Symptoms of Overactive Bladder

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According to most incontinence experts and the National Association for Continence, you may have overactive bladder if you have one of the following symptoms:

  • You feel a need to go to the bathroom more than eight times a day.

  • You get up in the night more than once to go to the bathroom.

  • You sometimes feel a sudden urge to go to the bathroom and worry you won't get there in time.

  • The urge to urinate is overwhelming.

  • Some urine leaks out before you can use the toilet.

You may have mixed incontinence (overactive bladder plus stress incontinence) if you also have one of the following symptoms:

  • Some urine leaks out when you cough, sneeze, or laugh hard.

  • Some urine leaks out when you lift something or bend over.

  • Some urine lifts out when you run, have intercourse, or exercise vigorously.

Paula Spencer Scott

Paula Spencer Scott is the author of Surviving Alzheimer's: Practical Tips and Soul-Saving Wisdom for Caregivers and much of the Alzheimer's and caregiving content on Caring. See full bio

almost 7 years, said...

This article fails to mention that many of these bladder symptoms can caused by a chronic pain condition called IC (Interstitial Cystitis). IC is an under-diagnosed condition of the bladder that often causes unbearable pain/pressure, nocturia, urgency/frequency, and a burning sensations (much like with a UTI) during urination. It is a chronic pain condition that has no known cause or cure, only treatments that are frequently touch-and-go in nature, meaning that they do not work for every person. Often IC is misdiagnosed and under-treated in the medical community. Tragically it takes on average an individual 5 years or more to reach a positive diagnosis, and often during this diagnosis phase an individual is not properly treated for the pain and the other troubling symptoms of IC. Indeed, IC is capable of causing pain in the same league as cancer and end stage renal failure. Unfortunately because of a general lack of awareness on the part of physicians IC sufferers are often made to think that their symptoms are psychosomatic in nature (all in their heads) or that they are overreacting or faking an illness in order to obtain narcotics. Sadly, many people with IC cannot work full time, have difficulty with sexual relations, suffer from under-treated pain, and are 3 times more likely to commit suicide than a person without IC. And while IC is not a fatal disease, it does deserve more attention and dedicated research because it ruins so many lives. Hopefully my post will bring some attention to the fact that this disease does exist, it is under-treated and misdiagnosed, and it is a disease that we as a society need to be more aware of and treat seriously.