Some Causes of Bladder Pain
When you have bladder pain, it is important to make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible to determine the reason for the pain. That is not to say that there is a need to panic. Many of the causes of bladder pain are not serious and are easily treated.
The bladder is located in the lower abdomen. Due to its location, other types of pain could be mistaken for bladder pain. It could be difficult to determine on your own if the pain is actually bladder pain unless you have experienced it before.
A good rule of thumb is that if you have pain in your lower abdomen, seek medical care. Even if it is not bladder pain, any pain in the lower abdomen should be investigated. If it does turn out to be your bladder that is causing the problem, there are three possibilities that your doctor may investigate first.
There are, of course, many other possible causes for bladder pain, but the below are the three that doctor may look at first.
One is Interstitial Cystitis. In these cases, the bladder becomes inflamed. That inflammation is what causes the pain. Most of the time, when someone is suffering from Interstitial Cystitis, the pain will be worse when the bladder is doing its job (i.e. filling or emptying).
Treatment for this condition may include medication. One of the downsides of medication for this condition is that the drugs can take several months to work. In the meantime, the patient is usually also given a pain killer. Surgery, changes in diet and certain exercises may also be part of the treatment.
Another common cause of bladder pain is a urinary tract infection. In addition to bladder pain, other symptoms of a urinary tract infection include cloudy urine or urine with unpleasant odor, increased urgency, pain when urinating.
Antibiotics are prescribed for treatment of a urinary tract infection. It is important to take all of the medication. Many people stop taking the medicine once they feel better, but that can cause the infection to come back and to be immune to antibacterial drugs.
Another disease that can cause bladder pain is bladder cancer. Other symptoms of bladder cancer include bloody urine and lower back pain.
The chances of your bladder pain being caused by bladder cancer rather than one of the other, much more common, causes are slim. Still, even the less serious causes require some form of medical attention. Also, you must rule out the more serious causes.
If you experience bladder pain, it is very important that you not ignore it. You will not experience that kind of pain with no reason. If it hurts, there is a reason for the pain, and you must work with your doctor to find out the reason.
In most cases, whatever is causing your bladder pain will be able to be treated by oral medication or some of the other treatments mentioned above.
Ignoring the problem of bladder pain is not going to make it go away. Leaving any of the above mentioned problems untreated can cause the problem to become worse and, therefore, harder to treat.
Don’t put off investigating your bladder pain. Instead, see your doctor and start treatment so you can get back to feeling like your old self again.