Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Bladder sediment

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    Bladder sediment

    Hi all. New poster.

    I have a C-1 complete injury, and I've had a Foley catheter for about 15 years. For the last year or so I've had constant trouble with drainage. I drink a large amount of water (& broths to maintain sodium levels), as much as 6-8 litres a day, yet I'm still getting catheter blockages that cause autonomic dysreflexia and require immediate irrigation. I do not have any infections or stones, and I take Vesicare for bladder spasms. I have no idea why there is constantly sediment.

    Any experiences or advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

    #2
    We don't really know why, but some people with indwelling catheters have lots of problems with catheter encrustation (not the same as sediment). The most effective treatment for this is daily Renacidin instillations (not irrigation). This requires a prescription. You slowly inject 20-30 cc. of the solution into the bladder through the catheter, using an irrigation syringe, and clamp the catheter for up to 20 minutes (some cannot tolerate quite that long as they start to get AD sooner). Let the solution just drain into your bag as usual. Talk with your urologist about this.

    http://www.rxlist.com/cgi/generic/renacidin.htm

    You may need to have a cystoscopy first to be sure you don't also have a bladder stone or "sludge" that is making the situation worse.


    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

    Comment


      #3
      Welcome to the board Scaper1!
      Good luck cleaning things up.
      When my catheter starts blocking up all the time
      I have surgery to remove the stones.
      sigpic

      Comment


        #4
        Hi, thanks. I have cystoscopies on a yearly basis, but they never find much and within a few weeks the problem recurrs. I asked my urologist about Renacidin and he wasn't keen. He never is. Are some catheter designs less irritating to the bladder than others?

        Comment


          #5
          Yes, you should avoid latex catheters. Catheter that are teflon or Silastic coated or pure silicone catheter are less likely to accumulate encrustations. Use of Renacidin is very accepted by urologists in the USA. Ask your urologist to tell you more about how he thinks the use of Renacidin would be worse for you than repeated catheter clogging. Did you also have ultrasounds or CTs of your entire urinary system (not just of your bladder) to rule out stones in those areas?

          (KLD)
          The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

          Comment


            #6
            Oh yeah, definitely no latex. What I meant by design was something like this:

            http://www.ingenious.com/ZRZT/ZRZT.htm

            I don't know if they actually made it to market, or if something similar is available?

            I have regular ultrasounds. Nada.

            We just can't figure it out.

            Comment


              #7
              Thank you!!!!!

              I wanted to write and say a verrrrry heartfelt thanks to SCI Nurse and any others who introduced me to Renacidin, it has made life SO much better!! Thanks everyone for sharing on this site, it's so very helpful to get first-hand advice! God bless!!!

              Comment


                #8
                Once a month, yes. Even right after a change though the clogging persists. No infections, no stones, no explanation.

                Comment


                  #9
                  Hello Scaper1

                  Just read your post. Within the last couple of months I started having the same problems, and it's driving me nuts!

                  I'm a C4/C5 Quad with a suprapubic (20 years), and it keeps clogging up. I get AD and we have to irrigate, sometimes in the middle of the night.

                  We have no solution yet and it is very disheartening.
                  L0st1

                  Comment


                    #10
                    What french size is your cath?

                    Comment


                      #11
                      Originally posted by l0st1 View Post
                      Hello Scaper1

                      Just read your post. Within the last couple of months I started having the same problems, and it's driving me nuts!

                      I'm a C4/C5 Quad with a suprapubic (20 years), and it keeps clogging up. I get AD and we have to irrigate, sometimes in the middle of the night.

                      We have no solution yet and it is very disheartening.
                      L0st1
                      Have you tried doing daily instillations of Renacidin solution?

                      (KLD)
                      The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

                      Comment


                        #12
                        24 Fr., 5cc balloon...mike b

                        SCI-Nurse, i've started the renacidin. The issue also is that my bladder is so small that i can only put in 10-15 cc and can only leave it in a few minutes because i get dysreflexic right away.

                        l0st1

                        Comment


                          #13
                          Are you also taking an anticholenergic medication for your bladder spasms?

                          (KLD)
                          The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

                          Comment


                            #14
                            yes, ditropan

                            Comment


                              #15
                              Hi I also have had issues with this can really get you down I know. I have had great improvment since taking these pills below. I have no idea why it's helped but tried alot of other things with no joy. I can only think its something to do with it cleand amonia from the liver according to details i've read. I take 1 in the morn and 1 at night might be worth a shot.

                              Steve C

                              L-ARGININE / L-CITRULLINE COMPLEX 1000mg 60 Tablets

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X