Hi guys -
This is so lame, I know it. I apologize in advance.
I went to see my doc today for back/flank pain and hematuria. I had about a week of back/flank pain, and finally did a dip-stick UA -- you don't have to drop a house on me.... Small amount of blood (none visible). Called up doc, and got Cipro for 5 days.
Pain carried on pretty much unchanged for about another week, and then I've had a week pain-free. Pain came back yesterday afternoon, and I did another dipstick UA and this time I had moderate blood and protein. Also some ketones, but the sp.gr was also high, so obviously some dehydration going on.
So. Pain's worse, dipstick is worse, so I call the doc and say I need to be seen. Okay. Doc sends me off to the lab for SGPT, SGOT, lactic acid.....I don't remember what-all else. Then I went off to radiology for a spiral CT, to rule out renal calculi.
I got home and the lab calls my home number, asking for my DOC!! Apparently the people who collected the blood entered my phone number instead of his. So I'm immediately all paranoid, of course. There must be some panic value, right?
So, carrying on being paranoid (and uncomfortable as he!!, I might add), I called the radiology line and listen to my CT reading. They didn't find any renal calculi, but I've got cholilithiasis!! Several stones > 1 cm. Great.
But there was a line that I just didn't understand, the radiologist said that perinephric straining was noted bilaterally.
What the heck is that???? Is it just evidence of straining at stool or something tha is manifested in the perinephric area???
I'll call doc in the morning, but I'm just a patient, I'm sure I'll wait hours and hours for a callback.
If anybody can give me a clue, I'd appreciate it. Very much.