Big-time trouble urinating after Brachytherapy
My immediate question - Will I ever be normal again? Here is my case:
Wondering if anyone had similar probs and how long took to overcome them. I started off with an enlarged prostate, but doctors said it was small enough. Immediately after seeds insertion, I experienced difficulty urinating, but that subsided shortly aftwards. I am taking Avodart and 2 Flomax per day.
After about 2 weeks or so, started getting more difficult to urinate, until finally I called the office, they had me come in and measured the urine in my bladder, concluding that it was full. Note: I was experiencing bladder spasms most every time I urinated.
So, I got catheterized for about 5 days, removed it and within 4 or 5 hours I was in serious distress, passing very little urine, having spasms. Went back and they put catheter back in. Kept it in for abut 12 days, took it out, and with 3 or 4 hours had passed no urine at all, was having spasms. Went back and they have catheterized me again.
I am now almost 7 weeks past the surgery, will keep the catheter in for another week. We will try it without, but I have little confidence I will be able to urinate normally. The plan is then to teach me to self-catheterize.
So, has anyone here had similar problems? Did it work out for you? I don't get the warm fuzzy feeling that my doctor has seen a lot of cases with my severity of complication. Have read a few horror stories about this where guys hadn't gotten back to normal even a year out. I am scared that I may be totally screwed up at this time.
Also, how did the self-catheterization go for you? Thanks