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Can overactive bladder be painful?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Overactive bladder can be inconvenient, embarrassing, and uncomfortable. But it usually is not painful. If you feel pain, you may have a different bladder condition. Certain urinary conditions can be painful, including:

• Painful bladder syndrome. This is also called interstitial cystitis. The main symptom of this rare, chronic condition is painful, frequent urination. It may occasionally cause incontinence.

• Bladder cancer. Symptoms include incontinence, urinary urgency, and burning when urinating. It also may cause pelvic pain and bloody urine. 

• Bladder stones. These can have symptoms similar to bladder cancer. 105 Overactive bladder usually is not painful. If you feel pain, you may have a different bladder condition.  68 Understand about any painful concerns related to overactive bladder.

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