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  • #31
    Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    It is discussed in the clinical practice guideline on bladder management in SCI:

    https://www.pva.org/CMSPages/GetFile...b-9c557bc21b34

    Have you been evaluated for prostatitis by your urologist?

    (KLD)
    Thanks for the information. I have not been evaluated for prostatitis.

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    • #32
      So I had the urodynamics test done and my bladder only holds 68ml before it spasms and voids on its own. Keep in mind this is with no meds/botox and 7 years post injury. Years ago it was around 400-500ml while taking oxybutynin. My urologist said the pressure levels were fine and there are no issues with my kidneys. I also had a urinalysis done the same day and it came back clean. He didn't recommend doing botox anymore since it only last 1-2 months. He said I'm ok to keep using the leg bag and cathing twice a day (every 12 hours). If I get frequent UTI's then we will need to take a different route. He said reusing condom catheters up to 2 days is fine. So I guess I'll just keep doing what I'm doing and try to avoid UTI's. Cranberry pills and drinking water are about all I do for preventative maintenance. Is that enough, or are there better alternatives?

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      • #33
        Originally posted by HACKNSACK44 View Post
        Thanks for the information. I have not been evaluated for prostatitis.
        ou have to ask for that psa bloodtest. they are hesitant to do them for some reason.
        i had my yearly done last week, and i asked for all bloodwork be done, including psa
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        • #34
          Originally posted by fuentejps View Post
          ou have to ask for that psa bloodtest. they are hesitant to do them for some reason.
          i had my yearly done last week, and i asked for all bloodwork be done, including psa
          I will ask them to do the psa blood test.

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          • #35
            Regular checks of PSA are somewhat controversial, but in men with SCI, it is recommended as they may not have other signs/symptoms of prostate cancer, and, it can also be elevated in those with chronic prostatitis, to which they are subject. Discuss this further with your urologist if your PCP appears reluctant to include this in your annual blood tests after the age of 40.

            (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.

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            • #36
              Medicare covers a digital rectal exam and a PSA once a year.

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              • #37
                Just finished my 10 days of Invanz today. How long should I wait to submit my specimen to be tested 2-3 days?
                Last edited by HACKNSACK44; 10-13-2018, 03:40 PM.

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                • #38
                  Usually 3 days.

                  (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.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                    Usually 3 days.

                    (KLD)
                    Thanks

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                    • #40
                      I didn't say anything the first time about hijacking this thread, but I have since given an update and asked a question...in my own thread...and there have been 7 responses that have nothing to do with my question. Aside from it being inconsiderate, it's more helpful to everyone when topics are separated. I'm surprised the nurses are continuing to reply and not suggest a new thread be made.
                      Last edited by Brad09; 10-14-2018, 05:37 PM.

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                      • #41
                        All responses are related to the original question. I don't see this as "hijacking". If you want to start a different thread to address questions you don't think were responded to appropriately, you are free to do so.

                        (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.

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by Brad09 View Post
                          So I had the urodynamics test done and my bladder only holds 68ml before it spasms and voids on its own. Keep in mind this is with no meds/botox and 7 years post injury. Years ago it was around 400-500ml while taking oxybutynin. My urologist said the pressure levels were fine and there are no issues with my kidneys. I also had a urinalysis done the same day and it came back clean. He didn't recommend doing botox anymore since it only last 1-2 months. He said I'm ok to keep using the leg bag and cathing twice a day (every 12 hours). If I get frequent UTI's then we will need to take a different route. He said reusing condom catheters up to 2 days is fine. So I guess I'll just keep doing what I'm doing and try to avoid UTI's. Cranberry pills and drinking water are about all I do for preventative maintenance. Is that enough, or are there better alternatives?
                          Sorry, I meant to write some comments when you posted this, but I got busy with other things and never got back to this post.

                          The evidence and opinions about taking cranberry supplements are really mixed. From what I have read over the years, it is about 50% for use of these supplements and 50% they don't do anything. I used to take them religiously with breakfast and dinner. I stopped taking them about 4 years ago and haven't noticed any difference in frequency of urinary tract infections. That is to say that I wasn't getting many infections when I was taking them and I'm not getting infections now that I've stopped.

                          There is some thought that taking d mannose supplements is helpful in helping to prevent e.coli bacteria caused urinary tract infections. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/in...1114/d-mannose
                          If you have records of the bacteria responsible for your urinary tract infections and see a pattern that e. coli is frequent...this supplement may be helpful to you.

                          "Fuentejps" has posted about gentamicin bladder flushes to help prevent urinary tract infections: https://www.carecure.net/forum/showt...ght=gentamicin

                          I've posted about Microcyn instillations to help prevent urinary tract infections . There is a lot of discussion here: https://www.carecure.net/forum/newre...eply&p=1866926 and if you search the forum for Microcyn you will get a lot more discussions.

                          Hope those thoughts help.
                          Last edited by gjnl; 10-15-2018, 12:22 AM.

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                            All responses are related to the original question. I don't see this as "hijacking". If you want to start a different thread to address questions you don't think were responded to appropriately, you are free to do so.

                            (KLD)
                            This thread was about how to tell if you have a UTI with no symptoms. I don't think the comment that was made (and literally started with "not to hijack the thread") about problems leaking from a SP was relevant to the thread (as that would be a symptom). It seemed like a separate issue, maybe I read it the wrong way. However, once I posted an update and the off topic comments were continuing to be answered, I felt like that wasn't fair to me. It also makes it harder for anyone who is searching for issue about SP to find them buried inside other threads.

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by gjnl View Post
                              Sorry, I meant to write some comments when you posted this, but I got busy with other things and never got back to this post.

                              The evidence and opinions about taking cranberry supplements are really mixed. From what I have read over the years, it is about 50% for use of these supplements and 50% they don't do anything. I used to take them religiously with breakfast and dinner. I stopped taking them about 4 years ago and haven't noticed any difference in frequency of urinary tract infections. That is to say that I wasn't getting many infections when I was taking them and I'm not getting infections now that I've stopped.

                              There is some thought that taking d mannose supplements is helpful in helping to prevent e.coli bacteria caused urinary tract infections. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/in...1114/d-mannose
                              If you have records of the bacteria responsible for your urinary tract infections and see a pattern that e. coli is frequent...this supplement may be helpful to you.

                              "Fuentejps" has posted about gentamicin bladder flushes to help prevent urinary tract infections: https://www.carecure.net/forum/showt...ght=gentamicin

                              I've posted about Microcyn instillations to help prevent urinary tract infections . There is a lot of discussion here: https://www.carecure.net/forum/newre...eply&p=1866926 and if you search the forum for Microcyn you will get a lot more discussions.

                              Hope those thoughts help.
                              Thank you, I will check out those links.

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by Brad09 View Post
                                This thread was about how to tell if you have a UTI with no symptoms. I don't think the comment that was made (and literally started with "not to hijack the thread") about problems leaking from a SP was relevant to the thread (as that would be a symptom). It seemed like a separate issue, maybe I read it the wrong way. However, once I posted an update and the off topic comments were continuing to be answered, I felt like that wasn't fair to me. It also makes it harder for anyone who is searching for issue about SP to find them buried inside other threads.
                                Sorry about that. I should have started a new thread.

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