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  • Catheter and urethral burning!

    Had an initial consultation with an IC specialist yesterday. He is going to perform a cystoscopy this Friday but decided to give me a rescue instillation yesterday to see if it would help (he said it couldn't hurt to give it a try). Well, when the nurse put the catheter in I couldn't help but cry out, the urethral burning was SO bad!!! It was the same experience when she took it out. Has anyone else experienced such intense urethral burning with the catheter? Does this mean my urethra is probably inflamed? Thanks for all of your input, it's always appreciated!


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    Several possibilities come to mind:
    How gently or not gently the nurse inserted the catheter, how fast or how not gently she removed it, not enough lubricant on the catheter, sensitivity to the lubricant used, type of catheter (latex or non-latex), size of catheter. Many of us have found that we do better with very thin catheters (like size 8 FR). I'd start by asking for that since that tends to be a commonality for so many of us. I'm sorry it was so painful, did the solution help? (I hope so, after that!)
    Wishing you better days soon,

    I am not a medical authority nor do I offer medical advice. In all cases, I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.

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