What is urination pain?

Urination is the elimination of urine from the body and is normally a painless process. When urination occurs with pain, burning, pressure, or other types of discomfort, it is generally a symptom of an underlying disease or disorder. This can include infection, inflammation, or other conditions of the urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra) or reproductive system. Urination pain is also known as dysuria.

Pain with urination can occur in the opening of the urethra, which is the opening where the urine leaves the body, or it can occur anywhere in a woman’s genital area, especially the vaginal opening. In both sexes, pain during urination may occur in the lower abdomen, the pelvic area, or flank area of the lower back.

Urination pain can occur in all age groups and populations, and it may or may not occur with additional symptoms, such as cloudy urine, bloody urine, urine color changes, foul-smelling urine, and frequent urination.

In some cases, urination pain can be due to serious or life-threatening underlying diseases, such as pyelonephritis (kidney infection). Seek prompt medical care if you have urination pain. Timely diagnosis and treatment of the underlying cause reduces the risk of serious or life-threatening complications, such as kidney failure and shock.

Seek immediate medical care (call 911)

if you have urination pain with severe abdominal or flank pain, or a change in consciousness or alertness.

SYMPTOMS

What other symptoms might occur with urination pain?

Urination pain includes burning, pressure, or other types of discomfort before, during, or just after urination. Urination pain may occur in the urethra (the opening where urine leaves the body) as well as the bladder area in the lower abdomen or pelvis. Pain with urination may also occur in the flank or lower back, or a woman’s genital or vaginal area.

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CAUSES

What causes urination pain?

Urination pain, including burning, pressure, or other types of discomfort, is generally a symptom of an underlying disease or disorder, including infection, inflammation, or other conditions of the urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra) or reproductive system.

Urination pain can be caused by:

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 11, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

This Article is Filed Under: Kidneys and the Urinary System


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