Kidney Disease Stage 3

In Stage Four of kidney disease, the symptoms a person experiences will start to be debilitating, and kidney function will become severely impaired. In fact, at this stage, there is only 15-29% kidney function remaining. The body may have disguised its condition for quite a while, but now the disease becomes drastically apparent and undeniable.

The symptoms will resemble things that had begun appearing in Stage Three, but will now magnify them: fatigue increases considerably, the appetite continues to decline, and an earlier phenomenon of itching skin might become much worse than it was. High blood pressure continues to be problematic, because of course the kidneys have now lost most of their capacity to excrete unneeded fluid, so it is retained in the body. This makes the heart and blood vessels work harder, and increases damage to them. And the kidneys may have trouble producing erythopoietin, which stimulates blood cell production, so anemia is another problem that plagues patients with the disease.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to fall from stage 3 kidney disease to dialysis?
    I am in the boarder line of stage 3 of kidneys disease. I would like to know an approximate of how long it takes for a person to fall into dialysis. It is only an estimate what I want. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      What percent function do you have? Most people are put on dialysis when it gets to around 12%. My FIL teetered at 15% for several years before finally dropping to below 12.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the treatment for chronic kidney disease stage 3, with patient being hypertensive and diabetic?

    • ANSWER:
      In general, somebody with Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease and diabetes:

      1. Goal BP less than 130/80
      2. Good Diabetes control
      3. Monitor Cholesterol
      4. Avoids NSAIDS (Advil, Motrin, Alleve, etc.)
      5. Have periodic blood work to monitor renal function, and check for the presence of anemia and overactive parathyroid glands. These problems can usually be treated with medicines.
      6. Modest amounts of protein in the diet.
      7. Use of ACE Inhibitors or ARB type of blood pressure medicine
      8. Check the urine for protein.

      Your doctor (internist or kidney doctor) should be discussing your individual situation.

  3. QUESTION:
    Stage 3 kidney disease, is one elegible for Social Security disability?
    Not on dialysis, YET.

    • ANSWER:
      The day you start dialysis you are allowed. Prior to that, it is based on a complicated formula of your medical condition (mainly your lab tests showing your kidney function), age, past type of work, and education level. The older you are as well as the heavier your past work, make it more likely you will be allowed.

  4. QUESTION:
    my elderly mother has chronic kidney disease stage 3 but nobody told her or us?

    • ANSWER:
      How do you mean nobody told her or you? Could you give more info?
      As a patient, the doctor has a duty to tell her of her illness.

  5. QUESTION:
    Chronic Kidney Disease stage 3?
    My mother, who is 72, saw this on her notes (on the computer screen) at the GPs last week. When she asked about it, the doctor just said it was to do with her age, just ageing of the kidneys. But my mother is worrying now, because, as the same as me, you think chronic is something bad and stage 3 sounds as if it is advanced. Is there anyone medical out there who can shed any light on this?

    • ANSWER:
      CKD 3 is nothing to worry about. Renal function naturally deteriorates with age, it will be monitored regularly and is only a worry if it rapidly deteriorates from present levels, because your GP is monitoring it any problems are picked up quickly and acted upon. Chronic describes duration in time not severity so tell your Mum not to worry

      http://www.kidney.org.uk/Medical-Info/ckd-info/index.html

  6. QUESTION:
    27 weeks pregnant with Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 3?
    I have been living with Kidney Disease since the age of 5. I currently have one functioning Kidney and my GFR has been .5 (stage 1/2) for the last year. I am in my 6th month of pregnancy and was told that my 24hr Urine collection and my blood work has put my Ceratine level at 1.9 (stage3) and the increase happened in one month. I am worried about the sudden increase and have not been told by my specialist what complications I am looking at throughtout the rest of my pregnancy. My questions are....... WhaIs it normal for Kidney disease to progress so suddenly? What effects will it have on my pregnancy? I am almost at stage 4 how quickly can it progress? What are treatment options?

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  7. QUESTION:
    My husband's Reticulocyte lab test count was 0.2 (range is 0.5-1.5). He has Chronic Kidney Disease stage 3.?
    Could this be due to anemia from the kidney disease or should we be worried about bone marrow issues? He was taken off his iron supplement by his nephrologist a short while ago because his vit. d 25-Hydroxy was low at 21. He is 84.

    • ANSWER:
      Chronic Kidney diseases usually can not be cured completely, and the treatment goal is to minimize the disease impact to renal tissues and maximally protect these remaining functional nephrones as well as restoring renal functions.
        First, we need to minimize the influence of disease.
        Chronic Kidney disease is a progressive loss of renal function, and damages to renal tissues are the main causation of renal function decline. Take polycystic kidney for example, the gradual growing up of cysts gives more and more pressure to neighboring renal tissues and as a result cause damages to functional renal cells. Traditionally, when cyst diameter is less than 1.5cm and not concentrating in the renal cortex part where functional renal tissues exist, serious impact to healthy renal tissue will not be caused. Frankly, we can not make these cysts diaper, but as long we can get them under control and make them in a state that will not obstacle renal function, we can also provide patients with a high-standard living.
        Second, we need to protect these remaining nephrones from further attack and damages.
        Fro patients of Chronic Kidney diseases, remaining functional nephrones are the most cherished source of normal renal function. So, protecting them from further damages is something of necessity. And this purpose is based on two curative effects, namely, minimizing disease impact and promoting the whole body immunity. And the latter curative effect can be achieved by sufficient blood inflow to renal cells. as long as the renal cells can receive enough blood, nutrition and oxygen the healthy growth of functional nephrones will be guaranteed.
        Third, we also need to restore renal functions.
        The improvement of renal function is difficult but very necessary. The restoration of renal function is the guarantee of long-term eliminating of symptoms and a relatively high-standard living. In the perspective of western doctors, the restoration of renal function is almost impossible. However, as long as we can gradually degrade these deposited extracellular matrixes and provide necessary materials for the restoration of these reversible damaged cells, we can surely restore and improve renal functions in some degree.
        For patients with Chronic Kidney disease, the most important thing is to be confident. As long as there is a ray of sunshine, the exploration for treatment should not be given up.

  8. QUESTION:
    Stage 3 Kidney Disease, 37year old. GFR 49,BUN 11, CREATININE 8. What things should I eat?
    How concerened should I be? Can I live a long and healthy life? I have always believed you eat to live not live to eat. Now, what is good breakfast, lunch, dinner. What should I eat and what should I not eat?

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  9. QUESTION:
    A friend of mine has stage 3 kidney disease?
    This past summer she had a heart attack. She just had a seizure this past weekend that put her in the hospital. She had a MRI which came up negative, and is about to go in for a EKG. We don't know what has caused the seizure, but I believe it was probably from her kidney disease. I believe she said she was diagnosed with stage 3. Is she dying? Should I be concerned because of the heart attack a few months ago, followed by this seizure? I don't want to ask her straight out if I should prepare myself because I know it will probably upset her. What do you think?

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  10. QUESTION:
    What is the life expendancy of a 64 year old man with stage 3, GFR of 35, kidney disease?
    My husband is also in remission from stage 2b pancreatic cancer & is being treated for high blood pressure. He is feeling so good it seems impossible he has kidney disease. I feel like I need to prepare myself for this but I don't know what to prepare for.

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to his Endocrinologist. He/she should be able to give you a direct and honest answer. GFR is not the problem because all of us can live quiet, healthy lives on only 25% of one kidney available for use. My concern: what is his creatinine level. That is the surest way to tell the viability and function of the kidneys. Hypertension is so hard on the kidneys because of the capillary structure of the kidneys. Any change in blood pressure, for even short periods of time, can damage the GFR of the kidneys. People can stay alive and live productive lives without any kidney function but they are also tied to dialysis 3x week. It is not fun for the patient or the family but it is better than the alternative, at least at the beginning of the process.

      Be encouraged though, the kidneys are very capable of regaining lost GFR. But, your MD is your best source for the prognosis and he/she should be honest with you about it. Some docs are not good at telling the truth about end-of-life conditions and prognoses. So, do your best to make them feel that you are in control and can handle what you are about to hear and they will be more likely to give you the news you may not want to hear, but are still needing to know.

  11. QUESTION:
    how dangerous is stage 3 kidney disease.?
    i have chronic pancreas pain and am a insulin dieabitic

    • ANSWER:
      You are also dyslexic by the look of things but lets not go there. If you are what you say you are then why are you asking stupid questions here and not at the local hospital. Even knowing the term "Stage 3" implies that you know what it is so you could check it out on any one of a hundred medical websites and get a better answer. Try studenthealth.com. If you ain't messing around I wish you well and best of luck, go see a doctor!

  12. QUESTION:
    If you have kidney disease can you drink alcohol?
    I've got kidney disease, stage 3 and I'm a 16 year old girl. I'm not planning on drinking any time soon, I don't drink but I was wondering if later in life if I'll ever be able to have alcohol? How much?
    Thanks for your answers!

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't really recommend it, but you should ask your doctor if you want to know more :)

  13. QUESTION:
    19 year old Girlfriend has Stage 3 Chronic Kidney disease...?
    Anyone have experience with this? She was omitted to hospital a week ago and has just been told she is in stage 3. Whats the protocol from here? Is 3 workable? Any information would be appreciated
    She also has high blood pressure, how fast will it develop?

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  14. QUESTION:
    I have stage 3 chronic kidney disease (CKD). What should my diet consist of?
    My doctor hasn't helped. I am trying to find another doctor. I want to know what I should and shouldn't be eating.

    • ANSWER:
      Generally, a low sodium, low protein diet---

      Here is a link with food choices for CKD patients.

      Good Luck!
      http://www.aakp.org/newsletters/KB-The-Magazine/Diet-Tips-&-Bits/CKD-Food-Choices/

  15. QUESTION:
    could you tell me what is 3rd stage kidney disease please?

    • ANSWER:
      Stage III. The loss of albumin and other proteins in the urine exceeds 200 micrograms per
      minute. It now can be detected during routine urine tests. Because such tests often involve
      dipping indicator strips into the urine, they are referred to as "dipstick methods." Stage III
      sometimes is referred to as "dipstick-positive proteinuria" (or "clinical albuminuria" or
      "overt diabetic nephropathy"). Some patients develop high blood pressure. The glomeruli
      suffer increased damage. The kidneys progressively lose the ability to filter waste, and
      blood levels of creatinine and urea-nitrogen rise. People with IDDM and NIDDM may
      remain at stage III for many years

  16. QUESTION:
    Chronic kidney disease?
    I was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (stage 3) in June last year. My doctor is keeping a check on me with regular blood tests etc. But over the last month I've had a real bad aching in my lower back and wondered if it could be anything to do with my problem. Does anyone know anything about chronic kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      I have had chronic kidney disease. I think the best site for info on it is from the National Kidney Foundation at www.kidney.org. They have good message boards there.

      I did not ever have lower back pain, so I can't tell you if that is connected to your disease or not. My problems were due to Type 1 diabetes.

  17. QUESTION:
    The effects of chronic kidney disease on your skin?
    I have stage 3 chronic kidney disease and wondered if the build up from my kidney not functioning correctly has anything to do with the condition of my skin? I only have the one kidney too.

    • ANSWER:
      You never said what skin condition you have and there a number of skin conditions associated with chronic kidney disease. You can go to the link below and read about some of them yourself. Your nephrologist should have warned you.

      http://www.aakp.org/aakp-library/Skin-Problems-Kidney-Disorders

  18. QUESTION:
    Stage 2 Kidney Disease, 37year old. GFR 66, CREATININE 1.3. How concerned should I be?
    How concerened should I be? Can I live a long and healthy life? Will I need a Transplant? I have always believed you eat to live not live to eat. Now, what is good breakfast, lunch, dinner. What should I eat and what should I not eat?

    • ANSWER:
      For stage 2, you are doing well for a GFR at 66 and Cr of 1.3.

      If you have Diabetes / high blood pressure, the most important thing is to keep them under control by taking your meds and eating a low sodium/sugar diet.

      Exercise is also important by keeping control of your weight and blood pressure.

  19. QUESTION:
    Kidney Disease Please help?
    I need to know if coffee and tea are ok for stage 3 Kidney Disease

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  20. QUESTION:
    I have protein in my urine, so what stage of diabetic kidney disease am i at?
    facts: type IDD 35 years, now aged 46. 1st 20 yrs my blood sugar control was highly variable. My diabetic specialist put me on medication over 10 years ago, an ACE inhibitor 40mg daily, Cardura XL 4mg daily,low dose aspirin 76mg daily and a diuretic 2.5 mg daily

    Internet articles say, after such a long time my kidneys should be spilling between 2-4 grams of albumin daily and my GFR should be < 60. i.e stage 3 diabetic kindey disease????

    2 years ago my Albumin spill was measured at only 57 micro gms /24 hours and a few months ago it was 314 micro grams (albeit my blood sugar at this time and day was over 20, very unusuall for me in recent years and i since found out my diuretic tablet was 10 times the correct level 25 mg instead of 2.5 mg both of which can spike your albumin level,or so i am advised) my GFR was calculated at 91

    So what stage of Diabetic Kidney Disease am I at 1, 2 or 3? 57mg and 314mg respectively and what does the future hold ? i am confussed and concerned

    • ANSWER:
      I'm a physician & to answer ur Q U R NOW AT STAGE 1 CKD ,this can progress to ESRD end stage renal disease,in order to stop that progression u should control ur blood sugar level very strictly , regular follow up to check ur ptn in urine , avoid smoking,exercise regularly,continue on ACE I u r currently on & check with ur doctor as he may increase the dose or switch to ARB

  21. QUESTION:
    Diabetic with Kidney disease still drinks ALOT!?
    My husband was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 kidney disease in the last 2 months. He has high blood pressure and high potassium levels too. He is taking Lantus at night and Humulog on a 1:10 ratio but, he doesn't take his Lantus every night. In addition, he has also had surgery on both his eyes due to Macular Edema. I am wondering if there are any spouses that are out there that have the same issue as I do. I know that if he doesn't take care of himself he will go downhill.I know that death is in his near future. He has been to AA and rehab and it hasn't worked. I am just wondering how long he will survive living like he is.

    • ANSWER:
      I had heart surgery in 2001 and now have congestive hear failure and type two diabetes, take insulin, and pills gave up smoking and drinking after surgery and I do everything right and struggling to breath and keep diabetes in check. It's tough If he's drinking and diabetes out of control It's hard to believe he's going to live all that long but you never know. It's hard enough keeping mine level because I don't always eat right. I know one thing that happens to me if my sugar gets to low I start showing signs of being drunk. and if I don't get the sugar level up I'm history, with him drinking and if that happens somewhere he just might get picked up for being drunk instead of low sugar he's going to die in that jail cell. He's dying a slow death you better hope you can at least have him wear a diabetes bracelet But I would say he throw in the towel and is slowly killing himself. If that is the case there isn't much you can do. He could die tomorrow or ? no telling maybe the doctor can. I'm going on 8 years and I'm at least trying to do everything
      right You want a guess with stage 3 kidney disease bet he don't make five years could be a lot shorter.

  22. QUESTION:
    Can you (or the experience of a loved one) tell me what to expect when I hit stage 5 kidney disease. Honestly.
    I'm at stage 3 now, believe the quality of life with dialysis equals zero, and do not believe in transplants (of any kind). So I need to know realistically what to expect. Thanks for your honesty.

    • ANSWER:
      At stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) you will most likely notice the following three things. 1st you will become uremic (urine in the blood) from a buildup of urea (a nitrogen waste product) in your blood. This can cause lethargy, difficulty sleeping, trouble concentrating, and nausea/vomiting. 2nd you may start to develope edema (swelling caused by fluid) in your ankles, on your abdomen, in your face or eyes, and in your lungs. This is due to the inabilty of your kidneys to remove excess water from your blood. This can cause difficuly breathing. 3rd you could have an increased potassium level from your kidneys inability to eliminate the extra potassium your body doesn't need that is in the food you eat. An increased potassium level can cause your heart to beat irregularly and you could have a heart attack.
      Continue to treat your cause of kidney disease, it might not progress to CKD 5, at the least you can have more time before you need dialysis.
      There are two main choices you have for dialysis (this is assuming that you don't change your mind about a transplant). You can have hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. Hemodialysis takes between 3 to 5 hours 3 times per week. There are several people who still even continue to work while they use this option. Others do nocturnal dialysis where they dialyze 8 hours at night 3 times per week. Even more of those people work. Peritoneal dialysis is where you dialyze at home by using special bags of fluid that are prescribed by a doctor. Many people that choose this option have a high quality of life.
      CKD is not the end of all quality life. Many people live for many quality years now thanks to new advacements in CKD treatment options.
      Good luck, I wish you the best. Check the website below for more information.

  23. QUESTION:
    medical question what is the 3rd stage of kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Increased proteinuria, increased microalbuminuria and decreasing GFR.

      As these things get worse, one will enter overt kidney failure (stage 4). Before this, would have been the clinically silent stage (stage 2). Originally the patient should have had increased GFR (Stage 1), and hypertrophied kidneys and I think *basement membrane thickening* will be apparent in Stage 3 too.

      Hope this helps

  24. QUESTION:
    Kidney Disease?
    My dad is in Stage 3 CKD : moderately reduced kidney function. He needs food with less protein and he has dibetes and high blood pressure so there are certain food he shouldn't eat, I want to cook him his meals but I have no Idea if he can have more than 1000 mg of calicium per day, cause of his kidneys, and I tried looking for food that he needs to eat now that he has kidney disease but I couldnt cook them cause they dont work for him because he also has diebets so am really confused

    can you please help me out here! I really wanna help my dad!

    • ANSWER:
      hey i think im in the early stages of diabetes, it runs in my family and im only 18, i aint never had the problem so i dont know much about it. but check out this site.
      make sure to read.
      hope to help you

  25. QUESTION:
    Renal Disease Stage III - what vegetables and fruits to avoid?
    My Dad has multiple health problems including diabetes, but was recently diagnosed with Renal Disease Stage III. He's already been doing much of what they list at the site below (lost more than 50 pounds) and is trying to increase his exercise. I make a lot of his food, especially premade meals for him to pop out of the freezer into the microwave such as homemade burritos. The link indicates that he may have to avoid fruits and vegetables high in phosphorus or potassium. Which ones are these besides bananas (which he rarely eats anyway)?

    http://www.davita.com/kidney-disease/symptoms-and-diagnosis/stage-3-of-chronic-kidney-disease-ckd/a/685

    • ANSWER:
      The same web site also lists the high potassium and high phosphorus foods. Go to:
      http://www.davita.com/diet-and-nutrition/c/diet-basics

      Back when I was on dialysis, I remember that I was supposed to limit potatos, tomatos,and oranges, but I can't remember the rest, so they should be on the website.

  26. QUESTION:
    kidney disease problem?
    my fiance went to the doctor and found out that something is wrong with his kidneys.well the kidney doctor is on vacation till next week, so we can not get any answers till he comes back. the doctor he is seeing now did about 5 urine tests on him and said that something is wrong with his kidneys and said something about they are only working at 41%. so what does this mean. i looked it up and i found that this 41% could mean 3rd stage kidney disease.well if any one has any kind of information please let me know, i am scared that something is going to happen because he has been really sick these past few days and light headed.he also leaves august 29th to go to police academy, should i till him to wait a little while before going, because he will be gone for 16 weeks. he is already a deputy sheriff, but he has to go to his training.oh and he is 24 and has no history of kidney disease or anything.sorry i am rambeling but i am ascared and worried about him and i just wont as much information as possable, untill we see the doctor.thank you all.

    • ANSWER:
      well..the kidney function is half of what it should be...trick is WHY..........there are many causes for this to happen...diabetes,renal cysts,glomerular disease,lupus.hepatitis,etc.....there are many blood and urine tests needed to pinpoint the cause,then a treatment can be pursued.......if this progresses the function will go down and dialysis will be needed later......then transplant..........good luck....function means the ability to remove waste from the blood...otherwise this builds up in body ,which is toxic......

  27. QUESTION:
    How fast does CKD usually progress? (Kidney Disease)?
    My wife is 23 and just told she has stage 3 CKD (chronic kidney disease). How fast does this stuff progress? Are we looking at dialasis next year? Two years from now? Do we need to get a second and third opinion from different doctors or do the BUN, creatinin, and a GFR in the 30's pretty much sum it up? I know some doc's are just out to get money and our doctor fits that bill in my opinion, but from the research I've been doing this diagnosis seems pretty cut and dry. Anyone had any experience with this young of a person and CKD? I'm gussing pregnancy is pretty difficult/impossible?

    By the way, the doc who gave us this diagnosis gave us a packet on CKD, a packet on what to eat, and told her to "excercise and eat this diet" and kicked her out the door in 30 minutes. We had 3 previous visits with this guy and he was always very brief and cold. Should we see someone else and is there any chance that his diagnosis is wrong?

    Also she had a sonogram and MRI... both were clear.

    • ANSWER:
      My daughter is 21 and her kidneys failed 3 years ago, so she began dialysis, and has now had a transplant. It varies in the length of time for the kidneys to completely give out. The 24 hour urine cleance test is the best measure of kidney function, has she had that test? Many women go on to have healthy pregnancies, but she needs to stay as healthy as possible. There are lots of kidney and dialysis patients that can help answer this question at http://www.ihatedialysis.com - go to the forum and post a question - it's a really great group of people with experience and knowledge to share! You can also read our story at http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-kidney30dec30,0,3538873.story?coll=la-headlines-california - good luck!

  28. QUESTION:
    what does it mean when you have kidney failure at stage 3?
    how many stages are there to this disease caused by diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      There are five stages to chronic kidney failure.

      Stage three is moderate reduction of kidney function. This means that you probably don't feel too well, but you've got a ways to go before you need dialysis.

      Stage four is when your kidneys are on their last leg. This is when you start feeling pretty awful and you look into dialysis and get everything prepared for the kind of dialysis you want to do (I think there are three main types, though I may be mistaken).

      Stage five is end-stage, which means that you cannot survive with the amount of kidney function you now have. You must go on dialysis or have a transplant at this point in order to survive.

      Good luck. Not going to lie, kidney failure is a lot more awful than most people realize in its final stages.

  29. QUESTION:
    I am 28 years old and I just got awarded my disability case. How Often do I have to Go up for review?
    I am a Type 1 Diabetic with Kidney disease (3rd stage) and Just suffered a stroke.

    • ANSWER:
      It can be any where from one year to seven. It should have been stated in a letter how long it would be before your review. Keep in mind that the SSA is VERY behind in these reviews. If you were set for a 1 year review, it is very likely you will be reviewed in 2-3 years. If your case was set for the typical 3 year review, it will most likely be done in 5 or 6 years. If your case is set for 7 year review, most likely it will never happen.

  30. QUESTION:
    kidney failure prognosis?
    My father in law is a double amputee, has CHF, is insulin dependent diabetic, already on oxygen, smokes like a chimney, and we now learn he has stage 3 kidney disease. My husband is deployed. Obviously no one can know this for sure, but best guess on life expectency???

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  31. QUESTION:
    I hope you can help me, I m in stage 3 kidney failure. I'm look for a diet that only alouds me 60 gram protein
    I can't find help in understading this disease I just found out 3months ago there only working right now at 34% I am tired all the time and just don't know what to do please help

    • ANSWER:
      I think you should turn to a doctor on that one... not Yahoo Answers...

  32. QUESTION:
    Can Diarrhoea cause Kidney failure?
    My sister has had diarrhoea for 4 weeks now caused by food poisoning. She will be seeing a Specialist next week. She has had extensive blood tests, all normal except for her kidneys. She has been told she has stage 3 chronic kidney disease. She has been eating very little and obviously loosing a lot of fluids. Does anyone know when the diarrhoea gets under control will her kidneys return to normal. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I am afraid it can the most common causative organism is E.Coli 157.

      From the information you have given I am afraid it is not possible to give a prognosis.

  33. QUESTION:
    Does your GFR level also mean your percentage of kidney function?
    I've been diagnosed with stage 2 chronic kidney disease. My GFR is 60, which looks like it's at the very end of the stage since stage 3 starts at 59. Anyways, how do I know what percentage my kidneys are functioning? (Besides asking my nephrologist of course.)

    I always see that dialysis is needed at stage 5 which is 15% or lower, and the GFR is also 15. Is that how they calculate it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Yvonne, yes GFR is the % that your kidneys work.

      The only way to calculate GFR is by blood tests. Other blood indicators for kidney failure are creatinine, urea and potassium.

      Email me if you have any more questions please.. good luck.

  34. QUESTION:
    Would you have another child after being diagnosed with kidney disease?
    I am only 22 and was just diagnosed with stage 2 chronic kidney disease. I am very close to being stage 3. Anyways, my husband would like to have one more child in a few years, hoping it's a boy but we would be blessed with either. We discussed and agreed on this before my diagnoses. Now, after researching online and whatnot it seems as if pregnancy isn't per se "discouraged" but it's very high risk, can make the disease progress quicker and the baby can possibly develop problems as well.

    I am perfectly fine with my two children (one is his biological and the other is his stepson) and can accept not having another but I know he really would like a son of his own some day. He of course wants me to be healthy and wouldn't be upset if I chose not to get pregnant again but I just don't know.

    What would you do? Would it be selfish to have another child? Or would you rather be happy with the healthy children you have now and forget the dreams of having another?

    • ANSWER:
      My best friend has kidney disease as well. I forget what hers is called but she will need a double kidney transplant in the next few years. She has had this disease for 7 years. She has had two healthy babies since finding out. Her pregnancies were both high risk, and she was hospitalized a lot. They really want another baby, but are holding off because of all the medication she has to take. While pregnant, she cant take them and it makes her worse off. If you want another baby and can handle the stress and sickness then that is your choice. You have to do what you and your husband think is right and what you can handle.

  35. QUESTION:
    I'm experiencing leg and foot numbness. This has been going on for a day now. I am hypertensive.?
    I also have stage 3 Kidney Disease. No medication or anything is required now.

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  36. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy {HBOT} to heal renal {kidney} disease?
    We have decided to do HBOT as a complimentary therapy to the Son-Rise Program http://www.autismtreatmentcenter.org/ for our daughter's Autism. The more I read about HBOT, the more I wonder if it could help my Stage 3 Renal Disease?
    We have decided to do HBOT as a complimentary therapy to the Son-Rise Program http://www.autismtreatmentcenter.org/ for our daughter's Autism. The more I read about HBOT, the more I wonder if it could help my Stage 3 Renal Disease? If you have done this, what depth you go and was is a hard chamber or soft sided?

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  37. QUESTION:
    Are Both Kidneys diseased at the same time?
    In Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease, are both kidneys diseased at the same time?

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  38. QUESTION:
    Is CKD a genetic disease that could be passed to offspring?
    My future husband has Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) , his uncle is now dying from renal failure due to CKD and his uncle's daughter had CKD as well. As far as we know, no one else in his family have CKD. So I was wondering what the probability of passing CKD onto our future children would be? I have done my research so I am familiar with the disease, but I have not been able to find any statistics or evidence one way or the other. All I have found so far has just been opinions of those who suffer from CKD about trying to have children when one partner (or both) have this disease. I would greatly appreciate any and all answers. Just for background info, he was diagnose at 17, is 24 now, and I am 22 with no serious health conditions other than Osteomyelitis (a bone disease). Thank you guys!

    • ANSWER:
      There are many causes for chronic renal disease and I don't know which applies here, but it certainly does seem to be genetic and in that case, there is the possibility of offspring having it. You can have genetic testing done prior to conceiving or when you're early in your pregnancy.

  39. QUESTION:
    I need help ASAP Kidney disease?
    My dad is in stage Stage 3 CKD : moderately reduced kidney function
    I dunno much about it but the doctor told him he needs to go on a diet and he shouldnt have more than 30 grams of protein per day so what shall I do to help him, i need reciepes so I can cook him lunch and dinner, but what kind of food would be good to him with less protien!

    P.S: any website that has reciepes with the percent of fat protein and all so I can tell how much protein does the meal contents.

    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      A fresh fruit and vegetable diet contain low amounts of protein and are healthy for any kidney condition. Just don't have too many fruits high in sugar. I drink rice milk and eat rice instead of pasta because it has less protein and dairy isn't too good for people with kidney problems. You can get rice milk with fortified vitamins A and D and Calcium. Oats are good too. They have low amounts of protein. He shopuld drink one glass of water every hour to keep cleaning the kidneys. He might want to try a cleanse. Preferably the Arise & Shine cleanse. No meat, beans, peas, pasta, dairy and nuts because they all are high in protein. Oh! And if he is having trouble urinating then buy Corn Silk tea at any health food store. Hope that helps.

  40. QUESTION:
    I'm only 22 and was just diagnosed with stage 2 chronic kidney disease...help?
    I've just got home from the doctors and was diagnosed with this and I'm not sure what to expect. I am only 22 years old, have two wonderful kids and just got married. The doctor pretty much said to eat as much as possible, since my muscle mass is low and I am very petite (5' and 92 lbs right now). I've been losing weight steadily even though I eat all the time. She was going to put me on meds to help keep the protein from spilling into my urine but it can lower blood pressure and mine is already low...92/64 today...so that's out of the question. I go back in 6 months for a check up and blood work, and she said to come in at any time if I feel I am getting worse. What should I be looking out for? I'm already tired ALL the time, urinate 2-3 times/hour and even more at night, etc.

    Any suggestions and advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
    I have literally looked at every website related to this disease and asked my nephrologist many questions. I am looking for more personal experience.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think you need to be getting advice here for such a serious problem. Google or do searches from WebMD or Mayo clinic or somewhere reputable - also American Kidney Foundation or other group - Best of luck to you -

  41. QUESTION:
    I have a hole in the heart & pulmonary stenosis doctors considerinf doing TOE does anybody know what this is
    also suffer with diabetes, had a stroke 1year ago and just being told I have stage 3 kidney disease . can anybody help

    • ANSWER:
      TOE - Trans Oesophageal Echocardiogram.
      You will be given a drug to sedate you. A tube will be passed down into your oesophagus. It is like the echocardiogram on the outside (ultrsound of your heart) but from the inside.

      Hope this helps.

  42. QUESTION:
    recently my protein measured 4.2 what is the highest it can go?
    my creatine goes up and down recently it was 121. my protein was 4.2 after a 24 urine. i think i'm at stage 3 of kidney disease. what is the highest amount of protein that has been measured in urine?

    • ANSWER:
      You don't want to know what the highest protein is that has ever been measured! Yikes! Sorry you are having this health problem, though.

  43. QUESTION:
    Are B12 Vitamins food for your kidneys?
    I may have stage 3 chronic kidney disease.
    I'm 17 years old.

    So, are b12 vitamins good for your kidneys?
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      They aren't bad for the kidneys -- one of the most important vitamins for the kidneys is Vitamin D.

  44. QUESTION:
    Are you a nutritionist that has experience with Kidney Disease and Congestive Heart Failure?
    Hi, I'm looking for a nutritionist that might be able to speak with me about a diet for my dog. He has stage three chronic kidney disease and congestive heart failure, and his last visit to the vet shows his kidneys getting worse despite our efforts to reduce salt and protein from his diet. We did get in contact with a nutritionist but she wanted 0 just to consult with us. We're hesitant to do this because we fear she'll just tell us to reduce salt and protein and stop giving him dog food which he hasn't eaten in over two years anyone. It's frustrating to have to hand over this amount of money when we're not given any information on what the consultation will entail. If you're a nutritionist, especially is you have any experience with these health problems and dogs any advice would be helpful. Our dog is a peek-a-poo, 15.5 years old, and his kidney numbers were 83 and 3.3 at his last visit. Again, any advice is appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not an animal specialist neither a medical doctor. But I’ve had a heart failure myself 4 years ago. To improve function of my heart I am taking 200 mg. of CQ 10 daily. I’ve heard something that initially it came from trails in veterinarian clinics. Just my two cents. Make some research. It might help.

  45. QUESTION:
    Should I accept this bribe or offer an alternative?
    I have a boyfriend who I have a long distant relationship with. I live in England and my boyfriend lives in South Africa. We are quiet close and recently he has been diagnosed with end stage kidney disease at stage 3.

    His life became terminal and upon this I kept in contact with his uncle. His uncle informed me of his death and my boyfriend left me a poem with his uncle to which it appeared to be controversial suggesting he was alive. His father is not too keen on our relationship and has hated me since we met.

    2 years from then, a close work colleague of my boyfriends recently sent me an email claiming my boyfriend is alive and well but is still recovering in hospital, however he is bribing me to send him 10 nude images for myself in exchange for information and direct contact with my boyfriend. I have refused to do this.

    Most of the information that man gave to me has been verified and it was obvious that my boyfriend has consulted that man to make contacts with me so that I know he is alive.

    I have requested an alternative to those images but he has refused it. I am not sure what to do or what other alternatives I can offer to him other than a finance which I make will only be small.

    There is no other way I can make contacts with my boyfriend, I have tried searching for hospitals and dialysis units endlessly but failed.

    I would have tried to fly out but I can not afford to do so and I wouldn't know where to start.

    Can anyone advise me on what to do as I am near the brink of breaking down and losing myself to complete darkness?

    Your help and advice is much appreciated.

    Many thanks in advance.

