Often, people diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease have to deal with nighttime urination problems. Normally, the bladder signals the brain when it needs to be emptied. In Parkinson's patients, the brain misreads the signals, and thinks the bladder is full even when it holds only a small amount of urine. Read on to decide if you need to discuss nighttime urination with your doctor.
Symptoms that need to be reported to your doctor include:
- urine leakage
- unable to urinate when the bladder is obviously full
- frequent urination
- pain while urinating
- not able to empty the bladder completely
The most common problem is holding urine, or incontinence. A less common condition is trouble eliminating urine, or emptying the bladder completely. The latter condition may be caused by a sphincter muscle which contracts while you are trying to urinate, or by a weak bladder muscle. Yes, it takes muscle control to urinate as well as to hold it. Suggestions for dealing with Parkinson's Disease and nighttime urination problems:
- Medications may be prescribed by your urologist such as Ditropan, Detrol, Vesicare, Hytrin, Probanthine. These work directly on the bladder muscle itself.
- Absorbent pads for nighttime leakage. You can find these at most drug stores.
- Practice Kegel exercises. These tried and true exercises are good for anyone to do, whether they suffer from bladder issues or not. To do Kegels, while urinating, contract the pelvic muscles to stop the flow of urine and hold for a count of ten. These get easier to do the more you practice. You can do them anytime. You don't have to be urinating, but in the beginning, that helps you to isolate the correct set of muscles.
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