Lab Tests For Kidneys

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to here "call your doctor" when getting lab results?
    I did lab work for 12 different things about a week ago. I called today to get the results and heard "normal" on all but 4 lab tests; my thyroid test, Liver function test, Kidney function test, and the fasting blood sugar level test. I was told "call your doctor" on the recording for those results. I have a message in to the doc. but I am curious and hoping someone else can tell me....Should I be worrying? Is that normal to have to call the doctor? Thanks for the answers!

    • ANSWER:
      I believe if it was anything major you would have recieved a call right away. Wait for the doctor to call you back and if there is something wrong then do what you have to to get better. Hang in there!

  2. QUESTION:
    Who establishes required lab tests/cultures for patients of radiation therapy?
    What organization determines and/ or recommends/ establishes approval of blood tests/ cultures for patients that require radiation therapy on/ of abdominal area ( ex: prostate, uterus, ovaries, cervix, bladder, kidneys, colon)?

    • ANSWER:
      The oncologist orders the tests and your insurance carrier pays for the tests. There is no "organization" per se on this. And, if your insurance company does not want to pay for this, you can always appeal.

  3. QUESTION:
    what are the early tests to be performed to rule out kidney disease in diabetes, ignored for several years?
    My friend is unaware of several years that he has been diabetic and detected finally. we want to know his renal functioning, how far it is impaired? whether impaired or not? kindly suggest me Lab tests to be tested.

    • ANSWER:
      Diabetic nephropathy is kidney disease or damage that results as a complication of diabetes.
      Kidney function tests are common lab tests used to evaluate how well the kidneys are working.
      * BUN stands for blood urea nitrogen. Urea nitrogen is what forms when protein breaks down. A test can be done to measure the amount of urea nitrogen in the blood.
      * Creatinine is a breakdown product of creatine, which is an important part of muscle. The laboratory test is used to measure the amount of creatinine in the blood.
      * The creatinine clearance test compares the level of creatinine in urine with the creatinine level in the blood. (Creatinine is a breakdown product of creatine, which is an important part of muscle.) The test helps provide information on kidney function.
      * Creatinine is a breakdown product of creatine, which is an important part of muscle. Creatinine is removed from the body entirely by the kidneys. Creatinine can also be measured with a urine test.

  4. QUESTION:
    What do I do about my Type 1 Diabetes & Swollen Ankles?
    I'm hoping for some advice from someone in a medical profession or someone who's been here before...

    I have had Type 1 diabetes for about 17 years. I am using an insulin pump and Humalog insulin. I have had problems with my ankles and feet swelling, but my most recent lab tests have come back normal. No kidney problems, no thyroid problems. I don't have any pain, just a lot of discomfort and embarassment caused by my legs. I'm only 25 and I feel like I have the legs of some little old lady (no offense to any little old ladies out there). I drink a lot of water, but I could definitely be getting more excercise...

    Help me out! Thanks!
    Thanks for all your answers...maybe at my next doctor visit I will ask about medication or whether I should be wearing compression stockings. I've mentioned this problem before at my endocrinologist's, and they just kind of tell me it's a nuisance and don't recommend anything.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey hun,
      Type 1 diabetic of 20 years here on an insulin pump. I too experience swollen ankles & legs from time to time especially when my period is coming around....tell your Dr about this 7 ask to be prescribed a diuretic...I take Lasix w a potassium supplement to take when I take the Lasix. It works great & also very quickly....just be prepared to pee alot!! LOL especially since you say you drink a lot of water ♥Best of Luck♥ by the way its totally normal to retian water being a diabetic due to numerous complications & bad circulation

  5. QUESTION:
    Protein in the urine... Is this a nephrotic syndrome?
    I have trace to 3+ albumin in the urine! The latest lab tests is 3+! I'm bothered with this result so I went to my Nephrologist and have checkup and some laboratoty works. My GFR, blood Crea, abd BUN were normal. Also, my liver and blood chemistry were normal. I was diagnosed to have 3.3mm kidney stone, high cholesterol and hypertension so I'm currently taking meds for that. My latest test say my BP and cholesterol went down and no edema BUT the protein in my urine still at 3+ ! I wonder what causes protein in my urine? Is this a Nephrotic Syndrome? It's almost 4 years since I knew I had protein in the urine but all blood and kidney tests were ok.

    • ANSWER:
      It's not nephrotic syndrome. That is when a person has huge amounts of protein in their urine and is much more serious. The nephrologist is the best person to answer your question, since there are many causes for having protein in your urine. One cause is hypertension, so ask if it could be that. Also it is something that can develop in people with diabetes. Or it may be related to the kidney stone. I presume they are planning to remove the stone - they will probably see what happens after that.

  6. QUESTION:
    Does wheat leave powder contain a lot of potassium ?
    Green wheat leave powder is good for constipation patient. But, whether is it good for patient who is on kidney dialysis, for the lab test shows that patient's potassium is elevated after taking the powder for nearly two months. Does Green Wheat Leave Powder contain a lot of potassium ?

    • ANSWER:
      Not necessarily. While I don't know the exact answer, it's never terribly important "how much" it has. If you're taking this powder for 2 months and it's raising your potassium, then that amount is too much. Is there a smaller amount that is still effective without raising the potassium? The important thing to remember is quantity and frequency. How much are you taking each time and how often are you taking that amount? That's the question to ask.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can kidney stones cause problems without moving?
    Hey guys, I'm 24 years old. A few months ago I had an ultrasound and they discovered kidney stones. I've been having some mild pain in my back and sides and gross blood in my urine recently that comes and goes and microscopic blood that is always there according to the lab tests. There is no infection. I was wondering if kidney stones can cause problems even when you're not passing them. Can they create symptoms just by sitting in your kidney or by them maybe moving around a bit inside the kidney? I've seen a few different docs about this now. All the docs say I'm too young for cancer and that the symptoms would only be in advanced disease which would be impossible cuz I had the ultrasound a few months ago. Thanks guys
    my question is if they can cause symptoms by being in your kidney or moving around in your kidney.. nowhere else. that's all i want to know. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Hey it's me again. It was about 3.5 years ago so I some of the details are a little fuzzy. I was 22. I started having really bad back pain (it sort of felt like something was cramping up in my back, but a sharp pain too) so I went to the Dr. I was in the military at the time and the Doc said I had probably just pulled something doing PT and referred me to Physical therapy and gave me some Motrin. Needless to say it just got worse. Then one day I went to the bathroom and my urine looked like coca cola. So I went back to the Dr and they said that I must have a UTI and gave me antibiotics. After I was done with the antibiotics I was still urinating the same amount of blood so back to the Doc, and they still insisted I had a UTI and gave me different anibiotics. Two weeks later still no change, except the pain in my back was killing me and I'd lost about 15 pounds in 3 weeks. Finally they sent me to a urologist and I had a CT (I think it was a CT) scan. That's when they said I had several small kidney stones in one of my kidneys (and no UTI). They gave me a shot in the butt of some pain killers and sent me home with a big bottle of Percocet. They also gave me this strainer thing that they wanted me to pee through so I could find the stone, I passed on that, I didn't see the point, what was I going to keep it for a suvenier? After a while they pain went away and I had another CT scan and the stones were gone. They also gave me a cystoscopy and an ultrasound afterwards, I honestly don't know why, I think they felt bad for not figuring out I had kidney stones for 2.5 months and wanted to make sure they were really gone.

  8. QUESTION:
    My kitten died in April & an autopsy concluded it was kidney failure consistent w/food recall. What can I do?
    I was not able to prove any food I fed him was contaminated, but the lab tests are pretty conclusive in my opinion. The FDA hasn't been helpful since none of the foods I can think of that he ate matched perfectly with the specific product IDs of identified contaminated foods. Is there anywhere I can go for recourse for my ,000 of vet bills?

