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Sediment Clogging Up The Catheter

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#1 Dillon

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 12:11 AM

I have had a terrible time with sediment in my bladder/urine clogging up my catheter to the point where I have to change my catheter once a week, if not five days. I have tried irrigating, taking vitamin C and other acetic fluids, drinking water, cutting out milk and dairy as well as not drinking any kind of soda or pop for two months.


Nothing has worked But nothing has worked
Nothing has worked and I'm tired of getting wet and having to pay for so many catheter changes. I've had this problem for years and no doctor/urologist has an answer for me. Oh, I tried antibiotics, low dose antibiotic, which worked for a while but my body became accustomed to it after a month and a problem returned.


I'm desperate and would appreciate anyone's help. Thank you!

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 12:39 AM

I had that problem with latex catheters but since I started using silicone catheters, it has only partially clogged once in over a year and a half. Latex can cause the bladder to be irritated and then it sloughs off that cruddy gunk.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 12:51 AM

Thanks for getting back to me. I've tried latex, silicone and just about every catheter one can imagine. Still, I've had no luck. Some silicone catheters costing $35 or more didn't even work. Any other ideas??

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 01:10 AM

I had tons of sediment when i was in rehab but it was due to an UTI, since then I haven't had any. Sometimes I get very little sediment when I have a uti but nothing bad. It's strange that you're getting a lot even after trying many different ways of preventing it. Are you on a lot of meds?

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 01:22 AM

No, not really. All I take his baclofen, Prevacid and a stool softener along with some vitamins. I just can't figure it out but would appreciate any other ideas.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 01:24 AM

Try a larger catheter..
Out of the gloom a voice said unto me, "Smile and be happy, things could be worse." So I smiled and was happy and behold things did get worse.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 01:25 AM

Hmm, that's strange indeed. What size cath do you use? Like John said, a bigger cath might help.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 01:29 AM

I did have stones and had them removed. But, I had sediment before and after the surgery but this made no difference

Thank you, but I have a super pubic with a 22 French catheter which is pretty damn big... but nothing.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 01:37 AM

Woah 22 is pretty Damm big indeed, well I hope u figure something out!

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 01:50 AM

Thanks!

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 02:35 AM

Check these threads out from another SCI site... perhaps you'll find the answer.

http://sci.rutgers.e...archid=16302543

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 04:11 AM

Haven't tried this yet but I think it'll be good.

http://www.disableda...leg-bag-opener/

Edited by St. Peter, 01 November 2012 - 04:11 AM.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 04:16 AM

Are you drinking water straight from the Tap that might be too rich with minerals that your kidneys are getting rid of via your bladder. Filtered or bottled and boiled water is Best!

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 04:52 AM

How often do you irrigate your cath? Once daily is what I do, perhaps a few times throughout the day might prevent some sediment build-up and clogging for you though...

Good luck, I hate getting AD from sediment in the tube...f*****g painful.

Smile.  Tomorrow will be worse.


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Posted 01 November 2012 - 05:50 AM

How often do you irrigate your cath? Once daily is what I do, perhaps a few times throughout the day might prevent some sediment build-up and clogging for you though...

Good luck, I hate getting AD from sediment in the tube...f*****g painful.


I've had a SCI 31 years. First 2 1/2 I had an internal catheter that I was told to irrigate once daily to prevent clogging and UTI's. Then I was able to get by with a Condom catheter until 9 months ago, and was told irrigating is No longer recommended by my Veterans Administration Doctor.
I've gone the past 9 Months with a 16 French silicone coated Cath without Clogging or a Single UTI. The VA gives me One Cath a month, I bought 5 online at $2.15 each so I can change them every 3 weeks just to be safe about having a Clog, and to be able to remove when wanted :) .. I Forgot to say I don't irrigate at all.

We're All Differant. Good Luck Guys & Gals

Edited by Zack, 01 November 2012 - 05:55 AM.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 11:49 AM

Are you drinking water straight from the Tap that might be too rich with minerals that your kidneys are getting rid of via your bladder. Filtered or bottled and boiled water is Best!

Good luck

You know, i read about this somewhere a while back, this might be it! At rehab I only had tap water from an ice and water dispenser and now I only drink from bottles! Give this a try if youre currently drinking from tap, I think this might do it.



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