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I'm almost 15 and I struggle with some bladder incontinence?
My doctor told me that I had a bladder infection over a year ago and I was put on antibiotics but I found out later that I really didn't have one.. he was just taking precautions since I was going away. But ever since then I've struggled with bladder incontinence, it kind of just leaks out over time:P What should I do? I've been back to my doctor for it.. but he doesn't do anything.
Smiley
10/24/08
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  I'm so sorry to hear that you're having these problems. The bottom line is that you should go back to your doctor, and if you don't get satisfactory advice or don't feel like he's taking it seriously, get a referral to someone else, preferably a urologist or urogynecologist (a urologist who specializes in women's bladder problems). Believe it or not, these problems are VERY common, even though no one ever talks about it. Many recent studies have suggested that 10-25% of women under the age of 30 have regular problems with incontinence.

Rest assured, most cases of incontinence are curable. The first thing is to make sure the incontinence isn't a sign of an underlying disease. If not, the treatments vary with the type of incontinence, so it will be important for you to be able to tell your doctor precisely when you leak urine and how much. Is it just a few drops or squirt when you laugh/sneeze/cough/exercise? In that case, exercises or biofeedback are often effective. Do you get sudden, strong urges that you're not able to control and then you lose a large amount of urine? In that case, there are several medications that are available.

In the interim, there are many products on the market that can help you cope. If you're interested, I can send you some links.

I hope you feel better!
Rachel M
10/24/08
Why do women seem to experience bladder problems and incontinence more than men?
I can understand women experiencing bladder problems if they have been through childbirth. But I have never had a baby, yet I have had bladder problems before, including a small bladder infection a few months ago. And during my life, I have known female friends who have not gone though childbirth, yet had bladder problems or slight incontinence problems at some point or other.
SadiePolly
08/01/11
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  Their urethra is much shorter than men's and if bacteria enters it finds its way quickly into the bladder. Women should also wash after sex in case bacteria has found its way there.
scoutma53
08/01/11
Bladder incontinence in women?
How does a women cope when going for a pap smear when they have bladder incontinence and can't control their bladder? Is it embarassing?
Melissa C
01/13/08
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  The doctor is professional and has seen everything so I wouldn't worry about it. Often times they want a urine sample before the exam anyway, so it gives the woman a chance to go to the bathroom beforehand. That way she'll have an empty bladder during the exam. Hope this helps.
Angelia
01/13/08
Can you develop incontinence from being hit in the bladder/penis region?
Could you develop incontinence from being hit by an object in the general area of the penis/bladder? I recently tripped and landed in this area on the edge of the table and i can no longer feel the urge to pee until really late. (happened less than 24 hours ago)
Stevan Gran
06/05/10
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  If the blow was as bad as you say it was, it is possible for there to be problems with the bladder. You really need to check with a doctor to see if this is just a temporary thing or if this will be permanent.
ironchain15
06/05/10
Can you develop incontinence from being hit in the bladder/penis region?
Could you develop incontinence from being hit by an object in the general area of the penis/bladder? I recently tripped and landed in this area on the edge of the table and i can no longer feel the urge to pee until really late. (happened less than 24 hours ago)

06/05/10
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  If the blow was as bad as you say it was, it is possible for there to be problems with the bladder. You really need to check with a doctor to see if this is just a temporary thing or if this will be permanent.
ironchain15
06/05/10
What exactly does it mean to "tack up" a woman's bladder?
I have developed bladder incontinence although I am only 44 and have only one child. But I have had alot of illness and catheteriziations. Next week they're gonna "tack up"my bladder. What does tat mean and what can I expect?
Clover
01/25/08
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  My mom and my older sister both had this surgery....more than likely, your pregnancy caused your bladder to gradually
move downwards out of its usual place....to "Tack Up" a bladder is referring to the surgery that puts the bladder back into its proper place....I believe they use stitches, which are removed later. Your doctor should have explained this to you. Why don't you call and ask him for the details? My sister had it done as an outpatient, but it took about 2-3 weeks for recovery. She was sore afterwards and not able to lift things, but is fine now.
DRS
01/25/08
overflow incontinence or urge incontinence?
The patient is a 72-year-old woman who reports new-onset incontinence. She reports three or four episodes of voiding a large amount of urine involuntarily when outside her home. She sensed a full bladder but was unable to find a bathroom quickly. She states,” When I have to go, I really have to go right then.” She does not use a diuretic and has no history of diabetes. She says she tries to drink very little, especially when she is “out and about” so that she will remain dry. Her only health problem is osteoporosis; she takes vitamin D and calcium supplements. She states that both of her sisters have the same urinary problem.

