Extreme pain. An expected part of a bladder infection is a pain in the process of urination, but not many people know that pains can also be experienced in other areas of a person’s body. Sometimes, a person suffering from a bladder infection will experience intense pains in the lower areas of the torso, both in the front and in the back of the body. Spreading pain might indicate complications. If the side begins to ache underneath the ribs, it might mean that the infection has spread to the kidneys.

The quantity of urine passed becomes extremely small. An inflamed bladder can become extremely constricted and can contain only a very low volume of urine. As you try to pass urine, the pressure forces you to void it far more regularly than is your norm. However, you will pass only very small quantities on each visit to the bathroom. You will also experience considerable distress and discomfort while urinating, and this, combined with how regularly you have to go, will make this a rather distressing task.

Abdominal pressure. As the infection of the bladder increases in severity and the tissues become inflamed and swollen, these tissues then begin to put pressure upon the surrounding tissue as well. You will begin to feel a bloated sensation or pressure on the lower part of your torso, especially around the abdomen. With the tissues around the bladder and kidney being inflamed, anti-inflammatory drugs will have to be administered to ease this condition.

Urine with an extremely bad odor. If you observe that you are passing clouded or discolored urine, you should also check whether it has a bad odor. Urine with a very bad odor is a clear indicator of a bladder infection, as it contains dead cells or pus cells that are a result of the infection. These cells might either be your body’s own immune cells or else bacteria from the infection. In any case, it is these dead cells that cause the discoloration or cloudiness in the urine, and which is the source of the foul odor. The intensity of the discoloration and the smell is affected by the amount of water you drink, and you will find that it is far stronger when you have not passed urine for some time.