    • ANSWER:
      Your vet needs to forward information to the FDA, they listen to vets more than to owners. However, go to the forum over at the Itchmo site, they can offer suggestions.

      http://itchmo.com/go/tagged/pet-food-product-recall/

  9. QUESTION:
    My ESR is 38 (lab test Nov 20) and i just had a lap nephrectomy last Oct 8?
    I was diagnosed of renal artery stenosis on Jan 30, 2008. The main artery going to the right kidney has narrowed. I had my first stent last February 7, 2008. For 2 months, i was normal not until i reached the 3rd month. My blood pressure became elevated again and it was discovered that the same artery has again narrowed (there was a build-up of tissue in the stent area). For the second time on May 16, they again placed a 2nd stent (now smaller in diameter because the first stent cannot be taken out). Again, for the next 2 months everything is normal. But on the third month, there was stenosis again in the stent area. By this time, since it was always recurring, i just decided to undergo lap nephrectomy. It was performed last October 8. Up to this moment, my blood pressure is normal. But i was worried because when I had my lab test last November 20, my ESR is 38. I had other tests like CRP, C3, ANCA, and ANA but they were all normal. What could be the reason for my elevated ESR?

    • ANSWER:
      ESR is not a very good test to diagnose anything. It just means that there is inflammation. Don't worry about it!

  10. QUESTION:
    After doing all the tests i am still passin MUCUES in stool, and loosing weight, & dis like all non veg. help?
    i pass MUCUES in stool. Did all tests, but all normal. i am diebetic. loosing weight.dislike all NON VEG. The mucues looks like skinless green grapes. Underwent kidney stone sergery 2yrs. ago. Recently found one more stone in the same kidney. Also did CT scan, and scan through rectum. did lab test with the mucues. Doctors said all normal. But why i pass MUCUES everyday, and loosing weight? Very hard to eat chicken,meat or fish or beef. They were my favourite food once. having this problem for the past 4 months. Need help urgent please!

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctors didn't give you any suggestions as to what might be the problem? I've heard of mucus in the stool, but never looking like skinless green grapes. I would get a second opinion, or a new doctor. That sounds like a pretty serious issue and you need answers. Try googling your symptoms for now and seeing what you come up with. Hope that you find help soon!

  11. QUESTION:
    What problems can show infection on a urine strip test but culture is negative when tested at a lab?
    Every time I go to the doctors thinking I have either a UTI or kidney infection, the strip test they do in the office is positive for infection but a culture always comes back negative from the lab. What can be showing on the strip test to make it look like I have an infection even when culture is negative?

    • ANSWER:
      Many UTI infections cause you to bleed. A test strip can look for the presence of blood.

  12. QUESTION:
    Unexplainable dizziness?
    im taking atenolol-chlorthal 50-25 right now for two weeks but my problem is the dizziness is still there. It keeps bugging me everyday.Is this normal? Is there a way to get rid of the dizziness?. I've been diagnosed for hypertension last couple of months due to too much drinking of alcohol and drinking coffee. I went to my doctor last week and he prescribed me with antivert 25mg for dizziness he say's but it's still there. My blood pressure is fine not high not low. My lab test was fine kidney function, liver function, stuff like that was fine. And I'm wondering what causes this feeling?

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    ketones in urine is dangerous for diabetes person?
    I have diabetes and the another day I went to emergency room because my sugar was on 375. When they do a lab test they found ketones in my urine, the doctor told me to follow up with my own doctor, but I dont have insurance at this time so I cannot see any doctor yet, I wonder if ketones in urine is dangerous? also i have protein and blood in my urine due my diabetis, but my kidneys working so far. How dangerous can be ketones in my urine?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, Im a diabetic myself and have ended up in hospital 3 times with ketones, but when I had them I was also vomiting. ketones can be a very serious thing, so watch out big time, but you can easily get them down by yourself if they are not too high already. I suggest you try to get them down by giving yourself extra insulin before they reach a critical state. It's always better to be safe than sorry :) please be careful! Ending up in hospital with high ketones is the worst feeling in the world and if not treated when critical, could take a turn for the worst.

  14. QUESTION:
    Are people who are taking Votorin and Crestor ignorant or out of their minds?
    Many of us have researched the cholesterol myth and know that you will have a heart attack with low cholesterol more often than if you have high cholesterol. We know statin drugs kill thousands and cause extreme illness to thousands who don't die. we know the lab tests for your liver and kidneys are expensive and needed often. we know coq10 enzymes are reduced with statin drugs and are needed by the heart and lots of other facts. Now that it has been on TV about the worthlessness of Crestor and Vitorin which have Lipitor in at least 1 of them. Why are the ads still on TV?

    • ANSWER:
      idk y.. its crazyy!
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080405172055AAY0b50&pa=FYd1D2bwHTHzJL1iEOs5R03q3fbz1ZNTCXDA._WKSkPXTw--&paid=asked&msgr_status=

  15. QUESTION:
    going to a lab on monday..what blood tests should i take?
    my diet is not very good and generally my life is pretty stressful. i know i'm allergic to shellfish and dairy, but what else should i test for? i know about calcium and iron being important for women, but what else is? i'm getting an std test as well, just to be safe. i also have to test my liver and kidneys because i'm going back on accutane in a month. i figured since i have to go get blood work, i might as well get it all done on the same day. any advice? thanks
    -e

    • ANSWER:
      It is always a good idea to be tested for diabetes & cholesterol. to do those, you would need to be fasting for about 8 - 12 hours beforehand, and it would need to be first thing in the morning (like about 8 o'clock).

      Your dr. will have to already have those tests on the lab order (unless you are going to the dr. first and then he/she can request the additional tests).

  16. QUESTION:
    I have had two of my dogs die in the last couple months. Anyone hear of these type of symptoms?
    Had 3 dogs. All my babies. First one got sick. diarrhea, appetite decreased, moaning in pain like abdominal pain. Took him to vet, antibiotics started, he started eating again slowly. After a week, much better, getting back to old self. 2 weeks after initial sickness, started hallucinating and having short seizures one night in the middle of the night. Planned to take him back to vet, well he didnt make it out of one of the seizures. Vets are stumped. Cant afford an autopsy. Two weeks later one of our other dogs started acting funny, not eating, not as playful. We thought OMG what is happening to our babies. he started diarrhea, vommiting, not eating. Took him to vet, also started on Antibiotics, ran lab tests and all neg. kidney, liver, WBC counts all normal. Took him home with SQ fluids. We thought he was getting better, he was swimming, eating, playing. Again two weeks after he got sick we were an hour away on a ride when he started hallucinating, then immed into a seizure. We tried to race to the vet and he died with the second seizure. I am a nurse and I am thinking, maybe his blood sugar is low and maybe thats what happened to our other dog. So I had honey in the truck. I gave him some of that in the first 2 min, But nothing helped. We thought they may have gotton into a plant in our yard so we watched them when they went out to do their business. So the second one had not been exposed to anything like that plant for a month or more. We never actually saw them eat the plant. The vets dont know why they died unless that plant like recirculated in their blood stream for weeks and did some cardiac damage. The worst thing is not knowing and trying to protect our last dog. They were all up on shots. Thought it may be the food. So trying to have it tested. Has anyone ever heard anything like this.

    • ANSWER:
      How sad. Do you think it could have been the dog food you've been feeding? You know Pedigree just recently recalled their food and so did Nutro just in the past couple of months.

