We help you handle the emotional effects of urinary incontinence with proper treatment near Crystal Lake
Urinary incontinence is a condition that affects millions of people. The problem with acquiring accurate data is that most people find this life challenge very difficult to talk about, even with their physician. There are severe emotional effects to urinary incontinence, no matter what your age.
Men and women both can be affected by urinary incontinence, and may wind up feeling isolated in helplessness about their condition, humiliated by the necessity to stay near a restroom, or to wear incontinence garments. This isolation can lead to depression and emotional distress.
Daily life disrupted by incontinence
People with incontinence may alter their lifestyle in order to prevent odor or wetness. Planning errands or work takes on new meaning and extra time. Immense emotional turmoil may occur, especially for those with urge incontinence, if visiting a location in which public facilities are difficult to find.
Specific concerns for seniors
Incontinence can pose serious concerns for seniors. People who enjoy generally good health may avoid exercise or activities they once enjoyed because they fear their bladder will leak. The avoidance of physical conditioning in the older adult can lead to atrophy and physical impairment. Instances of falls in seniors with urinary incontinence, especially urge incontinence, are higher, likely due to the rush to reach a bathroom.
Quality of life can be limited when incontinence is not addressed. Seniors may find that, in order to remain safe from falls, it becomes necessary to keep a commode near to the bed so that it can be more easily reached during the night.
Incontinence is a problem that is a major factor in the placement of many adults into skilled nursing facilities. When not treated, this condition may lead to the need for catheterization, which allows urine to pass continually via a tube into an “external bladder,” or bag.
Our caring staff understands the impact urinary incontinence has on quality of life. Dr. Gandhi has dedicated a large portion of his career to the understanding and treatment of urinary incontinence, driven by the belief that we all deserve comfort and confidence as we go about our daily activities. Urinary incontinence does not have to limit your wellbeing, or that of someone you love. Contact North Shore Urogynecology to learn more about treatments for urinary incontinence.