Kidney Disease Shows Up In Blood Test

If you’ve been troubled recently by unusual pain and soreness in your back, consider talking to your medical professional about having some kidney tests done.

There are many different conditions and diseases that can result in a kidney problem. Some come on strong and fast. As the saying goes, you “dont know what hit you.” This type of discomfort frequently results from kidney stones or an acute kidney infection.

But some types of kidney back pain progress gradually? due to the fact that the underlying cause is chronic. This is typically the case with kidney failure.

A urine test is usually the first step. Toxins, chemicals, blood and sometimes even tissue fragments will show up. This is usually a clue that additional testing would be a good idea.

Taking blood is another way to determine if there is a kidney problem. Your kidneys filter out toxins in the blood, and if a kidney isn’t working as it should, certain chemicals will be plain to see in the blood sample .

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    For those with kidney disease, how long did you have early symptoms before it showed up in urine or blood work?
    Can you have edema and fatigue from early kidney disease and still have normal urine tests and blood work in the beginning? What were your early symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      I had no early symptoms, which is typical of kidney disease. Mine was only caught early because I am diabetic, and my general practitioner began testing my kidney function because of the liklihood that diabetes can cause kidney disease. He caught it when there was only protein in the urine. I had no physical symptoms at that time.

      I have a link below for more info on chronic kidney disease

  2. QUESTION:
    will drugs show up on blood test?
    the blood test they’re doing me is a full liver panel, celiac disease test, kidney panel and some other things that i guess are routine like cholesterol, red cells, etc.
    it doesnt say “toxicology” or anything like that and in previous tests the results didnt say anything about any drug.
    im kinda freaking out because i did coke and some pills about 3 days earlier.
    will drugs show up even if they ae not specifically looking for them?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on your doctor and your insurance. I recently found out that with every urinalysis that I have done, they routinely do a toxicology screen. I discovered it by accident when my doctor accidentally mailed me her copy of my lab results instead of the copy I was supposed to have received. When she corrected the error and mailed me my copy, the drug screen wasn’t even mentioned on it. I asked her about it and that’s when she said it was routine. As for blood tests, I’m not sure if they do that or not. And honestly, I’d never heard of a toxicology report being routine with a urinalysis, and I’m a nurse. So I don’t know if my doctor was feeding me a line of crap or if she was being truthful.

      In any event, it takes 3 days for drugs to leave your system. As long as it’s been 3 days since you’ve done any drugs before you had the blood drawn, they shouldn’t be able to trace it.

      Now, if you were to go in for a drug screen where they take a clip of your hair, then you’re in trouble. They can detect drugs back for years, depending on the length of your hair. Every inch of hair is equal to one month of time.

      And, lastly, for the bigger question, if you’re having liver and/or kidney problems, why on earth are you doing drugs? Do you have a death wish? You should really back off of the drugs entirely to find out what’s going on with you. Good luck and take care of yourself!

  3. QUESTION:
    Can weed chocolate show up in general blood tests?
    I have Crohn’s Disease and have to get monthly blood tests/. As far as i know all the check is liver and kidney function and general blood counts. My friend and I are thinking of trying some marijuana chocolate just to see what it’s like and I was wondering, if they’re not looking for it in my blood will it show up? I know it’s stupid to do drugs but I’d like to try them just this once. So please no holier than thou answers. Just facts!
    Oh by the way I looked it up and some people actually believe weed can help with CD not make it worse.

    • ANSWER:
      No it won’t show up for no reason. If they are looking for it it will show up.

  4. QUESTION:
    can kidney failure be detected this way?
    i have had 2 needle-to-arm blood tests taken over the past month and everything came out fine. i also had a urine test. but my lower back has been in pain for some time. can kidney failure or disease or cancer show up these ways? And yes, I know Big Show is in my name and pic. Please don’t disregard the question to point this out.
    thx. i will ask for an x-ray.

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    Puppy–frequent colorless, odorless, urine.?
    My 4 1/2 month old puppy has recently been urinating super frequently (i.e. every 30 minutes or even more often than that). Her urine comes in large quantities for a very small dog (4 pounds) and is colorless and pretty much odorless as well. She also doesn’t seem to be growing a whole lot (although I see her every day so it’s harder for me to judge). At first I thought she just had a UTI so I took her to the vet and had a urinalysis done…it showed some white blood cells so the vet put her on antibiotics. Because of her age, I also had a blood test done to test her kidneys. The blood test showed no irregular kidney function, but the vet also said that dysfunction would only really show up if there was 75% failure. A few days have passed since then, and she doesn’t seem to be responding to the antibiotics at all. Everything I have read online says her symptoms point to kidney failure….is it possible the renal disease has just not progressed enough yet to show up? She is still active and playful and has a normal appetite. If kidney disease is the problem, how long would it take to kill a dog her size? Does anyone have any experience with this? I am completely devastated.
    She doesn’t seem to be drinking more water than usual either.

    • ANSWER:
      Is she drinking a lot more water than usual, too?
      Sometimes dogs just drink a lot of water because they like it or are bored.
      Another test that can be done is a water deprivation test to make sure she is able to concentrate her urine normally. (You can mention it to the vet if you like.)
      Although it is possible for a puppy to have kidney disease, I believe it would show up in the blood work. If you are worried, have blood work done on her again at a 1 – 1 1/2 years of age.
      I have had a cat and a dog die of kidney failure, but both were seniors. I was able to treat both of them for quite some time and their quality of life remained good for a long while.

      ADDITION:
      Other reasons for excessive drinking and urination: Hypothyroidism and diabetes.

  6. QUESTION:
    Does This Sound Like Chronic Kidney Infection? Please Help.?
    For a little over a year now I’ve been experiencing horrible pains in my back on my right side, right around where my kidney is. I’ve been to several doctors, one a spinal surgeon because they thought my scoliosis was causing me pain. I’ve had CAT scans MRIs and a sonogram. I have a good sized cyst on my right ovary and for awhile doctors said that may be causing pain. I went to a gyno and she told me that there is no way that a cyst on my ovaries is causing me this much back pain. It hurts if I stand for more than 5 or 10 minutes and sometimes even while I’m sitting or lying down. When it hurts i get nauseous and hot and it often makes me vomit. It almost feels like a burning pain, like my kidneys are burning. I don’t really have any problems urinating, sometimes it burns a little or a cant really feel like I can empty my bladder, but thats about it…nothing horrible. I have also notced that when I pee it smells different, like stronger or something. It is kind of an unpleasant smell Most days the pain in my back makes me cry it hurts so bad. I’ve taken muscle relaxers that do nothing for me and I’ve had blood and urine tests. In the blood test I had an elevated white blood cell count and in theurine test I had protein and red blood cells in one and red wnd white blood cells in another with no protein. I’m so tired of hurting I just want my life to go back to normal. I feel like I can’t do anything anymore because I’m always in pain. I’ve given up sports, working out and even my P.E. class at school because anytime I try to do anything it hurts like crazy My doctor mentioned a chronic kidney infection, could this be it? She also mentioned kidney disease, but if I had that wouldn’t it have showed up on the blood test?
    I did have a very small kidney stone, but it was in my left kidney…on the opposite side of where the pain is. It is gone now though.

    • ANSWER:
      Has anyone mentioned “Kidney stones”. I believe they are Hell.
      Please see your doctor again if stones have not been given a mention.
      Best of luck!

  7. QUESTION:
    blood in urine??
    I have been had blood in my urine for about a week..my urine is literally red. I went to the doctor and they said they don’t think it’s a urinary infection, and ran a blood test…everything came back negative. I’m supposed to go to get another blood test again this week. I was wondering if anyone knew what it might be? I looked it up and it said it could be my kidneys (which is what they think it is) like a kidney disease or inflammation, or cancer or something along those lines. Although wouldnt those have showed up in my blood? I have been undiagnosed with things before and am getting really frustrated…
    and i havent had any pain either..

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like a Kidney stone.A kidney stone is a hard mass developed from crystals that separate from the urine and build up on the inner surfaces of the kidney. Normally, urine contains chemicals that prevent or inhibit the crystals from forming. These inhibitors do not seem to work for everyone, however, so some people form stones. If the crystals remain tiny enough, they will travel through the urinary tract and pass out of the body in the urine without being noticed.

      Kidney stones may contain various combinations of chemicals. The most common type of stone contains calcium in combination with either oxalate or phosphate. These chemicals are part of a person’s normal diet and make up important parts of the body, such as bones and muscles.

      A less common type of stone is caused by infection in the urinary tract. This type of stone is called a struvite or infection stone. A bit less common is the uric acid stone. Cystine stones are rare.
      Kidney stones often do not cause any symptoms. Usually, the first symptom of a kidney stone is extreme pain, which occurs when a stone acutely blocks the flow of urine. The pain often begins suddenly when a stone moves in the urinary tract, causing irritation or blockage. Typically, a person feels a sharp, cramping pain in the back and side in the area of the kidney or in the lower abdomen. Sometimes nausea and vomiting occur. Later, pain may spread to the groin.

      If the stone is too large to pass easily, pain continues as the muscles in the wall of the tiny ureter try to squeeze the stone along into the bladder. As a stone grows or moves, blood may appear in the urine. As the stone moves down the ureter closer to the bladder, you may feel the need to urinate more often or feel a burning sensation during urination.

      If fever and chills accompany any of these symptoms, an infection may be present. In this case, you should contact a doctor immediately.

  8. QUESTION:
    can u guess what is wrong with me?
    I’ve taken a bunch of trips to the doc for the past couple months to find out what wrong with me, but after a dozen blood tests/xrays, my doctor has given up finding out what is wrong with me. I’ve been tested for diabetes, anemia, artheritis, kidney disease and nothing showed up on the tests. So she simply sent me home with no answers…..

    I’m a 22 year old slim shaped female who walks daily for exercise, but have been feeling like crap the past 3 years, as I gradually got worse during that period, quickly loosing weight, little to no appetite, I’m always cold, I have minor chest discomfort, pain in knee and hand joints, hands falling asleep at nite, dizzy spells, had a bad case of vertigo, and passed out once as well hitting my head. Standing up for long periods of time can become very painful, and I have bad fatigue were I’m tired all of time no matter how much sleep I get, I even take naps and not go to places so I could sleep instead.

    So since my real doctor has given up, heres your chance to take your kiddy doctor kits and give a guess or opinion on what the heck is wrong with me =p

    • ANSWER:
      You know it might not be a physical problem, it might be a mental disturbance. Like for example depression. You should go to psycologist to exclude any posible mental illness. If that doesnt work out, then it could be a really serious physical illness. It rings a bell to be depression (seriously). Wich is why your doctor might not know what’s wrong with you.

  9. QUESTION:
    Turned down for life ins…can someone help me decipher the results?
    I am a 51 yr old female…take lysinopril for my blood pressure…went through blood and urine tests for the coverage…
    Here is why they said they denied coverage: height (5’5″), weight (240), protein in urine and blood sugar test results…I was given a Fasting Blood test…after 8 hrs of no food, only small amount of water…here is what the results are:
    (the ones with asterisks are the ones they have starred)

    Glucose (blood) 91
    Hemoglobin A1C 6.4 **
    Fructosamine 1.5
    Bun 13
    Creatinine (blood) 0.7
    Alkaline Phos 120
    Total Bilirubin 0.5
    AST (SGOT) 21
    ALT (SGPT) 21
    GGT/GGTP 30
    Total Protein (bld) 8.2
    Albumin (blood) 4.2
    Globulin (blood) 4
    Triglycerides 225 *
    NT-PROBNP 42
    Cholesterol 162 *
    HDL Cholesterol 36
    LDL Cholesterol 81 *
    Cholesterol/HDL 4.5
    LDL/HDL Ratio 2.25
    HIV (blood) Neg
    Hepatitis C Antibody Neg

    Urinalysis Results

    Urine Temp 98
    Specific Gravity 1.022
    PH (Urine) 5.9
    Glucose (Urine) 0
    Protein (Urine) 75 **
    Creatinine (Urine) 94.7
    Microalbuminuria 68.8 **
    Leukocyte Esterase Neg
    Hemoglobin (Urine) Neg
    WBC Count (Urine) 7
    RBC Count (Urine) 2
    G Cast 0
    H Cast 0
    Diuretic (Urine) Neg
    Nicotine – Urine (TXT) Neg
    Cocaine (Urine) Neg
    Malb/Creat (Urine) POS **

    My blood pressure was 118/70

    Any idea what I should be concerned about here? I have looked up protein in urine and I do not like what I am reading…kidney disease???? I don’t want to be worried about this, but is there someone out there that can shed some light on what this might show a doctor to look for?

    I had a complete physical a yr ago, and nothing showed up at all..excpet my blood pressure was high.

    • ANSWER:
      You might want to schedule and appointment with your regular physician. Some of those levels look like precursors to diabetes or possible kidney stones. Have your doctor look at the results.

  10. QUESTION:
    PLEASE HELP! VET ADVICE DESPERATELY NEEDED!!!?
    My 5 year old pembroke welsh corgi has been acting funny for the past 1-2 weeks. He started drinking incredible amounts of water and peeing frequently, he stopped eating (very rare of him), and he was very lethargic. We took him the vet last Friday and they said they were going to treat him as if he had a bladder infection. They put him on Clavamox twice a day for 7 days and then re-evaluate the situation. On Monday we still weren’t seeing results so we took him back to the vet. They did x-rays and blood tests. The x-rays showed up pretty normal, and they said his kidneys were functioning fine as well(we were afraid of kidney failuer) but they discovered he had a high amount of liver enzymes. We continued him on his medicine as well as a recommended “bland diet” (rice and chicken) and he seems to be getting somewhat better. He shows a slight increase in energy, he eats his “bland diet” in a heart beat, and has slowed down considerably on his water intake. We try to test him to see if he can eat anything else and it seems as if it is hurting his mouth to chew. i.e. he only eats one kibble at a time. As a test we threw him a tiny curnal of popcorn (his favorite food) and he caught it in his mouth, but spit it out. We are in the process, per directions from the vet, of collecting 3 consecutive daily urine samples to test for Cushing’s Disease. If it is not that then the vet said it could be an infection of the pancreas or liver. We are desperately hoping it is not Cushing’s Disease because we know the effects are not good. Can anyone with experience with Cushing’s Disease please tell me their own story and if you think my dog may be suffering from it.

    • ANSWER:
      I wish I knew about Cushing’s Disease so I could help you. I’ll star your question and maybe one of my contacts will see it and can offer you some advice. Also, you might want to think about re-posting this question in the “Pets” section under “Dogs” in order to get some more feedback from dog owners or Vets. God bless you and your dear pet – I pray he will be allright!

