periodic inability to urinate
Off and on I've had difficulty urinating. Sometimes I just can't "go". A couple of days ago, it was several hours after getting up before i could get just a trickle. It was getting painful by that time. I guess I should have gone to the ER, but finally was slowly able to feel like I was little by little mostly able to empty my bladders. I called the drs office, but by the time the nurse called back, the dr was gone. The nurse told me I should have just gone to the er. She said if it happened again over the weekend to do that. Yesterday was mostly ok. Today, I'm having problems again. I finally was able, but now it's been a while and although feeling urgency and pressure, I just can't. (I'm female, by the way). I'm concerned that it may all be related to spinal stenosis, for which I may be having back surgery soon., but that's another issue. What I'm hoping someone here can tell me, is how long is too long ot wait when this is going on, before doing something about it?
Several years ago, I had frequent UTIs and blood in the urine, and after IVPs and cytoscopies, that there was chronic inflamation in the bladder, but there were no problems like the current ones.