    Zara

    • ANSWER:
      I found your question and story interesting. Call the cops because it's illegal (I think) to send pictures of yourself or anyone nude. And you're being blackmailed. That colleague is disgusting. I mean seriously. If you call the cops, they'll take him into questioning, and you'll know for sure about your boyfriend.
      Best Wishes.

  46. QUESTION:
    HAVE I A CASE dad died in hospital?
    hello, my dad died of a mi in hospital april 2009. he had stage 3 kidney disease. he was type two diabetic, and had heart faliure. on his last visit he was given a drug spirtonlactone and he had ace liprisol. after this his protien level went high and he died, i have papers which could indicate this is the case. i need to know do i go ahead, to sue the hospital, for their neglect, ive reserached the internet, and it says theses drugs should not be used, i belive he died of a high protien and he could have had a few years more. the papers i have got show the decline after he took the drug, i know people are in grief, looking for someone to blame. but the hospital said he had a massive heart attack but had no pain they were bewildered please say if i should go ahead i miss him so much, and i want to be sure thank you sorry for my mispellings. im to upset, thanks again andrea x ps would like a student laywers advice or just general opionion.

    • ANSWER:
      Without knowing his full medical history and treatment it's hard to comment. It's natural to be angry when someone you love is taken from you and its also natural to want to look for someone to blame, but this isn't going to bring your father back and you need to accept this.Your fathers health was very poor indeed. Why not have a chat with the Doctors whom your father was under at the time? Explain your concerns.

      Neither of those drugs seem abnormal in his situation based on what you have said. I am sorry for your loss. You can always ask your GP for bereavement counselling if you are struggling.

  47. QUESTION:
    Bloody discharge between periods and abdominal pain?
    I am 26 years old and had a bloody discharge today. I finished my period about a week ago. I am not on the pill and my husband and I have not had sex since before my period. Last night I had an intense pain in my abdomen like a stabbing pain. I currently have stage 3 kidney disease and am taking bp meds and cholesterol meds I have been on them for a while. I am slightly anemic and was put on iron tablets but they made me ill so I had to stop taking them. I had a scan on my uterus in June and nothing came back from that.

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    question about chronic kidney disease?
    I just found out that I am stage 3 . How bad is this? Can it be reversed at this point?any info what be great

    • ANSWER:
      Stage 3 CKD
      A person with Stage 3 CKD has kidney damage with a moderate decrease in the GFR of 30-59 ml/min. As kidney function declines waste products can build up in the blood causing a condition known as “uremia.” In Stage 3 a person is more likely to develop complications of kidney disease such as high blood pressure, anemia (a shortage of red blood cells) and/or early bone disease.

      Symptoms may start to become present in Stage 3, such as:

      Fatigue: Feeling tired is common for people with CKD and is often caused by anemia.
      Too much fluid: The kidneys may lose their ability to control how much fluid stays in the body. A person may notice swelling (edema) in their lower legs, hands or face around the eyes. With too much fluid someone could even feel short of breath.
      Urination changes: Urine may be foamy if there is protein in it, or dark orange, brown, tea colored or red if it contains blood. A person may urinate more or less, or get up at night to go to the bathroom.
      Kidney pain: Most people with CKD do not have kidney pain, but with some kinds of kidney problems, such as polycystic kidney disease or infections, they may have pain in their back where the kidneys are.
      Sleep problems: Some people have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Itching, muscle cramps or restless legs can keep them awake.
      As Stage 3 progresses, the National Kidney Foundation recommends the patient see a nephrologist (a doctor who specializes in treating kidney disease). Nephrologists examine kidney patients and perform lab tests so they can gather information about their condition to offer the best advice for treatment. The nephrologist’s goal is to help their patient keep their kidneys working as long as possible.

      Someone in Stage 3 may also be referred to a dietitian. Because diet is such an important part of treatment, the dietitian will review a person’s lab work results and recommend a meal plan individualized for their needs. Eating a proper diet can help preserve kidney function and overall health. For Stage 3 a dietitian will usually recommend eating a healthy diet with protein at the Daily Reference Intake (DRI) level of 0.8 grams protein per kilogram body, the same level recommended for all healthy people. Special attention may be given to the quality of protein eaten. Phosphorus may be limited to help keep blood phosphorus or PTH normal and prevent renal bone disease. Controlling phosphorus may also help preserve existing kidney function. Calcium may be limited if blood levels are too high. Potassium is usually not restricted in Stage 3 CKD unless blood levels are high. The dietitian will also take into consideration if the patient has diabetes and provide tips on limiting carbohydrates in their diet. They may also recommend a diet low in sodium for those with high blood pressure or fluid retention. Supplementation with water soluble vitamins may be recommended. Vitamin C may be limited to 100 mg per day from supplements. Nutrients like Vitamin A and some minerals may not be recommended because levels can build up in the blood as kidney function declines. The dietitian may recommend avoiding over the counter dietary supplements unless approved by the nephrologist. It is helpful to work with a registered renal dietitian because as the stages of CKD change, so will the diet.

      A healthy diet for stage 3 CKD may recommend:

      Including a variety of grains, fruits and vegetables, but whole grains and some fruits and vegetables may be limited if blood tests show phosphorus or potassium levels are above normal.
      A diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol and moderate in total fats, especially if cholesterol is high or if you have diabetes or heart disease
      Limiting intake of refined and processed foods high in sodium and prepare foods with less salt or high sodium ingredients
      Aiming for a healthy weight by consuming adequate calories and including physical activity each day
      Keeping protein intake within the DRI level recommended for healthy people with attention to high quality protein.
      Consuming the DRI for the water soluble vitamin B complex and C.
      Vitamin D and iron may be tailored to individual requirements
      Limiting phosphorus if blood levels of phosphorus or PTH are above normal
      Limiting calcium if blood levels are above normal
      Potassium is usually not restricted unless blood levels are above normal
      Many people who develop chronic kidney disease have diabetes or high blood pressure. By keeping their glucose level under control and maintaining a healthy blood pressure, this can help them preserve their kidney function. For both of these conditions, a doctor will likely prescribe a blood pressure medicine. Studies have shown that ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors and ARBs (angiotensin receptor blockers) help slow the progression of kidney disease even in people with diabetes who do not have high blood pressure. And now you Know.>

  49. QUESTION:
    Fluctuation in creatinine level? Can a chronic kidney disease patient's creatinine decreased by medicine?
    My mum suffers from CKD, her health used to be well. But, this year, her creatinine level keeps fluctuating. Initially, at 2.3 to 2.8, then to 2.4, then to 2.7 and now 3.0! Her urea at 85, WBC at 6.4 and haemoglobin level at 13.1 are all constant. The doctor doesnt really bother about the fluctuations in creatinine level. He said dialysis is only needed when creatinine reaches 4.0. But, I am really scared. Is my mum OK? Is she nearing the stage of renal failure? Since its just creatinine causing the problem, can creatinine be controlled with just medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      Creatinine is a difficult thing to control. A small fraction of it is contributed by your physical activity, but the vast majority is determined by your body size and remaining kidney function. As each of these things fluctuates, so does your creatinine level. Listen to the doctor. He knows what he's talking about. Just make sure your mom is taking her meds and watching her diet like her doctor has prescribed.

  50. QUESTION:
    Just received a diagnosis of chronic pancreatitis what does this mean for me?
    I have chronic kidney disease and I am in stage 3, I also have hypothyroidism, and adrenal hyperplaisia . I'm not sure how to find answers that will factor all of this in....anyone have any ideas or any useful info?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a yahoo group that can help answer a ton of your questions about chronic pancreatitis.

      The basics that I've found with my pancreatitis. I'm not a doctor, always talk with your doctor about your health questions.

      Watch your diet, no alcohol, no fatty foods. You might find that digestive enzymes help with the pain when you eat.

      Manage your pain, and be firm with your doctors about your true pain levels. Bring in someone that sees you everyday to your doctor's appointments to validate your pain levels.

      Make sure your specialists all work together. Your Endocrinologist will address your hypothyroidism, and adrenal hyperplaisia, but will still need to work with your Gastroenterologist about the pancreatitis, etc.

      Good luck


Dialysis For Kidney Disease

Hepatitis B is caused by infection with the hepatitis B virus (HBV). The hepatitis occurs in two stages -- acute and chronic. Acute hepatitis B occurs shortly after exposure to the virus. A small number of people develop a very severe, life-threatening form of acute hepatitis called fulminant hepatitis. Chronic (ongoing, long-term) hepatitis B is an infection with HBV that lasts longer than 6 months. Once the infection becomes chronic, it may be irreversible. HBV infection is one of the most important causes of infectious hepatitis. People with chronic HBV infection are called chronic carriers. About two-thirds of these people do not themselves get sick or die of the virus, but they can transmit it to other people. The remaining one third develops chronic hepatitis B. liverAaa,s most important functions are filtering many drugs and toxins out of the blood, storing glucose for later use, helping with the absorption of certain nutrients from food, and producing substances that fight infections and control bleeding. Liver damage in chronic hepatitis B, if not stopped, continues until the liver becomes hardened. This is called cirrhosis, a condition traditionally associated with alcoholism. When this happens, the liver can no longer carry out its normal functions, a condition called liver failure. The only treatment for liver failure is liver transplant. Chronic hepatitis B also can lead to a type of liver cancer known as hepatocellular carcinoma. The infection with HBV is almost always preventable. You can protect yourself and your loved ones from hepatitis B. The hepatitis B virus is transmitted from one person to another via blood, semen and saliva. The virus can be transmitted whenever any of these bodily fluids come in contact with the broken skin or a mucous membrane in the mouth, genital organs, or rectum of an uninfected person.

Risk factor for Hepatitis B:

  • Men or women having multiple sex partners
  • Having sex with a person infected with HBV
  • Having People with other sexually transmitted diseases
  • Injecting drugs with shared needles
  • Receiving blood transfusions or blood products
  • Dialysis for kidney disease
  • Health care workers who are stuck with needles or other sharp instruments contaminated with infected blood
  • Infants born to infected mothers

Half of all people infected with the hepatitis B virus have no symptoms. Symptoms develop within 1 to 3 months of exposure to the virus. The symptoms are often compared to flu. Most people think they have flu and never think about having HBV infection.

The common symptoms of hepatitis B are:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Tiredness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Itching all over the body
  • Pain over the liver
  • Jaundice
  • Dark color Urine becomes
  • Pale color Stools

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to fall from stage 3 kidney disease to dialysis?
    I am in the boarder line of stage 3 of kidneys disease. I would like to know an approximate of how long it takes for a person to fall into dialysis. It is only an estimate what I want. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      What percent function do you have? Most people are put on dialysis when it gets to around 12%. My FIL teetered at 15% for several years before finally dropping to below 12.

  2. QUESTION:
    What causes kidney disease and the subsequently the need for dialysis?
    What exactly causes kidney disease and subsequently the need for kidney dialysis?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many causes of kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, bad infections that weren't treated & attacked your kidneys, PKD, etc. The need for dialysis comes in when your kidney function is low (about 15%, sometimes higher or lower depending the patient) and your kidneys can no longer do the work for your body. Dialysis does the work of your kidneys.

  3. QUESTION:
    What are other options (instead of dialysis) for kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Dialyisis is the only real option when the kidneys fail to preserve life. If it's a short term condition due to other disease or illness, the dialysis can sometimes be done abdominally, but for long term kidney failure, the usual dialyisis is the best method to stay alive. Long term treatment would involve a transplant, obviously. Otherwise, the only option is death, and that will usually occur within a couple of days of the final failure. Sorry, kidneys are critical organs to have functioning. You don't have a lot of time to play around and there are no "herbal" or natural cures if the kidneys are not functioning.

  4. QUESTION:
    I am being fitted w/a fistula for dialysis. Have had kidney disease 35 yrs. Am now 50. How long will this work?

    • ANSWER:
      My mom has been on dialysis for a little over 11 years now. She has had 3 fistulas and numerous catheters. I guess it depends on your body. Please get yourself on the transplant list right away, we all wish she would of, cuz she probably would have got a kidney a LONG time ago!

  5. QUESTION:
    does anyone know a natural cure for someone with kidney disease on dialysis?

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney healing?

      A woman had herbicides poisoning, which makes the body acid. Nobody knew what to do, Poison Control said herbicides are not toxic, the physician had no answer, the physician-shaman not, the acupuncturist not etc. She was finally dying of herbicide poisoning. Her mind fluctuated and she felt barely alive. She was out of breath just be lifting her arm.

      Finally, she found out that she was too acid, which can destroy the kidneys. She went on an alkaline diet, mainly salads, for months, used Tissue Salts and Dinshah Color MedicineTM. Five months later, she traveled and held many seminars.

      A friend of hers had the same. She got dialysis, which helped at the moment. Later, she was so weak that she could not take care of herself. Yet, she did not want to try an alkaline-forming diet, using Tissue Salts and Dinshah Color MedicineTM along with it.

      The body can heal itself, I believe, if given the correct ingredients needed. If one is acid and stays acid, nothing can really heal.

      In my view and experience, the pH should be around 7.5. The pH is the measure of acidity or alkalinity. One can get a roll of pH paper from a health food store (around , less on the Internet), and measure urine and saliva, several times a day. The result should always be 7.5, no matter what one does or eats.

      Dialysis may deplete the body of minerals etc. It may be best to see an experienced naturopathic physician and get some guidance on how to heal the kidneys!

      Modern people often cannot but think of the body like of their cars: going to the repair shop, forgetting that the body is a living being, which can heal itself, if given the right means.

      Here are some alkaline-forming foods
      In general mainly vegetables and fruit. Fruit may cleanse too fast and thus may cause an acid reaction from toxins stirred up too quickly from the tissues and bones.

      Alkaline-forming examples (organic, fresh, not frozen)
      Yams, wild rice, blueberries, spelt flour (pancakes, noodles), green or white tea, apricots (at first in small amounts), carrot-beet juice etc. Frozen and processed food burdens the kidneys since the enzymes in frozen food are mainly dead.

      pH list
      A pH list is helpful to find out what makes one alkaline and what makes one acid. The table contain a column for each: the date, time, pH saliva and pH urine, plus remarks of what one had consumed, the emotional experience, the environment one had been in - all before the measurement. After some days one can see what makes one more acid or more alkaline and adjust, until finally, one can stay at 7.5 with both saliva and urine.

      The body can heal itself, no matter what. Even energy can be used for healing, like the Philippines healer do, who are famous for their healing powers.

      One can also work on one's own energy for healing; a method is described in Raymon Grace's book, The Future is Yours, Do Something about It!

      The body has ancient, genetic healing memory and has healed itself for millennia when given the right means. The body can heal. That's what I have experienced.

      Cordially, India.Magica

  6. QUESTION:
    peritoneal dialysis - end stage kidney disease?
    my dad is 52yrs old. recvently we found out he is in end stage kidney disease when doing random blood test.

    the doctor have suggested peritoneal dialysis for him to do at home.

    he isnt that sick and he is till working. he is always saying that he feels ok.....

    but his blood results are not good.

    he will be goingto have pd soon.

    he doesnt have diabetics but has blood pressure.

    how long will he be able to survive with pd if he folows his diet and will he be able to work?

    hope to hear from all.

    please reply.

    thankyou.
    mommmyof2

    how are your parents doing on dialysis?

    how long have they been on it for?

    • ANSWER:
      My son was on both pd and hemodialysis. Outworld hit it on the head for the pd though. Takes up A LOt of space, heavy cumbersome boxes. You need a 'clean' room in which to hook and unhook (from your pd port) from. Very large machine sits in your room. But, it does not do as thorough a job as hemodiaylsis, but hemo is harder on your system. The key to pd is to keep it clean because it is highly susceptible to infection, both the site and the peritoneum. My son unfortunately contracted peritonitis due to a careless nurse on a field trip so he had to go to hemo. You can live a long life as long as you take your medication, follow a certain diet, and get routine labs to check your levels. Maybe he will even be able to be eligible for a transplant.

      EDIT all people have blood pressure, if you do not you are dead lol. On a serious note, I think you meant high blood pressure, this is very common in kidney patients. Even though my son is post transplant, we still have monthly visits , lots of meds, and daily blood pressures and temp readings.

  7. QUESTION:
    Do you have any eating plans for chronic kidney disease patients to gain weight?
    My mother has a chronic kidney disease and she do dialysis twice a week, i can see that she is losing her weight, how can i make her gain weight?

    • ANSWER:
      There should be a renal dietician where your mother goes to dialysis. You should make an appt to see her.

      You can get general info on recipes/diet info for renal patients at www.davita.com; look for the recipe section.

      As an FYI, I was on dialysis, and never had much of an appetite during that time. It is a side effect of kidney disease.

  8. QUESTION:
    if you are using a juicer whats the best tonic to treat diabetes or chronic kidney disease?
    what can a person do for a diet or herbal remedy for kidney failure before going to dialysis..whaherbs and veges lower blood sugar.

    • ANSWER:
      Natural Home remedies for the treatment of Chronic Kidney Disease

      Orange: Taking one or two oranges before breakfast in the morning followed by a glass of hot water or taking orange juice cures kidney problems or protects one from kidney ailments. Oranges keep the kidneys clean. Apples and grapes are also equally beneficial. Fruit juices keep the kidneys healthy if taken in the morning before breakfast.

      The use of honey is beneficial in kidney problems.

      Carrots: Boil 2 tsp. of carrot seeds in a glass of water and drink it. It will increase the flow of urine.

      Radish: Taking half a glass of radish juice provides relief from burning sensation and pain at the time of urination.

      Bathua : It is beneficial in kidney problems. It relieves hesitancy and strangury micturition and restores the flow.

      Arbi : Eating the vegetable of arbi is beneficial in kidney diseases. It makes the kidneys strong.

      Water-melon: Eating water-melon is beneficial in Nephrites.

      Long cucumber: Taking mixed juice of carrots and long cucumber or carrots and turnips cures kidney diseases.

      Potato: A patient suffering from kidney problem should eat potatoes. It contains lots of sodium and very little of potassium. Too much of potassium causes excessive secretion of salt from the kidneys.

      Mango: Mango is shaped like a kidney. Eating mangoes regularly strengthens kidneys.

      Fresh fruits and vegetables are everywhere we look this time of year. Potassium is found in all foods, especially vegetables and fruit, so it is easy to eat more than your body requires.

      Potassium Levels: Normal blood potassium levels for adults are 3.5 to 5.0mmol/L. Critical levels for people on dialysis are 5.5mmol/L or greater.

      Here are some tips to keep your potassium level in the normal range:

      * Choose 4-5 servings of low and medium potassium foods per day (ask your dietitian for a list of these foods).

      * Remember, serving size counts…even if the food is low in potassium, you still need to watch how much you eat. Generally, a 1/2 cup is an appropriate serving size.

      * When treating yourself to a high potassium food, only buy enough of the food to make one or two servings. This way, you can't over do it!

      * Cooking some foods, such as potatoes, in large amounts of water allows potassium to move out of the food and into the water. Peel vegetables and cut into small pieces. Boil in a large pot of water. Drain the water after cooking (ask your dietitian about soaking potatoes to further decrease the potassium).

      Fresh fruits and vegetables are everywhere we look this time of year. Potassium is found in all foods, especially vegetables and fruit, so it is easy to eat more than your body requires.

      Potassium Levels: Normal blood potassium levels for adults are 3.5 to 5.0mmol/L. Critical levels for people on dialysis are 5.5mmol/L or greater.

      Here are some tips to keep your potassium level in the normal range:

      * Choose 4-5 servings of low and medium potassium foods per day (ask your dietitian for a list of these foods).
      * Remember, serving size counts…even if the food is low in potassium, you still need to watch how much you eat. Generally, a 1/2 cup is an appropriate serving size.
      * When treating yourself to a high potassium food, only buy enough of the food to make one or two servings. This way, you can't over do it!
      * Cooking some foods, such as potatoes, in large amounts of water allows potassium to move out of the food and into the water. Peel vegetables and cut into small pieces. Boil in a large pot of water. Drain the water after cooking (ask your dietitian about soaking potatoes to further decrease the potassium).

      Healthy Eating for People on Dialysis

      Adding healthy snacks to your day's intake can give you extra energy and help you get all the nutrients you need to stay healthy on dialysis. Eating several smaller snack-size meals during the day can be helpful during those times when your appetite is poor. It can also help people with diabetes with their blood sugar control.

      Remember to keep your dialysis diet guidelines in mind when planning your snacks ; eat more protein, less salt, potassium, phosphorous and fluid.

      Here are a few tips and snack ideas to help you out:

      Try a high protein snack to help meet your higher protein needs. Remember to take your phosphorous binder with these snacks.

      * Leftover roast meat on a bun
      * Hard cheese (1oz.) or peanut butter (1 tbsp.) and unsalted crackers
      * Cream cheese on a bagel

      Lower potassium fresh fruit or vegetables:

      * Grapes
      * Apples
      * Berries (blueberries, strawberries etc.)
      * Cucumber or celery sticks

      Choose low salt snacks to help control fluid intake. Salty snacks and foods make you feel thirsty and may cause you to drink more.

      * Unsalted popcorn or lower salt tortillas or pretzels
      * Rice Krispie squares
      * Graham wafers, vanilla wafers
      * For more snack ideas and suggestions, ask your Renal Dietitian

  9. QUESTION:
    i heard that there are medicines out there that someone can take to help prolong kidney disease?
    i've heard about different treatments that are available for people with kidney disease like medicines that can be taken to help prolong kidney disease and it helps slow the disease down. i also heard oh yeah dialysis works ... do the treatments for a while and go to work while u are having the treatments. does anyone know anything about this?

    • ANSWER:
      Peritoneal dialysis is a type of dialysis that people do while they go to work. There are also various ways you can do hemodialysis in your home that can make dialysis more compatible with work.

      There are a number of medicines that you can take to slow or even reverse your diminishing kidney function - which medicine or strategy depends on what is causing your kidney disease. If it is diabetes or high blood pressure - two leading causes of kidney disease - controlling those underlying conditions can slow the progression.

      Often when the kidney disease is caused by damage to the nephrons - the little filters in the kidneys that do all the work - steroids and anti-inflammatory drugs will be tried. If you are ever in doubt that you are receiving the best care from your doctor you should always feel comfortable getting another opinion but sometimes getting the best medical care available is still not enough to save the kidneys.

  10. QUESTION:
    Any ladies with kidney disease and are trying or have been pregnant?
    I am looking for any info I can find, on how the pregnancy went? How long you were able to carry? Was the baby healthy? Did you have to have dialysis? Did it make things worse for you? Any info at all would be great. I am 20 and my husband and I were trying to get preggo when we found this bad news out. The doc is having me wait to get pregnant but I am wondering what is was like for other young women in this situation.

    • ANSWER:
      I am 22 and was just diagnosed with stage 2 CKD and I am trying to find out the same thing! From what I have read, as long as you're not in dialysis stages yet it should be ok. It would be a high risk pregnancy with possible premature birth but it seems like there is hope.

      If you'd like to email me to talk more about the disease I would be more than happy to chat. It's very hard finding people our age with this.

      mrsmayhew9409@yahoo.com or IM

  11. QUESTION:
    How would I go about getting a genetic test for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)?
    My mum and my grandad have both had it, and have had to be put on dialysis for treatment. My mum has always been against me being tested as she believes its putting a timeline on your life.
    However, I really want to know if i have it.
    I'm 18 now, but I'm unsure of how to actually get tested, as in where do I go?
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Blessings .....
      Just go to your doctor, talk to him/her about your history and ask if there is a test to be done to find out whether or not you are a candidate.

      Take care.
      Rhapsody at www.rappingonamleody.blogspot.com

  12. QUESTION:
    Stage 3 kidney disease, is one elegible for Social Security disability?
    Not on dialysis, YET.

    • ANSWER:
      The day you start dialysis you are allowed. Prior to that, it is based on a complicated formula of your medical condition (mainly your lab tests showing your kidney function), age, past type of work, and education level. The older you are as well as the heavier your past work, make it more likely you will be allowed.

  13. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know how to make a blog known?
    I am thinking about creating a blog.
    I plan to make it for people with kidney disease, dialysis, and kidney transplantation.
    I hope to help people with questions, worries etc.
    I figure it is great to talk to someone who has "been there, done that." as opposed to nurses, doctors etc. who have never had kidney disease etc.
    How can I let people know about this blog?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      That's a very good idea to blog about. I always was a fan of people who actually does the work rather than just tell the stories.

      The best approach would be to market your blog and already have few posts to kick things off.

      I regularly use the tips found here to promote my blog, http://www.profeat.net/category/marketing

      Hope it helps.

  14. QUESTION:
    I want to refuse kidney dialysis?
    Hello, my name is "Rein" and I'm 17 years old. I've had various symptoms bothering me for the last week or two, and my family finally forced me to go to the doctors. After a battery of tests, it was discovered that i have an advanced case of Chronic kidney disease. The doctors have said that if i eat right and start kidney dialysis now, i should be able to live for "A long time" (what that means exactly is beyond me). The thing is i don't want to live for "A long time" i've been doing research into the topic and it seems that i can refuse to undergo treatment if i want to. Basically i have two questions.
    #1) Can i be forced to undergo kidney dialysis?
    #2) How do i tell my family/friends that i am choosing to do this.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello. Since you are still under 18, you can be forced to do it. At 18, you are considered an adult, and can make your own medical decisions. But for right now, your parents can force you to undergo treatment. You should try to get better, you have a long life ahead of you. I wish you the best. Take care.

  15. QUESTION:
    if someone goes into stage 5 of Chronic Kidney Disease, what happens to them?
    the likely hood of a transplant for this person is very small (due to blood type etc) & they have already decided to refuse dialysis when the time comes. I know they die but what actually happens, the symptoms leading up to it? and will they be in hospital by this point or at home? will it be sudden? will they be in pain?

    • ANSWER:
      they will be in hospital because if the kidneys don't work the body starts to shut down and after about a week should give up - blood poisoning probably because its not getting cleaned out.

  16. QUESTION:
    creative sayings for kidney disease awareness bracelets?
    my friend's mom has been on dialysis for 2 years now
    and when she get's a transplant, her medicine will be a heavy price.
    so he wants to do a fundraiser
    using braceletes like the livestrong type ones

    what is a creative saying to put on them that represents kidney disease awareness?

    • ANSWER:
      Hmmm, you can have a red kidney on the left in the middle say the words "Kidneys are Kindness" then another kidney ; i guess it woul loo lik 3 kidneys are kindness 3 lol,,, UGHhh I'm so dissapointed cause I can come up with something better ... sorry ... I'll keep thinking of something,, And If you do get the bracelet thing started I WANT ONE PLEASE!!!

  17. QUESTION:
    Making a Difference on Kidney Disease?
    Please consider sponsoring me in this fundraiser for kidney disease.

    * Chronic kidney disease affects 26 million Americans and millions more are at risk
    * Kidney disease is common, harmful and treatable
    * Risk factors include high blood pressure, diabetes and family history
    * Early detection can slow the progression of kidney disease
    * Once kidneys fail, patients need dialysis or a transplant to survive
    * over 104,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant

    http://donate.kidney.org/site/TR/Walk/MinnesotatheDakotasampIowa/941696933?pg=team&fr_id=2710&team_id=85190

    • ANSWER:
      I appreciate what you're doing but I strongly suspect this is a violation of the community guidelines (solicitation). I won't report you though as I love to give people the benefit of any doubt.

      Good luck with your fundraising though I wish you every success.

  18. QUESTION:
    Pray and consider making a small pledge for Kidney Disease?
    Please consider sponsoring me in this fundraiser for kidney disease.

    * Chronic kidney disease affects 26 million Americans and millions more are at risk
    * Kidney disease is common, harmful and treatable
    * Risk factors include high blood pressure, diabetes and family history
    * Early detection can slow the progression of kidney disease
    * Once kidneys fail, patients need dialysis or a transplant to survive
    * over 104,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant

    http://donate.kidney.org/site/TR/Walk/MinnesotatheDakotasampIowa/941696933?pg=team&fr_id=2710&team_id=85190

    • ANSWER:
      yes i will : )

  19. QUESTION:
    My father has end stage kidney disease. I would like to know what happens in this stage.?
    He's been on dialysis for about a year now.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Inkieta.
      Fact: End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) is the stage at which a kidney has 10% or less function.
      Fact: If your father has been on dialysis for a year then he has had ESRD at least that long.
      Fact: Just before he went on dialysis he should have been advised of his options (three of which are changeable).
      Fact: These options are hemo-dialysis, peritoneal dialysis, organ transplantation, do nothing (death).

      Fact & Opinion: I am a 22 year kidney transplant survivor, I live in the USA, I have been on peritoneal dialysis (1986), and I am now 55 years old. I have a son who is 30 years old and thinks that I should do everything that is possible, and then some, to live. My son loves me, I love my son. I am older and wiser than my son. My son has seen only the good effects of transplantation, I have sheltered him from the bad effects...fathers do this because we do not like to create anguish for our children. I will continue to do my best to maintain my transplant. If it fails I will die because I will not seek further treatment. This is an individual and very personal decision...my son, if he knew, would call it selfish. He does not know my pain, I do, God does.

      Opinion: I do not know your age nor that of your father, but you are well written so I am writing as if you were, at minimum, a high school graduate. As my short story illuminates, fathers are a peculiar breed to their offspring. I think it has always been that way. Please talk to your father, love your father, and offer him useful research and knowledge. Never tell him what to do...it won't work.

      "I once cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet" (Native American saying).

      Visit www.kidney.org (American Kidney Foundation) for more info.

      God Bless you child, Dave.

  20. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have chronic kidney disease?
    my husband was diagnosed with ckd stage III. we were just wondering if anyone out there can tell us what to expect during the progression to esrd. as far as symptoms go and how long does it take before you have to go on dialysis? his nephrologist told him 6 months to 2 years, give or take. Just looking for someone with personal experience. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      They will use medications and dietary changes to prolong the need for dialysis. He may experience fluid retention, hypertension, general weakness and fatigue, itching. wt. and appetite loss, headache and, nail abnormalities are among some of the symptoms I had. He may become enemic(low hemoglobin) and become short of breath due to the fluid retention. The rate of progression will depend on how well he responds to the medications, dietary changes and his own compliance to his Drs. orders. and also the severity of the illness that caused his kidney disease and the progression of that disease. He may have the option of having a transplant which will greatly increase his qaulity of life and his life expectancy. I've had a transplant and have been on dialyisis the best thing I can tell you is to keep a positve attitude, get plenty of exercise, keep up your wt. and follow your doctors orders. Not only will this extend the time before dialyisis is needed, the outcome of a transplant will be better and recovery time shorter. If he goes on dialysis the effectivness of this treatment will be increased and easier to deal with. Dialysis is no picnic, after dialysis treatments which can take 3 - 5 hours a session can really wipe you out. The best way I can describe how you feel after is it's like having a horrible hangover 3 times a week! The best way I found to overcome this feeling is to force myself to exercise. I used to jump on my stair stepper. Its hard to force yourself to do this, but for me I felt so much better after. I wish the best to the both of you and he is so lucky to have you for support. Your support will be invaluable to him and is health. I was lucky enough to have the support of a wonderful husband and family. My brother-in-law gave me the gift of life, a new kidney.

  21. QUESTION:
    I just learned that I am 1 point away from severe kidney disease. I also have diabetes. I know that?
    I will soon need to have dialysis to stay alive. I am not a good candidate for transplant. My children are grown.

    Do you feel if I choose not to have dialysis and instead check-into hospice to allow my body to die naturally it would be passive suicide?
    I am 62, on oxygen 24/7, have a very poor immune system, I had a mild TIA, I would rather not have a transplant so the kidney would have received would go to someone healthier than me.

    • ANSWER:
      Not knowing your medical history, why can't you get a transplant? My mom had one and her donated kidney was from a two year old girl who died in an accident. The only drawback is she's on anti-rejection meds to keep the kidney from being rejected. She's been going strong for ten years and is looking at another ten. The donor was and isn't related to my family in any way. There are other options. You need to be put on a list.

  22. QUESTION:
    Someone Help Please? A dialysis patient bled in our cab?!?!?
    okay, my dad is a cab driver for allied cab. He picked up a passenger who has dialysis (some kidney disease where they have to be dialated or something) My dad told us that he was told that this passenger some testing, and the passenger had a bandage put on him to stop bleeding. my dad said the passenger coughed, and the bandage on his arm came off, and blood must have squirted or something, so on the seat there is blood. And blood of this passenger also came onto his computer (Laptop for on the road, GPS, mobile broadband) his blackberry for contacting the company, and his phone. So the question is, What should we do?

    (Well, I dunno about the phone and blackberry actually, but he was trying to clean them)

    My dad said he contacted the manager of Allied Cab, and he said that he would tell him tomorrow (WTH!). So now what, the computer is apparently unusable, and what about his phone and blackberry. So, what to do with the seat and the belt.

    What should we do?

