Chronic UTI & Bladder Pain

Advanced Urology Medical Offices

Urology located in Westchester, Los Angeles, CA, Redondo Beach, CA, Culver City, CA & San Pedro, CA

Constantly running to the bathroom or feeling pain in your pelvic region, even following an initial course of treatment for a urinary tract infection (UTI), disrupts your day and makes it difficult to enjoy yourself freely. At Advanced Urology Medical Offices in Los Angeles, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, and Culver City, California, the team of experienced urological experts assesses symptoms of chronic UTIs and general bladder pain to create a treatment strategy aimed at your comfort and recovery. To book your appointment, call your nearest Advanced Urology Medical Offices location or use the online scheduling feature today.

Chronic UTI & Bladder Pain Q & A

What is the difference between chronic UTI and bladder pain?

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common infections that affect your urethra (the tube that allows urine to exit your body), bladder, ureters (the tubes between your kidneys and bladder), and your kidneys. They’re usually not serious unless they affect your kidneys, but most often they go away with simple treatments and time.  

Chronic UTI happens when you continuously get UTIs, or when they don’t go away with treatment. Bladder pain is interlinked with chronic UTI because it is often a symptom. However, bladder pain syndrome is a condition that presents itself similarly to chronic UTI. It isn’t an infection, but it makes it feel like you have one. 

What are the symptoms of chronic UTI and bladder pain?

Chronic UTI and bladder pain share many symptoms. The only difference is whether an infection is causing them. Whether you have chronic UTI or bladder pain syndrome, your symptoms are likely to include:

  • Pain in or around your bladder
  • Frequent urination
  • Feeling like you constantly need to urinate

Chronic UTI has several more symptoms that affect more than just your bladder. They may include:

  • Burning sensation during urination
  • Kidney pain
  • Blood in your urine

If chronic UTI spreads to your kidneys, you might get a fever, feel nauseous, or even become disoriented.

How can I manage my chronic UTI and bladder pain?

Living with chronic UTI or bladder pain can disrupt your life, but both conditions have treatment options. At Advanced Urology Medical Offices, the team treats chronic UTI with a course of antibiotics. Courses of antibiotics for chronic UTI are at a lower dose and must be taken longer than antibiotic courses for regular UTIs. You might also need to take urine tests at home or take medications every time you have sexual intercourse as part of your treatment. 

There are many options to help you manage chronic bladder pain when it isn’t linked to an infection. The Advanced Urology Medical Offices team assesses your symptoms and may recommend medications, nerve stimulation techniques, or physical therapy.

If you feel pain in your bladder region accompanied by changes in your urination habits, book your chronic UTI or bladder pain appointment by phone or online at Advanced Urology Medical Offices today.