I've been re-reading other stories around the board and it looks like some doctors will go straight for a cystoscopy. That is where they insert a light and look into the bladder to see what they can see. Can't speak for the guys, but it hasn't been so bad for me.
Also, I was looking at your other "symptoms" again and can say that I have never heard of them associated with bladder cancer. (Nausea, etc)
I know you probably feeling anxious. Please let us know how it turns out.
Age - 55
T1 G3 - Tumor free 2 yrs 3 months
Dx January 2006
I am a 37 year old male who had an aortic valve replacement in 1991. Since then I have been on Coumadin with few instances of internal bleeding or abnormal clotting.
A couple of weeks ago I started having these flu like symptoms and I even threw up one night. I was nauseous for over a week, had diarrhea and felt the urge to vomit again but somehow never did. This past Thursday night, I go to the bathroom and notice a light red cloud of blood in my urine. I told my wife, who pushed me to go to the ER immediately because of complications with my Coumadin.
By the time I urinate in a cup in the ER my urine is thick and red. Really red. The doctor walked in as I was capping the cup and even he was susprised. He is convinced its a UTI and gives me some antibiotics and lowers my Coumadin intake until the bleeding stops. I told him a couple of times about a persistent gas like pain I have been experiencing in my lower abdomen, which he thinks is just an indication of infection. So, he tells me to go home and call the hospital back in a couple of days to get my urine culture results.
I call today and the nurse on staff tells me that there is no bacteria in my urine and that I need to see a urologist. Panic really set in at that point. I have been scouring the web looking for stories, symptoms of bladder cancer.
I know that I have to wait till I see a urologist this week but I thought I would give some of you good people the chance to react to my short list of symptoms. Any thoughts?