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Always feel like I need to urinate

I always feel the need to urinate again and again but when I go only a few drops come out. Also I have a slight pain in my left lower waist which comes and goes like 5-6 times in a minute.

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The answer

From what you are describing it sounds like you possibly have a Urinary Tract Infection.

Symptoms of an infection to the Urinary Tract can include stinging on passing urine, frequency and urgency of passing urine and incomplete emptying of the bladder. You can also have acute sharp pain in your lower abdomen, groin and loin area of the back. Treatment and prevention of urine infection can be achieved by many means including:

  • Ensuring that you drink between 2-3 litres of fluids daily - preferably water
  • Reducing caffeine intake as this can irritate the bladder
  • Drinking fluids such as barley water and cranberry juice
  • Maintaining good body hygiene particularly post ablutions or sexual intercourse
  • Avoiding constipation

We would suggest that seeing you have been having symptoms a while now that you make an appointment to see your GP as it may be that your infection has spread from the bladder to the kidneys.

Your GP will need to send a urine specimen off to a lab to check for infection. They may well commence use on antibiotics but these may need changing if your urine specimen shows an infection which responds to different antibiotics than that your GP has prescribed.

It is also possible to buy from pharmacies over the counter medication to help relieve symptoms of urine infection.

If you suffer from urine infections on a regular basis your GP may want to refer you to an Urologist for further investigations.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses  

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