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Understanding Urethral Stricture Disease: 7 Symptoms to Watch Out For

Understanding Urethral Stricture Disease: 7 Symptoms to Watch Out For

If you have been diagnosed with Urethral Stricture, you will have many questions regarding your health and your overall future. The diagnosis has to do with the narrowing, due to chronic fibrous cysts, of the urethra. This condition, which restricts the flow of urine, affects boys and men more than it does females. 

Here are 7 symptoms to watch out for if you think you may have Urethral Stricture:

1. Difficulty Urinating

This includes beginning the stream and continuing to urinate. This could be a sign of Urethral Stricture or something else, so it is best to have this issue checked out by your general practitioner first before going to a urologist. 

2. Painful Urination

Painful urination, also known as Dysuria, can be a major issue in someone’s daily life. The burning and pain can become debilitating, even when not trying to go to the bathroom. This could also indicate an infection, which is another condition that may lead to the initial diagnosis.   

3. Chronic UTI

Having a urinary tract infection can be brought on by a number of things, however, if you suffer from a UTI time and time again, it could be a symptom of Urethral Stricture. Women suffer from UTI’s more than men, but when a man does have one, it can signal something is wrong. 

4. Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain is located in the lower area of the abdomen and between the two hip bones. It is similar in males and females, but may not always begin in the reproductive area. This particular type of pain can also bring on symptoms of nausea, chills and fever, vomiting, constipation and/or diarrhea, painful intercourse, and blood in the stools. Of course, these symptoms can also be signs of something else, so it is best to check with your regular doctor first.   

5. Painful Intercourse

This could be during or after sex with a partner or masturbation. If it is painful, burning, or itching, this could be a sign of a serious condition. Again, this could be Urethral Stricture or something else altogether. You will need to have a doctor or specialist do a physical exam before they can determine what the actual diagnosis will be. 

6. Trauma 

If you have been diagnosed with a serious illness like bladder or prostate cancer, the trauma from these diseases could lead to Urethral Stricture.  Another way a diagnosis like this could be found is from the overuse of a catheter. 

7. Scar Tissue

If you had any type of operation on the prostate, bladder, or reproductive organs, there is a high probability that your body will create scar tissue. This is a natural occurrence in the human body, but not all bodies will create a welcoming space for this new type of tissue. The scar tissue can lead to the narrowing of the urethra. It is a hard cycle to break because if you have the scar tissue removed, it will lead to more scar tissue. 

If you experience any unusual symptoms, it is best to seek the diagnosis from your regular doctor and then a specialist.

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