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    I had my suprapubic changed on Wednesday. I change it once a month. For the first time ever we had trouble. Not sure what the problem was. Put in a different suprapubic and everything was flowing perfectly. But during the first change I developed a severe headache. Now ever sense when I flush with Renacidin or even sometimes when I drink water I get an intense headache. The headaches have continued and seem to be getting more of them. What could be causing this? Should I quit flushing for a while?
    Thanks, Clint
    "Some days you eat the bear, some days the bear eats you?"

  • #2
    If the headache is from AD, then absolutely. Your bladder may be bruised, torn, or just inflamed. I routinely skip irrigating the day after a catheter change.

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    • #3
      Probably AD.. I get it once in awhile when changing my sp catheter.. Your BP is probably off the charts.. Definitely need to get it done immediately!

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      • #4
        I need to keep drinking water no matter what. Usually try to drink extra (24hrs) after a cath change.
        "Never turn your back on fear. It should always be in front of you, like a thing that might have to be killed." - Hunter Thompson
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        • #5
          The headaches are not continuous. Seem to be randomly throughout the day. I had my blood pressure taken yesterday and it was 90/50. That is about normal for me. But this wasn't during one of my headaches.
          "Some days you eat the bear, some days the bear eats you?"

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          • #6
            Originally posted by countryboy View Post
            The headaches are not continuous. Seem to be randomly throughout the day. I had my blood pressure taken yesterday and it was 90/50. That is about normal for me. But this wasn't during one of my headaches.
            Check it when you are having a headache. Do you have Nitroglycerin or Nifedipine for AD?

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            • #7
              I would think that this is AD, probably from the trauma of inserting the new catheter. You might want to try skipping the irrigations for a couple of days. I would also encourage you to drink - but smaller quantities at a time. Take your BP during one of the headaches - and I would call your provider and at least let him/her know what is going on.
              ckf
              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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              • #8
                Originally posted by HACKNSACK44 View Post

                Check it when you are having a headache. Do you have Nitroglycerin or Nifedipine for AD?
                I will check it next time I have a headache. I do not have any medication for AD.
                "Some days you eat the bear, some days the bear eats you?"

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                  I would think that this is AD, probably from the trauma of inserting the new catheter. You might want to try skipping the irrigations for a couple of days. I would also encourage you to drink - but smaller quantities at a time. Take your BP during one of the headaches - and I would call your provider and at least let him/her know what is going on.
                  ckf
                  I will do that. Thanks for the info.
                  "Some days you eat the bear, some days the bear eats you?"

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                  • #10
                    Sorry, but I just remembered something that happened to me long ago. After changing my suprapubic catheter, my bladder started bothering me a lot, AD, etc. I finally changed it again with the same kind and size of catheter. I surmised that the first catheter had inflated improperly, e.g. the balloon did not inflate symmetrically. I should have reinflated it to test, but I threw it away before I thought of that. Later, I asked a urologist if that was possible, and he said "Yes, he has seen that happen." So, if yours keeps bothering you, you might want to replace it.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by khmorgan View Post
                      I should have reinflated it to test, but I threw it away before I thought of that. Later, I asked a urologist if that was possible, and he said "Yes, he has seen that happen." So, if yours keeps bothering you, you might want to replace it.
                      Do not pre-inflate catheter balloons. This is an outdated practice, and with modern materials and manufacturing it can actually cause more trauma during catheter insertion than when inserting a non-pre-inflated catheter, and even more trauma than can be caused by having to remove and replace a defective (rare) catheter.

                      (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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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post

                        Do not pre-inflate catheter balloons. This is an outdated practice, and with modern materials and manufacturing it can actually cause more trauma during catheter insertion than when inserting a non-pre-inflated catheter, and even more trauma than can be caused by having to remove and replace a defective (rare) catheter.

                        (KLD)
                        Sorry that I wasn't clear. I said reinflate rather than pre-inflate. What I meant was that after we had removed the old catheter and installed the new one, I should have reinflated the old catheter to see if it did indeed inflate irregularly. Speaking of pre-inflating, after that we did pre-inflate new catheters a little for awhile, but stopped that after we had finished that box of catheters.

                        Thank God defective catheters are a rare occurrence now. About 15 years ago, I got a box of 10 catheters, and 3 of the first 5 were defective. I returned one of the defective ones to Bard and all the unused ones. They sent me 5 new ones. Of course, that didn't cover the cost of the urologist who had to puncture the balloon of one of them with an amniocentesis needle.

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