Unable to urinate after drinking alcohol

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Chris

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Apr 20, 2008
 
Last night I drank 5 alcoholic drinks and was unable to urinate properly. Only small dribble eventhough I really had to go. This has happened to me 5-10 times this year. I noticed the opening of my urethra was very red and irritated. I saw my urologist about this issue and he is going to perform a cystoscopy next week. He thinks it's my bladder stretching too much causing me to lose my ability to contract my muscles properly. I am only 25 and don't think it is a prostate issue. He recommended flomax and it hasn't worked. Does anyone know what could possilby be wrong?
Xpltivdletd

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Apr 20, 2008
 
IANADNDIPOOTN (Doctor), but you might want to talk to *your* Doc and your Pharmacist about booze + FloMax™. Some things don't mix.

Prostate issues can happen at any age. We have this advertisement image of gray hair as a requirement, but consider the source. The odds keep going up as we age, but starting w/ first ejaculation the odds don't = zero. RKBA! Best regards.
Chris

Egg Harbor Township, NJ

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May 6, 2008
 
I had a cystoscope and turns out I have a stricture. Going in for Surgery on Friday
damdam31

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Jun 13, 2008
 
It may also be a kidney stone which is blocked in your urethra and that's why you were unable to urinate properly.
Ralph

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Jul 10, 2008
 
Xpltivdletd wrote:
IANADNDIPOOTN (Doctor), but you might want to talk to *your* Doc and your Pharmacist about booze + FloMax™. Some things don't mix.
Prostate issues can happen at any age. We have this advertisement image of gray hair as a requirement, but consider the source. The odds keep going up as we age, but starting w/ first ejaculation the odds don't = zero. RKBA! Best regards.
This has also happened to me but I am 61 and a male. Last Sunday it was very bad and lasted all day. Therefore I think it is an indication that my liver is being damaged by drink, and so I have decided to stop the intake of alcohol completely.

I am now actually searching the internet to find out what is the exact reason it is likely you cannot urinate after the intake of alcohol; but it certainly seems to me to be a warning that it is time to stop. I only drank spirits, moreover, and that is mainly because I am depressed.
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Jan 6, 2009
 
Wow... I'm grateful somebody else stepped up & said that first! When a person notices something not working right, after drinking *any* alcoholic drink, that's a sign you've gotten too old to keep messing yourself up. A lot of us are blessed with a tolerance for drinks with that solvent in them, when we're young adults. Some of us get too old for it, sooner than others. No shame in that. No shame in leaving the hospital holding the bag ONE day, but why rush it? RKBA! Best regards.
Jason

Cape Girardeau, MO

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Jul 7, 2009
 
My advice...stop drinking. Problem solved.
Ryan

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Sep 24, 2009
 
I am 21 years old and have this problem after i drink i feel the urge that I need to go very bad but cannot sometimes sitting in the bathroom for half hour. I also just went to the emergency room and got checked for things and found nothing in my urine or blood or kidney tests. has anyone figured out what it can be or what helps or what I should do very scared about it not like dying but I dont feel like this should be happening to me at a young age especially and no doctor can figure it out so far but also dont ahve insurance
lily

Warren, OH

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Oct 5, 2009
 
I am 38 year old female. I have been having a lot of problems urinating in the last week. I had noticed several times prior to my problem right now, which is a lot of pressure and either not being able to urinate or just a little bit. I did have a urinalyasis done this past week, but the urologists office said that my urine was contaminated, so I would have to do another one tomorrow. I did have several mornings in this past year that if I consumed 5 or more beers the night before when I woke I would feel like I had to go very bad, and had horrible amount of pressure, but could not urinate. I would drink a bottle of water and mid day I would finally go. I have an appointment with a urologist tomorrow afternoon and I am very worried. I did have a type of ultrasound with dye about 10 years ago and the radiologist that red the xray said that I had a mass on one of my kidneys. The urologist stated that the radiologist did not know what they were talking about that what they saw was my kidney. I am sure that that urologist was right, but I am a bit alarmed now. I do have almost everyday lower back pain as well. Anyone's thoughts would be appreciated.
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Nov 8, 2009
 
