Urinary Retention

After an incomplete bladder emptying, an uncomfortable sensation to urinate occurs, resulting from urinary retention. This can cause pain in the lower abdomen and a burning sensation while trying to urinate in acute conditions. Urinary obstruction due to stones, strictures, urethral inflammation, prostate cancer, prostate enlargement, vulvovaginitis, etc., can cause urine retention. Medications, pelvic muscle strengthening exercises, bladder training, catheterization, and urethral stents are available treatment modalities.

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Since evening I have been unable to urinate despite drinking adequate water. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28 year old woman, who weighs about 50 kg, and I am 5.6 feet tall. I did not urinate today from 4 PM, even after drinking plenty of water. My stomach is also paining. Can you please give me some tips for this?  Read Full »


Dr. Raja Ramesh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sudden retention of urine in a female may be due to infection. A rare cause is Fowler's syndrome. Give hot fomentation in the lower abdomen below the umbilicus. If you feel like you need to pass urine, go to the toilet and open the tap. Let the cold water touch your feet....  Read Full »

What is the reason behind urinary retention?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother, 66-year-old, has been having some discomfort in the upper abdomen for five days. She has been experiencing some gas and tightness in the upper abdomen. Her stools are a little constipated, but she is going every day. She has had a fever between 99 to 100 degrees F for five d...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Went through your post and the investigations you have posted (attachment removed to preserve the patient's identity). Your mother has an infection evident by high white blood count (WBC), with predominant cells being neutrophils. Patients with diabetes do not have feve...  Read Full »

What are the possible causes for the difficulty in urinating?

Query: Hello doctor,I have had a difficulty urinating since more than five months. I have had UTI in the past. I know this time it is not an infection as I do not have any pain or stinging. I feel my bladder is full and I feel a discomfort as I cannot empty it. I drink enough water. I have had bladder and...  Read Full »


Dr. Shahil Khant

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I think you are suffering from interstitial cystitis or bladder pain syndrome. It is a diagnosis of exclusion. So, when you visit your urologist, you should talk to him about this possibility. He may advise cystoscopy to rule out other causes. I suggest you take table...  Read Full »

What is the reason for the frequent urge to urinate?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a pain in the lower part of my stomach. I also have an urge to urinate but, feel that the urine is not coming through. It happened to me quite a few times now. Can you explain what is causing this and also suggest a medicine. I am on regular medications for thyroid, migraine, a...  Read Full »


Dr. Lokesh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This kind of a pain and an urge to urinate can happen due to the following possibilities: A renal stone coming down. A urinary infection. Prostate problems. Give me the following details: What is your age? Since how many days do you have this problem? Do you have any o...  Read Full »

I want to know whether my urinary problems can be cured. Kindly suggest.

Query: Hello doctor, Since the last 20 days, I am having urinary problems. My symptoms are poor urine stream, less volume of urine, the frequency of urination is more if I drink more fluids, urinary retention, pain in the area which is near the left side of the penis, and post void dribbling. My doctor to...  Read Full »


Dr. Choudhary Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Before a month, how was your urinary flow? If there is a sudden decrease in the flow then get an x-ray KUB (kidney, urethra, and bladder), including the penile urethra, as kidney stone may be missed in an ultrasound. Also, share the urine analysis report. I suggest y...  Read Full »

I have urinary retention even after delivery. What is wrong with me?

Query: Hello doctor, I had urinary retention during pregnancy, so I had a catheter for a week, and I had problems throughout. I gave birth five weeks ago, but whenever I go to the toilet, I still feel like I need to go again. And sometimes, I do not get the normal sensation to urinate, and I have to press ...  Read Full »


Dr. Praveen Pushkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sorry to hear about your urinary problems. By the history, it seems you have hypocontractile detrusor, as you do not get the sensation to urinate. And even after urination, there is a significant amount of residual urine. You must have undergone uroflowmetry and uro...  Read Full »

How is interstitial cystitis treated?

Query: Hi doctor, I am asking this inquiry on behalf of my niece. She suffers from a bladder condition called interstitial cystitis. She suffers from retention, urgency, and frequency even after taking numerous tests and medicines. It has affected her life severely. She has this problem for two years and ...  Read Full »


Dr. Alexander Davis

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You did not mention whether she has done a cystoscopy. For getting the definitive diagnosis of interstitial cystitis, a cystoscopy is mandatory. You can treat this condition by taking Amitriptyline. I cannot predict whether it will work for yo...  Read Full »

Is it good to take Olanzapine for depression?

Query: Hi doctor, I am getting treatment for anxiety, depression, OCD, and untreated childhood ADHD. Currently, I am taking Serta 100 and Zapiz 0.5. I took Olanzapine for four months. Now I stopped taking it slowly due to daytime sleepiness. I am grateful to have these medicines as it has changed my life. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your situation and you are doing good. You have depression at present. You are taking one of the good medication for your depression. You must continue your medication. You should try to follow these guidelines to deal with your depression. It will be h...  Read Full »

What causes problem with urine retention?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having urine retention issues. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Samer Samer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Weak flow, prolonged urination, incomplete emptying of the bladder, and waking up at night to pass urine are symptoms of an enlarged prostate or prostatic obstruction. After the age of 50 years prostate start to enlarge in size and causing the above-mentioned symp...  Read Full »

Why do I get heart pain when I get an urge to pass urine?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 39 years old. I feel heart pain at midnight or in the early morning when I wake up. This pain releases when I pass urine. For urine retention and enlarged bladder (my USG detected 500 ml), I am under medication, Silidosin, and Urotone. In the morning, sometimes I feel like ejacul...  Read Full »


Dr. Raveendran S. R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I checked out your reports and prescription (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I can see vitamin D deficiency. Kindly share more details. Do you ejaculate morning or during sleep? Is there any itching or allergy? Are you talking about nocturnal emi...  Read Full »

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