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Nancy’s Journey of Triumph Against Overactive Bladder Syndrome (OAB)

Overactive bladder syndrome (OAB) began to disrupt Nancy’s daily life at age 50. As a dedicated teacher, a loving mother, and a true adventurer, she didn’t expect that her life would soon be overshadowed by this troublesome medical condition.

Unraveling the Mystery of Overactive Bladder

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a condition characterized by sudden, involuntary contractions of the bladder muscles. The symptoms include urgent and frequent urges to urinate, often accompanied by unfortunate leaks. This had become Nancy’s new reality. Her usual upbeat attitude was dimmed by the constant worry of unpredictable accidents and the constant and immediate need to find a restroom. These symptoms were disrupting her sense of normalcy. 

Seeking Expert Help

Determined to regain her control and joy, Nancy embarked on a journey to find out what was wrong and to hopefully find a solution. Nancy wasn’t sure if she needed to see a gynecologist or a urologist. She started doing some research and discovered the specialty known as urogynecology, a specialized field of gynecology and obstetrics that deals with female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.

Her research led her to Dr. Michael Litrel, a double board-certified urogynecologist at Cherokee Women’s Health. Renowned for his expertise in women’s health issues, Nancy finally had hope. She wasted no time making an appointment.

Diagnosing Nancy With OAB

Dr. Litrel listened as Nancy shared her symptoms and history. He explained that he suspected Nancy had OAB. To pinpoint the specifics of Nancy’s condition, he recommended a series of comprehensive tests, including a bladder diary, physical examination, and urodynamic testing.

The tests confirmed that Nancy had OAB, so Dr. Litrel outlined treatment options that aligned with her unique needs and preferences. He discussed lifestyle adjustments, including limiting caffeine, alcohol intake, and practicing pelvic floor exercises. Additionally, medication was suggested to help manage the involuntary muscle contractions responsible for Nancy’s symptoms.

Reclaiming Her Life

With Dr. Litrel’s guidance, Nancy embraced the recommended lifestyle changes and diligently adhered to the prescribed medication regimen. Gradually, a transformation unfolded. The urges began to relent, and Nancy regained control over her life. Long walks, social gatherings, and even road trips no longer carried the burden of anxiety and urgency.

Nancy emerged from her journey with an understanding that advocating for her health and seeking expert care were paramount. She hopes by sharing her story that she can inspire others facing similar challenges.

We’re Here For You

Nancy’s story is a reminder that challenges can be conquered with the right support and determination. If you or someone you know is struggling with similar symptoms, don’t hesitate to seek the right help. Call us at 770.720.7733 or request an appointment online at either our Canton or Woodstock location.