this is a case study that is given to me as homework but im stuck. right now i have to determine if the client has overflow incont- or urge incont-... i can't seem to differentiate them... i was thinking that the client in this case study has overflow incontinence which basically is incont- due to a decrease in sphincter control. so if the client has a full bladder, it would just come out. but then there is also urge incont- where the client only gets a warning of a few seconds to few minutes to go.. which is the best answer?

10/14/10
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  Overflow and stress incontinence
Veritas
10/14/10
Does Cystoscopy cause urinary incontinence in women?
I may have Interstitial Cystitis. So, my urologist might do a cystoscopy. What does it feel like? Is there anyone out there with IC or painful bladder syndrome? I am VERY SCARED. Please advice. Will the dilation of the urethra in women cause damage resulting in urinary incontinence?
joleo68
07/25/08
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  I don't believe this will cause incontinece. There may be some very minor dribbling right after the procedure, but that should be gone before you even leave the office.

You should talk this over with your doctor before the procedure. The doctor can explain each step, the associated risks, and what you will feel.

Good luck!
Vagabond
07/29/08
Anyone women have experience with the bladder sling for incontinence ?
After having two kids it was recommended that I have the bladder sling put it, does any one have experince with thsi device and are you happy with it? Do you regret having it done? Did it help you ? Any side effects or words of wisdom you care to share about it would be appreciated. Thank you.
misfit
05/03/07
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  I have never had a bladder sling put in but my mother has. She seems to enjoy it! She no longer wets herself when she laughs to hard or sneezes to hard! I think that was the best thing that she has ever done because now she can enjoy life without having to worry about them little slip ups!!
Vanessa W
05/03/07
Does anyone have bladder incontinence?
What do you do to cope? What products do you use?
Bass Catcher
01/24/08
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  Stay off caffeine , chocolate, tomatoes and alcohol as much as possible as they all stimulate the bladder to do pee pees. Ask you r GP to send you to a specialist, physiotherapists can give you exercises to restrengthen the necessary muscles. Short quick clenching of the pelvic floor only strengthens some of the muscles , you also need to do clenching and counting to 10 (or start with as long as you can manage) , do this sitting on a hard chair leaning forward everyday . Also train your bladder by waiting for 5 mins every time you want the toilet, gradually make this longer and longer to regain mental control.
Mz Tizz
01/24/08
Does anyone know how succesfull bladder ops are post pregnancy incontinence?
Bee
11/10/07
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  No, I don't have access to that information but have the link to a site that may help you find the information you need. It's at: http://forums.obgyn.net/womens-health
sokokl
11/11/07
men's incontinence pads?
I have minor urinary incontinence and wear a depends pad for men in my underpants 24/7. I wear looser fitting pants and jeans so that when I am in pubic, people are less likely to know that I am wearing a pad in my underpants.

My question is this: Have any other guys who wear incontinence pads been in situations where others knew you were wearing a pad and how they rected to it. When I have gone out in public, I have been concerned that others may be able to tell I am wearing an incontinence pad. I am still young and am only in my mid 30's. Incontinence doesnt happen to the elderly....it happens to both young and old.
onegreatyooper
07/21/08
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  Hey onegreatyooper,
No age doesn't select us.
I share your concerns. wearing the clothes like you say are best. Do wear a full pad?
I had this occur in my late 40's after cancer treatment that radiation left my bladder badly scared with about 50% incontinent. I can tell when I have to go but a real short warning. I wear a pad that only fits half way and not full up the back. So the pants don't look "padded"
I was made one day at the baseball stadium where there in privacy in the RR's there. No one said anything aloud to me but I new there were whispers. All I could do smile and keep going.
Good luck to You!
It Only Gets Better!
07/21/08
What is the recovery time for Incontinence Surgery, Dropped Bladder ?
Terri L
06/12/08
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  My mom just had it done about a week ago and the dr.s told her 4-6 weeks.
LoveDior
06/14/08
Wife has urinary incontinence, and wont have minor surgery to fix it?
Any other woman who where treated for urinary incontinence and cured with out surgery please help my wife out with some info.

