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Why would a patient experience pain for years after surgery to relieve hydronephrosis?

By Anonymous February 13, 2011 - 9:11pm
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The patient is aged 29. A kink in the ureter causing the hydronephrosis was repaired at age 9, and kidney stones were experienced at age 27. Pain in the area of the kidney has been more or less constant before and after these events. Doctor has advised patient that pain will be experienced. However, the medications used to combat the pain have not been effective. What can be done?

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Hi Anonymous,
Thank you for your question and for finding EmpowHER. Hydronephrosis is a serious condition that requires medical care. It is an indication that another condition is present (such as kidney stones). If experiencing pain, it is important to go back to the doctor and ask for further care, and ensure that another problem hasn't onset, such as infection or a more serious condition. If you are not confident working with the current doctor, you may want to get in with a different doctor that specializes in urology.
Here is more information about hydronephrosis to help you advocate for your health with your doctor: EmpowHER page: Hydronephrosis Information
Good luck and let us know what you find out, and how you are doing.

February 14, 2011 - 8:39am
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