Over 33 million people in the United States struggle with overactive bladder (OAB). About 30% of older men and 40% of women have changed their lifestyle to cope with the symptoms. OAB can interfere with work, social life, exercise and sleep. You may need to go to the bathroom many times during the day or night. Fortunately, there is help and with proper treatment, you can take control of OAB and live a healthy, active life without worrying about dealing with the upsetting symptoms.
The most common symptoms of OAB are:
•The frequent urge to urinate
•Waking up in the middle of the night to urinate, known as nocturia.
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When a patient is experiencing overactive bladder symptoms, our doctors conduct an in-depth evaluation, perform a physical exam and often times order tests assist your doctor in making the right diagnosis.</p?
Why does this happen?
A healthy bladder signals the brain when it is getting full or is full, but you can wait to go to the bathroom. With OAB, you aren’t able to wait. The urge to go to the bathroom happens suddenly, forcing you to use the restroom immediately. The urge to urinate can happen even if your bladder isn’t full.