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Overactive Bladder Diagnosis, Symptoms and Treatments

29.10.2010 | Posted in: Bladder Weakness, Urge Incontinence | Author: Samantha Hall

Overactive bladder also known as urge incontinence is the second most common type of incontinence. When someone can’t control the urge to urinate or urinates involuntarily, this person has an overactive bladder.

An overactive bladder contracts involuntarily, leading to the release of large amounts of urine. This is caused by a problem with the messages between the bladder and the brain. The bladder may tell the brain it is full too early, the bladder muscle squeezes and empties the bladder completely – often before you have a chance to get to a toilet.

The first thing to do when you notice the above symptoms is to seek help; this condition is treatable if diagnosed early.

Common questions asked by the doctor include:

•    How many times do you urinate during the day?
•    How often do you urinate after going to sleep?
•    Are you awakened by the urge to urinate, and if so, how often?
•    When you have a strong urge to urinate, do you leak urine on the way to the toilet, and if so, how often?
•    Do you use incontinence pads, and if so, how many do you use daily?
•    Does the problem prevent or affect any activity?

Don’t’ be surprised if your doctor asks you to keep a dairy of your urinating habits.

There are different ways for managing OAB. They include medicines, behavioural interventions and surgery.

Treatment methods will depend on the severity of the condition, and the extent to which it affects the patient’s quality of life.

In general patients with an overactive bladder are treated with a combination of drugs and behavioural interventions like pelvic floor exercises.

Above all, overactive bladder or urge incontinence is nothing to be ashamed of and it is treatable, so stop suffering in silence.

Carers World Radio – A Radio with a Purpose

25.10.2010 | Posted in: Carers | Author: Samantha Hall

Carers now have their own radio station where they can listen to news about care services not only from the UK but from around the globe. Carers World Radio is produced with a global audience in mind with the aim to deliver information, provide informed discussion with policy makers and to inspire others to provide online audio services for Carers on a global scale.

The small team of presenters, producers and technical staff have been developing audio services for Carers for over ten years. Although their team is small they are committed to provide a platform for Carers to learn about developments in policy, services, and help you find out what is available to you in your country.

Carers World Radio programmes are interactive and incite carers to take part in them. Their philosophy is “Who knows the issues Carers face on a day to day basis but Carers”. The idea is to hear stories about your life as a Carer, if you feel you can share these with the rest of the world and it does not matter where you are in the world.

At the radio’s website http://www.carersworldradio.com/ you can find recorded programmes of special events they’ve covered as well as interviews with authorities and carers. All of the programmes can be downloaded as podcasts or as windows media files.

The focus on Carers issues over the last few years has risen after all Carers is everyone’s business and can be part of anyone’s life. Initiatives like Carers World Radio are always very much welcomed by the community.

Incontinence is nothing to be ashamed of

22.10.2010 | Posted in: Bladder Weakness, Incontinence, Tena | Author: Samantha Hall

Women are the talkative sex, but when it comes to certain topics, especially health related like incontinence, they have the strange habit of sealing their lips. Recently Tena sponsored a survey that was conducted by Haris Interactive.

The survey took place in Canada and findings were rather intriguing. One in three Canadian women as young as 35 have or had bladder control issues, yet nearly 70% of those women have never discussed their condition with anyone. Similar findings to surveys done here in the UK.

As you can see Canadian women have identical concerns about incontinence as do British women. Suffering in Silence is nowadays one of the biggest issues regarding bladder control. Amazingly 52% of women who acknowledge they have incontinence would rather talk about menopause than bladder control issues.

“Women often try to cope with private or embarrassing issues such as bladder control issues on their own, but they should know that they are not alone,” says Claudia Brown, physiotherapist specializing in managing incontinence and a member of the Canadian Continence Foundation. “It’s important for women to discuss the condition with their doctor so they can learn about their options.”

Tips and Solutions
To help women regain their confidence and reduce bladder control issues, Claudia Brown recommends:

•    Welcome a New Workout Routine: Pelvic floor exercises are not like your usual routine. These exercises strengthen the muscles that support the bladder and help to prevent urine leakage. And since these muscles are not visible to other people, no one can tell when you’re exercising them.
•    Friendly Food Choices: There are some foods that can irritate the bladder and some that can support bladder health. Stay away from acidic foods like citrus and anything that contains caffeine, like coffee and chocolate. Also steer clear from diuretics like alcohol. To avoid pressure on the bladder and constipation, choose foods that are high in fibre.  Berries are also a great choice since they have UTI preventing tannins.
•    Drink Water: Reducing the amount of water intake can make urine more concentrated which will in turn irritate the bladder causing more frequent washroom visits. Instead, drink six to eight glasses a day. Drinking excessive amounts, however, is not recommended either because it could lead to abnormal bladder distension.
•    No need to go…before you go: Train your bladder by avoiding visiting the washroom just in case. Try to go to the washroom between five and eight times per day. It will also help increase a smaller bladder capacity.
•    The Power of Protection: With the help of TENA pads and/or underwear, women can regain the confidence they might have lost and feel comfortable exercising again or taking long trips – especially since TENA pads are designed for discreet protection.

