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

Operations
Urinary tract symptoms make it hard to stay in one position for a long period of time, which has limited my ability to get work done.
Accidents
Frequent urge to urinate/bladder spasms
I have missed a family event due to my urinary tract symptoms.
I was unable to attend one of my children's activities (sports, music, etc.) due to urinary tract symptoms.
Worrying about having an accident has prevented me from participating in an activity.
Pelvic cramps/soreness
Fatigue/malaise
Urinary tract symptoms have caused me to lose sleep, which has affected my job performance.
Repeatedly waking up in the middle of the night to urinate
Painful urination (before, during, or after)
Having to go to the bathroom has interrupted an event or outing that I was attending.
Bladder pain and/or pressure
Thinking about urinary pain and discomfort has distracted me during an activity.
Pain in the lower back
Chills, fever, sweats
Urinary tract symptoms have made it harder for me to fulfill family obligations.
Urinary tract symptoms have caused me to miss work.

Learn the Lingo

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