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Holding Urine

Holding urine is not harmful to health. But, doing it regularly can increase the risk of infection or kidney disease including urinary tract infections, enlarged prostate, neurogenic bladder, kidney disorders, bladder stretching, and urinary retention. Holding urine for a long time can also weaken the bladder muscles over time. Having healthy bladder habits can help overcome this problem.

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I cannot hold my urine. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a myriad of symptoms because of this, but the main consistent one would be that I cannot hold any amount of urine, whether I have the urge to go or not, without upper flank pain, and recently combined with lower left back pain. When it gets really bad, I notice I tend to sl...  Read Full »

Dr. Saurabh Subhash Pandya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I would like to have a copy of the ultrasound and urine reports, if possible. I would like to know the following: 1. How much is your daily fluid intake, approximately? 2. How often do you take tea, coffee, cola, or...  Read Full »

I want to know for how long can a man contract his external urethral sphincter. Kindly suggest.

Query: Hello doctor,I want to know for how long can a man contract his external urethral sphincter. Kindly suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhav Vishal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The external sphincter is a muscle that controls urine flow. This is under voluntary control. We usually use it when we want to control the flow of urine during a urine urge. One can control it for a few minutes like 10 to 15 minutes if the bladder is completely full...  Read Full »

Please suggest tablets to prevent urination during travel?

Query: Hi doctor, I am going to have a long journey. Can I take a salt tablet to prevent urination during the night? If so, please suggest any tablet.  Read Full »

Dr. Choudhary Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to do you want to hold urine? Do you travel frequently? I suggest tablet Tolterodine 4 mg at the start of the travel and tablet or nasal spray Minirin (Desmopressin). Consult your doctor, discuss with him or her and take medicine with consent. Still, I would like to know ...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for overactive bladder?

Query: Hi doctor, I do not have a UTI. A test was done to check my kidney function and diabetes. I have the urge to urinate for the past one month. I urinate more in the morning, and it gets decreased during the day and at night time. I have muscle aches on the thighs, arms, and back. I have bloating and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Saurabh Subhash Pandya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). If your tests have ruled out urinary infection, you may have an overactive bladder. Take a moderate amount of fluids throughout the day. Do not take a large amount of liquid at a time. ...  Read Full »

Will recurrent UTI occur due to holding urine for a prolonged time?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35 year old male. I did a urine test today, there is no UTI or any infection, but the RBC count was 0 to 1. I did a test six weeks back, which showed the RBC count to be 4 to 6. I still feel there is a block to the urine flow, and I have to go every 15 minutes or every one hour,...  Read Full »

Dr. Choudhary Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your history suggests that you have very frequent urination and poor flow with recurrent UTI (urinary tract infection). I would like to know, do you have constipation or numbness of the sole? How frequently do you get up at night? Has any catheter been put in your urethra...  Read Full »

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