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How CIDP and GBS May Be Behind Your Frequent Urination

CIDP, GBS and other neuropathies have been shown to be responsible for frequent urination and other urinary disorders.

By Shiraz Abbas

All of your body parts are controlled by your nervous system. Your heart, lungs, legs etc. all have nerves in them. That’s how your brain is able to communicate with these different parts. Naturally, your bladder is also connected to your nervous system.

If neuropathy is a disease that is characterized by damage to the nerves, it is not surprising that some people will have problems with urinary problems. About 30% of people who have small fiber neuropathy have urinary tract problems.

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But Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) and CIDP have also been known to be causes of bladder dysfunction. The following 2012 study on bladder dysfunction in peripheral neuropathies states the following:

Normal bladder function depends on the complex interaction of sensory and motor pathways. Bladder dysfunction can develop as a result of several neurological conditions. It can happen in a number of ways, including diabetic cystopathy, detrusor overactivity, bladder outlet obstruction, and urge and stress urinary incontinence.

Diabetic neuropathy is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy-associated bladder dysfunction. Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-associated neuropathy, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), and amyloid neuropathy are other major causes. The diagnosis of bladder dysfunction should be established by the history of neurological symptoms, neurological examination, and urological evaluation.

In such cases, consulting your neurologist may not always be enough. If you have been diagnosed with neuropathy and you find yourself urinating frequently, you may also want to consult a urologist.

Thankfully, there are some treatments for urinary dysfunction caused by CIDP and other types of neuropathy. The same 2012 study mentions the following treatment for this problem:

Management of urinary symptoms in patients with bladder dysfunction is usually supportive. In some cases, alpha-blocker and/or anti-muscarinic agents are needed to help improve urinary dysfunction. Intermittent self-catheterization is needed occasionally for patients with slow and/or poor recovery.

If you have CIDP or GBS and see yourself urinating frequently, you may want to consult your neurologist and also consider seeing a urologist.

Shiraz Abbas is the founder and manager of the CIDP Neuropathy Support Group. He is also one of the main community educators of IVIG therapy. He resides in Fresno, California. Shiraz can be contacted through our free CIDP advice service at 1-855-782-0574.

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