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Urine Retention & Voiding/Bladder Dysfunction

Kidney & Bladder | Last Active: Aug 14, 2023 | Replies (17)

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@lindes

I am at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for urinary problems. They prescribed Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy for me, and that seems to help. I am able to relax my Kegels fully, and can initiate urinating just by an appropriate way of breathing. You might want to look into this, too.

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Ok, thank you @lindes. I have been doing pelvic floor exercises/stretching for about a month. I do them at least twice a day, including stretching my hips, legs, and lower back. I have not noticed a difference yet. I have also utilized deep breathing. Do you have a realistic time frame as far as how long it may take to relax that area? 3-6 months? Longer, shorter?

I am looking for a sense of hope. My current urologist said there was a high probability I would have to catheter the rest of my life. I would like to defy those odds. I am an otherwise healthy forty some year old male.

Do most male patients who do pelvic floor exercises respond to them and actually loosen or relax that area?

Any other procedures or things I can do to loosen that area at home?

My doctor recommended placing a foley cath back in for at least a month to let the muscles and bladder relax. Think its worth a try?