February 13, 2012
YAY! IT'S KIDNEY STONES!
Weeks of tests have, finally, as of today, ruled out cancer.
It seems that the direct problem is an infection that lives in the kidney stones, which protect said infection from antibiotics. The bug then re-emerges when I'm really worn down. Yeah, kidney stones are a drag, but given that they initially thought it was cancer I'm gonna put this one in the "win" column.
Also: Cystoscopes are an atrocity.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Mon Feb 13 18:33:48 2012 (G2mwb)
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at Mon Feb 13 18:57:30 2012 (pWQz4)
Posted by: Wonderduck at Mon Feb 13 19:13:54 2012 (eZEOc)
There's a thing they can do with ultrasound which will break up kidney stones so that they're easier to pass. Are they going to do that to you?
By the way, congratulations on the not-as-bad-as-it-could-be news.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Mon Feb 13 22:26:17 2012 (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at Mon Feb 13 22:33:04 2012 (eZEOc)
Posted by: David at Mon Feb 13 22:41:01 2012 (Kn54v)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Mon Feb 13 22:51:03 2012 (PiXy!)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Mon Feb 13 22:52:01 2012 (PiXy!)
If ultrasound isn't an option, they can dissolve the stones slowly with drugs. That's what they did with mine. It took many weeks to get rid of a bullet-sized stone (and a stent in my ureter while it was happening), but it worked.
Heh. Never thought I'ld hear anyone going "Yay" for kidney stones. Just shows what's possible under the right circumstances.
Posted by: EdwardM at Mon Feb 13 23:15:55 2012 (p0Xwo)
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