Here are ways to treat spastic bladder, a condition in which the bladder muscle contracts and causes an urgent need to urinate
If you frequently deal with the sudden and urgent need to answer nature’s call, then chances are that you’re experiencing the effects of a spastic bladder. There are multiple potential causes behind why bladder spasms occur; it could be a treatable cause like a urinary tract infection or serious like a disorder of the central nervous system.
Regardless of why you experience spastic bladder, here are some practical suggestions that should help you to lessen its impact on your quality of life:
Learn to think ahead. Don’t allow yourself to be caught unexpectedly in a situation that denies you access to a restroom. When dining out or at the theater or ballpark, for example, do not leave for home without using the bathroom, even if it means waiting on a long line. Better to wait in relative comfort than risk being caught in a traffic jam with an agonizing need to urinate.
Practice timed voiding. Also known as bladder training, timed voiding is a technique that helps many people cope with, and even reduce, the need for frequent urination. The Harvard Medical School provides an easy-to-use “how to” on bladder training here.
Consider incontinence products. Instead of worrying about unexpected bladder leakage, keep confident and comfortable with reusable incontinence apparel. For daytime bladder control, women can rediscover complete protection with breathable, washable panties, such as CareForTM Ultra Breatheable Women’s Odor Control Panties with HaloShieldTM, whereas men can experience dignity and peace of mind with every pair of washable briefs, such as Light & DryTM Breathable Men’s Incontinence Briefs.
Develop a logistical plan. Even in the concrete jungle, we all know certain places where it’s easy to find a public restroom without having to order a meal or show an employee ID card. Libraries, hotel lobbies, gas stations, even the major supermarkets are examples. Develop a network so that you’re never far from a hassle-free pit stop.
Consider what you eat. Be observant about the foods you are eating, especially those known to sometimes cause or exacerbate bladder spasms. Keeping a log of your meals and the after effects can be useful. Try switching to decaffeinated coffee, tea or cola if the caffeine-laden versions seem to cause trouble.
Strengthen your bladder muscle. Many authorities recommend pelvic floor exercises such as Kegels as a means of strengthening the bladder muscle to reduce accidental discharge of urine. Detailed explanations of how women should perform Kegels properly can be found on the National Association For Continence’s website; men can find proper instructions on the exercise on Mayo Clinic.
Be frank with friends and associates. Now that you know you have millions of fellow sufferers, maybe it’s time to put aside fear of embarrassment and let close friends and associates know about your problem. Doing so is likely to reduce your level of anxiety, and make your social and recreational activities easier to plan.