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Can you have really dark urine just from being only a little dehydrated?

Can you have really dark urine just from being only a little dehydrated?

Eye of the beholder: Really dark from little dehydrated is all relative as you may notice. But practically if you play whatever sport match and forgot to bring your water and, to start with, you were not well hydrated you will have really dark urine. ...Read more

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Urine (Definition)

Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more


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Dark urine even after drinking plenty of water. Dehydrated?

Dark urine even after drinking plenty of water. Dehydrated?

Possible: Dark urine may be from dehydration as well as blood in the urine or from diet beets redden the urine and b vitamins can make the urine strongly yellow. ...Read more

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Is dark urine only a sign of dehydrated kidneys or could it be a sign of liver toxicity? Have been taking more muscle relaxers than usual & worried.

Is dark urine only a sign of dehydrated kidneys or could it be a sign of liver toxicity? Have been taking more muscle relaxers than usual & worried.

Dark urine could be: A sign of many possible y defying conditions. It seems as if you need to have some basic blood work to check liver and kidney function first. Also you may want to ease up on the muscle relaxers and try physical therapy. ...Read more

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I have strong smelling, cloudy, dark urine. I am retaining fluids in my lower extremities although I drink plenty of water, not dehydrated. Problem?

I have strong smelling,  cloudy, dark urine. I am retaining fluids in my lower extremities although I drink plenty of water, not dehydrated.  Problem?

Uti : A smelly and cloudy urine suggest urinary tract infection, specially if accompanied by burning sensation when you urinate. This should be diagnosed with urinalysis and culture. As for retaining of fluids on lower extremities it could be from a kidney disease that is associated with the cloudy urine, like nephrotic syndrome, or other problems like liver and cardiac disease. ...Read more

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I am a 24 year old female. I currently have very dark urine but it's not frequent however when I get done there is a small amount of blood on the toil?

I am a 24 year old female. I currently have very dark urine but it's not frequent however when I get done there is a small amount of blood on the toil?

Hematuria.: Your first description just sounds like a concentrated urine - like you just need to drink more water - but the blood is a little more thought provoking. You may have an infection, or there could be something else going on. We're generally concerned when blood starts leaving the body. You should see a doctor and start with an exam and urinalysis and culture. ...Read more

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I stop drinkin fluids early evening Only small volume urination at bed time. 4am large volume dark urine.8am large volum clear urine. Water retention?

I stop drinkin fluids early evening Only small volume urination at bed time. 4am large volume dark urine.8am large volum clear urine. Water retention?

Probably: More information is needed to address the issue. Do you stand for long periods of time during the day? if yes that may explain pooling of fluid in the legs during day and mobilization at night. What you described also fits in with symptoms of early heart failure. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Fever ~103 for ~3 days; saw nurse prac. UA showed mod. bilirubin. Small amt. of dark urine(not normal for me). Could dehyd'n cause? Fever now gone.

Fever ~103 for ~3 days; saw nurse prac.   UA showed mod. bilirubin. Small amt. of dark urine(not normal for me). Could dehyd'n cause?  Fever now gone.

Acute hepatitis: You may have had a case of an acute viral hepatitis. You can be tested for this quite easily. See your doctor. Although the dark urine could be due to dehydration the bilirubin in your urine suggests another cause. ...Read more

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Recently I have had dark urine, im a female, and one sided headaches. I have had some pelvic pain. My nose bled a little bit today also.

Recently I have had dark urine, im a female, and one sided headaches. I have had some pelvic pain. My nose bled a little bit today also.

Unrelated: This constellation of symptoms doesn't give a good suggestion of a single underlying cause. You may be a little dehydrated, or having some allergy problems. While these could possibly go with pregnancy, they are too vague and non-specific to make an educated guess for a single cause. ...Read more

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Dark Urine (Definition)

Urine of an abnormal color appears different from the usual straw-yellow color. Abnormally-colored urine may be cloudy, dark, or blood-tinged. Any changes in urine color, or the presence of an abnormal urine color that cannot be linked to the consumption of a food or drug, should be reported to ...Read more