My daughter was misdiagnosed several times since January of this year and spent a night at the hospital in Connecticut on a morphine drip due to the pain.
She is a healthy 19 year old athlete ... she plays volleyball at Trinity College in CT. …
They kept trying to treat her for a UTI but all her labs kept coming out clear. As a result, she has been on every type of antibiotic for no reason. She came home to Los Angeles for more tests, returned to school in CT, agreeing to come back to Los Angeles again for Spring Break for a cystoscopy instead of going to Rome as planned :(
At this point, they believed it was probably "Painful Bladder Syndrome" for which there was no cure. They performed that operation at Cedars and the doctor ruled that diagnosis out, said there was nothing wrong and wanted to prescribe hypno-therapy.
At this point, I contacted the head of urology at UCLA … He told me that the only thing he could think it might be was a "Urethral Diverticulum". He saw her and advised her to have a VCUG done once back in CT since she had to get back for classes ... this is an x-ray taken during urination while being catheterized.
The doctor in CT who performed this procedure had the nerve to (with hostility) say -- , "You can thank your mother for putting you through this." She then had to call me with her tail between her legs when she confirmed the fact that, yes, there was indeed a Urethral Diverticulum.
They couldn't schedule the surgery at UCLA until early June but we were willing to wait because … the doctor had written the book on this particular surgery.
She had the surgery, was catheterized for another three weeks, wearing a bag strapped to her leg. She had several post-op complications but is finally feeling better this week. Six months of constant pain ... according to her, it was like a severe UTI ... like razor blades playing inside her. So we finally have another happy ending. Poor thing has suffered tremendously with this whole ordeal. It is rare for someone under the age of 40 to contract this, but it can happen.
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