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    going up a catheter size?

    For any women with an in-dwelling catheter, any luck with going up a catheter size? I've been having problems with drainage (but not infections, knock on wood), so my urologist has recommended going from a size 14 to a size 16. My worry is that this may cause even more irritation. It's hard to know what to do.

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    Well to CC Scaper1. I'm thinking about doing the same thing.
    Urine is leaking around my catheter in my stoma.
    Why are you going up in size?

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    My reason is frequent need for irrigation due to the catheter not draining properly, sometimes due to sediment but sometimes for no apparent reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scaper1
    My reason is frequent need for irrigation due to the catheter not draining properly, sometimes due to sediment but sometimes for no apparent reason.
    Okay I see, understand.

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    I went from a 14 to a 16 fr foley nearly two years ago because of leaking. I had no problems or irritation (monitored by exams, frequency of spasm, etc). I also switched to silicon from latex at the same time because of signs of an allergy starting. Hope you find a solution that works for you.

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    Thanks! Do you also take Ditropan or Vesicare? I took the latter for 3 months, but it didn't seem to help.

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    Vesicare, Detrol nothing helped me.

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    Ditropan XL 10 mg X 2 in my case. I still have occasional leaking. I am probably headed for a suprapubic before much longer.

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    Changing from a 14 to 1 16 is no problem but our SCI urologist does not recommend increasing to larger sizes than 16.

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