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Blood in Urine issue

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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??

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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.

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