The bladder is a balloon shaped hollow muscle. It is designed to stretch as it fills up and contract as it empties. The bladder muscle can become so weak that it is unable to contract strongly enough to empty. Damage to the nervous system can also affect the bladders ability to contract e.g Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease.
- Obstruction to the flow of urine through the urethra
- Weak bladder muscle
- Hesitancy - really having to strain to pass urine.
- Strong feelings of urgency and frequency and when passing urine only a small amount comes out.
- A urinary stream that is very weak and intermittent.
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