Mr Zaki Almallah of the Birmingham Bladder Clinic featured in an interesting article in the Mail on Sunday titled “Listen to your waterworks! (They’re telling you something)” which explained how some symptoms from our “waterworks” could actually be an indicator about the condition of our general health and wellbeing.
Mr Almallah featured alongside a panel of experts about some common bladder problems and how they can be treated, including having to go to the toilet more often than normal, a burning sensation when passing water, the need to pass water but can’t, leaking urine and waking up in the night to go to the toilet.
Mr Almallah concentrated on the symptom of the desperate urge to pass urine, which could indicate an infection, or overactive bladder syndrome and was quoted in the article as follows:
‘If these symptoms come on suddenly, accompanied by discomfort, it may be an infection. However, if this is an ongoing problem, it is likely you have an overactive bladder, when it goes into spasm signalling to the brain that it cannot hold on. ‘An adult bladder can hold a pint and is emptied between three and seven times in 24 hours. However, when the bladder is overactive it causes the sensation of wanting to go to the loo, even if it is only half full.
Mr Almallah discussed the following treatment options “One option is bladder retraining to help regain control of when and where you empty your bladder. This may include emptying at set times during the day and even at night.
‘Never go to the toilet “just in case” as this teaches the bladder to hold smaller and smaller quantities. Use distraction tactics by thinking of something else while trying to wait a little longer before going. When you do go, sit on the toilet comfortably and wait until the bladder is completely empty.”
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