Kidneys & Bladder Support Groups
The two kidneys maintain bodily fluid balance. They accomplish this through the cleansing and filtering of renal blood, eventually excreting these wastes as urine. The bladder acts as a urine “collector.” When the bladder is full, urine empties from it by way of the urethra, and is deposited outside of the body.
There are many urinary tract conditions ranging from urinary tract infections, kidney stones, renal failure, and kidney/bladder cancers. If an individual wants to contact other people who have the same kidney or bladder issues, an online support group is likely the perfect answer.
Many renal conditions can be extremely stressful on patients, family members and caregivers. Coping can be very difficult for everyone concerned. Participants in online kidney and bladder support groups soon discover that they can gain mutual moral support, share practical tips on how to live with a particular disease or disorder, and become educated concerning the latest medical treatment options.
Common Symptoms of Urinary Tract Conditions
- Burning sensation upon urination
- Frequency of urination
- Urge to urinate without having very much urine in the bladder
- One-sided back pain
- Urgency of urination
- Feeling the bladder is not completely empty
- Presence of blood in the urine. Urine may appear red, pink or brown.
- Incontinence (leakage of urine)
- Nausea and/or vomiting
Common Urinary Conditions
- UTIs – Urinary tract infections (UTIs) have many of the above signs and symptoms. However, burning upon urination is the most common. UTIs, such as bladder infections, tend to be much more common in females than males. A female urethra is considerably shorter and comes into contact with external bacteria more easily.
- Infections – Kidney infections are much less common and also more serious than bladder infections. Prostatitis and epididymitis are two types of male urinary tract infections. Interstitial cystitis is a chronic inflammation of the bladder muscles which causes symptoms similar to a UTI. However, no infection is actually present.
- Renal calculi – Also called kidney stones, renal calculi are solid crystals, formed in the kidneys, as a result of dietary minerals in the urine. They can cause severe kidney pain as well as other urinary tract symptoms. While they are very common in 20 to 30 year old males, stones can form at any age.
At MDJunction, there are twenty online kidney and bladder support groups. They include two groups specifically designed for patients who are undergoing kidney dialysis or transplantation.