Word Pertaining To The Kidneys Disease

Men will never exp 00004000 erience the pain of giving birth but it does not mean that they don’t have any possibility to experience the most excruciating pain in their life. This is because they are more prone to kidney stones wherein the pain is similar with giving birth. Unfortunately for women, it could be a double jeopardy as they could also suffer from kidney stones. However, passing kidney stones without pain is now possible without undergoing the surgical treatments.

Kidney stones are hard substances formed in the urinary tract because of high concentration of undissolved minerals and salt. Kidney stones are considered one of the most painful urologic disorders wherein about one in twenty people will have the probability of developing and suffering it in their lifetime and most of these are men. Most kidney stones will pass out of your body naturally. Here are some tips on passing stones without pain.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Medical terminology game?
    Give the one word that describes each of the following:
    1. Suture of the lip
    2. Absence of urination
    3. Renal scaning
    4. Nocturnal bed wetting
    5. Any disease of the tongue
    6. Surgical fixation of the stomach
    7. Pertaining to the kidney

    Who ever gets the most right answers wins the game!

    • ANSWER:
      1. cheilorryhaphy
      2. anuria
      3. scintiscan
      4. Nocturnal enuresis
      5. glossopathy
      6. gastropexy
      7. renal

  2. QUESTION:
    Medical Terminology test…PLEASE HELP?
    I have to get at least an 80% in this or I cant do my clinicals. PLEASE HELP! Thank you.

    4.
    The basic unit of the human body is the ____.
    (Points: 4)
    cell
    cytoplasm
    nucleus
    organelles

    5.
    Which body plane divides the body into left and right sections?
    (Points: 4)
    Coronal
    Frontal
    Mid-sagittal
    Transverse

    6.
    Which body cavity contains the spine?
    (Points: 4)
    Abdominal cavity
    Cranial cavity
    Dorsal cavity
    Thoracic cavity

    7.
    The supine position is described as:
    (Points: 4)
    standing with face forward
    laying down on belly
    facing up, lying on the back
    standing with back forward

    8.
    The combining form for ribs is:
    (Points: 4)
    oste/o
    cost/o
    my/o
    vertebr/o

    9.
    The combining form thromb/o refers to:
    (Points: 4)
    blood
    clot
    lymph
    vein

    10.
    When changing a singular word with the ending of -nx to a plural word you would change it to:
    (Points: 4)
    -es
    -nges
    -ices
    -ix

    11. An artificial part placed on the human body is a prosthesis (Points: 4)
    True
    False

    12. Before birth is (Points: 4)
    antigen
    antepartum
    postpartum
    neonatal

    13. Difficult, painful urination (Points: 4)
    urinalysis
    dysuria
    oligouria
    hematuria

    14. Two prefixes that mean “within” (Points: 4)
    ante-pro
    endo-intra
    hypo-sub
    extra-ec

    15. A membrane that surrounds the bone is (Points: 4)
    periosteum
    peritoneum
    perianal
    pericardial

    16. Two prefixes that mean beyond (Points: 4)
    tachy and brady
    pro and pre
    dys and mal
    ultra and meta

    17. Poly has a similar meaning to (Points: 4)
    hypo
    hyper
    syn
    re

    18. Endocrine glands that are above the kidney are (Points: 4)
    adrenal
    prostate
    parathyroid
    subcostal

    19. An abnormal collection of blood above the membrane covering the brain (Points: 4)
    subdural hematoma
    epidural hematoma
    hematoma
    thrombosis

    20. All medical terms have a prefix, suffix and root (Points: 4)
    True
    False

    21. A swollen gland is also known as lymphadenopathy (Points: 4)
    True
    False

    22. The term rhinorrhea means having runny eyes (Points: 4)
    True
    False

    23. When a disease leaves and comes back it is a prolapse (Points: 4)
    True
    False

    24. The term transurethral means pertaining to across the urethra (Points: 4)
    True
    False

    25. Having the condition tachypnea would mean that your heart is beating rapidly (Points: 4)
    True
    False

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t think i would want to be treated by a health care worker who has to ask and get the answers to a test to take care of me or my family.

      You need to know the answers yourself. Remember someones life might depend on it.


Why Do Diabetics Have Kidney Problems

DIABETES CONTROL

Insulin is a natural body substance produce by pancreas (a part of digestive organ) that is responsible in converting our sugar intake to smaller particle to be absorb by the body to be the source of heat and energy for every days work.
Its not because of their free will, it’s because, they need to do so.

WHAT IS DIABETES? WHY DO WE NEED TO SLASH DOWN OUR SUGAR INTAKE?

If your health provider confirmed that you are a diabetic, better to start searching for possible treatment and remedies before it’s to late.
Usually, this is due to hereditary and environmental cause resulting abnormally that leads to high blood sugar levels.

TYPES OF DIABETES

It may come into injections by a syringe, insulin pump, or insulin pen.

-Kidney problem that can cause your kidneys to stop working
-Gum disease and loss of teeth.

At this point, insulin therapy is necessary to maintain normal or near normal glucose levels.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    A 14-year-old boy has been suffering from type I diabetes mellitus for the past 6 years. His vision has deteri?
    A 14-year-old boy has been suffering from type I diabetes mellitus for the past 6 years. His vision has deteriorated in the last 2 years. He voids large volumes of urine and was admitted to the hospital with severe pyelonephritis, a kidney infection. Upon admission, the doctor found that he had mild ketoacidosis.

    Which type of insulin should be administered? Why?

    Are there any side effects of insulin administration?

    Besides medication, would diet and exercise affect blood glucose and insulin level in the patient? How?

    What could be the reasons for kidney infection and deteriorating vision? Why are kidney infections and vision problems common in diabetics?

    Why does an infection lead to acidosis and what will be the patient’s serum bicarbonate level?

    • ANSWER:
      I’m hoping that this is for your homework and you’re not asking about a real person?! If this is a real person then they need to speak to their dr about what to do! Anyway, assuming homework …

      Insulin – upon admission the dr might decide to put him on a sliding scale (glucose/insulin drip) to stabilize blood sugar during the infection. After this normal insulin should be reviewed (because it’s obiously not great for him) but continued unless his consultant can suggest something better.

      Side effects – the good thing is that hypos are meant to be avoided on a sliding scale because it’s administered with a glucose drip. On usual injections / pump the main side effect is a hypo (low blood glucose) – this is actually an insulin overdose but v difficult to avoid completely. For your subject another side effect could be that if his blood sugars have been really high for a long time then bringing them down too quickly can make him feel hypo even though he’s not and can also accelerate eye disease, so the dr would have to be very careful of this.

      Improving his diet and increasing exercise may help to stabilize his blood sugars but at this point changing diet and exercise would just throw another variable into the mix and make bringing his diabetes under control even more difficult. Type 1 diabetes is not like type 2 diabetes that can really benefit from diet and exercise changes.

      Diabetes causes damage to the retina at the back of the eye. This can be treated with laser surgery if it’s caught early enough but this is a dangerous procedure so many people opt not to have it done. Left unchecked this kind of eye disease can cause blindness. The risk of it is greatly reduced by good blood glucose control. Diabetes can also affect kidney function and cause kidney damage / failure but a likely cause of this kidney infection is due to a much lowered immune system caused by diabetes – this leaves the body open to infection and particularly to thrush and urine infections – a urine infection left untreated can lead to a kidney infection.

      I don’t think that your patient has dka (ketoacidosis) at this point although he may be heading for it. This is caused by an increase in metabolism during an infection which someone with diabetes can’t cope with v well because to deal with dka you need extra carbs and extra insulin – your body makes this itself but the body of someone with diabetes doesn’t. dka affects blood chemistry including bicarbonate and potassium levels.

      Hope that helps xx

  2. QUESTION:
    Why are so many people so extremely negative about the Atkins diet when they know nothing about it?
    I’ve been reading old resolved questions and am appauled by some of the comments like…

    -you only eat meat and fat
    -it’ll kill you
    -it will cause heart trouble
    -Dr. Atkins died of a heart attack
    -you don’t eat any vegetables or fruit.

    Are you people aware that cardiologists are putting heart patients on it? Are you aware that doctors are putting type 2 diabetics on it? Are you aware that you can’t do low fat and low carb because you need the fat to burn for energy? Low carbing does NOT cause problems with the kidneys. People who feel bad on it or get sick are generally not following it correctly. You start out with 3-4 cups of vegetables per day. Most low carbers eat MORE vegetables than those who don’t low carb.

    I just wanted to state the facts, the real facts.

    I’ve been on it for three years and have lost 70 lbs. (in nine months) and now have amazing cholesterol numbers. According to my doc I fall into a category that only 5% of adults are in.
    BTW… As another posted mentioned… Atkins has now been approved and found to be beneficial by the Harvard Medical School as well as several other renowned facilities. It CANNOT cause kidney failure when followed properly. That’s a myth. The BIG problem is that people DON’T follow it properly. I wasn’t LUCKY. 98%-99% of people who follow it properly have dramatic drops in cholesterol. The doctors who hate it haven’t researched it. My own doc was the same way until he saw my first test results. Now he’s researched it on his own and is a firm believer. Like I said… why do people get so negative about something they don’t understand?
    Ooops… I meant New England Journal of medicine! Sorry.
    Why do some people even think or talk about renal failure? We don’t eat any more protein than anyone else, except maybe in the first week or two. In general we eat more healthy than most people. What’s wrong with eliminating highly glycemic produce, sugar and white flour?
    When you choose Atkins as your eating plan you are choosing it for life or at least for a very long period of time. It’s dangerous to go on and off it. Once you are in fat burning mode you cannot start eating high levels of carbohydrates without inviting heart disease. You can eat low carb/high fat or high carb/low fat. If you eat both high fat and high carb you’re destined to have heart disease.

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Sister

      Many people seem to like to criticize things that they know very little about. Some times it makes people feel superior to others, knowing that they have the ‘right’ answer to something.

      Sometimes people have heard friends or others that they like or trust and are merely repeating those peoples ‘opinions’ as fact!

      Other people are just plain contrary. You say up, they say……..

      Also, with the Atkins plan, it does seem to fly in the face of conventional wisdom regarding a balanced diet.

      No mater what, you continue to do what is best for you.

  3. QUESTION:
    7 weeks pregnant but ?
    i am 24, 7 weeks pregnant , my all symptoms are ok like nausea , breast change , i m not to do random vomit but sometimes feeling bad….

    but one thing its frequent urination ,no stop like after half an hour will go to toilet , why ??

    is it my kidney problem ? i have no kidney pain or peeping burn or foamy urine but my urine is clear and no diabetics

    but why i am going to the bathroom very often? some time white discharge also came

    is everything normal ?

    • ANSWER:
      that happens to me everytime im pregnant i have to pee every 30 min the whole pregnancy nothing to worry about some people just have that problem it gets better in a few weeks or so

  4. QUESTION:
    Should I really start dialysis with all the other problems I have?
    I have been a diabetic for years, in past 10 years the doctors did not put me on anything for the diabetis.
    When my h a1c went up over 8.5-9.3 they tried metformin on me, shot my creatin up. In 2002 I was in
    almost complete orgin failure after taking lipitor and ending up on the floor for many days. I was hallucinating,
    and what is strange is that I can still remember the hallucinations as if they were yesterday. Last year I started
    becoming nauseated and vomiting > 3 liters at a time of undigested food. The doctors never thought about me
    having chronic kidney disease stage 4. Now they want me to limit salt of course, fluids < 2 liters a day, I have
    had chf, arthritis, emphysemia or copd, stomach ulcers, and I think that that is all. My sugars are now average
    145 a day, I guess the damage has been done to my kidneys and the doctors are talking about dialysis.
    I am tired all the time, little appetite and can fall asleep just sitting down in a chair for a few minutes. Can't
    sleep at night though. With everything that is wrong with me, I am thinking about not having the dialysis, I do
    not want to feel more tired, nauseated and just feeling worse. I am 59 yr old. A lot of my friends can not
    understand why I do not want to go on dialysis. I am an RN who worked a long time with diabetics, crd,
    having to continually have new shunts put in, which I know are very painful. I still do urinate, but it looks
    like someone poured a beer into the toilet which I have learned is protein. I know that you can not give
    me an actual answer, no one has a tag around toe that has your date on it, but am wondering if I am
    making the right decision.
    Thank you very much.

    • ANSWER:
      well as a rn you know the consequences of no dialysis are you ready to face this? yes you may be urinating now but eventually this will stop all together – are you ready for this ? do you not have family kids grandkids ? spouse? significant other? if so are they ready to be without you in this world ?


Why Do Cats Have Kidney Problems

If you’re wondering “why do cats get bladder stones,” then you probably have a pet who is suffering from this condition. Bladder crystals can be very painful and require medicine or even surgery. If you’ve seen how much your pet is suffering, then you’ll want to treat this condition quickly and prevent it from happening in the future. This article will show you how.

The answer to the question why do cats get bladder stones is fairly straightforward. Bladder stones usually form when the pH of the bladder is not within the normal range. This is also when bacteria can grow and proliferate, giving rise to urinary tract infections. Since these conditions can lead to other more serious problems, it is important to take preventative steps which have a healthy bladder as their goal.

While some stones require surgery, others (usually the struvite variety) can be dissolved with natural medicine, antibiotics, proper food and good clean water. In fact the prevention steps are so simple that every pet owner should know how to follow them, but first let’s talk about treatment because that’s probably why you searched for answer to the question “why do cats get bladder stones?”

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Why do cats always have kidney problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Because most pet food is designed for omnivores and not strict carnivores like cats are. Having to “try” to digest carbs and vegetable matter (as they cannot digest carbs and plant matter), this creates health issues.

      Usually, if you must go with kibble, higher grades are better. But a natural RAW diet, or even home cooked is better.

      I am sure there are many other factors as well, but a poor diet is a sure way to cause problems.

  2. QUESTION:
    Why do purebred cats have more health problems than mixed breeds?
    Is it because purebreds are sometimes inbred too close together? (I have a piano teacher who buys only Siamese cats and in the two years I’ve known her three of them have died before age 6 of kidney disease or some other disease — and she kept them all indoors, too). Many mixed breeds have been known to live 15 to 20 years and beyond. You don’t hardly see that with purebreds.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      Ocimom is quite correct. Reputable breeders who are highly educated in genetics, as they must be, are very active in breeding OUT any genetic problems in their stock. They neuter and spay intelligently and only breed the healthiest stock.

      Many medical genetic issues that lead to serious medical problems have already been eradicated in the lines of responsible, reputable breeders. Backyard breeders and kitten mills don’t give a darn about health, and many of them end up in petstores with very sad outcomes.

      But please don’t lump all purebred cats into the category of having more health problems than mixed breeds. I have had both during my 40 plus years of being owned by cats, and I have had serious health problems with mixed breeds adopted from shelters.

      I am purrsonally aware of many reputable breeders whose kittens have had long lifespans with excellent health.

      So it all depends from where someone purchases a purebred cat as to how their health will thrive. At least those breeders who are being so careful to breed out these genetic problems will be bringing kittens into the world whose lifespans will be greatly increased.

      Interesting question, and one that many folks who feel that there is no reason for even the top breeders to bring more kittens into the world. While it is true that there are so many unwanted kittens, there are people that do want certain breeds. One generally knows what one is getting with a purebred from an excellent cattery, while often a mixed breed is a huge question mark.

      Troublesniffer
      Owned by both mixed breed and pedigreed cats for over 40 years
      Member: Cat Writer’s Association
      Former CFA registered breeder of Siamese, Orientals, Russian Blues and Burmese

  3. QUESTION:
    Do persian cats really have that high a risk of kidney problems?
    I’m looking into getting a persian but I recently heard that around 40% of them get kidney problems that are sometimes not curable. And that regular ultrasounds throughout the cat’s life may be necessary. Also, I read that they don’t live as long as most other cats.

    If persian cats are considered the most popular cat in america, why would so many people choose to buy them knowing the type of problems they have? Persian owners/breeders- are these all facts a cause for concern or is it just not that bad?

    • ANSWER:
      The problem you’re talking about is PKD – polycystic kidney disease. It is unfortunately a hereditary disease in Persians and some other breeds as well. If you buy your cat from a reputable breeder, they will be certified free of PKD. Reputable breeders breed it out of their line, and do not breed cats that have it. Unfortunately, many of the Persians that are sold are from people who just plain and simply don’t get their cats spayed, or who are just out to make money – the back yard breeders and kittens mills.

      Not every Persian who comes from a BYB or pet store will have PKD, but chances are pretty good that they will. People buy them despite their health issues because they don’t do their homework prior to buying one, which is why Persians are the #1 breed surrendered to shelters.

  4. QUESTION:
    why does my 13yr old cat eat nothing but his litter gravel?
    I have a 13yr old tom cat with kidney problems who has now taken to eating his clay kitty litter gravel and refuses to eat his food. I’ve tried everything from cheap cat food to the best brands around to even people tuna, meat hell even K.F.C he refuses to touch any of it. I’m scared I’ll loose him if he keeps this up. Can anyone help please.

    • ANSWER:
      Ck. around ears to see if cat is turning yellow & ck. tongue, this could be serious, take to vets immeadiatly, I had a 12yr. old that almost died, had to administer I.V.’s in neck, & force feed wet food w/syringe for 5 wks. this is extremem, but she is better now, 1st try A health food store, they have cross reference for homeopathic for animals, as I had already spent around oo.oo to have them tell me she was going to die, however ran outta $ so stuff from health food store Milk thistle & rosemary worked for appetite & powdered laxative for around 30.00 helped, Give him lot’s of love & be patient try health food store 1st, good luck

  5. QUESTION:
    What brands do you feed your dogs and cats?
    I tried Eukabana-my dog isn’t a fussy eater, but she doesn’t like it.

    I tried Pedigree-All Natural and normal-She doesn’t seem to have as much energy.

    I notice the best for my dog is Beneful-She full of energy, Alert and not pyscho.

    I had no problems feeding cats Whiskers in the past and find my cats have lived a long and healthy life-my cat Snowy lived for 12-13yrs on whiskers and rabbit meat. Kanagroo meat is not good as can lead to kidney disease in cats.

    Both brands I believe are low quality brands, but I find my pets have done better on these lower quality then other top quality brands which make her aggressive and tempermental.

    I don’t like feeding all natural products as alot of them contain Garlic which contains the same toxic ingrediant as onions http://www.entirelypets.com/toxicfoods.html

    What do you feed your dog and cats and why?

    • ANSWER:
      I feed my cat The Good Life salmon variety. It doesn’t have animal byproducts, dyes, or preservatives. I know it’s not the best food, but he likes it.

      For my dogs, I get Beneful too.

      I know that in pet food, the best kinds to get are any that do not list corn in the first five ingredients. Corn in bad, bad, bad for animals digestive tracts! Corn meal, corn by product, all that stuff is hard on your animal’s stomach and may lead to problems down the line.

      I used to get an organic brand of food for my animals, but I don’t make as much money now and sadly can’t afford it! But if you, definitly go for it.

  6. QUESTION:
    1 year old cat with a virus to be introduced to 2 10 year old cats, question….?
    I have a year old cat and have had an old friend move in with two 10-year-old cats. They are in the spare bedroom & it has been about a 1 1/2 weeks. My cat didn’t like it and would even attack the owner of the two cats. He seems to have lessoned the number of “attacks” on her and seems to have started to “talk” to the other cats through the door. He has cat herpes which is a respiratory thing for cats. It is contagious to other cats. Vet says that 98% of cats have it, just don’t show symptoms like my cat. He sneezes and gets one runny eye and a respiratory infection. She is fully aware of this and the vet says their immune systems should be up enough to be ok. My cat has kidney problems from the bad food, but is doing better. Vet says that is why he is more apt to show symptoms. He also has or has had heart worms which are not spreadable. Question is: How should we finally introduce them. Book says to bring stuff in with their smell and leave it around the house.
    Then open the door and let them make their own introductions. Friend says to put the other cats under a laundry basket and let the dominate cat come around them that way.

    Also to not let them have unsupervised visits at first.
    Thank you for your kind answers about this different situation.

    • ANSWER:
      With cats being territorial creatures, it’s never easy introducing them to each other. Your poor boy hasn’t been in the best of health recently, and if he’s not feeling too good at the moment, that might make him less tolerant of the newcomers. The web article below gives good advice on introducing new cats into the home. As you’ve already kept them separated, you can proceed straight to step 2. of the introduction.

      http://www.tulsa-animalshelter.org/tips/intro%20cat.htm

      Continue being patient and they will gradually accept each other. Make sure to reward them with treats when they can be together in a peaceful situation and they will quickly learn that it’s to their advantage to get along.

  7. QUESTION:
    Why don’t people realize what they’re feeding their cats?
    I’m just curious, with all the research that’s been done on cat nutrition and what certain pet food companies actually put into their food, why are people still feeding their cats crap food?

    Whiska’s, Fancy Feast, Friskies, Royal Canin, Science Diet, Medical, Purina, Nutro and Iams are some of the worst possible foods you can feed to your cat. I used to, then I actually looked at whats in it, and what “by-products” are. Pet food companies are legally allowed to use euthanized animals (yes that’s right, cancer infested kitties with their collars and all are thrown into vats) They’re also allowed to use still born animals, and road kill in “by-products.”

    And these same foods usually consist of 50% or more of grain. Any grain is a filler, cats can’t digest them at all, they’re really hard on their system and just end up causing health problems…..
    I mean why is it now the norm for cats to have diabetes, allergies, kidney failure and so many other diseases compared to say 50 years ago?

    So i’m just wondering why people are still feeding these foods?

    • ANSWER:
      It comes down to education and marketing. Most people don’t know how to read a pet food label and then they see pretty bags of food with good looking chunks of meat etc on TV and feel that must be good. Beneful is definitely one of those companies that makes the consumer think the food is really healthy. Also, people aren’t aware of how many recalls there have been regarding foods (http://www.Facebook.com/dogandcatfoodrecalls) because they aren’t publicized and just brushed under the table.

      Of course than you have the vets recommending foods because Hills gives them their 5 hours of nutritional training while in vet school. Vets focus on surgeries and not nutrition unless they are a holistic vet.

      There will also be people who say my dog or cat ate xyz for 20 years and was just fine. Well it’s still all about quality of life. Yes there are smokers who live til 90 but do they really feel great inside? When you or your pets eat clean you feel better.

  8. QUESTION:
    ???for Leigh from Pro Plan?
    Why is it when a dog or cat has kidney problems vets change the food to a very expensive prescription diet. What has food to do with kidney problems ? What’s in it to cause kidney problems? And why is the problem ingredient in the food in the first place ? Thanks . Appreciate any answers you can give .

    • ANSWER:
      I’m not Leigh (sorry!) but I believe the key ingedient you are looking for is phosphorus.

      Bone and therefore bone meal are made of calcium phosphate and so calcium and phosphorus are likely to be present in dog food. The first link ranks dog foods according to phosphorus levels.

      The second link has information on phosphorus in human diets by the way. For whatever it is worth, Cola has phosphoric acid so you might want to stay away from it for that reason alone.

  9. QUESTION:
    Why does my cat have hair falling out ?
    One of my five cats is about 6 to 7 years old now. She used to have a shiny grey coat and had very fat glands under her belly area. My others cats were healthy too. Apart from a bout of cat flu from which they all recovered thankfully.

    Now though, all the cats are healthy still, apart from the grey cat. Her coat is no longer shiny, its dull. Her hair is corse and no longer smooth, she has lost all that fat and appears to be getting thinnner and she appears to be loosing hair towards the back of her body..in clumps.

    She is eating and drinking. Pooping normally and does not seem in distress.

    I thought maybe it was the result of flea problems which they were all treated for a while back. But none of the others have this problem.

    If she gets any worse I will take her to the vet but does anyone know what this could be? Age? Fleas? Liver/Kidney disease? Cat flu even maybe…??

    • ANSWER:
      Given her age and what you’ve described, the most likely cause is hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid). Weight loss and a poor coat in a middle aged cat that is still eating well is pretty classic. Does she seem to be drinking any more water than she used to? Has her behaviour changed at all? (Hyperthyroid cats often, but not always, become a bit cranky)

      Other possibilities are diabetes and kidney disease, though with kidney problems they usually start to show signs of illness.

      The best thing you can do is to take her to the vet and get her checked over- all three of these conditions can be very easily diagnosed with a blood test, and it is possible to treat both hyperthyroidism and diabetes.

      I hope that helps :o )

  10. QUESTION:
    Why does my cat have no teeth?
    I got a cat in Feb from a co workers wife who is a vet. She was about 6-9 months when i got her and i noticed after we got her home and she got comfortable with us that she had no front teeth teeth. I asked the lady i got her from about it and she said its just because she is a kitten and they will grow in. Now 5 months later she still has no sign of her teeth growing in. She has one on the top and one on the bottom in the front and thats it and couple of her side teeth have some redness around them.
    Ill be taking her into the vet soon, its just my 4 year old cat had some kidney problems and ended up costing us alot of money to take care of him so we dont have the funds just yet.
    The little teeth between her fangs.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you mean her fangs, because her bottom front teeth would just be two fangs and those are obvious to see. The front teeth between her top fangs would be a little more difficult to see. Have the vet check her out for gum disease … I had a cat whose back teeth needed to be pulled because of gum infection. I wouldn’t worry to much about the front teeth, you probably just can’t see them, but the vet will just feel for them.

  11. QUESTION:
    Why are some people so cruel and judgmental on here when it comes to old cats?
    I lost my beloved 16 year old Bobby on July 22 of this year. He had some health problems over the years. He had inflammatory bowel disease and changing his diet would improve his condition and when it stopped I took him to the vet for help. He gave him steroids that he would take and then he would get better again and then this happened a few times. Finally, in his last month he quit responding to steroids. This was in June. The vet advised me to have him put to sleep but he did this without even doing any blood work. I didn’t think this was right considering it was only an educated guess. He said he probably had cancer in his stomach or instestines and that he was suffering from kidney failure. Well, I took him for a second opinion the following week. This vet ran blood tests on him and said that he was not suffering from kidney failure and that he didn’t even think he had lymphoma. He said he was suffering from hyperthyroidism. He gave me some medicine….
    for the hyperthyrodism and told me he should bounce back within a few weeks and Bobby was doing so much better. He even started gaining his weight back he had lost and he seemed to be happier and then all of a sudden he seemed to go the other direction. I took him back to the vet that had given me the medicine and he told me that his blood work was fine that he was suffering from some sort of infection and said he needed to be there in the hospital but he thought with his age the stress would kill him so he sent him home with me to take care of him. He said for me to call him in a few days for an update and we would go from there. Bobby died a little after this. I didn’t get to take him back to the vet and I just know he would have put him down. But everyone acts like I am selfish or I was cruel to my cat when that is exactly the opposite. I miss him still and it hurts me terribly for anyone to think I was ever cruel to him or made him suffer cause I didn’t. I loved him very much!
    I have 6 other kitties besides Bobby to love but he was different from any cat I have ever seen or had.

    • ANSWER:
      I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

      It sounds to me that you did everything humanly possible, to make Bobby more comfortable in his last month. I know that you would be missing him a lot but you have other kitties to take care of and keep you busy.

      I wish you all the best. When you are feeling down just sit down and think of all the good times you had with Bobby, and before you it you will be feeling a bit better. They say time heals all wounds, but loosing a loved one or pet is harder to get over.

      R.I.P. Bobby

      Good luck to you in the future.

  12. QUESTION:
    Why does my cat act like a feral cat when she goes to the vet?
    My cat Eva is such a sweetheart at home. She is wonderful and loving, loves to cuddle and be petted and held, and is a lap cat and enjoy jumping on everyone’s stomaches and sleeping there. She loves meeting new people and when someone comes over she usually rubs all over them and enjoys being petted by them. She never, ever hissed, and she never bites or growls or anything.

    When she goes to the vet though, she acts like she is a feral cat! She hisses, screams, and growls so much at the veterinary staff, she looks like one of those feral cats on tv that they put to sleep because they can’t interact with people.

    She has been staying at the vet for a few days now (due to kidney problems) and we have been visiting her every day, and when she first sees us she growls and hisses as though we are the vet staff, but then once I put my hand in her cage and let her sniff me she stopped growling and hissing and let me pet her and was rubbing all over my hand and acting very sweet. Then as soon as one of the workers came to change her iv she started hissing and screaming so much, and she tried to attack the worker and she even escaped from her cage and it was just a disaster.

    I’m just wondering why she is so wonderful at home but so terrifying and vicious when she goes to the vet? Does she have like a split personality or something?
    We have another cat named Cookie, and she never acts this way when going to the vet.

    • ANSWER:
      LOL you are experiencing what we call ‘devil cat syndrome’ at our clinic. It happens to a lot of cats. They really don’t like getting into a carrier, driving in a car and then being removed from the carrier and handled by strange smelling people. And to top it off they are confined to a kennel at the clinic which is soo far beneath a cat’s dignity. Hehehe…They are such fickle creatures. Gotta love them.

      Don’t worry about her behaviour. Vet’s are used to it, and it doesn’t mean they are being mean to her or mistreating her at the vet office. Some cats are fine at the vets some aren’t. Good for you for visiting her though. It makes her feel comforted.

      Add:
      Ratlover…I LOL’d at your statement about dreading new cat patients. I think our techs play rock paper scissors about who goes in with me on a new kitty. :)

  13. QUESTION:
    Why is my cat peeing everywhere instead of her liter box?
    My cat is like 17/18 years old. We have never had a problem with her peeing outside of her liter box up to the other day we caught her in the action. I’m really worried about her. We can’t afford to take her to the vet!

    I do remember when I was younger (many many years ago) I had a cat who did this and we took her to the vet and found out she had kidney problems and died 4days later.

    I’m freaking out! Does anyone else have this problem with their older cats?

    Thanks
    Rebekah

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with the first answerer. Usually it is because of a UTI/kidney problem – they begin to associate the litterbox with pain so they try to do their business elsewhere. However, I just read recently that sometimes older cats get too lazy to make the effort to go to the litter box, so if you see her slowing down with everything she does that might be what it is. Unfortunately you’d have to take her to the vet to be sure, so keep an eye on her until you can afford it.

  14. QUESTION:
    black cats?
    You didn’t get my meaning people I made a test to see what you would say but u all judge me. However what I mean black cats are different from the other’s why?
    They are a very bad race I have a black cat and a white and grey cat, the black they have this bad habits of piecing everywhere and if you leave a something in the flour they well pies on it as they think the home they living in is there territory. And there more likely to cheat you, like biting you or leave you. They even well bit a new cat if u brought one at home, so I thought my cat is very weird I thought he might be sick or something, so I did take him to a vet and spoke to a person who really does understand them, I told him what I think and he said I’m right black cat are bad race.
    Even though I love my 2 year old cat I had to coup with piecing. And so many things I still love him. Unfortunately my cat died because he had a kidney problems as he was born with it I really missed him. But he left a grate picture in my mind of how beautiful they are even if they are a bad race cats. But I’m still grateful with my other cat LEAON Who’s 1 year old.

    • ANSWER:
      Maria, buy yourself a dictionary.

  15. QUESTION:
    Why do some people feed their cats people food?
    Why do some people feed their cats people food when they don’t know what it can do to their cats?

    Human Foods Which Are Poisonous to Cats

    Often it is tempting to share our food with the family pet, and most of us are guilty of slipping the odd tasty morsel. If you do indulge your cat, it is strongly advised you check out this list which contains some common foods which are either poisonous or have the potential to be dangerous to your cat. This list contains common foods, but is by no means extensive. As a rule of thumb, if in doubt, don’t give it to your cat. It may save him a great deal of pain & suffering & you an expensive veterinarian bill.

    Alcohol:

    I would like to hope that nobody would actually try giving a cat alcohol. Alcohol can cause intoxication, gastrointestinal irritation, respiratory distress, coma & death.

    Apricot, cherry, peach pits, almond nuts, apple seeds:

    All of the above contain cyanogenic glycosides which will result in cyanide poisoning. This interferes with the ability of the blood to release oxygen into the tissues, so the cat effectively suffocates while it’s blood is full of oxygen.

    Avocado:

    Avocado contains a toxin known as persin. It is found in all parts of the avocado & is toxic to most domestic animals.

    The symptoms include gastrointestinal irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory distress, congestion, fluid accumulation around the tissues of the heart and even death.

    Citrus:

    May cause vomiting in cats.

    Cooked bones:

    Cooked bones can splinter & cause an obstruction, therefore they should be avoided.

    Chocolate, Coffee & Tea

    Chocolate contains naturally occurring methylxanthines caffeine & theobromine. The concentration of theobromine is much higher than that of caffeine, but both cause toxicity in cats (and dogs). These chemicals act as a diuretic, causing the body to lose fluids, act as a cardiac stimulant, causing it to race & is also a central nervous system stimulant.

    All types of chocolate should be avoided, including dark, milk, white & cocoa powders.

    Grapes & raisins:

    These have been known to cause kidney damage. The active ingredient hasn’t been identified.

    Macadamia nuts:

    Macadamia nuts have been known to cause tremors & muscle weakness in dogs, therefore it’s best to apply caution & avoid giving them to cats.

    Milk:

    While this won’t kill your cat, some cats are lactose intolerant & drinking cow’s milk will cause a tummy upset.

    Weaned cats no longer need to drink milk, however if you do want to give your cat some milk as an occasional treat them the best solution is to buy some cat milk from your supermarket.

    Mushrooms:

    There are many types of mushrooms which are poisonous. While dogs are far more likely to eat mushrooms than cats, it is advised you avoid giving your cats any type of mushrooms to be on the safe side.

    Fat:

    While fat isn’t toxic to cats per se, it’s not healthy to routinely feed your cat a diet high in animal fats as it will lead to obesity. Large amounts of fat can also cause pancreatitis.

    Liver:

    Small amounts of liver are fine to eat, but if fed too often it can result in Vitamin A toxicosis.

    Onion & Garlic:

    Onions contain sulfoxides and disulfides which damage red blood cells & can cause haemolytic anemia.

    Be careful when feeding your cat human foods, some people will recommend baby food for a cat who’s lost it’s appetite. This is fine, but make sure the food doesn’t contain any onion, flakes, powder etc.

    Onion causes greater problems than garlic.

    Potato (green parts & eyes):

    These contain solanine glycosides which can cause vomiting, abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, nervous system stimulation, depression, trembling, paralysis & cardiac arrest.

    Salt:

    Large quantities of salt can lead to an electrolyte imbalance.

    Tomato:

    See potatoes.

    Tuna:

    This is another food which is fine to feed as an occasional treat, but shouldn’t be fed regularly, as it can lead to a condition known as Steatitis or Yellow Fat Disease.

    Yeast dough:

    This can expand in the stomach causing bloating & discomfort.

    Other foods which your cat shouldn’t eat:

    Soy & Rice Bran

    Raisins

    Rhubarb

    Spoiled or moldy food. If it’s gone off, don’t give it to your cat.

    Hops

    It is always a good idea to check with your vet before giving your cat food which is meant for human consumption, just to be on the safe side.

    • ANSWER:
      That’s really more of a rant than a question, but I’ll answer anyway.

      My cats get *some* kinds of people food, because *some* kinds of people food are BETTER for them than commercial cat food.

      But I agree, more people need to pay attention to the kinds of things they are feeding their furry friends.

  16. QUESTION:
    What do you think of this new info about cats that *p* out side of their box?
    From Dr. Jon
    This is a common scenario. A cat urinates outside the litter box – maybe on the bed, on the carpet or somewhere else in the house. This is a frequent and frustrating problem amongst cat owners. Inappropriate urination is the most common reason cats are given up to shelters, put “outside” and a common behavioral problem for which cats are euthanize.

    I receive so many emails about this topic that I want to discuss it today.

    First, let me define what I mean by inappropriate urination. In simple terms, inappropriate urination is the act of going outside of the litter box. So … the first question is, “Why do cats do that?”

    Well, there are several reasons cats can have inappropriate urination. It can be either a medical problem or a behavioral problem, but nothing the cat does while inappropriately urinating will tell you which type of problem it is.

    One thing that I’ve learned the hard way is that you NEVER want to assume which type of problem it is. That can be disastrous.

    Since there are a variety of behavioral problems as well as medical problems that can cause the exact same behavior, how can you tell the difference? The safest and very best thing to do is to have your cat examined by a veterinarian to determine if it is medical or behavioral. Your vet will most likely do a test on the urine, called a urinalysis, which will look for underlying medical abnormalities. They may also want to do blood work to determine kidney function and overall health.

    So what’s the bottom line? If your cat is going outside of the litter box, don’t assume the problem is behavioral. Cats can get several different urinary tract diseases that can cause them to go outside of the litter box.

    I’ve had many clients who assumed their cat had a behavioral problem causing inappropriate urination. After becoming fed up with the situation, they wanted to discuss extreme measures (such as euthanasia!). I talked them into a medical examination and found underlying urinary tract problems such as infections or bladder stones. Once those conditions were cleared up, the cat urinated appropriately inside the litter box.

    This poor cat was blamed, punished for months for inappropriate urination and the poor thing had a medical problem that they didn’t bother to look for. So the moral of the story is…look for medical causes first. If there are none, then you can begin to look for other reasons for the behavior.

    If your cat is urinating outside the box, do your cat a favor and schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.

    Until next time,

    Dr. Jon

    • ANSWER:
      I agree that that’s not m=new info but I think that there are other reasons why cat misbehave and stops using the cat box the one that happens most is that the owner does not keep it clean. Cats are very clean and some of them just refuse o step in a
      litter that’s to dirty. A new pet in the house will also make them act out their jealousy
      cats are very very possessive and jealous.and new comers to the household will
      for sure disrupt the peace for awhile. And if none of this is the culprit of the change of behavior look for the health ones. A cat when they are in pain will isolate himself and lay in some corner alone, or start to be around you all the time, they cross your path almost making you fall, lay really close to you and yes cry all the time. One way or another they will call your attention to them, some time even negatively.
      so pay a little attention and you will find out whats wrong. Now pay close attention because the urination thing is no doubt a sign and a blocked urinary tract can kill in
      a very short time.

  17. QUESTION:
    Why is my cat urinating on the dog’s bed?
    I have had my cat since he was 10 months old; he is now 9 years old. A couple years ago kidney problems came up when we went away for a little over a week on vacation, and he stopped eating and rapidly lost weight, he started drinking a lot of water and doing large pees. He seemed to get better after two overnight stays at the vet’s when they ran fluids through him and cleaned him out. In the last six months or so, he has been urinating on our female dog’s bed. We had the dog first, and they get along fine. The dog has three beds around the house, and the cat has his own bed as well, and he only pees on her one bed…which also happens to be the bed that is closest to the cat’s bed. His litter box is right by these beds as well, and he uses it daily. Why might he be urinating on her bed? It’s not an every day thing, but it’s still a problem. Searching the internet, I found it could be territorial, or a urinary tract infection…any ideas? All relevant input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!

    • ANSWER:
      sometimes cats just get it in there head to pee in one area. I had a cat once that kept peeing on this big bean bag i had in my room. It was very irritating. I put towels up and all this stuff to get her to stop and one day she just did. I don’t know why she stopped or why she started in the first place, but its over now and i guess i’ll never know the answers. Wish i could help more, but thats all i know

  18. QUESTION:
    Ideas why year old cat is sneezing and has potent urine smell?
    I have a year old kitten and he was fixed when we got him from the shelter. When we first got him, he had a respiratory infection, which is pretty common in shelter cats. We took him to the vet and they said it would probably come back, so when he started having sneezing fits for 5 or 10 minutes, I figured it was probably just to do with that. However, I’ve started to notice that his urine smells very strong lately. He is very good at using the litter box and his urine has never smelled before.

    I’ve known and had many cats that have had kidney or urinary problems, so it makes me really worried. He has always had to drink water from the facet and won’t drink out of a bowl for some reason. This has always been a concern and he seems to be more demanding about getting water lately.

    I was wondering if anyone had had similar problems or what it might be. I plan on making a vet appointment, but only if it’s necessary. I’m a worrier and overreact sometimes to simple problems, so I just wanted some opinions.
    My kitten has regular check ups, thank you. And if it were a life and death situation, I would not have posted it on Yahoo Answers. Also, as stated, a vet appointment will be made.

    • ANSWER:
      first off, go to the vet for a CHECK UP. and then you will know for sure if there are things needed to be done to help the kitten. if its a money issue, dont worry im sure the vet wont turn away on the sick little thing!! ok so GO GO GO TO THE VET please. dont take any chances. it could be dying right between your hands!

  19. QUESTION:
    Why in heaven’s name would I find melamine (illegal, correct me if I’m wrong) in two restaurants in Salt Lake
    Why in heaven’s name would I find melamine (illegal, correct me if I’m wrong) in two restaurants in Salt Lake
    Why in heaven’s name would I find melamine (illegal, correct me if I’m wrong) in two restaurants in Salt Lake City?

    I think I spelled it correctly.

    It’s a derivitive of plastic that was found in dog and cat food and caused kidney problems in animals and has been found to be fatal as well.

    It’s ridiculous that a Thai restaurant (off 5000S and Bangerter) and an otherwise great restaurant (off 13400South and Bangerter) should be serving garnishings with this non-edible item.

    2nd Question: How do you blog this or get it noticed? I couldn’t find an editorial section online at KSL.com (major network) or the Salt Lake Tribune.

    Help! Need FDA officials…….

    Gee!

    Grossed out in Salt Lake City, picking through my meal,
    ~nikkieastcoastgirl
    Why in heaven’s name would I find melamine (illegal in food) in two restaurants in Salt Lake City?

    It’s a derivitive of plastic that was found in dog and cat food and caused kidney problems in animals and has been found to be fatal as well.

    It’s ridiculous that a Thai restaurant (off 5000S and Bangerter) and an otherwise great restaurant (off 13400South and Bangerter) should be serving garnishings with this non-edible item.

    2nd Question: How do you blog this or get it noticed? I couldn’t find an editorial section online at KSL.com (major network) or the Salt Lake Tribune.

    Help! Need FDA officials…….

    Gee!

    Grossed out in Salt Lake City, picking through my meal,
    ~nikkieastcoastgirl

    • ANSWER:
      Gross!! Report it to your local health inspector immediately.

  20. QUESTION:
    Why in heaven’s name would I find melamine (illegal in food) in two restaurants in Salt Lake?
    Why in heaven’s name would I find melamine (illegal in food) in two restaurants in Salt Lake City?

    It’s a derivitive of plastic that was found in dog and cat food and caused kidney problems in animals and has been found to be fatal as well.

    It’s ridiculous that a Thai restaurant (off 5000S and Bangerter) and an otherwise great restaurant (off 13400South and Bangerter) should be serving garnishings with this non-edible item.

    2nd Question: How do you blog this or get it noticed? I couldn’t find an editorial section online at KSL.com (major network) or the Salt Lake Tribune.

    Help! Need FDA officials…….

    Gee!

    Grossed out in Salt Lake City, picking through my meal,
    ~nikkieastcoastgirl

    • ANSWER:
      www.fda.gov ) go to this site you can contact an FDA rep.
      www.sltrib.com ) this site will put you in touch with the SLC
      Tribune.

  21. QUESTION:
    Why does my cat pee on my carpet?
    She’s 5 years old, spayed, and usually doesn’t have issues.

    She started pooping and peeing in one spot recently.. so I got another litter box and it seemed to help.

    Except now she’s peeing in the same spot again.. I’m going to take her to the vet to see if it’s a bladder/kidney problem but I’m just curious what else could be the problem..

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s good you are taking your cat for a check up and if all is well it’s probably just that there is a trace of smell where she messed. It was probably an accident the first time she did it but even if you clean the spot and the slightest trace of smell remains, cats have to keep topping it up.
      Give the place she messes a really good wash with biological washing liquid in hot water, that will remove every last trace of the smell and hopefully she won’t need to keep refreshing it.

  22. QUESTION:
    Why does my cat smell of wee?
    I have just moved out of the house and when i have come back to visit i found she has a really bad smell about her like wee.

    My Cat has problems with her kidneys but went the vets last week and is doing really well with them. She was near death about a year ago and has come on leaps and bounds. I don’t think that the kidneys and the smell are connected.
    She has never had this before and has had it now for over a week.

    Any ideas?
    She isnt weeing anywhere but her litter tray or outside – and this isnt over excessive – she’s a very clean cat as well, always grooming herself and bery shiny.

    • ANSWER:
      Our cat has just been diagnosed with Kidney problems and his wee is very strong, we quized the vet that it may have been the medication he was given but she said that because the kidneys are not working properly then they do not filter the urine hence the smell. Our cat its self does not smell but the litter is very very strong smelling, maybe she is getting some on her feet when squatting? or she has picked up an infection and because of her kidney problems this is getting worse, you know your cat and know when there is a change with her get her checked out by the vet it will do no harm. =^..^=

  23. QUESTION:
    Why does my cat bite his own back legs then bite us?
    I have a two year old neutered male cat, ‘not’ declawed of course. Since he was a kitten he would role around the floor grabbing and biting his back legs. Then he will attack the nearest person or dog. He might go a few days without doing this then he will start up again. It is scary to watch he is so violent. He doesn’t chew his fur off. His food has been changed. There are no signs of parasites or wounds. He walks, runs and jumps without problems nor limping. I have taken him to the vet. He did recently have kidney stones and a UTI. He is doing well now in that area. Vet doesn’t know why he attacks himself. He does have a violent nature (biting me and family hard enough to draw blood when he doesn’t get his own way, or just for the heck of it.) Nothing has worked, not squirt bottle nor anything else. I worry that there is something really wrong with him. We have several acres he hunts on and I play with him daily as well. Its like living with the Tasmanian Devil.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you live where fleas and tick can survive?
      You mentioned he has no parasites on him, but I know from experience with my cats, if there is just 1 flea on one of my cats who is allergic to fleas it makes him crazy, and he does bite his back legs. I can’t see fleas on him, but he is black, They blend in. Since I started using Frontline flea control he rarely does this anymore. When he starts again biting and jumping all around I know it’s time for another dose. Occasionally he bites me but only if I’m messing with him trying to sneak up on him to give him the flea control.
      Other than the fact he is still considered a kitten at two years old and still very playful. Do you think maybe because he is uncomfortable from fleas biting him or a tick. He gets mad and decides he should bite you and your family too? Just trying to add a little humor here.
      For some expert information go to the website below. It has a lot of information about behavior in cats. Good luck

  24. QUESTION:
    Why is my cat unbalanced and his eyes don’t look normal after having a dental cleaning?
    My cat was given Ketamine-Domitor for a dental cleaning session, he has liver and kidney problems and we told the vet. When he woke up he wouldn’t eat and is unbalanced (i.e. falls while turning) and his third eyelid is showing. He recently started eating after long time of force feeding. Will the other side effects go away and when do you suspect? He had the dental last sunday november 1st and was on an IV for 3 days. It is now sunday november 8th. PLEASE I NEED TO KNOW WHAT TO DO??
    I am sorry it was ketamine-acepromazine.

    I have kept him for 3 days at the vet with an IV and they wouldn’t tell me what to do they keep saying that he will be fine. I just hope he goes back to normal!
    I am sorry it was ketamine-acepromazine.

    I have kept him for 3 days at the vet with an IV and they wouldn’t tell me what to do they keep saying that he will be fine. I just hope he goes back to normal!

    • ANSWER:
      What your cat is suffering is the side-effect of ketamine and acepromazine. But you cat should be normal within a week of dental cleaning as it is suffering from liver and kidney ailments. BTW, immediately get your cat checked again with the vet to become normal. Otherwise, the damage may be progressive, which may lead to fatal.

  25. QUESTION:
    Why does my cat do this?
    He skids around the floors like a maniac and will only drink water from the tap or as dregs at the bottom of the sink

    He is neutered and had his tail removed following an accident where his tail was ran over by a car. Luckily he survived this and the vet said there were no imminent kidney problems reulting from this.

    But..

    He still pees everywhere…and I mean everywhere, he has peed on my bed countless times, on piles of clean clothes, on my shoes in the cupboard and has even deficated in the closet too as well as just on the floor in general.

    He always uses his litter tray though, so I cant really understand this behavior

    I am at my wits end….is he just traumatised still? Its been 2 years since his accident and hes been a house cat ever since…hes been outside a few times but he gets skittish and howls to come in after a little while

    Any ideas?
    For the person who suggested a cat flap…I live in a 3rd story apartment, so thats not at all possible

    • ANSWER:
      I had a cat who always used the litter box until one day he started going on the floor … and the vet said it was a kidney infection. He peed all over because he always had to pee! Antibiotics cleared up the problem.

  26. QUESTION:
    Cat Food Questions and Misconceptions?
    Okay, I’ve been doing a lot of research on cat foods lately mainly out of interest and I’ve read different people who say dry cat food is bad and to avoid it completely and then other people say that as long as it’s grain free and good quality then it’s okay.

    I’ve grown up with cats and kittens my whole life and they have all lived long healthy lives and my parents always fed them Iams and other “lower quality” foods. With the exception of one cat who had kidney failure at 16, none of the other cats had uterine crystals or kidney problems or other problems associated with consistant dry food feeding. I’ve also read that people should read the labels and to avoid any products that use meat by-products. When I looked up what “by-products” are, I found out that it’s stuff that people wouldn’t want to eat (or think of feeding their cats), but then I wondered why they aren’t so good since if a cat was to live outdoors, they would eat animals including the “by-products”.

    Also, I’ve read that wet food is better to feed a cat in the long run over dry food, since it contains more water. Is dry food really that dehydrating to a cat’s system, and can it be bad long term to feed mostly dry food?

    Basically, I currently have 3 older kittens. Two of them are 10 months old, and one is 9 months old. They are all spayed and neutered (I have two females and one male) and updated on all shots except the 1 year booster which they go for in July (the older two) and August (the younger one). They are given Frontline Plus for Cats once a month.

    They are currently eating Purina One Healthy Kitten Formula, which the main two ingredients are chicken and chicken by products. They always have dry food available to them, and fresh water in a jug that slowly dispenses and empties into a bowl that is changed and cleaned every other day so they always have fresh cold water. They get wet food (either Friskies, Whiskas, or Fancy Feast) once a week, and crunchy treats every day (one treat each per day).

    The older two get groomed once a week (they’re medium hair) and the younger one gets groomed once every two weeks (she’s shorthair). They get their nails clipped once or twice a month, teeth brushed weekly, and ears checked for mites and other things when I clip their nails. They also play regularly and are all a healthy weight.

    Now, my questions are:

    1) Is “Premium” cat food really that much better than “Lower Quality” cat foods? What are some of the main differences? What is the main difference if the food is grain, corn, and/or soy free as compared to non premium foods, if the kittens are exercising and not gaining extra weight.

    2) I’ve heard that most people use dry food because they think it works for tartar control. Since the dry food mainly just crumbles and serves no purpose for dental care, is wet food overall better for cats teeth or can the high moisture accelerate dental problems such as gingivitis? Should I brush my cats teeth more if I feed them dry food? They really hate it…lol!

    3) What is the difference in the long run between feeding a higher quality vs. lower quality type food and is Purina One one of the better lower quality foods? Are my kittens not going to be as healthy as kittens that are fed higher quality grain-free type foods even if I take care of them all around?

    4) Wouldn’t cats eat the meat by products if they killed prey in the wild or if they were an outdoor only cat? Is that the same type of by products that are used in lower quality foods?

    Thank you so much for your help. The question of cat food has always been something that is controversial so I can never really get actual facts.

    Also, please keep my friend in your thoughts. She has to put her 14 year old Siamese cat down due to cancer on Saturday :’(

    • ANSWER:
      First, I would like to say how sorry I am for your friend’s loss. Here is a website that may help you to help her through this tough time: http://www.petloss.com It has been really helpful for me, when I dealt with the loss of a beloved cat.

      1) I believe that brands such as Wellness, Blue Buffalo, and Innova really are worth the money compared to Purina, Hill’s, and Iams. I have learned by hard experience that the less I spend on cat food, the more I spend at the veterinarian’s office. Cats are obligate carnivores. This means that their bodies require animal flesh to thrive. They are not designed to derive nutrition from plant sources. So, when you buy cat food that has a lot of corn, wheat, rice, soy or other plant matter, and only a small amount of meat, in order to be satisfied the cat must eat a lot. Because cats do not digest plants efficiently, an awful lot of that part of the food just passes right on through the cat’s digestive tract, ending up in the litter box. I have found that my cats are more satisfied eating portions of the better quality foods that are half the size of the poor quality foods I used to feed them, and have experienced an increase in activity level and coat condition.

      2) Dry food generally has more refined carbohydrate, which causes tooth decay. And it is not like cats really chew their food so thoroughly that there would be much scrubbing action going on. Cats who eat only dry food still need regular dental care – both at home if you can manage it, and professionally at the veterinarian’s. If they let you, keep up that teeth brushing, no matter which kind of food you choose for your cats. As for wet food, if carefully chosen to have a high amount of protein and a greatly limited amount of refined carbs, the cat’s teeth should be healthier due to not having the carbs causing tooth decay. Plus, the increased amount of water in the food will be healthier for the rest of the cat’s body in the long run.

      3)The truth of the matter is that some cats are just extraordinarily healthy, no matter what they eat. And some cats fed on the highest quality stuff, will still get sick and die young. This is true for humans, too. I do know that my Harvey is healthier when I feed him better quality food. And I know that *I* feel better when I eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and have home cooked meals instead of eating a lot of fast food burgers and fries.

      4) Here is an article http://www.catfoodguide.com/long-guide/ that explains why by-products that go into pet food, are not quite the same as a predator consuming prey whole (or leaving only a beak and feathers behind). The bit that directly addresses your question is in the first paragraph under the section “Things to Avoid”. You might like to explore the whole site, as it may help you learn how to evaluate the quality of foods you wish to feed your cats.

  27. QUESTION:
    My Cat Keeps Urinating Outside the Litter Box! Why?
    My 10 year old female indoor cat has recently taken to peeing on certain items–namely my bean bag chair or sometimes articles of clothing or blankets and sometimes pillows (but mostly the bean bag). I’m well aware that cats pee from “time to time” outside of the litter box but I’ve had her since she was 4 months old and this has only become a recentish problem. She doesn’t do this every day (thankfully) but maybe once or twice a month (some months are worse than others). It really only started happening after we got our younger female cat who is now 3 and who also used to urinate on various items of furniture but doesn’t anymore. Could my older cat have learned this from our younger one? Is this normal for elder cats?

    A few months ago, she sustained a slight leg injury in which I had to keep in her in a kennel for several weeks. Since then she has recovered nicely, but I was warned to move her litter box to a lower level (she had to jump to get to it before) to prevent her from reinjuring the leg. I keep it down below from where it was and this has worked just fine. At the time of the injury, they ran x-rays to see what exactly had happened. They found that this was actually a recurrent injury in her hind legs (probably from straining a muscle or tendon and then not letting it rest and heal properly which was confusing because I had never seen her limp once until this happened). They also found that she had a kidney stone that had caused some scarring in one of the kidneys. I was told that the kidney stone was old and that it would be even more dangerous to remove it now (I didn’t know that could happen). The vet wanted to do blood work for her to make sure she didnt’ have a kidney disease/infection/etc. Unfortunately, due to personal recent events I do not have the financial means to get this done as it cost nearly 0-350 to just get bloodwork done! I’ve been monitoring her litter box and there is no blood in her urine so that’s good. I watch her closely and she doesn’t seem to be uncomfortable or in pain when she “goes.” In fact, she seems like a perfectly happy cat. She loves to sun bathe (when the sun is actually out) and loves to cuddle and beg for attention. I never see her angry or upset unless of course our other cat is bugging her in which case she’ll solve it by taking a swipe at her or if it comes to it, chasing her.

    I’m no vet or true expert, but I do know this cat all too well. And if I could make an educated guess, I would think that this is more a behavioral issue rather than a medical one. My reason being is that she seems perfectly ok and happy. I could very well be wrong however. I know that she loves sleeping in that bean bag chair. I keep asking myself why would she pee on something she loves so much? There’s just as much possiblity that this is a medical issue, but if it’s behavioral, what could be the reason?

    ***Note: I have looked at other threads and sites that explain as to why a cat could be peeing outside the litter box, but since this cat has a different history (medically I mean) than the ones I’ve seen, I thought maybe it would just be best to ask my question for MY cat.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many reasons that a 10 year old cat would begin urinating outside of the litter box. First, pain is often an issue and it may be easier to urinate where she is than getting to the litter box. Research has indicated that most cats over 11 years of age have arthritis in one or more joints, so she could be in pain without you really knowing. In addition, if she has renal disease, you may not see blood in her urine, but she may be drinking more water and therefore need to urinate more frequently. This usually results in a litter box that is dirtier than usual and may be avoided by the cat. She also could have an endocrine imbalance that makes her drink more water and urinate more frequently as well. The best course of action would be to have some blood work done to assess her overall health. It also might help to place a litter box closer to where she spends her time so she can get to it easily.

  28. QUESTION:
    Why doesn’t my cat go to pee though he consumed a lot of water?
    He had urethrostomy (a surgery to deal with bladder blockage) about 2 months ago and has recovered very well. Active with big appetite. Ever since I am extremely concerned about his water consumption and am trying to encourage him to drink a lot of water. However, he doesn’t go to pee often enough considering all the water & gravy he consumes. Is this a sign of some kidney issue? (that a cat doesn’t produce urine…) This entire morning he hasn’t gone to pee at all even though he drank a lot of gravy and water addition through his meal. Am I too paranoid?
    Last time he went was sometime during last night. I check and found it this morning. *I am following all the instructions, ie, immaculate litter box, privacy, etc.
    Besides that, he is acting normal and eating everything deliciously.
    Oh, one more thing, he doesn’t pooh every day. Once in two days. This is also a change after the surgery. Does he have to have his kidney checked? The test done 3 weeks ago had no sign of kidney problem.
    I give him wet food from Hill’s brand and Wellness, Blue, Merrick. A little dry food for snack -not for a meal. I add a lot of water in his meal. He totally cleans his dish and asks for more… I touched and checked his stomach and he has no pain…. What can be the possibility?
    Here’s my question: Does the blockage re-occur even after the ‘URETHROSTOMY’? Anyone experienced?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Kory,

      If this were my kitty I would take him back to my vet and ask the vet to do a full urine analysis, and blood test to rule out any other medical conditions that are causing him to urinate so infrequently. His bladder blockage may have recurred as well. This is a cat that will need monitoring.

