You woke up one morning and noticed that you are passing urine almost after every hour or so. There is a small burning sensation to it. As the day goes by, you develop a dull ache in your lower abdomen.
The more you dash to empty your bladder, the more it seems you need to go again. What could be wrong? Have you just been on an holiday and back? Newly wed? Or has the weather been rather hot?
Frequent urination and lower abdominal pain are the most common symptoms people who have cystitis or infection of their urinary tract (also called water works infection) have. But that is not the only cause of frequent passing or urine and stomach or abdominal pain. Let's discuss all causes of this combination of symptoms and how each of them can be identified and treated, as well as what you can do to prevent them, where possible.
Cystitis literally means inflammation or infection of the bladder or urinary bladder. The bladder is the sac-like organ in our lower abdomen that collects and store urine produced by our kidneys. When it is filled, we have the urge to pass urine.
Sometimes, bacteria find their way up into the bladder from the rectum or anus. They could also be introduced into the bladder, following sexual intercourse.
If you do not drink enough water to help flush the bladder, these bacteria gets more time to multiply and spread, causing infection of the bladder.
The symptoms of cystitis are:
Women are more prone to having cystitis than men. This is because they have a very shorter urethra of about 3cm only, connecting the bladder to the outside. Pregnancy also increases the likelihood of developing cystitis. It is also very common in the elderly.
This condition is more likely if you are:
The diagnosis of cystitis or UTI is usually straightforward. From the story of frequent urination and lower abdominal pain, or stomach pain and burning urination, with any of the above symptoms, the likelihood of a urine tract infection would be apparent to your doctor.
Treatment of cystitis is usually with the use of one of the numerous cystitis antibiotics, which include:
There are many self help and natural remedies you can observe to help treat and prevent cystitis. They include:
If you are suffering with frequent urination and lower abdominal pain with burning sensation, you can be almost 99 percent sure that it is due to cystitis or urine tract infection.
Another common cause of frequent urination and lower abdominal pain is PID or pelvic inflammatory disease in women. This is an infection involving the womb, tubes and potentially the fallopian tubes and tissues surrounding the womb.
It is commonly seen in sexually active women, especially in late teens to late twenties.
The symptoms of PID include:
Pelvic inflammatory disease is often caused by a sexually transmitted disease. It is not as common though, as cystitis. It is easily distinguished from cystitis because of the presence of abnormal vaginal discharge. You can read more on pelvic inflammatory disease here.
Prostatitis is a condition found only in men. It is the infection of the prostate gland. The prostate gland is a chestnut shaped organ attached just under the bladder in men where seminal fluid is produced. If it becomes infected, it can cause:
Treatment is with the use of medications like
Acute urinary retention is a problem frequently seen in older men with prostate problem. When the prostate becomes enlarged, it can block the outflow of urine leading to distension of the bladder and severe lower abdominal pain.
The symptoms of acute bladder blockade of acute retention of urine include:
Treatment is by the insertion of a catheter to drain the bladder.
Other causes of frequent urination and lower abdominal pain include:
If you are having frequent urination and lower abdominal pain, please know it is save to be considered due to cystitis until proven otherwise. Cystitis or urinary tract infection is the most common cause of abdominal pain and frequent passing of urine with or without burning sensation.
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