http://www.webmd.com/urinary-incontinence-oab/womens-guide/urinary-incontinence-in-women-topic-overview
tom k
07/28/09
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  Any surgery has risks, and I can't fault her for resisting. Some people would rather just live with a problem than risk making it worse or breaking something else.

She can use "Kegel" exercises, which strengthen the pelvic floor muscles to allow her greater control over urination. She can also try biofeedback. Finally, her physician can likely prescribe medications that will help, too.

Cheers!
Vagabond
07/28/09
Is holding the urine as long as possible a good way to train the bladder for stress incontinence ?
leaking tom
07/13/06
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  No.. the bladder is like a balloon, holding urine stretches it out and you could end up with worse incontinence.
Chee
07/13/06
WHERE TO BUY MALE INCONTINENCE PRODUCTS IN MANILA PHILIPPINES?
Does anybody know where to buy incontinence products (pads, briefs, urinary collection system) for males in the Philippines? I found several websites which feature various products to aid men who suffer from incontinence. I am particularly interested in the Alpha Dry System for Incontinence or a similar product. I need it for my dad who has just undergone prostate removal. He is very uncomfortable because he feels wet and passes urine all the time. Thanks in advance. Your response will be highly appreciated.
K. Reyes
04/01/11
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  Yeah it's called a pharmacy.

He needs to go to the doctor and have that looked at. Not being able to control urine flow isn't normal. Even for prostate surgery. Removing the prostate should affect the urinary sphicter.

-Connor
Connor
04/01/11
Urinary Incontinence in men?
Are there any effective treatments or medications for urge incontinence in older men? Serious answers only please!
LIHK
06/10/07
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  He should be seen by a urologist ASAP. The diffential diagnosis includes an enlarged prostate, bladder wall hypertrophy, some type of neurogenic bladder, bladder stones, bladder cancer (especially if he is or was a smoker) and prostate cancer. Treatment is available; but the correct diagnosis needs to be made first.

The correct answer is see a urologist sooner rather than later.
retired47
06/11/07
Bladder infection?
I just had a baby and i think having the cathiter in gave me a bladder infection, cause its now hard to go kinda and i have a pain where my bladder is. All my mucsle hurt cause i had a c-section so im sore everywhere. but is there a way to fix a bladder infection without meds???
irishcuttie226
07/04/08
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  A catheter will definitely increase your chances of getting a UTI. Drink a lot of water and cranberry juice. If you don't really care for the cranberry juice that much because I know it can be quite strong in taste, try cranberry capsules. They sell these at the stores by the vitamin area. Buy the cranberry juice at the natural food stores not from the regular grocery store.

