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Worried about kidney

Discussion in 'Other Health Conditions and Diabetes' started by Type2_2000, Sep 10, 2016.

  1. Type2_2000

    Type2_2000 · Well-Known Member

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    I don't know what's happening to me and I'm starting to freak out. I apologise in advance for the long rambling post.

    I don't have any history of renal problems, I'm a T2 on meds and I have bp well managed with meds. My diabetic control is generally good, although my sugars have been a bit up and down over the last week or so (fasting reading 5.9-8.7).

    For the last month the weather's been warm and I noticed my pee was quite dark and I seemed to be passing a little less pee when my bladder felt full. I assumed this was due to dehydration and tried to drink more (probably had too much Diet Coke than water!).

    About 10 days ago I had a cold and stomach bug at the time I noticed a strong smell from my pee - possible infection.

    5 days ago I started noticed I was peeing less. In particular, hardly passing any pee in the day and passing most at night. I would estimate I'm passing around 500ml (give or take some ml) per night. I suspected dehydration so I've upped fluids to around 2 litres a day - for the first few days I was loading and drinking lots in one go but now I'm trying to sip a little often.

    On Friday I saw my doctor and he examined me and dip tested my urine (appointment was first thing in the morning) and was clear for infection, protein, blood and sugar. He observed the sample was dark and concentrated, suggesting I was dehydrated. The night before I had passed about 350/400 ml of light straw coloured pee. He has arranged for me to have bloods taken on Monday. During the day on Friday I ramped up my fluid and took in quite a lot in one go rather than steady sips. In the evening I developed mild oedema in the ankles. This made me very anxious - first time it's ever happened to me. I elevated my feet and from midnight through to 6am I started passing a very light straw urine - around 75 - 100ml at a time, every hour. By morning most of the oedema had gone. I saw an emergency doctor first thing this morning and he checked my urine - again it was dark yellow and concentrated. The dip test revealed ketones (suggesting dehydration) but also +1 Protein - Dr wasn't unduely worried as he said concentrated urine can do this. He felt oedema was mild and suggested one of my bp meds could have made me more susceptible to it. His advice was to await the bloods on Monday and didn't see it as an emergency.

    During the day I've taken about 2.5 litre on board, slowing sipping water and I've had a rehydration powders as well. I've been lying down with feet up for much of the day to reduce the odema and also cos I'm quite tired from peeing al night. I'm at bedtime now and have passed about 500ml since 6am.

    Overall neither of the doctors seem unduly worried and attribute this to dehydration and legacy of a low level UTI. Nor do they seem worried that I'm passing most of my water at night. The first doctor said it was fine to be passing around 500ml a day.

    I just don't understand what's going on - the change in peeing and the constant cycle of dehydration: I'm dehydrated first thing, spend the day loading up on fluids without passing out much of it and then spend the night discharging this light straw pee.

    Obviously the tests will tell us more next week, I'm concerned that it's Acute Renal Failure, but could it be as simple as dehydration? I'm overly anxious about this as my dad died, 18 months ago, as a result of renal failure.

    Any thoughts or advice much appreciated.
    #1 Type2_2000, Sep 10, 2016 at 11:50 PM
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2016
  2. Freema

    Freema Type 2 · Expert

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    Sommetimes it is best to wait for the resultat of the bloodsamples As quessing is just too unprecise . Of cause your are scared from the way your father died .... But one can have kidney problems in many years without actually having kidney faliure .. If you have kidney problems take a break from High proteins and eat much more nuts and fats and maybe reducere calories in the total for a while and cut salt , But wait for the answers from the doctors . Is the weather hotter than usual where you live Then you Will sweat out you intakte of water indtead of peeing it out . Seltin instead of salt is a good way to have a healthy balance of salt and pottasium. But dont eat too much of it either. Drink only water and no artificial sweeteners for a while
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