Bladder Pain

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  • Bladder pain does not go away until I pee

  • Feeling uncomfortable around the bladder

  • Bladder spasm with pain

  • I have a strange feeling in my bladder

  • Discomfort in the bladder area

  • Pain goes away after peeing

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Bladder pain usually occurs when the bladder empties during urination, the muscles tighten to squeeze the urine out. It presents with abdominal pain and discomfort. As the bladder fills up, the pain may become more severe. When you urinate and empty your bladder, your pain may go gone for a brief time.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Urinary frequency

  • Abdominal pain

  • Sensation of incomplete voiding

Possible causes

  • Pollakiuria

    Pollakiuria is frequent daytime urination (up to 40 times a day) in children. It’s most common in children 3 to 5 years old, but teenagers can develop it, too. The exact cause is unknown. But could be due to stress and other psychogenic triggers like moving, being bullied, parents divorcing etc.

  • Interstitial cystitis

    Inflammation of the muscle layers of the bladder. The exact cause is unclear. As the condition can persist for a long time, coping strategies are important.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have bladder pain (located in the lower abdomen (stomach)?

  • Do you have difficulty passing urine?

  • Do you have painful urination and passing less urine?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Are you passing less urine?

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  • Akiyama Y, Hanno P. Phenotyping of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome. Int J Urol. 2019 Jun;26 Suppl 1:17-19. doi: 10.1111/iju.13969. PMID: 31144756.

  • Homma Y. Interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome, hypersensitive bladder, and interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome - clarification of definitions and relationships. Int J Urol. 2019 Jun;26 Suppl 1:20-24. doi: 10.1111/iju.13970. PMID: 31144731.

  • Bjorling DE. Measuring bladder pain. J Urol. 2008 Mar;179(3):815-6. doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2007.12.004. Epub 2008 Jan 25. PMID: 18221966.

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