If you have an overactive bladder (OAB), it means you suffer from a sudden and uncomfortable urge to urinate. This can happen during the day or during the night, and it may be accompanied by urine leakage. Overactive bladder occurs when the smooth muscle of the bladder’s detrusor muscle squeezes or contracts more often than normal and at inappropriate times.
The precise causes of overactive bladder are not known. However, there are many identifiable, underlying causes. For example, it has been linked to drug side effects, nerve damage, neurological disease, or stroke. There are several other conditions that could also cause you to excessively feel the urge to urinate. For example, conditions such as bladder cancer, urinary tract infections, and benign prostatic hyperplasia will need to be ruled out in order to successfully diagnose an overactive bladder.
Predisposition for Overactive Bladder
Through circumstantial evidence, some experts believe that people can be predisposed to OAB. People with depression, anxiety, and attention deficit disorder are more likely to experience OAB than the general population. It is believed that depression, anxiety, feeding disturbances, pain, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and changes in urination are associated with changes in neurotransmitters, specifically, serotonin 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT).
Get Rid of Your Discomfort
If you are suffering from overactive bladder and can’t live your life to the fullest, give Texas Center for Urology a call. Our expert doctors will find the right solutions for you, so you don’t have to live your daily life dependent on the locations of bathrooms.