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Old 02-27-2011, 12:03 AM
TravisFromOR TravisFromOR is offline
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Sand in Urine?

So, I just discovered sand in my urine. I'm thinking kidney stones of some sort, but I haven't seen any other symptoms--no pain, no blood, no nothing. I drink plenty of fluids, but some of those are heavily caffeinated.

What gives?
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:18 AM
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IANAD, but this is unfortunately something I have quite a bit of knowledge about. My first kidney stone was just a little piece of sand. No other symptoms. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th were much bigger though and were much less pleasant. If you kept the sand you can have your doctor analyze it to not only tell you if it is in fact a kidney stone, but if it is, then what type it is. Different types of stones form differently, and your doctor may advise you to change your diet. I form calcium oxylate stones, and I have to avoid milk (calcium) and soda, tea, and coffee (lots of oxylates). YKSMV (your kidney stone may vary). Your doctor may also do an X-ray to see if you have any more stones.
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:19 AM
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Dude, go to your phone now and at least speak to a Advice nurse, if not make a appt with your MD.
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:25 AM
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Dude, go to your phone now and at least speak to a Advice nurse, if not make a appt with your MD.
Planning on calling tomorrow for an appointment on Monday. Was posting to fulfill curiosity.
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:17 PM
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Yep, sometimes it looks like grains of sand, all right. And fortunately those are the tiny stones that don't really hurt. There might be blood in your urine -- often the blood is invisibly diluted when I have a stone, but it still shows up on the test strips.

Well, wait a minute -- how much sand are you talking about here? A grain or two, or a teaspoon's worth? That would make a big difference pain-wise, I bet.
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Old 03-01-2011, 11:48 PM
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Figured it out.

It wasn't my sand, but the cat's.
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:44 AM
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I don't want to know how that mixup occurred.
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:49 AM
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I don't want to know how that mixup occurred.
"Is that a cat in your pants or are you just happy to see me?"
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:15 AM
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I don't want to know how that mixup occurred.
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:31 AM
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Figured it out.

It wasn't my sand, but the cat's.
Then get that cat to the vet pronto.
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Old 03-02-2011, 02:04 PM
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Then get that cat to the vet pronto.
The cat has been washing his paws in the bowl. Sand came off his paws.
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Old 03-02-2011, 02:13 PM
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Isn't Urine that little town outside of Yachats?

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Old 03-02-2011, 02:14 PM
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LOL, bad kitty !!

Making master think he hand kidney stones!

BAD, bad, kitty!
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Old 03-02-2011, 02:15 PM
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The cat has been washing his paws in the bowl. Sand came off his paws.
Ah yes, despite the fact my cat has a nice water bowl and even one of those fountain thingees, he still will drink out of the toilet unless I keep the lid shut.
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:29 PM
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The cat has been washing his paws in the bowl. Sand came off his paws.
I dunno. I still think peeing in the cat's bowl is a bit weird.
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