Hello to all of you more "experienced" people. Thanks for taking the time to provide guidance to us newbies.
I first went to my family doctor 8 weeks ago because I was seeing blood in my urine and I had symptoms of a UTI (which I have only had 2 times in my life - now 61 years old). I was put on 10 days of antibiotics, which cleared up the UTI symptoms, but I continued to see blood in my urine on an irregular basis.
I returned to the doctor, and he was not particularly concerned but said he could refer me to a urologist if I wanted. I requested the referral.
The urologist office called to set a "consultation" visit for mid December. I continue to have blood in my urine, but it is not constant. Some days all of my urine will be clear, then another day I will have very dark red/brown urine at one void, clear or pale yellow at subsequent voids, then pink or dark red again.
On Wednesday before Thanksgiving, I had blood in my urine twice, on Thanksgiving again it occurred twice, then Friday and Saturday, clear urine all day, then today, dark red urine in the middle of the day.
I don't have any cloudiness, no odor, just blood. No pain, but some "heaviness" in my abdomen (but remember it is Thanksgiving, and I have been eating a lot). I don't have any UTI symptoms, no pain with urination, no urgency, etc. since I completed the course of antibiotics.
I have searched and searched to try to find out if bladder cancer causes intermittent blood in the urine, but I can't find any information either way.
Questions: Is intermittent blood in the urine a symptom? Should I be more aggressive in requesting some testing? Right now I am only scheduled for a "consultation" with a urologist in mid-December. That will be almost 3 months after my first observation of blood in my urine.
I am a 61 year old white female, who has never smoked and has never worked around any chemicals. So, I am not in one of the high risk categories for bladder cancer. I am concerned, but trying not to panic.