No one ever talks about bladder health. It can be an embarrassing topic. Not making it to the toilet in time isn’t something most people want to share. No one wants to admit they have bladder problems.
Symptoms such as urinary urgency, urinary frequency (that includes getting up to pee during the night), or bladder pain impact daily life, and can be attributed to conditions such as overactive bladder, interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome or chronic pelvic pain syndrome.
When bladder symptoms become extreme, people may feel that their daily activities are restricted due to the need to be in close proximity to a bathroom all the time. Bladder pain can severely restrict daily activities including the ability to work or socialize.
It is a topic near and dear to one of our Mavens. Tracey struggled with making it to the toilet in time when she was eating a lot of fermented foods. When she decided to increase her consumption of delicious, homemade, fermented foods to support gut health, she would have the need to urinate suddenly and strongly.
After frantically rushing to the bathroom, pee would start to trickle before her butt could hit the toilet seat. She was too embarrassed to tell anyone until she realized it was an important clue.
Her body was trying to tell her that the histamine in fermented foods was a problem. It was that symptom that finally made her suspect that histamine or mast cells were involved in her profile of symptoms.
Upon realizing the role that Mast Cell Activation Syndrome had on her urinary urgency, she also realized that the “small” bladder she thought she’d had her whole life was in fact a problem with urinary frequency.
This month we’ll be hitting the often neglected, but very important topics of
Urinary urgency and frequency
Pain: Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome & Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain
Understanding what is at the root of your bladder symptoms can help you take steps to make peeing a happier experience. Look for these weekly blogs to go up every Tuesday morning for the month of July 2021.
Always discuss any bladder symptoms with your doctor. Changes in urination frequency, troubles urinating, frequent nighttime urination, pain or burning with urination or any other symptoms associated with urination should always be discussed with your doctor, as there are a variety of reasons behind these symptoms. It is important to rule those out first and foremost.