Getting to see a urologist

I made an appointment at the local hospital’s STD clinic, thinking they were a good way to get into the system. They found evidence of inflammation in my urethra (which has been happening for years, without any positive test results for infection) and immediately assumed it was being caused by an STD and wanted me to start on antibiotics while I waited for test results.

Instead of waiting and taking antibiotics that I was fairly sure I didn’t need I made an appointment with my GP. He also immediately leapt to the conclusion that it was probably chlamydia. Fortunately my husband, who is himself a doctor, was there and pointed out that for men any sign of blood in the urine means that you should be referred to urology. The GP grudgingly gave in and referred me.

The STD tests came back negative, unsurprisingly.

Introduction

Like a lot of guys, I’d noticed the force of the flow when I was peeing decreasing over the years. I’d assumed it was just a normal part of getting older. In May 2014 it finally got to the point where I thought there must be something wrong. Peeing was becoming painful and the final straw was when I noticed a bit of blood.

It turned out to be a urethral stricture, scar tissue narrowing my urethra, and that diagnosis has so far resulted in lots of visits to the hospital and several surgeries: a urethrotomy (plus two failed attempts) and two¬†buccal mucosal graft urethroplasties. In particular it was a stricture of the pendulous urethra, or distal urethra, within the external part of the penis. That seems to be quite unusual, especially when it’s not caused by disease or injury.

I’ve noticed that there’s not a lot of information out there about strictures and the treatments for them, especially from a patient’s point of view. So I’m writing this blog in the hope that it might be helpful for other guys with the same problem. If you want to get in touch with me you can use this contact form.

There are pictures to accompany some of the posts, but you’ll have to click a link to see them so that nobody unwillingly sees pictures of a penis. You can also find them in the NSFW category.