Hi I am 45 and never smoked in my life. I have had gross hematuria for a number of years that has become much more frequent (now every 3 weeks rather than every 6 months) and has changed in nature from a couple of blood clots to streams of blood in my urine followed by a wrap up of lumps of black and stringy blood clots. I have finally have a CT with contrast on my kidneys and upper tract after a cystoscopy which was negative and they have picked up on the CT a ureteral thickening where the ureter joins the bladder on the left. I spoke to my GP about this and fed her the line 'it can't be serious I have had this for 5 years' her response back was an embarrassed laugh followed by 'don't believe that. It is a slow growing growth'. I am now waiting on a Ureteroscopy (sic) to have a look at it and take a sample for a biopsy. Don't worry I am not asking for medical advice on 'am I dead' just saying hi and learning the art of patience.
Any comments appreciated