What Can Cause Frequent Urination?

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With an MD from Chicago Medical School, urologist Dr. Alan Sadah holds privileges at a number of Illinois hospitals, including St. Alexius Medical Center, Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and Westlake Hospital. In 2011 Dr. Alan Sadah assumed his current position as a medical doctor and urologist with Metro Chicago Surgical Oncology, LLC, where he treats a variety of medical issues such as frequent urination.

Frequent urination is listed as a symptom for a wide range of issues, from something as severe as kidney disease to something far more simple, like drinking excessive fluids. That said, individuals must first determine whether their urinary habits constitute frequent urination before consulting with a medical professional.

The average person urinates between six and eight times per day. However, a number of factors can influence these numbers. It would not be uncommon, for example, for an especially well-hydrated person to urinate as many as 10 times in a 24-hour period. Furthermore, certain medications, including diuretics for high blood pressure, count increased urination among their side effects.

Other aspects of urination should be treated with a similarly thorough analysis. For example, the average person can sleep between six and eight hours without waking up with the urge to urinate. Despite this fact, waking up once per night to pee should not be automatically viewed as cause for concern, particularly if a person drinks water or other liquids shortly before going to bed.

Individuals who feel they may be urinating too frequently should discuss their concerns and urinary habits with a urologist.

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Knowing the Signs of Bladder Cancer

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Treating patients at Metro Chicago Surgical Oncology, LLC, Dr. Alan Sadah is a urologist and surgeon with extensive experience treating prostate and bladder cancer. With privileges at half a dozen Chicago-area hospitals including Alexian Brothers Medical Center and Kindred Hospital, Dr. Alan Sadah has cared for patients with prostate and bladder cancer for more than two decades.

Usually affecting people older than 70, bladder cancer begins in the interior lining of the bladder. A cancer that is more prevalent in men, bladder cancer is most treatable when it’s caught early. People should always pay attention to the appearance of blood in the urine (one of the earliest signs of bladder cancer), even if just a tinge of blood is present.

In addition to blood in the urine, other signs that may indicate bladder cancer include burning, feelings of irritation or pain when urinating, difficulty urinating, pain in the bladder area, and the need to urinate frequently or urgently. Women and men who experience any of these symptoms should ask their doctor to perform a thorough evaluation of their urinary tract, including the kidneys and bladder, for signs of cancer or other ailments.