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Comment from: Richham, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 17

I would not say cystoscopy is painless however the pain was short and manageable. The doctors initially wanted to do it without a sedative or any medication. After hearing some stories I pressed for a Valium and nitrous oxide and they gave it to me. I still felt the pain even with the sedatives. There was a sharp pain when he went through the prostate followed by a strong urge to urinate like when you urinate and stop midstream. The pain was over quickly and the procedure was no longer than 30 to 45 seconds.

Comment from: Meliss1990, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I have had a cystoscopy done twice. This time it was due to microscopic blood in my urine. This procedure is not only painful during but also after. It hurts so bad to urinate as well as causes severe stomach and lower back pain.

Comment from: Tuck, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 20

The urologist recommended a cystoscopy, following urinary retention issue. I had this procedure this morning; some discomfort but for me not excruciating pain. Two hours later I am having lunch and a few pops at a local establishment.

Comment from: Fred, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 16

I had the cystoscopy procedure due to microscopic blood in urine, and it was excruciating beyond belief. I don't believe I had sufficient local anesthetic. Make sure you are numb in this area prior to the procedure, otherwise watch out!

Comment from: Willem, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 22

Due to an enlarged prostate, a cystoscopy was needed. I was told by a nurse, a couple of days before, the procedure could be painful. The brochure I got stated that it could be painful as well, and could take about 15 minutes. Of course I was nervous about the whole thing, but there was no need to be. The doctor used a flexible line, it was not painful at all and the procedure took all of 5 minutes.

Comment from: Cheryl , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 06

I had terrible pain with cystoscopy! No sedation. I will never have it again without sedation.

Comment from: Bo, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 30

I passed a bit of blood which apparently came from a kidney stone. The doctor wanted to do a cystoscopy to ensure nothing was wrong with the bladder. Procedure was done in the office with no general anesthesia, just a tube of lidocaine or something similar injected in urethra prior to procedure. Minor pain as scope passed prostate. Nurse's preparation lasted about twenty minutes with genital scrub and sterilization and injection of anesthetic. Actual procedure lasted about three minutes. No discomfort afterward. And, fortunately, nothing found.

Comment from: Cheryl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

I went this week for a cystoscopy because of microscopic blood in urine. This was picked up by my general physician on routine urine test. I'm a smoker and 50 years old and told I was high risk for bladder cancer. Urologist did ultra sound and nothing was found! I then had CAT scan and nothing found. I had my cystoscopy under general anesthesia with three biopsies. I woke up with pain level of 4 and was manageable. First few times urinating was painful but drinking lots of water helps take the sting out! I would do it all over again because early cancer is treatable! I now have peace of mind.

Comment from: marto, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 24

After a bout with prostatitis, the urologist wanted to do a cystoscopy to see if anything was going on. The procedure was very painful, I will never ever have it done again unless if under some form of general anesthesia. I was not even aware that this was even going to be that painful.

Comment from: over60inATL, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

There was blood in my urine. I had my first cystoscopy today and it was nothing like I thought it would be in my mind. It was over in 3 minutes and I got to see what the doctor saw, as it was happening. No pain at all.

Comment from: It-won't-hurt-BULL, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

Two days ago I had a cystoscopy in the urologist's office with topical anesthetic due to microscopic blood in urine. The doctor said I'd feel a bit of a pinch and maybe some burning. But it was very painful, more like an electrical pinch/burn that went on and on. Then after getting home urination was excruciating for the first 12 hours with lots of burning and blood, not just spotting like the doctor's office said. I will never have this done again unless I'm under general anesthesia.

Comment from: RJ, 65-74 (Patient) Published: April 10

One day after driving for a good while I had to urinate and it just trickled out, and then nothing at all. I went to the hospital they put a catheter up my penis and set me up with a urologist. He put me on tamsulosin 4 mg twice daily after doing cystoscopy examination, and now a colonoscopy test is there.

Comment from: Chandrakanth, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 15

I cannot believe there was no pain with cystoscopy. I got my cystoscopy done in 2000 and it was so painful that I do not want to even remember again. Perhaps now there may be anesthesia. Even after cystoscopy I suffered pain for more than six months, since the blood clot inside needs to clear as it obstructs the passage of urine, and when urine is passed, there will be pain. I cannot believe the way it is written.

Comment from: chandler, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

Even though I am very healthy, I had a urine test that showed a small amount of blood in urine. My doctor advised me to have a cystoscopy.

Comment from: Feather, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 18

I had a frequent need to urinate. I had blood in my urine for two years and I decided I need to evaluate what is causing this, especially the onset of really urgent urination and severe pressure. I had an MRI last week with showed cysts, urethral diverticula and am having surgery to remove those and will be scoping the stomach at the same time via laparoscopy and possibly removing the ovary because of tumor.

Comment from: BLONDGOD, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 10

I was urinating a lo of blood and urinating was extremely painful.

Comment from: endosucks18, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I had a cystoscopy because I have endometriosis and they wanted to see if any had found it's way into my bladder.

Comment from: barima, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 30

55 years old. There was blood in my urine due to an enlarged prostate.

Comment from: gateway, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 31

A narrowing of the urine stream caused me to go for cystoscopy.

Comment from: ZIGABA, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: May 20

I have had a one time occurrent of what appeared to be blood in the urine. My urologist has ordered the cystoscopy for me.

Comment from: martdon, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: March 03

When I urinate I show a split stream. My urologist is looking for something that may be blocking the flow in my urethra. My prostrate was normal, and the cystoscopy was normal. I am showing bleeding one day later.

Comment from: me, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 18

Escalating level (from trace to 1+) of blood in urine samples over the past 18 months had my PCP send me to a urologist who is recommending a cystoscopy in addition to an ultrasound (renal) to investigate/evaluate possible causes.

Comment from: JW, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

Just had my 5th Cystoscopy. I get repeated bacterial & interstitial cystitis. This time I have had botox injected into the bladder walls to help prevent my bladder from shrinking and the walls from cracking.

Comment from: Jack, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 06

Repeated episodes of blood in urine, along with intense pain while trying to pass urine. Antibiotics seem to rectify the problem, but it keeps occuring when I finish the course of antibiotics. I've had four separate courses of antibiotics, and the pain and bleeding has returned within 2 to 3 days of finishing each couese. However I completed the last course nearly 6 weeks ago and so far all seems okay. I'm told by the urologist that the cystoscopy is to try and determine why the infection kept returning. I'm now wondering whether I should leasve well enough alone.


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