Inability to Urinate (cont.)
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Self-Care at Home
Acute urinary retention requires immediate drainage for relief and thus a visit to your health-care provider or a hospital emergency department. You can try very limited care at home, but do not delay medical evaluation if you are in pain. Try sitting in a bathtub full of warm water or running the water in the bathroom to stimulate the flow of urine.
If a medication is thought to be the cause of urinary retention, your doctor may recommend to discontinue it and monitor for any improvement.
People with limited mobility (for example, after a medical illness or a surgery with prolonged recovery period) resulting in inability to urinate can be encouraged to get up and walk, as this increased activity may facilitate urination.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/5/2015
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