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NERVE DAMAGE AND INCONTINENCE

NERVE DAMAGE AND INCONTINENCE

When your nerves let you down Before we go to the actual subject of urinary incontinence due to nerve damage, it is important to appreciate a few basic concepts. Your nerves can be compared to the electrical wiring that forms the complex linkages between your brain and the rest of your body. No part of your body can be devoid of nerves and continue to survive. Nerves are of two major types: one, sensory nerves that carry messages from the various body organs (sensations of pain, heat and cold, pressure, smell, sight, etc.) and two, motor nerves, which carry instructions from the brain to every part of the body. This circuitry also exists in the bladder, urinary passage, the penis...
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MALE INCONTINENCE

MALE INCONTINENCE

A Malady of Middle-Aged Men As you approach middle age, you might have to walk a bit slowly, rest more often, and reconcile to the fact that your physical strength and stamina are no longer as much as they used to be. One of these is your sexual prowess. Consequently, organs in the body that facilitate your sexual capabilities, such as the prostate gland, may start to function abnormally. The prostate gland is located in the pelvic region of your body, just behind and below the urinary bladder, and participates in sexual activity when you are young. Later in life, it might grow larger than expected size and squeeze the urine passage that runs from the urinary bladder to the...
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OLD AGE AND DEMENTIA

OLD AGE AND DEMENTIA

Part of a larger problem Doctors and others often rejoice in the fact that many people are now living in their late 80s and even 90s, and there are more centenarians today than a couple of generations ago. This is much more frequent in the industrialized west, but would soon be a reality in our country as well. It is no doubt a laudable achievement for medical science as a whole, but a growing population of such an advanced age poses its own challenges. For only a small minority of people in this age group are truly disease-free. The need for medical attention is greater; the ability to take care of oneself diminishes with the passage of years, thus placing...
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