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May 2017

Vacationing with Overactive Bladder

By: Arkansas Urology

 

 

Vacationing with overactive bladder can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are our top 10 travel tips for OAB:

1. Start training now. The months leading up to travel day are the perfect time to start training your muscles for the trip ahead. Practice timing when you have to go and see if you can prolong the space between for even a few minutes at a time. Kegel exercises performed daily will also have plenty of time to strengthen your pelvic floor.

2. Choose your destination wisely. The best places to stay if you have severe OAB are resorts and hotels with large bathrooms in lots of convenient locations. You might even find that some cruise ships make excellent vacation locations because they have multiple bathroom options on every floor.

3. Choose your seat wisely. The best methods of travel for someone with OAB are trains and buses. Be sure to choose a seat near the restroom and on an isle.

4. Do your route research. If driving, check your route for stops at a frequency you prefer. The extra step will be well worth it to avoid driving past the only pitstop by accident!

5. Pack a “just in case” kit. Even if you never use them, a few backup items can give you peace of mind. Include a pair of underwear, toilet paper, sanitary wipes, hand sanitizer, seat covers and even a few incontinence pads if they work for you.

6. Check in as early as possible. Arrive early when boarding methods of travel to build in time for a bathroom break. If at all possible, utilize online check-ins to skip the line entirely!

7. Call ahead for accommodations. Wherever you choose to stay, don’t assume all amenities are included. Call ahead to see what hotels will provide laundry, extra sheets and a guaranteed bathroom on your floor or in your room.

8. Watch what you eat. Avoid diuretic foods like spices, citrus fruits, tomatoes, caffeinated beverages, alcohol and chocolate.

9. Monitor your water intake. On travel day, you might reduce your water intake for travel hours only. When you do drink water, make sure it is in small sips spaced out over time.

10. Consider travel medications. While they aren’t safe to use for prolonged periods of time, your urologist may be able to prescribe temporary medications to make traveling with OAB easier.


If you’re interested in what medicinal treatments are available to the OAB traveler, or if you would like some more one-on-one consulting with your urologist before you embark on your journey, call us at 1-877-321-8452.

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May 2017

What To Know on Your First Urology Appointment

By: Arkansas Urology

You may have reached the age that your general practitioner has advised you make your first annual appointment, or you may have been noticing strange symptoms you can’t ignore, but either way, your first visit to a urologist can be a nerve-wracking one. The most important thing to remember is that your urologist is here to make sure you are as comfortable and healthy as you can be! Read on to learn about what you can expect during your first visit to Arkansas Urology, and some great questions for first-timers to ask their provider.

First Urology VisitA first-time visit to the urologist will almost always include a decent amount of paperwork which, along with your initial consultation, will be crucial in providing a complete and accurate view of your medical history. It is critical that you be as thorough and honest as you can in your medical history so that your provider can have an accurate understanding of your current health.

After your initial consultation, first time visits almost always include the providing of a urine sample, a physical exam and a provider recommendation. Your urologist may request you take additional imaging tests before providing a final diagnosis.

Regardless of how you got there, you will probably have some questions once you reach your urologist’s office for the first time. Which questions to ask at your first visit will vary greatly by diagnosis.

For the healthy patient, a check up is a great time for some one-on-one consulting with your urologist about what you can be doing now to ensure your health later. Ask about common health risks for someone your age, healthy lifestyle habits to lower your risk rate and what their professional opinions are on the effectiveness of these habits.

If you have received your first diagnosis, now is the time to more fully understand your illness and your treatment options.Your urologist will always be happy to explain any word, diagnosis or treatment you don’t understand, all you have to do is ask! You might think about discussing questions like, “What are some recovery and survival rate statistics for patients like me?”, “What habits can I change to further assist my treatment” and “What are all my treatment options?”

At Arkansas Urology, your health and comfort are our top priorities. We will do everything we can to ensure your first visit is as comfortable as it is informative. If you’ve been letting first-time anxiety keep you from our offices, know that early detection is key to effective treatment. We’re here to help! If you have any questions about your upcoming appointment, or would like to schedule a visit, give us a call at at 1-877-321-8452.

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April 2017

What Is HIFU?

