What Can Help with the Loss of My Bladder Control?

Mar 20, 2024
What Can Help with the Loss of My Bladder Control?
Urinary incontinence, or loss of bladder control, is a distressing condition that can leave you with a lot of questions. And if it’s not linked to a common issue like a weak pelvic floor, is there anything that can help? Yes, and here’s how.

Loss of bladder control is emotionally distressing and disruptive to your daily life. It can impact anyone at any age, and two of the most common causes are weak pelvic muscles and neurological disorders.

But what if you’ve ruled out those well-known causes and you’re still dealing with incontinence? You’re not out of options.

Path MD Labs specializes in advanced pathogen detection and urology services — and conditions like urinary tract infections (UTIs), kidney stones, and more can significantly impact bladder function and even lead to incontinence.

Advancements in medical diagnostics are revolutionizing the way healthcare teams identify the root causes of urinary incontinence, and getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step to finding relief from your loss of bladder control.

A look at rarer causes of urinary incontinence

If your loss of bladder control can’t be traced to an issue like pelvic floor weakness, it’s easy to feel like there’s nothing that can help. However, your symptoms might be linked to a condition like:

Complex urinary tract infections (UTIs)

Most UTIs are uncomplicated and respond well to antibiotics, but complex UTIs can present unique challenges. These infections may involve antibiotic-resistant bacteria or recurrent infections, and they can cause persistent urinary symptoms, including incontinence.

Kidney stones

Kidney stones are hard deposits that develop in your kidneys. They’re well-known for causing severe pain as they travel through your urinary tract — but they can also lead to urinary urgency, increased frequency, and incontinence, particularly if they obstruct the flow of urine.

Bladder cancer

While less common than other types of cancer, bladder cancer can have a significant impact on your bladder function and urinary continence. Symptoms may include blood in the urine, urinary urgency, and loss of bladder control.

Certain cancer treatments

Some types of cancer treatment, like chemotherapy and radiation therapy, can affect bladder function. These treatments may cause inflammation of the bladder lining, nerve damage, or changes in bladder capacity and sensation, all of which can contribute to incontinence.

How advanced diagnostics can help manage incontinence

If a common condition isn’t the cause of your incontinence, Path MD Labs offers advanced detection technologies that enable your healthcare team to pinpoint the exact cause of urinary symptoms with precision and accuracy.

We analyze urine samples using state-of-the-art molecular diagnostic techniques to identify bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic pathogens that may be contributing to urinary tract infections or other underlying conditions.

Not only do our methods deliver answers, but they form the basis for more effective treatment. Armed with comprehensive information about the specific pathogens involved, your healthcare providers can develop targeted treatment strategies that address the root cause of your loss of bladder control more effectively.

Depending on your situation, this may involve selecting the most appropriate antibiotics for antibiotic-resistant infections, implementing preventive measures to reduce the risk of recurrent UTIs, or coordinating specialized care for complex medical conditions.

Loss of bladder control can limit your life, and you don’t have to simply accept it. Contact our team at Path MD Labs to find out how our advanced diagnostic solutions could help you regain control and confidence.