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Urine problems after colostomy?

Posted by supernan, on Sun Oct 09, 2011 6:09 pm
Hi,   does anyone out ther have any experience of urine problems after a colostomy.  I had a bladder fistula removed at the same time and just wondered if anybody also had problems in this.?  The main problem is that it goes absolutely everywhere and I hadn't mentioned this to anybody until this morning when I was moaning to a friend about it, and she used to care for a lady that had the same problem after having the op, so it made me wonder if it was a common problem.  If so, any solutions?  Thanks for reading, I think I'm just crazy or at least my body is!!
Reply by DH, on Sun Oct 09, 2011 6:36 pm
Hi, yes I have had problems urinating since my colostomy. But the problem I have is that when I go I feel pressure as I am trying to squeeze the urine out.I told my surgeon about it during my follow up with him. He said it could be from having the urine cath inide of me for the week I was in hospital.Sometimes people have difficulty urinating afterword. But he told me as long as I am passing urine and it is clear I have nothing to worry about and the problem should go away eventually
Reply by supernan, on Mon Oct 10, 2011 3:18 am
Thanks for that DH.  I agree mine has never been the same since the catheter came out,although it was a big relief as I had to keep mine in for 3 weeks.  But this problem has definitely got worse, but on taking a sample this morning as I think I have an infection, I think it may be that I have another fistula.  I am going to get the urine test dipped today and if it is an infection, then I might mention mention it to doctor.
Reply by rosiemoe, on Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:08 pm
ive had bladder problem since my stoma 3 yrs ago,i find now when ive got to i have to,also laughing,sneezing and coughing are best avoided.i used to get shooting pains in the bladder area,but a scan showed nothing.i also think it's to do with being pulled about in surgery,having a cather fitted for weeks and loss of muscle tone due to begin cut.
i hope ur feeling better
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Reply by Past Member, on Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:14 am
Hi - I had an Ostomy almost 2 yrs. ago due to Anal Cancer, so I didn't have previous & continuing problems like the Crohn's sufferers do, but after my Ostomy I have had leakage problems.  I've been trying to strength my muscles by doing the Kegel (?) exercises (I --think--maybe???? they might be helping????  I do an "Irrigation" every other night, so get time in my tub, as the water drains in & out, to try to do the exercises then!!!!!  

I was led to believe that it isn't an uncommon side effect because of all the "handling" & moving around of our various parts when the Drs. are inside of us doing their "thing".
Reply by supernan, on Tue Oct 11, 2011 4:09 am
Thanks for the comments, it seems that perhaps it is more of a common problem than I thought.  It turned out that I didn't have an infection but was told to keep drinking plenty in case one was just starting!  I still think I have another fistula but as I can't have any more surgery I will just be careful to look after it.  I just wish I had mentioned it while I was still under the doctors to find out for sure, but I'm sure everything will be fine.  At least I have the experience of dealing with one as I had  a bowel to bladder one before and that was worse.  At least it is only urine coming out this time!
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