There are many types of bladder disorders which affect both males and females. This can cause pain, irritation and embarrassment. This article will focus on a few types of bladder disorders, including bladder cancer, stress incontinence, and urge incontinence.
What is Bladder Disorder?
To begin, bladder cancer is a malignant tumour that starts in the cells of the bladder. This means that it can spread to other parts of the body. Commonly, blood cancer begins in the cells of the urothelium. This lines the bladder, ureters, urethra and renal pelvis. This type of cancer, called urothelial carcinoma, makes up more than 90% of bladder cancers. With regards to stress incontinence, this is when the bladder leaks urine during physical activity or exertion. It can happen when you cough, lift heavy objects, change positions, or during exercise. Urine passes when pressure is placed on the bladder, and leakage happens when the muscle that opens the bladder becomes weak. This muscle is called the sphincter, and it squeezes to prevent the urine from leaking through the urethra. Lastly, urge incontinence occurs when you have a strong and sudden need to urinate, especially at night. This causes the bladder to either squeeze or spasm, causing you to lose urine. The bladder may contract too often from nervous system problems or bladder irritation.
Symptoms for Bladder Disorders
General symptoms for bladder disorders include abdominal pain, feeling of a full bladder continuously, difficulty urinating, frequently urinating, pain when urinating, slow urine flow, feeling a full bladder continuously, loss of urine while asleep, and a urinary tract infection. Diagnostic techniques include abdominal ultrasounds, cystoscopy, and urinalysis. An abdominal ultrasound is a type of imaging test used to look at organs in the abdomen. Cystoscopy is an endoscopy of the urinary bladder via the urethra, and it is carried out using a cystoscope. Urinalysis is a test to evaluate the sample of your urine, and it can detect and assess a wide range of disorders.
Treatments for Bladder Disorders
There are several treatment options depending on the severity of these symptoms. The three main approaches to treating bladder disorders are medication, surgery, and bladder retraining. Medication treats the urge incontinence and helps to relax the involuntary bladder contractions to improve the functioning of the bladder. Surgery is also aimed at treating urge incontinence as it increases the bladder’s storage ability and decreases the pressure within the bladder. This treatment is for patients who have an unstable bladder and a poor ability to store urine. Bladder retraining manages urge continence by restraining the bladder, and occasionally uses electrical stimulation and biofeedback therapy.
Do you know that Bladder Disorder is also eligible for Disability Tax Credit?
At Disability Credit Consultants we specialize in obtaining disability benefits for individuals and families supporting members with disabilities such as bladder disorders. If you are living with a bladder disorder or are supporting a family member with a bladder disorder, you may qualify for the Disability Tax Credit. There are several steps involved in claiming the credit, and certain conditions need to be met.