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    bright red urine?

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    Sorry for a gross topic, but I'm wondering if this is a common occurrence with primal eaters? I did a quick search but did not find anything exactly like what I'm experiencing.

    My urine is bright red. So red that it looks like blood. I have been strictly paleo since May (no grains, no beans, no dairy, no sugar, etc). And to answer the obvious, I've not had anything even remotely red to eat recently.

    I happened to have urinalysis sticks in the house, and according to those, the Specific Gravity, Protein, Bilirubin, Blood, Nitrites, and Leukocytes are all off the charts high. Ketones were detectable but in the medium-low range.

    I'm sort of freaking out because I have never in my life had urine that color. I'm wondering if it could be a UTI, but I really don't want to spend my Sunday in urgent care. Thoughts?

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    Go to a doctor. Now. Seriously, none of that sounds good at all.

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    Yeah, sounds like a bladder infection to me.

    Get thee to a doctor STAT.

    I had one once when I was 19 and my mother actually came and
    picked me up from work to MAKE me go to the doctor (I thought it
    would just go away) and after I was all checked out the doctor
    said:

    "wow, it's really a good thing you came in because you were just hours
    away from your kidneys shutting down".

    Great.

    So get to urgent care quickly - red urine ain't no joke, - unless you've
    eaten a pile of beets, cuz that will do it too for sure.

    Any pain or urgency to go? And if there IS an urgency, is it just a little
    bit of pee each time? Any burning sensation?

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    Could be uti, crystals, or bladder/kidnet stones. None of these goes away without medical treatment, and will only get worse the longer you put it off. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackcatbone View Post
    Go to a doctor. Now. Seriously, none of that sounds good at all.
    What she said.

    And no, that is not "a common occurrence". It is not normal at all. It is indicative of something seriously wrong in your urinary system.
    Last edited by Paleobird; 09-16-2012 at 11:49 AM.

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    Did you eat beets? Some food will turn your urine red or make it smelly (asperagus)

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    Beets, kidney stones, UTI, kidney infection - all possibilities. Beets really make my urine a scary bright pink though.
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    Bring a good book and head to the urgent care, better safe than sorry. And I am pretty anti medical assistance. Have not seen a medical doctor in many years but blood in urine= trip for a check up asap.

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    Get to a doc. NOW. That ain't good.
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    Beets give my pee a vibrant hue.
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