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Overactive Bladder: Searching for a Possible Remedy
in Mother Natureís Medicine Cabinet

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Sooner or later, caregiver or not, weíll likely experience an overactive bladder, which is a kinder, gentler way of saying weíll all succumb to some form of urinary incontinence. As embarrassing a thought as it might be for some of us, it is most definitely not something to be ashamed of or to ignore. By understanding what an overactive bladder is, and what some of the causes are, you can better prepare yourself for how you may chose to treat it. While there are many new medicines and advances for trying to arrest urinary incontinence, some remedies may come in the form of specialized exercise, or may already exist among natureís meadows and fields, and they may be quite effective for you.

Overactive bladder is ranked as one of the 10 most common, chronic conditions in the US, and it affects people of all ages and genders, but is seen most often in women. Itís difficult to get an exact number of just how many people experience overactive bladder, because many cases go unreported, probably due to understandable yet needless embarrassment. Overactive bladder isnít really something a person can necessarily help. Itís caused by the muscle that operates the bladder, contracting while the bladder is filling, causing a tremendous urge to urinate, resulting from the quick build up of pressure. There are three different cause for actual overactive bladder: stress incontinence is urine lost when coughing, sneezing or laughing; urge incontinence is a strong desire to urinate, frequent urination, getting up at night, with the person unable to get to the bathroom in time; mixed incontinence is a combination of these two types. Studies have found that 40% of women reportedly stress incontinence, with 34% having mixed incontinence, and 17% have urge incontinence (this kind of incontinence becomes more common as women age). Keep in mind, no matter your age or gender, itís extremely important to report the symptoms of possible overactive bladder since other conditions, like urinary tract infections, bladder cancers and neurological problems may have the same symptoms.

If youíre not quite sure about wanting to take the latest in prescription medicines for this problem, there are several different homeopathic methods that you might want to investigate. One school of thought is that some overactive bladders may be caused by some sort of a food allergy. If neurological damage, poor muscle tone, and hormonal deficiencies have been ruled out as possible reasons for the symptoms, perhaps a food sensitivity could be causing chronic inflammation of the urethra tissues and bladder. Just as with any potential food allergy, you must be prepared to keep a dietary diary of all the things you are ingesting, both liquid and solid. Once you have a fairly accurate and steady record of what you usually eat and drink, you then want to begin the process of elimination under your doctorís watchful eye. At the end of about 6 to 8 weeks, you may be able to determine which food or beverage could be the culprit for inducing an overactive bladder.


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