      I would also discuss the change in bowel habit post surgery. Cats generally poop at least once a day.

      You don’t mention what you are feeding your kitty. I have a cat that doesn’t drink sufficient amount of water so I add water to his moist food. He enjoys a bit of warm water added to the food. We feed cat food that contains no gravy, grain, or meat by-products.

      So please call your vet and get your cat in for a re-check. You need to be sure that the blockage has not recurred. This is urgent and critical.

      Good luck to you and your kitty,
      Troublesniffer
      Owned by cats for over 40 years
      Member: Cat Writer’s Association

      Edit: Cats can become reblocked for several weeks post surgery, so it is crucial for you to take your cat to your vet quickly.

      Here is some excellent information about this surgery and possible risks.

      http://marvistavet.com/html/body_urinary_blockage.html

  29. QUESTION:
    Should I be indifferent, why is he not concerned?
    This guy & I are really close, serious and pretty much considered bf/gf, even though he lives (right now) in a different city (3 hrs away) anyway, we know that we love each other, we even tell each other that. Anyway, just recently I learned that I’ve been having kidney problems & he knows and we talk about it, but not in depth, like it seems like he doesn’t want to know any further. I was telling him that I have to checked because I’ve been having pain and that my dad had past issues with his kidney (cancer) but he didn’t ask anything about my dad or what was wrong with him, thinking he might be concerned. Today I had put on my mypsace status that I was seeing the doc and now getting a cat scan tomorrow and that I’m nervous. SO far I haven’t heard anything from him, like are you okay, etc. So I’m wondering should I be concerned that he’s not talking to me or why is he being like this? I dunno, if he were in my situation I would definitely be concerned and making sure I was fine. Does he not think it’s a big deal? He even had a friend’s mom that was having tests done & he put “worried” status on his myspace for her, so what is going on? Should I chill from him?
    would it make him shy away from getting serious if he knows of problems possibly down the road?? not sure obviously because I’m getting scanned tomorrow.

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    Would he shy away from me if I might have problems?
    This guy & I are really close, serious and pretty much considered bf/gf, even though he lives (right now) in a different city (3 hrs away) anyway, we know that we love each other, we even tell each other that. Anyway, just recently I learned that I’ve been having kidney problems & he knows and we talk about it, but not in depth, like it seems like he doesn’t want to know any further. I was telling him that I have to checked because I’ve been having pain and that my dad had past issues with his kidney (cancer) but he didn’t ask anything about my dad or what was wrong with him, thinking he might be concerned. Today I had put on my mypsace status that I was seeing the doc and now getting a cat scan tomorrow and that I’m nervous. SO far I haven’t heard anything from him, like are you okay, etc. So I’m wondering should I be concerned that he’s not talking to me or why is he being like this? I dunno, if he were in my situation I would definitely be concerned and making sure I was fine. Does he not think it’s a big deal? He even had a friend’s mom that was having tests done & he put “worried” status on his myspace for her, so what is going on? I’m also wondering if he would shy away from having anything serious if I might have problems in the future?? I guess I’m just stressed sorry! =(

    • ANSWER:
      It might be that he is scared of being too attached if you’re sick.
      His friend’s mom isn’t as important to him as you!

  31. QUESTION:
    Why is my 15 year old cat urinating blood?
    I tried to get him into a vet tonight. However my vet is not on call. The vet that is on call stated when he called me that there was nothing that could be done tonight. My Cuddles does have kidney problems, he currently is taking Epakatin. When I came home from work tonight I noticed blood on the carpet. I then witnessed him urinate blood on top of the litter box and then 3 different times on the carpert. Last night he kept going into and out of the litter box repeatedly.
    I will be calling my vet first thing in the morning. Hopefully she will see him, if not I will drive him 3 hours to the nearest emergency vet office.
    The on call vet refused to see him tonight. The nearest emergency vet is 3 hours away.

    • ANSWER:
      get him seen asap tomrrow morning. it is a good sign that he is passing urine, and not straining, or has a blockage. If he is going multiple times, it could indicate a urinary infection. his bladder wall could be really inflamed. blood is common in uti’s.

      make sure he is as comfortable as possible and eating and drinking tonight. if he begins to vocalize, hisses, and/or he is not eating or drinking, or it appears that he is trying to urinate, and nothing is comming out.. then call the ER and let them know you will be there tonight.

      good luck. urinary infections are painful. urinary blockages are deadly.

  32. QUESTION:
    Why does my cat have hairless spots that are wet on his skin?
    I have been noticing that my 11 year old male cat has spots on his skin that are hairless and wet, or sometimes they are dry and look like he hurt himself in the garden. He has some kidney and liver problems. I have been taking him to vets for the past two months every time something new goes wrong and he is extremely stressed from going out of the house he also got a viral infection and is still recovering from it. Could you please tell me what it is and how I can cure it?
    Thank you guys!
    Thank you all a lot!
    You were great help and I will also take him to the vet now that he is a little more relaxed and seems to have less stress :) because I think he does have ringworm or some kind of skin disease (by the way he did get ringworm when he was young).
    Thanx again all!

    • ANSWER:
      Ringworm is a skin disease caused by a fungus (plural: fungi). Because the lesions are often circular, ringworm was once thought to be caused by a worm curling up in the tissue. Ringworm has nothing to do with any type of worm. There are many treat ment availabale. Consult with your vet about this. A bath should be given 3 times on an every other day schedule. Bathe exposed but unaffected pets once. These baths are important in getting the spores off the hairs so they do not drop into the environment and result in re-exposure. Visit on http://www.agritura.com for various cat grooming and other products.

  33. QUESTION:
    My Cat’s Not Purring?
    My cat is about 17 years old and she’s having kidney problems and she just recently had a tumor removed from her tail. She’s going into the vet in a couple of days to find out exactly what is wrong with her kidneys and why they aren’t working properly. My cats asleep on my couch, over my right shoulder right now and she’s not purring. I’ve been told, at this age, if a cat looses her purr it can mean something serious. Does anyone know why she’s not purring? She’s breathing just fine. She’s in a deep, deep sleep though.

    • ANSWER:
      Cat’s do not purr when they are asleep. A cat may sometimes seem like they are sleeping when they purr but they are just super comfortable.

  34. QUESTION:
    What would you do? Please advise me?
    I have had my cat for over 14 years. The last 5 years he has lived with my dad, he ‘adopted’ him !
    My dad has to get him put to sleep because the cat is quite old and has kidney problems.

    My question is do l go and say goodbye to my cat or just remember him as he was when he was well? lm a very emotional person & thats why maybe l shouldnt but then l will feel bad! l loved that cat he was one in a million.

    • ANSWER:
      My heartfelt sympathy to you on your beloved kitty’s illness.

      I lost one to kidney problems, too. But it is so hard to loose a kitty to any illness or injury.

      If he was my kitty, I would want to see him. The reason is so that I could see him in his current state and know 100% percent without a doubt that letting him go gently across the Rainbow Bridge was the right choice.

      Spend a little time with him, stroke his fur, talk to him and tell him about all his little quirks that make him so special to you..he will understand. Then let him know you will miss him, but it is okay for him to go on ahead.

      When you remember him, reminisce the happy times you and he had together before he was ill. Let the happy memories make you smile.

      There are many pet grief websites, and I will post links for my favorites. You can add a memorial tribute to him. They both have message boards so you can share with other pet owners. They both also have wonderful hints for remembering your kitty, such as through writing poetry and stories, or making a special place in your home or garden.

      I have started reading a wonderful book about seeing our pets again called “Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates” by Gary Kurz. I will attach the link for it too.

      Purrs to you and your beloved kitty.

  35. QUESTION:
    My cat is sick but we don’t know why?
    Hi, For years my mother and I complained to different vets that something is wrong with our one cat. She’s a female, short-hair. She has began peeing in places, like on the sofa. She has visual problems and hearing problems sometimes. She hasn’t been able to get her shots by the vet in years, because it makes her have seizures; or get her teeth cleaned. At times you can feel a lump on her side, where her kidney is; she also plucks her fur out on that spot. When she uses the litter box its a lot urine. I realize she is seven years old, but I have never seen a cat with these problems. Does she have some sort of disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Don’t just put your cat down. Have her checked out. I know you say it gives her sezuires but warn the vet before so they can be prepared. I

      t could be cancer when you consider that lump you’re talking about but it sounds more like a neurlogical condition, probably something similar to what’s called feline hypersthesia syndrome which is believed to be caused by epilespy. You describe some of the symptoms but the kidney doesn’t match and i’m not sure about the urine. But the sezuires and visual an hearing, as well as pulling out the hair are signs of this.

      Luckily, if it is that, it’s treatable with a small pill probably once a day or whatever your vet recommends. And she live a long and happy life.

      Best of luck.

  36. QUESTION:
    Could my cat have early stages of Kidney Failure?
    So my cat ate a small amount of plastic a week ago, and on thursday she started vomiting after drinking water. We took her to the vet where they said she had a little fever so they gave her antibiotics, a drip to hydrate her, and a shot to stop the vomiting. Plus, they saw that she had to scratches, one above each canine. They also did a blood test to see if her liver and kidneys were ok. The test said that her kidney values were *slightly* above the normal range. They want her to come back in a month to double check the values. So i’m very concerned, she’s only 3 years old, and an indoor cat. She’s had all her shots and has been spayed.
    1.Could this be the early signs of kidney failure??? I also read online that injured gums could be sign of failure. And I have noticed that when she does eat, she kinda flicks some of the food out of her mouth with her tongue.
    2.Any advice on why that is?

    also, the plastic has nothing to do with the current problems, 2 vets have already confirmed that.
    It could be FIV, she hasn’t been tested, although she did have the vaccine. She eats aristocats or meow mix wet food, and meow mix dry food. We may change the dry food to something kidney healthy!

    • ANSWER:
      I think it’s very sweet that you care so much. You are right to be concerned when something is wrong and it sounds like your cat is not totally ok.

      I think that it would be best to switch to some better quality food. When you mention something more kidney healthy, I assume you mean the prescription dry food. Don’t do that. For kidney and urinary tract to work properly, there needs to be a lot of water going through the system. Cats who eat dry food are chronically dehydrated, because as desert animals they are designed to get most of their hydration from food. When they don’t have enough water in their system, it’s hard on the kidneys an the concentrating urine can form crystals in the urinary tract, which could block the urethra and that’s a life threatening condition.

      Most of dry foods are also made of cheap fillers like corn, wheat, soy, rice etc. A cat has no nutritional need for grain and can’t process the carbs in it correctly, turning it straight to blood sugar and fat. That’s why dry food is #1 cause of diabetes and obesity.

      The proper kidney friendly diet and the best nutrition you can provide your cat is something close to what it would eat in the nature. It’s an obligate carnivore and doesn’t need the plan protein from grain, it needs meat protein!

      So to provide the proper hydration and nutrition, you should turn to high quality canned food, grain-free and with no by-product. Learn to read the label. Muscle meat should always be the first ingredient. Brands like EVO, Wellness, Merrick and Nature’s Variety are good choices, nothing you can get in the supermarket is ever good enough, you will need to go to a pet store.

      If your vet prescribes the dry stuff, please don’t listen. The websites I list below will help you understand. Vets get sadly little education on nutrition and when they do, it’s sponsored or even taught by the pet food manufacturers themselves. They also give a lot of incentive to the vets to sell their food, so you can see the conflict of interest.

      Read on, and good luck!

  37. QUESTION:
    Why is my cat trying to urinate all the time?
    I will be taking my cat to the vet, I just want some experiences and advice before I do to ensure I make the most of the vet visit and get the best care for my pet. I have taken my cat to the vet with this problem before and we have been fobbed off with antibiotics and sent home without any idea what is actually wrong.

    He keeps visiting the litter tray very, very often and passing a tiny amount of urine. His tummy is not distended, his genital area looks normal, there is no blood in the urine. I do not believe it is a blockage for that reason. He is well in himself, he is not displaying any behavioural changes or signs of being unwell. He is eating, drinking, playing as normal. He isn’t pale.

    This episode has been going on without change for the last 5 days. It happened once before and I was told he had a urinary tract infection and was given antibiotics. It eventually went away, but the vet wasn’t able to extract urine to test it.

    I’m not convinced it’s a UTI. Other than the urinary frequency, he doesn’t seem to have the symptoms of a UTI. He is not in pain or distress. When he feels unwell he is very clingy and lethargic, and he constantly wants to be cuddled and on someone’s lap (he is usually very independent and doesn’t like cuddles). He is acting just like his usual self so I can only guess he doesn’t feel unwell. Has anyone else experienced these symptoms with their cat and it has been something else? Should I insist on tests being carried out? Could it be a behavioural problem, or some sort of kidney or bladder disorder that needs to be investigated?

    He’s a 5 year old domestic shorthair, was neutered at 6 months.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    Cat with defecating problems?
    Back in October of this past year, I took in a stray cat that I had seen walking around the neighborhood. I took him to the vet and got him checked out. Everything is fine, but he is in the first stages of kidney failure. I also began noticing that when the cat has a bowel movement, he does it in the bath tub and not in the litter box. Why could he be doing it in the tub and not in his box? Also, his feces is as hard as a rock. Could the kidney failure have anything to do with this? He is fed wet food and dry food every day and he has free access to water. I should also mention that this cat, for whatever reason, holds his bowels for several days at a time. I know that is not normal.
    If you are a veterinarian or if you have experience with this problem, please answer my question. No wise cracks.
    When we took him to the vet, it was first thought that he was maybe two or three years old. Based on the urine test the vet did, he is older. I will talk to the vet.
    I never even thought about constipation. Thank you for the suggestions so far. :-)

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, Constipation is one of the problems caused by kidney failure. He is going in the tub because he associates the pain of defecating with the litter box. Ask the vet for the best stool softener. He may even recommend a child suppository to help him pass the hard stools.
      He sounds like an older cat. Kidney problems usually surface when a cat is in the teen years. As long as he is healthy, eating drinking and appears to be comfortable, he can live a few more years. Remember though, cats don’t show pain as people do, so a vet check is your best option to see if he needs any pain meds.

  39. QUESTION:
    About Hill’s Science and Prescription diet?
    I’ve been reading a lot of opinions and articles that say that Hill’s Science and Prescription Diet pet food has really low quality ingredients and is really bad. The thing is when my cat got out of surgery she ate Hill’s A/D food wich the veterinarian recomended because of it’s soft consistency, it really helped since I had to feed her with a syringe, since then we change my other cats diet too, he has kidney problems so we buy Hill’s Prescription Diet specially for that, it’s either that or home cooking. I am really confused by this reports, if it’s so bad, why does the vet recomend it? why is it so expensive? and of course, where can I find substitutes for their specialized products. People have recomended organic brands but they don’t make food for specific clinical conditions like Hill’s does. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      I use Hills Prescription Diet t/d dental health for my cat and I also am feeling conflicted because my vet recommends it but I have also herd it was bad.All I can say at the moment is that since I have changed her food I have noticed she is happier and more active, she prrrs very loud when she eats now witch she never used to do………I would just go with what your cat seems to be happy with.I do think that it’s worth the money compared to store brands.

  40. QUESTION:
    Please only respond to this if you have had or know about kidney stones?
    In the last 3 years i have had 5 different times were ihave gotten kidney stones. I noticed a couple of weeks ago that I was having flank pain. And immediately I knew that I had a kidney stone. But I figured i would give it time to pass because i have been through all of this before. This past Thursday I was in such unbearable pain at work so I decided to go to the ER after work. There results from test they did were 1 tiny stone in the upper right kidney, a kidney infection, and a urinary tract infection. They told me however that it should not be causing me pain because the kidney stone is still in the top of my kidney and not in my ureter yet. So they sent me on my way with vicodin and NO antibioltics. I go to work on Friday still in terrible pain, but made it through my day. Saturday (today) I wake up and immediately vomit because of all of the pain. I was actually crying this time. I get some vicodin in me and it didn’t help. The pain was to much. So before I call out of work I called a different ER. and asked them that if I come in today if they would have a urologist on hand (because the other ER that I went to had no Urologist within 40 miles of them) before I waste my time driving up there. They said yes. So i get up there and they ask what medicines im on and i tell them vicodin and a couple other medicines I take for anxiety. I get into the ER. room and they do the blood test again and get my cat scan from the previous ER doctor and do a urine test, and hook me up with iv fluids. The nurse comes in and also states that he is giving me an Iv injection of pian medicine. There I wait for the pain to go away. I felt no different from before. A little while later the doctor comes in with an attitude and tells me that he is releasing me. I said ok well what did you find out. He tells me that i have several kidney stones in my upper right kidney and i should be feeling NO pain. And asked if I had an addiction to Vicodin. I chuckled and so No I just got the vicodin on thursday. He said well there is alot of people that hop from ER to ER. I said OK and??? He said maybe you pulled a muscle. I said no I have had many kidney stones before and you just stated to me that I have several so why are you going to insinuate that I have a pulled muscle? No response. Then he asked why didn’t you go see you primary care doctor. I responded with I tried but she is on vacation until the 12 of the month and they have no openings. And I can’t get in to see a urologist until August 20th. He then said well where does it hurt. I told him my flank area on the right side and right under my right rib cage. He said lay down and let me feel your stomach because that is where your gallbladder is located. I layed down and he said well it seems to be fine. But you can come in on moday and get a gallbladder ultrasound and see if you have gall stones. But I’m going to release you. My mother sitting right beside me said well what do you expect her to do about the pain. He said I can give her a non-addictive pain pill. Is that all in a rude voice? I said no I need a doctors note until monday to try and get into the doctor. He said okay and walked out of the room. I was so embarrased and felt so put down by the fact of him insinuating that I had a pill problem and I was ER hopping. I’m pist. So after this long story here is my questions. If you have several kidney stones in your upper right kidney does it hurt? and has anyone had the run around like this? Just give me some comments please. Im ticked. But at the same time I need to figure out what to do.

    • ANSWER:
      i understand u being pist, i would b 2. when i had them the pain was in my back mostly, it would come and go and b very intense at times. if u r having them a lot may i suggest u start drinking more water, lemonade, apple or cranberry juice and less dark colored drinks like tea, coffee, and coke. hope u feel better. good luck

  41. QUESTION:
    problems with kitty HELP?
    I took my cat to a vet who is supposed to be really good because my cat was passing kidney stones and a crystal had passed through his bladder and was stuck in the urethra. The vet put a catheter through and had to flush out his whole system because my cat was in REALLY bad shape.]: So i got my cat back on the 23rd and have been giving him antibiotics the doctor gave me every 12 hours. Now my cat is going back to his painful lethargic state he was in BEFORE we ever took him in the first place! We payed OVER 1,300 dollars which we really don’t have right now (we don’t have animal insurance either). So we called to the vet again to tell them how he is in pain again and really lethargic etc. and they said theres really nothing they can do about it. I know for a fact that is BULL SHIT because this kind of thing happens to humans all the time. I have family in the medical fields nurses, surgical technologists etc and i know that when this happens to a human they don’t just let people die. I understand people are different but they take care of it and they don’t go back to the same conditions 3 days later. Most wouldn’t understand but my two cats are my favorite things in the whole world and i have the strongest love for them I couldn’t bare to let one go. Please I need some help on what to do and why his first treatment of being in the hospital for FOUR days didn’t work. Please help.
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    Also they said he is NOT supposed to be lethargic really at all anymore. I have him on a special diet he needs to be on for at least 3 years. And is there nothing I can do since he was not treated properly? I cant pay another 1400 dollars but I will try payment plans. Why is it they say there is nothing they can do?
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    Also my kitty isn’t very old he only just turned 3 years old.

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  42. QUESTION:
    Why does my cat pee everywhere?
    I have three cats, all rescues. One is 17, and the other two are 5 year old siblings. The girl sibling has a terrible issue – pee.

    I rescued the two kittens when they were about 9 or 10 weeks old. They were litter trained, but the problem started one of the first nights, when she peed on my bed. I figured it was just because she was in a new place.

    On and off over the last few years, she’s peed on things left on the floor – shoes, bags, clothing, papers – but not on any sort of regular basis. Lately, though, probably in the past few months, it’s become a regular thing. Now it is every day. I just bought a new recliner this weekend, and this morning she peed on the back of the seat. It’s the first time it’s been on furniture.

    She is fixed, we have 5 litter boxes in the house, and we have tried numerous repellent sprays and just about everything else the internet says!

    Could it be a kidney or liver issue? I know she had elevated levels of something or other last time she had a checkup (about a year and a bit ago) but I was told it wasn’t a problem unless she started gaining wait or got lethargic, which she hasn’t.

    I do have a vet appointment for Monday, but I’m wondering if anyone has had a problem like this before and what the outcome was. I would love to keep her, but if this can not be remedied, we will have to re-home her to someone with more time to handle her. And I definitely don’t want that.

    • ANSWER:
      Years ago, a very clean cat we had adopted had started to do the same thing (after we had him for approximately 2 years). It turned out that the cat had become diabetic. If your cat is diagnosed with diabetes, your vet will be able to offer several options. I hope your cat is feeling better very soon.

  43. QUESTION:
    A question about my cat peeing just outside her litter.?
    Until recently we had two cats. Our 18 year old cat passed away couple of months ago. She was having kidney problems and had arthritis and found it hard to get in and out of her litter so she often ended up peeing on the rubber mat was had under her litter. Our other cat, April who is 10, has never done that as long as the litter was clean. Over the last few weeks she has started peeing right beside the litter on the mat. We have taken the mat out, washed it, and scrubbed the basement floor around it. We use clumping litter and it is scooped everyday. But April still is peeing right beside the litter on the mat. Any ideas as to why she is suddenly doing this and what can I do to stop it? Any help is appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      You should first have April examined by a vet to make sure she doesn’t have a urinary tract infection, kidney problem, or other medical issue.

      If she is healthy, try making some changes to the litter box: a different litter, remove the hood (if hooded), stop using liners (if you do), buy a new litter box, etc. Generally, when cats eliminate next to the litter box, it’s because they want to use it but something is keeping them from doing so.

  44. QUESTION:
    Why does my cat keep weeing everywhere?
    My cat is a 13 year old male, who has recently been diagnosed with very mild kidney failure. He’s skinnier than he was before, but the vet tells me this is usual for older cats, and since his appetite is fine, it hasn’t worried me too much. He does, however, drink a lot more than before, and subsequently urinates more often too.

    The problem is, he’s suddenly stopped only using his litter tray to go to the toilet. He’s now started finding places in the house to go to the toilet, and is literally wrecking the place! He always goes in the same places – one particular corner of the hall carpet, and under the windows in a room upstairs. He also pees on the tiled floor in the utility room, under a radiator.

    It wouldn’t be difficult for him to pee outside (there’s a catflap), and I change the cat litter regularly (which he can always access), so why has he suddenly started peeing on the carpet? I’ve been reading up on strange behaviour, but nothing makes sense – there are no new smells in the house, and the only other cat (or animal for that matter) living there is his sister, who he’s lived with since he was a kitty. We’ve not swapped any furniture round either, and there doesn’t seem to be any stressors I can spot.

    Why has he gone pee-crazy?? I’ve literally had to corden off areas in my house so he doesn’t wee there!

    Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      he has mild kidney failure, he’s sick. That’s why he’s peeing everywhere. You answered your own question.

  45. QUESTION:
    My kittens blood work showed for Kidney failure?
    I took him to the vet Tuesday because he was lethargic and throwing up constantly. They ran blood work and said his numbers were very high and has acute kidney failure. They transferred me to an emergency hospital and got him on fluids and things like that. The next day he was doing much better, but they still could not figure out why he was having all these problems in his abdomens. I took him to a different vet so they could do exploratory surgery on him and a Kidney biopsy. His abdomens were fine, but they found his kidneys to be extremely large. We are waiting for his results which come out Tuesday. He is an indoor cat and the vet kept asking me if he got into anti-freeze or lilies…which we don’t have in our house. Im just really concerned about my kitten. Right now they have him in quarantine until his test results come back because they think it might be an infectious disease…im extremely worried..has anyone every went through something like this or similar that can give me advice?? thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Here’s the thing, usually young animals just don’t go into kidney failure without an outside cause. Are you completely sure that he couldn’t have eaten anything that is not food, like ibuprofen, aspirin, etc? I think that what they have him in quarantine for is suspicion of feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). Usually there are an array of symptoms, and it is hard to diagnose because the tests are iffy and don’t necessarily confirm the illness. With the kidneys being large, it could just be pyelonephritis (kidney infection), but that’s usually pretty straight forward to diagnose. There are other possibilities, of course. It sounds fairly serious, but if he truly improved a great deal with the fluids, it is a good sign. If he does have FIP, I’m afraid there is no hope of survival, but it doesn’t sound like a classic case to me. I would think it’s a toxin of some kind, or an infectious process-both having fairly good prognosis in a young animal. Try not to worry, but visit him every day if you can, it will build up his spirit. Also, if you can think of anything at all he could have eaten, you must tell the vet right away.

  46. QUESTION:
    Why does my cat keep throwing up after eating?
    My fiance and I had one of our dogs spayed on Thursday morning of last week. She was sent home with Previcox for pain. We put it in her bowl to encourage her to eat it. Within seconds of turning our backs, our cat, Roxy, had eaten the pill. She is only 6.5 pounds.

    We contacted the Animal ER right away, but they were closing so we rushed her to her regular Vet. He contacted the manufacturer of Previcox who reported that the pill and dosage (127mg) the cat had eaten can ne very dangerous, causing liver and kidney failure and possiblly death. The Vet induced vomiting, gave her charcoal to coat her stomach and absorb the toxic enzymes, and put her on fluids right away to help prevent kidney failure. My fiance and I picked her up at 6:00pm and transported her to the Animal ER in Sarasota for further care and treatment. They told us at that point that she probably had a 50 percent chance of survival. We had to wait a full 36 hours to find out if her bloodwork was normal or not, because it takes awhile for the enzymes to digest in cats. They kept her on fluids and on Sucralfate to prevent or treat any ulcers that may occur. After 36 hours the bloodwork came back normal and we were able to get her. We had to bring her back the next morning for additional bloodwork and again to our regular Vet on Monday morning for final bloodwork. All the bloodwork has come back normal. The problem is that she keeps vomiting after she eats. The Vet gave us the Sucralfate and we have been giving her that about an hour before she eats. She will old food down occasionally after taking the medicine, but today we gave it to her, fed her, and she threw up again. I am sooo worried about my little girl!! The Vet gave us Cerenia to help stop the vomiting, which I tried this morning. I am so concerned. He says that since there is no blood in the vomit or stool that she most likely does not have any ulcers. He also says that since she has an appetite and is not urinating frequently that we can probably rule out kidney or liver issues. All I know is my cat is not eating and it can’t be a good thing – it has to be a sign of a problem somewhere. He also said the lining of her stomach may just need time to heal from the toxins in the pill she ate.

    Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      My thought is that it’s still a reaction to the tablet episode. Be patient, feed her wet food in very small quantities at a time more frequently to lessen the chance of throwing up and to make the throwing up less hectic when she does.
      What a time for the poor thing! Hang on there.

  47. QUESTION:
    Did I Depress My Cat? Or, is it something else?
    I was away on Friday night to the cottage. It was a very short visit. I did not take the brother and sister cat crew I have and left them at the house over night. Ever since we adpoted these abandonded 1 month old kitties we always have had them tag along…then again we also always stay for a much longer time. On average these cats don’t spend a lot of time apart from us- just the normal work hour. So, when I arrived back yesterday Rufus was drooling. This sort of drooling happened with my last cat- my older cat when he had a kidney problem. So, I was worried it was only getting worse- his sister Nala is perfectly fine. I wasn’t understanding it. Nothing was left out in the open, no suspicious things around he could get into…so when I took him to the ER (200$ later!) The vet palpated him, everything seemed fine, then he took his temp (perfect degree), and we decided I would take him back home and just give him gravol for the neausea. I came home and he was much better. I should add- the whole time I watched him he wasn’t “acting off” he would play with his toy, eat, drink water, and went to the bathroom. I left to pick up my b/f from work that evening and when I got back I picked him up and again the drool began. He was fine after we setteled in. This AM I woke up to him on my chest purring and knock on wood has no drool and is acting completely normal- him and his sister are chasing each other. Did I scare my cat by leaving him? Have I made him become too attached by spoiling him and always bringing him with us? Why is his sister OK with it? Or, is there something else wrong?
    Well I am sure that rabies is out of the Q. He has had all his shots FOR SURE!
    Thanks guys, I feel better about it now.

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  48. QUESTION:
    Why is my cat losing so much weight?
    I noticed recently that my 1 1/2 year old cat started dropping alot of weight, so I took him to the vet and they ran bloodwork, to check for kidney failure, leukemia, feline aids, heartworms, etc, it all came back negative but they did say that bloodwork showed that he was anemic but that was not the cause of the weight loss, they ruled out any dental problems, and he continues to keep losing weight. You can practically feel every bone in his body and does not have an appetite. I dont know what could be wrong with him and im so worried that I might lose him :(
    I took him to another vet and it turns out he had Feline Infectious Pertonitis (FIP) which is fatal in cats, he died today, and he will be missed :(

    • ANSWER:
      If you can afford it, keep progressing through more tests, even with another vet if you have to and you have the funds.

      Listen to your instincts. We did, and fortunately had some extra cash. We had a similar thing with our young 4 year old (but barfing) kitty who was losing weight. It’s not the the same situation, but things weren’t getting better with her. After we pressed on for more in-depth tests, we found out ours had intestinal lymphoma (aggressive cancer). It blew the vet away-none of us expected it because she was young. Now I’m thankful that we were aggressive with the tests because we knew something was wrong and could find ways to keep her quality of life good.

      Our diagnosis came with our (at the time, ridiculous) decision to get an expensive ultrasound even though the vet was sure it wasn’t necessary. As it turned out, the news was awful. I’m glad we persisted with testing because we could then make the decisions to keep ours comfy and happy with good quality of life. She had a good, healthy-feeling few months of time, playing and being more or less herself, before we knew it was time to prevent the worst that was to come.

      You probably won’t have the same unhappy ending, but if you aren’t satisfied with the vet’s answers, at least you can continue try to find out what it is and what the options are. Hopefully it’s something as simple as a food allergy. And if not, you can at least get advice on how to keep her comfy.

      Even if you don’t have the funds to press on with testing, the best thing we can do for our pets is to give them good quality of life for as long as we can. The idea is to minimize the suffering for them. So, you be the judge for how your kitty feels. No one can judge you on that, just do what you can, because for life-or-death, kitties don’t know the difference, they’re not like us with a concept of life and death. They just know when they feel bad or good. Do your best for your kitty, OK? Best wishes.

  49. QUESTION:
    Why is my cat vomiting every time he eats?
    I could use all the help I can get. This problem started about 3 and half weeks ago. Every time my cat eats he throws the food back up. Each time it is the same this clear mucus, white foam and undigesting food. I thought at first it was a hairball so i put vasaline on his nose gave it a couple days and it continued. I took him the animal emergency hospital they did blood work and took xrays looking for an upstruction. Blood work is normal and nothing on the xrays. They set us home and gave intructions to give him over the counter pepcid three times a day. The problem continued so i took him to our normal vet. Their they discover he had a Urinary tract Infection, his throat was inflamed and he was dehydrated. The vet gave anitbiotics, cortizone for the throat and fluid injections, all prescribed prescription diet a/d and i/d. Five days later took him back because the problem continued. Vet gave more fluids and another cortisone shot and changed food to an over the counter pate food watered down. The vet suggested to bring him in to do a complete oral mouth and throat scan. At this point he ran new blood work everything is normal also has normal liver and kidney function, the screening showed nothing out of the ordinary new xrays were also taken and nothing is showing up. In the time that this has started he has lost 2.8 Pounds. He has been checked for parasites and has had a full toxin screen, both come up negative. The vet has too options left for us, barium die test or exploritory surgery. The barium can be dangerous because if he cant keep it down there is a chance when he aspirate it can go into his lung, the surgery he has a 50 – 50 chance because of his weekened state. Please help if u have any ideas. He is only 6 years old and eventhough he vomits everything he eats he is still playful and has a heathly appitite. Also he is a indoor cat if that helps.
    To add to previous description, he is having normal bowel movements, when i feed him he gets one tablespoon of wet mushy food, right now he is being fed prescription diet z/d which is a hypoallergenic food mixed with distiled water. All of his tests and x-rays are being forwarded to a specialist at cornell hospital, i am just awaiting their input.
    More details: He has all current vaccines, he is strictly indoor cat, has already been tested for feline aids and lukemia and both are negative. He is going back the the vet tomorrow at 7:30 am for fluids. Right now he is keeping down water and tuna fish juice. My vet and the er vet have are stumped on why he is vomiting. at midnight im going to add his anti naseia medicine to the tuna water and then try to feed him at 2 am.

    • ANSWER:
      hi, i have been a vet tech since 98. i have some questions for u. do they suspect anything? does he go outside? has he had all of his vaccines and are they current? is he known to eat things like string or plastic or plants? sometimes plain x-rays dont show things they may have eaten that can obstruct them, which is why they want to do a barium study. if you arent familiar with this, it makes the intestines bright on x-rays and usually they take an x-ray throughout the whole day every hour to see if the barium stops in the intestines anywhere. more than likely his throat is irritated from all of the vomiting. barium actually is soothing if your vet has the liquid form of it and can even help settle his stomach a little bit. even though your pet seems happy otherwise, you really need to get him in the vet. he is losing weight fast because he is not absorbing any nutrition. 2 pounds on a 10 pound cat is 20 pounds on a 100 pound person. thats a lot to lose. his body is breaking itself down (fat, muscles, etc.) to try to survive. if this continues, the ending results will be fatal because organs start failing. start with a barium study to see if he is obstructed (foreign object stuck somewhere). if he isnt, you need to decide if you want to go to surgery. sometimes you cant get a diagnosis until you do so. there are other health issues that can cause these problems which cant be diagnosed until they can go in surgically to see, and even then, sometimes the only time you can get answers is by taking multiple samples of the intestines from different locations to biopsy. despite the barium and surgery, at the very least your pet needs to rehydrate asap with iv fluids. even if he is drinking normally he is not retaining the correct fluid amount while vomiting. time is important, especially with small animals. the sooner he gets back to the vet the better. if you have any other pets in the future, vomiting longer than 2 days and you need to see the doctor. some illnesses your vet is trying to rule out are a foreign body, pancreatitis, irritable bowel disease known as IBD, or lymphoma. possibly also trying to rule out feline immunodeficiency virus known as FIV, or possibly panleukopenia virus. good luck with everything and i hope this helps you.

  50. QUESTION:
    Cat Suffering From Paralysis/Weakness in Hind Left Leg?
    My 19 year old cat has been relatively healthy his whole life, minus kidney failure that came on about four years ago. The vet told us his kidneys were healthy for the most part and his condition did not seem fatal anytime soon. Jump to last week, our two cats were getting checkups. The vet discovers that the cat has a minor heart murmur. He said it was not life threatening, but could worsen.
    Yesterday I discovered the cat sitting weird, so I pushed him and discovered that his left back leg was not working at all, and started slipping underneath his other leg, causing him to walk two steps and then fall. We brought him to the vet, who did a few tests. He ruled out potassium issues, and then he suggests the issue maybe the heart murmur. We got called later that day and he said the tests were back, and it appears that his kidney disease had progressed, and that was the issue. We got a number, 3.3, I don’t know what it is, maybe the creatine levels. So we took him home, and latter we discovered he climbed up the stairs of our house (about twenty steps) and jumped onto the bed (three feet of the ground), with only one good leg. I have no idea how he managed to do this, but I guess it means he is not in too pathetic of a state. What I really want to know is, why is my cat suffering from this problem.

    Some other info:
    His leg is not cold, it is warm, and will move a little if I touch it.
    Plenty of people have been suggesting blood clot, however I do not believe this is the case, as his leg is of normal temperature, which I would assume means that circulation is okay. Thanks so far guys.
    Oh yeah, and he already has food that contains chemicals to balance his kidney disease.
    Kathy M. can the diabetes cause one leg to fail and not the other, I read, and it sounds like it affect both legs equally.
    As of this morning (2 days after the original issue began) he seems to be recovering on his own, although I will keep this question up as I am still curious as to what could have caused the issue.

    • ANSWER:
      Potassium was the first thing i thought of but if that is OK ..
      Could also be related to high phosphorus. … How was that level? Maybe you can add a phosphorus binder — this is a good idea for cats with kidney disease since it is the phosphorus more than the amount of protein that many vets now feel to be significant. You can get something like Aluminum Hydroxide Dry Gel Powder and just add to every meal. it seems to not have much taste.

      Saddle thrombus (blood clot ) . sometimes this results in a problem with just one hind leg.
      It is related to heart disease. .. maybe that is what your vet is thinking

      Can also be related to high blood pressure.

      And h ind leg weakness is also sometimes seen in untreated diabetes and can be worse in one leg. . Did the vet also check the blood sugar level?

      Yes 3.3 would likely be the creatinine.
      Have you started sub-q fluids? That might be a good idea in a small amount daily. Would have to be very careful to not give too much if he has a heart problem. But it can be so helpful for cats with kidney disease once it gets past a certain point.


What To Eat To Help Kidney Function

In the past when I was asked what causes kidn 00004000 ey stones I really didn’t care. I just wanted to get rid of it/them. OUCH! Truthfully though, when you’ve had several bouts of kidney stones, you will do almost anything to find out what causes them. Throughout a period of 10 years, I passed about a dozen kidney stones. Not that I’m an authority on every type of kidney stone but I sure know what they feel like, how to deal with them, and how to get rid of them.

So what causes kidney stones? This is what I found. There are several metabolic disorders which in itself can create kidney stones but these metabolic disorders are somewhat rare. Certain drugs can help to create kidney stones by the pure act of dehydration. This includes the drug Lasix as well as other types of diuretics. The dehydration factor can also be supported by those who drink a lot of tea or coffee (my nemesis). Otherwise diet seems to play a big factor. More specifically, many folks like me end up with stones made up of calcium oxalate. As my doctor handed me a brochure on kidney stones, he asked that I stay away from coffee, chocolate, and green leafy vegetables. He did however say that I can eat doughnuts (honest to God truth).

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Possible kidney problem/s?
    Well, when I was seven, I had a tumour removed from the right side of my urethra, that was seven years ago (I’m 14 now). Kidney function tests done soon after showed right kidney function was around 40%. Now, I’m prone to UTIs, and when I began getting pain in my right side approx 7-8 weeks ago, that’s what I thought it was. When two different antibiotics failed to help, I went to a Urologist (actually, the one who operated on me before). FOUR different urine tests done over a period of 6 weeks have all shown blood and protein, the latest one, which was done on Tuesday, showed blood +++, and protein +. The pain is in my right flank, and also near my right hip, and also in the lower right part of my back. It seems to become more severe when the area around my kidney and the lower right part of my back is pressed (the doctor pressed down over my right kindey and in my lower back at the same time on Tuesday and ever since then it’s been hurting like hell :/). I also get occasional periods of nausea, and sometimes feel so sick I don’t want to eat anything. Sometimes (but not always) I get pain when bending over, and the severity of the pain differs from day to day, although for the last two days it’s been consistently quite bad. Sometimes I also get twinges of pain in the tops and insides of my legs. An ultrasound, however, came back completely normal.
    I’ve now been referred to a Nephrologist (kidney specialist), but I’m wondering what others make of this.
    Thanks,
    Hannah.
    Again, an ultrasound showed everything was normal, so it’s not possible that the tumour could of returned.

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  2. QUESTION:
    kidney disease diet?
    have early stages of FSGS and am on medication to treat my nephrotic syndrome (now under control} as well as blood pressure and cholesterol medications. my kidney function is still very good, and i’m not anemic or diabetic, so i don’t need to be on any radical or extremely strict diet, but I would like some guidelines on what particular foods I should be trying to eat more of or trying to avoid. Please don’t recommend any supplements, or just tell me “low protein” since protein really only needs to be controlled in relation to the kidneys’ functioning. What types of protein are best? Is it true that I should cut out dairy? Concentrating on fresh fruits? Vegetables? Which ones? Whole grains? Legumes? How much & what proportions? Not trying to lose or gain weight, just want to be eating the best I can to try to help control and slow the progression of my disease.

    • ANSWER:
      I work as a diet clerk in a hospital, and the dietitians told us we can’t serve renal patients dairy, citrus fruits, it must be low potassium for patients on dialysis, low phosphorus, and low sodium. The protein is generally half of what we give patients on regular diets.

  3. QUESTION:
    Options for older dog with probable kidney failure?
    Okay, first of all, I am discussing my options with the vet, but I’m waiting for them to look into some tests, so I thought I’d ask about other people’s experiences.

    My dog is a larger breed, and she is going on 9 years old. The only thing that gets her moving is her daily (slow) walk and her treats. For her treats, she will still prance and leap into the air, though since she almost fell down the stairs twice recently, I haven’t been letting her do that as much. She only eats her kibble if we put canned food in it. The current kibble is the only kind we’ve found that agrees with her stomach.

    Last year, she was having incontinence issues, so we took her in and thought it might be a UTI. Well, her incontinence cleared up, but the vet wanted to run some more tests on her kidney function. The results were inconclusive. We tried medication. No effect. The vet pushed for a prescription kidney diet, and said that was about the only option left, but no other snacks or treats. I brought up her food issues, and I was brushed aside. She’ll eat it, they said, most dogs like it fine.

    Most dogs are not my picky old lady. Her main joy in life is her food, and I don’t want to take that away from her. I’ve also done some research on my own and am not convinced these kidney diets really help. We switched vets, and we’re back where we started.

    Bascially: She’s getting old, sweet but not very active, and has lost a lot of weight in the past month. She has started drinking tons of water. She’s not much of a fighter, so I just don’t feel right putting her through tough treatments, but at the same time, I am afraid of not doing what’s best for her.

    Has your dog gone through this? If this is kidney failure, how much longer does she have? Will things get really bad? What treatment did you do, and were you happy with the results?

    • ANSWER:
      I’d say leave her as long as she still seems to be comfortable, happy and enjoying life. If you are paying attention, she will let you know when she’s had enough.

      It’s hard, I know, but I don’t think it’s fair to put them through all kinds of tests when they are already quite old, and they aren’t guaranteed.

      We had a 10 year old Shih Tzu cross we had to put down last summer because of his kidneys. He was still fairly normal up until the last month.

  4. QUESTION:
    What kinds of food can my father eat, to stop losing weight?
    My father is 81 years old. He has been losing weight for about a year now, and is now very very skinny and getting weak. He has been to many doctors, and this is what they have found to be the cause…

    He had an aortic aneurism over a decade ago, and his wonderful doctors saved his life by giving him a dacron aorta. Unfortunately though, he now has poor blood flow to his stomach. This makes it difficult for him to digest food. When he eats, he feels full very quickly. And eating anything more than a couple bites causes alot of discomfort. It also makes it difficult to breathe. Ween he takes a fairly deep breath, it puts pressure on his stomach, and worsens the discomfort. So he eats less. Its a vicious cycle, because as he eats less, he loses more weight. And the more weight he loses, the greater the discomfort seems to become.

    With his age, and health conditions, any kind of surgery is out of the question.

    So, I am trying to find a food that is high in nutritional value, and calories, but fairly healthy and tasty (he’s a picky eater on top of it!) at the same time. It also has to be fairly easy to digest. He loves steak for example, but he can’t digest it very well.

    On top of all this, he has no function in one kidney, and very little in the other. Just sufficient enough kidney function to keep him off of dialysis (sp?). I think this means he has to watch things like potassium.

    My father is getting worse and worse. I am hoping there is some wise person out there who may have some ideas on what he could eat that may meet these criteria.

    If so, please please post a reply! I am looking for any help I can get!! My dad has always been there for me when I needed help, now its my turn to be there for him.

    Thanks so much

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  5. QUESTION:
    What home-based remedies, foods, or alternative treatments can help a cat get kidney values down?
    I have a 15 y.o. kitty, Vlad, who has a carcinoma which has spread (abdominal, affecting liver and pancreas). He has been in hospital for almost 48 hours getting fluids so that we could bring his kidney values down so that he could get chemo. So far the values are still high and the doctor is not optimistic they are going to get lowered.

    He also has HCM (Hyper Cardio Miapathy) so they can’t give too much fluids. He doesn’t seem to eat or drink too much, but when I was (prior to him being in the hospital) hand-feeding and giving him water, he would eat and drink ok.

    I am really scared right now and I feel that there has got to be something else I could do to help him. Alternative perhaps. Something at home? The doctor said she doesn’t feel he is in pain, but sees him as a candidate for euthanasia because his kidney function is not improving.

    Is there ANYTHING I could do at home. Just take him from the vet and work with him at home with anything to at least help?

    Thanks,
    John
    *** I would really appreciate answers to the question I asked as opposed to people commenting, theoretical, online, and having no knowledge of my cat, as to when I should euthanize him. So if anyone wants to offer anything USEFUL, it would be appreciated ***

    • ANSWER:
      aww I am sorry to hear this..

      yes, you should try what helps humans
      1. dr richard schulze’s incurables program….use clark’s rule

      http://www.curezone.com/schulze/handbook/default.asp

      for a cat dose, use the cat’s weight..the dose for an adult is for a 150 pound person. the average herbal tincture (liquid with eye dropper top) dose is 60 drops 5 times a day. so if your cat weighed 10 pounds you would divide 150 by 10 (150 / 10 =15) so it would be 1/15the regular dose (60 / 15 =4 so 4 drops)..if it was 15 pounds, it would be (150 / 15 = 10) so 1/10th the dose so (60 / 10 = 6 drops and so forth)

      http://www.curezone.com/schulze/handbook/CAD.asp here is clark’s rule

      2. also use wheat grass juice…this is sold at health food stores or as a grass called pet grass in health food stores..do not give too much like maybe an ounce would be a human dose as it can detox too fast if you gave a cup or something. If you can’t find it, try barley grass powder from health food store or wheat grass powder but fresh is best…maybe the cat can chew it..you need a wheat grass juicer as it will break a blender but if you have the grass, cut into 1/2 pieces and blend with water and some of it should go into the water (so give more in this case)

      3. Also use the hoxsey formula..cat dose

      4. also use essaic tea.

      all of these things have reversed cancer in people.

      5. also raw fruits and veggies and their juices and green tea contain enzymes that break sown the protein coating that surrounds each cancer cell so the immune system can then kill he cancer. Since cat are not vegetarians, I wonder if the enzymes in raw meat would have the same effect. Use freerange meat as this is safer. blend and add some veggie juice (fresh juiced not canned) like carrots and kale and beets and blend with the raw meat or grind it all up and give it to the cat.

      http://www.curezone.com/schulze/handbook/default.asp here is the incurables program…if you can’t find the hoxsey formula you can use Schultze detox formula..

      6 check this thoroughly as well –this website should be of help to search…it deals with sick pets

      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/

      http://search.freefind.com/servlet/freefind?id=9609505&pageid=r&mode=ALL&query=kidneys

      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/urine_untoldstory.htm

      7. urine therapy is said to be extremely helpful for these problems.

      8.cordyceps mushrooms have been said to greatly help kidney disease…open the caps and figure out a cat dose and add to the food

      9.also give the cat blood cleansing herbs ..get a burdock tincture..again use a pet dose ..the human dose is usually 60 drops 5 times a day for tinctures. This is to help with the poisons from nonfunctional kidneys. Parsley root is a good one..it is sold in the produce department of some meijers and looks like a carrot with a parsley looking top like a carrot but white..juice it and add to food or make a tincture and give by drops (kidneys)

      hope this helps…it is unlikely you could do this with the cat at the vets.

  6. QUESTION:
    Cat with Kidney Failure and FIV?
    I have a 11 or 12 year old (I found him from what it looked like when he was 1yr old) male cat who is FIV+ and has kidney failure. In January we moved and since then it’s been downhill for his health (I really tired to make the move as comfortable as possible with my cats). In February he was at 30% kidney function, the vet prescribed him Hill’s k/d diet but I already know that food is crap so I tried putting him on a mostly raw/natural diet and gave him subcutaneous fluids (he was prescribed antibiotics, blood pressure medicine, and anti-acid medication too). He seemed to be getting better and actually gained 1 1/2lb in 2 weeks. But then his health went down again, and last week were told his kidney function went down to 5%.

    He isn’t eating much at all, is weak, and unstable when he walks. My family was thinking of putting him down last week but since he’s still eating and seems to have a fighting spirit, I said no. The last cat we had to put down was 19yrs old, had a tumor in her neck and liver, and an abscess in her cheek. I had to convince my family that putting her down was the best choice since she was not eating at all (even when he force feed her, it wouldn’t stay down). But, she was always a fighter and I felt like putting her down was the wrong choice, that maybe I should have just let her go naturally. I’m not sure what to do since I feel that last time I was, perhaps, too logical in thinking with a lack of emotion (not that I didn’t cry when she passed). But, at the same time I don’t want to think too emotionally without logical.

    I feel as if I’m doing something wrong, to make his condition wrong. And the vet doesn’t seem too optimistic either :( Anyone with experience out there to help me? I’ll appreciate it alot!

    • ANSWER:
      I know, this is a horrible situation, i have an FIV+ cat too. minus the kidney. all you can do is love him, and make him very comfortable. my cat was diagnosed last year, & he is 10. ive heard bad stories about them not making it, but GOOD stories, about them living a long life, and my cats is doing fine! he’s on a diet, and sleeping & eating right & thats all i could ask for. <3 he may have a cold, or stuff like that, but atleast he is eating and sleeping right? but with your cat, its probably tougher because of the kidney.

      You might need to check with the vet, to see if there is something they can offer that can help him. I know you said "he doesnt seem to optimistic either" but there has got to be something that can help.
      weather it be surgery, medicene, or something. just keep searching for your cat, hang in there!

      best of luck, and wishes to you & your cat. its very tough & heartbreaking. ):

  7. QUESTION:
    Chronic Kidney infection! Doctor won’t help!?
    In past five years that I been having problem with my kidneys. I have decrease urine. I get really sick especially in the morning that I wake up feeling like aches and pain due high level fluid in my body. I went doctor many times. He said nothing wrong with my kidney and my bladder. I went more than 50 trips to different doctors, including kidney doctor and ER in past 5 years. YET, they can’t find NOTHING!!! Only time they found that I had kidney infection that they treat me with Bactuim. It help me a lot and 2 months later that it return. I take small dose antibodies for 3 months. It help a lot and then I finish taking it. Then it returns. I can’t take this antibodies anymore because it trigger Lupus Like symptoms and the doctor DON”T believe me. I am having sharp pain where my kidneys are located. I have two children that I have to look after. I am so frustrating that I don’t get all the help that I need. I cry so hard yesturday because I don’t know what to do now. I did everything I can do. I drunk down all 100 pure cranberry juice in one day and plus cranberry pill. It don’t do anything! I went back to doctor and told them. They said your kidney function is FINE!! Of course I am stress because I don’t get the help that I need! I change more than 4 doctors in past 5 years. I have low blood sugar problem, low iron, stomach ulcers. I have symptoms like Lupus that I get aches, pain in muscle and joints, mild red like rash on my face, seeing spot floater, flashing light. My toe will turn blue when I sit down too long and my brain feel so funny like it froze and stiff that I had hard time to focus and somtime the fog is so bad that I almost can’t see. I have much more symptoms!!! I even get test for lupus twice and it came negative.. I don’t have mental problems and that what doctor said!!! I am tired of it and I want to get well again and get treated properly. I even get on antidepressant, none of them help because I don’t have mental problem that is why! I even went to eyes doctor and said it look fine! I don’t know if doctor in Memphis, Tn are careless because they just want the money or what? They always help me when I used to live in California but I moved here because my reason. The more delay the doctor help me to treat, the more symptoms grows! It started in 5 years ago. My blood sugar was 49 and after I ate bowl of cerals and a orange juice that my blood sugar went up 144 after 2 or 3 hours that last I ate. If case that helps and it from doctor. He said I don’t have dibetic because my blood sugar is normal 144. So please please help me. Im only 22 years old with two kids.
    Im sorry if my grammar isn’t perfect because I am deaf. My grammar are good for as deaf person because most deaf can’t write. No offend.

    • ANSWER:
      Your problem is that you’re trying to diagnose yourself. Are you a doctor? I doubt it. You honestly sound like you’re reading too much wikipedia, and are jumping to conclusions, based on that limited knowledge.

      YOu probably have stomach ulcers from drinking all that acid in the cranberry juice, and your blood sugar is supposed to go up after you eat.

      If they have tested your kidney function and tested you for lupus and it came back negative, then you are negative. You might have a problem, but it’s not a kidney infection or Lupus.

      I suggest you find a doctor that doesn’t know you. Go there and tell them your symptoms. Just tell them symptoms don’t tell them you think you have lupus, or kidney disease or try to diagnose yourself, because they will just test you for that stuff again and it will come back negative again, and they will think you are just a hypochondriac, like your current doctor probably does.

      And take a grammar class, please.

  8. QUESTION:
    Need some insight on kidney test results for my dog…?
    I’m prettty technical when it comes to medical issues with dogs, but I would like for someone with this expertise to help me understand some test results.

    One year ago, prior to a sugery, we did a blood panel on my dog for anestesia purposes…it came back with the following:

    BUN 34
    Creatinine 1.8

    The doctor was not concerned – he administered IV fluids for the procedure to be on the safe side, but said it may have been elevated to the stress of being at the vet hospital.

    This week I had a complete blood panel done on her because she seemed depressed and not feeling well at all…everything was great, but the kidney function came back with the following:

    BUN 31
    Creatintine 2.2

    NOW – here is where I just want to kick myself…and believe me I’ve been very upset about this all day…Recently my fridge broke and to salvage all of the fish, pork tenderloin, etc…I fed it to the dogs..Pure protein and tons of it…

    THEN…I changed their food at the same time to a food that is awesome (Orijen), but the protein is almost 37 in the type I got.

    So this is what she was eating for about 2 weeks prior to the blood work (and the freezer stuff).

    1) I’m assuming that can have an impact on the creatinine results…I would like some insight on that…

    2) Let’s remove the higher protein scenario and just focus on the test results – what do they suggest and how bad are they?

    My vets recommendation is to start her on a low protein diet (13% – 16%), do subcutaneous injections once a week (she’ll show me how to do this at home) and start her on Azodyl.

    She is a 7 year old Dalmatian.

    Thanks for helping me out with this.
    Please only serious answers from a credible source/experience…this is a serious situation for us.
    This just happened today and I was only able to have a 10 minute phone conversation with my vet about it. I’m just eager to have some additional advice to help me with this information.
    Obviously this was a mistake to post this on here…Good Lord..It’s Friday on a holiday weekened..I’m anxious about this..just thought there might be someone who is a vet or tech or something who could shed some light.

    As I said on my original post, only reply if you are a credible resource….I don’t care if I don’t get any replies, but you never know….

    • ANSWER:
      The numbers are certainly off. Kidney function does decrease with age but that is a lot of change within a year and she is still fairly young. I would do 2 things. 1 – If at all possible, contact the breeder of the dog. See if there is a history of problems like this in the line and what treatments, if any, have been successful. I am not so sure about BUN/Creatintine but often “normal” numbers for particular breeds/lines can be different than the textbook “normal”.
      2 – get a recommendation for another vet and get a second opinion or perhaps ask your vet to refer you to a specialist for at least a second opinion. You didn’t say what type of injections but the rest of the treatment certainly shouldn’t hurt.
      Best of luck.

  9. QUESTION:
    dog food help for kidney issues?
    I know that this is probably asked 20 times a day. However, I brought my10yr old Border Collie to the vet today because of weight lose. Turns out he has some lose of kidney function. The vet said it might be that the protein used in his food is undigestable to him and he needs food with higher quality protein. He said major name companies have to use higher quality the smaller named companies because of public watch. I am going to go shopping and pick some new food out. I was just wondering what I should look for? I do not have a huge budget for dog food (I am inbetween jobs) but I want my dog to be healthy. The vet said to go with a sr dog food. He is on gylcoflex II for artrits. He is also extreamly active and runs and plays most of the day. He is a picky eater and eats slow and small amounts at a time. Pleasedo not be harsh that just discourages people from asking questions and is rude. As thumper said “if you have nothing nice to say don’t say anything at all” Thanks
    The vet said to try another dog food and then come back in a month and if his levels are not better he will go on hills k/d. They were high but not full on failure. He said with a good diet they should go down. He said there is too much undigestible protein in most dog foods and that is what it causing his problem.

    • ANSWER:
      Is your dog in full-blown renal failure or are his levels just elevating? If he is in renal failure, he really should be put on a special rx. food such as Hill’s K/D. If not, try checking out brands such as Canidae, Wellness, Innova Evo, Innova, Timberwolf, Artemis, Eagle Pack, etc… and compare who has the lowest protein values. Supermarket/big box petstore brands such as Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet (yes, I know they are run by Hill’s!), etc..are poorly made and can actually contribute to poor health. Good luck, and I hope your doggy’s values go down!

  10. QUESTION:
    Should i have told the MEPS people about this?
    I’m in the DEP for the US marine corps and anyways I’m wondering if I shouldve said something.

    I had an operation on my ureter and well anyways after wards the doctor told me I would have 75% to 100% of normal human kidney function. I don’t have any restrictions on what I can do or eat but should I have told the doctor about it. I really don’t want to be PDQed( so I hesitate) I don’t want to get in trouble by the Military for fradulent enlistment but it seemed unimportant at the time considering I’m in better health than before

    what do u all think

    anyone in the Military can help.

    • ANSWER:
      You will fill out a form that asks questions about your medical history. If you lie on the form, you can get discharged just for that.