  17. QUESTION:
    Question about ankle swelling for no reason?
    Does anyone know if there is any treatment for ankles that swell for no reason. I'm a healthy young woman and I have been having this problem for a number of years. I have seen many doctors and specialists for this problem but none of them can help me. They do the normal lab tests they do to check if my heart, lungs, kidneys, etc.. are functioning properly and the results always come back normal so there is nothing they can do except tell me that I should reduce salt intake, drink more water, excercise, etc.. which I have been doing but they don't seem to help. The problem gets worse when I have to stand or sit for a long time which I do everyday because at work I'm either standing or sitting for at least 8-10 hours.
    If anyone knows something that works, please tell me. There is no pain or anything but it sucks walking around with fat ankles all day and not be able to wear cute shoes. By the end of the day, my ankles look like a 90 year old's ankles. I'm just too young for that.

    • ANSWER:
      Since you're young and healthy, I can't really say much. However, my grandmother had this problem, but she was overweight and diabetic..

      Something her doctors always told her was to keep elevating her legs. This might seem difficult to do at your job, so I don't know what to tell you for that.

  18. QUESTION:
    31 weeks pregnant and something is wrong?
    I am 31 weeks pregnant and saturday passed I woke from my sleep in extreme pain. It lasted about 15 minutes straight and was in my lower right back. I couldnt get it to stop no matter what I tried. It made me stomach sick. I went to the ER and while I was there they said I had blood and bacteria ion my urine. They told me it was more then likely kidney stones or a kidney infection. An ultrasound showed there were no kidney stones and the lab tests came back negitive for an infection. Now tonight my feet especially my left one is swollen to the point its numb and I can barely bend my toes. Ive been peeing alot more as well. Do you have any idea what this could possibly be?
    Im at a loss this is my first pregnancy and im scared, whats going on with me? Anything at all you can share with me would be a great help.
    Actually at the hospital they didnt test my urine for protein they didnt even check my blood pressure :(

    • ANSWER:
      Definitely call your doctor's after hours pager now! You will most likely need to be admitted into the labor and delivery department of your hospital, and he or she may tell you to go ahead now. If you can't get ahold of them, call the hospital itself. You need to be seen.
      The back pain could easily be labor being caused by whatever else is going on, and they need to monitor you and treat you for it as well as give you steroids for the baby if they feel it may be born soon.

  19. QUESTION:
    Easy Biology Question (for someone creative), Design a lab to test various volumes of caffeine ...?
    The Question is :
    Design a lab experiment with which yopu can test how various volumes of caffeine (coffee) affect kidney functions.
    * The experiment must include a question about caffeines use and kidney functions, a description of the experimental design (aka procedure), and a blank data table with appropriate headings.

    My thoughts were:
    Question: What effect does caffeine (coffee) have on the way kidney's function?
    Experimental Design: One individual (who loves coffee) will drink 12 cups of black coffee in one day between the hours of 6 am to noon. Another individual will be drinking 12 cups of decaf black coffee in the same time period. Blood tests will be administered to test the effect of the caffeine on their kidney's that evening.
    Data Table: Going across the table (horizontally) Cups of Reg. Coffee per Day / Affect on Kidney / Cups of Decaf Coffee per Day / Affect on Kidney. Then going down the table (vertically) i'd have the numbers 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 , and 12.

    • ANSWER:
      Why blood tests? Wouldn't a urine test of electrolytes and specific gravity be better indicator of renal function ( I mean it's just coffee, not renal failure!) You could also test for BUN, creatinine and such, but caffeine probably wouldn't make a big difference in those and they cost a fortune to test. Also many factors could possibly skew a one-time urine test, so you'd probably have to collect a 24hr urine sample (have the test subjects pee into a bottle for 24hrs, mix and test)

      Caffeine is metabolised mostly into theophyilline and theobromine, which works as a diuretic by messing with your cAMP signal transduction.

  20. QUESTION:
    Unexplained weight loss cause? Two infections and reduction in salt and alcohol..?
    I have lost 10 pounds..I had a pretty bad boil that was surgically lanced back in mid May and was treated with Bactrim (2days until allergic reaction). Lab test showed small amount of blood in urine.Then I came up with abdominal pain in 3rd week of June and was diagnosed with a kidney/bladder infection. Lab test showed pus in urine.I took Levaquin a couple days before switching to Amox-K 875 2x a day. I look like I have had about 20 lbs sucked of of me. I am a obese women so it has been quite noticeable. Note. I cut back on salt and alcohol almost in half. Could the combination of infections, frequent urination and lowered calorie and salt intake be the reasoning for the weight loss or am I sick with something else. The only symptom I am having is the weight loss.

    • ANSWER:
      cutting down on salt (which let our body retain water), lower calorie intake & frequent visits to the bathroom to drain your bladder, can be the reasons to your weight loss. noticed when you cut down on your salt intake, your fingers & toes seemed smaller? (on width that is) that's because we get bloated if we have too much salt intake.it's a given that when we cut down on our calorie intake, we'll lose weight (a common advice to people who wants to lose weight). the frequent urination on the other hand, I read it somewhere that some people take a high blood pressure pill to lose weight (they call it "piss pill"), if we kept on releasing the fluid in our body & we won't replenish it, we become dehydrated & dehydration can suck the weight out of you, big time! But, I'm not a doctor or anything, I just got all my knowledge from reading. So, if you're really concerned, the best thing is, talk to your doctor. Good Luck!

  21. QUESTION:
    I have high white blood count (17.5) and high absolute neutrophils (13500), my lymphocytes are down 17 from 36?
    I have high white blood count (17.5), high absolute neutrophils (13500) and my lymphocytes are down to 17 from 36. All other lab test are normal (including kidney and liver function all normal). I have felt just yucky (tired, and wide spread body pain for months) I have degenerative arthritis in my lumbar region but this is a different feeling all over, my entire body is sore and it started feeling like this about 5 months ago and is getting worse. I am concerned and was wondering if anyone had any ideas as to what might be going on?

    • ANSWER:
      Bone marrow examination will be helpful.

  22. QUESTION:
    does your primary care physician run lab work?
    mine does not. he sends you to the hospital lab

    isnt that more expensive?

    BQ: How do they test for kidney problems ( infections , stones , disease)

    • ANSWER:
      My primary care physician does no tests; he sends me to a diagnostic clinic. They do the tests and sends my doctor a report.

  23. QUESTION:
    Is lab work expensive to get done?
    My psychiatrist wants me to get lab work done to test for cholesterol, diabetes, liver and kidney function, that sort of thing. I'm uninsured so I was wondering how much it would cost me to get lab work done myself?

    • ANSWER:
      Lab work is pretty expensive. You could be paying up to a couple hundred dollars for it. But if you're seeing a psychiatrist and he's wanting a work up, it's probably necessary for the medications he's prescribing.
      So what you need to do is find out one of two things, if there's a low cost clinic for the uninsured where you can get the labs done at on a sliding scale. Or find out if the lab at your regular clinic will accept a payment plan.
      Whatever you do, don't forgo the tests.

  24. QUESTION:
    What can caz me bleed when I urin? and sharp pains on my left side?
    2 months ago I had my period. then a week later I started to bleed and didnt stop bleeding intell my next period.. I thought it was my cervix again. so i went back to the free clinic to find out why I am bleeding.. they did a pap and found out my overies are bleeding, my cervix has blood and my kidneys have protein.. well my lab test came back normal, and my blood work came normal.. I was happy they did but now i have now idea what is wrong.. Last night i went out for my 23 bday. I had a glass of wine and started to bleed again. Then now today I am on my period but there is blood that shouldnt be there. Do you have any Idea what the problem is? why they cant find out why I am bleeding still?

