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Prepare for doctor’s questions about incontinence

When you’re getting treatment for urinary incontinence, your doctor is likely to ask you a series of questions, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The clinic has compiled a list of those probable questions, so patients can be prepared for them and have their answers ready.

The Clinic acknowledges that urinary incontinence can be a troubling and inconvenient condition that obliges patients to make adjustments to their lifestyles in order to compensate for it.

The good news is that it’s treatable, although patients should be wary of treatments that can cause even greater problems that the urinary incontinence itself.

In New Jersey, the first of about 1,800 lawsuits involving Johnson & Johnson’s transvaginal mesh implants has gone to trial.

The implants, marketed as a treatment for urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, have generated widespread complaints about their tendency to fail and cause health problems. The most common reported problem is the vaginal mesh eroding and sticking through the walls of the bladder and vagina, causing severe pain.

The Mayo Clinic says your doctor may ask the following questions:

  • When did your symptoms first occur?
  • Have those symptoms been continuous? Occasional?
  • How severe are those symptoms?
  • Does anything seem to improve the symptoms? Worsen them?
  • How frequently do you have to urinate?
  • When do you leak urine?
  • Do experience problems emptying your bladder?
  • Have you noticed any blood in your urine?
  • Do you smoke?
  • How often do you drink alcohol and caffeinated beverages?
  • How often do you eat spicy, acidic or sugary foods?

If you have a vaginal mesh implant, you should consult with a doctor if you have any ongoing symptoms or health concerns. If you have significant injuries, you should also consult with a mesh lawyer to discuss your legal rights.

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