    • ANSWER:
      Bleach, lots of bleach, saturate a paper towel and thoroughly wipe down all the electronic stuff, soak the seat and seatbelt in it. http://www.netwellness.org/question.cfm/13487.htm

  23. QUESTION:
    Can Stem cell therapy help cure chronic glomerulonephitis kidney disease?
    Can Stem cell therapy help me? This is my story, when I was eight or nine years old my doctor found protein in my urine test since then they have been giving me a medicine name,"Cozaar". Today i have to go to homodialysis 3 times every week. I'am now 16 year old. My doctor put me in dialysis so i would not suffer the symptoms as I'v seen happen to my mom and brother. I think the doctor just want money from my dad's health insurance,"kaiser" because he does have a very good health insurance. As I can still pee maybe like 1/2 quart every day. I try to drink as much water as i can to see if i can pee 2 quarts and i can. My doctor says that at any minute my kidneys can fail. This disease runs in my family because my Mom ( just got a transplant in UCSD on the fist of August, was given by her sister and is doing very good right now) and my brother ( is back in dialysis after his kidney that was donated to him failed). My brother has had a every ruff life after loosing his kidney that was donated to him eight years ago back in 2001 and also my mom that was in dialysis for eight years, so I've seen it all. So please does anyone know if stem cell therapy can help me with my kidney disease and this is how the chronic kidney disease is called - glomerulonephritis.

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest you go to the message boards at www.kidney.org, or www.ihatedialysis.com and ask there. There will be many more individuals on those sites who might know.

      I had a kidney and pancreas transplant in 2005 (my problem was caused by Type 1 diabetes though) I'm sorry I do not know more info for you.

  24. QUESTION:
    why is it important for kidney dialysis patients to not have saturated fat? Coconut oil?
    Is extra virgin coconut oil (a medium chain saturated fat) exceptable? I read that virgin coconut oil helps with heart & kidney protection & control diabetic insulin levels. I read this in Bruce Fife's book "The coconut oil miracle" Bruce Fife is certified nutritionist & naturopathic doctor.

    I get a lot of confict reading on the coconut oil & kidney dialysis patients diet subject, I have read coconut oil should be avoided as it is a saturated fat but it is different as medium chain fatty acid & was not properly researched in virgin form in earlier nutritional study articles, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) even included coconut oil on its exclusive GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) list.

    Below are the conflicting articles

    http://www.coconut-oil-central.com/coconut-oil-kidney-diseases.html

    http://www.health.qld.gov.au/nutrition/resources/renal_heamo.pdf
    I read virgin coconut oil lowers cholesterol
    http://www.thaifoodandtravel.com/features/cocgood.html

    • ANSWER:
      Dialysis patients should follow a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol. These patients are considered the group at greatest risk for development of coronary artery disease. They often have increases in serum triglycerides and low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. Although they must eat a relatively high-calorie diet to spare protein, patients on dialysis should avoid foods that raise triglycerides and cholesterol concentrations.

      http://www.nutritionmd.org/health_care_providers/cardiovascular/hyperlipidemia.html

      I cannot stress enough how important it is for dialysis patients to eat right. This would have been part of the patient teaching when it was decided for you to be on dialysis.

      UPDATE:
      Thank you Gary B. for pointing out the facts. Listen, you are on dialysis. What more do you need to know about taking care of yourself? There are things dialysis patients should not eat because of increased risk factors of not only during dialysis and your health in general, but also but also complications due to your KIDNEY FAILURE! If you choose to listen to QUAKS like Gary B. says, then you too are also the failure. I'm sure this neuro-whatever doctor knows what he's talking about. Ignore the true experts.....

      Consider the credibility of your sources.

  25. QUESTION:
    Can you (or the experience of a loved one) tell me what to expect when I hit stage 5 kidney disease. Honestly.
    I'm at stage 3 now, believe the quality of life with dialysis equals zero, and do not believe in transplants (of any kind). So I need to know realistically what to expect. Thanks for your honesty.

    • ANSWER:
      At stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) you will most likely notice the following three things. 1st you will become uremic (urine in the blood) from a buildup of urea (a nitrogen waste product) in your blood. This can cause lethargy, difficulty sleeping, trouble concentrating, and nausea/vomiting. 2nd you may start to develope edema (swelling caused by fluid) in your ankles, on your abdomen, in your face or eyes, and in your lungs. This is due to the inabilty of your kidneys to remove excess water from your blood. This can cause difficuly breathing. 3rd you could have an increased potassium level from your kidneys inability to eliminate the extra potassium your body doesn't need that is in the food you eat. An increased potassium level can cause your heart to beat irregularly and you could have a heart attack.
      Continue to treat your cause of kidney disease, it might not progress to CKD 5, at the least you can have more time before you need dialysis.
      There are two main choices you have for dialysis (this is assuming that you don't change your mind about a transplant). You can have hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. Hemodialysis takes between 3 to 5 hours 3 times per week. There are several people who still even continue to work while they use this option. Others do nocturnal dialysis where they dialyze 8 hours at night 3 times per week. Even more of those people work. Peritoneal dialysis is where you dialyze at home by using special bags of fluid that are prescribed by a doctor. Many people that choose this option have a high quality of life.
      CKD is not the end of all quality life. Many people live for many quality years now thanks to new advacements in CKD treatment options.
      Good luck, I wish you the best. Check the website below for more information.

  26. QUESTION:
    My grandfather has kidney disease stage4 and his face, feet and testicles has swollen what can this be.?
    He is doing dialysis and everything. he got a cold also could this be the reason for the swelling i need help i am really worried. and he also has short breath....

    • ANSWER:
      Probably a side effect of medication.

  27. QUESTION:
    My father is a CKD(chronic Kidney Diseases) patient and it's been almost 2 months that he evaded dialysis?
    Does he require further dialysis?
    first doctors told that there was swelling for kidneys,could it be possible that now the swelling is gone and there is no need of dialysis, or is it a miracle?

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    Chronic Kidney Disease Insurance Coverage Question?
    I have Private insurance (aetna) but i dont have medicare. How long can i go on my private insurance for covering dialysis bills ? how long will my insurance cover for expenses and how much would it cover ?
    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      For current coverage, you'll need to call Aetna.

      Talk to your kidney doctor and dialysis center about applying for Medicare to cover your dialysis.

  29. QUESTION:
    Any info on polycistic kidney disease.?
    Anyone have any info on polycistic kidneys--nutrition or slowing down this disease. Or any info on preventing dialysis. Thank=you for any info.

    • ANSWER:
      It's an inherited disorder in which there are multiple cysts in both kidneys. The cysts slowly enlarge, progressively destroying kidney tissue. There may be no symptoms until middle age or beyond, & occassionally the condition is discovered by chance after death. Possible symptoms include pain in the small of the back, blood in the urine, or symptoms of deveoping chronic Kidney Failure. A rare juvinile form of polycystic kidney disease may be discovered at birth because of massive enlargement of the kidneys. There is no cure for polycystic kidney disease. The aim of treatment is to minimise the effects of complications such as kidney infection & high blood pressure. If the kidneys fail, dialysis or a kidney transplant will be necessary.
      Regards, Starlet..

  30. QUESTION:
    What is the prognosis on Chronic Kidney Failure?
    My mother has lost a kidney about 10 years ago and her left one is failing now. She is going to start dialysis soon. I think what she has is Chronic Kidney Disease. My question is what is the prognosis of her situation? Now I already read that the prognosis for a person without dialysis is a few months, and with it 5 to 10 years, but I don't know if that is with one or both kidneys. If anyone has any information on this I could really use it. Thank You..

    • ANSWER:
      The prognosis depends on how she cares for herself. Exercise, diet, medication and keeping dialysis appointments are all things she can control to extend her life. Those who don't follow the rules die sooner. Remember that the five to ten years is an average and includes those who die from not taking care of themselves as well as those who die of things totally unrelated to their kidney disease. To live between 20 to 30 years on dialysis isn't uncommon. This is only a terminal condition if one decides to make it so.

      A big problem is diet and the internet is a great help in that regard. Here's an example:

      http://www.davita.com/recipes/

  31. QUESTION:
    Pregnant with Kidney Disease?
    Five years ago, I was diagnosed with Focal segmental glomular sclerosis, a form of kidney disease. Now I think I may be pregnant but am scared that if I am it will ruin my kidneys for good and put me on dialysis. I'm hesitating to do the test, because I'm thinking as soon as I know for sure, I'm going straight to the abortion table without even telling my husband. I don't want to be pregnant if it means losing my kidneys. Any encouraging medical advice would be helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney disease can be caused by a variety of conditions; some of those conditions - like high blood pressure - can be made worse by a pregnancy. I do not think FSGS is made worse by pregnancy - but since I am guy I may not have picked up on this during my 22 years with FSGS.

      You need to have a blunt discussion with your doctor. For something with as serious consequences as giving up a pregnancy you must not be your own doctor. The future is never promised and it is not ordained, be sure to make the decision you can be at peace with no matter your level of kidney function. You are more than your kidneys and even with kidney disease you can live a long and productive life.

  32. QUESTION:
    Do you have to pay for dialysis if you move to live in New Zealand?
    I am contemplating with looking at moving to New Zealand to live at some point. My family has a history of kidney disease and renal failure resulting in a need for dialysis. I have already been diagnosed by not currently suffering.

    What I need to know is, is dialysis something that is available for free in nz or is it a payable treatment?

    If I have to pay for this (unlike in the UK where it is provided by the NHS), it will mean I probably have to rethink my dream.

    Many thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You would be most unlikely to meet New Zealand's medical requirements for immigration but if you do manage to get there, dialysis is free for permanent residents and people from copuntries that have reciprocal healthcare arrangements with New Zealand (e.g. the UK).

  33. QUESTION:
    Chronice Kidney Disease?
    My mum's 43 year old and has chronic kidney disease for the past 14 years. She is healthy and normal. The doctor says she suffers from a kidney infection and hence her kidney has been damaged. Her damage is progressive. For the past 5 years, her BUN level has been around 90 and creatinine around 2.3 to 2.4. Her recent blood test showed that her BUN was still 90 and creatinine increased to 2.8. Her haemoglobin has also decreased to 9.1 from 9.8. The doctor says she is OK as her WBC was low and hence her kidney infection was under control. However, I am scared as I read in the internet that increasing creatinine level shows increasing kidney damage. I am really scared and want to know whether my Mum is OK? I trust the doctor as he has successfully kept my mum's kidney disease under control for 14 years. She has decided to take another blood test 2 days later. But, at what creatinine level is dialysis required? Is my Mum really OK?

    • ANSWER:
      Normal Values :BUN
      7 - 20 mg/dl. Note that normal values may vary among different laboratories.
      Normal Values: Serum creatinine:
      A normal (usual) value is 0.8 to 1.4 mg/dl. Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories.
      Females have a lower creatinine than males, because they have less muscle mass.
      Note: mg/dl = milligrams per deciliter
      Normal values: Haemoglobin:
      Male- 13.5 to 17.7 g/dL
      Female-11.5 to 16.5 g/dL.
      Consult the Nephrologist.
      Please see the web pages for more details on BUN, Serum creatinine, Hemoglobin and Renal failure-chronic.

  34. QUESTION:
    kidney disease, and treatments?
    My wife had multiple cist in both kidney,now bith have failed she is on dialysis.
    how can i get new kiodney for her ?
    what are the prevention required?

    • ANSWER:
      in most cases, a healthy donor of the same blood time is required for kidney transplant. If your wife has any relatives, such as brothers or sisters, contact them immediately to get tested for compatibility. If no donor can be found within the family, your wife will go on a medical waiting list to receive a kidney most likely extracted from the cadaver of a consenting patient.

  35. QUESTION:
    Why don't insurance companies pay for dialysis? Or do they?
    The government provider, Tricare, won't pay for hemo-dialysis or a kidney transplant. My spouse will be transferred to Medicare if I continue to work for the government and Tricare will become a sort of "gap" coverage.

    What I'm trying to find out is how private and group insurance companies handle kidney disease patients or if they are coverable at all. I don't understand the health insurance system but it seems to me that if someone with as serious/more serious conditions can be covered why can't kidney patients?

    If nothing else, can anyone tell me where else to ask these types of questions? Any health care specialists?

    • ANSWER:
      End-stage renal (kidney) disease is handled differently from most other conditions because the usual requirement to be age 65 before being covered by medicare does not apply to end-stage renal (kidney) disease patients. Because they are covered by medicare, even if they are under 65, they do not need other coverage as much as someone who does not qualify for medicare. The non-medicare coverages that you mention are primarily meant to cover someone until they become eligible for medicare, which usually happens at age 65, but happens immediately if a person has end-stage renal (kidney) disease.

  36. QUESTION:
    My urine microalbumin level is over 600 & I am Type 1 diabetic.Does this mean I have advanced kidney disease?
    The nurse from my doctor's office just gave me the results over the phone today and said they are calling in prescriptions for Zocor and Lisinolpril (although I have LOW blood pressure). I didn't even know what she meant about microalbumin so I looked it up. She mentioned the prescriptions were to prevent dialysis (?!) So everything I've read says that normal levels are 0-30; early kidney disease 30-300; and advanced kidney disease over 300! With mine being over 600, what does that mean?! What kind of doctor should I see?!

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a nephrologist, a kidney doctor, pronto.

  37. QUESTION:
    What is the life expectancy of 22 year old with End Stage Renal/Kidney Disease?
    I'm 22 years old and have ESRD. I started dialysis in February 09 and currently go three times a week. I'm also a type 1 diabetic since 1997. After dialysis I tend to be sick a lot. I'm currently on the UNOS list for a kidny & pancreas transplant. I guess I just want to know how long a young person usually lasts with kidney disease as I want to live my life to the fullest like havig a family. If you have any input I would love to hear it. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      if ur following all of the guide lines, taking ur meds, not gaining more than 2 kilos between treatments, following ur diet, u should be able to live a fairly long life, not doing any of the above mentioned things will decrease the expectancy considerably as the consequences don't show right away and when they do show up their life threatening and irreversible. Screw around enough with diet, weight, meds and you'll end up bed ridden in a nursing home if ur lucky and dead if ur not lucky

  38. QUESTION:
    how to hold a successful fundraiser for a child with rare kidney disease?
    I have a family friend who has a 12 year old son with a rare kidney disorder called Nephrotic Syndrome. He has been battling this for about two years now and his parents are almost to the point where they have no choice to ask for help. His mother takes him to they hospital 4 times/week for dialysis. Last month he had an emergency surgery to have both kidneys removed so he is now living off dialysis. Within the last few weeks his weight has dropped dramatically to less than 60 lbs.

    We had the idea to have a beef n beer at perhaps a local firehouse's social hall. Also we have thought about door prizes. Today I came up with the idea to contact the phillies and see if possibly one of the players could come out and sign autographs.

    Okay now.. someone PLEASE help! This boy is the sweetest, funniest kid you will ever meet and he and his family deserve this more than anything.

    so, can anyone give advice about..
    1) how much should tickets be?
    2) any more detailed ideas for door prizes?
    3) any knowledge as to if it would cost for a professional athlete to attend and if that is even possible?
    4) and anymore ideas that would help this family pay for treatment, travel, etc!!!

    We are open to ANY ideas!!!

    thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Wow I hope the child gets better. I am not religious but I am part of a meditation group and I will put a word out for him. Although as far as getting a sports player to come, I am not for sure if they would be willing to do something like that but believe it or not there are still good people out there. This is going to take alot of work but it will be well worth it. First I would print out some flyers and take them to every college bulletin bboard in your area and further. Second I would see if you could contact the student government Association in each college around, even community colleges. I have worked with colleges doing things like this and the results weere phenomenal. Like I said ths will be a lot of work and take lots of phone tag and communication with other people, but definately necessary. These parents must get help. I tell you what this is where the health care bill would be needed. You could also set up a free website through somewhere like microsoft officelive and register with paypal which is free as well. Then you post a paypal link to the site and people will donate, especially if you post the website all over yahoo and other forums and groups. As far as the raffle I would say keep the prizes decent but simple. Also you want to make a sort of plate sale and bake sale, it can be affective. You need to sell tickets for this event so that you can keep track of how many people are going to attend. You could sell raffle tickets for prizes before the Fund Raiser or you can see if people will buy them at the fund raiser. The food you prepare should bring a significant profit. I knew someone who did meatball subs, potato salad, and beans. The ingrediants cost 100 bucks and they raked in 400 dollars, but there were only like 60 people. The plates were like 8 bucks a peace. So if you charged like ten bucks a plate and whatever for raffles you should se some results.

      Get Busy and GOOD LUCK

      BLESS .

  39. QUESTION:
    how can i plan a good, successful and profitable fundraiser for a child with a rare kidney disease?
    I have a family friend who has a 12 year old son with a rare kidney disorder called Nephrotic Syndrome. He has been battling this for about two years now and his parents are almost to the point where they have no choice to ask for help. His mother takes him to they hospital 4 times/week for dialysis. Last month he had an emergency surgery to have both kidneys removed so he is now living off dialysis. Within the last few weeks his weight has dropped dramatically to less than 60 lbs.

    We had the idea to have a beef n beer at perhaps a local firehouse's social hall. Also we have thought about door prizes. Today I came up with the idea to contact the phillies and see if possibly one of the players could come out and sign autographs.

    Okay now.. someone PLEASE help! This boy is the sweetest, funniest kid you will ever meet and he and his family deserve this more than anything.

    so, can anyone give advice about..
    1) how much should tickets be?
    2) any more detailed ideas for door prizes?
    3) any knowledge as to if it would cost for a professional athlete to attend and if that is even possible?
    4) and anymore ideas that would help this family pay for treatment, travel, etc!!!

    We are open to ANY ideas!!!

    thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      First off I wouldnt charge a fee for a ticket. This will limit you. Say you charge for the ticket but someone (or maybe a couple) were willing to donate ?? See what I mean? You may also want to set up something at the bank so people that cant come to the dinner but would still like to donate can drop off donations at a local bank.

      I do this all the time for events that I plan. Make up a donation request letter. Give the info you gave above. You write very nicely. Distribute your letter to ALL the buisnesses in your town that you can. Have people volunteer to help you do this cause it can get time consuming. Have a list for each person so they arent hitting up the same place. You can find a list of buisnesses in your town on the local website for
      your chamber of commerce or go thru the ads in your newspaper.
      You will get some donations and those can be door prizes. You can also ask for food donations. Grocery stores will donate but hit them up at the very end of the month so they will donate at the begining fo the next month. They get hit up alot so you have to be the first one that month. Meat packing places (we have Kahns nearby) will donate hot dogs. Walmarts will donate a gift card to shop for plates, charcoal ect.

      if you cant get a pro athlete maybe a semi pro would come. Do you have anyone local?? I have no idea what this would cost. I know a few years ago I tried to get Rupert form Survivor and he wanted ,000! and I had to supply him a 12x12 spot to sell his Rupert merchandise. We did not get Rupert! :P Maybe think local band?? I think they would be more likely to come for free.

      Where I live cornhole is real popular. You could do a tournament for glory only. Have everyone pay to be in in and than make the winner King for the night. Special chair maybe a cheap crown. They pay to play but you keep the money.

      You can ask people to donate White Elephant items and have a White Elephant sale or yard sale. GO around to yard sales on saturday afternoon. Explain what you are doing. Lots of folks will box everything up for you to take away instead of taking it to good will. Have a yard sale or auction the night of the dinner.

      Before I forget to mention it>>>its not what you were asking for but I want you to know I did a great fundraiser in my small country town and raised 00 in two months for my daughter's gymnastics. Look up Flamingo Flocking Fundraiser. Its lots of fun and silly too. the problem was I live so far in the country the gas became expensive but if you live in the city its easy. Get flamingos from Oriental Trading, Buy some plastic but get some cardboard ones too. I used cardboard and made huge signs and than went to kinkos and bought yard sign metal thingys to hold the sign up. I covered my signs in plastic wrap becaue kinkos wanted to much to laminate. anyway, you may want to look inot this. Its different and catches peoples attention.

      Ok back to your questions..... Dont pay for anything. Make sure you can get a donation of the hall if not find another place. You should organize a group of people to work on this and assign them each different parts so you dont become overwhelmed.

      For travel expenses you can place jars at gas stations and collect the money. You can than transfer teh money into gas cards (which will make the gas stations happy and more likely to help out)

      Mom and pop shops will donate alot. Big places need corporate approval so ask for donations early enough so you can get everything else in.

      Also, is there any truth to the fact that you can trade pop top tabs for diallysis?? You can get your local schools involved. Flier the schools with half sheet or 1/4 sheet papers.It dont have to be big. Ask for pop tops and make a pretty box in the office (big opening) for the kids to put pop tops in. and dont just do one school. Even in my small town we have 4 schools. Private schools will want to help to. Check with your school board first to make sure its ok to distribute fliers.

      and beyond that you can collect cans. pull the pop tops if you want but smash the cans and take them to the recyclers for money. You can ask churches to collect cans. When you get the money go to the local Goodwill and buy the biggest basket you can find. Fill it with all kinds of comfort snack foods and drinks for when the parents are at the hospital and riding in the car. Put in some tylenol and baby wipe, kleenex whatever you can think of that may be useful if you werent at home.

      thats about all I got off the top of my head and I have to go pick up my daughter who I thank God for everyday because she is beautiful and strong and healty. Good luck with whatever you decide to do. If you need more help you can email me at mntnlvr64@yahoo.com. I dont check it very often but I will try to keep an eye open for you just in case you have any questions. I hope I was helpful and sorry about the long post.

  40. QUESTION:
    End stage kidney disease, brain damaged, diabetes and pneumonia how long can someone survive With all this?
    Hi all, I have a question I would like to ask, a relative of mine was rushed to critical care on tuesday after suffering from Pneumonia we have been told that her kidney is slowing deteriorating and that because she fell into a Diabetic coma over 7years ago and is now brain damaged she is not suitable for dialysis or transplant. I have also been told that even though she has been taking antibiotics now, it is more than likely that the Pneumonia will come back, also that her kidneys on a scale of 0-120 are at a 15. What does this mean and roughly how long can she survive without any treatment.

    Thanks
    Sofia

    • ANSWER:
      I think the answer to this one has to be that she'll live as long as she'll live ,I doubt that anyone could put a time on this it depends on the strength of the person. just be there for her and tell her you love her even if you think she can't hear you.

  41. QUESTION:
    Do they have wishes for adults in California?
    My nephew has a kidney disease he has dialysis 3 times a week and needs a transplant. He moved to Oregon with all his musical instruments then got sick there and had to come back to California by bus ill and all. Unfortunately all his equipment that he loves is still in Oregon. Is there a foundation that would travel to pick up his equipment. This would make him very happy. Note: I just lost a sister who died from complications of Glomerulonephritis- which is a different form of kidney disease. Please someone help me make my nephew happy again, he is very depressed.

    • ANSWER:
      This question was asked before and the answer was that the Make-a-wish foundation was age indiscriminate. The majority of cases are children, but adults can be applied for as well.

  42. QUESTION:
    Kidney Disease?
    My dad (71 yrs old) was just told that his kidneys are functioning at 65%. How serious is this and would he have to go on dialysis eventually? He's been seriously ill within the past 10 months. It started with a stroke, then they installed a pace maker because of heart problems (IHSS), then his medicine caused internal bleeding (lost 9 units of blood), then he had emergency gall bladder surgery and has numerous gout attacks because of all the stress. Now we get this news. What are the options for this?

    • ANSWER:
      There are no real options. Sometimes kidney function remains stable for a long period of time. Keeping your dad well hydrated (too much of anything is not good - you can die of water intoxication too, so use some good sense here) is important.

      Have a discussion with your doctor about any nephrotoxic medications he may be taking (anti-gout medications and some high blood pressure medications particularly) and consider alternatives.

      If he is diabetic he needs to be certain his sugars are below 180 at all times. The better control of his blood sugars to normal, the better his kidneys will respond. If he does not have a diagnosis of diabetes then he should be carefully screened for it.

      If there has not been an ultra sound to evaluate the renal artery flow, that should be done. It can be a source of kidney failure.

      If his blood pressure is over 130, systolic, then it requires better control.

      Special precautions should be used prior to any dye administration for imagining or cardiac catheterizations.

      I don't think the IHSS (Idiopathic Hypertrophic Subaortic Stenosis) is necessarily playing a role with this problem.

      Additionally with chronic kidney failure people often become anemic due to losing red blood cells through filtration. It therefore is important that his doctor keep tabs on this matter.

      Will he progress to total kideny failure? I don't know. Some people do fine with reduced kidney function over many years, without much change. Other's especially those with comorbid illness, like diabetes and hypertension, have continued decline in kidney function until they require dialysis. If you have further questions, it may be of benefit for you to visit a nephrologist with your Dad.

      I hope this helped. Good luck.

  43. QUESTION:
    Need HELP!!! Late stage of Polycystic kidney disease?
    What can I do now!? Should I just wait for final dialysis or transplantation?!

    • ANSWER:
      Do the doctors tell what percentage kidney function you have now? There are lots of other patients and caregivers who can answer your questions on the kidney message forum at www.ihatedialysis.com - I know it's frightening, but knowledge is power. I wish you the best of luck.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is kidney failure hereditary?
    My dad passed away on his 60th bday. This happend 10 yrs ago. He had kidney disease and was on dialysis for over 15 yrs. I honestly dont know how he was able to stand all the needle poking. In the end he had heart failure and diabetes among other complications. I have been thinking about this for a while, what signs should i look for in case. And if anyone can let me know if the kidneys are exactly above the hips in the back. thnx

    • ANSWER:
      The #1 cause of kidney failure is diabetes, and the #2 is high blood pressure (frequently, people have both). Get checked for both of those on a yearly basis and learn the signs of type 2 diabetes. And you can check your blood pressure regularly at most pharmacies.

      It would be good if you can find out the diagnosis of what caused his kidney failure.

  45. QUESTION:
    How to apply for CM relief fund?
    My uncle has chronic kidney disease. He is on dialysis. Can anyone kindly give information regarding how to apply for CM relief fund so that he can have the transplantation of the kidneys.

    • ANSWER:
      Visit this blog you will get your answer:-

      http://indiansushant.blogspot.com/2010/12/how-to-get-help-from-cm-relief-fund-in.html

  46. QUESTION:
    What causes appendicitis? How can it be avoided?
    A dear friend of mine has a kidney disease,she is on dialysis and she just had to have surgery to remove her appendix the other day, for appendicitis. Did her malfuctioning kidney have anything to do with this?

    • ANSWER:
      the appendix has no known funtction, but gets easily infected and can cause serious health issues.
      play it safe, get it out

  47. QUESTION:
    can i find out online if i am on the kidney transplant waiting list?
    I have a kidney disease that i have had for 10 years and now i need a transplant. me and my doctor have talked about it and i have been looking for info on line and i was just wondering if i could check online and if you know of any site's about dialysis please let me know

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.transplantliving.org/beforethetransplant/list/waitList.aspx

      This site gives the information for potential transplant patients, and this particular page tells you the process for getting on the national list. The first step is to have a doctor refer you to an appropriate transplant hospital for an evaluation.

      http://www.kidney.org/ will get a lot of info about dialysis and transplants as well.

      The national list is not available online, nor will they tell you when you have been added to the list or where you are located on it. The transplant hospital will notify you and keep you informed about what is going on. The national list center does not have direct contact with patients to avoid any suggestion of favoritism and the like.

      So far as dialysis goes, your doctor would also be the one to refer you to a dialysis center close to where you live. They work with your doctor and other specialists to determine what type of dialysis you need, how often, etc.

      Good luck with your search, and in dealing with your kidney disease.

  48. QUESTION:
    My mom has been sick for the past four days. She has a fever and has a pain in her left side?
    She has polycystic kidney disease and is on dialysis. They have done some blood tests but cant figure out what is wrong. The doctors only know about the fever. The pain in her side just started today. What side is the appendix on, or could it be her gall bladder?

    • ANSWER:
      not the gallbladder or appendix.......that's on right side.....could be something going on with bowels as well..........

  49. QUESTION:
    My dad has to take dialysis, how long can he live?
    My dad has been a pretty sick guy for years. He is a 71 year old man who has a kidney disease and now has been told that he has to take dialysis. He has a few other illnesses, he has osteoporosis, which usually affects women, and rheumatiod arthritis and cannot walk very well and cannot do a lot with his hands which are almost completly closed and crooked from his painful condition. My dad does not say much and never complains I worry so much about him. I would just like to know what his chances are without coming right out and asking him. ANY info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Dialysis is a life prolonging treatment. It is hard on the body, but it doesn't mean he's dying any time soon. He can live for another 5-10, or even 15, years on dialysis considering his age and that he has other medical problems. If he has heart problems or cancer, then that will dramatically affect his outcome, but you did not mention any of that.

      Kidney failure and dialysis will affect his quality of life. His whole lifestyle is changing. For the rest of his life he wil have dialysis treatments 3 days a week for about 3.5-4 hours. His diet will be extremely important to follow. He is also on fluid restrictions since his urinary function is likely diminished. He should try not to have any more than 1 liter of fluid each day. By fluid, that means anything that is liquid at room temperature, like coffee, milk, juice, soup, ice cream, popsicles, etc.

      After his treatments, he will feel tired and sometimes a little sick. Patients often become frustrated, especially at first, and might just want to quit dialysis. The decision to quit dialysis is a very personal one and quitting will result in death. It should not be made on a whim and it should be discouraged if your father is depressed (being seriously depressed might mean he isn't thinking clearly about the decision). This is also a good time to make a living will, where your father outlines to his family members exactly what he wants done medically if he is unable to make those decisions for himself.

      This is a difficult transition, not only for your father, but for all those closest to him. Seek out support from other patients and their families. There is a social worker assigned to your father's dialysis facility who can help. The technicians, nurses, dieticians can be a great source of information and encouragement. Best of luck to you.

  50. QUESTION:
    Living kidney donor?
    My mother is preparing to donate one of her kidneys to a friend with polycystic kidney disease who is currently on dialysis. I should mention that the friend is on the transplant list, but they think it will take at least two more years.

    Does anybody out there have personal experience with kidney donation, especially regarding the risks for the donor? Also, my mom was tested for compatibility, and the only match is the blood type--none of the other antigens are the same. I thought this would lead to rejection, but the doctors assured my mother that the anti-rejection drugs are really good and the kidney will probably not be rejected. However, they might be trying not to discourage her from donating, and may not be the most reliable sources.

    I feel nervous about the risks to my mom, especially when the kidney might be rejected. Any thoughts on this?

    I would also appreciate it if you could give me the sources of your information so that I can do some reading. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Since your mother is going to be the donor, you need not to worry about the rejection reaction.If your mother is tested to be medically fit and qualified as a donor, the only concern on her will be the surgery she will undergo to take out one of her kidneys. But I assure you that such surgery is just similar to having any surgery that has been routinely done in operating theaters. In normal situations, it will take just a few days or a week to stay in the hospital. Living on one kidney so far had not caused a major problem. One kidney can compensate for the job of the other kidney that had been taken off.

      The recipient of the kidney is the one who will face too much dilemma - rejection,infection,complications,etc.Supposing your mother's donated kidney will be rejected, then the transplantation had failed and had turned your mother's donated kidney into "trash". BUT physically it won't have any effect to your mother as it has been out of her body. Possibly, some sort of psychological or emotional effects are the foreseeable effects on your mother's part.

      Not to forget to mention, that the donation centers have wide communication coverage. Supposing your mother wants to donate her kidney and it is found incompatible, what the center can do is to have arrangement with another center for an exchange with one that might be compatible one.

      To clear some of your worries, visit this link:
      http://www.cpmc.org/advanced/kidney/patients/topics/living_donation.html


Cystic Disease Of The Kidneys

Many patients travel to India for getting the epididymal cyst removal surgery due to the huge cost savings. This huge saving in epididymal cyst removal treatment costs by itself would mean nothing, if you were not assured of the best care and in India the care is the best that money can buy. The costs epididymal cyst removal surgery in India is only 30% of what it would cost in USA, UK or any developed country of Europe. The success rate in India's hospitals for epididymal cyst removal surgery is at par with the global averages.Hospitals of epididymal cyst removal surgery in India are located at the metros like Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad.

What Is Epididymal Cyst Removal?

Epididymal cyst removal (spermatocele) is a procedure to remove cysts (fluid-filled sacs under the skin) from the testicular region. An alternative to the surgery is to drain the fluid with a needle; however, the fluid usually refills the cyst after a month or two. Treatment: A surgeon administers general anesthesia, putting the patient to sleep before the procedure. Thereafter, the surgeon makes an incision in the area, removes the cyst, and sutures the opening shut. Although they are typically benign, the surgeon might have the cyst and fluid examined. Epididymal cyst removal is fairly quick, and most patients are able to go home after a few hours of recovery in the hospital. Rest, antibiotics, and pain medication are usually recommended once the patient is released. Full recovery may take 7 to 10 days. Epididymal cyst removal is a relatively minor outpatient surgery, although most males would argue that no surgery in that area is minor. Still, some patients may not be candidates. Smokers and overweight patients are at risk. Similarly, men with blood pressure, heart, or lung problems should check with their doctors before pursuing the removal. While patients can expect mild bruising or swelling, the greatest risk during the procedure is usually the general anesthesia, which may affect the heart or lungs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    about multi-cystic dysplastic kidney disease..... help please!?
    on tuesday of this week, i found out that my baby has multi-cystic dysplastic kidney disease on both of it's kidneys.... its very hard to deal with the fact that they told me that my baby is going to die after its born, but are the diagnostics 100% sure... i dont know if i should seek a second opinion or just accept the fact that my baby isn't healthy.... please give me some good advice...
    thank you i appreciate everyone's help! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Im sorry to hear about this. And im also sorry to say that there is a big chance ur baby may pass away after birth. Usually when one kidney has multi cystic dysplastic disease, the baby will be able to survive. Occasionally it may occur on both sides but this is incompatible with life, primarily because the kidney is responsible for producing the amniotic fluid which is vital to lung development.

