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Old 23-06-2009, 23:01
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For a while now, I've noticed that sometimes when I urinate, there are bits floating in the bowl afterwards. I first thought this was just our toilet but today one of the gents' toilets at work was out of order so they made the ladies' a unisex so for the first time in ages I peed into a toilet that wasn't my home one and not a urinal, and again there were bits floating in it.

Difficult to explain what these bits were as obviously I just flushed them down the pan without going in for a further look but I guess I might be able to accurately ish compare them to a few flecks of cream coloured paint floating in a bowl of apple juice.

I've mentioned before that my urine is quite dark coloured and that I only go about two times a day (sometimes one, other times like Sunday none) so it might be related to that. It's not hurting or anything (which I guess passing flecks of paint would...) just wondering what it could be.

(first person to say 'go to your GP' will be hunted down and your livestock killed btw, I'm sick of that being the answer to every single question in thsi place...)
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Old 23-06-2009, 23:04
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Everyone's urine is different but if you pee only twice a day and its dark your very likely not drinking enough..

Obviously as always with medical stuff see your dr. But I recommend you try drinking more as well.


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Old 23-06-2009, 23:09
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The white bits could be bits of fat. But you need to drink more water. Your urine should be clear and you should definitely go more than twice a day!!
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Old 23-06-2009, 23:11
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(first person to say 'go to your GP' will be hunted down and your livestock killed btw, I'm sick of that being the answer to every single question in thsi place...)
i don't understand why you would say that , anything that you are not sure about and is not normal (bits in pee) the first thing you should do is visit the doctor

nobody on here can examine or test your pee , so how is anybody going to know what is wrong with it or you

so drink more water and get down the doctors , they are there to help
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Old 23-06-2009, 23:15
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(first person to say 'go to your GP' will be hunted down and your livestock killed btw, I'm sick of that being the answer to every single question in thsi place...)
Shame because its the correct answer. You can hunt me down if you like. Wont change anything,
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Old 23-06-2009, 23:16
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Well if it were my urine .......

However as you say; what you do [ or don't do]about your urine abnormalities is entirely up to you.
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Old 23-06-2009, 23:20
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It could be albumen in your water; nothing to worry about, but your GP can prescribe the necessary medication.

Dark urine is a clear indication that you don't drink enough water - easily remedied.

You've made clear that you don't want to visit your GP, so there's really nothing else I can advise.
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Old 23-06-2009, 23:20
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I want to say 'see your GP' but for obvious reasons won't

Bits in urine?

OK, are you absolutely sure it is from your urine? Hate to be graphic, but could you pee in a bowl or something to make sure it isn't just floaty limescale from dirty toilets.

Could be - infection? Any pain? The same stuff as kidney stones? (Calcium something?)

If you aren't peeing often then you aren't flushing your 'pipes' (entire urinary system). As the previous poster suggested, drink more fluids. Aim for 2 litres fluid intake a day. It isn't that much really. I must have drunk at least thrice that today. Do you get constipated? Another sign of needing more fluid.

If symptoms persist, it would be worth having your urine tested. If you experience pain in the lower back or on passing urine, you definitely need medical assistance.
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Old 23-06-2009, 23:33
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OK, I shall repeat what I have said many times here. The reason I do not go to my doctor is because he's got bettter things to do than see me and better people to see. If I had an appointment, that is an appointment that could have been much better spent with somebody who actually has something wrong with them.

I have recently been trying to drink more, but can't manage to do it. I'd say on average I'd drink about 1l of assorted drinks, usually in the form of a couple of 500ml bottles of Oasis or something like that, maybe a couple of cups of tea. I do get a bit constipated, but I see it as a blessing really because it means I don't need the toilet as much... As it happens, I have had some lower back pains recently but I've been doing a lot of lifting stuff at work and I know I haven't been carrying stuff properly.

I did think initially it was just limescale off the toilet, but noticed today when I actually peed in a different toilet standing up (normally it's a urinal or I'm sitting down) that those flecks are there.
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Old 23-06-2009, 23:42
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OK, I shall repeat what I have said many times here. The reason I do not go to my doctor is because he's got bettter things to do than see me and better people to see. If I had an appointment, that is an appointment that could have been much better spent with somebody who actually has something wrong with them.

I have recently been trying to drink more, but can't manage to do it. I'd say on average I'd drink about 1l of assorted drinks, usually in the form of a couple of 500ml bottles of Oasis or something like that, maybe a couple of cups of tea. I do get a bit constipated, but I see it as a blessing really because it means I don't need the toilet as much... As it happens, I have had some lower back pains recently but I've been doing a lot of lifting stuff at work and I know I haven't been carrying stuff properly.

I did think initially it was just limescale off the toilet, but noticed today when I actually peed in a different toilet standing up (normally it's a urinal or I'm sitting down) that those flecks are there.
Your GP would rather see you when you have a low grade kidney infection than a systemic infection.

You go in. You describe your symptoms. GP hands you a specimen tube and form. You pee in it and take it to your GP or local hospital pathology dept. Yu phone for results and maybe need another visit for the results and prescription.

