I have been on a diet for the last 5 weeks and eating balanced meals and snacks throughout the day, as I am also diabetic. I started experiencing back pain about a week ago, and went to the dr on Friday, she didnt feel it was my kidneys, but did a urinalysis and said there was no infection, urine was clear. but sent it off anyway, and will get back to me, one thing I didnt mention to her was the smell of Ammonia I had started smelling the day before. Its not on my skin, or anything, I do bathe everyday and use soap. But just in my nose. I have been a bit snuffy and hoarse the past few days, as a sick co worker refuses to cover her mouth. , but doc says there is alot of that going around. She was happy with the 11 lbs loss since starting the diet, and says will not run blood tests just yet, will wait till I drop some more, and hopefully my diabetes is back on check.. would be nice to be off these meds. But I am wondering about the ammonia smell.. I have read it could be my diet ? or my kidneys failing ? I am at a loss and just cannot get rid of this smell.. anyone have any similar symptoms or ideas ?