Inability to Urinate


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Comment from: Ida-male, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: March 25

I went out with some friends, had a little too much alcohol, and I woke up unable to urinate all day.

Comment from: Amy M., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

One day after drinking alcohol, I could not urinate and it had been 10 hours. I had a catheter put in and 2 months later it was taken out and 4 days later I was back in the emergency room (ER) with urinary retention. There is no diagnosis but now I have had a catheter in with 5 changes in the last 5 months. I am really worried it is doing damage to my urethra.

Comment from: Mcgurt, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

If I drink a considerable amount of alcohol at night, when I wake up I have urine flow issues (start and stop). I am 33. I just started having the issues at 30. I wonder if it is age or something else.

Comment from: Tete, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 10

Pain medicines caused my inability to urinate.

Comment from: Bill, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 04

I had stomach surgery and oxycodone is what I take. It helps me swallow and not gag. But I have to stop because I cannot urinate when I am on it, I don’t know what to do.

Comment from: Ssv, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 15

I have problem urinating at night after waking up in the middle of night. I also have difficulty passing first urine in the morning. No pain or irritation. Rest of the day, as I keep moving about, frequency and flow of urine is normal. I am at menopausal stage with enlarged uterus. I wonder if that is the reason.

Comment from: Relieved, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 05

I was having problems urinating at night and my doctor put me on tamsulosin. After reading a comment on this site about the effect of alcohol on ability to urinate, I realized that for years now, I've been having a beer with dinner but hardly drank during the day, and that might be the cause of my problem. So I quit drinking beer altogether and went off the tamsulosin. At first I had a little difficulty but as the days went by, the night urination problem went completely away.

Comment from: OuchWTF, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

I was diagnosed with 4th stage prostate cancer, and it has spread to pelvis, hips, spine and ribs in 1 1/2 years. I suddenly can't urinate, it is awful, I almost pass out and I fear going to go; I mean to go urinate. I am not worried of dying from cancer as the fear of next attempt to urinate. Might I add my prescription for relief from this suffering is at the pharmacy but they fail to give it! It is not an opioid.

Comment from: StefF, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

On a couple of occasions now I have had problems with urination, and every time it happened I was taking morphine. The first time it happened I did panicked a little as I have never had any problems before and it can be alarming. However I had to stop my treatment with morphine as it was inefficient and a few days later everything went back to normal. I never did think it was happening from the morphine though. However when it happened the second time I was again given morphine after I had surgery. And that is when I realized that that was the reason behind it. If you are taking it for a long time it may take a while for everything to go back to normal, but it would be probably be best to consult with a doctor before stopping any medication. Since I have discovered that the morphine was causing this I have not taken it, and I substitute it with oxycodone if I do require to take stronger pain relief. I hope this helped.

Comment from: murdock, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 10

My husband was given excessive amounts of Oxycontin, morphine and other medications unknown to me. Immediately he became unable to urinate and was then placed on a catheter for over a month, with no other treatment. Before that he would fill urinals, all during the day and night. He is not swollen, feels a need but cannot urinate, maybe passes 3 or 4 oz. in a 12 or more hour period. I wonder if these medicines can cause this problem.

Comment from: ashleyjackson78, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I have been holding urine in for 15 hours each day since I was 10 years old. This has caused my inability to urinate.


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Comment from: pbro93, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 04

I have CKD (chronic kidney disease) level 3 for 25 years or more. I have hypertension under control with aspirin 80, lovastatin 20, Norvasc 5 and Benicar 20. For the past year I have 2 to 3 episodes lasting from 5 to 20 minutes at night only, of painful urine retention. Sleep clinic indicates I get about 4 to 5 hours sleep at night. I have Medtronic stimulator attached to the vagus nerve, but it is shut off because it is ineffective. Cystoscopy, pressure tests, ultrasound, and scans show no blockages. Prostate slightly enlarged.

Comment from: Stoph1231, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 05

Twice I have experienced dysuria and both times were after drinking liquor straight. Beer and wine or mixed drinks don't seem to produce the same problem. The first time, I got better with medicines and rest. The second time, I needed a catheter.

Comment from: Ann, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 21

I cannot urinate on my own. It started with urinary tract infection. I had all kinds of tests done. I was diagnosed with having neurogenic bladder. I catheterize daily for 6 years now. Doctor wants to do surgery, it is called InterStim and it’s a two part surgery, like a pace maker in the hip and wires to the bladder. I would be using a remote control, to release urine. I'm scared!

Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 18

Recently I have had the urge to urinate at night but I am unable to relieve myself. I have seen a urologist and when I do go I do empty my bladder. I have no problem going during the day but at night it's near impossible for me to go.