      You may be healthier now, but that is not the question. You have to tell the truth, especially if you had surgery to fix it.

  11. QUESTION:
    What are good ways to prevent thirst and stop drinking liquid? (DESPERATE)?
    I have been on dialysis for four years and still have a problem with limiting my fluid intake. For those who don’t know what dialysis is, it is when your kidneys stop functioning and you have to limit what you eat and drink. Somebody please give me a good way to help limit my fluid intake or my health will keep going down. I have tried gum and ice chips and none of these seem to curb my thurst for liquid. Any suggestions are welcome, I am very desperate.

    • ANSWER:
      Watching your salt intake is the key to controlling your thirst. This is where you have to be more proactive in your own health care. Have a talk with your nephrologist about how much salt is acceptable in a twenty four hour period. If necessary, ask for a consult with a dietitian who can go over what foods to avoid.

      Other than the above, you need to go to the grocery store and start reading the labels on some of your favorite foods keeping a close watch on the sodium content. You’ll be surprised by what you find out. Keep in mind that processed foods will be the highest in sodium content. Once you control your salt intake, you’ll find your thirst more manageable. Good luck.

  12. QUESTION:
    How am I supposed to deal with losing job, my 17 year old cat dying, and breakup with fiance? ?
    I have nothing. and worst then losing myjob i lost my only true love in this world-my cat i had for 16 years and 9 months. I never had anyone love me as much as my cat nor have iloved anyone so much in return. My cat loved me, cared for me unconditionally. He would bust thru my bedroom door everytime I and a BF broke up and comfort me, hig me and lay in my bed everynight for the past 16 years. He always ate with me, watched me get ready in the mornings, and kissed me goodnight. He was there thru all my growing pains in life. He even made sure i graduated college. He would encourage me to read by sitting right next to my book and flip the pages with his paw. he motivated me, he gave me a reason to live. My mom treated me like crap and dont even care about me. Rex my cat was the only one that loved me truly. I blamed my BF and broke up with him because he was feeding my cat turkey meat to my cat behind my back. The last few weeks he was doingthis my cat lost his appetite and wouldnt eat his wellness cat can food. I didnt know why, but he would always follow me to the fridge and wanted to eat my food. I never fed my cat human food cuz i know certain foods canbe toxic, and the last thing i want to do is for my cat to become finciky and not eat his food especially when he had declining kidney function. he lost 75 percent kidney funstion 1 year ago and had hypethyroidism. his I131 was scheduled 2 weeks after he died and it was too late. I just belive it was my BF fault becasue i tild him many times never to give my cat human food, and he did it anyways. And thats when my cat all of suddent stopped eating and became anorexic but was allready 4/5 pounds and horribly skinny anyways. he couldnt afford to lose amymore weight. I finally gave into my cat seeing he wouldnt eat. I gave him wahtever he wanted. turkey meat, boiled chicken and rice, tuna. bu the eventaully crashed and didnt want to eat anyhting. the day before he died he ate a half a can of kiiten food preseribed by the doctor andthat was it. In the past he always ate his cat food vigorously, 2 or 3 cans of adult food a day. WHAT HAPPENED. WAS IT MY bF THAT MADE MY CAT DIE OR JUST A COINCIDENCE. IN MY HEART I DONT BELIVE IT WAS A COINCIDENCE. my BF has done so many abusive things to me I just cant help to belive it was his fault my cat lost his appetite and died propb due to liver failure from storing fat in the liver which a cat cannot do during starvation like humans or dogs can. Although i didnt have an autposy i believe that was the cause. What do you think?
    He may no have caused my cat to die intentionally but his disrespect for me and not listening to my instructions never to feed my cat human food caused him to become finicky and not want to eat his cat food. So basically his disrespect of me caused my cat to die.

    • ANSWER:
      Start looking for a new job and take time to grieve your best friends passing before you adopt a new kitty. Please, for your own sake, take time off from boyfriends and instead enjoy and appreciate the company of your female friends. I went through a period of many years of bad relationships and my oldest cat, Dallas, saw me through each and every one of them, consoling me, comforting me, reminding me how much he loved me and he helped me go cold turkey from men and learn who I am. I avoided relationships with men for 3 whole years and one day, while playing an MMORPG I met my soulmate and we have been together for 2 1/2 years now. He loves Dallas as much as I do and more importantly Dallas loves him too. We also have 2 other kitties now as well and they are our “children”. Give yourself some time to heal and grow as an individual and you will find happiness one day too.

  13. QUESTION:
    which is more effective for cancer treatment ?
    A person I love have stage 3 or maybe 4 colon cancer و she made a surgery for cancer in the ovarian and uterian , she has small nodes in the colon and by the way she also removed part of the colon in the surgery 2 .. any way the doc told Us that her sucess rate is 80 percent . The prb she has animia now and she is not eating well , also she had bad kidney prbs since her kidney functions wasn’t good before desicovering her cancer …

    My question Is
    1- how i can encourage her to eat , what food can boost her immunity and benefit her in cancer ?

    2-I heard chemo can kills , does alternative treatment is best ? if so why all people are just taking chemo ?
    i heard
    Protocel
    Cesium High pH Therapy
    can help in her case , is that really true ? is cesium more effective ? shall she stop the chemo & take this …

    can she takes this medecine along with chemo or not ?

    also last question is possible to keep prevent healthy cell from being damaged during chemo ? is there sometips or so ?

    • ANSWER:
      I understand your desperation; but you have to understand that in this context ‘alternative’ is just another word for ‘unproven’.

      If a treatment has been proven in proper clinical trials to be effective, then it is no longer ‘alternative medicine’ – it is just ‘medicine’.

      The ‘alternatives’ you mention have not been proven effective against any cancer, ever.

      Chemotherapy isn’t perfect, far from it. I believe that one day people will look back on it with horror in the same way we look back on blood letting.

      But for now it is the best we have; and we know, because it has been tested and proven in double-blind clinical trials, that it saves many lives and prolongs many, many more.

      You’ve heard chemo kills?

      Chemo isn’t always effective. But in those cases it is the cancer, not the treatment, that kills the patient – they have died in spite of treatment, not because of it. Distressed relatives sometimes look for something or someone to blame, and some conclude that it was the treatment that killed the person.

      With some types of chemotherapy, and in some cancers, there is a very slightly increased chance of developing a second type of cancer later.

      Generally this is more likely to happen when the original cancer was a lymphoma, but it can happen very occasionally with other types of cancer.

      Fortunately this very serious long-term effect is VERY RARE. But yes it happens, and yes very occasionally someone dies as a result.

      People with aggressive and advanced cancers who agree to chemotherapy do so in the full knowledge of these facts because they have a life-threatening disease and this is their best chance.

      The window of opportunity for effective chemotherapy is limited. Your loved one should consider whether she wants to lose that time experimenting with treatments that have not been clinically tested and proven.

      She and you should think very carefully before investing money, hope or (most precious of all for a cancer patient) time on ineffective and sometimes dangerous ‘alternatives’.

      Do a search on this site for information if she is tempted by any particular ‘alternative’: http://www.quackwatch.org/

      In particular check out the particular alternatives you mention:

      Cesium and Ph therapy: http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/DSH/coral.html

      Protocell: http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/cancer.html (scroll down to CanCell, one of the many names its producers have peddled it under in its infamous history).

      She should talk to her oncologist about any alternative treatment she intends to take alongside chemotherapy.

  14. QUESTION:
    I know my kidneys are scarred and damaged. Do I have chronic kindey disease?
    Hi I am 29 and I have had kidney damage for over 4 years. My left kidney is the one that’s scarred and damaged. I have kidney infection every 2-3 months if I take care of myself by drinking lots of water. My kidney function test showed that they are still functioning normally at this point. I also have liver disease and hypothyroid.. although my thyroid probably has nothing to do with it. I am getting tested to see if I have bladder reflux. I think thats what it’s called. I always have protein in my urine also.

    What I am wondering is: Is kidney damage the same thing as kidney disease?
    Because I need to know if I need to follow the kidney diease diet or not. My doctor says I don’t but I fell much worse if I eat processed foods or drink pop. I drink about 64oz of water each day and some cranberry juice every week. Any help would be appreciated!!
    Okay thanks for the response. I have permanent kidney dmage due to too many kidney infections. I’ve had this for 4 years. It’s irreversible as I said the left one is damaged I have had blood tests as well as been to radiology for some tests.
    As far as the liver goes I had lost 30% of the finction of my liver when it was diagnossed. I have permanent liver damage also. It’s from an overdose of tylenol (about 300) and about 200 other pills. Yes I was ill but because I was in a coma 4 days before being taken to the hospital my liver couldn’t be saved.

    So both are permanently damaged I know for a fact. What I want to know is: “Is kidney damage the same as kidney disease?”
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      There are two blood tests that check for kidney
      damage: creatinine and Bun (blood urea nitrogen)…If these are in normal range…then
      there is a could chance that the kidneys will
      heal. Protein in the urine is not good however.
      Protein checked by a urine test, doesn’t show up
      much unless the kidney has been damaged.

      You said you have liver disease but do not
      mention what caused it. The kidneys are
      second in line to fail after the liver fails. The
      reason for this is because the toxins that
      the liver no longer handles, the kidneys try
      to dispose of and it taxes the kidneys sometimes
      beyond what they are able to handle. This only
      occurs when the liver is damaged to the point
      that the cells have started to die and form
      scar tissue inside the liver…also known as
      cirrhosis. Hypothyroid trouble can also be
      connected to the liver problem.

      There is acute kidney disease and chronic
      kidney disease. Acute means that it may
      comes and then leave, chronic means that
      it is ongoing. Damage to the kidneys, to
      me, means that it is a disease. But, the
      problem with the kidneys may be only a
      result of another problem you already have
      had and that is the liver problem. Once the
      liver problem clears up…the kidneys may
      return to normal also. Infections can occur
      in many people with no damage to the kidneys
      because of using antibiotics to fight it off.

      Most people who are having problems with
      their kidneys are told to limit the amount of
      sodium, potassium, phosphorus in their diets.
      Sodas have alot of phosphorus and
      processed food contain alot of sodium.
      However, a certain amount must be maintained
      in the body since sodium and potassium are
      needed for the heart to beat in rhythm and
      for water retention. It is best to get the
      advice from your doctor about what you stated
      here. He has your blood work and can tell
      you what you should or should not do.
      He can tell you if there are any limits to the
      amount of Sodium, potassium, phosphorus or
      proteins you should be taken in or refer
      you to a nutritionist. He can also inform you
      how much fluid you should drink a day.
      Most people who have had kidney stones are
      told to drink alot…but too much fluid can also
      overwhelm the kidneys if they have liver problems also. In cirrhosis of the liver,
      sodium is retained in the body by this disease
      and fluids have to be adjusted accordingly, to
      keep things in balance.

      Sorry that I cannot be of more help…just
      giving you some things to think about and
      maybe discuss with your doctor.

  15. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with me?
    I’ve been visiting my doctor a lot lately but it hasn’t really helped at all. I have some kind of digestive problem on and off (bloating, sometimes constipation, get “stiches” very easily when running – no matter what time of day or when I last ate.), slight headache/pressue around top of head, sensitive to light, lack of energy, less concentration/unable to think clearly, slight memory loss, thirsty, dry lips, slight ringing in ears. I had a blood test recently which tested for stuff like kidney function, liver function, dibeates, etc. and they were all normal – except possibly a condition that causes me to sweat more than usual. I’ve tried getting more daily exercise which I think helped with digestion, but made everything else worse. My diet is not excellent, but I beleive it is fairly good. I eat apples and bananas every day. I had a similar (same?) problem before and the doctor back then thought I was low on potassium, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like a yeast or a heavy metal issue (which could be both). These tend to affect the adrenals and thyrrhoid and produce the kinds of symptoms you’re having, including blood-sugar regulation issues, which is why they probably tested for diabetes.. Worsening of symptoms with excercise is adrenal-related.

      You don’t say how old you are. If you have any metal (“silver” aka mercury) fillings in your mouth, check out the site below. It also has great info regardless.

  16. QUESTION:
    Moral Dilemma: To let him die?
    My grandfather is 85 years old, and has end-stage Alzheimer’s. He is being released from the hospital after an IV drip helped to restore his Kidney function, but they said there’s nothing more they can do but make him comfortable at home. They signed all of DNI, DNR, and living will papers, so no life-saving measures can be taken – which the whole family agrees to. However, he’s going to go right back into kidney failure when he gets home and once again refuses to eat and drink. They’ve literally been shoving food and liquids down his throat. He doesn’t want anything. Even before he got sick, he stated he never wanted to live this way. He is completely immobile, incontinent, forgets almost everyone, and cries all the time (even on anti-depressants). He is suffering so bad, and the only thing he has been saying is how bad he wants to die. He is terminally ill. I don’t think anyone should be forcing him to eat or drink anymore, but no one wants him to die at home, even though that’s what he wants. So they force him to (even though it hurts) then call 911 when it gets bad, they give him fluids for his kidneys, and then he’s released. It’s a vicious cycle. Finally the doctor said today to just leave him be at home, and they’ll send a nurse a few days a week to help. My question is: Since he’s terminally ill and has accepted death, should they just let him go?
    They have a nurse from a place like Hospice coming 2 days a week soon… hopefully she can help them understand this isn’t what he wants. They can’t have full Hospice services because medicare only covers 80% and his medical bills are already through the roof. The rest of the family is contrbuting as much as they can. I feel horrible for him. I’m a grad student and 4 hours from home…. I can’t be there to advocate right now. He’s made it perfectly clear his time is up and he just wants to die.

    • ANSWER:
      For God’s sake, yes! They are obviously just tormenting him and for what purpose? He has no life and no hope of getting better. The first thing Hospice will tell you is listen to HIM. If he does not want food or drink, it is his decision and let him alone. PLEASE call in Hospice. Another thing, he no longer knows if he is home or not. They have beds there and can keep him entirely pain free. We just went through this with my uncle and Hospice is made of real life angels. Stop this insanity and give this man some peace. There are things worse than death and what is he suffering through is a prime example.

  17. QUESTION:
    Any Ideas Appreciated Re My Cat Please?
    I have a 17 year old cat Sparky. Last Wednesday evening he stopped eating so on Thursday i took him to the vet. My vet thoroughly examined him all over, looked in his mouth, sounded his chest, palpated his abdomen and weighed him. He said his heart sounded fine, his tummy felt ok although it was tender and his weight was the same as it was 9 months previous. Due to the fact he is 17 he decided to run bloods on him to. He said he thought it was a gastric problem and gave him a long acting steroid to boost his appetite and a vitamin injection. His bloods came back on Friday and they were all absolutely fine in fact the vet said he was amazed by them especially his kidney function which needs to be under 10.6 and his was 3.7 which for his age is excellent. But he still wasnt eating. So as he was by now dehydrated he had him on a drip, gave him an anti sickness and anitbiotic jab and prescribed him an antacid. Its now Saturday night and he still isnt eating. I am so worried about him. The odd thing is he isnt “ill” as such he isnt acting like an ill cat does all bunched up and miserable. He is purring, padding his paws and rubbing round me for fuss. tonight at bedtime i said as i normally do come on bed and his routine is he goes to his food bowl and then to bed and this he did but he looked at the food and licked his lips and walked off. He has been doing his during today so is obviously hungry but for some reason wont eat. I have tried tempting him with all his favourite foods, tuna, chicken, sheba cat food the lot and still he wont eat.
    Monday he is straight back to the vet but can anyone shed any light as to what may be going on here please? What is preventing him from eating? I have plugged in a feliway diffuser by his bed tonight as a last resort in case that can help.
    THanks for the answers, he had his teeth removed a few years back so its definately not his teeth. I will try the baby food tommorrow as i can try and spoon it in to him at least its something until the vet. He isnt actually ill though he is bright his eyes are bright he just wont eat
    I will try the tuna and rice blended with water, i have to get some food in to him so thats a great idea we can syringe some in if he wont take it

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    Losing protein through urine. What does this mean and what should I do?
    Hey there. So, a few days ago I went to the doctor to have my urine checked for signs of a bladder infection I was pretty convinced I had, based on research I had done online. Suffice to say, then, I was surprised when my doctor called me this afternoon to tell me, simply, that my urine shows that I’m losing more protein than a person of my age should be. The doctor connected this to the fact I had previously mentioned to her that I have low appetite, but implied something could be wrong with my kidneys.

    That said, she’s referring to me at least three different specialists, including one kidney specialist, (a “nephrologist”) but I’m not suppose to hear from them until Monday at the earliest. In the meantime, I’m “dying” to know what’s going on! Does anybody have any idea what this could mean? And if you do, what should I do? The doctor’s advice to me was very vague: she asked me simply to drink water and to eat balanced diets. But I’m rather disturbed by this development, and if there were anything else I could do/know, I would appreciate it immensely.

    For the record, I’m a 5′, 90 lb 23 year old woman. My mother is very petite, and my father is very slim, so while I admit I could do to eat more, I personally don’t think I’m more than 10 lbs underweight. But maybe that’s a lot. I don’t know. It’s always been hard to be objective about these things.

    As a final note, I’m aware this may or may not be diabetes related, but I know diabetes is related to problems with kidney function, and seeing as I have a few aunts with diabetes, I thought I’d start out here. If anyone has any questions they think would help identify whatever it is that is going on with me, by all means ask. Thanks again; I look forward to hearing from you.

    • ANSWER:
      Detection of a protein like albumin in urine mainly indicates kidney problem. Small amounts should be a precaution but not to be alarmed. This condition is known as ‘proteinuria’ or ‘albuminuria’ or ‘urine albumin’. Do you have high blood pressure? Losing large amounts of protein through urine can lead to several health complications diabetes being one of them but you can only affirm this by getting a blood glucose test by your doctor.

      The normal values of protein for a random urine sample: approximately 0 to 8 mg/dL.
      The normal value of protein for a 24-hour urine collection: Less than 150 mg per 24 hours.

      Normally, a routine dipstick test does not show any protein in urine. We all know that our kidneys work as filtration plants. Protein molecules are relatively larger and they cannot pass through filters of the kidneys. Thus kidneys keep protein in blood as it is necessary for the body. Protein in urine with normal or low blood protein levels indicates dysfunction of kidneys. Sometimes, in case of very high blood protein levels, protein may be present in the urine despite normal functioning of the kidneys. So along with protein urine, protein in blood is also measured.

      High protein levels in urine mainly indicate kidney infection or kidney disease which affects glomeruli function.

      Proteinuria does not exhibit any symptoms. Routine urine and blood tests help detect this condition. One should keep in mind that dehydration, excessive emotional stress, intake of certain drugs, strenuous exercise, urinary tract infection or contaminated urine (with vaginal secretions) can affect the urine test results.

      The doctor will determine the course of treatment after knowing the exact cause of protein in urine. If you have hypertension or diabetes, you should take proper precautions to maintain normal blood sugar levels and normal blood pressure levels. Balanced diet and regular exercise play an important role in stabilizing blood sugar and blood pressure levels. To fight kidney or urinary tract infection, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics. You should follow the instructions of the doctor religiously. Prompt medication, fruitful change in the lifestyle (stress-free lifestyle, exercise, engaging yourself in your favorite activities, avoiding alcohol, drugs, smoking, excessive caffeine, etc.) can help improve kidney function. Restricting dietary salt and protein helps lower protein levels in urine.

      Excessive loss of protein through urine indicates kidney disease and if not controlled promptly, may lead to serious complications.

      Hope this helps.

  19. QUESTION:
    I feel like a hyperchondriac – one symptom after another !?
    Hi I dont normally talk much about my problems but I feel as though I am going mad – I’ve had an exhaustive list of ailments for a long time – I’ll start from the beginning and maybe someone may say – hey I know what is your problem:

    From the age of 16 have suffered from hypoglycaemia (low) was always told this is healthy – (mother is type 1 sister type 2 brother type 1) – I seem to be the other way – Now my blood sugar levels seem to be rising – had my dinner tonight (no different nothing fancy) and it was 9.1
    Diagnosed with kidney cyst (size 4cm minimally complex) 6 months ago due to symptoms of: thirst, flank pain, skin rashes, itching
    Now for last 3 weeks – have pitted swelling in both legs every day – never goes
    I walk 3-4 times a week (power walk) up hills etc always have found it a bit difficult but now I’m in severe leg pain as though they cramp up and ache so badly it takes my breath away – just below my calf muscles at the back – why?
    I’ve had blood test 2 weeks ago and was told anemic so eat more iron rich foods – been doing that now for 2 weeks
    I work all day in front of a computer and have done for last 7 years – never had a problem sitting there but now I have tingling sensation in both legs and pins and needles so I have to get up more ofter and walk around.
    I can be sitting watching tv and for no reason have a stabbing or stinging sensation in my arm, leg, side as though I am being stabbed
    Today in work I accidentally fell out of my chair when leaning over (done it a million times before) – i feel more and more clumsy as though my balance is all to pot – my daughter has commented when we walk how I am bumping into her – yes I have hearing problems so that may be where my balance comes into it but they have been there since birth.
    With regard to water – I drink a lot during the day to stay hydrated cos If I miss a drink I get severe headaches and my kidney hurts so I drink at least 4 pints of diluted juice and about 5-6 cups of tea or coffee

    Everytime I go to the docs they tell me – yes your cyst is still there your kidney function (creatinine clearance) is still low – was 66 now 71 should be about 100 I think – yes your legs are swollen but your heart sounds fine your anemic yes – but go home – its as though I am making a fuss. I understand that I should be more assertive and say – Look I know there is something wrong please help me – Sorry to go on – is there anyone who can understand what could be wrong with me – also I cannot shift any weight – it just seems to be going up
    I am 40 and ever since this age have found my cyst and things have gone down hill – I know I know things are harder as you get older – thanks for the advice I will print this off and take it – thanks
    one other thing – I used to visit a chiropractor because of severe trapped nerves in neck quite a few years ago and they did a (hammer test – you know where they test your reflexes) and I was told to keep an eye on my left side something about it not being as good or something like that – I have never mentioned that to my doctors because I didnt think it was important – maybe it is ?
    when i fell over today – i only felt like i grazed my leg but it hurt bad and now it has a large bruise on it – I mean for goodness sake I only slipped off my chair onto carpet – and now have a large bruise on top side of thigh ????
    I still have the swelling from a fall downstairs over 7 years ago which developed into a haematoma – its the size of a golf ball on the side of my butt cheek !!!

    • ANSWER:
      You sound anxious and stressed.
      The falling over could be because of this, an inner ear problem, anaemia amiong other things
      As people get older, sacs filled with fluid can form in the kidneys. These sacs are called “cysts.” They are usually small oval or round thin-walled sacs with watery fluid in them.
      Kidney cysts are almost always benign (not cancer). Usually, the cysts don’t cause any problems. In fact, people can go through life without even knowing that they have them.
      You don’t say where the chiropractor did the hammer test, he should have explained to you fully the implications. a weak response can indicate damaged nerves.
      A reflex examination is usually conducted by a physician. Neurologists (doctors with specialized training in neurology) often perform reflex tests. Physician assistants, physical therapists, and nurses may also test reflexes as they examine or evaluate individuals.
      Bruising is not abnormal. In some cases, you may bruise easily for no apparent reason from time to time. The colors of a bruise can sometimes look frightening, but they depend on the severity of the injury. If you experience any bruising that seems unusual, consult a doctor. Bruising can sometimes be a symptom of other illness, such as an irregularity in the liver or the blood clotting mechanism.
      The main worry with a haematoma is that infection might
      occur, as your haematoma developed so long ago and there was no sign of infection your doctor must not consider this a problem.
      Anaemia’
      The first symptoms will be tiredness and palpitations (awareness of heartbeat).
      Shortness of breath and dizziness (fainting) are also common. If the anaemia is severe, you may experience angina (chest pain), headache or leg pains (intermittent claudication).
      Swelling in the legs.

      As your doctor doesn’t think your anaemia is severe enough to require treatment I would follow the advice re an iron rich diet.
      In short, stress, tension and anaemia could account for many of your symptoms. sitting a lot doesn’t help circulation in the legs either.
      Write all your worries down so that you forget nothing, take someone with you to the doctor’s surgery in case you miss any explanation and talk it over with him/her

  20. QUESTION:
    could i have a thyroid problem?
    I’m 40 year old female with symptoms of tiredness, cramps extreme exhaustion (no its not the hot weather as I feel cold most of the time).
    2 years ago i was diagnosed with over active thyroid and was put on carbimazole for 12 months – there was no follow up and I have since moved counties and have a new doctor – i dont think the new doctor has my old notes so they wouldnt know to test me. Is it possible that I’m now under active. I have vitiligo since 16 – have also tested positive for an ANA test (lupus test done – negative) – I have low blood sugar problems. Both my mum and sister are under active.

    I walk 3-4 times a week (power walk) up hills etc always have found it difficult but now I’m in severe leg pain as though they cramp up and ache so badly it takes my breath away – just below my calf muscles at the back – why?
    I’ve had blood test 2 weeks ago and was told anemic so eat more iron rich foods – been doing that now for 2 weeks

    I drink a lot during the day to stay hydrated cos If I miss a drink I get severe headaches and my kidney hurts so I drink at least 4 pints of diluted juice and about 5-6 cups of tea or coffee

    Everytime I go to the docs they tell me – yes your cyst is still there your kidney function (creatinine clearance) is still low – was 66 now 71 should be about 100 I think – yes your legs are swollen but your heart sounds fine your anemic yes – but go home – its as though I am making a fuss. I understand that I should be more assertive and say – Look I know there is something wrong please help me – Sorry to go on – is there anyone who can understand what could be wrong with me – also I cannot shift any weight – it just seems to be going up

    I have since been back to my doctors with all my symptoms (I was assertive) and because I am so breathless when I talk – I was told that all the tests have been done – and – they are concerned about my breathing – the doc thinks I am hyperventilating – she is referring me to a physio – I cannot believe they havent thought about testing my thyroid – I came out of the doctors and broke down crying – I have lost all faith in GP’s now and I am seriously considering going private.!!!!!
    well I’[m not sure why someone would just reply with – go private then …….. – is this meant to help me
    thank you both for your helpful replies – I do believe that everyone shouldn’t ever feel like they are wasting doctors time as I feel like that everytime I visit mine – maybe its me maybe I research my symptoms and explain what it could be – i know it sounds like I am trying to do the doctors job for them but I’m not I know how important their time is so I stay as little as necessary – i just think I am helping by saying what could be the problem – i’m not though am i

    • ANSWER:
      You have such a multitude of symptoms that it is difficult to identify the possible cause of all of them. The possibilities that initially come to mind are: Diabetes, thyroid function, possibly early menopause/hormone imbalance. It is also highly likely that you are worsening your symptoms by drinking so much coffee and tea. Caffeine will act as a diuretic and contribute to dehydration. You roughly need twice the amount of water to coffee in order to balance your hydration levels. I also suggest that you switch to water rather then juice (even if you dilute you juice).

      You need to take charge of your health and insist on getting the help that you need and perhaps look elsewhere if necessary. We are our own health care managers and we absolutely have the right to fire and find a new doc if we don’t feel that they are meeting our needs. Nothing is more important then your health.

  21. QUESTION:
    Is there anything I can do to help prevent CRF in senior kitties?
    I have two spayed female cats in their late teens who are healthy now, but I like to be proactive. I saw a friend’s cat die of CHF and it wasn’t pretty. They eat Wysong Uretic kibble (without it Tigger will invariably get a UTI) as well as some raw organic grain-free frozen pre-made food called Paw Naturaw, premium grain free organic canned cat food, and some homecooked wild fish and other raw or cooked organic grass-fed meats (i do a homemade organic grainfree mostly raw diet for my dog and give them anything out of what she’s eating that they want) they also get extra taurine and lcarnitine for their hearts, as well as a gut health mix of prebiotics, probiotics and enzymes (to prevent their touchy tummies acting up) as well as salmon oil with coq10 and 1 ml organic apple cider vinegar for arthritis. tigger also gets turmeric for her joints. One week a month they get milk thistle to keep their livers clean and they get dried organic parsley blended into their raw/canned mix to assist kidney function. I also give them bottled water only, and in a mug to encourage drinking, since they seem to like it better than a bowl. I also blend water into their raw/canned mixture until it’s a soupy consistancy. What else can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      This is something that you need to ask the vet about, because they are qualified animal doctors and know what they are doing.
      That is the best advice I and anyone else can give.
      Hope your cats are okay.

  22. QUESTION:
    real medical issue..please advise?
    I am a 26 year old male..i live in asia and have been from doctor to doctor who all say that i am fine but my syptoms seem to say otherwise..Im just not sure if they are connecting the dots like they should maybe because i am young..I have had blood tests,thyroid blood count chest x-ray,ekg and mri (head)…I also did a urine test that showed i had a couple blood cells in it,a low amount of billirubin) and somthing else..my urine is dark all the time i feel very foggy all the time,a dull pain in my chest on the left side that gets worse with pressure or movement…I am constantly gassy..the whites of my eyes appear to be turning yellow.i see floaters all the time…I have lost maybe 20 lbs in 8 months (maybe from the move to asia not sure).in america i was somewhere between 190 and 185 and now i am full at 165..6ft tall.they said they did a liver and kidney function test and that was ok…i am convinced i have cancer somewhere or something..i know that I sound crazy but i am really nervous…all i drink is water..i do smoke.i eat ok….I stress about this so much that i started having panic attacks which seem to occur after i eat and have a cig……I know i should stop the smoke and i am trying..a pack last me about 4 days..please help with what you think..(aside from telling me i am crazy..Thanks for your time

    • ANSWER:
      Your problem could be a liver problem or a
      biliary one. Let me explain. There are a number
      of things that can cause this problem:
      alcohol consumption, medication toxifications,
      chemical exposure, hereditary condition,
      biliary obstruction or malformation,
      viral infection such as Hepatitis A,B,C, etc
      mushroom poisoning, fatty liver disease,
      auto immune disease.

      The first signs of a liver problem is being very
      tired. The liver is an organ that doesn’t show much of signs or symptoms until the cells become stressed so much that they cannot perform the functions they once did.
      The first sign is the yellowing of the whites of the eyes and skin and also maybe the mucous membrances. This yellowing is caused by the substance you mentioned…bilirubin.
      What happens is that the liver doesn’t convert
      the bilirubin, when there is damage to the liver
      cells, efficiently to a soluble form to flow with
      the bile out of the liver…it tend to go into the
      blood or stay in the blood instead. Since
      it doesn’t flow with the bile from the liver
      to the intestines…the stools may appear lighter
      in color, almost a grayish white and may float
      on top of the water and appear greasy. The
      skin and eyes show yellow because the bilirubin
      is now in higher concentration in your blood.
      The kidneys filter the blood, so the urine
      will appear darker from this also. Bilirubin is
      a greenish/brown/yellow substance and there
      is a normal amount in our blood at all times,
      it is only when there is an increase and being
      a pigment…it shows up like this.

      No one blood test is 100% accurate. The doctors usually do a series of these tests
      to be sure of the accuracy. They do a
      blood test known as liver enzymes to see
      if there is damage to the liver/biliary area and
      they do liver function tests to see how the cells of the liver are functioning. They also do
      testing to see if you have develops a virus
      that is causing the problem.

      You should be with a doctor that specializes
      in the liver and digestive system now, known
      as a gastroenterologist.

      The doctor will examine you and feel your
      upper right abdominal area just under your
      rib cage.. He may be able to tell if there
      is an enlargement of the liver. He can then
      do an ultrasound to see the condition the
      liver is in. Enlargement of the liver signifies
      inflammation. The ultrasound can also
      check out the biliary area and see if you
      have trouble with your gallbladders or stones
      or infection developing there. When the
      liver enlarges, then the spleen that is located
      on the other side of the body just opposite
      the liver in range…can also swell up.

      I definitely would ask to be referred to
      either a gastroenterologist or a hepatologist.
      It could also be a blood problem and you
      might need a hemotologist…but from what
      you stated here…it sounds more like the
      liver/biliary/gallbladder area.

      I hope this info has helped you.
      Here is a site to compare what you have
      to the symptoms on this site and you might
      be able to decide if you have any other signs
      that the problem is the liver:

      http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/cirrhosis/

  23. QUESTION:
    My cat and I have been diagnosed with chronic renal failure; is cleansing & detox the best thing to do?
    Hi, my cat and I have chronic renal failure. I have 60% kidney function (creatinine 0.8) and he has 25% kidney function (creatinine 4.0). From what I’ve read about the kidneys is that they filter out toxins and when they’re no longer working well it’s the toxins that will make us ill and possibly die. So would detoxing with things like wheatgrass juice, herbs, distilled water, exercising keep us from getting seriously ill? (I know that cats have different systems and may not be able to use the same methods). Any special vitamins he or I should take, and is eating low-phosphorous really that important? My kidney doctor claims not but my vet insists on it for my cat. Any advice would help. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    My cat has hyperthyroid w/ dosing changes and decreased appetite. We need steady dosing & food help?
    Tara a female Calico has been taking Methimazole 0.20ml/2x daily. She will have labs and her med. will be increased or decrease based on her thyroid level. Her kidney functions are also affected w/ increased drinking and urination. She has now lost her appetite and her med. has been decreased. Do you have any suggestions on dosage and what she may like to eat that she just can’t pass up because it smells and tastes so good. She is sleeping on the patio rather than her bed inside the house, I’m assuming she is hypothyroid at this time, w/ low energy and possibly the airconditioning is causing her to be cold? She’s loosing alot of weight. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      My 15 yr old Kinsey cat was found to be slightly hyperthyroid about four months ago. He has been on a once daily 1/2 pill of the medication. He’s due for another check in about 10 days. I think he has picked up some weight, still drinks water (my other cats never do), and still has quite an appetite.

      I am on the Yahoo group felinehyperT. There is another one: hyperToptions which has a smaller membership. I suggest you join one or the other of those groups where you can discuss any issues your cat has with her problem.

      You go to: http://yahoogroups.com and put in a search for feline hyperthyroidism. You must submit a membership request and will be on a group within 24 hours.

  25. QUESTION:
    Do you agree that God made fruit to look like it does for a reason?
    Consider:
    Kidney bean that looks like a kidney. It can heal and maintain kidney function as part of your diet

    Walnuts look like a brain with a left/right hemisphere, folds and looks like cerebellum. Eating walnuts help the brain develop more than 3 dozen neuron transmitters for brain function.

    Carrots, when sliced, look like the human eye. Eating carrots is good for the eyes.
    I could go on but will stop here. Any comments on this scientific fact of what these foods do for the human body? And to think God provided for our daily nutritional needs.
    Wow. You guys are brutal.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. OUR PERFECT GOD IS Meticulous taking or showing extreme care about minute details; precise; thorough Extremely careful and precise.
      Extremely or excessively concerned with details. Synonyms: 1. exact, strict, scrupulous
      Painstaking—–adjective 1. taking or characterized by taking pains or trouble; expending or showing diligent care and effort; careful
      –noun 2. careful and diligent effort. Synonyms:
      1. thorough, scrupulous. Painstaking, careful, meticulous, conscientious all describe persons or behavior demonstrating attention to detail and effective task performance. painstaking stresses diligent and assiduous attention to detail in achieving a desired objective

  26. QUESTION:
    For the past week my urine has been brown and my bowels are black . my stomache, liver and kidneys are hurting?
    i can’t drink or eat anything without the pain worsening. on a scale from 1 to 10 the pain is between a 9 and 10. i went to the emergency room and they told me my liver enzyme levels are way too high and some other level is out of whack. my liver isn’t functioning right but they sent me home with some pain medicine instead of hospitalizing me. what do you think is wrong with me? please help!

    • ANSWER:
      You should get in touch with your primary
      care physician right away. That is if your
      insurance required a referal. If not, you
      should find a gastroenterologist
      (deals with the entire digestive system or hepatologist (specializes in the liver)
      and call them immediately. I definitely would
      tell them what is happening with you if they
      decide to be your doctor…they may want
      to do more testing immediately and treat you.
      You definitely need care.

      Since we don’t know your past medical history,
      we don’t have the results of your testing…
      we cannot be sure what may be wrong.
      High liver enzymes don’t always mean a
      liver problem…some of these enzymes are
      not specific just to the liver but other organs also.
      It depends on which one they are and how high
      they are elevated.

      Look in the mirror and see if the whites of your
      eyes or skin is yellow in color. You can see
      this best in outdoor lighting as indoor lighting
      can mask it. If it is and your urine in brown…
      it could signify a problem with either the liver
      or the bile ducts coming out of the liver is
      obstructed maybe with a gallstone. However,
      this doesn’t explain the black stools. If the
      bile ducts were blocked, the stools should
      be a whitish gray color unless they have blood
      in them or someone has taken iron tablets or ate
      something that would cause it to be this color.

      There is a condition that happens when
      the patient is diagnosed with cirrhosis
      of the liver, known as portal hypertension…
      this can cause black tarry stools. It is
      because the blood can no longer flow
      through the liver well and backs up in
      the Portal vein of the liver and this
      increases pressure inside the vein…
      thus Portal hypertension. The blood then
      is forced into other smaller veins not
      used to handling this amount of blood and
      they can break open and bleed. However,
      this is a late symptoms of someone having
      this disease…not an early on symptom.

      This is just a guess. Not a diagnosis.

      Wish I could be of more help. Hope you find out soon what it is and can be treated for it.

  27. QUESTION:
    Dog experts- I need your help. Please!?
    My Standard Poodle was diagnosed with addisons disease when she was 1 yr old. She is now close to 6 years in age and are having additional problems with her, and I am a bit concerned because my vet is not sure what is wrong with her. If ANYONE is familiar with this please help! She has had blood in her urine and I was told that she is having kidney faliure but he is sending me to a different Dr. because he can’t give an exact diagnosis. She has no bloating, eats and plays normally but blood work is showing a “rapid” decrease in kidney function. They have tested her for bladder infection, did ultra sounds to see if there was tumors which there wasn’t, it isn’t kidney stones. Has anyone experienced this and found it to be something else? I really need someones help, she is truly one of a kind and my best friend. Thx in advance
    If you could all read I am not asking any of you yahoo’ers to diagnose, just wondering if anyone has ever had a like problem with a different result. With all love I have for her I will still be going to the Doc in Madison, just wondering if I should mention any other problem it may be.

    • ANSWER:
      I know how hard this is for you and you’re scrambling for help but the best thing you can do is follow your vet’s advice and to to the other vet he’s sending you to. I’ve also got a dog who’s kidneys are failing and I can tell you that she’s doing really well by staying on the diet my vet recommended (she’s on home-made, high protein diet), as well as Chinese herbs.

      My vet told me that those dogs who respond to the Chinese herbs, and my greyhound is, do really well on them for a very long time – years. Perhaps ask your vet about them for your poodle. There’s 2 – Liu Wei Di Huang Wan, Rehmannia Six or Eight Combination. Your vet needs to determine which one your dog starts out on and how much per day to give.

  28. QUESTION:
    believers- isn’t this awesome!?
    -A friend sent this to me. It’s been said that God first separated the salt water from the fresh, made dry land, planted a garden, made animals and fish… all before making a human. He made and provided what we’d need before we were born. These are best & more powerful when eaten raw. We’re such slow learners…

    God left us a great clue as to what foods help what part of our body!

    God’s Pharmacy! Amazing!
    A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye… and YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.
    A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.
    Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.
    A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.
    Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.
    Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don’t have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.
    Avocadoes, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female – they look just like these organs. Today’s research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (mo dern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).
    Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.
    Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actual ly bal ance the glycemic index of diabetics.
    Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries
    Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just l ike the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.
    Onions look like the body’s cells. Today’s research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes. A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.
    i said BELIEVERS- i don’t care what unbelievers think and i wouldn’t answer a question that said hateful unbelievers only so give me the same respect

    • ANSWER:
      very cool….

  29. QUESTION:
    What do you think of this comparison of The Amazing Natural Pharmacy?
    Amazing Natural Pharmacy!

    Unfortunately I can not post photos to go along with the descriptions here

    A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye… And science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

    A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.

    Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

    A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.

    Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.

    Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don’t have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

    Avocados, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female – they look just like these organs. Today’s research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods. Modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them.

    Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.

    Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

    Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

    Onions look like the body’s cells. Today’s research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes. A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.
    @Reader4Life
    With that giant brain of yours that could only be compared to the cerebral functions of an unsephiliaed Anglus Gangula, I bet you voted for Obama.

    Have a bad day
    .

    • ANSWER:
      nature is magical, these are some cool imaginative ways to correlate the benefits they give

  30. QUESTION:
    Someone please help!?
    Okay, well the pain started about a year ago. Started out feeling like menstrual cramps, kinda dull and achy and sometimes stabbing. I had a diagnostic laparoscopy in February to rule out endometriosis and any other female issues. Also, have had normal PAPs.
    About 2-3 months ago, however, the pain began to make me feel nauseous, have pretty much constant diarrhea no matter what I ate, and decreased my appetite significantly. I began losing weight quite rapidly.
    The last three weeks, I have had NO appetite. I can hardly swallow anything and sometimes can’t even drink water. I went to the emergency room about two weeks ago and they ran the normal couple of tests-white blood cell count, kidney function, liver function etc. All of which came back normal. I also left a stool sample-everything they tested on that came back normal as well. They said the most likely cause was IBS and sent me on my way.
    I visited my regular doctor two days later and he checked my thyroid, sed rate, and white blood cells (again) Once again all normal. He agreed with the IBS diagnosis and referred me to see a gastroentrenologist and prescribed Levbid to slow the bowels. This helped my appetite slightly for a day before I began having horrible side effects from it. I was extremely dizzy and had severe blurred vision. He recommended that I stop taking it immediately and ordered at CT scan, which I had today. I should get the results tomorrow. And my appt. with the gastro. is not until Oct. 13.
    I really just wonder if anyone has had similar experiences. I am in extreme pain most of the time and the cramping tends to radiate down my legs and around to my back. I have had to miss a TON of work due to this and unfortunately can’t afford to keep missing work. I have lost a total of 20 pounds since July and I am very, very weak, completely exhausted and just all around feel beat down.
    Any thoughts or suggestions are highly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    Grandmother started hallucinating overnight, not better after week on antibiotics?
    my grandmother is 89 I know she has lived a long life, I also know she is in bad health, 6 months ago she had a heartattack, they lost her on the table, brought her back on a respirator, winged her off and sent her to nursing home she has been doing very well except for the uti infections which wreak havoc on her mental status, 9 days ago she was doing fine, her mind was clear as a bell, less than 24 hours later she was in the hospital hallucinating and very confused, I told the er doc I thought she had a uti again he disagreed but said he would run the test in which he says came back negative, so back to the nursing home, nursing so concerned over her mental status they ran another test and said she in fact had a uti, she has been on antibiotics for 6 days now but her mental status has gotten worse daily, she is having complete conversations with people who are not there she also has had some type of rash on her legs ( looks kinda like measles) for nearly 2 months, she has clawed her arms due to itching, stopped eating and drinking and now a second rash has popped up (blaming it on antibiotics). Sorry for such long story, guess my question is since mentally she is getting worse on the antibiotics what could it be? Sepsis? kidney failure? The nurses say her test showed her kidney function was a little off but not to bad so another test is being run in the morning. I am grasping at straws here, I hate seeing her like this it would just kill her if she new how she was acting. Any suggestions out there, any test I can request. I know at her age there is not much they can do I just want to know what we are up against. any help is much appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      It’s lupus.

  32. QUESTION:
    dogs leg trembles?
    OKAY LONG STORY SHORT MY DOG HAD TO HAVE IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY SURGERY FOR PYROMETRA WHICH THE VET TOLD ME SHE MAY HAVE WHEN I FIRST TOOK HER TO HIM WHEN SHE GOT SO SICK BUT DIDNT TEST FOR INFECTION TILL THREE WEEKS LATER WHICH WAS THIS PAST WEEKEND HE DID A FULL BLOOD PANEL ON FRIDAY AND CALLED ME SAT MORNING TELLING ME SHE NEEDED THE SURGERY ASAP SO I RUSHED HER TO AN ANIMAL HOSP AND HAD THE SURGERY DONE…VET TOLD ME SHE ALSO TOOK A LOOK AROUND IN HER STOMACH AND EVERYTHING ELSE LOOKED GREAT…SHE IS HOME SHE SEEMS TO BE DOING GOOD FOR THE MOST PART BUT HER BACK LEGS SHAKE ALL THE TIME AND ITS REALLY COOL IN MY HOUSE BUT SHE PANTS ALL THE TIME…THE FIRST VET DID RULE OUT DIABETIES AND HER KIDNEY FUNCTION IS GOOD AND SHE HAS GOOD BOWL MOVEMENTS BUT SHE SEEMS RESTLESS SINCE LASTNIGHT AND TODAY AND SHE IS NOT REALLY EATING MUCH AT ALL WHAT IS GOING ON CAN ANYONE HELP ME PLEASE

    • ANSWER:
      Contact the vet and ask him what it could be. I hope she gets better soon

  33. QUESTION:
    my dog has been diagnosed with renal failure?
    my 15 month old american bulldog that i rescued when she 12 weeks old has just been diagnosed with chronic renal failure. two night ago she came in from the garden went to her bed and within an hour was trembling breathing strangely and couldnt get up, rushed her to vet hospital and later that evening he confirmed renal failure. she has 10 % kidney function left the vet says. he has let her come home and has told me she has to have about 6 to 7 pints of water per day and i cannot get her to have this i am so worried i dont know what to do i am feeding her the fooda the vet said to but every time she eats she vomits. the vet says she has prob had this since birth and its slowly caught up with her and the thing that bothers me is that she has suffered all these months and i havent realised. the only thing i will say is that over the last 2 weeks i noticed she seemed depressed so i did start to change her lifestyle like different walks, different times and different foods. she lives with me my husband three children age 8 14 and 15 and two other dogs a doberman 5 yrs and a cavalier king charles 4 yrs i have had her home one day now and i am so confused i dont know what to do the vet says she has weeks if we get her to drink 6 to 7 pints a day but now i am not managing to do this i am scared everyday something is going to happen, i am worried she is in pain and not showing it please help anyone with any advice please can you tell me what to do what to expect etc etc thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You most likely need a new vet.

      Your vet should have shown you how to give your dog subcutaneous fluids-with a needle under the skin. That is how you get the extra water into the dog, you do not make them drink it.

      She will continue to vomit as long as you are not giving her daily fluids.

      It is very easy to do the fluids, the pets do not mind.

      Find a new vet who can actually show you how to give your dog more quality time.

      If you are not willing to do the subcutaneous fluids then it is time to have the dog PTS since it is vomiting every day.

      I have had several dogs and cats I have done this with. Most recently my cat was on Sub=q fluids for three years for her kidney failure and it bought her quality time.

  34. QUESTION:
    Did I do the right thing for my cat?
    My boyfriend and I rescued our 2 year old kitty, Winston from the humane society just about 2 years ago in September 2008. We went in to look at another kitty, and when we met Winston he immediately started talking to us, and came and sat down on my lap and started purring–he chose us. He was the greatest little kitty always happy, never hissed or growled…he thanked us every day for bringing him into our family and home.
    About three weeks ago I noticed him licking his penis area a lot more… but he was still acting the same…I googled this, and didn’t find much, just that he must be frisky…but he is neutered and hasn’t really done that much lately… by the time i thought to take him to the vets to see what was going on, we were watching him closely the following week and he wasn’t peeing anywhere differently, wasn’t straining or having trouble peeing, and was no longer licking himself- as he was the week previous… ok, no need to take him to the vet, he wasn’t doing it anymore…

    This week we went home to our parents and took our two kitties with us. My mom said Winston wasn’t licking or anything, he was peeing as far as she noticed… by Thursday I noticed he was back to licking himself, and was now growling… this is not normal for him, as I said that he has never growled…he accidentally peed on my bed at home, and i noticed there were a lot of white crystal-y things that looked like salt… I followed him to the litter box because he was still growling and licking, I stayed up with him for 5 hours till 6am, and i noticed that he was having trouble peeing in the litterbox, he only peed small amounts…
    I decided to take him into the vets early in the morning, they did a urinalysis, gave him antibiotics, gave him amitriptyline for bladder spasms, and got him the Royal Canin Urinary SO diet. She told me at this point he could really go either way…for the better, or for worse…
    We locked him in the bathroom by himself so we could monitor the litterbox, making sure it was fresh and clean, making sure that he was eating his wet Urinary SO cat food, the vet showed us how to help him express his bladder, and we did and it was helping him pee… he was still licking and growling, but sure he is to be irritated with struvite crystals in his bladder coming out his little urethra.. I stayed with him the Friday all day, and the Saturday he was looking better, came into our room in the morning for our morning cuddles, he was purring and peed in the bed… i figured he was just relaxed and peed! It went downhill form there, he wasn’t peeing, having his penis come out, and him growling.. i think it was really hurting him as he was trying to pass a crystal or possibly a stone..
    I told my boyfriend if he didn’t pee by the morning we would take him into the vets… i woke up, went in to see how he was.. he didn’t pee, and by this time his bladder was pretty full looking.. i took him into the litterbox to see if he would pee…he got out, started growling, then puked up all his food from the day before… we paid the extra money to go to the emergency vets as it was now Sunday and the vet told us he was blocked… which i already knew at that point… she quoted us 00 for the overnight stay and without all the special stuff it was still going to be 00, that was just for his pain medications, bladder irrigation with a catheter… this is excluding him being in recovery for a week to monitor his kidney function and that he was peeing well… it was heartbreaking because we did not have the extra money to be able to pay for this… we are already in a little debt because of our careers and schooling… this was the most heartbreaking thing i had to ever do… I wasn’t too impressed with the vet at the emergency place, she was pushy and wouldn’t let me take my time with deciding what we were going to do… this was a big decision..
    I called my mom, and we decided to get him a shot for his pain @ the emergency place and take him where we took him in the country (instead of the city where we were @ the emergency vets that wanted 0 to euthanize him..) we took him there and it was only 0… the vet there let us take our time, no big rush.. when we were ready… i know that he wasn’t in pain when it happend…but i am still second guessing myself as to why there arent’ places to help people with their pets… why i didn’t get insurance.. then i could’ve helped him… why i didn’t notice earlier and take him to the vets.. btu he was acting normal.. i knew nothing different… i just… its not fair and i keep thinking of ways i could’ve helped him before we got to this point…

    Can someone answer these questions..why do you need to put an animal under anesthetic to insert a catheter when in a human being they do not need to be catheterized… I was hoping the vet could lightly sedate him and insert it… why do they want
    It cut off my questions… anyway..i understnad that it sucks and there was nothign i could’ve done since i didn’t see the signs ahead of time… he was just my favourite kitty, we got lucky to have him, and have him be as awesome as he was!! i just wish i knew about this problem before hand.. and it didn’t have to come to this.. that’s all.. :(
    Has anyone else had to put their pet down for money VS love? its not fair, and it sucks

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, I’m very sorry you had to part with your beloved kitty. It is never an easy decision. Whether it be something fixable with the right amount of funds or inevitable due to old age. I’ve had to part with a kitty for similar reasons. My kitty’s problem was not the crystals in the urine but prolapsed colon. It just wouldn’t move the waste matter along anymore and he needed the occasional enema. Not pretty. I did everything I could for him but eventually he got so blocked he stopped eating and things went downhill from there. The vet that I took him too was none too sympathetic once they realized I didn’t have the funds for the surgery. Yet once the decision was made, they let me take my time with him. He was uncomfortable and I didn’t want to see him suffer anymore. That was 6 years ago and I still feel him nudge me from the other side at 7:20am and pm as that was when he wanted to be fed. How do I know? Why else would I look at the clock at that moment??

      Anyway, I found that making a memorial booklet or blog of all your fond memories and pictures of your kitty helps put closure on the pain. It doesn’t erase it or make you feel better immediately but it’s all together and you may feel better putting all the memories on paper.

      Know this.. Your kitty is not suffering anymore and you did the best thing for him. He was so lucky to have a loving home for the time you had him. There are so many kitties that are not so lucky. I hope you will find that spot in your heart to let another kitty choose you. I have. and this kitty loves me just as much.

      Best of luck to you during this difficult time.

  35. QUESTION:
    Our cat is very ill – please help?
    We have a one and a half year old tortiseshell DSH whom we adopted from a local shelter a little over a year ago. She has always been in perfect health (in fact,we took her in for her check-up and vaccinations at the end of October, and our vet said she looked great). On Friday morning, she woke up and was completely blind. I rushed her to the vet and after blood work and a visit to a veterinary opthamologist, it turns our her retinas had completely detached and she’d had major hemorraging in both eyes. Her blood tests also showed moderate anemia and reduced kidney function. More blood tests were ordered, and we’ve been told to watch her closely this weekend. Since Friday, she’s become increasingly lethargic and is eating less. She’s making a sporadic grunting noise, is twitching and (although always very personable) is seeking isolated spots to rest. I’m hoping somebody can give me any information as to what might be wrong? Our vet had some theories but is really at a loss.

    • ANSWER:
      I think that grunting, twitching, lethargy, and reduced appetite are some of the things that you are watching your cat for. Be sure to let your vet know.

      Here are some links to articles about retinal detachment in cats. They are usually caused by high blood pressure, blood disorders, or trauma.

      http://www.vetinfo.com/detached-retina-in-cats.html

      http://www.veterinaryvision.com/dvm_forum/dvm-retdet.htm

      http://www.articlesbase.com/pets-articles/retinal-detachment-in-cats-and-dogs-501757.html

      Good luck. I really wish you and your cat the best.

  36. QUESTION:
    the value of a naturopath in regards to fat-loss?
    Hi there
    i understand that the liver is the major organ within the body that plays an essential role in fat loss.

    A guy at work who has been to a naturopath told me that to lose weight you must detox first. He has lost about 20kgs.

    I’m only a little overweight but i have found it difficult to lose stubborn fat even after strenuous excercise regimes.

    I have been a heavy binge drinker over the last couple of years. I’m starting a weight loss program that comprises of gym and cardio alternated over the 6 day week. Also a plan of eating 6 meals a day, lean protein, lots of vegies, whole grain carbs and fresh vegie and fruit juices. I’ll be stopping the ciggarettes and alcohol and drinking mainly water.
    Also do you know of any foods that help liver and kidney function?
    What do you think?
    will i still lose alot of weight and get lean without visiting a naturopath and going on herbal drinks?

    any advice? your own experiences?
    i know ive asked a fair bit here, but i really want to get healthy

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Often there is some inbalance that creates weight gain… otherwise the body would function properly.

      On you other situations, I would go to a naturopath or nutritionist who can work out what you need and put you on a supplement regime. Really, otherwise you’re shooting in the dark.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can you help diagnose my 18 year old cat?
    My cat is 18 and a half years old and has been in great health but he started loosing weight about six months ago. On Sunday he peed on my bed and this is something he NEVER does because he always sleeps with me. He has really been feeling bony lately and I noticed he was staggering on Sunday a little bit. He has been to the vet three times this week and still don’t know what is wrong. His blood work has been good just his creatnen (kidney function was a little high but not too concerning), all of his xrays are good, his blood pressure is fine, urine analysis is fine, he also eats and drinks as he always has. His B U N and creatnen are not high enough for it to be renal failure, no diabetes, or hyperthyroidism. Please help, do you know what might be wrong? Also how do I get him to try and stop peeing on my bed?!!!! He has never done this and I can’t give him medicine to make him better till I know what is wrong.

    • ANSWER:
      This is very sad, and reminds me exactly of what my cat did before his 18th b/day – the day on which he was pts. the night before he gave a pitiful meow, and peed on the bed too. But before that he couldn’t quite get to the box – I think he might have had dementia, thought he was in the box when he had actually just started walking there. Something is not right and you may not be able to find out, so I hope you just focus on his quality of life, and make sure he is as happy as you can help him be. Even though medical science has come a long way, there is still an awful lot that they don’t know among veterinarians. In the long run, all that matters is whether he is happy or suffering – many people go by the mantra “treat the cat, not the numbers.” Also, even though everything on tests seemed manageable when they were done, in an elderly cat things can change daily. good luck and give him lots of pets!

  38. QUESTION:
    Any diabetics patient here? Please help me?
    My dad is REALLY SICK now, with diabetes and his kidneys are not really functioning anymore, the doctor says that the kidney can only function for 20%. He looks so tired everyday, always sleeping and he has stopped going to work for a month. He feels a lot of pain in his legs i think, because when he walks, he is slow and he looks like he tries to pretend that he can to make us stop worrying. Besides all that, he also has serious heart problems. (2 arteries blocked)

    I am so worry about him, will he ever leave me? I seriously don’t know what am I gonna do without my dad, I am only 16 and I think he is the closest person I am with, closer than what me and my mum have. I think I might go with him if he really leaves me.

    What should I do? I am so afraid. I keep picturing that day, I keep thinking what am I gonna be without him.

    Also, please tell me what do you want people to tell you? I want my dad to change his lifestyle, because he still eat only a little vege. And he lost a lot of appetite :(

    • ANSWER:
      Im really so sorry this has happened to your father. I visited the website WebMD and they said make sure your dad is drinking liquids if he is unable to keep down solid food then drink one cup of liquid every hour while he is awake to prevent dehydration. If he is unable to hold down liquids, he may need to go to the emergency room or hospital.

      Maybe he really has a dull menu to choose from many of my diabetic friends state that the hardest thing to do is find food that is exciting and can really get them going and restore their appetite. – My friend recommended the website

      http://www.foodfordiabetic.net/recipes.htm

      for some really great recipes that were perfect for diabetics that are feeling sick. These recipes are really really tasty, I am not a diabetic and I loved every single one.

  39. QUESTION:
    CAT HEALTH Help. High Levels of Microalbuminuria. UTI Symptoms?
    I am in desperate need of some help, I am searching for people who are very knowledgeable in Feline health and will be able to provide me with some sense of what may be a sign to look out for; how to help bring my Kitty to good health. I would appreciate it so much ~ as my little kitty is very dear to me.

    PURPLE IS 2 YEARS OLD.

    I recently noticed frequent use of the litter box and took my cat, Purple, into the vet. I assumed she had a UTI. They did a Urinalisis and Blood test.

