When it comes to certain diseases or conditions, gender definitely plays an important role. In the case of stones or stones in the bladder, men take the lead. They suffer about 95% of cases. Do you know what bladder stones or bladder stones are? Keep reading to inform you.
Unfortunately for men, annoying stones or stones in the bladder, tend to be more present in them, especially if they are older than 50 years. As the name implies, the bladder stones are stones that form because the bladder is not completely emptied and the residues of the urine eventually crystallize, forming stones.
It is likely that when you go to the bathroom, you do not even realize that you did not get all the urine. It is common for this to happen due to other conditions that hinder the complete elimination of waste. What can these conditions be?
- Enlarged prostate : when the prostate grows, it compresses the urethra preventing the exit of urine.
- Neurogenic bladder: the muscles and nerves of the urinary system work as a team to hold urine in the bladder and empty it when you go to the bathroom. However, when you have had a spill or damage to the spine, these nerves do not work, which means that urine is not released properly.
- Inflammation: If the bladder is inflamed due to urinary infections or radiation therapy to the pelvic area, you can develop bladder stones.
- Kidney stones : although they are different from those of the bladder, some can travel through the urinary tract and stay in the bladder. By not being expelled, they can grow and become bladder stones.
What are the symptoms of bladder stones?
In some people, bladder or bladder stones do not cause discomfort until the stones irritate the walls of the bladder and obstruct the passage of urine. In this case, you may experience the following symptoms:
- Pain when urinating
- Discomfort in the penis
- Pain in the lower abdomen
- Blood in the urine
- Dark urine
- Difficulty urinating or interrupting the flow of urine
Stones or stones in the bladder should be removed. Your doctor may recommend you drink plenty of water to eliminate them yourself. In the event that they do not come out completely, your urologist will perform a procedure called cystolithiasis. During this procedure, a small tube that is equipped with a camera (cystoscope) is inserted into the urethra to be able to see the stone that is in the bladder. Once identified, it is broken using a laser, ultrasound or other mechanical instrument. If the stone or calculus in the bladder is too large, the only alternative is open surgery.
In cases in which another condition, such as enlarged prostate is the cause of these formations, the doctor can take advantage of the surgery to correct the problem that is causing the stones in the bladder.
Usually, as I said at the beginning, the bladder stones are a consequence of another medical problem that sometimes can not be prevented. However, there are always things you can do to decrease the risk of developing these stones in the bladder.
Stay tuned if you have difficulty urinating. As soon as you detect it, visit the doctor, it may be that if you are diagnosed early with an enlarged prostate, for example, and you start the treatment, the annoying pebbles do not appear.
You can also drink plenty of water, which helps dilute the concentration of minerals in your bladder that ultimately cause the formation of stones. If you are not sure how much “a lot of water” is, ask your doctor. This depends on your age, weight, height and daily physical activity.
A home remedy? Drink cranberry juice (cranberry in English), as it prevents urinary tract infections, and as a consequence, decreases your risk of developing these stones in the bladder.
Remember that prevention is better than regret. Bladder stones can cause complications such as cancer of the bladder or dysfunction of the bladder if not treated in time.
Do not neglect yourself!