Thanks for the reassurance - it's appreciated. And if we could "clear the pipes" and all would go away, I'd be delighted. Hopefully we get some good info as a result of the tests soon. Waiting on several callbacks from the drs/labs.
Hope you are well - it's frightening to have these symptoms no matter what age or sex.
I wouldn't be worried about cancer of the urethra .. first off it's extremely rare.. there were like 600 cases of it in the U.S. last year and about 70% of those cases were women so it would be very unlikely that your husband is one of the 200 or so men that got it. If there is blood in the sperm it's definitely prostate and like I said, if the prostate exams showed no sign of cancer then I'm sure it's probably just inflammation causing the bleeding.. and supposedly this doesn't lead to cancer or anything harmful. Possible goood news for you is.. that with conditions like prostatitis doctors usually recommend for men to orgasm more often to clean the tubes so to speak.. so he should be having more sex!
I've had those exact symptoms many times.. they believe it was prostatitis and urethritis. I'm 26 years old, it would be really common for someone your husbands age. If prostate cancer was ruled out then I highly doubt it's anything to be concerned about. Just my 2 cents for what it's worth.
Thanks again Wendy and Lauren. I've been doing more searching for bladder and edema, not really finding much of anything - so perhaps that's a good sign. But what I read about BC is certainly scary enough! I think I am going to stop reading now...
The article you recommended (Steinberg, MD) was excellent. Also found some good info off of one of your links to U of Iowa Urology and blood in urine. They mentioned that blood at the beginning was more likely urethra, but of course all the symptoms have been kind of random. I'm hoping we get the urine (cystol...) test back soon which will hopefully not show anything alarming. But I'm on his case regarding the biopsy has to happen asap. Hopefully the dr. will push too. I think DH is just tired of all of this. Up/down, surprise...
Funny thing here - he has great veins for blood tests, etc. With five visits for doctor exams and tests, he has been asked to be guinea pig for beginners doing blood draws or IVs three times now. He was amused for the first two, went along with the third, but she had to poke him four times. He's starting to mumble about maybe he can trade his veins against the bill... :lol
Thanks folks for listening. I'm sure you've heard it all before. I have played your role on a rare disease site - that's usually kids in renal failure which is just awful... I know it gets old to answer the same questions. But your heart sure goes out to folks in need.
Lauren - thinking of you. You sure have been through it! Stay healthy and strong.
Totally agree with your assessment of getting old, which only seems to happen from the neck down, while between the ears I remain a teenager...
Hold off before delving into bladder cancer information, and don't worry about what kinds of questions you'll want to know until you know exactly what you're dealing with. Info overload is a big hairy beast, and you don't want to make yourself nuts with it. So, I think you might be best off waiting, and with some luck you will never have to familiarize yourself with this territory!