Category Archives: Urinary Tract

For the last few months I have seen some changes in my urine.  It has been dark cloudy, bubbly, foamy and some burning .  I feel some urgency and at night I have to urinate two – three times.    I had some tests for kidney function and they came back normal; no protein in urine, my creatinine is 0.87 and eGFR is 98%.  l am 41 years old, but I do not feel normal. Is this the start of any CKD?

From your description, this sounds more like a bladder or urinary tract problem.  You should be examined by your physician.  You should have your urine tested for blood and infection.  You should also have a complete history and physical examination. … Continue reading

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I am wondering if pain and sweating, whenever one needs to urinate, is a sign of kidney problems?

The symptoms that you mention are not common to kidney disease.  You may see these symptoms with bladder disease such as infection.

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I have been diagnosed with Reflux after having multiple UTI’s.  I am trying an OAT med now to see if it will help.  The urologist I went to has given me options, if the meds don’t work, of Botox injections, which I don’t want, or a procedure where a device is put in my back to shock the bladder into working right.  Are there other options?  Is there a surgery to repair the problem?  Just not sure where to turn.  Should I look for someone who specializes in this area?  

The question that you ask is a urological question.  I am a nephrologist and do not perform surgery.  I recommend that you continue to consult with a urologist.  I have no expertise in this problem.

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My grandmother has had almost continuous UTI’s for over a year and tests have shown albumin being secreted for that period.  Because of her age (87), the doctor decided she was not able to withstand antibiotics, so for a large part of the year the UTI’s were not treated. She is albumin deficient (1.9).  However her kidney function blood tests for creatinine, etc. have all continuously shown normal parameters, so her doctor doesn’t believe it indicates anything more sinister, and will not refer her for any other tests.  But as she is 87, it is obvious that her dementia is heightened.  When she has urinary problems, her arms have filled up with large fluid sacs and her feet are like balls.  For some reason, her doctor doesn’t feel that a diuretic is appropriate for her age.  What should now be done to determine whether she does have CKD or would the kidney function tests be definitive?

I am unable to offer medical advice without performing a complete history and physical examination.  If the creatinine testing is normal but the urine protein is abnormal, then she can still have chronic kidney disease (CKD).  The most important thing … Continue reading

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My mom has suffered with urine leaks her whole life (85 years) and has seen numerous doctors. Antibiotics do nothing. Her urine changes color frequently.  She sometimes experiences lower abdomen pain. My mom is up every 1 – 2 hours every night to go to the bathroom  What do you think? 

Urine incontinence and urinary frequency problems are urological problems, usually related to bladder or pelvic disease.  I am a nephrologist and do not deal with these problems.  I suggest you consult with a urologist.  

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I donated a kidney and have done well since. Is it ok for me to use the pain reliever phenazopyridine hydrochloride for pain relief from urinary tract infection? 

I cannot recommend a drug treatment without knowing your complete medical history and performing a physical examination.  I have used phenazopyridine in patients with bladder infections in past without problem, but you must clear this with your personal doctor to … Continue reading

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My mother is currently in the ICU with sepsis from a UTI. At first, they couldn’t find the cause of her liver shutting down, and believed it to be due to her drinking. The next day, they found the UTI. Overnight she was given oxygen and kidney dialysis, just to help her body run. However, they did not start the antibiotics for the sepsis until they realized the infection. She is now on a general antibiotic for all sepsis cases and is improving. All of her blood work came back almost normal last night. Does this mean there is a positive outlook? Or is there still a chance that she will not be okay, due to the lateness of starting the antibiotics?

I cannot provide a diagnosis or a prognosis without seeing and examining your mother.  I would need to know her entire medical history and perform a physical examination.  I suggest that you could visit with the physicians who are responsible … Continue reading

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I have been having pain in the right lower back since December 2013. I have cystitis and have had blood in my urine, but no infection. Recent blood tests have shown a decreased function in kidney since last blood test in November 2013. I have interstitial cystitis and am currently taking Elmiron. Any ideas what this may be? I am scheduled to have an X-ray and more blood tests. Should I be worried?

I believe you are describing chronic interstitial cystitis.  This is a disease cared for by a urologist.  I am a nephrologist and have very little knowledge of this disease.  I recommend that you continue to consult with a urologist.  

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I have had kidney stones in the past. Last year I had around 7 kidney/UTI infections. I have had blood in my urine for past 14 days. What could be causing this?

I am unable to establish a diagnosis based on the information that you provide.  I would be concerned that you have an infected kidney stone or you have a bladder problem.  This problem is generally dealt with by a urologist. … Continue reading

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My 88 year old Dad was recently diagnosed with stage 3 kidney disease. He has had urinary symptoms for a few years, urgency and frequency and told enlarged prostate. PSA was normal. Is it possible that an enlarged prostate can contribute to blocking urine, causing back flow and pressure on kidneys thus contributing to failure?

Yes, a blocked urinary system can cause a decrease in kidney function.  This should be discussed with his physician. For more information on chronic kidney disease click here.

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