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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Bladder Problems
Bladder Control [posted 1/14/99]
Answer: I suspect it would be the Xanax.
Shy Bladder [posted 11/5/98]
Answer: Fairly common problem, sometimes helped with SRI antidepressants or phobia counseling with a phobia specialist.
Info on Using Detrol for Bladder
Control [posted 10/30/98]
Answer: Just released and seems to be superior in terms of side effects, particularly dry mouth and constipation. Very similar to previous drugs;but, with less side effects. More expensive, so try it an see what you think.
Cystitis [posted 10/6/98]
Answer: I assume you have tried DMSO to your urethra? If not often very helpful. Have you tried agents to control the diarrhea?
Bladder Infections [posted
Answer: A bladder infection occurs when bacteria are retained in the bladder/kidney and begin to multiply. This is fairly easy in a limited space with lots of nitrogen to use for a food source. They get introduced by a variety of ways, but in women in general by pelvic pressure/trauma. In practical terms this is usually intercourse. The reason women get more infections than men is that the distance from the outside to the bladder is shorter in women(1/4 to 1/2 inch vs, 6-8 inches). Symptoms are usually urinary frequency, burning, spasm, etc. It will usually not go away by itself, but occasionally drinking large volumes of fluids will "cure" it by washing out the bacteria. Cranberry juice is of some help in changing the pH of the urine to one less hospitable to bacteria. However, antibiotics are usually the only effective treatment. If untreated, the infection can ascend to your kidneys and cause a major infection - not the best option.
Answer: Chronic infections, bladder stones, cystitis, bladder spasm,
incontinence, cancer, interstitial cystitis. Usually the bladder will experience overflow
incontinence, since the outlet pressure is less than the pressure needed to rupture a
fairly thick muscle. Rupture usually occurs when a full bladder is struck externally. This
is uncommon, but it occurs.
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