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Cystitis Symptoms

Posted by on Sunday, May 17, 2009, 14:44
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In the case of the bladder, the inflamed, tender lining is in constant contact with urine, which is usually acidic, and sometimes highly so.

The urethral lining is usually the first to become inflamed, and as it is continuous with the lining of the bladder, inflammation sometimes spreads throughout both of these organs.

Quite often, however, the bladder lining remains unaffected and what is called cystitis is in fact inflammation confined to the lining of the urethra.

When the inflammation is confined below’ and does not involve ureters or kidneys, then the symptoms of ‘urethritis’ and of cystitis proper are often indistinguishable from one another and recognizable immediately by all who have ever suffered an attack of either. They include:

– a painful, burning sensation on passing urine;
Рurgency, which is the great and immediate need to get to the toilet to  pass urine- often only a drop or two at a time;
– pains in the lower abdomen and lower back;
– nausea and occasionally vomiting;
– dark, sometimes bad-smelling urine that may have a pinkish colour or contain bright red blood;
– getting up at night to pass urine;
– a very painful burning feeling in the urethra which can extend as far as the vaginal lips.

Many people regard cystitis-wrongly- as an infection of the bladder. But bacterial infection is only one of a number of possible causes. Cystitis is in fact a symptom, a message from the body that all is not as it should be, and an indication that an underlying irritant-maybe a bacteria- should be sought.

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