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‘Potential’ Treatment for Bedwetting: New Study

When you’re a baby wetting bed is a normal phenomenon. Your mommy knows that you’re too tiny to understand that the deed needs to be done in the bathroom. However, as you grow the natural process is you getting used to peeing in the bathroom. And when the process overturns and you’re one of those persons who still wets his/her bed then you have to save yourself the embarrassment even from your loving and protective parents.


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But a new study has shown some hope for this problem, whose sources – psychological or physiological, are unknown to this day. It has indicated that the “repetitive sacral root magnetic stimulation” (rSMS) can help decreasing the occurrence of bedwetting.

For the study, researchers from Assiut University, Eqypt recruited 41 persons who suffered from nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting at night) and separated them into two groups. One group received rSMS while the other received fake stimulation with the similar equipment and methods.

Those who received rSMS had a magnetic stimulator positioned right on top the sacral vertebrae while those who obtained the fake method, had the stimulator just adjusted internally so that some induction could be produced in the tissue underneath.

They attended the treatment for 10 sessions, five each week and even continued to consume “imipramine” – the drug they have been taking from three months earlier, and didn’t obtain any positive outcomes.

Eman M. Khedr, who is associated with the Assiut University Hospital and is the lead researcher of the study, informed that rSMS by posing a direct impact on the bladder control induced some effect on the patients that used it.

She added that rSMS elevated “arousal or enhanced inhibition of neuronal re-uptake of noradrenaline and serotonin,” and affected the bedwetting.

The group that uses rSMS saw the weekly bedwetting instances fall from 5.7 to 0.3 each week post the treatment period while the other group with the fake stimulation saw a drop to 1.8 from 6.5 in one week. However, even after seeing improvement the fake stimulator users returned to the same behavior of 5.2 bedwetting instances each week, after a month.

The researchers asked the subjects to finish a “Visual Analogue Scale” (VAS) and a generic Health Survey to analyze the effects of bedwetting on the sufferer’s life and physical and mental health on eight separate fields, respectively.

The  rSMS led to considerable enhancement in the mental health conditions of the patients compared to the patients in the fake stimulator group.

The report stressed albeit probable benefits to young patients and their caregivers have been discovered future experiments will be required to establish the optimum stimulation protocols.

The study has been published in the journal “Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience”.

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