Post # 1
So I went to the doctors today and they told me that there is protein in my urine. They ran a bunch of tests and they will know more on Monday. I thought protein in urine sounded strange and never bothered to ask what it means. Can anyone help me out?
I looked it up online and it can be anything from kidney disease, bladder cancer, multiple myeloma, and all these bad things. So I decided to not read on the internet and wait until Monday, but is anyone in the medical field or have any insight?
Post # 3
I work in the medical industry and I personally think that the WORST thing to do is start looking at sites on the internet to see what possibly could go wrong… I swear it makes people hypocondriacts. Just wait for your results… and if you feel like it get a second opinion.
Post # 4
I’d say you are smart to stay away from the internet on this. The most common cause of protein in the urine: dehydration. Second most common cause: UTI…
Yeah, there are a bunch of big bad things that they can work you up for later if there is no common cause found, but most of the time, when re-tested people come back normal.
That being said, this is not medical advice, and you should continue to work closely with your provider… I don’t know why you presented to the doctor today or your medical history, so can’t give you an accurate summary of your risks. I’m defaulting to the fact that most of us are young and healthy and without other medical problems 🙂
Post # 5
YES stay away from google.
It has driven me crazy!!
Post # 6
@Ms.Caniche- As soon as I started seeing those things I decided it was a good idea to stop looking. I’m not a doctor so I def don’t want to diagnose myself! But I’m still positive!
Post # 7
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disclaimer: this is not medical advice
I live with a medical student and all our friends are med students. All I have to do is cough funny and my fiance thinks I have the worst of all illnesses (or I take it into my own hands, consult the internet, and convince myself of dying). After one too many near-but-nowhere-close illnesses, I leave the diagnosing to the docs and leave the ‘nets out of it! Good luck!
Post # 8
I’ve had this sort of thing happen a few times – I get a routine test and they tell me something’s off and run more tests…they find something or other and then I look it up online and freak out for a week or so before hearing back that everything is completely normal. Seriously, it seems like no matter what symptom you look up online, there’s a slew of life threatening diseases it’s associated with. So I would disregard that info and just hold off on worrying until you hear back!