Patient Comments: Urinary Retention - Causes


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Comment from: Adrienne , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 19

I had urinary retention after the birth of my son in 1990. I went home with a catheter. They took it out a few days later and I couldn’t urinate. Things got a little better but it happened again in 1993 with my daughter. I had a total of 13 catheters in the course of 3 weeks. I was miserable that I couldn’t enjoy my babies. The issue still goes on today. I’m about to go but have to sit for a while and the stream is never strong. They think it was from Demerol. I take cranberry chews and Flomax daily.

Comment from: Jubes, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I have had urinary retention for 2 years since the doctor injured nerves in my pelvis during a bowel resection. I have been catheterizing 3 times, then 2 times, and then once a day for 2 years. I thought this was it for life, however during a bout of the flu a month ago I had to clench my butt and pull up my pelvic floor during the endless coughing. Pull everything in as tight as you can. Now my retention has gone down from 400 ml to 100 ml, I am so happy and hopefully this will help others. No one ever mentioned this to me, I am still catheterizing every few days, just keeping an eye on it, but hoping my problem has been solved.

Comment from: Bump, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I have had recurring strictures from my childhood having to have cystoscopies with urethral dilation every 5 years. The last one in 2010 was diagnosed as a very tight stricture and afterward I continued having issues such as burning and bladder pain. They diagnosed interstitial cystitis for which I received bladder installations, and Elmiron until I finally had some relief after 2 months. Fast forward till this last November I tried to discontinue the Elmiron, and 3 weeks later I had a really bad bladder infection. So I had bladder scan which was showing retention, and my urologist suggested cystoscopy with urethral dilation again this time with steroid injections. I had to have this done in surgery center as they explained having to sedate me for it. I am about a week after this procedure and having trouble emptying.

Comment from: KC, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 29

My urinary retention was a side-effect of a prescribed muscle relaxant called baclofen.

Comment from: katy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

I hysterectomy in 2007, when the doctor, while doing surgery nicked my bladder and did not say a word. I had to get my bladder repaired 30 days later but wore catheter during that time. Now I have to go to a urogynocologist because now my bladder won’t empty, they said it was tied too tight or something.

Comment from: Hod, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 06

I need help, I have been having difficulty in urinating. I have been to the hospital and I am a little better and my urine comes again.

Comment from: Josie, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: February 14

I have had urinary retention for years. I manage it, but my doctor told me it could possibly need surgical intervention down the track. I don't know what that entails and would rather not go there.

Comment from: Popa Don, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 16

Not listed is bladder retention caused by Parkinson's disease. I had a doctor say that my retention could be caused by my Parkinson's or by my type 2 diabetes. However, I cannot find any reference to not being able to void due to diabetes, and I have to go more often due to this condition.


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