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Just had Bladder Surgery and now I can't pee

I had surgery to raise my bladder and uterus off my urethra and the sling put in on the 17th of June 2008. It's now the 3rd of July and I still cannot urinate on my own without using an intermittent female catheter FR/12. I've incessantly called my doctor's office and they keep telling me that I need to be patient that it can take up to 3 weeks to go naturally on my own again. It's 16 days, a holiday weekend and I'm beginning to panic because I have a mini-vacation planned with money at stake. I'm doing everything I've been told to do. I'm pushing the fluids during the day, taking hot sitz baths with epsom salts, finished my antibiotics, talking short walks......I'm SCARED to death. Please help me because I'm at my wits end on this. I'm afraid I'll never urinate on my own again. You can email me at ***@****. Thanks


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I want my email address seen by anyone who can answer this question. Are there any patients out there who've been through this. Right now I really need some emotional support by anyone who's been through this. Email me at MarieLarge at AOL *******.
Thank you so much.
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Keep in mind that people can more or less "E-mail" you by sending you private messages on your profile. Take a look at "Settings" on your profile and see if there is an option that You would get an EMail each time someone left you a new "note" or a new "message" .... over the word "message" on your profile, there will be a little red dot on the right side of the word. That is the place where sometimes people choose (or not choose) to give private Email addresses to each other, although the privacy is nice so that often instead of exhanging Emails, just leaving messages is sufficient and private.

I would also consider posting elsewhere...... in fact, try the Hysterectomy forum. There was a poster there who had been through similar problems.....  I can look, too, to see if she is available and still posting.

You can imagine that bladder issues and Menopause and Hysterectomy go hand in hand...and, if you did not realize that, well... you are now ten steps ahead of everyone who has NOT gone through menopause.


You also might want to try the "Menopause" forum, but I think you might get better results on the hysterectomy forum.....   Sorry... I love MedHelp, but I am afraid that I am even overwhelmed by tooooo many forums. You just need more people seeing your question.


One more thought... I see you are 49 years of age.... hormonally, you might need to strengthen that area. Would you/or the doctor consider a vaginal estrogen called "Estrace" which would add suppleness and such to that area. It is a bioidentical estrogen that does not go all over your system. Even though I use a bioidentical estrogen for all-over systemic help, I have found the Estrace very helpful when my bladder, actually, the ureter starts acting up. It is as if that area is in Atrophy (which actually in my case it is unless I supplement hormonally) and it changes the position of the ureter. For this reason I use Estrace sometimes and Testosterone all of the time.

Take care and I hope this helps.


Mary
Best of luck to you. I hear the desparation in your voice. Hang in there... Things will get better.
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Hi again,

I just left you a message on your profile....


Sincerely,

Mary
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I assume you have either not seen this post, or you have gotten some answers. Hope all is well.

Take care,

Mary
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Hi Mary,
Yes, I did see your posts. And I do appreciate your responding. I'm new to MedHelp so I don't know how to really use this forum. I am finally beginning to urinate on my own again. The doctor put me on a drug called phenazopyridine 200 mg. He said it would help alleviate bladder spasms and act as an analgesic for the urethra so that I could freely urinate on my own. It seems to be working so far. I go in Thursday for my followup appointment.

In response to your first post, I am what the doctors say periomenapausal...that period just before menopause. Heck, I think that's just as bad. I do suffer night sweats, hot flashes.......mood swings. No, I didn't have a hysterectomy. There's no need since I'm not having issues in that area. THAT works fine though I do have a fibroid tumor that's not changed in size in the two years since it was discovered. My only problem is that my menstrual cramps are sometimes pretty bad. I usually work that issue out by going to see my chiropractor. I am a firm believer in alternative health measures......anything rather than doing legal drugs or surgery. UNLESS it's absolutely necessary.

I have never heard of estrace. What exactly is it for? Not sure I understood your explanation above. I do receive notification when someone posts a comment towards my comments. That's the only way I know of getting back to my original post. So, if you post again, I'll be notified by email through Medhealth. I haven't responded up until now because I've just been resting and sleeping a lot trying to get well and build my strength back up. I guess when I originally posted I did sound desparate. I was. But I do appreciate your writing to me. I sort of felt alone! Thanks for your help. I truly appreciate it.
Marie
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I am so glad to hear the things are working out for you. Really!  It's funny, because I ended up on this forum only because I was letting my friends on the Ovarian Cancer Patient to patient forum know how things were going for me (hectic past few weeks) and my husband was suffering from a VERY bad bout with Kidney stones. In fact, he is having surgery tomorrow morning (and I am up way tooooo late)...Anyway, someone, I guess, figured my post was "mis-catagoized" and it ended up on this forum. But, I decided to read a few posts and that is how I found yours...  Life is strange, isn't it? Anyway, it is the first time in forever that I have had some time off and so I found myself responding to several posts in forums I usually did not check.

Sorry if I sounded overly-anxious to hear from you. I know what you mean about being able to fully navigate this forum (my words).... there have been many changes over the year and I have had to relearn how to operate the forum myself (and I'm an 'old timer')....But, I was concerned because  you did sound pretty upset (I would be, too!!!).....

Let me take time tomorrow to address the Estrace. It can be used in Peri-menopause or menopause and is very helpful for tightening the vaginal/Ureter area....Which, by the way, is a problem I had starting at age 45 and TWO Urologists missed the problem....that is what I meant by my comment, "If only I'd known then what I know now!"

Take care and thanks for writing back.... I appreciated that!

Sincerely,

Mary
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hi. just want to know about your opinion. my wife is having problem urinating after her surgery. the surgery was for ectopic pregnancy. the problem we are having now is that she is feeling pain because she can't urinate. we called the doctor but the she just said to wait for another 24 hours. she was able to pee before we left the hospital but its not the normal amount of pee, i think. however the doctor said its alright for her to go home already. what can we do to ease the pain?? we tried methods to make her pee, like opening the faucet and let it run and pouring warm water over the part where she urinates.. but it didn't work.. thanks for anyone who could give any ideas.
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Senry, if she's having problems and in pain then go to the ER. You need to have it checked out, especially if she's just had surgery.
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