Having a neurogenic bladder could indicate signs of Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease is a condition that progressively impairs parts of the brain over several years, and is frequently associated with movement challenges. However, signs of this disease could display through a toilet issue, according to research.

The reason Parkinson’s disease symptoms are commonly associated with movement is that the illness causes a loss of nerve cells in the area of the brain that creates dopamine. This chemical intends to act as a messenger between the brain and the nervous system to coordinate the movements of the body. However, when these nerve cells are either subject to damage or even die, the dopamine amount reduces.

Furthermore, a change in dopamine levels could interfere with the bladder muscles and nerves, and influence its functions.

If needing to urinate becomes more frequent or urgent, this could be a sign of Parkinson’s disease.

Some urinary issues are as follows:

  • Issues with starting a urine stream
  • Overfill of the bladder
  • Weakness of urination
  • Worsening at night, when lying flat

The name given to this type of issue is a “neurogenic bladder”. Cleveland Clinic explains it as a “condition in which problems with the nervous system affect the bladder and urination.

“Conditions like stroke and Parkinson’s disease can result in neurogenic bladder.

“Treatment options include drug therapy and surgery.”

What to do if you suffer from bladder and urinary problems:

  • Consider cutting down on caffeine
  • Continue drinking the recommended daily amount of fluids, do not cut them down as it will leave you dehydrated
  • Try to avoid stress incontinence (anything that puts pressure on your bladder)
  • Try to maintain a balanced diet

 

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