Bladder Problems

Bladder Problems

As the bladder empties during urination, the muscles contract to squeeze the urine out through the urethra. Several different bladder problems can cause pain. Themost common causes of bladder pain are interstitial cystitis, urinary tract infection.

Signs of a Bladder Problem
  • Needing to urinate eight or more times in one day.(increased frequency of urination)
  • Pain or burning before, during, or after urinating.
  • Cloudy or bloody urine.
  • Inability to hold urine or leaking urine (called urinary incontinence)
  • Waking up many times at night to urinate.
  • Sudden and urgent need to urinate.

The major type of urinary problems which require interference by the doctor are:

  • Stress urinary incontinence – involuntary loss of urine associated with coughing, sneezing, carrying heavy things and even running or jumping.
  • Urge incontinence – involuntary loss of urine preceded by a sudden strong desire to pass urine and voiding before the ability to reach the toilet.
  • Overflow incontinence – involuntary loss of urine due to an inability to empty the bladder well.
There’s lots of potential causes of a weak bladder and subsequent bladder leakage. Nine times out of ten though, your bladder leaks purely and simply because your pelvic floor muscles have weakened over time because of pregnancy, childbirth and the onset of menopause.
To do Kegel exercises:
  1. Try stopping your urine mid-stream when going. The muscles you use are pelvic floor muscles. …
  2. Focus on tightening those muscles when you have an empty bladder. …
  3. Breathe normally when doing these exercises.
  4. Avoid squeezing your stomach, thighs, or buttocks instead of your pelvic floor muscles.
Tips to Keep Your Bladder Healthy
  1. Drink enough fluids, especially water. Most healthy people should try to drink six to eight, 8-ounce glasses of fluid each day. …
  2. Limit alcohol and caffeine. …
  3. Quit smoking. …
  4. Avoid constipation. …
  5. Keep a healthy weight. …
  6. Exercise regularly. …
  7. Do pelvic floor muscle exercises. …
  8. Use the bathroom often and when needed.

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