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Big-time trouble urinating after Brachytherapy

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Old 03-06-2011, 02:37 PM   #1
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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

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Old 04-03-2011, 06:24 AM   #2
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Re: Big-time trouble urinating after Brachytherapy

I never had any trouble, but as I was going to be flying and remote from the hospital (in another coluntry) I got a supply of DiY catheters. I've never had to use one but the training session was no problem it just slipped in as easy as sucking spaghetti. You need to get the right size of course with the right lubrication. Good luck.

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