What Causes Strong-Smelling Urine?
Strong-smelling urine can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'needs attention' to 'life-threatening'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose strong-smelling urine, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "strong-smelling urine" as a symptom. Here are four possibilities:
- Kidney Disease
- Liver Congestion
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
negative reaction to coffee
dizziness when standing up
pain between shoulder blades
very painful urination
significant bitter taste in mouth
lighter/paler skin color
metallic taste in mouth
slightly painful urination
fatty food intolerance
having a CFS diagnosis
dark urine color
... and more than 90 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of strong-smelling urine:
|Urinary Tract Infection
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Urinary Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about strong-smelling urine:
Does your urine usually have a strong odor?
→ No / don't know
→ Fairly strong
→ Very strong
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate strong-smelling urine, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as: