Urinary Incontinence

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    A , Urology, answered
    The prostate sits between the bladder and the urethra and urine actually passes through the prostate on its journey from the bladder to the penis (ie, penile urethra). Think of the prostate (or prostatic part of the urethra) as a tunnel that connects New Jersey and Manhattan. If you remove part of the tunnel, you have to reconnect the two sides and build a new makeshift tunnel. As tissue is healing from this type of surgery and the muscles that control the flow of urine are recovering, men will often suffer from incontinence.   
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    A , Internal Medicine, answered
    Incontinence in men can occur when (1) prostate enlargement constricts the urethra, inhibiting the flow of urine, causing difficulty urinating and sometimes causing the bladder to overfill. Prostate surgeries may cause damage to crucial nerves, (2) detrusor overactivity, (3) weakened pelvic floor muscles, or (4) sphincter dysfunction.
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    A , OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology), answered

    Generally when we think about stress and pressure, we are referring to the emotions we feel as a result of life’s daily trials and tribulations. Incontinence, however, is a very real reaction to physical stress and pressure on muscles and tissues in our body.

    Having stress incontinence is like having occasional faulty plumbing. Your sphincter muscles and/or pelvic floor muscles are not working effectively and can’t properly control a leak in your bladder. In some cases, this weakness can be so severe that standing or walking, in addition to other activities, can cause frequent trips to the bathroom or voiding accidents.

    Stress incontinence is also referred to as:

    1. Genuine stress incontinence

    2. External sphincter incompetence (ESD)

    3. Urethral insufficiency/Intrinsic sphincter deficiency (ISD)

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    Urge incontinence, also called “bladder instability” or “overactive bladder,” is primarily bladder "misbehavior," and is characterized by spontaneous and uncontrolled urine leakage often accompanied by the overwhelming sensation of needing to void. Many people with this condition also have difficulty with bowel control and report frequent bowel movements or difficulties with constipation. While the causes of urge incontinence are not clearly known, changes in the nerves controlling the bladder are likely related. Learned voiding behaviors, aging, hormonal changes, prior childbirth, previous surgery, dietary habits and other factors appear to influence this condition.

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    Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control and may be symptomatic of prostate diseases. Persistent incontinence may be a symptom of prostatitis, an enlarged prostate, or prostate cancer. However, incontinence can also be caused by many other diseases and conditions, such as a bladder infection, bladder stones, stress, brain or spinal cord disorders, and diseases that affect the nervous system. If you experience persistent urinary incontinence, talk to your doctor to determine the right course of treatment for your condition.

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    Incontinence can affect both men and women in any age group but is more common in women and the elderly. As the population ages, the number of people suffering bladder control problems is increasing. The costs of this problem are personal, physical and financial, and many with incontinence suffer social embarrassment, isolation, ill health and even depression.
    It is important to understand that treatment is available. Incontinence is not something to accept as a result of age, surgery, childbirth, or related illness. Incontinence is a burden that can be lifted and shouldn’t prevent anyone from engaging in fulfilling activities.
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    Caring for a child who wets the bed can be challenging. It is important to remember that almost all children grow out of the problem. As a parent, you need to be patient and understanding. Bed-wetting is not the child's fault-shaming or punishing them will only make the situation worse. Help your child by limiting liquids and caffeine in the evening before bedtime. Making sure your child goes to the bathroom before going to sleep can also help prevent nighttime bed-wetting.

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    A , Gynecology, answered
    If your urinary tract is functioning properly but other illnesses or disabilities are preventing you from staying dry, you might have what is known as functional incontinence.

    For example, if an illness rendered you unaware or unconcerned about the need to find a toilet, you would become incontinent. Medications, dementia, or mental illness can decrease awareness of the need to find a toilet.

    Even if your urinary system is fine, it can be extremely difficult for you to avoid accidents if you have trouble getting to a toilet. This problem can affect anyone with a condition that makes it excessively difficult to move to the bathroom and undress in time. This includes problems as diverse as having arthritis, being hospitalized or restrained, or having a toilet located too far away.
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    Functional urinary incontinence can be caused by a variety of mental or physical impediments. It is generally caused by an inability to get to the toilet on time, but sometimes may be caused by a refusal to go. A stroke may limit a person's mobility and make it difficult to get to the toilet on time. In rare cases, it's possible for a person to become very depressed and choose not to use the bathroom.

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    Medications may be used to treat functional urinary incontinence if the impairment causing the delay can be treated with medication. If you could not make it to the bathroom because of your arthritic hands, arthritis medication may help. If you are too depressed to use the bathroom, antidepressants will likely be prescribed. In addition, your doctor may give you medications can treat incontinence by calming the bladder.
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