I am going tomorrow for a cat scan to look at my kidneys and other organs. I haven't had a period since February. I am 57 and have just now started missing periods. The odd thing is I feel all the time like I am trying to have a period will get the emotional symptoms also. I've been having microscopic blood in urine test. So the doctors sending for different test for kidney bladder and urinary track problems. It seem odd to me I have never had blood in my urine and now I have for a couple month on couple urine test and I feel like I am trying to have a period. I will do what the doctors want because I don't want to take chances with any kind of cancer. Just wondering if anyone else had this happen to them had testing of the kidneys, bladder, urinary track and was normal even though microscopic blood was present in urine. The doctor says its not possible for blood in the urine and it be like a period caused from menopause. Hope I am explaining it correctly.
Minor spotting can cause microscopic blood in urine. A pelvic ultrasound may be needed to check for fibroids since you keep having cramps. If all tests are negative for kidney, bladder problems, ask them to do a blood test for lupus, as microscopic blood in urine can be a sign of that. It is an ANA test, plus anti-DS DNA antibodies specifically for kidney problems.
I had the cat scan today and go for a test to look inside the bladder Monday. I talked to the doctor about my cycle and what is going on but he said better to be safe. I have been tested for Lupus before. I have a very high ana 1280 had the check for the antibodies but didn't have those. They think the high ANA is because I have perinious anemia its an autoimmune thing also. I have a problem with my inner ear and tested postive on antibodies for an autoimmune type thing in the ear which affected my balance nerve but not the hearing part. I just hope its not cancer. I have had an ongoing thing about going to the bathroom for years. Feel like I have to go but not much ever there. Just never had blood that I know of until the past few months when the menopause stuff really started kicking in. You have me interested in the ANA thing though. Thanks
Last edited by Linma2428; 05-15-2013 at 04:03 PM.
To my knowledge, ANA's are not positive in pernicious anemia. Inner ear disturbances do occur in lupus, as does blood in urine. I think your situation needs a fresh look and nperspective from a rheumatologist and kidney specialist unless bleeding source shows up in the bladder, as in interstitial cystitis for example. ANA of 1280 is quite high, and I think that needs investigated again. Anti-DS DNA antibodies should be run to look at the possibility of autoimmune kidney involvement related to possible lupus. Anti-Smith antibody, if positive, is very specific for lupus. Having it checked one time is not enough. Serial measurements are sometimes needed to "catch" a positive result.
Last edited by ladybud; 05-15-2013 at 07:41 PM.
Very good thanks for the information. I will keep this in mind once these tests are done if nothing shows. They are mainly looking for Cancer I think. I have seen 2 Rhemuetologist and neither seemed concerned about the number of my ANA after doing some tests. So probably gave me a simple answer to appease me wondering. I will follow up on this further once I do thier way. Hopefully its something not to serious as Cancer or Lupus. Thanks again.