The Doctors: Fixing a Leaky Bladder & What Is A Kidney Stone?

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The Doctors: Is It OK To Hold In Urine?

From holding it in to learning about kidney stones, The Doctors September 7 had you covered on everything you need to know in order to stay healthy and prevent common health mistakes. And while the Doctors often say that you should never hold in your urine if you have to go, a viewer wanted to know, what about when you sleep?

The Doctors: What Causes Kidney Stones?

Dr Stork explained what causes kidney stones on The Doctors.

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Dr Stork explained that your body produces ADH, anti-diuretic hormone, while you sleep. This often allows you to sleep a full night without using the bathroom. However, it is not uncommon to get up to pee in the middle of the night. You should only be concerned if you are getting up multiple times a night, because that could be a sign of another problem.

The Doctors: Fixing a Leaky Bladder

An audience member had a slightly embarrassing, but not uncommon, problem to share: she had a leaky bladder. She wanted to know if there was anything she could do to fix it, which caused her to urinate even when she coughed or sneezed.

One way to strengthen your bladder is by performing Kegels. Your pelvis floor muscles are what support your bladder, and just by exercising these muscles, you will see improvement. When you are urinating, try starting and stopping to gain control.

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The Doctors: Intone Bladder Device Review

You can also use the Intone, a new at-home device. Inserted vaginally, the Intone stimulates electrically in order to improve function. It gives you and your doctor bio-feedback about your body. Plus, Dr Masterson assured that it doesn’t hurt.

The Doctors: What is a Kidney Stone?

In order to demonstrate why a doctor might require both a blood and urine test, Dr Stork explained what causes kidney stones. It happens when minerals congregate and form stones in the kidney. If the stones sit in your kidney or pass through your urine, you won’t feel any pain. But if it gets bigger, and gets caught, that’s when you will feel intense pain.

Similarly with issues such as diabetes, a doctor will require both tests in order to measure different things. In the case of a kidney stone, blood in the urine will be a sign, but a blood test will measure the kidney’s actual function.

So, listen to your doctor and take your tests–it’s for your own good!

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