Originally Posted by j_f_2003
I had trouble emptying and my problem was due to stenosis (narrowing of the urethra) During an office cystoscopy while I was awake with local numbing jelly around the urethra, the dr. found that he had to dilate the urethra. The rest of the cystoscopy exam went fine. Not saying this is your problem, but this was mine that caused me not to empty completely.
I was diagnosed with a collapsed bladder at birth. They removed 1/2 of it when I turned 3 and now I am 37 (today!!). Anyway they call my problem a neurogenic bladder and since it will not empty completely I have to do intermittant caths 4 x a day to aviod infection. I have been doing this for about 12 years now and it is just a part of my everyday routine. Anything is better than a bladder infection/spasms. You may not have to go that route but with urine retention you usually end up infected (or at least I do). Also take suppression meds 1x day to ward off the little bacterias my bladder seems so attracted to. Good Luck.