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I am 53 yrs and I had a total hysterectomy in May of 1994. My problem is I have had spotting of blood since 03/07/11, the only other symptom with it is urine leakage but it's almost as if they are hand in hand. I wear very thin pads and sometimes there is no urine only blood. Once again my only symptoms are urine and blood nothing else. I was given some blood tests a cystoscopy and a biopsy in which he said came back normal, I was then diagnosed with Vaginal Atrophy and told to use a estrogen cream put on topically twice per week for six months. I have noticed the last two weeks it has gotten less frequent although it was only after suffering for almost a week of horrible cramping with lots of blood and a horrible pain of pressure (as a women would have when giving birth-it felt like everything was pushing down trying to get out), after that the blood spotting and urine leakage was "less". I went back to the urologist office today (given a cytology test), and they said I had no blood in my urine however, this morning before going and every day just about before that there has been blood/urine on my pads, when I told the nurse this he said to go see a OBGYN. I have read the symptoms of Vaginal Atrophy and I have to say I have no other symptoms so I am wondering if it might be something else? Do you think I should get a second opinion or should I take the wait and see attitude? I would VERY much appreciate your time and expertise as this has been like a never-ending nightmare for me!
YES get a second opinion. I would suggest you see a Urogynecologist. The source of the blood needs to be determined and evaluation of possible urine associated with it. Taking a Azo or Pyridium tab with turn your urine orange and is an easy test to see if what you are seeing is urine. Bleeding after a hysterectomy is most often the result of granulation tissue at the back of the vaginal cuff at the closure site. This should be obvious on exam if present.
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