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What causes difficulty in urinating after removal of a urinary catheter?

I was recently in the hospital for a possible mini stroke? I had passed out and hit my head in doing so. It was determined I had not had a stroke but prior to my being released they insisted I pee a certain amount for them. I did what I could but they Inserted a cath anyway. I had the cath removed a few days later and peed just fine for over a week. Then had to go in to urologist for a followup test? Two days later I was no longer able to pass urine and had to go in to get recathed. Was then told by Dr. several days later I could no longer pee on my own and was going to have to be cathed permanently?? My plumbing was just fine prior to all this testing and now it seems to be broken???
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

Urination is a complex process involving coordination between the brain, the spinal cord, and the nerves, and therefore a stroke can also produce inability to urinate.
Sometimes using a catheter is the most effective way to relieve bladder retention.

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