Last month I went for a routine physical and during the urine dipstick test they discovered a large amount of blood. Not enough to be seen by the naked eye but the test strip read that it was a large amount.
The physician gave me an antibiotic to treat any possible infection and then told me to come back in a month for a follow up.
I'll add that at the time I took the test I had some light spotting due to my period being due in a couple of days.
All of my tests and bloodwork came back fine and there was no bladder infection present that may have accounted for the blood in my urine. The doctor wasn't too concerned since she felt it may have been caused by my oncoming period.
I went for my follow up today and there's still blood in my urine, a trace amount this time but still there.
I'm very worried about this. My doctor doesn't seem overly concerned since my bloodwork was perfect but I'm 39 years old and a smoker; I know that puts me at risk for bladder cancer.
My doctor is sending in my urine for a complete work up but in the meantime I am beside myself with fear. My mother says she's gone through the same issue only to have her bleeding end up being unexplained even after going through scans and cystoscopy, there was just no cause for it. Her urine still tests positive for blood years later.
Is this sort of thing common? I was hesitant to go see a doctor for a routine physical at all (I usually just go to a yearly gyno exam) since I was afraid of what might be found and now I know I'm in for a good week or two of being worried sick waiting to find out what's wrong.