Constant Urge to Urinate
A person typically urinates four to eight times in a day and should be able to sleep 6-8 hours at night without waking to use the restroom. When a person develops the need to urinate more than 8 times a day and must even awaken at night to urinate, they have abnormal urination habits. There is an exception, however, for older men who will commonly need to urinate at least once during the night. In this article we will describe the symptoms of frequent urination, causes, and treatment options.
Symptoms of Frequent urination
The symptoms accompanying frequent urination are quite uniform. The following list includes the most common symptoms of frequent urination:
- Frequency - The chief symptom of this urinary condition is the excessive number of times you need to urinate. The level of urination becomes abnormal when it exceeds 8 times in a day and more than once during the night.
- Hesitancy - Inconsistencies with the manner in which the urine leaves your bladder. The urine may stop before you have emptied your bladder, or it may be difficult to begin urination. This will require the individual to strain or 'push' when urinating.
- Pressure - Pressure will be felt in the bladder, creating the sensation of needing to pee urgently.
- Urinary incontinence and dribbling - The former condition is characterized by a person's inability to control their urination, thus accidental leakage can occur. Dribbling is when a person has ceased urinating, but urine continues to periodically drip out.
- Dysuria - Pain or burning during urination or shortly after it has ceased.
- Hematuria - This is when blood is present in the urine. The level of blood will vary in accordance with the underlying cause.
Frequent Urination Causes
The constant need to urinate can be caused by many different conditions. Below we have listed the most common conditions associated with frequent urination:
- Urinary tract infection - This is the most common cause of frequent urination, affecting millions of women and men annually. It manifests when there is an infection in a specific region of the urinary tract. This includes the bladder, urethra, kidneys, and ureters. The bladder and urethra are the most common sites of infection. A urinary tract infection is caused by bacteria that enter the urinary tract. This results from sexual intercourse or poor hygiene. In addition to the need to urinate frequently, an infected individual will experience pain or burning during urination. Their urine will be cloudy and may smell quite unpleasant; they may come down with a low fever, and feel pressure in their lower abdomen or back.
- Drinking too much - When you increase your liquid intake, you will subsequently urinate more often.
- Pregnancy - Pregnancy causes an increase in urination due to hormonal changes and pressure on the bladder from the expanding uterus. This can occur at all three stages of pregnancy.
- Prostate problems - an enlarged prostate that puts pressure on the urethra, effectively interrupting the flow of urine, often causes frequent urination in men. This will in turn irritate the bladder wall, causing it to contract more even when the bladder is not full. These excessive contractions will cause an increase in the frequency of urination.
- Overactive bladder syndrome - This is when the bladder undergoes frequent contractions causing the sufferer to urinate often even when the bladder is not full.
Other rare causes of frequent urination are:
- Interstitial cystitis - This is when the tissue on the bladder wall is inflamed. The cause of this condition is currently unknown, and there is no cure. The other symptoms associated with this disorder are pain during intercourse, pelvic pain, and urinary discomfort.
- Diabetes - The frequent need to urinate is an early symptom of both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. This results because the body is trying to flush out excess glucose.. If frequent urination is caused by diabetes, there will be other distinctive symptoms. These include fatigue, excessive thirst and hunger, unexplained weight loss or gain, nausea, blurred vision, dry mouth, slow healing sores, and itchy skin.
- Prostatitis - This less common prostate problem involves the swelling and irritation of the prostate gland. Prostatitis is predominantly caused by bacteria infecting the prostate gland. This can be due to sexual activity, and individuals with an enlarged prostate are more prone to developing this bacterial infection. If your frequent urination is caused by this condition, you will most likely have the following accompanying symptoms: fever, chills, flushing of the skin, blood in the urine, burning sensation while urinating, urine that smells unpleasant, pain with ejaculation and/or bowel movements, and abdominal pain.
Other less common causes are bladder cancer, stroke or other neurological diseases, radiation therapy, diverticulitis, and urinary tract fistula.
Below we have listed some treatment options for the aforementioned causes of frequent urination:
- Urinary Tract Infection - This is treated with a course of antibiotics, but the type of antibiotics and length of treatment will vary in accordance with the severity of the infection. If it is a run of the mill urinary tract infection, then a 3-7 day course of antibiotics should be sufficient. When it is more severe and affects the upper regions of the urinary tract, then hospital intervention may be required, followed by 10-14 days of oral antibiotics.
- Diabetes - If you suspect you have diabetes, visit a health professional promptly. Once diagnosis has been made, your physician will construct a treatment plan that focuses on your diet and exercise. You will be required to dramatically change your previous lifestyle and adopt healthy eating habits along with regular exercise. People with Type 1 Diabetes will also be required to administer daily insulin shots, as their body no longer makes it naturally.
- Overactive bladder syndrome - There are two primary treatment options for this condition: pelvic muscle rehabilitation and behavioral therapies. Pelvic muscle rehabilitation aims to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic wall via pelvic muscle exercises, biofeedback, and vaginal weight training. The behavioral therapy route is aimed at helping people regain control of their bladder.
