Managing a Bladder Problem
There are some symptoms that are sure signs of a bladder problem. If you feel a frequent need to urinate, experience urgency even when you have been regularly visiting the restroom, and pain or burning sensation while urinating they are all signs of your having bladder-related problems. Some people also have bleeding while urinating. These signs should be investigated carefully as they can be symptomatic of changes in overall health.
The bladder plays a critical role in the human body’s waste management. Fluids from other parts of the body reach the bladder as urine after all that is useful for the body is extracted from the fluids by organs such as the intestines and the kidneys. A bladder problem means that the process of getting rid of unwanted urine will be hampered and can cause serious problems for the effective functioning of the body as a whole.
Bladder problem can imply many things such as infections, bowel disorders, bladder cancer or even Interstitial Cystitis or Painful Bladder Syndrome. Among other bladder related problems are an Overactive Bladder Syndrome and Bladder control problems which is also known as incontinence.
Whatever the exact condition that you are facing, it is advisable that you see a trained medical professional at the earliest possible. A doctor will run a series of tests to determine the source of your discomfort or pain. Most often the symptoms mentioned above are the result of an infection or an overactive bladder.
Usually doctors use a urine test, a bladder examination with a scope and a detailed symptom scale to determine the exact cause of a bladder problem.
The doctor will seek a symptom scale from a patient for getting an initial understanding of the problem. It is important to answer these questions with clarity as it will be the basis for the doctor’s diagnosis. This along with a physical exam will help in the doctor’s preliminary evaluation. If you are having a bladder problem that does not point to any of the obvious causes, tracking your symptoms over time and in relation to treatment may be a good way to rule out some diagnoses.
The urine test is the simplest way to determine whether you have an infection. If your bladder problem is being caused by an infection, the germs will become apparent in your urine test. Most often, doctors will recommend antibiotics as the treatment for this.
A bladder exam with a scope may become necessary where there is no evidence of germs in the urine. The doctor will insert the tip of the thin and long cytoscope and guide it up to the urethra to get an internal view of the bladder. An outer eyepiece allows the doctor to make this comprehensive examination of the inner walls of the bladder. Such an examination is critical for ruling out cancer. A patient, who is suffering from bladder stone, can find immediate relief as a doctor can use the cytoscope to remove the stone.
Doctors have to determine the best treatment for your bladder problem based on your individual condition. Among routinely used options are oral medication, medicine delivered to the bladder through a tube, exercise, physical therapy, change in lifestyle and eating habits of the patient, nerve stimulation and even surgery.
Among the lifestyle or behavioral changes that are recommended are timed and documented fluids intake, timed bathroom visits, increased fiber consumption, bladder training and double voiding. Pelvic muscle exercises can also help with some bladder problems such as an overactive bladder.
The choice for the treatment of bladder problems is varied and is really determined by factors such as the extent of the problem, the age and physical condition of the patient, and the degree of the problem itself.