Urologists are doctors who diagnose and treat conditions that affect the genitals and urinary tract. Men often know to see a urologist if they experience serious symptoms such as difficulty urinating or intense pain during urination. But not all urinary tract problems are quite as bold and obvious. Often, the signs of a urinary tract problem — especially the early ones — are more subtle. If you experience any of these little changes or concerning symptoms as a man, do yourself a favor and see the urologist before things get any worse.
Pain in your lower pelvis.
Do you have a dull or aching pain in your lower pelvis, perhaps in the area where your penis connects to your pelvic region? It's easy to ignore this ache if it comes and goes, or if it is only really a bother when your bladder is full. But the ache could be due to bladder stones or a bladder infection, neither of which are likely to get better on their own. A bladder stone could eventually move into your urethra and cause a urinary blockage. A bladder infection could spread into your kidneys, or even worse, your bloodstream, if it is not treated with antibiotics. Bring this ache to the attention of a urologist, who should be able to tell you what's causing it after running just a couple of tests.
Trouble fully emptying your bladder.
Do you urinate as much as you think you can, but still feel like there is something in your bladder? Whether there truly is still urine in your bladder or you are just perceiving it as such, this is a problem. It can be a symptom of a kidney infection. Or, in rare cases, it may be a sign of bladder cancer. A quick MRI or another imaging test should tell your urologist more.
A weak urine stream.
Do you feel like your urine is coming out more slowly than usual? Your stream may look or feel thinner, or you may feel like you don't have the muscle power to adequately push the urine out any faster. This can be an early indicator of a swollen prostate. Note that not all swollen prostates are due to prostate cancer. A lot of swellings are benign. So, see your urologist, and try not to panic about cancer until you've had some tests.
When it comes to your urinary tract, it's better to be safe than sorry. Seek a urologist's care early at a professional clinic such as Nashville Healthcare Center.