- Enlarged prostate - There are two main courses of action for enlarged prostate treatment, either medical or surgical. Medical treatment involves taking medications to relax the muscles inside the prostate. The most common surgery performed to treat an enlarged prostate is TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate).
- Prostatitis - A course of antibiotics is the usual method of treatment for this bacterial infection. The duration of treatment will depend on the severity of the infection, acute prostatitis will require 4 to 6 weeks of antibiotics, while chronic prostatitis may need up to 12 weeks of ongoing treatment. After you have finished the prescribed antibiotics, you will need to return to your doctor. This is to determine if the infection has been successfully treated.
When to contact a doctor
You should seek a doctor when this frequent urination starts to interfere with your daily life. You should immediately consult a doctor if you have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Fever, pain in the your side or back, vomiting, or chills
- An increase in thirst or hunger, fatigue, or unexplained weight loss or gain
- Urinary frequency or urgency that is not due to pregnancy or excess drinking
- Your urine has blood in it or appears cloudy in appearance
- Discharge from the penis or vagina
Medical science has done a good job for making our lives better and making us live in peace but unfortunately I am having a problem of the same sort as I am wanting to urinate all the time for 3 years now and still I have not found a doctor who can treat me well.
I am a cricket player and I had to wait for long in the fields and play longer hours but when I developed some problem and started to feel like I have to pee all the time, my game started to get bad as my attention was diverted and in the field I always remained in the thoughts that when and where to pee. This problem also made my cricket carrier to come to an end at a very early age but now I am better and I feel that this is a very bad problem and it can do anything.
I know that one of my friends had this problem and he had spells of this problem. In the winters his problem started and he had feeling of needing to pee but nothing comes out. This was the case with him and doctors told him that there is some contraction in the urinary tube which makes the tube to contract even more in the winters and therefore the problem is caused.
I am a student of engineering. I started to feel feel like i need to wee but can't. Slowly when the time went on, I noticed that with the passage oftime I started to feel like I have to pee all the time. This problem also ruined my grades and I was hell worried. But that was actually my exam period and I think at that time I used to drink a lesser amount of water and so there was some sort of infection which caused the problem. I am fine now and I recovered on my own.
I am a doctor and I came across the patients with the same problem of having urge to pee but can't. The problem has many causes and many different reasons for it. The method which I used to treat them was that I told them all to all to drink excess amount of water and gave the medicine which made the pee to come frequently and in this way I tried to clean their system and remove any possible infections in the tube or bladder. Over a period of time and indeed a short period, my patients became well.
I had this trouble when I was at the age of 32. I am a mechanic and you can see that for a mechanic it is very difficult to bear a problem like this. The problem with me remained for over a period of 2 years and then automatically vanished. I consulted doctors and other people but that was too of no use. I started to feel need to urinate and so my work was also hindered.
My aunt was having such a problem and I see that he started to drink plenty of water and therefore she was able to recover very soon. She often want to pee but can't pee and this feel did not get a break throughout the day and also it became impossible for her to sleep in peace. She went to different doctors and all the doctors advised her to drink plenty of water.
In my opinion the problem of having frequent urge to urinate is sometimes due to the fact that you have some sort of infection in the bladder and also sometimes due to an infection in the tube. This state is also caused sometimes due to some blockage in the urinary tube or some sperm may be lying there in the penis which causes pain in some situations and also these events give rise to a feel of needing to pee all the time.
The nervous breakdown of the body also conveys such messages to the brain which affect the brain and creates the feel to have an urge to pee all the time. This problem is too difficult to handle because you always remain busy searching for a toilet and therefore the routine is ruined.
This problem is due to some other problem always and it is not a problem itself. I feel like i need to pee but i don't.
The same problem used to be with my uncle who had a problem with the kidneys. The problem did not come to an end during his life and being on bed he used the urinating apparatus and kept it attached to the penis so that he can rest in peace. The constant feeling of having to pee made him look disturbed all the time and all the time he seemed to be in hurry.
The problem of having a constant need to urinate is sometimes due to the thing that people in their early ages try to hold the pee for long hours and slowly the muscles of the urinary bladder become weak and they do not hold the pee for long. They make the feeling that bladder does not have the power to hold and it seems as if the pee is coming.
I have the same trouble and also towards to the toilet all the time. Sometimes I have to hold and keep on pressing my penis to pass the time because of the need to pee all the time. This is a problem which is discussed with the doctors but they have not found any solution to it. My tests are clear and I am fit otherwise. I have used medicines also but they have also made not effect.
I am a man of 45 and I am in a trouble. I feel urge to urinate very frequently. It does not allow me to relax and keeps me tensed all the time. People are seen busy in their activities and I am always thinking that when to go to the toilet and see whether I can pee or not? Most of the times I return from the toilet without peeing and the trouble and the feeling of the pee lie there. What should I do to make it better?
I just had back surgery about six weeks ago, I am now having the problem with having the urge to pee all the time but very little comes out, In the ER I was told that everything was fine. Today I had the worst time in the restroom trying to pee. I was hurting so bad but thee urge would not go away.