Excessively active bladders can be much more than an inconvenience because they can obstruct a normal life. While medications like Detrol can soothe an overactive bladder, you really want to find out the cause of the problem, forward it directly, and hopefully resolve the problem rather than taking medications endlessly.
So what triggers an overactive bladder? This can be something common, like a bladder infection, or chronic, like interstitial cystitis (chronic inflammation of the bladder wall), or even an indicator of nerve damage as in multiple sclerosis.
The most obvious is a bacterial bladder infection, and a common urine test can verify if you have one. If you do, you can take a short course of antibiotics or use herbal cures such as cranberry or uva ursi. Bladder infections often takes place after sex. So empty your bladder right after intercourse for a modicum of protection.
Other causes often get ignored. The most common are undiagnosed food sensitivities. A food exclusion diet can help in this case. You can try stopping gluten (wheat), dairy, yeast, eggs, corn, soy, and nuts for a week and then adding them back in your diet one food at a time so you can see if it’s the cause.
Food additives also play the part of potential problems. Aspartame and foods preservatives and additives are the highest position on the list of potential culprits.
Hidden yeast infections can also trigger an irritable bladder. If you’ve had multiple courses of antibiotics or take birth control pills or other types of estrogen, taken steroids like prednisone, or if you eat a diet high in flour and sugar at this time, you may have developed an overgrowth of yeast. It won’t come to light on a urine test.
Herbal or prescription anti-fungal and probiotics can contribute as an effective treatment. Helpful herbs include berberine, garlic, oregano, and undecylenic acid and plant tannins. Common prescriptions consist of nystatin, Diflucan or Sporanox. Sometimes, they need to be consumed for a month or more to get rid of the yeast. Reducing the sugar and flour intake, staying away from antibiotics, and taking a good probiotic (healthy bacteria) daily can keep this problem from reappearing.
Nutritional shortage can also cause an overactive bladder. Magnesium deficiency can trigger any part of the body to cramp or spasm, as well as the bladder. Try taking 200 to 600 mg of magnesium citrate or glycinate daily and see if it helps. Vitamin B12 deficiency can mimic symptoms of multiple sclerosis, one of which is bladder spasms. You might need B12 under the tongue or even injections to address this.
Menopause can trigger vaginal wall thinning, and thinning of the urethra (the tube the leads from the bladder to the outside), causing continuous urination and bladder irritability. Topical vaginal estrogen can sometimes be a safe and easy solution.
Lastly, you may have a more serious condition due to an autoimmune disease such as multiple sclerosis. There are many methods to focus on this condition besides medication, but you should see a neurologist to make sure if you have MS before starting treatment.