    The Red Flags to pay close attention to were;

    - High levels of Albumin ( 4.2 to be exact Refrence Range is ; 2.5 – 3.9)
    - Moderately high levels of Creatine (1.6)
    - Low levels of Platelet Count ( 144 Reference Range is 200 – 500 )
    -High Occult blood
    -High levels of protein
    -High RBC.
    They indicate that there is a high level of Microalbuminuria. It is 8.5 and Reference Range is <2.5

    So aside from that, the Receptionist at the Vet told me “Her Kidneys are functioning correctly but since there are these Red Flags there is the ability for infection/clogging.” I have had Purple on K/D food to help with her kidney and to lower her protein intake for about 5 days. She is on CLAVAMOX (antibiotic) and we keep her hydrated. She does not drink water (due to the fact we have kept her hydrated I feel), and she eats regularly. She has been showing more use of the litter box and I have witnessed her poop twice (very dark brown). She is spunky and talkative, and when she is resting she cleans herself but still licks down there mildly cause of irritation I am assuming.

    My questions are;
    -Are there any other types of Antibiotics/ Medicine I should ask a Vet about?
    -What Foods would help with Purples diet? I would like to maintain low levels of protein and creatine.
    -What health signs could these be? ( I know it depends on so much but a broad idea )

    Because of the fact I did not get anything explained to me by the Vet I took Purple to, I am planning on taking her to a different; better rated one for her next Bloodtest (after she finishes her dose of Clavamox). I will be keeping a update on her health.

    Thank you so very much for taking the time, and bless your heart if you can help ~

    • ANSWER:
      First, contact your vet and talk to him/her specificallly about what the lab results were and what it means for your cat. It sounds like there is some damage or decreased function of the kidneys based upon your lab results, but your VET is the one that you should talk to about these–not the receptionist or someone on the computer.

      Keep her on the K/D. It is a prescription diet designed specifically for kidney disease issues. Don’t go adding foods or mixing and matching foods because that is an easy way to mess up the nutrient balance of the diet.

      I would not immediately go to a second vet, just make sure that you get the information on your cat from your VET in the future.It may have been a random situation where the vet was dealing with an emergency or in surgery when you picked up your cat. However if having the receptionist discharge medical patients (as opposed to bath/dips, boarding) is a regular situation, then that would be a reason for switching vets. Client education is a very important part of providing medical care for a patient and with a medical case you should always get to talk to a vet for the initial diagnosis and at least a credentialed veterinary technician for rechecks of lab results.

  40. QUESTION:
    Is Metformin a fibrate? And if so, could it cause a change in liver functions?
    Ok, number one I am NOT a diagnosed diabetic. I am on metformin to help regulate cycles due to PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome). I was told that a result of a CT scan (which was done to determine the location and size of a kidney stone) showed fatty liver infiltrates. My gen. prac. doctor suggested that my liver enzymes might be off and to see a GI doctor. Could taking metformin cause liver issues as other fibrates are said to have done? I dont eat fatty foods, and as far as I know I am otherwise healthy. Anyone got any suggestions on this one? Because an informed patient is what I want to be considering they somehow either forgot or decided not to mention this to me in the ER or the urology office. Makes me think its either not serious or someone didnt do their job. Thanks for anything you can give me!!

    • ANSWER:
      Metformin is not a fibrate…..it doesn´t lower your triglycerides or cholesterol liver….it’s used in PCOS to fight against high insulin levels and in diabetes to lower glucose levels. The fatty liver is also a finding in the metabolic syndrome that you already have. Metformine can high your liver enzymes..but it is dose dependent and don’t produce a permanent damage

  41. QUESTION:
    What else could be wrong with my cat?
    URGENT, he may not last many more days…My cat started walking as if he had a stroke on his right side about a week ago. When he tries to walk in a straight line he falls to the right. He also started eating less and is now done to almost nothing. He has been tested for diabetes, kidney and liver function and it all came back normal. He is an indoor cat, but was also tested for feline leukemia also negative. He is 8 years old and has always been a good eater and in good health, this has all come on very sudden. At this point the vet thinks it may be neurological and is suggesting an MRI, I’m just not sure if we should go this route or simply let him rest in peace. I guess I’m just wondering if it could be anything else that would have caused this sudden change. He does not seem in pain, but looks more confused, like he does not understand why his body won’t do what he wants. He knows he wants to walk, or go to the bathroom, but he can’t get there on his own. Please Help! Thank you!
    Thank you for your ideas, I did already ask about ear infection as well and the vet ruled it out, but I have called the vet to see about getting some type of antibiotic to try…..I’m just not sure what else to do….very sad :-(

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, poor baby. :(

      The first thing that came to my mind other than the tumor your vet is searching for, has to do with his inner ear. Sometimes when there is a deep inner ear infection or the ear drum is ruptured, equilibrium is off. When that happens, many cats do not eat. They feel nauseous and all of the symptoms you described take place. This is treatable with antibiotics.
      If it is a tumor, Who is to tell you when it is time to let your friend go? Only you know that answer. But ask about what can be done to stimulate his appetite. There are medications out there to help and things you can do to improve his living area to make it easier for him to use his litter box and be safe at home.
      When you know for sure what the out come is, please let me know. Email me and I would be more than happy to talk you through some ideas or offer support. Whatever happens, I will keep him in thought and prayers and wish you all well.

      EDIT to your additional details: I stink at giving out computer websites – but please look up all information on VESTIBULAR DISEASE in CATS. Maybe you will find something there that will help.

  42. QUESTION:
    I am worried about my fiance someone please help me?
    My fiance is 30 years old and has been healthy all of his life right up until this year and I am really scared I might lose him in the future if the doctors to catch what it may be.

    The doctors have done this so far with him: he has had several blood work, 2 ultrasounds, CT Scan, Cystoscopy, and they all have come back normal.

    The only thing that showed in the blood work was his kidneys are mildly abnormal and he has high protein in his urine. The rest of the blood work he had done have come back normal. He has no kidney stones, no tumors, no cysts and etc.

    He does have to go and see another specialist because the urolgist thinks he has some kind of disease that is causing the blood in the urine, the abnormal kidneys meaning that his kidneys are not functioning right, and the high protein in the urine.

    It is really scaring me what kind of disease could be causing this to happen?

    The symptoms he gets are tiredness, dizzy spells, he is cold all of the time, he is anemic, he is very white looking, he has lost a lot of weight, he gets bloated with a lot of gas, he doesn’t like to eat very much.

    Can someone please help me I am really worried we are suppose to get married next year and now this is happening. Is there any cures for a disease he may have? Will I lose him if something doesn’t get done in time? Could I lose him if there is no cure for the disease?

    Someone can you please help me?

    The doctors can’t figure out why he is having this problem at the age of 30 they said he should be healthy at this age.

    Please Help!
    Yes he is being referred to a nephrologist, which I am happy about that I am just scared to find out the results. I hope it isn’t to late and this problem has gotten severe. Hopefully it is in the mild stage and they can do something about it.

    Anyway thanks to everyone that has answered, I just pray and hope there is a cure for whatever problem he is having.

    I know I won’t be able to handle losing him if it is to late to do anything, I have lost a lot of loved ones in my life all the while growing up and even til this day. If I lose one more loved one that is in my life I don’t know what I’ll do. I won’t have anything to live for anymore. As sad as it may sound it is true. I have lost my family, I have lost my children and my heart can’t take anymore losses. Especially my fiance because he is my first true love.

    • ANSWER:
      There are lots of conditions that can cause the problems you describe. I suspect your fiance is being referred to a nephrologist who is a medical doctor, as opposed to a surgeon, who specializes in diseases of the kidneys. This physician should almost certainly be able to figure out what is going wrong and give you information on treatment and prognosis. Please note that the specialist may need to do more tests beyond what have already been done including possibly a biopsy (which usually requires an overnight stay in the hospital after the test is done). The specialist would only recommend a biopsy if it is needed to determine for sure what the diagnosis is. Sometimes it’s not necessary.
      Problems with the symptoms you describe almost always can be treated, but obviously since no one yet knows what the diagnosis is, no one can say if it can be cured or not.

  43. QUESTION:
    All test negative but still feel the same?
    I’m a 41-yr. old female. I have mild asthma, Polycyclic kidney disease my kidneys are still functioning, and fibromyalgia. My reg. dr. sent me to a hemo dr. cuz my red, white n platelets were elevated n gradually continuing to rise. All the test she ran for leukemia were neg. thank god. The problem is I still have elevated counts and I feel like crap, Meaning Its hard to do much of anything. I get exhausted very easily like just cleaning the house or going for a walk. My breathing goes up and its like i just ran a marathon. I’m extremely fatigued n on some days im nauseated. I don’t have much of an appetite,but i do eat cuz i know i have too n when i eat the fatigue gets worse its like my body is rejecting it or having a hard time with food. My reg. dr. is running more test for the bacteria in the stomach. I feel like its something we are missing. I’m no dr. but I know how I feel. I haven’t gotten any better and I don’t know what to do. We have done almost every test. Can anyone help?

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    Opiate detox?!?
    I really hope I get some serious answers because right now I don’t know what to do, I’m going crazy!! Okay, so long story short, 3 years ago I had kidney surgery and I’m still taking pain pills! I have tried to quit a few times, but after about the 5th or 6th day of being in hell I have to get something! I have tried methadones, but that just made it worse! I’m going to see a doctor about suboxen next week, but I wanted to see if anyone knew of anything I could do at home right now to help! I have tried the hot baths, the Tylenol, the heat pads and ice packs, I have been trying to drink lots of water, but I can’t hold anything down! I have tried sleeping pills to sleep and that doesn’t work.. I can’t eat, sleep, relax, stop shaking.. I just can’t function! Oh, and my eyes hurt if I’m outside! Even with sunglasses on it just seems so bright! I hate this, this is the reason why I have been on the pain meds for so long! I can’t go through this! Any advice would be wonderful!
    I have tried the methadones and now that’s one of the things I have been doing on a daily basis! The methadone clinics don’t want to help .. They start you off with a small amount and give you more and more and more! I am going to try Suboxen, but I have to make it through for a couple days until I can get to the doctor. I don’t know if I can do this! I want to be done so bad, but I have never had a detox like this! I’m beyond miserable! : (
    Update.. I have my doctors appointment tomorrow to get the suboxens, but like I said, I have been beyond miserable! I really, really, really just want to be done with this crap, so I didn’t want to buy anything off of the streets, but then a friend of mine told me that he had a few Suboxens left from the last time he went to the doctor and he gave me those! : ) So, I feel a million times better and I’m on the right path! I’m so excited, kind of nervous, but just really happy that I’m getting off of this crap! Thanks so much for the help and the nice posts!! : )

    • ANSWER:
      Check your e-mail

  45. QUESTION:
    I know this is a lot to ask, but can someone please edit my essay about eating disorders? (10 points)?
    Please give your opinions and incites on what you think, what I should improve on to make it better, and correct any misspellings. Thanks a lot! Only constructive critism please! Here is my essay:
    Sometimes, you can’t just be happy with who you are. You feel depressed but you want to keep your feelings all in. Having low self-esteem, depression, or stress can lead to an eating disorder. An eating disorder is an illness that causes a person to develop unhealthy eating habits. The three types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating. Having an eating disorder can affect your relationship with other, cause you to think many negative thoughts about yourself and your body, and damage your health. If you suspect that someone has an eating disorder, it is important that you show support for that person so they can have a healthy attitude and body. As you grow older, you begin to feel more conscious of your body. You go through physical changes, as well as “social pressures.” One or two out of one hundred kids, particularly girls, that struggle with this disorder can successfully hide their extreme weight loss from their parents for months or years. Anorexia can come from psychological, genetic, social, and family factors. Many girls are exposed to images of thin models that have the “ideal” body size. Participating in activities such as gymnastics,where thinness is emphasized can also lead to anorexia. Since parents are role models fortheir children, a parent’s body image, their lifestyle, and their dieting Once someone is obsessed with dieting,exercise, and taking laxatives, they will still see themselves as overweight even if they can see their bones.
    Anorexics usually portion their food carefully or come up with excuses to skip their meals. Without receiving the nutrients the body needs to keep your bones strong, and help the body maintain homeostasis, the lack of nutrients will affect the body in many ways:
    bulleted-(in women) losing at least three consecutive menstrual periods;not wanting or refusing to eat in public;anxiety; weakness;brittle teeth; shortness of breath;obsessiveness about calorie intake;severe malnutrition;a drop in pulse and breathing rate;kidney failure;hair loss and fingernail breakage;lanugo hair;lightheadedness and inability to concentrate;anemia;swollen joints;dry and yellow skin; higher levels of cortisol and vasopressin
    death
    Being anorexic can also result in an irregular heartbeat, permanent failure of normal growth, and osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones become weak and can breakeasily. You may feel cold most of the time because your body temperature decreases.Taking laxatives can wear out the bowel muscles, causing it to decrease in function. Sometimes, it’s hard for parents to tell the difference between their child to be “self-image” concerns and “warning signs” to anorexia. Someone that is self conscious and on a strict diet may not necessarily be anorexic. There are “glaring” abnormal behaviors and physical signs.
    Someone who is anorexic may:
    become very thin, frail, or emaciated;be obsessed with eating food and weight control;weigh herself or himself repeatedly;count or portion their food carefully;only eat certain foods, such as diary and wheat;exercise excessively;feel fat even if their body is literally only showing a sheet of skin and bones;withdraw from social activities, especially meals or celebrations involving food;be depressed, lack energy, and often feel cold
    If you suspect that your child or someone you know is anorexic, it is important to give as much support to them as you can, and try to help them admit that they have an eating disorder. Some people may feel depression, anger, or denial when faced to admit that they are anorexic. Try to show your concern and approach the person in a loving and supportive way. Use “I” instead of “you.” If the person is still in denial, try to be patient, saying that you’ll be there whenever they are ready to talk about it. Get help from a doctor, nutritionist, and a therapist. Encourage a healthy outlook on nutrition, exercise, and their appearance to help them raise their self esteem. For parents, it’s critical to make exercise a regular family activity and have their child help prepare nutritional meals for the whole family.

    Bulimia is another type of eating diorder that involves dieting. A person with bulimia is tempted to eat “comfort foods”, such as ice cream or cake. After their out-of-control eating, the person will feel ashamed and guilty for what they have done. They will try inappropriate methods of weight control, such as vomiting and fasting. Bulimics will show excessive shape and weight concern, yet still consume quantities of food up to 20,000 calories a day. This all begins with dissatisfaction of the bodt.

    Like anorexia, bulimia also involves being exposed to pictures of thin models and then not being able to feel good about themselves. Fami
    A LITTLE HELPS! PLEASE PEOPLE! I’D EXTREMELY APPRECIATE IT! HOW SHOULD I START AND END MY COMCLUDING PARAGRAPH? MY ESSAY WAS TOO SHORT, SO IT GOT CUT OFF. THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      just a few tips…

      try not to use contractions

      when you say “anorexics” you are isolating them from the everyone else it would be better to say people with anorexia or something like that

      “Being anorexic can also result in an irregular heartbeat, permanent failure of normal growth, and osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones become weak and can breakeasily.” you use a lot of comas here. take out the one between “osteoporosis and a” and replace it with “which is” then take out “in which” and replace it with “that causes” then take out the “can” before “break”

      try to read through it yourself and see if there are any other places where comas can be taken out. otherwise it looked superb

  46. QUESTION:
    A few questions about my moms health.?
    I will warn you, this is long! But it is very important.
    Background info about her:
    She’s 51 years old, 2 kids by c-section. She’s 5’6, 110 pounds. A few years ago she began getting very sick every time she ate and immediately had to puke everything back up. This changed her weight from 140 pounds to 110 pounds over the duration of this. She began only eating baked chicken, mashed potatoes, pudding, and every now and then she will eat a few potato wedges. She went to the doctor who diagnosed her with acid reflux and gave her medicine for it. She takes the medicine regularly but, it has not stopped. She has whittled away down to nothing. I asked her if she was bulimic, but she said no, that she just gets extremely sick after eating (occasionally), and the only foods that she can hold down is the foods I mentioned above. There is one problem.
    Next problem: she began to bleed very, very heavily during her time of the month, that would sometimes last up to 14 days. She went to a doctor over this and they did a D&C on her. That helped for about a month, and then it began to happen again. So she went to a different doctor and told her that she already had the D&C done, but that doctor wanted to do another (this was only about 3 months later than the first one). So the doctor did another, and a month later, she is bleeding in that way again.
    Next problem: she has began to lose her memory. She remembers everyone, but she can’t remember where she lays down stuff at. She forgets words while she is talking to you, and she forgets what she is saying in the middle of a sentence. It’s like she can’t spit anything out.
    Next problem: she has CONSTANT dizziness! The doctors checked to make sure she was not anemic, and in fact, she was not. She is seeing double sometimes, and has no energy what so ever. All she wants to do is lay and sleep. Her mother (my grandma) is concerned with this because my moms sister (my aunt) died from a brain tumor.
    Next problem: she just recently got out of the hospital because she was having kidney failure due to dehydration. They gave her antibiotics and IV fluid to get her kidneys back into normal functioning. But, then they found out she has gallstones so she needs to have her gallbladder taken out.
    I am very, very concerned with my moms help. Does anybody have any clues of what could be going on with her? Are all these things related or just separate things affecting her? I am taking her to a good hospital tomorrow morning, I just want to know what to expect.
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    Food Technology?
    I have three questions from my Food Tech class that I have no idea about, and hope you can help me.

    1.) What Nutrient gives us energy and protects organs like the kidneys and the heart?

    2.) What Nutrient gives us the energy our body needs to function?

    3.) What Nutrient has many roles like helping release energy from the food we eat?

    =).

    • ANSWER:
      These are extremely broad and ambiguous questions. I have a PhD in Food Chemistry and I’m not sure of the answers because I don’t know where your professor is going with this. But here goes. 1. I think the answer is fat. It certainly gives energy and is often found around the organs. 2. Fat, Carbohydrates, and protein all give energy in the form of calories to the body so this question is not clear unless you exclude fat because it was used in the first answer. 3. My guess the professor is looking for enzymes since they breakdown sugars for energy release but it’s not clear. As you should know enzymes are a form of protein so now you have all three main food components covered. It’s a stupid question. Perhaps you should ask for some clarification.
      PhD Food Chemistry and Nutrition

  48. QUESTION:
    I’m 18, I think that I have a Serious Health Issue? PLEASE HELP!?
    ok im 18, i dont usually worry about my health, i try to eat healthy etc. anyway so i have pain in my right upper thigh infront, its just a patch of pain in a certain area there, and this weekend i lost function of my right foot but could still feel everything it touched and when my mom tried a reflex test on it it didn’t work. so i couldn’t move my foot, for about 10 minutes until my dad came and lightly kicked it with his foot then it twitched ( it wasn’t asleep it feels totally different) then he kicked it again and i could slowly start to use it again.. i’ve had a history or tierdness in the past, and kidney pain mostly on the left kidney area in my back… lately i’ve had shooting pain in the back of my neck bordering where my shoulders start.. anyway im going to go to the doctor tomorrow. any idea of what it could be?.. i have a history of cancer in my family also.. like from both sides.. even my sister had /has-ish, cancer.. so.. but hers is in the lymphnodes.. anywho, any kind of advice would be greatly appreciated as well as your opinions.
    thank you!
    YES i am going to a doctor tomorrow i already made an appointment, but does anyone have any idea what this could lead to, or what it is?

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve got the exact same thing. It’s my scoliosis. My entire body is out of whack and i have a few nerves that are pinched so I sometimes have parts of my body go numb

  49. QUESTION:
    Did you know that new research shows that marijuana actually kills cancer cells… rather than creating them?
    Did you know that marijuana kills cancer cells? It actually causes them to eat themselves in a process called “autophage”.

    Also, instead of killing brain cells, studies show it actually promotes the growth of new brain cells?

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn8155-marijuana-might-cause-new-cell-growth-in-the-brain.html

    Example Cancer Studies:

    THC (marijuana) helps cure cancer says Harvard study

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070417193338.htm

    Marijuana Chemical May Fight Brain Cancer
    Active Component In Marijuana Targets Aggressive Brain Cancer Cells, Study Says

    http://www.webmd.com/cancer/brain-cancer/news/20090401/marijuana-chemical-may-fight-brain-cancer

    Did you know the government knew about it in 1974?

    http://www.alternet.org/story/9257/

    Did you know that the cannabinoid receptor is the most prevalent cellular receptor in our brains?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabinoid_receptor

    This mystery began to unravel in 1964, when tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis was isolated and synthesized by Raphael Mechoulam and colleagues in Israel. Subsequently, in 1988, Allyn Howlett and colleagues discovered the cannabinoid receptor in the brain. This receptor called CB1was a precise match for the unique chemicals called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant (phytocannabinoids). This initial discovery led to scientists hypothesizing that humans are “wired” for cannabis. The CB1receptors have been found in the brain in areas that control the coordination of movement, emotions, memory, reduction of pain, reward systems, and reproduction, yet are almost absent in the brain stem (which affects our vital functions such as breathing). It appears that cannabinoid receptors, which modulate other neurotransmitter function in a retrograde “on demand” fashion are present in far higher concentrations in the brain than any other receptor. While the CB1 receptors are primarily found in the central nervous system, a second type, CB2, discovered in 1993, are found primarily in the immune system, GI tract, liver, spleen, kidney, bones, heart, and peripheral nervous system. In fact, the CB2 receptor appears to be up-regulated whenever there is tissue pathology.

    What do you think about this?

    Did the government know?

    What do you think about that?

    Did you know that the government actually has the patent on medical marijuana… for use in fighting diseases such as cancer, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and more?

    And yet they repeatedly say that there is “no medical use” for marijuana.

    Look it up. U.S. Patent #6630507

    It’s like a MIRACLE DRUG because the endocannabinoid system in your body controls so much chemically… by stimulating this system, many positive effects can occur in many different organs of the body.

    If you don’t believe me, check out the studies at www.pubmed.gov … just type “cannabinoids” and “cancer” in the search bar and you’ll see the results of the HUNDREDS of studies that show that the THC in marijuana actually kills cancer cells, both in human tissue cultures and in animals. But… they won’t let us do studies on humans because mj has been labeled the “devil’s weed”. HA!

    But there is plenty of anecdotal evidence. (People who didn’t want to wait on the government to legalize medical marijuana to help with their illness. We’ve been waiting over 40 years, after all.) I have been in correspondence with the head of the biology dept at a major university in Colorado, and he’s knows people personally who have used super-concentrated cannabis oil to CURE their cancer.His own girlfriend got rid of her skin cancer completely applying cannabis oil topically. You can also find video diaries on the internet of people who have gotten rid of skin cancer using cannabis oil. Also video diaries of people who have had miraculous healing of 3rd degree burns. One video diary I found had an AIDS patient who was ingesting the oil and cut his T-cell count from over 800 to around 400 in just a few weeks.

    Rick Simpson has cured hundreds of people over the last few years and has plenty of written and videoed testimony. Google “Run from the Cure”.

    If you want to see the enormous number of medical conditions that marijuana is GOOD for, check this out…

    http://forum.grasscity.com/medical-marijuana/436257-granny-storm-crows-list-july-2009-a.html

    This is a video everyone should watch…

    Aaron,

    Marijuana doesn’t cause ANY bad, as you put it.

    Zero deaths every year are attributed solely to marijuana.

    It doesn’t even increase your risk of lung cancer by smoking it… they can’t even find a higher incidence of lung cancer even in chronic mj smokers… the anti-cancer effects of the drug overpower the fact that you are taking in carcinogens by smoking a leaf.

    • ANSWER:
      the government withholding imformation from the american people, I guess this has been happening a long time now. I wonder who’s best interest their concerned about? clearly not that of U.S. citizens. Thank you for spreading good imformation about a goverment that betrays and lies constantly.

  50. QUESTION:
    Im 18 i think i have a serious health issue… please help!?
    ok im 18, i dont usually worry about my health, i try to eat healthy etc. anyway so i have pain in my right upper thigh infront, its just a patch of pain in a certain area there, and this weekend i lost function of my right foot but could still feel everything it touched and when my mom tried a reflex test on it it didn’t work. so i couldn’t move my foot, for about 10 minutes until my dad came and lightly kicked it with his foot then it twitched ( it wasn’t asleep it feels totally different) then he kicked it again and i could slowly start to use it again.. i’ve had a history or tierdness in the past, and kidney pain mostly on the left kidney area in my back… lately i’ve had shooting pain in the back of my neck bordering where my shoulders start.. anyway im going to go to the doctor tomorrow. any idea of what it could be?.. i have a history of cancer in my family also.. like from both sides.. even my sister had /has-ish, cancer.. so.. but hers is in the lymphnodes.. anywho, any kind of advice would be greatly appreciated as well as your opinions.
    thank you!
    p.s. i’ve had this for about 2 or 3 weeks.. maybe a tiny bit longer..

    • ANSWER:
      It could be nerve damage from whatever reason. our body’s dermatomes outline specific areas on the body that are affected by single nerves. These specific areas of pain could have to do with that. Don’t panic though, it could just be nerve pinching from sleeping funny or something. Just see a doctor, it’ll ease your worries.


What Percentage Of Kidney Function Loss Before Transplant

What is Kidney Transplantation? Kidney Transplantation in India is a surgical process wherein a healthy kidney is placed into a patient with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). The transplantation is an ideal solution when there is a case of kidney failure (when kidneys no longer function properly).

What are the Causes?

Some 00004000 of the very common causes behind a kidney failure include:

a Diabetes

a Chronic, uncontrolled high blood pressure

a Chronic glomeruolonephritis

Treatment Available

A patient with kidney failure either needs artificial blood filtering (Dialysis) or a Kidney Transplantation in India. Once the transplantation is performed successfully, there remains no need for dialysis. One can thus, easily opt for kidney transplantation in India. It is also easy for one to choose a cardiology hospitalin India. There are many, but here we will only focus on kidney transplantation.


What Is The Kidney Diet

Obesity is a growing problem in America and many other places in the world. Many people are way over their recommended body weight, and continue to live an unhealthy lifestyle that is slowly killing them. When you are severely overweight, you have a lot more to worry about than just the lack of proper nutrition. People who are obese are twice as likely to develop chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease.

Out of all of the above mentioned diseases, kidney disease is the one that has a tendency to go unnoticed until it’s too late to keep it under control. While your heart is the life force that pumps blood throughout your body, your kidneys are the body parts that cleanses your blood, filters waste out of your body efficiently and monitors your acidity levels. All of this happens day in and day out without fail. As long as you stay healthy, your kidneys will keep doing their job without interruption. However, when you put yourself at risk by gaining too much weight, it puts a lot of stress on all of your organs, which means your kidneys can begin to fail without you even noticing.

If you’re obese and not too concerned about this happening to you – think again. Millions of people are currently walking around with kidney disease, and you could be one of them. You see, everything that you put into your body has to be processed by your kidneys. Every burger, French fry, donut, snack chip, pastry, piece of fried chicken, overstuffed pork sandwich, cookie, slice of pizza, pill, beer, soda and milkshake ends up in one of those two organs. You’ve got two kidneys, so if one conks out, you have a back up. They take all of that stuff you put in your body and squeeze out the liquid, which goes down the urethra and out the door when you urinate.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the most favorite tastiest kidney diet cat food that cats will eat and where can I buy it immediately?
    My cat refuses to eat the canned kidney diet food that
    the vet sells and I am looking for alternatives

    • ANSWER:
      Is it k/d? Cause I know A LOT of cats that refuse to eat k/d. There are definitely a few renal diets out there (Purina makes one, Eukanuba makes one – check out felinecrf.com for tons of info) but I recommend Royal Canin Modified Formula. Until about two weeks ago I could have honestly said that I never knew a cat that turned it down, but of course there had to be that one who would make me not be able to ever say that again. But not much can be said for her taste as she chose to eat the k/d over this magical food. Seriously, that’s what we call it at my practice, “Magical Modified” because (almost) every cat will eat it. It has mackerel in it which I think the cats can really taste and LOVE. Plus, you can always add a little chicken broth to any canned food to increase water intake and make the food a little tastier for our finicky friends.
      I prefer most Royal Canin therapeutic diets over the Hill’s RX diets anyway. I think they are much more palatable and have higher quality ingredients with less by-products and preservatives. I actually have my cats on the Calorie Control diet.
      OK, I’ll stop going on about the RC therapeutic foods, but seriously, try it! You don’t need a prescription for it like you do for the Hill’s foods but you do have to buy it from a veterinarian. If your vet doesn’t carry it, call around to other vets in the area or call Royal Canin and ask them where the closet place is where you can buy their products. (800) 592-6687. If there is a bigger emergency hospital in your area they should carry it. I don’t know where you live so I can’t really help you out with that part, but good luck and I hope she likes it!

      http://www.royalcanin.us/products/productdetail.aspx?ID=104

      Oh, there is also another Royal Canin renal diet called LP but I don’t think that goes over any better than the k/d chicken as far as flavor. But it does come in pouches so it’s more of the chunks and gravy deal than the regular mushy food so if your cat is into that sort of thing, they may prefer LP & you might want to try that.

      http://www.royalcanin.us/products/productdetail.aspx?ID=105

  2. QUESTION:
    What are elevated kidney levels in a Boston Terrier?
    I am thinking about adopting a 3 yr old Boston Terrier from a local Humane Society. They told me she had “elevated kidney levels” when she came to the shelter b/c her prior owners basically fed her table scraps instead of dog food. At the shelter, she was put on a special “kidney diet” and they’ve done blood work 3 times since then and her kidney levels are fine now. Can anyone tell me exactly what elevated kidney levels mean and if it is connected to kidney disease? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      My oldest cat had that problem – it has to do with how they are processing their diet. If untreated, kidney failure can occur. I’m not especially clear on all the medical details, but I think it had to do with the kidneys overworking because the animal is eating things they oughtn’t.

      So for practical experience… my cat is fine! He was switched to a prescription diet that is easier for him to digest and his enzyme levels all returned to normal. He’s been good for a couple of years now. I think all it really means is that you need to make sure that, if you adopt this pup, you stick to his diet and gets his bloodwork done every 6months to a year (the vet will recommend how long in between). As far as I can tell from my own kitty experiences, it hasn’t been a big deal. It might have been if we’d never known about it, but it’s been 100% manageable and easily managed at that. It’s just what goes in his bowl and it’s one extra thing to check off on his comprehensive exams.

      ETA: someone above mentioned not being able to get pet insurance, so I just wanted to note that this probably isn’t true. Not only is the dog fine, but it’s not the same as “kidney disease”. It’s easily managable and the expense is the food, not veterinary intervention. My cat has a banfield plan and his kidney level issue was not a problem when we switched from one plan to another (when we moved, he had to transfer which means a new plan, so they do the same pre-enrollment assesment as when he originally started years ago. Basically, they won’t cover some of the major chronic things that an animal can have wrong going in, and his special kidney diet needs weren’t even an issue, so I would think that’s a good indication for easy ability to cover this BT on pet insurance or a pet plan if you want).

  3. QUESTION:
    senior dog/and kidney diet?
    my vet told me that my dog’s kidneys were starting to fail because of old age and so he put him on the kidney diet. as some of you may know this food is pretty expensive since its prescribed. i have talked to many people of the vet i took him to and we all came to the same conclusion, this vet is overcharging and its all bout the money rather than the health of our dogs ( i already started looking for a new trustworthy vet) but for now im not sure what i should do re:the kidney diet. how well has it worked for your dog? should i just put him on a senior diet? im not sure so im going to take him to a new vet and have new blood work done but for now i wanted to hear your opinion and how well this food has worked for your dog if hes eating it and if not just want you think of my dilemma.

    • ANSWER:
      No matter who you speak with they will tell you that vets charge too much. We all know vet fees are expensive, as is prescription food.

      If your dog has failing kidneys I wouldn’t take the risk of changing his food. If he needs a kidney diet then that’s what he should have.

      If you’re going to take your dog to another vet you don’t need to repeat the blood work if its recently been done. Your current vet can forward the results to the new vet. Chances are if your dog is in kidney failure then the new vet will tell you exactly the same thing as your existing vet. The only difference is that you will have to pay again for the same diagnosis.

  4. QUESTION:
    I need some homemade kidney diet recipes for my dog?
    My dog was recently diagnosed with early renal insufficently. Although his BUN level was still within the normal range (can’t remember the exact number but remember the vet telling me it was normal) and the Creatine level was still normal (1.3 with 1.6 being the high) buthe does have dilute urine. So I have started the Hills K/D dry and canned and I have a few recipes from my vet to make. He is doing well but the problem I have always had with him is that he gets bored with food. Thats why I am doing all three. I am looking for more recipes for his kidney diets. I do use different meats as my vet said I could do but I was wondering what kind of veggies he can have. I am basically doing meat and potatoes. I know that carbs are good for him but I don’t want him to get bored with this so I need to mix it up. Please help. I really appreciate it. My dog is doing so well with this diet and he feels good I just want to keep it up.
    I am doing the meat, potatoes calcium carbonate tablet and vitamin supplement for senior dogs (he is 15).

    • ANSWER:
      the myth of pets boredom with food is overrated.
      Dogs are not like humans, and do not think like a human.
      At his age and basically at ANY age,some days he will be more hungry, some days not.
      What your are doing is obviously okay because you just said he is doing fine so why change it?
      Dogs in the wild eat meat. Period.
      Domesticated dogs eat dog food. Period.
      The flavor changes are for the human owners, not the dogs and designed to sell dog food, not because someone determined that dogs get bored with food.
      How exactly do you know he gets bored with his food? He cannot tell you, you just assume.
      I certainly wouldn’t worry about a menu for him. WHat is important is the right nutrients to support his failing kidneys.
      Be very careful to follow the vets guidelines because not all veggies are allowed in human kidney diets and if dogs are the same in that respect you could be doing more harm than good.

  5. QUESTION:
    Have you ever had a dog or cat on subcutaneous fluids for kidney failure?
    My friend has a dog who was diagnosed with kidney failure. They decided to put her on subcutaneous fluids–which, from what I understand, is sort of an old-fashioned dialysis.

    When they decided to try this, they knew it was just a life-prolonging method and not a cure. They asked several people how long the dog could be expected to survive on this protocol but never could get a straight answer.

    My question, then: If you have had a dog or cat on subcutaneous fluids, how long did they live? I realize that it will vary depending on the level of kidney damage, but they would be interested to know other people’s experiences.

    To communicate the same information to anyone else, my friends’ dog has been getting these fluids once a week for almost a year. Occasionally if she starts acting weird they’ll give it to her more often. She started with a kidney diet, but she hated it so much she now just eats regular dog food.
    Thank you for your answers, especially those of you who answered out of knowledge or experience.

    I have showed the responses to the dog’s owners. They have been working with their vet, who never said anything about the dog continuing to suffer. To me, she does not appear to be suffering and the owners agreed. However, I think they may mention this to their vet and continue to observe if her quality of life is deteriorating.

    I was hesitant to use the phrase “life-prolonging method” since I know it does hint at prolonging a suffering animal’s life for the owner’s peace of mind. However, I meant it in contrast to a cure–not as way of saying that the animal was suffering as its life was prolonged.

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve been through this with my elderly cat and my mother-in-law also went through it with her cat. Her cat tolerated the treatment better than mine and lived about 2 years. Mine hated the treatment and struggled and was also a bit older when treatment started. She lasted only about 6 weeks. So it depends. At one year, your friend’s dog is doing about as well as can be expected.

      My vet indicated that gradual kidney failure is not painful – and based on my experiences I agree with my vet – so I disagree with the first poster. The only problem I had was my cat hated the treatment because she did not like to be held in the first place. My mother-in-law’s cat considered it a social time and was fine with it.

  6. QUESTION:
    Low Protein (kidney) diet for dogs?
    My two dogs german shepherd / lab mix, are two years old and they just finished treatment for antifreeze poisoning. I have never been through something so heart breaking, they Truly are my children. I have been advised to put them on a low protein diet because of their kidneys and I’m quite picky when it comes to what they eat. They have been fed since 6 months old or so Wellness dry food and homemade meals. They can’t have corn at all, but I would still prefer an all around grain free dog food. I haven’t had any luck finding anything online and was hoping someone might have some ideas on what to look at for dry dog food. The protein needs to be at 15% or less. They also are skin sensitive. My girls say thank-you!

    • ANSWER:
      You’re going to have a hard time finding any commercial food to fit this bill, and I doubt there is a single grain free food appropriate for this (I don’t know of one under 30% protein). Either use the prescription diet from the vet or ask your vet to refer you a specialist or nutritionist who can help you formulate an appropriate homemade diet for your dog. Canned foods tend to have lower protein levels on the label, but I don’t know if they would be appropriate for the dog-again, let your vet guide you on this one.

  7. QUESTION:
    Have you ever had a dog with a kidney problem?
    My 13 year old Sheltie was just diagnosed with kidney malfunction. She was really sick and wouldn’t eat. After a Vet visit and medication, she is better, but she won’t eat the Kidney Diet (KD) dog food they gave me.

    I’d like to hear from people who have successfully dealt with this. What did you feed? How did it work? … What medication did you use? … Any advice? … Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Someone needs to ask the vet what type of kidney malfunction. Assuming it is kidney failure there is lots of information on the internet. Some of it may be scientific and confusing at first but the more you read and study about kidney failure the more you can help your dog. You will be learning a lot about nutrition. what is good for her and what is bad. You can make her healthy meals at home.
      Google canine kidney failure
      Google canine kidney failure diet
      Google canine kidney failure recipes

      Add: I have a dog with liver failure. Her home cooked meals are 4-6 ingredients with Missing Link added. You will find that you can do something similar with your dog.

  8. QUESTION:
    My Vet Prescribed PRESCRIPTION DIET for my 11 yr old Senior Cat…isn’t this unheathy?
    I read that it has some sort of meat-by product on the ingredients and corn meal something too. Is this cat food bad for him, hes my first pet i ever had and want to make sure he lives a long and healthy life. I bought his food their at the clinic yesterday, its for Kidney Diet. What is you’lls opnion? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      My sympathy’s! It’s so hard when you find out your best friend is very ill.

      Here is a list of info I found on the web for you to help you make the best decisions for your kitty. Knowledge is power!

      I put a * by the felinecrf.com site. It’s basically the site for feline kidney disease. It has a dietary information pg that does list many foods & info about them. Prescription diet is not one of the listed foods.

      That does not mean it’s not a good food for your kitty. Vet’s usually love animals enough to devote their lives to caring for them, so I would most likely lump your vet in this category. He/she might have very good luck with this food. The reviews support this.

      No matter what your decision, good luck to you & your kitty!

  9. QUESTION:
    Options for older dog with probable kidney failure?
    Okay, first of all, I am discussing my options with the vet, but I’m waiting for them to look into some tests, so I thought I’d ask about other people’s experiences.

    My dog is a larger breed, and she is going on 9 years old. The only thing that gets her moving is her daily (slow) walk and her treats. For her treats, she will still prance and leap into the air, though since she almost fell down the stairs twice recently, I haven’t been letting her do that as much. She only eats her kibble if we put canned food in it. The current kibble is the only kind we’ve found that agrees with her stomach.

    Last year, she was having incontinence issues, so we took her in and thought it might be a UTI. Well, her incontinence cleared up, but the vet wanted to run some more tests on her kidney function. The results were inconclusive. We tried medication. No effect. The vet pushed for a prescription kidney diet, and said that was about the only option left, but no other snacks or treats. I brought up her food issues, and I was brushed aside. She’ll eat it, they said, most dogs like it fine.

    Most dogs are not my picky old lady. Her main joy in life is her food, and I don’t want to take that away from her. I’ve also done some research on my own and am not convinced these kidney diets really help. We switched vets, and we’re back where we started.

    Bascially: She’s getting old, sweet but not very active, and has lost a lot of weight in the past month. She has started drinking tons of water. She’s not much of a fighter, so I just don’t feel right putting her through tough treatments, but at the same time, I am afraid of not doing what’s best for her.

    Has your dog gone through this? If this is kidney failure, how much longer does she have? Will things get really bad? What treatment did you do, and were you happy with the results?

    • ANSWER:
      I’d say leave her as long as she still seems to be comfortable, happy and enjoying life. If you are paying attention, she will let you know when she’s had enough.

      It’s hard, I know, but I don’t think it’s fair to put them through all kinds of tests when they are already quite old, and they aren’t guaranteed.

      We had a 10 year old Shih Tzu cross we had to put down last summer because of his kidneys. He was still fairly normal up until the last month.

  10. QUESTION:
    My dog is in the end stages of kidney failure. What to do?
    I took my 13 year old dog into the vet 3 days ago because she hadn’t been eating for awhile and had lost weight. Come to find out she’s lost 2 lbs. and gone from 15 lbs to 13. The vet tested her blood and said that she was in kidney failure so I left her there so they could give her fluids and try to get her eating again. I picked her up from the vet yesterday since she had eaten her breakfast and hadn’t thrown up. She ate her dinner last night with no problem, but this morning, she won’t eat again. Right now she is lying on her pillow shivering and the vet is out of town until Wednesday. I feel so helpless! The vet put her on the Purina kidney diet and she won’t eat that. I called today and got some high calorie food to mix with the other. She took a few bites and then wouldn’t eat anymore. She peed in the floor today (SO not like her), and pooped twice in the floor (somewhat like her). All I can think to do is put a diaper on her and take her to a different vet on Monday, but what to do until then??

    • ANSWER:
      I was faced with this two months ago today. You need to put her down. She is suffering, and I’m sure you’re crying along with her. I know I bawled my eyes out for a week before I finally realized I was hurting her more than losing her would hurt me.

      Looking at the place where her food & water bowl used to be made me feel the loss even worse. I went to a pet adoption place and offered to be a foster mom. The food bowls went back in place and ‘Jack’ quickly took over my heart.

      She was black, Jack is white. She was gentle, Jack is fiesty. A totally opposite dog, I thought that just helping a dog in trouble would help me get through the loss. It really WAS cathartic. I remember my Bimbo now because of the joy we shared and how I now have to get used to Jack’s totally different personality.

      I know it’s hard, but putting your baby down is probably the best thing for her. She’s suffering. My vet told me my options (the same ones you opted to take up on), but I knew that at 16, Bim was wanting to give it up.

      God Bless & be brave.

  11. QUESTION:
    I need advice. My dog is in the end stages of kidney failure and will really only eat…?
    …people food. She’s 13. She doesn’t want to eat her special kidney diet. I’ve woken up the last 3 mornings and she has peed and had diarreha all over the kitchen floor. She just did it again. I’ve spent about 00 in vet bills this month between her and my cat. I can’t afford to keep taking her to the vet, but I also can’t have her ruining the floors. I’m due to give birth in a month and can’t handle it. The vet says she won’t get any better. I don’t want to put her down but is that the right thing to do? What would you do?
    Mojos, exactly. She isn’t acting like she is suffering, although she has lost 2 lbs in the last couple of weeks. She’s gone from 15 to 13 lbs. Really the only time she eats anything is when I give her cheese with her meds in it. Her mood seems good, but I just can’t afford to keep taking her to the vet when the vet has already told me that she won’t get any better. I could handle it if she would just go potty outside like she normaly would. She’s not even asking to be let out anymore. She just squats and goes. I’m just lost. I don’t want to put her down, but I’ve got a baby coming and can’t handle this financially or emotionally. Rock – me – hard spot.
    When she dos go on the floor, I haven’t yelled at her. I know she can’t help it.

    • ANSWER:
      Read this especially the last part, it might help with this very difficult decision. I had to make this decision last year with my dog, so I know what it’s like. I trust you will make right one where she is concerned. I hope you handle this better than I did. I hope you have a beautful and healthy baby.

      A DOG’S PLEA
      Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.

      Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I might lick your hand between blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me things you would have me learn.

      Speak to me often, for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footsteps far upon my waiting ears.

      Please take me inside when it is cold and wet, for I am a domesticated animal, no longer accustomed to bitter elements. I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth.

      Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst.

      Feed me clean food that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger.

      And my friend when I am very old and no longer enjoy good health, hearing and sight, do not make heroic efforts to keep me going. I am not having any fun. Please see that my life is taken gently and keep my memory and the love I had in your heart forever.

  12. QUESTION:
    Kidney Recieps?
    Hi. I’m still on the hunt. LOL
    Does anyone have any good homemade Kidney diet Recipes they would like to pass along? I’ve been all over the net and having some trouble. I would soooo much appreciate it if anyone has any or could pass along any good websites for any.
    Also, if your pet also on a homemade Kidney diet could you please Help me and my little Chihuahua with some vitamin, mineral help. I just don’t know exactly what to do, what vitamins, minerals are the best. Oh please help if you can. I would be ever greatful. Thank you, God bless.
    I need some good recipes but i think the whole vitamin and mineral, kidney support thing is giving me most trouble right now.

    • ANSWER:
      Stay away from all the so-called prescription diets – they are just crap in a bag!! Your dog needs easly digestible food with NO grains, dairy or vegetables – a raw diet of meat, bones and offal.

      Join one of the yahoo raw feeding groups – rawfeeding or RawMeatyBones – they are full of people with heaps of knowledge who can support you.

      **many vets will recommend a ‘low protein’ diet as a matter of course. This theory has been disproved by numerous studies.

  13. QUESTION:
    Any Tips for Feeding a Dog with Kidney Failure?
    So my angel has been diagnosed with kidney failure, I don’t know how long we have, so I’m willing to try anything. I have her on IV fluids, antibiotics, anti nausea meds, and pain meds(non anti-inflammatory of course) and prescription kidney diet dog food, wet and dry.
    But she won’t eat on her own.
    She sniffs it, but just won’t take a bite. I know it must taste good, because my other dog loves it. I have to hand feed her small pieces and try to get her to swallow. I’ve heard organic baby food, like apples or something might work, anything with low protien and phosphorus, putting that on the dry food. I’ll try that … but if anyone has some info on what has worked for you or if you have anything to share, please help, I want to extend her time with us if I can keep her comfortable.
    Thank you, thank you from Sable and her mommy
    She is a 70lb 7 yr old APBT. She has never had any problems in the past, and unfortunately we weren’t able to catch it until 75% of her kidneys had already failed. She is so strong, mentally, and never showed any signs. She has been a house dog her whole life, and under my close supervision whenever outside, so has never gotten into anything. It’s just so devistating, I feel for everyone who has ever lost a pet.
    She is my heart and soal.
    Thank you to everyone for such wonderful feedback. There has been some great articals and some very kind words, and I’m going to join that group because I need some help, because I think I’m gonna “loose it”. Sorry I’m crying…. I appreciate everyone of you for helping during this time.
    Thanks again!!!!
    Here’s a pic just for fun..

    http://s278.photobucket.com/albums/kk101/Shelbymx/?action=view&current=l_7a4473b444875cbc103ba3330dd600-1.jpg

    • ANSWER:
      This is an excellent article about caring for a dog with kidney failure:

      http://www.dogaware.com/kidney.html

      The last link is concerning loss of appetite.
      I will be praying for you and Sable.

      added:

      http://www.vetprof.com/clientinfo/KidneyDiseaseInDogs/diet.htm

      This site recommends a couple of helpful books, as well as homemade diets. You can find those books on Amazon, or order at any bookstore.

  14. QUESTION:
    Kidney Dialysis Diet? What’s it called!?
    My Grandfather is on a diet due to Kidney Dialysis 3 times weekly. I know that they gave me the name of it, however, I can not remember. Could anyone tell me what the diet is called? I know that it is low in Phosphorous.
    Also what are some key items that he can and can not have?
    Thanks for any help!

    • ANSWER:
      It’s usually just called a renal diet. You should ask to speak to the dietician at the dialysis clinic; he/she would have very specific info on it. I am surprised they did not already give it to him.

      I don’t want to assume he can or can’t have these, so you or he should check w/ the dietician or dr, but these are pretty starndard foods to limit or avoid:
      Milk and other dairy products
      high sodium foods (bacon, sausage, hot dogs, all processed meats, canned soups & canned vegetables, to name a few, unless the items say “low sodium”
      potatos
      bananas
      tomatos
      dark sodas

      For more info, see the links below

  15. QUESTION:
    best foods to feed a with chronic renal failure?
    my cat was diagnosed with chronic renal failure about a few days ago and she is very thin. she also has a mouth abcess so what would be best foods for her to eat and which are water based to help her live as long as possible, we have tried the kidney diet food but she refuses to eat it?

    • ANSWER:
      I would ask the vet what to feed your cat. Most vets have prescription food for cats with renal problems. They cost more, but they are designed specifically for certain medical problems so they can improve them. Considering the abscess, you probably need a moist food in a can for the time being.

      I had a cat that had hyperactive thyroid and had to give him wet canned food, and it was about twice the price of normal canned cat food, but really wasn’t that expensive given his size. Kibble, on the other hand, cost a lot more.

  16. QUESTION:
    what is recommended diet for kidney stones? What are the avoidable foods.?
    Recently I got stomach pain and rushed to hospital and there it revealed that I have three stones in my left kidney. I am taking medicines. I want to know what are the recommended food for the kidney stones discease and which foods are avoidable. Also let me know if taking liquor is dangerous ?

    • ANSWER:
      liquor is probably not a good idea

      and i would suggest a diet low in meats (which some people say causes kidney stones or make them worse)

      but your best bet is to ask your doctor!

  17. QUESTION:
    How to prevent Kidney stones with diet?
    My husband had kidney stones and they had to remove it surgically and he has had them b4. The had to break the stone so it turned into powder so we don’t have a way diagnosing what caused it. He just came back from the hospital and I am planning his diet. What should I give him? He eats a lot of meaty food and drinks many different sugary drinks. I know he should change that. But can he have eggs? How about milk? Our food usually full with many spices and oils can that be the cause. What is the best diet? (he is also a little overweight)

    • ANSWER:
      The leading cause of kidney stones is too much salt in your diet.

      Cut the salt. Drink acid juice drinks.

  18. QUESTION:
    kidney disease diet?
    have early stages of FSGS and am on medication to treat my nephrotic syndrome (now under control} as well as blood pressure and cholesterol medications. my kidney function is still very good, and i’m not anemic or diabetic, so i don’t need to be on any radical or extremely strict diet, but I would like some guidelines on what particular foods I should be trying to eat more of or trying to avoid. Please don’t recommend any supplements, or just tell me “low protein” since protein really only needs to be controlled in relation to the kidneys’ functioning. What types of protein are best? Is it true that I should cut out dairy? Concentrating on fresh fruits? Vegetables? Which ones? Whole grains? Legumes? How much & what proportions? Not trying to lose or gain weight, just want to be eating the best I can to try to help control and slow the progression of my disease.

    • ANSWER:
      I work as a diet clerk in a hospital, and the dietitians told us we can’t serve renal patients dairy, citrus fruits, it must be low potassium for patients on dialysis, low phosphorus, and low sodium. The protein is generally half of what we give patients on regular diets.

  19. QUESTION:
    What do you think of this? (shelters and euthanasia)?
    I recently went with a friend to put her dog down.

    The dog was a rescue but the best estimates for her age were anywhere from 12-17 years. She had kidney failure that had been controlled for a year under a veterinarian’s supervision. She had finally reached the point that everyone had said would come. Everything had been done for her medically and she was sick, incoherent and just unwell. She had lived a good, strong life — longer than many people had anticipated on the kidney diet and dialysis.

    She went down very quickly. Within a day or two she was very unwell and it was obvious to anyone who saw her that it was time to put her down.

    So we went to the animal shelter. We were told that they would have to admit her and have their own vets examine her. They would have to keep this sick, old, terminally ill dog in their cages for two days before they’d put her down! My friend had taken her dogs to this shelter before (about 10 years before) to put them down…
    This shelter had always put my friends’ dogs down before when the time had come.

    The shelter staff was sympathetic and they didn’t appear to strongly agree with this rule.

    They said that their statistics showed bad. When people brought their dogs in to have them put down, their statistics didn’t say that it was owner-requested euthanasia. Instead it just showed statistically all of these dogs that had been euthanized.

    So I took my friend back to her home. She’d steeled herself to do the inevitable and this crazy shelter wouldn’t even do it!

    We ended up going to a shelter in another county. They were very caring and very nice. They put the dog down and even sent a card afterwards.

    I say it’s animal rights people. Don’t care about individuals. Just want the statistics to look good.
    Howldine… I think she went to the shelter because that’s what she’s always done.

    Also, it was on a day when the vet was closed. The dog got worse very quickly and my friend had resolved herself that it was time. I guess it’s just hard to wait when you’ve finally made your decision and your dog is so sick. After the first shelter, she would have gone to her vet except they weren’t open.

    The second shelter we went to seemed just as caring as any vet. I’d highly praise that shelter to anyone. They were wonderful. She did pay them, too. Maybe (probably) it was cheaper than a vet, but I don’t know.

    • ANSWER:
      Some shelters have to create a policy like the one you stated. Shelters have every right to refuse to euthanize a dog. I agree with you that an old sickly dog should not have to be caged for 2 days beforehand, but you have to understand that some owner requested euthanasias need to be screened first. I worked for a long time at an animal shelter and we had plenty of people come to the shelter requesting that their dog be euthanized when there wasn’t a thing wrong with him/her. We’ve had people claim “my dog has cancer and has to be put down” The dog looked fine to us. He didn’t seem to be in any physical pain. He wasn’t suffering. This was a young, healthy dog as far as the staff could tell. No lumps, bumps, scabs or any indications of a cancerous tumor. We refused to euthanize the dog until we had a vet look at him. Everything checked out great. The dog had no tumor. He was perfectly healthy. And there wasn’t only one case of this happening. Multiple people had come to the shelter looking to euthanize a dog when there was nothing wrong with the dog. I just thought that I’d bring this up. The policy of your local humane society is used as a way to prevent acts like these. I know it may seem unfair, but a policy is a policy and what goes for one person goes for all the others. -I’m really sorry :(

  20. QUESTION:
    Cat with heart and kidney prob – diet advice?
    Okay. So our 12+ yo cat has been to the vets back and forth. Yrsterday he finally had his blood taken for his suspected hyperthyroidism. Unfortunately the vet said he’s got bad heart and kidneys and not to expect much for living much longer. We were feeding him plain chicken and Fish because he was vomiting and had diarrhea but since he seemed better we gave him some of his usual last night. Just whiskas etc. This morning he threw up some bile again. He seems happy in himself but I’m at a loss what to try him on. Vet advised hills, James wellbeloved, royal canin etc but I don’t know what would agree with him and I don’t want to buy so
    Much for him to turn it down or it to not agree with him. What would anyone be able to rec me or advise me?
    Everycat – Cat is being tested for hyperthyroidism as they weren’t entirely sure, but have taken blood yesterday and we are taking him back for a checkup and results in one week. He has been on antibiotic in the past four/five days but vomited some bile this morn despite that. I think maybe he has dietary issues. Which is why I’m looking into another cat food for him which suits his bad heart and kidneys until we can monitor the suspected hyperthyroidism. Also, he may be older than 12, shelter we got him from wasnt sure as he was found as a stray. Royal Canin Sensitivity Control wet food sounds like something I might look into, I only hope he eats it. He really likes almo n ature but I’m not sure this is right for him as an older cat.

    • ANSWER:
      Is the vet treating your cat’s hyperthyroidism? He should be, hyperthyroidism can cause heart issues (fast heart beat, enlargement, heart murmer) and also kidney issues due to causing high blood pressure – both these issues can be stabilised and improved once the hyperthyroidism is treated. Hyperthyroidism can be treated with drugs to stabilise, then surgery if necessary and your cat is up to the surgery.

      I think you really need to find another vet. 12 yrs old isn’t old for a cat but it’s the classic age for this sort of issue to start showing up. With the right treatment, a good vet who behaves as if they are a professional and cares, your cat could live for a long time.

      Hyperthyroidism does cause gastrointestinal issues – with medication, this can be sorted out as i said. Continue with the boiled chicken and/or fish for a while and try and get hold of some Royal Canin Sensitivity Control wet food (vets sell it and you can buy it online) this is a very appetising wet food that only has rice as a minimal carbohydrate and is also restricted protein. I’ve used it with many cats who have had gastric problems and with 2 who have had thryoid issues, it’s a good easily digestible food.

      Please find another vet today for your dear cat. Ask you existing vet for the blood test results (you are entitled to a full copy of them under consumer law) then take them to the new vet.

      Act today, your cat probably has many years left to enjoy life with you.

      Best of luck.

      EDIT: Extra infor makes all the difference! :) The RC food is pretty good, comes in duck and chicken& rice flavour, your vet may stock it and sell you just a couple of pouches. The antibiotic may be irritating your cat’s tum. Cat may also be having acid reflux if not eating well, also vomiting can cause it. Ask the vet for some Antepsin tablets (and the right dose) these can be crushed in water and syringed in to your cat’s mouth, they coat the throat and stomach so the cat is less likely to get acid reflux (and the soreness from it) – obviously ask the vet, antibiotics sometimes don’t match with antacid drugs, there may be a better one. Hope your cat is ok and the blood tests show something that is treatable. best of luck!

  21. QUESTION:
    What are some treats I could give my cat who cannot have protein?
    My cat who is 3 had her kidneys fail, so she is on a very low protein diet. The vet has been no help in recommending food other than the special diet kidney disease cat food. What are some things that a cat would like to eat that contain no protein?

    • ANSWER:
      A new toy with catnip in it. My cats love it when I bring home a new toy for them. They consider that a treat. I would think that if you give your kitty half of a regular treat every now and then wouldn’t hurt. But ask the vet first if it is o.k.

  22. QUESTION:
    Kidney cat – one day at a time?
    I posted something yesterday and got great responses concerning the care of my kidney cat.
    From those of you with experiences with this, I guess you take it one day at a time? That sounds stupid and obvious, since we do that in life anyway.

