Jul 02, 2013 - 11:22 pm
Hello everyone! I had my laparoscopic radical nephrectomy (left) to remove my stage 1, grade 2 clear cell renal cell carcinoma on April 16. I have been recovering very well. At this point I feel nearly 100%. The only pain that I experience is very mild when trying to jog or run. I do have extreme numbness that extends in a large circle from my hip to my rib cage on my left side (extending approximately in an 8 inch radius from my incision point).
I returned to work on May 13. I have been doing well there also, but I have noticed lately that I have some times where I have this onset of being "spaced out" or dazed. If anyone has feedback on that, I'd be grateful.
Also, I was released from the hospital on April 18. I saw the doctor on May 6, who did a urinalysis. He stated that while my creatinine level was slightly elevated and GFR not perfect, that my right kidney would pick up the slack within 6 months or so. He declared me NED, stated that statistically I have a 97.5% chance of cancer free survival five years post-surgery (per http://cancernomograms.com), and scheduled my next appointment for a CT scan at 1 year (May 2014). He stated that I should only visit the general practitioner if I have any other health concerns.
The whole whirlwind of being diagnosed with cancer on March 29, kidney removed on April 16, and told that I am NED and don't need to see anyone for a year on May 6 has me feeling a little weird.
Shouldn't I have my blood pressure checked or kidney function checked more regularly?