Many people suffer from urinary problems at some stage in their lives. Urinary tract infections (UTI's) are very common and can usually be treated with a course of antibiotics. However, repeated or prolonged infections can cause problems, including kidney infection which is why it is important to identify and treat an infection quickly. Other urinary problems include urgency, frequency, feeling unable to empty the blader fully as well as pain and blood in the urine. Certain cancers can also produce these symptoms which is why it is important to make sure you see your GP if symptoms persist.
Irritable bowels are on the rise and doctors offices are full of people who have problems with their digestion causing mild to severe symptoms. Some conditions are serious and others less so, so it is important to diagnose the cause of your symptoms. Bowel cancer is a big killer in the UK, being the third most common type of cancer in men and women. It is essential to catch it early, or even before it has started to develop. If you have any change in bowel habit that lasts longer than 3 weeks then it is important to see your doctor.
The problem with diagnosing gut and bowel discomfort is that the symptoms can be similar for innocent condtions like IBS, and more serious conditions like inflammatory bowel disease or even some cancers. For example, persistent bloating can be associated with ovarian cancer.
If your symptoms include blood in your stool, then please see your doctor - it is important that this is investigated early.