Comment from: memyselfaneye, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 29

In October 2014 I visited the urologist because of reduced voiding potential (night voiding and weak leakage). He gave me tamsulosin. I have been taking it all this time. On 4th December 2015 (again entering colder weather) voiding over the night became very limited, and painful. Urologist's exams found no anatomical obstruction, urine retention was up to 380 ml. I refused catheter. I had to urinate up to 30 times per day, 3 to 4 times per night. I am trying to relax when urinating. I am doing Kegel exercises. I am assuming I had neurogenic bladder, but again feeling like my outer sphincter isn't relaxing enough when urinating. On 12th December I started acupuncture and following two days I had relief and normal voiding. I repeated acupuncture 4 times, until 23 December. In the meantime retention repeated. Since 21st December I have no retention anymore. I don’t know what happened. I wonder if acupuncture has done the job. Or perhaps it is the fact that since 19th December I regularly eat 4 or 5 spoonsful of pumpkin seed. Or maybe the acupuncturist, knowing the working stress I have had for the last 16 years, influenced my nervous system; Yin-Yang balance. Also, since I can remember as a child, I was avoiding urinating, so I was holding urine as long as possible. Good luck everyone, retention is a real stress!

Comment from: zelz, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: June 02

I had bladder cancer in 2001. Since then I have had many cystoscopies. My urologist over the years retired. I started to see another doctor in the group. I don't think he was as caring as my original and while scoping I had a sharp pain and burning sensation in the urethra and have very painful urination. Never happened before. The cancer has never returned. Scoping is tolerable but this time I don't think enough care was given during the insertion. I'm calling the office in the morning to see what can be done. I will be biting my lip until then.

Comment from: Gordy, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: July 29

I have urine retention after catheter. Once catheter is removed hope urination will return.

Comment from: DANC, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 13

I have had urinary retention for three years. I had the InterStim implanted with high hopes I could once again urinate on my own but it did not happen. My advice is to not hang your hopes on the InterStim device, it did not work for me at all. I had it removed since and use disposable catheters to this very day; I do not expect that to change in my life. It is awful to not be able to urinate on your own. Save your time, money and energy and try to learn how to accept disposable catheters as a way of life. It will limit your mobility and change your life dramatically, no other choice, sorry it is really bad. Good luck.

Comment from: millief, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 09

I have the inability to urinate at night, and incontinence during day. I had a laminectomy L4-L5 recently and before surgery I had retention problems. I’m getting test done on my urethra this week.

Comment from: 65-74 Male Published: April 09

When I drink alcohol, I find it difficult to urinate.

Comment from: v, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

I had a surgery to remove my thyroid and about two weeks later my bladder shut down. I had urges but I was unable to urine for three to four days and was having hallucinations.

Comment from: Benji, 65-74 Female Published: February 21

I am a female who had cancer of the urethra several years ago. I had one time where I could not urinate and was doubled over with pain. I had immediate relief from pain after a catheter was inserted at the ER.

Comment from: colmert, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

I suffered for many years from a condition medically known as paruresis and more commonly known as Shy Bladder Syndrome. A type of social anxiety disorder, it means the difficulty in urinating in the presence of other people, such as in public restrooms. Often the only environment in which we can successfully urinate is in our own homes and when no one else is around. Often the "cause" is a deep fear that others will scrutinize us - judge us negatively if we take too long, make too much noise, etc. when we use a public facility. Many people with this condition rely on self-catheterization as a foolproof way of relieving themselves. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy has been found to be the most effective treatment method for me.

Comment from: please help, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 15

I was on medication for back pain for three days and went into acute urinary retention. I went to the E.R. and had a catheter put in. I have BPH, but never had a problem urinating. I am wondering if I will need surgery or will I be able to urinate when the catheter is removed. It was in for three weeks and they had to put in back in. It has been in for another three weeks and I go back to the urologist next week.

Comment from: anthony, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: June 28

I am having trouble urinating because of benign prostate enlargement.

Comment from: fiore, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: June 16

I never had a problem urinating, but had abdominal surgery and a Foley catheter was inserted for 4 days. After the catheter was removed, I had urinary retention.

Comment from: Female (Patient) Published: April 04

I was recently diagnosed with herpes and my urine flow started to get thin. There is no infection, no burning, and my urine is clear. But now, I’m having trouble moving bowels as well.

Comment from: Dianamae, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 15

I had surgery for incontinence (rectocele, cystocele, and bladder taping). I still leaked after all this, and the doctor said my urethra sphincter was worn out. He did a procedure of injecting my urethra to bulk it up. I have not been able to empty my bladder since on my own. I had to go to the emergency room and have a catheter inserted. Next day, I went to the doctor who drained my bladder and inserted fluid. I was unable to empty my bladder. I just dribbled a few drops, but she said it would improve if I went home without the catheter. That was 2 days ago and I still cannot urinate. I just dribble a few drops, but I feel the need to urinate all the time.

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