A couple of weeks ago, I had a bad UTI. After 5 days of agony, I went to the NP who sends me for a KUB (I had been having clots in my urine but by the day I went to see the doctor, I was just plain peeing blood). The radiologist says this is not the right test but they did it anyway. He fought for me to have a CT scan. I had one w/o contrast that Thursday and one with contrast the next day. It was Friday afternoon. The NP told me on Thursday that I would start feeling better by the next day. I got progressively worse over the next 3 days and still ran a low grade fever despite taking around the clock analgesics. My family was ready to drag me to the hospital but I still thought it was a UTI because my bladder and urethra hurt like ***l. I didn't want to seem like someone seeking pain medication (I do medical transcription and see it quite a bit). My follow up appt. was the next Wed and for the first time since I had the scan five days ago, I was told I had kidney stones, one still lodged in my left kidney (small - 2 mm). I saw the NP this time, who I trust.
I am upset that my severe symptoms (I was peeing so much blood, it looked like I was having my menses but I'm s/p a hysterectomy) just seemed to be blown off.
Should I have gone to the ER since I got worse even though I was started on antibiotics (Macrobid)? I mean, it hurt just to sit because of the cystitis, urethritis and pain I was having in my back and lower abdomen. Should the NP have taken my symptoms more seriously? When I talked to the PA, I told him I was in agony. I told him I thought UTIs were just misery, but I was in agony. He told me that kidney stones *are* agony and UTIs are miserable. I am on Topamax and drink plenty of fluid but know this med can cause stones.
I just feel totally blown off.
Oh, and BTW, the PA said I was probably passing small stones and the one in my kidney was just left over. I have to wonder, will that pass too?
Thanks for listening. I'm just such a wimp about going to hospitals for fear of the doctor telling me I'm being a big baby.
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