Skip to content

    Announcements

    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!


    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Have you had a kidney transplant or are waiting for one? Then visit the Organ Transplant Community and the Diabetes and Kidney Community to share your experiences with other community members!

    Are you newly diagnosed? Use the WebMD search engine to read articles like Understanding Kidney Disease.
    kidney function
    avatar
    An_251430 posted:
    My husband has been having kidney pain and now the has a smell of urine coming from the lower part of his body. I was wondering if the two were associated with each other? He has also been having blackouts when he stands up. We have a doctor appointment next week, but was just wondering if anyone had any thoughts, thanks.
    Reply
     
    avatar
    john-skpt responded:
    This might indicate a urinary infection. Healthy urine is normally sterile and has almost no odor at all. The scent that we tend to associate with urine is actually a byproduct of ammonia, and this can happen when bacteria break down urea into ammonia and nitrogen compounds. Pain might or might not show up.

    It also could be totally coincidental.

    The fainting/blackouts on standing sounds more like a blood pressure problem (orthostatic hypotension). Without knowing his entire medical history and current medications, I can't guess how likely that might be. But definitely report it to the doctor.

    In the meantime, to avoid falls and injury, don't get up too fast: move from lying down, to a sitting position and let the blood pressure adjust. Then slowly try to stand up. If he feels dizzy or faint, sit back down and get some help to get to your feet.


    Spotlight: Member Stories

    My kidney experience includes many decades pre-dialysis, one year on hemo, an attempt at PD, and then transplant

    Helpful Tips

    I have a uti and severe kidney pain, Is this common?
    I have a uti and such bad kidney pain that I can hardly move, I cant bend down and it hurts more than I can explain. the pain comes and ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    0 of 0 found this helpful

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.