I'm a male in my late 40s and have been having very sporadic sharp pain in my uretha. I'll just be sitting watching TV or reading and then feel the pain for a second or two. Happens only once or twice a day some days and not at all on other days. Had trace amounts of blood in urine although my last test said there was a trace but not red blood cells if that makes sense (I'm not sure what he meant by this and I might be mistaken as to his explanation). I had an ultrasound on my kidney perhaps to check for cancer as well as stones and it came back normal. The urologist suggested a flexible cystoscopy but said to think it over and I might want to see if the problem goes away in the mean time.
Is the worst part of kidney stones when they are in the kindey or on their way to the bladder? Do my symptons sound like kidney stones and if the cystoscopy sounds like it just checks the bladder. If there are stones present and they have reached the bladder will they be passed then?
I had a STD test once years ago and the inserted something in my urthea and it was painful. The person doing the test might have said I had a small opening. I'm not really interested in teh cystosocopy unless it is necessary.
Thanks. I thought those tests wouldn't detect those other possible causes.
Do the stones form in the bladder or the kidney? I should review some diagrams but I thought the most severe pain was when the stones traveled from the kidney to the bladder and once they were in the bladder the worst was usually over.
THe good news is I really haven't had the sharp pain in a week and it was very sporadic when I did have it. I think I did pass some kind of stone once as it appeared some black thing seemed to be sinking in the toilet bowl during urination over a week ago. Even if the cytosocpy found stones or stones forming they wouldn't know what type they were and therefore not know how to treat them. If so how would I be any better off if they couldn't do any treatment at that point?View Thread
Thanks. You soind very knowledgeable. Are you a doctor by any chance?
I guess what I would like to know is what the scan checks for? The ultasound already checked he kidney and bladder so this sounds like perhaps it would find smaller stones the ultrasound missed. I'm not sure the cystoscopy would find a a small skin tear or skin flap inside the urethra since it is looking at the bladder. Would the cystoscopy find the other things you mentioned like prostate stones, parasites, or nerve impingement? If not aren't there less invasive tests that could be done to narrow things down? I just don't want to have another procedure that turns out it didn't find anything. Isn't there a blood or unrine test that can check for the possible presence of stones. Finally, would the cystoscopy tell what kind of stone it was? Because if they did find some what would the next step be?View Thread