Abdominal bloating and urinary frequency are the most common pelvic and urinary symptoms in fibromyalgia. This is especially true among women. These symptoms make the patient feel the need to urinate more frequently.
Some fibromyalgia patients can feel the need to urinate every 20 minutes. Urinary frequency disrupts sleeping patterns and can worsen fatigue and pain in fibro patients.
Another symptom that is common in fibromyalgia patients is urinary urgency. This symptom often coincides with urinary tract infection and urinary frequency.
Urinary urgency refers to the urgent need to urinate. This urge often takes patients by surprise, causing them to scramble for a bathroom visit. It also disrupts sleep, causing patients to wake up suddenly in the middle of the night. In more severe cases, urinary urgency can prevent people from leaving their home and disrupts their daily life.
Dyspareunia refers to the discomfort or pain that one feel during sexual intercourse. It can lead to extreme pain making sex impossible. Just like incontinence, most patients avoid discussing it with their health care providers. However, dyspareunia can make fibromyalgia management even more difficult. Moreover, this condition can sometimes cause a strain in relationships. Thus, if you suffer from dyspareunia, it is important that you talk to your doctor about it.