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20 Jul 2005

Dear Doc

I have been suffering from recurring pyelonephritis for two months.
I have been to a urologist who has done an IVP and a urnianry micro culture.
The IVP showed plebophites and sacralization of the L5 (What are these and what does it mean).

The culture indicated blood the urine ( I was menstruating at that time - could this be the reason) but no bacteria.

I had a urinary dispstick test two weeks prior to that and it also indicated blood in my urine.

The urologist wants to do a cystoscopy. What does this procedure detemine?? Is is necessary?

I have a lot of burning pain in my lower back, a cold sensation in my legs as well as extremely itchy legs, feel nauseaus, frequent urination and no bladder control (I wet myself if I dont go to the bathroom immeditely).

Your input is most appreciated.

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01 Jan 0001

Roxy, phlebolites are calcified areas in the veins and sacralisation means that there isn’t a clear distinction between your 5th lumbar vertebra and your first sacral vertebra.
Menstruation is a common cause of blood in the urine, but menstruating on two instances two weeks apart isn’t normal.
A cystoscopy means having a look at the inside of your bladder with a camera. It will tell you if there is an anatomical abnormality, ulcers, growths, etc.
Your other symptoms may also be due to a neurological problem like something pressing on the nerves in your back. Good luck.
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