Bladder spasms can cause severe pains during before or after urination. Sometimes, these can occur after surgeries. Urinary infections can cause burning on urination and also bladder spasms.

The pain is often episodic and is usually located right above the groin in the midline. Alcohol and certain foods at times will worsen the spasms and should be avoided. Some patients suffer chronic bladder spasms from conditions such as interstitial cystitis.

Kegel exercises, which are also used during pregnancy, will help bladder spasms and are a great way of avoiding medications. If the Kegel exercises don’t work, then a class of medications called anticholinergics might work. These medications often work but do have side effects of bladder retention, confusion,and constipation among other things. Toradol, amedication similar to Ibuprofen, can also be tried and given at the same time as the anticholinergics. However, Toradol should not be used chronically, as it has significant side effects.

If you have new onset of bladder spasms, you should see your doctor, who can determine whether you have a urine infection. Best not to miss a urine infection, as untreated this can lead to more severe infections of the kidney and even with time shut down the kidneys.