Clearing A Blocked Catheter
I've had a catheter installed now for almost two weeks following cystoscopy and removal of a tumor in my bladder. The first few days I was passing a lot of blood and quite a few clots without really any discomfort. I then started having pains that would feel like you really had to urinate and couldn't. The doctor prescribed an anti-spasm medicine Oxybutynin 5mg which did minimize the spasms. I also found that clots would build up and block the catheter flow and when that happens it does get very painful. Seeing how the clots behave when ejected into the toilet I thought I would try using my "tilt table" to see it being upside down would help clear the clots from the catheter. I am pleased to report that after about 10 seconds upside down the catheter cleared and flow started. Once the flow is going, there is usually enough draw that the clots flow right out. I guess the only other option would be to have the doctor remove, clear, and re-install the catheter. Good luck trying to get this done after office hours-you are talking an Emergency room visit!
The tilt table is nice but I suppose you could try just using furniture or whatever to position yourself upside down for a while.