Frequent Urination (cont.)
Exams and Tests
Your doctor will perform a physical exam and will ask you questions about your medical history and medications you may be taking.
Your doctor may ask the following questions:
- How many times in the day and night are you urinating?
- Are there changes in the color of your urine? Do you have light or dark urine?
- Do you have frequent pain, discomfort or a burning sensation while urinating?
- Have you made any recent dietary changes?
- Do you have other symptoms (increased thirst, weight loss, fever, back pain)?
Your doctor may order any of the following tests, depending on the findings of the physical exam and medical history.
- Urinalysis and urine culture: These tests detect and measure various components of the urine. A urine culture can detect bacteria that may be the cause of a urinary tract infection.
- Ultrasonography: This noninvasive imaging test is used to visualize your kidneys and bladder to detect any structural abnormalities or tumors.
- Cystometry: This test measures the pressure inside the bladder and checks for the possibility of muscle or nerve problems that may cause frequent urination.
- Cystoscopy: This is an invasive test that allows a doctor to look at the inside of the bladder and urethra using a thin, lighted instrument called a cystoscope.
- Neurological tests: Diagnostic tests such as urodynamics, imaging, EEG, and EMG are procedures that help the doctor confirm or rule out the presence of a nerve disorder.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/3/2014
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