Abdominal Pressure

Kelly Anne Spratt, D.O., Director of Women's Cardiovascular Health at the University of Pennsylvania Presbyterian Medical Center, answers your questions.

Q. I have had a lot of pressure in my lower abdomen for about three months. Today I feel like I am bordering on a urinary tract infection. I have had these in the past, but not quite the same as this. My stomach and abdomen feel very distended. I wondered what your opinion is.

A. You need to make an appointment to see your doctor right away. The feeling of pressure in your abdomen plus the distention that you describe is not typical of a urinary tract infection, but could be a symptom of something far more serious.

Possibilities include interstitial cystitis or perhaps a problem with your uterus pressing on your bladder. Contact an urologist or even a urogynecologist to sort this important problem out.