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I recently had a spill off my bicycle and ended up in the ER. CT scans discovered a "massively distended bladder" as well as an aortic aneurysm, neither of which were caused by the fall from my bike. I have followed up with a thoracic surgeon for the aortic aneurysm and a urologist for the distended bladder. I raised some eyebrows in the ER when they drained 5300 mls of bloody urine from my bladder and they were amazed I was not in excruciating pain. I was not.
A Foley catheter was put in (which I still wear 4+ weeks later), and this past Thursday I completed urodynamic testing during which I was unable to void, so I left with another Foley and a followup visit with the urologist in 2 weeks. The LPN performing the urodynamic testing advised IF the urologist recommends CIC (self-catheterization) to go that route.
I currently take Pradaxa and Dofetilide to manage my afib. Several of the comments on a related site mentioned bleeding while self-cathing and I am concerned about excessive bleeding being on a blood thinner and would be interested in any feedback from those doing CIC while taking a blood thinner.
Improved health to all and thanks for reading and any responses.
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