I've just read all ofthis thread. Thanks for all the research you've all done – it isgreat info and I wish I visited this care forum 18 years ago.
My story / routine is
18 years post injury.
SP Catherta from thestart.
Free draining non-stopfor 18 years.
SP Catherta changedevery 3 weeks.
Saline irrigationimmediately after the change.
Drink over 3 litres aday.
Over-active bladder =bladder spasms have been a constant.
Bladder bugs a constantbut mostly non-symptomatic.
Antibiotics requiredapproximately 3 times a year.
Bladder's currentabsolute capacity is only 84mls!!
Have just started onVesicare and it has stopped the spasms – but the bladder shrinkage/ bladder wall thickening has already been done.
Is there any way toexpand the bladder??
Does Botox injectionsexpand bladder or just help prevent further shrinkage?
How far away arebladder replacements?
I use Betadine Solutionto clean around SP site every morning and night.
I am happy to add anyor all of the below or anything else recommended that would assist mein the future.
Cranberry pills orfrozen cranberries or homemade cranberry juice?
Oil of Oregano
Grapefruit seed extract
Cream of tartar
I'm guessing some ofthe above might cancel another one out?
And also is there anybetter replacement for betadine and saline.
Many thanks for anycomments and advice.
Instead of saline irrigations, I would suggest bladder instillation and retention of Microcyn products as discussed in:
In August, 2016, the Australian Government Department of Health issued a Class IIb medical device registration to Oculus Innovative Sciences, Inc., for the company’s Microcyn-based antimicrobial wound solution and wound hydrogel dressing. At about the same time, the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority issued a Class IIb registration for both products.
It is doubtful that there is anything that will help expand bladder capacity. There has been discussion on this forum that the anticholinergic medications (oxybutynin etc.) do help to maintain bladder size, but I've not seen any evidence in medical literature to that point.
I find betadine a little harsh for daily cleansing around the stoma. Microcyn liquid wound and skin care is excellent for cleaning around the stoma, as is plain bath soap and water.
All the best,
thank you GJ, appreciate it
my doctor did say if my bladder continues to shrink then there is the possibility of getting botox injections and if that fails - there is a surgical option of expanding the bladder by expanding/adding/patching the bladder wall with tissue from the bowel..... hopefully it doesn't come to that
All the best,
Is anybody on a prophylactic antibiotic for uti?
Are you dealing with frequent and recurring urinary tract infections? How do you manage your baldder? What is your level of injury?
All the best,
I am c5 and been injured 15 years, I have only had 2 uti's, a terrible one right after a cystoscopy (12 yrs. post), not sure if a coincidence or a dirty procedure, I was on Macrodantin at that time, got a new urologist and he switched me to Bactrim until June and now I have a uti, not sure of coincidence or not.
c4/5 inc funtioning c6. 28 yrs post.
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