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Oliguria - swollen ankles ?

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I am a 19-year-old female with no previous history of kidney problems. I have had burning urination since childhood which was never diagnosed and attributed to my not consuming enough fluids. I also took a large amount of Tylenol for many years to manage pain as I am disabled, so when I noticed swelling in my ankles, I became frightened that I might be suffering kidney damage. It seems that now I am urinating less, though I can't be too sure that I'm not just paranoid, so I have a question for those familiar with oliguria:

I know that it is definied as not producing a certain amount of urine daily, but when this occurs, is there a feeling of incomplete voiding, or an urge to go? Or does one lose the urge to go altogether.

When I get the urge and go, it is a decent amount, I suppose, and I feel satisfied afterward, but I feel like my urges are markedly less frequent. Does this sound like oliguria or am I just pancking?

Thanks in advance, for your help.

P.S. Yes, I am planning a trip to the doctor to assess the ankle edema.
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replied July 30th, 2017
Welcome to e health forum.

The most likely causes of unilateral swelling of a leg in individuals include - infection or injury of the foot( ankle sprain, ruptured bakers cyst, etc) , venous insufficiency, low protein content in blood (Hypoproteinemia), Cardiac, renal or liver disorders. Thrombotic disorders (DVT or Superficial thrombophlebitis) can also present with leg edema.

In women who are menstruating, fluid retention is induced by elevated levels of estrogen. This is self limited and would subside with measures like rest and limb elevation.

It would be recommended that you get a few tests including - Complete blood counts, urinalysis, electrolytes, Creatinine, blood sugar, TSH levels, Liver functions (including protein levels).

Other tests including a doppler ultrasound, blood coagulation tests (Bleeding time, clotting time, Prothrombin time, INR) may be recommended based on clinical examination findings by your doctor.

Based on the findings of the tests , a proper medical diagnosis can be done and this can help in proper management of your condition.

I hope this helps.
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