Any changes to our bodily functions immediately become causes for concern. Although oftentimes the cause isn’t too serious and can be easily fixed or managed, our body changes could be real indicators of a serious health problem that requires attention. For example, our bladder and urination routine.
Our bladder expels excess fluid that we intake, which seems relatively simple, but any changes to this routine can be a cause for concern. Case in point, the three symptoms listed below are indicators that there is a real problem with your bladder. The good news is, many bladder problems are fixable with various treatment options available. So if you’ve been experiencing any of the below, make an appointment to see your doctor.
Frequent urination can be seemingly harmless or can indicate a greater health problem. For example, if you consume high amounts of fluid, then it would make sense that you are making more frequent trips to the bathroom to relieve the excess. But if you haven’t increased your fluid intake or, in fact, if you’re drinking less and still running to the bathroom, a more serious problem could be at play.
Frequent urination can be a sign of a bladder infection, prostate problem, a heart condition, leg swelling, overactive bladder, diabetes, and interstitial cystitis, which is an inflammatory condition of the bladder. With such a range of conditions associated with frequent urination, it’s best that you bring this symptom up to your doctor right away to prevent any serious complications.
Red, pink, or brownish urine
Once again, what we consume can have effects on our urine color, for example, if you consume beets. But if your diet hasn’t changed and your urine color has, this could be a sign of a health problem. Essentially, our urine should be a pale yellow or even somewhat clear, so seeing red, pink, or brown indicates a problem. The quicker you address the issue of discolored urine, the faster the treatment can begin and your mind can be put back at rest. Dark urine can be a sign of dehydration, so it may be as easy as drinking more fluids!
When you experience leakage, this is known as incontinence, which is sadly out of our control. Incontinence can occur in two forms: stress or urge. Stress incontinence occurs when laughing, sneezing, or coughing and is related to a weakened urethra. Urge is an overwhelming feeling to urinate and not making it to a bathroom in time. This can occur due to an overactive bladder.
The good news is, there are treatments available for both. You don’t have to live with leakage. You do, though, need to speak with your doctor in order to start treatment.