Your Common Overactive Bladder Questions Answered

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If you have been having trouble lately with your urinary habits, you might have an overactive bladder, also known as OAB. The most common symptom of OAB is that sudden and uncontrollable urge to urinate. Dr. Michael G. Wierschem and his team at Collin County Urology in Texas are the specialists to see when seeking advice and thinking about Plano bladder control treatments. It is important to note that OAB itself is not a disease but a set of symptoms which could indicate a more serious condition.

What causes OAB?
OAB happens when the smooth muscle of your bladder’s detrusor muscle contracts or relaxes more often than it normally does. OAB also occurs when the nerve signals between your bladder and brain are going haywire, allowing your bladder to contract before it is even full.

What are its common symptoms?
Apart from the sudden and uncontrollable urge to urinate, you might also have the following symptoms:

  • frequent urination which could be more than 10 times a day
  • waking up at night more than once to urinate

Who is at risk for OAB?
The likelihood of getting OAB increases with age. Men who have prostate problems and women who are postmenopausal will be most likely have an OAB. Individuals with existing neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and stroke are also at risk.

If you think you have OAB, you don’t have to allow it to put limitations on your daily activities nor allow it to get in the way of work, school and your social life. For more information on early prevention, diagnosis and treatment of bladder control conditions, visit Dr. Wierschem today in either of his Frisco or Plano clinics for a personal consultation.  You can schedule your visit by calling (972) 403-5425 or by filling out this contact form.

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