By: Arkansas Urology

HIFU, or High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound, is the newest breakthrough in prostate cancer treatment technology. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, this new treatment method could be a minimally invasive alternative to traditional, intensive treatments of the past.

prostate-cancer-hifuHIFU waves target and treat small amounts of tissue through heat concentration at a specific “focal point.” Unlike surgeries or radiation, this means there is no incision point, no blood loss and no widespread damage to any other part of the body during treatment.

Each patient can be treated as a unique case, with a targeted treatment designed around their cancer. This minimizes any nerve damage in the surrounding area, which protects against the impotence typically associated with more aggressive forms of treatment.

HIFU technology has been practiced since as early as 1995 and was FDA cleared in October of 2015. With over 50,000 men treated worldwide, it is largely becoming the biggest breakthrough in prostate cancer treatment to date. HIFU treatments have the same effectiveness and survival rates of traditional procedures, with an impressive 97 percent five-year survival rate and a 97 percent metastasis-free survival rate.

This outpatient procedure involves minimal downtime and recovery. After treatment, there is an increased risk of contracting a UTI due to the use of a catheter for a few recovery days, but after this, the only potential side effects are changes in frequency or urgency of urination, mild discomfort or discharge in the urinary stream in the first few weeks following HIFU.

Before HIFU, men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer had to choose between a high-risk surgical intervention, careful monitoring of the disease or even no treatment at all. Now, we can treat early, effectively and while preserving your highest quality of life.

For more information about what HIFU can do for you or to schedule a consultation, contact us at 1-877-321-8452.

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April 2017

Drinking More Water With OAB

By: Arkansas Urology

Drinking more water makes most lists of healthy tips that you see. However, for people who suffer from overactive bladder the idea of drinking more water can be immediately ignored or maybe even a little scary meaning more trips to the bathroom or possibilities of accidents. However, drinking water can actually be helpful.

Drinking WaterIt’s logical to think if you are spending all your time in the bathroom that you don’t need to drink much, but that is not the case. Drinking water is actually one of the best things you can do for overactive bladder.

It’s best to spread out your water intake throughout the day. Take sips; don’t gulp down a lot of water at once. And also, make sure it’s water you’re drinking not just any fluid. Extra ingredients in soft drinks, energy drinks and even caffeine in coffee can aggravate your overactive bladder.

Think about your bladder like a sponge. It needs to get wet to start absorbing water. Your bladder should be saturated with water to expand to hold more.

When you stop drinking anything, you actually do more harm than good. This can result in highly concentrated urine. When you are drinking enough water, your urine should be light yellow or almost colorless. When your urine is darker and more concentrated you put yourself at risk for a urinary tract infection.

Hydration is one of the most important healthy habits. Remember your body is about 70% water, so it’s important to make sure you are drinking enough water. If you still have questions about your water intake and overactive bladder, our providers would be happy to talk to you more. Call us today at 1-877-321-8452 to make an appointment or talk to one of our staff members. 

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March 2017

Warning Signs of Chronic Kidney Disease

By: Arkansas Urology

Kidney damage typically progresses very slowly. While this is a good thing for those fighting the disease, it can mean that symptoms of chronic kidney disease often go unnoticed for so long that a diagnosis isn’t made until the kidney damage is irreversible. If you have any inclinations that you may have chronic kidney disease, read on to learn about the symptoms.

The most common symptoms of kidney damage are itching, muscle cramps, nausea and vomiting, not feeling hungry, swelling of the feet and ankles, too much or not enough urine, trouble catching your breath and trouble sleeping. Other symptoms can include fatigue and weakness, decreased mental sharpness, muscle twitches, chest pain (if fluid builds up around the lining of the heart), and high blood pressure (hypertension) that's difficult to control.

Because these symptoms are so broad and varied, it can be difficult to tie them all back to kidney damage. The kidneys are also extremely hardy and adaptable, which allows them to compensate for lost function extremely well and hide the warning signs until it is too late.

The key to early diagnosis is to watch for these symptoms in combination with one another. You should also make sure your urologist has tested for, and is aware of, any other diseases you may have that increase your risk of chronic kidney disease. Simple blood pressure and urine tests could be all it takes to keep a watchful eye on your kidney’s health.

Diabetes, hypertension, urine blockages, overusing painkillers, having an allergic reaction to antibiotics, inflammation and drug abuse can all put you at a higher risk for chronic kidney disease. Any concerns you have about these previous illnesses should be brought up at once with your urologist so that together you can plan preventative measures and monitor your kidney health frequently.

