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Old 01-03-2008, 10:32 AM   #1
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Urology-Concerned about test results coming up negative;

Urology-Concerned about test results coming up negative;
does anyone have a similar experience?
Symptoms:
a. blood in urine +2
b. feeling of full bladder after going to the bathroom
c. constant fullness-uncomfortable
d. back ache-lower back
Test: Results:
ultrasound kidney-bladder Neg
camera in bladder Neg
Urine dip stick test-afternoon blood +2 no infection
Comment: I've always had a small amount of blood in my urine as far back as 1994 (looked back on records) I have fibromyalgia and see a Rheumatologist, he has never been worried about the blood. I moved to Idaho and now without a good doctor so my care has decreased. I take a lot of medicine including pain med.
I saw a nurse practitioner and had a test for what I thought was a bladder infection, the test came back neg. they were concerned about the blood in urine and insisted I see a Urologist.
I did, and had the tests above. This doctor didn't ask me very many questions, didn't look me in the eye, my impression was this doctor was rushing and didn’t want to get into any kind of conversation. He looked in my bladder (camera) and said everything looked fine, he set up an appointment for an ultrasound, the nurse call me with neg results and sent me on my way. None of my symptoms were addressed and no more tests were ordered-no follow-up at all, he didn’t do a blood test that might show protein & other indications of problems. I asked the girl who did the ultrasound if the ultrasound showed every problem that might be there; she said it didn’t and the test would not show stones. I wondered why there wasn’t a CT ordered, not that I want to have that expense; I do want to get an answer to my symptoms; the doctor should have taken the time to talk with me.
My husband said he had so many patients in his office and was running them through very fast; my office visit including the bladder screen lasted no more than 30 minutes. The nurse said get dressed and was going to leave the room, I had to ask her what to use to clean myself off in order to get dressed. I feel like I've been dismissed and I'm angry and scared; I don’t feel like he has explored the reasons for the blood or explained to me why he is not worried about it, his nurse didn’t have an answer for me when she called. He is an Urologist thus a professional at his job; why was I dismissed without a word from “him”?
Question:
1. Should I be happy about the results of tests and forget about my symptoms? I am happy about the results, naturally.
2. Am I being too critical of the specialist: is this really what all Urologist do? I am so confused and worried. What about the symptoms I'm having?
3. Should I be seeking out a doctor to do further studies, if so, what kind of doctor? I am afraid to give up my doctor who as I said is a Rheumatologist and Internists and knows me very well. I now live in a small city - one hour away from Spokane WA (I am in Priest River, Id)
Is there anyone that has had this experience, is there a suggestion or recommendation?
If I decide to make an appointment with the same urologist or get a second opinion is there a list of questions and what other tests should I bring up to him in order to find out what is going on?
Thanks in advance for your help.

 
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Old 01-03-2008, 11:00 AM   #2
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medication and urology problems

Medications and Urology problems?

I'm actually posting to my post; it is an update on my search for an answer. Maybe someone can help my and others
A friend told me about a new medication for fibromyalgia, I decided to look it up on drugs.com and found that the side affects were not what I wanted to deal with. I started thinking about the meds. I've been taking since 1994 and started a search starting with oxycontin. I was surprised to find that the side affects all pointed to the symptoms I am having; I went on checking my other meds.; I have been taking them for the same length of time and found that one or two more had the same type of side affects. It suddenly occurred to me that maybe the medication I've been on for all those years might be the cause of my symptoms including blood in the urine.
It suddenly dawned on me that the urologist I saw (and probably many others do that because of being overworked) stopped looking for a cause of my symptoms after taking just two test, no blood test which was surprising. Do doctors have time to really find out what is going on with us? I don't think so. Do they think about the medications they prescribed for us and put two and two together, it doesn't seem like they are thinking about what has been prescribed for us in the past (even in their care).
Then I started to wonder how many other people are having my problems; can it be that we are getting sick because of the medications? Again I've been on several meds since 1994, the only thing my doctor does once a year is take blood and when the blood tests are taken, given to labs, what do they test for, just the generic run-of-the-mill tests?
Would anyone know how we can get together and find out if we are getting sick because of the meds we are taking? Any help out there?

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Old 01-04-2008, 08:11 AM   #3
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Re: Urology-Concerned about test results coming up negative;

Wow I think we have the same urologist! I live in Heron, Montana. My Drs are either in Sandpoint or Coure D alene (closest cities) I know exactly what you are talking about. I too almost always have blood in my urine and they don't seem worried about it. I get the feeling they don't want to deal with you until it gets worse! The only differance is I was born with kidney reflux and my right kidney only functions at 23%. I suffer from flank pain and bladder fullness... I was told I do not need to see them again unless I would like my kidney removed, it might relieve my symptoms. My Gp says no I just need pain management. After many tests and Dr. appointments I'm done! I'm searching for a good naturepathic Physican.If they are also a physcian they can order tests and write RX's. One thing you might consider is to buy your own test strips and see if you get positive results when you have symptoms, also you will know if things are getting worse. Look up loin pain hemitora syndrome. I know from my research that advil can cause a positive blood result. Good luck!

 
Old 01-04-2008, 10:39 AM   #4
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Re: Urology-Concerned about test results coming up negative;

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Wow I think we have the same urologist! I live in Heron, Montana. My Drs are either in Sandpoint or Coure D alene (closest cities) I know exactly what you are talking about. I too almost always have blood in my urine and they don't seem worried about it. I get the feeling they don't want to deal with you until it gets worse! The only differance is I was born with kidney reflux and my right kidney only functions at 23%. I suffer from flank pain and bladder fullness... I was told I do not need to see them again unless I would like my kidney removed, it might relieve my symptoms. My Gp says no I just need pain management. After many tests and Dr. appointments I'm done! I'm searching for a good naturepathic Physican.If they are also a physcian they can order tests and write RX's. One thing you might consider is to buy your own test strips and see if you get positive results when you have symptoms, also you will know if things are getting worse. Look up loin pain hemitora syndrome. I know from my research that advil can cause a positive blood result. Good luck!
Thank you for letting me know about your experience. Where do I get the test strips and what are they called? Oh, and what do they test for, bacteria?

I choose to go to a Doctor in Spokane, I don't have the confidence in the Doctors in a small town and I really don't like the Sandpoint Hospital; too many horror stories and I experience two of them myself.
Thanks again

 
Old 01-05-2008, 08:45 AM   #5
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Re: Urology-Concerned about test results coming up negative;

I got my test strips online, just search for urine test strips. The strips I have test for 10 or 12 different things, the same strips they use in the DRs office. They are very easy to use and you would know when you need to take a sample to the DR.

 
Old 01-05-2008, 10:46 AM   #6
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Re: Urology-Concerned about test results coming up negative;

What does the test strip test for: Blood or bacteria or both? I think it is a very good idea to do the tests at home; I wonder how many other people didn't realize we could test ourselves?
Thanks again.

 
Old 01-06-2008, 04:04 PM   #7
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Re: Urology-Concerned about test results coming up negative;

They test for blood, bactiera, protien, glucose, ketones... the same strips they use at the Drs office. I paid about 50.00 for a bottle of 100, kinda pricey but well worth it.

 
Old 01-06-2008, 05:24 PM   #8
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Re: Urology-Concerned about test results coming up negative;

Thanks for getting back to me; they are expensive! I will see what I can find that might not be that expensive. could you tell me which product would be the best all around test strip listed; sorry to be a pest.

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