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bleeding, discomfort after urinary catheter
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bleeding, discomfort after urinary catheter

On 8/18 I had a urinary catheter inserted for approximately an hour for the purpose of filling my bladder if necessary for an ultrasound....I was made to move around quite a bit with the cathetor in.  Starting on 8/19 I have had some bright red bleeding, not making it to a panty liner but present when wiping either before or especially after urinating.  The same day I started experiencing cramps, only slightly lower than "menstrual" cramps.  Today I'm still have bleeding and major discomfort especially when urinating and for a few minutes after.  Even a gas bubble making it's way through my intestines causes pain.  I feel like my insides have been pummeled.  Is this normal? How long should the bleeding and discomfort last?  The woman who did the catheter had to "take a few stabs" so to speak before she got it in.  
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This is not not normal. Please get a urine culture to evaluate for a bladder infection. If this is present it can easily be treated with antibiotics.
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I also had a catheter in for a week after urethra sling surgery, then 2 weeks later my doctor had to stretch my utethra with instruments (it had narrowed after surgery).  If person who did your catheter was rough, I'm sure that would do it.  I had some discomfort  like you described, but mine went away after a couple weeks (remember I had surgery, too).  
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Does anyone have a plan of a vagina that makes it easy to see the uretha , trying to place the catheter is causing a bit a bleeding and some pain.
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