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Has anyone had a bladder scan as I am worried.

(21 Posts)
HappydaysArehere Sat 17-Sep-16 08:58:52

Been having quite a few bladder infections so doctor thinks I should have a scan. I am not young and find my flow isn't the same as years ago so really bothered. He has given me Replens to use up until I have it done. Been reading about bleeding, etc after. Has anyone had one of these? Especially scare of bleeding afterwards. Oh! Dear!

Tanfastic Sat 17-Sep-16 09:03:26

No not had one yet but think I might be having one at some point in the near future along with a Cystoscopy as I've been having similar problems (see my thread in health further down the page). I don't think you bleed after a scan though, it's just a scan isn't it?

If you are having a Cystoscopy (camera in your bladder to have a look around) then I understand there can be some discomfort afterwards but nothing more than you are probably experiencing with an infection.

Katymac Sat 17-Sep-16 09:32:00

A scan or a cystoscopy?

I had a cystoscopy last week - they swab you with disinfectant, then use local anesthetic (which I didn't feel a needle or anything) just cold

There was a little pain as they put the camera in & a much smaller one when they took it out in between no pain just a very full feeling (cold water!!)

Afterwards I had more problems with my knee from sitting awkwardly than anything else - but I felt under the weather for a few days (no bleeding) if I didn't have CFS I probably would have been better afterwards

HappydaysArehere Sat 17-Sep-16 09:41:08

Thank you Tanfastic. Started to read about them on the usual Google threads. Doctor mentioned a camera so sounds like a cystoscope. I will look for your thread. Wish you well and hope you get sorted soon.

Lweji Sat 17-Sep-16 09:43:57

I've had one (with the camera) and it was fine.

But even if you get some bleeding it shouldn't be worrying.

HappydaysArehere Sat 17-Sep-16 09:51:15

Thanks Lweji. Did you have an anaesthetic?

Lweji Sat 17-Sep-16 09:52:16

I don't think so, but it's possible that they did a local one.

OrangeSquashTallGlass Sat 17-Sep-16 09:59:00

I had a cystoscopy and had bleeding after but it really isn't anything to worry about. When you go for a wee you just notice a few tiny drops of blood in the toilet after, it doesn't hurt.

HappydaysArehere Sat 17-Sep-16 10:27:44

Thank you Orangesquash. Did the bleeding continue for long? That is did you see blood for a few days? Thanks Katymac, I am sorry you didn't feel too great for a few days but thank you for the info.

Katymac Sat 17-Sep-16 10:31:03

I just react badly to anaesthetics since I have had the CFS

Tanfastic Sat 17-Sep-16 11:14:11

From what I can gather op it's really a very simple procedure that's over and done with very quickly. It's more uncomfortable for a man due to his anatomy. Some have likened it to having a catheter put in but I expect it's different for everybody. I'd much rather be having this than a camera up my bottom or down my throat (my husband is going through this at the minute hmm).

I'm not worried about the actual Cystoscopy, (not certain if they will say I have to have this yet, seeing a urologist on Tuesday) , what I get anxious about are results! Procedures don't really get me that worked up! I'm such a worrier!

For you've been suffering from UTI's im sure you've been getting discomfort down below anyway so I figure it won't be any worse than you've already been through. It's hideous isn't it? confused.

OrangeSquashTallGlass Sat 17-Sep-16 12:11:24

From what I remember Happy, I think it was about three days. But really, it was literally just a few tiny drops in my wee (no blood in my knickers etc).

LotsOfDots Sat 17-Sep-16 12:13:53

A flexible cystoscope is v similar to a catheter insertion, and they use a local anaesthetic gel, no needles.

PollyPerky Sat 17-Sep-16 18:03:56

Have you got vaginal atrophy? If you are post menopause then the infections may not be infections but dryness and atrophy of the bladder and urethra- which gives the same symptoms. If you have had proven infections they can still be caused by lack of oestrogen.
Replens won't do anything! it's a lube for sex or 'comfort' if you are dry, and won't make any difference to your bladder or the investigation - not sure why your dr has given it to you.
Have a read about VA and the treatment is oestrogen cream. If you have this, it needs treatment usually for at least 3-6 months then forever, to keep it at bay. www.menopausematters.co.uk/vaginalsymptoms.php

HappydaysArehere Sun 18-Sep-16 08:08:32

Well Polly thank you. I am 75 and very wary of oestrogen creams because of my age. My grandmother died of cancer. I must have looked worried when he suggested creams! He then said it wouldn't be a hormone cream.
I once had some given to me but the leaflet said not to be used over the age of 65. I think your diagnosis is correct however - it all fits. My wee is whispy and a much weaker flow than years ago. Crumbs!

HappydaysArehere Sun 18-Sep-16 08:16:35

Tanfastic I do wish your husband well.

Tanfastic Sun 18-Sep-16 09:33:11

Thank you Happy smile

PollyPerky Sun 18-Sep-16 17:30:24

Happy there is no risk at all of cancer with vaginal oestrogen cream. None. My mum uses it and she's almost 90. My consultant prescribes it (I know) for VERY old women- older than you. (He's one of the best in the UK). None of the oestrogen is absorbed into your system. The 'over 65' is not really correct.I am in my 60s and also know loads of women 60+ who use it. I don't know why it says that. The NICE guidelines on menopause say it can be prescribed long term, as required. Please see your GP again and if necessary ask for a referral to a gynae who can help you. There is no need to put up with what you have and maybe think about turning down the investigation- no need for an invasive camera if it's really down to VA.

HappydaysArehere Mon 19-Sep-16 09:14:03

Thank you Polly. I will be speaking to my doctor again. This is really useful.

PollyPerky Mon 19-Sep-16 10:49:56

What sort of cancer did your grandmother have? It's not relevant at all, whatever it was. Some specialists are even happy to give vaginal oestrogen to women who have had breast cancer. I hope you get the help you need. VA is underdiagnosed yet the treatment is so simple. It might take 6 months for you to see a real improvement, but persevere- the cream is used daily for 2 weeks then 2-3 times a week thereafter, for ever to maintain the improvement.

Simmi1 Thu 22-Sep-16 03:01:58

Hi OP I had a cystoscopy as I've been experiencing UTI type symptoms but my urine cultures came back clear of infection. I was under a GA so it didn't feel a thing. No bleeding afterwards - just a bit stingy the first couple of times passing urine after the scope.

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