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  25. QUESTION:
    Can a cat with hyperthyroidism not experience weight loss?
    I would like for a vet to respond to this. I took my 14 yr old female cat to the vet to be de-wormed and was told by the vet that she also had a racing heart (nervousness?) that she said could be a sign of blood pressure issues, that she also had a heart murmur (stage 4) and showed signs of hyperthyroidism because of previous symptoms and that she she meows at night. She's always kind of been a talker, but she does it more now in her old age. So, the vet took blood and ran tests and everything checked out with her blood pressure and kidneys, but the vet still came back and said that the blood work was "highly suspicious" of hyperthyroidism but could not confirm it. She told me that I could pay for another optional test to officially confirm or deny but that she was confident in making the diagnosis without that test based on the physical exam.

    Ok, even with the parasite in her stomach she was still a chubby kitty and after the worms were gone, she maintained the weight. I thought weight loss was the most noticeable symptom of hyperthyroidism, so I'm at a loss. I want to believe my vet, but this just doesn't add up and I can't help but wonder if they're trying to take advantage of my love for my cat and make me pay to treat something she doesn't have.

    I do need to find an answer because the night meowing is causing a rift between me and my roommate and I need to find a solution. I think my cat meows and cries (does not howl) for attention, but if she does have hyperthyroidism then I know that the medication for that can also treat the excessive meowing. She just doesn't have the tell tale symptom of weight loss, so it's hard to believe that she actually has it. I can't pay for another lab test, I'm a young adult without goo gobs of money to spend on an aging/senior cat.

    Help please!

    • ANSWER:
      There is actually one vet who answers questions on here, but unless he or she is on when you are, you're probably not going to get a vet to answer your question.

      I would imagine that it is possible for a cat to have hyperthyroidism and not have any weight loss - yet. As it progresses, though, you would see profound weight loss. It also causes damage to organs, and as your vet pointed out, it makes their heart race. It's extremely uncomfortable for the cat, hence the crying.

      You have two ways to go. Either pay for the test, or try the meds - usually around bucks for 30 tablets. If they help, your cat probably has hyperthyroidism. But you will still need a blood test after the cat having been on the pills to see if the initial dose is enough, or you need to increase it. I don't think the thyroid test (called a T4 test) is nearly as expensive as a senior panel, which is likely what you already had done. All they're looking at is the thyroid hormone level.

      At fourteen, your cat will likely have a decent quality of life for several more years if you take care of her. I don't have a ton of money, either, but I would (and have - I am now on my fifth cat with hyperthyroidism, which shows you how common it is) get her the meds. If you can't afford to, then the sad reality is that you should put her to sleep because it is a miserable condition for the cat and will eventually lead to death if untreated.

      It sounds like you have a vet who understands that you don't have a lot of money and is willing to work with you. Eliminating any dry food from her diet and feeding her canned only would help her kidneys a lot because of the extra hydration and lower carbohydrate content. Larger cans are less expensive. I would not give my cat any K/D, because it's too low in protein for a carnivore.

      Good luck!

  26. QUESTION:
    Losing hope on the doctor's, seems they are stumped on whats wrong with my daughter. Can you please help me?
    For the past 3 weeks have been the most stressful time of my entire life.
    17 Doctor visits and 4 Emergency room visits and 5 days admitted in children's medical center within those 3 weeks. Doctor's don't know what is wrong with my fifteen year old daughter whose normally very active and healthy. The start was flu - cold like symptoms. Then a barking cough with chest pain and back pain. Then coughing up THICK yellow and green mucus. Troubles breathing. Now within this week she developed a 99.8 fever, for her the normal temp is 95-96 (her temp. is normally low) and now has faint red bumps that itch extremely and some are painful. She has them on her legs,arms,neck,back and chest. & I have notice she sleeps alot more and has zero energy. 4 days ago she slept 2 days straight with out even changing sleeping position and still felt like she barely slept. She just has NO energy at all. She's developing more and more symptoms as time goes on... NO doctor has helped give her a diagnoses. Is there anyone out there that can help me and possibly give me ideas of what i should get her tested for? I normally don't go on Y! Answers for medical advice, but i'm losing hope on the doctors. Thanks for reading
    They have ruled out the following:
    Asthma
    Cold
    Flu
    Virus
    Lung cancer
    Bronchitis
    Blood clot in lungs
    and her blood work showed her kidney levels
    are showing that the kidneys are working 3x harder then her last lab
    test she had done when she had kidney problems, that was in mid November of 2010
    Kidneys:
    Her kidneys were in the state where they were very close
    to failing. Out of the blue - they started working again.
    She also stayed in the hospital for 2 weeks from that.
    They never said why they were shutting down -
    Doctors have not helped me at all. I am highly thinking about taking her
    to a different children's that's 2 hours away for hope they would have a answer
    Fifteen

    • ANSWER:
      It's pretty hard for anyone on here to be much help, we're not doctors so don't take our advice too seriously,

      But has she been tested for glandular fever/mononucleosis?
      Has she had blood tests? Is she still in hospital?

      I think you should take her to the other hospital. It doesn't sound like she's in good shape and the doctors don't really know, you can never be too careful with your health/child's health.

      ....

  27. QUESTION:
    How long did it take your cat to recover from a bladder blockage?
    My mothers cat was straining in the litter during the weekend so we took him to the vet on Monday and found out he had a bladder blockage. Three nights later and he is still there. He had to be put under and cathed the first night and was put on fluids, pain killers. He was also poked and prodded for many other lab tests that told us he was in kidney failure due to the blockage. His labs are better now but he still is not eating. Which he did not eat during the weekend. The vet does not want to send him home unless he is eating. So we might have to take him home friday and see if he will eat at home where he feels safe if not then he has to come back in on monday for a feeding tube down his throat. Just wanted to know how long it took anyone elses cats that went through this to get better.
    Yeah she wants to go over the diet with my mother before he leaves. She is telling us a lot of info right now anyways.
    Thanks everyone for answering but sadly Otis has severe pancreititis too with the blockage. The same day we found out his bladder was blocked again. We ended up putting him to sleep. He suffered to much. It's been hard but I know he is in a better place now.

    • ANSWER:
      It really just depends on the cat. I've seen some that are fine w/ in 3 days and others that have to stay at the vet for at least a week. Make sure to talk to your vet about diet changes to keep this from happening again. Some vets recommend Science Diet c/d or k/d. If it's happened once the likelihood of it happening again is pretty high if the diet isn't changed. Some cats are just more prone to this. Hope this helps!

  28. QUESTION:
    Help from health care professionals please!?
    Yesterday I took an 89 year old man to his cardiologist appointment and he arrived at the office with intense pain in his lower sternum. The cardiologist immediately examined his aorta because he was concerned that pain in that area could possibly be his aorta. But the doctor ended up telling him he should go to the ER next door because he was in too much pain.

    We spent the whole day there, 8 hours to be exact. They did many lab tests, blood, urine, CT scan of abdominum with contrast, ultra sound of aorta, chest x-ray, EKG, all of which came back fine. For awhile, his blood pressure dipped super low, 90/45, which in the past has always happened when he had an infection. No infection in his lab work though. I am baffled!

    I've been his caretaker for 5 years and he has never had such an acute attack of pain like that. Blood work said everything was fine. The pain seemed to travel down from his sternum to his abdominum, and then back again. Could it be kidney stones? Would the lab work have shown if he had kidney stones? Is there something they could have missed?

    Usually your blood pressure will increase with pain, but his dropped very low, considering his appointment with the cardiologist was for high blood pressure, which was increasing in spite of being on three different blood pressure medications. Any insight would be appreciated. They were very packed at the ER yesterday, and sometimes ER's are not the best place to get a diagnosis of some kind of disease.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Caroline. Did they rule out all of the following conditions that can cause substernal and/or retrosternal pain:

      1) hiatal hernia

      2) esophagitis

      3) gallbladder disease?

