Urinary tract Infection
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are infections affecting the urinary bladder, kidneys and in men the prostate and testis. Most women will suffer from at least 1 episode of cystitis in their lifetime. It is less common in men. Some women get infections regularly - this is called recurrent UTI. There can be several reasons for this. Other conditions affecting the bladder can also present as "cystitis". It is therefore important that you see your GP promptly, if you have severe symptoms that are not getting better with antibiotics or you have a recurring problem with urine infection.
How is it diagnosed and treated?
Apart from a full history and examination, a simple dipstick test of the urine sample will give an indication whether there is a UTI. This needs to be confirmed by sending a sample to the lab. You will normally be given a course of antibiotics, the length of the course depending on the symptoms. If the problem recurs, then it is worth investigating further. You should also see your GP if you notice any visible blood in the urine. Please ask for a referral.
Chronic Pelvic Pain
Chronic pelvic pain is a poorly understood condition. Women may feel deep pain in the bladder (interstitial cystitis), urethra (pee pipe) or inside the pelvis. Men describe pain around the prostate area (prostatitis), testicle or penis, alone or in varying combinations. Chronic pelvic pain is difficult to cure, but in most cases using a stepwise approach to diagnosis and treatment, symptoms can be kept under control. Please see links below for further information.
If you are suffering from recurrent UTI or chronic pelvic pain, I will be happy to see you to explore and advise you further on this. Please see your GP or contact us directly.