What Are Bladder Spasms?
Bladder spasms are defined as random contractions of the bladder which create the urge to urinate. They can at times be extremely painful and can be experienced by both men and women. They can also occur to a person of any age including children, pregnant women and the elderly. The spasms can be traced to a number of different causes as outlined below.
Urinary tract infection (UTI) – This is the most common cause of bladder spasms. A UTI happens when bacteria enters the urinary tract via the urethra, and then moves up into the bladder. When it is in the bladder this bacteria could multiply which leads to an infection. Although it may not be serious in respect to some infections, it can be very uncomfortable and even painful. It is generally not that difficult to treat though, and in fact, many people that are prone to UTIs can use herbal medicine to prevent them so that they do not even have to go through the pain involved.
Most bladder infections are caused by the E coli bacteria. It can cause an infection in the lower or upper tract. A lower tract infection is the one that deals with the urethra and the bladder. If there is an infection within the urethra which is the tube that carries the urine from the bladder out of your body, the infection itself is called urethritis. When you have an upper tract infection, it can involve the kidneys which are caused by bacteria entering the kidneys through the bloodstream or by going up the bladder by the ureters to the kidneys. This can be a serious medical condition that can be avoided in most cases by good natural health.
You will know right away if you have a bladder infection because you will have symptoms that include the frequent and urgent need to urinate, the inability to urinate a lot when you feel the need to go, burning or pain during urination, bladder spasms, cloudy urine, pain in the lower back, pain in the abdomen, mild fever, and even fatigue.
Nerve damage – Damaged nerves may either send signals to the bladder muscles at the wrong time, or in some cases not even send them at all even though the bladder is full. Sending random signals to the bladder can cause spasms and lead to frequent urges to urinate. Nerve damage is often seen in people who have Parkinson’s, have had a stroke or surgery around the pelvic area.