All You Need to Know about Bladder Spasms
Bladder spasms appear when the patient seems to be unable to open the bladder muscle even though the bladder is full and causing increasing pain. The bladder is usually kept close through a muscle that is controlled by our mind, and when we feel comfortable enough we are able to relax this muscle and release urine. This is somewhat a strong psychological process - most of us will be unable to 'let go' and urinate unless we are in a bathroom and have a certain level of privacy.
Patients who suffer from bladder spasms often have an infection that causes pain when urinating. Thus, the fear of this pain is sometimes larger than the pain caused by a full bladder. Here is another instance of brain control - fear is one of the most primitive instincts, and our body will try to do anything to avoid pain; ironically even in cases where avoiding pain means being in pain! This applies particularly when the patient is a child because young children are naturally more vulnerable and fearful than adults.
So generally spoken, bladder spasms are mostly a secondary symptom of an infection or disease in the bladder area. If a patient has an enlarged prostate, this can be the reason for their bladder spasms, and medical assistance is urgently needed in these cases. Bladder stones and other obstructions can also cause painful bladder spasms that prevent patients from urinating. Very rarely the causes for spasms can be cysts that have developed in or around the bladder. If this is the case the bladder spasms will be continuous and over a longer period of time. However, spasms are usually experienced temporarily or on particular occasions where it is primarily psychologically related. Many people have trouble using public bathrooms or bathrooms other than their own.
One option to ease longer lasting pain or to aid urination is a warm bath. A warm bath helps the bladder muscle to relax and urinate. While urinating into the bath water sounds a little strange and gross, it is important to know that it could be fatal to hold urine in for a long time. Also important to know: Urine is sterile, and you cannot get any disease from urinating in your bathing water. This method is particularly successful to treat children, but some people simply cannot relax so that medical help is essential. At other times you will find that drinking more water or herbal teas can speed up the healing process when patients have an infection and thus relax the bladder muscle.
Apart from drinking plenty of water or bathing, there are also other home remedies that patients may try. Goldenrod is an herb usually sold as ‘women’s health’ supplement, but it is actually a very strong herbal remedy for bladder issues. It acts similar to an antibiotic but is less invasive. While there are goldenrod pills, it is better to brew a goldenrod tea using dried herbs and pouring hot water over it. Remember – your body is already upset, so pills will be yet another challenge. Tea on the other hand will be beneficial for your bladder system anyway.
Yarrow is another herb acting similar to goldenrod. It is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, easing pain caused by bladder spasms and aiding the healing process when an infection is present. Again, there are capsules available, but it is best to brew a tea. It is a natural pain reliever and can even stop bleeding. If you are suffering from spasms, avoid carbonated beverages, sugar, coffee and acidic foods.