Val-Be strong and ask for the referral; know that it is your right to see a dr and if he doesn't give you one then get your records from him & get a referral from your PCP to see a surgeon.
I wish you the best and am praying for you!
Lizzie-So,so sad that you are facing another major surgery but if anyone can handle it girl, it's you! You are the strongest person I know; you can and will get through this. Keep up this fight and know that I am always praying for you and I love you.
I know this is bad to say but you really have to disconnect yourself from everything else that is going on right now, that is the only way you will be able to be strong enough to survive yet another surgery.
Lori-Did the dr tell you why you need stents and if you need more than one? A stent is when they put a long plastic tube like structure into your ureter to keep the tube open so that urine flows through. Most stents are about 12 inches long and have quarter size rings on each end, they vary grately in depth though. If you have a small stent supposedly it won't bother you but I have talked to anyone that it hasn't bothered. Did they say how long you would have to have the stents in? They can and should give you spasm meds. Let me know if you have any more questions. You can also click on the first icon under my screen name to get my email address and email with any questions.
Peace and prayers to all,
spleen/appendix/gall bladder-removed/endometriosis/complete hysterectomy at 29/sinus surgery/numerous allergies & asthma/chronic kidney stones/ pancreatitis 3x's/2 knee surgeries-now need replacement/bunion & 2 neuroma surgeries/shoulder surgery w/ pins-which also froze following surgery/severe adhesions & scar tissue-stomach to chest-liver to ribs-colon to pelvis/severe IBS w/ constipation/subtotal colectomy 7/08/ c difficile/many kidney surgeries 5/09 through next summer
There's AWAYS HOPE, there's a doctor out there that WILL help you and things WILL get better :):):):):)