You may not hear as much about bladder stones as kidney stones, but bladder stones can also cause significant health problems if they are left untreated. Bladder stones form in your bladder when minerals in your urine crystallize and clump together; they generally develop when urine remains in your bladder after you go to the bathroom.
At Comprehensive Urology, our expert team has treated thousands of cases of bladder stones over our careers. Many cases have gone untreated for quite some time, leading to urinary tract infections, chronic bladder problems, bleeding, and pain.
If you think you may be experiencing bladder stones, you should seek treatment right away. Here are seven symptoms of bladder stones for which you should watch out:
Bladder stones commonly cause pain or burning when you urinate. Men sometimes feel pain in their penis and testicles.
Blood in urine
Any time you have blood in your urine, you should get checked out. In some cases, the blood may be a sign of bladder stones.
Cloudy or dark urine
If your urine is frequently cloudy or dark instead of clear and light, this may be a symptom of bladder stones.
Lower abdominal pain
You may feel the pain that comes and goes in your lower abdomen. This is where your bladder is located, so doctors will check to see if your bladder is distended when they are diagnosing you.
If you have to go often, even if you just went, you may have bladder stones. This can happen during the day and while you’re trying to sleep at night.
Urgent sense to urinate
If you often have an urgent sense that you have to go to the bathroom (without a clear cause such as drinking a lot of liquid), this can also be a sign of bladder stones.
Difficulty controlling urine flow
You might have a hard time starting the flow of urine, even if you feel like you really have to go. Your urine stream may also start and stop several times while you’re going, and you may go a little even after you think you’re finished.
If you find yourself experiencing these symptoms, it’s time to get checked for bladder stones. Call Comprehensive Urology today to set up an appointment. If we do diagnose you with bladder stones, we have a wide variety of treatments available to break up or remove your stones.
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