As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, I have been diagnosed with hydronephrosis of the left kidney. Stage 3, but the kidney is functioning. The obstruction is partial and the cause is unknown (side effect of last fall's chickenpox vaccinations, congenital condition, other damage to the ureter).
The pain (renal colic) is debilitating — especially since the surgeon had me discontinue taking Tramadol on June 17. Part of the preparation for the upcoming surgery, but that pain medication made life bearable.
Cystoscopy, ureteroscopy, and laser lithotripsy this morning. I can only hope that a temporary ureteral stent will relieve some of this pain! I'm writhing here, and being put under general anesthesia cannot come soon enough.
On June 9, the surgeon mentioned on June 9 that I may need to undergo pyeloplasty. I should learn more about that possibility this week.
Update @8:15 P.M., June 22, 2016
It was determined during today's surgery that I have hydronephrosis of both kidneys. At the moment, it is the left kidney in crisis. A temporary stent was placed to relieve the kink in the left ureter, and the hope is that the left kidney will recover enough function that the kidney will not have to be removed. The surgeon was surprised upon finding that kink and, so far, has not offered any explanation as to why the ureter developed a kink. The good news: no cancer and no stone.