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FourDogMom

FourDogMom

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Subject:diagnostic tests

I have had visible blood in my urine for more than three months. Sometimes the blood is very hard to see; other times my urine is as red as a ripe tomato. I have seen two doctors (internal medicine) and two physician's assistants (at urgent care). All have said, rather casually, that my symptoms might be of bladder or kidney cancer.
A urine culture performed when my symptoms were at their worst came back negative. Although I had a high temperature, my white blood cell count is normal.
I am almost 62 and have smoked for more than 62 years (initially, in utero; Mom was a heavy smoker, as was Dad).
Should I give up on these internal medicine people and make an appointment with a urologist? I am also tired all the time. Is that symptomatic of bladder or kidney cancer?
Thank you for any advice you can offer. (And, I have started Chantix, again, today.)


Posted: 28 Jun 2010 07:19 PM
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FourDogMom

FourDogMom

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Subject:diagnostic tests

I forgot to mention that I live in a remote, rural area. The urologist visits once every two weeks.


Posted: 28 Jun 2010 07:22 PM
Originally Posted: 28 Jun 2010 07:23 PM
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LWalther

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Subject:diagnostic tests

Hello FourDogMom-

Sorry to hear about the health problems you have been experiencing lately.  It sounds like you are concerned about your symptoms despite consulting with several medical professionals.

Many people pursue a 2nd or even 3rd opinions, which you could certainly get via your local urologist.  I don't know where you live, but if you wish to see a MD Anderson doctor, feel free to call 877-MDA-6789 or self refer online at: https://www2.mdanderson.org/sapp/contact/selfreferral/index.cfm

Best of luck to you and please let us know how you are doing.

Laura Walther-Broussard, LCSW, Social Work Counselor

PS-Congratulations on trying to quit tobacco--it's a wonderful step to improve your health!


Posted: 09 Jul 2010 10:58 AM
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