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Can you get abdominal pain with a UTI?

By Katy Brodski-Quigley, MD, EdM Oct 11, 2022 • 2 min

A urinary tract infection, or UTI, is a common condition in which bacteria from the skin, genitals or anus enter the urinary tract and cause infection. Abdominal pain or cramping is one of the most common symptoms of UTIs due the irritation of the walls of the bladder.

In addition to abdominal pain and cramping, other typical UTI symptoms include:

  • Bladder feeling full although it's empty
  • Bloody urine
  • Burning sensation when peeing
  • Frequent peeing
  • Leaking urine

UTIs can sometimes develop into more serious illnesses, such as kidney infections. Fortunately, most UTIs can be treated before this happens.

What does pain in the bladder area feel like?

People describe UTI pain differently: as sharp pain in the bladder, cramping pain, burning or bladder pressure. These symptoms may be mild or severe. Young children or people with disabilities may not be able to describe their symptoms to their caregivers.

Other issues may cause pain and cramping in the bladder area, including pregnancy, menstrual pains, bloating, ovarian cysts, appendicitis, stomach pain and constipation. It is important to seek medical attention as soon as symptoms begin in order to be properly diagnosed and treated.

Abdominal pain and cramping are common symptoms of UTIs. If you’re experiencing symptoms, seek advice from your healthcare provider. If you’re diagnosed with a UTI, there are treatments and urinary tract infection products available.

Published October 2022.

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