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I was so nervous about my cystoscopy and was doing endless research online finding information that literally terrified me. I was very, very scared, could hardly eat, had headaches, and found it difficult to think of anything else. My husband found this site, and I am so thankful he did because reading other’s experiences made it not so scary. I had some to message me directly calming my fears, so now, I want to do the same in order to help others who are about to embark on the cystoscopy journey!
My procedure was at 2:45 Thursday, July 7, 2016.
Before the procedure started, I let the nurse know my fears. Somehow letting someone know you’re nervous seems to help. She assured me while it may be slightly uncomfortable; it was bearable, would be over in 10 minutes, and gave the doctor a lot of information. You are lying on your back like you do getting a pap smear. She inserted the numbing gel and left the room. I did feel it, but it was not bad. Didn't like it, but not bad. While she was gone, I began focusing on how thankful I am for the technology we have today that can find out what is wrong and for doctors who have been given by God the gift of being able to help people. I then, began doing deep breathing to relax. The doctor came in and was so kind, and we talked for a moment and he, too, was reassuring. I felt him put something in and while my body did not like it, I did not find it painful to the point of clenching the sheet. I felt the camera being turned, and it gave a slight sore feeling—again, not painful just way different. The saline solution was put in the bladder next. It didn’t hurt at all. You do feel it filling your bladder and gives the feeling like you need to go to the bathroom, but trust me, you don’t! If you do leak somewhat (which I didn’t and haven’t read where others did), they have a pad under you. Don’t worry at all about that. After a few more moves of the camera, it was out and over! Taking it out did not hurt me at all.
While there, the doctor gave me 1 Cipro to take to help prevent an infection and 1 Uribel (to help with discomfort urinating). I was given 1 Uribel to take home. After dressing, I was told to go to the bathroom. The urine was cool and (what I am about to say was unexpected, but funny) after I finished, some gas pops came out! I remember thinking, “Mercy, I hope no one heard THAT!” All dignity gone at this point!
When I went to the bathroom the first few times, it did not burn or hurt. However, after the numbing wore off, going to the bathroom was not excruciating, but it did burn and in that private area, it felt like something was still there. This is probably the “sore” feeling others say they feel. (I did drink plenty of water the rest of the day along with cranberry juice.) It continued to burn the rest of evening but did not keep me up during the night. Finally, a good night’s rest!
This morning and through early afternoon, it continued to not feel good urinating, and I even continued having times of shooting pain ---not bad, I promise, just that soreness, again. I also continued drinking plenty of water and cranberry juice. Now, I do have to say, there have been some who don’t have the burning to last as long. I have a petite frame, and I am very small in the private area which can cause a little more discomfort.
It is now 7pm, and I feel no soreness whatsoever and a slight burn before and while urinating, so I know my body is getting back to normal.
Would I want to do this again? No! But, if I did, I would not be as anxious as I was this time. I would know it is a procedure that is tolerated and not excruciating. So don’t be like me and go online finding out all that stuff! Read posts on this site to give you input and an outlet to help with your fears. I am so happy I had this site to make me feel more at ease and know what to expect.
Some places might do things differently (like prep and meds) , but the procedure itself is the same. Do not be scared! I am a nervous Nellie, and I did it! I sure hope my cystoscopy story helps someone getting ready to have one performed. You can do it!
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