  11. QUESTION:
    I pee blood blood and it hurts…?
    i have had this problem for 2 years… i have been to 3 different specialists and they have ruled out kidney failure, infection, cancer, disease, stones. and have ruled out any bladder problem, STD, Strep infection as well…. i am a 15 year old male and don’t know why this is happening to me. i really want to find out…. currently i am logging every thing i do and eat every day to see if something triggers it. but nothing have shown up. i have been doing that for 2 months. i have had 3 kidney biopsies. 4 bladder scopes. 2 kidney scopes. many x-rays. stayed in the hospital for 2 weeks at a time… doing tests and they couldn’t find anything. me and my parents are worried abut this…. every time i pee i have about 1/8 of a cup of pure blood and its a pulsing pain… so it hurts then doesn’t then hurts then doesn’t all through the stream.

    If you know any thing that could help me or have any questions for me to try and help that would be great….
    they have also ruled out Diabetes and i have had a genital examination..

    • ANSWER:
      Go back to the hospital……

  12. QUESTION:
    Please help me I am worried about my fiance?
    My fiance is 30 years old and has always been healthy, all of a sudden this year he gets sick and has been sick for 6 months now. We have come to find out that he has blood in his urine, when it was about the first 2-3 months there was no sign of blood but his urine was a different colour then normal we thought maybe it was just dehydration. I told my fiance to go to the doctor but he was to stubborn to go and he let it go until it got worst. Once the problem got worst and he was actually pissing out blood he finally went to the doctor.

    He has seen at least 4 different doctors and has had 2 ultrasounds that had come back normal and showed nothing on them, he has had blood work done several times and all has come back normal, and he has had a CT scan done with the dye and without the dye and it has also come back normal, he has also had a Cystoscopy done and that also came back normal.

    The blood work showed this:

    Hemoglobin – Attention-133 – Reference Range – 135 – 180 – Units – G/L

    Hematocrit – Result – 0.396 – Reference Range – 0.37 – 0.54 – Units – L/L

    WBC Count – Result – 6.2 – Reference Range – 4.0 – 11.0 – Units – X10 9/L

    RBC Count – Attention – 4.26 – Reference Range – 4.50 – 6.50 – Units – X10 12/L

    MCV – Result – 93.0 – Reference Range – 80 – 97 – Units – FL

    MCH – Result – 31.3 – Reference Range – 27.0 – 32.0 – Units – PG

    MCHC – Result – 337 – Reference Range – 320 – 360 – Units – G/L

    RDW – Result – 12.6 – Reference Range – 11.0 – 14.5 – Units – %

    PLATELET COUNT – Result – 212 – Reference Range – 150 – 400 – Units – X10 9/L

    ABSOLUTE: NEUTROS – Result – 2.0 – Reference Range – 2.0 – 7.5 – Units – X10 9/L

    (A) LYMPH – Attention – 3.4 – Reference Range – 1.1 – 3.3 – Units – X10 9/L

    (A) MONO – Result – 0.4 – Reference Range – 0.0 – 0.8 – Units – X10 9/L

    (A) EOS – Result – 0.4 – Reference Range – 0.0 – 0.5 – Units – X10 9/L

    (A) BASO – Result – 0.0 – Reference Range – 0.0 – 0.2 – Units – X10 9/L

    RBC MORPHOLOGY – NORMAL

    PLATELETS – NORMAL

    CHEMISTRY:

    UREA – Results – 4.6 – Reference Range – 3.0 – 8.2 – Units – MMOL/L

    CREATININE – Results – 125 – Reference Range – 60 – 127 – Units – UMOL/L

    eGFR – Attention – 59

    SODIUM – Results – 143 – Reference Range – 135 – 146 – Units – MMOL/L

    POTASSIUM – Results – 3.9 – Reference Range – 3.5 – 5.2 – Units – MMOL/L

    CHLORIDE – Results – 108 – Reference Range – 95 – 108 – Units – MMOL/L

    Anyway there is his blood work results and as you can see there are a couple of things that are a little low and a couple of things that are high. That is because of the problem that he has which we do not know what it is.

    Other then that all of his blood work cam back normal as well as the rest of the test that I have mentioned they have all come back normal, showing nothing wrong.

    He is healthy but what we can’t figure out is where is the blood coming from in his urine if there is nothing wrong with him.

    The one doctor had also said that his kidneys are working but not the way they should be so they are a little on the abnormal side.

    My fiance feels dizzy, can’t think straight, sometimes he looks white as a ghost, and he is also a bit anemic from having this problem, not only that but he is cold a lot.

    So if all of his test are coming back normal then what could this be?

    Could it be a kidney disease of some sort or could it be excessive exercise he use to do befor all of this happened?

    He doesn’t have no kidney stones, no tumors, no cysts and etc, so what could it be?

    It is really freaking me out can someone please help me and tell me what it could possibly be when everything is normal, other then his kidneys being a little abnormal.

    Everytime the doctors take a urine sample blood always shows up in the urine, but when he goes to the bathroom to urinate his pee is all blood.

    I am just praying that it is nothing to serious and not only that but I am afraid of losing him if the doctors don’t find out what it is and catch it before it is to late.

    Can someone please help me?
    To Aidani,

    Hi, It is bad and very stressful, I worry about him all of the time wondering what it could be.

    I just want to say thank-you for your sympathy comment and I am hoping for the best. The guy that made a comment after you did really upset me and got me crying.

    I am even more scared of losing him now hearing that he may have Lupus but I hope he doesn’t have it.

    Anyway thank-you again for your sympathy comment, you are a real sweetie and I really appreciate what you had said.

    Take care, from Debbie!

    • ANSWER:
      Oh my, Thats sounds bad. I feel bad for you hun! He should of gone to the doctor before that =( I hope he’s ok! Just make sure he is eating healthily and drinking plenty of fluids. Make sure that heaven forbid if anything is wrong that he is in the best possible position to fight it.

  13. QUESTION:
    Blood test results? Is my doctor overlooking something? Please help?!?!?!?!?
    Well over the past year ive been really tired so finally i got up the courage to get a blood test done. Me being tired and sleeping excessively has started to really affect my grades and attendance at school, i couldnt overlook it anymore. so i just got my results back showing only 9 for vitamin D!!! range usually 30 to 100! My doctor just told me to take vitamins. BUT This is what is really bothering me, my levels for Creatinine is low 0.4 , norm being 0.6 to 1.0, and Aspartate Amino Transferase VEry low 13, norm 15 to 37. alanine aminotransferase also low. Could i have liver or kidney disease or something else? when i was little there was thought to be urine in my blood during a physical, but they did another test and then there wasnt. Does anyone know anyhting about this! im only 18 but i dont want to overlook anything.. my doctor told me to take vitamins, she wont talk over the phone to me about the other stuff either :(
    also just seen on results that Blood Urea Nitrogen is 8 , norm range 7 to 18, thats kinda low too

    • ANSWER:
      Because of the Privacy laws, the doctor would
      not be able to discuss your personal information
      over the phone…They normally would set up another
      appointment for you to see them.

      No one blood testing is 100% accurate. The doctor
      may have taken this test and compared them to
      others they had done before….or he may do more
      testing in the future. Labs also have different
      reference ranges for what they believe to be the normal
      range of the blood work. Your results are not seriously
      low…only mildly low.
      You can get Vitamin D from milk products and being
      in the sunlight at least 15 minutes at a time during the
      day.
      Considering we do not have all the test results from the
      entire blood work..I would say to be checked for
      anemia or thyroid problems. A person who doesn’t
      get enough nourishment from foods, can also have
      low counts. To be healthy you need vitamins and
      minerals from good foods. The liver makes some
      proteins in the body, but other certain types can only be
      gotten from the foods we eat. Protein in the foods
      help us heal, it is what helps make the membrane
      of each cell in our body and it is also used for
      energy when needed.

      I would make another appointment with the doctor,
      after taking vitamins and eatting well and see if this
      does help. If not, I then would ask for some of
      the tests I mentioned or for a second opinion.

      Hope this information is of some help to you.
      Best wishes

  14. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my heart?
    Tonight I went to the ER for right lower back pain and severe bloating, gas and discomfort.
    While I was there my heart started to act up (it does this from time to time). First I noticed I could see my heartbeat in my eyes then I noticed my shirt would move with every beat. My BP was normal at 137/72. They did a number of blood tests and an ultrasound on my kidney and gall bladder. Everything came back normal including my troponin lvls. While I was lying in bed watching the monitor I kept noticing it say SV Rythym, it would last for a bit then go back to Sinus Rythym.
    I also noticed I was having lots of pvc’s (single, pair and multiform). One time the monitor said VTach. Also while I was watching tv in the room, the monitor started beeping really loud almost like an alarm. The monitor read *RR*. After about 10 seconds it went away. I have no idea what RR is. The ER doc said that pvcs arent serious and I should tell my doc about the VTach episode.
    It also kept reading, “cannot analyze ST” I have no idea what that means. I am a 30 yr old white male. I am on a diet called the “Take Shape For Life” diet with medifast meals. It’s basically a low carb. low calorie, high protein diet for my obesity. I also just started Lexapro 2 days ago. Could the Lexapro or diet be causing the arrythmias? My cardiologist has done an echo, a nuclear stress test,
    ekg’s, and even a cardiac cath. He said I have a mild case of Mitral Valve Prolapse, a little fluid in my
    heart, and pvc’s but the cath showed a structurally normal heart with no coronary artery disease.
    Should I be worried about all the things that showed up on my cardiac monitor tonight or let them go since I’ve already had plenty of tests that were negative??? What is an SV Rythym? Why did my monitor alarm go off saying *RR*? Any other info on all this would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks for your time and reply.

    • ANSWER:
      Most significant is the alarm for RR.

      To get a clearer picture, they listed the time from one heartbeat’s R-wave to the next R-wave (called RR intervals) and synchronized these lists to the time of the PVC beat and averaged the values in the list. A plot of this averaged RR interval list (called a PVC tachogram) not only confirmed their observation that heart rate sped up for a few beats after a PVC, but highlighted another less obvious feature, that heart rate then slows down beyond what it was before the PVC, before returning to the original heart rate.

      This is not good.

  15. QUESTION:
    Kidney or Bladder disease/infection?
    Blood test results show the ‘all clear’ for kindey/liver/urine. Which is strange.. If i so much as eat an egg, urine output extreases dramatically, breathing tightens and a breakout in light upper chest pain (Liver area) sets in. All this started when i started taking a protein supplement, which i stopped when symptoms came.

    I also have Sickle cell disease, something that effects my red cells ability to transport oxygen around the body efficiently, possibly leaving certain organs that bit more vuneralble. Though i did wet the bet untill my mid teens (possible reduced renal?)i have had no major problems.

    I did a 24 hour urine sample at the request of my doctor, and filled up to 2 and a half liters on little fulids, yet my doc says it’s fine.

    Is it possible that i have partial undetected kidney funtion that has been brought to the surface by me taking a protein supplement? My creatinine level is 69umol, what could this tell me about my eGFR and my kidneys?
    Possible Bladder problems are suggested in the answers in another thread, but the listed symptoms are exacerbated when protein rich foods (eggs, fish, meat, protein supplement) are consumed, along with breather problems. This has been going on for months. Does this match up with what is being suggested?

    Also, there is no pain when i urinate and i’ve had several quick urine ‘tests’. Does this rule out urinary tract infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Go ask a doctor. Thats the best bet. You are going to trust someone from Yahoo Answers ?? Doesnt make sense to me. Best bet, is to not take any chances. Are you allergic?

  16. QUESTION:
    Lower Back Pain, Please Help?
    since nov i been having lower back pain. right in the kidney area. its been on and off since then. usually staying for a month or so. i work out alot and it doesnt prevent me from doing anything. i just feel pain and discomfort. i have no bowel problems, back in nov i got a ultrasound to check for tumors and stones. nothing showed up. do u think this is lymph nodes causing my pain. im 23yr old male in good shape. sometimes when i eat too much i feel pain back there. what should i do, i dont have health insurance for another 2 months. im really nervous this is non hodgkins disease, i read that people sometimes get back pain bc of the lymph nodes. i went to the hematogolist in feb, to find out why my spleen was slighly enlarged, he did blood tests and what not and said blood came back great, he thinks i have epstein barr. what should i do am i overractiing thinking this is something serious. its just im 23 and i think im too young for constant lower back pain for 7 months.please help

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, I can relate with the lower back pain, as I am a sufferer myself. As far as you only being 23, that don’t mean nothing. I started getting low back pain when I was 13 yrs. I am now 32. it wasn’t till 2004 that I found out why. And as far as being told that You may have Epstein Barr, That’s a bunch of crap!! They tried that one on Me, it didn’t fly. Epstein Barr is something they tell you when they don’t find anything Med. wrong with you, and a nice way of saying it’s all in your head. I think I would hold out till your Med. Insr. kicks in, and ask for a IVP to check out your Kidney’s and a MRI for your back as well. It took Me getting the MRI for the doctor’s to take me serious. However, all though I know what is wrong they still cannot do anything else for Me. I have went through so many treatments, they just didn’t have long lasting effects for me, so I just have to live with it. But don’t let up till they check you from head to toe, and not just through Blood Work. If You want, you could email me at Macklov@sbcglobal.net

  17. QUESTION:
    My daughter has severe abdominal pain….?
    I will try to offer all the detail I can. My 9 year old, healthy, active, not overweight, daughter has been having abdominal pain for about 7 weeks now. The pain is just above her belly button and then spreads around to the right of it. She is in constant pain but the severity of the pain changes. It goes from an ache to very severe pain which she describes as being stabbed by a needle. On a scale of 1-10, the pain hovers at around 4-5 and about 3 or 4 times a week it spikes up to a 12.

    We have seen 3 different doctors to this point, two ER docs and our family doc. Between them, they’ve run 2 blood tests, 2 urine tests, 2 different sets of xrays (a GI series and I don’t know what the other one was for) and an ultrasound looking for tumours or gall or kidney stones. Everything has come back negative. They’ve ruled out stones, hernia, and ulcers. At first they were treating her for a stomach ailment, but after trying Zantac, Previcid, and 3 other over the counter meds (like Pepto Bismal), nothing has helped. The pain is not in the stomach itself, it’s down farther.

    After talking with our family doctor yesterday, we’ve decided that the problem isn’t in the stomach. If it were, then one of the meds she’s been on should have helped. Our family doc has run out of ideas and is passing us on to a paediatrician. She thinks the problem might be muscular but she’s even reluctant about that because we’ve tried Tylenol, Advil and codeine, as well as ice and heat and nothing helps.