    I am giving her sub Q fluids and pepcid. Got the shocking news from the vet yesterday that her creatine levels were very very high. We were doing fluids for a couple of weeks because we thought maybe she got into poison or a plant. Not so. The only difference is now I have her on pepcid. She will not eat canned or wet foods, only dry and hates human foods. I have her on a dry Science Diet kidney food. That’s the best I can do. Anyway, last night before bed I found her laying in the litter box just hanging out. She saw me, got up and pooped some hard stool. Then had dry heaves. It broke my heart. I know that bowel movement probably hurt and upset her.

    I talked to the vet this morning and he had me stop and pick up an appetite stimulant from him since I did not see her eat last night. He is encouraging me to bring her in soon as her quality goes down. I agree. I forced another cat I had to hang in there and I won’t be that selfish again.

    I was so distraught today I left work early to come home and be with her. When I walked in the door she was rolling around on the floor happy to see me. She ate something. I figure maybe the pepcid is kicking in now. She is bright-eyed and looking good. Fur still shiney though she has lost a lot of weight.

    I know where this is headed. I’m just trying to be a good mom and do what’s right and keep her comfy, keep bowls of water for her on all floors of my house. I know we don’t have a crystal ball for time. I was just surprised she was doing so well when I got home today.

    Please share if this has been your experience — good days bad days. I’m sure I’m leaving out information. I don’t need websites about diets and such. I know this is coming down the wire. Please be nice to me. I’m a basket case right now.

    THANKS!
    Ken I know you are an advocate of canned food but I just said she won’t eat it. Obviously I have tried it. I’m not into forcing my cats through things for my own selfish sake. Right now the numbers she has, she’s terminaly ill

    • ANSWER:
      Nancy,you and Sunshine are wonderful.I have had the same experience but all I can do is say a prayer for the recovery of your “little one”.

      FYI:Sunshine is one of my contacts and one of my favorite YA people.

  23. QUESTION:
    I need help understanding/interpreting feline blood test results. No guessing please.?
    I took my 13 yr old cat to the vet last week because she is having labored breathing. She seems fine, not distressed, eating fine but her breathing sounds bad and her sides retract each time she breathes. She was breathing very quick shallow breaths. The vet said it was asthma but wanted to do xrays and blood tests to be sure. Her blood test results were as follows:

    Test Result Reference Range Indicator
    ALB = 3.1 g/dL 2.3-3.9 Normal
    ALKP = 36 U/L 14-111 Normal
    ALT < 10U/L 12-130 No graph shown
    AMYL = 573 U/L 500-1500 Normal (at the low end of normal)
    BUN = 16 mg/dL 16-36 Low (on the line for low/normal, vet says Low)
    Ca = 9.1 mg/dL 7.8-11.3 Normal
    CHOL = 126 mg/dL 65-225 Normal
    CREA = 2.3 mg/dL 0.8-2.4 High? (inside the "normal" box but towards high end,
    vet says "High")
    GLOB = 3.7 g/dL 2.8-5.1 Normal
    GLU = 155 mg/dL 71-159 High (line between normal/high, vet says not a
    concern, it's just high because she's scared
    or nervous)
    PHOS = 5.1 mg/dL 3.1-7.5 Normal
    TBIL < 0.1 mg/dL 0.0-0.9 No graph shown
    TP = 6.8 g/dL 5.7-8.9 Normal

    HCT = 37.9% 24.0-45.0 Normal
    HGB = 11.5 g/dL 8.0-15.0 Normal
    MCHC = 30.3 g/dL 30.0-36.9 Low (line between low/normal)
    WBC = 25.2 x10^9/L 5.0-18.9 High
    GRANS = 22.0 x10^9/L 2.5-12.5 High
    %GRANS =87%
    L/M =3.2 x10^9/L 1.5-7.8 Normal
    %L/M = 13%
    PLT = 46 x10^9/L 175-500 Low
    Retics ~ 0.6%

    Her vet said she has CRF/kidney disease and told me to start her on Hill's Prescription Diet or if she wouldn't eat that (said a lot of cats won't) a recipe she gave me that consisted of liver, calcium carbonate, eggs and vegetable oil immediately. She said based on her creatinine levels my cat was in the 3rd of 4 stages and her kidneys would fail quickly if I continued with her current diet. She made it clear that I needed to start feeding her the new diet immediately. My cat won't eat it, any of it. She's always been a very picky eater. I went back and asked for a can of the prescription food, the vet tech sold me a can of a/d critical care formula, she ate this. I went back to get more and the vet said it was not good for her kidneys :^/ That she has to eat the k/d formula. I bought this and she won't touch it. I even tried adding tuna juice and she won't touch it.

    While researching what else she can eat, I noticed that her blood test results don't seem to be consistent with CRF test results. ie: her BUN is low/normal not high, HCT is normal, PHOS is normal

    I am wondering if anyone that knows veterinary medicine can answer this for me. I'm extremely concerned because she was eating fine before the diet change even with the labored breathing, now she won't eat any of the k/d foods and not more than a bite or two of anything else. The vet says if she won't eat the kidney diet to add water and force feed it to her from a squeeze bottle. This seems counterproductive (and painful for me, she doesn't like being force-anything) if she isn't in kidney failure. If she is, then I would really appreciate suggestions on alternatives to the aforementioned k/d food (tried can and dry) and the k/d liver recipe that she won't eat.

    She has had antibiotic and steroid shots for the lung infection. Plus the vet prescribed liquid antibiotics and probiotic paste to take home. My cat would let me give her the antibiotics to begin with because she didn't have much "fight" in her. Now she has it back and is fighting me when I give her the antibiotic. She won't touch the probiotic or any food that I put it in, even tuna (the bribe food/her fave). I've also been putting her in a crate and giving her albuterol nebulizer treatments followed by percussions. Her breathing is better than it was. But her respirations while laying down/resting are 55-60 breaths per minute.
    Vet did xrays because she felt "lumps" in her hind legs. Turned out to be nothing. The xrays did show "something" in her lungs (two hazy spots, one at the top edge of right lung and one on the towards the edge of the left lung) but the doctor said with her age she doesn't recommend surgery to find out if it is something "bad" or not. Just do antibiotics/nebs/percussions
    JC: Thank you so much for your reply. I appreciate you taking the time to read my entire question and to give an informed answer. She is family. I've had her since she was a tiny kitten and she means the world to me. My gut told me that something wasn't right with her diagnosis. Especially when she was looking at the xrays. She went up to the light board and stared at it, then moved really close and stared again for a bit and then said "there's something here..and here" pointing at the very light hazy spots but didn't tell me what that meant until I asked for more information. So, no, she did not send them to a radiologist. I had taken her in because of the breathing and she also had a hard spot under one of her nipples. We got a dog last year, so for the past year she doesn't live in my lap like she always has. Needless to say, when I was holding her, I felt the "tough" spot on her tummy/under the nipple. The vet seemed somewhat unconcerned about the spot but said from feeling it that
    unconcerned about the spot but said from feeling it that it was a "mammary tumor" which seems like something to be concerned about. She said if it gets any bigger to bring her back, but that was that. Velvet has always been a very healthy fiesty girl (she's a Russian Blue) but in the last couple of years she developed a small lump over her front right shoulder, it looks/feels like fluid filled skin, I was told by everyone this is nothing to be concerned about especially since it doesn't hurt her in the least to touch it, press it, etc. The vet said it wasn't anything to worry about either, just due to her getting older. She did say that because of the lumps in her legs and the hard spot in her tummy we should do xrays to make sure it wasn't a tumor in her lungs causing the breathing problems. I asked about the legs, because she didn't even mention them when reviewing the xray. She said "it's nothing, if it was, I would have told you".

    I was terrified when I went in. She seems to have

    • ANSWER:
      Time to find a new vet.

      Those aren’t the kidney numbers of a CRF cat. A better predictor of kidney health is to test the specific gravity of the urine – if it’s concentrated, the kidneys are functioning properly, if it’s too dilute, they are starting to age. The reduced kidney function is one of aging, and not a disease. A cat’s body craves and needs protein – that is why she is instinctively rejecting the K/D. Very few vets will prescribe a low-protein diet for cats with aging kidneys – they 1) won’t eat it 2) it leads to muscle wasting (the body needs to get protein from somewhere!) and 3) it hasn’t been proven that low-protein slows down the progression of the CRF. What she needs is to eat – a high quality canned food free of by-products and chemical preservatives. That’s what my vet recommends, based on the latest research. The by-products are hard to digest, and the chemicals are tough on the kidneys. Good canned foods will keep her better hydrated, and slow down the aging of the kidneys.

      Did the vet send the xrays out for a ‘real’ radiologist to interpret? Cats with asthma – untreated – can get hard spots in their lungs, and those will show up on xrays. It takes a real radiologist to interpret an xray – the answer is NOT surgery to find out what it is, it’s to have a qualified person read and interpret the xray. Personal story – my rescue rex was coughing prior to his coming to me, and was taken to the vet who did a chest xray, and diagnosed severe hear disease and wanted to do ultrasounds, etc. I insisted that the xrays were to be sent to a radiologist – diagnosis was asthma. Quite a bit different than the vet’s diagnosis of an aorta ready to self destruct.

      CRF is not a death sentence. And yours isn’t there yet. Feeding her a food she can’t stand is counterproductive, and can lead to liver failure when she refuses to eat. Find another vet, and feed her a quality canned food so that the poor thing eats! At 13 – with that pretty good bloodwork – she should have some good quality years left to spend with you.

  24. QUESTION:
    I have a 1 yr old Shih Tzu that has been diagnosed with kidney disease and skin allergies. What diet?
    Maizie is a foster dog with New Beginnings ShihTzu Rescue and the three applicants that were lining up for her all dropped her when her diagnoses came down. I need to know what diet to pass on to anyone interested in adopting this little girl.

    My vet recommended a kibble loaded with corn. Because of the severe skin allergy she cannot tolerate the corn or wheat in diets I have been offered. She will not eat the canned KD either. The info about the proper diet for the kidney disease is confusing. Some people say protein doesn’t matter and others say it does. Low potassium is important, but not listed on the food containers, or the lists I am finding on the net. Can anyone help clarify all of this information for me?

    • ANSWER:
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      Ted replies: “Dear Satish: Often times a kidney failure is due to excess acidity in urine as the acidity digests the kidney causing kidney failure much like the stomach acid digesting your kidneys. My own experience with kidney failure is often when urinary pH is between 5.0 to 5.5 but often times it can be as low as 4.5.

      Therefore, taking 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 glass of water taken about twice a day should notice some relief in the kidney problems.

      It takes two weeks to notice some improvement. In case of my own aunt who had kidney failure pending a surgical removal it took her 3 days of taking about this same amount or a bit more like 1 teaspoon of baking soda twice a day plus 1/2 glass of water for 3 days before the doctors decided her kidney was completely normal.

      Kidney failure can have all kinds of causes, but the most common problem I do see is excess acidity of the urine.

      If you are a perfectionist, a urinary pH precisely at 7 or as high as 7.34 is a pH that is unlikely to be acid to begin with, so it at least will give a chance for the kidney to recover.

      An exception is that in case the kidney failure is of a diabetes complication, then it would appear treatment of avoiding strict no sugar diets to be very important to reduce that first along with the usual baking soda needed to raise urinary pH to at least 7.0, being neutral is the best figure I can imagine where there is practically speaking no acid that can destroy the kidneys.

      There are other causes of kidney failure, but the information you supply me is lacking in details. I am therefor giving you a general ones that had worked for me the best. Ted”

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  25. QUESTION:
    Hyperthyroid question for vets please?
    My tom cat is nearly 17 years old and has hyperthyroid, heart murmur, kidney and liver problems. Our vet has taken him off his vidalta tablets because of his blood results which indicated the kidney and liver problems. He has been much better in himself after coming off the vidalta which made him become withdrawn and made him lose his appetite. He has been trembling off and on for a year now (due to the hyperthyroid?) I have had him checked over by the vets for other causes of the trembling but they cannot find any other reason for it without carrying out MRI scans etc which I am unwilling to put him through at his age. My question is what is biologically is happening to him which causes the trembling assuming it is related to the hyperthyroid. He seems to have little spates of it and at other times he seems to be OK.

    We tried him on fortekor for his kidneys but they made him very poorly (seemed to be dizzy/faint) so currently he is not on anything other than TLC and a kidney diet. Apart from the trembling episodes and being very thin (2kg) he is on good form and is taking part in normal day to day activities.

    I am only asking on here about the biology of what is happening to my cat to cause the trembling not as a replacement for vet care or diagnosis as he has this already.

    Thank you for any help.

    Becky
    I am so sorry to hear about your cat Andrew. I feel so sorry for you. I have a good eye on him and I will not let him suffer don’t worry. He has a lot more life in him yet, he is still enjoying himself too much. I had to make that decision with my beloved dog and I know it was for the best. i will do the same for my cat when the time comes but for now the good out weighs the bad by far. He is currently lying out tummy up by the fire purring his furry butt off :)
    Thanks Ken I will certainly have a read of the link you have sent to me. I really appreciate your help. I have been wondering about the degeneration factor and what you say makes a lot of sense. Can I ask you what the trembling feels like? Yes he is hyper T4. My vet has told me that none of his conditions are ones that are not directly painful but as he cannot tell me how he feels when he gets the shakes would you mind describing how it feels. it looks to me that it would feel like when you are dithering with the flu am i on the right track?
    Liverpool Lou :) you made me smile thanks. It is lovely to hear how much you love your cat. They are worth it! Fizzy is priceless too :) We did consider all our options a while back and as Fizzy is insured he would’ve been covered for that operation. His age deterred me from taking doing it. At the end of the day I don’t have the power to make him live forever I only wish I could. He is a lovely old soul and a good friend. I just want what time he has left to be comfortable and happy. Good luck with your cat i hope he/she does well and goes on to be 100 + too :) these old boys eh!
    Thanks JC that is all useful :) Yes what Ken said made sense to me. I did go for all of our repeat T4 blood tests until my vet recommended we came off the treatment because of it suppressing his appetite and because of the problems with his kidneys. She told me that the meds for hyperthyroid put extra pressure on the kidneys. LOL yes I agree about the 13 year olds pretending to be vets! I do have a couple of vet friends on here lol unless they are bored teenagers that is. Thanks to you all for your help and cat stories. I will certainly look into this and do some research and talk to my vet again in the morning.
    Thank you so much Everycat for your kind words. I really appreciate your help and advice. I do love him lots. Yes that is what my vet had said…that it was likely idiopathic. Thanks for the your comment about the MRI, I thought it would be too much for him. I did all I could to save my dog when she had heart failure…I learnt a lot because at the end of the day I couldn’t save her with all the pills/tests in the world. But I will get him to the vets for this full blood panel, it was a few weeks ago since his last blood test and I don’t think they did check his electrolytes. Thanks for being so kind.
    Hudsongray, thank you so much. It is lovely that such a great/supportive bunch of people have helped here! Thank you for sharing your knowledge about what has worked for your cats. I am really grateful that you have all concurred with each other about the low protein food, I would not of had a clue about this and would’ve gone on feeding it without question. I will speak to my vet about it and see if it is best for Fizzy to change. I am of belief that he would be loving a higher protein food…he adores chicken! I am lucky with Fizzy he does drink plenty of water and he is on wet food because along with everything else going wrong for the poor mite he only has 2 teeth left!!!! He had neck lesions (FORNS) and his body reclaimed all the calcium in his teeth! So they have been removed over the years despite my best efforts with the cat toothpaste (which he hated btw)!Anyway I’m off now to give him a hug and book my vet :) thanks guys :) xx

    • ANSWER:
      I cannot answer about the biology of what is happening. I can only answer from some experience that I was trembling when my hyper-T wasn’t diagnosed so I assume your cats hyper-t is not regulated. I really wanted to talk to you about the kidney problems. If this is crf and not total kidney failure you may be going about this the wrong way. Maybe if you can strengthen him, even at this age you may be able to go for the radio iodine treatment, Anyway best of luck and here you go
      Treatment of Chronic Renal Failure

      If your cat is not in final stages, this is not want you want to do. You do not want to put your cat on the
      Vets low protein diet. There are simply so many better options out there than to hand the poor cat a low amount of poor quality protein – which often results in a poor appetite and muscle wasting since the body is now robbing its own muscle mass to feed itself a decent quality and amount of protein.
      . There are new thoughts on this and the thinking is it is not the amount of protein but the quality of protein that matters.
      The Merck veterinary manual [www.merckvetmanual.com] says that cats need “4 g of protein of high biologic value per kg body wt/day”. That’s about 7 calories from protein per pound body weight per day. If a cat isn’t a good eater and consumes, say, 20 calories per pound per day, then 7/20 = 35% of calories can safely be from protein. It must be high quality protein, which means meat, milk, and eggs, and not grain or soy.

      I am under the assumption that you have been feeding mostly dry foods. Many use a vegetable based protein instead of animal and that is part of the problem.. Your cat needs protein as it is a carnivore and cutting down on it will lead to other health issues and may cause faster degeneration.
      You want to cut down on phosphorous (no fish allowed now)

      The best way to do this is with a raw diet which you can make yourself or buy. (Making yourself is better) link provided at the bottom
      If you are unwilling to do that then something like the non fish flavors of Wellness or Merrick with NO grains are good alternatives. Wysong is also a good canned choice. This list gives a breakdown. Remember you want low phosphorous

      http://binkyspage.tripod.com/CanFoodOld.html

      http://binkyspage.tripod.com/CanFoodNew.html

      You should be giving sub-Q fluids as needed.

      You also will want to look into phosphorous binders. Something like aluminum hydroxide
      Ask your vet or look into calcitrol

      You may want to talk to the vet about having injectable Pepcid AC on hand or you can buy it in pill form (ac not plain pepcid) and give 1/4 tab for stomach upset which happens a lot in crf cats due to acid in the stomach.
      I hope this stuff helps, here are many links for you
      Making cat food

      http://www.catinfo.org/makingcatfood.htm

      other links. Read, read, read!!!!

      http://www.felineoutreach.org/EducationDetail.asp?cat=KidneyDisease

      http://www.marvistavet.com/html/kidney_failure_where_to_begin.html

      http://www.felinecrf.org/

      c

      About that vets diet. This report is for dogs but applies to cats

      http://mousabilities.com/nutrition/crf/bovee_protein_RD.pdf

      http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Opera/21…

  26. QUESTION:
    Does your spiritual path agree or disagree with euthanasia of pets?
    Our cat was euthanized at the vet just last Monday, having spent Saturday and Sunday on fluids at the hospital. He had total kidney failure and anemia, which caused a lack of appetite for his special kidney diet and made him quite weak. The vet thought it best to euthanize him that day, so I agreed. I wanted to remember him alive, so after spending a few minutes with him, I told the vet I didn’t think I could watch.

    I just feel horrible about this. This was actually one of my worst fears to be faced with such a decision, and I just felt like I was betraying him. I guess I don’t really have a specific spiritual path, but an important part of my sense of spirituality is to care for animals as best I can.

    I didn’t want him to suffer, but I think he could have lived a little longer. I even asked if I could bring him home for at least one week, which my mother requested, since she is in New York on vacation and wanted to see him when she got back. But the vet said she wasn’t sure he would last a week, that I would just watch him die, and it wouldn’t be pleasant. I asked about administering fluids from time to time (which I had read can be done with cats who have renal failure), and she said they would try that if his kidney levels were better, but it seems they were too far gone for that to work. I trusted her judgment, and she seemed certain about how bad his situation was.

    Sorry to ramble on, but spiritually speaking, what do you think of euthanasia? Is is playing “God” or accepting the inevitable and lessening suffering? Thank you for your thoughts.

    • ANSWER:
      im sorry for your loss, you loved your cat and so your entitled to ramble allyou want at his passing

      look, i had to make and go over the same guilt myself about my 17 year old cat, it was his time, he was dying , it was happenign slowly and rapidly at the same time,

      im nearly in tears reading your expereince, it reminds me so much of my own
      but i watched, and i saw his last moments, it hurt liek hell
      more than hell,

      he may have lived a little longer, this is true, same as my baby cat woudl have , but youmade the decision,that you HAD to make
      to end his SUFFERING,

      love is about the hard decisions as much as it is anythign else

      beleive me, in a while, you will be able to see past the grief and guild and understand it was the right thing to do it was the ONLY thing you could do

      having your loved one suffer is a horrific thing
      being the one who can end that suffering is great and horrific all in one

      beleive me, the vets know what they ae talkign about, it may hurt you to know you did this, but in time you will reemmber that you had to because you loved him, not because you didnt, because you DID VERY MUCH

      i felt the same way, i felt i was betryaing my baby cats trust in me, his love, but, he knew he was dying, i honestly can say that, he knew
      the way he acted in his last week, he knew
      and he knew i loved him, as your cat knew you loved him too

      cats are not stupid, at all, they understand a lot more than we give them credit for
      they knew when their time is up, its up,the fact that you wanted to end his pain only shows testament to your love, and look what it does to you
      you are in pain now, he i sout of his, and you are in horrible pain, this was one of the hardest decisions of your life, and it will stay with you
      you did that for him

  27. QUESTION:
    what is the best diet for kidney and liver failure?
    end statge kidney failure hep c

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your DR – a nurse NP might be able to help also

  28. QUESTION:
    Is soy good for kidney diease some say it is and some say it is not what is the real answer?
    What is the best diet for kidney diease,soy is good right or no what else is a good low diet.

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.kidney.org/atoz/atozTopic.cfm?topic=4

  29. QUESTION:
    Natural treatments and best diet for kidney failure in dogs?
    My GSD,Lulu,is 8 years old and the picture of health.She eats Merrick,Eagle Pack Holistic and several other premium foods. For the last several days,she has been urinating more frequently and has had two accidents in the house during the night.I took a urine sample to the vet today and her specific gravity was very low.The vet suspects kidney failure and Lulu is going in for bloodwork next week.She is otherwise acting fine – eating, active, good weight,etc. I have had dogs with renal failure before,and most of them were in their teens when diagnosed and did not last long. I did have a mixed breed called Lilac who was diagnosed at age 9 and lived to be 13,which is what I am hoping for Lulu.I really do not think I can bear to lose her right now. Lilac,( the mixed breeed) ate Hill’s KD and Cycle Senior ( this was back in the late ’80′s) and did well on them. I have been looking online for alternative treatments and diets and wonder if those of you who have had experience with canine renal failure can recommend any herbal/dietary treatments to help my dog should she have renal failure.Is there a dog food or homemade diet that you have had good results with? I am open to trying anything,because Lulu is so very special to me,she is just such a great dog and is so loyal and sweet;she is my shadow. Any advice will be appreciated and if you would star the question so that others who have had or do have dogs with renal failure can see it,I would appreciate it.Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      I’d suggest that you give your dog a natural supplement called Tripsy. It contains a powerful combination of herbal extracts proven to:

      Promote healthy kidney functioning
      Fight kidney infections
      Improve urinary flow
      Reduce the pain and discomfort of kidney stones

      Tripsy is high effective, yet is totally natural and 100% safe for long-term use.
      Here’s the link with more info: http://www.petwellbeing.com/dog-kidney-disease-p91.cfm

  30. QUESTION:
    What should be the Diet plan for kidney patients?
    I want to know a diet plan for CKD patients.

    • ANSWER:
      A daily diet containing the following mineral ingredients should be strictly maintained:

      Potassium:
      Around 90% of the potassium consumed through our diet is removed by the kidney. The normal level of potassium intake is 3.5-5.0 mEq/L so anything higher than that must be avoided. But in the patients having stage 5 CKD, it becomes difficult to remove the potassium from the body as kidney loses its functions altogether. So, controlling potassium is very important. Mostly, we consume potassium through milk, yogurt; fruits like avocado, kiwis, oranges, papayas, banana, cantaloupe; Legumes – nuts; vegetables like beans, potatoes, tomatoes, spinach and fellow leafy vegetables, sweet potato and animal protein. Potassium-based salt products, winter vegetable juices and squash should also be strictly avoided.

      Sodium:
      Kidney diseases and salt are almost synonymous. Higher the salt intake, higher the risk of the CKD, high blood pressure and heart disease. Hence a large amount of sodium intake must be restricted. Canned food, pickles, smoked meat, some frozen foods, processed cheese, packed chips, junk food and crackers must also be avoided. Develop a habit of reading the labels to get to know the level of sodium in the products we are consuming. Less than 5 mg sodium per serving is sufficient to stay healthy.

      Protein:
      The limit on protein intake is 0.75g per kilogram of one’s total body weight, except for those suffering from haemodialysis. One must consume enough protein to keep oneself healthy but not in excess. Mainly meat, fish and dairy products are the sources of protein. Edibles such as eggs, beef, cheese, bran breads, nuts and vegetable also contain a high amount of protein.

      Phosphorus:
      Phosphorus consumption for normal people as well as for people with CKD non-dialysis is 2.7 to 4.6 mg/dL. For CKD dialysis patients the target range is 3.5 to 5.5 mg/dL. Anything more than that must be reduced. Poor maintenance of phosphorus can lead to not only total kidney failure but also to bone diseases and heart troubles. Dairy products, nuts and beans (the main sources of phosphorus) and drinks and beverages like cocoa, cold drinks and beer must be avoided.

      Fluids:
      Consumption of fluids is essential for normal people but for a patient of CKD, fluid intake must be watched. More than 48 fl oz (1.4 L) of fluids a day must be avoided. What are fluids? Edible things that are liquid at room temperature are known as fluids. e. g. soups, ice creams, Jell-O, etc. Over-consumption of such fluids can increase the level of phosphorus. Some fruits like apples, orange, grapes and vegetables like lettuce also contain a lot of water. So, avoid such fruits.

      Now what must one eat with such dietary limits or restrictions? Following are some useful tips to follow:
      •Vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, bean sprouts, cucumber, lettuce, asparagus, mustard greens, green beans, eggplant; white rice, corn cereals, popcorn and fish like tuna, catfish, swordfish, codfish, mahi fish should be consumed for a healthy diet.
      •Use phosphorus binders such as calcium acetate (PhosLo), calcium carbonate (Caltrate and Tums) or sevalemer hydrochloride (Renagel) when necessary. But with proper prescription from your doctor.
      •Never change any food pattern or your diet program without proper consultation with your doctor.
      •It’s important to have routine medical checkups and keeping a track of the recent changes that occur.
      •Proper medication and exercise is a must.
      •Smoking and alcohol consumption must be reduced, and preferably completely avoided.
      •No meals should be skipped. Avoid taking huge meals at a time and divide meals into a 4-times a day pattern.
      •Lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels must be maintained and observed time to time.
      •Last and most important, is keeping your mind healthy and motivated which has the greatest power to cure any disease.

      Tin

  31. QUESTION:
    What should be the diet for Chronic Kidney disease if in first stage ?
    After tests I have creatinine 2.6, potassium 6, Urea 75, sodium 134, Haemoglobin 9 with no albumin in urine, no sugar and almost accurate blood pressure.

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    What is the recommended diet for dogs with kidney disease?
    My beloved Binney was diagnosed with kidney disease just yesterday. The doc said she has less than a couple of months to live. I’m devastated and would like to make her remaining days easier on her – and her kidneys. Is there some sort of specialized diet I can provide? I would prefer something natural and organic.

    Please I’m desperate and if there is something in the local farmer market that helps, include that too!

    • ANSWER:
      I’m so sry to hear this. Make sure she drinks lots of water. There is a science diet food that is good for kidney issues I believe it is A/d or maybe i/d or it could be u/d. Petsmart carries it and you will be able to tell which one it is because it should say it on the bag or can. Good Luck and may god bless you and your dog in this time of need.

  33. QUESTION:
    Bad kidneys and diet…..please help?
    I am stage four kidney disease ( close to having to be on dialsis) the doctore said to watch my salit intake and phosphorus intake?

    A) are all soft drinks out of the question? Should i be sticking to juice and water?
    B) what does and does not have alot oa phospherous in it so i no what i can east and cant

    • ANSWER:
      didn’t your doctors tell u about what kind of food can u or can not eat? if they didn’t they suck. also soft drinks are bad for everybody, so it is always good to stick just to water. maybe diluted juice.

  34. QUESTION:
    Recently, i had a operation to crush my stones in kidney,what is the diet should i follow?
    Recently, i had a operation to crush my stones in kidney,what are the food items hsould i take/avoid to prevent stones in future..

    • ANSWER:
      Speak with your doctor to be given the best advice about your diet.

      But, you need to be drinking plenty of water as that is a good way to help avoid getting kidney stones. Or stones of any kind. I have been told this by a few people who have had stones. Their doctors have told them this.

      I hope your doing better now, consult with your doctor about the best diet for you. Drink plenty of water to help flush your system.

  35. QUESTION:
    Pyrenees Mountain Dog, HUGE WEIGHT LOSS, possible kidney disease, best diet?
    Our Pyr is now 3 years old and we’ve had so many problems with him, bless him. We only had Benji for a few days when he started to have seizures. To cut a long story short after spending nigh on £7,000 at the local vets, vetinary hospital A&E and intensive care they still didn’t know what was causing the seizures and other problems (anemic, irregular blood cells and so on). Anyway, after the first year and half of his life on medication he seemed to stabilise and as the seizures stopped he no longer required the medication. Benji was then a relatively “normal” Pyr (apart from aenimic and sensitive stomach).

    However, the last few months he’s had dramatic weight loss and is now suspected of having kidney disease (still undergoing tests). He was never a big Pyr after all the problems he had when he was a puppy, but over the last few months he went from 41kg down to 32kg. With plenty of antibiotics and change of diet etc. he has gained a massive 5kg in the last month so he’s back up to 37kg now. We’re waiting for more test results so we know whether it is kidney failure of a severe infection. I asked the vet as to what dry food is the best for a dog like Benji with all his problems, and he didn’t really give me a solid recommendation. Benji’s always had a fairly sensitive stomach, so wet dog food isn’t really an option as it causes chronic diareah and makes him even more lethergaic. We changed to Royal Canin (large adult) just before his weight gain which I think has helped.

    Would anyone recommend to keep on using this?

    Advice needed from a distressed and concerned Pyr owner :)

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    I want to thank you for the chart on cholesterol. I am trying to plan a diet for kidney problems or failure.?
    Maybe you know what sea foods are best for that.

    • ANSWER:
      Cholesterol/ kidney failure and sea food ??
      What are u trying to convey my friend –
      Kidney failure ?
      why sea food for it –

      barley water, jeera water, Fresh grey ground – juice at empty stomach, like that lot of diet – herbal and naturpathic methods are there to cure a failuing kidney

      You can try homoeopathic medicine

  37. QUESTION:
    i have kidney stones. need a diet plan and what foods to avoid?
    i know to limit my sodium and oxalate intake… i’ve looked up foods that are high in these, but some they are ok, and others not. what can i eat to naturally dissolve kidney stone, and to help with the pain? i know drink lots of water.. some say cranberry juice, but isn’t that a dark fruit (high in oxalates)? don’t understand. in need of help. i take lemon juice, but need a diet plan. can anyone help? please.

    • ANSWER:
      Cranberry juice has oxalates, but oxalates are a vast group of chemicals that have different properties. Nobody really knows which types of oxalates to avoid. It appears that oxalates in cranberry juice are molecules that are not biologically active, so they seem to circumvent the pathways where kidney stones form. This is not an established fact, but it is based on observations that cranberry juices seems to alleviate several kidney problems.

      Kidney stone formation is a complex process influenced by many factors and there’s only so much you can do to avoid things that seem to cause kidney stones. Kidneys stones occur primarily from an imbalance in dissolved minerals in the blood or urine. But beyond that, the cause of kidneys stones really isn’t known. Oxalates are implicated because they are one of the primary chemicals found in stones, but the reason whey oxalates end up in kidney stones isn’t known. A significant portion of the guidance for managing kidney stones is based on logical speculation that is weakly supported by actual results and many studies have conflicting results.

      The most significant factor for managing kidney stones is adequate water intake. For everything else, the primary rule is to keep minerals, oxalates and vitamins at moderate levels. Extreme dietary restrictions are not shown to make more of a difference than moderate changes to reduce foods that might cause stone formation.

      If you try to avoid all the foods that are high in oxalates, you would have to eliminate many of the foods that are recommended to avoid other health problems. The second link shows foods high in oxalates. If you look at the list, you can see that there aren’t many foods left to eat if you try to avoid oxalates, so just keep things in moderation.

  38. QUESTION:
    High blood pressure, high cholestrol, bad kidneys. What diet?
    So my dad has had high blood pressure for a while, he’s on medication for it but it’s not helping. He had some tests done and found out he also has high cholestrol and his kidneys are only just working. He’s having more tests done in 2 weeks to find out the cause but untill then we are kind of left in the dark. Just hoping someone could tell me what foods could help all three. I’ve read that for the kidneys you shouldn’t eat to much protein, eggs etc. but that these are good things for cholestrol. So alittle confused. I don’t want to hear about what the cause’s and any diseases he could have because we know about them. Just want to know what we can do with his diet to try and help in the mean time. Thanks very much.
    Thanks, he has been trying to do more exercise but he has a condition in his back where the sponges in between his disc’s are worn away so he has to do special exercise which is pretty limited. Also he’s on other medication (which isn’t causing the problem) and he can’t take aspirin.

    • ANSWER:
      If your dad has not been on a diet for LDL, HDL etc., I would reccommend
      very strongly he do this. Cholestrol is a major concern to clog arteries, reduce their diameter
      and cause blood pressure to increase and to also cause strokes and heart attacks.
      Strict diet and some natural supplements can lower bad cholestrol and raise the good.
      Esercise works also to raise the good cholestrol and increase vessel size. Niacin, garlic, fish oil, aspirin help. A new all natural product from Menage Innovations called Cardio Plus helps condition the blood for better flow and remove cholestrol, plus another called Fiber Plus helps take cholestrol out of your digestive system before it enters the blood stream. There are natural products to help with this problem because the meds for this damage your liver and kidneys and
      I feel this is a better and healthier way to go long term

  39. QUESTION:
    What is the best diet for one surviving kidney cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      I have lost a Kidney to cancer.After I recovered the Dr. told me to drink at least a gallon of water a day. The more water you drink the better . It helps the Kidney that is left function better & pushes out toxins. The biggest thing he told me was to watch my protine intake, as protine is hard on the Kidneys. You will not believe how many things have protine in them. My faviorte candy is licurious & each piece has 9 grams of protine. Your Dr. may not have all the answers go to the American Cancer socity. Caffeine should be avoided & Mountain Dew is the worst soda you can drink. God Bless & take care. If you want to talk futher with me being a Kidney cancer survivor just send me an email & we can talk

  40. QUESTION:
    Diet information for kidney?
    Can anyone tell me where i can get full diet information for kidney. What are all the best fruits for kidney?

    • ANSWER:
      A low-protein diet is used in people with abnormal kidney function to prevent worsening of their kidney disease. The diet is often low in sodium and potassium as well. For some people on this diet, fluid restriction is also necessary. And if you have diabetes along with kidney disease, a low-carbohydrate diet may be necessary.
      Fruit juice contain potassium hence must be taken cautiously if there is impairment of renal function.
      Visit-

      http://www.pennhealth.com/ency/article/002442.htm

      Good luck!

  41. QUESTION:
    High Protein Dog Food Diet Linked To Kidney Failure Later In Life?
    I just have a question for any one who knows a lot of about dog nutrition and dog foods. I currently have my Basset Hound on Innova EVO red meat small bites dry dog food and varying types of high quality canned food. (EVO canned, Evanger’s, Mulligan Stew, Nature’s Choice etc.) I recently took my dog in to my veterinarian and he asked me what food I fed my dog. I of course said, “Innova EVO.” He had never heard of it, so I proceeded to tell him it was a high protein no filler diet. He then started rambling on and on about how I am going to make my dog have kidney failure later on in life as they cannot digest the high levels of protein blah blah blah. He then told me I should switch him to MediCal dog food. I looked this dog food up and it is full of fillers and cannot be anywhere near as close to EVO’s star quality. So what I am asking is are some vets “payed” to endorse certain veternarian approved dog food, or is this something that can actually happen to my dog over time? I have tried researching the topic online and many sources say this isn’t true, and there are sources that say it is. Any help with if this is fact or fiction would be great.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      This is true in herbivores or omnivores that rely mostly on vegetation. It is not true for carnivores which is what your dog is. High protein can cause problems in dogs with already compromised kidneys (or livers) but it’s yet to be proven that it causes problems in HEALTHY CANINES. Most studies are being done on rodents and then that is applied to a dog. That’s about the same as researching a fish and comparing it to a human. They’re just too different. There have been a couple studies done on canines and no evidence was found that high protein from meat based sources causes any problems. There was evidence that high protein from plant based sources could potentially cause problems but more research is still needed. You don’t need to worry about that particular study since EVO is meat based protein rather than plant based. There are plenty of good articles out there if you search high protein dog foods and kidney failure. The one below is a good start.

      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=protein_myth

      Oh, you might find it interesting that vet school only requires a few hours of study in nutrition and Science Diet (Hills) is the company that sends a representative to discuss it. Of course they have their own agenda and are going to push these upcoming vets to recommend foods that will profit their own companies. This is information I have directly from friends that are currently studying to be vets. Thankfully, my friends can think for themselves and do their own research but too many people just believe whatever they’re told is the gospel truth, especially if it is something they hear in college. :(

      EDIT – Curtis, my vet FLIPPED when she found out my dogs ate raw. She was fine with the high quality kibbles (Orijen or Taste of the Wild) but couldn’t handle actual raw meat going into them. She actually told me my new kitten would be dead within the month if I didn’t give her a good kibble. Took that kitten in at about 16 months to get spayed and that same vet now feeds her cat prey model raw. She was amazed at Autumn’s coat being so sleek and shiny with no dander or shed despite being a very very fluffy longcoat that NEVER got brushed (she’d remove my hand for that) plus her teeth were nice and white with no tartar at all. Always nice to see a vet eat their words and then conceed that they are not all-knowing. :)

  42. QUESTION:
    I barely drink any water…?
    Im 15 years old and kind of a short guy and I barely drink any water. I can go for a 4 -7 days without drinking a cup of water…

    What makes me drink water is when I drink pasterized milk or anythign salty at the least… Also, Im on a no to slim salt diet (kidney condition).. Is it becasue of my diet i barely drink any water? My sodium intake is 0 < 500mg at most per day. Should I drink water regardless of my low sodium intake? How many cups should I drink?

    • ANSWER:
      You should be consuming at least 8 full glasses of water a day. That’s necessary for your body.

      Milk isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and water should not be replaced with milk.

      Only one cup a day is recommended by top medical universary’s.

      Google milk and you’ll find out it’s really not very healthy for you and can double your risk of prostate cancer.

      Good luck my friend….

  43. QUESTION:
    What shud be the diet for patient with kidney stones?
    Specially in case of students staying in hostel coz they dont have much options..so exactly speaking what all thing can they avoid n consume ………….indian diet particularly(veg.)

    • ANSWER:
      does the person have kidney stones currently, or has passed them and needs to keep from getting them again?

  44. QUESTION:
    When is Mental & physical health education going to be updated in the R.O.I, (In relation to Tourist info)?
    The government should provide proper information on physical and mental health in the Republic Of Ireland.

    I am totally disgusted that they have not done this, especially with the great advances in science and social science at the moment.

    It would save the Government large amounts of money if they tacked these problems face on. It would also help lots of people who suffer from mental or physical illnesses.

    If you talk to people in the social industry they will tell you that there is a cure for most mental illness, if caught on time.

    As long as a person have a will and strong family& friend support anything is possible in my opinion.

    If you read snob articles then you would be well aware that the information is out there. It just needs to be applied properly and efficiently.

    Of course most people cannot read such articles, because they are plastered with stupid ridiculously large words and Technical jargon.

    How horrid that mostly only the privileged can read this information. Some people of course share their knowledge. Others do not.

    Anyway, most mental illness can be tackled if found on time.

    So why is it that they do not provide sufficient information to the people? It makes me sick to think that so many people get lost in our modern society.

    Even thing like dyslexia, which is a sign of creativity, is shown as a weakness here.

    The teachers try their best. But they simply do not have the Government support. Many good teachers have helped people with dyslexia and number blindness.
    Now with the cuts of late how will our society tackle these upcoming problems?

    Why does the Government let people suffer for no reason?
    These problems could be tackled and should be tackled.

    Also, things such as basic physical health are not being made aware.

    I.e.

    -for a women the importance of wearing the correct bra.
    -Looking after your teeth and basic diet.
    -Kidney infections
    -and so fort.

    Anyway, I think that if the government put a lot of money into these things, they would save money in the long run.

    They would also make our society a better place to live in.

    Why is there not enough information out there to tackle these upcoming major problems in our society? Surely people deserve to be Happy and not be mentally ripped to pieces.

    People deserve to know what is the best way to upkeep their physical health also.

    Cheers for the answers.

    • ANSWER:
      you are very correct CG with your analysis of the Irish governments attitude to our health.

      What I dont understand is that we have a state owned TV station which (as another asker pointed out, currently produces drivel) could be used as the medium for such info, but instead we wait years for the leaflet in the letterbox. Everyday most of our population sits in front of RTE for some time at least. Why not address the population directly? look us in the eye and say it like it is?

      I’m 42 and a workmate of mine is recovering from the removal of his prostate gland (cancer). I was stunned by how many of the lads in work are completely ignorant of the danger to them that prostate cancer poses, or actually even how to keep a regular check on their health. but they all watch TV!! They all could be educated in between their favorite shows (or on the show, perhaps). Instead the overdue leaflet goes into the green bin with all the rest of the spam.

      Time for CHANGE CG!!

  45. QUESTION:
    kidney disease in dog?
    My 16yo poodle/schnouzer mix was diagnosed with kidney disease last yr. Please tell me anything more that I can do as his kidneys keep getting worse. His diet is Hill’s Prescription diet for kidneys canned. His meds are: calcitriol 1.5ml and 3 azodyl pills a day for kidneys, Enalapril once daily for blood pressure, and cosequin ds daily for arthritis. I also give him 250ml of normal saline via subcutenous IV now twice a week. His hips and back legs suffer the most from bone loss and arthritis. But the vet said he’sin no pain from the kidney disease. But is there anything more I can do? I bought a bottle at a pet store to force him to drink more since the vet said to flush his kidneys. but theres increased protein in his urine and decreased in his blood. I just want to do all that I can to make him live as healthy as possibl. Should I force exercise should I force water more. Some nights he eats half his food should I force more? What else any other drugs I should give him? Anything pls

    • ANSWER:
      My 8 year old Yorkie just had surgery to remove a large kidney stone. He also has an enlarged heart. He will be on the Enalapril for the rest of his life. I feel for you as I too am wondering what can I do to keep him healthy and give him longevity. You are most fortunate to have had him for 16 years. I think you are doing all that you reasonably can at this point. You will ‘know’ when it’s time to end his suffering and let him go, painful as it may be. Just give him all of the love and tenderness you can and God bless you both.

  46. QUESTION:
    What kind of diet would help me from getting kidney stones?
    This is the fourth time Sense 2000 that i have had kidney stones the first two i had to have removed. fortunately I have been able to pass these last two with out it hurting one in may 2009 and this last one tonight. I would like to know why I may be getting them, and what kind of diet I need to be on to avoid them. Help me please.
    Ps who ever says Water I all reeady know that i drink atleast 10 8 once glasses of water a day.

    • ANSWER:
      This forum is for questions about diabetes.

  47. QUESTION:
    My cat just got diagnosed with CRF (kidney failure). What are my next steps?
    When she got diagnosed the other day she went into the vet with a BUN of 156 and her creatinine was 5.1. After 3 days of IV fluid her BUN was 108 and creatinine is 5.8. She is 8 years old and 4.4 pounds. The vet sent me home with prescription diet for kidney failure (wet food) and told me to come back in a month to do more blood work. How do I know if I should take her in sooner than that?? I am very confused because I do not know if this is the right path for her. She is eating and drinking but not as affectionate and seems “down”. I read about people giving fluids at home, should I be doing this at this point in her disease? And does anyone know what the average cost of this procedure is? Does this have to be done everyday? I am just very confused, overwelmed and heart broken right now and need some answers. :( Please help…………

    • ANSWER:
      A vet can walk you through the process of giving fluids, it’s NOT hard. In fact if you go to YouTube and type in ‘giving cat fluids’ there are instruction videos over there showing the whole process.

      Yahoogroups has at least three very good CRF groups, sign up with them and ask questions. The owners there ALL have cats that are going through this.

      Many cats live long lives with CRF provided they get enough water and are eating. Mine has been CRF for 4 years now and he’s running around the house like a maniac with playing. He’s 19 years old. Fortunately he likes to drink out of the bath tub so we dump two cups of water in there when he jumps in, and make sure there’s a water bowl in there as well. He eats canned, but refused all the special low protien food, so we feed him whatever he WILL eat provided it’s not total junk cat food. I have to keep switching brands with him,but he’s doing very well.

      The big thing is to keep the water going into them so the kidneys get flushed. Ask your vet if your cat should be peeing once or twice a day.

  48. QUESTION:
    what is the maximum protein amount for a dog with kidney failure?
    K. we know a dog has to be on low protein diet for kidney failure. Its not so much the protein but the phosphates that need to be low from the protein. Most dogs wont eat k/d. But not one vet or person can answer one simple question. What is the maximum amount of protein a dog can have? If k/d has 3.5 grams and kibbles and bits has 8grams of protein how can 4.5 more grams be harmful. Especially when they are on epaktin and azadoyl for protein and phosphate binders. Called a couple of university vet hospitals and to my surprise they have no answer to this. If we knew the limited amount they can take would be helpful. Any ideas anyone. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Your vets cannot give you a good answer because they honestly don’t know. The correct answer is as little as possible and no fat or very, very little fat.
      Do you have ketone strips? Just check his urine with a strip every now and then. If you see ketones over 1 or 2, cut the protein and increase the carbs.
      Nothing you do will fix the kidneys. You are just trying to balance how much stress the kidneys can handle with how happy the dog can be for the amount of time he has left. Sometimes people repeatedly do IVs to try to prolong life. But eventually the quality of life will be so low from kidney failure that some hard decisions will have to be made. There comes a point when the kidneys cannot function well enough to sustain life even after you have reduced the stress on them. Digesting fats and protein is more stressful to the kidneys than just digesting sugars (carbs).
      For right now use chopped lean meats with lots of rice. Your vet could also give you some vitamins to add nutrition, but the dog probably cannot take a whole one. You will have to use only a small part of one. Ask your vet about that.
      Try to keep the ketone output in the urine as low as possible. You will probably always see a trace of ketones or even a +1. Just try to keep it low or nonexistent. And provide plenty of water.

  49. QUESTION:
    my cat has to go on a prescription diet because of kidney disease?
    his cat food from vet is ROYAL CANIN RENAL from my vet it costs £9 60 pence
    for box of 12 the cat likes this food so i am glad as some cats wont eat it he also wants 3 pouches per day which i will give him gladly so that is working out at £75 per month , i dont drive so also a taxi up the road carrying it, i can get what looks like the exact same for £60 a month with free delivery ,on the internet should i trust and buy it
    trying to save a wee bit , but not at cats expensive ever as cat to me is worth its weight in gold , i also have £9 a week to pay for his medical cover thanks
    to littleha no those sites i am talking about give you it without a predcription i have checked thanks
    to elaine m i see what you mean about different opinions regarding protien , i have read and do believe that a cat with a all ready damaged kidney that high protien puts extra stress on the kidney this is allnew to me i have had 3 cats and this cat is the only one with kidney disease and one was 19 and healthy but this cat is the only onewho has a had a high protien diet all his life turkey etc i gave him it as he demanded it and is spoilt so i kinda blame the protien for his troubles he is 15 years

    • ANSWER:
      Just like with prescription drugs, prescription food can be obtained at places other than your vet. You get a prescription and then the online retailer will send it to you. Generally it’s at less cost than the vet can offer it. As long as this is a reputable online retailer, it’s the same food that your vet offers. And surely we all are looking for ways that save money without compromising the health of our cats!

  50. QUESTION:
    What about low-protein diet because of the kidney disease. Which sources are less harmful.?

    • ANSWER:


What Is The Affiliate Program

An affiliate link is a special URL code that will identify customers coming to the company’s site from your advertising. It will likely be the website address with a code attached to the end. Some affiliate programs also have tiers. That means if someone who is interested in SELLING the product comes through your link and signs up you will also get a small percentage of THEIR earnings.

How do choose affiliate program ? You should research the popularity of some of your interests. Try to determine if people are buying that product or service online. There are many sources for finding that information including free ones such as the Overture keyword tool.

When you have found an area that is popular then type the subject along with ‘affiliate program’ into your search engine and see which programs have services or products for that area. You can also use an affiliate program directory.

When you have found a program that looks interesting you should read the terms of the program. Make sure that payouts are not based on a high commission earning or you may never see your money. Also try to choose programs with high commission rates. Often you will find ebooks and downloadable software has the highest rates as there is no physical product to make or ship. If you are satisfied with the terms then you need to sign up – usually a simple process.

Start marketing. The reason affiliate programs are so great for beginners is that you only need to focus on marketing – not making – your product.

Website affiliate programs- easy start affiliate program. You can find zillion of affiliate programs. Many affiliate programs have information on how to market and give you tools such as banners, product feeds and more. As you gain experience marketing you will make adjustments to your selling and start creating a wonderful income.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is a good affiliate program to start off with?
    Hello, i am a college student looking to make some additional money at my own pace and not with a company. And by company i mean a at location job. Anyways i am looking for a program that has to deal with the latest electronics and computers. Any suggestions?

    If their are no suggestions to an affiliate program. What other programs/companies can i offer my service to freelance sales?

    • ANSWER:
      I am not sure exactly what you are looking for, but I work for a company and they pay awesome and they are looking for people.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the most profitable affiliate program on the Internet to make money right away?
    I want to make good money. No mlms or network marketing. I am looking for an affiliate type program that I can set up right away, and get started quickly, without major sign up fees or requirements. Something that is popular, and easy to market.

    • ANSWER:
      Amazon.com’s affiliate program. It’s the best and amazon has a good brand value. No signup fees, no hassles and they have a very good web service ( if you are on the geeky side).

  3. QUESTION:
    What’s the best affiliate program to sell an ebook?
    There are many affiliate programs. In your opinion, what is the best affiliate program to sell an ebook?

    Thanks for your input.

    • ANSWER:
      it is hard

  4. QUESTION:
    What is the best free software for a merchant with an affiliate program?
    I have recently added an affiliate program to my website and I would like to know if there is any free software I can acquire that might help me to get affiliates or just get the word out about my program. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      you may try Perfect Optimizer, Regcure or something like that and add it to your website. it might help you to get your affiliates. lol

  5. QUESTION:
    how does the playboy affiliate program work?
    I was wondering if anyone could tell me exactly how the playboy affiliate program works and other affiliate programs work on websites? What exactly is an affiliate?

    • ANSWER:
      The basic idea behind affiliate programs is that when you become an affiliate (also called a referrer, reseller or associate), a partnership is created with the merchant – the owner of a product or provider of a service. Once you as an affiliate refer a customer to the merchant and the customer makes a purchase, you get a percentage of the sale (a commission).

      You can find out more about affiliate marketing and the best resources to learn affiliate marketing at this website – http://www.affiliatemarketinglessons.com

      Hope this helps…

  6. QUESTION:
    I dont own a website what is the BEST affiliate program for me?
    I want to make money online by a affiliate program but I don’t have any web site. Is there any Legitimate Affiliate program that offers free Online Affiliate store?

    • ANSWER:
      I suppose it really depends on how long you have to engage in the fund raising. If it is short term then probably some sort of service or product sales.

      If you are looking at a long term solution or possibly starting right now to raise money on an ongoing basis, you might consider a lady who has an organization called Together We Can Change the World, Inc. She designed a website to specifically deal with all sorts of fund raising activities for both school, community and Non-Profits.

      And, in the process of helping others you can earn some really good income for yourself and your family.

      You may want to take a look at http://www.npfsolution.com

  7. QUESTION:
    Who is the best Credit Card Affiliate Program, and what Credit Card Forums are good to look at?
    I have been thinking about getting into the credit card affiliate programs and just wanted to know who the best program is, and also some name of some forums that may speak a little about these as well.

    Thank you in Advance.

    • ANSWER:
      You’re welcome to check out the company that we’re associated with. We think they are a good one.

      https://www.crazy4hawgs.com/Credit_Cards.html

  8. QUESTION:
    What directory can I search for the best affiliate program?
    Is there a central place for a newbie like myself to find a good affiliate program?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey Mandii!

      Save yourself a lot of time and money by getting the best program. I’ve spent hundreds of dollars

      trying different programs and found 1 and only 1 that will actually coach you. There’s much to

      learn about affiliate marketing before you actually make money. Most sites tell you that you’re

      gonna make tons of money if you “follow their plan” but they leave out critical steps which will leave

      you very frustrated. The name of the BEST PROGRAM by far is “Wealthy Affiliate”(WA). Here you

      not only have access to the two owners for personal coaching, but also can ask questions in the

      forum and other WA members will help you. Go below and check it out…WA is rated very high

      on review pages also.

      To Your Success!

      Paul

  9. QUESTION:
    What’s the difference between a banner and an affiliate program?
    From what I understand is that affiliate program is the promotion of one company’s product or service through the website of another company.

    • ANSWER:
      The basic idea behind affiliate programs is that when you become an affiliate (also called a referrer, reseller or associate), a partnership is created with the merchant – the owner of a product or provider of a service. Once you as an affiliate refer a customer to the merchant and the customer makes a purchase, you get a percentage of the sale (a commission).

      If you have a website, placing a banner on your site is one way to market a merchants product. A banner is simply a graphic, usually a square or rectangular.

      You can sign up for a free affiliate marketing basics course at this site:

      http://affiliatemarketinglessons.com/tips

      Hope this helps..

  10. QUESTION:
    I want to start an affiliate site with merchants who don’t have a program… what software can I use?
    I have a web idea that involves me listing products along a similar theme from a variety of merchants who I would find… however most of them probably won’t have an affiliate program. Is there software I can use to make it easy for them to join my site/pay me a percentage of revenues that I lead them to? I can find plenty of affiliate sites… but none that allow the affiliate to recruit the seller as I am planning on doing.

    • ANSWER:
      Probably WordPress would work with one of their many plugins.

      You can also check out these affiliate programs below.

  11. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to recruit affiliates for my affiliate program?
    I would like some help as to how I go about trying to recruit affiliate to my program. Are there specific websites, blogs, forums, etc.. I can post details of my programme too? Information on my programme can be found at https://www.awin1.com/signup.php?merchant=2346

    • ANSWER:
      may be this site can help you http://paydotcom.net/?affiliate=459164

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the best tips to get more sale in affiliate program?
    Where I work on Live Streaming sports tv affiliate program!

    Have you any advise for me???

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree on the guy. Build a good converting landing page and improve and test the conversion on a permanent basis. build trust with your visitors.

      There is a monetization program for sports characters called Fantapper from NetBat (www.netbat.com).

      Fantapper is a netBAT-enabled product that brings interactive apps to online celebrity-related content.

      If you’re looking for an easy and low risk way to increase your landing page conversion rates, then use the conversion rate optimization strategies outlined here:

      Conversion Rate Optimization is also the fastest and easiest strategy to increase your sales without spending more money on increasing your traffic.

      The following are the top 6 conversion components that should be tested and improved to boost your conversion rates…

      1. Headline – Use headlines that clearly state the biggest benefit(s) that your product offers. Tell them exactly what they can get on your landing page.

      2. Offer – Since your offer is the “call to action” that asks your visitors to act (purchase, sign up, opt-in), your offer accounts for the second the biggest opportunity for improvements in conversion rate.

      3. Lead – The “lead” or first paragraph is the third biggest opportunity for improvements in your conversion rate. Leads must be written with strong benefits that capture your visitor’s attention and make them want to continue reading.

      4. Benefits – The “benefit bullets” (bullet-point format) are the forth biggest opportunity for improvements in conversion rate.

      5. Images – The images you use have a big impact on your conversion rates. The best practice is to use images that clearly portray the biggest benefit your product or service offers your customer

      6. “Look & Feel” – According to a recent study by Stanford University, 46% of Web sales are lost on websites that lack the critical elements that build value and trust with website visitors. The number one reason the people indicated why they wouldn’t buy from a website was because it had an unprofessional “look and feel” that lacked credibility and did not “feel” trustworthy. Having a professional look, and trust building logos (such as VeriSign and BBBOnline certifications) help convert significantly more of your website’s qualified visitors into new customers.

      Other Important Conversion Elements to test:

      * Buttons – Button text, color, look, etc.
      * Pricing
      * Formatting and placement of page elements, images and copy
      * Navigation links versus no navigation links
      * Press Quotes
      * Testimonials

      Other Conversion Best Practices and Tips:

      *Test your pages on Andy King’s “Web Page Analyzer” http://www.websiteoptimization.com/services/analyze/
      * Add a 1-800-Number and Call to Action above the fold (top of the page)
      * Add a Logo and a powerful “Value Proposition” to the top left
      * Instead of letting visitors click off your landing page, put all your information on one page (This tactic alone increased the conversions of a landing page by 55%)
      * Use colors that fit your target customer’s personality

      If you like, you can write me an email on my blog www.seo-coaching.net and I will try to find a solid answer to your questions. I can have a look on your specific case.

      I am in Internet Marketing since 2004, I have a huge network of different websites and blogs and I am monetizing traffic from around the globe. I even use some special affiliate networks for countries from Asia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the like.

      If you want to know more about internet marketing, affiliate marketing or search engine optimization, I suggest that you visit my blog www.seo-coaching.net.

      There I provide numerous basics, tutorials, tricks and tips on the topic. I even offer a free 30 lesson coaching program for my visitors. It si especially designed for newbies and beginners and you will get all the information needed to build a virtual real estate and to succeed with your online business. Please feel free to contact me whenever you need advice or help.

      To your success,

      Joachim Rodriguez

  13. QUESTION:
    what is the best affiliate program for Pharmacy online?
    i know some affiliate program gives good commission for Pharmacy online. some of them free template/website for you.

