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Old 11-30-2007, 04:36 PM   #1
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blood in urine... from liver?

Has anyone had any experience with this? My husband has blood in his urine. The kidney doctor said his liver was bleeding. He also said the reason his liver was bleeding is because he quit drinking. Now this all sounds like a bunch of bull to me. He has cirrhosis and hep-c. I was the one who got him to quit drinking. Have I screwed up, or is the dr a whack-o?
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Re: blood in urine... from liver?

when you say 'blood' is this actual red blood in the urine or is his urine just very dark in color?honestly,this doc sounds a bit 'off' to me.what do you think of him overall?what he told you really sounds incredibly stupid.your liver would not just start bleeding because a person stopped drinking.if he has actual active bleeding showing up in his urine he really does need to find the true cause.this doc really sounds like he doesnt really know whats up,you know what i mean?his reasoning or explanations just don't make any real sense at all.ANYONE with a liver disease who actually stops drinking,well this IS a fantastic thing for his liver,really.you did a good thing.he really needs to stay sober in order for any type of actual therepy to realistically even work or even getting placed on a transplant list at some point.

was this kidney doc an actual nephrologist?i think its time to find another one if this guy really is a neph.is there a specific reason he is seeing the kidney doc?does he also have some sort of kidney disease as well or what?he really does need some testing done on his kidneys to check function and also tests done on his urine in order to see if he has some sort of an infection going on.there are a few different reasons a person could have blood in their urine and they all need to be ruled out or tested for.i just really don't get this docs explanations for things either.but i do think you would do better with a different one myself.

whoever is in charge of taking care of his liver at this point also needs to be made aware of the active bleeding going on.they just need to know about any changes or new things popping up with his condition.but he does need to pinpoint the source/reason for the blood in the urine,soon.even your hubbys primary could be of help in trying to find that source,he could at the very least here do some testing with labs and also the urine itself.this could even be stemming from a possible kidney stone.there are alot of different things possible that could trigger it,you just need to know what that is.but really,lose that kidney doc and find someone who actually knows what they are talking about.wow.i wish you luck with this.hopefully this isn;t anything major.please let me know what you find out,K?marcia

 
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Re: blood in urine... from liver?

I took him to the ER Thursday afternoon. Liver failure. We found out about the hep-c in 1999. It was from blood he got after a bad wreck in 1986. He took the 1 year treatment in 2000 and the hep-c is not active now. He was told in 2000 that he had cirrohis, but he did not quit drinking his beer.. not until May of this year. He is now in the final stages of cirrohis. He was confused and could not walk without falling and I finally got him to the hospital. I figured his ammonia level was high or sodium low, or both. We have had problems with these before. His ammonia was 169 in July but he wasn't this bad. The fluid pills drop his sodium level, and they do not help the fluid. He is on laysix and sprion..somthing or another. And of course lactulose. When he gave his urine sample at the ER it was completely red. Not dark, but like all blood. He is still in the hospital. We only have 2 urologist in our town. The other one is out of town. But, they did some kind of tests and said his kidneys are okay, there was one small cyst, but not big enough to cause this kind of bleeding. His ammonia level was only 50 and his sodium was just a little low. His hemoglobin was really low, 7. They have gave him blood and platelets. That's really all they have done. There a more tests they are going to do to see where the bleeding is coming from, but they said it would be Monday. Geeze. Meanwhile, they took him off his pain meds, which he has been on since 2005. Said it might confuse him. He has a hip prostesis and is in a lot of pain. Needless to say, I am not very happy with this hospital. Will let you know how it goes. I don't plan on letting the urologist that seen him do anything to him. I will get him out of town if any kind of surgery is needed.
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