Back pain is the second most common neurological complaint in the United States, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The pain can range from dull and aching to sharp and stabbing. Frequent urination is when you have to... Read more
Back pain is the second most common neurological complaint in the United States, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The pain can range from dull and aching to sharp and stabbing.
Frequent urination is when you have to urinate more often than what’s normal for you. You may find that the need to urinate gets in the way of normal activities, such as getting a full night's sleep.
The kidneys are bean-shaped organs located in your lower back. They filter your blood and release waste products via your urine. Problems that affect the kidneys can cause lower back pain.
For example, pyelonephritis is a kidney infection that can result in back pain. In addition to frequent urination, your urine may be cloudy and/or foul smelling. A urinary tract infection, kidney stones, or bladder stones can also cause these symptoms.
Prostate gland inflammation can also cause back pain and frequent urination, along with flu-like symptoms.
Pregnancy can cause both symptoms to occur. As the fetus grows, it places added pressure on the bladder, leading to increased urination. The baby's increasing size can also cause back pain.
Less common causes of back pain and frequent urination include:
- bladder cancer
- ovarian cysts
- overactive bladder
- pelvic growth or tumor
Seek immediate medical attention if your back pain and frequent urination are accompanied by:
- loss of bowel control
- shaking chills
- vomiting up blood
See your physician as soon as possible if you have bloody or cloudy urine, or unusual discharge from your penis or vagina.
See your doctor if back pain and frequent urination prevent you from doing what you enjoy or getting a good night's rest.
This information is a summary. Always seek medical attention if you’re concerned you may be experiencing a medical emergency.
Your doctor will probably treat back pain and frequent urination that’s caused by infection with antibiotics. Your doctor may also recommend over-the-counter pain relievers and exercises to stretch and strengthen the back.
Other treatments can depend upon the specific cause of these and other symptoms.
Your doctor may recommend cutting back on your fluid intake before going to bed if your frequent urination occurs most often at night. This seemingly simple step may reduce urinary frequency. Rest and putting heat or ice on your back can also help relieve back pain.
Back pain and frequent urination often can’t be prevented. However, you can minimize your risk for urinary tract infections by wiping front to back when you use the bathroom and drinking plenty of water to flush bacteria through your body.