From the 2011 Fall Senior Circle publication
Q: I’m so embarrassed. Sometimes I have to go and can hardly make it to the bathroom without peeing my pants. What can I do?
A: “I see many patients with this same complaint,” said Namir Shaba, DO, urologist with Lakeshore Urology. “Just because this is common, people shouldn’t accept it as a natural process of aging.” Shaba explains that this form of incontinence could be due to many causes, including an infection, overactive bladder, cystocele (a dropped bladder) in women, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in men, or a number of other anatomical changes. According to Shaba, the first step is to get a urinalysis and have a good pelvic exam, both of which your primary physician can perform. If you need further evaluation, your physician may send you to a urologist. Infections can be treated with antibiotics, an overactive bladder can usually be treated by medication, and other anatomical changes can be repaired through surgery to restore normal function.
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