Many people suffer from bladder dysfunction. It can be an embarrassing condition that can cause personal and social distress, especially when you are around other people.
There are several types of bladder dysfunction, and each type can cause symptoms that can easily be confused as indicating other types of bladder dysfunction. Let’s talk about five major types of dysfunction of the bladder, their symptoms, and possible treatments:
The signs of an overactive bladder include the following:
- Having a strong, sudden urge to urinate that is difficult to control
- Urinating frequently, at least eight times in a 24-hour period
- Involuntary leakage of urine, followed by an intense need to urinate again
- The need to urinate at least twice every night, causing you to awaken each time
Cystitis is the inflammation of the bladder. It is a chronic, long-lasting condition where urination is painful.
Cystitis can cause abdominal discomfort, tenderness, and/or pain, as well as pelvic pain, fever, chills, and nausea. Symptoms may vary, and they tend to come and go with an irregular pattern.
It is usually caused by a urinary tract infection (UTI) due to a bacterial infection. If you experience these symptoms, seek medical attention in order to prevent damage to the bladder, ureters, or kidneys.
When stress is physically placed on the abdominal muscles and it causes a small urine leak, this is stress incontinence. This frequently occurs in women who are pregnant or who recently gave birth to a child, because their muscles have been stretched out of place.
Stress incontinence is very common, is typically easy to treat with good results. Performing Kegel exercises can help to correct this condition in both men and women who have bladder dysfunction, so talk to your doctor about how to do these exercises.
Bladder stones can form when urine is allowed to sit in the bladder for too long, or when tiny pouches – weak spots in the walls of the bladder – form. This allows for deposits of mineral to collect and develop into a hard mass, called a bladder stone.
Symptoms of bladder stones include lower abdominal pain, a burning feeling when urinating, and bloody or cloudy urine. These are all signs that a bladder stone might be interfering with normal urination.
Blood in the urine (hematuria), pain the pelvic region, and urination that feels very painful are all early warning signs of bladder cancer. Other symptoms include back pain that radiates in from the side and back outward. This type of cancer is more common in men than in women.
These symptoms all require medical attention as soon as they are seen or felt in order to prevent the spread of what can be an aggressive form of cancer.
Skilled Urologist in Nashville
If you are in the Nashville area and you are having bladder issues, schedule an appointment with world-renowned urologist Dr. L. Dean Knoll of Knoll Urology. He has performed surgical operations and teaching seminars on every continent in the world, and he has helped tens of thousands of patients.
Call our friendly team today at (615) 622-5033 or request an appointment online, and take that important first step to wellness by choosing a top-quality urologist.