Many people experience discomfort in their lower abdomen and assume they are experiencing a bladder infection. When they seek medical attention, they may be surprised to learn that they actually have bladder stones. So, what are bladder stones? How do they mimic bladder infections? Keep reading to find out.
Bladder stones are hard masses that form in the urinary bladder and can cause pain and bleeding. They are usually caused by a buildup of minerals in the urine. When these minerals form crystals, they can stick together to form a stone. In most cases, bladder stones develop when the urinary system is not able to completely empty the bladder of urine. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including an enlarged prostate, blockage in the urinary tract, or certain chronic medical conditions.
Symptoms of bladder stones can include pain in the lower abdomen, urgency or frequency of urination, blood in the urine, and difficulty urinating. These symptoms can easily be mistaken for a bladder infection. In fact, many people with bladder stones also have a urinary tract infection (UTI). To confirm the diagnosis, your doctor will likely order an imaging test of the urinary system, such as a CT scan or ultrasound. Treatment for bladder stones includes drinking plenty of fluids and taking medications to help dissolve the stones. Surgery may also be necessary to remove large stones.
If you are experiencing symptoms of a UTI, it is important to see your doctor right away. However, don’t be too surprised if you find out that you actually have bladder stones. Bladder stones are fairly common and can mimic the symptoms of a UTI. Treatment for bladder stones typically involves drinking plenty of fluids and taking medications to help dissolve the stones. Surgery may also be necessary to remove large stones. If you think you may have bladder stones, contact Michigan Institute of Urology today for an evaluation. The Michigan Institute of Urology is one of the longest standing and largest sub-specialty Urology practices in the State of Michigan, we are dedicated to providing our patients the most up-to-date, state-of-the-art urologic care. Our specialists have been recruited from the most sophisticated university centers in the United States and are available at all of our 22 office locations. Our administrative staff follows strict guidelines to ensure the most cost-effective medical care is provided. Michigan Institute of Urology, P.C., is comprised of 46 General and Fellowship Trained Urologists with a complement of compassionate, caring Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Medical Assistants, and Ancillary Personnel.