Bladder Problems

As the bladder empties during urination, the muscles contract to squeeze the urine out through the urethra. Several different bladder problems can cause pain. The three most common causes of bladder pain are interstitial cystitis, urinary tract infection, and bladder cancer.

Signs of a Bladder Problem
  • Inability to hold urine or leaking urine (called urinary incontinence)
  • Needing to urinate eight or more times in one day.
  • Waking up many times at night to urinate.
  • Sudden and urgent need to urinate.
  • Pain or burning before, during, or after urinating.
  • Cloudy or bloody urine.

There’s lots of potential causes of a weak bladder and subsequent bladder leakage. … Nine times out of ten though, your bladder leaks purely and simply because your pelvic floor muscles have weakened over time because of pregnancy, childbirth and the onset of menopause.

Bladder Cancer: Symptoms and Signs
  • Blood or blood clots in the urine.
  • Pain or burning sensation during urination.
  • Frequent urination.
  • Feeling the need to urinate many times throughout the night.
  • Feeling the need to urinate, but not being able to pass urine.
  • Lower back pain on 1 side of the body.
To do Kegel exercises:
  1. Try stopping your urine mid-stream when going. The muscles you use are pelvic floor muscles. …
  2. Focus on tightening those muscles when you have an empty bladder. …
  3. Breathe normally when doing these exercises.
  4. Avoid squeezing your stomach, thighs, or buttocks instead of your pelvic floor muscles.

In most cases, blood in the urine (called hematuria) is the first sign of bladder cancer. There may be enough blood to change the color of the urine to orange, pink, or, less often, dark red.

Tips to Keep Your Bladder Healthy
  1. Drink enough fluids, especially water. Most healthy people should try to drink six to eight, 8-ounce glasses of fluid each day. …
  2. Limit alcohol and caffeine. …
  3. Quit smoking. …
  4. Avoid constipation. …
  5. Keep a healthy weight. …
  6. Exercise regularly. …
  7. Do pelvic floor muscle exercises. …
  8. Use the bathroom often and when needed.

Urinary frequency can be defined as needing to urinate more than 7 times in a period of 24 hours while drinking about 2 liters of fluid. However, individuals differ, and most people only see a doctor when urination becomes so frequent that they feel uncomfortable.

These are the most common symptoms of neurogenic bladder:
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Kidney stones.
  • Urinary incontinence (unable to control urine)
  • Small urine volume during voiding.
  • Urinary frequency and urgency.
  • Dribbling urine.
  • Loss of feeling that the bladder is full.

With an overactive bladder, you may: Feel a sudden urge to urinate that’s difficult to control. Experience urge incontinence — the involuntary loss of urine immediately following an urgent need to urinate. Urinate frequently, usually eight or more times in 24 hours.

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