TALKING TO YOUR DOCTOR

SPEAK UP and ask for relief.

Urinary tract disorders are a very personal medical issue. It's normal to feel reluctant to talk about your symptoms, even with a trusted physician. You may keep quiet or minimize the symptoms you are suffering, but if you need relief, you should feel empowered to let your doctor know.

Are any of these issues holding you back?

 

Urinary tract disorders are a very personal problem, so you may be reluctant to talk about the symptoms in any kind of detail. You many want to make your office visit as brief as possible.  Urinary tract disorders are very common and nothing to be ashamed of.
Your doctor can only help you if you are completely open and honest with her or him. If you are experiencing extreme discomfort that is affecting your quality of life, your doctor wants to know that so that he/she can help you fix it. It's OK to ask for help. You have a right to ask for help.
Everyone's experience with urinary tract disorders is different. For some people, the symptoms are very strong. There is no "normal" level of symptoms or symptom relief. Only you know how much symptom relief you need.
You may be able endure the symptoms of a urinary tract disorder, but have you considered how it affects the rest of your life when you are not feeling up to par? You've got to feel 100% to give 100%.
Doctors can't read your mind. If you don't tell them you are having issues with symptoms, they may conclude that you don't need extra relief. Your relationship with your doctor should be a two-way street.

Speaking of Symptoms

Urinary tract disorders may cause a wide variety of symptoms. Use the checklist below to create a list of all your symptoms that you can then print out and bring to your doctor's visit.


Operations

Learn the Lingo

These are some medical terms related to urinary tract disorders that you may hear at your doctor's office.