Questions from a nervous Mellie- Updated
Hi guys my name is Melonie and I came across this website while googling some medical issues a I am having right now. I've been reading the past few weeks and you all have been through so much. I haven't even had a diagnosis yet but I have some questions I thought maybe someone could help me with.
Last August I went to my primary care Doctor for what I thought was my first ever urinary tract infection. It turned out at the time that it was an infection and I did go home with my antibiotics and hope to get better. Well with this infection I had this fatigue set in that I just couldn't shake And I still felt ill so I went back to the doctor. I didn't have a urinary tract infection this time but there was blood found in my urine when they ran my urine tests. Hematurra that was microscopic not that could be seen when I went to the bathroom. The doctor wants to order a CT scan at that time but my husbands plant where he worked had just shut down which meant a loss of insurance and so I elected to put the scan off till he was employed again and we had insurance. Fast forward till April and more or less I had been and still am suffering from this fatigue that has almost disrupted my home life. It has put a big damper on things I am able to do. If I could go to bed and sleep the day and night away I would I'm so tired.
Well mid April my leg starts hurting. Which I am used to my knees hurting but I am talking my whole leg. So I set up my long over due doctors appt. She checks for clot no clot, does an ex ray on the knee nothing wrong there notices I habe blood in my urine still and I finally have the CT scan. She tells me I have a huge hernia I have to go see my hysterectomy surgeon about, I kinda knew about that and the she shocks me and tells me I have a 3.8 cm lesion on my kidney and she is setting me up with a urologist appt. She says maybe the hernia or the mass on my kidney is causing the leg pain and we need to focus on that. I picked up copies of my ct scan paper and the first reads I have a hyperdense 3.9 cortical mass of the lower pole of the right kidney.i also have nonspecific nodes noted in the retro peritoneum and iliac bilaterally. Of course parts of this is language I can't tell heads or tails of. It does state it could be post inflamitory versus metastatic involvement.
So I go to the Uroligist and he orders another CT this time with contrast. His nurse calls me afterwards and says ok you have a mass on your right kidney and we have you set up for a biopsy the 12. I'm like ok. The hospital calls tells me everything to do for the biopsy and that's that. They hadnt really told me what the results on the CT were actually so I went to pick them up again. This time they read I have a 4.1cm by 4.2 cm hyperdense mass in the lower pole of the right kidney which demonstrates mild enhancement as described. It says renal Cell Carcinoma, transitional cell carcinoma, or possibly a hemmorrhagic cyst.
The biopsy was Thursday they used a catscan that was quiet nerve wrecking and now I am waiting this weekend for results.
I'm nervous I've just kinda wanted to bury my head in the sand all weekend so early next week gets here. I've had a scare before with a huge pelvic mass that was suspisious for cancer so I am trying to be patient.
i am just wanting to make sure whatever it is I take the right next steps.
I am so afraid because I am overweight and have a few other problems the doctors will just write me off. They make me feel that wY sometimes if that makes sense.
I read about the biopsys sometimes being wrong that is worrisome. I wonder if leg pain has been a symptom for anyone else and fatigue or drowsiness? Any advice or guidance would be so welcome. I am not automatically assuming the worst I just am trying to prepare for whatever it is. Thanks so much!
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