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11 years 10 months ago #3604 by Patricia
I'm surprised your doctor didn't put you on any antibiotics if he suspected an ensuing infection.....i would definately call him. You need to be on something.

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11 years 10 months ago #3603 by staceyjani
hi guys thanks for all your thoughts. I am also relieved but I do have a question. I seem to have pain when I urinate and some bladder discomforts. I know a week ago when the dr took the stents out he said I could get an infection,I supppose I should check in with that but does anyone remember after the surgery if they had any bladder pains or painful urination? I dont mean to be blunt here at all but Iv'e been intimate with my husband twice since surgery,,I dont know if that is it or what. I had bladder spasms for a few days after surgery and was on pain meds and I thought I was recovering very well ..I think maybe I've felt kind of icky now for 3 days,, I mean upon urination. how is everyone else feeling? and I hope it's ok weather your way. I know we hit the deep freeze this way. many best wishes.. I wont forget u guys and visit when I can.

Stacey

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11 years 10 months ago #3496 by bigsis
Hi Stacey,
I'm so relieved and happy for you--no cancer!  That's such great news!  I'm so glad you've been able to keep us updated.  Hope your pain subsides soon!

Blessings to you and your family!

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11 years 10 months ago #3457 by Rosie
When I was having babies many years ago, I remember friends having what was then called "saddle block" which is a shot in the back now called epidural. Many, many of them complained about terrible migrain headaches. The name may have changed but the problem of headache continues for many. I just learned of a technique that is prevelent in other countries but not so much in USA. Laser out of the growth with just a local anesthetic. I realize this best done once a few biopisies have been done to confirm the bladder cancer to be low grade. This is an interesting article I found. http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/links/doi/10.1111/j.1464-410X.2004.04882.x/full/?cookieSet=1

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11 years 10 months ago #3454 by Rosemary
I found this on the Web.  Evidently the headache occurance can be caused by both, skill of the anesthesiologist and patient individuality.  It is caused by a puncture in the dura.


When an epidural is given, a needle is used to
inject local anaesthetic just outside the dura.
Occasionally the needle passes through the
dura: the chances of this happening depend on
the experience of the anaesthetist and certain
patient related circumstances. You can discuss
this with your anaesthetist.


"What can be done about the
headache?

The hole in the dura will usually mend itself in a
number of weeks but it can take longer.
Lying flat and taking simple pain relieving drugs
(such as paracetamol and ibuprofen) may help.
You should drink plenty of fluid (some
people find tea, coffee or cola especially
helpful) and avoid lifting and straining.
A severe post dural puncture headache will
often need to be treated by an ‘epidural
blood patch’.
Being given a blood patch is like having an
epidural and takes about half an hour.
The anaesthetist will take your blood and inject
it near the hole in the dura where it will clot,
forming the blood patch. This will tend to plug
the hole.
A blood patch will usually cure the headache
within 24 hours. After this period, if you still
have a headache, it may be worth repeating the
blood patch once more. It is very rare to need
more than two blood patches. Your
anaesthetist will discuss this with you.
After a blood patch, we recommend that you
lie flat in bed for 4 hours and do not lift
anything heavy for at least two days."

Rosemary
Age - 55
T1 G3 - Tumor free 2 yrs 3 months
Dx January 2006

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11 years 10 months ago #3453 by Rosemary
Yes, I certainly do see the potential problem.

I've had 4 epidurals in my life and had smooth aend easy experiences.  I guess I had good anesthesiologists.  I certainly paid them enough ;D    I remember the nurse would always sit by me and lay me back down if I started to raise my head too soon.

Anyway, you still can't convince me (for myself) that General is better.  

But perhaps, since I've never experienced a migraine either, it is just a matter of individual differences.  

With regards,
Rosemary

Rosemary
Age - 55
T1 G3 - Tumor free 2 yrs 3 months
Dx January 2006

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