Question: Hi, I have not been diagnosed yet but was just looking for some info/opinion as I think my symptoms seem very much like IgA nephropathy
. Im female in my twenties and I noticed blood in my urine over a month ago around the same time as feeling very tired. I was sleeping loads which lasted 3 days and was just feeling unwell. My urine looked dark and tested for blood on dipstick (my mum tested it shes a nurse) so I went to the gp who said the feeling tired was probably viral but he didnt know what the blood was. I had no other symptoms/no temperature nor pain but was prescribed the antibiotic nitrofurantoin
in case it was kidney infection
My urine then started getting even more visible blood in it and at one point went very dark brown like cola coloured (although this might have been the antibiotic discolouring the urine).
The antibiotic didnt clear the blood and 2 uranalysis showed no infection. Althugh I was on antibiotic when they were done which could have affected the results. My blood pressure is ok. Also blood tests for infection, urea and electrolytes were normal.
I then developed a bad cold/respiratory infection about 4 days after the blood initially started then days after that I developed a throat infection
which was treated with erythromoycin antibiotics. My blood was very red at this point and my gp said it was heavy blood and it needed investigating. I was referred to urology and they ruled out bladder cancer
with a cytoscopy and after ultrasound
and x ray said there were no kidney stones. They said it was probably an infection but I have no symptoms other than bloody urine and tests have shown no infection.
The visible blood lasted 16 days then calmed down. The blood is not visible anymore (a bit red/dark in the morning) but looks yellow/clear throughout the day yet it is still testing for blood when i test with dipstick (goes on dark green). However there is no sign of protein on dipstick the colour on the stick stays yellow. Ive also noticed white floaty bits in my urine which look like bits of stringy pus. The only condition my symptoms sound like to me is Iga but just wanted advice /opinion. Does this sound like it could be Iga? Obviously only a biopsy can really diagnose but I doubt my gp would let me have one unless I got other symptoms
I do athletic training both aerobic and anaerobic so need make sure I get a lot of protein so do I need to know if this is iga to continue with my life?. (I have not done any exercise for over a month since it started so the blood is not because of exercise)
Im just worried I have an IgA nephropathy, are there any reliable blood tests that can detect autoimmune disease?
Also, is there a possibility viral infections can trigger hematuria
in healthy people?