If you are experiencing two or more of the classic symptoms of CKD at once with any severity, you should contact your urologist right away. Early diagnosis is key to effective treatment. Call us today at 1-877-321-8452 to schedule an appointment or speak with one of our staff members.

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March 2017

Is a Small Bladder a Big Problem?

By: Arkansas Urology

There's nothing worse than asking friends and family members to stop and pull over during long car trips several times so you can use the restroom. It's easy to assume that some bladders are just smaller than others. But is this reality?

It’s a real misconception that some people just have smaller bladders that cause them to make frequent bathroom visits. However, that’s rarely the cause of your issue. In healthy people, your bladder’s capacity ranges from one to two cups. Even if you have had part of your bladder removed surgically, your bladder will typically expand back to normal size.

It is possible to have a functionally small bladder where your bladder is more sensitive to the need to urinate. For most people, you will feel the need to go when your bladder is half-full. Most people can wait to use the restroom past this point until it’s a more convenient time. However, with overactive bladder, the bladder muscle seems to give the wrong message to the brain so you think you have to go a lot sooner than you do.

A symptom of overactive bladder is if you have to go to the restroom more often – more than seven times a day. If this is the case, you may want to consult with a urologist about the issue. A doctor can help you find the best treatment option for you, which can sometimes be simple lifestyle changes.

If you think you may have an issue with overactive bladder, give us a call at 1-877-321-8452 for an appointment or to speak to one of our providers.

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February 2017

How Dehyrdation Effects the Bladder

By: Arkansas Urology

With many bladder ailments, people have a natural tendency to avoid drinking water in an effort to avoid the situation causing them discomfort; urination. Unfortunately, this habit can cause you to win the bathroom battle but lose the war. Deliberately causing mild dehydration will actually almost always make your bladder problems worse.drinking water

The reason many people have this frequent, urgent need to use the bathroom is actually due to an irritated or stressed bladder, and the muscles surrounding it. This irritation or stress causes the bladder and muscles to be especially sensitive and prone to aggravation, which causes you to feel the need to urinate more often.

Avoiding water to reduce your trips to the bathroom only worsens this irritation because now your urine is more concentrated. Concentrated urine is more acidic and full of the toxins and irritants that your body is trying to filter out. When this stronger urine fills the bladder, or worse, is held in the bladder over time, the root of the problem has only been aggravated.

The best thing to do in this circumstance is to attempt to drink more water. The trick is to be strategic about when and how you drink more water. Sipping your water in small amounts will keep from overfilling your bladder suddenly and causing spasms that lead to urgency and incontinence. Try drinking an additional two to four cups of water a day, but space out your sips in small increments so that your hydration levels are constantly being replenished.

You should certainly be considerate of your routine, and avoid increasing water intake when you know you won’t have access to a bathroom. However, over time your healthier hydration levels should help alleviate your frequency and urgency issues, giving you more freedom to go and do as you please instead of being trapped near restrooms. If you have never spoken to a urologist about your frequency or urgency concerns, now is the time. These signs can often be symptoms of a much more serious illness that should be addressed right away. If you would like to make an appointment or speak to one of our staff members about any urological concern, give us a call at 1-877-321-8452.

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February 2017

What is Cold Diuresis

By: Arkansas Urology

It’s a phenomenon that all may not experience, but most will not want to talk about: the cold-weather-induced need to urinate. More people than not will experience this phenomenon throughout their lives at varying frequencies, but many will never know why. The truth is no one knows with 100% certainty why this happens, but scientists and doctors have a pretty good guess -- cold diuresis.winter image

Cold diuresis is the body’s way of preserving heat when it feels that you may be in danger of hypothermia. When your body begins to react to a drop in temperature, it starts to constrict your blood vessels to reduce blood flow to the skin and keep the warmth around your internal organs.

This causes an increase in blood pressure because there is now the same amount of blood in your body being pumped through a smaller amount of space. In response to this increase in pressure, the kidneys begin to filter out excess fluid in the blood to reduce the blood’s volume, and therefore the pressure. All this fluid has to go somewhere, and that’s where the increased urination begins.

Currently, there is no scientific research that can definitively tell us a set temperature, exposure length, age or other factor that causes cold diuresis. Luckily, if you find yourself urinating more often in cold weather you can rest assured it probably isn’t a sign of anything too serious.

