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    Bladder stones

    A couple of weeks ago, I went to my urologist for a cystoscopy, and it found three bladder stones. I've never had before. Apparently, they are pretty big, so they must have been there for a while. The doctor said that they could exacerbate my sediment problem that keeps blocking my Foley (IMO, the sediment seems to be bacteria related, because when I'm on an antibiotic for a UTI, sediment problem stops, and remains stopped for a short time after the antibiotic is done.) Could they also be the reason that my blood pressure has generally been at levels considered normal for an able-bodied person for many, many months?

    They are trying to find a date to schedule the surgery to except the things with lasers
    Alan

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    Bladder stones (or kidney or ureter stones) can definitely cause AD, and are often associated with the use of indwelling catheters. Sediment is often "sand" or tiny stones that can exist along with larger stones. Stones can often harbor bacteria, and cause your urine cultures to repeatedly show the same bacteria and strain, and these bacteria inside stones can often be protected from antibiotics by the stone material (especially struvite stones, which are mostly a mushy, mucous type material). Removal is done during cystoscopy, either with crushing the stone or zapping it with a laser.

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    That's the plan, if they can never find a date to do it.
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    FWIW, I had a marked decrease in UTIs and sediment after having stones removed, and it was painless.

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    The tentative date is now September 14.

    My blasted Foley's constant is constantly clogging. It's a pain in the opposite side of the ass.
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    The backups of urine and AD caused by the blockages can't be doing me much good, either.
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    Alan, does your urologist know you are having so many AD problems? You may want to call the office on Tuesday (if they are closed for the holiday Monday) and let them know, and see if they can squeeze you in sooner (if they have a cancellation).

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    To me it seems they care less and less about SCI Problems.
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    Grains - big ones - then smaller ones for months. Now some serious lower back pain. I feel your struggle!
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    I just had that done last week. My problem is they found 20 bladder stones that are too big and hard to break up with a laser. I am now going to have to have them surgically removed next week.

    My only symptoms were that I had blood in my urine after I went swimming. I guess they were bouncing around and beating up my bladder.

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