If you have lower back pain, fever, feel kind of confused mentally, or having burning/painful urination see your doctor right away without hesitation.
AngelEnt
07/04/08
How bad is Bladder Cancer for an 84 year old woman?
My Grandma has be diagnosed with Bladder Cancer at age 84. The Doctor told her that it is somewhat aggressive. She has to go for treatment every Friday for the next six weeks. Is Bladder Cancer something that you can die from easily? I am scared that she won't be around much longer. Any advise is great thanks.
They are going to inject a bacteria into her bladder and that's it. No chemo.
She does smoke and drink. She won'y quit smoking, she's done it for years.
jackie23290
08/22/08
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  "Joseph F" is right. But if you truly want the details for predicting her prognosis, you must know the stage and grade of her bladder carcinoma. Your grandma can get this information from her doctor if she wants you to have it. (patient confidentiality rules - it's her choice)
When you know the stage and grade of her disease, you can look it up online via the NCI or ask us here on YA. There are a number of cancer specialty doctors and other very knowledgeable medical people on this site.
Spreedog
08/23/08
What is the treatment of a bladder infection?
I have re-current bladder infections (UTI's) and I was taught in school that if someone has a bladder infection they can try to treat it on their own if they push the cranberry pills and lots of fluids. However, on a recent call to my doctor (rather nurse), I was informed that if I have an actual bladder infection, the only way to treat it is by taking antibiotics.
HeyHer87
09/17/09
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  If it is a true bacterial infection then you will need a antibiotic..usually they will give one called Levaquin..you will be on it for 1-2 weeks...also drink lots of water...the med that makes you pee orange is not an anibiotic but it is a pain med to help with stinging and burning when you pee..hope this helps
Rabby
09/17/09
what will effectively reduce or get rid of bladder spasms?
ever since i got a bad bladder infection which spread to my kidneys ive had what i think are bladder spasms it feels like almost tender when i pee and like i have to pee more than i do its like it feels like the muscles are sore when i push to pee i know for certian it is not an std or another bladder infection please help its quite painfully annoying
Megan
04/21/10
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  ask your doctor about ditropan.
Annie
04/21/10
Am I too young to have overactive bladder?
I'm only 26 and today my Dr. told me that I have overactive bladder and I also keep getting bladder infections. Plus I have IBS is this normal for young people?
The bladder infections are because I try to limit my fluids so I don't pee every 5 minutes, and I don't smoke or drink.
Michelle
08/30/08
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  yes, it is pretty normal. Since you have bladder infections you will have to go to the bathroom more often. Just keep drinking plenty of water and take any antibiotics that the doc might give you.
Matt A
08/30/08
Which antidepressants will help with bladder spasms?
I was reading about Tofranil, used to treat depression and bladder spasms. I have both of these and this seemed like a miracle drug but after further researching it i might not be able to take it. Something i did come across though while researching bladder spasms was that "some" antidepressants (including Tofranil) will help sooth the bladder. Does anyone know any of the other antidepressants that could help with bladder issues?
Jason
04/05/11
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Bladder cancer ?
How bladder cancer can be detected by imaging technique and give more information on clinical findings of bladder cancers.
Adam c
03/14/08
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  Bladder cancers may be detected using intravenous urography, ultrasound, CT, or MRI where filling defects within the bladder are noted. However, the presence of cancer is confirmed by cystoscopy and biopsy, so imaging is useful primarily for evaluating the upper urinary tract and in staging the more advanced lesions.
jaya r
03/14/08
Bladder problems, please help!!?
Well i've had this problem with my bladder for one year. I'm 17 years old, female, virgin. And for the last year I have had pressure on my bladder that is constant even if i have just gone to the bathroom. I don't have a very large bladder, I usually use the restroom every 2 - 3 hours. And every once in a while, I have to use the bathroom like every 20 minutes and i go a lot, but its 100% clear, no yellow at all (sorry for the description), this happens for the whole day like a few times a month. Its horrible! Ive been the doctors at least 10 times, including a family doctor, gyno, urologist. And have had countless urine tests, and nothing shows up. And every test comes up normal. So please don't say i have a bladder infection or urinary track infection, because i don't. Right now i'm taking Oxytrol patches, and have been taking magnesium every morning. It sometimes works, but no way enough! Please, what could I have? help!
girlie [♥]
07/31/07
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  do u drink alot of water or fluids? or maybe ur body just retains too many liquids. i mean that some girls give too many fluids that they have to pee out. omg i cant explain it but my aunt has it. its not a disease or anything its just normal in some women. sorry no help :(
precious
07/31/07
How many poeple on here know someone who is under 40 with bladder cancer?
I am almost 39 and female and never smoked in my life and have bladder cancer. It has spread to my lymp nodes.I will be seeing a specialist this week. This may not be treatable. But I just need to know if you or anyone you know has or had cancer of the bladder under 40? and it is not as rare as people say becasue I have it.
Heaven bound
03/02/08
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  Bladder cancer under 40 years old

The good news is THAT YOU WILL BE SEEING A SPECIALIST THIS WEEK.

Yes, I think it is very rare, certainly nowhere in numbers to breast cancer, lung cancer, liver cancer, testicular cancer, skin cancer, brain cancer.

