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    If you can find it, artichoke tea can really help the flow of urine. It doesn't taste bad and so far as I know it doesn't interact with any medication.

    Flowmax can create a second problem after helping with the flow of urine. I guess a polite way to say it in mixed company would be that it can cause a dry climax in men. Understandably, a lot of guys see that as a complete deal breaker. Fortunately for them, there are alternative medicines that help urine flow by reducing the prostate without that side effect, alfuzosin being one of those. So don't give up.

    Sorry to see that the OP was just banned, hope he gets some relief. Hope it wasn't his pee frustration that drove him to disregard the rules.
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  2. i went to a fancy specialist who was pushing a surgery called sacral nerve stimulation to regulate the bladder. they place the stimulator near the sacrum, the place with bladder and bowel nerve endings. i turned it down because i have sacral pain to begin with, and surgery there is a no-go. however, maybe it helps with urinary retention? you do have a device in your back which sounds icky but maybe it works?

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    @notcharlotte, I had a similar issue with my coccyx. I bruised it badly on a riding lawn mower. Sitting was painful for 7 years. They couldn't 'operate' of because of complications so near the bowels. Eventually, it healed. But, wow the worst. I don't think that's related to my problem, but I wouldn't screw around in that area either.

    As it is, I'm ok with an occasional single-use catheter when I just can't take it an more :-)
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    The more I think about it I'm sure the problem has to be the urinal sphincter which will not release. Thats the "valve" which turns on and off. The only other thing it could be is a blockage, but in that case it might be completely blocked and would not sometimes be fine and other times not

    It could not be a bladder problem if its filling up, thats its job. If there is no blockage then the only obstacle is the sphincter which is not working when you tell it to. There might be a spasm there that keeps it closed. Cheer up, it could be stuck open and that would be worse

    These parts of the body are partially controllable and partly under the autonomic nervous system. That keeps it closed most of the time which is what we want. Its just when its time for us to go that we want to have control again. Best suggestion is work every day on relaxation. Relax the whole body head to toe and breath deeply and slowly. Think pleasant thoughts. People have said soaking in a bath often helped, it was the relaxation that did the trick.

    I can think of one other fix for the problem. Mild electrical currents have been known to relax muscles if used in the right way. I found that a tiny current through part of the ear can lower blood pressure, reduce pulse rate and help with other things. Read the thread in the hypertension forum and also the other therapies forum. It just uses a 9v battery and you can adjust it so you barely feel anything. I would try it on the left ear for sure and perhaps both ears. The links and info are in the threads. Using that you stimulate the parasympathetic nerves which calm you down.

    Another possibility if you have a tens unit or buy one, they can be found as cheaply as $20, is to put it right on the area as @notcharlotte suggested. You might have to experiment a bit with the locations. I suggest just below the bladder which is just above the pubic bone. Try one electrode on each side. It might work better than you expected so be prepared. Or might take a few minutes to work. Don't turn it up so high its uncomfortable and if it doesn't seem to work at first try relocating the contacts

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    Quote Originally Posted by notcharlotte View Post
    you guys have my sympathy. i have an overactive bladder and get up every two hours on average each night. i guess i have the opposite issue but it's just as bad. doesn't using a cath every night give you uti infections, @MRNUTTY?
    @notcharlotte, missed this the first time. No, the one time use catheter is sterile. Just keep your hands (and stuff) clean and out of the way and it's fine. I've had to do it hundreds of times now. Although it's getting much better lately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gullible View Post
    Many people say cranberry juice helped them.
    Just as an FYI, I used to drink a ton of cranberry juice, as I was always told that it is very healthy for your urinary system. I drank so much that I had to switch to the “light” version, and even the no sugar, artificially sweetened type, because of the crazy sugar content. Plus, I actually like it.

    So I was reading an article, and supposedly, after all the years of this being a great thing, they found that it irritates both male, and female, urinary tracts, and actually causes permanent scarring. I don’t remember where I saw it, but I don’t believe everything I read, so I did further reading, and apparently it is true. I don’t know if I damaged my plumbing, and I don’t notice any problems from it, but just as a cautionary tale, I am reasonably sure it is no longer recommended. Of course it is fine in moderation, like almost everything else, but I stopped drinking it a lot.

    I still have relatives that won’t listen, and think I made it up! Hope this helps anyone that may have thought it was a great thing to drink, all the time.
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