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Thread: Urologist Appointment - Advice Needed

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    So, I've bitten the bullet and made myself an appointment with the urologist, which I was referred to by my GP.

    The letter says I need to bring a urine sample taken that morning... how do I do this? I can't think how to transport it, and really don't want to be carrying my pee around with me all morning... do you think I could just 'forget'?

    Also, does anyone have any specific advice for appointments in general? I'm a bit scared, do you know what they'll do to me?

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    That's kind of an odd request. You would think they could have you take a sample when you arrive, it's not like a urine sample takes long to do.

    A couple years ago I had a request in a letter from a specialist to perform an enema the morning of my appointment. I called them and basically told them that isn't going to happen. After talking to them on the phone for awhile I found out that it most likely won't even be necessary. I was able to get them to agree to perform the enema when I was there, in the off chance that I actually needed one, which I was sure I didn't.

    Personally, as long as there is a phone number on the letter I think you should phone them and voice your concerns. I do believe it is highly likely they will tell you not to worry about bringing a sample though. Also, don't hesitate to ask a little about what is involved in your appointment, they should be able to explain it at least to some degree, I've phoned doctors offices before and asked what would be involved, they usually don't hesitate to answer a few questions that I have.

    I had a doctor reschedule my appointment because I forgot to bring some materials that they should have had anyway. I just wouldn't want you to just 'forget' and then have them reschedule your appointment on you, some doctors can be a little bit odd. I personally think they will most likely just have you take a urine sample while you are there if you 'forget'. However, I like to safe rather than sorry, especially since I have been turned away for a silly reason at the doctors office before.

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    They usually give you a little pot with a screw cap. That's what you usually transport it in. The hardest part is getting your pee into the pot. It's a cylinder about 120mm tall, and 25mm in diameter!
    I found a Photo!
    So I'd chase them up on that, particularly as it's likely to be sterile, don't want any cross contaminants!


    -- Edit --
    Bah, posted seconds after Jabo. Following what he said, they'd give you the container. It seems to me they just gave you a handful of leaflets or something.

    My non relevant quibbles:


    Quote Originally Posted by UnMarth
    I haven't been asked for a Pee sample since I was like 9 years old. So where my mum stored it, I don't know.

    But you really ougt to relax. They won't do anything to you unless they feel they need to. And They'll talk you through the procedure to make your comfortable. You have nothing to worry about, it's early days so they are only going to be asking for very little things at most on the day. Then again, I've not been to a urologist, lucky me I suppose.

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    First of all well done for taking the brave step of seeking medical help. It isn't an easy step to make. Clearly you feel something is not right. I don't wish to know what. I am not a medical person and any 'advice' I gave may not be suitable to your individual circumstances. I will merely suggest possible avenues you may wish to further explore.

    So bullet is bit!

    Yes, you will be expected to bring a sample if the letter asks you to bring one! Might I suggest you ring up, or better still, nip back to your doctors and make an appontment to see one of the practice nurses. Explain you have your letter of referral, they are requesting you take a sample and you are unsure what to do and basically are uneasy about the whole thing.

    I would further suggest you take someone with you when you visit the hospital for your appointment. It always helps to have someone there even if you don't really feel like chatting.

    Finally you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Yes, it is a bit odd that they would request a urine sample and not provide you with a cup; also, that they would request you bring it with you rather than do it there. Perhaps the English language is not one of their strong points, and they mean that you will be required to provide a sample once you arrive at clinic, so please don't pee right before arriving. Ring them up and ask for clarification is my advice.

    Good luck!

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    No, I'm fairly sure they want me to bring one, it didn't say it on a leaflet, but in the actual appointment letter, in a paragraph of it's one:

    "Please bring a sample of urine, in a clean bottle, taken that day."

    I'm reluctant to phone them though I'm a bit scared of them tbh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by closet dl View Post
    Yes, it is a bit odd that they would request a urine sample and not provide you with a cup; also, that they would request you bring it with you rather than do it there. Perhaps the English language is not one of their strong points, and they mean that you will be required to provide a sample once you arrive at clinic, so please don't pee right before arriving. Ring them up and ask for clarification is my advice.


    Good luck!
    The reason it has to be in the mornings because the morning piss has a shit load of stuff in it so if something is wrong it'll appear in that one. the reason they don't ask for it there is essentially because holding that pee in is really really hard. I recommend that you simply put the pee in a ziplock or find a portable liquid container and make sure it doesn't spill. Alternitvely you could pee a diaper and bring that with ya!

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    When I went my letter said show up with a full bladder and I peed into this computer thing. Also I got a ultra scan on my... Well bladder. And I got asked a few questions. It's nothing scary.

    Which reminds me I have a check up with my urologist in December.

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    The 'container' should be contaminant free as should you when you take your sample. A quick drop-by your friendly clinic/gp/surgery, as previously posted, will set your mind at rest. You will be given an appropriate container. :-)

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    Well, YOU're going to the doc, because YOU want to be checked out. So it's really your job to cooperate, because the doctor doesn't really care much if he can run tests on your pee or not. YOU're the one who wants to get healthy (again).

    Personally, I've pissed in a cup on like 1 or 2 occasions when a urine sample was needed, but then I didn't have to lug that around all day - it was done at the doc's office. I suggest you go get a urine sample container, or ask them what kind of container you should take. I reckon a half-empty Fanta bottle wouldn't really work.

    As for hot to get it in there...the doc won't need 5 liters, so take a rough aim and go. Any exess pee will just float out of it anyway, so I suggest you do it in the shower/tub or over the toilet: And yes, your hands are bound to get wet. Consider it a sacrifice for your health (or develop an interest in watersports )

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