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Your Need to Strain When Urinating May Also be Known as:
Straining to pee

Top 5 Need to Strain When Urinating Causes

  1. 1.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.

    You should visit your primary care physician who may coordinate care with a specialist called a urologist. While some prescription medication may be used, no treatment is also an option. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your physician may choose to wait and follow-up if symptoms worsen.

    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
  2. 2.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.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will be able to coordinate your care with a cancer specialist (oncologist). Prostate cancer is treated in a variety of ways, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, and surgery.

    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

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  3. 3.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.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate your care with a cancer specialist (oncologist). Early bladder cancer is usually confined to the superficial lining, and treatment is for the most part easy and curative.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), constipation, pelvis pain, frequent urination, side pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.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.

    You need to seek immediate care at an Emergency Room.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that shoots down the leg, back pain that shoots to the butt, leg weakness, thigh numbness
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  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.

    Call 911 immediately for an ambulance.

    Rarity:
    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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Need to Strain When Urinating

  • Q.Has your difficulty urinating gotten better or worse?
  • Q.Is your trouble urinating constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How difficult is it to start or stop urinating?
  • Q.How long have you had difficulty urinating?

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Need to Strain When Urinating Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 11% Less Than Normal Urination
    • 5% Fever
    • 5% Chills
  • People who have experienced need to strain when urinating had symptoms persist for:

    • 37% Over a Month
    • 29% Less Than a Week
    • 16% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced need to strain when urinating were most often matched with:

    • 7% Bladder Cancer
  • 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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