      Im sorry and im hopin for the best, Take care and i will be prayin for you and your child.

  2. QUESTION:
    Polycystic kidney disease?
    My blood pressure has been up and my doctor finally decided to put me on bp meds, he wants me to have some urine testing and maybe an ultrasound. What are the probabilities of me having poly cystic kidney disease and I have no symptoms and no kidney pains, Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/p/polycystic_kidney_disease/symptoms.htm - 58k

  3. QUESTION:
    Who can help me with possible side-effects of meds?
    My cat has PKD (Poly-cystic Kidney Disease) and a heart murmur (7 years old), he is getting Subcu treatments once a week (200 ML's). I noticed he recently started with the sniffles and a slight cough... I called the vet and she put him on Zeniquin 25MG just to make sure he doesn't get a bacterial infection.

    Should I be concerned about the side effects of the meds?

    Thank you for any help or guidance!

    SunnyD

    • ANSWER:
      Only thing to watch for is appetite but mostly no side affects
      For the sniffles,cough, get some l-lysene from a pharmacy or health food store. 1 pill 2x a day (250mg 2x a day)
      Best of luck

  4. QUESTION:
    why am i excessivly drinking but not urinating?
    For the past couple days, I've been drinking so much water but I haven't been peeing as much as I should. I've drank about 11 watter bottles today but only peed once. My stomach feel very bloated and my fingers/ankles have been swollen. I'm not pregnant & it's not the "time of the month" but I do have a condition called poly-cystic kidney disease. Any advice ... Help ? Thank you :)

    • ANSWER:
      When your urine out put is less and your ankles are swollen we should suspect a kidney failure. Immediately go to your doctor or Emergency dept. and have your urine tested for albumin and blood checked for sugar, urea and creatinine. You should have your BP also checked. Doctor will advise you according to your investigation reports. Don't delay. Go as soon as you can.

  5. QUESTION:
    Problems caused by very large kidney?
    I have poly cystic kidney disease and when I went for my regular checkup the doctor said I may need to have my left kidney removed as it is so big. When I lye on my back the kidney can actually be seen sticking out of my abdomen, its probably the size of a water mellon. I also had a kidney transplant 5 years ago as both kidneys failed, the new kidney is on the right side. I am just wondering what the point of removing it is if its not bothering me other than the odd cyst bursting and I have never had a urine infection or problems with my digestive system from the pressure.

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    Urine turns red in toilet. Why? Chemical Reaction?
    Can a chemical in a person's urine react with bleach, creating a red, blood-like color or a brownish-red color? The urine is yellow until mixing with the toilet water, when it turns red. There is also back pain, there is a family history of cystic kidney disease, and this has happened in several toilets in different places.

    • ANSWER:
      Nope, I bet it's actually brown/red inside your body as well, but it's more noticeable in the tank.

      You need to get to a doctor quickly to have this diagnosed :/

  7. QUESTION:
    help................?
    Hi i am 11 and my mom and dad are both sick. (mom has diagnosis's and takes 46 pills a day, dad has poly-cystic kidney disease and has 13% of his kidney left the other is completely gone) i have to make lunch for them and myself what should i make? and not something ignorant like sandwiches i know how to cook i kinda have to cuz they are always sick thxx:]

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry your parents are sick. You are a good kid for taking care of them. Can they eat regular foods? I don't know how sick they are, but if they can eat fairly well and eat regular meals, you could go to www.google.com on the computer and search for simple meals, and it should give you lots of recipes. But for some quick things, here's a small list to hopefully help you out.
      spaghetti
      macaroni & cheese
      chicken noodle soup
      tomato soup
      soups are good with grilled cheese sandwiches
      chicken salad (chicken, mayonaise, chopped onion & celery)
      baked potatoes
      egg omelets (add cheese, deli ham, onions - anything you'd like)
      stir-fry (chicken, carrots, peas, chopped onions, any vegies)
      cooked rice - use chicken broth instead of water for good tasty rice

      If they cannot eat regular foods, stick with chicken or beef boullion (broth), toast, hot tea, jello (they could even drink the warm jello before it gets hard - my family loves this when they are sick), buttered noodles (just cook noodles in water and when they are done, drain them and then stir in just a little butter and a litte salt and pepper) , Ramen oodles-of-noodles (follow direction on package), applesauce, bananas.

      I hope this helps you out some. Good Luck.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is there any help for my family?
    Hi was wandering if anyone knew if there was any help out there my sisters husband has poly-cystic kidney disease which we got approved to receive a kidney for then they give us more bad news right before they went in to get his transplant they told him he has colon cancer which is in his blood stream so naturally he cant get a transplant now because the cancer will spread like wild fire and he cant get chemo because it will cause his kidney to fail even sooner they have given him six months to 10 years depending on how aggressive it becomes he has only asked for one thing he wants to get his house fixed for his family before he dies please if you know of a charity or place that will help us with his wish let us know please and may god bless you.
    I have googled this and cant find anything so if you cant be helpfull please don't reply and have applied to every charity i could find so what im asking is if anyone out there does this or if i missed a charity you may know of.

    • ANSWER:
      Contact the builders association for your area. Often they will donate time, materials, or both to a project such as yours. Habitat for Humanity is another option, as they can do free or very low cost renovations. Where I live (Wisconsin), there is an organization called Project Home that does a volunteer blitz every May called Hammer with a Heart which does the kind of renovations you are talking about. Good luck to you.

  9. QUESTION:
    Can you review my evidence for intelligent design? I just thought up a bunch of it?
    Miscarriages
    22q11.2 deletion syndrome
    Angelman syndrome
    Canavan disease
    Celiac disease
    Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
    Color blindness
    Cri du chat
    Cystic fibrosis
    Down syndrome
    Duchenne muscular dystrophy
    Haemochromatosis
    Klinefelter's syndrome
    Neurofibromatosis
    Phenylketonuria
    Polycystic kidney disease
    Prader-Willi syndrome
    Sickle-cell disease
    Tay-Sachs disease
    Turner syndrome
    Abarognosis
    Acquired Epileptiform Aphasia
    Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
    Adrenoleukodystrophy
    Agenesis of the corpus callosum
    Agnosia
    Aicardi syndrome
    Alexander disease
    Alien hand syndrome
    Allochiria
    Alpers' disease
    Alternating hemiplegia
    Alzheimer's disease
    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
    Anencephaly
    Angelman syndrome
    Angiomatosis
    Anoxia
    Aphasia
    Apraxia
    Arachnoid cysts
    Arachnoiditis
    Arnold-Chiari malformation
    Arteriovenous malformation
    Ataxia Telangiectasia
    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
    Auditory processing disorder
    Autonomic Dysfunction
    Back Pain
    Batten disease
    Behcet's disease
    Bell's palsy
    Benign Essential Blepharospasm
    Benign Intracranial Hypertension
    Bilateral frontoparietal polymicrogyria
    Binswanger's disease
    Blepharospasm
    Bloch-Sulzberger syndrome
    Brachial plexus injury
    Brain abscess
    Brain damage
    Brain injury
    Brain tumor
    Brown-Séquard syndrome
    Canavan disease
    Carpal tunnel syndrome
    Causalgia
    Central pain syndrome
    Central pontine myelinolysis
    Centronuclear myopathy
    Cephalic disorder
    Cerebral aneurysm
    Cerebral arteriosclerosis
    Cerebral atrophy
    Cerebral gigantism
    Cerebral palsy
    Cerebral vasculitis
    Cervical spinal stenosis
    Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
    Chiari malformation
    Chorea
    Chronic fatigue syndrome
    Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)
    Chronic pain
    Coffin Lowry syndrome
    Coma
    Complex regional pain syndrome
    Compression neuropathy
    Congenital facial diplegia
    Corticobasal degeneration
    Cranial arteritis
    Craniosynostosis
    Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
    Cumulative trauma disorders
    Cushing's syndrome
    Cytomegalic inclusion body disease (CIBD)
    Cytomegalovirus Infection
    Dandy-Walker syndrome
    Dawson disease
    De Morsier's syndrome
    Dejerine-Klumpke palsy
    Dejerine-Sottas disease
    Delayed sleep phase syndrome
    Dementia
    Dermatomyositis
    Developmental dyspraxia
    Diabetic neuropathy
    Diffuse sclerosis
    Dravet syndrome
    Dysautonomia
    Dyscalculia
    Dysgraphia
    Dyslexia
    Dystonia
    Empty sella syndrome
    Encephalitis
    Encephalocele
    Encephalotrigeminal angiomatosis
    Encopresis
    Epilepsy
    Erb's palsy
    Erythromelalgia
    Essential tremor
    Fabry's disease
    Fahr's syndrome
    Fainting
    Familial spastic paralysis
    Febrile seizures
    Fisher syndrome
    Friedreich's ataxia
    Fibromyalgia
    Gaucher's disease
    Gerstmann's syndrome
    Giant cell arteritis
    Giant cell inclusion disease
    Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy
    Gray matter heterotopia
    Guillain-Barré syndrome
    HTLV-1 associated myelopathy
    Hallervorden-Spatz disease
    Head injury
    Headache
    Hemifacial Spasm
    Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia
    Heredopathia atactica polyneuritiformis
    Herpes zoster oticus
    Herpes zoster
    Hirayama syndrome
    Holoprosencephaly
    Huntington's disease
    Hydranencephaly
    Hydrocephalus
    Hypercortisolism
    Hypoxia
    Immune-Mediated encephalomyelitis
    Inclusion body myositis
    Incontinentia pigmenti
    Infantile phytanic acid storage disease
    Infantile Refsum disease
    Infantile spasms
    Inflammatory myopathy
    Intracranial cyst
    Intracranial hypertension
    Jouber
    Niemann-Pick disease
    Non 24-hour sleep-wake syndrome
    Nonverbal learning disorder
    O'Sullivan-McLeod syndrome
    Occipital Neuralgia
    Occult Spinal Dysraphism Sequence
    Ohtahara syndrome
    Olivopontocerebellar atrophy
    Opsoclonus myoclonus syndrome
    Optic neuritis
    Orthostatic Hypotension
    Overuse syndrome
    Palinopsia
    Paresthesia
    Parkinson's disease
    Paramyotonia Congenita
    Paraneoplastic diseases
    Paroxysmal attacks
    Parry-Romberg syndrome
    Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease
    Periodic Paralyses
    Peripheral neuropathy
    Persistent Vegetative State
    Pervasive developmental disorders
    Photic sneeze reflex
    Phytanic acid storage disease
    Pick's disease
    Pinched nerve
    Pituitary tumors
    PMG
    Polio
    Polymicrogyria
    Polymyositis
    Porencephaly
    Post-Polio syndrome
    Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN)
    Postinfectious Encephalomyelitis
    Postural Hypotension
    Prader-Willi syndrome
    Primary Lateral Sclerosis
    Prion diseases
    Progressive hemifacial atrophy
    Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy
    Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
    Pseudotumor cerebri
    Ra

    • ANSWER:
      If the Creator is the God of the Bible, then we are told that this is a cursed earth (all of creation is suffering as a result of man’s sin in Genesis 3); everything is in a state of progressive degeneration—bad things are supposed to happen and things are expected to get worse (e.g. mutational load). Unlike God, the creation is wearing out like a garment (as it says in Psalm 102:25-26).

      It’s like the example of a gardener digging up an ancient book—the book is falling apart, it’s pages are mostly stuck together, and the type has faded. Does the current condition of the book mean that it never carried a message and that it wasn’t designed? The book is in a degenerative condition, but there is no denying that it was designed for a purpose and optimal for doing it’s job at one point in time.

      Suppose you turn on a computer and it’s not working property. What do you say, “This computer must not have been designed because it’s not working properly”?

      An unbeliever looks at the earth and finds examples of what he or she believes are evidences of poor design. Yet, it is very likely they might be witnessing degeneration from the Fall, or that they are simply ignorant of the purpose.

  10. QUESTION:
    hey, i was wondering if you could..?
    fill this out??

    1. . Male or Female
    2. When where you born
    3. Do you usually feel happy?
    4. What is your height? (m)
    5. What is your weight? (kg)
    6. What is your BMI?
    7. Where does that place you on the BMI scale?
    8. Are you classed as overweight/underweight?
    9. Do you smoke?
    10. Does anyone in your immediate family smoke?
    11. Is there a history of Cancer in your family?
    12. Do you suffer from Cystic Fibrosis?
    13. Is there a history of Cystic Fibrosis in your family?
    14. Do you suffer from Down Syndrome?
    15. Is there a history of Down Syndrome in your family?
    16. Do you suffer from Polycystic Kidney Disease?
    17. Is there a history of Polycystic Kidney Disease in your family?
    18. How many hours a week do you exercise?
    19. What types of foods do you eat?
    20. How many hours sleep do you get most nights?
    21. Do you have high blood pressure?
    22. How often do you drink alcohol?
    23. Do you live in a city or the country?
    24. Are you stressed always/sometimes/never?
    25. Have you ever had a heart attack?
    26. How many people do you know who have had a heart attack/stroke?
    27. Is there a history of heart disease in your family?
    28. Ever had Lyme Disease?
    29. Do you live near contaminated rivers/bushland?
    30. Do you live with family or partner/alone?
    31. Do you want to live a long and good life?

    PLEASE FILL IN FOR ME!!!

    if you want, i can calc it for you too :)

    P.S. if you dont know the answer, leave it... or guess!

    • ANSWER:
      1. Male
      2. 23/04/1979
      3. Not so much sometimes l feel
      4. 1.85 cm
      5. 70 kg
      6. ( l dunno the meaning of BMI )
      7. -
      8. -
      9. Yeah l smoke so much
      10. Only l smoke in my family
      11. yeah my aunt died cuz because of cancer last year
      12. Nope
      13. Nope
      14. Nope
      15. Nope
      16. Nope
      17. Nope
      18. twice in a week sometimes more than twice
      19. l eat whatever l find
      20. 8 hours
      21. No l dont have it
      22. once in a month ( if its spacial day)
      23. city ( istanbul )
      24. l stress sometimes..

  11. QUESTION:
    I DARE YA.... if your bored?
    1. Male or Female
    2. When where you born
    3. Do you usually feel happy?
    4. What is your height? (m)
    5. What is your weight? (kg)
    6. What is your BMI?
    7. Where does that place you on the BMI scale?
    8. Are you classed as overweight/underweight?
    9. Do you smoke?
    10. Does anyone in your immediate family smoke?
    11. Is there a history of Cancer in your family?
    12. Do you suffer from Cystic Fibrosis?
    13. Is there a history of Cystic Fibrosis in your family?
    14. Do you suffer from Down Syndrome?
    15. Is there a history of Down Syndrome in your family?
    16. Do you suffer from Polycystic Kidney Disease?
    17. Is there a history of Polycystic Kidney Disease in your family?
    18. How many hours a week do you exercise?
    19. What types of foods do you eat?
    20. How many hours sleep do you get most nights?
    21. Do you have high blood pressure?
    22. How often do you drink alcohol?
    23. Do you live in a city or the country?
    24. Are you stressed always/sometimes/never?
    25. Have you ever had a heart attack?
    26. How many people do you know who have had a heart attack/stroke?
    27. Is there a history of heart disease in your family?
    28. Ever had Lyme Disease?
    29. Do you live near contaminated rivers/bushland?
    30. Do you live with family or partner/alone?
    31. Do you want to live a long and good life?

    PLEASE FILL IN FOR ME!!!

    if you want, i can calc it for you too :)

    P.S. if you dont know the answer, leave it... or guess!

    • ANSWER:
      1. Male or Female- Female
      2. When where you born - Ireland
      3. Do you usually feel happy?- Sometimes
      4. What is your height? (m) - 5ft5
      5. What is your weight? (kg) Duno
      6. What is your BMI? ??
      7. Where does that place you on the BMI scale? ??
      8. Are you classed as overweight/underweight? ideal
      9. Do you smoke? Sometimes
      10. Does anyone in your immediate family smoke? yea
      11. Is there a history of Cancer in your family? Yes
      12. Do you suffer from Cystic Fibrosis? No
      13. Is there a history of Cystic Fibrosis in your family? No
      14. Do you suffer from Down Syndrome? No
      15. Is there a history of Down Syndrome in your family? dunt fink so
      16. Do you suffer from Polycystic Kidney Disease? No
      17. Is there a history of Polycystic Kidney Disease in your family? No
      18. How many hours a week do you exercise? duno hour every mornin
      19. What types of foods do you eat? loada junk food, crisps, pizza, odd bowl of fruit if i can be bothered
      20. How many hours sleep do you get most nights? 7-8
      21. Do you have high blood pressure? No
      22. How often do you drink alcohol? Every weekend
      23. Do you live in a city or the country? city
      24. Are you stressed always/sometimes/never? Sometimes
      25. Have you ever had a heart attack? No
      26. How many people do you know who have had a heart attack/stroke? Couple
      27. Is there a history of heart disease in your family? No
      28. Ever had Lyme Disease? No
      29. Do you live near contaminated rivers/bushland? Yes
      30. Do you live with family or partner/alone? Family
      31. Do you want to live a long and good life? Yup :D

  12. QUESTION:
    PLEASE FILL THIS OUT FOR ME!!! :) life expectancy calc?
    1.Male or Female
    2.When where you born
    3.Do you usually feel happy?
    4.What is your height? (m)
    5.What is your weight? (kg)
    6.What is your BMI?
    7.Where does that place you on the BMI scale?
    8.Are you classed as overweight/underweight?
    9.Do you smoke?
    10.Does anyone in your immediate family smoke?
    11.Is there a history of Cancer in your family?
    12.Do you suffer from Cystic Fibrosis?
    13.Is there a history of Cystic Fibrosis in your family?
    14.Do you suffer from Down Syndrome?
    15.Is there a history of Down Syndrome in your family?
    16.Do you suffer from Polycystic Kidney Disease?
    17.Is there a history of Polycystic Kidney Disease in your family?
    18.How many hours a week do you exercise?
    19.What types of foods do you eat?
    20.How many hours sleep do you get most nights?
    21.Do you have high blood pressure?
    22.How often do you drink alcohol?
    23.Do you live in a city or the country?
    24.Are you…?
    25.Have you ever had a heart attack?
    26.How many people do you know who have had a heart attack/stroke?
    27.Is there a history of heart disease in your family?
    28.Ever had Lyme Disease?
    29.Do you live near contaminated rivers/bushland?
    30.Do you live…?
    31.Do you want to live a long and good life?

    PLEASE FILL THIS OUT FOR ME!!!! PLEASE...

    • ANSWER:
      1.Male or Female - Female
      2.When where you born - 1988
      3.Do you usually feel happy? - Half the time
      4.What is your height? (cm?) - 5'7''... about 170cm or 1.7 m
      5.What is your weight? (kg) - 56
      6.What is your BMI? - 19.6
      7.Where does that place you on the BMI scale? - average
      8.Are you classed as overweight/underweight? - no
      9.Do you smoke? - no
      10.Does anyone in your immediate family smoke? - god yes
      11.Is there a history of Cancer in your family? - no that I know of
      12.Do you suffer from Cystic Fibrosis? - no
      13.Is there a history of Cystic Fibrosis in your family? - not that I know of
      14.Do you suffer from Down Syndrome? - no
      15.Is there a history of Down Syndrome in your family?- not that I know of
      16.Do you suffer from Polycystic Kidney Disease? - no
      17.Is there a history of Polycystic Kidney Disease in your family? - not that i know of
      18.How many hours a week do you exercise? - about two
      19.What types of foods do you eat? - fruit, special k, soy milk, i stay away from fast food it scares me, chinese food, fish, cheese...
      20.How many hours sleep do you get most nights? - at least 5
      21.Do you have high blood pressure? - no
      22.How often do you drink alcohol? - i don't
      23.Do you live in a city or the country? - city
      24.Are you…? - am I what?
      25.Have you ever had a heart attack? - no

  13. QUESTION:
    Please fill this out for me!!! Please. Life Expectancy Calc?
    1.Male or Female
    2.When where you born
    3.Do you usually feel happy?
    4.What is your height? (m)
    5.What is your weight? (kg)
    6.What is your BMI?
    7.Where does that place you on the BMI scale?
    8.Are you classed as overweight/underweight?
    9.Do you smoke?
    10.Does anyone in your immediate family smoke?
    11.Is there a history of Cancer in your family?
    12.Do you suffer from Cystic Fibrosis?
    13.Is there a history of Cystic Fibrosis in your family?
    14.Do you suffer from Down Syndrome?
    15.Is there a history of Down Syndrome in your family?
    16.Do you suffer from Polycystic Kidney Disease?
    17.Is there a history of Polycystic Kidney Disease in your family?
    18.How many hours a week do you exercise?
    19.What types of foods do you eat?
    20.How many hours sleep do you get most nights?
    21.Do you have high blood pressure?
    22.How often do you drink alcohol?
    23.Do you live in a city or the country?
    24.Are you stressed always/sometimes/never?
    25.Have you ever had a heart attack?
    26.How many people do you know who have had a heart attack/stroke?
    27.Is there a history of heart disease in your family?
    28.Ever had Lyme Disease?
    29.Do you live near contaminated rivers/bushland?
    30.Do you live with family or partner/alone?
    31.Do you want to live a long and good life?

    PLEASE FILL IN FOR ME!!!

    if you want, i can calc it for you too :)

    • ANSWER:
      Was bored so I thought I'd answer :D

      1. Female
      2. 9th of March 1995
      3. Whenever I bake/cook
      4. 1m 55cm
      5. 46.3kg
      6. 18.5..... I think..........
      7. healthy weight
      8. healthy weight but heading towards underweight
      9. no
      10. yes.. whole family
      11. yes
      12. no
      13. no
      14. no
      15. no
      16. no
      18. 0
      19. Anything under 300calories
      20. 11 hours
      21. no
      22. Dont drink
      23. City
      24. Yes, sometimes
      25. no
      26. 3
      27. Yes
      28. no
      29. Isnt everywhere contaminated these days
      30. family (mum)
      31. Dont care if its long, just gonna make the best out of it :D

      You?? :P :P :P

      Please calculate... I dont believe in that stuff though :)

  14. QUESTION:
    Respiration Digestion review questions?
    Disorders Review Sheet

    Bronchitis Cystic Fibrosis Emphysema Pertussis Pneumonia

    1. Viral or bacterial infection of lungs causing sputum of pus or blood.

    2. genetic condition casing production of thick, gooey mucus in respiratory
    tract; death causes in most cases by blocked respiratory passages.

    3. degenerative condition characterized by broken alveoli

    4. infection of bronchial tubes, may lead to pneumonia if untreated.

    5. bacterial infection of lungs characterized by intense coughing.

    Colitis Dysentery Hepatitis Stenosis

    6. inflammation of small and large intestines, caused by drinking polluted
    water.

    7. inflammation of liver, viral, most common forms are A, B, and C

    8. chronic inflammation of large intestines causing diarrhea or constipation

    9. a narrowing if the intestines

    Polycystic Kidney Disease Respiratory Acidosis Urinary Tract
    Infection

    10. caused by hypoventilation, body cannot remove enough CO2

    11. bacterial infection within urethra, usually caused by E. coli

    12. genetic, cyst develop along renal tubules causing nephron/kidney failure

    Chlamydia Endometriosis Gonorrhea Hydrocele Prostate
    Cancer

    13. endometrial tissue grows outside uterus causing extreme pain

    14. STD caused by bacteria, causes PID, affects epithelial cells in
    genital/anal area + throat and eyes

    15. swelling of scrotum due to excess fluids

    16. cancer of gland, initial signs include problems urinating in male

    17. bacterial caused STD, some forms will affect lymph nodes; young
    women at higher risk

    Ectopic Pregnancy Placenta Previa Toxemia

    18. part of placenta tears away from uterine wall

    19. high blood pressure during pregnancy

    20. pregnancy progressing within fallopian tube
    im ot a med student ... my professor never goes over the answers for our test!!! thats why i need the answers

    • ANSWER:
      yeah... you can't use yahoo answers to get yourself through medical school... after seeing this, I am afraid to ever get sick or get hurt, because people that work like this may end up being the people that treat me.

  15. QUESTION:
    Hardy-Weinberg Problems.?
    1.A flock of 538 scarlet ibis birds has 102 individuals with green colored legs(a recessive characteristic). Calculate the allele and genotype frequencies for this population.

    2. A flock of 1,400 wildbeasts has 867 homozygous dominant individuals.Calculate the allele and genotype frequencies.

    3. If a population has an allele frequency of p=0.35, how many heterozygotes would there be in a population of 3200.

    4. Cystic fibrosis affects 1 in 10,000 individuals. What percentage of the population would be expected to be carriers for the trait.

    5. In a population of Aleutians, 942 individuals have type MN blood, while 304 have type MM, and 254 have type NN. What are the allele and genotype frequencies.

    6. A human trait involving finger length in humans in recessive in males but dominant in females. A survey of 938 college students found that 385 of 438 males and 104 of 500 females had dominant phenotypes. What are allele frequencies in each sex

    7. The presence of thoms in floribunda roses is governed by a dominant allele, Q. In a population of 457 roses, there are 7 plants that have no thorns, while the remaining plants have varying sizes of thorns. What is the frequency of the dominant allele in this population?

    8. There were 666 cockroaches in a room, of which 24 were albino. The next generation of cockroaches totaled 13,485. Assuming that the allele for albinism is recessive, how many of these youngters would be albino.

    9. In snapdragons, flower color is an incompletely dominant trait. You count all of the snapdragons in an isolated field and find there are 382 pink, 355 white, and 103 red snapdragons. Calculate the allele frequencies of this population. If the same allele frequencies were applied to a field of 6598 snapdragons, how many pink flowers would you expect to find?

    10. Texas A&M University has a colony of Navasota dogs that are used to as a model for Alport syndrome, a recessive kidney disease. A littler of 14 puppies is born: 10 are carriers and 2 are homozygous dominant. What is the frequency of the A and a alleles of the new litter? If the same frequency of alleles were present in a population of 1250 Navasota dogs, how many affected dogs would there be.

    • ANSWER:
      1. 102/538 or 0.190 gave the genotype gg. The frequency of g is sqrt(0.190) = 0.435; therefore, the frequency of G = 1 - 0.435 = 0.565. Fr(GG) = 0.319; fr(Gg) = 0.492; fr(gg) = 0.190 (which we knew).

      Good luck on the rest of your homework...

  16. QUESTION:
    Can anyone here read Ct Abdomen & Pelvis lab results?
    My labs come in & i have a few questions;
    Ct Abdomen & Pelvis,lung base=normal,Liver=Mild farry infiltration change. No discrete lesion. Spleen=Normal. Kidneys=Several small subcentimeter low densities in both kidneys. Probable cysts, no worrisome lesion is suspected. The ureters are not dilated. Peritoneum= No free air; Cholecystectomy clips.
    Bowel=No Obstruction. Appendix=normal, 16mm folicle on left ovary
    Findings=Multiple small low densities in both kidneys have the appearance of small cysts. This is more than we see in a patient this age. Recommend family history of possible cystic renal disease in family.
    Follow up tests showed=
    Right kidney=Mid one third of kidney is a echogentic density w/o definite acoustic shadowing could be a cyst or ectatic calix with some debris within it, non shadowing calculus. Superior Pole a sonolucent mass with echogentic posterior wall felt to represent a cyst about 8mm in diameter. The mid one third of kidney has another lesion with same characteristics constitent with a cyst that is about 8 to 10 mm in diameter & Left kidney= sonolucent mass consistant with a cyst, good shadowing, distally about 1.4x1.4x 1 cm in size. More low density lesions seen. Benefit to do follow up on these parent cysts. Both kidneys normal in size and contour. no evidence of hydronephrosis.
    I'm not really worried except the lab said i have to many cysts for my age. My family doctor told me i don't. Is this to many cysts?
    Mild fatty not farry it's late..
    It doesn't say that you have polycystic kidney disease or other major pathology. One person I know has to talk to the ultrasound technician every time that a kidney ultrasound is done.
    >>>>>>>>>>>
    The tech told me i had to many my family doctor said i don't it just made me confused a little. I have pain in my right side so much i can't walk and it is very painful. I had so many tests but they are finding nothing. I guess i just want to stop hurting all the time.

    • ANSWER:
      There are multiple cysts described by the imaging studies, however in cases of polycystic kidney disease there are usually MANY MANY more cysts than the 3 or so you have.

      I think your family doctor is right and I don't think you need to be investigated for polycystic kidney disease.

      It would, however, be prudent to keep an eye on the kidney function - to take a urine test and blood test from time to time (?annually) to keep an eye on things.

  17. QUESTION:
    What's wrong with me?
    For the past few years I have been sniffing and even coughing constantly. I sometimes have nosebleeds from sniffing and also ear infections from sniffing as well. I have so much mucus built up in me right now it's so hard to breath. I have shortness of breath and sometimes feel like I am going to die.

    I also have a very bad bladder, everytime I eat something it "goes right through me" and I don't know why. I try so hard to keep things down.

    I don't know but do you think I got Cystic Fibrosis which is a deadly mucus disease? Also may I have a kidney or bladder infection as well? I need sites as well please and thank-you.

    • ANSWER:
      I seriously doubt you have CF--symptoms usually emerge during infancy and childhood, and most people with CF die in their 20s and 30s (so you would be on your way to death right now.)
      A deviated septum would explain the shortness of breath, the nasal congestion, AND the nosebleeds. (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/deviated-septum/ds00977/dsection=symptoms)
      I don't know what the bad bladder is from, but I think it's probably a separate issue.
      A bladder infection isn't just when things 'go right through you.' A bladder infection (also known as a Urinary Tract Infection, or UTI) is pretty recognizable: very strong, constant urge to urinate; sharp pain or burning durin urination; inability to fully empty bladder; possible blood in urine; soreness in lower abdomen, back, or sides. Also, a UTI usually gets worse and worse--usually in the space of a couple weeks--so if this is something you've had for a long time, I doubt it's a UTI. And same goes with a kidney infeciton.
      http://www.medicinenet.com/urine_infection/article.htm

  18. QUESTION:
    General medical questions thanks for the help?
    In which diseases can we expect the elevation of the serum total bilirubin level?
    Malnutrition & malabsorption
    Instrinsic renal lesions
    Hepatitis b- think its this one
    Vitamin d deficiency
    Nephritic syndrome

    Clubbing of the fingers can be a sign of?
    Cystic fibrosis
    Kidney failure-maybe this one
    Tuberculosis- wrong answer
    Liver failure
    Sleen enlargement

    Second heart sound is produced by ?
    Closure of the pulmonic and mitral valve
    Closure of the aortic and mitral valve
    Closure of the aortic and tricuspid valve
    Closure of the pulmonic and tricuspid valve
    Closure of the aortic and pulmonic valve- think its this one

    Which of the diseases listed below is not a potential cause of dry, hacking cough?
    Allergies
    Viral infections
    Intersticial lung disease
    Tuberculosis
    tumor

    Which group of lymp-nodes located on the head or neck drainage the lymph from the abdomen?
    Supra-clavicular
    Sub-mandibular
    Anterior-cervical
    Sub-mental
    Posterior cervical

    The muscles used as the accessory ones during forced inspiration are?
    Internal intercostais
    Scalenes
    Diaphragm
    External intercostals
    Abdominal muscles

    First sound is produced by?
    Closure of the pulmonic and mitral valves
    Closure of the pulmonic and tricuspid valves
    Closure of the venous valves
    Closure of the aortic and mitral valves
    Closure of the mitral and tripcuspid valves

    Which of the sentences about macrocytic anemia, mentioned below, are true?
    The mcv(mean corpuscular volume) is decreased
    The level of hemoglobin is increased
    The common cause is iron deficiency
    The common cause is b1 deficiency
    The common cause is foliate deficiency

    Chronic suppurative otitis media should be recognized if the drainage from the ear (otorrhea) persists for at least:
    1 month
    3 days
    3 weeks
    6 weeks
    1 week

    The muscles used as the accessory ones during forced expiration are:
    Scalene
    Abdominal muscles
    Diaphragm
    Sternocleidomastoid muscles
    External intercostals

    Which laboratory results should be considered as an indicator of the acute bacterial infections of the respiratory tract?
    Wbc: 5.0X10^9/L
    Esr: 15mm/hr
    Esr: 36mm/hr
    pO2: 95mmHg
    CRP: 3 mg/L

    Make a false sentence about cough typical for vital infections of respiratory tract:
    It usally last 7-10 days
    A non-productive period is often followed by a productive cough, with production of yellowish sputum
    In some patients it can lead to subacute cough
    Loud cough, non-productive or producing small amounts of sputum
    It is often aggravating at night

    Which from the following accessory investigations is not the imaging study:
    Electrocardiography
    Radiography
    Ultrasonography
    Magnetic resonance
    Tomography

    Which of the sentences about the evaluation of the patients reflexes, mentioned below are true?
    When damage occurs the upper motor neurons (cortical and spinal cord injuries) the reflex arc is interrupted
    During the evaluation of reflex, grade 4+ of the knee jerk means that this reflex is not present
    When testing the patient’s reflexes you don’t have to remember that reflexes can be influenced by age, metabolic factors or electrolyte abnormalities
    When damage occurs to lower motor neurons (the peripheral nerve or dorsal roots) the spinal reflex arc in uninhibited
    When damage occurs to lower motor neurons (the peripheral nerve or dorsal roots)the reflexes are decreased

    Associated with dyspnea:
    Pulmonary hypertension
    Mitral stenosis
    All of them can be associated with dyspnea
    Pulmonary embolism
    Anxiety

    • ANSWER:
      1) Hep B
      2) Cystic fibrosis
      3) Aortic and pulmonary
      4) I'd go with tuberculosis, because it would usually be a cough productive of sputum
      5) Supraclavicular
      6) Scalenes
      7) Mitral and tricuspid
      8) Folate deficiency
      9) 6 weeks
      10) Abdominals and intercostals (so I'm not sure which you should put down - maybe abdominals?)
      11) None of them really tell you that, but ESR of 36 is the only unusual one there. Although a PaO2 of 95 could occur as well.
      12) They are all true
      13) Electrocardiograpy
      14) The last one is true
      15) All of them

  19. QUESTION:
    NEED PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE FROM A DOCTOR ..... " CT ABDOMEN AND PELVIS. CLINICAL INFO. " HELPPP!?
    Can anyone interpret this? Is it serious? What to do next?
    My girlfriends not well. Need help. Many docs are recommending various stuff. Please Suggest ideas.

