Re: over distended bladder
Interesting that there is someone else out there with my condition. I have been self-cathing for a while now also. My Urologist also drained quite a bit of urine out of my baldder ( 1/2 gallon). After several tests, they determined that my bladder is distended and that I also have Urethral Strictures. A couple of years ago I had a "TURP" procedure done in an attempt to enlarge the Urethral passage through the prostate. This unfortunatly did not help my condition and I still catherize 4-5 times a day . I have had many infections because of having to use a catheter, many times running fevers as high as 104 degrees. I have found that by using a smaller red rubber coude catheter ( fr.12) and also by taking vitamin C ( 500mg)everyday, I can keep the fevers and infections away. My doctors do not offer a definate reason as to why I have this problem. One theory is that my baldder became overfilled when I didn`t empty totally which caused it to stretch, thus damaging muscle tone and or receptors inside the walls of the bladder which sense when the bladder is full. Another theory is that the back problems and herniated discs I suffer from have caused nerve damage which in turn prevent my bladder from communication with my brain, thus preventing me from urinating when needed. At present, I can only urinate a little during a bowel movement which is strange. Possibly the nerves are somehow interconnected, who knows. I guess it could all be worst and I try to make the best of it all. To give you some hope, my brother in law also had this problem a few years ago and recovered from it by allowing his bladder to shrink via using catheters. After 6 months- a year, he recovered use of his bladder. It dosen`t appear that I will be as lucky. Any questions feel free to ask.
Last edited by dreamer54; 01-11-2007 at 11:21 AM.