You are easy money to the GP & Hospital trust and help keep your pathology department local.

But, I reiterate - drink more. 1 ltr of sugary drink and a cup of tea isn't enough in this weather. And water from the tap is so much cheaper than Oasis. Constipation isn't a blessing. It is your body saying something is wrong.
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Old 23-06-2009, 23:43
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Diss, I know you're worried, but you've said before you don't drink enough water. Gravel in your urine is not normal, and no-one can put your mind at rest, only urge you to go and get tested. You can get kidney stones if you don't drink water. See here - it's the exact same query and might be the push you need.

http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/ate/liver...ey/202685.html
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Old 24-06-2009, 00:05
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You don't want to go the GP?

Guess you'll just have to wait it out and see if you die or not...
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Old 24-06-2009, 00:09
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If you have an urinary infection it is very dangerous for a man, it can spread further inside you and attack the kidney.

I have no livestock so I can safely tell you to see your Doctor.
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Old 24-06-2009, 00:14
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OK, I shall repeat what I have said many times here. The reason I do not go to my doctor is because he's got bettter things to do than see me and better people to see. If I had an appointment, that is an appointment that could have been much better spent with somebody who actually has something wrong with them.

I have recently been trying to drink more, but can't manage to do it. I'd say on average I'd drink about 1l of assorted drinks, usually in the form of a couple of 500ml bottles of Oasis or something like that, maybe a couple of cups of tea. I do get a bit constipated, but I see it as a blessing really because it means I don't need the toilet as much... As it happens, I have had some lower back pains recently but I've been doing a lot of lifting stuff at work and I know I haven't been carrying stuff properly.

I did think initially it was just limescale off the toilet, but noticed today when I actually peed in a different toilet standing up (normally it's a urinal or I'm sitting down) that those flecks are there.
So you want a medically literate opinion, but are not prepared to see the only person able to give you one.

That's a toughee!

Well you could pop in to the surgery and ask to have a quick word with the Practice Nurse or,

You could mention it to your local pharmacist or,

You could phone NHS Direct.

I could be wrong but I imagine they'll all say the same thing ...... and you know what that is!

The reason I do not go to my doctor is because he's got bettter things to do than see me and better people to see.
Actually that's his conclusion to reach, not yours. Second guessing doctors opinions or conclusions isn't an especially clever, or indeed wise thing to do.



Sometimes making a big thing of not going to the doctor, [eg by posting the fact on a public forum], can itself be a masked form of attempting to draw special attention to a problem. Whether that's the case with you, I've no idea.
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Old 24-06-2009, 00:21
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This (believe it or not) is a common problem - although it is not a problem as such...more of a simple diet issue in many cases. I have had similar on the odd occasion where I have had very tiny bits of white flakey substances although I wasn't in any pain and this only happens quite rare....however, if you ARE in pain then it could be the start of kidney stones as previous posts have mentioned.

Have a read of this...but if you are not in any pain, then I shouldn't worry....although I know what I would do just to be safe. I would see how it goes in the next few days to a week.

Years ago I had severe burning pain when I went to the toilet and I suffered from this for about a month and it became unbearable, after going to my GP I was given antibiotics which didn't do a thing to clear it...I found out that it was dandelion and burdock that had caused me cystitis.

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Old 24-06-2009, 00:23
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I am not a doctor. Nor do I play one in a TV drama.

My total lay guess is a kidney infection. Which requires antibiotics. Which you can only get from a GP. Untreated can lead to perminant kidney damage and excruciating pain.

Your GP may well differ in diagnosis, having a medical degree. Unlike me.
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Old 24-06-2009, 01:30
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Only using the bathroom once or possibly twice a day sounds very very unusual - unless you barely imbibe any liquids (and then don't you have constant headaches??).
If you are dead set on not seeing the doctor yet I'd do three things: drink more water, drink less caffeine (if you drink any that is) and make sure you're eating your 5 (fruit & veg) a day.
If nothing changes then it's time to bother your GP.
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Old 24-06-2009, 07:35
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It could be albumen in your water; nothing to worry about, but your GP can prescribe the necessary medication.

Dark urine is a clear indication that you don't drink enough water - easily remedied.

You've made clear that you don't want to visit your GP, so there's really nothing else I can advise.
Albumen in urine is a sign of kidney damage.
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Old 24-06-2009, 07:36
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For a while now, I've noticed that sometimes when I urinate, there are bits floating in the bowl afterwards. I first thought this was just our toilet but today one of the gents' toilets at work was out of order so they made the ladies' a unisex so for the first time in ages I peed into a toilet that wasn't my home one and not a urinal, and again there were bits floating in it.

Difficult to explain what these bits were as obviously I just flushed them down the pan without going in for a further look but I guess I might be able to accurately ish compare them to a few flecks of cream coloured paint floating in a bowl of apple juice.

I've mentioned before that my urine is quite dark coloured and that I only go about two times a day (sometimes one, other times like Sunday none) so it might be related to that. It's not hurting or anything (which I guess passing flecks of paint would...) just wondering what it could be.

