What is Cystitis?
Cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder, which makes you want to go to the loo to pass urine more often. It can make urinating uncomfortable, and even painful, and it can make you feel as if you want to 'go' more often, sometimes urgently.
The symptoms of cystitis can be inconvenient at best and distressing at worst, although the problem is easily treated.
In case you're wondering, the amount of urine you produce obviously varies according to what you've been eating or drinking, but in mild climates it's quite normal to produce anything between 800mls and 2.5 litres a day. The main thing is that it should be the colour of straw and painless to pass.
The most common symptoms of Cystitis are:
- Burning or stinging sensations when you pass urine
- A frequent urge to urinate
- Feeling that you can't fully empty your bladder
If you are experiencing more severe Cystitis, your symptoms may include:
- Strong smelling urine
- Cloudy or dark urine
- Blood in urine
- Abdominal pain or backache
- Fever, temperature and weakness
These symptoms are much less common and if you experience any of these, you should see your GP as it may indicate a more serious infection.