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One of my patients called yesterday and said that her elderly mother had suddenly started leaking urine. Her mom just couldn’t get to the bathroom fast enough. The family was worried that this might mean that mom needed adult protection (diapers) and they worried that this would “crush” her spirit.
Did you know that one out of every four women will experience some form of pelvic health issue – bleeding, urinary incontinence or pelvic pain? This number actually doubles as women age!
Pelvic pain and incontinence frequently are suffered in silence, due to embarrassment. But an entire medical discipline devoted to these conditions is making significant inroads in the treatment of the painful conditions that fall under the topic of “pelvic health.” Women can now exchange embarrassment for empowerment.
In this edition of Nurse Barb’s Daily Dose, Barb speaks with the pelvic health experts: Drs. Sari Levine and Katherine Sutherland and physical therapist Meenal Mujumdar. Together, they address some of the misconceptions that keep women from seeking treatment for pelvic pain or incontinence problems and explain the advances in treatments that are worth considering.
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Cary came in for an urgent visit. She was urinating every 5 minutes, felt that she had to go constantly, and yet there wasn’t much urine that came out and it burned like fire when it did finally trickle out. She had experienced this before and called to come in right away. “I think I have another bladder infection,” she said. “It just started last night and I didn’t get any sleep.”