Neurogenic Bladder

Neurogenic bladder is when a problem in your brain, spinal cord or central nervous system makes you lose control of your bladder. Symptoms may be similar to both overactive bladder (OAB) and underactive bladder (UAB) depending on what’s causing the condition. Treatment will depend on what’s causing your symptoms and how serious they are. There’s no cure for neurogenic bladder, but symptoms can be managed.

Overactive Bladder

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a common condition that affects millions of Americans. Overactive bladder isn’t a disease; it is the name of a group of urinary symptoms involving problems with bladder-storage function. The most common symptom of OAB is a sudden urge to urinate that you can’t control. Some people will leak urine when they feel the urge. Leaking urine is called “incontinence.” Having to go to the bathroom many times during the day and night is another symptom of OAB.

Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial cystitis (IC)/bladder pain syndrome (BPS) is a chronic bladder health issue that causes a feeling of pain and pressure in the bladder area. Along with this pain are lower urinary tract symptoms that have lasted for more than six weeks, without having an infection or other clear causes. IC can affect people of any age, race or sex. It is, however, most commonly found in women. No single treatment works for all people with IC/BPS. Treatment must be chosen for each patient based on symptoms. Patients usually try different treatments (or combinations of treatments) until good symptom relief occurs.

Urinary Tract Infection

A urinary tract infection (UTI) occurs when bacteria gets into your urine and travels up to your bladder. UTIs cause more than 8.1 million visits to health care providers each year. UTIs can be found by analyzing a urine sample under a microscope for bacteria or white blood cells, which are signs of infection. A UTI is usually easily treated with a course of a medicine called an antibiotic.