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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

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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I drink on average 2 litres of water a day but still have dark urine like a dark caramel colour what could this be?

I drink on average 2 litres of water a day but still have dark urine like a dark caramel colour what could this be?

Kidney issues: There could be an underlying cause to the color of your urine including blood in your urine, infection or other chemicals. I suggest seeing a doctor for a urinalysis to get a breakdown of the chemicals in your urine. ...Read more

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Do electrolytes in smart water cause strong smelling/dark urine the way sodas can? Should I only drink electrolyte-free water?

Do electrolytes in smart water cause strong smelling/dark urine the way sodas can? Should I only drink electrolyte-free water?

No: No. You may be prone to dehydration if you have dark urine. Try drinking regular tap water, smart water, bottled water, etc., any type of water. Drink less soda, coffe, tea. ...Read more

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I had a dark urine from 2 days and pain in my left kidney I drink a lot of water but still no change.

I had a dark urine from 2 days and pain in my left kidney I drink a lot of water but still no change.

Dark urine: Do you drink 80oz if water a day! The color of urine doesn't usually corral are with " kidney pain". Often people think any type of back discomfort is kidney pai and usually not related unless an obvious kidney stone... ...Read more

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I have constant nausea coupled with dark urine no meter how much water I drink. Going on 2 months now. Tired all the time. Thoughts?

I have constant nausea coupled with dark urine no meter how much water I drink. Going on 2 months now. Tired all the time. Thoughts?

Dark urine, nausea: Go to a doctor and get a blood sample sent off to see if you have hepatitis as well as a urine analysis to see if you have bilirubin in it. If you do have hepatitis, you will get the answer and a treatment plan from the tests I suggested you have done. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have brown urine. Drinking lots of water. Weightlifting 3 times a week. What could this be? Increased dark urine after I exercise.

I have brown urine. Drinking lots of water. Weightlifting 3 times a week. What could this be? Increased dark urine after I exercise.

Probably myoglobinur: Many possible explanations here, including supplements that discolor urine, other causes of renal injury, dehydration, bleeding in kidney OR increased muscle breakdown and excretion in urine. Only the first would be trivial. You need to stop exercising and get your renal function and urine analysed by a doctor to be sure. The best thing you are doing is hydrating...keep that up. Get well ...Read more

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Dark urine which gets lighter for a short while after drinking water but then gets darker again. Liver chemistry tests came back normal?

Dark urine which gets lighter for a short while after drinking water but then gets darker again. Liver chemistry tests came back normal?

Dark urine: The kidneys are important for retaining the water you drink and preventing dehydration. When you do not drink much the kidneys reabsorb as much water as they can resulting in dark concentrated urine. When you drink water the excess water is removed and the urine becomes lighter. Other causes of dark urine can be liver disease, blood, hemoglobin or myoglobin. You can use a urinary dip stick. ...Read more

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Drink 2 litres a day but have amber/ orangey urine in morning. Goes clear/ light after drinking water. Would jaundice cause dark urine all the time?

Dark urine: Fi you drink a lot of water in the daytime and very little late evening or before you go to bed, you may have dark urine in the morning. The fact that it clears up when you drink water, is suggestive that you do not have jaundice. If you are concerned however, talk to your doctor. ...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?

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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1 day last week I had dark urine color and now it is back with lower back ache I drink plenty of water and take no perscriptions, consider myself healthy

1 day last week I had dark urine color and now it is back with lower back ache I drink plenty of water and take no perscriptions, consider myself healthy

The: The symptoms you describe are consistent with a urinary tract infection (uti), kidney infection (pyelonephritis) or a kidney stone. Please see your doctor for a urine analysis and urine culture. Depending on preliminary results you may be treated right away versus waiting for the results.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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Gi issues, lost 8lbs in 3-4 wks, dehydr. Sympts: dark urine w/ surface swirls, tension headaches, dry mouth, sour taste but drinking alot, high ketones?

Gi issues, lost 8lbs in 3-4 wks, dehydr. Sympts: dark urine w/ surface swirls, tension headaches, dry mouth, sour taste but drinking alot, high ketones?

Serum glucose: Have a doctor look at you and at his/her discretion, order lab work. New onset uncontrolled diabetes is a serious possibility along with a number of other acute illnesses. Don't wait much longer. ...Read more

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3+ hematuria, dark yellow urine colour clears after drink a lot of water renal us clear no kidney stones prostate size normal no wbcs in urine?

3+ hematuria, dark yellow urine colour clears after drink a lot of water renal us clear no kidney stones prostate size normal no wbcs in urine?

Hematuria: Having blood in the urine is not normal. A ct scan of the pelvic will be needed and you need to see a urologist for further evaluation like a cystoscopy for direct visualization of the genitourinary tract. ...Read more

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I don't have a UTI and I drink a lot of water the my urine is dark and extremely smelly?

