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Frequent urination and diabetes - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I experienced an unusual "attack"...urination every hour after I went to bed...the urination was probably twice the normal volume...I did not eat or drink anything unusual before bed.the next day I was rather tired and there was some lower back fatigue ...I am a 65 year old male with no medical issues and not taking any medication
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :
User :   hi
User :   have you read my problem
Doctor :   Are you diabetic ?
User :   not to my knowledge
Doctor :   ok, Are you on ant long term medication ?
Doctor :   any*
User : health issues
Doctor :   ok, Is this the first time or you had similar past history ?
User :   I have never had such an attac at night...I have had days when I urinate more than others
Doctor :   ok, do you think that this time you had been in the cold weather than anytime before ?-
User :   not really...I was home all day
Doctor :   May i know the approximate volume of the total urine out put on that night ?
Doctor :   i mean approx output every episode and number of episodes
User :   I am somewhat guessing but normally I believe i do about 3 oz and I would say I was double that amount...from 1:00 to 8:00 it happened about 5 times
User :   the disturbing part was not just the frequency but it seemed lie the pee would never end!
Doctor :   ok,
Doctor :   I would think of only two amongst the commonest causes for excess urination
Doctor :   One would be diabetes millitus as your age is prone for
Doctor :   you can rule it out by getting fasting and postprandial sugar levels
Doctor :   And the other would be diabetes insipidus , where the antidiuretic hormone deficiency is the pathology
Doctor :   and it can be ruled out by measurements of antidiuretic hormone
User :   I do remember a slight amount of diahrea and feeling very thirsty before urination seems to be normal today
Doctor :   and a test called water deprivation test
Doctor :   ok, then the symptoms you mentioned now push me towards considering diabetes mellitus being a likely possibility
User :   are these types of diabetes very serious
Doctor :   no , they are common ones
User :   as I sit here I am feeling some lower back discomfort
Doctor :   is the discomfort in the form of pain or weakness ?
User :   I would say it is like exercise fatigue..not pain...I have had 2 kidney stone episodes over the past 6 years
Doctor :   Another possibility is low sodium levels in the blood , which can cause temporary excess urination but rare
Doctor :   yet to be considered as a cause in your case
Doctor :   ok, such kind of weakness can be expected in D mellitus
User :   where do i go for testing...a specific specialist dr or what
Doctor :   hence i suggest you to get the tests i meantioned
Doctor :   you can first go to your GP to get the FBS and PPBS levels
Doctor :   later depending on the reports he can refer you to a diabetologist or a endocrinologist
User :   should I expect repeated attacksok...can I ask you another unrelated question
Doctor :   first FBS and PPBS , after them about the antidiuretic hormone
Doctor :   yes, please
Doctor :   there are chances for a repeat
Doctor :   Thanks for co0nsulting me , kindly provide your feedback
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