    • ANSWER:
      here are the best ones you can start with,
      StimulCash, they have free templates and will help you to set them up on your domain, also their support is there 24×7, http://www.stimul-cash.com/?aff_id=11205 The other major pharmacy affiliate program is http://www.myrxcash.com/signup.mrc?affid=13557 and the third pharmacy affiliate program which pays every week , http://oxonetwork.com/register/?ref=1721 Good luck. You can read more info on their sites.

  14. QUESTION:
    what is the best affiliate program to earn dollars in part time?
    what is the best affiliate program to earn dollars in part time?

    • ANSWER:
      Earn Dollars Without Investment.
      FriendFinder Affiliate Programs.
      FriendFinder is the Dating website that revolutionized online dating, with nearly four million members from every country.
      FriendFinder features a friend network, blogs, chatrooms, and much more!
      FriendFinder pay you 2$ per woman and 1$ per man signup for a free membership.
      FriendFinder pay out commissions on earned revenue every 2 weeks, shortly following approval on the 1st and 16th of every month.
      Sign up now free!

      http://friendfinder.com/go/g1037579-brk

  15. QUESTION:
    What is the best internet affiliate program?
    The affiliate program by website that paid the highest commision.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      With all the companies out there it’s not easy to find a good, reliable and legit way to make money online.

      After a while spending time just like you, searching the web for something that might worth the effort, I finally found a company that I like, with products and compensation plan I could work with.

      I chose this company first because of its compensation, which I think is quite easy to understand, but also because of its startup price which is US, so I gave it a try… and never left.

      If you want to have a look at what I do, just click on my Blog link below.

      http://workwithhina.com/want-to-work-dir…

      To your success,

      Hina

  16. QUESTION:
    What affiliate program can I use to sell gold and silver?
    The London Gold Exchange is not taking new members. Are there any other affiliate programs I can use to sell gold and silver from my website?

    • ANSWER:
      This one is great for gold: http://www.bullionvault.com/#GOLDBUYNOW

  17. QUESTION:
    How do I find the best-selling website with a free affiliate program?
    I want to earn money as an affiliate and I want to find the best website to do that for if I drive traffic to my affiliate link for that website. Is there a way for me to find out the top-ranking sales websites with free affiliate programs and maybe even what the best-selling items are?

    • ANSWER:
      Amazon.com has one of the biggest affiliate programs around. If you have your own website, you can apply at http://affiliate-program.amazon.com/gp/associates/join

      The key however is to determine who your visitors are, what types of products or services are they looking for and likely to buy or sign up for — then you can start narrowing your choices for affiliate programs. That is how you are going to earn a lot from affiliate programs

      You can also join Commission Junction http://www.cj.com or Linkshare http://www.linkshare.com to join affiliate programs of big companies. Joining is free

  18. QUESTION:
    How do you direct link to an affiliate program in Google Ads?
    I may be wrong but it is my understanding that Google (and maybe other) search platforms do not allow you to direct link your Ad to an Affiliate Offer. The Ad has to go to a Landing Page where you then send the visitor to the offer. Additionally I heard that it is possible to redirect a visitor to an affiliate offer without really sending them to a landing page. There are probably several ways to accomplish this. I need to know first if my assumptions are correct and second (if they are) what is the acceptable way of redirecting a visitor without having a landing page?

    • ANSWER:
      You can link directly to your landing page but it’s not going to show up in any search engines and it not a good idea, because if it’s an affiliate programme there are probably hundreds or thousands of links to the same page.

      The reason people do landing pages is so that it’s not just another link to the same affiliate page.

      You’re much better off doing a landing page and from that landing page redirecting your visitors to your affiliate page. If you don’t fancy doing all the work of making a landing page just go to fiverr.com and let someone do it for a .

  19. QUESTION:
    What is the best affiliate program available?
    Looking for a affilaite program to join that has a great product with good prospects and decent comission. any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t believe there is a best affiliate program out there, below is a list of affiliate sites you can join and from there you will found 100′s of other affiliate inside.

      The key is to find something to promote/sell that has a hungry crowd looking for it, and it’s also not available for free at some other place.

      Then you need to figure out how your going to promote the affiliate, you’ll need to research your competition and much much more, if you want to have a success.

      Here is a list of affiliate networks you could join.

      Commission Junction
      Linkshare
      Performics
      Google Adsense
      Clickbank
      LinkMo
      Linktrust
      Zanox
      Affiliate Window
      Affiliate Future
      Tradedoubler
      Buy.at
      DGM Affliates
      Webgains
      Reporting.net
      PaidonResults
      Clixgalore

  20. QUESTION:
    What is some good advice when participating in an AFFILIATE program online?
    I am delving into being an affiliate for specific companies. I am interested in knowing how to reach the best success rate possible. Any tips?
    Things to avoid?
    I do not have a product to sell, I want to be an affiliate for the producers of the product.

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, it is not about what product will make you the most money but what products that interest you. If you are going to be successful with affiliate marketing you have to niche market, meaning that you have to find products that people want now such as weight loss or making money.

      Find a product that you want to be associated with because affiliate marketing takes time to master and in order to make money you have to like what your are promoting.

      Here are a few sites to get you on the right track.
      1. UsFreeads.com will help in promoting your affiliate
      2. clickbank.com- this is where you can get your affiliate id
      3. ezinearticles.com and howhub.com- These are websites that you can use to promote your affiliate by writing articles.

      If you have any questions about affiliate marketing, you can contact me at jaredjr@jerryreviews.com.

      Good Luck

  21. QUESTION:
    I would like to share a great affiliate program with people who might be interested. What approach can I use ?
    I’ve always been a skeptic about independent affiliate programs, but recently I found one to be the absolute best of the bunch. I missed out on a couple of great opportunities such as Herbal Life & Sprint. Eversince, I’ve been waiting years for the next best affiliate program and now I’ve found it. How can I share this opportunity with other people without their skepticism? I also want to share this web based business without spamming. Door to door is not the answer nowadays. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      you could try to download either LIMEWIRE…..or…BEARSHARE

  22. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to implement affiliate program in a blog?
    I just would like to know how to use a blog to promote affiliate links without violating blogging guidelines.

    • ANSWER:
      Check out RocketProfit. You can sign up and start earning commissions immediately.

      Please use this link below to join so I can get credit for you as part of the RocketReferral program.

      https://www.rocketprofit.com/?referid=4039

      Let me know if you have any questions or need help signing up!

      Thanks,
      Andrew

  23. QUESTION:
    Can I really make money using an affiliate program or CPA marketing?
    I have recently heard about affiliate programs and CPA marketing. I don’t have a website nor I have spent much time researching ways to make money online but I am intrigued by this CPA thing. Can anyone tell me step-by-step how to get started with this and what is the actual money making potential in this. Does anyone know any real success stories and what did it take for that person to succeed?

    • ANSWER:
      CPA is certainly a viable way to make money online. However, affiliate marketing is much more doable for most of us.

      When you become an affiliate for a company (i.e. Amazon, Wal-Mart, etc.), you get paid when someone clicks from your website to the company’s website and actually purchases something.

      Successful affiliates create valuable content that actually answers the question(s) people are asking about a certain product or service. For example, if you search Google for “buy shoes online”, you’ll find 10,900,000 pages that offer info. If you click on one of the sites offering Zappos shoes, then actually purchase a pair of Zappos, the Zappos affiliate that owns the site you clicked on will earn a small commission from Zappos. This action does not increase the price of your shoes.

      There are many honest marketers earning money online every day. You can learn from some of the best by checking out the free resources below.

      I wish you well.

  24. QUESTION:
    What is the minimum amount you need to make on Skype’s affiliate program to get paid?
    On skype is says:

    “commission payments are issued according to the rule and regulations of each Affiliate Network Partner. Payments are made at set intervals throughout the year, provided your total commissions
    exceed the Affiliate Network Partner’s minimum payout amount.”

    Well what is this amount and is it achievable?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s a pyramid scheme – don’t waste your time and energy on it.

      The minimum payout amount is probably like and yes, it will take you at least three decades (maybe more) to get that first ‘payout’ check.

  25. QUESTION:
    What are Nutrisystems affiliate program rates?
    How does the nutrisystem affiliate program work?

    Is it reccuring commision?

    How much is the commission?

    How long do the trackers last?

    I would also appreciate any other information on it.

    Thanks very much,
    Kyle

    • ANSWER:
      Unless they’ve recently come out with a new affiliate program….they stopped accepting new affiliates awhile back.

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the minimum requirement for a site to join to an affiliate program?
    What is the minimum requirement for my site to join one of any aff programs? Does it required a shopping card or any security issue? or my rule is just redirect the customer to the merchant page to buy the product?
    It’ll be grade if you can send me some sample for a successful affiliate sites

    • ANSWER:
      Your best bet is to ensure that you have a “tasteful” site, with no porn, no links to casinos or online gambling.

      Various advertisers have different requirements, so you basically have to apply for each one. Some advertisers have a minimun traffic requirement, or perhaps they just don’t feel your site fits with their product line. The best way to find out is simply to apply to them.

      There are some companies that work with advertisers to develope affiliate programs, and working with publishers (that would be you).

      Here’s one such company:

      http://www.shareresults.com/?cid=2253&sid=5470&pid=0&mid=105

      Just sign up (it’s free).

      Here are some other links on this page:

      https://ecommbiz.net/Affiliate_Marketing.html

      Good luck, I hope this helps!

  27. QUESTION:
    what’s the best affiliate program for a lifestyle website?
    what’s the best affiliate program for a lifestyle website? I started a new lifestyle website and fashion website that is getting a lot of click, what’s the best affiliate marketing program for me? I don’t like CJ they never pay, tried it before. Any other suggestions. Or just contact related companies and have a fixed pay..any suggestions. thank you !

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    What Is The Best Affiliate Program Online?
    I would like to promote good affiliate products on my blog and am looking for good affiliate products to promote (already have a few but would like to have more!)

    • ANSWER:
      I know of a great product a friend of mine is promoting. He’s made about 0 a day with it. Just research this to make sure it’s right for you. I’ve provided a link below.

  29. QUESTION:
    What’s the best affiliate program to participate in on line?
    I’d like to get an online business going to augment my current income. Affiliate programs seem to be the best way to get started for the least amount of money in the shortest period of time. Assuming I don’t already have a web site, what’s the best program to get started with?

    Anyone have first hand experience?

    • ANSWER:
      there are none…..

      If you have been reading this section for ANY period of time you’d know that…

      They are ALL scams… ALL OF THEM…

  30. QUESTION:
    affiliate program that takes payment for ads from the money earned?
    affiliate program that takes the payment for the ads from the commissions earned. or something along those lines?

    basically what i’m looking for is a program or some place that allows me to run the affiliate ads and takes the money for the ads from the earned money.

    is it possible?

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    I would like to join an affiliate program, but i don’t know anything about html code or how to build a site?
    What is the easiest way to create a website to begin an affiliate program? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some easy affiliate programs that have an average commission from – per sale.

      http://www.medicalscrubscollection.com/store/pc/NewAffa.asp to sell Medical Nurse Scrub Uniforms
      http://www.esrogheadquarters.com/affiliate_account.asp to sell Sukkot and Etrogs for Sukkos
      http://www.bestkippah.com/store/pc/NewAffa.asp to sell Kippahs (Kippot) for events and to get them customized.

      Good luck!

  32. QUESTION:
    What is the best affiliate program?
    I am looking for proven affiliate programs. I have been associated with a few and got a few small checks but am looking to find one that is successful for other users.

    • ANSWER:
      Use Amazon Assoc as its the best & everyone knows Amazon vs the others.

  33. QUESTION:
    Is it a must to ask for SSN or Tax ID if you run an affiliate program in the United States?
    I want to know is it illegal not to ask for SSN or Tax ID? If so what are the steps in making people submit their SSN? Who do I send this information too? I sell web hosting and the billing software that I got (WHMCS) has a built in affiliate program, but they do not ask for SSN or Tax ID in the script. Any help would be great!

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      WHMCS is a privately owned company based in the UK. (UK Registered Company #6265962. Vat No. GB 927 7746 76)

      They could care less about your SSN and won’t be asking for it. They are not subject to US tax laws since they have no operations in the US. Since you are not a UK customer they won’t be asking for any UK specific tax information.

      You, on the other hand, as a reseller, may need to ask for a TIN from your customers that are based in the US.

  34. QUESTION:
    What is the best affiliate program for a website blog?
    I have sign up for a couple, but I really want something that allows the website to do the work and simple implements its marketing strategy. Any recommendations?
    Thanks for the responses so far. I’m really looking for an affiliate program that I kind of add my site to and they add their advertisements. It never has made sense to have to do all of your own programming and additions when its their advertisements, obviously both parties benefit, but I’m not much on data programming nor willing to spend the time on something that may take minutes for someone else.

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    If I join an affiliate program how can I promote products and increase traffic?
    Is it a good idea to promote the products through Craigslist and similar pages? What are other ways to promote the products without spamming.

    • ANSWER:
      Craigslist is a good place to promote products but you really have to know what you’re doing to get great results. Craigslist has gotten wise over the years and they “ghost” ads that appear too much. Meaning if they find you’ve placed the same ad in a multitude of cities across the U.S. they’ll just remove the ads all together.

      Here are some alternative ways to promote affiliate products and increase traffic:

      Free Classified Ads

      Forums

      Press Releases

      Article Marketing

      Blogs

      Twitter

      Facebook

      Google Adwords

      Ezines

  36. QUESTION:
    I am looking for an affiliate program that will allow me use 2-tier/3-tier affiliate to sell product?
    Here are my specifications for such affiliate program

    Do have at least 2-tier affiliate program
    Do provide real time stats
    How and What do you charge advertisers?
    Who controls the Money Back Guarantee period and what is the minimum period if you control it?
    Can advertiser promote multiple products?
    Who handles payment of the affiliate, the advertiser or you?
    Do advertise have direct communication (eg by email) with the affiliates that are promoting his/her products?

    • ANSWER:
      Try PayDotCom.com – well respected program that will do most if not all that you ask.

  37. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to promote my website’s affiliate program?
    I do not want to spend the money for CJ or any of the other affiliate networks. That said, I am willing to put in the work to get good affiliates. How do I do this?? My website is www.reversemortgagepage.com.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Get your program listed on affiliate program directory sites. There are quite a few of them. Here’s a partial list – http://www.affiliatetips.com/ezineway/affildir.htm

      There is even a service you can use that will submit your program for listing at over 100 such directories, plus distribute press releases and other promotions. You can find that one here – http://necessaryvirtues.com/recommends/affannounce

      And if you do get serious about submitting articles to the article sites (I agree with the other answers; it’s an effective way to promote your site) then you might consider using an automated article submission service that will post your articles on several hundred article directories. You can find a great deal on a highly respected service here – http://necessaryvirtues.com/recommends/articlemarketer

  38. QUESTION:
    What affiliate program can i use for a website about my hometown?
    I’m planning to set up a website about my hometown. And at the same time I want to put some affiliate programs in it. Any ideas what kind of affiliate products i could put in there which would be relevant ?

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, lots of people spamming your question with irrelevant links,,,sorry to see that.

      Try to find various programs that reach a general audience or the topic of the content.

      If you are trying to get people to come to visit your town, try a hotel or travel program, or offer luggage or maps, or children’s travel games programs. Something people may use in your home town or a general program with all of the above like Eastern Mountain Sports.

      You may also want to think about trying to use a restaurant program if there are any restaurants in your hometown that may have a coupon or deal.

      Try to find something relevant to what the purpose of the site is, or something related to the copy. If you have a local drugstore you want to write about, try using the hocks.com program which is a small online pharmacy (no I have no affiliation with them).

      Basically, pick something relevant or something that will ad value to your end user.

      You may also want to think about non-profit organization’s programs like AARP or something if you have a largely older population as well.

  39. QUESTION:
    What is the best affiliate program you ever got?
    Did any body earn from selling click bank products?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes i have made a bunch of money off click bank and cj.com

      do you have a web site you will be using for your affiliate program ?
      if you want take a look at my blog about seo when i will answer any question that comes my way about seo : http://seo101foryou.blogspot.com/

  40. QUESTION:
    what is the best affiliate program for a movie review blog?
    I’m planning to put up a blog about movies, can you guys suggest whats the best one to use that has a high payout.

    movie downloads(have you heard www.themoviedownload.com, are they signing up for affliate?), dvd purchase, soundtrack purchase,

    • ANSWER:
      how about setting up a dating site? That’s a faster way to earn cash. You may love to chat with me online now. My yahoo messenger: cady.moore ~

  41. QUESTION:
    What are the best affiliate program for web-sites?
    I’m creating a technology based website and would like an affiliation program. What are the best ones?

    • ANSWER:
      cj.com – commission junction – a great site with hundreds of affiliate programs that you manage straight from cj.com

      they are said to be one of the top affiliation programs in the world.

  42. QUESTION:
    What is the most successful affiliate program on the internet?

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.supersteals.madebig.com

  43. QUESTION:
    I am considering an affiliate program for a performance product I have a pay per click question…?
    The guy running the affiliate program suggests starting with 1 to 4 campaigns and running it through a pay per click route. I have never done this before so is there a rule of thumb as to how much to spend and what types of results to shoot for?

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a free keyword research tool, which may help you. Small program that runs on every browser.

      http://toolsformoney.tjgroupforex.com/webspy

  44. QUESTION:
    Any software needed for affiliate program for websites?
    I have a website where i sell things. I recently partnered up with a Canadian company and he will be doing the same thing in Canada. So, if i put a link from my website that will go to the canadian website, and someone buys from him, how do i ensure that i receive a commission?

    Is there a certain program that does this? Anyone know what it is called?

    Big companies have this done all the time and i was wondering if anyone would know.

    Thanks for the help

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    Can you help me find the affiliate program I’m looking for?
    I’m looking for affiliate programs in which I get paid right away (like per sale) and then also a certain percentage per month.

    So, if the sale is 0/month I will get right away and then /month as long as the customer keeps paying for the service. That is what I’m looking for. Something like that.

    • ANSWER:
      It isn’t likely that any legal and legitimate affilliate program is going to pay you commission on a 0 sale. That’s 30%. Legitimate affilliate programs typically pay 1-5% commissions.

  46. QUESTION:
    Can someone explain how a affiliate program might work if I place ads or links on my page?
    Do I get money for each clickthrough, or each sale completed or does it vary? Also, what are the most popular affilliates. Im sure Amazon is a good one…

    • ANSWER:
      Affiliates are pay per ACTION ads — meaning they pay only when the advertiser’s desired action has been completed. Desired action may mean

      - sale such as Amazon Associates
      - signups (leads) such as Microsoft Live
      - signups + usage for eBay

      Affiliate programs (CPA) do not pay by impressions (that’s called CPM ads) or per click (that’s CPC ads)

      Some affiliate programs will pay different commissions based on the actions. GotoMeeting, for example, pays a lower amount if the lead did not leave their credit card, and pays higher commission if the lead left their credit card

      Amazon is ok, though the most they pay is about 8% for books. So you need a LOT of traffic and sales to earn a decent amount from them

      Check affiliate marketplaces such as Commission Junction http://www.cj.com and Linkshare http://www.linkshare.com which allows you to select advertisers you want to promote in your site – and these two got the top tier companies from Dell to Yahoo

  47. QUESTION:
    Is the Acme People Search Affiliate Program by Tissa Godavitarne a SCAM?
    What are your views on Tissa Godavitarne’s Acme People Search?

    • ANSWER:
      No I disagree with the 1st answerer’s views. It is Genuine because I am their affiliate. To tell you the truth I have not made much money though but the fault lies in me and not in the program.

      If you are willing to bring in traffic through PPC then you can make money in the range 00 to 00 per month.

  48. QUESTION:
    What is the best paying affiliate program?

    Make easy money online through affiliate programs that works. But not those get rich quick schemes

    • ANSWER:
      The best paying affiliate program is the one that matches your site well and what your visitors need/want.

      What is your topic?
      Who are your visitors?
      What are they looking for that you currently do not have?
      What will they be interested in?

      The FIT is very important. A travel website will do well offering affiliate programs on tour packages, hotel bookings or airline ticketing. An article on how to start a daycare will benefit greatly with an affiliate program of an ebook selling how to start a daycare. If the fit is there, you can earn big bucks from affiliate program

      It’s another case though if your site is nothing but a bunch of affiliate programs with no original content. That is very hard to monetize and get traffic to the site because you have nothing but a bunch of advertisement

  49. QUESTION:
    How do I get Myspace-type advertisers for my social networking site? Are affiliate-program ads sufficient?
    Hi. Is there a program that I should join to get the sort of ads that Myspace.com gets or what should I do? Right now, I’m affiliated with stores like Macy’s and Amazon.com but will I make enough money with those affiliate programs or should I do a pay-per-click type of thing? And which pay-per-click program will make me the most money? (I know nothing is guaranteed but I guess I’m just looking for a good reputable company to go with.) Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Affiliate ads only pay you when a user does the required action the advertiser wants — and with Amazon or Macy’s that means when someone buys from them through your site. That’s called the pay per action model

      You also get paid everytime the ad is viewed by a user, which I suspect is the model used by Myspace. This is called CPM or cost per thousand impressions ads. Say for example you are paid per CPM, then if you serve 100,000 impressions, that means

      100,000 / 1.000 = 1,000 x = 0

      you earn 0 from the campaign

      There’s another ad model called CPC or cost per click wherein you get paid only if the user clicks on the ad. If you say you will get paid 5 cents per click, then 1,000 clicks mean you earn

      You can sell the ads yourself — but it is more difficult as you need to know how to sell and manage the ads yourself

      But there are online ad agencies that you can join that allow you to earn money via advertising. So you get to show ads from big and small companies alike. The catch is that there’s revenue sharing

      Join an advertising network. Advertising networks are organizations that aggregate Web sites that offer advertising space, and sell banner ads (and other advertising options) across them. Traffic requirement is often a minimum of 5,000 monthly impressions, although many do not accept sites hosted by free page services.

      Burst Media http://www.burstmedia.com
      Fastclick (ValueClick). http://www.fastclick.com
      Advertising.com. http://www.advertising.com
      Tribal Fusion http://www.tribalfusion.com

      You can also participate in contextual advertising networks. Contextual advertising are text ads delivered based on the content of the web page using an automated system.

      Google Adsense https://www.google.com/adsense/
      Yahoo! Publishing Network (currently in beta and available to US publishers only) http://publisher.yahoo.com/
      Intellixt http://vibrantmedia.com/site/web_01a5.htm
      Quigo Adsonar http://www.quigo.com/adsonarexchange.htm
      IndustryBrains http://www.industrybrains.com
      Commission Junction Evolution http://www.cj.com
      Kanoodle Brightads http://www.kanoodle.com/about/brightads.html
      Clicksor http://www.clicksor.com/affiliate_programs.php
      Contextweb http://www.contextweb.com/
      Bidclix http://www.bidclix.com/
      Bidvertiser http://www.bidvertiser.com/

  50. QUESTION:
    What is the best Affiliate Program to start with?
    I am in negotiated contracts with Link Share. However I hear that they favor larger companies. Mine is very small. Commission Junction just seems to be so expensive to start. Someone suggested Shareasale.com Something is getting me worried about throwing away money for the start up and reserve funds. I always trusted answers from the Yahoo answers community so I thought I would get your opinion.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi and welcome!

      The easiest affiliate network to get yourself signed up with is ClickBank. They are very reliable and support a bi-weekly direct deposit.

      With regards to the best affiliate program it comes down to how well the product vendor takes care of their affiliates. Most affiliate programs just offer you an affiliate link and that’s it. The better ones provide you with pre-written articles, pre-written Email templates brandable eBooks, advice on how to hide your affiliate links and so on.

      A good example of this is the TattooFever affiliate program which is under ClickBank’s affiliate network.

      Here’s the link;

      http://www.tattoofever.net/affiliatesportal

      I also have a set of internet marketing training videos which you can watch and download for free here;

      http://www.teach-me-how.com

      Hope this helps!

      Regards,
      Aaron.


What Is Renal Disease Treatment

Pregnant women are most likely to suffer from kidney stones than those who are not pregnant. They are at high risk because they are advised to take more calcium and some vitamins that increase the risk for kidney stones. Kidney purifies blood that passes through it including impurities from the over the counter drugs and anything that passes through it that contains impurities. That is treatment for such stones is advisable to minimize the risk of having further infection.

Although kidney stone doesn’t directly affect the infant inside the womb, treatment is needed to protect the mother and infant. The problem may arise if the infection spreads and affects other parts of the body. To take precautionary measure, pregnant women are advised to have a regular examination in the hospital or clinic. Seeking help from the doctor for those who are suffering from kidney stone is another way of preventing further infection.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Has anyone out there had to take Peritoneal Dialysis treatment? What is the downside of the treatment?
    I have been diagnosed with end stage renal disease. My doctor believes I am a good candidate for peritoneal dialysis, a type of dialysis done at home via a cathether surgically placed in the abdomen. Can anyone tell me what it is like?

    • ANSWER:
      I am not on dialysis but I do work with dialysis patients. Peritoneal is usually pretty good like the other person said you are at home so you have to be very responsible and careful. Make sure you have a clean environment and a room just for dialysis stuff cause I heard it is alot of bags and boxes. Also the only side effect is Peritonitis and I ‘ve heard it’s can be really bad every one I’ve talked to really was scared during that time ( because of the infection) but everything is not for everyone. Some people are really scared of needles so it might be best for you.
      good luck and email me if you have any questions

  2. QUESTION:
    what is the life span of end stage renal disease with one kidney dead other less than 10% no dialysis/transpnt
    also the person has diabetes, skin cancer, breast cancer, shingles, is on methadone, and 20 other pills from blood pressure, capapril? pacsil, and many others, also was on perocet, fentenal, now on methodone, doctors gave her 5 years to live from cancer going on 11 yrs. doctors also gave her 2 months to live with refusing treatment for kidneys, been 2 months, she also gets sick a lot, throws up blood sometimes, she is my boyfriend’s mother, she refuses home nurses, free care, etc. some web sites say 6 months tops others says many years, how longs before the toxins build up in her system, also she only eats once every three days, refuses food, sick, when she eats its deep fried egg rolls or fried eggs, milk, bread, and she drinks approx. 15-20 cups of instant reg. coffee a day, smokes 5 cartons of ciggs. a month, sometimes she is out of her mind, some days fine, how long is her lifespan? she is 62yr. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I would say “death is iminent”, but sometimes the body defies all the plans, numbers, and statistics that the medical fields can come up with.

  3. QUESTION:
    My partner has End Stage Renal Disease.?
    He is going to have an operation in South Africa. What treatments can they provide instead of an operation?

    Will an operation help him?

    • ANSWER:
      what kind of operation? i have been on dialysis since 1989 for esrd.

  4. QUESTION:
    what does this mean, i don’t understand the question can someone please explain:?
    Have you received:

    Social Security Disability Benefits for 24 months;
    Disability benefits based on lou gehrig’s disease (ALS);or
    Renal Dialysis treatments or Kidney transplant

    I am taking this sentence as three different questions. But at the same time, i am thinking it is two questions? EX: Am i receiving disability due to these two illnesses? but then i think maybe it means if i answer to one question the Response should be yes? even if i don’t have these two illnesses

    help please.

    • ANSWER:
      You are over-complicating this question, because you don’t want to answer it in the way you THINK they want it answered.

      Let’s put it this way… if any ONE part of the question is true, then the ENTIRE question is true.

      Have you received…
      Social Security? Yes.
      Disability benefits based on ALS? no.
      Renal Dialysis? No.
      Then the answer is still Yes to the whole question.

      Have you received…
      Social Security? No.
      Disability benefits based on ALS? Yes.
      Renal Dialysis? No.
      Then the answer is STILL yes to the whole question.

      It doesn’t matter if you are taking this question as three separate questions. The point of having all three parts to this one question, is that if ANY of these sub-questions is true, then obviously this organization is going to do something specific.

      end of line

  5. QUESTION:
    Chronic renal failure?
    Scenario B: Chronic renal failure. Mr. Hodges, a 73-year-old man, has had congestive heart failure for the past 5 years. His doctor has told him that his heart is not functioning well, needing more and more medicine to maintain circulatory function. He has noticed that he is not urinating more than once a day.

    oWhy is the condition of Mr. Hodges’s kidneys affecting the rest of his body?
    oAs his chronic renal failure worsens what other symptoms and signs might occur in his respiratory, digestive, nervous, and urinary systems?
    oWhat is causing Mr. Hodges’s kidney disease?
    oWhat are possible treatment options and prognosis?

    • ANSWER:
      so this is why the nurses at the nursing homes are so clueless they ask all their questions on yahoo answers.

      He has Congestive heart failure, that is the reason for his kidney disease. there is less blood flow to the kidney. fluid leaks into the interstitial compartments.

      dyspenia, troble breathing, a specfic condition known as PND he will wake up in the middle of night short of breath, this is because when you fall asleep blood seeps into your intravasculat compartment (up to 1 liter), thisis really a horrible condition, its just like torture. Pray that you never have to witness it.

      kidney disease is secondary to heart failure BASED SOLELY on the information provided. though there is a labyrhinth of possabliities

      diretucs (not so much because of his RF), digitalis, if he’s on an ace inhibitor and having those symptoms it might be due to renal artery stenosis…. in that case the ace inhibitor is counterproductive and contributing to his renal failure (RF).

      for that part I will link you to my other answer. do tell this to all patients like this. God will reward you for it!!

      Google the following..

      Dr Stephen Sinatra “Metabolic Cardiology” or any other books by him, he is a cardiologist (cardiac surgeon)with over 30 years of experience, and made his own protocol.

      he says something liek this in his book, but I suggest yuor read it/google it.
      D-Ribose: 15 Grams per day cost is like ~ for 8oz
      Coenzyme Q10: 400mg (atleast 1 to 2 times per day) for 60 capsules
      L-Carnitine (1.5 to 3 grams per day) get the powdered form its alot cheaper. ~ if not you can buy the tablets . (500mg each)
      Magnesium Supplements (atleast 400mg per day)
      Taurine: (atleast 1 gram per day, up to 4 grams maybe more i don’t remember the top bracket of it) for 300 tablets 500 mg each. about a few months supply.

      and check the following treatments, he likely has CHF or congestive heart failure he needs this treatment called EECP (35 treatments where they put blood pressure cuffs on the patients legs and abdoment to pump blood back to the heart for 1 hr a day for 35 days to make it stronger, (increased ejection fraction). It makes new blood vessels to that they can get blood to the damaged tissue and save it. It has been shown to IMPROVE heart function. It was just approved after 50 years of research.

      If you have cardiomyopathy look into stem cells, they can be found in thailand, mexico, the carribean and india. some are cheaper than others.

  6. QUESTION:
    anyone any answers for the following ? How does this disease effect a person daily living? & phyical being?
    Also, what are the long term effects wil renal failure have on a persons physically & psychosocially with and without treatment??
    the disease is renal (kidney) failure

    • ANSWER:
      Without treatment, renal failure runs a downhill course. However, with treatment, the condition can be ameliorated to a certain extent and for a certain period. Yes, this condition causes serious psychosocial and physical effects.

      However, the best thing of modern medicine is that a cure/remedy is at hand by way of renal transplant, where healthy kidneys from a donor can be exchanged with those that have stopped functioning, thus providing long term succor.

  7. QUESTION:
    My cat w/crf (kidney disease) sometimes eats litter and licks the pavement; is this a sign of deficiency?
    He’s in the end stages of renal disease and I don’t want to bring him to the vet and force him through anymore blood tests or treatments. Is this behavior some type of deficiency and can I get a liquid vitamin for him?

    He has also become very weak and can’t jump onto the sink or table or chair anymore…what can I do to get his strength back? He still has a healthy appetite and goes outside and lies on my lap happily.

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes cats get pica (eating strange things) when they are anemic. His crf may be causing bone marrow suppression which will lead to a non-regenerative anemia. Check your kitty’s gum color, if it is pale pink, this might be the case. Regardless, speak with your vet and explain that you want to continue with palliative, supportive care with no further testing. A good vet will understand and help you to keep your cat as comfortable as possible.

  8. QUESTION:
    Do you have to pay for dialysis if you move to live in New Zealand?
    I am contemplating with looking at moving to New Zealand to live at some point. My family has a history of kidney disease and renal failure resulting in a need for dialysis. I have already been diagnosed by not currently suffering.

    What I need to know is, is dialysis something that is available for free in nz or is it a payable treatment?

    If I have to pay for this (unlike in the UK where it is provided by the NHS), it will mean I probably have to rethink my dream.

    Many thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You would be most unlikely to meet New Zealand’s medical requirements for immigration but if you do manage to get there, dialysis is free for permanent residents and people from copuntries that have reciprocal healthcare arrangements with New Zealand (e.g. the UK).

  9. QUESTION:
    What diagnostic tests and medications are needed for this patient?
    A 62-year old male(non-smoker, no known allergies) has the following medical conditions:


    Characteristics of angina commonly include a sensation of pressure, heavy weight, burning, or tightness over the sternum or near to it. The pain may radiate to, or occassionally be limited to, the left arm, shoulder, or other areas. The sensation gradually increases in intensity and then gradually disappears with rest. The duration is usually between 30 seconds and 30 minutes.


    Hypertension is defined by persistent elevation of arterial blood pressure.


    Hyperlipidemia is defined as an elevation of one or more of the following: cholesterol, cholesterol esters, phospholipids or triglycerides. Abnormalities of plasma lipids can result in a predisposition to coronary, cerebrovascular, and peripheral vascular arterial disease.

    He is taking the following medications:

    Irbesartan 300mg mane(what does “mane” mean?)
    Used for treatment of hypertension and prevention of renal disease progression in patients with type 2 diabetes, hypertention and microalbuminuria.

    Gemfibrozil 600mg bd(twice daily)
    Used in treatment of severe hypertriglyceridaemia, mixed hyperlipidaemia and dyslipidaemia associated with diabetes, and used to reduce risk of coronary heart disease in hypercholesterolaemia.

    Glyceryl Trinitrate Tablets 600mcg; half to one prn(when necessary)
    Used in the prevention and treatment of stable and angina and heart failure associated with acute myocardial infarction. Provides exogenous source of nitric oxide. Predominantly venodilators and reduces venous return and preload to the heart, reducing myocardial oxygen requirement.

    Glyceryl Trinitrate spray 400mcg (1 spray when required); use prn
    Also known as nitroglycerine and GTN. It is used in the treatment of angina by providing an exgenous source of nitric oxide which mediates vasodilator effects.

    His medical test results are:

    -Blood Pressure 140/90

    -Liver Function Test
    Total protein=63g/L(normal 60-80g/L);Albumin 27g/L(normal 35-52g/L);ALT=19U/L(normal 38-126U/L);GGT=154U/L(normal 12-43U/L);ALP=177(normal 38-126U/L)

    Question 1: From the liver function test results, what information can we obtain regarding the patient’s medical condition?

    Question 2: What further diagnostic tests are needed to know more about the patient’s medical condition(including diabetes due to heavy weight)?

    Question 3: What are the appropriate therapies(what medicines, and dosage for each?) for effective treatment, avoidance of side effects, increased compliance, and cost-effectiveness?

    Question 4: Without other symptoms, the patient shows dry cough. What is the cause of this cough?

    • ANSWER:
      Is this a homework question? From what you say this person is on medication and had some testing done already. What does the Doctor say? That is the person you should be asking.

  10. QUESTION:
    Isn’t it unethical to prescribe experimental drugs?
    Medicines to treat diseases such as HIV are prescribed before long term effects are realized. Often side affects such as Gillian Barre (muscle weakness-lungs being the primary muscle that leads to death), renal failure, and strokes are suspected, but what percentage will be affected is not known.

    1)Doesn’t his falsely increase the number of death’s in the USA of those “who dies of HIV/AIDS? (Being that some die of side effects of medications, which means the death was not caused by the disease, but by the treatment.)
    2)Since tax money pays for research, shouldn’t it be better tested before prescribing to those who are ill with any disease and therefore weaker than a person with no diseases?
    3)When these medications hurt someone, isn’t is unethical for the healthcare facility and pharmaceutical company to charge (or be paid) for the treatment that led to the adverse affects?
    4)Does anyone else feel that signing a contract that relieves medical and pharmaceutical institutions of all responsibility is in part responsible for increase in extensive health care and social services?
    5)Drugs are “experimental” because they have not been yet been proven to be safe. Isn’t this a red flag that it may not be safe? (Especially when one must sign off responsibility!)
    Mike J.: Where are you from. I been a traveling nurse working in level 1 trauma centers all over this country for eight years. I have also worked on the case management end. I have never seen treatment not covered by either private, state or a federal plan. Hospitals want to be paid one way or another and they do. For the druggie coming in biting, kicking and pulling out tubes as fast as we put them in, they get top notch care even though he/she did it to his/her self and in spite of what they do to those saving their life. Also, usually this group can’t sustain a job and therefore have no insurance, thus tax funded insurance pays for the bill they run up.

    • ANSWER:
      Drugs cannot really be proven safe until taken by people. Animal testing has been shown to be unreliable and despite the masses of laboratory work that can be done to test drugs the simple fact remains that the real tests come when giving those drugs to real people. People can act and react differently to each other so this is always going to be a difficult area. You have some reasonable points there, the main problem is that the pharmaceutical companies are out to make money at all cost…

  11. QUESTION:
    What does it mean…ESRD, CHF, Diabetes, Heart Disease?
    My 71 yr old father has the following: stage 4 renal failure, 10% heart function, diabetes, vascular disease, congestive heart failure, gout. He is not a candidate for surgery, dialysis or any aggressive treatment. He has an ulcer, black-blue area on the bottom of his foot and 3 toes. BUN = 149, Creat =5.55;Brain NATR PEPT=644. He is in deep, chronic pain that is never completely removed. I live 1300 miles away so I depend on feedback from a mother that is not dealing well. My father is in denial of his health and does not acknowledge that death is probably more near than far. Or am I wrong in my thinking? One doctor said 2 years. I am not financially set to quit work for 2 years, but if it’s a matter of weeks I would like to take family leave. I appreciate any input.

    • ANSWER:
      With everything that is wrong with your father I don’t see him lasting two years. When it comes to something like this sometimes a persons will can keep them alive. I don’t think anyone including the Dr. can give you an exact amount of time he may have left. Maybe you should take some time now to be with your Father and Mother. Even if it is only for a few weeks then later when his condition worsens return to be with them. It is possible you won’t have warning he is about to go one day he just may go especially with heart failure so you may want to spend some time now or you may not get the chance.

  12. QUESTION:
    Chronic Kidney Disease?
    Hi I just need a clarification, I have Mild Chronic Kidney Disease; I read it is a progressive loss of renal function over a period of months or years. There are 5 stages and I am in stage 2. What does progressive actually mean? Will it never stop even with treatments?
    Thank you very much
    Claudia

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    Can you solve these medical mysteries?
    1. The patient is a seven-year old boy with leg pain, swollen gums and red dots all over his skin. His height and weight had slipped, and he had a mild fever. HIs appetite was poor and his diet consisted of cookies, bread, yogurt and milk.
    What disease is this boy suffering from?

    2.The patient is a 48-year old woman suffering fatigue and a potassium level of 8.2 mmol/L. After treatment, three causes were thought of: renal failure, hemolysis, or supplements. They were all wrong. The cause was identified when the patient said ______.
    What type of juice if drunk in liters would cause a potassium level of 8.2 mmol/L?

    3. A 22-year old, with a history of drug abuse, collapses. After being brought to the hospital he is given cpr, shocked five times, given ten different types of drugs and hooked on a respirator, he is declared dead. Five min. later, a nurse comes into his room and finds him alive with a blood pressure of 90/60.
    What is this penomenon called?
    4. Describe a poison that would cause fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, weakness, and a peripheral sensory neuropathy. Also other symptoms would be anemia, anisopoikilocytosis, basophjilic stippling, irregular pyknotic nuclei, and Howell-Jolly bodies, Mee’s lines on fingernails and toenails, and hyperkeratosis.

    Answer all four questions correctly and you automatically get 10 points. Remember spelling counts!
    The answers are:
    1. scurvy
    2. orange juice (citrus)
    3. Lazarus Phenomenon
    4. Arsenic poisoning

    Any more answers will be not count. Only one answer was the closest. Thank you all for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      1. scurvy

      2. she had Addison’s disease? Citrus (orange/grapefruit) juices.

      3. spurious asystole

      4. heavy metal poisoning – probably lead

  14. QUESTION:
    Can Someone Please Help me with these 2…I am lost and do not know where to begin?
    Mr. Hodges, a 73-year-old man, has had congestive heart failure for the past 5 years. His doctor has told him that his heart is not functioning well, needing more and more medicine to maintain circulatory function. He has noticed that he is not urinating more than once a day.
    5. Why is the condition of Mr. Hodges‘s kidneys affecting the rest of his body?
    6. As his chronic renal failure worsens, what other symptoms and signs might occur in his respiratory, digestive, nervous, and urinary systems?
    7. What is causing Mr. Hodges‘s kidney disease?
    8. What are possible treatment options and prognosis?

    Ms. Jones, a 68-year-old female, underwent open-heart surgery to replace several blocked vessels in her heart. On her first day postoperatively, it was noted that she had very little urine output.
    1. What is happening to Ms. Jones‘s kidneys, and why is it causing the observed symptom?
    2. What other symptoms and signs might occur?
    3. What is causing Ms. Jones‘s kidney disease?
    4. What are possible treatment options and prognosis?

    • ANSWER:
      hi, you have presented a complicated question. i am a final year med student and i will try my best to answer your questions. in the case of mr. Hodges, the kidneys are the organs that filter waste out the body and into the bladder creating urine. if kidneys are failing it means they are not working at peak efficiency therefore not filtering enough waste out of the body hence there is less urine to excrete. as all the unwanted waste is building up, this can have effects in other parts of the body, mr hodges may expect to experience headaches, jaundice, nausea, loss of appetite, renal pains .. these symptoms can be manages by dialysis and other medications. the exact cause of kidney disease is unknown however, it is common place among the elderly.. kidneys may fail when a person gets older. at his age, it is possible hey may need dialysis to maintain kidney function, in the elderly with kidney failure prognosis is unfortunately not so good. another possible option is a kidney transplant from a donor.

      in the case of ms. jones, her presentation with poor urine output after one day of surgery may only be related to the fact that her food intake before surgery may have been very limited. most people need to fast for up to 48 hours prior to any surgery therefore waste is not being produced so there may be less urine. there is no indication of kidney disease. email me if you wish to add more detail

  15. QUESTION:
    Mr. Hodges, a 73-year-old man, has had congestive heart failure for?
    Mr. Hodges, a 73-year-old man, has had congestive heart failure for the past 5 years. His doctor has told him that his heart is not functioning well, needing more and more medicine to maintain circulatory function. He has noticed that he is not urinating more than once a day.
    5. Why is the condition of Mr. Hodges‘s kidneys affecting the rest of his body?
    6. As his chronic renal failure worsens, what other symptoms and signs might occur in his respiratory, digestive, nervous, and urinary systems?
    7. What is causing Mr. Hodges‘s kidney disease?
    8. What are possible treatment options and prognosis?

    • ANSWER:
      Mr. Hodges has chronic Renal Failure. This means that his kidneys have failed to function properly. This also means that his body is no longer able to eliminate the metabolic toxic wastes his body is producing as the byproducts of the metabolic processes occurring in every cell of his body. When the amount of these metabolic wastes accumulate in the system, they begin to poison every cell in the body. This is how it affects the functions of the other organs in the different systems of the body. So as long as Mr. Hodges does not improve his urine output, he will deteriorate even if he is bombarded with drugs. Worse yet, the drugs will also aggravate his condition because their metabolites will also become additional poisons into his systems.

      The best approach to Mr Hodges problem is first increase his water intake. Not any other fluid but water! Water is the best diuretic and the body only excretes more urine if the body is provided with more. The adult human body is at least 70% water. If this percentage lowers, like plants the cells will wither. This withering will cause cell deterioration and when it dies, its the beginning of an organ failure. So for cells to maintain good health, adequate hydration in the form of proper water intake is very important. Avoid dehydrating beverages like coffee, tea, soft drinks, sodas, colas, alcohol, energy drinks, and of course, diuretic drugs.

      Unless the water requirement is met daily, Mr Hodges will continue to deteriorate because his cells will. Drugs will make him worse!

  16. QUESTION:
    Risks of a health identical twin donating a kidney to their very weak unhealthy sibling w/renal failure?
    I’m sure the healthy donor would be ok, but what about the unhealthy recipient?

    -The possible recipient lives off of a feeding tube and is pretty frail.
    - Recipient also has Parkinson’s disease & movement is very restrictive to some use of a walker.
    - Recipient also had been hospitalized multiple times for urinary track infection, blood infection, and did start showing some signs of kidney damage from infection.

    All this involved a couple family members some time back, and the twins are elderly, in their 60′s.

    Would a transplant be a feasible option? Dialysis?

    I’m guessing no… since the ill person did pass away pretty quickly, I’m just wondering about the “what ifs” and would these treatments have done a lot of good?

    • ANSWER:
      Did the sick one actually have renal failure? You only mention “showing signs of kidney damage”. The recipient needs to be healthy enough to survive the surgery and cannot have a transplant if any infection, especially blood infection, is present.

      Usually if someone is in renal failure, the doctors will put them on dialysis before doing a kidney transplant. It is possible that medical problems other than kidney failure were present and responsible for the death. In that case, a kidney transplant would not have helped.

  17. QUESTION:
    Help i have a Quiz???? PLEEEAASSEE?
    . Which of the following is a possible sign/symptom of a urinary system disorder?
    A. Urgency
    B. Occult stool
    C. Nausea and vomiting
    D. Diarrhea

    2. The most common lab test done is:
    A. clearance test.
    B. urinalysis.
    C. blood tests.
    D. culture and sensitivity

    3. Which of the following is true re: Diuretics?
    A. Also known as ‘salt pills’
    B. Dry mouth is a common side effect.
    C. Most common diuretic used is Diamox
    D. Used only in lymph and urinary diseases

    4. Which of the following is true re: Hemodialysis?
    A. It is also called peritoneal dialysis
    B. It is usually done at home.
    C. It is usually required 3-4 times per week.
    D. It has no potential complications.

    5. Which of the following is not true re: urinary tract infection?
    A. A predisposing factor is a condition that impairs free flow of urine.
    B. It only refers to a bladder infection.
    C. Incomplete emptying of the bladder may help cause it.
    D. Scar tissue may contribute to infection.

    6. Which of the following is not a common developmental abnormality of the kidney?
    A. Renal agenesis
    B. Duplication
    C. Malposition
    D. Polycystic disease

    7. Which of the following is not true re: Polycystic Disease?
    A. It is an inherited disorder.
    B. It progresses rapidly.
    C. There is no cure.
    D. May not have symptoms until adulthood

    8. Which of the following is not true re: Urolithiasis?
    A. It is also known as ‘kidney stones.’
    B. A possible treatment is lithotripsy.
    C. Renal colic is a rare symptom.
    D. A predisposing factor is an increased concentration of salts in the urine.

    9.Symptoms of Chronic Renal Failure may not appear until what percentage of the kidneys have failed?
    A. 15-20
    B. 35-40
    C. 55-60
    D. 75-80

    10. Which of the following is a possible cause of acute renal failure?
    A. Shock
    B. Myocardial infarction
    C. Frequent urination
    D. Nocturia

    • ANSWER:
      All right, here we go again. What level of schooling is this?

      1. A
      2. B
      3. B
      4. C
      5. B
      6. D.
      7. B
      8. C
      9. D
      10. A

      These are pretty bad questions, by the way. Not too specific. Last question, for example, both A and B are correct.

  18. QUESTION:
    Please help me to understand this medical situation.?
    My partner suffers from End Stage Renal Disease. He is quite healthy and is 24years old. He is surviving on one kidney, his other kidney no longer works. He told me that the surviving kidney works 30% of the time and that he is terminally ill. He is on dialysis 4 times a day. Can anyone explain or give me some advice on how I can handle this news? Is it possible for someone to die if their one kidney works 30% of the time even with dialysis and are there any other treatments he can have? I have asked about kidney transplant and he said the doctors think he will not be able to survive the operation. I don’t know what to do and I am really scared of what will happen.
    My partner lives in another country and this makes it difficult for me to ask his doctors about his medical situation.

    Has anyone been in this situation before?

    • ANSWER:
      you could ask your local renal unit if it would be possible to speak to a renal nurse and they could only say yes or no. if they say yes then they will tell you to bring all info to the appointment and this could help. the reason for them wanting this info is that there are a load of different types of dialysis they will all so want to know what other treatments he is getting and also all medication that he is on. hope this helps?

  19. QUESTION:
    Do I have Ichthyosis? If not, what do I have?
    Hi,

    At the start of last year sometime, I developed dry skin around my groin area (just outside of my knicker/pany line). It then spread a little higher up around my hip bones (symmetrical on each side). It looks quite scaly and I thought it might have been a side effect from losing weight – I thought that it looked kind of like the skin had been stretched. But I only dropped 3 dress sizes – so it’s not like I was obese and dropped down to skinny and was left with loads of saggy skin.

    Anyway, it has got worse ever since and now covers my whole stomach, sides, under arms, bottom of breasts and has recently started on my arms. It has recently creeped up my back (only the bottom though). The skin is extremely flaky on the sides of my stomach – it doesn’t seem as flaky down the centre of my stomach any more. It’s not flaky on my chest. My legs above the knee are quite dry but don’t flake that much.

    I went to see a skin doctor and he said that I defiantly had a skin condition rather than just dry skin. He said he thinks it could be Ichthyosis. He said it is not Eczema.

    At the moment I have had to try to exfoliate the skin away with a brush once a week, then have my shower as normal. I shower once a day and then lather myself in Oilatum shower stuff each time then rinse off and pat dry with a towel.

    I have been using Eurcerin Dry Skin Intensive 10% w/w Urea Treatment Lotion on the affected area after my shower – it does help but I feel like it is just sticking my skin together rather than treating me. It’s also very oily and makes my skin feel very clammy and uncomfortable. If I have a shower and don’t use these lotions – my skin is very flaky – to the point that when I take off my t shirt in the morning my skin starts whooshing up like a whirlwind! Gross!

    I am a 27 year old female and as far as I know no one in my family has any skin problems.

    I am worried because I have read that Ichthyosis not caused by genetics, known as acquired ichthyosis, is very rare. This type is said to usually start in adulthood and is usually associated with other internal diseases, such as cancer, thyroid disease or chronic renal failure. Do you think that I have one of these problems? I have had quite a few none-related blood tests within the last year and they have come back normal, apart from the hormone blood test which showed I had low oestrogen levels. Could low oestrogen levels be related?

    Is there a cure for my skin? I don’t understand why it suddenly started last year when I have never had problems before? I have been to the doctor about it but as usual they just try to sell you a load of creams rather than try to find out what it is and if it can be cured.

    Could diet be a factor? Could putting a filter on my shower water help? Any other ideas? Could colonic irrigation help? Could washing powder be a factor?

    I hope somebody out there can help, as it’s getting quite upsetting now.

    Thanks for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve seen ichthyosis develop in an adult without underlying medical problems. We tried a few things, and am-lactin (ammonium lactate) cream seemed to help a bit, but definitely hard to treat. Thankfully, it never involved his face, just arms and legs.

      This sounds pretty disturbing to you. Did the dermatologist take a skin biopsy? If not, I’d ask for one or seek a second opinion!!

  20. QUESTION:
    Is there any evidence of medicine is stagnating?
    The only claim I can find on the internet is.

    Some evidence supporting the theory that medicine is stagnating is:

    1) The FDA put out a panic bulletin in 2008 complaining that for about a decade it had not been receiving signficiant new drug approval applications, but that these were generally just minor modifications of existing drugs to circumvent patent protection.

    2) The last major disease overcome in the West was polio, almost 60 years ago.

    3) Most drug treatments today just suppress the symptoms of disease but are not curative.

    4) Despite huge increases in the basic science knowledge of disease, this accumulated knowledge is not being translated into clinically significant progress.

    5) Major diseases are expanding as public health problems rather than coming under control. Thus the number of type 1 and type 2 diabetics is burgeoning, autoimmune illnesses of all kinds are becoming more prevalent death rates for many cancers are not improved (apart from apparently longer survival because of earlier diagnosis), lung cancer deaths are increasing now that the world has largely given up smoking, and new cases of endstage renal failure are skyrocketing — yet medicine seems powerless to do anything about these problems.

    6) Life expectancy in the United States is now ceasing to make gains, and in some population groups in the U.S. it is even declining — for the first time since statistics on this topic were kept. The ‘true’ life expectancy, in the sense of the useful lifespan, is probably declining in all population groups with the rise of Alzheimer’s Disease. Should people really be counted as alive if they are essentially just brainless zombies wandering about? If this happens to someone at 75 and they live to be 85, I think we should more honestly say that people are now dying younger.

    7) I once wrote a history of the development of medical thinking on a given topic and consulted journals from 1980 to 2000. I was always worried that something new would come up that I would not include, but I realized that nothing seemed to have changed between the articles of 1980 and those of 2000, so what was I worried about?

    8) To take an example from one field, as a student I was assigned to do a study of renal medicine in 1984, and then again later I dealt with the same subject from 1996 to the present. There is nothing different in dialysis centers, and very little of any significant difference at renal transplant centers, between 1984 and now, and when you listen to talks given by the manufacturers of dialysis machines and the makers of immunosuppressive drugs, they don’t plan on there being much different over the coming 20 years. But dialysis technology was developed in 1942, and the first successful renal transplant occurred in 1954. The worst part is that almost no one working in the field seems to notice the stagnation! It is becoming a ritualized trade rather than an expanding science.

    • ANSWER:
      Ok you are actually asking a very complicated question.
      First, most drugs work on enzymatic pathways, now the number of chemical reactions that the human body carries out is finite. Therefore at some point we simply look at enzymes as a method to treat illiness, we will simply run out of options. The alternative is genetic therapy and modification which has had some successes but alot of misses.
      Now for the FDA it is important to realize that pharm companies run a business which requires ALOT of money to do research in order to find and test new drugs. So why invest all the money in a drug that is only slightly more effective then the current regime. Also you have to look at demographics, in the US, one of the largest groups are the baby boomers, so the pharm companies will focus on drugs to treat conditions that are common in this age group (viagra and cholestorial medication). If you wait 10-20 more years, you will see more drugs for osteoprosis and prostate cancer, diseases associated with getting older. So its a combination of really expensive research, lack of options to expliot and knowing your audience.

      Second there are a number of conditions and diseases that have been erradicated or controlled in thelast 60 years. from small pox to skin cancer, one has be eliminated (1977 was the last natual case) and the other depending on how early you catch it, is completely surviable.

      Third, im not sure where you discovered that most drugs actualyl treat the symptoms not the cure. That is not accurate. Its actually the argument used by the Alt. Med lobbies. In fact modern medicine is tuning towards more preventative efforts.

      Fourth, you are correct about this its realyl hard to translate something we learn in the lab into a or treatment. It simply takes alot of time and money.

      Fifth, again your stastics are very wrong here. In fact deaths related to lung cancer have actually decreased. Aids is no longer a death sentence, and so on. Also modern medcine is making HUGE strides in increasing both the quantity and quality of life for people. I mentioned aids originally (a death sentence 20 years ago), but heart disease, diabetes, they are now treatable.

      Sixth, your data is again skewed, especially with regards to alzheimers.

      Seventh, microsurgary, hormone therapy, fMRI’s, the HPV vac, drug eluting stents, clut boster drugs, even paralysis are just a few of the major developments in medicine in the past 10 years. We can also add in the link between concussions and brain damage or the use of cold therapies to peserve and prevent paralysis in spinal injuries…

      Eight, there have been NUMEROUS advances in enal medicine in the dates you cited. Portable dialysis machines for example to cloning kidneys, we are making major developements

  21. QUESTION:
    Endometriosis? T.M.I…Advice needed.?
    I’m a 21yr old and I have been visiting my GP since june of last year with complaints of pain during intercourse and a heavy discharge that wasn’t normal for me. I had 2 smear tests that came back clear, a pelvic and renal ultrasound which showed no signs of cysts or fluid collection, I had 4 full sets of vaginal swabs sent for investigation and all came back clear. I also had 2 internals carried out by my GP and moderate to severe pain was noted.

    I have now been referred to a consultant. At first I thought maybe I had Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), until my GP mentioned she thought I was showing symptoms of Endometriosis, however she is unsure.

    I just wondered if anyone else has Endometriosis and what medications/treatment you received and also how your life (if at all) has changed since your diagnosis. I also wondered if anyone with this diagnosis was sent for an ultrasound and if it showed anything?

    All help is truely appreciated…

    • ANSWER:
      I have endometriosis, and they actually could not see anything on my ultra sound because it was “hidden”. They did a periscope to see it. They put me on birth control with made my periods lighter and I still have a lot of cramping when i get my period. Other than that my life hasn’t really changed. Every once in a while Ill get stomach cramps but that’s how I know its coming back and its time to talk to my doctor about possibly switching my birth control or talk about doing something different. Good luck hun.

