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2 years 2 months ago #52090 by dani
Hello Publicnewsense and welcome to this forum. You will find a lot of support here as well as valuable information. I was found to have a rather large mass in my bladder on an unenhanced CT scan performed in the ER for right lower quadrant pain that did not go away one day in August. The ER doctor did find microscopic hematuria that day, but other than that, absolutely NO SYMPTOMS related to the bladder. The ER doctor and I thought perhaps appendicitis or maybe a hernia, but low and behold the CT showed a large mass in the bladder. I am scheduled for TURBT (transurethrethral resection of bladder tumor) on Monday morning. I am a 71-year-old female. I just mentioned to some friends this morning that I think it might be a good idea for everyone over the age of 60 or so to have an ultrasound or CT to look for a bladder problem because of the fact that I had no obvious bladder symptoms. I urge you to request your primary care physician refer you to a urologist as soon as possible. Hopefully, it will be cystitis and nothing more, but with your symptoms, if nothing more you deserve some peace of mind. Good luck and let us know how you are.

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2 years 2 months ago #52089 by lotech35
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! THAT'S GREAT NEWS!!!!

Diagnosed Sept 2015 noninvasive
1st turbt Oct 3 2015, 2nd turbt Nov 13 bladder,
Completed 6 BCG initial treatments 01/11/16 02/09/16 No Cancer!
08/09/16 Cyto shows red spots on bladder, TURBT prostate scheduled
09/12/16 Cancer is back Ta prostate ,T1 high grade bladder papillary uthelial....

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2 years 2 months ago - 2 years 2 months ago #52083 by lotech35
Definitely see a Urologist, My primary Doc thought I had a UTI , I was still concerned went to a Urologist and thats when I was informed it was cancer. You will at least get an answer.

Diagnosed Sept 2015 noninvasive
1st turbt Oct 3 2015, 2nd turbt Nov 13 bladder,
Completed 6 BCG initial treatments 01/11/16 02/09/16 No Cancer!
08/09/16 Cyto shows red spots on bladder, TURBT prostate scheduled
09/12/16 Cancer is back Ta prostate ,T1 high grade bladder papillary uthelial....
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2 years 2 months ago #52081 by DougG
I would advise you to see a urologist. If you need a referral, i think the urinating 20x a day is enough of a reason for you to see a urologist. You know your body better than anyone so there is nothing wrong with giving the doctors as much information as you can. Best wishes to you. Sounds like you have been through a rough time.

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2 years 2 months ago - 2 years 2 months ago #52080 by publicnewsense
Hi, this is my first post. I've been having microscopic traces of blood in my urine off and on for at least two years. Now and then there will be a slight trace amount left on tissue after urinating but it's so light it's just slightly pink. I was told in ER a couple times I had blood in my urine but they didn't seem concerned about it so neither did I. I was also told I had a blood clot but they didn't tell me where and I couldn't get any answers.

One month ago, due to constant pelvic cramping for a good year, I had a hysterectomy. I was told the cramping would subside within 2 or 3 weeks. It's been four weeks now and I'm still having the same cramping I had prior to the hysterectomy, including crampiness in my lower back. I have been urinating a good 20x a day and up several times a night to urinate. Often, the urine stream is so weak it takes me 5 to 10 minutes to go. Sometimes the stream will just stop before it can really get going and I can't do anything to get it restarted but sit there and wait.

I figure if this were anything like bladder cancer, my GYN would've discovered it in pathology after the hysterectomy and told me by now. Just prior to surgery he told me my symptoms may be interstitial cystitis and he'd know more after surgery. Today, after constant bladder and urethral pain, I've been reading stories about and by women who had bladder cancer and saw they are sometimes misdiagnosed with interstitial cystitis. Between two and three weeks post surgery I had a large amount of blood that I had to use protection for but it went away within twelve hours and now it's just occasional light spotting.

I guess my question is where do I go from here? How do I go about getting my doctor to look into this further without looking like I'm telling him how to do his job? And what questions should I be asking him? I really appreciate anyone taking the time to read this. Any information offered will be taken to heart and very appreciated as well. I just don't know where to go from here. Thank you so much.

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