Bubbles and maybe foam in urine

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NeoGeoH
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   Posted 1/13/2012 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I am concerned about protein in my urine. I am scheduled to see my doc in 2 weeks for a urine test. When i urinate into the toilet, sometimes I get bubbles sometimes I don't. Sometimes the bubble disappear immediately sometimes they are there for a few minutes, or maybe even longer. Bubbles are only on surface and never really build or tower-up where I am urinating. I followed the guidance on a site I found (www.igasite.com/symptoms/252.html) and urinated into a glass cup (i don't have a testube) and the bubbles appeared but were gone in 50 seconds. I then covered and shook the glass and got bubble/foam that began to disappear, after 20 minutes all that remains is a very small ring of small bubbles around the edge (about 2mm wide) of the glass, the middle is free of bubbles. After 30 mins thin line of bubbles is almost gone. Maybe 1mm in spots, gone in others. After 40 mins only the tiniest bubbles remain either in single or double width line on the surface only at the edges. This was my second urination of the day, and I had a bowl of oatmeal, glasss of water and a cup of coffee.

I am an otherwise healthy person (male 41), with no known health problems and I am not sure when this may have started. I noticed it because I was researching protein in the urine for my wife, who is currently dealing with a sudden and serious health issue that is causing me a TON of stress for the past 3 weeks. I am eating less, but still drinking tons of water, no alcohol or drug use (prescription or otherwise.).

So I guess I am asking do the results of my rookie urologist point to something like proteinuria, or just maybe some trace proteins my urine due to stress, or maybe nothing to be worried about at all?

I am just looking for some educated informed feedback so I can rest a little easier regarding this issue.

Post Edited (NeoGeoH) : 1/13/2012 7:54:02 AM (GMT-7)


NeoGeoH
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   Posted 1/14/2012 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Posting a follow-up in hopes it might help someone else.

I called my doc's office today and spoke to the nurse and described my situation. She took pity on me and got me in to see the doc on a Saturday morning. I went there, gave vitals and then a urine sample. They performed a urine protein test and...... It came back completely normal. He said that there were not even traces of protein found in the sample (which if there were it would still be OK). I was told I was fine and there was nothing wrong with me regarding this matter. He also said he sees this with men now and again, they come in worried about bubbles & protein in their urine because ether read about it on the internet, and there is almost always, nothing wrong.

Moral of the story: The internet is great for finding information, but it can also cause you to almost give yourself a heart attack with incorrect self-diagnosis.

gymman1987
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   Posted 9/18/2012 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for posting this one. Your situation is almost identical to mine.

I did not really take note of my urine until I have read an article in the magazine about how kidney failures are linked with foamy urine. Since then I realised that most of the time when I go to toilet there are bubbles in the urine.

I got very concerned and was very stressed. My job is also very stressful so it doesn't help.

Finally went to the doctor and he got some urine sample of me. Ran a urine test with the strip and no protein was detected. He also asked me if I have done any blood test recently. I did one back then (around 2 months ago) and the report doesn't raise any concerns with my kidney functions.

I will of course, continue to monitor the situation. I found that it helps when I drink plenty of water.

I agree with the OP that, the moral of the story, don't always rely on doctor Google!

astronomerjamie
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   Posted 11/8/2012 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Just a thought, but it is possible for semen to occassionally "retrograde" back into your bladder (called retrograde ejaculation) and this can cause thicker or cloudy urine. It might even happen simply by there being some semen left in the urethra after an ejaculation (whether, sex, ********** or wet dream). Whatever the cause, it would only happen when you void your bladder after the most recent (voluntary/involuntary, conscious/unconscious) ejaculation, and so not show up in every sample, like the one your doctor took.

If my scenario is correct, then it would not be a kidney problem.

MarcJ
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   Posted 11/17/2012 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
NeoGeoH said...
Moral of the story: The internet is great for finding information, but it can also cause you to almost give yourself a heart attack with incorrect self-diagnosis.


That's a good moral to follow. I learned a few years ago to read between the lines and not take anything posted at face value. Case in point, due to gout I had to be placed on a drug called Allopurinol. Before I filled the prescription I read everything I could and the first search results were from people that took it and had a bad experience. Most responders said "do not take this drug!!". I didn't listen and proceeded to take it daily. I had not one, not one single side effect and I've been on it now for five years.

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   Posted 11/20/2012 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello
I wanted to comment .
Recently I too noticed many bubbles in the toilet after urinating.
I didnt really thing about it but after reading this post I went to the doctors and then was rushed to the Kidney specialist.
 
I have been diagnosed with a rare kidney disease
 
adnenine phosphoribintransferase deficiency
 
sadly my kidneys are so bad that i will need a transplant within the next two years as there is no real treatment as it is so rare
 
 
Now the scary thing about my disease is that I have never drunk, have never even had a coffee, never smoked, and extremely fit 50 year old .
 
I run 10 kilometers every day plus gym and drink 2 to 4 liters of water a day
 
Last week I ran a marathon in 2:47 and felt fine but just a little tied
 
So the only symptom I had was bubbles in the toilet yet it led me to a much major problem.

behjeh
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   Posted 12/31/2014 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for posting this. This has helped deal with some anxiety. I often get anxious about health issues when I observe a new or unexpected symptom and it triggers a chain reaction of fears.

I am a 6'4 and 220 LB male and I experienced symptoms almost identical to yours. I see soapy bubbles just about every time I urinate although they are more prevalent when I urinate directly in the toilet water or when my urine is more concentrated. I also decided to pay a visit to the doctor to get it checked and had a dipstick test done which came back negative for protein in urine. I have read a lot about this condition and it seems that it can often be a normal finding for some people. However, I have also read that dipstick tests can also show false negatives. They are usually only specific to one kind of protein (albumin) and there are diseases which can cause proteinuria with proteins of different types. As well, albumin may not show as elevated if the urine in the sample was particularly dilute.

That said, while I feel much better, I will continue to self monitor. If the condition worsens or I develop any other symptoms of kidney disease, I will get another test done. I do have another appointment scheduled soon so I may go ahead and see if I can get retested then just to make sure.

edgeless73
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   Posted 4/5/2015 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I have some ache in the lower back and also notice soapy urine quite often. This got me quite worried and stressed so I decided to visit a doctor this morning to do a more thorough test. Results will be back in 2-3 working days. In the mean time, I have to try to deal with the stress and negative thoughts that keep coming up in my mind. Sorry but just want to air these thoughts...
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