  22. QUESTION:
    Methamazole / acute kidney failure?
    My cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. She was put on methamazole 1/2 twice daily. She had her blood tests, & the levels were still high. So the vet prescribed 1 tablet twice daily. She was on this for about 6 months. The last blood test showed the level of thyroid hormone was undetectable. Too low, vet quickly lowered back to the first dose. Before I even had the new dose in her but 1 day, she became quite tired. I called the vet er, they said maybe it needed to get out of her system. Soon she could barely move, & eventually fell over in the kitchen. I took her to the vet er, she was in acute kidney failure. I had to help her out of pain. I am devistated. as this was a complete shock. The symptoms began & ended all within 3 days. I am wondering if a cats body can change as far as levels, & what could have caused her kidney failure that quick. I also had a male, w/ hyperthyroidism & kidney disease, he was treated also with methamazole, 1/2 tablet once a day. Also a blood pressure pill. He did go blind, as his retinas detached. It was a miracle, a day after treatment of the high blood pressure, he focused on me. He got his sight back! He was going downhill though still, as he was 15. The female above was 14. After she died, it was only 2 days, & my boy couldn’t even walk, as a Mom, I had to help him also. They got the blood tests at the same time, his level was perfect she said. I had no idea he had the thyroid problem til he lost his sight. I lost my two best friends in the same week. I noticed with both of them, after starting the methamazole, they stopped purring. Were not the same little “people” they used to be. I know I did the right thing for them, as they were older, and the blood tests came back horrible. There was nothing I could do. I need to know if this medication may have threw them both into renal failure. I am 42, an adult woman, its been a week….& I’m still crying like a child. Any opinion, advice, or answers would mean alot. Thank you.
    Apologizing ahead, as this is my first time here, on questions. I may have put this in the wrong category. Thought I put it on “Pets”…looks like it appeared on “diseases”?? I hope others can find it. Thank you ahead for any replies that are given, it means so much. I want to do the very best I can with any extra knowledge. I have one cat left, “Furgis”….and I want to do the best I can for him. He is only 6…..I want him to live a long and happy life.

    • ANSWER:
      I had a cat that lived to be 19. The last 6 years of his life he was on methamazole. It did wonders for his hyperthyroidism.
      Sometimes the best efforts of the vets just don’t do the trick. I am so sorry you lost your cats. They really are wonderful creatures. Please get another one or two that need homes.

  23. QUESTION:
    Does an Osteopathic Bum-Pinch Cure Malaria?
    Amused readers of a certain osteopath’s periodic rants may wonder what it is exactly that UK-trained osteopaths do, since UK-trained osteopaths are prevented by law from applying the armamentum of modern medicine to cure diseases. He’d rather not get into the details. In fact, there’s very little UK-trained osteopaths can do. Some dramatic arm swivels, a massage here, a bum-pinch there. That’s about it.

    UK-trained Osteopathic training is so brief and trivial (a five year course on weekends) they are not allowed to order lab tests, nor prescribe medicine, nor do surgery. The amusing osteopath himself left Secondary School at the age of 16 with no A levels, and obviously took no Secondary Level Science classes. The minimum entrance requirements of UK-based Schools of Osteopathy lie somewhere below the requirements for Physiotherapy students, but above those of Poultry Technicians.

    Here’s what the bearers of the UK Osteopathic Stillian Tradition might do about treating Malaria:

    [From Still, on cause of Malaria] “The heat of the sun…is being poured upon the human body…and I think this exhausts the nerves of the spine that they may become relaxed and give way…Carpenters…very often have malaria because they are much exposed to the rays of the sun directly on their backs…As to the mosquito being the…vaccinator of malarial poisons, such philosophy and reasoning is not accepted as demonstrated fact..For my observation of many years I have come to the conclusion known as malaria is the effect of such a general contraction of the structures of the body as will interfere with the entire excretory system”.

    [From Still, on Osteopathic Treatment of Malaria]: “The treatment which I have used successfully for thirty-five years in chills and fever or malaria has been to adjust the lumbar vertebrae which are humped up and posterior almost making a rainbow in shape. When the patient is a man I generally treat him in the lumbar region while he is standing up, placing him with his face and breast against the jamb of a door. I set my knee on the upper part of the sacrum, hold that firmly then place my hands on his shoulders. I draw him backwards then make a few moves to the right and the left in order to adjust the sacrum to its normal articulation and take the pressure off the renal system.

    After this I set my patient on an ordinary chair and stand in front of him then I pass my hand under his arms clear back to the spinous process in the region of the eighth dorsal vertebra. While in that position I pull that part of the body up and toward me and continue this work up the dorsal region till I know that the vertebrae are all in correct line and the ribs in their natural articulations. I adjust all the bones of the neck because I wish to relieve the congestion of the cerebellum, medulla and all the nerves above the diaphragm…
    With this system of treating I have had complete success, recovery following in all cases in a very few days and improvement taking place from the very hour of the first treatment. I treat once or twice a day at first, then I have my patient come to me about twice a week. This I have found to be sufficient”.

    USA-educated Osteopathic Physicians long ago left behind osteopathic absurdity, and today mostly practice normal evidence-based medicine. UK-trained osteopaths, OTOH, who see themselves as the only true believers in Stillian Osteopathic Mumbo-Jumbo, are still at it…

    Given that osteopathic treatment is ridiculous, how is it that UK-trained osteopaths have the gall to demand respect for themselves as “primary care practitioners”?

    • ANSWER:
      A little harsh but essentially accurate in that non-US Osteopaths aren’t “real doctors”. In other words – when someone yells: “Is there a doctor here?” they are not looking to get a spinal manipulation performed.

      Ah, Mr E…you never fail to amuse: “the failures of conventional medicine prove it’s lack of scientific basis…”

      Heart transplants, percutaneous transcoronary angioplasty, artifical joints, cataract surgery, Lasik, cochlear implants, trauma surgery, skin grafting, antibiotics, anti-rejection drugs, asthma medications, insulin, etc, etc, etc,etc

      Nope, no scientific basis to any of that….failure after failure…….

      ROFLMAO

  24. QUESTION:
    What diagnostic tests and medications are needed for this patient?
    A 62-year old male(non-smoker, no known allergies) has the following medical conditions:


    Characteristics of angina commonly include a sensation of pressure, heavy weight, burning, or tightness over the sternum or near to it. The pain may radiate to, or occassionally be limited to, the left arm, shoulder, or other areas. The sensation gradually increases in intensity and then gradually disappears with rest. The duration is usually between 30 seconds and 30 minutes.


    Hypertension is defined by persistent elevation of arterial blood pressure.


    Hyperlipidemia is defined as an elevation of one or more of the following: cholesterol, cholesterol esters, phospholipids or triglycerides. Abnormalities of plasma lipids can result in a predisposition to coronary, cerebrovascular, and peripheral vascular arterial disease.

    He is taking the following medications:

    Irbesartan 300mg mane(what does “mane” mean?)
    Used for treatment of hypertension and prevention of renal disease progression in patients with type 2 diabetes, hypertention and microalbuminuria.

    Gemfibrozil 600mg bd(twice daily)
    Used in treatment of severe hypertriglyceridaemia, mixed hyperlipidaemia and dyslipidaemia associated with diabetes, and used to reduce risk of coronary heart disease in hypercholesterolaemia.

    Glyceryl Trinitrate Tablets 600mcg; half to one prn(when necessary)
    Used in the prevention and treatment of stable and angina and heart failure associated with acute myocardial infarction. Provides exogenous source of nitric oxide. Predominantly venodilators and reduces venous return and preload to the heart, reducing myocardial oxygen requirement.

    Glyceryl Trinitrate spray 400mcg (1 spray when required); use prn
    Also known as nitroglycerine and GTN. It is used in the treatment of angina by providing an exgenous source of nitric oxide which mediates vasodilator effects.

    His medical test results are:

    -Blood Pressure 140/90

    -Liver Function Test
    Total protein=63g/L(normal 60-80g/L);Albumin 27g/L(normal 35-52g/L);ALT=19U/L(normal 38-126U/L);GGT=154U/L(normal 12-43U/L);ALP=177(normal 38-126U/L)

    Question 1: From the liver function test results, what information can we obtain regarding the patient’s medical condition?

    Question 2: What further diagnostic tests are needed to know more about the patient’s medical condition(including diabetes due to heavy weight)?

    Question 3: What are the appropriate therapies(what medicines, and dosage for each?) for effective treatment, avoidance of side effects, increased compliance, and cost-effectiveness?

    Question 4: Without other symptoms, the patient shows dry cough. What is the cause of this cough?

    • ANSWER:
      Too big a question. Please split up.

  25. QUESTION:
    Is there any evidence of medicine is stagnating?
    The only claim I can find on the internet is.

    Some evidence supporting the theory that medicine is stagnating is:

    1) The FDA put out a panic bulletin in 2008 complaining that for about a decade it had not been receiving signficiant new drug approval applications, but that these were generally just minor modifications of existing drugs to circumvent patent protection.

    2) The last major disease overcome in the West was polio, almost 60 years ago.

    3) Most drug treatments today just suppress the symptoms of disease but are not curative.

    4) Despite huge increases in the basic science knowledge of disease, this accumulated knowledge is not being translated into clinically significant progress.

    5) Major diseases are expanding as public health problems rather than coming under control. Thus the number of type 1 and type 2 diabetics is burgeoning, autoimmune illnesses of all kinds are becoming more prevalent death rates for many cancers are not improved (apart from apparently longer survival because of earlier diagnosis), lung cancer deaths are increasing now that the world has largely given up smoking, and new cases of endstage renal failure are skyrocketing — yet medicine seems powerless to do anything about these problems.

    6) Life expectancy in the United States is now ceasing to make gains, and in some population groups in the U.S. it is even declining — for the first time since statistics on this topic were kept. The ‘true’ life expectancy, in the sense of the useful lifespan, is probably declining in all population groups with the rise of Alzheimer’s Disease. Should people really be counted as alive if they are essentially just brainless zombies wandering about? If this happens to someone at 75 and they live to be 85, I think we should more honestly say that people are now dying younger.

    7) I once wrote a history of the development of medical thinking on a given topic and consulted journals from 1980 to 2000. I was always worried that something new would come up that I would not include, but I realized that nothing seemed to have changed between the articles of 1980 and those of 2000, so what was I worried about?

    8) To take an example from one field, as a student I was assigned to do a study of renal medicine in 1984, and then again later I dealt with the same subject from 1996 to the present. There is nothing different in dialysis centers, and very little of any significant difference at renal transplant centers, between 1984 and now, and when you listen to talks given by the manufacturers of dialysis machines and the makers of immunosuppressive drugs, they don’t plan on there being much different over the coming 20 years. But dialysis technology was developed in 1942, and the first successful renal transplant occurred in 1954. The worst part is that almost no one working in the field seems to notice the stagnation! It is becoming a ritualized trade rather than an expanding science.

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    Is there any evidence of medicine is stagnating?
    The only claim I can find on the internet is.

    Some evidence supporting the theory that medicine is stagnating is:

    1) The FDA put out a panic bulletin in 2008 complaining that for about a decade it had not been receiving signficiant new drug approval applications, but that these were generally just minor modifications of existing drugs to circumvent patent protection.

    2) The last major disease overcome in the West was polio, almost 60 years ago.

    3) Most drug treatments today just suppress the symptoms of disease but are not curative.

    4) Despite huge increases in the basic science knowledge of disease, this accumulated knowledge is not being translated into clinically significant progress.

    5) Major diseases are expanding as public health problems rather than coming under control. Thus the number of type 1 and type 2 diabetics is burgeoning, autoimmune illnesses of all kinds are becoming more prevalent death rates for many cancers are not improved (apart from apparently longer survival because of earlier diagnosis), lung cancer deaths are increasing now that the world has largely given up smoking, and new cases of endstage renal failure are skyrocketing — yet medicine seems powerless to do anything about these problems.

    6) Life expectancy in the United States is now ceasing to make gains, and in some population groups in the U.S. it is even declining — for the first time since statistics on this topic were kept. The ‘true’ life expectancy, in the sense of the useful lifespan, is probably declining in all population groups with the rise of Alzheimer’s Disease. Should people really be counted as alive if they are essentially just brainless zombies wandering about? If this happens to someone at 75 and they live to be 85, I think we should more honestly say that people are now dying younger.

    7) I once wrote a history of the development of medical thinking on a given topic and consulted journals from 1980 to 2000. I was always worried that something new would come up that I would not include, but I realized that nothing seemed to have changed between the articles of 1980 and those of 2000, so what was I worried about?

    8) To take an example from one field, as a student I was assigned to do a study of renal medicine in 1984, and then again later I dealt with the same subject from 1996 to the present. There is nothing different in dialysis centers, and very little of any significant difference at renal transplant centers, between 1984 and now, and when you listen to talks given by the manufacturers of dialysis machines and the makers of immunosuppressive drugs, they don’t plan on there being much different over the coming 20 years. But dialysis technology was developed in 1942, and the first successful renal transplant occurred in 1954. The worst part is that almost no one working in the field seems to notice the stagnation! It is becoming a ritualized trade rather than an expanding science.

    • ANSWER:
      if you want to know the truth.

      western medicine is based on homeostasis, meaning to stay the same.
      drugs are not to get you better, they are to not make you worse, that is all.
      if drugs could make you better, then if you took them too long you would overdose.

      eastern medicine is based on getting you well, when you get well you are no longer sick.

      i am working on a PhD degree from india currently, in alternative medicine. so perhaps i am slightly not the best person to answer your question.

      western medicine finds different forms on fungi (fungus used in antibiotics) in rock formations like calcium bentonite (pascalite) , two of those are discovered and used in western medicine, and atleast one fungus is not yet available to the public or approved by the fda.

      western medicine has done studies, with medical doctors, and found silicon, selenium, chromium(3) to be the most important trace minerals to get every day, three times a day, in trace amounts.

      my hope is someday, perhaps someday they will be able to replace the function of livers, for a short period of time, like they do with the kidney by machine actions.


What Is Renal Disease

The most common form of kidney cancer is renal cell carcinoma also called renal adenocarcinoma. T 00004000 his form is 90% of cases of kidney cancer.

Increasing age is accompanied by greater risk of developing the disease. It happens mostly between 50 and 70 years. Men are 2 times more likely to suffer kidney cancer than women.
The most common sign of kidney cancer are:
* The Haematuria: Blood in the urine may appear macroscopically, ie the eye. But it is possible to have a microscopic examination of urine to determine the existence
Pain behind the back, the area under the sides, which is persistent and is not related to an injury
* Mass in the kidney is usually detected during a physical examination
* Fatigue
* Weight Loss
* High blood pressure
* Fever is recurring, without any justification infectious
Pain in other parts of the body where the cancer has spread

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is “intrinsic medical renal disease”? Does it mean the person has a terminal illness?
    What is “intrinsic medical renal disease”? Does it mean the person has a terminal illness?

    thank you very much for your answer

    • ANSWER:
      No, it’s usually renal insufficiency as the result of an injury to the kidney(s).

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the life expectancy for someone with end-stage renal disease who is not receiving dialysis?
    My grandfather is 89 years old and has ESRD and is not receiving dialysis. Right now, he is receiving hospice care at home. How long can he live with this condition? I couldn’t get an answer from anyone and I can’t find anything online.

    • ANSWER:
      Really it will be difficult to answer.
      I know of someone in similar condition who survived about 3 months but the quality of life was not satisfactory.
      Sorry for your grand dad.

  3. QUESTION:
    What is the best diet for a Min Pin with Renal Disease?
    He is only 7 months old and will probably not live to be 2 yrs old. He does not act sick yet, but am told he will. Does anyone know what I should expect as far as health problems, and what he should and should not eat !

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible to purchase a commercial canned or dry diet from your veterinarian, or he/she can provide you with a recipe for a home-made one from veterinary reference books. It will be important to control the amount of protein, but provide adequate high-quality protein for growth and maintenance. I hope that with your quality care, your pup will live a happier, healthier, and longer life than he otherwise would have done.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is life expectancy for male in early 60s with End Stage Renal Disease, Diabetes, and CHF?
    In December last year my husband started 3-day a week dialysis after many hospitalizations and has been diagnosed with ESRD. He also has diabetes type 2, CHF, and an AFIB condition. I have read some answers here regarding life expectancy -that with ESRD and with no transplant, approx 5 year life expectancy but that this is shortened by percentages due to the other conditions.

    • ANSWER:
      Close to none, I give you three months

  5. QUESTION:
    Calciphylaxis with end stage renal disease, mortality rate without my brother getting septic wounds?
    My brother is 65 years old, just had his lower leg amputated, the calciphylaxsis has surfaced to his thighs, if it attacks his organs, which it probably already has, what timeline do we have to spend time with him, before he passes?

    • ANSWER:
      is your brother currently being treated for the calciphylaxis? this will determine his outcome with this disease process also other underlying health issues your brother has will effect his outcome with this disease process

  6. QUESTION:
    what are symptoms of renal disease?
    I have a family history of renal disease. Most of them had reduced urinary output. Is this always indicative of renal disease?

    • ANSWER:
      My son developed renal disease at 13 years old. One day he went to the dr. for an upper respiratory infection and 4 days later he had gained 13 pounds and couldn’t get his clothes to fasten and his shoes wouldn’t even fit. After rushing to the family dr., a urologist, and finally to a children’s nephrologist, we got some answers. He is 28 years old, and he had a kidney transplant last August. It has been a long journey! I think the key, is to stay on top of the condition and do what you can to control it. Don’t neglect your health. Blessings!

  7. QUESTION:
    Hereditary renal disease? How to test for it?
    I have a very strong feeling that I might have something wrong with my kidneys. My mother was diagnosed with chronic renal disease and she always told me to get tested in my early 20′s. Well I’m 23 now and showing some signs that she did. Where do I go to get tested, and what is involved?

    • ANSWER:
      You should first go to a Urologist which specializes in renal cases and tell the doctor about your concern. Basically most renal disease are only secondary, which is basically a result of another pathology like diabetes or congestive heart failure to name a few. I don’t really know exactly how they test but to give you an overview, they basically give you oral fluid to drink and after some time, you’ll be ask to urinate a number of times and they will measure your urine. That is one test, there are many more. You should consult your doctor for in depth answer.

  8. QUESTION:
    What is the physiological explanation for the relationship between diabetes and end-stage renal disease? ?
    I know the kidney is a non-insulin dependent organ , so having extended periods of high blood sugar (such as in uncontrolled Diabetes) causes elevated amount of glucose enter to the kidney. I was wondering why the entrance of large amount of glucose to the kidney can potentially lead to kidney damage? What is the high amount of glucose doing to damage the kidney?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      From what I’ve read, the mechanism of renal damage by hyperglycemia isn’t understood at this time.

      Diabetes messes up arteries, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there isn’t some vascular component involved.

      Here’s an article that explores some of the possible mechanisms:

      http://www.renalandurologynews.com/Mechanisms-of-Diabetic-Nephropathy/article/20546/

  9. QUESTION:
    What kind of diet is recommended for one who has chronic renal disease?
    particularly when it is also a case of hypothyroidism and hypertension

    • ANSWER:
      A low-protein diet is used in people with abnormal kidney function to prevent worsening of their kidney disease . The diet is often low in sodium and potassium as well. For some people on this diet, fluid restriction is also necessary. And if you have diabetes along with kidney disease, a low-carbohydrate diet may be necessary.

  10. QUESTION:
    My dog is in early stage of pre renal disease. What can I expect?
    She is 13, drinks alot of water, and pees alot. Also, pants alot at night and won’t sleep?

    • ANSWER:
      I am guessing you have taken her to the vet for this diagnosis. Also having been to the vet you know she needs to be on a specific diet to help her maintain her kidneys.

      I just lost a pet last year to CRF. The cause was far serious than trying to help him through the disease. I opted for euthanasia as when the vet tried to give IV fluids they seeped into his body, the kidneys could no longer process. His stomach bloated with the fluid and he could not have survived an operation anyway to help..

      What can you expect?? Many pets can live quite healthy lives with Kidney disease, given the right diet and medications if the disease is found out early enough and no underlying causes are found.(my pet had lymphatic cancer, they found this by the autopsy I allowed after euthanaisa)

      The vets will perform RF tests, these tests will help identify the levels (I forget the exact levels now) once the levels are established and medications given to help correct, the right diet, your dog can still live a quite normal life.

      The final stages of CRF are: smelly urination, lethargy, total loss of appetite, not eating, high temperature.

  11. QUESTION:
    Can a girl that has a chronic renal disease take birth control pills? ?
    What would be the complications?

    • ANSWER:
      Generally speaking, the answer should be yes – the hormones of one don’t affect the other… but you need to speak to your nephrologist about which, if any, will be best in your case.

  12. QUESTION:
    end-stage renal disease- How rare is(calcifixiation)?
    Recently my grandmother died due to complications from end-stage renal disease. She was on dialysis for 15 years. I am trying to find out more about cacifixiation-I know it is a calcifying of the arteries but what else.?

    • ANSWER:
      Its primarily the arteries. Vascular calcification is the most common cause of death in patients on dialysis.

  13. QUESTION:
    What is another name for end-stage renal disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Stage V CKD

  14. QUESTION:
    What are the common causes of renal disease in small pets?

    • ANSWER:
      Common Kidney Diseases in Small Pets
      Kidney disease (also referred to in medical terminology as renal disease) is common in many small mammals. Diet and husbandry can play a major role in preventing certain kidney diseases.

      What are the common causes of renal disease in small pets?

      Chinchillas
      Kidney stones (uroliths) made of calcium oxalate can cause renal disease in chinchillas. The cause is presumed to be nutritional: moldy food, vitamin B6 deficiency, or a diet with too many plants high in oxalic acid (e.g., kale, mustard greens, and spinach).

      http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=18&cat=1799&articleid=3318

  15. QUESTION:
    What is “intrinsic medical renal disease”?
    Does it mean the person has a terminal illness?

    thank you very much for your answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Intrinsic Renal Diseas

      Intrinsic renal disease is a type of kidney disease that is often the result of an injury to the kidneys. The disease also is caused by lack of blood to the kidneys, drug abuse and inflammation from other causes. The kidneys are vital because these organs keep you alive by filtering toxins out of your body. Toxins and even excess vitamins are excreted through the urine.

      Effects

      People with intrinsic renal disease will often have other symptoms such as anemia, bad breath, joint problems, ammonia taste in their mouth, swelling, bloody urine or severe fatigue. People suffering from kidney disease may also look pale and become depressed. They do not feel well, which causes them to lose interest in their normal daily activities.

      Considerations

      If you have been diagnosed with intrinsic renal disease there are a few things you may want to consider to improve your quality of life. Make changes in your diet immediately. You can strengthen your kidneys by taking steps such as drinking pure water daily. In addition, eat a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables. Cranberry juice can also help to flush and cleanse the kidneys. Take liquid vitamin supplements to bypass the digestive process. The vitamins will help give you strength and energy while dealing with the disease. According to the Mayo Clinic, a low phosphorus diet is beneficial for people with kidney disease.

      Types

      There are four main type of intrinsic renal disease: glomerular, tubular, vascular and interstitial. People who are at risk for these types of renal disease are those who have diabetes, chronic renal insufficiency and congestive heart failure. Drug therapy is the main treatment for several types of intrinsic renal disease. Medications include loop diuretics, mannitol, calcium channel beta blockers and dopamine.

      Vascular renal failure is often treated aggressively with surgery. Interstitial renal disease is often treated with corticosteroids. Interstitial disease typically brings on a fever or rash.

      Causes

      One of the most common causes of intrinsic renal disease is an injury from a car crash, though there are also several types of intrinsic renal disease with other causes. Vascular is usually caused by capillary thrombosis. Glomerular is usually brought on by hypertension and other health conditions. Tubular disease is brought on by toxins and ischemia. The most common reason for interstitial disease is from an allergic reaction to a drug, but it can also be brought on by infection or autoimmune disease.

      Prevention/Solution

      Sometimes kidney disease is a result of an injury which is out of your control, but in many cases you can control whether you develop intrinsic renal disease by making lifestyle changes. Be good to your kidneys by drinking pure water and eating a diet rich in vitamins and minerals. Purify your kidneys by drinking raw beet, carrot and cucumber juice. Cut refined sugars and processed foods from your diet. Be mindful of what you are putting into your body and focus on maintaining a healthy weight.

      .

      Read more: Intrinsic Renal Disease | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5558854_intrinsic-renal-disease.html#ixzz1V8lafmq0

  16. QUESTION:
    With a pre-existing condition (like Renal Disease), are there any life insurance coverage options?
    Renal Disease {Stage 3; no dialysis needed yet}.
    Note: From what I’ve read, many “no medical exam” policies still have pre-existing condition restrictions.

    • ANSWER:
      There are life insurance companies that write guaranteed acceptance, or graded benefit policies for people who would not qualify otherwise. These policies can be purchased in the amounts up to ,000 with some, and only ,000-,000 with others.

      The guaranteed acceptance or graded benefit policies will have a 2-year limited benefit period. During this 2-year period a guaranteed acceptance policy will only refund the premiums paid if natural death should occur. It will pay the face amount for accidental death, plus refund the premiums. After the 2nd policy year, the policy is in full benefit.

      A graded benefit policy will pay a percentage of the full face amount if natural death occurs during the first two policy years. Example: If death occurs in the first year, it may pay 35% of the face amount. During the second year, it may pay 70%. Then after the second full policy year it would pay 100% of the face value. If accidental death occurs during the first two policy years, it will pay the full face amount.

      Contact your LOCAL agent, and he or she can help you find the policy you are looking for in this case as explained above.

      This is why I recommend buying enough life insurance while one is healthy. We never know how our health is going to be. If we knew, and knew when we were going to die, we could wait until just before that time to purchase life insurance.

      In my own case, I was healthy one week, then went to have a pain checked out in my back the next week. They ran a CT scan and found out that I had cancer. I’m glad that I already had enough life insurance. It would be hard to get now.

  17. QUESTION:
    My MinPin has been diagnosed with Renal Disease…what type of foods would be good for him? Not good for him?

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    what medication helps lower alkaline phosphate in end stage renal disease patients?
    what does the medication ‘one alpha’ do in a patient with end stage renal disease who has a elevated alkaline phosphate. Present medication is. Caltrate 600mg TID, multivit OD, Amlor 10mg BID,

    • ANSWER:
      High Alkaline phosphatase is a manifestation of a disease (liver kidney,bone and heart.) but not a cause of any disease.Who is prescribing medicines? Only renal disease must be treated.

  19. QUESTION:
    what is worse,acute renal or chronic renal disease(failure)?
    on my papers it says i have chronic renal failure stage 1 and i don’t know which one of the two are more severe then the the other acute or chronic

    • ANSWER:
      What I know of the terms: Acute refers to a short-term bout of illness and chronic refers to long-term. Usually stage 1 means that the disease was caught early and it is not far advanced. I’ve read that at this stage the progression can be stopped or slowed. Hope this helps!

  20. QUESTION:
    Prognosis for diabetic with chf and renal disease?
    My 60yr. old diabetic brother was diagnosed with diabetes,heart failure,congestive failure,renal failure,low blood sugar, chronic ischemic heart,hyperlipidemia,disorders of lipoid metabolism,low vision and blindness. His heart is working 30%. His heart and kidney Dr. wants our input on cardiac catherization which would put him on dialysis immediately.What can we expect of his condition & prognosis if we decide not to do this procedure?

    • ANSWER:
      His prognosis is poor at this time.

  21. QUESTION:
    What’s the safest class of antihypertensive in near end stage chronic renal failure?
    Person with hypertension (eg. BP of 170/110 persistently elevated) and close to end stage chronic renal disease (say eGFR of <15). Waiting for dialysis. Meanwhile, what class (or combination of classes) of antihypertensive is/are safest to use?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      This would be better discussed with the person’s physician. But suspect Beta Blocker would be safest.

  22. QUESTION:
    what is the pathophysiology of end stage renal disease?

    • ANSWER:
      In end stage renal disease (ESRD), the blood flow to the kidneys may be drastically reduced due to all the damage to the filtering structures in the kidney (the glomeruli). Urine output decreases as a result, and toxic substances build up in the blood. The sum effect of this is “uremia,” a complex biochemical syndrome that results from this toxic buildup. Blood urea nitrogen and creatinine are two blood markers that rise in renal disease. Electrolyte levels can also become deranged in renal disease.

      Diabetes is one of the most common causes of end-stage renal disease. ESRD is treated by dialysis several times per week — essentially an artificial filter to take the place of the kindeys. Renal transplant is often necessary.

  23. QUESTION:
    chronic renal disease- Grade II?
    if somebody has serum creatinine of 9.5 and ultrasound scan revealing chronic renal disease Grade II, how is the prognosis, is it treatable with non- dialysis (only medication) or only transplantation / dialysis can treat the patient. what are the chances of survival.How much time a person can survive with Grade II chronic renal disease

    • ANSWER:
      I dont know….

  24. QUESTION:
    Renal Disease in my Cat, won’t eat :( ?
    Recently my cat was diagnosed with Renal Disease. We took him to the vet and basically the first night he stayed over night (they put some fluids in) and then we took him home(they didn’t really do anything) then we took him the next day and a different vet Lady handled him and basically did a Urine sample and said he definitely has Renal Disease. She injected him with anabulic steroid (apparantly increases appetite?) and gave us some penaidin (spelling) also for appetite but to take only when needed and we were also given Forekor.

    We have given all of these things and now all he wants to do is sleep and is frail as anything. He will drink as he drank for about 5 minutes out of a tap yesterday but he refuses to eat. I’m not sure if it’s because of reneal disease or his jaw, the vet didn’t say it was his jaw but he jitters his death every so often when he drinks.

    Only things he has eaten is yogurt (lick) and vegemite(basically toast spread vet recommended)

    He is 11 years old and basically about a week a go this strange habbits started happening and I’m not sure what to do as we already forked out a lot of $ already..

    Any help is appreciated
    I mean teeth sorry not death after Jitters*
    Thanks to all the response, very fast one’s too.

    I forgot to mention he is on a canned diet (we bought food from them etc)

    But yeah, I think I will need to start trying to feed it through the ways suggested as he won’t eat them. Surprised the tablets aren’t making him hungry like they are supposedly meant to be.
    Thanks for all the responses again. I managed to force feed him with a syringe some mushy food. After he started pruning himself and is now on my bed sitting but won’t close his eyes and sleep:(
    He vomitted the food we gave him.. about a hour after we force fed him. So we took him to the vet and asked for the honest opinion and she said it’s only going to get worse.. so unfortunately tomorrow he is going to get put down :( thanks a lot guys.. for the help

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, kidney disease is a death sentence. The only question is how long you have. It is possible for a cat to function on 25% kidney & still appear reasonably healthy.

      You need to keep him hydrated. See if the vet will teach you how to give sub-q fluids. This will allow you to prolong his life while saving you money. Easiest way for a novice is to put the cat in a mesh laundry bag. You can stick the needle through the mesh bag, see what you are doing, talk to the cat, etc while giving the fluids. If he will drink on his own, try pedalyte rather than regular water as the electrolytes will help.

      He needs a very low protein diet. Nutro-Max Senior is *very* close in formulation to the Rx Hill’s Science Diet Kidney Diet – my vet has ran the protein percentages for me.

      Vitamin B will also stimulate appetite. You can get sublinqual B at the drug store & give it orally.

      As the kidneys start to shutdown, you need to keep them functioning. Watermelon seed tea works. I would buy the packets from the heath food store, cut it open & stir in w/ a jar of baby food (meat flavor) to get the cat to eat. This is a natural diuretic & I gave once daily.

      As long as he continues eating, you have hope of continuing to enjoy time w/ him. There will come a time when you will feed him ANYTHING – no matter how bad it is for him, just to keep him eating.

      Eventually the time will come when you will have to make the decision to say good bye. From someone who has been there too many times… it is better to have them go quietly in your arms purring & w/ dignity, then gasping & in pain.

      http://www.subali-klm.com/cattery/newstar.html

      PS – I have lost several cats dear to my heart to CRF over the last 35+ year. Feel free to write privately for more tips or questions. {{{{HUGS}}}}}

  25. QUESTION:
    Renal Disease Stage III – what vegetables and fruits to avoid?
    My Dad has multiple health problems including diabetes, but was recently diagnosed with Renal Disease Stage III. He’s already been doing much of what they list at the site below (lost more than 50 pounds) and is trying to increase his exercise. I make a lot of his food, especially premade meals for him to pop out of the freezer into the microwave such as homemade burritos. The link indicates that he may have to avoid fruits and vegetables high in phosphorus or potassium. Which ones are these besides bananas (which he rarely eats anyway)?

    http://www.davita.com/kidney-disease/symptoms-and-diagnosis/stage-3-of-chronic-kidney-disease-ckd/a/685

    • ANSWER:
      The same web site also lists the high potassium and high phosphorus foods. Go to:

      http://www.davita.com/diet-and-nutrition/c/diet-basics

      Back when I was on dialysis, I remember that I was supposed to limit potatos, tomatos,and oranges, but I can’t remember the rest, so they should be on the website.

  26. QUESTION:
    Can labradoodles get juvenile renal disease? Please help?
    I’m worried about my 4 month old labradoodle puppy. I believe she is drinking far too frequently, and although she was potty trained almost instantly, she has recently (in the past few weeks) become more lazy in her habits and urinates inside rather than out. She has started leaking urine when over-excited too. She doesn’t seem to be eating as much either :( . What could be the matter? I researched into Juvenile Renal Disease and it has scared me, although it only seems to mention it being common in standard poodles, could she have this as she is 3/4 standard poodle? Or does being crossed with a lab eliminate this disease? HELP! :’(

    • ANSWER:
      You need to have her taken into a vet. Frequent drinking and urination can be a sign of many different things- not just renal disease. Unfortunately, with mutts, there is no way to tell which side of the breed she got this from. Labs have their own mix of problems they generally inherit, along with the poodle issues, you could be in for a real mess. Although it could be as simple as a UTI, these “designer” breeds tend to develop the problems from both of the breeds involved. Schedule a visit with your vet, if you are concerned with renal disease, they will perform some routine blood tests to find out. They may also run a urinalysis.

      Take this as a lesson in “designer” breeding. It also means they have “designer” diseases!

  27. QUESTION:
    what is bilateral medical renal disease?

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    My 13 yr old Dog was recently diagnosed with early stages of Renal Disease?
    Good news to report on my dog that was just recently diagnosed with Renal Disease. Instead of having him on the NF dog food that I was constantly having to put boiled chicken in to give it flavor so he would eat it I got the K/D food and he seems to like it alot better don’t have to put anything in it for him to eat it but that may not last long mostly because he gets burned out easily on his food but also his Renal levels are not high enough for meds so we actually got this really early but with age I know there are going to be some bad times with his health. The other day he up and completely quit drinking water had to force it but after I switched his food he went back to drinking sometimes I have to make him go to where his water dish is but I NO longer have to force water down him he does that all by his self now. If it hadn’t been for yahoo answers I may have not known what to do. Thanks to all of you that was able to steer me in the right direction I know deep down that my baby will not be around forever and I will be extremely lucky if he lives the next 2 years but the way I see it is his type I think has already lived one year longer than usual and I have not only taken GREAT care of him for 13yrs but its been a great 13 years too BUT he seems to be doing alot better now that he is on the K/D food and I am thankful for that I just wanted to thank each and ever one of you that steered me in the right direction if it wasn’t for that I may have kept fighting with him to eat that YUCKY NF food.

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    i wanted to ask what is PELVIOLITHIASIS.can somebody send me some info about this renal disease for our study?
    i wanted to know about the background, incidence, definition and etiology of the disease.. PLEASE…

    it’ll realy be of help!! thanks

    • ANSWER:
      As far as I can figure, it’s nothing more than kidney stones occurring in the renal pelvis. I’ve actually never heard that term used before, as “nephrolithiasis” pretty much covers any stones within the kidneys.

      Unless you were specifically told that “pelviolithiasis” was somehow different from the more general “nephrolithiasis”, with differing causes and incidence rates, you’d probably be safe reporting on regular kidney stones, with some mention of staghorn calculi thrown in.

  30. QUESTION:
    Child with renal disease??
    If a child has renal disease and his sodium levels are 148 mEq/L, what clinical manifestation will be observed?

    • ANSWER:
      i have FSGS kidney disease. all i can say is edema. i have it everyday basically. he is probably going to need a low sodium diet to deal with the water retention and have some diuretics or lasix to help eliminate the excess water

      good luck and be well.

  31. QUESTION:
    what is medical renal disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney disease

  32. QUESTION:
    My partner has End Stage Renal Disease.?
    He is going to have an operation in South Africa. What treatments can they provide instead of an operation?

    Will an operation help him?

    • ANSWER:
      what kind of operation? i have been on dialysis since 1989 for esrd.

  33. QUESTION:
    End-Stage-Renal-Disease Diet?
    What is the diet for ESRD? We are making a diet for our nutrition class and we can’t figure it out. Should it be high or low in protein? etc? :)

    • ANSWER:
      Well…in ESRD, the kidneys have failed and cannot maintain homeostasis. Before dialysis is begun, protein is restricted to attempt to preserve kidney function. However, once dialysis is needed, then protein intake is increased to prevent malnutrition, but excessive amounts aren’t given as this can cause further problems.

      Sodium, potassium, and phosphorus need to be limited as the kidneys have failed and these elements can’t be excreted. Excess sodium leads to fluid retention and subsequent hypertension. Excess potassium leads to hyperkalemia. Phosphorus is usually controlled by limiting dairy products and perhaps the use of a phosphate binder.

      Fluid restriction is also needed. Also, calcium is monitored and supplements are given as needed.

  34. QUESTION:
    what renal disease has these signs and symptoms?
    here is the case, a 35 year old newlywed female seeks consultation at the ER with chief complaints of acute abdominal pain diffused on the right side, fever of 39.5 degrees, negative bowel movement, distended abdomen, without any rebound tenderness, negative pain at mcburney’s point (so appendicitis is out of the question)..
    and then she has a wbc result of 15,000.. regular menstrual flow..

    were guessing a UTI, and that it is a possibility that its transmitted via sexual intercourse since she is a newlywed.. but we dont know why there is abdominal distention and negative bowel movement..
    any ideas? points to back up your diagnosis?

    • ANSWER:
      What does negative bowel movement mean? I’ve never heard anyone use that phrase. I guess different countries have different terminology.

      Is this an actual patient or a question on a test? Does it have to be renal? I would first test for a uti or kidney stones. Apparently kidney stones can cause abdominal distension. It could also be gonorrhea causing urethral inflammation and infection. As for her status as a newlywed, I suppose it depends on where she lives, what her cultural background is, but for a western woman at her age, it probably doesn’t mean that she’s sleeping with him for the first time (and catching a uti), although she is probably having frequent sex. If it’s not renal, I would also look into the possibility of a pregnancy, highly suspect of tubal pregnancy.

      But if it’s definitely renal, and all this information is given on an assignment, I would suspect a UTI/kidney infection.

  35. QUESTION:
    End Stage Renal Disease in my 37 year old son.?
    My son just received papers from the dialysis center with this diagnosis on it and he is scared to death. He is asking me how long can he live with this. I read somewhere that the usual life expectancy is about 5 years. Is this true? He is a single father with a disabled son. My grandson has gone through so much. He saw his mother murdered when he was 4 years old by an old boyfriend who stabbed her 37 times in front of him. He lost his maternal grandmother a couple of years later. If his father passes I don’t know what this is going to do to this child. Can someone please give me some information on life expectancy?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. I am a dialysis nurse and have been for 2 years. I am sorry to hear about the experiences of loss your grandson has experienced. Dialysis is difficult for the patient and family as a whole. The term “End Stage Renal Disease” can sound VERY scary, but the fact is that anyone who is on chronic dialysis treatments is in ESRD. This means that his kidneys have reached the point that they can not support his needs alone. This is where dialysis comes in. Compliance with treatments, diet, and medication therapy generally can lead to a long and healthy life on dialysis. I have many patients who have been on dialysis for 15+ years. The average life expectancy of 5 years is due to the fact that many who begin on dialysis are elderly and have many other health related conditions. Many others though, who are in their 30′s-40′s do very well on dialysis. It is not uncommon for some to have jobs, young children, hobbies, and overall enjoyment out of life. Try not to let him get down. Offer your support and help when needed. Encourage him to be involved in his care and try to understand this disease. Best of luck to you and your family!

  36. QUESTION:
    End-Stage Renal Disease?
    So this afternoon my father who hasn’t worked in about 3 years was diagnosed with ESRD. We didn’t even know he had kidney failure until he went in for his Cardiac Arrest His kidney function is about 9%. He has been living with a church and working on the side for them. I don’t know what to do. I am so confused he is scheduled to start dialysis on Monday. How will I pay for all this? What can I do? Is he now disable can I apply for SSI? Do I apply for Medicare or Medicaid? Will they deny him dialysis if we don’t have insurance? Any answers on my next step to take will be most helpful. I am his only child and our relationship has been distant, but I just can’t stand by and watch him die.

    • ANSWER:
      I have had kidney failure and been on dialysis.

      Almost everyone in the US qualifies for Medicare, not matter what their age is, when they go on dialysis. It is usually automatic that that person also applies for and qualifies for disability, so he will receive Social Security disability for that. I recieved both Medicare and disability during that time.

      The dialysis center will have a social worker who can explain all the details of this for you.

      No, he will not be denied dialysis, since he will qualify for Medicare. Ask the social worker about applying for Medicaid. I had regular group insurance for a former employer, and did not need to apply for Medicaid.

      You really should not have any problems with this, but I know it is confusing if you don’t know much about it. I would suggest making an appt w/ the dialysis center social worker so he/she can explain everything when they have time.

  37. QUESTION:
    what is called a renal disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Any disorder of the kidneys (renal) or the kidney/urinary tract (urologic). Kidney disease is classified as any disease or disorder that affects the function of the kidneys. This may include:
      * acute kidney failure
      * acute nephritic syndrome
      * analgesic nephropathy
      * atheroembolic renal disease
      * chronic kidney failure
      * chronic nephritis
      * congenital nephrotic syndrome
      * end-stage renal disease
      * Goodpasture’s syndrome
      * interstitial nephritis
      * kidney cancer
      * kidney damage
      * kidney infection
      * kidney injury
      * kidney stones
      * lupus nephritis
      * membranoproliferative GN I
      * membranoproliferative GN II
      * membranous nephropathy
      * minimal change disease
      * necrotizing glomerulonephritis
      * nephroblastoma
      * nephrocalcinosis
      * nephrogenic diabetes insipidus
      * nephropathy – IgA
      * nephrosis (nephrotic syndrome)
      * polycystic kidney disease
      * post-streptococcal GN
      * reflux nephropathy
      * renal artery embolism
      * renal artery stenosis
      * renal disorders
      * renal papillary necrosis
      * renal tubular acidosis type I
      * renal tubular acidosis type II
      * renal underperfusion
      * renal vein thrombosis
      Please see the web pages for more details on Kidney disease and Kidney failure.

  38. QUESTION:
    What is the recourse to a chronic renal disease when creatinin level has reached 7?
    The patient is diabetic, suffers from hypothyroidism and is hypertesive. Age 64.

    • ANSWER:
      Dont panic!make kanji of fenugreek seeds&jeera.have that kanji at every night as supper.make juice of green corriander in the mixie&drink atleast 2-3 glasses a day.it vl help surely.plz let me knw after 1 month of this course

  39. QUESTION:
    what is the life span of end stage renal disease with one kidney dead other less than 10% no dialysis/transpnt
    also the person has diabetes, skin cancer, breast cancer, shingles, is on methadone, and 20 other pills from blood pressure, capapril? pacsil, and many others, also was on perocet, fentenal, now on methodone, doctors gave her 5 years to live from cancer going on 11 yrs. doctors also gave her 2 months to live with refusing treatment for kidneys, been 2 months, she also gets sick a lot, throws up blood sometimes, she is my boyfriend’s mother, she refuses home nurses, free care, etc. some web sites say 6 months tops others says many years, how longs before the toxins build up in her system, also she only eats once every three days, refuses food, sick, when she eats its deep fried egg rolls or fried eggs, milk, bread, and she drinks approx. 15-20 cups of instant reg. coffee a day, smokes 5 cartons of ciggs. a month, sometimes she is out of her mind, some days fine, how long is her lifespan? she is 62yr. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I would say “death is iminent”, but sometimes the body defies all the plans, numbers, and statistics that the medical fields can come up with.

  40. QUESTION:
    what can you do 2 help a cat with kidney disease [also known as renal disease]?
    my cat has an enlarged kidney, and a messed up tooth [its REALLY LOOSE], loss of appetite, loss of weight, loses control of his back legs, can hardly walk.

    anybody else ever had a cat that had these symptoms? what did u do? did it work? second opinion? we’ve already seen a vet…..we want a second opinion before we do anything 2 drastic….

    btw, he is male, and 13-15 years old [cat age], this has been going on for a couple of weeks.

    thanxx 4 ur help <3

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney Failure, also known as CRF, is not the end of road. Your cat can live many, many healthy years if you support its system properly.

      The following websites will help you in your search for education on how to care for your cat with CRF

      http://www.felinecrf.com/

      http://www.felinecrf.org/

      http://www.felineinstincts.com/articles/Felineinstinctsrenalfailureinformation.html

      http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/kidney_formula.php

  41. QUESTION:
    what diet should people with renal disease be on ?

    • ANSWER:
      This is something a dietitian needs to talk to you about.

      http://www.davita.com/articles/ckd/all%5Fabout%5Fckd/?id=95

      http://www.davita.com/recipes/?CMP=KNC-HC9707948552

  42. QUESTION:
    Have you been pregnant with renal disease?
    I have 1 kidney and Stage 4 chronic renal failure (creatinine 180) and recently looked into having a baby. I’ve been living a healthy, normal life for 20 years since my other kidney was removed. I just went to a doctor who advised me ‘never to get pregnant’.

    I’d like to know if anyone else went through pregnancy with reduced kidney function, on dialysis or after a kidney transplant. If so, how did the pregnancy go? If not, what was your main reason for deciding not to go down the path of carrying a child?
    I’m already aware of the issues involved and don’t plan on getting pregnant if it seriously comprises my health. Please answer the question if it applies to you or someone you know…

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    Women: Have you been pregnant with renal disease?
    I have 1 kidney and Stage 4 chronic renal failure (creatinine 180) and recently looked into having a baby. I’ve been living a healthy, normal life for 20 years since my other kidney was removed. I just went to a doctor who advised me ‘never to get pregnant’.

    I’d like to know if anyone else went through pregnancy with reduced kidney function, on dialysis or after a kidney transplant. If so, how did the pregnancy go? If not, what was your main reason for deciding not to go down the path of carrying a child?

    Note: Also posted this under the ‘pregnancy’ section.
    I’ve been reading more medical articles than I can count, so I’m aware of the issues. I also don’t plan on getting pregnant if it seriously comprises my health. Please answer the question if it applies to you or someone you know…

    • ANSWER:
      I have not been pregnant with renal disease but I do understand your Dr’s warning. Every pregnancy carries high risk and delivering a healthy baby is not an easy task even for the most well mother. Below is some info I found on the internet which may elp you to understand your Dr’s point of view.

      How Kidney Disease Affects Menstruation
      Kidney disease causes women’s periods to become irregular as it interferes with hormone production. Due to kidney dysfunction, the body retains wastes that inhibit the production of eggs and menstruation. As a result, getting pregnant may be difficult. Treating your kidney problems first, before you get pregnant, though, will help increase your chances of conception and help ensure a healthier pregnancy.

      How Kidney Disease Affects Pregnancy
      Women who only have mild renal disease will likely have a successful pregnancy. The strain of pregnancy on the body coupled with severe kidney disease, however, will likely lead to pregnancy complications. Your body will have to work extra hard to provide sustenance for both you and your baby.

      There are serious health risks for both mother and baby associated with kidney disease. Due to extra fluid retention, pregnant women may have higher blood pressure and more waste products in their blood. A baby’s growth is adversely affected when her mother has high blood pressure since she will not receive enough blood through the placenta. If blood pressure gets very high, the mother is at risk of preeclampsia, which may result in premature delivery and brain, liver or kidney hemorrhages in the mother. Many women are advised to postpone their pregnancy until their kidney disease is under control or until after they receive a kidney transplant or kidney dialysis.

      Kidney Disease and Pregnancy Risk Factors
      Some of the risk factors for a pregnant woman with renal disease are:

      •Hypertension
      •Preeclampsia
      •Premature labor
      •Miscarriage
      •Decreased kidney function
      •Greater risk of urinary tract infections
      •Acute renal failure

      Because kidney failure can affect your immune system, potassium and mineral levels, central nervous system, your heart and your bones, the doctor will be closely monitoring your blood pressure, your creatinine levels, blood urea levels, protein levels, cholesterol and urine.

      Renal Disease and Childbirth Expectations
      Women suffering from anemia, high blood pressure and excess of protein in their urine face a 60% risk of infant death during their pregnancy. The further along you are in your pregnancy, the greater the progression of renal disease resulting in an increased risk of preeclampsia as well as premature delivery. Doctors may have to induce labor, resulting in a premature baby. A baby born from a woman with serious renal disease may be placed in the intensive care unit to deal with any health complications.

  44. QUESTION:
    end stage renal disease?
    what are some of the symptoms of end stage?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, your kidneys can fail to the point where you need dialysis, or other interventions, and you may not even be aware of the symptoms. The most common things are a change in skin color (pallor, kind of greenish, just “not right”); can have diffuse, horrible itching of the skin (cause is unknown, thought to be related to build up of toxins in the blood); difficulty with concentration and memory (due to the toxin build up); nausea and vomiting (very common); heart dysrhytmias (high potassium in the blood-late sign); and just a general “not feeling well” feeling. Your urine output will eventually start to decrease, and you’ll be more prone to infections. Also, can get pain over flank areas (kidney pain). As far as blood values go-BUN and creatinine become elevated, you may be anemic, and your white count could be high due to the inability to adequately fight infections. It also depends on the cause of the renal disease-whether it be congenital (such as Polycystic kidney disease or other diseases), diabetes, or high blood pressure.

  45. QUESTION:
    Kidney Disease and Medicare problems, how can they be solved?
    My brother is in End Stage Renal disease. He has had so many problems with medicare, that they’ve actually dropped him from his dyalisis center, forcing to go to the hospital to dyalize, making it harder for him to be dyalized on time. What can I do to help him get his medicare straightened out? His social worker is not giving him the time of day.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the business office where he was having his dialysis- what I think has happened is that they only get paid for x amount of times in a month on the SAME ADMISSION- meaning medicare will only re-imburse the hospital for x amount of dialysis days per month. Talk with the business office and ask to talk to social services- if you get nowhere with them- call your local red cross chapter- they will direct you to the correct governmental office to talk to- and report that social worker to whoever is his/her boss!!
      You can also just take him to another hospital- they HAVE to take him as a patient, make sure that hospital is equipped for dialysis. Good luck to you and your brother- you are a loving sister.

  46. QUESTION:
    What is bilateral renal parenchymal disease which pyelonephritis is considered?
    symptoms like high fever, frequent urination and blood in the urine. pus cells from 30-35, rbc 2

    • ANSWER:
      It certainly sounds like pyelonephritis (kidney infection) and with possible sepsis (really bad, system wide infection). I hope you are on antibiotics or are in the hospital! Always remember to ask the doctor to explain things until you understand what it is and what is going on. Renal parenchyma is the lining of the kidney. It really makes no sense for it to say that and I am sure you are reading from an x-ray report of some kind, right? EVERYONE has renal parenchyma and it is not usually stated in this way.

  47. QUESTION:
    What can be a cause for severe low blood pressure?
    What causes a person with End Stage Renal Disease to have severe low blood pressure before dialysis, and after dialysis? There is no other medical evidence of why it runs generally low all the time, ranging from 70/27 etc….even sometimes lower.

    • ANSWER:
      If your bp is this low (70/27) all the time, then the most likely culprit is your blood pressure meds, or other meds like nitro. Ask your nurse at your next treatment if your current meds could be causing this. It is especially important to note WHEN during the day you take them. At my clinic we want our patients to wait until after their treatment to take medication that affects their bp.

      However, if this low blood pressure has only been occurring during the last few treatments, then maybe your estimated dry weight has increased (in other words, you’ve gained actual weight, not fluid weight). You might ask your nurse to check to make sure your dry weight is accurate.

  48. QUESTION:
    Has anyone out there had to take Peritoneal Dialysis treatment? What is the downside of the treatment?
    I have been diagnosed with end stage renal disease. My doctor believes I am a good candidate for peritoneal dialysis, a type of dialysis done at home via a cathether surgically placed in the abdomen. Can anyone tell me what it is like?

    • ANSWER:
      I am not on dialysis but I do work with dialysis patients. Peritoneal is usually pretty good like the other person said you are at home so you have to be very responsible and careful. Make sure you have a clean environment and a room just for dialysis stuff cause I heard it is alot of bags and boxes. Also the only side effect is Peritonitis and I ‘ve heard it’s can be really bad every one I’ve talked to really was scared during that time ( because of the infection) but everything is not for everyone. Some people are really scared of needles so it might be best for you.
      good luck and email me if you have any questions

  49. QUESTION:
    what is renal parenchymal disease,bilateral?
    is renal parenchymal disease,bilateral can be cure?

    • ANSWER:
      Basically it is Kidney Disorder, or dysfunction. The parenchymal are essentially the functioning portions of the organs. In this cause, the renal system — which would indicate kidney function loss. This is usually scarring, and is often accompanied by secondary hypertension.

      The kidneys have a huge role in regulating blood pressure, so this diagnosis can sometimes be specific to hypertension alone if kidney function is within acceptable limits (ie: without dialysis).

      Can it be cured? Generally no. It can be treated however, and if there is still 40-50% kidney function remaining it can usually be treated for quite some time without exogenous blood filtration needed.

      The hypertension that can accompany renal dysfunction can at times be very severe (stroke limits).. this usually only occurs with very ACUTE attacks of kidney dysfunction (ie: Poisoning, etc).. under pathological kidney dysfunction the hypertension isn’t as severe and can sometimes be controlled with typical hypertensive medication/protocols.

      Bilateral simple means both/both sides.

      Again, there are very drastic variations in the severity of this disease.

  50. QUESTION:
    what is Urea,creatinine, Phosphate and Chronic Renal Failure disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Urea and creatinine are measures of kidney function (they are byproducts of protein breakdown), phosphate is an electrolyte found in the blood which is important in muscle function.
      Urea, creatinine and phosphate all are elevated in renal failure because the kidneys cannot remove them.
      Dialysis will remove these.


What Causes Pressure In Kidneys

Have you ever felt a burning need to urinate, but had to hold it in? Perhaps you were driving along the highway, and the next rest area was still 50 miles ahead. Or maybe you were attending a seminar or class, or were at the theater or a concert, and you just didn’t want to leave for the restroom simply because your bladder was full.

Our culture gives us millions of reasons for holding in urine. In fact, to be successful in society, we sometimes need to defer this personal biological need. Our training as waste retainers starts with diapers. While other creatures have the freedom to eliminate waste when the need arises, we humans living in modern, Western civilization need to carefully plan our excretions to make them convenient to our busy schedules, and appropriately performed and flushed away. In fact, we secretly pride ourselves on our ability to hold in urine. It reflects our high degree of training and civility. Being civilized means we no longer assert our animalistic need to pee without proper decorum and timing. However, there is a price to this civility!

Medicine says nothing about the common practice of holding in urine. In fact, the entire issue is ignored, as is unfortunately the case with most cultural practices that affect our health. Most doctors hold in their own urine, as well, especially surgeons during surgery. Doctors and medical researchers are trained, like the rest of society, to conform to our culture’s idiosyncratic ways. This makes medicine and doctors oblivious to the obvious, since we all tend to overlook our own personal foibles. Obviously, holding in waste cannot be good for you. Once you reflect on what is in the waste, where it is stored, and what happens when the pressure of holding it in builds to unnaturally high levels, the serious cost of urine retention becomes clear.

Urine is a filtrate from the blood. The kidneys require blood pressure to force this filtration of the blood. Once the kidneys process the filtrate, it becomes urine. This then passively flows down to thin tubes, called the ureters, one ureter for each kidney. The ureters empty into the bladder, which expands to accommodate the fluid. Once the bladder expands to a certain limit, a reflex is started that causes urination. That is, if we allow the reflex to operate naturally.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What mechanism in Kidney Disease CAUSES high blood pressure?
    I know that high BP can cause kidney disease, but going the other way, what is it about kidney disease that causes high BP?

    • ANSWER:
      The kidneys are very important in helping to control blood pressure. They sense how much blood is flowing through certain parts of the kidneys (the glomeruli) and how high the pressure is in those blood vessels. If the kidney thinks the pressure is not high enough, it releases a hormone called renin, which acts to raise blood pressure. In chronic kidney disease, the damage in the kidney often means that blood isn’t flowing through the glomeruli normally, so the kidney thinks your blood pressure must be low and releases renin to try and raise it. In the rest of the body the blood is flowing normally so the result overall is high blood pressure.

  2. QUESTION:
    what causes low blood pressure in kidney dialysis patients?
    he is male and in middle 70′s has been on dialysis for 4 months he seems to have many problems

    • ANSWER:
      A Low Blood Pressure Target Prevented Kidney Failure in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease.

      What is the problem and what is known about it so far?

      Chronic kidney disease is a gradual and progressive loss of function in both kidneys. Many patients with chronic kidney disease have high blood pressure. Doctors usually use drugs to reduce blood pressure and decrease risks for heart attacks, strokes, and kidney failure. Most experts recommend reducing blood pressure to less than 140/90 mm Hg in adults with high blood pressure. In adults with certain conditions, such as diabetes or chronic kidney disease, experts often recommend reducing blood pressure to less than 130/80 mm Hg. No long-term clinical trials have tested whether reducing blood pressure to the lower levels prevents kidney failure in patients with chronic kidney disease.

      Who was studied?

      840 middle-aged adults with mild to moderate chronic kidney disease from causes other than diabetes. The average blood pressure at study entry was about 130/80 mm Hg because many patients were already taking drugs that reduced blood pressure.

      What did the researchers find?

      Fewer patients (62%) in the low blood pressure target group developed kidney failure than did those (70%) in the usual blood pressure group.

      Good luck,
      DS

  3. QUESTION:
    Kidneys and blood pressure?
    Can someone please answer the following questions?

    What force or pressure keeps fluid in the blood stream?
    What force or pressure causes fluid to leave the blood and pass through the filter?

