Botox Treatments for Bladder Issues
Botox the beauty treatment of the stars can very well have some actual medical benefits. Besides ridding the body of unwanted age related wrinkles or plumbing up lips and other cosmetic applications, Botox has been used to treat blepharospasm (eye twitching), migraine headaches, and excessive sweating. It has also been used to contour the checks and relax cheek and other facial muscles.
However, now there is a promising new treatment for people with bladder inconsistency problems. People who suffer from overactive bladders know the annoyance and embarrassment of feeling the need to urinate immediately. Most people can hold in the urge until they can get to washroom somewhere, but it is not always possible for a person with an uncontrollable bladder condition. Imagine working and you cannot leave your station but you need to go to the washroom badly. Imagine getting up from bed to make a mad dash to the toilet and trickling urine on the floor as you go. Imagine giving a public speech or hunting around in the mall for the public facility, terrified that you are going to wet your pants for all to see. Once you manage to get there, you find only a bit of urine trickles out.
This condition which normally affects older individuals is caused by faulty nerves and bladder muscles, particularly the detrusor muscle which is the major muscle of the bladder.
Sufferers can be helped by exercise to strengthen the muscles and medications to relax the muscles. Yet, there are few long-term treatments available to relief the symptoms or fix the problem. European researchers have been experimenting with botulinum toxin (Botox), by injecting the substance into the detrusor muscle to see if it could provide relief for overactive bladder sufferers.
What they found is that within two weeks of the injections, 84 percent of the 240 patients reported an improvement, 75 percent said their urgency to urinate disappeared and 85 percent said that they no longer had a problem with incontinence. Most patients dropped from having to wear five pads a day to .05, they urinated less often and could go for longer periods of time without having to urinate. However, 16 percent reported no change in their condition, 27 percent required a second treatment, 15 percent a third, and nine people needed a fourth treatment. 30 percent of the patients no longer required any kind of treatment after their initial treatment.
The side effects were noted as temporary urine retention and some people had bladder infections. All in all the procedure is said to be safe and effective.
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