When Should I Be Concerned About Frequent Urination?

If you’ve noticed that you’re taking more trips to the restroom than usual, it might be time to
schedule an appointment with your doctor. While certain conditions such as pregnancy and certain
medications like diuretics can cause frequent urination, it isn’t normal to need to urinate several
times throughout a 24 hour period. It’s important to note that drinking more fluids than usual,
especially caffeinated beverages or alcohol, can cause you to urinate more than you normally do.
However, if there’s no apparent cause for the changes, it’s a sign that you should start tracking your
trips to the restroom and let your doctor know as soon as possible.

Many patients notice that they’re getting up more often at night to urinate and it’s disrupting their
sleep. You may also experience frequent urination alongside other troublesome symptoms, which
can signal an underlying condition such as diabetes, kidney stones or a urinary tract infection that
requires treatment. Other symptoms to look out for include:

● Blood in your urine
● Painful urination
● Pain in your side or groin
● Cloudy or dark urine
● Fever
● Urgency
● Feeling like you’re unable to empty your bladder
● Frequency that disrupts your day to day activities
● Loss of bladder control

While some conditions, like UTIs, can be treated relatively easily, other conditions may be more
serious. Diabetes, enlarged prostate, prostate cancer, bladder cancer and pelvic tumors can all cause
frequent urination, so it’s important to let a medical professional know early instead of waiting for
symptoms to get worse over time. You could also be suffering from overactive bladder, which can
cause wetting accidents and severely impact your overall quality of life. Bladder conditions are
common, so don’t be embarrassed to reach out to a healthcare professional. The first step to getting
on the road to treatment and relief is simply letting someone know.

At Arkansas Urology, we’re here for you. Our patients’ health has been and will always
be our top priority! Do you need to schedule an appointment? Contact us today or book your
appointment online.

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