    ...............................................................................................

    CT ABDOMEN AND PELVIS.

    CLINICAL INFO.

    Abdominal pain and fever.

    CT scan of abdomen performed after administration of oral contrast with IV contrast administration.

    Ther is short segment of terminal ilium close to ilio caecal junction showing concentric wall thickening. Streekiness of mesenteric fat is seen. Multiple well defined lymph nodes are seen in the mesentery with diameter upto 1.1cm. Minimal free fluid is seen in pelvis. No intra abdominal masses. Liver , spleen, adrenals pancreas and kidneys are unremarkable. Note is made of cystic ovaries on both sides(functional cysts).Uterine cavity shows fluid density.No focal myometrial lesions in the uterus. No gross lytic or sclerotic lesions in the bones.

    OPINION.

    Short segment concentric thickening of terminal ilium close tothe junction associated with minimal free fluid in the pelvis and mesenteric lymphadenopathy. Consider the possibility of inflammatory pathology/tuberculosis.Crhon's disease is differential diagnosis.Suggest correlation with biopsy.

    ...................................................................................................

    • ANSWER:
      I am not a doctor but from what I am reading looks like your friend could have someting wrong with their colon, some sort of inflammation in the colon they mentioned crohns disease, which is controlled with medication and diet. They also want to do further testing to confirm it. Hang in there ..

  20. QUESTION:
    How can I stay healthy while having 3 diseases?
    I just got my results from my CT scan a few days ago. I have cystic fibrosis in my left ovary, which explains why I've never had menstrual pain on my left side. I might have to have surgery on it.
    I also found out I have Crohn's disease, a disease of the GI tract.
    I just found out, despite 19 years of scans, MRI's and so on, that I was born with only 1 kidney.
    I've known for a few years that I have Hyperthyroid disease.
    How can I stay healthy with all of this??
    Thanks versantly for catching my goof. It's polycystic ovary syndrome

    • ANSWER:
      cystic fibrosis is only in the lungs -you can mark that "disease" off your list. hyperthyroid is treated with meds -easy to fix. Chron's is the hardest. learn all you can, meet with a nutritionist, read food labels at least 3 times before you eat the food, and get counseling. you can deal with this, but it's important to educate you family & friends.

  21. QUESTION:
    I have NO MONEY, NO CREDIT, and we are almost out of toilet paper AND other stuff...HELP! WHAT DO WE DO?!?!?!?
    0I live with my mom, and I have been sick and disabled for five years or so. I got sick when I was 17, a senior in high school, and I had to quit my job and I had to enroll in my school's "home-bound" program to be able to graduate. (A teacher comes to your home and teaches you there, like a tutor, but free as it is a public school system program. You are allowed to graduate with your peers at the school's regular graduation) My mom has her own health problems. However she works full-time at the school's administration building. But she does not make enough money to support us with the expense of all our bills AND my medical bills AND her medical bills. And I have so ma.y health problems the doctor's can't even tell me what's going on with my body to cause so many diagnoses and then STILL have unexplained problems!!!!!! I have, for sure, gastroperesis, IGG3, anemia, osteoporosis, cystic ovarian syndrome, Chron's, IBS, Fibromyalgia, acid reflux disease, and my personal favorite...the bones in my lower back are rapidly degenerating. Plus all the depression, anxiety, and insomnia caused by all the above. The doctor's are probably (In my opinion ...) missing the cause of all this and they're really diagnosing my SYMPTOMS that are a part of a LARGER disease or condition. Because I've STILL, even with all those diagnoses, have many symptoms that NONE of them explain. Also, WHY would I have SOOOOOOO many different things?!?!?!?! So ANYWAY the POINT of all that was to explain why I can't work and why I have medical bills SOOOOOOOO HIGH!!!! Now, I have FINALLY been given social security because of all that. And it does help make it easier, but it still falls quite short! And I applied for food stamps, but because of my age (21) I had to apply for food stamps with my mom's income, and they consider her an hour job to be MAKING TOO MUCH, so we were denied! So, anyways this month has been even worse than normal financially because I had to be hospitalized twice and my mom got a kidney stone and had to have tests done and my phone broke (our ONLY phone), so now we have nothing and are both overdrawn in our bank accounts to the limit, we are out of food, we are out of toilet papers and other toiletries. We have nothing of value to sell. We have no family still living who are able or willing to help. My abusive, alcoholic father "hates" me, and left my mom years ago. My sister left with him. And I don't have Amy friends left much anymore as I'm always to sick to do anything and I actually don't even remember my.life for two years and I've not been a good friend......Can someone please, please, please tell me what to do immediately? !?!?!!?!!?!,

    • ANSWER:


Congenital Disease Of The Kidney

Congenital heart diseases affect any part of the heart such as heart muscle, valves, and blood vessels. Congenital heart disease refers to a problem with the heart's structure and function due to abnormal heart development before birth.Every year over 30,000 babies are born with some type of congenital heart defect in US alone. Congenital heart disease is responsible for more deaths in the first year of life than any other birth defects. Some congenital heart diseases can be treated with medication alone, while others require one or more surgeries.
The causes of congenital heart diseases of newborns at birth may be in result from poorly controlled blood sugar levels in women having diabetes during pregnancy, some hereditary factors that play a role in congenital heart disease, excessive intake of alcohol and side affects of some drugs during pregnancy.
Congenital heart disease is often divided into two types: cyanotic which is caused by a lack of oxygen and non-cyanotic.

1. Cyanotic
Cyanosis is a blue coloration of the skin due to a lack of oxygen generated in blood vessels near the skin surface. It occurs when the oxygen level in the arterial blood falls below 85-90%.
The below lists are the most common of cyanotic congenital heart diseases:
a)Tetralogy of fallot
Tetralogy of fallot is a condition of several congenital defects that occur when the heart does not develop normally. It is the most common cynaotic heart defect and a common cause of blue baby syndrome.

b)Transportation of the great vessels
Transportation of the great vessels is the most common cyanotic congenital heart disease. Transposition of the great vessels is a congenital heart defect in which the 2 major vessels that carry blood away from the aorta and the pulmonary artery of the heart are switched. Symptoms of transportation of the great vessels include blueness of the skin, shortness of breath and poor feeding.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Puppy with possible kidney disease...Should I keep him?
    Me and my husband got a mini schnauzer 4 month old pup from a rescue group about a month ago. This has come to be the worst nightmare of our lives so far...Since the day we brought him home we noticed that he drinks a lot of water...we were told by the vet that it was probably stress from the house change...we waited and he still drank lots of water (he's about 11 pounds and drinks about 1L of water everyday)...the vet did some blood tests and urinalysis and found his BUN, Phosphorous and Calcium levels a little elevated and his urine very dilute...nothing big, but still not normal...he said it was a probable UTI infection and put him on antibiotics...10 days later we took him back, the values were a little higher now...he advised of probable kidney disease, possibly congenital...the vet put him on k/d food and gave him more antibiotics. I decided to go to another vet for a second opinion and again the new vet advised that since his Creatinine values were within normal range, it could just be a bad infection and gave him stronger antibiotics for 14 more days. Yesterday I took him back for his recheck and now his values are all within normal although his urine is still very dilute (1.008 and this was his first urine of the day). The vet is not sure if his values are lower because the antibiotics are working or if it's just because of the food he's been eating have lowered the values (low protein, low calcium, phosphorus, etc) so she wanted to do an ultrasound to confirm if it's indeed kidney disease...the ultrasound is about 0 but my husband and I cannot afford this. The vet suggested I just keep the dog b/c she does think it might be some kidney problem and leave him on the diet and just let him live whatever time he's supossed to live...basically just keep him on diet and dont worry about testing and stuff....our dilemma is, should we return the puppy to the rescue group and let them deal with him? (they said they would put him up for readoption but I dont really believe them and i dont think anyone would adopt a sick puppy) or should we just keep him and let him be happy and give him love until God decides to take him away? By the way, the puppy is the happiest creature ever...he's not in pain, with appetite, not lethargic or anything...in fact, he's VERY active...My heart is broken because I love him with all my heart and I dont want him to be put to sleep or to be given to somebody that wont take care of him the way we do...so I need advise...should I keep him????????? HELP!!!

    • ANSWER:
      As heartbreaking as it would be, I would keep the puppy until the day I had to make the tough decision to end his suffering. I would want to make sure this puppy was given the best chance at life.

  2. QUESTION:
    NEED INSIGHT! I have a 5yr old child with congenital kidney failure, G tube,transplant in future, etc...?
    Hi, i joined Yahoo in hopes of finding someone who can offer insight or support to me. My son was born small and i just knew something wasnt right when he wouldnt feed.. Ne did not cry much nor did he desire to eat from the day he was born. He was diagnosed with failure to thrive and recieved a many tests. He was diagnosed with renal/kidney failure at 5 months. His kidneys are small, echogenic and they use the term, renal hypodysplasia.He has remained stable at about 50-60 percent function with a creatnine of .7 at its lowest to now about 1.1 over 5 year span. He also has a SEVERE gag reflex that turned out to be much more than just the common reflux. He had an ng tube inserted at 6mths old for a year and then had a g tube placed which he lives with still. He will 'suck' any food! His favorite is cheesey doritos and choc bars- but watch out, one little piece gets on his tongue and hes gagging and all comes up! Anyhow i just need to know that this is 'normal' with the kidney disease-all i have is the dr's word, but after so many years i start to wonder where this all is headed. When will he eat? (Maybe there is a parent with the same obsticle and can tell me an age when their kid finally started practicing eating!) Why does he dry heave everymorning? Should he go on growth horomones??(he is at the 10th percentile height and 25weight) What does the future look like for him? What will the transplant stage be like? Will my son be ok??!! Its very scary and lonely sometimes and would love to find a DR or parent with some INSIGHT from personal experience.

    • ANSWER:
      It is hard to know for sure what some of these symptoms are, but I can send you some information about congenital kidney disease for you to look at.

      http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/kidney/kidney_diseases_childhood.html
      http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/Kudiseases/pubs/yourkidneys/

  3. QUESTION:
    How can I find out if a breeder has bred other puppies with the same serious health condition?
    We bought a puppy this summer, and later discovered that she had congenital kidney disease. After several trips to the vet, a bunch of tests, and a lot of stress trying to keep her as healthy as possible, we had to put her to sleep. She was clearly suffering, and we couldn't make her continue to suffer. Before we brought her home, we had done research on the breeder and found complaints about her. Unfortunately, we had already made the deposit. After talking to some happy references she had, we decided to go through with the sale anyway. How do I find out if she has bred other puppies with kidney problems before? What can we do to stop her from continuing to do so? She has already been suspended from the AKC for other reasons.

    • ANSWER:

  4. QUESTION:
    Dog DESPERATELY needs to gain weight. Help please?
    I have a 14 year old mostly-whippet mix, who's suffering from congenital heart disease and kidney disease. The vet has limited the amount of meat we can give her, and she can't have a lot of salt either. Rather than eating 2-3 large meals a day, she needs to eat a lot of small meals. Her stomach's been really testy recently, as well, and she's thrown up a couple of times.

    I understand that she may not be with us much longer, but I don't want her to suffer during the time she has left. Not like this. Her bones are protruding every which-a-way, and she's malnourished, despite our best efforts to keep her fed and healthy.

    I need help coming up foods that will help her gain weight. Seeing her like this really kills me, I hate it. I want her to be as healthy as she can be.

    I know she likes omelettes, which is a start since eggs are really high in protein. I don't want to turn to a store-bought food brand, either. A lot of the ones that are sold have those lame by-product ingredients. We want to know exactly what we're feeding her.

    We've asked the vet multiple times, and he hasn't been much help, by the way. =/

    Thank you in advance for your help!
    Did you guys not read the question? We HAVE asked the vet but he's NOT really being any help. He just repeats the same, "less meat, minimal sodium" mantra over and over.

    Also, I suggested putting her down to keep her from suffering anymore, but my dad's being stubborn and not having it. He doesn't want to lose her. =/

    • ANSWER:
      It's quite hard to answer this, even though I've rescued lots of very skinny dogs, the only way to get weight on is to do it very slowly over a long period of time.
      Obviously the problem you have is she may not be with you much longer and also the foods that are very high in protein are also not gentle on the stomach and therefore more likely to cause diarrea.
      I'm so sorry for you but with her health problems I think the answer is you can't.
      My heart goes out to you and I hope you can try and make the right choise at the right time.
      No matter what anyone else says on here I know it's the hardest thing to.x

  5. QUESTION:
    Compare and contrast the top ten leading causes of death for people overall and teens in the US.?
    when comparing the leading causes of death between the overall population and teens, what assumptions can be made between them?

    Top 10 Causes of Death – U.S.- All Ages
    1.Diseases of Heart 28.5%
    2.Malignant Neoplasms (cancer) 22.8%
    3.Cerebrovascular Diseases (stroke) 6.7%
    4.Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases 5.1%
    5.Accidents 4.4%
    oMotor Vehicle Traffic Accidents (41% of all accidents)
    oPoisoning (16% of all accidents)
    oFall (15% of all accidents)
    6.Diabetes Mellitus 3.0%
    7.Influenza and Pneumonia 2.7%
    8.Alzheimer's Disease 2.4%
    9.Nephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome and Nephrosis (kidney diseases) 1.7%
    10.Septicemia (blood poisoning) 1.4%

    Leading Causes of Death – U.S.- Older Teens (15-19)
    1.Unintentional Injury 52%
    a.Motor Vehicle 40%
    b.Poisoning 4%
    c.Drowning 2%
    d.Firearms 1%
    2.Homicide 14%
    3.Suicide 11%
    4.Malignant Neoplasms (Cancerous Tumors) 5%
    5.Heart Disease 3%
    6.Congenital Anomalies 2%
    7.Chronic Respiratory Disease 0.6%
    8.Influenza & Pneumonia 0.5%
    9.Diabetes Mellitus 0.4%
    10.Cerebrovascular Diseases (stroke) 0.38%

    • ANSWER:
      My assumption is that firearms are not nearly as dangerous as our government and the gun control groups would like for us to believe they are. Are they lying to us when they tell us how dangerous firearms are, and that firearms kill 13 children a day, if so as it seems, what are their motives for lying to the people?

  6. QUESTION:
    Compare and Contrast the top ten leading causes of death for people overall and teens in the US.?
    when comparing the leading causes of death between the overall population and teens, what assumptions can be made between them?

    Top 10 Causes of Death – U.S.- All Ages
    1.Diseases of Heart 28.5%
    2.Malignant Neoplasms (cancer) 22.8%
    3.Cerebrovascular Diseases (stroke) 6.7%
    4.Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases 5.1%
    5.Accidents 4.4%
    oMotor Vehicle Traffic Accidents (41% of all accidents)
    oPoisoning (16% of all accidents)
    oFall (15% of all accidents)
    6.Diabetes Mellitus 3.0%
    7.Influenza and Pneumonia 2.7%
    8.Alzheimer's Disease 2.4%
    9.Nephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome and Nephrosis (kidney diseases) 1.7%
    10.Septicemia (blood poisoning) 1.4%

    Leading Causes of Death – U.S.- Older Teens (15-19)
    1.Unintentional Injury 52%
    a.Motor Vehicle 40%
    b.Poisoning 4%
    c.Drowning 2%
    d.Firearms 1%
    2.Homicide 14%
    3.Suicide 11%
    4.Malignant Neoplasms (Cancerous Tumors) 5%
    5.Heart Disease 3%
    6.Congenital Anomalies 2%
    7.Chronic Respiratory Disease 0.6%
    8.Influenza & Pneumonia 0.5%
    9.Diabetes Mellitus 0.4%
    10.Cerebrovascular Diseases (stroke) 0.38%
    hahaha, thanks creed for the advice, but i already have about a page of my own ideas down and was just looking to see if anybody else had any other ideas. somehow, i knew that someone would tell me that i should do my own homework.

    • ANSWER:
      My assumption is that firearms are not nearly as dangerous as our government and the gun control groups would like for us to believe they are. Are they lying to us when they tell us how dangerous firearms are, and that firearms kill 13 children a day, if so as it seems, what are their motives for lying to the people?

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. QUESTION:
    kidney transplant not happy?
    IF U HVE NEVER HAD A KIDNEY BIOPSY BEEN ON DIYALISIS OR HAD A TRANSPLANT STFU you have no idea what i went through i was sixteen yrs old when i was diagnosed with acute interstishal nephrites i was told kids were out of the question that my body would misscary but unforntitually my micrical of a son is what put my function from 29% to 8% diyalisis for a yr ( btw my shunt looks soo bad and feels worse) and on top of it all my son has congenital heart disease he already had one open heart and two other surgery so dont preach god to me i know all about him. im a year after a kindney transplant I was sixteen and im 20 yeah thats right it took my family almost three years to relize that i was going to die thankfully my dad was 100% match and i swear to god i feel so decived by doctors and phicans that i dont know what to do i havent gotten blood work done in forever cuz the last time i got it done they wanted to do a biopsy and i dont want to be no ones ginny pig cuz i swear thats all i am i dont mean anything to them all i am is a statistic a number in a file of how a procedure was successfull and i feel good dont get me wrong before transplant i was pretty bad but i have the worst case of insomnia ive strulled with it for years but prograf dont hel it cuz its a side effect from that and im always always sick i use to b a winter cold person i was healtly as a horse in the spring summer and most the fall and i get colds in the winter now i feel like im sick every other month i dont feel like i was told that after transplant i would be up everynight all night long be sick every other day get lectured by a surgern who buttered my body my insison looks like a 5 yr old did it. and tell me im still not aloud to eat and drink certin things like grapefruit i love grapefruit but no it effects prograts levals pffftt and instead of taking only 3 pills a day now i take like 20 and really sorry to the makers of valcyte and bactrim but im sick all the time and guess what it feels like the flu so ur pills suck so i guess im gona have to suffer through 4348 pills a yr for the rest of the kidneys life iam literly the walking dead because this diease will be the death of me so they say if i dont take my meds

    • ANSWER:
      Sooooo..is that a question or are you just bitching that your alive? This is not the place to complain..

  10. QUESTION:
    Can you review my evidence for intelligent design? I just thought up a bunch of it?
    Miscarriages
    22q11.2 deletion syndrome
    Angelman syndrome
    Canavan disease
    Celiac disease
    Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
    Color blindness
    Cri du chat
    Cystic fibrosis
    Down syndrome
    Duchenne muscular dystrophy
    Haemochromatosis
    Klinefelter's syndrome
    Neurofibromatosis
    Phenylketonuria
    Polycystic kidney disease
    Prader-Willi syndrome
    Sickle-cell disease
    Tay-Sachs disease
    Turner syndrome
    Abarognosis
    Acquired Epileptiform Aphasia
    Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
    Adrenoleukodystrophy
    Agenesis of the corpus callosum
    Agnosia
    Aicardi syndrome
    Alexander disease
    Alien hand syndrome
    Allochiria
    Alpers' disease
    Alternating hemiplegia
    Alzheimer's disease
    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
    Anencephaly
    Angelman syndrome
    Angiomatosis
    Anoxia
    Aphasia
    Apraxia
    Arachnoid cysts
    Arachnoiditis
    Arnold-Chiari malformation
    Arteriovenous malformation
    Ataxia Telangiectasia
    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
    Auditory processing disorder
    Autonomic Dysfunction
    Back Pain
    Batten disease
    Behcet's disease
    Bell's palsy
    Benign Essential Blepharospasm
    Benign Intracranial Hypertension
    Bilateral frontoparietal polymicrogyria
    Binswanger's disease
    Blepharospasm
    Bloch-Sulzberger syndrome
    Brachial plexus injury
    Brain abscess
    Brain damage
    Brain injury
    Brain tumor
    Brown-Séquard syndrome
    Canavan disease
    Carpal tunnel syndrome
    Causalgia
    Central pain syndrome
    Central pontine myelinolysis
    Centronuclear myopathy
    Cephalic disorder
    Cerebral aneurysm
    Cerebral arteriosclerosis
    Cerebral atrophy
    Cerebral gigantism
    Cerebral palsy
    Cerebral vasculitis
    Cervical spinal stenosis
    Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
    Chiari malformation
    Chorea
    Chronic fatigue syndrome
    Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)
    Chronic pain
    Coffin Lowry syndrome
    Coma
    Complex regional pain syndrome
    Compression neuropathy
    Congenital facial diplegia
    Corticobasal degeneration
    Cranial arteritis
    Craniosynostosis
    Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
    Cumulative trauma disorders
    Cushing's syndrome
    Cytomegalic inclusion body disease (CIBD)
    Cytomegalovirus Infection
    Dandy-Walker syndrome
    Dawson disease
    De Morsier's syndrome
    Dejerine-Klumpke palsy
    Dejerine-Sottas disease
    Delayed sleep phase syndrome
    Dementia
    Dermatomyositis
    Developmental dyspraxia
    Diabetic neuropathy
    Diffuse sclerosis
    Dravet syndrome
    Dysautonomia
    Dyscalculia
    Dysgraphia
    Dyslexia
    Dystonia
    Empty sella syndrome
    Encephalitis
    Encephalocele
    Encephalotrigeminal angiomatosis
    Encopresis
    Epilepsy
    Erb's palsy
    Erythromelalgia
    Essential tremor
    Fabry's disease
    Fahr's syndrome
    Fainting
    Familial spastic paralysis
    Febrile seizures
    Fisher syndrome
    Friedreich's ataxia
    Fibromyalgia
    Gaucher's disease
    Gerstmann's syndrome
    Giant cell arteritis
    Giant cell inclusion disease
    Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy
    Gray matter heterotopia
    Guillain-Barré syndrome
    HTLV-1 associated myelopathy
    Hallervorden-Spatz disease
    Head injury
    Headache
    Hemifacial Spasm
    Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia
    Heredopathia atactica polyneuritiformis
    Herpes zoster oticus
    Herpes zoster
    Hirayama syndrome
    Holoprosencephaly
    Huntington's disease
    Hydranencephaly
    Hydrocephalus
    Hypercortisolism
    Hypoxia
    Immune-Mediated encephalomyelitis
    Inclusion body myositis
    Incontinentia pigmenti
    Infantile phytanic acid storage disease
    Infantile Refsum disease
    Infantile spasms
    Inflammatory myopathy
    Intracranial cyst
    Intracranial hypertension
    Jouber
    Niemann-Pick disease
    Non 24-hour sleep-wake syndrome
    Nonverbal learning disorder
    O'Sullivan-McLeod syndrome
    Occipital Neuralgia
    Occult Spinal Dysraphism Sequence
    Ohtahara syndrome
    Olivopontocerebellar atrophy
    Opsoclonus myoclonus syndrome
    Optic neuritis
    Orthostatic Hypotension
    Overuse syndrome
    Palinopsia
    Paresthesia
    Parkinson's disease
    Paramyotonia Congenita
    Paraneoplastic diseases
    Paroxysmal attacks
    Parry-Romberg syndrome
    Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease
    Periodic Paralyses
    Peripheral neuropathy
    Persistent Vegetative State
    Pervasive developmental disorders
    Photic sneeze reflex
    Phytanic acid storage disease
    Pick's disease
    Pinched nerve
    Pituitary tumors
    PMG
    Polio
    Polymicrogyria
    Polymyositis
    Porencephaly
    Post-Polio syndrome
    Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN)
    Postinfectious Encephalomyelitis
    Postural Hypotension
    Prader-Willi syndrome
    Primary Lateral Sclerosis
    Prion diseases
    Progressive hemifacial atrophy
    Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy
    Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
    Pseudotumor cerebri
    Ra

    • ANSWER:
      If the Creator is the God of the Bible, then we are told that this is a cursed earth (all of creation is suffering as a result of man’s sin in Genesis 3); everything is in a state of progressive degeneration—bad things are supposed to happen and things are expected to get worse (e.g. mutational load). Unlike God, the creation is wearing out like a garment (as it says in Psalm 102:25-26).

      It’s like the example of a gardener digging up an ancient book—the book is falling apart, it’s pages are mostly stuck together, and the type has faded. Does the current condition of the book mean that it never carried a message and that it wasn’t designed? The book is in a degenerative condition, but there is no denying that it was designed for a purpose and optimal for doing it’s job at one point in time.

      Suppose you turn on a computer and it’s not working property. What do you say, “This computer must not have been designed because it’s not working properly”?

      An unbeliever looks at the earth and finds examples of what he or she believes are evidences of poor design. Yet, it is very likely they might be witnessing degeneration from the Fall, or that they are simply ignorant of the purpose.

  11. QUESTION:
    To the WWE Universe, what do you think of this sad article?
    Source: WWE.com

    ARLINGTON, Va. – Sgt. Slaughter is best known to the WWE Universe as the order-barking drill sergeant that participated in countless classic matches. But sadly, this weekend the WWE Hall of Famer attended the funeral of a true American hero: his nephew, Army Ranger Cpl. Benjamin Stephen Kopp.

    An emotional Sgt. Slaughter recalled his nephew by saying, “Ben always loved the military. As a little boy, he loved G.I. Joe and WWE. I was Ben’s hero.”

    Just outside Washington, D.C. at Arlington National Cemetery, Sgt. Slaughter joined a crowd assembled to mourn the loss of Cpl. Kopp, a gathering that included United States Defense Secretary Robert Gates. The 21-year-old serviceman, beloved by all who came in contact with him, was participating in his first tour of Afghanistan after two successful excursions in Iraq.

    On July 10, Kopp and his unit attacked a Taliban safe haven as part of the United States’ continued actions against the fundamentalist organization. For several hours, the servicemen were assailed from multiple directions, and in the process killed more than 10 enemy combatants.

    During the operation however, Kopp was seriously wounded, necessitating that he be transported to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and then to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Sadly, despite the best efforts of the medical team, Kopp died as a result of his wounds on July 18.

    "When Ben succeeded in becoming an Army Ranger everything he did became classified. He was one of the elite. We didn’t know where he was or what he was doing. I was worried but I knew he was doing what he wanted to do, what he loved to do; serve his country," said Slaughter.

    While Cpl. Kopp’s sacrifice in the service of his country would be reason enough to declare him a hero, this young serviceman continued to have an impact even after his death. In accordance with Kopp’s wishes to be an organ donor, the heart of this hero was transferred into the body of a family friend, who was suffering from a rare congenital heart disease. In death, the noble warrior not only saved the life of the heart recipient, but also gave his kidney, pancreas and liver so that others might benefit.

    "It’s a blessing to know my nephew not only gave his life for his country but gave his organs to save more lives. Now, Ben is my hero," said the WWE Hall of Famer.

    Though the loss of any serviceman is an occasion for mourning, there is a bright light that comes with Cpl. Kopp’s sacrifice. Even after giving of himself in the name of his country, Kopp continued to save and change lives even after his death, an act that should make not only his uncle, Sgt. Slaughter, but all of America proud.

    The story inspired me to support the American troops and become a bigger fan of Sgt. Slaughter. When I saw the article, I was moved so much that my eyes filled with tears. What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      It is a sad article, kinda rough for Sgt. Slaughter, but if he was in the ring announcing that, you know damn well the crude and disprespectful audience would BOOOO as long as he was talking! I know how rude and crude they can be!

  12. QUESTION:
    recommend a remedy/prevention for heart attack/stroke and a heart specialist in arizona.?
    my short story.....

    maternal family history....diabetes, cancers of many sorts(young siblings n old relatives), glaucoma, weak kidney, extreme ecxema, n a few other things.

    paternal history...possible digestion problems bc some have acne/skin problems. dad finally died of a heart attack, his sisters/siblings/cousins died of the same thing.
    they were all young, dad was only 42.
    my sister is 47 n has had congenital heart disease for years. she is in a wheelchair, on oxygen, n got a defibrillator implant last year.

    over the last few years i have had off and on high blood pressure. it was minor and i did not always need medication. i have had small symptoms of heart trouble for about 10 years. it never prevented me from doing anything and no doctor gave me any medications. about 10 years ago i noticed shortness of breath w the stair climbing, so i lost weight to accomodate. i have an extremely small frame so i went from what looked like average to skinny. that helped a lot. i did not associate the shortness of breath w anything else. there were bouts w stress and i lived in a house that poisoned me w various pollutions. the gase hot water heater was never properly hooked up and the vents were never properly cleaned. i breathed that for almost 15 years before i figured it out. i am sure that had something to do w my deterioration.

    early last year i had strange things like small tightness in the jaw joint from time to time and the throat closing like a suffication/choking. i had to concentrate to squeeze down air. i never knew how to quite explain that but the doctors dismissed it. once i was eating and suddenly could not swallow no matter how hard i concentrated.

    last year i went to a heart specialist w pain in my left arm. the office was horrible. they depended solely on a stress test but they could nt get the wires hooked up right. plus some girl was in training and did not know what she was doing. the supervisor came in to help but she was no better. when the visit was over i was upset because they told me nothing was wrong. just come back next year. i tried to convince them otherwise but i did not do a good job. i did not think to go to another specialist. months went by. eventually i walked down my hallway and suddenly out of the blue felt nauseous then faint. i did not faint, but since i did not know what it was i was puzzled with the episode.

    about june i started to have serious shortness of breath and problems w high blood pressure. my doctor left the country and i did not find a replacement. i had daily headaches n it seems that i had them so bad it could have been a small stroke. maybe i am paranoid, but something did go wrong. the doctors have no idea what i describe to them. i am gettting upset just thinking about it but no one took this seriously so i trusted them and thought i was in better shape than i really was.

    with horrific stress, divorce, job problems, financial difficulty (the usual stress killers), etc. i find that i have symptoms that i have never encountered before. pressure/light tightness from head to toe on the left side. turned to burning on the left side. flushed cheeks. dull tingling/numbness of the lower face/tongue/lips, dizziness and uncontrolled hbp. the numbers range from the low 100's to 160+. before it was far over that. when all this started the numbers were only about 125 and i thought that was horrible. it changes from minute to minute even with a stronger medication. the dull pain in my arm moved up to near my armpit then it moved to the left side of my upper chest. i try to keep it as low as possible by drinking hot tea or soup. it drops a few points (ie: from 160 to 140) but i can not seem to keep it under 140. excercise does not seem to help. my heart pounds excessively and has done so for about 4 months. it does not matter if the pressure rate is down or not.

    all i take is hbp medicine and vitamins one time each day. i saw a new heart specialist who is just having me wait for testing. while i wait, i made an appointment w a 3rd heart specialist. in the meantime i asked my existing doctor (2nd) what can be done n i was told to go the ER. no thanks. the bill used to be only 50.00 for ER but now the visits are now close to 1k with insurance. the health care system i am in told me that the doctors don't contract with them anymore. after insurance, i still have a large bill.

    so here i am asking you what i can do to keep my hbp under control and to prevent a heart attack and stroke. i am about 50 years old, female, over 5feet 7inches tall, small/skinny frame and i could not take any more medical/financial trauma. i never smoked/drank or did drugs but i find myself taking tylenol every day for the headaches. i never like junk food. as a baby my favorite foods were vegetables. i dont eat a perfect diet becasue of the high food prices. my kitchen has poultry, canned leafy greens, canned beans, canned tuna, canned beets, rice, dried

    • ANSWER:
      Using google to find some related info or you could try using answer engines such as yahoo answer or yedda.com to obtain some useful ideas.however,If you want some direct infomation,here http://www.healthinsurance-onlinetips.info/health-insurance-for-free.htm is a nice one from my experience.