    Other than the pain, she has no other symptoms. She has had no vomiting, diarriah or constipation. She does feel nauseated sometimes, but our family doc and myself think that’s just a side effect of the pain, not a symptom of the problem. Her appetite hasn’t changed much either. On the days when the pain is worse, she’s not so hungry. When she was being treated for a stomach problem, we changed her diet-we took her off the greasy foods, and the acidic foods, but there was still no change in the pain.

    I asked the doc about an infection, she said that would have shown up in the blood work or her bowel movements. I asked about the different diseases of the bowel and intestine, but she said that would have shown up in the blood work and/or in her bowel movements as diarriah or constipation or as vomiting.

    Does anyone have any other ideas or has experienced such pain with or without being diagnosed? This is killing my husband and I to see her curled up on the couch in a ball crying and crying because of the pain and there’s nothing we can do help. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!!
    Thanks for the suggestions so far. I’m definately not giving up. I thought of the appendix but I didn’t know you could get an infection of it without it being life threatening. I assume when they did the ultrasound, they looked at her appendix, but maybe not. I found a chart of where appendix pain occurs and showed it to my daughter and she said “that’s exactly where my pain is!”. Hmmm, we’ll have to look in to that one, for sure.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t have an answer to her pain but I may have a few suggestions. I’m an old hand at chronic pain and I know that it will wipe the happiness right off of you. I can’t even imagine how hard it is to watch your child go through this. What I have learned from my own illness is to keep records. I went into Documents and kept records of things like meds I take and when & who I saw, family history and medication allergies. Also, When tests are run ask for copies of reports. Keep these things together. Any new doctor will be able to help more if they have more facts. Don’t give up. Keep trying new doctors if you need to. It took me 6 yrs to get diagnosed. Know that there are docs out there that will poo poo away much of what you say. But there are more docs that want to help. Ask for references if they don’t have answers. Good luck to you. God Bless.

  18. QUESTION:
    I’m very sick, please please read?
    For the past couple of months I have been having back/flank/pelvic pain. I went to the hospital a couple of times in need of pain medicine. At the same time, I had two kidney stones and a small ovarian cyst. They also treated me for a UTI/Kindey infection. However, the doctors said my kidney stones were too small to be causing me pain.

    I was back in the hospital on saturday with lots of pain all over my pelvic area, back, and right under my ribs (kidney area.)
    I had ultrasounds and CT scans. My cyst is 4cm, not too large. The doctor in the ER said the pain was being caused from fluid which is released from my ovary every month, which flows openly through my pelvic area and stomach. He said my new birth control will eventually help with the pain by switching around hormones and whatnot.

    However, I’ve had a fever the last few days and just been exhausted. My pediatrician called and suggested to talked to my gyno (my appointment is tomorrow) about three things: Chlamydia, PID (pelvic inflam. disease, and Endometriosis.

    I’ve looked up all three and not all of the symptoms fit. No diarrhea, no vomiting, no bleeding.

    So I have a few questions:
    What exactly should I be asking my gynecologist?
    Can chlamydia be spread just through general bacteria?
    Wouldn’t infections show up on all of my blood/urine tests i’ve been getting?

    I’m so tired of being sick, so tired of being out of it from pain pills.
    Does anyone have any clue what this is? I’m out of ideas!

    • ANSWER:
      I assume that you are sexually active, and therefore could have contracted chlamydia from a partner. It is tested (sometimes from urine) but most accurately from a cervical smear. (like a pap test)
      It can be treated with Zithromax or doxycycline. Left untreated, this can progress to PID, which can then cause irreversible damage to your reproductive organs. Therefore, a really good reason to have this tested at your gyne office, and get treated if needed. You mentioned some confusion with symptoms listed on websites for the above listed diseases. No one person has all of the same symptoms for their diseases. The symptoms you list could fit chlamydia and PID. but..the cyst could also be causing the symptoms. Does your doctor practice at the same hospital ER you went to? It is very important that she have the test results that were obtained at that visit..otherwise she will be starting all over in her detective work to figure out what is going on. Those results are yours! You can sign a release of information form, and get those results faxed to your doctor’s office. Be sure to do this if it is a different hospital.
      endometriosis is another possibility. I suffered for years with that one…my cure? pregnancy – at 37! Good luck!

  19. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with me? Please, Please read.?
    For the past couple of months I have been having back/flank/pelvic pain. I went to the hospital a couple of times in need of pain medicine. At the same time, I had two kidney stones and a small ovarian cyst. They also treated me for a UTI/Kindey infection. However, the doctors said my kidney stones were too small to be causing me pain.

    I was back in the hospital on saturday with lots of pain all over my pelvic area, back, and right under my ribs (kidney area.)
    I had ultrasounds and CT scans. My cyst is 4cm, not too large. The doctor in the ER said the pain was being caused from fluid which is released from my ovary every month, which flows openly through my pelvic area and stomach. He said my new birth control will eventually help with the pain by switching around hormones and whatnot.

    However, I’ve had a fever the last few days and just been exhausted. My pediatrician called and suggested to talked to my gyno (my appointment is tomorrow) about three things: Chlamydia, PID (pelvic inflam. disease, and Endometriosis.

    I’ve looked up all three and not all of the symptoms fit. No diarrhea, no vomiting, no bleeding.

    So I have a few questions:
    What exactly should I be asking my gynecologist?
    Can chlamydia be spread just through general bacteria?
    Wouldn’t infections show up on all of my blood/urine tests i’ve been getting?

    I’m so tired of being sick, so tired of being out of it from pain pills.
    Does anyone have any clue what this is? I’m out of ideas!

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  20. QUESTION:
    I’m very sick. Please please read, i need help.?
    For the past couple of months I have been having back/flank/pelvic pain. I went to the hospital a couple of times in need of pain medicine. At the same time, I had two kidney stones and a small ovarian cyst. They also treated me for a UTI/Kindey infection. However, the doctors said my kidney stones were too small to be causing me pain.

    I was back in the hospital on saturday with lots of pain all over my pelvic area, back, and right under my ribs (kidney area.)
    I had ultrasounds and CT scans. My cyst is 4cm, not too large. The doctor in the ER said the pain was being caused from fluid which is released from my ovary every month, which flows openly through my pelvic area and stomach. He said my new birth control will eventually help with the pain by switching around hormones and whatnot.

    However, I’ve had a fever the last few days and just been exhausted. My pediatrician called and suggested to talked to my gyno (my appointment is tomorrow) about three things: Chlamydia, PID (pelvic inflam. disease, and Endometriosis.

    I’ve looked up all three and not all of the symptoms fit. No diarrhea, no vomiting, no bleeding.

    So I have a few questions:
    What exactly should I be asking my gynecologist?
    Can chlamydia be spread just through general bacteria?
    Wouldn’t infections show up on all of my blood/urine tests i’ve been getting?

    I’m so tired of being sick, so tired of being out of it from pain pills.
    Does anyone have any clue what this is? I’m out of ideas!

    • ANSWER:
      a 4 cm cyst is certainly big enough, that’s how big one of mine was just 2 days before surgery to remove it,I lost the ovary too. when it was removed it was the size of a small baseball, yes it can cause extreme pain and with that fever I seriously think you need to go to the hospital again, this could indicate the cyst has caused your ovary to flip over and cut of it’s blood supply, left untreated could be life threatening,

  21. QUESTION:
    Could my BF have HEP?
    My boyfriend is a pretty sever alcoholic (though making strides to get better), so I think that may be it, but a friend of mine said his symptoms may be linked to hepatitis.

    He is in the hospital with pretty bad pain and infection in the liver and kidneys.

    He doesn’t have yellowing of eyes or skin, but does have a smooth blotchy red rash covering most of one arm, his chest and back. And he throws up a lot * Detox, I’m sure.

    I am pretty worried. We have only had unprotected sex once, but that may be one time too many. Would it show up on the blood test at the hospital?? I am going to have both of us tested, but ’till then I would appreciate some insight.

    I already posted this in the “infectious diseases” category but got no response. So I came here because I always get good responses and advice.

    Please no trolling

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it would have shown up in the blood tests. I’m sure one of the first things they would have tested for is hep c. Even in the unlikely hood that he does have it the chances of you contracting it through sexual contact are something like 1%. Hep c is usually transmitted from mother to child (during childbirth) through iv drug use or getting a tattoo with an infected needle. My friends husband had it and they were married 20 years and she never contracted it. They had unprotected sex and 3 children during the marriage with no issues so even if he has it you probably don’t. The best thing to do is find out for sure if he’s been tested then you can go from there.

  22. QUESTION:
    Kidney Problems?
    Hi,
    I am a fit 21 year old male who recently fell ill with a kidney something. I went to the doctors because I had protein in my urine, flu like symptoms and lower back pain. They gave me a bunch of blood test for diabetes and stuff and all that came back negative but I fell in the catagory of state 3 kidney disease with a score of a 54. My doctor wasn’t too sure whats up because my blood pressure and everything is fine, however, I did have a really high protein diet for about 1 year and have been taking creatine on and off for about 6 years. My test shows a creatinine level of 1.62, however I did have a dose of creatine 7 days before my bloodtest. They gave me an antibiotic for a kidney infection because they did find bacteria in my urine but i do feel 100% after 5 days of the antiboitic. Before I left the doctors office another Dr looked at it and said yeah dont take creatine for atleast a year, which put me at ease a little bit. Can anyone give me an idea of what i should expect?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      Hum, I think there may be a confusion about exactly which type of creatine we are talking about. My understanding is that creatinine in the blood (and hence in the urine), is a breakdown product of phospho-creatine in muscle, where it is an important energy store. When you use your body muscles, you are using phospho-creatine as an energy source, and consequently its breakdown product (creatinine) is always appearing in the blood.

      The original creatine (from which phospho-creatine is made), is manufactured in the liver from protein fragments (amino acids) and sent to the muscles via the blood-stream. You do not depend on creatine in your diet.

      This whole creatinine /creatine business, sounds as if you think that these compounds are somehow critical to proper kidney function. My understanding is that they aren’t.

      Creatinine waste-product just happens to be handled by the kidneys in a special way. It is only filtered off, and not actively re-absorbed further on in the kidney, as most other filtered products are.

      This unique property makes creatinine ideal for measuring the total filtration rate of the kidneys, or more exactly it reflects accurately the total number of tiny, individual kidney filter-bulbs ['glomeruli'] you have in your kidneys, (everyone starts off life with between 300,000 and 1,200,000 filter-bulbs in each kidney).

      If you start with loss of kidney function, one interpretation is that you are losing individual filter-bulbs from your total birth quota.

      There are lots of dissolved toxic waste-products which the kidneys remove, and my understanding is that creatinine is not particularly toxic compared to some of the others. It just so happens, however, that it is handled in a unique way by the kidneys that makes it ideal for estimating kidney function.

      The normal blood creatinine in adult males is between 0.5 and 1.2 mg per decilitre, (individual labs may vary). However, muscular young or middle-aged adults may have higher creatinine levels in their blood than the general population.

      Creatinine level depends partly on how fast the muscles are producing it, as well as on how fast the kidneys are removing it. About 2% of the body’s energy chemical phospho-creatine, is converted to creatinine every day.

      For a really accurate measurement of kidney function which eliminates this ‘production’ variable, you would need what is called a ‘Creatinine Clearance Test,’ which effectively standardizes the creatinine input level to the kidneys.

      It sounds fairly clear to me that you had a kidney infection in one or both kidneys, – - sometimes the right- or left- sidedness of the back pain, helps to show which kidney is sore.

      Raised blood pressure is certainly a sign or kidney infection, but you don’t have to have raised blood pressure for an infection to be diagnosed correctly.

      Protein which is normally present in the blood, doesn’t appear in the urine unless the kidneys are inflamed and so releasing blood items abnormally. The amount of protein in the urine is proportional to how much the kidneys are inflamed. It isn’t related to how much protein you have been taking in your diet.

      I’m not familiar with this kidney disease scoring system.

      You say that they did find bacteria in your urine, and these are likely to have been the exact bacteria which caused the infection. After 5 days of the antibiotic you felt 100% better, which is a good indication that these bacteria were ‘sensitive to’ (i.e. killed off by) that particular antibiotic.

      In my opinion there are 3 areas worth thinking about at this stage.

      (1) Has the infection totally cleared away from your kidneys? Even though you feel completely back to normal, in the UK we would probably still confirm this by re-testing your urine for bacteria with another Mid-Stream Urine specimen.

      (2) Was there any underlying condition which made you more prone than average, to getting a kidney infection in the first place? Well, everybody is entitled to an occasional kidney infection, and no-one would do any special tests for underlying problems unless you got another kidney infection.

      (3) Have a significant number of individual kidney filter-bulbs been destroyed? It doesn’t sound like it, from what you say. Absolute proof would require a Creatinine Clearance Test.

      I think you should expect to remain absolutely fit and well. Just back to normal, in fact.

      I can’t see any justification for manipulating the creatine in your diet, since most creatine is manufactured internally by your liver out of protein fragments, (amino acids).

      Urea, not creatinine, is one of the main breakdown products of protein, and indeed blood urea measurement used to be the mainstay of kidney function tests. Kidney failure results in toxic levels of urea in the blood, called uraemia. (uremia).

      I am aware that I am removing some of your re-assurance by undermining your understanding of how things work in the ‘kidney area.’ I hope the total effect is positive and not negative. Clearly muscle development through diet is important to you.

