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Diagnosing Overactive Bladder

To help in diagnose overactive bladder, your doctor will first ask about your symptoms, and medical history. Your doctor will also physically examine you for signs of medical conditions that can cause overactive bladder. As part of diagnosing overactive bladder, you doctor may also ask do some tests, and ask you to keep a bladder diary.

How Is Overactive Bladder Diagnosed? -- An Introduction

The first step toward relief is to see a doctor, who is well acquainted with overactive bladder, to learn what type you have.
 
A urologist specializes in the urinary tract, and some urologists further specialize in the female urinary tract. Gynecologists and obstetricians specialize in the female reproductive tract, and childbirth. A urogynecologist focuses on urological problems in women. Family practitioners, and internists, see patients for all kinds of complaints. Any of these doctors may be able to help you.
 
Medical History
To help in diagnosing overactive bladder, your doctor will first ask about your symptoms, and medical history. Your pattern of voiding and urine leakage may suggest the type of incontinence. Other obvious factors that can help define the problem include:
 
  • Straining and discomfort during urination
  • Use of drugs
  • Recent surgery
  • Illness.
     
If your medical history does not define the problem, it will at least suggest which tests are needed.
 
Physical Exam
Your doctor will physically examine you for signs of medical conditions that can cause overactive bladder, such as tumors that block the urinary tract, stool impaction, and poor reflexes or sensations, which may be evidence of a nerve-related cause.
 
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