What additional tests should I ask the doctor for?
January 31, 2013 4:28 AM Subscribe
I went to my doctor because I could feel a mass or swelling in my abdomen just to the right of my belly button. The doctor could feel it too and called it a mass or a "feeling of fullness." Slightly gross details inside.
posted by hazyjane to health & fitness (12 answers total)
The doctor tested my urine and found blood and protein. Then he sent me for an ultrasound but the technician didn't see anything. The technician did say that my bowel is right where the swelling or mass is, and she wasn't able to see behind my bowel.
I'm concerned that when I see my doctor for the ultrasound results, he'll dismiss me without investigating further. Is that fair enough, or should I ask for more tests? Are there any particular tests I should request?
I'm still waiting for results from blood tests for kidney and liver function, and my blood count came back as normal and I was told I have no infections. My blood sugar is a little high (prediabetic). Since then, I have seen the protein in my urine and also noticed that's a little rust-colored which I think is blood. It's definitely not menstrual blood as I don't have periods since having a Mirena coil inserted. Oh and I'm forty years old.
I know you're not my doctor and all the usual disclaimers will apply to any ideas you can give me.