Unable to Urinate – What Should I Do?
If you find yourself unable to urinate even when you feel the urge to go there are some steps you can take to resolve this issue. Urinary inconsistency can occur for many reasons, and this inconsistency can range from varying amounts being released to a complete inability at all.
If you are worried about your urinary frequency then it may be a good idea to see a doctor to determine the cause. If you notice that you feel the urge to go more often as you age that is probably normal and no cause for concern, but if you suddenly are unable to urinate and this problem lasts for more than an hour or two you may need to seek immediate medical attention.
Being unable to urinate can be caused by a blockage in your urinary tract, such as a kidney stone or scar tissue, or could be a sign of a female or male urinary tract infection and only a doctor and medical tests can determine this cause. If this is the case then you may require special treatment or surgery to remove the blockage and restore your urinary flow.
Urinary incontinence surgery may be recommended if you have trouble with urine leakage in addition to being unable to urinate at times. Nerve problems may be the cause of both these problems, and in rare cases the inability to pas urine at all is caused by the spinal cord becoming compressed.
A home remedy that may provide short term relief if you find you are unable to urinate is to try sitting in a tub of warm water. Sometimes this may help relax you and release your urine, especially if you have a urinary tract infection and urination is painful as well as difficult. Do not use this remedy for more than a few hours, and if the problem persists than you may need medical treatment to resolve the problem and rule out any serious causes. A catheter may be used as a temporary aid in emptying your bladder.