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When urinary retention is acute, it can be very painful. It can also be life-threatening. If you have any of these symptoms, you should see a health care provider right away:
Cannot urinate at all
Have discomfort or pain in your lower abdomen
Painful, urgent need to urinate
Bloating of the lower abdomen 5,7,8,9
With chronic urinary retention you may experience these symptoms:
Urination eight or more times a day
Trouble beginning a urine stream
A weak or an interrupted urine stream
An urgent need to urinate with little success when trying to urinate
Feeling the need to urinate after finishing urination
Mild and constant discomfort in the lower abdomen and urinary tract 5,8
None of these symptoms may seem severe enough to require seeing a doctor. But if you have chronic urinary retention and do not get treatment, you have a higher chance of developing more serious medical problems. 5
Please note that this information provided by BARD Medical is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a medical professional. Information is as of 12/2014. Please check references for updated information.