    • ANSWER:
      1. The pressure that keeps fluid in the blood stream is called: Oncotic Pressure

      2. The pressure that causes fluid to leave the blood is: Hydrostatic pressure (or can be osmotic in the kidney – related to the amount of solutes in each solution)

  4. QUESTION:
    What kind of blood infection causes HIGH blood pressure and Severe pain?
    My mom is in the hospital. Some of her symptoms include:
    -Kidney Failure
    -HIGH blood pressure
    -Severe Pain
    -Confusion
    -Shakiness

    I wouls really like it if someone could answer this question… Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      the one thing that comes to mind is sepsis, which is when an infection gets into the bloodstream. this can happen with pretty much any type of infection. i had this twice, from a kidney infection. all the same symptoms except my blood pressure plummeted to extremely low levels, but some people to get very high blood pressure from this.

  5. QUESTION:
    When exercising, your fluid balance is maintained by a feedback loop with the endocrine system.?
    When you exercise you sweat which causes the body to loose water. This loss of water causes osmotic pressure in your blood to rise. This rise in pressure causes the pituitary gland to secrete the anti-diuretic hormone which causes the kidneys to reabsorb water by….
    (please fill in the blank, I don’t know what to say)

    • ANSWER:
      The target of the hormone ADH is the collecting duct of the kidneys. Under the influence of ADH the collecting duct will become more permeable to water and reabsorb greater amounts of water from the urine. this will produce a more concentrated urine due to the body reclaiming the water.

  6. QUESTION:
    Blood pressure and kidneys?
    Traditionally my BP has been around 120/80. I am 18 and healthy.

    However over the summer (using machines at stores and a self-testing device) my systolic blood pressure is always high, from 135 to 160 (usually in high 40s). The diastolic is a little better, usually 76-90, usually in the 80s.

    Now I worry this could be my kidneys maybe? My kidneys are healthy but I work out hard and take supplements so I worry that may have affected my kidneys.

    When kidney trouble causes hypertension, what are the blood pressure levels? My levels are high, but not super high.

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what would cause pressure in the mid back on both sides right under the ribs?
    It feels like pressure… right around the kidney area I think. Right under the ribs, but above the waist. Usually on the right side , but sometimes both. It comes and goes and usually is worse when I am having lots of problems with allergies. I read something awhile back that said when you have asthma the pressure could be a symptom. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      That is exactly where the kidneys are. Best to see a doctor to get it checked. Other possible causes include heavy lifting, sitting posture, sports injury…

  8. QUESTION:
    What is kidney dialysis? what does it do and how long can you live while you are on it?
    Specifily Burgeers disease. It is where your filters quit working in your kidneys. Cause high blood pressure and other issues.

    • ANSWER:
      Dialysis filters your blood of toxins just like your kidneys would do if they worked. Usually you have to go for dialysis 3 days a week for about 4 hours. You can live for many many years on dialysis.

  9. QUESTION:
    What would cause swelling and internal pressure to the point of extreme pain in the kidney area?
    64 year old black male, paralized from the chest down, recently diagnosed with 4th stage cancer of the liver,stomach and lungs is having regular episodes of swelling in the kidney area. This is causing in internal pressure to the point of extreme pain.Patient also has severe pressure absesses on the coxyx and upper hamstring muscles,is borderline diabetic and asthematic. Asthema being treated with: Albeuterol 90mcg inhaler and asmanex 30 220mcg. Diabetes with: Avandia 4mg. Other prescriptions: Ranitidine 300mg(ulcer preventitive); Megestrol AC 40MG;Vitamin C 500 mg; Dok 100mg;Ferrous sulfate 325mg and Vitaplex Plus

    • ANSWER:
      Does he really have cancer of Liver, Lung and Stomach? Or are these just metastasis from one malignant organ? If so, why can’t he just not have metastasis to the Kidney?

  10. QUESTION:
    What can cause Pressure in Head and Miscellaneous Symptoms?
    Alright from the top: About a month ago I went into the ER because I had performed a self-examination and felt that one of the sides of my scrotum felt larger to me than the other and was therefore afraid that I had cancer. As a side note this intensified after I had worked out extra hard for the first time in about 6 months. They had diagnosed me with a Varicocele and had also noted what they called a benign cyst on the right side after performing an Ultrasound. Therefore, I was much relieved as I got a report of no cancer and my blood work came back normal along with the other normal tests (i.e. kidney, thyroid, liver, pancreas).

    However, since that time I have experienced the following symptoms both on an occasional and constant basis:

    Occasional

    Jabbing pain in armpit
    Pressure in Back of Head
    Pain in Shoulder Blade
    Pain in side
    Dull feeling in Groin
    Pelvic Pain
    Sweating at palms

    Constant

    Fatigue in legs
    No strong desire to eat – do so because I should
    Feel hot but no fever – actually temperature lower than 98.6 (i.e. 97.6)

    It just seems a little weird to me that all of these started. I was actually running on the treadmill about a week ago and I had to get off because the pressure in the back of my head had built up so much it felt like it was going to explode. My headaches are always in the back of my head now and they do not throb, they are just like a dull sensation. I have went to 5 doctors and they are telling me that I am fine and it is related to anxiety. However, I have not been sick in like 5 years and I know how to separate the mental from the physical. None of them have ordered a CT/MRI and therefore they are going off of the blood work and the ultrasound. However, I am still concerned and it is driving me crazy. Please provide me some guidance!

    • ANSWER:
      Your symptoms don’t fit into a category and that is the problem with doctors. Though it doesn’t mean you are not suffering. But if the ultrasound abdomen & pelvis, blood tests etc are normal, you shouldn’t stress over it. Eat healthy and go for daily exercises to keep fit. You may suggest your doc to get CT done on brain, just to rule out things. Have a second opinion.
      Good luck!

  11. QUESTION:
    i need to know the dietary for kidney problem and high blood pressure.?
    hi, my dad is 53 now and having kidney problem and high blood pressure. as i know the medicines that he ate for high blood pressure and diabetic cause the kidney problem but due to his previous diet his diabetic back to normal. the thing is i don’t understand what kind of food should he eat but i know that he couldn’t eat seafood and meats. the doctor said he should eat rice and vegetables (but some vegetables he couldn’t eat) in order to control his health and no juicy fruits. doing exercise won’t help to overcome his health. high blood pressure is genetic but how to control it? cause as i know worry, angry and eating salty food can lead to the problem but when my dad is in a good mood the blood pressure is still high, why is that happen? is anyone know the best diet for these problem?

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    The doctor found blood and protine in my urine. Could my kidneys be messed up?
    the doctor is sending me for a Renal Ultrasound. Should I be concerned? Or is it just routine because they can’t get my blood pressure under control. What should I do? I have tried alot of blood pressure meds, could there be another problem that is causing my blood pressure to remain high?

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  13. QUESTION:
    Blood pressure problems leaving me and my NHS Doctor confused?
    Hi, I’m 17 years old and in reasonably good health.
    However I have a wierd blood pressure problem which causes some greef, such as headached, shortness of breath, pins & needles and so on.

    When I’m sitting my blood pressure is around 140 / 85 and when standing it’s around 150 / 95 and if I lay down it drops to around 100 / 60 which is when I start getting dead arms, legs and once my I had a really painful throbbing with pins & needles and my fingers uncontrollably clenched up, I took a reading just after and it was 60 / 40 in that arm, the other was normal still.

    During mild excercise it rises to around 170 / 130 and become tired, loss of breath and instant headache and the feeling / sound of my heart beating in my head.

    I’ve been on blood pressure tablets for over a week and my blood pressure is still all over the place, not lower at all. Though I never had my arm go as bad as it did until I started the medication.

    I was told the medication should take 2 – 3 days to take effect, and it was on the fourth day I got the arm issue.

    Any ideas on what could be causing this?

    My kidneys are working at 51% / 49% after many tests. Which is 100% overall.

    Doctor just doesn’t know what to do, and he’s the best in the RUH also left a Heart Specialist, Kidney expert from bath and genetics specialist confused.

    • ANSWER:
      This isn’t that helpful, but I would ask him about this issue if he really is the best. Maybe you just need to be on a new medication. I would also seek opinions (maybe you already have) from a cardiologist and a neurologist/neuropsychiatrist at least. Then I would check to see about getting an appointment with an endocrinologist. Maybe your doc can suggest someone. If he/she is opposed to you getting a second opinion from anyone, than I would drop him/her entirely. Not that I know anything about anything, those are just my instincts. I am merely an experienced consumer of western medicine.

  14. QUESTION:
    How does salt affect the Blood pressure?
    I’m not sure if I understood what my teacher taught us…

    1. The food we eat contains salt

    2. too much salt gives the kidney a hard time and sends the salt in the bloodstream…
    ( I know the kidney regulates excess salt by urinating )

    3. Salt in the blood stream attracts water … follow up question: water from where?

    4. too much water in the bloodstream pushes the blood vessels and causing high blood pressure

    a step by step answer on how salt affects the blood pressure would be nice… :D

    • ANSWER:
      Random,
      Salt, or sodium chloride, is necessary for the body to function, for its potassium and sodium content which maintains water balance in the body. If you don’t get enough salt, you can suffer dehydration. Salt is also used in seasoning to bring out the flavour of tasteless food; without it, food we usually add it to can be bland. However, consuming too much salt, (The US sodium RDA of less than 2,400 mg is higher than the UK Recommended Nutritional Intake (RNI) whose upper limit for sodium is 1,600 mg.), can damage health. It upsets your stomach, increases calcium loss in the kidneys and, above all, increases the risk of high blood pressure, itself a source of cardiac and cerebral illness. Any overconsumption also makes water retention and swelling worse. Salt also sharpens the tastebuds and increases appetite. The saltier the dish, the more likely you are to want more, so it can, indirectly, be responsible for weight gain. People with high blood pressure should consume less sodium. Recent research has shown that people consuming diets of 1,500 mg of sodium had better blood pressure lowering benefits. These lower-sodium diets also can keep blood pressure from rising and help blood pressure medications work better. The more sodium in your blood, the more blood volume increases because sodium attracts and retains water. As a result, the heart has to work harder to move the increased volume of blood through your blood vessels. This creates increased strain on the arteries and high blood pressure. A medical study showed that in people with high blood pressure, eating less salt in the diet significantly lowers blood pressure – as much as taking a single blood pressure medication. The people in the study who consumed the least amount of salt – 1,500 milligrams a day – experienced the most dramatic decrease, this was measured as an average drop of 8.9 mm Hg (millimeters of mercury) in systolic pressure and of 4.5 mm Hg in diastolic pressure. [The higher (systolic) number represents the pressure while the heart contracts to pump blood to the body. The lower (diastolic) number represents the pressure when the heart relaxes between beats.] You enquire where the water comes from that the salt attracts. A complete answer to this “simple” question gets pretty complicated because the answers are not so “simple.” A complete explanation to your question could be, and probably has been, the topic of books! I shall be as brief as possible! About two-thirds of the weight of an adult human consists of water. About two-thirds of this water is located within cells, while the remaining third consists of extracellular water, mostly in the blood plasma and in the interstitial fluid that bathes the cells. This water, amounting to about five percent of body weight (about 5 L in the adult), serves as a supporting fluid for the blood cells and acts as a means of transporting chemicals between cells and the external environment. It is basically a 0.15M solution of salt (NaCl) containing smaller amounts of other electrolytes, the most important of which are bicarbonate (HCO3–) and protein anions. The water content of our bodies is tightly controlled in respect to both total volume and its content of dissolved substances, particulary ions. Drinking constitutes only one source of our water; many foods, especially those containing cells (fruits, vegetables, meats) are an important secondary source. In addition, a considerable amount of water (350-400 mL/day) is produced metabolically — that is, from the oxidation of glucose derived from foods. See link below.
      (Edited to add link, sorry!)

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. – MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      Here is the link mentioned above

      http://tiny.cc/sxf6a

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  15. QUESTION:
    Medically neccesary to have my tubes tied, what are the risks and what should I know?
    I am 23 and pregnant with my 2nd child. Now and even in my 1st pregnancy I am high risk. A combination of Severe High Blood Pressure and Kidney Disease caused me to have an emergency C-section 6 weeks early with my 1st. Now I am facing the same ill symptoms and test levels as I did before. Becuase these are health conditions that are present when not pregnant it is not sfe for me to take any kinds of birth control. So not only did I want but my doctor suggested getting my tubes tied. I dont know much about this procedure and every appointment I have its always so busy testing my levels and worring about my conditions and the baby there isnt enough time to talk about this procedure. Anyone who has information on the procedure, risks, and other info on it please help me.

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor is right in advising you against further pregnancies as the problems you have can put your life in real danger during, before or after a childbirth.

      However, if you do not wish to go in for tubal ligation, then what about your partner/husband? Can he help you by getting his vasectomy done, which is an easier procedure and less complicated.

  16. QUESTION:
    Is 94/50 blood pressure too low? What causes low diastolic?
    My blood pressure is normally around 100/60 (I’m a female in my late teens), but I got it checked the other day just as a routine doctor appt and it was 94/50. 94 is mildly under, but 50? It seems a bit low. The only other time mine was this low was when I had a kidney infection, it was 70 something/ 50 something.

    • ANSWER:
      Your systolic BP is fine (as it is above 90) but your diastolic BP is too low as it is below 60. If you feel OK and you don’t suffer from dizziness, faintness or actual fainting spells you are probably OK.

      A BP check in a doctor’s office is not necessarily accurate and you need a few more readings. BP varies under different conditions and at different times during the day.

  17. QUESTION:
    Need biology 12 help with questions about the kidneys. Any input is helpful.?
    Instructions

    Here’s your chance to exercise your knowledge! Imagine you are an intern doctor doing a rotation in the emergency ward of a hospital. What would you say is the cause of each patient’s condition, based on the information provided? Use the Inquiry Into Life textbook and the Internet to research your answers.

    Case 1

    Young adolescent boy dressed in soccer uniform. Complaining of pain in lower back. When examined he has a large bruise in the painful region of his back. His urine sample is tinged red. He has no fever, no other pain, and is otherwise quite healthy and normal. (3 marks)

    Case 2

    Older female patient dressed in nightclothes. Urine sample indicates abnormal levels of nutrients, salts, and urea. Patient is lethargic (seems tired and has difficulty moving) and complains of feeling unwell. Blood work indicates elevated levels of white blood cells. (5 marks)

    Case 3

    Middle aged overweight man. Complains of being thirsty and urinating frequently. Patient complains of being extremely week and tired. Blood work shows elevated levels of glucose. Urine contains glucose and is very dilute. (5 marks)

    Case 4

    Patient has extremely low blood pressure caused by congestive heart failure; unable to provide a urine sample. Patient reports that they have not urinated for two days. Patient is extremely weak and feels terrible. Blood work shows elevated levels of urea and imbalance of electrolytes (ions in blood). (4 marks)

    Thanks in advance to any help, its greatly appreciated. Normally i wouldnt do this but im pressed for time and doing the course without a teacher.

    • ANSWER:
      i think case3 has diabetes

  18. QUESTION:
    What causes rapid & significant changes in blood pressure (min 50/40, max 230/180)?
    My brother is a long-time quadriplegic (> 20 years) who is has been experiencing significant blood pressure problems over the past few years. The extent of the problems is that at least once a month he will experience either a severe headache, then severe lightheadedness (nearly to the point of passing out). He will generally take some breathes, wait about 10 minutes, and will get back to normal. Or, it could work the other way around where he could get very lightheaded, then to the severe headaches. So there are big swings in blood pressure both ways. He has been experiencing significant bed sores over the past couple years as well and has been fighting an infection for the past 7 months, of which he is now starting to heal from. A third important variable is that he is a minor, type II diabetic.

    I have been doing a ton of research on the symptoms and continue to chase my tail and one just seems to lead me to the next. I am starting to suspect that the bp issues could be from his dietetics drug, Metformin, which he began taking around the same time as these bp issues arose. Otherwise it could be from many other issues with peripheral resistance, kidneys, etc. They have x-rayed him, and it doesn’t sound like there is any cancer. Does anyone have any suggestions or relevant experience in this realm?
    Neurogenic shock seems to fit, but I am told that it usually happens around the time of the injury. Since he has been in a chair for so many years, can this still be a possibility?

    Another potential symptom is that he gets a bad headache (this is how quads feel pain in their lower body where they have no feeling) whenever he has leg spasms. This could be connected to pain in his open bed sore, but might also be connected to other pain that the spasm is triggering.

    • ANSWER:
      probably because of neurogenic shock&reperfusion mechanisms

  19. QUESTION:
    Should I worry about being 26 with high blood pressure?
    I went to the dr today due to sharp pains in my lower back, abdomen, and pelvic area that came on all the sudden. I was thinking uti because I had gotten these when I was pregnant. They took my bp and it was 152/110. They checked it 3 times while I was there and it was about the same everytime. I just checked it at home tonight & it was 148/105. I am extremely worried about this since I am so young and am worried that this may be my kidneys causing me pain. I have had high blood pressure in all 4 of my pregnancies with the last 2 pregnancies being back to back, it has been 5 months now since I gave birth and my blood pressure has been high everytime I go to the doctor since then but never this high, with pain in the kidney region too. The doctor said this was a uti and told me to monitor my pressure at home but I am scared this has something to do with my kidneys.Has anyone else experienced a similar situation? What should I do if I feel this way and my dr chaulks it up to a uti?

    • ANSWER:
      High blood pressure at whatever age or sex you are is a serious problem that could be a fatal one as well. Did the doctor put you on any kind of blood pressure medication or give you a restricted salt diet to follow? If not, I would suggest that you either a) ask him or her to do this or b) get a second opinion. High blood pressure especially if it is consistent over time can do a lot of damage to the body and could also contribute to a stroke or something worse.

      Many things other than an existing medical condition can cause the rise in blood pressure. Stress, poor eating habits, poor sleeping habits can contribute to having high blood pressure as well as hereditary factors too. You need to find a doctor that will be willing to help you out in all these matters, and if your current doctor is reluctant to, then you owe it to yourself to seek a doctor that will.

      Good luck and I hope you feel better soon!

  20. QUESTION:
    worried about high blood pressure?
    Hey I’ve had tons of urinary problems since the summer.. not sure if it’s kindey stones or what but my blood pressure has been fluctuating in weird ways. last week I was saying it looked too low.. it was consistently about 115/60 now this week its usually about 135/80. Is this bad? so it’s gone from unusually low to unusually high. I’m worried it could be caused by kidney problems that my blood pressure went up so much this week over last. Is 135/80 something I should worry about. I’m only 26 years old. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Better get it checked out, doctors can find out the cause and find a way to treat it. If you did pass akidney stone let the doctor know that too and see what he says…

  21. QUESTION:
    Why there is swelling in my feet?
    there has been sweeling in my feet for the last 1 year now. first the doctors thought that this is due to high blood pressure cause i am a high BP patient…after refering numerous medicinces both for heart and BP now the doctors think that there could be a problem with my kidney so they have reffered me to the nephrology dept…can anyone tell me what could be the possible reason for swelling?

    • ANSWER:
      Could be a number of reasons- could be that the circulation is not good in your legs- this can be checked with a doppler. It could be that your kidneys are simply not working well enough and the extra fluid is accumulating in your legs. It could be from the amount of salt in your diet- too much salt causes your body to retain fluid. It also could be something as simple as that you are standing or sitting too much and the fluid is accumulating there. Gravity has a lot to do with swelling of the legs as fluid will travel to the lowest point. It is important to put your feet up (and above the level of your heart) to get rid of fluid. Sounds like you’re going to the doctor and having it checked which is the most important part of treatment. Good Luck!!!

  22. QUESTION:
    Could i have a heart problem..?
    Ok so on Sunday this week (so two days ago) i went to work at my local stables as i do every weekend. I went to work fine, apart from having to carry buckets of water that we don’t usually have to do it was a normal day. After work i decided to ride my horse, i started walking around on her and i was fine. I started trotting around as i normally would when my chest felt funny and my heart started beating so fast that it felt like my chest was vibrating. I’ve had this before like randomly when i’m riding but it’s never lasted more than 2 or 3 seconds so i thought nothing of it. I expected it to go away but it carried on and i felt a little floaty but apart from that i felt absolutely fine but i was pretty worried that i was going to black out or something so i made my horse walk to see if it would stop but it carried on. After about 5 minutes it was still vibrating my chest but apart from that nothing else was happening so i just carried on riding as normal!! Stupid maybe but after i steadied my breathing and just let it carry on my heart did settle but it went on for like 5 or 10 minutes. I told my mum about it when she picked my up and she first suggested that maybe because i was wearing a back protector it might have put pressure on my chest and just made me feel it more but i’m absolutely sure this isn’t the case because i never ride without the back protector and also it wasn’t a harder beating of my heart it was faster and strange. She then suggested that maybe it was a panic attack. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t because apparently they’re really bad but i’m thinking it may have been a mild panic attack because although i am certainly not afraid of riding, before i rode i was thinking about how two sundays ago there were people shooting birds in the field next to the yard and when they let off the shots i nearly fell off because my horse bolted crazily everytime the shots went off. And although i wasn’t thinking about this when i rode it may have been in my subconscious!
    The other option is a heart problem… Now i thought this was very unlikely because i’m only 17 years old!! I also think that would be extremely bad luck if i had a heart condition because i already have spent years of my life suffering Kidney Failure and various other things. However my mum suggested that if my heart was slightly enlarged it could be putting pressure on my kidneys causing them not to work. Is this at all plausible??
    I was going to get my heart checked out because my mum said it’s a pretty basic procedure but i’ve just read someone’s experience of a slightly similar problem and they took a blood sample from her and as life threatening as a heart condition might be there is no way on earth i would voluntarily have blood taken because i have a horrific needle phobia and would rather wait and see if this becomes regular before i have any needles anywhere near me!! Stupid and immature maybe but that’s just me!!
    But i really need some assurance or an idea of what this could be because i keep thinking i’m having chest pain when i’m probably not because i’m thinking so much about this and also i keep panicking when i think about it and got about 1 hours sleep last night worrying about it…
    Ridiculous, i know, but i’m guessing a heart attack would be terrifying and i don’t want to be taken unawares!!
    Please answer even though i sound absolutely stupid! xx

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    High Blood Pressure Help!?
    High Blood Pressure runs in my family (both sides) so I already have a high susceptibility of Hypertension. I went to the doctor to get blood tests, and everything came out normal. I have good cholesterol, healthy heart, but my blood pressure was really high! I wasn’t nervous and I hadn’t eaten anything greasy or high in calories beforehand.

    I just wanted to know, what are some symptoms of high blood pressure? In my medical record there is a note that says scar tissue can cause high blood pressure, which I have lots of my kidneys.

    Help! I want to be as aware as possible, and I’m doing my research, but I just want to know if anyone else has advice. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There are not many symptoms of high blood pressure, until it’s so high that it is causing strokes or heart attacks. The less noticeable symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath, or irritability.

      High blood pressure can be caused by many things. Smoking, obesity, birth control pills, genetics, age, excessive salt intake etc…. many many things. It’s very difficult to say what exactly is causing your high blood pressure, most people never know for sure.

      You should do a blood pressure test outside of the doctor’s office, just to be sure it wasn’t nervousness. Some pharmacies may offer them, or you can buy an electronic battery-operated blood pressure meter for yourself at home.

      You should start blood pressure meds as soon as possible before any damage can be done to your body. I am only 21 but I have to take a pill every day to control my blood pressure. I am slim, tall, and otherwise healthy, the doctors were all confused by my high blood pressure. Eventually you realize it’s more important to fix the problem than worry about why the problem exists.

  24. QUESTION:
    Does stds cause high blood pressure? Omg..did my mom find out im pregnant at 15 omg..help!?
    i’m 17 weeks pregnant. Im going to tell my mom I was just thinking that maybe i should wait til after the 20th week because i heard many women still miscarry by then..So i was going to tell her when i reached my 22nd week mark..But anyways..My mom stays in georgia and i live with my aunt in louisiana. So I was at my cousin’s house today and my grandma came to check my blood pressure and told me that my mom told her to give me this crandberry juice and garlic water. Then i called my mom to ask her why and she was like..”if your pressure is high..take the garlic water and crandberry juice” Then i said “but my pressure isnt high anymore Ive stopped eating as much salt” And she said “trust me your pressure isnt high because of salt.” i said”well why is it high then”..And she said “You have been having sex Co Coa..it’s all coming out now”.I was like “what do you mean?”..This is a result(i guess) of maybe the fact that my doctor called her or i after i got blood work done before an ultrasound to make sure my kidneys are ok…I heard that you may get high blood pressure from being pregnant but could stds cause high blood pressure. I have no symptoms of any stds..everything seems fine..did the blood work tell them im pregnant? Omg..geeze.help? Does STDs cause high blood pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      Miscarriages usually happen before 12 weeks, after 20 weeks it would be a stillbirth but really after the 12th week the rate of interuterine death steeply declines.

      She probably got the bill for your doctor and that’s how she knows. Grandma came to take a look at you, she probably knows by looking at this point.

      Yes infections that are out of control can cause raging blood pressure, all infection can – and low blood pressure too. But the doctors would have tested you at your first prenatal exam.

  25. QUESTION:
    does stds cause high blood pressure? Omg..did my mom find out im pregnant at 15 omg..help!?
    i’m 17 weeks pregnant. Im going to tell my mom I was just thinking that maybe i should wait til after the 20th week because i heard many women still miscarry by then..So i was going to tell her when i reached my 22nd week mark..But anyways..My mom stays in georgia and i live with my aunt in louisiana. So I was at my cousin’s house today and my grandma came to check my blood pressure and told me that my mom told her to give me this crandberry juice and garlic water. Then i called my mom to ask her why and she was like..”if your pressure is high..take the garlic water and crandberry juice” Then i said “but my pressure isnt high anymore Ive stopped eating as much salt” And she said “trust me your pressure isnt high because of salt.” i said”well why is it high then”..And she said “You have been having sex Co Coa..it’s all coming out now”.I was like “what do you mean?”..This is a result(i guess) of maybe the fact that my doctor called her after i got blood work done before an ultrasound to make sure my kidneys are ok…I heard that you may get high blood pressure from being pregnant but could stds cause high blood pressure. I have no symptoms of any stds..everything seems fine..did the blood work tell them im pregnant? Omg..geeze.help? Does STDs cause high blood pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      No STD’s arnt known to cause high blood pressure. blood work can tell whether your pregnant or not but i doubt that your doctor called and told your parents what went on in the doctors office if they werent there its against the HIPPO rights.

  26. QUESTION:
    Do i have low blood pressure, and what caused it?!?
    in summer time in august and half of september i went on a diet of 800 calories a day because i wanted to loose weight i weighed 100lb and im 18 only 4’10 in height.. {NOTE: i have Kidney disease kidneys only working 30%, also high blood pressure) and i started feeling sick so in October i started eating again like last week… and felt sick and didnt feel like eating and kept feeling nauseas looking at food kept getting headaches but after eating it felt bettter. Now i got my blood pressure checked and it was 98/63 which is REALLY low as im used to having high blood pressure and all of a sudden its so low.. and making me feel tired, heart beating faster, sinking feeling, feels better after eating but ends up feeling the same after a while and naseas and dizzy etc..
    BTW i used to take high blood pressure medicine and since i kept feeling like i was going to pass out adn stopped it now becasue of such low blood pressure.
    So did not eating enough cause low BP all of a sudden?
    also if i don’t eat for a while my body’s stomaches and waist and ribs muscles start feeling suffocated when i breathe and then i eat something and it feels better, why is this happening?
    and im eating normal now but still no matter how much i eat i still feel and tired and nauseas and get low blood pressure.

    • ANSWER:
      98/63 is absolutely excellent. Although 120/80 is regarded as normal, lower down to 90/60 is much better than higher up to 140/90.

      If you drop below 90/60 then it is getting a bit low and you may need treatment but 98/63 is absolutely excellent. That is the sort of blood pressure that superfit athletes have.

  27. QUESTION:
    Kidney problem or pregnancy syptom?
    Okay, so I posted a question about this a few days ago. Ever since last Saturday afternoon (6 days ago) I’ve been have an annoying, dual pain on my right side. Right in the middle of my side under my ribs. I’m 22 weeks pregnant and this is my first, so I thought this maybe the cause (pressure from the baby). I went tot the hospital 2 days ago and told them what was going on. They took 2 urine samples and said everything came back fine. She said constipation can cause pain in the side/ribs when pregnant.During the night, I must’ve rolled over on my right side and when I woke up for a bathrooom break, it was sore in that area (in the middle of my right side under my ribs), but when I got back into bed, I layed on my left side with a pillow under my back and it seems to be getting better. I never get this dual pain anywhere on my left side. What is this? Is is kidney problems or just the weight of the baby?

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    High blood pressure, high cholestrol, bad kidneys. What diet?
    So my dad has had high blood pressure for a while, he’s on medication for it but it’s not helping. He had some tests done and found out he also has high cholestrol and his kidneys are only just working. He’s having more tests done in 2 weeks to find out the cause but untill then we are kind of left in the dark. Just hoping someone could tell me what foods could help all three. I’ve read that for the kidneys you shouldn’t eat to much protein, eggs etc. but that these are good things for cholestrol. So alittle confused. I don’t want to hear about what the cause’s and any diseases he could have because we know about them. Just want to know what we can do with his diet to try and help in the mean time. Thanks very much.
    Thanks, he has been trying to do more exercise but he has a condition in his back where the sponges in between his disc’s are worn away so he has to do special exercise which is pretty limited. Also he’s on other medication (which isn’t causing the problem) and he can’t take aspirin.

    • ANSWER:
      If your dad has not been on a diet for LDL, HDL etc., I would reccommend
      very strongly he do this. Cholestrol is a major concern to clog arteries, reduce their diameter
      and cause blood pressure to increase and to also cause strokes and heart attacks.
      Strict diet and some natural supplements can lower bad cholestrol and raise the good.
      Esercise works also to raise the good cholestrol and increase vessel size. Niacin, garlic, fish oil, aspirin help. A new all natural product from Menage Innovations called Cardio Plus helps condition the blood for better flow and remove cholestrol, plus another called Fiber Plus helps take cholestrol out of your digestive system before it enters the blood stream. There are natural products to help with this problem because the meds for this damage your liver and kidneys and
      I feel this is a better and healthier way to go long term

  29. QUESTION:
    What would cause moderate kidney damage in a 27 year old female who is active and not overweight?
    No other problems aside from allergies. Good BMI at 21%, no high blood pressure and not diabetic. Last time I checked I was only getting a 60% function level. Doctor just keeps telling me I am to young and making me go back every 6 months for bloodwork which is not cheap!!! Any ideas, thoughts, similar situations??

    • ANSWER:
      Have you been tested for hepititis?

      Some medications can cause problems, when I was on an antidepressant they made me get my kidneys checked.

      Lupus could also be an issue but there are so many reasons.

      You need to keep going, she is trying to develop a pattern to see if things change or get worse. Also, if you don’t follow your dr’s orders your insurance company could refuse treatment if it turns out to be something bad.

      Check in with another dr for a second opinion!

  30. QUESTION:
    What causes my kidney pain?
    I have had pain for years now sometimes it is not so bad other days it is extreme. I have gone to general doctors, urologist, gastroenterologist and others. I have had CT scan, MRI, and ultrasound. I also had ultrasound of the testicle where they found benign cysts but nothing was found in or around my kidney. Nothing has been found to explain the pain.

    If anyone knows something that could cause such long term chronic kidney pain. It feels like it is being crushed or inflated then smashed in my body and twisted. Sometimes it’s on one side other times it’s on both sides. It switches around. Sometimes its more like cramping other times its more steady and more severe if my hip and weight are pressuring it too hard.

    I am only in my 20s and I really need to find someone to help. This is very difficult to deal with all the time.

    Even if there is a way to relieve the pain. I can push really hard on it and it sometimes feels a little better but not completely. Heating does not relieve the pain. Also trying to sit in certain positions can help keep pressure off it.

    Doctors find nothing so there is no point in more of that I have had EVERY test possible.

    I am male and have thought I’ve had Urinary tract infections in the past (three times) but they never confirmed this as the tests always came out negative. But I was still prescribed the antibiotics and took them all. It doesn’t seem to be what is causing it.

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    Aside from kidney stones, What are some causes for kidney pain?
    Aside from kidney stones… because trust me, I have had many kidney stones in the past and I am all to familiar with them. Recently, I started developing a dull/aching pain to a moderate more severe (stabbing pain at times) on my lower back area, and it feels sore and achy in my kidney like it did when I had a biopsy on it a few months ago… It doesn’t feel exactly the same, but it definitely hurts in my kidney. When I lie down totally relaxed, i feel no back pain at all, only the sharp aching kind of a throb in my kidney. I’ve also had kidney infections, but I’m not experiencing any symptoms of a kidney infection or UTI. I know the symptoms and my body well enough to know what they are when I experience them. This pain I have now is located in one area that I cannot reach with my own hand to relieve or apply pressure to. It’s radiating almost, from inside of that general area and hurts so much. Its so hard to find a comfortable position to fall asleep in and its been happening off and on now for over 2 weeks. Can anyone relate or share some helpful advice? Much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Causes of kidney pain include:

      Arteriosclerosis / atherosclerosis (of the renal artery)
      Bleeding in your kidney (hemorrhage)
      Horseshoe kidney
      Hydronephrosis
      Kidney cancer
      Kidney infection (pyelonephritis)
      Polycystic kidney disease
      Renal vein thrombosis
      Urinary tract infection

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/kidney-pain/MY00125

  32. QUESTION:
    What can cause a light fever, neropathy and pressure headaches? I have had my blood test and it was fine?
    My blood test prove I don’t have diabetes, no kidney or liver problems. My doctor believes it is a disc pressing on a nerve in my back or neck causing this and recommended physical theraphy. I’m looking for other possiblities

    • ANSWER:
      Were you checked for high ANA I believe it is called to make sure you don’t have an auto-immune disorder? You could have one of those. These are hard to diagnose in some people. These symptoms could be anything and some of the worse ones are:
      Lupus
      Lyme Disease
      Cancer
      and many others including something Dr’s can’t figure out. I am in the same boat as you with neuropathy and such and they haven’t figured it out so I sympathize with you. Don’t give up and I wish you luck. Don’t mean to scare you with the other diseases because it probably isn’t those but please make sure that they were ruled out. Take care.

  33. QUESTION:
    One of the major functions of the kidneys is to maintain the bodies fluid volumes?
    Quote One of the major functions of the kidneys is to maintain the bodies fluid volumes. This is important to regulate blood pressure and to maintain hydration Quote

    Can some one explain this better.

    Also what can cause protein or sugar in the urine ?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s an incomplete thought

      The kidneys regulate the body’s fluid volume, mineral composition and acidity by excreting and reabsorbing water and inorganic electrolytes. This helps balance these substances (which include sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, sulfate, phosphate and hydrogen) in the body and keep their normal concentrations in the extracellular fluid. Body fluid volumes, which are regulated by the kidneys, are related to blood volume and the blood pressure in your arteries.

      The problem is that other body fluids also include saliva, semen, breast milk, pus, cerebrospinal fluid, sweat. Are my kidneys making sure I have enough semen?

  34. QUESTION:
    I am a 17 year old girl & I have high blood pressure?
    I am a 17 year old girl & I have high blood pressure, I’m not overweight & i don’t smoke, it is caused by a blockage in my Kidneys. My doctor told me not to excersize a lot but i really want to play Rugby with my school, i did research online & it said exercize is good for high blood pressure.. What do yous think i should do?
    i am on medication.. But it hasn’t been working for me so i stopped taking it.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah look you have a blockage in your kidneys that needs to be fixed with surgery. Go see a renal specialist asap at a PHD level. Get a referral from your doctor Asap.

      You may have to do a CT scan or even a MRI to see the extent of the blockage and then discuss plans to fix them.

      BY NO MEANS over exert yourself or you could upset your body and make things worse.

      Rugby is out.

  35. QUESTION:
    high blood pressure and excessive amount of hormones. ?
    Hey guys. So i went to my high blood pressure specialist today to get everything checked out because of my condition and it was quite an odd experience. Last time i went to the doctor my blood pressure was 135/80 about.. not to high (by the way i was 15 and now 16.) anyways now my blood pressure is 180/75 and when very calm about 150/75. WHAT THE HELL! How can my blood pressure jump that high in just a year when before that my blood pressure was barely high? My doctor noticed the following.

    -i had a high amount of bicarbonate in my blood which if i heard him correctly means their is an excessive amount of hormones in my blood.
    -kidney size difference SHOULD ideally be about 1cm at most but mine is 3cm and the one that is bigger should be the one that is smaller..

    very weird finds i suppose could anyone shed some insight on this? Im not to sure if theirs maybe some conditions that can cause high blood pressure and are related to high hormone levels? (BICARBONATE)
    what is that?

    thankyou so much! I appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry about your distress over this, but certainly worrisome in a 16-year-old!

      I think there are some vital components that either you didn’t hear, understand, or were not discussed. A high level of bicarbonate in the blood would indicate that something in your system is increasing your acidity. Not to mention, bicarb levels are drawn from an artery, and not a vein — this is usually done in the wrist area, and can be quite painful.
      It would be hard to imagine someone doing an arterial blood gas on a 16 y.o. for a work-up on hypertension.

      I think that your doctor will likely want to check your kidneys for a condition called “Renal Artery Stenosis.” They may also want to check for abnormal levels of hormones being released in the blood that will commonly cause constriction of the vessels and a subsequent RISE in blood pressure (Pheochromocytoma).

      Best of luck, but try not to worry about this. Okay? ;)

  36. QUESTION:
    How are kidney cysts related to high blood pressure?
    I am a sophomore in high school and I play varsity soccer for the school team, and am in very good shape. I eat well, and don’t drink any caffeine. Recently, my blood pressure has been pretty high- between 140/85 and 120/80. My doctor decided to do a kidney ultrasound and they found that I have cyst on my right kidney. I now must go to kidney specialist to see if this cyst is causing my high blood pressure. How are they going to determine this and what tests are they going to run? Just want to be prepared! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, the 120/80 is pretty good and normal! 140/85 doesn’t sound too traumatic especially if you might already be a little nervous. The cyst may or may not exist…sometimes ultrasounds lie. However, if there is a cyst check this out:

      “How do my kidneys affect my blood pressure?
      Damaged kidneys can actually cause high blood pressure. One of the jobs of healthy kidneys is to control blood pressure. They do this by making a enzyme called rennin. When the kidneys are damaged, they cannot make renin as well as they should. This causes blood pressure to rise. The higher blood pressure can damage the kidneys even more”

      Even still, there are various diet and exercise regimens recommended to control blood pressure, not to mention medication.

      Your best bet, of course would be to consult the physicians/specialists that are taking currently monitoring your health, to see what you need to do to keep your health/body safe! Best of luck!

  37. QUESTION:
    What are/will be the consequences of my hardly ever drinking water?
    Okay, believe it or not, but I hardly ever drink water and have been this way all of my life and I am 23. The most water I drink is maybe a glass a week, literally. But, I do drink other fluids, like about a glass of juice a day, and on average a chai latte or two. I know those dehydrate you, but they do have water in them. Today I was extremely thirsty and am so broke that I have drank 2 glasses in a day. That’s a lot for me. But, lately for the past year I have had trouble keeping weight on, feel tired a lot and unenergetic, and have dark circles. I realize could this be caused by years of not drinking enough water? I don’t have any real health problems that they say dehydration causes, such as liver damage, kidney damage, high blood pressure, etc. But if I continue to not drink water, only cause I don’t enjoy drinking it unless I’m really thirsty, what will be the health consequences for me? I don’t actually have bad skin considering my lack of water intake.

    • ANSWER:
      How about you just stop drinking anything period, and see what happens.

  38. QUESTION:
    Could I have kidney disease?
    Ok I have a question. i went to the doctor a little under three months ago about menstrual irregularities and they had me pee in a cup. they tested it for pregnancy and it was negative which I knew it would be. but they said there were leukocytes in it and they were gonna test for a uti. well i never heard anything else about that but a nurse came in and gave him a slip of paper so im guessing it was all ok. long story short they took blood to measure my hormone levels (i ended up diagnosed with pcos) and he said he was gonna take some to test my liver and kidney function too. when all that came back he said it was normal. im 18 years old. i have none of the diseases or risk factors that cause kidney disease other than my blood pressure is higher than it should be. kidney disease doesnt run in my family or anything and i havent had any serious illnesses or anything like that. well sometimes when i pee there is little stuff floating in it like you have to get really really close to see it and i might just be noticing it now because lately im paranoid about everything that goes on with my body so it could’ve been there all along and i just didnt notice it before but is this indicative of kidney disease? also, im not really going anymore than i usually do. i dont have a fever. i dont really have back pain either. my body isnt swelling. i dont have any itching on my body. im not getting chills anymore than usual. im just wondering what the chances were of me having kidney disease with me being so young and really having no risk factors and stuff.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t think it is kidney disease.Are you under abnomal stress?It could be hypertension…

  39. QUESTION:
    how do you treat a deep vein thrombosis while also having high blood pressure?
    My Dad has a pen size deep vein thrombosis,high blood pressure that began after a recent fall in which he broke a thin bone under his eye(surgically repaired),b/p is 177-200 over 90-110. He has 40% kidney function.What is the best way to treat the high blood pressure while keeping the thrombosis from getting larger or breaking loose and causing an embolism?Do all these afflictions somehow coincide with each other?

    • ANSWER:
      He needs to see his doctor. These things cannot be answered over the internet. Since your father has decreased kidney function, the medication will need to be appropriately adjusted by a physican. Go talk to a doctor.

  40. QUESTION:
    I have a severe case of congestive heart failure. Want your thoughts?
    . Last year a car struck me and I had MASSIVE heart attack, right in the ICU. Not from cholesterol, diet, but from the SHOCK into my nervous system & strain on the heart. Now I am severely swollen & bloated w/water. In fact, the pressure in my r.leg forced open a weak spot under a healing scab & now clear water streams out my ankle day & night – my shoes & socks, pants DRENCHED 24/7. I spent thousands on cardiologists and they say only to try diuretics to expel fluid cause kidneys not working well due to damaged heart. I have maybe less than 1/3 of my heart muscle functional after the MI. Dr’s say this will be lifelong , progressively worsening, heart cannot pump properly like before. fluid backing up into lungs, everywhere. No specific remedies or surgeries can fix me – except a whole new heart (impossible) .I refuse to enter hospital, If I am doomed, then why must I “visit” cardiologists.? Why re-hash same issues endlessly when they insist no cure possible? What hopes for me??
    skykroh: I avoid sodium easily. I am not I insured or eligible for any $$$$ from govt. Stem cell therapy was successful in experiments for damaged heart muscle, but not available now. Please pray for me. Doctos simply say no cure is possible, live with it & take diuretics. I don’t have strength or $$$ to visit MDs to rehash what we already know. They have no magic wand to wave to cure me. I have no $$ for transplant and don’t meet their conditions. Pray for me.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, it appears to me that you have 2 choices.

      1. Accept the fact that you need a heart transplant to live.

      2. Slowly die.

      It is your choice. I, nor anyone else can make that choice for you. I am sorry all of this happened to you.

      M

  41. QUESTION:
    Low sodium diet/exercise plan?
    I am 14 and for the past 5-6 months I’ve been excessively tired.
    I had a sleep study done and the reason why, was because I don’t reach all stages of sleep.
    Yet I don’t have sleep apnea.

    Along the way they noticed I had a bit of high blood pressure,even though I’m in my weight class, at 5ft 6in. in height.
    I have multiple lab draws per month, such as lipid panels, etc.etc. Testing everything, yet it all comes back as normal.
    My family has a history of high blood pressure such as my father who takes medication to control his. He also has some sort of problem with his thyroid.

    Today I went in for a EKG and some sort of scan where they put 10 stickers on your body and connect you to a machine.
    My EKG came back as perfect.
    I also had to meet a kidney doctor, who said he heard murmuring below my belly button, which he thinks could possibly be a narrowing tube to my kidneys, which could also cause high blood pressure.
    So I’m to have a ultra sound on my kidneys as well on the 24th.
    I’m also to drop off urine samples in the next two weeks because they found my body was throwing out protein.

    I’ve been put on a low sodium diet, I’ve been limited to 3000mg per day, and I should exercise/play 60min. a day.

    Any ideas on what to eat, how much to eat and how to keep track of the sodium I’ve consumed?
    Any ideas for easy exercises to do?
    I’ve never really been much of a sports lover, so… I’m not really sure how to exercise properly other then a brisk walk or jog.

    Help is much appreciated :D

    • ANSWER:
      Targetted weight loss is quite difficult, some peeple would declare impossible, however I melted away 3 inches from my waistline by following the guidance on the web portal in the box below. Give it a try, their information is very sensible!

  42. QUESTION:
    Ladies does your significant other really appreciate what it is to be pregnant?
    Personally I think my boyfriend doesn’t have a clue what I am going through. The baby recently started hitting a nerve which makes it super painful to walk, or stand for to long, and the pressure has caused fluid build up in my kidneys. Not comfy, this has been a ruff pregnancy which I am ok with cause I get my little girl in the end, but my boyfriend has no appreciation for how hard it is. I work full time(stressful demanding job), I have a 6 yr old boy to get up, get fed and ready everyday but he acts like I should just not mention any of the side effects of pregnancy. Do your significant others act like that? He has the nerve to complain to me when he has an issue with his non child bearing body but heaven forbid I mention heartburn. I am just curious if other men act like this or if I just got the cream of the crop.
    Do you ever watch the Tori and Dean show on Oxygen? He seems to understand, my bf watched a little of that with me he said he was p/whipped.

    • ANSWER:
      Alot of men do not realise because they dont have to experiance pregnancy or childbirth…
      They think because we’re women we’re weak and moan too much about it..They dont know the half of it!…I know my man couldnt go throught pregnancy OR labor!!

  43. QUESTION:
    for a person with a malignant tumor in his kidney (which results in a overproduction of adrenal cortex hormone?

    what would be the overall product of this tumor?
    explain how:
    a) specifically how/where in the nephron the product of the tumor is having its effect
    b) which specific components in the blood would be elevated or depressed and why
    c) which specific components in the urine would be would be elevated/depressed. why?
    d) specific processes that cause the blood pressure to change

    • ANSWER:
      my belief is that the tumor is either a metasized node from an adrenal cancer or may even be producing a protein similar to an adrenal hormone that may fail to register on lab tests (because of the specicificity of the test) but still be close enough to function as its related hormone.
      I haver had experience with a kidney tumor making an erythropoieten like protein that failed to show up on lab tests but caused polycytheemia (elevated RBC production)

      The effect of the hormone has the potential to effect many processes depending on the particular hormone (cortisol, aldosterone testosterone)
      It seems that you are looking at the effects of aldosterone which affects the Na+, and K+ ions as well water retention, in addition to having some interaction with angiotenII. Also look under Cushings syndrome since this is caused by excess glucosteriods.

  44. QUESTION:
    Bumps on my horse’s back?
    I have a 8 year old Canadian Warmblood that I do dressage with and he has these yucky bumps on his back right under where the saddle goes. We cannot figure out what is wrong with him. They are about the size of a quarter and there as few as 4 to as many as 15 depending on the day, but they don’t seem to cause pain. But, since they are there they are making the saddle not sit properly and then in turn cause back soreness. They disappear when he is not ridden for a month. It doesn’t matter what season it is, whether he is blanketed or not. We have changed his feed from alfalfa hay to grass, no change. His saddle pads aren’t washed in any soap, just hot water. The vet says that she thinks they are caused from pressure, but she wasn’t sure and said they aren’t bothering him. They don’t seem to be bug bites, since they don’t go away in the winter when there no bugs. The massage therapist thought it was maybe toxins from his kidneys, and put him on some herbs (equi-derm) for skin ailments and they went away for about 3 weeks. Now, I have just ridden a 4 day show (hard riding) and they are back! Please some one help me? PLEASE!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Since the herbs worked, I’m thinking it is an internal thing. Maybe an allergic reaction? Have you tried giving him an antihistamine supplement? There is one called Tri-Hist that people seem to like.

      ADD: there’s a product called ArnaKare you should try. It’s a topical gel, contains arnica and MSM, both of which are great for handling inflammation. It works really well. Check it out http://www.smartpakequine.com/ProductClass.aspx?productclassid=3282

  45. QUESTION:
    What can cause hypertension in a 110 lb 18 year old girl?
    We have ruled out the kidneys or anything neurological as the cause…they are out of ideas….her pressure without medication is 220/140

    • ANSWER:
      Has her heart been checked? Narrowing of the brachial arteries or aorta can do that. If her thyroid is hyperactive it could cause increased blood pressure. Cocaine and diet pills can do it too so it might be a good idea to check these too.

  46. QUESTION:
    What’s the causes of prolonged high haemoglobin level?
    further info: 1. have inherent high blood pressure;
    2. always feel tired.
    Please help with concise ideas and cure.

    (and could the high level related to problems in organs like the liver or kidney?)

    • ANSWER:
      Three causes come immediately to mind. Chronic dehydration, simply drink more fluids, is the simplest. There are two diseases to check for. Polycythemia vera is a increase of all the blood cells in the body. You didn’t mention high white blood cell count or platelet count, so that is unlikely. The third is a genetic disease called hemachromatosis. The body processes iron too well, and the bone marrow makes as much blood as it has iron for. There is no cure, as we can’t change genes. Treatment consists of medications that bind dietary iron so that it is no longer absorbed, reducation of iron in the diet by eliminating or reducing certain types of foods, and (believe it or not) removing blood. I work in a lab, and we have quite a few patients who come in to have a unit of blood taken from their body. The sad part of this is that we nor the American Red Cross can use their blood for transfusion.

  47. QUESTION:
    What causes yellowing in the eyes, red blood vessels, tremors that move up and down your body?
    I am wondering whether or not this could be caused by anything other than liver related issues and if so will it go away on its own?

    I have high blood pressure, kidney stone disease, have back problems from rupturing my disk in lower vertebra twice. I do not tolerate anesthesia well. I have depression also. I have been told I most likely have endometriosis, I did not go in for the procedure to get the definite answer on that one. In April I had been admitted to the hospital for shaking/tremor episodes. I left the hospital because I became frightened when told of some tests they planned to do. Last year when I was hospitalized to undergo a surgery, they did a mri on my brain and found a large lipoma deep in my brain, they said it was rare but should not cause problems. It was deep in the center. This is a s much as I can say. The shaking/tremors went away after about a month. I have had moments where i forget all of a sudden how to do something or become extremely frightened and confused, just for a few minutes or secs usually. My eyes are slightly yellowed and the vessels are red.

    I Also have very strong heartbeats I am feeling and they are sometimes kind of irregular beats. I also get bruises on my legs that take a long time to go away about or around the same time I get horrible muscle cramps in my legs. It has been a long time but I also got these charlie like cramps in my stomach before where my stomach visibly twisted. Also, occasional spot of tingling on the toungue and nnausea and fatiqgue with the tremors? I am telling you all of this additional info in case it may be related somehow. Please help me if you know the answers. Thanks in advance.

    I do not have the means to go to repeated doctor visits and testing

    • ANSWER:
      There are probably multiple health issues going on with you and only a doctor can put the pieces of the puzzle together and give you the proper diagnosis. And, yellowing of the sclera can mean something is going on with your liver and blood tests would be needed in order to find this out along with a physical exam. If you have no insurance, every community has a free clinic somewhere but you will need to search this out because they usually do not advertise, otherwise, they would be swamped with patients. Your local hospital can often direct you to where a free clinic exists. Go and get an exam and some blood tests done.

  48. QUESTION:
    what causes red blood vessels in the eyes, yellowing of the eyes, tremors that are throughout your body,?
    and dull head pains that just hit you?

    I am wondering whether or not this could be caused by anything other than liver related issues and if so will it go away on its own?

    I have high blood pressure, kidney stone disease, have back problems from rupturing my disk in lower vertebra twice. I do not tolerate anesthesia well. I have depression also. I have been told I most likely have endometriosis, I did not go in for the procedure to get the definite answer on that one. In April I had been admitted to the hospital for shaking/tremor episodes. I left the hospital because I became frightened when told of some tests they planned to do. Last year when I was hospitalized to undergo a surgery, they did a mri on my brain and found a large lipoma deep in my brain, they said it was rare but should not cause problems. It was deep in the center. This is a s much as I can say. The shaking/tremors went away after about a month. I have had moments where i forget all of a sudden how to do something or become extremely frightened and confused, just for a few minutes or secs usually. My eyes are slightly yellowed and the vessels are red.

    I Also have very strong heartbeats I am feeling and they are sometimes kind of irregular beats. I also get bruises on my legs that take a long time to go away about or around the same time I get horrible muscle cramps in my legs. It has been a long time but I also got these charlie like cramps in my stomach before where my stomach visibly twisted. Also, occasional spot of tingling on the toungue and nnausea and fatiqgue with the tremors? I am telling you all of this additional info in case it may be related somehow. Please help me if you know the answers. Thanks in advance.

    I do not have the means to go to repeated doctor visits and testing
    I have insurance but I have 4 kids

    • ANSWER:
      Red blood vessels in the eyes, could be due to Hypertensive retinopathy.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypertensive_retinopathy

      Yellowing of the eyes, symptoms of jaundice, liver.

      Tremors…
      Could be due to… the lipoma in the brain, as you described, deep in the center.
      That could suggest the pituitary gland, or hypophysis. It is an endocrine/hormonal gland.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pituitary_gland

      This could affect the thyroid gland function.
      The anterior pituitary synthesizes and secretes important endocrine hormones, such as ACTH, TSH, PRL, GH, endorphins, FSH, and LH.

      TSH is the relevant one affected.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thyroid-stimulating_hormone#Diagnostic_use

      Look at the table suggesting high TSH leveland thyroid hormone level suggesting benign tumor of the pituitary (adenoma).

      High thyroid hormone levels is called Hyperthyroidism

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperthyroidism#Signs_and_symptoms

      Hyperthyroidism could be the cause of the TREMORS and ARRHYTHMIA, & nausea.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrhythmia

      Cardiac dysrhythmia (also known as arrhythmia) is a term for any of a large and heterogeneous group of conditions in which there is abnormal electrical activity in the heart. The heart beat may be too fast or too slow, and may be regular or irregular.

  49. QUESTION:
    What causes slight yellowing of the eyes and red blood vessels in the eyes?
    I am wondering whether or not this could be caused by anything other than liver related issues and if so will it go away on its own?

    I have high blood pressure, kidney stone disease, have back problems from rupturing my disk in lower vertebra twice. I do not tolerate anesthesia well. I have depression also. I have been told I most likely have endometriosis, I did not go in for the procedure to get the definite answer on that one. In April I had been admitted to the hospital for shaking/tremor episodes. I left the hospital because I became frightened when told of some tests they planned to do. Last year when I was hospitalized to undergo a surgery, they did a mri on my brain and found a large lipoma deep in my brain, they said it was rare but should not cause problems. It was deep in the center. This is a s much as I can say. The shaking/tremors went away after about a month. I have had moments where i forget all of a sudden how to do something or become extremely frightened and confused, just for a few minutes or secs usually. My eyes are slightly yellowed and the vessels are red.

    I Also have very strong heartbeats I am feeling and they are sometimes kind of irregular beats. I also get bruises on my legs that take a long time to go away about or around the same time I get horrible muscle cramps in my legs. It has been a long time but I also got these charlie like cramps in my stomach before where my stomach visibly twisted. I am telling you all of this additional info in case it may be related somehow. Please help me if you know the answers. Thanks in advance.

    I do not have the means to go to repeated doctor visits and testing.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      It’s impossible to give a good answer without doing a complete exam, but yellowing of the eyes is called jaundice, and most commonly indicates liver disease. Causes of red eyes? Wow, that’s a long list that could be considerably shortened by seeing them to look for clues…

      The causes of bruising, leg cramps, heart palpitation, etc are also too many to list: you need to see a good primary care physician (MD) to sort the symptoms after a physical exam and blood tests, at a minimum, to ascertain cause.

      However, some of the symptoms you describe are consistent with the health problems you already know about, so if you’re unwilling/unable to see a doctor, at the very least you should be controlling these conditions with whatever meds you’ve been prescribed.

      Bottom line: you’re a more complicated case than most here, and if you’re concerned enough to seek free advice on Yahoo! (which is often worth what you’ve paid for it!), then you really need to be evaluated by a MD!

      I’m an eye doc (OD), and if a patient I examined complained of these symptoms, I’d be writing a letter of referral, sending them back to see their primary care physician (i.e. there is no eye drop treatment for jaundice: you need medical control of liver disease as the treatment).

      Since what you describe are more systemic health issues, if funds are tight, I’d say forego the eye exam and go straight to your primary care doc (MDs should know that yellow conjunctiveae as a sign of jaundice).

      Good luck!

  50. QUESTION:
    What causes red blood vessels in the eyes, yellowing of the eyes, tremors that are throughout your body,?
    and dull head pains that just hit you?

    I am wondering whether or not this could be caused by anything other than liver related issues and if so will it go away on its own?

    I have high blood pressure, kidney stone disease, have back problems from rupturing my disk in lower vertebra twice. I do not tolerate anesthesia well. I have depression also. I have been told I most likely have endometriosis, I did not go in for the procedure to get the definite answer on that one. In April I had been admitted to the hospital for shaking/tremor episodes. I left the hospital because I became frightened when told of some tests they planned to do. Last year when I was hospitalized to undergo a surgery, they did a mri on my brain and found a large lipoma deep in my brain, they said it was rare but should not cause problems. It was deep in the center. This is a s much as I can say. The shaking/tremors went away after about a month. I have had moments where i forget all of a sudden how to do something or become extremely frightened and confused, just for a few minutes or secs usually. My eyes are slightly yellowed and the vessels are red.

    I Also have very strong heartbeats I am feeling and they are sometimes kind of irregular beats. I also get bruises on my legs that take a long time to go away about or around the same time I get horrible muscle cramps in my legs. It has been a long time but I also got these charlie like cramps in my stomach before where my stomach visibly twisted. Also, occasional spot of tingling on the toungue and nnausea and fatiqgue with the tremors? I am telling you all of this additional info in case it may be related somehow. Please help me if you know the answers. Thanks in advance.

    I do not have the means to go to repeated doctor visits and testing
    money for health is not an available option

    • ANSWER:
      ive heard that if your eyes turn yellow then it usually has something to do with your liver