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Urology - Getting a Diagnosis!

Postby JunoMass on Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:20 pm

Hi, I'm male, my age now is 47, I noticed about 3 years ago I was taking ages to pee (sometimes up to a minute), and I'd started to leak after going.

So I am sure like most men I sat on the problem for about a year, I then in Nov. 2016 I went to see my doctor, I described the issue and he told me it was normal and basically told me to go away.

I went away lived with the problem for another year and then went back (Nov. 2017), this time I saw a younger doctor, I described the issues and after a PSA and a digit test I got a referral.

My consultants appointment was in January 2018, I'd thought at last I'd get some answers... The consultant did a flow test, which confirmed 2 things my bladder was taking a long time to empty, and it was not emptying completely. I then had a camera, no blockage on the neck of the bladder. A flow test for which I couldn't pee past the tube!

The consultant has flipped flopped between investigations, his last was to take an MRI of my spine to ensure my impinged L4/L5 is not causing nerve issues. I asked if at the same time we could MRI my prostate to rule it out, he said NO!

I have now been passed to a different consultant and seem to be starting the process again. They seem to think because I am 47 I am too young to have major issues....

I now self catheratise twice a day to ensure my bladder does not cause other issues.

But I still don't have a diagnosis, the consultants read your notes for the 10 mins your in front of them. So what has been a 3 year journey for me has been an hour for them.

Does anybody know of a way to navigate the NHS to get seen and diagnosed within a reasonable time, or know of a speciality centre (NHS) then can have me in and out.

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Re: Urology - Getting a Diagnosis!

Postby talkhealth on Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:07 pm

Hi JunoMass

Thank you for your post.

We do have a free support programme, mybladder, the link for which is here, http://www.talkhealthpartnership.com/psp/continence.php which you may find useful.

We would suggest that you keep going back to your GP for referrals, which we understand is time consuming.

Please let us know how you get on.

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