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Making progress with Urologist!

WARNING:  I say pee and urine alot (just in case you are eating or drinking when you are about to read this)

I met with an Urologist yesterday and after completing a cysto (where they put a scope into your bladder to look inside) the Urologist confirmed I do not, in fact, have IC.  Best news I’ve heard all day!  Thank goodness I didn’t take the medicine and complete the bladder installations as prescribed back in November!  Lesson:  follow your instincts!

Also, after she reviewed the records from my bladder surgery (remember back in May 2012….yes it was several posts ago), she indicated the hole (which the records indicated it was a rupture of a diverticulum (basically an outpouching of the bladder)) could have been caused by 1. Dysfunctional voiding (I’m not peeing properly) or 2. Chronic Holding of urine (I’m not going often enough) or 3. Endometriosis.  The Urologist indicated I was much to young to have a diverticulum on my bladder so that is very suspect (hence the reason for the cysto).  From the cysto, she could tell my bladder is very strong, healthy and very large (maybe the reason for chronic holding). Good news alert:   The cysto also showed no sign of IC, no sign of endometriosis on the bladder (double Yippee) and no diverticulitis (triple Yippee)!

However, (there’s always a “but”), she does suspect my long history of bladder infections and UTIs may have caused me to hold my urine to long which in turn could cause diverticulitis (or vice versa – holding urine to long causes UTIs and bladder infections- but that’s the old age question of what came first, the chicken or the egg!!)  She prescribed an oral antibiotic for 90 days to see if the medicine would help my symptoms, ordered me to pee at least every three hours, ordered a kidney ultrasound and finally come back in 90 days to see how the medicine is working!

Finally, the reason for the kidney ultrasound is to review why I have proteins in my urine (that should never happen I guess) and to ensure the kidneys are functioning properly.  Baby steps… but at least we are eliminating (or solving) one more theory! 

Kidney Ultrasound scheduled for June 10th (today)! 

 

EMERGENCY: Hole-in-the-Bladder – 2012

On Memorial weekend, 2012, I ended up in the emergency room with not-being-able-to-stand stomach pains and after two days of being sent home and readmitted, they called my OB to come in. He thought I had a twisted ovary. (I did not have them removed when I had a hysterectomy if you remember). They needed to bring me to surgery to look inside to determine the cause of my pain.

Several hours later, I woke up to Christian (my husband) telling me they had to open me up (good news: they used the same scar as my two C-Sections) because I had a hole in my bladder. WHAT? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? WHAT HAPPENED?

Pathology tests showed endometriosis on my bladder. The doctors were stumped! They could not figure out how this could happen! They speculated it was the endometriosis but had never heard of this happening before. I had a catheter for two weeks, ended up with yet another infection and yet another round of antibiotics.

This put a big dent in our Memorial weekend plans! I recovered from the surgery but was told to go to an Endocrinologist to have my thyroid tested. I was also going to have to deal with the endometriosis. NOTE: I was not informed at the time of my hysterectomy that I also had endometriosis. However, I did research and discovered endometriosis often occurs after adenomyosis. But how could it become so severe within a year and half (after my hysterectomy) to cause a hole in my bladder? No one could answer that question but they knew I needed to take all precautions so it doesn’t happen again! No kidding!