Pungent Urine—is it a Symptom?

Watchful Fear

The symptoms of fibromyalgia are so various and diffuse that they can be difficult to recognize for what they are. There is a tendency for sufferers to wonder and worry about every small sign of physical malfunction though often such signs may turn out to be just normal manifestations of physiological function. When one suffers from a disease that affects so many body systems a kind of watchful fear takes over, and you may find yourself turning over and examining each new physical utterance, to see if this is going to be yet another, unpleasant part of the fibromyalgia whole.

Weird Idiosyncrasy?

A common example of one such symptom is pungent or strong-smelling urine. The patient may feel embarrassed to even bring up the topic with her physician. Genitourinary symptoms involve the private parts and it is never easy to discuss these details, even with medical professionals. A sufferer may wonder if everyone has urine that smells this way or if this is just some weird idiosyncrasy specific to her alone.

If you think that you have strong-smelling urine and doctors aren't sure if you have fibromyalgia, discussing this symptom with your doctor may just help clinch a diagnosis so you can get the help you deserve for your uncomfortable symptoms.  That means that if you're embarrassed, it's time to take a deep breath, make an appointment with your physician and swallow down those feelings so you can tell the doctor the nature of your symptoms. That way, you'll be one step closer to getting treatment. It may reassure you to know that 25% of women fibromyalgia sufferers have pungent urine that may be dark and foamy.

Sufferers don't always have this strong-smelling urine which may lead them to come to the erroneous conclusion that they're imagining this symptom. However, the very nature of this symptom is that it comes and goes.

The odor is hard to describe. Some may liken the smell to a combination of asparagus mixed with something else, perhaps kerosene or maybe something acidic. Some even think the smell, in part, resembles the scent of new-cut hay.

The most important thing to remember about this symptom is that it's very real and it's a good indication that you may, indeed, suffer from fibromyalgia. If you think you have strong-smelling urine, make an appointment, today, to discuss your condition with your doctor. This may be the turning point in getting the care you need to be a happier, healthier person.


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To slopok: I am female and I feel for you. Men are under represented in the fibro community. Society tells us that men have to be strong with no pain physically or emotionally so when a man does have pain of either sort he is considered weak which is not true. I have a hard enough time (as I'm sure we all do) trying to convince people that my untestable disease is real and affects my life greatly but I can't imagine how it is for a male. l'm truly sorry that you have to go through this and I think everyone should be treated the same no matter what their gender.
Other symptoms and signs associated with smelly urine include ... is an infection in the urinary tract, the urine may take on a foul-smelling odor ...
I just love how after many years now showing MEN have fibro also that they still persist in writing these articles to preclude MEN from them. Making people in general look at MEN in an even worse light than they do women when told a MAN has fibro. Thanks for the HELP! Women think they have it bad when they tell a friend that they have fibro and can not work any longer, try being a MAN and telling someone!!!!!!!!
Fantastic to read this article. I have wondered for years and years why my urine is so strong and disgusting, not all the time but on and off. At the moment is is worse than it has ever been but the weather is changing and damp and I feel worse than ever and the urine is DISGUSTIING to the point I try not to even go to the toilet at work!!!!!!!!!!!!!