Patient Comments: Urinary Retention - Diagnosis


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Comment from: mel pe, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: September 11

My husband had a TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate) procedure for his benign prostatic hyperplasia 3 weeks ago. Though everything went well and his urodynamic test did not show any abnormality with the bladder, he's unable to urinate. Initially he was with Foley catheter, now he catheterizes himself with a disposable ones 2 times a day, and this is the only way he can empty the bladder. I wonder if anyone else has had such an experience and if there is any hope to start voiding by himself.

Comment from: soulguy10306, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 30

I have suffered from AUR (acute urinary retention) for the past year and a half due to BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia). I have had a Foley catheter inserted on numerous occasions; the last being for a five week period. This was also due to my TUNA (transurethral needle ablation - Prostiva) procedure from last summer. The catalysts which caused me to suffer urinary retention was my taking of sinus medication and / or cold medications. I was told that I can never take any of these medications for the rest of my life. If you have any symptoms of enlarged prostate, do not take anything for a cold or sinus condition. If you cannot sleep do not take Tylenol pm, etc. Take it from me!

Comment from: Michele, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 17

I've recently been having a really difficult time urinating to the point of considering going to the emergency room. There's nothing worse than having to go and it becomes extremely painful. After reading this article, I now realize that it's my multiple sclerosis (MS) causing the problem. I recently learned that my MS has progressed, and the new medication could also be the culprit as well. Anyway, I’m glad I came across this site and maybe it can help someone else. Good luck and good night.

Comment from: Tucson, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I had bladder prolapse surgery and was released with no catheter. Two days later I was back in the emergency room draining 1700 cc of urine. I have had to have Foley catheter for almost 3 weeks. Can't release urine. Not sure if I have bladder damage or not.

Comment from: Taxitim247, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 27

I had a sudden rush of pain all over, panicking, sweating, blurred vision, and overwhelming fatigue. I had earlier had lengthy chemotherapies for testicular cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The general physician said I returned back to work too soon. I'm struggling to urinate and have to sit down most of the time to do it. I was diagnosed with enlarged prostate after examination, and given a strong long course of antibiotics and tamsulosin. It worked for a bit but the problem has returned even worse.


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