  13. QUESTION:
    recommend a heart attack/stroke prevention/remedy and a heart specialist in arizona.?
    my short story.....

    maternal family history....diabetes, cancers of many sorts(young siblings n old relatives), glaucoma, weak kidney, extreme ecxema, n a few other things.

    paternal history...possible digestion problems bc some have acne/skin problems. dad finally died of a heart attack, his sisters/siblings/cousins died of the same thing.
    they were all young, dad was only 42.
    my sister is 47 n has had congenital heart disease for years. she is in a wheelchair, on oxygen, n got a defibrillator implant last year.

    over the last few years i have had off and on high blood pressure. it was minor and i did not always need medication. i have had small symptoms of heart trouble for about 10 years. it never prevented me from doing anything and no doctor gave me any medications. about 10 years ago i noticed shortness of breath w the stair climbing, so i lost weight to accomodate. i have an extremely small frame so i went from what looked like average to skinny. that helped a lot. i did not associate the shortness of breath w anything else. there were bouts w stress and i lived in a house that poisoned me w various pollutions. the gase hot water heater was never properly hooked up and the vents were never properly cleaned. i breathed that for almost 15 years before i figured it out. i am sure that had something to do w my deterioration.

    early last year i had strange things like small tightness in the jaw joint from time to time and the throat closing like a suffication/choking. i had to concentrate to squeeze down air. i never knew how to quite explain that but the doctors dismissed it. once i was eating and suddenly could not swallow no matter how hard i concentrated.

    last year i went to a heart specialist w pain in my left arm. the office was horrible. they depended solely on a stress test but they could nt get the wires hooked up right. plus some girl was in training and did not know what she was doing. the supervisor came in to help but she was no better. when the visit was over i was upset because they told me nothing was wrong. just come back next year. i tried to convince them otherwise but i did not do a good job. i did not think to go to another specialist. months went by. eventually i walked down my hallway and suddenly out of the blue felt nauseous then faint. i did not faint, but since i did not know what it was i was puzzled with the episode.

    about june i started to have serious shortness of breath and problems w high blood pressure. my doctor left the country and i did not find a replacement. i had daily headaches n it seems that i had them so bad it could have been a small stroke. maybe i am paranoid, but something did go wrong. the doctors have no idea what i describe to them. i am gettting upset just thinking about it but no one took this seriously so i trusted them and thought i was in better shape than i really was.

    with horrific stress, divorce, job problems, financial difficulty (the usual stress killers), etc. i find that i have symptoms that i have never encountered before. pressure/light tightness from head to toe on the left side. turned to burning on the left side. flushed cheeks. dull tingling/numbness of the lower face/tongue/lips, dizziness and uncontrolled hbp. the numbers range from the low 100's to 160+. before it was far over that. when all this started the numbers were only about 125 and i thought that was horrible. it changes from minute to minute even with a stronger medication. the dull pain in my arm moved up to near my armpit then it moved to the left side of my upper chest. i try to keep it as low as possible by drinking hot tea or soup. it drops a few points (ie: from 160 to 140) but i can not seem to keep it under 140. excercise does not seem to help. my heart pounds excessively and has done so for about 4 months. it does not matter if the pressure rate is down or not.

    all i take is hbp medicine and vitamins one time each day. i saw a new heart specialist who is just having me wait for testing. while i wait, i made an appointment w a 3rd heart specialist. in the meantime i asked my existing doctor (2nd) what can be done n i was told to go the ER. no thanks. the bill used to be only 50.00 for ER but now the visits are now close to 1k with insurance. the health care system i am in told me that the doctors don't contract with them anymore. after insurance, i still have a large bill.

    so here i am asking you what i can do to keep my hbp under control and to prevent a heart attack and stroke. i am about 50 years old, female, over 5feet 7inches tall, small/skinny frame and i could not take any more medical/financial trauma. i never smoked/drank or did drugs but i find myself taking tylenol every day for the headaches. i never like junk food. as a baby my favorite foods were vegetables. i dont eat a perfect diet becasue of the high food prices. my kitchen has poultry, canned leafy greens, canned beans, canned tuna, canned beets, rice, dried

    • ANSWER:
      This clinic has a great reputation:

      http://www.azheart.com/

  14. QUESTION:
    recommend a prevention/remedy for heart attack/stroke and a heart specialist in arizona.?
    my short story.....

    maternal family history....diabetes, cancers of many sorts(young siblings n old relatives), glaucoma, weak kidney, extreme ecxema, n a few other things.

    paternal history...possible digestion problems bc some have acne/skin problems. dad finally died of a heart attack, his sisters/siblings/cousins died of the same thing.
    they were all young, dad was only 42.
    my sister is 47 n has had congenital heart disease for years. she is in a wheelchair, on oxygen, n got a defibrillator implant last year.

    over the last few years i have had off and on high blood pressure. it was minor and i did not always need medication. i have had small symptoms of heart trouble for about 10 years. it never prevented me from doing anything and no doctor gave me any medications. about 10 years ago i noticed shortness of breath w the stair climbing, so i lost weight to accomodate. i have an extremely small frame so i went from what looked like average to skinny. that helped a lot. i did not associate the shortness of breath w anything else. there were bouts w stress and i lived in a house that poisoned me w various pollutions. the gase hot water heater was never properly hooked up and the vents were never properly cleaned. i breathed that for almost 15 years before i figured it out. i am sure that had something to do w my deterioration.

    early last year i had strange things like small tightness in the jaw joint from time to time and the throat closing like a suffication/choking. i had to concentrate to squeeze down air. i never knew how to quite explain that but the doctors dismissed it. once i was eating and suddenly could not swallow no matter how hard i concentrated.

    last year i went to a heart specialist w pain in my left arm. the office was horrible. they depended solely on a stress test but they could nt get the wires hooked up right. plus some girl was in training and did not know what she was doing. the supervisor came in to help but she was no better. when the visit was over i was upset because they told me nothing was wrong. just come back next year. i tried to convince them otherwise but i did not do a good job. i did not think to go to another specialist. months went by. eventually i walked down my hallway and suddenly out of the blue felt nauseous then faint. i did not faint, but since i did not know what it was i was puzzled with the episode.

    about june i started to have serious shortness of breath and problems w high blood pressure. my doctor left the country and i did not find a replacement. i had daily headaches n it seems that i had them so bad it could have been a small stroke. maybe i am paranoid, but something did go wrong. the doctors have no idea what i describe to them. i am gettting upset just thinking about it but no one took this seriously so i trusted them and thought i was in better shape than i really was.

    with horrific stress, divorce, job problems, financial difficulty (the usual stress killers), etc. i find that i have symptoms that i have never encountered before. pressure/light tightness from head to toe on the left side. turned to burning on the left side. flushed cheeks. dull tingling/numbness of the lower face/tongue/lips, dizziness and uncontrolled hbp. the numbers range from the low 100's to 160+. before it was far over that. when all this started the numbers were only about 125 and i thought that was horrible. it changes from minute to minute even with a stronger medication. the dull pain in my arm moved up to near my armpit then it moved to the left side of my upper chest. i try to keep it as low as possible by drinking hot tea or soup. it drops a few points (ie: from 160 to 140) but i can not seem to keep it under 140. excercise does not seem to help. my heart pounds excessively and has done so for about 4 months. it does not matter if the pressure rate is down or not.

    all i take is hbp medicine and vitamins one time each day. i saw a new heart specialist who is just having me wait for testing. while i wait, i made an appointment w a 3rd heart specialist. in the meantime i asked my existing doctor (2nd) what can be done n i was told to go the ER. no thanks. the bill used to be only 50.00 for ER but now the visits are now close to 1k with insurance. the health care system i am in told me that the doctors don't contract with them anymore. after insurance, i still have a large bill.

    so here i am asking you what i can do to keep my hbp under control and to prevent a heart attack and stroke. i am about 50 years old, female, over 5feet 7inches tall, small/skinny frame and i could not take any more medical/financial trauma. i never smoked/drank or did drugs but i find myself taking tylenol every day for the headaches. i never like junk food. as a baby my favorite foods were vegetables. i dont eat a perfect diet becasue of the high food prices. my kitchen has poultry, canned leafy greens, canned beans, canned tuna, canned beets, rice, dried

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly it sounds like you are making yourself sick stressing your health issues. You really need to lighten your stress load! Try a small glass of red wine nightly. If you are against wine try a glass of welches sparkling red grape juice. It is relaxing and great for the heart. My husband has been able to go off of HB medicine thanks to the one glass of red wine a night thing.

  15. QUESTION:
    Have you had any experiences with Deramaxx in a dog with a heart murmur?
    I have a 14-year-old male Airedale terrier with lumbar disease. Treatment with Tramadol and Gabapentin was not satisfactory and the vet recommended Deramaxx.

    Becket is free of kidney and liver disease. His blood levels look good. But he has a heart murmur.

    The heart murmur is congenital; he's had it from the age of 6 months. So he can't really be said to have "heart disease."

    Nevertheless I'm concerned as Deramaxx is not supposed to be given to dog's with heart disease. So I would like to hear of any experiences, good or bad, anyone else has had with this.

    His recommended dosage is well within the 1-2 mg/kg of body weight recommended by Novartis, and he tends to have a healthy and regular elimination schedule--so I'm not too concerned about the possibility of a build-up in his system. But I am concerned that COX-2 inhibition, over a long period of time, could result in increased blood pressure in an older dog with a heart murmur.

    Thanks in advance!
    Thanks for the suggestions, Leigh, although I don't recall implying that "every day is misery." Rimadyl is not quite the same as Deramaxx, and the adverse effects of the latter are not minor ones--so thanks for the story, but let up on the lecture, if you don't mind.
    Thanks, Miaux--the thing is, it's not his long-time vet. It's a new one, and working in a clinic that sees large numbers of animals. He was unavailable today, and I'm planning on talking to him Monday. Until then, I'm checking with others--and trying to determine whether the risk of side effects is indeed slight, or significant.

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    Have you had experience with Celebrex in conjunction with a heart murmur?
    I already asked this on the dog list, but I thought I would repeat it here because the COX-2 inhibitor Celebrex is similar to the Deramaxx that has been recently prescribed for my dog.

    I have a 14-year-old male Airedale terrier with lumbar disease. Treatment with Tramadol and Gabapentin was not satisfactory and the vet recommended Deramaxx.

    Becket is free of kidney and liver disease. His blood levels look good. But he has a heart murmur.

    The heart murmur is congenital; he's had it from the age of 6 months. So he can't really be said to have "heart disease."

    Nevertheless I'm concerned as Deramaxx is not supposed to be given to dog's with heart disease. So I would like to hear of any experiences, good or bad, anyone else has had with this.

    His recommended dosage is well within the 1-2 mg/kg of body weight recommended by Novartis, and he tends to have a healthy and regular elimination schedule--so I'm not too concerned about the possibility of a build-up in his system. But I am concerned that COX-2 inhibition, over a long period of time, could result in increased blood pressure in an older dog with a heart murmur.

    Thanks in advance!
    I'm sorry to say, Aziz, that this article has done little more than convince me of how stupid people can be when administering drugs. Previcox is not Deramaxx. The people writing the article actually talk about how ridiculous the vets were for telling them not to give aspirin (which causes serious ulcers in dogs very frequently). They also saw an adverse reaction on half a tablet, and then gave another whole tablet anyway. Please don't post general information that is a waste of time--the content of my question should convince you that I'm looking for serious, knowledgeable answers only. If you don't have them, then don't answer.

    • ANSWER:
      pls go through this article http://www.k911.biz/Petsafety/DeathByPrevicox_Information.htm

  17. QUESTION:
    What do U think advocates call Americans lazy fat how many illegals did this GI's heart saves family friend?
    WASHINGTON — Cpl. Benjamin Kopp gave his life. And then he saved one.

    An Army Ranger who had been on his third tour of duty, Kopp was buried Friday at Arlington National Cemetery. Sadly, it's a familiar story: a young man dead before his time, shot by enemies on the other side of the world.

    But this time, there was a renewed life too. Kopp wanted to be an organ donor.

    And after he died, his heart was transplanted into a family member's friend who had a rare form of congenital heart disease.

    "How can you have a better heart?" said a grateful Judy Meikle, 57, of Winnetka, Ill., who is still recovering from the surgery. "I have the heart of a 21-year-old Army Ranger war hero beating in me."

    Kopp's mother, Jill

    Stephenson, of Rosemount, Minn., said that in addition to her son's heart, doctors removed his kidneys, pancreas and liver for transplant.
    Kopp had served two tours of duty in Iraq when he left this spring for Afghanistan. On July 10, his unit attacked a Taliban haven in Helmand province, according to the 75th Ranger Regiment. The fight lasted several hours, resulting in the deaths of more than 10 Taliban fighters, but Kopp was shot in the leg.

    He was eventually transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

    "Initially, it was really comforting to have him be there" on U.S. soil, Stephenson said. "And then it was tough to see him in that condition. . . . He looked like a big, strong guy. But he was full of tubes and cords and wires."

    On July 18, Stephenson posted an online journal entry telling family and friends about Kopp's passing and said they would donate his organs.

    Maria Burud, Stephenson's first cousin in Chicago, had been following Kopp's condition on the website. What occurred next was happenstance.

    Burud and Meikle are friends who had worked together in the 1980s. Burud knew that Meikle needed a heart transplant, and Stephenson happened to see her cousin's message in time.

    Meikle knew it might not work out, that Kopp's heart might not be a match.

    "It's a million-to-one shot," she said.

    It had taken her seven months to get on the eligibility list because she needed to build up a tolerance for heparin, a drug used to prevent blood clots during heart surgery.

    But she got a call later that day from Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

    In the early hours of July 20 — two days after Kopp died — Meikle had her transplant surgery at Northwestern.

    "Ben and Jill were so courageous that something good came out of something that was the worst thing that could happen to someone," Meikle said.

    "I'm just the luckiest woman alive."

    • ANSWER:
      It's beyond me how so many can defend, or be complacent about an illegal population who's allegiance can be questioned so easily. Our soldiers that are serving our country at this moment are renewing my faith in the younger generation. At the very least we need to remove the illegal population so that when our young people come home they can have a job to continue their lives, and not be left wondering if their service was in vein.
      We cannot dishonor their sacrifice.

  18. QUESTION:
    Question about my speech?
    What do you think of my speech? Could you edit it or tell me where to add or take out things??

    Napoleon Bonaparte, Babe Ruth, Hitler, Idi Amin, Al Capone & King Henry VIII. I wonder how many of you could tell me what these people had in common. Today, I will be discussing the STD, Syphilis.

    Syphilis is a bacterial disease that is highly infectious and can be passed through blood. A child in the womb can be exposed or if direct contact with syphilis sore is made, the disease can be contracted.

    Syphilis sores occur mainly on the external genitals, but some cases have been reported on other areas of the body like in the mouth or on the back.

    Syphilis progresses in three distinct stages. The Primary phase is the beginning of the disease. It starts with a sore, known as a shanker; these appear mainly on the genitals. But any part of the body is at risk.

    Any contact with the sore can transmit the disease. The sore will grow bigger in 3-4 days and after 1 week it will disappear, but this does not mean that the disease is gone.

    The secondary phase develops 4 to 10 weeks after the shanker appears. This is when the majority of symptoms begin to appear such as fever, joint pain, muscle aches, sore throat, rash, headache, decreased appetite, patchy hair loss and swollen lymph nodes.

    People often mistake this for the flu because these are all flu symptoms. This phase can go away without treatment, but then the third phase will commence.

    The third phase is known as the ‘latent phase’. In the early stages of this phase, first one to two years, the disease has some of the same symptoms as the second stage.

    More than 2 years after the beginning of this phase there may be no symptoms and sores are normally no longer infectious. But pregnant woman can still pass them on to baby foetus through the womb.

    The third phase is known as the ‘latent phase’. In the first one to two years of this phase, the disease has some of the same symptoms as the second stage. More than 2 years after the beginning of this phase there may be no symptoms and sores are normally no longer infectious.

    But pregnant woman can still pass the disease to their foetus through the womb. This stage is a very dangerous one as it can appear that the infection has gone, but without treatment it will not. In severe cases this phase can cause, gradual blindness, numbness and even dementia.

    There is one more rather uncommon phase known as the Tertiary Phase. This phase is rarely seen in modern times because of the aid of penicillin. But the unlucky people who develop this phase are faced with heart, skin, bone and brain problems.

    Many of these symptoms I have listed sound like symptoms to other diseases, such as influenza, that is why syphilis can be referred to as ‘The Great Pretender’, as it mimics other diseases.

    Another form of syphilis that isn’t mentioned a lot is ‘congenital syphilis’. This is the occurrence after a foetus has been infected in a womb.

    The form of syphilis can cause many abnormalities in the child such abnormalities as, teeth, bone problems, liver/spleen/kidney enlargement, brain infection, skin rashes and more.

    Syphilis is an equal opportunity disease! Anyone who has sex can contract it. Therefore the only way to completely avoid it is through avoiding sexual contact. The highest occurrence is found in women aged 20-24, and men aged 35-39.

    Newborns with congenital syphilis increased from 2005 to 2006, with 339 new reported cases in 2005 compared to 349 cases reported in 2006. Doctors believe this is because people are NOT having safe sex and are NOT aware of all the risks taken by having irresponsible sexual activity.

    Between 2005 and 2006, the number of reported syphilis cases increased by 11.8%. Rates have increased in males each year between 2000 and 2006 from 2.6 to 5.7. In 2006, 64% of the reported syphilis cases were with men who have sex with men. It is also reported that men are more vulnerable in contracting syphilis.

    Syphilis is now treated by the use of penicillin, doctors do advise that while being treated you avoid all sexual contact. And every 6-12 months an annual check up is required.

    Some interesting, yet alarming, facts I unfolded whilst studying syphilis are - The infamous Tuskegee experiments in the US were experiments in which black men with syphilis were intentionally denied treatment so that the effects of untreated syphilis could be studied.

    None of them were deliberately infected, however; they were "merely" permitted to get sicker and were misled as to the true nature of their condition. Another is that for centuries the treatment of choice for syphilis was mercury, which was painted onto the sore. This had the unfortunate side effect of causing a slow death by mercury poisoning.

    I hope that through my speech you have learnt more about the STD syphilis and know what to do if it comes your way.
    Syphilis - An "oldie" but not a "goodie"
    I am in Yr. 9

    • ANSWER:
      I just skimmed through, but I noticed you did not cite your sources, and that is a must!!! for college. I also have a college informative speech guide that my professor gave me that I could scan over to you if you wanted it.

  19. QUESTION:
    Help with speech!!????????
    Can you please edit my speech or help me put in more personal opinions and interesting facts?? THANK YOU! To make it more fun to listen to.

    Speech:

    Napoleon Bonaparte, Babe Ruth, Hitler, Idi Amin, Al Capone & King Henry VIII. I wonder how many of you could tell me what these people had in common. It might surprise you that they all had, at some stage, syphilis. So, today, I will be discussing the perimeters of a specific STD, Syphilis. The disease was discovered in 1905 by Fritz Schauddin & Erich Hoffman.

    Syphilis is a bacterial disease that is highly infectious and can be passed on through blood transferring, child in womb can be exposed or direct contact with the syphilis sore. Syphilis sores occur mainly on the external genitals, but some cases have been reported otherwise.

    Syphilis progresses in three distinct stages and one not so common anymore. Primary phase; this is the beginning of the disease. It starts with a sore, known as a shanker; these appear mainly on the genitals. But any part of the body is at risk. Any contact with the sore can transmit the disease. The sore will grow bigger in 3-4 days, after 1 week it will disappear, but the disease will not.

    The secondary phase includes many more symptoms. It may build up 4-10 weeks after the shanker appears. The common symptoms are: fevers, joint pains, muscle aches, sore throats, flu-like symptoms, rashes, headaches, decreased appetites, patchy hair loss and swollen lymph nodes. This phase can go away without treatment, but the third phase will commence. The third phase is known as the ‘latent phase’. In the early stages of this phase, first one to two years, the disease has some of the same symptoms as the second stage. More than 2 years after the beginning of this phase there may be no symptoms and sores are normally no longer infectious. But pregnant woman can still pass them on to baby foetus through the womb.

    The one, not so common, phase now is the ‘tertiary phase’. This isn’t seen much anymore because of the aid of penicillin. But for the unlucky people who contract this phase they are normally faced with heart, skin, bone and brain problems.
    Many of these symptoms I have listed sound like symptoms to other diseases, that is why syphilis can be referred to as ‘The Great Pretender’, because it mimics other diseases.

    Another form of syphilis that isn’t mentioned a lot is ‘congenital syphilis’. This is the occurrence after a foetus has been infected in a womb. The form of syphilis can cause many abnormalities in the child such abnormalities as, teeth, bone problems, liver/spleen/kidney enlargement, brain infection, skin rashes and more.

    Syphilis can be exposed to anyone who has sex, but the highest occurrence is found in women aged 20-24, and men aged 35-39. Newborns with congenital syphilis increased from 2005 to 2006, with 339 new reported cases in 2005 compared to 349 cases reported in 2006.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not researching for you but here are some corrections so the piece will flow more smoothly. Also, there are some notes on where you need more research to complete the piece. Hope this helps -

      TITLE: The Great Pretender

      Napoleon Bonaparte, Babe Ruth, Hitler, Idi Amin, Al Capone & King Henry VIII. Can you tell me what these people had in common? Syphilis. Today, I will be discussing the STD, Syphilis. All of you have heard of it but do you really know anything about it?

      The disease was discovered in 1905 by Fritz Schauddin & Erich Hoffman. (How? Why? What kind of research was being performed that led to this discovery?) Syphilis is a bacterial disease that is highly infectious and can be passed through blood. A child in the womb can be exposed or if direct contact with a syphilis sore is made, the disease can be contracted. Syphilis sores occur mainly on the external genitals, but some cases have been reported on other areas of the body. (WHERE ON THE BODY? BE SPECIFIC.)

      Syphilis progresses in three distinct stages. The Primary phase is the beginning of the disease. It starts with a sore, known as a shanker; these appear mainly on the genitals. But any part of the body is at risk. Any contact with the sore can transmit the disease. The sore will grow bigger in 3-4 days and after 1 week it will disappear, but this does not mean that the disease is gone.

      The secondary phase develops 4 to 10 weeks after the shanker appears. This is when the majority of symptoms begin to appear such as fever, joint pain, muscle aches, sore throat, rash, headache, decreased appetite, patchy hair loss and swollen lymph nodes. People often mistake this for the flu because these are all flu symptoms. This phase can go away without treatment, but then the third phase will commence.

      The third phase is known as the ‘latent phase’. In the first one to two years of this phase, the disease has some of the same symptoms as the second stage. More than 2 years after the beginning of this phase there may be no symptoms and sores are normally no longer infectious. But pregnant woman can still pass the disease to their fetus through the womb. (This paragraph needs more detail and makes little sense. Are people outwardly ill during this phase? Are they contagious? If so, how? Through sexual contact? Blood contact? Contact of mucous membranes? This area needs more research).

      There is one more rather uncommon phase known as the Tertiary Phase. This phase is rarely seen in modern times because of the aid of penicillin. But the unlucky people who develop this phase are faced with heart, skin, bone and brain problems. (Like what? Cancers? Heart disease? Does their skin fall off? Does their brain die?? What happens to them?)
      Many of these symptoms I have listed sound like symptoms to other diseases, that is why syphilis has been referred to as ‘The Great Pretender’, because it mimics other diseases.

      Another form of syphilis that isn’t mentioned often is ‘congenital syphilis’. This is Syphilis that occurs when a fetus has been infected in the womb. This form of syphilis can cause many birth abnormalities in the child such as, teeth, bone problems, liver/spleen/kidney enlargement, brain infection and skin rashes.

      Syphilis is an equal opportunity disease! Anyone who has sex can contract it. Therefore the only way to completely avoid it is through avoiding sexual contact. The highest occurrence is found in women aged 20-24, and men aged 35-39. Newborns with congenital syphilis increased from 2005 to 2006, with 339 new reported cases in 2005 compared to 349 cases reported in 2006. (Are there any reasons why doctors think this is happening? Do YOU have any idea’s on this?)

      **You need a closing statement. Your speech needs to have a point – did you simply want your peers to know about the disease? Do you want them to avoid it? Are you concerned that the number of cases in infants has increased? Do you think more research needs to be done on it? There needs to be a logical end to this – a statement that closes the discussion**


Congenital Disease Of Kidneys

Congenital heart diseases affect any part of the heart such as heart muscle, valves, and blood vessels. Congenital heart disease refers to a problem with the heart's structure and function due to abnormal heart development before birth.Every year over 30,000 babies are born with some type of congenital heart defect in US alone. Congenital heart disease is responsible for more deaths in the first year of life than any other birth defects. Some congenital heart diseases can be treated with medication alone, while others require one or more surgeries.
The causes of congenital heart diseases of newborns at birth may be in result from poorly controlled blood sugar levels in women having diabetes during pregnancy, some hereditary factors that play a role in congenital heart disease, excessive intake of alcohol and side affects of some drugs during pregnancy.
Congenital heart disease is often divided into two types: cyanotic which is caused by a lack of oxygen and non-cyanotic.

1. Cyanotic
Cyanosis is a blue coloration of the skin due to a lack of oxygen generated in blood vessels near the skin surface. It occurs when the oxygen level in the arterial blood falls below 85-90%.
The below lists are the most common of cyanotic congenital heart diseases:
a)Tetralogy of fallot
Tetralogy of fallot is a condition of several congenital defects that occur when the heart does not develop normally. It is the most common cynaotic heart defect and a common cause of blue baby syndrome.

b)Transportation of the great vessels
Transportation of the great vessels is the most common cyanotic congenital heart disease. Transposition of the great vessels is a congenital heart defect in which the 2 major vessels that carry blood away from the aorta and the pulmonary artery of the heart are switched. Symptoms of transportation of the great vessels include blueness of the skin, shortness of breath and poor feeding.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Puppy with possible kidney disease...Should I keep him?
    Me and my husband got a mini schnauzer 4 month old pup from a rescue group about a month ago. This has come to be the worst nightmare of our lives so far...Since the day we brought him home we noticed that he drinks a lot of water...we were told by the vet that it was probably stress from the house change...we waited and he still drank lots of water (he's about 11 pounds and drinks about 1L of water everyday)...the vet did some blood tests and urinalysis and found his BUN, Phosphorous and Calcium levels a little elevated and his urine very dilute...nothing big, but still not normal...he said it was a probable UTI infection and put him on antibiotics...10 days later we took him back, the values were a little higher now...he advised of probable kidney disease, possibly congenital...the vet put him on k/d food and gave him more antibiotics. I decided to go to another vet for a second opinion and again the new vet advised that since his Creatinine values were within normal range, it could just be a bad infection and gave him stronger antibiotics for 14 more days. Yesterday I took him back for his recheck and now his values are all within normal although his urine is still very dilute (1.008 and this was his first urine of the day). The vet is not sure if his values are lower because the antibiotics are working or if it's just because of the food he's been eating have lowered the values (low protein, low calcium, phosphorus, etc) so she wanted to do an ultrasound to confirm if it's indeed kidney disease...the ultrasound is about 0 but my husband and I cannot afford this. The vet suggested I just keep the dog b/c she does think it might be some kidney problem and leave him on the diet and just let him live whatever time he's supossed to live...basically just keep him on diet and dont worry about testing and stuff....our dilemma is, should we return the puppy to the rescue group and let them deal with him? (they said they would put him up for readoption but I dont really believe them and i dont think anyone would adopt a sick puppy) or should we just keep him and let him be happy and give him love until God decides to take him away? By the way, the puppy is the happiest creature ever...he's not in pain, with appetite, not lethargic or anything...in fact, he's VERY active...My heart is broken because I love him with all my heart and I dont want him to be put to sleep or to be given to somebody that wont take care of him the way we do...so I need advise...should I keep him????????? HELP!!!

    • ANSWER:
      As heartbreaking as it would be, I would keep the puppy until the day I had to make the tough decision to end his suffering. I would want to make sure this puppy was given the best chance at life.

  2. QUESTION:
    NEED INSIGHT! I have a 5yr old child with congenital kidney failure, G tube,transplant in future, etc...?
    Hi, i joined Yahoo in hopes of finding someone who can offer insight or support to me. My son was born small and i just knew something wasnt right when he wouldnt feed.. Ne did not cry much nor did he desire to eat from the day he was born. He was diagnosed with failure to thrive and recieved a many tests. He was diagnosed with renal/kidney failure at 5 months. His kidneys are small, echogenic and they use the term, renal hypodysplasia.He has remained stable at about 50-60 percent function with a creatnine of .7 at its lowest to now about 1.1 over 5 year span. He also has a SEVERE gag reflex that turned out to be much more than just the common reflux. He had an ng tube inserted at 6mths old for a year and then had a g tube placed which he lives with still. He will 'suck' any food! His favorite is cheesey doritos and choc bars- but watch out, one little piece gets on his tongue and hes gagging and all comes up! Anyhow i just need to know that this is 'normal' with the kidney disease-all i have is the dr's word, but after so many years i start to wonder where this all is headed. When will he eat? (Maybe there is a parent with the same obsticle and can tell me an age when their kid finally started practicing eating!) Why does he dry heave everymorning? Should he go on growth horomones??(he is at the 10th percentile height and 25weight) What does the future look like for him? What will the transplant stage be like? Will my son be ok??!! Its very scary and lonely sometimes and would love to find a DR or parent with some INSIGHT from personal experience.

    • ANSWER:
      It is hard to know for sure what some of these symptoms are, but I can send you some information about congenital kidney disease for you to look at.

      http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/kidney/kidney_diseases_childhood.html
      http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/Kudiseases/pubs/yourkidneys/

  3. QUESTION:
    How can I find out if a breeder has bred other puppies with the same serious health condition?
    We bought a puppy this summer, and later discovered that she had congenital kidney disease. After several trips to the vet, a bunch of tests, and a lot of stress trying to keep her as healthy as possible, we had to put her to sleep. She was clearly suffering, and we couldn't make her continue to suffer. Before we brought her home, we had done research on the breeder and found complaints about her. Unfortunately, we had already made the deposit. After talking to some happy references she had, we decided to go through with the sale anyway. How do I find out if she has bred other puppies with kidney problems before? What can we do to stop her from continuing to do so? She has already been suspended from the AKC for other reasons.

    • ANSWER:

  4. QUESTION:
    Dog DESPERATELY needs to gain weight. Help please?
    I have a 14 year old mostly-whippet mix, who's suffering from congenital heart disease and kidney disease. The vet has limited the amount of meat we can give her, and she can't have a lot of salt either. Rather than eating 2-3 large meals a day, she needs to eat a lot of small meals. Her stomach's been really testy recently, as well, and she's thrown up a couple of times.

    I understand that she may not be with us much longer, but I don't want her to suffer during the time she has left. Not like this. Her bones are protruding every which-a-way, and she's malnourished, despite our best efforts to keep her fed and healthy.

    I need help coming up foods that will help her gain weight. Seeing her like this really kills me, I hate it. I want her to be as healthy as she can be.

    I know she likes omelettes, which is a start since eggs are really high in protein. I don't want to turn to a store-bought food brand, either. A lot of the ones that are sold have those lame by-product ingredients. We want to know exactly what we're feeding her.

    We've asked the vet multiple times, and he hasn't been much help, by the way. =/

    Thank you in advance for your help!
    Did you guys not read the question? We HAVE asked the vet but he's NOT really being any help. He just repeats the same, "less meat, minimal sodium" mantra over and over.

    Also, I suggested putting her down to keep her from suffering anymore, but my dad's being stubborn and not having it. He doesn't want to lose her. =/

    • ANSWER:
      It's quite hard to answer this, even though I've rescued lots of very skinny dogs, the only way to get weight on is to do it very slowly over a long period of time.
      Obviously the problem you have is she may not be with you much longer and also the foods that are very high in protein are also not gentle on the stomach and therefore more likely to cause diarrea.
      I'm so sorry for you but with her health problems I think the answer is you can't.
      My heart goes out to you and I hope you can try and make the right choise at the right time.
      No matter what anyone else says on here I know it's the hardest thing to.x

  5. QUESTION:
    Compare and contrast the top ten leading causes of death for people overall and teens in the US.?
    when comparing the leading causes of death between the overall population and teens, what assumptions can be made between them?

    Top 10 Causes of Death – U.S.- All Ages
    1.Diseases of Heart 28.5%
    2.Malignant Neoplasms (cancer) 22.8%
    3.Cerebrovascular Diseases (stroke) 6.7%
    4.Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases 5.1%
    5.Accidents 4.4%
    oMotor Vehicle Traffic Accidents (41% of all accidents)
    oPoisoning (16% of all accidents)
    oFall (15% of all accidents)
    6.Diabetes Mellitus 3.0%
    7.Influenza and Pneumonia 2.7%
    8.Alzheimer's Disease 2.4%
    9.Nephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome and Nephrosis (kidney diseases) 1.7%
    10.Septicemia (blood poisoning) 1.4%

    Leading Causes of Death – U.S.- Older Teens (15-19)
    1.Unintentional Injury 52%
    a.Motor Vehicle 40%
    b.Poisoning 4%
    c.Drowning 2%
    d.Firearms 1%
    2.Homicide 14%
    3.Suicide 11%
    4.Malignant Neoplasms (Cancerous Tumors) 5%
    5.Heart Disease 3%
    6.Congenital Anomalies 2%
    7.Chronic Respiratory Disease 0.6%
    8.Influenza & Pneumonia 0.5%
    9.Diabetes Mellitus 0.4%
    10.Cerebrovascular Diseases (stroke) 0.38%

    • ANSWER:
      My assumption is that firearms are not nearly as dangerous as our government and the gun control groups would like for us to believe they are. Are they lying to us when they tell us how dangerous firearms are, and that firearms kill 13 children a day, if so as it seems, what are their motives for lying to the people?

