With epilepsy, there is a broad range of issues to worry about, such as biting the tongue, collapsing, and more. However, pants wetting should also be on the list as epilepsy and incontinence are often related, and both conditions could be a warning sign of one another. If you or your child experiences incontinence or seizures it’s important to seek medical attention immediately to rule out the cause and to put a treatment plan together. So, how exactly are epilepsy and incontinence related?
Epilepsy And How It Relates To Incontinence
Epilepsy is simply defined as a neurological disorder caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain that may lead to recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions, commonly referred to as seizures. Neurological disorders are also related to urinary incontinence for a variety of reasons related to nerve damage, spinal cord injuries, conditions that affect the nervous system, and more. When it comes to epilepsy and incontinence, the relation may be caused by the types of seizures that occur.
- Tonic Seizures which are also known as generalized onset seizures occur when the muscles become tense and rigid. They may also be clonic, meaning the muscles have jerking movements. Atonic seizures occur when the muscles become weak. All of which can affect the bladder and urinary tract by increasing the amount of pressure placed on the bowels. With muscle contractions and weakness, the pelvic muscles may become unable to hold urine, resulting in accidental leakage or total voiding of the bladder.
- Absence seizures don’t have the muscle movements typically associated with seizure symptoms. Instead, they have non-motor symptoms such as lapses in awareness and staring spells. They tend to only last a few seconds long and can be mistaken for daydreaming. During these episodes signals from the brain to retain urine may get mixed up as consciousness may be impaired, resulting in the total loss of urine.
It’s common, especially during absence seizure to have no memory of the event. People suddenly regain consciousness and wonder why their pants are soaked. This can often be a warning sign in children if absence seizures have been missed. If your child has an accident with no memory of it they should be taken to their doctor right away.
Common seizure symptoms include:
- Temporary confusion
- Staring spells
- Uncontrollable muscle movements
- Sudden fear or anxiety
- Lack of consciousness
Common incontinence symptoms include:
- Urine leakage upon adding stress to the bladder due to activities such as laughing, sneezing, or lifting something heavy
- Feeling the sudden strong urge to urinate and failing to make it to the restroom in time.
- Frequent urination and leaking due to being unable to fully empty the bladder.
- Having a physical or mental impairment that makes it difficult to make it to the toilet in time.
If symptoms of incontinence or epilepsy are detected it’s important to speak with a doctor right away, as both can be caused by a more serious condition. Plus, the sooner you reach a diagnosis, the sooner you can take the proper steps towards managing and treating the condition. Epilepsy is generally treated with the use of medications, sometimes surgery, dietary changes, and devices.
Incontinence can be treated with the use of medical equipment, medication, possible surgery, and lifestyle changes as well. However, in some cases, incontinence can only be managed, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend tons of money on incontinence products. You may qualify to receive them through Medicaid!
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