Difficulty Urinating Overview
What is difficulty urinating?
A person with difficulty urinating may have pain during urination, difficulty starting the flow of urine, urinary incontinence, or may be unable to empty the bladder completely. In women, common causes of difficulty urinating include bladder infections and stress incontinence. In men, the most common cause for difficulty urinating is an enlarged prostate gland.
What are the symptoms of difficulty urinating?
Symptoms of difficulty urinating include pain during urination, difficulty starting the stream, and urinating very small amounts of urine. Additional symptoms may include urinary frequency, urinary urgency, urinary retention, and urinary incontinence. Severe symptoms that may occur with difficulty urinating include abdominal swelling, lower abdominal pain, and low back pain.
How does the doctor treat difficulty urinating?
Treatment for difficulty urinating depends on the underlying cause. Initial treatment for difficulty urinating in someone with a bladder infection may include antibiotics. In someone who is unable to urinate from urinary retention, the insertion of a urinary catheter (rubber tube) into the bladder allows a painful and swollen bladder to drain. Medication or surgery may be required to treat the underlying cause for difficulty urinating.
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