The best advice there is to someone who thinks they are experiencing this phenomenon is to bundle up and try to stay warm. Cold Diuresis is technically a warning sign of your body sensing hypothermia, so you should pay attention and make sure you enjoy the cold weather safely.

You should also remember to drink extra water when you come in from the cold, because even though you probably didn’t sweat, you may still have lost too much fluid from the effects of cold diuresis. If you find yourself urinating in extremely excessive amounts or frequencies, you should contact your doctor immediately as this may be a sign of a more serious condition. Please give us a call at 1-877-321-8452 to schedule an appointment or talk to one of our staff members.

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January 2017

New Year Resolutions That Are Bad for You

By: Arkansas Urology

 

"New Year, New You." This is a phrase used often around this time of year. With the beginning of a new calendar year, many people choose to make goals to improve their lives and their health over the coming months. What many people fail to realize, however, is that sometimes these resolutions do more harm than good. Here are four ways your new year's health initiatives could actually damage your health.

1. You over exercise without proper hydration. Exercising is a wonderful way to care for your body and improve your health. Unfortunately, many people don’t understand the full toll working out can take on your body if you don’t already exercise regularly. On top of common stress injuries like torn muscles and inflamed joints, dehydration is a real danger when exercising intensely. On top of your regular eight glasses a day, you should aim to drink an additional glass of water for every thirty minutes of exercise. It is also a good idea to drink a glass or two an hour before and during the hour after exercising.

2. You work out in too-tight clothing. Choosing a new workout outfit can be great motivation for some to get moving, but you should be conscious of the fabrics and the fits that you choose. Studies have shown that working up a sweat in tight fitting, non-breathable clothing will trap moisture and cause bacteria to grow. This is bad news for those prone to UTIs and other infections, and this can even cause a new outbreak in someone who has never experienced a bacterial infection before.

3. You choose an extreme crash diet. Watching what you eat is a great way to lose weight; drastically slashing calories is not. When you over-restrict calories, you cause stress on your gall bladder and dropped cholesterol, which could lead to gallstones. Reliance on strictly “diet foods,” could also cause undue stress to the kidneys because these foods are often loaded with sneaky sugars and sodium. Remember to care for your digestive system when dieting by choosing low sugar foods that are high in fiber and vitamins.

4. You choose a well recommended “healthy diet” without consulting your doctor. Diets are so tricky because each person is so unique. We all have different nutrient requirements based on our height, weight, activity level, and medical history, so in many cases a popular “healthy diet,” could actually damage your health if you don’t do your research. Anyone with a history of diabetes or insulin resistance should be very careful about diets that require you to manipulate the amount of carbs that you eat because an insufficient or highly sporadic intake of carbs could wreak havoc on your insulin levels. With any major change to your health and fitness routines, it is always a good idea to consult your doctor. They will be able to work with you to carefully create a plan that has your body and your history in mind.

The important thing to remember is that even a small step towards better health is a big step towards progress. With the help of our specialists, we hope to help as many people as possible choose to make 2017 a year of health.


 

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January 2017

Weight Loss and Your Kidneys

By: Arkansas Urology

Around the new year, lots of us start thinking about our weight, but what many of us forget is to focus on our health. In the case of weight loss and kidney health, it is never too late to make a positive change. Being overweight or obese definitely puts a strain on our bodies, but many people don’t realize these risk factors for diseases can be greatly reduced with healthy weight loss.

Weight lossObesity significantly increases your chances for chronic kidney disease (CKD), an illness where the kidneys begin to fail and are unable to filter the blood properly. While there is no cure, medications can help manage symptoms. However, a number of healthy lifestyle choices also greatly improve the quality of life of someone with this disease. Specifically, losing weight has been clinically proven to not only prevent but also sometimes slow the progression of chronic kidney disease.

Being overweight can definitely contribute to bladder control issues, particularly stress incontinence. Excessive weight will put pressure on your abdomen and bladder even resulting in leakage. Losing weight can dramatically reduce episodes of incontinence.

Any time you choose to change your dietary habits, or introduce a new exercise regime, consult your doctor. Your doctor will be able to work with you about lifestyle changes that will work with your body for the best results.

If you would like to make an appointment or talk to one of our physicians, give us a call at 1-877-321-8452 

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