lily wrote:
I am 38 year old female. I have been having a lot of problems urinating in the last week. I had noticed several times prior to my problem right now, which is a lot of pressure and either not being able to urinate or just a little bit. I did have a urinalyasis done this past week, but the urologists office said that my urine was contaminated, so I would have to do another one tomorrow. I did have several mornings in this past year that if I consumed 5 or more beers the night before when I woke I would feel like I had to go very bad, and had horrible amount of pressure, but could not urinate. I would drink a bottle of water and mid day I would finally go. I have an appointment with a urologist tomorrow afternoon and I am very worried. I did have a type of ultrasound with dye about 10 years ago and the radiologist that red the xray said that I had a mass on one of my kidneys. The urologist stated that the radiologist did not know what they were talking about that what they saw was my kidney. I am sure that that urologist was right, but I am a bit alarmed now. I do have almost everyday lower back pain as well. Anyone's thoughts would be appreciated.
Don't drink to excess. Also many drugs, some over the counter and illegal drugs, like ecstasy and heroin and others of its cousins, will temporarily deaden the bladder nerves and make it impossible to urinate. You will have retention of urine sometimes up to 24 hours. Imagine having to hold your pee for that long. If the pain is too bad, then you need to go to the ER or your doctor to be catheterized.
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Jan 31, 2010
 
i have been aheavy drinker for years and now i cant urinate when i need to but can go a bit later and it pours out
teresa

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Jan 31, 2010
 
i have just posted a request for my fried with the same problem ..she refuses to go to the dr .. have you received any valuable information you can pass on to me .. i am TERESA
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Feb 6, 2010
 
I am a 38 yr old pregnant woman on my fourth child, I cannot wee properly either, it is worse in mornings when i really need to go and it takes ages for anything to come out, I am not a smoker or drinker and lead a relatively healthy lifestyle so i have no clue as to what is wrong with me or if it is normal any ideas
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Huntington, NY

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Mar 28, 2010
 
Hello. My husband has this same problem and I am so glad i found this blog because he refuses to believe it is a problem. When u do something and a part of your body does not work properly after it.. its time to stop! Is drinking that important? I will use the comments here to hopefully get him to wake up to the issue! Thanks Everyone! PS Is the drinking worth it?? Stop the drinking!
Tom Charlotte NC

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Sep 21, 2010
 
Urethral blockage occurs when your nervous system gets a signal it does not interpolate correctly and closes the tubes like squeezing really hard not to let a fart out. For me I was drinking one night in college and asked my roomate to drive me to the local hospital because i could not pee. At 3am after catheterization i thought what a relief that was over but months later after drinking again i landed up in the Hospital for Emergency Surgery ...A urethral Stricture in the bulbarus region. just under the Prostrate. Pressure can build on the heart when someone can not pee and this can be fatal. I decided not to drink. I found that I can drink one slow drink and play it safe so why drink at all? I beleive this is a nervous system problem related to an alergic reaction to barley or hops, I can eat Wheat all day long and am not a diabetic. Grain alcohol is more dangerous and affects the systems reaction sooner than beer. Uretral Sticture disease was the formal name of the complication given by Doctors on my charts.
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Feb 17, 2011
 
I am having the same problems. I can drink fruit juice and water and kool aid all day and pee about every two hours. BUT when I go out drinking, beer and tomato juice, nothing happens. I don't feel bloated. The urge to void just isn't there. I have had two blood tests and they both indicate an increase in creatinin. One doctor suggested I go to the ER for an mri and ct scan. Another doctor is setting me up to see a nephrologist at the va clinic. I am a 64 year old male.
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Mar 29, 2011
 
For the men, it may be an irritated prostate or even prostatitis .
Mike

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Jul 8, 2011
 
I had the same problem for over two years drinking beer made me feel like I had to pee so bad but couldn't also had trouble in long car rides could get a bit out or wouldn't come out at all about 1.5 years in I got a lump in my groin went to doctor it was hernia so I got that fixed and within no time it all stopped was Peeing fine and good stream for first time in a long time I now have similar pain in the right side and trouble urinating again when drinking beer cause I think I need hernia repair again it started after I got sick and coughed alot I am 28 now
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Aug 15, 2011
 
51 year old female>All I can do is a little tinkle. There is no FLOW.I am retaining all this fluid(its very uncomfortable) and I really dont know where to start with it. I've made an appointment with my gyno and with a urologist but no one will see me for at least 2 weeks
marcy

Ireland

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Oct 3, 2011
 
im 33 year old female, i have the same problem for about 5 years after alcohol and sometimes it happens without it. been to loads of doctors and they put it down to kidney infections. the pain is unreal. can last up to 10 hours without going. can anyone tell me why this happens or what i can do.

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