Jump to content

Photo

Blood in Urine issue

- - - - -

  • Please log in to reply
9 replies to this topic

#1
tippy316

tippy316

    Junior Member

  • New Members
  • PipPip
  • 12 posts
Today I gave a urine sample and they said I had moderate blood and protein in my urine. I am Type 2. Has anyone experienced this and should I worry about kidney problems?

#2
princesslinda

princesslinda

    Super Moderator

  • Moderators
  • 16,059 posts
  • LocationKnoxville, TN
  • I am a:Type 2
I work as a transcriptionist in a urology office. We see lots of people referred for blood in the urine. This can be caused by many things: kidney stones, urinary tract infections, trauma as well as more serious problems.

Do you know if your doctor did a "dipstick" reading or looked at your urine under the microscope? Sometimes we'll have a positive dipstick reading but a negative microscopic reading. If the strips are exposed to air or are about to expire, they can sometimes show false readings as well.

Usually if someone has blood in the urine, we will do a renal u/s to check for presence of stones, cysts, masses or other abnormalities. We will also often do a cystoscopy, where we look into the bladder with a small camera to see if there are any abnormalities.

If your family doctor found this, often they will have you come back in a couple of weeks to see if you are still showing blood in the urine, if so, usually they will send you to a urologist for further workup.

As for protein, its not something diabetics want to see, as it can signal a filtering problem in the kidneys. It may be that your doctor will order a 24 hr urine collection for protein to see how much your are "spilling" in a 24 hr period.

Main thing is not to panic. Most of the time, there's a simple reason for blood in the urine and it generally resolves on its own or with a course of antibiotics if you have an infection.

Keep us posted.

T2, diagnosed 8/31/06.
Meds: Metformin-ER 500 mg twice daily, HCTZ 12.5 mg every other day for BP Enalapril 20 mg 1 daily (ace-inhibitor)
Diet: I eat to my meter, generally eating 75-100 carbs/day with the occasional splurge.


#3
tippy316

tippy316

    Junior Member

  • New Members
  • PipPip
  • 12 posts
It was done via dipstick and strip at a medical office. I did hear sometimes there are false positive tests. I really appreciate you taking time to answer my question and set my mind at ease.

#4
princesslinda

princesslinda

    Super Moderator

  • Moderators
  • 16,059 posts
  • LocationKnoxville, TN
  • I am a:Type 2
Glad to help. :) When do you go back for a f/u appointment? I'd ask at that time that the doctor take a look under the microscope to check for the presence of red blood cells instead of just doing a dip. If blood does show up on the microscopic, you may have an infection, even if you're not symptomatic yet. Main thing is to get it rechecked for your peace of mind.

Also, what are they planning to do about the protein?

T2, diagnosed 8/31/06.
Meds: Metformin-ER 500 mg twice daily, HCTZ 12.5 mg every other day for BP Enalapril 20 mg 1 daily (ace-inhibitor)
Diet: I eat to my meter, generally eating 75-100 carbs/day with the occasional splurge.


#5
EasyType2

EasyType2

    Senior Member

  • Seniors
  • 543 posts
For males, an infected prostate can also be a source of blood in the urine.
I was born with nothing and I've still got most of it.

#6
tippy316

tippy316

    Junior Member

  • New Members
  • PipPip
  • 12 posts
What would be the reason for protein in the urine?

#7
princesslinda

princesslinda

    Super Moderator

  • Moderators
  • 16,059 posts
  • LocationKnoxville, TN
  • I am a:Type 2
Protein in the urine can be a sign that the kidneys aren't filtering properly. This can be due to many things, cystic kidneys, impaired renal function, etc. Generally if you have a small amount of protein showing in the urine, the doc will usually have you come in for a morning urinalysis and if you still show protein,he may refer you to a specialist to do further tests to check for renal function such as a renal u/s or CT scan that would allow visualization of the kidneys.

Usually a blood test such as a serum creatinine or creatinine clearance will be drawn to show if there's any problems. Also in our office we will often have patient's collect a 24 hr urine specimen.

T2, diagnosed 8/31/06.
Meds: Metformin-ER 500 mg twice daily, HCTZ 12.5 mg every other day for BP Enalapril 20 mg 1 daily (ace-inhibitor)
Diet: I eat to my meter, generally eating 75-100 carbs/day with the occasional splurge.


#8
Peter Lee

Peter Lee

    Senior Member

  • Seniors
  • 757 posts
I've been there and done that. In my case I started urinating heavily blooded urine. It turned out to be a urinary tract infection and it cleared after 10 days on a specific antibiotic.

As the others have said there are many possiblities for blood in urine for men, some more worrying than others. I would make sure that I got a firm diagnosis after investigation.
Peter
63,Type 2, Diagnosed Dec 04


Medication - Metformin 850mg x 3; Pioglitazone (Actos) 30mg x 1; Gliclazide 160mg x 2; plus stuff for hypertension & cholesterol with Aspirin E/C for the cardio/vascular system

Posted Image

:) I have to keep smiling - there's no other choice - but I do growl occasionally :whistling


#9
Jan B

Jan B

    Senior Member

  • Seniors
  • 5,853 posts
  • LocationNorth Texas
  • I am a:Type 1
Protein in the urine --

Is it not true that if you are dehydrated, or simply don't drink near enough water, that the protein level in the urine can be higher??
Jan

Type 1 since 1979
Diagnosed at age 18

#10
princesslinda

princesslinda

    Super Moderator

  • Moderators
  • 16,059 posts
  • LocationKnoxville, TN
  • I am a:Type 2

Protein in the urine --

Is it not true that if you are dehydrated, or simply don't drink near enough water, that the protein level in the urine can be higher??


Absolutely...esp. after intense exercise...that's why many docs want the person to return for a follow-up urinalysis, preferably a first morning one as the urine is most concentrated at that time...then if the person continues to show proteinuria, they will usually be referred to a specialist.

T2, diagnosed 8/31/06.
Meds: Metformin-ER 500 mg twice daily, HCTZ 12.5 mg every other day for BP Enalapril 20 mg 1 daily (ace-inhibitor)
Diet: I eat to my meter, generally eating 75-100 carbs/day with the occasional splurge.





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users