A man’s bladder is much like a car battery, in that it’s easy to take for granted how essential it is to you on a daily basis. Even if you practice a healthy lifestyle and see your primary care physician regularly, it’s possible that you may suffer from or notice symptoms of bladder problems. In general, it’s best to see a physician or specialist as soon as symptoms are discernible instead of waiting them out – better to be safe than sorry with such an essential part of a man’s health.
Bladder Problems and their Symptoms
Urinary incontinence: This is a loss of bladder control. There are varying degrees of incontinence. The bladder may leak urine, or a person may have complete lack of control over the bladder.
Nocturia: If you’re suffering from frequent nighttime urination, you may have nocturia. People with nocturia usually feel an urgent and frequent need to urinate at night, even though they may be unable to go when they get to the bathroom. Nocturia affects more than just the bladder, because it disrupts sleep patterns.
Urgency: Feeling a high level of urgency to urinate can be a sign of bladder problems.
Frequent Urination: Frequent urination is when someone urinates more often than is usual. This happens because the sensation occurs before the bladder is actually full.
Urinary Hesitancy: If you’ve ever felt a strong urgency to urinate, and then made it to the bathroom and either been unable to go, or it’s taken much longer than usual to start urinating, you may be suffering from urinary hesitancy. This can cause great discomfort since the urge to urinate cannot be eased by being able to use the bathroom.
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, we recommend you schedule an appointment at one of our eight convenient North Carolina locations. There, one of our 15 board-certified urologists will meet with you and discuss both your diagnosis and treatment options. We have two Raleigh offices; our main one at 3821 Ed Drive and the other in Brier Creek, at 10208 Cerny Street, Suite 202. We also have offices in Apex, Cary, Clayton, Clinton, Dunn, and Wake Forest. You can find the respective address and phone number for all of our offices at the contact page on our website.