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Looking for opinions and anyone that may have experienced what I have went through.
Let start from the beginning, Two years ago I had a inguinal hernia that I had repaired on my right side. it was done with an incision (cut at the site) I have a pretty bad case of anxiety. so it was very dramatic for me.
but here we are two years later and I now have the same kind of hernia on the left side. this time I decided to go with Laparoscopic instead of incision. before this particular repair I could pee and while it was not a strong stream it worked for me. after the surgery I was told I could not leave until I peed. personally I didn't think that would be a problem as the last surgery I peed and went home. this time I could pee but it was very weak and very little but the nurses sent me home saying i was good. few hours later I realized while i could pee I wasn't fully emptying my bladder. later that evening i went to the ER worried and was told even after I went to the bathroom i was still holding 500+ml. I had a cath in for a few days. I was told to go to a urologist to have it removed after a few days and things would be back to normal. while waiting to get this thing out I did research online that with laparoscopic hernia repair there is a chance with patients having urine retention and all cases resolved in a few days.
when i showed to my urologist to get it removed she filled me up and took it out and had me pee and told me things are good. but mentioned that from the surgery the effect of urine retention could be from my prostate and requested to put me on Tamsulosin. she did an exam on my prostate and said it was alittle large. I am one that does not like meds. personally they make my anxiety even worse because I am scared of medications. Currently I only take one med and thats for for anxiety.
So I am home now 5 days later and peeing but taking this Tamsulosin and terrified from reading the side effects and afraid of them and if they could be permanent.
When I spoke to the urologist about my worries. she said we can discuss coming off of it in a month but thinks I should keep using it for the month. I just dont want my body to get dependent on it and then when i come off peeing may be worse. currently I think I am peeing as before but I dont know I am so damn hyper sensitive I cant remember what was normal. never really paid attention to myself peeing lol
1: has anyone experiences urine retention after a lap hernia repair and if so did they go to your prostate as the issue?
I would like to know is of all the men that experienced this side effect after the surgery "urine retention" was it because of prostate or anesthesia? when I first had the issue of peeing after surgery I heard from many Dr's and nurses that it was quite common for this to happen and not to worry. but from the urologist she is thinking my prostate could be contributing to that hickup.
2: I keep reading online that you just cant go cold turkey on Tamsulosin. but on these forums It looks like people have. I have been on Tamsulosin for 4 days now and want off before I get to far into it if not needed. does anyone "from your experience" think 30 days would be to long to quite if she persists on me staying on it? I quite nervous taking this and any med.
3: I read in other posts here about men cathing themselves 4-6 times a day. even for years. wouldn't something like this cause damage over time and increase sensitivity to it?
I appreciate all replies and your time.
Have a wonderful day!
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