What Causes Difficulty Urinating?
Difficulty urinating can have various causes, just like most other symptoms. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose difficulty urinating, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "difficulty urinating" as a symptom. Here are three possibilities:
- Kidney Stones
- Prostate Enlargement
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
kidney stones in family members
acute night sweats
chronic night sweats
much vitamin D supplementation
blood in urine
slight abdominal distension
history of kidney stones
painful deep penetration during sex
... and more than 10 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of difficulty urinating:
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Urinary Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about ease or difficulty of urination:
How difficult or easy is it for you to urinate? In other words, how forceful is your urine stream?
→ Very weak stream / great difficulty urinating
→ Weakened stream / some difficulty
→ Don't know
→ Average / the same as it has always been
→ Strong stream, rapid emptying
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate very weak urine stream, weak urine stream, normal urine stream or strong urine stream, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
A reduction in the force and caliber of urination is characteristic of prostatic enlargement.
Difficulty urinating is a symptom of uterine fibroids.
... and also rule out issues such as:
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