My PCa journey started with urinary retention and a catheter. Catheter was in for about a week, and yes I had pain at tip of penis and a bit of blood and a bit of white discharge.
The massive improvement to my life came when the incontinence nurse offered me "clean intermittent self catheterization" instead of an indwelling catheter. In short instead of having an irritating tube down my dick 24/7. I could just attempt to pee normally, if I couldn't then I inserted a sterile disposable catheter myself. I found I only actually needed to do this two or three times in a week.
It may not be medically suitable for you it depends why you can't pee. It sounds like the 22mm catheter was way to large. So hopefully these disposable catheters won't be a problem to get in.
One big limitation may be that you just can't bring yourself to insert a tube down your own dick (they do train you). Though it's a little uncomfortable to do, it really made a massive improvement to my quality of life.
So I would say don't treat the soreness at end of penis, go for "cisc" if it is medically appropriate for you.
Have you tried instilagel, it is available at most chemists, a couple of quid a tube, it has always help ease my discomfort. Put the tip of syringe down the eye of the penis at the side of the catheter and squirt some in. A three way catheter is always going to be big.
Bit of useless info it would have been a fr20 or 22 not 20 or 22mm, that would make your eyes water.
Good correction. In this case size really does matter. LOL
Great recommendation on the Instillagel. I got it yesterday and my fist day back at work today and feel great.
You are probably right about self-serve and I will most likely have to go down that route. I've not convinced myself yet, but the way you describe it sounds very good (well acceptable!).
If you started with a 22FG [eyes watering], then you may still have a catheter that's too large.
'Standard' (mode) size for men is 14FG, some men need a 16FG. Very few need larger.
Many problems, including pain, leakage and infection can be directly attributed to an oversized catheter.
-- Andrew --
"I intend to live forever, or die trying" - Groucho Marx
Doctors tend to be very bad with catheters. Experienced nurses are infinitely better.
I had two of those giant three-ways fitted when my normal catheter got blocked by a blood clot and I went to A&E; the one inserted by the doctor was not only ham-fisted, it immediately blocked again and he didn't realise, resulting in several hours of agony. Finally the nurse replaced it and relief was at hand.