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Comment from: Gordy, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: July 29

I have urine retention after catheter. Once catheter is removed hope urination will return.

Comment from: DANC, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 13

I have had urinary retention for three years. I had the InterStim implanted with high hopes I could once again urinate on my own but it did not happen. My advice is to not hang your hopes on the InterStim device, it did not work for me at all. I had it removed since and use disposable catheters to this very day; I do not expect that to change in my life. It is awful to not be able to urinate on your own. Save your time, money and energy and try to learn how to accept disposable catheters as a way of life. It will limit your mobility and change your life dramatically, no other choice, sorry it is really bad. Good luck.

Comment from: millief, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 09

I have the inability to urinate at night, and incontinence during day. I had a laminectomy L4-L5 recently and before surgery I had retention problems. I'm getting test done on my urethra this week.

Comment from: 65-74 Male Published: April 09

When I drink alcohol, I find it difficult to urinate.

Comment from: v, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

I had a surgery to remove my thyroid and about two weeks later my bladder shut down. I had urges but I was unable to urine for three to four days and was having hallucinations.

Comment from: Benji, 65-74 Female Published: February 21

I am a female who had cancer of the urethra several years ago. I had one time where I could not urinate and was doubled over with pain. I had immediate relief from pain after a catheter was inserted at the ER.

Comment from: colmert, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

I suffered for many years from a condition medically known as paruresis and more commonly known as Shy Bladder Syndrome. A type of social anxiety disorder, it means the difficulty in urinating in the presence of other people, such as in public restrooms. Often the only environment in which we can successfully urinate is in our own homes and when no one else is around. Often the "cause" is a deep fear that others will scrutinize us - judge us negatively if we take too long, make too much noise, etc. when we use a public facility. Many people with this condition rely on self-catheterization as a foolproof way of relieving themselves. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy has been found to be the most effective treatment method for me.

Comment from: please help, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 15

I was on medication for back pain for three days and went into acute urinary retention. I went to the E.R. and had a catheter put in. I have BPH, but never had a problem urinating. I am wondering if I will need surgery or will I be able to urinate when the catheter is removed. It was in for three weeks and they had to put in back in. It has been in for another three weeks and I go back to the urologist next week.

Comment from: anthony, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: June 28

I am having trouble urinating because of benign prostate enlargement.

Comment from: fiore, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: June 16

I never had a problem urinating, but had abdominal surgery and a Foley catheter was inserted for 4 days. After the catheter was removed, I had urinary retention.

Comment from: Female (Patient) Published: April 04

I was recently diagnosed with herpes and my urine flow started to get thin. There is no infection, no burning, and my urine is clear. But now, I'm having trouble moving bowels as well.

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