Jolene wrote: . . . . that the radiation might have caused collateral damage and affected the urethra sphincter muscles! (Didn't realise urethra had sphincter muscles as the discussion on this board is often of the rectum) He mentioned that the female urethra sphincter can be quite close to the rectum sphincter.
KimT wrote:My aunt had pelvic radiation for cervical cancer and it damaged her bladder. She lost her ability to fully empty her bladder and would ‘leak’ as her bladder filled and was no able to hold the urine. Eventually her kidneys failed and she was on dialysis the last 18 months of her life. I would get in to a urologist ASAP. She might have avoided dialysis had she not ignored the issue for as long as she did.
Lee wrote:So that is what I felt. Last fall, I started passing a small amount of blood. Assumed it was bladder cancer. The urologist put a camera inside of me to look inside the bladder, All was clear. As the camera is going in, there is a split second of pain, nothing real biggy, just uncomfortable for a split second. So the radiation did not effect my bladder, butt did some serious damage to my vagina.
Butt following my surgery, my bladder went numb for a few months. Could not tell if I needed to urinate or not. Made a point to urinate to every few hours. Numbness went away, all fine after awhile, butt for several years Dr.(s) would ask me about possible bladder issues like leaking.
Do see the urologist, good luck,
I think it's the thought of inserting a camera through my urethra that's freaking me out and hence I'm reluctant to go check in with a urologist as soon as I should be.
How did a bladder check end up with checking your vagina though ? Or was it a seperate gynae check-up ?
I'm going to make an appointment soon !
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