Edward L. Davis, M.D.

Board Certified Urologist, Dr. Davis specializes in female urology and provides expert care for bladder infections, painful bladder syndrome (IC), urinary control problems, painful intercourse, overactive bladder (OAB).

Appointments

For a direct access appointment to Dr. Davis, please call Woodglen Medical OB/GYN Medical Group at:

(626) 963-4124

In association with

Your Bladder Problems:

A Health and Quality of Life Issue.

DEFINITIONS:

1. OVER ACTIVE BLADDER (OAB) Problem with bladder storage function that causes sudden need to urinate. This urge to pee may be difficult to stop, and overactive bladder may lead to the involuntary loss of urine or incontinence. With voiding comes a sense of relief of having avoided leaking.

2. URINARY INCONTINENCE
Accidental loss of urine that is great enough in frequency and amount to cause physical/and or emotional distress. 20% of Americans over age of 65 deal with urinary incontinence.
Reasons:
1. Overflow – Bladder does not empty completely and leakage is often constant.
2. Stress – when pressure is on abdomen by lifting, sneezing, laughing, sexual activity, coughing, etc.
3. Urge – sudden need to void and do not make it to the toilet
4. Functional – Addition to other physical condition such as arthritis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis

3. BLADDER PAIN SYNDROME /INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS (BPS/IC)
Lining of the bladder is thin or ulcerated causing urine that has a salt base and is constantly being made to setoff pain fibers. This cycle of pain can also be felt in the urethra, vulva, vagina, testicles, and rectum and/or throughout the pelvis. This leads to the need to rush to the bathroom with the overwhelming urge to void in the hopes this will stop or at least lessening the pain.

4. NOCTURIA
No pain but you wake up at night to go to the bathroom to pass urine. Name suggests an over production of urine that can because of diuretic medication, caffeine, drinking too much before bedtime, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease or what is now being studied the diminished production of the antidiuretic hormone or ADH.

“I’m Peeing As Fast As I Can,” is the output of learning exchanges with the members of the Citrus Valley Interstitial Cystitis Support Group that began meeting in 2000. The medical label of “Interstitial Cystitis” has been expanded to include the explanatory label “Bladder Pain Syndrome” (BPS/IC), meaning it includes pelvic pain of bladder origin; this description strengthens the understanding and the reality of the impact of BPS/IC has on the human body.

This BPS/IC recovery guide shares the thoughts and course of actions that are time tested by our support group’s experience through trials, errors, and successes. Over these years through our meetings, phone calls, and email contacts we have shared information, solved dilemmas, been perplexed, gained insights, stumbled on to answers or found comfort in person to person support and advocacy for BPS/IC.