Mar 10, 2012 - 7:12 am
Was working in Afghanistan and had a sharp pain in my lower left back on Sep,12.... didn't think much at the time, but the pain kept getting worse. Was transported to the field hospital in Bagram where they performed a CT scan and told me my left kidney had a large tumor on it, and it was bleeding causing the pain. They did not want to remove my kidney as I was told they were not set up for that, and instead they were trying to control the bleeding to stabilize me so I could fly to Germany or Dubai. They attempted a procedure (not sure what it was called) of going in an artery in my leg, and injected a foam substance in my kidney to stop the bleeding... it didn't work. They made the decision to take my kidney, but I had to wait due to military personnel having priority in the operating room which I totally agreed with. my kidney was removed on the 14th. The incision was from under my breastbone below my belly button. once the surgery was done they flew me to Dubai where I was in intensive care for 10 days. returned to the states, and was instructed to see oncologist for follow up. He gave me a release for work on December 19th as I was not under any other treatments. I was instructed to get a CT scan every 6 months... I'm currently working in Dubai trying to make enough money to finish paying off my house, but I've been having some pain in my belly. I'm just a little worried that it is going to be something bad as my oncologist said he was concerned about my kidney doing all that bleeding, and those cancer cells possibly manifesting elsewhere. just reading some of the post it could be that I'm still healing inside, and maybe I'm just expecting to much to fast, and every little pain has me worried now.
Has anyone else had any experience of the tumor itself bleeding?
I've been trying to keep the seriousness to myself, as my wife is telling me I'm fine. I get tired of people telling me that :)