What Should We Know About Urinary Retention?

Q:
What should we know about urinary retention?

A:
If you have urinary retention, you are unable to completely empty your bladder. This short article will tell about its types, symptoms, and causes.

Types:

  • Acute (It may threaten people’s lives)
  • Chronic (You usually aren’t aware of it until you are diagnosed with urinary incontinence or urinary tract infection)

Symptoms:

Acute:

  • Unable to pee
  • Discomfort in the lower abdomen
  • Urgent and painful urge to pass urine

Chronic:

  • Weak stream of urine
  • Still feel the urge to pee after urination
  • Have difficulty forming a urine stream
  • Frequent need to pee

Causes:

  • Nerve problems. If your nerves controlling the sphincters and bladder are damaged, your brain can’t receive the signal that your bladder needs emptying.
  • A blocked urethra. This may be caused by conditions such as urinary tract stones, rectocele, and benign prostatic hyperplasia.
  • Bladder muscles becoming weak. Weakened bladder muscles fail to empty the bladder completely.
    Medications. Some medicines may keep nerve signals from getting to the bladder and prostate.

 

 

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.