I don't have a UTI and I drink a lot of water the my urine is dark and extremely smelly?

Dark, smelly urine: Get a urine analysis (ua). It is used as a screening and/or diagnostic tool because it can help detect substances or cellular material in the urine associated with different metabolic and kidney disorders. Ua's are ordered routinely to detect any abnormalities that require follow up. It can detect protein or glucose in the urine before people are aware of a problem. Get a ua for your answer. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in right kidney when I pee, cloudy dark urine no matter how much I drink, constant thirst, etc. Infection or stones?

Sharp pain in right kidney when I pee, cloudy dark urine no matter how much I drink, constant thirst, etc. Infection or stones?

Hard to tell: More likely infection but cannot rule out a stone. Either will do this and it could be both, also. Urinalysis is an easy way to distinguish. Either way need to see a provider to have appropriate management. If your ct is relatively recent you can trust it in ruling out stone disease. Then infection is probable. ...Read more

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What exactly does dark urine mean?

Dark urine: Dark urine can mean many things. The main concern is blood in urine will create a dark "tea-colored" urine. I recommend that you see your doctor and have a urinalysis along with a culture as soon as possible. Www. Peedoc. Com @drhtay. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have super dark urine?

What does it mean if you have super dark urine?

Dark urine: Common causes of dark urine are bilirubin, blood, hydration status. Www. Peedoc. Com @drhtay. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Dark urine?

What is the definition or description of: Dark urine?

Dark urine: Urine tends to be golden yellow from uric acid excretion.
Brown or red suggests hemolysis, i.e. dark urine.
Many causes, from trauma, infection, neoplasia, etc.
We should all strive for crystal clear urine.
Drink plenty of H2O! ...Read more

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I"ve had dark urine that sinks to bottom of toilet. What could this be?

I"ve had dark urine that sinks to bottom of toilet. What could this be?

Dehydration: Please drink more water and your issue should resolve itself otherwise see your health care provider. ...Read more

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What causes dark urine with bubbles on top?

Several items: Dark urine could represent dehydration with concentrated urine. It could also represent blood in the urine or even abnormalities of liver function causing jaundice. Frothy urine with bubbles often represents increased phosphate levels and is rarely significant. ...Read more

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I was wondering is dark urine only a sign of dehydration?

I was wondering is dark urine only a sign of dehydration?

It is one cause: It can also be a sign that other issues are involved, like kidney disease or damage, liver disease, etc. It all depends on what is found in the urine. ...Read more

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I have dark urine that's almost orange looking what can it be?

See answer: The color of the urine is usually either a reflection of the state of your hydration (dehydration: dark urine); or due to a pigment from a dye in your food, vitamins (especially vit b2 riboflavin- orange urine), or medication causing discoloration; or sometimes blood in your urine coming from the kidneys (dark brown or red). I suspect the former two causes and not the latter cause in your case. ...Read more

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What are the common causes for dark urine / blood in the urine?

What are the common causes for dark urine / blood in the urine?

Many things: Infection, increased bilirubin (which can be from a liver problem or blood destruction). There is a rare disorder called paroxsymal nocturnal hemoglobinuria. Could be bleeding from the kidney. The most common would be an infection. ...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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What causes dark urine color?

What causes dark urine color?

Dark: Dehydration most commonly. It could be blood however or bile. Get it checked. ...Read more

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Is dark urine normal for the bladder?

Is dark urine normal for the bladder?

It Depends: If your urine is a bit darker in the morning or when you are dehydrated, that can be normal because the urine is just a bit more concentrated. This will normalize if you drink fluids, and if it does you're generally fine. However, blood in the urine, or urine the color of dark tea/ cola drinks is not, and you should contact your doctor if that occurs, or with any questions. ...Read more

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What's the cause of dark urine?

What's the cause of dark urine?

Dehydration: Urine can appear dark for may reasons, but the most common is from relative dehydration. When the kidneys are trying to conserve water they decrease the amount of water excreted, and the urine is more concentrated and appears darker. I would suggest increasing fluid intake. ...Read more

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What could be causing dark urine?

What could be causing dark urine?

Possibly liver Dz.: This can be due to liver disease, or it can be from blood due to trauma or some other cause. It might even be due to some foods you eat, like beets and blackberries. It would be wise to see your doctor to ascertain the cause and get prompt treatment. ...Read more

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What are some causes of dark urine pain?

What are some causes of dark urine pain?

Several: Several causes of dark urine inlcude blood or blood clots, infections, inflammation of the urinary tract, trauma, kidney stones, and cancer. Dark urine should be evaluated to determine the presence of any of the findings for appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Dark Urine (Definition)

Urine tends to be golden yellow from uric acid excretion. Brown or red suggests hemolysis, i.e. dark urine. Many causes, from trauma, infection, neoplasia, etc. We should all strive for crystal clear urine. ...Read more