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Got Green Urine? What The Color of Your Urine Says About You!

The-Color-of-Pee-Infographic_FNL-finalnmThe Cleveland Clinic released a fabulous infographic to help patients understand why their urine changes color and if that change is something to be worried about. Normally pale yellow in color, urine may have a variety of colors, from brown, orange, red to clear.

If your urine is dark yellow, amber or brownish, you are showing signs of dehydration and aren’t getting enough water.

If your urine is clear, you’re drinking a lot of water, potentially too much water, and may need to cut back. If you drink too much water, you may be disrupting the normal levels of minerals (such as potassium) in your body.

If your urine is pink or reddish, you may have recently eaten beets, blueberries or rhubarb! If not, then it could be blood or, as the Cleveland Clinic suggests, lead or mercury poisoning. A phone call to your doctor should always happen if your urine is reddish in tone.

Orange or brown urine is a sign of dehydration or, perhaps, liver disease.

Got green or blue urine? There are some rare diseases that can produce blue or green urine, as well as some medication can can cause urine to turn bluish (i.e. Uribel).

Foaming or fizzing urine could simply be from a very powerful stream or, perhaps, some excellent protein from your diet or a kidney problem.

Interstitial cystitis patients often have microscopic blood in our urine but rarely is it visible. Some patients also report having little pieces of whitish tissue which could be small pieces of the bladder wall.

If you see anything strange in your urine or you have any doubts, it’s worth a phone call to your doctor with a request for urinalysis to ease your worries and initiate an important conversation about your health.

This is certainly one of the best info graphics we’ve ever seen for urology patients. We say WELL DONE Cleveland Clinic!

By | 2017-01-31T13:13:51+00:00 March 11th, 2014|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, News|Comments Off on Got Green Urine? What The Color of Your Urine Says About You!

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My Google Profile+ Jill Heidi Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders. As the editor and lead author of the ICN and the IC Optimist magazine, Jill is proud of the academic recognition that her website has achieved. The University of London rated the ICN as the top IC website for accuracy, credibility, readability and quality. (Int Urogynecol J - April 2013). Harvard Medical School rated both Medscape and the ICN as the top two websites dedicated to IC. (Urology - Sept 11). Jill currently serves on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Panel (US Army) where she collaborates with researchers to evaluate new IC research studies for possible funding. Jill has conducted and/or collaborates on a variety of IC research studies on new therapeutics, pain care, sexuality, the use of medical marijuana, menopause and the cost of treatments, shining a light on issues that influence patient quality of life. An IC support group leader and national spokesperson for the past 20 years, she has represented the IC community on radio, TV shows, at medical conferences. She has written hundreds of articles on IC and its related conditions. With a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacology and a Masters in Psychology, Jill was named Presidential Management Intern (aka Fellowship) while in graduate school. (She was unable to earn her PhD due to the onset of her IC.) She spends the majority of her time providing WELLNESS COACHING for patients in need and developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app! Jill was diagnosed with IC at the age of 32 but first showed symptoms at the age of 12.