Medicine today is treating all kinds of cancers and getting better everyday with pharmacological advances and nutrition regimens that can enhance your immune system.

Your mental attitude plays a major part in fighting the progression of the disease and recovering from any therapies. You fight it, girl. Pray. And take an active role in your condition. This means you crack open the books. You question your medical providers. You make INFORMED DECISIONS. You make the lifestyle changes that the professionals say will benefit you, such as reducing other stressors in your life. You fight it, girl. And pray. I will include you in mine.
JR
03/02/08
Women only, bladder problem, please help :(?
Well i've had this problem with my bladder for one year. I'm 17 years old, female, virgin. And for the last year I have had pressure on my bladder that is constant even if i have just gone to the bathroom. I don't have a very large bladder, I usually use the restroom every 2 - 3 hours. And every once in a while, I have to use the bathroom like every 20 minutes and i go a lot, but its 100% clear, no yellow at all (sorry for the description), this happens for the whole day like a few times a month. Its horrible! Ive been the doctors at least 10 times, including a family doctor, gyno, urologist. And have had countless urine tests, and nothing shows up. And every test comes up normal. So please don't say i have a bladder infection or urinary track infection, because i don't. Right now i'm taking Oxytrol patches, and have been taking magnesium every morning. It sometimes works, but no way enough! Please, what could I have? help!
girlie [♥]
08/11/07
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  How much water or other liquids are you drinking? You may be consuming way too much, especially if you feel bloated. But you don't mention that so probably not. The general rule of thumb is half your body weight in ounces. So if you are a 125 lbs than 63 ounces of water would be the baseline. If you exercise or live in a hot climate you will need more.

Going to the bathroom every two-three hours is normal. And clear urine is normal (actually it is good--dark urine would mean too concentrated).

Have they asked you about any diuretics you might be ingesting: for example coffee, sodas, teas, some herbal teas (such as mint, ginger etc.)? Diuretics can increase the frequency and urgency of urination. Water is the best thing to drink rather than sodas or coffee or black teas for this reason.

Also, I have had really great luck with a homeopathic formula called uri-cleanse when I had urinary urgency and frequency. It's not expensive and I found that it helps me with my urinary frequency whenever I get a bout of it. See link below to find it online.

An acupuncturist who prescribes herbs might also be another good person to consult with. I wouldn't rule out getting other opinions. There are other things besides urinary tract infections that can cause this problem. You want to make sure that your doctors have ruled out everything.
lorac
08/11/07
Is there a possibility bladder cancer would not show up on a sonogram of the bladder & kidneys?
I recently had a sonogram of my bladder and kidneys that came back normal.. although they still do not know whats wrong with me.

i know UPJ obstruction sometimes won't show up on a sonogram.

Is bladder cancer still one of the possibilities?
Sarah
11/29/09
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  You need to have a cystoscope examination done ,its 98% correct and a special urine test done .nobody and i repeat nobody can tell only by looking at a sonogram
blondie103
11/29/09
how do you get a overactive bladder? how do you treat it?
i am a 15 year old male. i keep peeing every hour. i think i have a over active bladder. how does a person just get it out of nowhere? how do u treat a overactive bladder? (other than medicine, or see a doctor)
nick k
05/31/09
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  I already sent you a pm but yes if you stop masturbating using the method I said then you will see results in one or two weeks.
Vincent
06/02/09
BLADDER PROBLEM!!!! HELP!!!!!!?
i am a teenager and have had a bladder problem for about 9 months. i have had the constant feeling to pee and it hasnt gone away. even after i pee i feel like i have to go. the feeling is 24/7. my mom took me to a urology doctor and he diagnosed me with an overactive bladder. ive tried just about every medication from vesicare,toviaz,ditropane,enabalax. It wont go away!!!! I then had a cystoscopy and everything was okay. What should i do????????????? By the way i dont have any infections
brock31
07/26/10
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  Hi,

Is there a possibility that you might be drinking too much liquids? Especially soda, since it has a lot of sugar in it. It will constantly force your body to want to expel the excess sugar by peeing.
Josh P.
07/27/10

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