Scar tissue stricture in the tube leading from the bladder Home Care Steps you can take to care for yourself include: Keep track of your urination patterns and bring the report to your doctor. Apply heat to your lower abdomen below your belly button and above the pubic bone. This is where the bladder sits.
The heat relaxes muscles and aids urination. Massage or place light pressure over your bladder to help the bladder empty. When to Contact a Medical Professional Call your doctor if you notice urinary hesitancy, dribbling, or a weak urine stream.
Call your doctor right away if: You have a fever, vomiting, side or back pain, shaking chills, or are passing little urine for 1 to 2 days. You have blood in your urine, cloudy urine, a frequent or urgent need to urinate, or a discharge from the penis or vagina. You are unable to pass urine. What to Expect at Your Office Visit Your doctor will take your medical history and do an exam to look at your pelvis, rectum, abdomen, and lower back.
Your doctor may ask questions such as: How long have you had the problem and when did it start? Is it worse in the morning or at night? Is the force of your urine flow decreased? Do you have dribbling or leaking urine? Does anything help or make the problem worse? Do you have symptoms of an infection? Have you had other medical conditions or surgeries that could affect your urine flow? What medicines do you take? Tests that may be performed include: Catheterization of the bladder to determine how much urine remains in your bladder after trying to urinate and to get urine for culture a catheterized urine specimen Cystometrography Transrectal ultrasound of the prostate Urethral swab for culture.
Uroflow (Urine Flow Rate Test)
UroCuff is a non-invasive diagnostic tool used by Urologists to evaluate bladder efficiency: bladder function, pressure and urine flow. Day of testing — what to expect UroCuff is a very brief test that takes little preparation by the patient. On the day of the appointment, the patient is asked to drink 32 ounces of water 4 cups one hour prior to their appointment.
They should arrive in the office approximately 10 to 15 minutes early with a comfortably full bladder. When checking in, it is best to notify staff that you are there for UroCuff testing and have a full bladder. Patients should not urinate before being called back for testing. When preparing for the evaluation, the patient will be asked to disrobe. At this point, a small cuff will be wrapped around the penis similar to a blood pressure cuff.
When instructed, the patient will be asked to urinate into a UroCuff flow meter. They should urinate in a natural fashion without straining or pushing. As they urinate, the cuff will begin to inflate until it disrupts urine flow.
At that time, it will deflate allowing urination. This cycle of cuff inflating and deflating will continue until the patient is finished urinating. During the testing process, UroCuff software will report bladder function based on urine flow rate versus cuff interruption pressure. When the testing is complete, the cuff will be removed. At that time, an ultrasound of the bladder will be performed to determine post-void residual how much urine is still in the bladder after the patient finished urinating.
With the information from UroCuff testing, combined with the ultrasound results, the provider will be able to make a more accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Over time, the UroCuff test can be repeated to help gauge how effective the treatment has been.
What is Slow Urine Flow?
You have blood in your urine, cloudy urine, a frequent or urgent need to urinate, or a discharge from the penis or vagina. You are unable to pass urine. What to Expect at Your Office Visit Your doctor will take your medical history and do an exam to look at your pelvis, rectum, abdomen, and lower back. Your doctor may ask questions such as: How long have you had the problem and when did it start? Is it worse in the morning or at night?
Is the force of your urine flow decreased? Do you have dribbling or leaking urine? Does anything help or make the problem worse?
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Do you have symptoms of an infection? Other possible causes of slow urine flow are prostate or bladder cancer, blockage along any part of the urinary tract from kidneys to bladder to urethraneurogenic bladder dysfunction, frequent urinary tract infections UTIsand any other conditions that cause scarring or damage to the urinary tract. Symptoms of slow urine flow You may have slow urine flow if you have a slow urine stream. If you have slow urine flow or another lower urinary tract problem, you may dribble of urine after you finish urinating, wake up multiple times a night to pee, or feel lower abdominal discomfort.
You also may feel like you have not completely emptied your bladder when you have finished urinating. Slow urine flow and associated urine problems can cause distress for many.
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What should you do if you have slow urine flow? If you experience urinary hesitancy or a slow flow of urine, it is important to see a urologist. Your doctor can help you figure out why you have slow urine stream and can work with you to resolve your urinary problems.
To better understand and help you with your condition, your urologist may do a physical exam, urine tests like urinalysis or a urine cultureand a urine flow test.
Urine Flow Measurement
A urine flow test calculates the speed of your urine flow over time. This will help you and your urologist understand how well your lower urinary tract is working, and to determine if there is a urine blockage.
This test entails peeing into a funnel that has a measuring instrument, which calculates the amount of urine, the rate of urine flow, and the amount of time until you have finished urinating. After examination and any tests needed, your urologist may help you identify medications or lifestyle changes that can help with your urinary flow.