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I've had a suprapubic tube for about 4 years with c change

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I've had a suprapubic tube for about 4 years with c change every four weeks. For the past few months, the draining time has gotten longer as the month progresses until it's down to a trickle at the end of four weeks. When the tube is removed it seems clogged with light tan little flakes that are nearly rock hard. I do take a number of vitamin supplements, drink unsweetened cranberry juice and take tramadol for arthritis pain. Any suggestions?
JA: How long have you had the pain? What seems to make the pain better or worse?
Customer: No pain just very slow bladder draining at the end of four weeks.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I'm 80 years old, not overweight and fairly active.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Urology
Expert:  Dr. David replied 10 months ago.

Hello, this is Dr. David. I am reviewing your question now and will be with you momentarily.

Expert:  Dr. David replied 10 months ago.

sometimes taking vitamins and supplements can cause excessive vitamins and minerals to be excreted in the urine

this can turn into sediment in your urine and can clog up a suprapubic catheter tube.

so it sounds like you need to have this tube changed out once a month.

you may need to stop these vitamins and supplements and see if this helps decrease the sediment which gets into your urine.