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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Loss of Urge to Urinate

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced loss of urge to urinate. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Dehydration

    Dehydration occurs when the body does not have fluid to function properly, because of decreased intake or increased losses like vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms of dehydration include extreme thirst, dark urine, fatigue, and dizziness.

    With rehydration, symptoms resolve completely.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, dizziness, vomiting or diarrhea, racing heart beat, being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  2. 2.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

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  3. 3.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
  4. 4.Acute Kidney Injury

    Acute kidney injury is a sudden episode of damage or failure to the kidney. It is common in older adults as well as patients in hospital.

    Treatment depends on the underlying cause of kidney failure.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea or vomiting, urinary changes, shortness of breath, fatigue
    Symptoms that always occur with acute kidney injury:
    urinary changes
    Symptoms that never occur with acute kidney injury:
    vaginal bleeding
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Loss of Urge to Urinate

  • Q.Pinch the skin on the back of your hand. Does the skin remain pinched like this picture?
  • Q.Is your mouth very dry?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Do you have dry skin?

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Loss of Urge to Urinate Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced loss of urge to urinate have also experienced:

    • 5% Lower Back Pain
    • 5% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
    • 4% Fatigue
  • People who have experienced loss of urge to urinate had symptoms persist for:

    • 33% Over a Month
    • 30% Less Than a Week
    • 15% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced loss of urge to urinate were most often matched with:

    • 36% Cauda Equina Syndrome (Rapid - Onset)
    • 31% Dehydration
    • 31% Cauda Equina Syndrome (Slow - Onset)
  • 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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