Rower's hematuria

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Rower's hematuria

Post by sekitori » July 26th, 2019, 5:25 pm

I had a physical exam over twenty years ago, about a year after I began using the C2. My doctor told me that there was a fairly large amount of microscopic blood in my urine. At no time did I actually see blood. He said that could be a sign of something serious and he wanted it checked out by a urologist. After having a kidney scan and a cystoscopy (quite an unpleasant procedure), the urologist found no cause. This kept up for a couple more years and my physician suggested another appointment with the urologist, just to be sure that the diagnosis was correct. Although I was certain nothing was wrong because if it was somethng was quite serious, I would have noticed it, I made it anyhow. I had a second cystoscopy (also unpleasant, but at least I knew what to expect). Again, nothing was found. A subsequent urogram several years later also showed no pathology.

The consensus of medical opinion was that I have rower's hematuria. In my case, it was probably due to microscopic tears in my enlarged prostate which were caused by the pressure of sliding back and forth on the seat of my rower several times a week over many years. I was told that if I wanted to get rid of it, I should stop rowing for an extended period of time--at least a month, possibly even longer. Even then, there was no guarantee that the level of blood would decrease. Because I know that its appearance is meaningless, I ignored this advice and I continue to row as long and as hard as ever. Over the past few years, the amount of blood hasn't gone up and it remains invisible. Every time I have a urinalysis, I always mention the fact that microscopic blood will be present, possibly in fairly large quantities--and I'm always correct.

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Re: Rower's hematuria

Post by Ombrax » July 26th, 2019, 7:00 pm

Interesting. I have no clue what condition my prostate is in, but given my age (mid 50's) I assume it isn't what it used to be when I was in my 20's.

Is this something that is potentially bad for you and therefore should be dealt with, or can it be safely ignored and / or just monitored over time to confirm that it isn't getting worse?

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Re: Rower's hematuria

Post by johnlvs2run » July 26th, 2019, 7:22 pm

sekitori wrote:
July 26th, 2019, 5:25 pm
I had a physical exam over twenty years ago, about a year after I began using the C2. My doctor told me that there was a fairly large amount of microscopic blood in my urine. At no time did I actually see blood.

He said that could be a sign of something serious and he wanted it checked out by a urologist.
I saw a little pebble on the ground
- which could be a sign of the earth getting wiped out by an alien invasion!

#1- Those tests are far more dangerous than a bit of imaginary blood in your urine, which is a common occurrence.
Did the doctor tell you that? NO, he did not.

#2- nstead of doing what doctors want, you should do what YOU want to do.
Did you want your body invaded by drugs and machines??? NO, you did not. So don't do those things anymore.
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