What other ways can involuntary bladder contractions present themselves? (Posted late on 09/20 from 09/16)

One thing that I learned when studying up on bladder issues is that elderly individuals tend to report involuntary bladder contractions that are not associated specifically with urgency or what are termed Valsalva maneuvers. (Remember that Valsalva maneuvers include coughing, sneezing, bending and lifting or with other strenuous activities.)

These elders actually told their medical professionals that, instead of doing anything strenuous, they can merely be standing or sitting quietly and have urine leak out without a word of warning. They only know that they have leaked because they feel the wetness. One individual calls this type of leakage unconscious incontinence even though the International Continence Society does not recognize the term professionally.

The process of differentiating between more than one condition that shares similar signs or symptoms is called a differential diagnosis. This being said, unconscious incontinence is actually overflow incontinence which is actually rare; diagnosed by measuring post-void residual urine volume. Then, it can also be severe urethral insufficiency, of which the individuals also report and show severe stress incontinence. Finally, it can also be involuntary bladder contractions of which the individual simply does not feel as an urgency to urinate. By the way, involuntary bladder contractions may be the most likely reason you will face because many of your clients may be frail as well as elderly.

When you realize this, you will be able to demonstrate fully to them that With Age Comes Respect.

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About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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