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Unread 05-28-2006, 01:46 AM
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Hello sisters,

This is going to be somewhat gross and personal but I'm curious...

Before I was diagnosed I noticed that when I wiped myself after urinating, the color was no longer light yellow but dark, almost brown. Nope, didn't get the wrong end. :-) I never really thought about it, except assuming it was some age related thing.

Never really thought about it again and things in that department got back to normal after my surgery but this week I've noticed that it's started to happen again.

Has anyone else noticed this personally or seen anything written that it is a 'symptom' of cancer? I live overseas and am sort of being my own doctor. My CA-125 was good a month ago but I'm way overdue for a CAT scan or MRI.

Thanks!

Pam
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Unread 05-28-2006, 02:34 AM
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That's usually a symptom of dehydration. Try drinking more water and I bet it goes back to pale yellow. My son was discussing tonight how little Europeans drink. We ALWAYS have something to drink in our hand.

Hugs,
janie
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Unread 05-28-2006, 03:30 AM
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Brown urine can be a sign of liver failure too; I've had that twice and that's what happened both times.

Living where you do, hepatitis A and other Nasties can cause liver problems. I realize that health care may be an issue, but a set of liver enzymes may not be a bad idea, to find out what is going on.

There is a medical school, isn't there, in Istanbul, with a teaching hospital? That may be your best bet for good care, or if you can, going to Europe (like Italy perhaps) if you can't find the help you need in Turkey.

(((Janie))) is also right, in that dehydration, particularly in your hot climate, may also be an issue. But just in case, please try to find a doctor who will investigate if this keeps up.

I realize that your first thoughts go to "cancerhead." But particularly living in a second/third world country, various viruses and parasites could equally be causing your problem -- or, as Janie said, dehydration. Either way, you need to find out what it is so that if it is anything more significant, you've gotten prompt and aggressive treatment.

s. You're a long way from home, aren't you? Where's "home?"

in there!

Audrey
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Unread 05-28-2006, 06:31 AM
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Hey, Audrey, I'll say it before Pam does -- Istanbul IS Europe, well, at least half of it, and the Turks are rapidly moving toward membership in the European Union.
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Unread 05-28-2006, 08:45 AM
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Pam,
you wrote:
Before I was diagnosed I noticed that when I wiped myself after urinating, the color was no longer light yellow but dark, almost brown.
Before you were diagnosed with what? what were you diagnosed with? a form of cancer?
when you say brown, is it just the color of the urine that's in the toilet? or are you saying the brown material is on the tissue after wiping? brown can be a sign of "old blood" that's been sitting inside. I remember when I used to have my period that my blood was the color of brown. starting in the beginning of and at the very end.
I wouldn't mess with this. I'd go to a hospital and get it checked as soon as possible. especially if you've had a previous diagnosis of cancer. you HAVE to make sure you are diligent with your follow ups. something could've been missed during surgery and within a six month period the very thing that was missed, is now rearing it's ugly head again.
or like the sisters say, dark urine is a sign of dehydration which I'm sure you already know this just from being alive as long as you've been, and but it's also as sign of kidney disease.
do you get a full blood panel performed or do they just do the CA-125? the ca125 is not always dependable either. it's not 100% accurate.
I pray that you are o.k.
let us know you're results.
I wish you the best,
Linda
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Unread 05-28-2006, 09:12 AM
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Linda, Pam's diagnosis is in her "signature" (as mine is at the bottom of my post):

TAH/BSO 8/13/03 OVCA Stage 1A, Endometrial Cancer Stage 1A

Mary D.
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Unread 05-28-2006, 10:09 AM
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At this stage in the game...why guess about what "could" be wrong? I say get to a doctor, just be safe. I'm sure you'd rather go in, get a clean bill of health, and find out it was dehydration than wait wait wait it out and find out months from now it's something more serious.

Sorry, I've gotten into this whole "if it seems odd...get checked!" If I had done that last year, my life may be a LOT different right now.
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Unread 05-28-2006, 02:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Vega
Sorry, I've gotten into this whole "if it seems odd...get checked!" If I had done that last year, my life may be a LOT different right now.
Same here. Now I no longer wait for things to clear up on their own!

Pam - I hope you can get it checked and it turns out to be nothing.
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Unread 05-28-2006, 02:32 PM
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I realize that part of Istanbul is in Europe, geographically speaking and politically speaking (well, depending upon who you talk with).

However, from a medical point of view, it's not always easy to get good health care from a "Western" point of view there, which was my point.

In any event, the "just get checked out" advice still stands! Hope it's nothing more than a need to drink more water!



Audrey
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Unread 05-28-2006, 03:30 PM
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Hi everybody,

Thanks so much for all the help! I really should get it checked out but haven't found a great doctor here. They never even take blood pressure! But one blessing of being here is being able to order one's own tests, so I'll do a CBC soon. And it's true that I drink far too little, so I'll try that. Though the urine seems a normal color, it's just what's on the paper that's causing me to wonder. Good advice, guys, thanks!
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