      Best wishes, Belliger (retired uk gp)

  23. QUESTION:
    Could I be developing kidney disease?
    Last year my endocrinologist told me I was doing a good job, but needed to lose weight. I find it hard to lose weight and exercise more being a type 1 diabetic for 17 years. I work long 13 hour days four days a week. I work out ALL my four days off on my treadmill at a minimum of 45 minutes, usually 60 minutes. I average 16 miles to 20 miles a week.
    But last November I started getting tired alot, but still maintained to work out!! I started swelling and my blood pressure went up. I went to my primary care physician and after 3 months of follow-ups got put on blood pressure medicine. My endocrinologist stated in May, after I asked him if I could get off of the blood pressure medicine, to lose weight and exercise more. This is even after I told him I was putting in at least 16 miles. Should I work out on my work days too? I’m confused and very tired. I told the doctor and he dismissed me as being overweight. I weighed 159 at that time.
    Starting June 25th I started back on phentermine just to help me lose weight. So far, a month into more mileage and less eating I have lost only 3 pounds!!
    I really do not like doctors. So far it’s been since last June since I’ve had bloodwork done. The only reason I went to my primary care doctor for the swelling is because everything I read suggests kidney disease. Is my endocrinologist inconsiderate or what? He knows I have pitting edema. I’m wondering from a doctor’s point of view: high blood pressure, weight gain, and edema means LOSE WEIGHT?
    Last June 2006 I took phentermine and the endocrinogist was happy with my bloodwork. EVERYTHING was in the lower limits if not lower. I had a ferritin of 12NG/ML and I looked at past readings of which were 41!! My MCV was 69.8FL, in which he said was low, but borderline. My free T4 was .7 NG/DL. That’s NEARLY too low? I guess all that working out last year had everything low. My blood creatinine was .8MG/DL and usually runs 1.3?
    I’m wondering if this time my bloodwork will be so great? This year I have been battling tiredness, edema, and high blood pressure. I really wanted bloodwork done last November, but the doctors wouldn’t check anything, but my cholesterol, which is of course normal. All that working out, why wouldn’t it be? My triglycerides have been running 37 MG/DL and normal is just being under 150!!
    One more note: back in 2002 I showed microalbuminuria in my urine tests. I was using protein shakes alot back then, but my weight was 135 pounds, but at the cost of my kidneys. I’m just recently worried because that was 5 years ago. Could I be having kidney problems now and the doctor is making me wait till MAYBE next month, August to do routine testing???

    • ANSWER:
      Hello:

      You are right to worry about your kidneys because you are a type 1 diabetic. Diabetes whether type 1 or type 2 have to worry about their kidneys. Now in your case I would think that your kidneys are okay. I base that on your creatinine level from your blood tests from last year. Your ferritin is dropping which means you could be iron deficient anemic now a year later. (MVC was heading that way last year) Anemia could make you feel extremely tired and make it difficult to lose weight. Do you get dizzy? Are you sleeping more? Is your skin and hair dry or dryer than before? As for the microalbumin in your urine – that can be a sign that your kidneys are starting to show some damage from the diabetes. If you had some protein in the past it doesn’t necessarily mean it is going to progress. The edema can be a result of your high blood pressure meds. – ask your doctor about that.

      If you doctor isn’t listening to you then find yourself a new doctor that will listen and answer all your questions. A doctor should address all of your concerns and make sure you understand what they are saying.

      Final words on the kidneys – have you lost control of your bladder? ie. can’t hold your urine as long as your used to? Are you peeing less? Do you have increased frequency yet you only pee a little bit? Can you make it through the night without having to get up to pee? I don’t know how old you are or what sex you are so some of these things could have other issues connected to them. ie. men – prostate issues for women – menopause can cause some of these issues. These are just a few things connected to kidneys and some of the things you would mention to your doctor if you have any of them.

      Good luck to you

  24. QUESTION:
    I think I am really sick. Should I go to the hospital or doctor?
    Ok so I don’t have the best health history and I dont want to go into long detail about my past so i will try to stick to the current problem. I am 23 years old 5’5 and 195lbs (but quite muscular and active) I am overweight and have been struggling with this for years. I have a large thyroid nodule that has been growing larger over the past 2 years. about a year and a half ago I had it biopsied and it came back a benign. Well increasingly over the past year or so I have been becoming more and more exhuausted. I am having a lot of trouble keeping myself going. My work demands a lot out of me and I never had a problem with it, I enjoy working hard, it helps time fly. Well lately (over the past year) I have begun to have problems keeping up with the work load. More alarmingly over the past two weeks I have hit rock bottom. I have trouble lifting even the lighter boxes to the point that I have to strain to do the simplest tasks. My joints are constantly screaming at me as if they can’t support any weight or straining. Every muscle in my body hurts and when I come home from work I fall asleep and dont wake up until time to go to work again, feeling worse than the day before. Some days I will sleep for 12 hours.. one day I even slept for 24 hours and I am constantly tired. The other day I counted 22 bruises all over my body, on my arms and legs. I have always bruised easily but never to this extent. I am constantly nautious and have trouble eating anything. I am always hungry and thirsty but don’t feel like eating anything for fear of getting sick. I also have a large lump growing on the back right side of my neck, same side as the thyroid nodule. It is slightly sore to the touch. When i am actually awake I feel like I am in a brain fog and that I could fall over at any moment… its as if my entire body is just giving up on anything other than sleeping. My boyfriend says that when I sleep he tries to wake me up but i never remember talking to him, its like im in a coma. I have also been losing weight slowly but nothing too alarming. I get short of breath for no reason (which could be due to smoking). My problem is I do not have a way to get to my doctor for an appointment andI already have a lot of doctors bills from the past. I live very close to the hospital and could just walk there, but im afraid that they wont take me seriously because it isnt a “life threatening emergency” I also cant afford to get the blood tests I need to get because my insurance only covers a percentage and I still have others i need to pay back. I don’t know if I should just go to the hospital and say that I am having fatigue, lethargy, and weakness and see what they can find out.. or if I should go through the long drawn out process of setting up an appointment (that I probably will miss) and then driving around to get blood tests and waiting for the results and then setting up another biopsy etc.. I think it will take too long and I need help NOW. My performance at work is failing and I am a shift manager.. I am also miserable every single day without any relief. I have done research online and I think it could be one of a few things. Hypothyroidism, leukemia or lymphoma, or possible liver/kidney disease. My last blood tests showed that I had a lowered liver count and kidney count. I am assuming that the liver is from my past with drinking and the kidney from a terrible kidney infection I had about 4 years back. I am also afraid that it could be nothing and I am just over reacting and I really dont want to waste my money for nothing… Please help… I need to figure out what to do right now…

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  25. QUESTION:
    About red blood cells?
    Well i have a Kidney disease (don’t know what its called but my kidney is bigger than normal and has an extra tube) and the doctor had to do blood tests. In my blood test it showed that i don’t have enough iron and now i have been taking iron tablets for a few months and eating extra iron in my foods (types of meat and vegetables with high iron) and the other week the doctor did another blood test and she said that I still don’t have enough iron (I have enough red blood cells but they are smaller than they should be). I am a 13 year old girl (14 next year) im pretty tall and i exercise nearly every day (on the treadmill- about 1 lap running half of it + do about 20 push ups). Why do you think my blood cells are too small and what can be done to help it? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Iron deficiency anemia is also called microcytic hypochromic anemia- ie cells are smaller and contain less pigment (hemoglobin) that colors the blood red.
      If you are (as you mentioned) feeling ok, and able to cope up with such exercises, I suggest you don’t bother about the tests. You are certainly better and God willing you will improve further. The congenital anomaly in your kidney may not be much significant, or else they will plan to do something about it.
      Eat healthy, drink plenty of water/fluids and continue exercises, you will be ok.
      All the best!

  26. QUESTION:
    doctors or experienced nurses, please read?
    firstly, i would like to reassure anyone who replies to this question, that i know it is very difficult to make a diagnosis over the internet and without having all the actual test results in front of you. but if you could give me some help of what is happening and what we can expect i would really appreciate it.

    this will be slightly on the long side, but i want to give you as much information as possible, so please be patient and read all of it.

    basically, two and a half weeks ago, my father in law (Noel) was admitted to hospital. he had a heart attack which he didn’t feel the pain of as he has diabetes, and it was only because of his wife’s and daughter’s insistence due to his grey appearnce that he went to his GP who ordered him to hospital staright away. his daughter was there and was able to drive him otherwise it would have been an ambulance that would have picked him up.

    he was put into the CCU/ICU where he has been since.
    his heart rate and blood pressure were through the roof but within 2 days managed to get it back to normal with drugs. he had a procedure done where they put dye in though a vein in the leg to show up blockages (i’m sure you know the proper term for it) and it revealed a blockage that can be treated with a stint. it was supposed to be done the following day (this was almost 2 weeks ago, now) but because of another emergency op on another person, it wasn’t done. it was supposed to be done the monday, but he went downhill rapidly since last saturday.

    he started vomiting blood and also passed a lot of blood in his stool. his mental state deteriorated and he didn’t know who he was, and didn’t recognise his own children, though he did remember them as he was asking where “little Mary” was. this obviously really upset Mary as this is what he used to call her when she was a child. he drifts into sleep in the middle of a conversation and couldn’t get from the chair into the bed and my husband and his sister had to lift him.

    he was given 2 units of blood on Thursday and within a few hours was more alert and not confused at all. almost like his normal self. but since last night, he has started to loose his alertness, seems very depressed and has started rambling again. this morning, we were told they are checking his kidney function as seems to have developed a kidney infection too, and kidney failure is supected.

    i should also mention that he cirrosis of the liver, diabetes and crohns disease which may well be the cause of the blood in his vomit and stool (which i think could also be caused by pulmonary something caused by the cirrosis of the liver).

    his family had two meetings with his doctors on their request but they are not getting much info.
    since the beginning of this week i have feared that he may not pull through but got encouraged by his improvement after the blood trasfusion. however, he has started to deteriorate again, and along with the diabetes, cirrosis of the liver and now the beginning stages of kidney failure seems very hopeless that he will walk out of the hospital on his own two feet.
    one organ after another is failing to work properly. what would the usual prognosis for a man of 68 with all the conditions mentioned above be with the course of events of the past two and a half weeks? i do realise that you could only give me a guess based on statistics or your own experience, and that even if your prognosis is the same as what i’m currently thinking, he could quite possibly make a full recovery, so i will not hold anything you reply against you.
    if you prefer to give your answer privately, you can e-mail me instead of typing it on here and if you need more information, will try to get it for you.
    thank you in advance for anyone who is able to give me a reply
    thank you Joe,
    to add to your own question, yes he was a heavy drinker in his earlier years which most likely caused the cirrosis of the liver. i suppose the diabetes didn’t help improve his liver.

    • ANSWER:
      The prognosis is very grim…..the phenomenon that you described – the altered mental status is most probably a combination of factors but most likely ‘ICU psychosis” or “sundowning” – two frequent conditions that occur – especially in older folks – ESPECIALLY older folks with multiple medical problems. This is not permanent and tends to clear up once the individual is back home or at least in less stressful environments.

      Now – as to the overall prognosis – again, it seems very bleak. From what you describe – he has multi-organ failure…this is never good. The more medical problems a patient has, the poorer the prognosis. It’s anybody’s guess as to the etiology of all this. My guess is that the diabetes has taken its toll……diabetes will adversely affect the kidneys – which in turn can cause worsening blood pressure, it also damages the heart – long term and coupled with the high blood pressure leads to heart attack…..the cirrhosis could also be an end result of the diabetes – you didn’t mention it but was he a heavy drinker?

      I am sorry to not have a more positive outlook but I think the family should best prepare itself for the worst – at least as you have presented it.

      Demand to have a family conference with the doctor(s) and tell them that you want it STRAIGHT!

      I am sorry for this situation…..I know that this is a very stressful time for your family – give each other and especially Noel your love and support……..

  27. QUESTION:
    if you are a doctor or an experienced nurse, please read?
    firstly, i would like to reassure anyone who replies to this question, that i know it is very difficult to make a diagnosis over the internet and without having all the actual test results in front of you. but if you could give me some help of what is happening and what we can expect i would really appreciate it.

    this will be slightly on the long side, but i want to give you as much information as possible, so please be patient and read all of it.

    basically, two and a half weeks ago, my father in law (Noel) was admitted to hospital. he had a heart attack which he didn’t feel the pain of as he has diabetes, and it was only because of his wife’s and daughter’s insistence due to his grey appearnce that he went to his GP who ordered him to hospital staright away. his daughter was there and was able to drive him otherwise it would have been an ambulance that would have picked him up.

    he was put into the CCU/ICU where he has been since.
    his heart rate and blood pressure were through the roof but within 2 days managed to get it back to normal with drugs. he had a procedure done where they put dye in though a vein in the leg to show up blockages (i’m sure you know the proper term for it) and it revealed a blockage that can be treated with a stint. it was supposed to be done the following day (this was almost 2 weeks ago, now) but because of another emergency op on another person, it wasn’t done. it was supposed to be done the monday, but he went downhill rapidly since last saturday.

    he started vomiting blood and also passed a lot of blood in his stool. his mental state deteriorated and he didn’t know who he was, and didn’t recognise his own children, though he did remember them as he was asking where “little Mary” was. this obviously really upset Mary as this is what he used to call her when she was a child. he drifts into sleep in the middle of a conversation and couldn’t get from the chair into the bed and my husband and his sister had to lift him.

    he was given 2 units of blood on Thursday and within a few hours was more alert and not confused at all. almost like his normal self. but since last night, he has started to loose his alertness, seems very depressed and has started rambling again. this morning, we were told they are checking his kidney function as seems to have developed a kidney infection too, and kidney failure is supected.

    i should also mention that he cirrosis of the liver, diabetes and crohns disease which may well be the cause of the blood in his vomit and stool (which i think could also be caused by pulmonary something caused by the cirrosis of the liver).

    his family had two meetings with his doctors on their request but they are not getting much info.
    since the beginning of this week i have feared that he may not pull through but got encouraged by his improvement after the blood trasfusion. however, he has started to deteriorate again, and along with the diabetes, cirrosis of the liver and now the beginning stages of kidney failure seems very hopeless that he will walk out of the hospital on his own two feet.
    one organ after another is failing to work properly. what would the usual prognosis for a man of 68 with all the conditions mentioned above be with the course of events of the past two and a half weeks? i do realise that you could only give me a guess based on statistics or your own experience, and that even if your prognosis is the same as what i’m currently thinking, he could quite possibly make a full recovery, so i will not hold anything you reply against you.
    if you prefer to give your answer privately, you can e-mail me instead of typing it on here and if you need more information, will try to get it for you.
    thank you in advance for anyone who is able to give me a reply.

    • ANSWER:
      Your Answer:
      Since he had a heart attack, he may not have the
      option of a liver transplant…this would have to be
      discussed with the doctor. A liver transplant
      takes long hours of surgery and a patient has to
      be okay during this time period. If he recovers from
      the heart attack, they may reevaluate whether or not
      he could have one.

      The vomiting of blood: Patients who have Cirrhosis
      of the liver develop “portal hypertension”.
      You see, when the liver cells become damaged,
      the immune system of the body respond to this and
      causes inflammation to develop inside the liver…
      this causes the liver to enlarge in size. If the
      cause cannot be eliminated so the liver cells could
      heal, then it progresses to where the liver cells die off.
      The liver cells are what does the functions of the liver.
      As the liver cells die off, the liver starts to shrink in
      size and take on a hard texture. It is dying inside the
      patient. The blood no longer flows well through the
      liver on its way back to the heart. The blood backs
      up into the Portal vein that usually brings the blood
      from all parts of the abdominal area to the liver to
      be filtered. This causes pressure inside the portal
      vein (portal hypertension). The blood also backs
      up into smaller collateral vessels and other smaller
      vessels (known as varies) and they can have weak
      spots and balloon outward and break open.
      These varies are usually located in the esophagus,
      belly button, and rectal area. Any bleeding from
      the mouth or rectum is an emergency.
      The liver is no longer able to make clotting factors
      to help the blood to clot…Patients with cirrhosis
      tend to bleed and bruise very easily. The doctor
      can go in an Band these varies to stop the bleeding.
      Otherwise, the patient may bleed internally or bleed
      out completely. This is why he needed a blood
      transfusion.

