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Bladder Control Problems

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Because bladder control relies on the complex coordination of many nervous pathways and muscles, there is potential for things to go wrong.

Neurological bladder control conditions

People with neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, spina bifida or spinal cord injury are susceptible to many different types of bladder control problems. Anything that interferes with the messages between the bladder and the brain may result in some form of bowel or bladder incontinence. Expert professional help is essential to establish the cause of the bladder control problem and offer appropriate treatment and management.

Urinary tract infection (UTI)

This is one of the most common causes of bladder control problems and occurs when bacteria enter the bladder. Urinary tract infection is more common in women, due to the close proximity of the urethra (opening from the bladder) to the anus (back passage) and the fact that women have a shorter urethra than men. Common symptoms of a UTI include:

  • Frequency
  • Urgency
  • Pain
  • Burning

when passing urine. However, you may not experience all of these symptoms. If treated with the right antibiotics, UTIs normally cause no further bladder problems and the infection soon passes. However, if left untreated, UTIs can cause serious complications, such as kidney damage and blood poisoning. Recurrent urinary tract infections (three or more a year) should be investigated by a healthcare professional to check that there is not an underlying cause.

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