Stop suffering in Silence, incontinence is nothing to be ashamed of and most importantly it is treatable.

£4 million Government Funding to Support Carers

19.10.2010 | Posted in: Carers | Author: Samantha Hall

One of the Coalition Government campaigns promise was to improve the UK’s care services. In order to do so, the minister of care services Paul Burstow announced a £4 million funding to offer support to projects like health care training schemes and specific training for social care workers.

The funding made available following cancellation of the contract for Caring with Confidence, provided training to carers as the programme did not deliver the benefits expected for the funding committed.

Together with the funding, the minister of Care Services Paul Burstow announced a myriad of measures to support carers. Between these new measures highlights a scheme that will fund voluntary organisations to reach out to carers. It will particularly focus on early contact with those who are taking on a caring role for the first time through a variety of settings such as hospitals, places of work and supermarkets.

“Identifying and supporting carers at an early stage is critical. The financial outlook is extremely challenging so we must make sure the money we have is working harder for us.” – said Paul Burstow, minister of Care Services.

The news was welcomed by the UK’s largest carer’s organisation, Carers UK. Chief Executive of Carers UK Imelda Redmond CBE said:

“We welcome this measure launched today. It is critical that the Coalition Government understands the vital contribution that carers make in looking after older, sick and disabled people. In times of tight public expenditure there will be increased expectations that families will take on greater caring responsibilities which in turn can have a severe impact on their health and finances.

“Our work with thousands of carers throughout the UK shows that things are made worse if carers are not identified early and do not have support quickly enough. Time and time again, good information and advice comes up as a key issue that they need to keep them healthy, in work and help prevent poverty.”

This new scheme is without a doubt a reiteration of the coalition government’s care commitments and is of great interest to carers who are looking to develop their people skills.

Tena Men Range – Light & Moderate Male Incontinence Products

15.10.2010 | Posted in: Incontinence, Incontinence Products, Male Incontinence | Author: Samantha Hall

The new range of male incontinence products from Tena were developed to ensure comfort to men in day to day activities. Available in different levels of absorbency and shapes that allow men to feel more confident in whatever they are doing.

Tena’s new range of male incontinence pads and pants were divided into two categories according to their absorbency levels. For light protection and more discretion Tena developed a new range of incontinence pads. For Men seeking a little more protection Tena designed incontinence pants with a moderate level of absorbency.

Light Protection Incontinence Pads

Tena Men Level 1

Designed specifically for men, for all day comfort, dryness and security, this cup shaped product follows the contours of your body for a snug, secure fit. The adhesive strip secures the pad in its optimum position within your underwear so you can continue whatever you are doing worry free.

Tena Men Level 2

Offering greater absorption and security than Level 1, but with exactly the same all-day protection, comfort and dryness. Its comfortable cup shape is designed specifically for the male anatomy and is so discreet that it is unnoticeable under clothes. The adhesive strip secures the pad in its optimum position so you can continue what you are doing worry free. With Level 2, men who lose more than just a few drops are assured of the extra protection they need, however active they are.

Moderate Protection Incontinence Pants

Tena Pants Plus

Designed for moderate to heavy urine loss, these pants are extra secure and worn like normal underwear. The exceptional security is due to the FeelDry™ technology, which rapidly absorbs large quantities of urine into the core and away from the skin, so that even when seated or lying down for long periods of time, the wearer will stay dry and comfortable, and the risk of skin rashes and infections is significantly reduced. Available in 5 sizes.

Tena Pants Super

Designed for moderate to heavy urine loss, these pants are the most absorbent product in the Pants range, provide maximum security and comfort, and are worn like normal underwear. FeelDry™ technology rapidly absorbs large quantities of urine into the core and away from the skin so that, even when seated or lying down for long periods of time, the wearer will stay dry and comfortable and the risk of skin rashes and infections is significantly reduced. Available in 3 sizes.

For more incontinence products for men please visit: Male Incontinence Products.

We would like to hear your feedback on this new range of incontinence products from Tena. Share your thoughts in our comments section.

Meditation to treat Urinary Incontinence

12.10.2010 | Posted in: Bladder Weakness, Female Incontinence, Incontinence | Author: Samantha Hall

Doctors at Loyola University Health System in Chicago Illinois, USA are conducting a clinical trial using cognitive therapy to treat urge incontinence. This new method employs meditation-like techniques that range from deep-breathing to guided imagery exercises that train the brain to control the bladder.

The average age of the patients was 62 and consisted mainly of women. These patients were submitted to a series of cognitive therapy, twice a day for two weeks they had to listen to an audio recording with a series of relaxation and visualization exercises.

