Incontinence

Whew! I think this is about the last symptom I had listed in the Index, but I haven’t addressed the cognative issues and mental issues yet, so my work isn’t done.

Urinary Incontinence. People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) may experience bladder problems. The most common difficulty is a frequent and urgent need to urinate, even when the bladder is not full.

For PD patients, bladder issues are often due to fluctuations in dopamine levels affecting the bladder muscles and nerves, which are critical to how it functions. PD is also thought to impact the nerve pathway between the bladder and the area of the brain that controls bladder function.

Many PD patients end up having other bladder problems, including issues with urgency and frequency. Nocturia, or the need to urinate many times during the night, is also common, along with difficulty in emptying the bladder.

Half of all women and 17% of men will experience urinary incontinence, or the inability to hold urine,… for Parkinson’s disease patients, those numbers escalate.

the excerpts above were taken from: https://healthblog.uofmhealth.org/brain-health/parkinsons-disease-and-your-bladder