INCONTINENCE GUIDE STEP 6: GET HELP
Learn when to seek professional help for your incontinence and how to go about it.
Step 6: When To Seek Professional Help
Sometimes, even the most persistent plan of action may not alleviate the symptoms of incontinence. If after making behavioral modifications based on your triggers, completing 6-8 weeks of exercises, and retraining your bladder or bowel you are still struggling with managing your incontinence, it may be time to seek professional help through a physician or PT. Be sure to bring your completed bladder or bowel diary, your plan of action, and any other notes you may have about your self-management with you to your appointment. Your efforts have not been in vain and all your records will help paint a more accurate and personalized portrait of your condition to your doctor, which will help him create a customized treatment plan for you moving forward. Your doctor may recommend further evaluation or sessions with a physical therapist, and, in some cases, may even discuss surgical options.
Many patients find a Care Pathway very useful in determining an appropriate treatment plan. A Care Pathway can serve as a roadmap to managing your symptoms, and can take some of the guesswork out of determining your next step if your current treatment isn't working for you. View the Care Pathway for Overactive Bladder below. You can download this tool and take it to your doctor to discuss your options together.
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