- 6 years ago
- Wedding: December 2010
I’m sorry this is looooong but if any of you can be bothered – I’m not sure what to think about this…
Late last night I had to go to A&E with some pretty intense pain which I suspected was a kidney infection.
After sitting in the waiting room for over 3 hours, I was finally tested and informed I was clear of infection.
However, they found blood in my urine and together with my symptoms the doctor there told me I very likely have kidney stones. This makes sense as my dad has had them in the past. He said that I should book an appointment with my GP the next day (today) and ask them to refer me to the hospital again for an Ultra Sound scan of my kidneys. He then specifically said that although they would normally do a CT scan, it would not be a good idea for me as the radiation is very high and as I am of child-bearing age, he also would not want to risk damaging the eggs in my ovaries. He said that no matter what, make sure my GP books me for an ultrasound and NOT a CT scan and to just say no. He was a very nice doctor and I trusted what he told me.
So today, having struggled through work a bit, I finally went to my appointment with doctor on the way back and from the get-go he had a bit of a disinterested attitude. I told him my symptoms and one of the first questions he had was to ask me what contraception I’m on. I said that we just use condoms and he asked why am I not using a more substantial (not the word he used but along those lines) form of contraception because, “condoms, you know, you a likely to get pregnant just using those”. I was a bit confused as to what this had to do with my kidney stones but just said, “well, okay but I’m married and it wouldn’t be the end of the world if I did get pregnant”. I have lots of personal reasons for not being on hormonal BC. Of course I know that condoms can break it’s not like I’m unaware of that – I’m not a kid!
He just looked at me and then changed the subject.
Then he said he wasn’t going to put me in for an Ultrasound, he was going to put me in for a CT scan because in his opinion an Ultrasound wouldn’t do anything as it wouldn’t neccessarily show up stones.
So I told him what the nice doctor at the hospital had said last night that it could damage my fertility and he scoffed at this and looked away in disdain. I said “you obviously don’t agree with that?” he said no he didn’t and gave me this long speech about how life is a risk, we get radiation from the sun every day and it changes our DNA all the time. How we could die in a car accident at any time, how yes, a CT scan is high radiation but although it may increase chances of cancer, we are all at risk of cancer anyway, even from taking paracetemol and it was not going to mean I couldn’t have babies in the future. And what if my Ultrasound didn’t show up kidney stones? Then what would I do? He said this all completely dead-pan.
This seems to contadict his opinion of mine and my husbands decision to only use condoms – like I’m not cautious enough about birth control but over-cautious about a high dosage radiation scan. Frankly, I’d rather get pregnant than cancer!
I said I’d rather research the CT scan a bit more before I agree to it and he scoffed again and said, in a rather irritiated tone, “don’t worry, I’m putting you in for an Ultrasound.
I feel completely confused! I acted all greatful as I left and then afterwards felt like going back and giving him a slap. I was only doing as the first doctor had told me! My husband was quite angry with my GP when I told him what he’d said.
So…. How dangerous are CT scans? Can they affect fertility? What would you do?
Also, am I right in thinking this doctor was an arse? lol…