      People who have Cirrhosis of the liver, can also
      develop a condition known as Encephalopathy.
      The patient becomes easily confused, disoriented,
      has sleep pattern changes, and hand tremors.
      This is because The liver can no longer convert
      a byproduct of the body’s use of proteins, known
      as ammonia, to urea for the body to dispose of.
      The ammonia stays in the blood and is one of
      the substances that can go into the brain and
      cause this problem of confusion. The doctor may
      place the patient on Lactulose or Xifaxan to
      help remove this ammonia…if his levels are high.
      If his levels are high and it is not treated, he may
      slip into a coma.

      The kidneys are next in line to fail after the liver.
      The kidneys are trying to remove the toxins from
      the body that they liver used to convert. They are
      working very hard trying to do this. He may need
      to be placed on dialysis and having an infection
      in the kidneys, right now, is serious. They can
      use combinations of antibiotics to try and help this.

      The nurses will watch his glucose levels closely..
      during his stay in the hospital. They will also
      monitor him for dehydration and electrolyte balance.
      There is a connection between having crohns
      disease or ulcerative colitis and Cirrhosis.
      People who have these diseases are
      susceptable to get Cirrhosis. These two
      disease are Rare diseases and they have yet
      to find out what causes them…though they
      believe genetics may play a part.

      I’ve seen patients pull through alot of things…
      I would not give up hope. It is best that someone
      in the family is appointed in an Advance directive
      or Durable power of attorney to handle all his
      affairs and be able to talk directly with his doctors.
      (the privacy laws are very hard even on family
      members).

      I hope this information is of help to you. I’m posting
      links, you can click on, to learn more about this disease…
      Cirrhosis…it will give you more insight on how to take
      care of him if and when he does return home from the
      hospital.

      http://www.hcvets.com/data/hcv_liver/cirrhosis.htm

      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/cirrhosis.html

      http://www.surgery.usc.edu/divisions/hep/patientguide/index.html

  28. 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.

  29. QUESTION:
    Any vets that have an idea for this cat?
    I have a 3 year old siamese mix cat that I adopted from a rescue about a year ago. Two weeks ago she began vomiting. After 24 hours of vomiting immediately after eating food we went to the vet. He thought it was a virus, gave her an anti-vomitting shot, and sent her home. She threw up again that night so we went back in the next day. He kept her for the weekend, ran a few tests that didn’t show any conclusive results, started her on Reglan (anti-vomitting meds), and she came home last Monday. After almost a week on the Reglan, she began vomitting again, while still on the meds. We went back to the vet this Monday and she stayed overnight. She hasn’t vomitted again, but she also hasn’t eaten much at the vet’s office. He has run a battery of tests: 2 blood work-ups, thyroid, X-rays, heartworm test, etc. Her calcium and potassiam are up on her blood test, and he his certain that is what is causing the vomitting, just not what is causing those elevations. There is no evidence other evidence in the tests to make him think kidney disease. She has no other sypmptoms at all. She is still pottying, cleaning herself, being social, playing, eating (when she’s at home, not at the vet), etc. The only problem is she vomits within 1-2 min of consuming food.

    My vet recommended going for a second opinion, and if they can’t help, he wants to do an exploratory surgery. There is one odd thing in her abdominial X-ray that he would want to look at (possibly scar tissue or something left over from her spay surgery), but he says the chances that whatever it is is causing hte problems are slim.

    We are going to another vet tomorrow for a second opinion, but I just can’t afford much more of this. My vet is kind enough to let me go on a payment plan, but I can’t afford to be making monthly payments equal to an auto payment on my cat. I have already made the decision that if she has a chronic disease (kidney, liver, etc) I will have to put her down, but I do not want to do this until I know what is wrong. I hate the thought that I could make such a final decision and her problem be something that would have had a simple fix if we had just known what it was. Should the second opinion turn up no results, I will probably go ahead with the exploratory surgery, but if that doesn’t help, I will be financially forced to stop searching.

    I know that is very long, but I was hoping that if anyone one here was a vet, they might have some ideas to ask my vet about. Maybe something that he missed? I just want to know that I have done everything I can before I give up on my kitty! =( Thank you in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      I think you have recieved some sound advice from zipper and the poster who suggests ultrasound prior to surgery.

      Things that come to my mind is IBD,food intolerance and lymphoma.Maybe FeLV.

      The ultrasound will be useful to check the lymphnodes in the GI tract.
      Unfortunately many cats no matter what age can get lymphoma.

      Has your vet offered any food trails?
      It too can be costly if you have a finicky cat but it could prove to be benefical.

      From what you report your only indication something is wrong is her vomiting.
      Ask the vet about d/d by hills or other therapuetic diets used for IBD.
      I would also have the ultrasound done to rule out lymphoma.

      I truly hope this is something managable for both you and your cat.
      As I read I sensed the love and commitment you have for your cat and want a diagnosis that has a good prognosis for you both
      Your cat is blessed to have you

  30. QUESTION:
    Help. Boyfriend is dying, autoimmune disease?
    My boyfriend is dying. His immune system is shutting down, but the doctors can’t figure out why.
    He’s gone for endless tests, and so far, his brain is fine, his kidneys are fine, so are his lungs, his heart is better than it has been (he has a rare heart condition)
    He’s going for a liver scan in two weeks,
    he’s done blood tests,
    they’ve tested for HIV/AIDS, h1n1, bird flu, west nile, etc.

    He gets dizzy, has violent vomiting, coughs up blood, he’s bled out his ears once, blacked out many times, was unconscious in the hospital for four days. He feels weak, he can’t keep any food down, his body rejects everything.
    Nothing seems to add up, all his scans are coming back clean, and his blood work shows nothing, but for some reason his immune system is failing.
    I don’t know how much longer he’s going to last, they gave him 6-8 months at best, if they don’t figure out whats wrong with him soon. Does anybody have any ideas?

    He’s also been tested for autoimmune hepatitis, its not lupus, ms, or an STD. he’s been tested for all of that.
    about his age, he’s 23

    • ANSWER:
      The only thing that I can offer as an
      explanation to your post…is that he should
      be with a Hematologist. He should have
      a bone marrow biopsy. The white blood
      cells (of the immune system)are produced in the bone marrow and then go to other areas of the body like the thymus gland and lymph system.
      Having a problem with the heart, maybe that
      his blood isn’t circulating well.

      Hope you find out what it is very soon, so
      he can be treated

  31. QUESTION:
    If its not liver disease what is it!?
    So about a month ago I was exposed to naphtha chemical many times. It states in the msds that is can cause liver and kidney damage. Ive been showing signs of liver damage. I had intense itching, prominent veins, cloudy urine, dark urine, upper abdominal pain, black blood in stool. also light color stool, caughing up blood, gum randomly bleed, back of my throat got all veiny, roof of my mouth is yellow, drowsiness, nausea, tight back, my skin darkened but went away, I had depression which is not normal for me, I went to the doctor and he had me get blood test. I got the results back today and everything came up normal!? What. there is something wrong with me, I know that. I have been cleansing my body constantly everyday, everything I eat is cleansing. Ive been taking milk thistle and other anti oxidants. Ive been doing a coffee enema. Ive been doing castor oil with a heating pad. Is it possible that ive been doing such a good job keeping my body clean that my liver would appear ok? Im also a vegetarian if that means anything. and if not what else could be wrong with me

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    My husband has a weird stomach problem that no Dr. can seem to diagnose. Can anyone relate???
    Okay. At first it just looks like acid-reflux, but its more like compulsive vomiting throughout the day. He can control the compulsion to some degree, and manages to not loose all of his nutrition. However, the stomach Acid is damaging his esophegus (sp?). He has been tested for Celiac Spru, Stomach Paralysis, and he’s not allergic to meat or dairy. He doesn’t smoke, drink coffee or eat acidic foods. It can happen 5-10 times a day before or after meals and also between meals altogether. If you have anything like these symptoms or have a guess as to what is the culprit, please drop me an email. Also, one more strange thing is that all throughout his childhood he would compulsively eat plain table salt. I have heard that this was indicitive of a metabolic disorder, but I can’t find out anything more about it.
    Additional Details
    1 day ago
    No, he has not had a colonoscopy. He has had an endoscopy and some sort of digestion test, where he drank radioactive stuff and then they watched him digest it. Both showed nothing.
    Its hard to answer the question about his current symptoms because he tries very hard to prevent himself from actually throwing up . With a lot of concentration and relaxation, he is able to not loose his food-so its kind of like heaving but he is usually successful at keeping the food inside and not out. When it does occasionally come out its kind of whiteish. it doesn’t seem to be associated with any specific time of day (although without fail first thing in the morning he has it). like i said before, it can be bore meals, right after a meal, when he’s really hungry, when he’s not, etc. However, it doesn’t seem to affect his appetite at all. He eats many times a day, though on days where is stomach is worse, his portions are smaller. He hasn’t had any head trauma, headaches, or really any other problems.
    1 day ago
    He takes asprin very rarely, and we drink alcohol (within moderation) a few times a week. However, in Nov. he got mono and didn’t have a drop of alcohol for 3 months-symptoms of stomach problem did not change. He hasn’t had any of these probelms:kidney-liver-disease ?
    gall stones ?
    headache ?
    head trauma?
    diabetes?
    abdominal surgery ?
    no results from any blood tests done so far. no pain, fever, diarrhea, constipation. he doesn’t feel thirst, fait, or have dry mouth. But one of his biggest ways of easing his stomach just a bit is to drink ice water. so he drinks probobly 2ce the amount of water that most people due.
    oh-and its been a problem for the majority of his life – he’s 23. And his Dad has always had a wierd stomach problem. Whenever his dad wouldn’t get enough sleep at night – we would vomit and feel tsick the next day. —just a side note.

    • ANSWER:
      I know this is really off the wall, but if I were him, I would have a TB test done.!!! TB is on a big comeback, can present these symptoms in rare cases. US doctors are NOT used to seeing TB, so often miss the diagnosis for years, long after the damage is done. This is NOT something to play with, for many stomach infections can leave perminent scarring, and if an artery ruptures, he can bleed to death in a matter of minutes and never know it. Get a TB test done immediately. IT costs little, and hopefully, it will be negative. A Positive TB test does NOT mean that is what it is, but it is an indication that further tests need to be done immediately. You would be better off with a foreign doctor who is used to seeing “wierd” symptoms daily. Good luck

  33. QUESTION:
    my husband has a weird stomach problem that no Dr. can seem to diagnose – can anyone relate?
    Okay. At first it just looks like acid-reflux, but its more like compulsive vomiting throughout the day. He can control the compulsion to some degree, and manages to not loose all of his nutrition. However, the stomach Acid is damaging his esophegus (sp?). He has been tested for Celiac Spru, Stomach Paralysis, and he’s not allergic to meat or dairy. He doesn’t smoke, drink coffee or eat acidic foods. It can happen 5-10 times a day before or after meals and also between meals altogether. If you have anything like these symptoms or have a guess as to what is the culprit, please drop me an email. Also, one more strange thing is that all throughout his childhood he would compulsively eat plain table salt. I have heard that this was indicitive of a metabolic disorder, but I can’t find out anything more about it.
    Additional Details
    1 day ago
    No, he has not had a colonoscopy. He has had an endoscopy and some sort of digestion test, where he drank radioactive stuff and then they watched him digest it. Both showed nothing.
    Its hard to answer the question about his current symptoms because he tries very hard to prevent himself from actually throwing up . With a lot of concentration and relaxation, he is able to not loose his food-so its kind of like heaving but he is usually successful at keeping the food inside and not out. When it does occasionally come out its kind of whiteish. it doesn’t seem to be associated with any specific time of day (although without fail first thing in the morning he has it). like i said before, it can be bore meals, right after a meal, when he’s really hungry, when he’s not, etc. However, it doesn’t seem to affect his appetite at all. He eats many times a day, though on days where is stomach is worse, his portions are smaller. He hasn’t had any head trauma, headaches, or really any other problems.
    1 day ago
    He takes asprin very rarely, and we drink alcohol (within moderation) a few times a week. However, in Nov. he got mono and didn’t have a drop of alcohol for 3 months-symptoms of stomach problem did not change. He hasn’t had any of these probelms:kidney-liver-disease ?
    gall stones ?
    headache ?
    head trauma?
    diabetes?
    abdominal surgery ?
    no results from any blood tests done so far. no pain, fever, diarrhea, constipation. he doesn’t feel thirst, fait, or have dry mouth. But one of his biggest ways of easing his stomach just a bit is to drink ice water. so he drinks probobly 2ce the amount of water that most people due.
    oh-and its been a problem for the majority of his life – he’s 23.
    We know that he doesn’t have an eating disorder and its not related to any anxiety problems – He’s had it pretty much since he was 4 years old, after he had been hospitalized for pneumonia.

    • ANSWER:
      Was he tested for potassium levels?
      Potassium levels usually vary with sodium levels. When sodium levels increase, potassium levels decrease, and vice versa. Potassium levels are also affected by a hormone called aldosterone, which is produced by the adrenal glands.
      Does he have Edema (fluid retention) or high blood pressure?

  34. QUESTION:
    Any ideas of what is going on with kitty that I can bring up to vet?
    I have a 6 year old Calico who has been to the vet on and off for the past month. I just feel she isn’t healthy, however so far we can’t find anything. We have done blood work, thyroid tests and so on. I plan to bring her back to the vet tomorrow. Just want to see if anyone has any ideas. Here are her symptoms:

    Coat is not taken care of. When you pull on the coat/skin it feels dehydrated (vet showed me this).
    Eyes just look a little off.
    She has lost weight.
    She has an excessive appetite. Will eat anything put in front of her and begs as though she is a starving ally cat.
    No energy.
    VERY vocal now. Constantly is meowing at us.

    This morning she had her newest symptom;
    A wet back end. Her tail, and legs surrounding her bottom are soaked. Our maine coon we lost two years ago did this when in kidney failure. So I am a little worried.

    The only test I can think of that has not been done so far is a urinalysis. I plan to ask for one of these this week.

