Urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence is basically any unwanted urine loss. It is not a disease but a symptom. It’s a symptom like fever. The fever itself is not a disease, on the contrary many diseases can cause fever.

So is the case with incontinence. Many conditions can cause incontinence, so it is important to identify the form of incontinence. By doing so, it can both lead us to a condition that has not yet occurred (eg multiple sclerosis, bladder cancer , lithiasis) and also allow us to properly cure it.

Incontinence:
Symptom, not disease

The main forms of incontinence are:

  • Incontinence of effort we lose urine when coughing, lifting weights, etc.
  • Urgent incontinence , when urine cannot be postponed
  • Mixed incontinence which is a combination of the two forms above.

Urinary incontinence is accompanied with feelings of shame, decreased self-esteem, and decreased sexual and social activity. Unfortunately, while more than 7 in 10 cases of incontinence can be successfully treated either pharmacologically or invasively, over half do not even address the Urologist.

Why is it important to identify the form of incontinence?

Indicatively, incontinence symptoms can present with significant conditions such as:
  • Bladder cancer , may be behind a lack of urine retention as well as an intense and unjustified need for urination
  • Multiple sclerosis can occur with urinary loss due to bladder overload. Simply put, the bladder is full and the patient does not understand it correctly
  • Lithiasis, which may be caused by loss of urinary retention
  • Cystitis of any form, cystitis whether acute or chronic, with or without microbes creates a highly irritating function that is more commonly associated with unintentional urine loss.
  • Diseases of the surrounding organs (eg a tumor of the uterus or intestine, a severe colitis) can irritate the bladder and cause urinary loss
  • Nerve and Spinal Cord Pressure e.g. from a tumor, from a pathological fracture may lead to bladder dysfunction and corresponding inadvertent urinary loss.
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