ABOUT BLADDER ISSUES
Bladder conditions, which cause discomfort, incontinence, or an inability to urinate, can be concerning and embarrassing. In addition, they can cause more serious symptoms if left untreated. For this reason, it is important that you seek medical attention if you believe you are suffering from bladder-related conditions. Whether you suspect a urinary tract infection or have questions about your bladder symptoms, our doctors and nurse practitioners at University Urgent Care in Fort Worth, TX can help. We are equipped to serve the Frisco Heights, TCU, Paschal, and Tanglewood areas with a certified on-site laboratory and the means necessary to diagnose and treat your condition.
Bladder infections are one type of urinary tract infection that can cause severe genitourinary and bladder pain. The urinary tract is made up of the bladder, kidneys, ureters, and the urethra — all of which can become infected if collected bacteria is not completely flushed out. Bladder infections vary in severity, but our staff can help determine how the best UTI treatment plan for you. If you experience a combination of any of the following symptoms, you should come in to seek treatment:
- Pain while urinating
- Difficulty urinating
- Inability to void
- Urinary retention
- A frequent urge to urinate
- Cloudy or dark urine
- Leaking urine
- Pain in the back or beneath the ribs
- Fever, chills, nausea, or vomiting
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can cause serious problems if left untreated. Complications from UTIs can cause permanent damage to the bladder and/or kidneys, and bacteria can potentially enter the bloodstream and affect other organs. UTIs become especially concerning if you are pregnant or if you have a fever of 101.5º F or higher. If you have recurring UTIs, a UTI with fever or vomiting, or if you continue to experience symptoms after 48 hours of antibiotic treatment, you should seek additional care.
Urinary incontinence is a symptom of an underlying bladder issue that should be addressed as soon as possible. Two of the most prevalent types of incontinence are stress urinary incontinence, which often affects women who have had children, and urgency incontinence. In either case, chronic urinary incontinence can lead to skin infections and urinary tract infections, and can bring embarrassment and anxiety. The most common causes of urinary incontinence include:
- Respiratory issues and coughing
- Weakness of the pelvic floor
- Abnormalities of the bladder
- Bladder infections
- Kidney stones
- Neurological disorders
BLADDER ISSUES TREATMENT
Treatments for incontinence, UTI, and other bladder problems vary upon the severity, cause, and location. In most situations, our physicians will prescribe antibiotics while also suggesting an increase in fluid intake or changes to your hygiene routine. In certain circumstances, bladder conditions can be caused by prostate issues, low hormone levels, or malformed organs. In these situations, imaging studies and further medical treatment may be recommended or even required. Our skilled medical team is equipped to handle your unique situation with professionalism and confidentiality, and will use careful judgment in determining the best treatment for your bladder symptoms.
WHAT TO EXPECT WITH BLADDER ISSUES
University Urgent Care is equipped with a comprehensive onsite laboratory and digital x-ray technology assisting our doctors and nurse practitioners in efficiently diagnosing issues of the bladder. Upon visiting our facility, our team will assess your symptoms and conduct a medical examination to determine the severity of your condition. We will then perform a series of labs, a urinalysis, and other tests to help us close in on the cause of your discomfort. Often, our laboratory is able to produce results within a matter of minutes. When diagnosing bladder conditions, urine samples and blood tests are often performed to determine where the infection lies, and which medications would best and most quickly address it.
BLADDER ISSUES FAQ
How do I know if something is wrong with my bladder?
Various symptoms can be associated with a bladder issue, including:
- Pain or burning when urinating
- Experiencing the need to urinate, even when your bladder is not full
- Urinating frequently during the night
- Having trouble urinating
If you are experiencing any changes in urination or experience any pain when urinating, you should schedule a consultation at our facility for a proper diagnosis.
Where is bladder pain felt in the body?
The bladder is situated in the middle of the body. Therefore, bladder pain can be experienced within the center area of the pelvis, as well as the lower part of the stomach. It is important to seek medical attention promptly if you believe that you are experiencing bladder pain to rule out any other concerns.
What happens if a bladder issue goes untreated?
If a bladder issue goes untreated, it could lead to a kidney infection or another infection within the body. Bladder issues can also greatly affect your quality of life. Ideally, treatment needs to be sought out at the onset of symptoms or if symptoms continue to persist.
FIND RELIEF FROM BLADDER ISSUES
The symptoms related to bladder conditions can cause fright and concern in the individual experiencing them. Furthermore, the discomfort can make it difficult to navigate daily activities with the typical ease. University Urgent Care offers comprehensive and compassionate care for the symptoms and cause of your bladder conditions. Now serving the greater DFW area, we are just around the corner seven days a week to help you find the relief you deserve. We pride ourselves on providing prompt, personalized care. If you are suffering from symptoms that you believe to be the result of a bladder condition, we encourage you to visit our facility today.