You may be familiar with urinary incontinence (the most common form) and faecal incontinence, but you are probably unfamiliar with mixed incontinence. This condition mixes the symptoms of urge and stress incontinence, which can apply to both urinary and faecal incontinence.
What that means is that there are more ways that a person can start leaking than if they just had either urge or stress incontinence. With urge incontinence, you constantly have the urge to urinate or defecate. You may have trouble controlling those urges, and even after you just emptied some of your bladder, the urge can return. The urge is often related to factors like mental stress as well as dietary factors.
With stress incontinence, you begin leaking because physical stress is occurring to your bladder. This can happen when you sit down, when you are active, when you eat certain foods or drink just about anything. All of these things put some pressure on your bladder and can cause uncontrollable leakage.
Mixed incontinence is one of the hardest forms of incontinence to fight, mainly because there can be so many different factors causing the leakage. This can lead to confusion about what is causing your leakage and can make it hard for a doctor to diagnose you. Just because your doctor cannot fully diagnose your incontinence and cannot say for certain what is causing the leakage, that does not mean that you have mixed incontinence. Any kind of incontinence can be hard to trace back to specific factors, simply because leakage is difficult to diagnose definitively. There will usually be a series of tests that your doctor will ask you to perform in order to determine what is causing the leaking. There are also several incontinence pads for men available online to help you combat the embarrassment of incontinence.
It is vital that you talk to your doctor if you believe you are experiencing some form of incontinence. The sooner you get help from a medical professional for your condition, the sooner and more effectively it can be treated. Any incontinence that has continued for more than a week is not likely to go away or get better on its own.
Mixed incontinence can occur because of a number of reasons, but it is usually a combination of factors. You may have had some muscle damage, particularly in the pelvic region, or you may be suffering from poor dietary habits. This condition is far more common in elderly people than in anyone else, but you won’t necessarily suffer from some form of incontinence just because you are growing older.
Treatment for mixed incontinence is usually just as complex as the condition itself. You will likely need to wear some form of adult nappy or other incontinence product to deal with the leakage. This won’t address the root of the problem, though. It simply deals with the symptoms. Your doctor may recommend therapy, changes in diet, medication or even surgery. The recommended course of action will change depending on what is causing the problem and how to severe the damage is. In every case, though, you should know that the damage is treatable. While your doctor may not be able to cure you completely of the incontinence, you can expect at least some relief from the symptoms. With the right treatment, you can start to regain some control over your body and enjoy fewer and less severe symptoms.