Well, I have found out some very interesting information since my last update. Once my local urologist had thrown up his hands and had pretty much given up, I was sent to the University of South Florida's urology department. After a couple of tests, very really possibilities were presented that no other urologist I had been to has ever come up with.
I knew for years that my right kidney was no longer functioning. Whether this was a birth defect or something happened while growing up, I really don't know. But when the urologist at USF did a cystoscopy, he found that the right kidney was acting as a bladder and the urine was backing up in that kidney. So, technically instead of "peeing" outward, I was "peeing" inward. Also, in the course of the tests I had done, it was found that my prostate, while in the usual examination showed it to be normal, it was actually blocking my urethra preventing urination and having to use a catheter in order to go.
In the course of conversations with USF, several options were presented. It had to be a slow process as they needed to be sure everything was working properly before moving onto the next phase. The ultimate goal was to remove the non-functioning kidney, but in order to do that, they had to determine the bladder was functioning properly.
I had gone for a Video Urodynamic Study in September 2011 and it was found that my bladder was not functioning. Talk about depression. At that time he stated there was nothing that could be done until the bladder was functioning.
Over the course of the next few months, I noticed increase bladder activity. Mostly when using a cathter, I noticed that the force of flow was much stronger as if there was pressure behind it. Also, urine was coming out from the outside of the catheter, which told me that the bladder much be contracting. When I presented this information to USF, the next stage was to perform a Green Light Laser on the prostate to open up the urethra.
I this procedure done two days ago. I know this may sound odd, but words cannot describe how I felt the first time I was actually able to urinate without a catheter. It has been many, many months since I was to do that. I was so ecstatic!!!
At this point, I currently only need to use a catheter once a day and that is only to measure the amount of residual urine; otherwise, I urinate normally.
I will admit that I am a bit uncomfortable from the procedure, but with the results I've had, I'll deal with it. I did have to stay overnight in the hospital, which is more a preference of the doctor and not due to the procedure.
There is a recoup period of about a week, which is a heck of a lot shorter than other forms of prostate surgery.
I am praying that the results I am having right now continue. It has been a long and frustrating road, but hopefully the ride is coming to and end.
Thank you for allowing me to vent and hopefully inform. I urge anyone with similar issues to not just immediately trust their urologist. Please get a 2nd and possibily a 3rd opinion. I've had to go through 4 urologists before finding one who looked outside the box.