CHRONIC CYSTITIS – SYMPTOMS

SYMPTOMS OF CHRONIC CYSTITIS

Frequent urination: in most cases is the sole or the predominant symptom hardly recognized by the patient because the increasing frequency of urination rises slowly and gradually, so that it is almost “customary” as a normal condition. Thus, the 3-4 times that are normal to someone urinating throughout the day may become a lot more (eg, 6-9 times daily), without understanding that this is a problem. It sure is an abnormal situation and wants attention. The patient suffering from chronic cystitis is specifically trying to ” get adapted ” to this situation, learning to do certain actions such as,
– Going to urinate before leaving home to avoid getting forced to desperately look for where to urinate while being outdoors,
– Looking to find directly where the toilets are when in another room,
– Sitting in the outer seats in the rows of seats in the theater or cinema in order to have easy access to toilets, or also
– When traveling trying to make several stops in between to urinate.

Burning urination: (burning sensation during urination) is a symptom that usually refers to what we all call urinary tract infection, but is often transient and perhaps relatively moderate or sometimes appears at times that we have the impression that perhaps a small stone passed or that it is not something to worry about. In the condition downturns it usually doesn’t exist. Attention should be paid at this ailment. I have encountered women who had arrived in a state of intense psychosomatic disorders because of the intensity and persistence of this discomfort, especially when they had undergone multiple drug therapies to no avail.

Turbidity urine and repulsive smell: it is a phenomenon which is often mentioned by the patients. The observation of the loss of clarity of the urine with the simultaneous presence of a relatively strong and in many cases repellent odor of urine, are elements which indicate the likelihood of urinary tract infection.

Urgent urination: these are those moments where the patient feels a very strong up to an irresistible urge to urinate without being able to control it, except for a minimum time. At that time she has the feeling that if she doesn’t find the toilet in order to urinate immediately, it is possible to even have loss of urine. It does not appear in all cases, but when it exists it denotes the chronicity of the disease and that the bladder wall has suffered severe inflammation and wants the appropriate attention for its identification.

Urgent incontinence: Feeling sometimes very intensely the need to urinate, the patient doesn’t have the time to get to the toilet and has loss of a few drops or a much larger quantity of urine. It is a very aggravating symptom for the psychological balance and quality of life of the patient and usually occurs in advanced cases, with great history of urinary infections.

Hematuria: This may be microscopic (ie. Only after urinalysis erythrocytes found) or in other cases, visual, meaning that the color of urine is made by deep dark until light red, usually when we have sharp or acute recurrent infection. It is a symptom (of chronic cystitis) which usually causes extreme anxiety, but in most cases coexists with one or more of the other symptoms and usually shows the area of origin and the cause of the provocation.

Feeling of incomplete emptying: it has to do with the feeling of abidance of urine quantity after the urination. It feels as we are not sure if our bladder is completely emptied. In some cases we feel the need to stick to the bathroom or to go back very quickly in order to empty the remaining urine amount that we feel that remained in the bladder.

Suprapubic pain: is the sensation of pressure or tightness or even pain low in the abdomen, which is usually getting very intense when we feel that we have a lot of urine. The intensity of the pain may go away for a while after urination and after some time appears again, increasing in strength over time until they force us to go back to urinate.

Feeling of Lumbar weight or pain: small or moderate pain which occurs in the region that we believe are the kidneys, accompanied in several situations of chronic cystitis, though usually confused with pain supposedly from the waist (ie. We possibly think that the problem is located in the spine, especially when the pain or the numbness is reflected to the legs) or think there may be something in the kidneys (ie. potentially stones or microcrystals what everyone calls gravel) or a disease of the intestines or the gall bladder. Particular attention to this symptom is needed as there are not a few occasions it requires differential diagnosis

Atypical Gastrointestinal discomfort: more than a few times when a sense of flatulence (bloating) in the abdomen or constipation without clear justification is found, while checking the gastrointestinal system (eg gastroscopy or colonoscopy), due to a disease of the bladder and is many often incorrectly diagnosed as irritable bowel.

Genital system symptoms: genital system is directly related to the urinary in women, that’s why infections in the vagina, the cervix and the uterus, most often cause a problem in the urethra and the bladder. Particular attention should be paid to,
• The recurrent fungal vaginitis, which are generally accompanied by other infections in the vaginal mucosa
• In any liquid from the vagina more in quantity and of different smell than usual,
• Itching on the lips of the vulva or inside the vagina
• Severe pain during menstruation (period)  when taking medication (anticonvulsant or anti-inflammatory) is necessary for the reduction,
• Pain feeling (dyspareunia) in the genital area during or immediately after sexual intercourse.

Generally what you should know is the fact that infections in the genital system, are accompanied by more than 80% of urinary system infections, particularly in the bladder, and they should be treated at the same time in order to be given a definitive solution to the problem.