When help is sought specifically (or even non-specifically) for Overactive Bladder Disorder (OAB) from a healthcare professional, that doctor should review their patient’s complete medical history, do a physical exam and perform a urinalysis on the person. In order to be more specific and actually track the claims that their patient is iterating, they may even suggest that their patient keep a voiding diary (if they are mentally able to do so). This diary would record the measurement of the post-void residual urine volume.
Of course there are other more sophisticated tests that can be performed as well. These may include urodynamics and/or a cystoscopy. There are actually a number of other clinical tips that are important and that an elderly caregiver should be aware of. This will help the physician to make an accurate diagnosis and to ensure that therapy gets maximized! Each step you help with in this process shows your client and their medical personnel that With Age Comes Respect.
Over the next couple of days or so, I will break down the historical information that you and your client will want to present the doctor with. This will help in the analysis and the evaluation. The more information, the merrier! Even the slightest data will be able to help your client seek treatment. Stay tuned!