As some of you may know I was recently diagnosed with a 'blocked' ureter. I had to have a kidney stent placed in my left ureter for hydronephrosis.... a fancy word for a swollen kidney....
Anyway, to make a long story short... all 4 of my Drs assure me that it is radiation adhesions that has 'blocked' or rather compressed my ureter. I have not read about alot of women that have this side affect. I have read about TUMORS compressing the ureter but my scans show that I hav no tumors. I just had my scans on feb 8th and except for a slight scare on the pet scan which was suspicious for mets because of the inflamed ureter...other than that all was fine. I had a follow up CT scan as requested by the reading radiologist to confirm his suspicions but it didn't show any soft tissue masses just the enlarged ureter so I was declared cancer free again! Woop Woop! My radiologist said while a pet scan is HIGHLY effective in detecting even minute cancer....it also picks up things that aren't there that would signal a possible recurrance. He said all we can do is follow up on any and all suspicions which we have.
He said we 'don't want to bury our heads in the sand' but feels very confident that I am suffering from adhesions.
I was told that the stent would come out on April 20th in my urologist's office..( OUCH!!!) Don't sound like much fun to me.....
I haven't had any issues with the stent and as soon as it was placed I noticed a massive improvement on my pain. Could have been the fentynol??? LOL!
I am just curious if anyone else on here suffers rom scar tissue blocking their ureters? Also how long will a stent have to stay in normally?? I was told just 6 weeks.I have read where some have them for life??? I was also wondering if a urologist could tell if it was a tumor or scar tissue?? He talked with my hubby after surgery and told him " no cancer-scar tissue".I was jhust curious how he could tell??
I also still have some occassional hip pain and they seem to think it may be coming from my ureter and the inflammation???
My ureter was blocked at the pelvic brim right behind the bone... I could even see the blockage on the scan nor could my urologist. It was just swollen above and normal below the pelvic bone there. I ahve had all 3 scan...mri,pet and ct recently and seem to be finr except for alot of scar tissue.
Anyone else in this boat?? I really need to hear from even one person who's ureters became involved...
All I can find is late stage cancer that blockes ureters not scar tissue....is it this rare???
Hope you all are doing well and for those who are battling the beast...I hope you're kicking cancer's ass!!!
Edited March 20, 2010 at 5:06 am