Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties
121 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM BlogQuestions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction

What causes difficulty passing urine?

Answered by
Dr. Ivo Ditah

Internal Medicine Specialist

Practicing since :2002

Answered : 3919 Questions

Posted on Tue, 15 Apr 2014 in General Health
Question: My wife who is 78 years old is suddenly having difficulty passing urine. She has been drinking large quantities of water but is still unable to pass. XXXXXXX
Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah 1 hour later
Brief Answer: Does she feel the urge to urinate? Detailed Answer: Hi and thank you so much for this query. I am so sorry to hear about what your wife is experiencing. There are a couple of reasons why she may be unable to urinate. 1. If she feels the urge to urinate and doesn't urinate, then she may have urinary retention. This is often associated with pain. In this case, she needs immediate medical attention. 2. If she has no urge to urinate and is not swollen, then she might be dehydrated. However, if she is developing edema, it might be that the kidneys are unable to produce urine leading to this. This would also need further investigation to address this. In all, I will suggest that you get her evaluated. A good clinical exam and some basic blood tests would be able to tell what the cause is and guide towards establishing and executing a treatment plan. So, either she is not drinking enough(dehydration), or the kidneys are unable to produce urine(kidney disease) or there is an obstruction too urine outflow(urinary retention). Get her evaluated for diagnosis and management. A primary health care physician would be able to adequately address this. I hope this helps. I wish you both well. feel free to ask for ore information if need be. Thanks. Dr. Ivo, MD.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,   ,  

Recent questions on  Dehydration

doctor1 MD

I m an 18 year old girl that was just diagnosed with hyperthyroidism about a month ago. I was experiencing nausea, insomnia, weight loss, high...

doctor1 MD

I had a urinalysis done for some trouble I was having with some burning urination and very concentrated urine that would sink to the bottom of the...

doctor1 MD

I had one small blood clot in urine morning after intercourse with girlfriend of 2 years. drank alcohol the night before was somewhat dehydrated....

doctor1 MD

Was treated, around 30 hours,ago for dehydration. 2bags fluid via drip. Possible virus. Yet still have a feeling of pressure in my temples and...

doctor1 MD

I have been suffering from dehydration for a month and a half. The problem is when I get fluids from the ER, it comes back again because I have...

doctor1 MD

My head is killing me my stomach is upset I vomited I’m dizzy and when I swallow it feel like it gets stuck right about half way down it’s...

doctor1 MD

I am a 39 year male and I am urinating every 30 minutes to 1 hour. I don't have any pain or discoloration. Just concerned at how often im going I'd...