Q. I was diagnosed with an overactive bladder six months ago. The urologist prescribed VESIcare and handed me a pamphlet on the main offenders that cause the symptoms.
After reading it, I eliminated caffeine, chocolate and alcohol from my diet. Voila, I make no more nightly visits to the bathroom. As an added benefit, I no longer need any medication for reflux. Sometimes giving up something that is harmful to health is better and less expensive than taking medicine.
A. Not everyone will get as much benefit from the kind of changes you made, but this is a low-risk approach. Chocolate, caffeine and alcohol have all been implicated as possible culprits in triggering reflux.