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Lucan Tue 16-Jun-09 10:24:55


ABetaDad Tue 16-Jun-09 11:05:10

It is a simple test done by 'dipstick test' of a urine sample at a GP surgery that is usually used as a preliminary indicator of urinary tract infections. I have had dozens of them and only take a minute and pain free.

There is also a condition called Proteinuria but much rarer than protein in urine from an infection.

Biglips Tue 16-Jun-09 11:07:55

water infection

grumblinalong Tue 16-Jun-09 11:30:55

I had protein in my urine constantly in both my pregnancies - I had severe hyperemesis - and the hospital told me the protein indicated either that I was dehydrated/starving or had an infection (usually UTI). I have a vahue recollection of it being related to ketones too.

What were they testing your urine for?

grumblinalong Tue 16-Jun-09 11:31:21

vague - sorry

Horton Tue 16-Jun-09 11:40:53

I had protein in my urine when I was much younger, in my early to mid twenties. After loads of investigations, including a particularly enjoyable 24 hours when I had to carry a huge sloshing container of urine around and pee in it, it was concluded that there was nothing wrong with me and I just had leaky kidneys. So it might be nothing worth worrying about. Apparently it's quite common in younger people who are very active.

MIFLAW Tue 16-Jun-09 12:57:59

Sometimes a symptom of alcohol abuse

PortAndLemon Tue 16-Jun-09 13:02:20

In pregnancy it can also be a sign of preeclampsia (which is one reason they test for it all the time).

Quattrocento Tue 16-Jun-09 13:02:25

I was told it was something to do with ketones - which sounded approximately like the body digesting itself (not very scientific emoticon)

OrmIrian Tue 16-Jun-09 13:05:49

Ketones are produced by the breaking down of fat. You produce them when you are burning stored fat due to lack of food and/or huge physical exertion. Can happen in labour (always did to me and the mw always made me eat biscuits which I always threw up again hmm). I guess the loss of protein could happen at the same time.

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