Overactive Bladder/Urge incontinence

Posted by ainsleigh @ainsleigh, Mar 10 12:30pm

Does anyone have suggestions on how to cope with overactive bladder and urge incontinence? Are there any meds that can help without causing unwanted side effects?

I have have found the following help: 1. I know pelvic floor exercises are primarily for stress incontinence, but they do help for urge incontinence. 2. Try to stretch your bladder capacity by hanging on as long as possible. 3. Make sure you tighten your pelvic floor for everything that triggers the urge, e.g. when you hear running water. 4. Also, if you get the urge, don't focus on it. Focus on something else. I have found these things really help, in fact it is very rare that I have any incontinence following these rules. May you find relief.

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Estrogen vaginal cream a cap full every other day will help bladder problems. It works

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@straightway22

Estrogen vaginal cream a cap full every other day will help bladder problems. It works

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There are no side effects of this cream. I have used it for years.

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@mariyamakabo

I have have found the following help: 1. I know pelvic floor exercises are primarily for stress incontinence, but they do help for urge incontinence. 2. Try to stretch your bladder capacity by hanging on as long as possible. 3. Make sure you tighten your pelvic floor for everything that triggers the urge, e.g. when you hear running water. 4. Also, if you get the urge, don't focus on it. Focus on something else. I have found these things really help, in fact it is very rare that I have any incontinence following these rules. May you find relief.

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Hi that subject seem the best topic for me. The urge visiting the loo is a waste of sleeping time.
Though the tcm may be good, the surgery is another and have to best cost and pain in question. I read with interest in working out the pelvic floor in exercises I for one is interested and would like to learn further. Perhaps would appreciate to express the steps to follow and will give a try. This is a natural way for maintainence are to be adhered. I look foward to learn further.
Many thanks and appreciated. God bless. Mhyk

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When I discussed this with my pcp she recommended seeing a urologist and that Dr. referred me to a physical therapist specializing in incontinence. There can be many reasons for this condition, best to get professional help for best advise.

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I agree – it is always best to seek out your doctor to ensure no underlying health concerns are present, as well as find the root cause – and hopefully work through it without medication. Medications rarely if ever are capable of having one single effect on the body! The tips shared by @mariyamakabo are great, as well as @lcbrust 's experience with seeing a PT after referral from a primary care doctor.

Best of luck to you! It's frustrating, I get it!

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I have had an overactive bladder for over 20 years and nothing has helped me then I moved to Sydney I’m originally from Melbourne in the meantime for the last 8months been seeing a Professor in urology. I take medication ie Betmiga I have a vaginal cream Ovestrin twice weekly I have to drink lots of water at least 1 Ltr or more if possible I’m 78 years old and my bladder drives me crazy. Has anyone any other ideas.

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@thiele

I have had an overactive bladder for over 20 years and nothing has helped me then I moved to Sydney I’m originally from Melbourne in the meantime for the last 8months been seeing a Professor in urology. I take medication ie Betmiga I have a vaginal cream Ovestrin twice weekly I have to drink lots of water at least 1 Ltr or more if possible I’m 78 years old and my bladder drives me crazy. Has anyone any other ideas.

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I am the same age you are, and I have to get up at night about every 3 hours. I will be seen by a pelvic floor physical therapist starting April 1st. I hope they can help me a little with getting a normal nights sleep.

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Also with my overactive bladder I have no feeling when my pee is coming therefore I have to change at least 4 to 5 times adayu and once at 2am
I have to accept my situation even though it’s very difficult I’m still attending to see the professor so fingers crossed

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This is for men with enlarged prostate with natural means to at least reduce toilet trips which happen only when first sleeping.

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There is a medicine called Myrbetriq designed for that purpose. High in price with no generic, but I have used it successfully with no side effects. Also, an older medicine, Oxybutinin, which some claim can produce unwanted cognitive issue in older patients. Any urologist would be aware of both of these. Also, Dr. Google can be of help for general information

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Much appreciated. Will discuss with my provider.

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