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How can you tell if theres blood in your urine?

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Ive noticed that sometimes my urine has been a little darker and its almost like I could see blood, but im not too sure. I'm an 18 year old male that works construction, I do a lot of heavy lifting, I do about 30 flights of stairs each day, I try and stay hydrated as much as I can. How can you tell if theres blood in your urine? like the outside of the urine is yellow but the middle is kinda darker. I do have back pain but I've had that for awhile from all the lifting etc. What could it possibly be? Is it easy for a doc to diagnose? Can I diagnose from home?

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replied June 9th, 2012
Kidney Conditions Answer A35813
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Presence of blood in urine cannot be diagnosed at home. For your information self diagnosis results in errors in almost all cases, and should never be attempted. You should always consult your doctor or a nurse, who can guide you accordingly.

In many people, who are doing extreme workouts or physical activities (construction work), muscle breakdown can also present as reddish urine (myoglobin is excreted in urine, due to muscle breakdown - which can also called red discoloration of urine).

The best way ahead would be to consult your doctor and get a few tests including a Hemoglobin level, Renal function tests (Blood urea Nitrogen, Serum Creatinine) and a Urinalysis (microscopy) which will help to make a proper diagnosis of your condition.

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