Discomfort after Clean Intermittent Catheterization (CIC) (self)

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22 Y male. Having incomplete bladder emptying.

Today, I was trained for Clean Intermittent Catheterization (CIC) (Foley-type), but after I removed the catheter I kept feeling urethral discomfort for around 30 minutes, even though I was already injected Amikacin (antibiotic) which rules out the possibility of any bacterial infection.

Now, when I am trying to urinate without catheter I am feeling urethral discomfort, kind of like a stinging sensation only while urinating (without catheter), which I don't used to feel before. I also got the same discomfort after having cystoscopy. Literally I feel this discomfort everytime for a day or two they put anything in my urethra.

Is it common?

Are there any chances that my urethra will get used to it and I will be able to cath without having this discomfort in the future?

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    Clean Intermittent Catheter (CIC) is used to empty your bladder and removed immediately afterwards. Foley is an indwelling catheter, which to be left in place for days or weeks. Either case, try smaller size and make sure to have enough lube. It should help. Hank

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    The first few times you put anything in the urethra it can scratch and bleed, because it has never had anything there before. This can also lead to UTI which antibiotics can usually cure. The scratching may be irritating for a few days but you will probably get over it and be able to cath without problems.


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      after 3 days of using it, i think i am now used to it as it is not as much discomfortable as it was first time. i haven't bleed yet. but if you say i can scratch then i think it can also lead to scarring or stricture.

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