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This symptom can also be referred to as:
Trouble urinating

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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Need to Strain When Urinating

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced need to strain when urinating. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.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
  2. 2.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
  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

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  4. 4.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
  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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Need to Strain When Urinating

  • Q.Do you feel pain when you urinate?
  • Q.Have you noticed any changes in the color of your urine recently?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Q.About your diet, is it high in fat?

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Need to Strain When Urinating Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced need to strain when urinating have also experienced:

    • 12% Sudden Urgency to Urinate
    • 6% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
    • 6% Painful Urination
  • People who have experienced need to strain when urinating had symptoms persist for:

    • 35% Over a Month
    • 27% Less Than a Week
    • 19% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced need to strain when urinating were most often matched with:

    • 40% Bladder Cancer
    • 30% Painful Bladder Syndrome (Interstitial Cystitis)
    • 30% Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (Bph)
  • 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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