Overactive Bladder

Overactive Bladder Specialist in Orlando, FL

Overactive bladder is a condition that affects many individuals who, for one reason or another, are unable to hold urine in regular quantities or for regular periods of time. overactive bladder encompasses a variety of different symptoms, which may also exist at varying levels of severity.

Overactive bladder is a common condition, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with it. Dr. Hoffman is fellowship trained with extensive experience helping men and women who have struggled with an overactive bladder. Contact us today to schedule an appointment in Orlando, FL.

What are the Symptoms of Overactive Bladder?

There is often confusion between overactive bladder and some of its most common symptoms. For example, urinary incontinence can be a symptom of overactive bladder , but it is not the same thing as overactive bladder. Urinary incontinence is only a symptom, not a condition. It can also be a symptom of many other urinary issues, and therefore may be brought on by a multitude of health problems.

In addition to urinary incontinence, it is also extremely common for people with overactive bladder to experience a sudden urge to urinate in addition to frequent urination, particularly during the night. The intense urge to urinate often results in an accidental leakage of urine, which typically stems from a type of urinary incontinence such as stress incontinence or urge incontinence.

What Causes Overactive Bladder?

There are several reasons as to why an individual may experience symptoms related to overactive bladder, including:

  • A worsening urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Bladder stones
  • Physical inability to reach the restroom in time to relieve your bladder
  • Diabetes
  • Side effects of your medication
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Damage to the urinary system, possibly from a prior surgery
  • Inability to empty the bladder
  • Tumors of the bladder
  • Neurological disorders
  • Consumption of diuretics such as alcohol or coffee

In order to determine the specific cause of any person’s overactive bladder, a variety of diagnostic tests and assessments may be performed. This is often comprised of a general physical exam, discussion of you and your family’s medical history, and other tests of the urinary system that include:

  • A bladder scan
  • Cystoscopy
  • A urine culture
  • Urodynamic testing

Discussing Treatment with Dr. Hoffman

Depending upon the individual’s unique case of overactive bladder, Dr. Hoffman will recommend a course of treatment that may consist of one single treatment, or maybe a combination of several popular treatment methods.

It is typical to begin treating overactive bladder by trying the most minimal treatments at first, and gradually transitioning to more invasive methods if they are required. The severity of the individual’s condition will also factor heavily into this decision. If lifestyle changes are not enough to relieve the patient’s symptoms, then medications, injections, and nerve stimulation therapy will likely be explored as additional options.

In some cases, the cause of a particular patient’s overactive bladder may be unknown, despite the completion of every diagnostic procedure possible. In such instances, it is best to look for ways in which you can manage the symptoms of an overactive bladder. It is also possible to lower your likelihood of developing this condition by utilizing the following preventative strategies:

  • Do not smoke
  • Avoid diuretics like coffee and alcohol
  • Stay regularly active
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Address any known health conditions that may influence or worsen your overactive bladder , such as diabetes or neurological disorders
  • Utilize pelvic floor strengthening exercises like Kegels

Schedule an Overactive Bladder Appointment in Orlando, FL

Are you tired of the constant disruptions caused by overactive bladder? Dr. Hoffman specializes in creating  tailored and effective treatment strategies to help you regain control over your life. Don’t let overactive bladder hold you back any longer, contact our office today!