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This past Friday I was instructed in the use of catheter by my UR so I could self cath. This first time, in the doctors offices, everthing went great. So great in fact that I peed regular for the rest of Friday into evening when things slowed down.
Later that night I self cathed but it was nowhere near as easy as in the doctors office. My doctor had prescribed for me a fr 14 with a curved tip.
I'm getting ahead of myself. I had a green light laser on April 7 that was a success but still wasn't voiding as I should. We dtermined that my bladder nuscles were not up to snuff.
The plan was that I self cath while trying to bring my bladder back from limbo.
Getting back to now: Saterday morning I cathed again with considerably difficulty and pain.
Later inthe day, the afternoon, I tried to urinate without cathing. I went a little bit but passed a big BLOOD CLOT! I called the covering doctor from my doctors UR group and he said "If you can't cath tonight (Saterday) then your ONLY option is an ER."
because this is a holiday week end.
It turned out to be the case. I tried to cath but it was like I was being stabbed with a knife. The ER also detected the presence of blood and infection.
I think the problem is threefold. 1. The size of the catheter (14)
2. The type (curved tip) and 3. My urinary track was raw and inflamed to begin with from previous foleys.
I'd like to hear from you #12 users. Did you notice sgnificant improvement when you went to a fr 12?
I'd really like to hear any advice you may want to share.
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