Neurogenic bladder happens when you lose control over your bladder due to a brain, spinal cord, or nerve injury. The nerves pass messages back and forth to signal the muscles of the bladder when to hold or release urine. When these nerves are injured, your bladder may not work the way it should.
Consult the best urologist in Brooklyn if you have symptoms of a neurogenic bladder. Contact us at Doral Health and Wellness Urology Center.
Some of the most possible causes of neurogenic bladder include:
- Accidents that cause injury to the brain or spinal cord
- Genetic nerve problems
- Parkinson’s disease
- Spina Bifida
- Metal poisoning
- Brain and spinal cord tumors
The symptoms of neurogenic bladder may differ from person to person. Symptoms it is also dependent on the type of nerve damage you have that causes the problem. These symptoms may include:
- Weak urinary stream
- Frequent urination and urgency
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Urinary incontinence
- Kidney stones
- Painful urination
Diagnosis and Tests
If your medical provider thinks that you are suffering from a neurogenic bladder, he/she may want to check your brain and spinal cord. He/she may also want to review your medical history and perform some tests to better diagnose your condition.
- X-ray of the skull and spine
- Imaging of the ureters and bladder
Treatment for this condition will depend on the cause of the neurogenic bladder and prevent kidney damage. The treatments will also focus on the improvement of your quality of life. Your medical provider may also base the treatment on:
- Your age, overall health, and medical history
- The cause of your nerve damage
- The types and severity of your symptoms
- Your tolerance to certain drugs and procedures
Lifestyle change and medical treatments are also considered when treating neurogenic bladder.
When your nerve damage is not severe, a lifestyle change may be considered as a first step in treating the condition. You are encouraged to certain lifestyle changes to control symptoms of neurogenic bladder. This may include:
- Scheduled voiding
- Limit on certain food and drinks
- Delayed voiding
- Pelvic floor exercises
When lifestyle change is not enough in controlling your symptoms, your medical provider may already want to try medical treatment for your condition. This may include:
- Preventive antibiotics to reduce infection
- Surgery (to remove stones or any blockage)
- Placement of an electrical device to stimulate bladder activity
If you have a nervous system disorder, your healthcare provider may already know how to treat your neurogenic bladder. It is also best to be honest when talking to your healthcare provider about your symptoms and condition. Although neurogenic bladder cannot be treated, it can be managed especially if you follow the suggestions of your healthcare provider.
At Doral Health and Wellness Urology Center, our team of urologists will work with you in managing your neurogenic bladder dysfunction and your quality of life. To schedule an appointment, please visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11212, or call 1-347-384-5690. You can also visit our website at https://www.urologistbrooklyn.com/.