Trudy Triumph's Neurogenic Bladder Blog

Tested to the Hilt

I went to a neurologist, after I was diagnosed with a Neurogenic Bladder.  My neurologist has a differing opinion as to the cause.  He thinks there is a third of a chance I have Multiple Sclerosis.  He did many tests to come to that conclusion.

I had an MRI on my brain, to look for tumors, I suppose, they found nothing.   After that result came in great, I had a MRI on my stomach which again revealed no clue.  I will say that this MRI left me a bit nauseous the next day.  About a month after I had a MRI on my lower back.  My surgery sight could be seen as well as several former herniated disks.  The conclusion the neurologist had after these tests is that my problem is not due to my back injury.   In July I had the final test a, spinal tap.  This test would rule out the possibility of cancer.  It took a while to get my results but I did get good news, no cancer. The first Urologist I went to did not suggest that I go to a neurologist.  It was a friend of mine that is a urologist in Everett, that suggested I try to explore WHY. Good Idea!  Thank you for the peace of mind dear friend and thorough Dr Neurologist. .  I so appreciate the opportunity to have these tests. 

The doctor’s verdict was that there was a third of a chance I had Multiple Sclerosis.   He said that a third of the people that have MS suffer from a neurogenic bladder.  He wanted to see me in six months and I was let go from his care. . I asked him, “What now?”  His parting comment to me was, “to be healthy.”  Ok, I thought, I better get serious about this, so the next day I booked an appointment with a naturopathic doctor

I just want to add a little bragging point about this.  With all my tests and doctors’ visits I only missed one half day at the high school I worked at.  I was amazed at the late hours the hospital was open and also because I got out so early it could totally work.  When I was with the kids and workmates, my life seemed normal, during that crazy time.  I really appreciated my hospital for having those late hours so I did not have to miss work.  It is because of my great job that I have such good insurance.

More later…..

 

2 Responses to “Tested to the Hilt”

  1. ReplyAmy Schlight

    Trudy,
    I am the adminstrator for Athena Urology and Urogynecology. We are an all female urogynecology practice in Washington state. A patient recommended your website to us as a great resource for our patients with neurogenic bladder.
    We would like to provide a link to your blog for our patients to access. Not quite sure what we need to do from a privacy perspective since your information is already out on the web but would you be willing to sign something that gives Athena Urology permission to provide this link on our site?
    We are eager to make resources like this available to our patients. Please contact me with your thoughts/comments etc. and in the meantime check out our webpage at http://www.athena-urology.com. My email address is aschlight@athena-urology.com.
    Thanks so much! Amy

  2. ReplyTrudy’s Trial & Triumph

    Thank you so much Amy. The link would be perfect. Not many people would want to like me on face book. Neurogenic bladder is a bit off the list for casual conversation. The need for support is very real. Thank you for opening up a pathway that will give comfort and companionship.
    I am happy to sign for a link to Athena Urology. I look forward to tips and other tidbits the women in your all female practice offer.
    Trudy.typepad/neuroenic-bladder

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