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What do bladder spasms feel like?

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Normally your bladder gently fills with urine and you slowly become aware you have to go. People with bladder spasms get this sensation suddenly and often severely. A bladder spasm, or detrusor contraction, happens when the bladder muscle squeezes suddenly without warning, causing an urgent need to pee. The spasm can force urine from your bladder, causing leaks. When this happens, the condition is called urge incontinence or overactive bladder. People who've had them describe them as a cramping pain and sometimes as a burning sensation. Some women compared severe bladder spasms to severe menstrual cramps and even labor pains.

From: Bladder Spasms WebMD Medical Reference

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The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse web site: "Nerve Disease and Bladder Control."

FamilyDoctor.org web site: "Interstitial Cystitis."

American Family Physician web site: "Interstitial Cystitis: Urgency and Frequency Syndrome."

The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse web site: "Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome."

AARP web site: "Overactive Bladder: How to Take Back Control."

Wein: Campbell-Walsh Urology,  ; chapter 119. 10th. ed.

Botulinum toxin-A intradetrusor injections in children with neurogenic detrusor overactivity/neurogenic overactive bladder: a systematic literature review, Game X.  , June 1, 2009. J Pediatr Urol

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

National Institutes of Medicine.

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on July 3, 2018

SOURCES:

The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse web site: "Nerve Disease and Bladder Control."

FamilyDoctor.org web site: "Interstitial Cystitis."

American Family Physician web site: "Interstitial Cystitis: Urgency and Frequency Syndrome."

The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse web site: "Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome."

AARP web site: "Overactive Bladder: How to Take Back Control."

Wein: Campbell-Walsh Urology,  ; chapter 119. 10th. ed.

Botulinum toxin-A intradetrusor injections in children with neurogenic detrusor overactivity/neurogenic overactive bladder: a systematic literature review, Game X.  , June 1, 2009. J Pediatr Urol

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

National Institutes of Medicine.

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on July 3, 2018

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