Retrograde Urethrogram

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Today, I visited the urologist who had put me on 10 days course of alpha blocker. He asked me to do a Uroflometry test. Evaluations are:

Voided Volume: 133 (ml)

Max Flow Rate: (11 ml / s)

Avg Flow Rate: 05 (ml / s)

Voiding Time: 23 (sec)

Flow Time: 20 (sec)

Time to max Flow: 08 (sec)

Hesitancy: 00 (sec)

After looking at this report he asked me to do a Retrograde Urethrogram which I did not do. 

Looking up the information on Urethrogram and it's side effects on internet is already giving me nightmares. I want to avoid this test as far as I can.

Is this test worth taking? It would be very helpful to me if you ca share your experience if you have done the test. 

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    Good morning Sky.  I had to look this up because I did not know what this was.  If it was me I would not do it.  Like you say there are to many things that can go wrong.  They you end up with more problems.  I know your taking meds and they seam to be working but looking at the results of the other test.  There are a lot of men on here that would like the same results.  To be it seams like your going to the bathroom good.  Just be careful what you get talked into.  Ken 
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    Thank you Ken for the advice. After a lot of thoughts I have cancelled my imaging appointment. I need to search if there are non-catherter based urethrogram available near me like mentioned on this facility's website:

    https://www.centerforreconstructiveurology.org/urethral-stricture/diagnostic-evaluation/#.Whgc8oaWbIU

    They say, they don't use catherters or needles. 

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      Well done

      . I am impressed. The guy says he fixes surgeries gone wrong.

      He does put a camera up but only as far as the stricture. Having experienced balloon inflation in the uretha when a Foley catheter was being inserted, I can tell you that it does hurt. The catheter was not in far enough.

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    HI Sky,

    I had to look it up too. I googled Retrograde Urethogram painful and found a thread on patient. The guy said that he had stricture in his uretha that required surgery. Has anybody tried a catheter on you? How old are you? Is your prostate enlarged? Your test results are pretty good if you are thirty or so. If you are sixty they are really good. What was the reason that you visited the URO?

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    Hi George

    I am 33. No catherter on me yet. My prostate is normal in the ultrasound sonograpgy. The reason i visited uro was continuous burning n pain at the tip of my penis with frequent urination. I am in third month now. Although I am feeling 90% better something is still wrong. Like I get pain in penis out of nowhere. The pain sometimes goes away in a minute or sometimes it stays for several hours. My erection is painful slightly. Masturbation is not comfortable at all.

    The reason I want to avoid Retrograde Urethrogram is that the procedure involves inserting catherters through the penis opening.

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      Hey George.  I look that test up before.  I would not do it  There is a lot that can go wrong and you would have more problem.  I think you have a from of Prostatitis.  As long as your going to the bathroom.  Leave it along.  Talk with your doctor more if he will not help you find another that well  Take care  Ken
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    Hello George and Ken, the std tests were done three weeks after the last sex. hiv, syphilis, hsv, chlamydia, hcv, HbsAg, all came back negative / non-reactive. Urine culture and urine routine are done three times in 2 months. No bacterial growth found each time. An ultrasound sonography shows normal prostate. 136 cc residue retains after voiding, the urologist said this is the reason of my symptoms. However, what is the reason for retained urine even after urinating as shown in the findings of sonography is not yet diagnosed and the Uro says the Urethrogram imaging will be helpful in finding the causes. I visited imaging department of a bigger hospital and the technician assured me it's a very simple imaging. Not painful but discomfortable. He also said, they don't inflate a baloon inside urethra but they do use catherter of 1 mm size.

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      Sky  I read your post again and I read the information on the procedure.  I still would not do it.  If you had a blocked urethra you would have trouble peeing.  Not leaving some in your bladder.  I think there is something wrong with the bladder or the kidneys.  There are do many side effects from that procedure from a reaction to the dye to giving you a stricture which will cause you more problems and surgery.  Your a young man you don't need more problem  Good luck   Ken  

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