Well this evening I had my yearly (ok, more like every two ) appointment with my Urologist.
Mostly because I had a bit more severe IC symptoms once again and wanted to make sure everything is ok...
Doesn't look bad so far, albeit of course have not gotten all the results.
Well amongst a good number of tests, one involved my object of hate: Catheter.
Now I've had this a few times in my life - and the situation was always the same:
putting it in: no problem at all... basically it's mildly uncomfortable, with an "odd" sensation... but not too bad.
Also, taking it out is not a big deal...
BUT peeing afterward hurts like shit for like two days ... and with my IC, well it ain't no fun, as I pee /dribble a lot, and well the pain is basically "constant" for the first day and lessens (hopefully) by the end of day 2.
I forgot (again) to ask my urologist: WHY. WHY does that hurt.
I don't think he uses a wrong size... I don't think he did anything wrong.
I know HOW the procedure works quite in detail (as I was trained to do this for home-care situations years ago)... and I can detect nothing wrong with what he does... and yet the 2-day pain when urinating.
Has anyone gotten similar "results" with caths?
Can it be that my urethra is that easy to irritate?
Can it be from the actual material of the cath (some mild "allergic" reaction or so??)?
I'm not worried - as I had this in the past the same way... I'm just curious WHY that is as I can't really figure out why.
I am aware that many people seem to have a burning sensation for the first one or two times they urinate after the cath - but two days?
Can it be a reaction to the sterile lube or the anesthetic substance (I guess it's lidocain based)..?
Well maybe someone knows a way around that, for the next time I'll be confronted with this.
Don't get me wrong - there's worse stuff... it goes away and I'll forget it again...
None the less I wouldn't mind to avoid it.