    I can not tell you if she is urinating more frequently as we don’t have a little box in the house. Cats have a cat door and have a litter box in the garage or go outside to use the restroom. She is one that prefers not using the litter box and having the great outdoors to do her business.

    If anyone has any ideas on what this might be I would appreciate it. Three things the vet has ruled out that were common signs of her illness were : Feline Leukemia (not cancer though), diabetes, and thyroid disease. We have also treated her for any type of worm. I believe the blood work we did was the one of the cheaper end the last time we did it.

    Thank you in advance.
    Yes she is spayed and her feline leukemia test was negative.
    Also, her back end where it is wet, is still wet. It stays wet. She appears to clean it, but the area stays soaked looking. I had a cat with this two years ago and it was when she was in full liver failure. She was throwing up too. This kitty is not throwing up.

    • ANSWER:
      I strongly agree about the urinalysis too as cats are prone to urinary tract infections and this should be ruled out as it is common in cats. Kidney function tests are also done with blood work so you should ask if these tests were done as well. As for the wet back end I dont know what would cause that unless your cat likes to sit in the tub. Did it smell like urine? My cat has this thing about sitting on the wet bathmat in the tub after we shower and it does make her back end all wet but that is the only thing I can think of there. Has she been tested for feline aids? Outdoor cats can be exposed through other cats. Or, perhaps cancer of some kind but you would need to ask your vet about tests for that. Hope she is ok.

  35. QUESTION:
    I am worried about my fiance can someone please help me and tell me what it could possibly be?
    Hi my fiance is 30 years old and he has blood in his urine and not only that but his urine will go a cola color and then his urine is clear sometimes. He gets the blood and the cola color off and on, he has had two ultrasounds and they came back clear. He has had blood work done and it came back negative. But they keep taking urine test and it shows there is blood in his urine, sometimes he can see the blood and other times he can’t.
    He has also had his bladder checked and his bladder is perfectly fine, he has also had his prostate checked and it is also fine. Now the doctor’s are saying that his kidneys are working but not the way they should be, the ultrasounds were done on his kidney’s and neither of the ultrasounds showed anything, they both came back clear.

    He does have to go for a Cat Scan on the 9th of November, but the doctors can’t figure out why there is blood in his urine. He has been a healthy person all of his life up until now. He does not take any medications and never has because he has always been healthy. The only medications he has taken is what the doctor per scribed for him for the Urinary Tract Infection he had, but his pills are done and he has no infections now, but still has blood in his urine and still gets that cola color when he urinates.

    The doctors said he doesn’t have cancer and he doesn’t have any cysts so what could this be? It is really scaring me I just hope it is nothing serious.

    Could he possibly have any kind of kidney disease? Are kidney diseases treatable?

    Could it possibly be kidney stones or even silent kidney stones?

    Somebody please help me?
    He also feels dizzy and light headed, he is also very tired. He is just not him self, his Lymph is a little high, his Hemoglobin is a little low, his Creatinine is also a little low, his eGFR is a little high. Maybe this info will help also.
    He doesn’t need to lose weight his height is 5’5 and his weight is about 130 to 140.
    He has already had the Cystoscopy done, he had that done on the 8th of October.
    No he does not have any pain at all, he says sometimes he does have a little bit of burning but not much.
    Trust me I am not taking this lightly and neither is he, I am affraid if it is serious I might lose him.
    I forgot but yes he does drink lots of water but it does nothing.

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    Ascites medical mystery?
    My mother has a recurring ascites, has been in the hospital for 3 weeks, has had every test you can think of, and they still don’t know why she has it. The doctor’s are calling her a medical mystery. She is 60 years of age, has been morbidly obese for over 35 years, a smoker (pack a day) for 35 years, a heavy drinker on weekends only for 35 years, type 2 diabetes for two years, high blood pressure, has had 2 stints placed in arteries surrounding her heart (one in 2003 and 2007), and has been taking a host of medications for years. For the ascites she’s had 2 abdominal CT’s, 2 MRI’s, 2 upper GI tract scopes, 2 colonoscopies, and loads of blood tests by two different hospitals all showing nothing of any real significance. She has tested negative for cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, kidney infection, congenital heart disease (though she has symptoms), her ovaries LOOK fine, and her digestive system LOOKS normal (no bowl movement in a week and throwing up all she takes in). She’s loosing weight rapidly (58 pounds since the beginning of March) and getting weaker by the day because she can’t keep any food down. Yesterday, the hospital did laparoscopic surgery on her abdomen and though they say they didn’t see anything specific, they found that her anatomy wasn’t normal. They found a thick coating surrounding her intestines and all her abdominal organs are stuck together by these small fibrous tissues. They’ve taken samples from their abnormal findings and are waiting for the results. In the meantime, they’ve decided to release my mother while they wait for the results but she is still very ill. I don’t know what else to do. Can you help? Have you ever heard of anything like this or know of someone who can help?

    • ANSWER:
      What she has is known as “Adhesions”.
      Adhesions are not just known to glue body
      parts together, they are similar to rubber bands
      that can also cause obstruction to the flow
      of blood, things going through the intestines, etc.
      Infection can develop very easily when this
      takes place: bacterial, fungal, or even
      parasitic.
      Here are some links, you can click on, to learn
      more about these Adhesions…
      This link will tell you about it:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adhesion_(medicine)

      These two links are a patient’s guide to learning
      about why they cause pain:

      http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/guide-153911-75.html

      http://www.adhesions.org/ptguide_print.htm

      Ascites can develop for a number of
      different reasons.
      Here is a link that will list them for you:

      http://www.fpnotebook.com/GI/Exam/AsctsCs.htm

      If this ascites, that is developing, becomes too
      much in her abdomen…they can do a procedure
      known as a paracentesis to remove it and
      make her comfortable again.

      It may be a combination of many things happening in her body together. Since you
      said her organs seem to be glued together….
      most organs work together for the benefit
      of keeping the body healthy. They may not
      show diseases…but the organ cells may become
      stressed or damaged and not function as well.

      Wish I could be of more help.

  37. QUESTION:
    Ascites a medical mystery?
    My mother has a recurring ascites, has been in the hospital for 3 weeks, has had every test you can think of, and they still don’t know why she has it. The doctor’s are calling her a medical mystery. She is 60 years of age, has been morbidly obese for over 35 years, a smoker (pack a day) for 35 years, a heavy drinker on weekends only for 35 years, type 2 diabetes for two years, high blood pressure, has had 2 stints placed in arteries surrounding her heart (one in 2003 and 2007), and has been taking a host of medications for years. For the ascites she’s had 2 abdominal CT’s, 2 MRI’s, 2 upper GI tract scopes, 2 colonoscopies, and loads of blood tests by two different hospitals all showing nothing of any real significance. She has tested negative for cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, kidney infection, congenital heart disease (though she has symptoms), her ovaries LOOK fine, and her digestive system LOOKS normal (no bowl movement in a week and throwing up all she takes in). She’s loosing weight rapidly (58 pounds since the beginning of March) and getting weaker by the day because she can’t keep any food down. Yesterday, the hospital did laparoscopic surgery on her abdomen and though they say they didn’t see anything specific, they found that her anatomy wasn’t normal. They found a thick coating surrounding her intestines and all her abdominal organs are stuck together by these small fibrous tissues. They’ve taken samples from their abnormal findings and are waiting for the results. In the meantime, they’ve decided to release my mother while they wait for the results but she is still very ill. I don’t know what else to do. Can you help? Have you ever heard of anything like this or know of someone who can help?
    Well its a mystery to them simple man.

    • ANSWER:
      I see no mystery, she plenty of reasons for ascites. have her doctor explain what they mean.
      old doc

  38. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like feline hypothyroidism, or something else?
    Trying to diagnose my cat before the vet does. I have the zillionth appointment today with my senior male feline. He is 16. He was diagnosed with CRF two years ago. Blood test two days ago shows everything within the normal levels (including phosphorus, glucose, liver, kidney) EXCEPT he is a little anemic. He is blind in the only eye he has–at the time his retina detached he was diagnosed with hypertension. He takes a pill to regulate that but his vision did not return. When he was first found to be anemic, he was also diagnosed with a red blood cell infection (yes, red blood cell infection – mycoplasma turicensis and another one that started with an hae…). He took an antibiotic for a month but has not been retested to see if it’s been cleared up. This weekend, he had diarrhea and was vomiting. His back legs are also weak. Today’s tests will be a T4 for thyroid specifically and possibly xrays for some sort of GI disease/cancer. Can any of his symptoms be in line with a thyroid issue? Or could the mycoplasma issue be cancer related but the rest of his bloodwork was normal? For the diarrhea, they gave him some fluids that seemed to have at least temporarily helped him feel and “go” better, but his hind legs are still weak. Thoughts? (Prayers and miracles also welcome. I know he’s old, but if he can be made to feel better for a little longer, I’d love that.)

    • ANSWER:
      Hypothyroidism is relatively rare in cats, and it is not considered fatal, although it can affect a cat’s quality of life and IT IS common in older Cats..but the vomiting and diarrhea really has nothing to do with hypothyroidism. This cat has lived a long life, be very happy for it, but also sense/find if he is in pain if you are going to be self-diagnosing too. Because if he is, you wouldn’t want him to suffer any longer either, of course?

      Symptoms of hypothyroidism are weight gain, dull coat and general lethargy..not vomiting, weak legs and diarrhea.

  39. QUESTION:
    This is long, plz sum1 giv me ur thoughts. Young mum scared for her life :( ?
    i had a baby 6 minths ago. I hard a tough 3rd trimester so once he was born i wasnt well. i didnt eat properly or sleep properly. Now for the past 4 months ive felt really sick, at the start it wasnt to bad but now my whole body aches. I have anxiety now cos my doctors dont help me so i try and self diagnose and it just makes things worse.
    Ive had lots of blood tests, full blood counts, thryroid check, liver and kidney fuction and everything is normal besides having a little low vitamin d which i had since the pregnancy. But im taking ostelin and the level is going back up now. Ive had a chest xray, 5ecgs, ct scan on my urinary tract, urinalysis, upper abdominal scan, pelvic ultrasound, pap smear and pelvic exam, so yes lots of tests, some in hospitala nd some reffered by my gp.

    Since i had my pap smear ive had blood in my urine on and off, no infection can be found, i had a ct scan and no masses are seen or obstruction of my oragns. They think it may be from alot of exercise, bladder inflammation ( i dnt go as soona s i get theh urge) or because i was taking ibprofen for 2 months.
    All my muscles aches, ive lost weight cos i only have an appetite at night time, i get mild headaches, my ribs feel tender at times and i get pains in my stoamch which i take pariet and tums for, i also have swollen glands in the back of my neck, i can also feel balls deep in my armpits ( seen 3 docs and they say its cos im skinny)
    I had a blood test to see if id ever had glandular fever (mono) and i have, although i dont have it now.

    Could this all be dragging on symptoms?? Im worried sick all the time, im scared im dying, i know thats my anxiety but how can i stay calm when ihave all these things wrong with me. Even today i noticed another ball down my neck but more closer to the shoulder, it moves around like a cyst that i have behind my ear..
    Doctors are getting sick of me, i just want answers.
    If i had a dealdy disease like lymphoma or something, would one of the scans or blood tests seen this or gave the doctors some sort of indication.

    Im so scared, im only 18. I dont want my baby to grow up without a mum and plain and simple im not ready to die.
    So anyone gotten sick after having there baby, and anyone with mono, how long did ur glands stay swollen for.

    My guess, I caught it back in septemebr or it could have been earlier and the symptoms look longer to show.

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    Have Obama’s “death boards” of people getting to decide who lives already been created?
    Big Island resident Kimberly Reyes, who was diagnosed with Hepatitis in March 2008, had been told in July that she had less than 30 days to live. Her family claimed the Waimea resident had followed doctor’s orders, but her insurance carrier, Hawaii Medical Service Association, denied her coverage for a liver transplant she needed to survive because three toxicology tests showed trace amounts of cannabis in her system.

    According to Reyes’ attorney, Ted Herhold, with San Francisco-based Townsend and Townsend, toxicology tests from June 14, July 3 and July 14 were the sole final basis for HMSA’s final denial of coverage for the 51-year-old mother of five.

    Reyes’ mother, Noni Kuhns, and Kimberly’s husband, Robin, acknowledged HMSA’s decision was based upon a failure to comply with the insurer’s policy forbidding drug use. However, both claimed after the claim denial that neither HMSA nor her doctors notified Kimberly or the family of HMSA’s apparent policy on drug use.

    Following at least five separate telephone inquiries from West Hawaii Today made over a one-week period, HMSA public information officer Chuck Marshall replied through an e-mail that HMSA declined to comment. HMSA also declined to provide the insurance carrier’s standard policies in regard to drug use or drug use and transplant approval.

    Kimberly Reyes died July 27 at Hilo Hospital, 16 months after being diagnosed. In the months after her diagnosis, she suffered cirrhosis of the liver, chronic Hepatitis infection, end-stage kidney disease and hepatorenal syndrome, which is caused by low blood flow to the kidneys due to liver deterioration.

    “Just because someone takes a hit off of a joint doesn’t mean that it should be the end of their life — this is not a reason to deny life,” said Kuhns.

    http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20090809/BREAKING01/308090006/Marijuana+use+may+have+cost+Big+Island+woman+a+life-saving+liver+transplant

    Something doesn’t add up here… Oh wait, it’s a NON-government board of people getting to decide gets to live and who gets to die.

    That makes it OK, right?

    • ANSWER:
      This shows a need for tort reform, not a trillion dollar a year “health care reform”. I would be all for taking the insurance companies to task for this.

  41. QUESTION:
    Whats wrong with me?????? HELP!?
    I’m a 20 year old female & I’ve been dealing with a chronic low grade fever for over a year now. It comes and goes, usually around 99.3-100, though in a great while it gets higher and I’m tired all the time.
    Last year I was dealing with (what I though to be) sinusitis. I was having burning headaches, low grade fever, fatigue, congestion, weird smells, & pain behind my left eye. Blood tests showed my white blood cell count was elevated. I was referred to an ENT who did a CT scan (turned out normal) and looked up my nose into my sinuses and said that everything looked normal. I was then told to get my eyes looked at, that trip reveled a slightly elevated eye pressure and blind spots.
    After a trip back to my nurse practitioner I was referred to a Neurologist. He told me he thought it was Paroxysmal Hemicrania and prescribed me with Indomethocin. That med helped for a little while but the the stabbing headaches came back so they upped my dose, which helped for about a week. I had a follow up with my NP who did more tests (west nile, lymphoma, lukemia, lupus, hiv, hep c, strep, among other infections I can’t even remember.. way too many tests) but they all came back normal. She then referred me to a Cardiologist after discussion of a prior pin sided hole in my heart (from 2002), a GI (from history of IBS), as well as a Hematologist (after another blood test showed my white blood cell count had risen some more).
    In between all these dr visits I had my teeth checked and had to get a cap redone because it was decaying inside.

