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Frequent Urination

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 16, 2006
  • 10:32 PM

I'm embarassed to say this but I have a problem with frequent urination and i don't know why.

Based on what i've read it could be caused by two things.

1) I had a hernia repair a few years back and an infection set up in it. It was sore. It is very irritating when i had a full bladder.

2) I drank some antifreeze and was in intensive care for 3 days. They said my kidneys appear to have no damage. But after that I noticed that the pain in my groin where the hernia repair was done increased and i would wake up having to go to the rest room at least once a night in the middle of my sleep. Though the urination doesn't cause a problem for my lifestyle(except for sleep interuption), it does seem more frequent than it was previously. I don't remember awaking with a full bladder before in the past either.

I went to the doctor to check my test results for a test i took 4 months after i drank teh antifreeze, the test said that my creatinine levels were borderline high. She took another test a few days ago and i go again in 3 months.

What do you think? Thanks!

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  • It sounds to me like the doctor is doing the right thing. Although I am not an expert on this, I think that drinking antifreeze can cause permanent damage to the kidneys due to the formation of crystals (which is why the creatinine levels were measured). What you are experiencing could well be dislaced pain from your kidneys and if there is a problem this might explain your frequent urination also (although this doesn't sound too excessive). I think all you can do is keep an eye on the results and follow the doc's advice to the letter.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 16, 2006
    • 10:57 PM
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  • Thanks, you said, "What you are experiencing could well be dislaced pain from your kidneys and if there is a problem this might explain your frequent urination also (although this doesn't sound too excessive)."I'm assuming you meant displaced pain?Then you said, "although this doesn't sound too excessive." What do you mean?The hospital said that there was no crystal formation or that they could not detect any.I went to the doctor about the hernia and he said that i had an infection. He gave me medicine but it didn't work and i stopped taking it. I'm planning on goinng back. This doctor knows nothing about the antifreeze. He is a urologist though.Could there be any known longterm effects of this?Thanks very much.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 17, 2006
    • 02:59 PM
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  • Correct (and well spotted!), I meant to type displaced pain. The urination doesn't sound too excessive to me if it causing you to get up only once at night (although it might be greater than it used to be and it could signify that something is not quite right still). I am a bit confused about the doctors. Are there two? The one who ordered the creatinine tests (which are a measure of kidney function) and the other responding to the hernia? If so, I think you need to keep them both advised in full. This might not be two separate problems. You can do permanent damage to your kidneys by drinking antifreeze. Not that this is necessarily the case though (and it sounds like the hospital did not think it was likely). I believe it can take your kidneys some time to recover from such a traumatic event though (and it sounds like this happened only a few months ago). You need to tell your doctor about the antifreeze when you visit and ask his medical advice on the best road to recovery. Hope you get it sorted!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 17, 2006
    • 05:08 PM
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  • Thanks very much. There are two doctors. AS for the lenght of time, it has been a 11 months.From what i've read high creatinine levels can be an indication of a damaged kidney. The doctor that did the creatinine test said that it was borderline high. She assumes that it may be because of dehydration.I will talk to my urologist further. Hopefully he can come to a more definite conclusion. I've always had problems with my hernia and had gone to the doctor because of it, but it seemed to have worsen since my antifreeze incident.Thanks for your advice.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 17, 2006
    • 05:49 PM
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  • Oh, I need to state that it seems to me that everythign that i've read seems to indicate taht kidney problems tend to prevent urination rather than cause frequent urination. This is why I'm confused and would like to believe that the two are unrelated.thanks.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 17, 2006
    • 05:53 PM
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  • One thing the doctor is likely to ask you is whether you mean frequent urination or excessive urination (i.e. is the volume greater also - you should measure it over the course of a day). I think that kidney problems can result in both, although he will be the best one to answer that. One explanation might be that you are simply drinking more water (which I imagine is what the hospital might have recommended). Another might be that the fluids are taking longer to work through your system and hence you notice it in the middle of the night. Yet another might be that your kidney response to the anti-diuretic hormone has been affected (and don't ask me whether this is even possible let alone likely as a result of drinking anti-freeze). Sounds like you are going to see the right sort of doctor to get it sorted though. Good Luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 17, 2006
    • 07:07 PM
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