      Best wishes and good luck.

  29. QUESTION:
    Any ideas on what illness this could be?
    I'm a 28 year old male in fairly good shape and I have been dealing with a pretty random set of symptoms for the last 6 weeks and am curious what my next steps should be.

    My illness symptoms have included chest discomfort, heart palpitations, swollen/bloating feeling in abdomen(specifically the right side mid/upper), pleurisy, lower back discomfort, rash on leg, shortness of breath with very little movement or heat, and severe circulation problems when lying on my side and trying to sleep.

    I have several heart tests (2 EKG's, 2 Chest X-Rays, and echocardiogram) done and each has come back normal. I've had 3 CBC's, liver function test, kidney function test, strep test, 2 mono tests (rapid and lab), urinalysis, abdominal ultrasound (looking for gallstones) and all have come back normal.

    I was given an antibiotic and completed it 3 weeks ago. I was suffering from constipation over the last 4-5 days but have been able to sustain some bowel movements though not ever feeling like I'm adequately getting everything out. I also have noticed bright red blood after wiping several times, though this has not been consistent. I have had minor hemmorrhoid discomfort in the past.

    Over the last week, the chest discomfort has improved, however the swollen/bloated feeling in my right abdomen seems to still be there and the lower back pain (mostly on the right but also at times on the left) have seemed to worsen. I am still having circulation issues at night when trying to sleep, though I have found some pillow positioning to help alleviate some of those symptoms. The circulation problems are bad enough to where I wake up completely disoriented and have fainted twice when trying to stand up and return circulation.

    I have a doctors appointment Tuesday, but I was wondering if anyone had any ideas as to what could be causing my symptoms and whether I should see a neurologist or GI or any other type of specialist. I've already seen a cardiologist and seemingly ruled out heart issues as a cause. I also had untreated strep a month before this 6 weeks of symptoms had started. If anyone has any advice I would greatly appreciate it. Also, if you need more background info, please leave an email address or contact me at schmoydy23@yahoo.com.

    • ANSWER:
      You're a mess. Antibiotic is not effective against viruses, and if they are taking a shotgun approach without knowing what baceria they are targeting, well, they missed. Penicillin, for instance will kill strep, but will make e-coli a very happy diner. I have no idea what they use on Lyme.

      I would think a rheumatologist or a toxicologist would be your thing is your doc doesn't get it figured out soon.

  30. QUESTION:
    Will an NHS Doctor tell my parents if they pick up weed use in my urine test - i'm 16 years old.?
    I'm not sure how the confientiality works? Im having a urine test for kidney infection, and its been sent of to the lab to be tested, if they do pick up traces, as im 16 does this mean it breaks confidentiality to tell anyone?
    airhazard : are you a lab tech in the uk? or america if that makes any difference.

    and yes, this is scaring me into not wanting to smoke it anymore :|

    • ANSWER:
      All they are doing is plating the urine for bacteria but some might also send it to chemistry department to find anything unusual like crystals. I would not worry but i would quit doing weed if i were you.

  31. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection? Please answer.?
    So I've been having problems with UTIs the past two months. I'm 13. I went to the clinic today and gave another urine sample. The doctor said I didn't have a UTI, but I had either one of two things. There was blood in my urine so he said either the infection had gone to my kidneys, or I had a yeast infection from all the antibiotics I've been taking. I told him I had a sore back and he like punched both sides. But I'm scared. He sent my urine to a lab to be tested for kidney issues. The results will be back on Wednesday and he said if they were negative, we would "investigate further". I don't want a gynological exam!!!!! Im afraid. He said I most likely have a yeast infection. How do doctors test for yeast infections? What will he do? =[

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    What this is mean? Please help me to understand?
    I am a 31 years male. Doc found blood in my urine in dipstick test. But in microscopic UA there was no blood. This is what doc did
    1. Asked me to go to rest room and pee. Added some jelly like substance on my belly and did some ULTRA SOUND like test and told me that "you have nicely empty your bladder"

    2, Did a DRE and told me "your prostate looks good"

    3. Then took blood for Kidney and PSA test. Within 20 mins lab gave me Kidney test result and it was normal. They said it will take some time to get PSA result ( may be days)

    4. Also, doc ordered CT scan with contrast for abdomen and pelvis. I will do this next week.

    Could you please explain me what above 4 tests and their result mean? I was reading prostrate cancer and i saw DRE and PSA are the test. But did not understand purpose CT scan test.

    • ANSWER:
      Ultrasound looked at bladder emptying, which was fine.
      Blood tests suggest your prostate is normal (along with exam/DRE) and kidney function is normal
      CT is likely to rule out kidney stones (common source of blood in urine).

      Having a dipstick show "blood" but then none evident on micro exam can mean there is hemoglobin spilling in your urine for sa variety of reasons or could mean lab error or just a transient episode of blood in urine that resolved between dipstick and micro. Would suggest if nothing shows up on CT, that the micro and dipstick be repeated and if still not in sync, get referral to a primary doc to work this up further.

      Blessings

  33. QUESTION:
    Why is my 9 yr old lab's stomach full of fluid and they can nopt find anything wrong?
    My 9 year old labrador's stomach filled with fluid all of a sudden. After going to multiple vets who diagnosed heart/liver/kidney disease which tests didn't prove, I went and had the dreaded ultrasound for Cancer. They could not find anything. Now they suggest exploratory surgery. Anybody have any other ideas or experienced this?

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe there was a fluid filled mass that ruptured.

  34. QUESTION:
    I have a hospital bill, i have no insurance?
    I live in ny,brooklyn.Last month i had to go to emergency room , cuz i had back pain. turned out that i had kidney infection, they did urine test, ultrasound. doctor gave me prescription after six hours waiting. Before i got the treatment , i told them that i had no insurance and i didnt know if i could afford. they told me not to worry about it and i only had to pay little amount. Anyway, i got the bill two days ago which was 1200 dollars. I was shocked. Im here to study and i have no insurance in this country. How could that be this expensive?? This is robbery ,this is insane. in my country its all free. What kind of health care is this?? 1200 for lab test and ultrasound? bulls*t!

    So i went to financial dep. to tell them that im not able to pay this, the lady gave me a paper that has numbers on it and told me to call them to see if im eligible for medicaid. i called the number , she asked me if i had the necessary docs, and later she got so aggravated because im foreign, she told me to call back when i have all the docs and hung up. I tried to call , she didnt answer. Now!!! What hell am i supposed to do with those rude americans and this bill ? i dont have that money, i work my ass off to pay my rent. i dont have social security.
    I totally refuse to pay this bill. what is gonna happen ? and what am i supposed to do ?

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      My question is why didn't you purchase insurance prior to coming here to study? My daughter was required to purchase health insurance prior to going to one of those "free" countries to study for a semester.

      If you refuse they could pull your pass and send you back.

  35. QUESTION:
    19 weeks pregnant blood in urine but no infection?
    I am 19 weeks pregnant for the past 5 weeks i have had blood detected in my urine at the Dr's but no sign of infection.
    on the 2nd time they detected it Dr gave me course of antibiotics just in case ;-/

    On friday my Dr decided to send my urine off to the laboratories to test further.

    on friday night i had lot of pain in my kidney region so i went to the out of hours Dr and explained to him what had been going on.

    He tested my urine and said yes there is loads of blood cells in this and sometime thats all that is needed to indicate infection so a kidney infection was diagnosed and a weeks supply of antibiotics given.

