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Dr. Arun Phophalia, Urologist
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I am currently battling Interstitial Cystitis. Back in June I had the Interstim Surgery. My condition was not great but was improving steadily. The past three months I was on level 4 at 2.0. For some reason on Saturday I went into retention. I could go but it would take forever. It got so bad I put myself on a foley catheter so I could function at work. I called my doctor he said I have a history with retention. That is true but has not been a problem for a few years. He told me to leave the catheter in for a day or two. Take it out and just change my program. My question is why did this happen out of the blue and what are my options
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Urology
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 2 months ago.

This can happen due to prostate enlargement. The symptoms of prostate enlargement are fluctuating and there may be some poor stream, increased frequency, urgency etc, earlier too before the retention; but may have been thought of as interstitial cystitis.

You may consider following investigations;

1) Urine culture; a prostatitis can also cause retention and that would be ruled out by it.

2) Ultrasound of prostate; for assessing enlargement.

3) Video urodynamics; this indicates about the bladder contraction, its nerve supply, pelvic floor issues, outflow obstruction etc.

You may ask meanwhile medications for prostate enlargement from your doctor, before removing the Foley.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

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