Urinary Hesitancy & Diet
Urinary hesitancy 排尿躊躇: A condition which is characterized by difficulty in passing urine.
Urinary hesitancy affects people of all ages and occurs in both sexes. It is most common in older males with an enlarged prostate gland.
Urinary hesitancy most often develops slowly. It may not be aware until unable to urinate (called urinary retention) which causes swelling and discomfort in the bladder.
The most common cause of urinary hesitancy in older male is an enlarged prostate. Almost all older male have some trouble with dribbling, weak urine stream, and starting urination.
Another common cause is infection of the prostate or urinary tract.
Symptoms of a possible infection include:
- Burning or pain with urination
- Frequent urination
- Cloudy urine
- Sense of urgency (strong, sudden urge to urinate)
The problem can also be caused by:
Some medicines (such as remedies for colds and allergies, tricyclic antidepressants, some drugs used for incontinence, and some vitamins and supplements)
- Nervous system disorders
- Scar tissue (stricture) in the tube leading from the bladder
- Side effects of surgery
Steps can be taken to care include:
- Keep track of your urination patterns and bring the report to your doctor.
- Apply heat to your lower abdomen (below your belly button and above the pubic bone). This is where the bladder sits. The heat relaxes muscles and aids urination.
- Massage or place light pressure over your bladder helping the bladder empty.
Foods That Aggravate Urinary Retention
Soda can irritate the urinary track and aggravate symptoms of urinary retention.
Other general measures
Stop any precipitating/aggravating medication.
General lifestyle advice such as:
- Regulating fluid intake and avoiding evening drinking.
- Reducing alcohol intake.
- Reducing tea and coffee intake.
- Preparation enabling access to toileting facilities.
Urine Flow Treatment
1. If the difficulty in urinating having a burning or painful sensation, it may be an infection. First consult doctor for diagnosis. For urinary hesitation/retention, this suggests having nervous urinating in certain situations or otherwise healthy. It may also be dehydrated not having enough water.
2. Ensure drinking plenty of water. It is recommended drinking eight glasses of water per day. At this rate it should be expelling six to seven cups of urine. Drinking water will help flushing the urinary system and increasing urine flow. If already drinking eight glasses a day, try increasing to 10 to 12 glasses to increase the urine flow.
3. Drink one to two glasses of cranberry juice per day. Cranberry juice possesses cleansing properties for urinary tract system. It can help keeping our system healthy and in turn will help fend off infections that can cause decreased urine flow.
4. Avoid high-sodium, salty foods and alcoholic beverages which can cause dehydration.
5. Applying a hot compress, such as a hot water bottle or heating pad, to the lower abdomen can help stimulating the urinary tract system. Apply the hot compress and gently massage the lower abdomen for about 15 minutes trying to get urine flowing.
If after trying aforementioned suggestion the difficulty with urination still remains, make an appointment with your doctor. Don’t forget bringing with you the urination diary to show to him/her the steps you’ve been taken which will help a quicker diagnosis.
Exercise for treating Urinary Incontinence 尿失禁
Anti-incontinence exercises are designed to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles (the muscles that hold the bladder in place). These muscles are also called the levator ani muscles 提肛肌. They are named levator muscles because they hold (elevate) the pelvic organs in their proper place. When the levator muscles weaken, the pelvic organs move out of their normal place (prolapse), and stress incontinence results. Physical therapy is usually the first step to treat stress incontinence caused by weakened pelvic muscles. If aggressive physical therapy does not work, surgery may be necessary.
The pelvic floor muscles (levator ani muscles 提肛肌), which are muscles holding the bladder in position, can be strengthen with designed anti-incontinence exercise. The levator muscles hold the pelvic organs in their proper position. When the levator muscles weaken, the pelvic organs move out of their normal position (prolapse 下垂) with stress incontinence 壓力性尿失禁 resulted. Usually physical therapy is the first remedy treating stress incontinence caused by weakened pelvic muscles. If aggressive physical therapy fails, surgery may be necessary.
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