Question on blood in urinalysis

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slm6
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   Posted 7/19/2011 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
There apparently has been blood in my urine according to my last two blood/urinalysis. My Rhemetologist has said nothing about it. I just happened to ask for a copy of them today after my appointment. I don't believe it is a lot (1+), but my question is... Is this something to be concerned about? My RBC was also low (3.68) and my MCV was high (99.2). Again nothing was said so I'm assuming neither is a big deal.. But of course, there is that little part of me that is slightly parinoid.
Does this sound normal or should I be concerned? Everything I've read says you shouldn't have any blood in your urine...
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Stacy
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   Posted 7/19/2011 9:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Blood in urine is probably caused by proteinuria.  Lupus attacks your kidneys and they filter out protein resulting in edema in your feet/ankles/legs and blood in your urine.  It will also cause your urine to be frothy.  This is a potentially serious but usually treatable (with ace inhibitors like lisinopril) and should be checked by a nephrologist so that permanent damage to you kidneys is avoided.
 
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topaz731
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   Posted 7/20/2011 3:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I also have been "spilling" RBC and protein. Definitely keep on top of that! My rheumatologist though was not nearly as concerned as my nephrologist, and actually missed a "spike" in the RBC that would have warrented a blast of cyclophosphomide- so I'm learning more and more I have to be my own advocate. At the point at which it was finally realized, the number had come back down slightly so it was a moot point, damage done.
I have a question though- is there a correlation between the protein and the RBC spillage at all? My nephrologist tried steadily for several months to lessen the protein level with ace inhibitors finally getting it down 200mg to 800, but the RBC level seems to have a mind of it's own. I always seem to forget these questions at my appts! I'm a newbie and a little more than slightly overwhelmed! 

Bsime
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   Posted 7/20/2011 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Low RBC is a sign of anemia.
 
Bill

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   Posted 7/21/2011 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Interesting you brought that up. In the past several years, I've had RBC's show up slightly in my urine. I do not have an infection or stone. Hum......... I wonder if it is part of my auto immune stuff. I may mention this to my rheumy. My blood counts are good though.
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Bsime
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   Posted 7/21/2011 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
It's not uncommon for blood to show in the urine as well as protein with proteinuria (I had some blood and lots of protein in my urine).  Could be part of lupus attacking your kidneys.
 
Bill

slm6
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   Posted 7/22/2011 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the advice. I will have it checked out.
Stacy
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