Urinary Retention

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Hi all, I am a 20 year old female who works in a hospital as a health care assistant. I am suffering with urinary retention and currently undergoing tests to try and see what is causing it? It got to a pooint about a month ago that i couldnt pass urine at all and was taken to hospital. They did a bladder scan and i had over a ltire in my bladder that i was unable to get rid of. So they put a catheter in to empty my bladder. I was sent home with a catheter for 3 weeks until I was taught self-catheterisation techniques from a special nurse. I am now back to work and having to catheterise myself about 4 times a day. I have had an MRI scan ordered by my urologist and am awaiting my ultrasound next week. I was just wondering whether anyone (around my age group has had a similar problem? Or if anyone knows what could be causing this? Thanks so much for your help. Rebecca

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    I'm not your age group (46), but the very same thing happened to me. The culprit was a massive fibroid sitting atop my bladder. You seem too young for fibroids to the be the problem, but it's worth a mention to your doctor. If fibroids are causing your problems, then they'd be large enough to show up on a scan.

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    Just to reassure you, I have a very similar problem. I am a male slightly older than you (72). I started cathetrising once a day about 2 years ago, I'm now doing it 4 times a day. I can sometimes pass up to 200ml naturally and then a further up to 800ml with catheter. I've got an appointment for another cistoscopy on 28 July. I don't get any urge to wee and have no pain except if my bladder is brim full. I also have run out of antibiotics which could help recurring UTIs.

    Hope you get sorted soon as you should not be suffering like that at such a young age.

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    I'm sorry but you should ask your Urologist why he hadn't performed a cystoscopy as of yet. That's the second thing he should of did right after checking for UTI. I'm sorry I don't any answers for you but three weeks to find out whats wrong is too long. Best of luck to you.

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      Hi Daniel, I will mention it to my urologist. I have been reading up on things and i have noticed that cystoscopy is quite a common test for urinary problems and am surprised it hasnt been requested for me. Thank you for your help smile

       

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