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Urinary Problems

Urinary complaints are quite common and can cause much worry. Blood in the urine (haematuria), pain when passing urine (dysuria), abnormal-colored urine (e.g. cloudiness, tea-colored) and inability to pass urine are some of the common urinary symptoms experienced by people.

There are many causes for such as stones in the urinary passage, kidney disease, injury to the kidneys and even strenuous exercise. Sometimes, no cause can be found.

Pain When Passing Urine

It may be due to infection in the urinary passage, so give cloudy and smelly urine. A yellowish discharge and pain may also be due to sexually-transmitted diseases.

Dark, Tea-colored Urine

It may he due to liver diseases. Bur you can also have dark-colored urine if you do not drink enough and your body becomes dry. Certain drugs can give you abnormal-colored urine, for example rifampicin (an antibiotic) can give you reddish urine.

Not Being Able To Pass Urine

It is a stressful and extremely frustrating experiences. The patient has the urge to urinate and feels his bladder expanding, but cannot pass out any urine. This can happen if the urethra (urinary passage through which urine flows from the bladder) is blocked. In older men, it commonly occurs due to an enlargement of the prostate eland.

The prostate gland is at the base of the bladder around the urethra. An enlarge prostate will make it necessary to pass urine more often. The stream is weak and urine may dribble out. Inability to pass urine also occurs when the kidneys do not produce any urine. This happens in kidney failure and when there is not enough blood flowing to the kidneys.

Kidney Failure

Kidney failure can be due to many causes such as uncontrolled diabetes and high blood pressure. These are some of the common symptoms and signs of kidney failure:

  • Persistent nausea and vomiting
  • Urinary problems e.g. inability to pass urine, "foamy" urine
  • Sallow skin (pale and yellowish complexion)
  • Loss of appetite and weight
  • Itchiness of the skin all over

Having any of these does not necessarily mean you have kidney disease but you should see your doctor. Patients with kidney failure need a lot of medication, regular check-ups and dialysis (a process where blood is "cleaned" outside the body using a machine). For many patients, kidney transplant offers hope for a normal life.


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