  6. QUESTION:
    Compare and Contrast the top ten leading causes of death for people overall and teens in the US.?
    when comparing the leading causes of death between the overall population and teens, what assumptions can be made between them?

    Top 10 Causes of Death – U.S.- All Ages
    1.Diseases of Heart 28.5%
    2.Malignant Neoplasms (cancer) 22.8%
    3.Cerebrovascular Diseases (stroke) 6.7%
    4.Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases 5.1%
    5.Accidents 4.4%
    oMotor Vehicle Traffic Accidents (41% of all accidents)
    oPoisoning (16% of all accidents)
    oFall (15% of all accidents)
    6.Diabetes Mellitus 3.0%
    7.Influenza and Pneumonia 2.7%
    8.Alzheimer's Disease 2.4%
    9.Nephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome and Nephrosis (kidney diseases) 1.7%
    10.Septicemia (blood poisoning) 1.4%

    Leading Causes of Death – U.S.- Older Teens (15-19)
    1.Unintentional Injury 52%
    a.Motor Vehicle 40%
    b.Poisoning 4%
    c.Drowning 2%
    d.Firearms 1%
    2.Homicide 14%
    3.Suicide 11%
    4.Malignant Neoplasms (Cancerous Tumors) 5%
    5.Heart Disease 3%
    6.Congenital Anomalies 2%
    7.Chronic Respiratory Disease 0.6%
    8.Influenza & Pneumonia 0.5%
    9.Diabetes Mellitus 0.4%
    10.Cerebrovascular Diseases (stroke) 0.38%
    hahaha, thanks creed for the advice, but i already have about a page of my own ideas down and was just looking to see if anybody else had any other ideas. somehow, i knew that someone would tell me that i should do my own homework.

    • ANSWER:
      My assumption is that firearms are not nearly as dangerous as our government and the gun control groups would like for us to believe they are. Are they lying to us when they tell us how dangerous firearms are, and that firearms kill 13 children a day, if so as it seems, what are their motives for lying to the people?

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. QUESTION:
    Can you review my evidence for intelligent design? I just thought up a bunch of it?
    Miscarriages
    22q11.2 deletion syndrome
    Angelman syndrome
    Canavan disease
    Celiac disease
    Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
    Color blindness
    Cri du chat
    Cystic fibrosis
    Down syndrome
    Duchenne muscular dystrophy
    Haemochromatosis
    Klinefelter's syndrome
    Neurofibromatosis
    Phenylketonuria
    Polycystic kidney disease
    Prader-Willi syndrome
    Sickle-cell disease
    Tay-Sachs disease
    Turner syndrome
    Abarognosis
    Acquired Epileptiform Aphasia
    Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
    Adrenoleukodystrophy
    Agenesis of the corpus callosum
    Agnosia
    Aicardi syndrome
    Alexander disease
    Alien hand syndrome
    Allochiria
    Alpers' disease
    Alternating hemiplegia
    Alzheimer's disease
    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
    Anencephaly
    Angelman syndrome
    Angiomatosis
    Anoxia
    Aphasia
    Apraxia
    Arachnoid cysts
    Arachnoiditis
    Arnold-Chiari malformation
    Arteriovenous malformation
    Ataxia Telangiectasia
    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
    Auditory processing disorder
    Autonomic Dysfunction
    Back Pain
    Batten disease
    Behcet's disease
    Bell's palsy
    Benign Essential Blepharospasm
    Benign Intracranial Hypertension
    Bilateral frontoparietal polymicrogyria
    Binswanger's disease
    Blepharospasm
    Bloch-Sulzberger syndrome
    Brachial plexus injury
    Brain abscess
    Brain damage
    Brain injury
    Brain tumor
    Brown-Séquard syndrome
    Canavan disease
    Carpal tunnel syndrome
    Causalgia
    Central pain syndrome
    Central pontine myelinolysis
    Centronuclear myopathy
    Cephalic disorder
    Cerebral aneurysm
    Cerebral arteriosclerosis
    Cerebral atrophy
    Cerebral gigantism
    Cerebral palsy
    Cerebral vasculitis
    Cervical spinal stenosis
    Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
    Chiari malformation
    Chorea
    Chronic fatigue syndrome
    Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)
    Chronic pain
    Coffin Lowry syndrome
    Coma
    Complex regional pain syndrome
    Compression neuropathy
    Congenital facial diplegia
    Corticobasal degeneration
    Cranial arteritis
    Craniosynostosis
    Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
    Cumulative trauma disorders
    Cushing's syndrome
    Cytomegalic inclusion body disease (CIBD)
    Cytomegalovirus Infection
    Dandy-Walker syndrome
    Dawson disease
    De Morsier's syndrome
    Dejerine-Klumpke palsy
    Dejerine-Sottas disease
    Delayed sleep phase syndrome
    Dementia
    Dermatomyositis
    Developmental dyspraxia
    Diabetic neuropathy
    Diffuse sclerosis
    Dravet syndrome
    Dysautonomia
    Dyscalculia
    Dysgraphia
    Dyslexia
    Dystonia
    Empty sella syndrome
    Encephalitis
    Encephalocele
    Encephalotrigeminal angiomatosis
    Encopresis
    Epilepsy
    Erb's palsy
    Erythromelalgia
    Essential tremor
    Fabry's disease
    Fahr's syndrome
    Fainting
    Familial spastic paralysis
    Febrile seizures
    Fisher syndrome
    Friedreich's ataxia
    Fibromyalgia
    Gaucher's disease
    Gerstmann's syndrome
    Giant cell arteritis
    Giant cell inclusion disease
    Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy
    Gray matter heterotopia
    Guillain-Barré syndrome
    HTLV-1 associated myelopathy
    Hallervorden-Spatz disease
    Head injury
    Headache
    Hemifacial Spasm
    Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia
    Heredopathia atactica polyneuritiformis
    Herpes zoster oticus
    Herpes zoster
    Hirayama syndrome
    Holoprosencephaly
    Huntington's disease
    Hydranencephaly
    Hydrocephalus
    Hypercortisolism
    Hypoxia
    Immune-Mediated encephalomyelitis
    Inclusion body myositis
    Incontinentia pigmenti
    Infantile phytanic acid storage disease
    Infantile Refsum disease
    Infantile spasms
    Inflammatory myopathy
    Intracranial cyst
    Intracranial hypertension
    Jouber
    Niemann-Pick disease
    Non 24-hour sleep-wake syndrome
    Nonverbal learning disorder
    O'Sullivan-McLeod syndrome
    Occipital Neuralgia
    Occult Spinal Dysraphism Sequence
    Ohtahara syndrome
    Olivopontocerebellar atrophy
    Opsoclonus myoclonus syndrome
    Optic neuritis
    Orthostatic Hypotension
    Overuse syndrome
    Palinopsia
    Paresthesia
    Parkinson's disease
    Paramyotonia Congenita
    Paraneoplastic diseases
    Paroxysmal attacks
    Parry-Romberg syndrome
    Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease
    Periodic Paralyses
    Peripheral neuropathy
    Persistent Vegetative State
    Pervasive developmental disorders
    Photic sneeze reflex
    Phytanic acid storage disease
    Pick's disease
    Pinched nerve
    Pituitary tumors
    PMG
    Polio
    Polymicrogyria
    Polymyositis
    Porencephaly
    Post-Polio syndrome
    Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN)
    Postinfectious Encephalomyelitis
    Postural Hypotension
    Prader-Willi syndrome
    Primary Lateral Sclerosis
    Prion diseases
    Progressive hemifacial atrophy
    Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy
    Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
    Pseudotumor cerebri
    Ra

    • ANSWER:
      If the Creator is the God of the Bible, then we are told that this is a cursed earth (all of creation is suffering as a result of man’s sin in Genesis 3); everything is in a state of progressive degeneration—bad things are supposed to happen and things are expected to get worse (e.g. mutational load). Unlike God, the creation is wearing out like a garment (as it says in Psalm 102:25-26).

      It’s like the example of a gardener digging up an ancient book—the book is falling apart, it’s pages are mostly stuck together, and the type has faded. Does the current condition of the book mean that it never carried a message and that it wasn’t designed? The book is in a degenerative condition, but there is no denying that it was designed for a purpose and optimal for doing it’s job at one point in time.

      Suppose you turn on a computer and it’s not working property. What do you say, “This computer must not have been designed because it’s not working properly”?

      An unbeliever looks at the earth and finds examples of what he or she believes are evidences of poor design. Yet, it is very likely they might be witnessing degeneration from the Fall, or that they are simply ignorant of the purpose.

  10. QUESTION:
    kidney transplant not happy?
    IF U HVE NEVER HAD A KIDNEY BIOPSY BEEN ON DIYALISIS OR HAD A TRANSPLANT STFU you have no idea what i went through i was sixteen yrs old when i was diagnosed with acute interstishal nephrites i was told kids were out of the question that my body would misscary but unforntitually my micrical of a son is what put my function from 29% to 8% diyalisis for a yr ( btw my shunt looks soo bad and feels worse) and on top of it all my son has congenital heart disease he already had one open heart and two other surgery so dont preach god to me i know all about him. im a year after a kindney transplant I was sixteen and im 20 yeah thats right it took my family almost three years to relize that i was going to die thankfully my dad was 100% match and i swear to god i feel so decived by doctors and phicans that i dont know what to do i havent gotten blood work done in forever cuz the last time i got it done they wanted to do a biopsy and i dont want to be no ones ginny pig cuz i swear thats all i am i dont mean anything to them all i am is a statistic a number in a file of how a procedure was successfull and i feel good dont get me wrong before transplant i was pretty bad but i have the worst case of insomnia ive strulled with it for years but prograf dont hel it cuz its a side effect from that and im always always sick i use to b a winter cold person i was healtly as a horse in the spring summer and most the fall and i get colds in the winter now i feel like im sick every other month i dont feel like i was told that after transplant i would be up everynight all night long be sick every other day get lectured by a surgern who buttered my body my insison looks like a 5 yr old did it. and tell me im still not aloud to eat and drink certin things like grapefruit i love grapefruit but no it effects prograts levals pffftt and instead of taking only 3 pills a day now i take like 20 and really sorry to the makers of valcyte and bactrim but im sick all the time and guess what it feels like the flu so ur pills suck so i guess im gona have to suffer through 4348 pills a yr for the rest of the kidneys life iam literly the walking dead because this diease will be the death of me so they say if i dont take my meds

    • ANSWER:
      Sooooo..is that a question or are you just bitching that your alive? This is not the place to complain..

  11. QUESTION:
    What do U think advocates call Americans lazy fat how many illegals did this GI's heart saves family friend?
    WASHINGTON — Cpl. Benjamin Kopp gave his life. And then he saved one.

    An Army Ranger who had been on his third tour of duty, Kopp was buried Friday at Arlington National Cemetery. Sadly, it's a familiar story: a young man dead before his time, shot by enemies on the other side of the world.

    But this time, there was a renewed life too. Kopp wanted to be an organ donor.

    And after he died, his heart was transplanted into a family member's friend who had a rare form of congenital heart disease.

    "How can you have a better heart?" said a grateful Judy Meikle, 57, of Winnetka, Ill., who is still recovering from the surgery. "I have the heart of a 21-year-old Army Ranger war hero beating in me."

    Kopp's mother, Jill

    Stephenson, of Rosemount, Minn., said that in addition to her son's heart, doctors removed his kidneys, pancreas and liver for transplant.
    Kopp had served two tours of duty in Iraq when he left this spring for Afghanistan. On July 10, his unit attacked a Taliban haven in Helmand province, according to the 75th Ranger Regiment. The fight lasted several hours, resulting in the deaths of more than 10 Taliban fighters, but Kopp was shot in the leg.

    He was eventually transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

    "Initially, it was really comforting to have him be there" on U.S. soil, Stephenson said. "And then it was tough to see him in that condition. . . . He looked like a big, strong guy. But he was full of tubes and cords and wires."

    On July 18, Stephenson posted an online journal entry telling family and friends about Kopp's passing and said they would donate his organs.

    Maria Burud, Stephenson's first cousin in Chicago, had been following Kopp's condition on the website. What occurred next was happenstance.

    Burud and Meikle are friends who had worked together in the 1980s. Burud knew that Meikle needed a heart transplant, and Stephenson happened to see her cousin's message in time.

    Meikle knew it might not work out, that Kopp's heart might not be a match.

    "It's a million-to-one shot," she said.

    It had taken her seven months to get on the eligibility list because she needed to build up a tolerance for heparin, a drug used to prevent blood clots during heart surgery.

    But she got a call later that day from Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

    In the early hours of July 20 — two days after Kopp died — Meikle had her transplant surgery at Northwestern.

    "Ben and Jill were so courageous that something good came out of something that was the worst thing that could happen to someone," Meikle said.

    "I'm just the luckiest woman alive."

    • ANSWER:
      It's beyond me how so many can defend, or be complacent about an illegal population who's allegiance can be questioned so easily. Our soldiers that are serving our country at this moment are renewing my faith in the younger generation. At the very least we need to remove the illegal population so that when our young people come home they can have a job to continue their lives, and not be left wondering if their service was in vein.
      We cannot dishonor their sacrifice.

  12. QUESTION:
    To the WWE Universe, what do you think of this sad article?
    Source: WWE.com

    ARLINGTON, Va. – Sgt. Slaughter is best known to the WWE Universe as the order-barking drill sergeant that participated in countless classic matches. But sadly, this weekend the WWE Hall of Famer attended the funeral of a true American hero: his nephew, Army Ranger Cpl. Benjamin Stephen Kopp.

    An emotional Sgt. Slaughter recalled his nephew by saying, “Ben always loved the military. As a little boy, he loved G.I. Joe and WWE. I was Ben’s hero.”

    Just outside Washington, D.C. at Arlington National Cemetery, Sgt. Slaughter joined a crowd assembled to mourn the loss of Cpl. Kopp, a gathering that included United States Defense Secretary Robert Gates. The 21-year-old serviceman, beloved by all who came in contact with him, was participating in his first tour of Afghanistan after two successful excursions in Iraq.

    On July 10, Kopp and his unit attacked a Taliban safe haven as part of the United States’ continued actions against the fundamentalist organization. For several hours, the servicemen were assailed from multiple directions, and in the process killed more than 10 enemy combatants.

    During the operation however, Kopp was seriously wounded, necessitating that he be transported to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and then to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Sadly, despite the best efforts of the medical team, Kopp died as a result of his wounds on July 18.

    "When Ben succeeded in becoming an Army Ranger everything he did became classified. He was one of the elite. We didn’t know where he was or what he was doing. I was worried but I knew he was doing what he wanted to do, what he loved to do; serve his country," said Slaughter.

    While Cpl. Kopp’s sacrifice in the service of his country would be reason enough to declare him a hero, this young serviceman continued to have an impact even after his death. In accordance with Kopp’s wishes to be an organ donor, the heart of this hero was transferred into the body of a family friend, who was suffering from a rare congenital heart disease. In death, the noble warrior not only saved the life of the heart recipient, but also gave his kidney, pancreas and liver so that others might benefit.

    "It’s a blessing to know my nephew not only gave his life for his country but gave his organs to save more lives. Now, Ben is my hero," said the WWE Hall of Famer.

    Though the loss of any serviceman is an occasion for mourning, there is a bright light that comes with Cpl. Kopp’s sacrifice. Even after giving of himself in the name of his country, Kopp continued to save and change lives even after his death, an act that should make not only his uncle, Sgt. Slaughter, but all of America proud.

    The story inspired me to support the American troops and become a bigger fan of Sgt. Slaughter. When I saw the article, I was moved so much that my eyes filled with tears. What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      It is a sad article, kinda rough for Sgt. Slaughter, but if he was in the ring announcing that, you know damn well the crude and disprespectful audience would BOOOO as long as he was talking! I know how rude and crude they can be!

  13. QUESTION:
    recommend a remedy/prevention for heart attack/stroke and a heart specialist in arizona.?
    my short story.....

    maternal family history....diabetes, cancers of many sorts(young siblings n old relatives), glaucoma, weak kidney, extreme ecxema, n a few other things.

    paternal history...possible digestion problems bc some have acne/skin problems. dad finally died of a heart attack, his sisters/siblings/cousins died of the same thing.
    they were all young, dad was only 42.
    my sister is 47 n has had congenital heart disease for years. she is in a wheelchair, on oxygen, n got a defibrillator implant last year.

    over the last few years i have had off and on high blood pressure. it was minor and i did not always need medication. i have had small symptoms of heart trouble for about 10 years. it never prevented me from doing anything and no doctor gave me any medications. about 10 years ago i noticed shortness of breath w the stair climbing, so i lost weight to accomodate. i have an extremely small frame so i went from what looked like average to skinny. that helped a lot. i did not associate the shortness of breath w anything else. there were bouts w stress and i lived in a house that poisoned me w various pollutions. the gase hot water heater was never properly hooked up and the vents were never properly cleaned. i breathed that for almost 15 years before i figured it out. i am sure that had something to do w my deterioration.

    early last year i had strange things like small tightness in the jaw joint from time to time and the throat closing like a suffication/choking. i had to concentrate to squeeze down air. i never knew how to quite explain that but the doctors dismissed it. once i was eating and suddenly could not swallow no matter how hard i concentrated.

    last year i went to a heart specialist w pain in my left arm. the office was horrible. they depended solely on a stress test but they could nt get the wires hooked up right. plus some girl was in training and did not know what she was doing. the supervisor came in to help but she was no better. when the visit was over i was upset because they told me nothing was wrong. just come back next year. i tried to convince them otherwise but i did not do a good job. i did not think to go to another specialist. months went by. eventually i walked down my hallway and suddenly out of the blue felt nauseous then faint. i did not faint, but since i did not know what it was i was puzzled with the episode.

    about june i started to have serious shortness of breath and problems w high blood pressure. my doctor left the country and i did not find a replacement. i had daily headaches n it seems that i had them so bad it could have been a small stroke. maybe i am paranoid, but something did go wrong. the doctors have no idea what i describe to them. i am gettting upset just thinking about it but no one took this seriously so i trusted them and thought i was in better shape than i really was.

    with horrific stress, divorce, job problems, financial difficulty (the usual stress killers), etc. i find that i have symptoms that i have never encountered before. pressure/light tightness from head to toe on the left side. turned to burning on the left side. flushed cheeks. dull tingling/numbness of the lower face/tongue/lips, dizziness and uncontrolled hbp. the numbers range from the low 100's to 160+. before it was far over that. when all this started the numbers were only about 125 and i thought that was horrible. it changes from minute to minute even with a stronger medication. the dull pain in my arm moved up to near my armpit then it moved to the left side of my upper chest. i try to keep it as low as possible by drinking hot tea or soup. it drops a few points (ie: from 160 to 140) but i can not seem to keep it under 140. excercise does not seem to help. my heart pounds excessively and has done so for about 4 months. it does not matter if the pressure rate is down or not.

    all i take is hbp medicine and vitamins one time each day. i saw a new heart specialist who is just having me wait for testing. while i wait, i made an appointment w a 3rd heart specialist. in the meantime i asked my existing doctor (2nd) what can be done n i was told to go the ER. no thanks. the bill used to be only 50.00 for ER but now the visits are now close to 1k with insurance. the health care system i am in told me that the doctors don't contract with them anymore. after insurance, i still have a large bill.

    so here i am asking you what i can do to keep my hbp under control and to prevent a heart attack and stroke. i am about 50 years old, female, over 5feet 7inches tall, small/skinny frame and i could not take any more medical/financial trauma. i never smoked/drank or did drugs but i find myself taking tylenol every day for the headaches. i never like junk food. as a baby my favorite foods were vegetables. i dont eat a perfect diet becasue of the high food prices. my kitchen has poultry, canned leafy greens, canned beans, canned tuna, canned beets, rice, dried

    • ANSWER:
      Using google to find some related info or you could try using answer engines such as yahoo answer or yedda.com to obtain some useful ideas.however,If you want some direct infomation,here http://www.healthinsurance-onlinetips.info/health-insurance-for-free.htm is a nice one from my experience.

  14. QUESTION:
    recommend a heart attack/stroke prevention/remedy and a heart specialist in arizona.?
    my short story.....

    maternal family history....diabetes, cancers of many sorts(young siblings n old relatives), glaucoma, weak kidney, extreme ecxema, n a few other things.

    paternal history...possible digestion problems bc some have acne/skin problems. dad finally died of a heart attack, his sisters/siblings/cousins died of the same thing.
    they were all young, dad was only 42.
    my sister is 47 n has had congenital heart disease for years. she is in a wheelchair, on oxygen, n got a defibrillator implant last year.

    over the last few years i have had off and on high blood pressure. it was minor and i did not always need medication. i have had small symptoms of heart trouble for about 10 years. it never prevented me from doing anything and no doctor gave me any medications. about 10 years ago i noticed shortness of breath w the stair climbing, so i lost weight to accomodate. i have an extremely small frame so i went from what looked like average to skinny. that helped a lot. i did not associate the shortness of breath w anything else. there were bouts w stress and i lived in a house that poisoned me w various pollutions. the gase hot water heater was never properly hooked up and the vents were never properly cleaned. i breathed that for almost 15 years before i figured it out. i am sure that had something to do w my deterioration.

    early last year i had strange things like small tightness in the jaw joint from time to time and the throat closing like a suffication/choking. i had to concentrate to squeeze down air. i never knew how to quite explain that but the doctors dismissed it. once i was eating and suddenly could not swallow no matter how hard i concentrated.

    last year i went to a heart specialist w pain in my left arm. the office was horrible. they depended solely on a stress test but they could nt get the wires hooked up right. plus some girl was in training and did not know what she was doing. the supervisor came in to help but she was no better. when the visit was over i was upset because they told me nothing was wrong. just come back next year. i tried to convince them otherwise but i did not do a good job. i did not think to go to another specialist. months went by. eventually i walked down my hallway and suddenly out of the blue felt nauseous then faint. i did not faint, but since i did not know what it was i was puzzled with the episode.

    about june i started to have serious shortness of breath and problems w high blood pressure. my doctor left the country and i did not find a replacement. i had daily headaches n it seems that i had them so bad it could have been a small stroke. maybe i am paranoid, but something did go wrong. the doctors have no idea what i describe to them. i am gettting upset just thinking about it but no one took this seriously so i trusted them and thought i was in better shape than i really was.

    with horrific stress, divorce, job problems, financial difficulty (the usual stress killers), etc. i find that i have symptoms that i have never encountered before. pressure/light tightness from head to toe on the left side. turned to burning on the left side. flushed cheeks. dull tingling/numbness of the lower face/tongue/lips, dizziness and uncontrolled hbp. the numbers range from the low 100's to 160+. before it was far over that. when all this started the numbers were only about 125 and i thought that was horrible. it changes from minute to minute even with a stronger medication. the dull pain in my arm moved up to near my armpit then it moved to the left side of my upper chest. i try to keep it as low as possible by drinking hot tea or soup. it drops a few points (ie: from 160 to 140) but i can not seem to keep it under 140. excercise does not seem to help. my heart pounds excessively and has done so for about 4 months. it does not matter if the pressure rate is down or not.

    all i take is hbp medicine and vitamins one time each day. i saw a new heart specialist who is just having me wait for testing. while i wait, i made an appointment w a 3rd heart specialist. in the meantime i asked my existing doctor (2nd) what can be done n i was told to go the ER. no thanks. the bill used to be only 50.00 for ER but now the visits are now close to 1k with insurance. the health care system i am in told me that the doctors don't contract with them anymore. after insurance, i still have a large bill.

    so here i am asking you what i can do to keep my hbp under control and to prevent a heart attack and stroke. i am about 50 years old, female, over 5feet 7inches tall, small/skinny frame and i could not take any more medical/financial trauma. i never smoked/drank or did drugs but i find myself taking tylenol every day for the headaches. i never like junk food. as a baby my favorite foods were vegetables. i dont eat a perfect diet becasue of the high food prices. my kitchen has poultry, canned leafy greens, canned beans, canned tuna, canned beets, rice, dried

    • ANSWER:
      This clinic has a great reputation:

      http://www.azheart.com/

  15. QUESTION:
    recommend a prevention/remedy for heart attack/stroke and a heart specialist in arizona.?
    my short story.....

    maternal family history....diabetes, cancers of many sorts(young siblings n old relatives), glaucoma, weak kidney, extreme ecxema, n a few other things.

    paternal history...possible digestion problems bc some have acne/skin problems. dad finally died of a heart attack, his sisters/siblings/cousins died of the same thing.
    they were all young, dad was only 42.
    my sister is 47 n has had congenital heart disease for years. she is in a wheelchair, on oxygen, n got a defibrillator implant last year.

    over the last few years i have had off and on high blood pressure. it was minor and i did not always need medication. i have had small symptoms of heart trouble for about 10 years. it never prevented me from doing anything and no doctor gave me any medications. about 10 years ago i noticed shortness of breath w the stair climbing, so i lost weight to accomodate. i have an extremely small frame so i went from what looked like average to skinny. that helped a lot. i did not associate the shortness of breath w anything else. there were bouts w stress and i lived in a house that poisoned me w various pollutions. the gase hot water heater was never properly hooked up and the vents were never properly cleaned. i breathed that for almost 15 years before i figured it out. i am sure that had something to do w my deterioration.

    early last year i had strange things like small tightness in the jaw joint from time to time and the throat closing like a suffication/choking. i had to concentrate to squeeze down air. i never knew how to quite explain that but the doctors dismissed it. once i was eating and suddenly could not swallow no matter how hard i concentrated.

    last year i went to a heart specialist w pain in my left arm. the office was horrible. they depended solely on a stress test but they could nt get the wires hooked up right. plus some girl was in training and did not know what she was doing. the supervisor came in to help but she was no better. when the visit was over i was upset because they told me nothing was wrong. just come back next year. i tried to convince them otherwise but i did not do a good job. i did not think to go to another specialist. months went by. eventually i walked down my hallway and suddenly out of the blue felt nauseous then faint. i did not faint, but since i did not know what it was i was puzzled with the episode.

    about june i started to have serious shortness of breath and problems w high blood pressure. my doctor left the country and i did not find a replacement. i had daily headaches n it seems that i had them so bad it could have been a small stroke. maybe i am paranoid, but something did go wrong. the doctors have no idea what i describe to them. i am gettting upset just thinking about it but no one took this seriously so i trusted them and thought i was in better shape than i really was.

    with horrific stress, divorce, job problems, financial difficulty (the usual stress killers), etc. i find that i have symptoms that i have never encountered before. pressure/light tightness from head to toe on the left side. turned to burning on the left side. flushed cheeks. dull tingling/numbness of the lower face/tongue/lips, dizziness and uncontrolled hbp. the numbers range from the low 100's to 160+. before it was far over that. when all this started the numbers were only about 125 and i thought that was horrible. it changes from minute to minute even with a stronger medication. the dull pain in my arm moved up to near my armpit then it moved to the left side of my upper chest. i try to keep it as low as possible by drinking hot tea or soup. it drops a few points (ie: from 160 to 140) but i can not seem to keep it under 140. excercise does not seem to help. my heart pounds excessively and has done so for about 4 months. it does not matter if the pressure rate is down or not.

    all i take is hbp medicine and vitamins one time each day. i saw a new heart specialist who is just having me wait for testing. while i wait, i made an appointment w a 3rd heart specialist. in the meantime i asked my existing doctor (2nd) what can be done n i was told to go the ER. no thanks. the bill used to be only 50.00 for ER but now the visits are now close to 1k with insurance. the health care system i am in told me that the doctors don't contract with them anymore. after insurance, i still have a large bill.

    so here i am asking you what i can do to keep my hbp under control and to prevent a heart attack and stroke. i am about 50 years old, female, over 5feet 7inches tall, small/skinny frame and i could not take any more medical/financial trauma. i never smoked/drank or did drugs but i find myself taking tylenol every day for the headaches. i never like junk food. as a baby my favorite foods were vegetables. i dont eat a perfect diet becasue of the high food prices. my kitchen has poultry, canned leafy greens, canned beans, canned tuna, canned beets, rice, dried

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly it sounds like you are making yourself sick stressing your health issues. You really need to lighten your stress load! Try a small glass of red wine nightly. If you are against wine try a glass of welches sparkling red grape juice. It is relaxing and great for the heart. My husband has been able to go off of HB medicine thanks to the one glass of red wine a night thing.

  16. QUESTION:
    Have you had any experiences with Deramaxx in a dog with a heart murmur?
    I have a 14-year-old male Airedale terrier with lumbar disease. Treatment with Tramadol and Gabapentin was not satisfactory and the vet recommended Deramaxx.

    Becket is free of kidney and liver disease. His blood levels look good. But he has a heart murmur.

    The heart murmur is congenital; he's had it from the age of 6 months. So he can't really be said to have "heart disease."

    Nevertheless I'm concerned as Deramaxx is not supposed to be given to dog's with heart disease. So I would like to hear of any experiences, good or bad, anyone else has had with this.

    His recommended dosage is well within the 1-2 mg/kg of body weight recommended by Novartis, and he tends to have a healthy and regular elimination schedule--so I'm not too concerned about the possibility of a build-up in his system. But I am concerned that COX-2 inhibition, over a long period of time, could result in increased blood pressure in an older dog with a heart murmur.

    Thanks in advance!
    Thanks for the suggestions, Leigh, although I don't recall implying that "every day is misery." Rimadyl is not quite the same as Deramaxx, and the adverse effects of the latter are not minor ones--so thanks for the story, but let up on the lecture, if you don't mind.
    Thanks, Miaux--the thing is, it's not his long-time vet. It's a new one, and working in a clinic that sees large numbers of animals. He was unavailable today, and I'm planning on talking to him Monday. Until then, I'm checking with others--and trying to determine whether the risk of side effects is indeed slight, or significant.

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    Have you had experience with Celebrex in conjunction with a heart murmur?
    I already asked this on the dog list, but I thought I would repeat it here because the COX-2 inhibitor Celebrex is similar to the Deramaxx that has been recently prescribed for my dog.

    I have a 14-year-old male Airedale terrier with lumbar disease. Treatment with Tramadol and Gabapentin was not satisfactory and the vet recommended Deramaxx.

    Becket is free of kidney and liver disease. His blood levels look good. But he has a heart murmur.

    The heart murmur is congenital; he's had it from the age of 6 months. So he can't really be said to have "heart disease."

    Nevertheless I'm concerned as Deramaxx is not supposed to be given to dog's with heart disease. So I would like to hear of any experiences, good or bad, anyone else has had with this.

    His recommended dosage is well within the 1-2 mg/kg of body weight recommended by Novartis, and he tends to have a healthy and regular elimination schedule--so I'm not too concerned about the possibility of a build-up in his system. But I am concerned that COX-2 inhibition, over a long period of time, could result in increased blood pressure in an older dog with a heart murmur.

    Thanks in advance!
    I'm sorry to say, Aziz, that this article has done little more than convince me of how stupid people can be when administering drugs. Previcox is not Deramaxx. The people writing the article actually talk about how ridiculous the vets were for telling them not to give aspirin (which causes serious ulcers in dogs very frequently). They also saw an adverse reaction on half a tablet, and then gave another whole tablet anyway. Please don't post general information that is a waste of time--the content of my question should convince you that I'm looking for serious, knowledgeable answers only. If you don't have them, then don't answer.

    • ANSWER:
      pls go through this article http://www.k911.biz/Petsafety/DeathByPrevicox_Information.htm

  18. QUESTION:
    Question about my speech?
    What do you think of my speech? Could you edit it or tell me where to add or take out things??

    Napoleon Bonaparte, Babe Ruth, Hitler, Idi Amin, Al Capone & King Henry VIII. I wonder how many of you could tell me what these people had in common. Today, I will be discussing the STD, Syphilis.

    Syphilis is a bacterial disease that is highly infectious and can be passed through blood. A child in the womb can be exposed or if direct contact with syphilis sore is made, the disease can be contracted.

    Syphilis sores occur mainly on the external genitals, but some cases have been reported on other areas of the body like in the mouth or on the back.

    Syphilis progresses in three distinct stages. The Primary phase is the beginning of the disease. It starts with a sore, known as a shanker; these appear mainly on the genitals. But any part of the body is at risk.

    Any contact with the sore can transmit the disease. The sore will grow bigger in 3-4 days and after 1 week it will disappear, but this does not mean that the disease is gone.

    The secondary phase develops 4 to 10 weeks after the shanker appears. This is when the majority of symptoms begin to appear such as fever, joint pain, muscle aches, sore throat, rash, headache, decreased appetite, patchy hair loss and swollen lymph nodes.

    People often mistake this for the flu because these are all flu symptoms. This phase can go away without treatment, but then the third phase will commence.

    The third phase is known as the ‘latent phase’. In the early stages of this phase, first one to two years, the disease has some of the same symptoms as the second stage.

    More than 2 years after the beginning of this phase there may be no symptoms and sores are normally no longer infectious. But pregnant woman can still pass them on to baby foetus through the womb.

    The third phase is known as the ‘latent phase’. In the first one to two years of this phase, the disease has some of the same symptoms as the second stage. More than 2 years after the beginning of this phase there may be no symptoms and sores are normally no longer infectious.

