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My consultant tells me I have to learn to self-catheterise because my bladder doesn't empty fully and I am in constant pain from infected urine. When I have had to be catheterised in hospital it has always been so difficult and painful that teams have had to give up - the last time the consultant had to be called out. So I'm afraid that it will be too painful for me to do. Also, I cannot find the urethral opening, and my sight is bad at middle-distance so a mirror hasn't helped so far. Added to those physical problems there is a psychological one, in that quite honestly I find the whole idea distasteful - whether one calls it modesty or prudery, it's a problem, especially as learning the technique involves other people. I am desperate to hear ASAP from anyone who has had my problems and managed to self-catheterise in spite of them. I find it hard to believe my consultant who tells me that women patients tell him that they find it easier than they expected.
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