Tell us about your experiences with weight management. Take our survey!

Tumor on bladder affected my kidneys..

Early on a Saturday morning, I found myself barely able to stand up. I had no idea what was happening to me. I went to use the bathroom and I was unable to void. In a panicky mode, I made my way to the hospital. I was in pain. Once I was in the ER and they ran a test on me, the results showed I had a tumor the size of an orange blocking me from emptying my bladder. I was immediately being in a position to put on a catheter.

Surgery to remove tumor

I was given a date for this tumor removal. In the meantime, I had to wear a leg catheter. During the process. I was told that because I had not been fully emptying my bladder, there was a backup that they were afraid may have gone to my kidneys. I found wearing the leg bag very uncomfortable and often painful. The day of the surgery, I was being wheeled in the operating room. The surgery was a success. I would still have to have the leg bag on for 4 more weeks. They were closely monitoring my kidneys.

By providing your email address, you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

The relief of having the catheter removed...

It was a joy to be healed enough to remove the bag. I was somewhat back to normal. This would be the start of my kidney damage and making certain my creatine levels were okay.

Following the surgery, I was faced with many infections and being on antibiotics.

Monitoring bladder and kidney function

8 years later, I am still very mindful of my kidneys and their function. I have days when the tumor is gone, but I need to go to ER to be catheterized to empty my bladder. I never know whether 100 % of my bladder is being emptied and how much may be going into my kidneys.

Do you have a story about living with chronic kidney disease to share too?

This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here.

Join the conversation

Please read our rules before commenting.