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I hope I can get some good suggestions here. I've been having retention problems for about a year. It came so suddenly, I just went to the emergency and sure enough I had 1800ml in my bladder. they sent me for a CT scan, came back negative. I went to my family doctor shortly after, she sent me for ultrasound suspecting prostate. All came back negative including ultrasound of kidneys, bladder, stomach.
then a month later, again. ER again. 1500ml. This time I was sent to a urologist finally who did a cystoscopy. All negative and looking good. Eversince the first incident, sometimes I have a really hard time to get urine to flow, sometimes I cannot go at all, but then it goes away. I've tried lifestyle changeslost weight, excersize nothing seems to change it. Last night I had another episode went to a walk in clinic, they toke a sample(which was VERY hard) and I have UTI. Got antibiotics, was told to drink a lot but the more I drink the harder it is to go... I'm puzzled.

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replied December 1st, 2008
Urinary and Bladder Disorders Answer A5013
Current medical status: Urinary retention, UTI
Current medical treatment: Antibiotics

The urinary tract infection and urinary retention often come together. In most cases urinary retention creates excellent conditions for developing urinary tract infections. But, in certain cases, the urinary retention is the consequence of urinary tract infection. When urinary tract infection occurs, especially inflammation of the urethra (urethritis), an edema of the urethral tissue might occur, thus making the urination harder. Antibiotics should treat the urinary tract infection. When it is over, the edema should disappear and the urination should return to normal.

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