    So today i call my Dr's for the results of the lab test on my urine and they said its come back normal!!!

    so where is thsi blood comeing from... called my midwife who says when im in net Wednesday to see the consultant who may want to scan my kidneys but PLEASE if you know anything about this or have had this blood in urine help! im really worried ;-c

    PS this is 3rd baby never had problems in previous pregnancies

    Thanks x

    • ANSWER:
      I always have blood showing up - but I have a small bit of cervical errosion which is where its coming from. Dont worry its nothing significant, could be from when you have sex and your cervix gets rubbed.

  36. QUESTION:
    MEDICAL QUESTION , PLEASE HELP?
    George, 60 yrs old teacher seen by his Nephrologist for lack of urination and gradual decline in his kidney functions. Known diabetic for 20 years, poorly controlled and he is getting dialysis three times a week. Physical examination is significant for high blood pressure and edema.

    Based on the above history and findings, please answer the following:

    1.What’s the diagnosis for George?

    2.Clinical Manifestations for this condition

    3.What are the lab tests to confirm the diagnosis?

    4.What are the complications of this diagnosis.

    5.Treatment for this condition.

    • ANSWER:
      1. Diabetic nephropathy.
      2. edema: swelling, usually around the eyes in the mornings; later, general body swelling may result, such as swelling of the legs
      foamy appearance or excessive frothing of the urine (caused by the proteinura)
      unintentional weight gain (from fluid accumulation)
      anorexia (poor appetite)
      nausea and vomiting
      malaise (general ill feeling)
      fatigue
      headache
      frequent hiccups
      generalized itching
      3. Renal function tests: BUN, creatinine, CMP, urine tests for albuminuria.
      4. Possible complete kidney failure and death.
      5. Close monitoring of glucose levels, adding ACE inhibitors; possible ARB's but this could worsen the situation.

  37. QUESTION:
    What could this be?
    After spending 10 hours in the emergency room yesterday for a fever that presented at 102.1 and severe headache, my symptoms did not appear to be from an emergent cause such as brain abscess, metastasis, menigitis, sinusitis or internal bleeding. I had general work-up for the fever and a cause was not apparent at that time AFTER studies on my urine, blood, and CT scan of my head and face. An ultrasound was had of my gallbladder??? dispite my acknowledging pain in the area of my liver and kidney. My abdominal area was not palpatated., although my discharge paper s state that studies were made of my abdominal area. I gues this is via blood works.

    Tests Performed:

    Lab, radiology, and Other testing Including the following:

    Lab Tests Performed:
    CBC: Normal
    Chem7: Normal
    Amylase/Lipase: Normal
    Liver Enzymes: Normal
    Urinalysis: Normal
    Blood culture: Pending

    Radiology Tests:
    Chest X-Ray: Normal
    CT-Head: Normal
    CT of the Face: Normal
    Ultrasound of the Gallblader: Normal
    CSF fluid: Negative for menigitis or bleed.

    I was give antibiotics to control the 'infection' and stop the sever headaches and later discharged with prescriptions of Motrin 2 600 mg and vicodin @ 500 mg.

    I am a breast cancer patient who had recently undergone neoadjuvant chemotherapy to reduce a breast lesion. I still await surgery. I cannot understand why this infection cannot be adequately located as of yet through the blood works (two seperate culture) removed fro my Port-a-Cath. I have pain in several areas of my body, yet the CBC, etc, shows nothing....as if this thing is psychosomatic in nature. I assured the doctors it wasn't.

    Tell me..what could this be that is presenting itself as an infection now?
    **Blood culture: Pending
    dispite my acknowledging pain in the area of my liver and kidney. My abdominal area was not palpatated., although my discharge paper s state that studies were made of my abdominal area. I gues this is via blood works....as no radiological test were done of my abdomen. the CT scans were of my head and face only. I asked why the abdominal area was not done as I asked the Ct technician why no tests were ordered in that area. I told him that I told the ER doctor of the pain in those areas. Nothing was ordered to assess that area. I am under the impression that there must be something filtering through the liver and kidney, chemo damage even, but the blood works aren't showing this. What other test should be had under my Primary care physical that can better explain such results?
    Thank you Psyengin...

    Please note that stress only causes headache and fatigue...not fever. I can readily understand where your coming from regarding chemo-induced anemia as well. I had it while under chemo some months ago. Neulasta injections one day after each chemo treatment solved that problem then. Chemo toxicity to the kidney and liver may be a possibility. I am looking into that as well via a Pet/CT scan two days from now as scheduled by my physician. Today he has also scheduled an MRI of the pelvis/thorax/abdominal cavitiy. Again, blood cultures are pending.

    Thank you for your concern....
    Great input here, abijann! Thank You!

    I will be bringing this info you have given me here to my Medical Oncology physician's attention ASAP, as it is quite relevant. Endoscopy, ERCP, and colonoscopy SHOULD be considered due mainly to the effect of my chemo treatments on my bowel functioning: the mucousal lining did shed considerably. This could have resulted in an oportunistic colon infection, etc. at issue here. I am still awaiting those blood work results response from my Drs.....*sigh*
    My hope is that this is nothing more than an inflammation either as a result of necrosis caused by the chemo causing the tumor to regress (it has shrank considerably) or ,,,infect-ion. Of where?? Hopefully the tumor is not increasing in size, Something is not right, as I am starting to feel the same set of symptoms once again as lead me initially to the ER on Monday. PET and CT scan fusion of chest/abd/pelvis had been ordered 20th. It was moved up to tomorrow morning.

    • ANSWER:
      Reading through your (amended) post and the other responses, I can't give you any additional medical advice, but do wonder whether anything dietary may be contributing to the problem. If you're experiencing pain in the liver/kidney region, it's possible the problem is intestinal, so you may want to restrict your diet to eliminate harder to digest foods for a few days and increase your fluid intake to see if flushing out your system helps. I would including hot oatmeal (plain) with oat bran added to make sure you're getting enough fiber. Light soups/broth would also be in order.

  38. QUESTION:
    Do you have or know of someone who has an infant with confirmed hypertension?
    My son is 3 months old with GERD w/ a recent Nissen Fundoplication and Gastric Button Placement, Dysphagia, Laryngomalacia, DGE, Enlarged Heart with chamber wall thickening, and Hypertension. Nephrologist said the kidney problem will surface later, but it hasn't shown up in the lab tests yet. He is on HBP medication, and it's controlled. Do you know of anyone who has had a baby born with hypertension? If so, what is there home routine like? Do they monitor on a regular basis or go only to routine doctor visits for checkups? Just curious

    • ANSWER:
      Routine home monitoring may not be easy, given the difficulty of measuring blood pressure in infants.

  39. QUESTION:
    Pus in the Urine?!!?
    I went to my doctor two weeks ago cos i had colds and cough. I had some lab tests (urinalysis and blood test). Incidentally, on the result of the urinalysis i have 2-6 pus cells. The doctor said it is UTI. I took medicine for a week. I'm not sure what's the name of the drug I forgot, I think it is Cotrimoxasole. I went back to my doctor just recently to have a repeat urinalysis and the result is I still have pus cells and the range is 2-4 , it is down just a bit. My pee is normal and I don't feel hurt or anything when peeing. The doctor didn't gave me any prescription drugs but she scheduled me for a kidney ultrasound tommorrow. Do you think this is a serious health problem? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      denshow- Something is NOT right! In the microscopic examination of urine, done under a high power magnification, a "pus" cell = a white blood cell (WBC) and cannot be accurately identified as being "pus". If you look at the actual lab report, it lists WBC/hpf (white blood cells per high power field); it will not use the word "pus". It is normal for urine to contain 1-5 WBC/hpf. With a true infection, the number would likely be 50-200 or four plus (++++) or TNTC (too numerous to count). Urine infections are commonly accompanied by burning when peeing. I strongly doubt that you had any urine infection at all.
      Your doctor needs to do a much better job of diagnosing an infection and not hide behind any degree, even an MD or DO. Your information does not seem to justify any kidney studies unless you have or had kidney stones in the past.

