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I have been CICing for over 3 years, due to a painful inability to urinate naturally if there is more than about 70ml in my bladder. Less volume than that is no problem at all. This is something I cannot understand. Why easy at 70ml, impossible at 100ml ?
The most meaningful doctor-written diagnosis says I have a partially occlusive trilobar prostate, and a trabeculated bladder with a diverticula.
What caused all this is a cystoscopic inspection performed without realising I was still on clopidogrel (anti-platelet medicine) after insertion of a heart stent. Bleeding in the bladder caused by the cystoscope would not stop for 8 days, with intense pain of urinary retention, and bladder damage resulted (trabeculated bladder means gone stiff with kind of criss-cross lines in the bladder wall).
I'm unaware if any surgical procedure on my prostate would enable my bladder to regain enough flexibility to behave normally, although one doctors said I might have 90% chance of being able to urinate freely, 60% chance of less urgency. So at the moment, I am happy to continue with CIC, and just waiting for the best operational procedure to emerge.
On the CIC question, after the hospital stay, I was also on a foley catheter for at least 8 weeks.....then absurdly I had no difficulty in learning the self-cath process in about 30 seconds. Since then for more than 3 years I have used Coloplast Speedicath 12fr, without any special coude tip. I also keep some even slippier Lofric Origo catheters for out-and-about because they fold up very easily and also can be tied in a knot inside a disposal bag, although they take a few extra seconds to prepare over the speedicaths. Sometimes the catheter will not pass the prostate obstruction, and if that happens, I find sitting on a firm surface enables me to pass the catheter right into the bladder.
Hope this helps some men discover that CIC is not to be feared or discounted as a longish-term help.
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