Nov 01, 2009 - 8:15 pm
Hello, I'm a 55 yr. old female and rec'd the shocking news this past Friday...kidney mass, approx 6 cm in size, possibly Stage 1 or 2. No appearance on the CT scan that it spread beyond the kidney.
The Dr. was prepared with a referral and a Monday morning appt w/a general surgeon to discuss options.
I feel shell-shocked. I'm somewhat overweight and have high blood pressure...so I guess that puts me at some risk for this...otherwise, no chemical exposure I'm aware of and no family history.
I went to the Dr.'s a couple times in last 6 mos complaining of rapid heartbeat and side pains, right side at first and now left. Dr. focused on the heart...lots of tests...and found nothing wrong, though the rapid heartbeat remains an issue 24x7.
This past week I was back at the Dr.'s - my left side had discomfort that wouldn't let up...lower left front, radiating pains. The Dr. thought diverticulitis/intestines and before prescribing antibiotics, ordered a CT scan. Shocking to find that I have a mass on the opposite side... back of the right kidney.
Has anyone else experienced pain on the wrong side?
Has anyone else experience rapid heartbeat with this diagnosis?
One last question...is there a preferred surgeon type to do these types of surgeries?
The appt scheduled for me tomorrow is with a general surgeon. When I asked why Dr. selected him since not affiliated with my preferred hospital...she said she asked around within the office and got his name. He's affiliated only with a smaller hospital...I don't see that they use robotics...so I'm a bit concerned.