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How long CAN a person go without peeing, i dont mean how long SHOULD they go i mean how long CAN they go before major medical complications

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Measow, I had a similar problem last year (as a result of radiation therapy) and told my oncologist about it at our Wednesday session. He gave me tablets to help. By Friday there had been little improvement and it was becoming painfully urgent. He wanted to insert a catheter immediately but I stalled, knowing I'd have it for the remainder of my treatment, and beyond.

He said, and this is why I'm telling you the story, "If it doesn't improve by tomorrow go straight to the emergency department and ask for a catheter."

It really isn't something you can put off.

(In my own case the tablets worked, but I had to remain on them for the remainder of my therapy before weaning myself off them slowly over the following five weeks.)

Get help now, measow. You could harm yourself by putting it off.

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thank u dozy i am goping there in about hallf an hour...im sorry you had to suffer with cancer but glad you made it through
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thank you again dozy..i went to the hospital and they ruled out bladder, kidney infections and stones but could not tell me why i am having problems...so i did some research online and turns out that the side effects of one of the meds i take causes "problems and/or unable to urinate...so i stoped that med until i can talk to the dr tomorrow....can't believe that the dr didn't know it was one of my meds, cause i brought a list of everything i was on, including dosages ect.
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That's a relief, measow. Glad it was nothing more serious.

I'm not surprised at the doctor's lack of knowledge. Many of them are so busy they only pay lip service to keeping abreast of the latest pharmaceutical information. Medicine used to be a vocation -- now it's just a business.
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i totally agree with you....i recently, well easter weekend ended up having to call an ambulance because i had developed a neuro toxic allergic reaction to a new prescription (i think its called tardive dyskinesia), any way after they stopped my allergic reaction they sent me home, i asked if i should keep taking this med and they said yeah cause i guess it's not a medication that you are supposed stop without my family drs ok, well didn't i end up in the emergency again monday night abd stopped that med without my drs say so because i didn't wa
t to end up in the hospital again and then twice on wednesday. i got in with my dr on thursday and she was so apolagetic and informed me that the reaction i had was so rare that she didn't even think of warning me about it, so she put me on cogentin and warned me that i would have flu like symptoms for a week or two but the cogentin was preventing the allergic reaction. id been off it for like two weeks now and when she prescribed me with a new neuropathic medication she gave me cogentin again which i was supposed to take for a week with the new med so now i am having to stop taking the cogentin, i am hoping that the new med has gotten into my system enough that i dont have any other reactions to it, cause it really is helping the pain...
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Measow, I'm really sorry to hear all that. You've had more than your share of ailments. I hope it can be sorted out in the long term. I'll health isn't much fun to look forward to.
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Found this online. Hope it helps.
The bladder holds 400-600ml of urine. Normal urine production is around 1.5 litres every 24 hours, so that would give you nine or 10 hours to completely fill up. However you can drop to as little as 400ml of urine production a day for short periods without suffering harmful consequences. This could conceivably give you as long as 36 hours between trips to the bathroom.

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thanks, so my dr isnt back in her office until tuesday and so cant see her till then but i feel like i have to pee but cant, should i wait till tomorrow and if i havent peed by then go to the emergency or should i go now, just wondering what your opinion is
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If it's been over 24 hours, I would go to an emergency room or immediate care.
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yhank u
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thank you again but the hospital er was no help, they did rule out any infections but couldnt tell me why i was having this problem, but i solved it myself i looked up all of the meds that i take and it turns out that one of them had a side effect of problems urinting, so ill stop that med and talk to my dr tomorrow since shes not in today
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Sorry 'bout your troubles, measow. Cbratcat gave all the pertinent numbers. I can only relate experience.

Urine output was CAREFULLY monitored after the birth if each of my children, by means of a stylish measuring cup which fitted the toilet.

During one recovery, despite going frequently throughout the day, it was deemed my output did not merit the "gold star" as it were, and they cathed me.

There isn't much that happens in a labor and delivery recovery room which draws the attention of the medical staff, but this sure alerted them. It's nothing to fool with.

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thank you cobra, i went to the hospital yesterday and the dr said that i dont have any infections in bladder, kideny, and then when iasked why i couldnt she said she didnt know but to keep a close eye on things and if not better by tuesday to get in touch with my family dr
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Each persons bladder capacity is different. If you have not urinated and are in pain you need to visit the ER or see a urologist. The longer you let this go on the more likely you are to damage your kidneys.

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the dr in the er yesterday said i didn't have any bladder or kindney infectikons, couldn't tell me why i couldnt pee, then sent me home telling me to keep a close eye on things and if it wast any better to go to my family dr
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then i did a little research and it turns out one of my meds causes problems or inability to urinate so i stopped that med till i can talk to my dr tomorrow
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Yes, some medications can cause retention. Hope everything turns out okay for you.
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About 54 hours max

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I tried it once. After 46 hours 13 minutes absolutley 16 seconds I had to use the bathroom when I was Lying in bed at two am practically ready to explode. I felt harp pain when I finally peed. Highly do not reccomend testing!
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