    I then went to Hematologist and Cardiologist, both ran tests, all came back normal. The GI said my stomach pain and tenderness was probably caused by the Indomethacin, which may have caused problems with my stomach acid and possibly an ulcer, for the headaches and suggested a lower dosage (which the Neurologist said was a bad idea).

    My NP told me to call her with all info after I had seen all the specialists, she then suggested I see a Infectious Disease Specialist… I have yet to go because at this point I was just totally fed up with getting no answers, going from dr to dr, and feeling completely miserable all the time. So I stopped going back to the dr and stopped taking all my meds, in hopes that I would possibly feel better. ( I thought that I was just making things worse by loading up up on medication). After about a week of stopping my meds my stabbing headaches were a lot less. I’m assuming this is because I got my tooth fixed and stopped taking that Indomethacin (I’m pretty sure that just made my headaches worse). Other then that everything is pretty much still the same.
    I’m having fevers almost every day, & after a few hours they break and I get really sweaty. I have occasional stabbing headaches (left side of forehead and behind my left eye. I still have the burning feeling in my forehead and nose when I breath, as well as BRIGHT GREEN BOOGERS! <

    Just a little more history: When I was a lot younger (from about 4-12) I had high fevers all the time (no apparent cause). I did end up at the hospital because my parents couldnt get them to go down but never had a real answer for why they kept happening. I had kidney stones in 2002 which went away and again in 2009, had 2 shock wave treatments and they went away. I was then put on Hydrocloathiazide because my Calcium levels were too high, and last blood test (in April) showed they still were high and my vitamin D levels were low, so my NP told me to start taking vitamins for that. I have also been dealing with IBS for about 2 years.

    Just looking for a little advice, or suggestions. ANYTHING really at this point.
    TIA

    (Also: I tried doing a little bit of my own research, and I checked my symptoms and it came back with Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). Which kinda freaks me out... cause the symptoms are spot on
    Excessive sweating (night sweats) -When I have a fever.
    Fatigue - So much... ALL the time
    Low-grade fever
    Pressure under the lower left ribs from a swollen spleen - idk if it's my spleen but when the dr or I pushes on my stomach that's where I feel pressure.
    Rash - small pinpoint red marks on the skin (petechiae)- I've had them for a couple years.
    Weakness

    I have had a test for Leukemia, so idk if this has been ruled out.)
    I've been on about 5 different antibiotics since this has started, as well as 2 different z-packs. None of which helped.
    I have also been tested for HIV and it was negative.
    Thanks for some answers though!!!

    • ANSWER:
      All the symptoms you have mentioned are general and my first guesses were chronic infection due to dental caries and the more difficult to diagnose CML.
      I had a friend whose son developed some of these symptoms and when the dentist dealt with it and put him on an antiiotic regimen, it resolved very quickly.

  42. QUESTION:
    Q for those knowledgeable about the body, esp. kidneys. proteinuria question?
    Two years ago I went to my primary care physician for a routine annual physical. My lab work came back abnormal. I was spilling very high amounts of protein and creatine. More tests followed and the same result was shown. I was sent to a Nephrologist.

    She was sure that I had some form of kidney disease. I was checked for the big diseases like lupus, cancers, etc. None. I held off on my kidney biopsy for several months; during that time I had frequent trips to the hospital for more blood and urine samples, all of which turned out very very high.
    I finally had a kidney biopsy. The results turned back negative for everything. She said my kidney tissue was very normal. She herself was shocked, and even had my test results ran through extra times and by different specialists, including those at the Mayo Clinic. Normal.
    However, the fact still remains to this day that I am spilling excessive amounts of protein in my urine.
    This is not normal.

    I never heard from my kidney specialist again. I was never diagnosed with anything, nor put on medicine, nor told to see anyone for checks on the matter or follow ups.

    The last time I saw my kidney specialist- when she told me I was fine she said “Well you probably had some IGA (nephropathy) brewing but stopped it by taking fish oil.” wtf???

    My questions for you are:
    -should i be worried or do something about this?
    - am i okay just because my doctor sent me on my way or was she negligent?
    -can this proteinuria cause problems in the future or develop into a disease eventually?
    - would having proteinuria itself affect daily life? because i’m always tired and i wonder if this has anything to do with it
    -any other helpful comments

    to perhaps help you answer my question better; a little health info about me:

    -5’6″. 120lbs.
    -17 at time this occured. currently 18
    -female
    -no drug use, do smoke cigarettes
    -no health history except for asthma and iron deficient anemia
    -family history includes heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, one case of teen leukemia, survived. other than that no other cancer, no kidney or strange diseases, no obesity.

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    Can someone help me :( ?
    Ok, so lately I’ve been dealing with some health issues. They’ve been there almost my whole life but they started getting really bad about a year or two ago. My main symptom is frequent urination. When I was younger, it started out as feeling like a UTI, but it always came back negative. This always happened every so often in a month. Then, it started happening every few weeks, then every other week, then every week. I could almost always get rid of it by drinking a lot of water. Then, I started getting it constantly, but it didn’t burn or anything. It was just frequent urination. I try to drink water, but it makes it much much worse. I am going to the bathroom at least 30+ times a day, sometimes even 60+ times a day. I get up at least once every night to go to the bathroom. I drink a sip of water, about 1/2 a cup every 3-5 days, usually around 5 days. I’m not very thirsty. Even though blood tests show that I’m dehydrated, my urine is usually clear or pale yellow. Sometimes its dark yellow, but not as often.

    When I was younger, I had severe constipation. We did a biopsy to make sure everything was okay down there, and results came back normal. We treated it with Milk of Magnesia, Myralax, and other things. It worked. Then recently, within the last few years, it’s been coming back. My doctor thought the cause of the frequent urination could be the constipation and we just got me mostly cleared out but it made no difference. I’m still going to the bathroom 30+ times a day.

    I also have very pale skin. I’ve always been very pale. I also get frequent nosebleeds, but those also run in the family. I have been diagnosed with Chronic Migraine Headaches. Sometimes with my headaches, I get lightheaded. I also have Scoliosis. I bruise very easily. I have a very short stature. I am 4’9 and I am 99% full size. I am 14 years old and a girl. Both sides of the family are short, but I’m shorter than doctors or family expected.

    An ultrasound showed that my kidneys were slightly smaller than they should be. I am smaller than I should be so it is being expected that they are fine for me.

    In December 2009, I fell down the stairs. I now have a bulging disc in my lower back. I’ve had the frequent urination much longer than I’ve had the injury so I don’t think it’s even possible for this to the cause of the problem.

    I’ve tried multiple medicines, all of which have failed to work. I’ve had an ultrasound from every organ from the heart down to the bladder. I’ve had an MRI on my brain (for headaches) and an MRI of my back (for disc problem). I’ve had blood tests. I’ve been tested for Celiac Disease, which I just found out today, the tests came back normal. I also have a Vitamin D deficiency, but I eat very little, and mostly yogurt. I don’t drink any caffeine, but I do eat chocolate which has caffeine. I’ve never noticed a difference in the caffeine in chocolate. I’ve gone about 2 weeks without chocolate, so no caffeine at all, and my symptoms did not improve at all.

    I’m just wondering if there are any other tests that can be done. Is there a disease that you think I could have, even if I don’t have all the symptoms? I’ll look into anything, just as long as frequent urination is a symptom. Do you know of any natural remedies or medications I could use? I’m allergic to penicillin. I’m currently seeing my pediatrician, a 2nd urologist, and I just saw an endocrinologist, but she doesn’t feel the need so see me again. I’ve seen a neurologist before but for my headaches. Does anyone know of a really good specialist I could see, preferably in the NC area? Do you think there is a different specialist that I need to see, such as a gastroenterologist? Should I see another neurologist? Is there a drink I can take that won’t make me have to go to the bathroom?

    Someone please help. I can’t do this much longer. It’s ruining my life; I can’t live like this forever. I’m only 14, I should be out hanging with friends and going to see movies and concerts and stuff, not trying to figure out what’s medically wrong with me. I just want my life back. :(
    Please don’t tell me to go to the doctor. I’m already going to the doctor. I’m going to multiple doctors.

    • ANSWER:
      you should go to the doctor

  44. QUESTION:
    HELP?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?
    I POSTED THIS A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO, BUT THEN I THOUGHT OF MORE INFO!!! (:

    Ok, so lately I’ve been dealing with some health issues. They’ve been there almost my whole life but they started getting really bad about a year or two ago. My main symptom is frequent urination. When I was younger, it started out as feeling like a UTI, but it always came back negative. This always happened every so often in a month. Then, it started happening every few weeks, then every other week, then every week. I could almost always get rid of it by drinking a lot of water. Then, I started getting it constantly, but it didn’t burn or anything. It was just frequent urination. I try to drink water, but it makes it much much worse. I am going to the bathroom at least 30+ times a day, sometimes even 60+ times a day. I get up at least once every night to go to the bathroom. I drink a sip of water, about 1/2 a cup every 3-5 days, usually around 5 days. I’m not very thirsty. Even though blood tests show that I’m dehydrated, my urine is usually clear or pale yellow. Sometimes its dark yellow, but not as often.

    When I was younger, I had severe constipation. We did a biopsy to make sure everything was okay down there, and results came back normal. We treated it with Milk of Magnesia, Myralax, and other things. It worked. Then recently, within the last few years, it’s been coming back. My doctor thought the cause of the frequent urination could be the constipation and we just got me mostly cleared out but it made no difference. I’m still going to the bathroom 30+ times a day.

    I also have very pale skin. I’ve always been very pale. I also get frequent nosebleeds, but those also run in the family. I have been diagnosed with Chronic Migraine Headaches. Sometimes with my headaches, I get lightheaded. I also have Scoliosis. I bruise very easily. I have a very short stature. I am 4’9 and I am 99% full size. I am 14 years old and a girl. Both sides of the family are short, but I’m shorter than doctors or family expected. I also have some hair loss. This is on the top of my head and on the back. I’ve also noticed excessive hair growth on my upper lip, between my eyebrows, arms, breast, and stomach. My hair is thinning on the front of my head near where I part my hair.

    An ultrasound showed that my kidneys were slightly smaller than they should be. I am smaller than I should be so it is being expected that they are fine for me.

    In December 2009, I fell down the stairs. I now have a bulging disc in my lower back. I’ve had the frequent urination much longer than I’ve had the injury so I don’t think it’s even possible for this to the cause of the problem.

    I’ve tried multiple medicines, all of which have failed to work. I’ve had an ultrasound from every organ from the heart down to the bladder. I’ve had an MRI on my brain (for headaches) and an MRI of my back (for disc problem). I’ve had blood tests. I’ve been tested for Celiac Disease, which I just found out today, the tests came back normal. I also have a Vitamin D deficiency, but I eat very little, and mostly yogurt. I don’t drink any caffeine, but I do eat chocolate which has caffeine. I’ve never noticed a difference in the caffeine in chocolate. I’ve gone about 2 weeks without chocolate, so no caffeine at all, and my symptoms did not improve at all.

    I’m just wondering if there are any other tests that can be done. Is there a disease that you think I could have, even if I don’t have all the symptoms? I’ll look into anything, just as long as frequent urination is a symptom. Do you know of any natural remedies or medications I could use? I’m allergic to penicillin. I’m currently seeing my pediatrician, a 2nd urologist, and I just saw an endocrinologist, but she doesn’t feel the need so see me again. I’ve seen a neurologist before but for my headaches. Does anyone know of a really good specialist I could see, preferably in the NC area? Do you think there is a different specialist that I need to see, such as a gastroenterologist? Should I see another neurologist? Is there a drink I can take that won’t make me have to go to the bathroom?

    Someone please help. I can’t do this much longer. It’s ruining my life; I can’t live like this forever. I’m only 14, I should be out hanging with friends and going to see movies and concerts and stuff, not trying to figure out what’s medically wrong with me. I just want my life back. :(

    PS: Please don’t tell me to go to the doctor. I’m already going to the doctor. I’m going to multiple doctors.

    • ANSWER:
      Migraines:

      * Abdominal pain
      * Diarrhea
      * Dizziness
      * Excessive urination
      * Headache
      * Sweatiness
      * Swelling
      * Teary eyes
      * Thirst
      * Vertigo
      * Vomiting.
      OR

      Vulvovaginitis

      Young girls can suffer from an inflammation of the skin and tissues around the urethra and vagina.

      OR
      Pollakiuria

      Pollakiuria, also known as Extraordinary Daytime Urinary Frequency Syndrome, is not a disorder or illness that requires treatment. It can be caused by stress or other unknown factors.
      Diabetes
      OR

      Diabetes is an disease that causes the body to not produce appropriate amounts of insulin. In children, one of the most significant symptoms is excessive thirst and frequently passing of large amounts of urine.

      OR
      The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation points to the following warning signs for diabulimia:

      * Changes in eating habits, such as eating more while losing weight
      * Unexplained weight loss
      * Unexplained high blood glucose
      * Low energy levels
      * Frequent urination

      OR
      Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the fallopian tubes, uterus, or ovaries. Most girls develop PID as a result of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as chlamydia or gonorrhea.

      Did you visit an endocrinologist specialized in children?
      * nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
      * loss of appetite
      * backache and perhaps even difficulty walking
      * painful or more frequent urination
      * pain in the upper abdomen on the right

  45. QUESTION:
    Do you have any ideas as to what I have?
    I’ve probably asked this question more times than I could count but I figured I’d ask again.

    Last January I was admitted to the hospital because of severe vomiting. I was in the hospital for 9 days and was released still throwing up any food I tried to eat. Long story short, 3 months, countless tests, and 3 psychology evaluations later I had my gallbladder removed with a diagnosis of biliary dyskinesia [in March].

    Then, at the end of August it began again, and I spent 6 days in the hospital. Everything I eat I throw up within five minutes of eating it. It doesn’t matter if I eat a bite of a cracker or an entire meal: I will throw it up. I can keep down water, chicken broth, and vitamin water if it is half water [otherwise it hurts my stomach]. After I eat I get pain in the middle of my stomach just above my belly button; while I’m throwing up I get severe pain on the right side of my abdomen, just under my rib cage. The pain has been getting progressively worse on the right side of my abdomen, and today I noticed green in my vomit [I haven't eaten anything green in at least a week, all I had today was an Ensure nutrition supplement, which I still throw up but it doesn't hurt as badly and some of the liquid stays down]. The pain feels like a stabbing feeling, but constant.

