Pathology/odd odor in urine and feces
I've mentioned this to my family Dr. who seems not to be concerned but it is bothering me. I am in my mid 60s and in excellent health. I had a CT scan of my abdomen early in September (without contrast) in the ER due to a sudden onset of strange pain and sudden gastro symptoms: this turned out to be an odd "bug" going around. The CT scan showed nothing remarkable. I have noticed a very odd "spicy" odor in my urine and feces and I think this has been ongoing for some months now. In September, I began taking a low dose of Quinapril. I also began drinking an Ensure each day as a quick way to stop hunger (if I am out or lazy at lunch or breakfast). This odor is very worrisome to me but there is nothing wrong with my bowels (I recently had a colonoscopy) or my bladder. This is definitely systemic. Could the Ensure be responsible? I may be sensitive to one of its ingredients. If not, do you have any suggestions?
If you are otherwise healthy, have no urinary signs and symptoms of infection (itching, leading, burning sensation) or diabetes, the odor is not worrisome.
Dehydration can cause a foul smell in the urine as can a high protein diet of meat and eggs. Ensure is a protein drink and may be the cause of the odor.
Drink more water and that may help, limit the amount of ensure you drink to one a day. Hope this helps.
I apologize for the delay in my response.