These women then had to register the number of incontinence episodes in a pre and post-therapy diary. Findings from the study revealed that cognitive therapy is an effective treatment for urge incontinence with the average number of bladder-leakage episodes decreasing from 38 to 12.

One of the study’s patients experienced a dramatic improvement in her symptoms, before entering the clinical trial; she saturated several incontinence pads a day. Nowadays, she is 98% free of leakage. The therapy has allowed her to successfully recognize the link between her brain and bladder to manage incontinence and remain virtually accident-free.

She tells us that she was embarrassed to leave the house because of her condition and that she had an extremely embarrassing public accident where she ruined the upholstery on her friend’s chair. The episode forced her to turn to physicians for alternative measures to treat her incontinence.

Incontinence and Bladder problems affect about 6 million people in the UK. Cognitive therapy may play a vital role in a comprehensive approach to treating this disorder. The mind-body connection has proven to be particularly valuable for these women, because they are motivated to make a change to regain control over their bodies. In addition to using cognitive therapy to treat urge incontinence, other types of incontinence can be managed with physical therapy, lifestyle changes, medication and surgery.

Don’t let incontinence control your life and lifestyle. Talk to your doctor, family and friends, incontinence is treatable and it is nothing to be ashamed off.

Shopping for Incontinence Products Online

08.10.2010 | Posted in: Advice, Incontinence, Incontinence Products, Products | Author: Samantha Hall

Shopping for incontinence products online has never been so easy, safe and discreet. But there are still some concerns surrounding this matter which I aim to debunk them with my list of tips, for those willing to shop for their incontinence products from the privacy and safety of their homes.

One of the biggest myths that surround internet shopping is the fear that the website owner will leak your credit card details with the World Wide Web. Gone were the days that internet shopping was insecure; nowadays you can rest assured that your credit card details will be kept safely by the shopping site’s owner. To cut a long story short there are strict rules and punishments for those who share or make inappropriate use of third parties credit card details.

Now that we know that online shopping is safer than ever it is time to go online and start shopping online for those incontinence products that you need. I’ll use Google as a reference for this article but feel free to use the search engine of your choice.

Unless you already know a website that sells incontinence products my suggestion is to head over to Google and search for the products you normally use. For first timers a simple search for “incontinence products” will return a handful of trustworthy websites where you can do your online shopping.

Now that you have a list of websites where you can buy your products from it is time to analyse each one thoroughly. Start by reading the About Us and shopping policy pages then take a look at the testimonials page assuming they have one. To get a real feedback go to Google Local Search and do a search with the sites name this will return a list of “real” reviews about the given site.

It is also very important to look for seals (logos) that indicate that the site is verified of certain institutions that guarantee the safety of your online shopping. The most commons are SafeBuy which provides an online certificate and Internet Shopping Is Safe or ISIS Accreditation.

Does the website offer a costumer helpline where buyers can phone and talk to real people to clarify any doubts they might have? If the answer is yes that is another point in favour for the given site.

Before you start buying your incontinence products from the website of your choice there are a couple more things to keep in mind. Check the payment options, their return policy and don’t be overwhelmed by the fact that it offers free delivery to any UK mainland address.

When it comes do the delivery of your incontinence products what counts the most is the discretion, although incontinence is nothing to ashamed of.

With that you are ready to start shopping for your incontinence products from the tranquillity of your own home. Have you got any questions you would like to ask about incontinence products? Feel free to ask your question in the comments below.

New Scheme Provides Improved Disable Facilities

06.10.2010 | Posted in: Carers, Incontinence | Author: Samantha Hall

Have you ever been through the inconvenience of having to change your incontinence pad while out for a walk and not finding the adequate facilities to do so?

With that mind set Members of Maldon District Council will be discussing the building of a new set of changing and toilet facilities for disabled people at one of the district’s main tourist attractions, The Promenade Park.

The new project is aimed for disabled people with more complex needs but it will also serve as a useful changing place for those with incontinence needing to change their incontinence pads as well as for parents to change their babies.

Ahead of next Tuesday’s meeting a report issued by the Maldon District Council said that the new facilities would be paid for by Essex County Council under its Changing Places scheme, which aims to provide facilities for disabled people and the new facilities would be located near the splash water park.

According to specialists and Council’s members no planning permission will be required.

Here is an excerpt from the non-official report:

“At the moment there is no toilet provision in the Maldon area for the many disabled people who rely on assistance with their toileting needs.

“The toilet provision at Promenade Park includes one disabled persons’ unit and other toilets which are ‘disabled friendly’.

“This sort of facility can be difficult for people to use who have needs that require personal assistance to use the toilet or undertake the changing of incontinence pads.”

Great initiative by the Council of Maldon and congratulations to the Essex County Council for its great scheme to provide even further assistance for those who need the most.