PH Testing

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by fairydust39, May 1, 2006.

  1. fairydust39

    fairydust39 New Member

    PH testing 05/01/06 10:15 AM

    Hi All,
    I have been testing my urine each morning with PH test strips. My Ph has been very low. It is 5 or 5.5 every morning. I know that it is very dangerous for it to be that low. 7.4 is normal. I know that it is a symptom of another disease but not sure what. I can take baking soda in the morning and it brings the PH up very quickly but it goes right back to the same thing within a day. I have been very sick for quite a while and now I think that I may have found something. Does anyone know anything about this? Would appreciate any and all comments.
    Hugs Shirley
  2. fairydust39

    fairydust39 New Member

    Thanks Stormyskye,I read the article you referred to me. I appreciate that. I am still not sure if I should be worried about my PH. It is aways acidic.Morning ,noon or night. I read where it can be dangerous and can cause Coma if left like that for long periods. The soda does bring it up but not for long. I use the Glucose and Ketone strips and that tested negative. I was worried about Diabetes,although I have been tested previously for that. It's possible to have Acidosis from not breathing deeply. I don't breathe deeply at night and wake my self up, gasping for breath. I have Asthma and take Singulair and that seems to help some. I will talk to Dr Thurs. and see what she thinks.
    Thanks Shirley
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  3. kjfms

    kjfms Member

    ...your urine pH is within range (4.5-8). Morning urine is always has a higher acidity.

    I am sorry you are not feeling well and hope you feel better soon.

    You might try testing your urine later in the day for a more accurate reading. Here is a very good article which explains Urine pH:

    Urine pH is used to classify urine as either a dilute acid or base solution.

    7 is the point of neutrality on the pH scale. The lower the pH, the greater the acidity of a solution; the higher the pH, the greater the alkalinity.

    The glomerular filtrate of blood is usually acidified by the kidneys from a pH of approximately 7.4 to a pH of about 6 in the urine.

    Depending on the person's acid-base status, the pH of urine may range from 4.5 to 8.

    The kidneys maintain normal acid-base balance primarily through the re-absorption of sodium and the tubular secretion of hydrogen and ammonium ions.

    Urine becomes increasingly acidic as the amount of sodium and excess acid retained by the body increases.

    Alkaline urine, usually containing bicarbonate-carbonic acid buffer, is normally excreted when there is an excess of base or alkali in the body.

    Secretion of an acid or alkaline urine by the kidneys is one of the most important mechanisms the body uses to maintain a constant body pH.

    A highly acidic urine pH occurs in:

    Uncontrolled diabetes
    Starvation and dehydration
    Respiratory diseases in which carbon dioxide retention occurs and acidosis develops

    A highly alkaline urine occurs in:

    Urinary tract obstruction
    Pyloric obstruction
    Salicylate intoxication
    Renal tubular acidosis
    Chronic renal failure

    Respiratory diseases that involve hyperventilation (blowing off carbon dioxide and the development of alkalosis)

    In people who are not vegetarians, the pH of urine tends to be acidic.

    A diet rich in citrus fruits, legumes, and vegetables raises the pH and produces urine that is more alkaline.

    Most of the bacteria responsible for urinary tract infections make the urine more alkaline because the bacteria split urea into ammonia and other alkaline waste products.

    The urine pH varies in different types of acidosis and alkalosis.

    Control of pH is important in the management of several diseases, including bacteriuria, renal calculi, and drug therapy.

    The formation of renal stones is related to the urine pH. Patients being treated for renal calculi are frequently given diets or medications to change the pH of the urine so that kidney stones will not form.

    Calcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, and magnesium phosphate stones develop in alkaline urine; when this occurs, the urine is kept acidic.

    Uric acid, cystine, and calcium oxalate stones precipitate in acidic urine; in this situation, the urine should be kept alkaline or less acidic than normal.

    Drugs such as streptomycin, neomycin, and kanamycin are effective in treating urinary tract infections if the urine is alkaline. During treatment with sulfa drugs, alkaline urine helps prevent formation of sulfonamide crystals.

    Here are important points to remember about urinary pH:

    An accurate measurement of urinary pH can be done only on a freshly voided specimen.

    If urine must be kept for any length of time before analysis, it should be refrigerated.

    During sleep, decreased pulmonary ventilation causes respiratory acidosis. As a result, a first waking urine specimen is usually highly acidic.

    Bacteria causing a urinary tract infection or bacterial contamination will produce alkaline urine.

    A diet rich in citrus fruits, most vegetables, and legumes will keep the urine alkaline.

    A diet high in meat and cranberry juice will keep the urine acidic.

    Urine pH is an important screening test for the diagnosis of renal disease, respiratory disease, and certain metabolic disorders.

    If urine pH is to be useful, it is necessary to use pH information in comparison with other diagnostic information.

    Hope this helps a little,


    [This Message was Edited on 05/02/2006]
  4. fairydust39

    fairydust39 New Member

    My urine PH is acidic all day long,not just in the morning! I have been juicing and that helps a little.
    Thank you Stormsky,Twinofdar, and Kifms, I appreciate you input!
    Hugs Shirley
    [This Message was Edited on 05/25/2006]
  5. fairydust39

    fairydust39 New Member

  6. woofmom

    woofmom New Member

    Acidosis is also a sign of poisoning. It can be from aspartame or from breathing the chemicals in artificial fragrances.
  7. fairydust39

    fairydust39 New Member

    Yes woofmom it can be chemical sensitivities,which I have!
    It could be alot of things but the Dr can't seem to tell me nothing.
    Lovingheart,you can buy the PH Test Strips on the net or at your Local drugstore. I got mine on the net.
    Hugs Shirley

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