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badheartdude
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   Posted 9/21/2011 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
This might seem like a strange question but, I have developed an inability to urinate in public. No matter how bad I have to go and even if I use a stall for privacy I can't seem to do the deed unless I am at home. Has anyone else experienced this? Can it be related to pain medicine?
intercostal neuralgia, degenerative disc disease, atherosclerosis, depression, & anxiety
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   Posted 9/21/2011 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
 
      Hello Bad Heart!
 
           Don't feel alone! Many men suffer this (I being one of them rolleyes ) I call it "Stage Fright" ....and I too seem to have gotten worse latley. However I was diagnosed with an enlarged "prostate" gland here recently, which does not help matters any. Even at home I may stand there for a couple of minutes.
 
   I am taking a med that now will relax the prostate gland, but so far I have not seen much of a change, and think I will need a med that will also shrink it.
 
      As far as the pain med's, well...I do think it can make a difference, but you might want to see what other members have to say about it, and also consider seeing a Dr about it. It could be that you also have a Prostate problem, but as you said you have no problem at home. Sounds like "Stage Fright" to me....but I really don't know.
 
       If it is, I believe it is a very common problem, and privacy may help, such as using a stall instead of the wall urinal. Oops!...I see you have already tried that. Maybe, thinking of something else during that time may help....and some,... turn on a water tap in an effort to stimulate the thought process.
 
        Hope this helps!
 
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Heather Lynn
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   Posted 9/21/2011 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
A few of the antidepressants can cause "urinary retention", which could make any existing "stage fright" worse, but I'm not sure if would initiate the problem. I might mention it to your doctor though - urinary stuff can sometimes be a sign of something more serious, so just worth bringing up.

Mysti
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   Posted 9/21/2011 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
You know, I'm glad you brought this up! It doesn't just happen to men, as I am a woman and it's been an issue for me my whole life...but recently has gotten much worse...now even in the privacy of my own home, if I know someone else is even in the house, I can't go!!! I've been embarrassed to talk about it, but looks like maybe it's a more common problem than I thought. I wonder if it IS the meds?

I have some bad nerve pain, like sciatica...I was thinking maybe it's from the nerve damage...and maybe it is. But you are right, it might be the meds we take. Anyway, it's definitely very annoying for me!
DDD, 3 bulging lumbar discs, bone spurs, facet joint arthrosis/sclerosis, osteoarthritis, possible fibromyalgia (my dr's are telling me that I "most likely" have fibro but won't actually diagnose it...)

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   Posted 9/21/2011 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
If you have no problem urinating at home and your pattern of med use is the same whether at home or away, it seems that the primary causal factor would be other than how you meds effect your Mu receptor (which would reduce urination).

If your meds have anything to do with it (vs. just a social inhibition), it may be that they are increasing your anxiety?
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badheartdude
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   Posted 9/21/2011 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
The thing is i can urinate at home but i do struggle starting and don't feel like i empty my bladder all the time. Also often i get the urge but am not able to go at all. REALLy frustrating...
intercostal neuralgia, degenerative disc disease, atherosclerosis, depression, & anxiety
meds: gabapentin, oxycodone 30 mg, lipitor, xanax, effient, cymbalta, carbamazepine

NiNi53
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   Posted 9/21/2011 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there Kathy/nini, I have a problem also, I have never asked, but I think it does have to do with the pain meds, I can go whether I am home or away, but it does take time, and I do suffer at night more than ever.  Its so bad sometimes, I do not even drink anything after 6pm.
 
If I have a pepsi even at like 5:30pm, and forget it, I am awake all night up and down, and I also cannot empty my bladder, so for what its worth, since I have no prostate, I have a bladder that 2 children apparently really pushed down on my bladder, so I guess that my be part of it also.
 
Take care, but you are not alone,
 
Kat
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   Posted 9/22/2011 12:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Headed to bed here, but wanted to pop back in and suggest that you get your prostate checked from the information you have given here.

I'm not sure of your ageā€¦.I'm 55 and mine is enlarged at about the right size for a male of my age. It is very common, so do make an appointment with your Dr.

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   Posted 9/22/2011 5:46 AM (GMT -6)   
You have a strange question, and I have a strange answer. It could be an actual phobia. There of, I would go to the doctor make sure all the plumbing is working how it should, like mentioned above. If that doesnt work, then it could be a phobia of some sort.

I'll confess.... my phobia is with chairs at dentists. I cant stand to be flipped backwards
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   Posted 9/22/2011 8:33 AM (GMT -6)   
i have kidney stones and for the past 2 weeks have had trouble peeing. that's definitely physical. if you can go at home without problem then it of course sounds mental...running h2o was a good suggestion. not sure what else other than trying torelax and close your eyes. i personally hate those urinals without dividers...i never have been able to go in those- i could stand there for 5 minutes...i always end up zipping up and walking away.
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