  40. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for a 15 yr. old to have high levels of HGB, HCT, PLTS, Potassium, Calcium, Albumin, AST,etc.?
    I just got my bloodwork done.
    "The results from your lab tests showed abnormalities that may require further evaluation/treatment."
    They want me to have a BMP done to re-check high potassium.
    What does this mean? Kidney failure? Or could it be as simple as dehydration?
    Please help!
    It's not extremely elevated. Only slightly high levels of:
    Hemoglobin
    Potassium
    AST
    HCT
    Calcium
    Albumin
    Anion gap
    Platelets

    • ANSWER:
      Simple Dehydation , all the above increase, due to heam-concentration or you perspire too much. Drink lot of water upto 8 glasses or more/day OK.

  41. QUESTION:
    doctors and rn's only please, kidney infection pos and worse?
    diagnosed hydronephrosis of left kidney 3 yrs ago.. long history of bladder and kidney infections for past 6 yrs at least 2 infections a month, severe aches and moderate to severe side and lower back pains... given cipro 500mg 2xday... lab test: color: yellow blood: moderate protein:small leukocytes: small... lab test taken over a wk ago.. cud this be a kidney infection? blood in urine visible bad enough to go to urgen care? PROFESSIONAL AND LICENSED DOCTORS AND RN'S only RESPOND PLEASE i will go if it is bad enough to go but dont want to go until a doctor or rn confirms it is bad enough to go cuz I have a newborn.. no it is not preg related post pardum checked out fine

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    Blood Test Results - Kidneys - 59?
    I'm a 17 year old female.
    I got my lab results back, and for my kidneys, it says 59.
    Which If I'm not mistaken..means Stage 3 Chronic Disease.

    Is that number too low for my age?
    Do i actually have kidney problems?

    Please give me all the info that you know.
    I'm worried.
    Thank you!
    And on the lab results paper I received, it shows two stars next to GFR.

    GFR **
    Also, what can I do to help myself and get a high number. A normal number.
    What kind of foods should I stay away from and what foods should I eat?

    • ANSWER:
      Your GFR tells how much kidney function you have. It may be estimated from your blood level of creatinine. If your GFR falls below 30 you will need to see a kidney disease specialist (called a nephrologist), Your kidney doctor will speak to you about treatments for kidney failure like dialysis or kidney transplant. A GFR below 15 indicates that you need to start on a treatment

  43. QUESTION:
    Honey failed 3 urine tests due 2 specific low gravity. Last 2 observed. Company won't hire him, is this legal
    He already passed the first drug test that his temporary agency gave him. Then when his 60 days was up, the employer asked him to take another urine test. The lab called him a few days later and said that the gravity was too low. They asked him if he drank a lot of water -- which he does because he had a severe kidney and bladder injury in the Army. He is considered a partially disabled vet. So he went in for the second urine test and it was observed. The lab guy, said that if he failed the gravity test again, the lab would pass him because it was observed. They didn't! He NEVER failed in any other category of the test. So, his company tells him he has to take yet a THIRD test. So he did, and my honey INSISTED that they observe. He intentionally tried to dehydrate himself before going in (which is NOT healthy for someone with his urinary problems, but he did it anyway). He failed the gravity test again. Now, his company has let him go. I think he could sue, am I right?

    • ANSWER:
      1 He failed three urine tests.
      2. He was never hired, he was working for a temp agency.
      3. A company has 90 days (that might vary by state) to discharge a new employee without cause.

      He can sue, anyone can sue, anytime for any reason. Will he win a settlement. In my opinion NO.

  44. QUESTION:
    Having kidney problems and am being ignored?
    During my past pregnancies I have had pyelonephritis, moderate hydronephrosis due to the babies obstructing the right ureter. First pregnancy obstruction occured on both. In each time my perinatologist brought in a urologist and could not see the obstruction so a pyelogram was done that confirmed it. My lab test were always normal except for having pyelonephritis. This last pregnancy I have been having severe right flank pain and went to the er and they diagnosed Pyelonephritis. I was put on propholactic antibiotics and still the flank pain has been so unbearable I keep going back to triage. I spoke with nurses and my doctors and the perinatologist I was seen by this time said I did have signs of kidney problems but don't know what to do. My doctor wanted to do a c-section but amnio pg/PI test were negative. I saw him today and he said he will not deliver until 39 weeks. He has seen me screaming in pain at the hospital. He said he wants another amnio before he will deliver. why?

    • ANSWER:
      I can only imagine your frustration with this situation, however, I am not quite sure I understand why you think you are being ignored. It sounds as though you have been to numerous health care providers who are taking your concerns seriously. C-sections have a set of risks associated with them and I think a good doctor would not want to do one without assuring that it is best for the baby as well as the mother. Though I am not familiar with your condition and you don't mention how far along you are now, I think it is a good thing your doctor is reluctant to do a c-section any sooner than 39 weeks without the necessary test results he feels make it necessary. It is your right as a patient to get a second opinion, especially if the health care professionals you have seen recently do not know what to do for your condition. It may be best to contact your doctor for clarification as to why he wants another amnio (which also has risks associated with it, as you well know) before he will deliver. He is really the only one who can accurately answer the question.

  45. QUESTION:
    Lower back & abdominal pain, vaginal discharge, fever, always feel weak?
    Im 27 years old, single, not married and Im suffering an on/off lower abdominal pain together with back pain and fever. And there's a vaginal discharge as well, sometimes odorless and most of the time it has very foul smell. The discharge appearance looks kind like pus, but it's not. Somewhat transparent/milky, pale yellow, blood stain at time( not too much, just a few streaks), the discharge sometimes sticky & watery, they have the 'water' and 'mucus' part as well. ( I had to use tissue which I fold in many layer instead of using pad/pantyliners because there's a lot of discharge which is came out frequently and I have to change it once in an 1 or 2 hours ). The cramp which Im having is similar like period cramp, but it goes on/off. No itching vulva/vagina, and no burning sensation when I urinate( except that 'unsatisfied' feeling after Im done. I feel like i still want to pee, but nothing will come out. And FYI, I can't hold my urine longer like before. When the urge to pee come, I have to go to the toilet as soon as possible or I will pee in pants. I don't know why it happened like this.

    The last intercourse I had was 3 months back, only once or twice. Even after having sex with the last man, nothing strange happened after that.

    I had this kind of sickness 3 years back. I was bleeding frequently (not too much like period blood, but there's a blood discharge, sometimes red and brown ). I cant move at all even to turn around my body while sleeping, the lower abdominal pain was very severe. I became too weak and pale because I bleed non stop for more than a months. 3-4 hospitals which I visited told me different results for that illness. Such as appendicitis, gastrontritis, kidney stone, UTI, STD disease (which is funny because I never had sex with anyone that time ). One of the doctor even wanted to remove my appendix. Luckily I didnt proceed coz I dont have enough money. So I tried traditional/alternative medicine, and it really works!

    I cant even sit in the car or bus that 'bumping too hard on the road' because I feel pain whenever there's a pressure to my stomach. Now im depending to Ibuprofen very often to ease my pain

    Please tell me what is wrong with me? Is this what you call endometritis? Or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease? Or apendicitis? Or kidney stone? Should I do Pap Smear or any lab test for this? I hope anyone can give me advice on this issue. Really appreciate your help.

