Incontinence can affect a person of any age and any degree.
From light bladder control to major bladder control issues, incontinence can take away your freedom.
However, once you schedule your first doctor’s appointment, you will discover the problem and find a solution that fits your incontinence needs.
Schedule a Doctor’s Appointment
If you suffer from incontinence, the first thing you need to do is schedule a doctor’s appointment. It is vital to understand what is going on with your bladder control if you experience any type of incontinence and the only way you will know is to go see a doctor. Self-diagnosis leaves you with unanswered questions and can be physically and emotionally harmful. According to the Urology Care Foundation, “Incontinence can affect your emotional, psychological and social life”. In order to get the proper diagnosis, contact a urologist to schedule an appointment. You don’t have to be ashamed or hide your problem. Currently, over 25 million people experience incontinence, so you are not alone. Talk to a doctor and get the facts.
Prepare for Your Appointment for Incontinence
Once you schedule a doctor’s appointment, you need to prepare. There are several ways to prepare for your first urologist appointment. Before your actual doctor’s appointment, you need to create a detailed medical history as well as a detailed list of current medications, including any over-the-counter medication. Secondly, make a list of your symptoms; such as, urgency, frequency, waking up from sleep to urinate, painful urination, or leakage. You will also want to write down any questions you may have for the doctor. The Mayo Clinic also suggests you have a friend or relative accompany you or take a notebook with you to write down any relevant information. It is also important to note, the doctor may want you to drink a lot of water the day of your appointment in order to have a full bladder. Just remember, you do not need to be apprehensive about going to the doctor if you are prepared.
7 Questions to Ask Your Doctor during Your Incontinence Appointment
The day of the doctor’s appointment, it is important to remember, there are no stupid questions. If you don’t ask, you won’t know what is wrong, so ask the doctor a few basic questions.
- What's the most likely cause of my symptoms? This question is the most important question to ask the doctor. If you suffer from incontinence, you want to know why and what is causing the problem.
- What kinds of tests do I need? Do these tests require any special preparation? When you go to the doctor, it is probable you will have to have some type of test. From a urinalysis to a CAT scan, each procedure or test is different and may require special preparation.
- Is my urinary incontinence temporary? Incontinence may be temporary such as after having a baby. However, for many people it is a serious health issue and only a doctor can determine the severity.
- Are there different types of incontinence? Urinary incontinence can range from light bladder control to traumatic issues such as a severe injury or surgery. The importance of knowing the different types of incontinence can help you choose the right treatment.
- I have other health conditions. How can I best manage these conditions together? Other health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure can affect incontinence. Discussing other health conditions with your doctor can help successfully manage your incontinence.
- What treatments are available? Once diagnosed with urinary incontinence, a plethora of treatments are available. Discussing the treatment options with the doctor can include what medications are available or the need for catheterization.
- Should I anticipate any side effects of the treatment? As with any type of treatment, you should anticipate side effects. Knowing potential side effects will lessen your chances of future health-related issues.
Discuss Your Options
Being informed about incontinence helps you decide the best option. Due to the variety of options available such as medication, exercise, or catheters, knowing all of the facts with the doctor provides the necessary information to make an informed decision.
Information provided on the Aeroflow Urology blog is not intended as a substitute to medical advice or care. Aeroflow recommends consulting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing medical issues relating to incontinence.