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    I am not sure where to post this so hopefully I'm in the right place. I have IC, vulvodynia, and pelvic floor dysfunction and have been doing semi okay for several years just with Elmiron and occasionally using a compounding cream and a valium suppository. Since July, I have had two bouts of diverticulitis, the first one with perforations and an abscess. The first episode was bad enough to land me in the hospital for almost a week and require me to have a temporary bag put in the drain the abscess. I've never really stopped hurting since the first one. My doctor said I need to have a Sigmoid Colectomy to remove the part of my colon which keeps getting infected. I'm not even scared about that. I'm scared because he is insisting that I have a catheter put in for the surgery and for the first day afterwards. I have had absolutely horrible experiences with them. I shake and cry at just the idea of them.

    So here are my questions:
    Has anyone ever had issues with not being able to empty into a catheter? I had one in for a couple of hours after a car accident and was in so much pain and crying because I really needed to pee. The nurse insisted that I didn't have to because I was on the catheter. I finally told them I would leave if they didn't take it out. They took it out and I asked for a bed pan and was told that I didn't need one since I had been on the catheter for so long. I insisted and then much to the surprise of the nurse and doctor half filled the bed pan, which for me is a lot of urine.

    Even with a pediatric tube with lidocaine, I suffered for pain for two days after having a catheter put in for my c section. Is this normal for people with IC? Doctors look at me like I'm nuts.

    When I had a hydrodistention done, I woke up with a bloody lip. They told me I was "difficult". I have had anesthesia before and after with no problems. This was the only time I was under with a catheter. The only thing I can think is that even when under, the pain is too great for me and I try to stop them. I cried for 4 days afterwards since it felt as though I was literally peeing glass out. Has anyone else had any type of experience like that?

    Has anyone had a suprapubic catheter put in just for surgery and had it removed a day or so later? What did you think of it if you did? I'm wondering if it would help me.

    Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I don't want to put off this surgery to the point where it becomes an emergency, but I'm so terrified of the catheter it's ridiculous.

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    Re: Questions about catheters for surgery

    I had a colectomy in August of 2017 --- mine was to remove a portion of the ascending colon due to cancer. I didn't have any problem with the catheter --- I was on pretty heavy pain control for the first couple of days. I suggest you be sure to share your concern and ask that the catheter be removed as quickly as possible after the surgery. If the catheter is inserted properly and it's confirmed that it's in the right place, any urine will drain.

    I hope the surgery goes well.

    Warm hugs,
    Donna
    Stay safe


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