(first person to say 'go to your GP' will be hunted down and your livestock killed btw, I'm sick of that being the answer to every single question in thsi place...)
Don't go to your GP then - you're the one who is worried about a possible sympton which could indicate a problem. Doesn't make a jot of difference to anyone on here. But nobody on here can tell you what the stuff is.
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Old 24-06-2009, 07:46
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For a while now, I've noticed that sometimes when I urinate, there are bits floating in the bowl afterwards. I first thought this was just our toilet but today one of the gents' toilets at work was out of order so they made the ladies' a unisex so for the first time in ages I peed into a toilet that wasn't my home one and not a urinal, and again there were bits floating in it.

Difficult to explain what these bits were as obviously I just flushed them down the pan without going in for a further look but I guess I might be able to accurately ish compare them to a few flecks of cream coloured paint floating in a bowl of apple juice.

I've mentioned before that my urine is quite dark coloured and that I only go about two times a day (sometimes one, other times like Sunday none) so it might be related to that. It's not hurting or anything (which I guess passing flecks of paint would...) just wondering what it could be.

(first person to say 'go to your GP' will be hunted down and your livestock killed btw, I'm sick of that being the answer to every single question in thsi place...)

I drink around 2 - 3 litres of fluids every day...mostly water, I'd suggest doing that as you sound like you are not properly hydrated.

At the risk of your wrath, I would suggest you make an appointment with your doctor as your symptoms would in my view prompt him to investigate further...possible kidney x-ray and urine analysys...and even a qualified doctor wont be able to do anything online!
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Old 24-06-2009, 09:07
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If you have a pain in your lower back that could indicate a kidney infection, I would be worried about doing myself permanent damage.

Your GP isn't a saintly volunteer doing community work, he's a person offering a service, a service which you pay for. Go to the GP, having the attitude that you'd rather not bother him/her with ''trivial'' matters requires you to have the medical knowledge to decide what is or isn't important.

I've just done a quick google search, and it appears white bits in urine could be anything from a serious UTI, to bits of the bladder lining coming away, to protein in the urine, to kidney stones. All and any of which need to be treated by the GP!

Edit - and you need to drink more water. I work in healthcare, and drinking the tiny amount you do, of mostly sugary drinks, is a recipe for disaster, and is most likely contributing to your constipation. In fact, I'd lay money on your urine problem being kidney stones caused by lack of hydration. Get at least 2 ltrs of water into you a day, as well as other drinks. Water is essential, especially in this weather.
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Old 24-06-2009, 09:13
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OK, I shall repeat what I have said many times here. The reason I do not go to my doctor is because he's got bettter things to do than see me and better people to see. If I had an appointment, that is an appointment that could have been much better spent with somebody who actually has something wrong with them.
What utter rubbish. Seriously.. that's a cop out and you know it. You just don't want to go talk to a doctor about it. You have a condition that is worrying you so much you're posting on an internet forum in the hope someone can tell you what's going on, yet you won't consider spending 5 or 10 minutes talking to your doctor?

This whole "Ohh I'm not important enough" rubbish is just an excuse. Doctors are there to help everyone with a wide range of problems. Some small, some big. You going asking about this is in no way putting your doctor out nor is it going to deny someone else time with a doctor. Just make an apointment and go see the doctor, and stop making silly excuses and go see one if it's worrying you.

If you're still refusing then follow the advice above and drink more water. But if that doesn't clear it then you're stuck aren't you.
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Old 24-06-2009, 09:29
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Some people just can't be helped, if when they are clearly asking for attention.
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Old 24-06-2009, 09:31
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I am not a doctor. Nor do I play one in a TV drama.

My total lay guess is a kidney infection. Which requires antibiotics. Which you can only get from a GP. Untreated can lead to perminant kidney damage and excruciating pain.

Your GP may well differ in diagnosis, having a medical degree. Unlike me.
I am not a doctor or a TV drama doctor either! Sorry that bit made me laugh!
But I have had repeated kidney infections with similar "bits" in the urine. I also hardly ever got thirsty. After a serious hospitalised case of pylonephritis I always make a point now of drinking lots of water and the bit's are not there anymore.

Your choice is to go along to the GP (ouch I felt that slap!) where he/she will almost certainly ask for a specimin of your urine to be sent to the lab for testing. Doc will give you a small container and you take it home, pee in it and deliver it to the surgery. The sample is sent away and tested. There are all sorts of reasons for dark urine with bits in and there are many medicines that can will cure you of it.

If you don't want to go to the GP just drink litres of water to clear yourself out and get those kidneys working properly. I was advised on that and water keeps my urine clear. You need to pee a lot more than twice a day. Think of it like running a tap to unblock the sink plug hole.

Good Luck.
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Old 24-06-2009, 10:46
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hi diss you really are not drinking enough as someone who suffers from kidney infections you really do not want one also the constipation is not good do you have a bit of a phobia about using the toilet it was just when you said its a good thing i think you do need to see your gp as you are just as important as anyone else and if you don't get it sorted it could cause you quite significant problems in later life then you will have to see your gp regularly and im sure you don't want that consider yourself told off
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