August 17, 2013 at 9:19 pm #584Ken TheriotKeymaster
Thanks for signing up for the Living With A Catheter forum! Please be courteous. The whole idea is to help each other by sharing tips and stories – from those who have experience to those who need it.
Update: I’ve seen an increase in people registering for the site who are NOT shown as registering for the forum. To prevent spam and would-be hacker mischief, I will delete suspicious looking users (usually with user names like dmahvUqg, and who are not signed up as Participants). If I accidentally delete a you, just contact me via the “Contact” link in the menu, and I’ll add you back.January 27, 2018 at 3:55 pm #1633Canada3Participant
First thanks so much for this site. Truly awesome I found it before a urthetralplasty surgery and started following. I really didn’t want much info initially I was nervous enough with the complex nature of the stricture. Anyway at home resting after a 4 day hospital stay… I will have catheter for a 3 weeks up from the original projected 2 weeks. Funny it is the least problematic they have given me valium after a previous experience with a foley and I have been sleeping hard along with pain killers. Two questions for you and forum 1) keep in mind things are still tender/fresh from surgery anything that I can do to speed up/lessen testicle pain/scrotium healing. I had my first night of truly amazing pain last night more than I could tolerate to sleep and didn’t get much rest. 2) bowel movments. Still none. I have started eating more solids, but they really went to town on my mouth for material so I was getting food caught everywhere. I have stol softeners, but any foods you might suggest or things to do. I feel like the pressure on the testies and scrotium is directly connected. I am passing loads of gas and feel relief when I do. Many thanks.March 16, 2018 at 7:36 pm #1685CatheterChrisParticipant
the bowels will come, and when they do, hold on partner.
I didn’t use the bathroom for 7 days post surgery. It didnt really start happening for me until I started eating a lot of greens (fiber is your friend) and took most forms of meat out of my diet. I was getting protein from beans, greek yogurt, and spinach. You have to remember that opiates will severely constipate you, I had to refrain from taking any for 2 days until I was able to have a complete bowl movement. And when I did it was as hard as a rock. I havent taken a pain killer in 2 weeks and my bowls are now finally returning to normal. You also have to consider the antibiotic you are taking is a factor in your lack of bowl movements.
I say you take a day to go heavy on the greens, take a few stool softeners, and sit on the bowl for a bit and wait for it to happen. You aren’t going to get the urge so you’ll have to coax it out. DO NOT strain, your perineum is still healing and will continue you heal for a month or so post surgery.July 28, 2018 at 7:29 pm #1829Bro KenParticipant
I am not finding the post I started last night on the forum. I am wondering if it was removed for some reason? Did I break a rule somehow, or maybe it takes time to show up? I thought it was posted immediately. If I have done something wrong, please let me know.
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