Symptoms - Bladder

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Your urinary system is important for maintaining your health as it helps with filtering wastes from your body. Your kidneys, bladder, urethra, and ureters work together. When you begin to feel pain or disruption in your ability to urinate, there may be a problem. Dr. Gandhi of Partners in Pelvic Health North Shore Urogynecology is a professional in Illinois who has the ability to address bladder symptoms. Below are many common bladder problems and their symptoms to aid in proper diagnosis and treatment of the condition.

Bladder Infection

Inflammation and infection of the bladder can cause an individual to feel extremely uncomfortable. It can cause a number of concerns, including:
  • Frequent urination
  • Burning sensation during urination
  • Small amount of urine passed, though bladder feels full
  • Cloudy, bloody, or unusual smelling urine
  • Bladder spasms
  • Fever or chills (signifying infection may have spread to the kidneys)

Overactive Bladders

This condition is often caused by a problem associated with the storage function of the bladder and it causes a sudden urge to urinate. This may be involuntary or difficult to control and can result in incontinence.

Symptoms of overactive bladder include:
  • Sudden need to urinate
  • Involuntary loss of urine
  • Urge incontinence
  • Frequent urination, averaging once every three hours
  • Getting up at least twice during the night to urinate (nocturia)
  • Difficulty controlling urination

Urinary Incontinence

There are many forms of incontinence, including urge incontinence and stress incontinence. Symptoms of stress incontinence include leakage of urine when laughing, coughing, or sneezing, while urge incontinence is the sudden need to urinate, even if a small amount. Dr. Gandhi offers both surgical and non-surgical treatments to assist with all forms of urinary incontinence.

Difficulty Urinating

While this is more common in men, women may also experience difficulty urinating or fully emptying the bladder. This can be caused by medication, urinary tract infection, recent surgery, or even neurological disorders. Speaking with a medical professional in regards to your difficulty urinating can help with receiving a proper diagnosis and effective treatment.

Interstitial Cystitis (IC) or Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS)

Interstitial cystitis, also known as IC, is characterized by chronic bladder pain and discomfort caused by inflammation. Approximately two million Americans suffer from this condition with 80 percent estimated to be women. This urologic disorder includes symptoms such as:
  • Pain when the bladder is full, relieved after emptied
  • Pressure and discomfort
  • The need to urinate frequently
  • Urgent, uncontrollable urination