OAB: Overactive Bladder
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An estimated 13 million Americans -- 85% of them women -- suffer from bladder control problems, a condition known as urinary incontinence. Are you one of them? It can be embarrassing and upsetting. If you get that sudden, uncontrollable urge to urinate, it may be overactive bladder (OAB). Olympic gymnastics champion Mary Lou Retton, "America's Sweetheart," suffered for years with OAB symptoms. She joined us on Aug. 10, 2005 to chat about her experience.
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It was probably in my teenage years when I really saw that I was a little bit different from my teammates, training with for the Olympics at this time, training with my coach. I would be the only teammate that would have to sneak out of the gym real fast go to the bathroom and sneak back in -- my teammates would cover for me. My teenage years were probably the first time that I noticed that I might not be normal in this area. Again, I kept justifying it. I wasn't dying, it wasn't that serious; I just went to the bathroom a lot.
People who suffer from this condition, OAB, were pros. We use all kind of coping skills to live with this condition.
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