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This symptom can also be referred to as:
Urinary hesitancy

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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Difficult Starting Urination Right Away

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced difficult starting urination right away. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Urinary Tract Infection

    In women, the opening to the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body) is very close to the anus, and bacteria from the anus can easily escape and travel up the urethra. These bacteria can infect the bladder, and cause what is known as a urinary tract infection (UTI).

    Symptoms most often go away within 24 to 48 hours after treatment begins.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), pelvis pain, sudden urgency to urinate, signs of urinary tract inflammation, urinary changes
    Symptoms that always occur with urinary tract infection:
    signs of urinary tract inflammation
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  2. 2.Bladder Cancer

    The bladder is a hollow organ in your lower abdomen that stores urine. Bladder cancer, which occurs in the lining of the bladder, is the sixth most common type of cancer in the United States.

    Your outcome is dependent on the extent of the disease.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), constipation, pelvis pain, side pain, frequent urination
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (Bph)

    The prostate is a gland in men. It helps make semen, the fluid that contains sperm. The prostate surrounds the tube that carries urine out of the body. As men age, their prostate grows bigger. If it gets too large, it can cause problems. An enlarged prostate is also called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Most men will get BPH as they get older. Symptoms often start after age 50.

    This is a chronic condition but can be well controlled with medication.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    sudden urgency to urinate, waking up regularly to pee at night, frequent urination, constant but weak urination stream, feeling of not getting everything out when urinating
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Friedreich's Ataxia

    Friedreich's ataxia (also called FA or FRDA) is a rare inherited disease that causes nervous system damage and movement problems. It usually begins in childhood and leads to impaired muscle coordination (ataxia) that worsens over time.

    This genetic condition is considered irreversible, but there are many treatments and procedures that can effectively manage symptoms.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    sudden urgency to urinate, hearing loss, difficulty walking, constant walking difficulty, trouble swallowing
    Symptoms that always occur with friedreich's ataxia:
    constant walking difficulty
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  5. 5.Cauda Equina Syndrome (Rapid - Onset)

    Although leg pain is common and usually goes away without surgery, cauda equina syndrome, a rare disorder affecting the bundle of nerve roots (cauda equina) at the lower (lumbar) end of the spinal cord, is a surgical emergency.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that shoots to the butt, back pain that shoots down the leg, leg weakness, thigh numbness
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  6. 6.Cauda Equina Syndrome (Slow - Onset)

    Although leg pain is common and usually goes away without surgery, cauda equina syndrome, a rare disorder affecting the bundle of nerve roots (cauda equina) at the lower (lumbar) end of the spinal cord, is a surgical emergency.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that shoots to the butt, back pain that shoots down the leg, leg weakness, thigh numbness
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  7. 7.Prostate Neoplasm

    The prostate gland sits under the bladder, near the rectum (end of the large intestine), and it makes the fluid that carries sperm. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the United States. It is different from other cancers because small areas of cancer within the prostate are actually very common, especially in older men.

    Variable but generally very good outlook, especially compared with other cancers.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    frequent urination, waking up regularly to pee at night, painful urination, constant but weak urination stream, feeling of not getting everything out when urinating
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Painful Bladder Syndrome (Interstitial Cystitis)

    Painful bladder syndrome, also known as interstitial cystitis (IC), is a chronic condition that causes discomfort or pain in the bladder and a need to urinate frequently and urgently. The cause of this condition is not very clear and it is usually diagnosed when other causes like urinary tract infections are excluded.

    Chronic disease whose progression varies highly from person to person. Symptoms may persist for years.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), depressed mood, pelvis pain, arthralgias or myalgias
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Difficult Starting Urination Right Away

  • Q.Have you noticed any changes in the color of your urine recently?
  • Q.Do you feel pain when you urinate?
  • Q.About your diet, is it high in fat?
  • Q.Has anyone in your family had cancer?

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Difficult Starting Urination Right Away Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced difficult starting urination right away have also experienced:

    • 8% Painful Urination
    • 7% Frequent Urination
    • 3% Sudden Urgency to Urinate
  • People who have experienced difficult starting urination right away had symptoms persist for:

    • 35% Over a Month
    • 27% Less Than a Week
    • 19% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced difficult starting urination right away were most often matched with:

    • 44% Bladder Cancer
    • 33% Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (Bph)
    • 22% Urinary Tract Infection
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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