Sometimes your body just doesn’t work the way you want it to. Hips may hurt in the winter, bones may crack and break under stress, perhaps even bladder leakage is on the list. Age doesn’t define how the body works. Sure, as you age your body may not work as well as it once did. But being young doesn’t exclude you from issues dealing with how your body operates. One of the most profound issues to impact a person is incontinence, both fecal and urinary. Incontinence affects more than 25 million Americans and stretches to 200 million throughout the world. It affects the old and young, male and female. Contrary to popular belief, incontinence can strike anyone.
Unsure if you have incontinence? The National Library of Medicine defines incontinence as. “Urinary (or bladder) incontinence happens when you are not able to keep urine from leaking out of your urethra, the tube that carries urine out of your body from your bladder. You may leak urine from time to time. Or, you may not be able to hold any urine.” Many people believe that incontinence comes in a single form – constant urine leakage. For most people suffering from incontinence, this isn’t the case at all. Incontinence has many varied levels. For some people, their incontinence only happens during certain events. Pregnancy, for example, can be a cause of incontinence. During pregnancy, the weight of the baby on your bladder can often cause accidents when laughing, coughing, or even sneezing. Post pregnancy, these occurrences can continue for some time. This is an example of light incontinence. These types of incontinence can come and go depending on circumstances. Urinary incontinence can range from light to extreme.
There are several causes for more constant urinary incontinence. For men, an enlarged prostate is often the culprit. Additional causes include pelvic prolapse in women, muscle damage to the pelvis, bladder cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease can all be included on the list as causes of urinary incontinence. Incontinence does happen more often in the elderly based on how the body changes as we age. But considering the issue solely an elderly issue is overlooking many different facets of what incontinence is.
Have you ever consider why urinary incontinence is considered an elderly-only issue? It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where that theory began, but it’s not hard to see why it’s still alive and well. Think back to some of the latest and greatest television shows. On many shows, they depict an older person going to the store to buy diapers for their grandchild only to have the store employee point them in the direction of the adult diapers. It’s a funny joke to take a part in, but it can be dangerous for those suffering from incontinence at a younger age. Sure, there are a lot of reasons why the elderly suffer from incontinence. But labeling it as an elderly-issue along can have a lot of repercussions for the community at large.
Dealing with urinary incontinence is a hard enough issue when you’re older, but the embarrassment when you’re younger can be enough to stall your entire social life. If you’re younger, you may end up being confused and upset about this new issue. It is recommended that you visit your family doctor if you suddenly begin experiencing urinary incontinence. While it isn’t an elderly-only issue, dealing with incontinence at a young age isn’t something that should normally happen at a constant rate. Remember there is a big difference between an accident when you start laughing too hard and urinary leakage at a regular rate. It can be an embarrassing issue to deal with but visiting your doctor is a huge leap in figuring out if there is any major issue going on and how you can prevent the issue in the future. But, as stated, visiting your local physician can be a major issue for most people.
Let’s face it; going to the doctor is never a fun thing. Many people wait as long as possible to visit their doctor, or avoid it at all cost by self-diagnosing their issues. If you are dealing with incontinence as a regular issue then going to your local doctor can help more than you know. Your doctor may be able to find out why you are suffering from incontinence in the first place. Some of the questions you may want to prepare for are pretty standard. To prepare for your visit, think about some of the most popular questions your doctor may ask. How long have you been suffering? Do you drink a lot of caffeine? Do you wear any product currently? These are the sort of questions which are important to know before making your appointment. While it might be embarrassing to try and talk with your doctor about the issue, the alternative isn’t such a great idea either. Not when the issue begins having a big impact on your daily life.
So, when is the time you should contact your doctor about incontinence? If it begins having an impact on your life, then a doctor visit should be a must on your list of things to get done. There is no reason to suffer with incontinence in silence when there are many different methods which might help you out. There are mechanical implants, medications, and even exercises you can do which can help greatly with your incontinence. When the issue starts causing you to cancel plans and no longer enjoy the activities you once did, then it’s time to make an appointment.
Living with incontinence doesn’t have to ruin your life or cause you to ignore hobbies and joys you once engaged in. With a visit to your doctor and some basic guidance, you’ll be back to enjoying life again. There are too many options on the table now to feel hopeless. Adult diapers with tabs are no longer the large and bulky garments you once knew. Contacting your local doctor and learning more about the issue is the first step to getting back to living a healthy and confident lifestyle once more.
There’s a famous quote which states that getting older is not for the faint of heart. For anyone growing older, this may be truer than they like to admit. It’s hard to think about growing older. In your youth you could run around with the best of them, eat whatever you wanted, and never seemed to get tired. As you grow older some of those things slowly begin to slip away. Food might give you trouble when you eat it late at night or early in the morning. Or, for some people, even eat it at all. Running around with the best of them can lead to a pretty severe cause of exhaustion or even broken bones. And getting tired comes a lot easier than it once did. Health issues slowly replace your formerly healthy self. For many younger people, going to the doctor a single time per year, if at all, is good enough. Why go to the doctor if you’re perfectly healthy? As you grow older the need the visit the doctor on a regular basis grows. Maintaining your health is important to keeping yourself out of the doctor’s office for longer periods of time.
Some of the most common healthy issues that adults deal with are often the most well-known difficulties. For this reason, it’s much easier than it was even a few years ago to deal with any health issues you may have as you get older. There are resources online to look through and medical advice at the tip of your fingers. Just remember that taking medical advice online should only be through trusted resources and not an online post from someone with unreliable facts and treatments on the disease or trouble you’re going through. Following guidance online can be scary but it can also be a big help before you visit your doctor. Some of the most common adult health issues are also some of the easiest to find out information on and get treatment for.
Heart burn, for example, is one of the most common issues you’ll deal with as an adult. In younger days you may have been able to scarf down a whole plate of wings and nachos without so much as batting an eye. As you grow older you may not be able to enjoy those hot and spicy foods that you once did. Those late night pizza binges were amazing when you were younger and could eat at 2am without anything going wrong. Now eating late at night means staying up for another few hours trying to make sure the heartburn goes away so you can finally sleep. Luckily visiting your doctor or your local PA can give you a lot of help when it comes to making sure your heartburn makes a quick exit. There are many OTC medicines you can find in your local store to combat heartburn. For more severe cases, your doctor can prescribe you with a pill to help fight against those late night snacks.
OTC medication can work wonders for those suffering from late night issues, or even issues during the day. Dealing with heartburn as a senior citizen can be a little like testing out all the cars in the lot. Some of the medicines will work; other medicines will do little to relieve the burning. While medications are a great way to go, remember there are also other options when it comes to making your heartburn a thing of the past. Keeping a food journal is a great way to pinpoint what foods set you off the worst at what times of the day. Some people can eat their ‘trigger’ foods early, but late at night those same foods can cause havoc. Your journal will keep you on the right path and help remind you which foods are safe and which foods you should probably ignore for the rest of the evening. Another option is home remedies. These remedies should only be taken from reputable sites online and shouldn’t be followed without the consent of your healthcare provider. Some of these homemade remedies can help as good as or even better than OTC medicating you can buy at your local drug or grocery store. Finding a remedy that works is what truly matters at the end of the day.
Adult health issues might get in the way of a few of your daily activities, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Make sure to visit your doctor and learn more about any issues you may have.