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Should I see my doctor if I think I have overactive bladder?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
If you have symptoms of overactive bladder, you should talk to your doctor to get a diagnosis. Overactive bladder is called a “hidden condition” because many people do not talk about it. They make the mistake of thinking that their symptoms are a normal part of aging, or they are too embarrassed to bring it up. But effective treatments are available. Your doctor will ask certain questions to determine if you have overactive bladder, such as:

• Your general medical history, including any major illnesses or surgeries

• Your specific urinary problem 

• The timeline of your problem, including how often you urinate

• How much fluid you drink

• Whether or not you drink caffeine or alcohol

• Any medications you take

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