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Is it normal for the DR. to poke at your bladder with the cystoscope?

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  • Is it normal for the DR. to poke at your bladder with the cystoscope?

    I had my first cystoscopy a few months ago. The doctor pressed the cystoscope against different parts of my bladder and asked me if it hurt (and it did). He also jiggled the camera and asked me if I felt pain in my urethra and I did.

    After the exam he told me I had IC. He also said that my urethra was irritated because I had an STD. I told him that I couldn't have an STD because I have been tested for STD's at least 5 times in the past 10 years, and my tests have always come back negative. I also reminded him that he had treated me with anti-biotics for chlamydia, because he said that sometimes it is difficult to detect with tests. He said that maybe my partner had given me something, so 2 weeks later I went for an STD test at a clinic and it was negative.

    So on top of being diagnosed with IC and being told I had an STD (which I didn't), I had terrible pain in my abdomen as well as a bit of bleeding the first day. I thought that the pain would go away but for the first 2 week, I was in so much pain, I was convinced I had an infection. I went to the hospital for a urine test and it was o.k., but the severe abdominal pain continued. My urologist told me that it wasn't the cystoscopy that caused my pain, that it was caused by my back.

    Eleven months have passed and I still feel awful. I went a few months without having any sexual relations with my partner, because of the pain. I wish that I had never gone for the cystoscopy.

    I have a friend who has a bladder condition and he has had many cystoscopy's and he told me that the Dr. shouldn't be poking at your bladder. He said that the Dr. should be able to see on the screen that there is inflammation. Does anyone out there know if what I went through is normal?

  • #2
    You need a new urologist! He sounds absolutely sadistic. The cystoscope allows the uro to look at your bladder - it isn't supposed to be used as a weapon!


    • #3
      Paula -- That was exactly what I was going to say!

      Liv -- Run, don't walk, in the opposite direction, and find a new doctor. It's awful that this happened to you.
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      • #4
        count me in too.. want my running shoes? I don't think I would trust anything he had told me.
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        • #5
          No the bladder wasn't touched by the camera and there was no poking. I agree. What did he say about treating IC? Find someone else.
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          • #6
            You definately need a new uro ASAP! If you can't get in to see one quickly I'd go see your primary care doctor to get another urine test to double check what this doctor said. I can't believe he pretty much demanded you have an STD, and what he did with that scope borders on fact it really MIGHT be malpractice if he caused you harm with it.

            Unbelievable. I just can't STAND reading these stories!!!!!!!! I'm so sorry this happened to you.
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            • #7
              When I have had cystoscopies, my uro did move the instrument some in order to be able to clearly view all parts of my bladder, but no poking.

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