    P/S : I had my menstrual at age 9.

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    advice on kidney pain?
    All of the great people responding has said speak with my doctor. This doctor barely speaks to me and my husband. And when I wanted to discuss the lab test from amnio he just walked out of the room. I have had this happen with my other ob also that is why I was referred to a perinatologist who said I have some type of kidney problems but she did not want to do anything and accept me as a patient. So she referred me to this doctor. He spend about 3 minutes tops with me and this last time actually gave me 10 minutes but left right in the middle of me asking questions because of the confusion. What should I do. I had a great perinatologist before who spent a lot of time speaking with me and he decided to induce early because of the pain I was experiencing. I had had a stent put in and urinated blood for several days. He heard me screaming in the hospital every night with pain and he said enough is enough. I care about my children and my lovely unborn son but my pain bad!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Your answer is simple - get another perinatologist. You don't have to put up with that kind of treatment.

  47. QUESTION:
    Can you believe this? It was rat poisoning and they knew about for weeks.............?
    (CBS News) NEW YORK Rat poison has been found in pet food blamed for the deaths of at least 16 cats and dogs, a spokeswoman for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets said Friday.

    The toxin was identified as aminopterin, state Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker said in a statement. Aminopterin is used to kill rats in some countries, but it's not registered for that use in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

    The officials did not say how they believe it got into the pet food.

    Pet poison experts will be answering questions in a live chat on the ASPCA website at 3:00 p.m. EDT. Click here for a link to the website.

    The substance was found at a level of at least 40 parts per million in tested cat food samples, according to Donald Smith, dean of Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Testing was done at the New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell and at the New York State Food Laboratory.

    "Any amount of this product is too much in food," Hooker said.

    The lab tested three cat food samples provided by Menu Foods, the manufacturer that produced all the recalled food. Aminopterin was found in two samples. The lab has not tested any dog food.

    Hooker said the lab would be testing individual components of the pet food.

    Aminopterin, also used as a cancer drug, is highly toxic in high doses. It inhibits the growth of malignant cells and suppresses the immune system.

    The Food and Drug Administration has said the investigation was focusing on wheat gluten in the food. Wheat gluten itself would not cause kidney failure, but the common ingredient could have been contaminated by heavy metals or mold toxins, the FDA said.

    State and FBI officials said they knew of no criminal investigations in the case.

    The pet deaths led to a recall of 60 million cans and pouches of pet food produced by Menu Foods and sold throughout North America under 95 brand names. There have been several reports of kidney failure in pets that ate the recalled brands, and the company has confirmed the deaths of 15 cats and one dog.

    Menu Foods last week recalled "cuts and gravy" style dog and cat food. The recall sparked concern among pet owners across North America. It includes food sold under store brands carried by Wal-Mart, Kroger, Safeway and other large retailers, as well as private labels such as Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba.

    A complete list of the recalled products along with product codes, descriptions and production dates was available from the Menu Foods Web site.

    The recall has led to at least three lawsuits against Menu Foods from pet owners who allege their animals got sick or died after eating recalled food.

    Mourning turned to outrage after owners learned that Menu Foods waited nearly a month before notifying the public, reports CBS News The Early Show veterinarian Dr. Debbye Turner. This means that unsuspecting owners were poisoning their pets.

    "To find out they knew about this weeks ago, and that the cats they tested died!" former cat owner Dawn Marjerczyk told CBS. Marjerczyk's cat died after eating some of the tainted cat food. "Why wasn't it pulled off then? Why do so many people have to suffer right now?"

    The company's chief executive and president said Menu Foods delayed announcing the recall until it could confirm that the animals had eaten its product before dying. Two earlier complaints from consumers whose cats had died involved animals that lived outside or had access to a garage, which left open the possibility they had been poisoned by something other than contaminated food, he said.

    Menu Foods also makes foods for zoo cats, but those products are unaffected by the recall.

    A spokesman for New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said he was not aware of any criminal investigation involving the tainted food. FBI spokesman Paul Holstein in Albany said Friday he was not aware of any FBI involvement in the case.

    "I don't know where we'll go from here," he said.
    Go into:
    menufoods.com/recall
    There they list the pet foods involved. If you see your pets food listed click on that link, and it will provide the dates from production and the UPC codes.
    Thanks Michael for providing a link

    • ANSWER:
      thanks for the info. it's sad to know they waited so long to report the bad batch. many people, especially older people have pets who are alone and their pets are their companions. my mom who is 67 went nuts when she herd the report. shes had old mecko for years.

  48. QUESTION:
    I do have good appetite, but no weight gain?
    I am a 39 years ld female, married but no child so far. It is because I don't want. I do have good appetite, but never gain weight. Rather the opposite. I checked for diabets. It is within the normal range i.e I am NOT diabetic. I checked my heart condition and it is in a perfect order. I checked my lund and as well normal. I checked my kidney; it is too perfect. The doc now ordered another lab test T3, T4. I am waiting for the result. What is T3, T4 and what did the doc suspect?

    • ANSWER:
      May be its because of wrong eating.. try some tips on diet and some good exercise here http://weightlossinstructions.blogspot.com/

  49. QUESTION:
    Pre eclampsia? What is your experience? Did you make it to full term?
    I'm 33 weeks and 3 days right now. I had my routine check up and doctor said my bp was high and had protein in my urine. I was sent to the lab to get test for my kidneys and blood test turned out fine. Doc wanted to see me after a week and my blood pressure was still high so I was sent to Labor and delivery for NST and 24 hour Urine test. Urine test turned out I have mild pre e about 300+ I think. Doc then sent me to L&D again for Betamethasone shots, CBC and 2x a week NST. Now it seems like bp has always managed to go down it doesn't stay high and they send me home. This has happened 3 times now, doc sends me to L&D and my bp doesn't stay up, which is good, and I am sent home. Does that mean I might be able to make it to full term? What's your experience?

    • ANSWER:
      I developed PE at 36 weeks. I left work to go to my regular checkup and didn't make it back to work as I was sent to the hospital (was allowed to pick up a few things from home). I don't know what any of my levels were but I had slightly elevated BP the week before but by my appointment I'd completely swollen up and had protein in my urine and high blood pressure. I got the steroid shots as soon as I showed up at the hospital, did a 24 hour urine collection test and more blood work. I did not get to go home. :(

      After a detailed ultrasound I was induced right at 37 weeks.

      The fact you're being sent home is a good sign - if they thought it was very serious they'd have you in the hospital on bed rest. Do try to get as much rest as you possibly can, and have a bag packed for the hospital just in case. I think it's a little early to tell if you're going to make it full-term, but I suspect not since the earlier you develop pre-eclampsia the most serious it generally is. Do keep in mind though that even though you're not full-term, a baby born at 34 weeks or later still has the same survival rate as a full-term baby so you and your baby should be fine - just need to keep a very close eye on your condition and make sure it doesn't worsen. If you notice any new symptoms, don't hesitate to call your doctor or get someone to drive you to L&D (since seizures are one possible complication, you shouldn't be driving just in case).

      Good luck!

  50. QUESTION:
    Help my vet says my dog might have something wrong with his liver or kidneys!! What do you think is wrong?
    My dog is a 2 year old black lab and he has been throwing up for the past 3 days and he also hasnt eaten in 3 days. So i took him to the vet today and they have put him through alot of tests and they dont know whats wrong exactly but they think theres somthing wrong with his liver or kidneys what should i do?? is he going to die?

    • ANSWER:
      You should ask your vet about this so you could get a grasp of the exact situation your pet is going through, try out this site - http://bit.ly/c6qYat - the site offers professional veterinarian's advice and you get feedback regarding your concern in 5-15minutes.