    Don’t tell me to “go see a doctor,” please, because I am already seeing a pediatric GI. The tests I have had done since August of this year so far are:
    Abdominal CT [In the hospital in August, looking for appendicitis]
    Abdominal Ultrasound
    Abdominal MRI/MRA [which showed "shadows" on my kidneys and led to a:
    Kidney Ultrasound [looking for stones, the nephrologist says it is a "normal anomaly"]
    Upper GI series with a small-bowel follow through
    Countless blood tests
    Porphyria urine test

    From last January to last March, I had the following tests done:
    MRI of the brain
    3 spinal taps
    Upper GI series
    Gastric Emptying study
    HIDA scan [which diagnosed the biliary dyskinesia]
    Abdominal Ultrasound
    Blood tests
    Endoscopy

    I’m probably forgetting a few tests but I can’t remember them all. Everything, except when noted, came back normal. As of right now I’m seeing a “cognitive behavioral therapist” but the doctors admit this won’t fix anything, it just might make the pain a little better. However I’ve been going for three weeks and the pain is still the same.

    Do you have any suggests as to what it could be? Any tests that have not been done or you think should be repeated? My doctors think that it’s either a really rare presentation of something common, a really rare disease, or a really rare presentation of a really rare disease.

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    Could this be Gullbladder disease?
    I have been having this very uncomfortable pain behind/under my right ribcage area. and spreading mostly to the right side of the back. (which really where the pain seems to be the worse, now) it started thurs night. the 26th,..and has since then only gotten worse day by day,..which today is the 1st. the pain is rather hard to explain ,..but i’ll call it almost a burning feeling. does not seem to get worse with food,.but beings it has hurt for so many days now,..thats kinda hard for me to say. i have had some serious gas (belching),.but no diarahha (sp?) and my BM’s i guess you could say pretty normal. i did go to my doc yesterday in which he did a urine test,..which showed a few red blood cells,…but no infection. he said my symptoms could point to both gullbladder problems,.or kidney stones,.but he did not feel strongly enough about either to send me for further testing at this time,..that would only cost me lots of money. so he gave me a script for Ibuprofeon 800 mg,..which i take three times a day,..and it does seem to help alot with the pain so far. i guess i should add that i have had no pain or other problems as far as urinating goes. so my question is i guess,..if its gull bladder problems why is it lasted for days,..when most of what i have researched says the attacks usually last up to few hrs? also from what i understand the pain in usually really severe,..which mine has been at times,..though its usually that nagging kinda irritating pain,..so if this is gullbladder would something as simple as ibuprfeaon really help kill the pain?

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    Gastrointestinal problems..yes. IBS it’s not.?
    Hi,

    I have a problem and I don’t know what it’s called or if anyone else has had this problem. The reason I don’t know what it is, is cause the Dr’s. pretty much gave up on me. It started 10yrs ago. First, I have a kidney disease called Medullary sponge kidney. Lots of stones and lots of lithotripsy’s. But that’s not the problem. I started getting severe cramping that led to diarrhea on a daily basis. In 1 month I lost 20lbs. The second month, I lost another 20lbs. The doctors sent me to a gastrointestinal doctor, where he tried to do a colonoscopy. That didn’t go very well. While awake he tried to pump 10 lbs of air into me. I could only handle 1lbs. Why? Cause I was screaming to make him stop. By the time I had got to that doctor, I was going in everyday for IV’s. For re-hydration. Water wouldn’t even stay in me. I would take Imodium3 to 4x a day on a regular basis just to go to pick my son up from school. And even when I would drink water the cramping was so severe that my insides felt like they were bruised. It would take up to 3 days later to feel less bruised. Finally the gastrointestinal doctor sent me to the pain clinic. They put me on 5mg of oxycodone 4x’s a day. And finally I was able to eat and drink anything I wanted. The problem is: I’ve been on pain meds since that day. And when I’ve tried to go off of them, the intense, severe, cramping and bruising comes back. There is no pain like it. I rather have a kidney stone then to have even 1 episode of whatever this is. I’ve gained weight. Lots of it. And I know all I have to do is stop the pain meds and I’ll lose weight. But it’s not worth it. There is nothing in this world worth that pain. I have had to stay in motels because of traveling issues. Cramping in the middle of nowhere, ruining my vacations, missing important dates, everything. And if taking pain meds help keep it at bay, then so be it. But I want to know what it is. And the only way I can get another Dr. to do tests is to go off the medicine and have it start all over again. That’s why I’m hoping someone out there can give me a clue as to what it might be. I don’t think I ever seen blood in my stools except from going so often and being raw. A long time ago, I seen a study that was done where they were talking about the difference between IBS and another disease and the IBS didn’t fit what was happening but the other one said pain meds will stop it. Unfortunately, I can’t find that article any longer. And my new Dr. doesn’t understand why I don’t want to go off of pain meds. So I need help as soon as possible. If he takes me off the pain meds, I would rather die then go through that pain again. I need some information to show him that this is real. The pain Dr. that I had, left the state and is no longer taking care of me. And this new Dr. is anti-pain medicine. Even if it helps. Please please help. I’m running out of time. Oh and I had test done to see if there was an infection or some kind of bug that was causing this and all test came back negative. There is actually a worm that gets into your intestines that can cause problems and they even checked for that. That too came back negative. Thank goodness!!

    I really hope someone out there can help me?

    Thank you,
    Andrea K.

    • ANSWER:
      “No IBS Theory

      In a study recently published in Medical Hypotheses (in press 2010), Dr. Habba analyzed 575 patients presenting with previously diagnosed diarrhea predominant IBS (IBS-D). 303 patients completed all the testing and follow up necessary to be included in the results. The study concluded that 98% of these patients had conditions other than the previous diagnosis of IBS. When these conditions were identified and appropriately treated, 98% of them improved as assessed by fewer than three bowel movements per day. Habba Syndrome constituted 41% of the patients studied, post-cholecystectomy diarrhea 23%, lactose intolerance 8%, microscopic/lymphocytic colitis 7%, celiac disease 4% and several other specific conditions comprised the balance. This result is very encouraging and is in contrast with the results presently achieved by treating “IBS”. Physicians frequently fall short of “getting to the bottom” of the problem by tagging patients with “IBS”, a vague entity that merely describes their symptoms and usually results in a poor therapeutic outcome.

      These findings lead to the theory concluding that there is no IBS-D. Patients need to be evaluated thoroughly until a true clinical entity is found and treated.” >>> http://ibs.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=ibs&cdn=health&tm=8&f=21&su=p726.8.336.ip_&tt=2&bt=1&bts=0&zu=http%3A//www.habbasyndrome.com/

      Digestive enzyme supplements and acidophilus may help as well. One lady’s story here >>>

      http://www.ibstales.com/happy_tales_two.htm

  48. QUESTION:
    My cat has blood in her urine and seems to be evacuating small peaces of tissue as well.?
    She is an older cat, over ten, and has been an indoor cat and our only pet for most of her life, before that she was the pet of our local vet so she was spayed by her and tested for pretty much all feline diseases and came up clean. She has always drunk a large amount of water and regularly urinates so I hoped this would help avoid the kidney and bladder problems that haunt older cats.
    But two days ago she suddenly had trouble urinating, she would try to go but would just shake a bit and obviously be distressed. I was quiet worried but she seemed fine by the next day, and was urinating like normal and drinking just as much water as ever. I felt her abdomen and her bladder doesn’t seem to be overly distended and there is no tenderness, so she is fully emptying her bladder. But all of a sudden this evening she just began urinating all over with little control, then a few hours later she seemed to be trying to go again but only let out a very small amount and it had blood in it, and most distressing there seems to be some small peaces of tissue as well. This has happened four times so far, I have collected the peaces so I can show them to our vet but I’m worried right now and want to find out what is wrong.
    The tissue is bright red, not porous, I was hoping perhaps she passed a bladder or kidney stone and this was just some necrotic tissue, but it seems very healthy unfortunatly.
    Hopefully someone can provide me with some information, and sorry that this was not more brief but I tried to keep it small.
    Her seeming trouble urinating only lasted for about half a day. Also I live in the mountains, the nearest vet to me is a three hour drive from here and I know she isn’t in right now. And my cat gets very stressed from the drive so I want to avoid that if possible, tomorrow I’m calling our vet to come up here as soon as she can, but I don’t know when that will be. I’m just trying to gather what information I can till I can get in touch with her.

    • ANSWER:
      There are no two ways about this, your cat needs to be seen by a veterinarian. Your cat needed veterinary attention two days ago when these symptoms first showed up. The best thing to do is to contact a QUALIFIED veterinarian – not some strangers on the internet who could jerk you around at worst, and at best have no qualifications – whether or not the situation is so urgent it is worth the three hour drive NOW, or whether it can wait until your vet can get to you.

  49. QUESTION:
    My LYMPH NODES are extremely palpable (for years) i have lost TOO MUCH WEIGHT, what is wrong?
    Hello….if anyone would like to try to DIAGNOSE ME, I’d be SO GRATEFUL AT THIS POINT!
    ….. i’m 30 year old female, with a 10 year old son and had a thoracic fore gut tumor(benign) removed from my chest @ 15, a good portion of which was attached to my lungs, aorta,esophagus, Trachea.
    To Date- no known complications or regrowth.
    109 lbs
    5’3″
    hypothyroid, on synthroid
    Had IUD recently placed in cervix
    amphetamine salts,celexa, lorazapam for depression/fatigue and ADD
    MY SYMPTOMS:
    CURRANTLY AND THIS PAST YEAR: Generalized Swollen lymph glands(some firm and hard in groin area. Also where my hairline is in the back of my neck behind my ear i guess, and a few large ones up the side of my neck aligned with my shoulder), Re currant low Grade Fever(no higher than 101 w/out infection),Itchy Skin, Memory Loss,Hair loss, Acne,Bowel Changes,On and Off fatigue, mucus in my stool(for one year at least.More mucus than actual stool on average! SORRY TO BE SO GRAPHIC! Lower Back Pain, DULL ACHING PAIN on the inside of my knees,stiff neck,ankle pain after being on my feet for more than an hour.Also extremely dry; mouth,skin,hair,eyes,&nostrils, dizziness upon standing, sweats,wounds heal slowly, weird painless swelling above my butt where my dimples are(no dr has been able to guess why/what this swelling might be),diarrhea and constipation, tenderness above my belly button, hyper pigmentation on abdomen, arms and feet, anxiety, blood pressure has steadily increased throughout all of my many dr’s visits this past yr.
    ADDED RECENT SYMPTOMS:Kidney pain, visible blood in urine: for 2 months now! it was bright red and then less visible for awhile and now dark brown like tea and extremely strong smelling, hardening and bloating of abdomen, extreme fatigue, productive cough, chest pain, neck pain,easily exhausted, unexplainable bruises, muscle spasms and bulging type pain JUST under my rib on both sides separately, weird stabbing pain on my left groin area near my larger lymph glands that makes my tendon look swollen, thrush, protein in urine, HI albumin in urine, repetitive rbc in urine, BUT NO INFECTION!! (multiple negative cultures), kidney stone shows on CT in an area that is expected to be asymptomatic and may not even pass. BUT I DO HAVE difficulty urinating and cramping JUST PRESCRIBED CIPRO FOR A SECOND TREATMENT. (not sure exactly why since culture is consistantly negative)

    Many tests HAVE BEEN DONE: …..All Basics(CB C’s, liver, etc panels) + Lyme Disease,Hep(B,C etc), ANA,Sed Rate,R.F.,AIDS, Celiac Disease,Fecal Bacterial+Viral cultures,Lupus,Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydiae,Anemia, scleroderma, h. pylori, bladder cancer,
    P.C.P. says: hematologist &will do allergy & routine testing upon insurance ok
    E.N.T(ear,Nose&throat) says: inflammation or irritation down deep in my throat(but i smoke so…)
    GASTROENTROLOGIST says: gastritis, hemorrhoids,IBS, lymphoid aggragates in non lymph areas
    UROLOGIST says: extreme gross & microscopic unexplained hematuria, referral to hematologist(concerned about enlarged lymph’s in groin and unexplained hematuria———says kidney stone most likely not causing this amount of rbc,did FISH URINE TEST…NO CALL SO I’M GUESSING ALL CLEAR ON RESULTS)
    HEMATOLOGIST says: i’m thin so nodes are more palpable s we should wait. does not believe biopsy is neccessary at this point
    RHUEHEMATOLOGIST says: no signs autoimmune, non arthritic/ lupus like disease
    GYNOGYNECOLOGIST says: no infection, no discharge see urologist…
    DERMOTOLOGIST says: see rhuemotologist! lol, biopsied pigmented marks(inconclusive-possibe allergic reaction)

    i am waiting on results of a chest CT from HEMATOLOGIST because he heard alot in my lungs and another aids test(that’ll be 4 tests in the last yr(all negative)

    I’M SURE THERE IS MORE INFO I”M NOT OFFERRING
    but i can’t remember everything! lol any EDUCATED ADVICE would be appreciated
    THANK YOU!!!! i feel so helpless when i am sooo tired or weak….. i just want a solution!
    PLEASE HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      See what the CT results are. If you get no answers there, I would go to a different hematologist and insist on a biopsy. If you can’t get answers switch to a hospital that specializes in diagnostics.

  50. QUESTION:
    Apprehension about abdominal/pelvic CAT scan with IV Contrast?
    I was ordered an abdominal/pelvic CAT scan with IV Contrast for pain in my lower right back.
    Doc thinks it might be kidney related. I did some reading up on the test like I always do with all my tests and I’m a little afraid. Studies have shown that people with asthma, allergies, high blood pressure, and potential kidney and/or liver disease could have serious adverse affects.
    My asthma is not very controlled, my blood pressure is 170/95 on Sectral and Lisinopril/Hydrochlorothiazide, and I don’t take anything for my allergies cept Benedryl.
    Should I be worried and refuse the test or just have it done and risk serious health problems and maybe even death? My doc knows about my health and he still ordered it, so he either isn’t too worried or doesn’t care. By the way, I’m only 30 and an alcoholic if that doesn’t make things worse.
    Well, any doctors or health professionals please help me out here. Thanks….

    • ANSWER:
      I have high BP,, the contrast does make me sick at my stomach but that is all,, sometimes the side effects is necessary, , your do knows best, surely He wouldn’t have ordered one if it was dangerous to your health,,trust your doc,, and you definitely need to stop drinking, that can never be a good thing..