic pelvic pain is often intractable and unremitting and may lead to lifestyle changes that affect work, recreation and personal relationships. An integrated multidisciplinary team approach to treatment is often the best way to give a woman the greatest chance of a long-term cure.View Thread
Considered abnormal at any age, overactive bladder is a very common condition that affects both men and women but is more common in women. Overactive bladder is often called OAB. Persons with OAB will complain of a sudden and unexpected strong need to pass urine, called “urgency.” Many will feel they are unable to delay voiding after urgency happens and they fear incontinence or urine leakage. A moderate or large amount of urine leakage can happen, usually when someone is trying to get to the bathroom. To prevent this unwanted urine leakage, most people will go to the bathroom more frequently, sometimes more than eight times per day. They may find themselves awakening several times during the night to urinate.
There are many causes of OAB such as medications (e.g. diruretics or “water pills”) and drinking caffeinated beverages.
Many people never report symptoms of overactive bladder to their doctor or nurse practitioner because they believe that treatment is not available or effective or that the symptoms are normal consequences of aging or childbirth.
Overactive bladder has been called the closet disorder as most people with this condition just live with it despite the fact that there are successful treatments. Only one of three women bring it to the attention of their health care provider and two-thirds of patients that first seek medical advice have had their symptoms for more than two years. Instead of seeking help, many people with OAB adjust their habits and lifestyle to accommodate the management of symptoms and may adopt such coping mechanisms as restricting fluids and urinating to a timed schedule or at the first sensation of urgency.
Effective treatment includes the combination of drug therapy with behavioral interventions.View Thread
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