    But pregnant woman can still pass the disease to their foetus through the womb. This stage is a very dangerous one as it can appear that the infection has gone, but without treatment it will not. In severe cases this phase can cause, gradual blindness, numbness and even dementia.

    There is one more rather uncommon phase known as the Tertiary Phase. This phase is rarely seen in modern times because of the aid of penicillin. But the unlucky people who develop this phase are faced with heart, skin, bone and brain problems.

    Many of these symptoms I have listed sound like symptoms to other diseases, such as influenza, that is why syphilis can be referred to as ‘The Great Pretender’, as it mimics other diseases.

    Another form of syphilis that isn’t mentioned a lot is ‘congenital syphilis’. This is the occurrence after a foetus has been infected in a womb.

    The form of syphilis can cause many abnormalities in the child such abnormalities as, teeth, bone problems, liver/spleen/kidney enlargement, brain infection, skin rashes and more.

    Syphilis is an equal opportunity disease! Anyone who has sex can contract it. Therefore the only way to completely avoid it is through avoiding sexual contact. The highest occurrence is found in women aged 20-24, and men aged 35-39.

    Newborns with congenital syphilis increased from 2005 to 2006, with 339 new reported cases in 2005 compared to 349 cases reported in 2006. Doctors believe this is because people are NOT having safe sex and are NOT aware of all the risks taken by having irresponsible sexual activity.

    Between 2005 and 2006, the number of reported syphilis cases increased by 11.8%. Rates have increased in males each year between 2000 and 2006 from 2.6 to 5.7. In 2006, 64% of the reported syphilis cases were with men who have sex with men. It is also reported that men are more vulnerable in contracting syphilis.

    Syphilis is now treated by the use of penicillin, doctors do advise that while being treated you avoid all sexual contact. And every 6-12 months an annual check up is required.

    Some interesting, yet alarming, facts I unfolded whilst studying syphilis are - The infamous Tuskegee experiments in the US were experiments in which black men with syphilis were intentionally denied treatment so that the effects of untreated syphilis could be studied.

    None of them were deliberately infected, however; they were "merely" permitted to get sicker and were misled as to the true nature of their condition. Another is that for centuries the treatment of choice for syphilis was mercury, which was painted onto the sore. This had the unfortunate side effect of causing a slow death by mercury poisoning.

    I hope that through my speech you have learnt more about the STD syphilis and know what to do if it comes your way.
    Syphilis - An "oldie" but not a "goodie"
    I am in Yr. 9

    • ANSWER:
      I just skimmed through, but I noticed you did not cite your sources, and that is a must!!! for college. I also have a college informative speech guide that my professor gave me that I could scan over to you if you wanted it.

  19. QUESTION:
    Help with speech!!????????
    Can you please edit my speech or help me put in more personal opinions and interesting facts?? THANK YOU! To make it more fun to listen to.

    Speech:

    Napoleon Bonaparte, Babe Ruth, Hitler, Idi Amin, Al Capone & King Henry VIII. I wonder how many of you could tell me what these people had in common. It might surprise you that they all had, at some stage, syphilis. So, today, I will be discussing the perimeters of a specific STD, Syphilis. The disease was discovered in 1905 by Fritz Schauddin & Erich Hoffman.

    Syphilis is a bacterial disease that is highly infectious and can be passed on through blood transferring, child in womb can be exposed or direct contact with the syphilis sore. Syphilis sores occur mainly on the external genitals, but some cases have been reported otherwise.

    Syphilis progresses in three distinct stages and one not so common anymore. Primary phase; this is the beginning of the disease. It starts with a sore, known as a shanker; these appear mainly on the genitals. But any part of the body is at risk. Any contact with the sore can transmit the disease. The sore will grow bigger in 3-4 days, after 1 week it will disappear, but the disease will not.

    The secondary phase includes many more symptoms. It may build up 4-10 weeks after the shanker appears. The common symptoms are: fevers, joint pains, muscle aches, sore throats, flu-like symptoms, rashes, headaches, decreased appetites, patchy hair loss and swollen lymph nodes. This phase can go away without treatment, but the third phase will commence. The third phase is known as the ‘latent phase’. In the early stages of this phase, first one to two years, the disease has some of the same symptoms as the second stage. More than 2 years after the beginning of this phase there may be no symptoms and sores are normally no longer infectious. But pregnant woman can still pass them on to baby foetus through the womb.

    The one, not so common, phase now is the ‘tertiary phase’. This isn’t seen much anymore because of the aid of penicillin. But for the unlucky people who contract this phase they are normally faced with heart, skin, bone and brain problems.
    Many of these symptoms I have listed sound like symptoms to other diseases, that is why syphilis can be referred to as ‘The Great Pretender’, because it mimics other diseases.

    Another form of syphilis that isn’t mentioned a lot is ‘congenital syphilis’. This is the occurrence after a foetus has been infected in a womb. The form of syphilis can cause many abnormalities in the child such abnormalities as, teeth, bone problems, liver/spleen/kidney enlargement, brain infection, skin rashes and more.

    Syphilis can be exposed to anyone who has sex, but the highest occurrence is found in women aged 20-24, and men aged 35-39. Newborns with congenital syphilis increased from 2005 to 2006, with 339 new reported cases in 2005 compared to 349 cases reported in 2006.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not researching for you but here are some corrections so the piece will flow more smoothly. Also, there are some notes on where you need more research to complete the piece. Hope this helps -

      TITLE: The Great Pretender

      Napoleon Bonaparte, Babe Ruth, Hitler, Idi Amin, Al Capone & King Henry VIII. Can you tell me what these people had in common? Syphilis. Today, I will be discussing the STD, Syphilis. All of you have heard of it but do you really know anything about it?

      The disease was discovered in 1905 by Fritz Schauddin & Erich Hoffman. (How? Why? What kind of research was being performed that led to this discovery?) Syphilis is a bacterial disease that is highly infectious and can be passed through blood. A child in the womb can be exposed or if direct contact with a syphilis sore is made, the disease can be contracted. Syphilis sores occur mainly on the external genitals, but some cases have been reported on other areas of the body. (WHERE ON THE BODY? BE SPECIFIC.)

      Syphilis progresses in three distinct stages. The Primary phase is the beginning of the disease. It starts with a sore, known as a shanker; these appear mainly on the genitals. But any part of the body is at risk. Any contact with the sore can transmit the disease. The sore will grow bigger in 3-4 days and after 1 week it will disappear, but this does not mean that the disease is gone.

      The secondary phase develops 4 to 10 weeks after the shanker appears. This is when the majority of symptoms begin to appear such as fever, joint pain, muscle aches, sore throat, rash, headache, decreased appetite, patchy hair loss and swollen lymph nodes. People often mistake this for the flu because these are all flu symptoms. This phase can go away without treatment, but then the third phase will commence.

      The third phase is known as the ‘latent phase’. In the first one to two years of this phase, the disease has some of the same symptoms as the second stage. More than 2 years after the beginning of this phase there may be no symptoms and sores are normally no longer infectious. But pregnant woman can still pass the disease to their fetus through the womb. (This paragraph needs more detail and makes little sense. Are people outwardly ill during this phase? Are they contagious? If so, how? Through sexual contact? Blood contact? Contact of mucous membranes? This area needs more research).

      There is one more rather uncommon phase known as the Tertiary Phase. This phase is rarely seen in modern times because of the aid of penicillin. But the unlucky people who develop this phase are faced with heart, skin, bone and brain problems. (Like what? Cancers? Heart disease? Does their skin fall off? Does their brain die?? What happens to them?)
      Many of these symptoms I have listed sound like symptoms to other diseases, that is why syphilis has been referred to as ‘The Great Pretender’, because it mimics other diseases.

      Another form of syphilis that isn’t mentioned often is ‘congenital syphilis’. This is Syphilis that occurs when a fetus has been infected in the womb. This form of syphilis can cause many birth abnormalities in the child such as, teeth, bone problems, liver/spleen/kidney enlargement, brain infection and skin rashes.

      Syphilis is an equal opportunity disease! Anyone who has sex can contract it. Therefore the only way to completely avoid it is through avoiding sexual contact. The highest occurrence is found in women aged 20-24, and men aged 35-39. Newborns with congenital syphilis increased from 2005 to 2006, with 339 new reported cases in 2005 compared to 349 cases reported in 2006. (Are there any reasons why doctors think this is happening? Do YOU have any idea’s on this?)

      **You need a closing statement. Your speech needs to have a point – did you simply want your peers to know about the disease? Do you want them to avoid it? Are you concerned that the number of cases in infants has increased? Do you think more research needs to be done on it? There needs to be a logical end to this – a statement that closes the discussion**


Chronic Kidney Disease Treatments

The most common cause of chronic kidney disease is damaged caused to the kidneys by other chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Interestingly, the groups that are most likely to suffer from chronic kidney disease are the same groups of people that are most likely to suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension). For reasons not entirely understood, people of Afro-Caribbean and South Asian (India, Pakistan and Bangladeshi) origins are more likely to develop high blood pressure than other ethnic groups[1] and these are the same groups that are also most likely to develop chronic kidney disease.

As the concentration of red blood cells reduces, your blood carries less and less oxygen, and symptoms of anemia start to be obvious when your kidneys have dropped to around 45% of their usual ability. As kidney failure increases, you become more anemic. Telltale signs of anemia are fatigue, shortness of breath, feeling cold all the time, looking pale, problems concentrating, headaches, and sometimes chest pains. Women also have changes in their period, while men may have trouble with erections.

There are two primary types of kidney failure in humans. The first occurs fairly suddenly and is called "acute renal failure". We'll talk later about the causes of this condition. The second disease is more insidious and occurs over time. It is called "chronic renal failure". This type of kidney failure has causes of its own. The treatment for both types of renal failure is roughly the same, with dialysis and kidney transplant being the most common treatments.

Kidney Disease Consequences
Kidney disease that is uncontrolled can become chronic kidney disease (CKD). As CKD worsens, the kidneys can not adequately regulate water in the body. The blood may become too thick, placing an increased work load on the heart.
At the same time, blood chemicals will go unregulated. If the heart lacks the important electrolyte chemicals, it cannot function efficiently.

We can make out if our kidneys are not working properly. A person who has kidney stones or a bladder infection would definitely understand this because of the agonising pain involved. The symptoms involved gives a clear picture that our blood has a high quantity of proteins which is one of the reason behind the formation of kidney stones or we might have a fungus infection or we could have consumed a large quantity of poisons and toxins. Auto-immune deficiencies like Lupus, Hepatitis B, and HIV are also responsible for some kidney problems.

Tragically, twenty-six million Americans or approximately one in nine adults are afflicted with chronic kidney disease and are unaware of it? Kidney disease is a huge health issue in not only the U.S. but around the globe as well.

There are several different types of kidney disease, some of which are worse than others. Kidney disease can be "acute", meaning it is of a fast onset or "chronic" meaning the decline in kidney function is slow. Both kinds of kidney disease can be due to autoimmune disorders, toxins, medications or infections. Diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure can gradually worsen the function of the kidneys.

Treatment can include the following –
1. Diet: You might hear or read things that suggest certain special diets for your cat. However, the most important thing is that your cat is eating. If your cat doesn't like the diet and refuses to eat the food, it doesn't do much good. Feed your cat the foods she likes to eat, staying with nutritional, healthy foods. Don't feed your cat just dry food. They will need the moisture from other foods to help keep them hydrated.

2. Nutrition: Your veterinarian might suggest a special food called Renafood, which can help better your cat's kidney function. You might need to crush it into your cat's regular food, but most cats actually like it.

3. Supplemental Fluids: Your veterinarian can give your cat supplemental fluids at their office or teach you how to do it at home. This is one of the best ways to keep your cat hydrated.

so great, even the royalty of ancient China forbode the use of Cordyceps Sinensis and thus coveted its use for the Royal Family only. Modern chemical analysis has shown its secrets to not only being able to combat cancer or Aid's but as a viable alternative treatment for a wider range of disease and illness than any other drug or herb, which may be the reason for peoples superstition for not using cordyceps sinensis because the effects and wide ranging benefits are so great that people tend to not believe its potency immediately when looking for a cure to their problems.

Carpal tunnel syndrome - Carpus comes from the Greek word for wrist. The wrist is surrounded by a band of fibrous tissue that normally functions as a support for the joint. The tight space between this fibrous band and the wrist bone is called the carpal tunnel. The median nerve passes through the carpal tunnel to receive sensations from the thumb, index, and middle fingers of the hand.

Metabolic Disorders - caused by a disruption of the chemical processes in the body. In some cases, nerve damage is caused by the inability to properly use energy in the body. In other cases, dangerous substances (toxins) build up in the body and damage nerves. Some metabolic disorders are pass down through families (inherited), while others are develop due to various diseases.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the treatment for chronic kidney disease stage 3, with patient being hypertensive and diabetic?

    • ANSWER:
      In general, somebody with Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease and diabetes:

      1. Goal BP less than 130/80
      2. Good Diabetes control
      3. Monitor Cholesterol
      4. Avoids NSAIDS (Advil, Motrin, Alleve, etc.)
      5. Have periodic blood work to monitor renal function, and check for the presence of anemia and overactive parathyroid glands. These problems can usually be treated with medicines.
      6. Modest amounts of protein in the diet.
      7. Use of ACE Inhibitors or ARB type of blood pressure medicine
      8. Check the urine for protein.

      Your doctor (internist or kidney doctor) should be discussing your individual situation.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the homeostatic mechanisms involved in chronic kidney disease?
    How does chronic kidney disease affect homeostatic mechanisms?
    What is the cause and what is the effect on homeostatic mechanisms, what are the treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      The kidneys are regarded as homeostatic organs. If you stop and consider what the kidneys do, you'll know how chronic kidney disease affects the homeostatic functions of these organs.

      I'm not sure you're wording this question correctly -- "What are the homeostatic mechanisms involved in chronic kidney disease?" -- Kidney disease doesn't implement homeostatic mechanisms...it interferes with homeostasis..

      "How does chronic kidney disease affect homeostatic mechanisms?" -- As I said, stop and consider what the kidneys do and then review how chronic disease affects the kidneys.

      "What is the cause and what is the effect on homeostatic mechanisms" -- Like I said...

      "what are the treatments?" -- Dietary restrictions, hypertension management, diabetes management, lipid management, weight management, smoking cessation, epogen injections, diuretics, vit. D, phosphate binders management, dialysis or transplantation. Obviously, the course of treatment depends on the causes and contributory factors.

  3. QUESTION:
    Chronic Kidney Disease Questions please advise?
    I was diagnosed with Chronic kidney disease and would greatly appreciate if some one would answer some of my questions before i see my doctor again.
    Can Chronic kidney Disease be stopped before kidney failure, is there treatment to cure it? and also what foods to avoid.
    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry about your diagnosis, there is no way to reverse chronic kidney disease; it is a progressive disease. It will eventually require dialysis; either hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. Unfortunately the only "cure" for chronic kidney disease is a kidney transplant....which you will most likely not receive for years, providing you meet the stringent criteria to accept an organ.

      The general diet most chronic kidney disease patients follow is a low sodium, low potassium, low phosphate, and low protein diet.

      if you follow this link http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/NutritionLateCKD/ (or copy and paste it in your browser) it has several small diagrams to give you some ideas of foods that meet the criteria I mentioned above; but of course you will have to become diligent at reading labels because no one can tell you every single food to avoid.

      You should also limit your fluid intake to the previous day's urine output measured in milliliters (ml) plus 600ml. So whatever amount you void on the previous day, just add 600ml to it, and that's how much you can have to drink today.....hopefully that makes sense! Since your kidneys are failing and you are retaining fluid you have to watch how much you drink!

      And also....avoid magnesium at all costs!!! Magnesium based laxatives (milk of magnesia) or magnesium based antacids are 2 big examples. Magnesium depends on the kidneys to excrete it and if it builds up it causes terrible symptoms (muscle weakness, hypotension, coma)....so please avoid it!

      When they day comes that your docotor approaches you about a venous access for hemodialysis, tell your doctor you want an "Arterio-Venous Fistula." This venous access offers the fewest complications of any but is underused in some areas.

      Those are the basics of chronic kidney disease....and there's tons more to talk about! But hopefully your physician will cover the more detailed stuff with you! best of luck to you!

  4. QUESTION:
    Chronic Kidney Disease?
    Hi I just need a clarification, I have Mild Chronic Kidney Disease; I read it is a progressive loss of renal function over a period of months or years. There are 5 stages and I am in stage 2. What does progressive actually mean? Will it never stop even with treatments?
    Thank you very much
    Claudia

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    27 weeks pregnant with Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 3?
    I have been living with Kidney Disease since the age of 5. I currently have one functioning Kidney and my GFR has been .5 (stage 1/2) for the last year. I am in my 6th month of pregnancy and was told that my 24hr Urine collection and my blood work has put my Ceratine level at 1.9 (stage3) and the increase happened in one month. I am worried about the sudden increase and have not been told by my specialist what complications I am looking at throughtout the rest of my pregnancy. My questions are....... WhaIs it normal for Kidney disease to progress so suddenly? What effects will it have on my pregnancy? I am almost at stage 4 how quickly can it progress? What are treatment options?

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    Paranoid about my kidneys? Can xray miss Chronic Kidney disease?
    Had bad UTI 5 years ago because of crap doctor not listening. Had protein and blood in urine. They did an xray and said I was fine. I had the UTI for quite some time. Maybe a month or so before I received treatment. Was on cipro, levaquin, bactrim to get rid of it. Turned out had shortened urethra. So to my question..? I'm really scared.
    Also anemic, but have always had this problem as far as I know. I guess I feel paranoid because I have shortness of breath as well. I guess fatigue doesn't really count because I have a newborn.
    I do pee once a night.. at like 4am

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    how long does one live after discovering chronic kidney failure?
    64 year old male. already has pancretitis, liver disease, gallballder trouble, and renal failure. has been treated medically to try and reverse kidney failure, and now does not wish to have dialysis, and has decided to stop treatments and wait to pass away. all conditions are caused by chronic alcholism. thanks for any input, personal experiences.

    • ANSWER:
      From a medical provider standpoint, you typically live as long as you feel like living, regardless of the disease.

  8. QUESTION:
    is this proper english?
    I am writing a science review article. This is the title i want to use. Is the grammer correct with the syntax of "and" 2 times in 1 sentence?Pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of chronic kidney disease and its complications.

    • ANSWER:
      "The Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Complications of Chronic Kidney Disease."

      I just changed the order a bit.

  9. QUESTION:
    I want to refuse kidney dialysis?
    Hello, my name is "Rein" and I'm 17 years old. I've had various symptoms bothering me for the last week or two, and my family finally forced me to go to the doctors. After a battery of tests, it was discovered that i have an advanced case of Chronic kidney disease. The doctors have said that if i eat right and start kidney dialysis now, i should be able to live for "A long time" (what that means exactly is beyond me). The thing is i don't want to live for "A long time" i've been doing research into the topic and it seems that i can refuse to undergo treatment if i want to. Basically i have two questions.
    #1) Can i be forced to undergo kidney dialysis?
    #2) How do i tell my family/friends that i am choosing to do this.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello. Since you are still under 18, you can be forced to do it. At 18, you are considered an adult, and can make your own medical decisions. But for right now, your parents can force you to undergo treatment. You should try to get better, you have a long life ahead of you. I wish you the best. Take care.

  10. QUESTION:
    My cat's kidney disease?
    I have a 12 year old cat whom I love a lot. My wife thinks that since the new year he has been drinking and peeing a lot otherwise she thought maybe he had an occasional bad day but he was acting his normal self otherwise. September 2009 his blood work including thyroid levels were all normal (March 2009 he had a successful partial thyroidectomy). So I took him to the vet 2 weeks ago. I ended up going to a new vet who is across the street rather than his usual vet because he hates car rides. The vet just did a cursory exam and drew some blood and gave him his Rabies and distemper shots. The BUN Creatinine came back high and she said that this was chronic renal failure. All other blood work including sugar and thyroid were normal. When I asked for a workup for the cause she said it did not matter as the treatment is the same. She scheduled him for admission the following Monday for IV fluids. He rapidly deteriorated so last Friday night we rushed him to the ED of the hospital where his regular vet works. His BUN/Cr were worse so they admitted him and did IV fluids. They found no evidence of hypertension, no anemia even after hydration, normal kidneys on U/S and Xray, and no proteinuria (culture is still pending). He responded very well to 4 days of IV fluids (Cr came down from 9 to 5 and BUN from 135 to 56) and he was sent home with enalapril, antibiotics and sq fluids +/- renal diet. He is due to go back next Wednesday for blood work. Now since he is an indoor cat with no exposure to toxins or infection my wife (a "human" dermatologist) thinks that he indeed has chronic renal failure, because of the 6 months of drinking and peeing, that was exacerbated by the distemper shot. The Vets at the hospital think this is something acute given normal BP, hct, U/S and Xray of kidneys.
    Can a cat have chronic renal failure and have no hypertension, anemia and normal kidneys on both XRay and U/S?
    Can a cat be exposed to a UTI causing bacteria or a toxin in the house without ever going out?

    The reason I ask is if he does have chronic renal failure it is going to be very hard for him to get the sq fluids every day. He hates it and i don't want to put him through that.

    • ANSWER:

  11. QUESTION:
    what's the best treatment for chronic fatigue associated with crohn's disease?
    it's like i'm on sedatives. within an hour after eating i'm nodding off in front of my workstation. i'm so tired i can't work. is this a bad sign or just a typical crohn's symptom? the only thing that helps is fasting which also interferes with my ability to workand only helps while i'm fasting and maybe a day or two after. i will not even consider anti-fatigue meds because i'm already on scary stuff for the crohn's and even coffee causes me to get cold's and flu which are dangerous due to the immunosuppressants i'm taking. my bloodwork is no longer abnormal except for the inflammation markers from the crohn's and a slight kidney abnormality. i think my doc doubts me, because he suggested it's because of depression or not sleeping on a regular schedule but i know my body and this is not normal for me.
    i'm tired of being tired. and i don't want to get on disability because i'm afraid i'll lose that tiny little bit of motivation and pride i still have left. life sucks. help?

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    Chronic renal failure?
    Scenario B: Chronic renal failure. Mr. Hodges, a 73-year-old man, has had congestive heart failure for the past 5 years. His doctor has told him that his heart is not functioning well, needing more and more medicine to maintain circulatory function. He has noticed that he is not urinating more than once a day.

    oWhy is the condition of Mr. Hodges’s kidneys affecting the rest of his body?
    oAs his chronic renal failure worsens what other symptoms and signs might occur in his respiratory, digestive, nervous, and urinary systems?
    oWhat is causing Mr. Hodges’s kidney disease?
    oWhat are possible treatment options and prognosis?

    • ANSWER:
      so this is why the nurses at the nursing homes are so clueless they ask all their questions on yahoo answers.

      He has Congestive heart failure, that is the reason for his kidney disease. there is less blood flow to the kidney. fluid leaks into the interstitial compartments.

      dyspenia, troble breathing, a specfic condition known as PND he will wake up in the middle of night short of breath, this is because when you fall asleep blood seeps into your intravasculat compartment (up to 1 liter), thisis really a horrible condition, its just like torture. Pray that you never have to witness it.

      kidney disease is secondary to heart failure BASED SOLELY on the information provided. though there is a labyrhinth of possabliities

      diretucs (not so much because of his RF), digitalis, if he's on an ace inhibitor and having those symptoms it might be due to renal artery stenosis.... in that case the ace inhibitor is counterproductive and contributing to his renal failure (RF).

      for that part I will link you to my other answer. do tell this to all patients like this. God will reward you for it!!

      Google the following..

      Dr Stephen Sinatra "Metabolic Cardiology" or any other books by him, he is a cardiologist (cardiac surgeon)with over 30 years of experience, and made his own protocol.

      he says something liek this in his book, but I suggest yuor read it/google it.
      D-Ribose: 15 Grams per day cost is like ~ for 8oz
      Coenzyme Q10: 400mg (atleast 1 to 2 times per day) for 60 capsules
      L-Carnitine (1.5 to 3 grams per day) get the powdered form its alot cheaper. ~ if not you can buy the tablets . (500mg each)
      Magnesium Supplements (atleast 400mg per day)
      Taurine: (atleast 1 gram per day, up to 4 grams maybe more i don't remember the top bracket of it) for 300 tablets 500 mg each. about a few months supply.

      and check the following treatments, he likely has CHF or congestive heart failure he needs this treatment called EECP (35 treatments where they put blood pressure cuffs on the patients legs and abdoment to pump blood back to the heart for 1 hr a day for 35 days to make it stronger, (increased ejection fraction). It makes new blood vessels to that they can get blood to the damaged tissue and save it. It has been shown to IMPROVE heart function. It was just approved after 50 years of research.

      If you have cardiomyopathy look into stem cells, they can be found in thailand, mexico, the carribean and india. some are cheaper than others.

  13. QUESTION:
    Will cheap imported food cause the next health crisis?

    Read the article and think about it?

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/11/29/IN9N14C47T.DTL

    Some quotes to note (although I recommend a reading of the whole article).

    Some quotes:

    "...The past decade witnessed the massive offshoring of jobs to low-cost countries, decimating the U.S. manufacturing base.

    "...Almost a quarter of the average American's food is imported. But increasingly, imports are from developing countries that do not meet U.S. standards regarding sanitation, worker safety, environmental practices, quality of ingredients and treatment of animals."

    "...There are 12 federal agencies administering 35 different food safety laws. The Food and Drug Administration inspected only 52 Chinese plants from 1998 to 2005. At U.S. ports, only 1 percent of imported food is tested for biological contaminants."

    "...To make matters worse, the FDA does not check for nonorganic contaminants, such as heavy metal, that may be present in produce, fish and dietary supplements. Moreover, savvy suppliers sometimes reroute products, especially seafood, to an inland port such as Las Vegas - which has no FDA inspectors."

    "...2008 federal study reports that the prevalence of chronic kidney disease in the United States has increased from 20 percent to 25 percent in the past decade - and for older Americans, it is significantly higher. Is it a coincidence that these trends parallel the imports from China?"

    How many Americans will die premature deaths because of the combination of globalization of the food supply and lack of inspection and regulation?

    Is it time to pressure the congress to compel the FxDA to act in the interests of the people instead of the multinational corporations?

    • ANSWER:
      Hope not. And do not buy anything from the Far East. In fact, if it isn't manufactured, (not just distributed, and if you can't find the country of origin, don't buy it), in the United States, put it back.

  14. QUESTION:
    Can Someone Please Help me with these 2...I am lost and do not know where to begin?
    Mr. Hodges, a 73-year-old man, has had congestive heart failure for the past 5 years. His doctor has told him that his heart is not functioning well, needing more and more medicine to maintain circulatory function. He has noticed that he is not urinating more than once a day.
    5. Why is the condition of Mr. Hodges‘s kidneys affecting the rest of his body?
    6. As his chronic renal failure worsens, what other symptoms and signs might occur in his respiratory, digestive, nervous, and urinary systems?
    7. What is causing Mr. Hodges‘s kidney disease?
    8. What are possible treatment options and prognosis?

    Ms. Jones, a 68-year-old female, underwent open-heart surgery to replace several blocked vessels in her heart. On her first day postoperatively, it was noted that she had very little urine output.
    1. What is happening to Ms. Jones‘s kidneys, and why is it causing the observed symptom?
    2. What other symptoms and signs might occur?
    3. What is causing Ms. Jones‘s kidney disease?
    4. What are possible treatment options and prognosis?

    • ANSWER:
      hi, you have presented a complicated question. i am a final year med student and i will try my best to answer your questions. in the case of mr. Hodges, the kidneys are the organs that filter waste out the body and into the bladder creating urine. if kidneys are failing it means they are not working at peak efficiency therefore not filtering enough waste out of the body hence there is less urine to excrete. as all the unwanted waste is building up, this can have effects in other parts of the body, mr hodges may expect to experience headaches, jaundice, nausea, loss of appetite, renal pains .. these symptoms can be manages by dialysis and other medications. the exact cause of kidney disease is unknown however, it is common place among the elderly.. kidneys may fail when a person gets older. at his age, it is possible hey may need dialysis to maintain kidney function, in the elderly with kidney failure prognosis is unfortunately not so good. another possible option is a kidney transplant from a donor.

      in the case of ms. jones, her presentation with poor urine output after one day of surgery may only be related to the fact that her food intake before surgery may have been very limited. most people need to fast for up to 48 hours prior to any surgery therefore waste is not being produced so there may be less urine. there is no indication of kidney disease. email me if you wish to add more detail

  15. QUESTION:
    Mr. Hodges, a 73-year-old man, has had congestive heart failure for?
    Mr. Hodges, a 73-year-old man, has had congestive heart failure for the past 5 years. His doctor has told him that his heart is not functioning well, needing more and more medicine to maintain circulatory function. He has noticed that he is not urinating more than once a day.
    5. Why is the condition of Mr. Hodges‘s kidneys affecting the rest of his body?
    6. As his chronic renal failure worsens, what other symptoms and signs might occur in his respiratory, digestive, nervous, and urinary systems?
    7. What is causing Mr. Hodges‘s kidney disease?
    8. What are possible treatment options and prognosis?

    • ANSWER:
      Mr. Hodges has chronic Renal Failure. This means that his kidneys have failed to function properly. This also means that his body is no longer able to eliminate the metabolic toxic wastes his body is producing as the byproducts of the metabolic processes occurring in every cell of his body. When the amount of these metabolic wastes accumulate in the system, they begin to poison every cell in the body. This is how it affects the functions of the other organs in the different systems of the body. So as long as Mr. Hodges does not improve his urine output, he will deteriorate even if he is bombarded with drugs. Worse yet, the drugs will also aggravate his condition because their metabolites will also become additional poisons into his systems.

      The best approach to Mr Hodges problem is first increase his water intake. Not any other fluid but water! Water is the best diuretic and the body only excretes more urine if the body is provided with more. The adult human body is at least 70% water. If this percentage lowers, like plants the cells will wither. This withering will cause cell deterioration and when it dies, its the beginning of an organ failure. So for cells to maintain good health, adequate hydration in the form of proper water intake is very important. Avoid dehydrating beverages like coffee, tea, soft drinks, sodas, colas, alcohol, energy drinks, and of course, diuretic drugs.

      Unless the water requirement is met daily, Mr Hodges will continue to deteriorate because his cells will. Drugs will make him worse!

  16. QUESTION:
    My husband has been in severe chronic pain for several years.He is presently taking 90mg of methadone,60 mg of
    Lortab,300mg of Neurontin,15mg of Valium,4mg of Zanaflex a day. The Drs. are talking to him about a pain pump or a spinal stimulator. We don't know which way would be best for him to go. Has anyone out there had either one? What are the pro's and con's of either one. My husband is 65 and is desperate to find something to help him. He has so many other health issues,such as kidney failure,heart disease,and has just gone through the most incredible cancer treatment! We were just told that he is cancer free!! M.D. Anderson Rocks!

    • ANSWER:
      I currently take about the same medications as your husband except for the methadone and have been in a pain management program for years due to a spine injury. From the people I have had contact with they all seem to prefer the pump or just staying on oral meds. I've known a few people that have had the stimulator's and they didn't have much luck with them.

      It really depends on the injury.

      I also have experience with methadone. If your husband can get off of it I would strongly urge him to do so. It is a very hard drug on your liver and it is hard to get off of after you've been on it awhile. It was the worse pain medication I have taken over the past 10 years. Dr.'s put people on it because I think it is very inexpensive. I would live in pain again before I would take it again

      Here are a few links to sites I use for pain management that may be of interest to you husband. Good luck,,,us old guys need it!!!!
      http://health.discovery.com/centers/pain/pain.html
      http://www.healthatoz.com/healthatoz/Atoz/common/standard/transform.jsp?requestURI=/healthatoz/Atoz/dc/cen/pain/painindex.jsp
      http://www.nih.gov/

  17. QUESTION:
    What is left for me to say.....?
    I typed up a report on diabetes, it is supposed to be 6 pages dubble spaced, but now i don't know what else to put, all i need is a half a page more. Thank you!

    Diabetes Type 1
    Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. People with diabetes have problems using food for energy. After a meal, carbohydrates in food are broken down into a sugar called glucose, which is carried by the blood to cells throughout the body. Cells require insulin, a hormone made in the pancreas, to help use blood glucose for energy. People develop diabetes because the pancreas does not make enough insulin or because the cells in the muscles, liver, and fat do not respond to insulin properly, or both. As a result, the amount of glucose in the blood increases while the cells are starved of energy.
    Prior to 1997, the type of diabetes typically diagnosed in young people was called juvenile diabetes or type 1. Diabetes emerging in adults was called adult-onset diabetes or type 2. Then in 1997, the official names of the types were changed to type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is the second most common chronic disease in children (after asthma). About 13,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Patients with type 1 diabetes make up about 5 percent of all cases of diabetes. It most commonly appears in girls and boys when they are about 14 years old. Usually, type 1 diabetes is first diagnosed in children, teenagers, or young adults but it can occur at any age. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the beta cells in the pancreas that make insulin. As a result, the pancreas does not make insulin, a hormone which helps use blood sugar (glucose) for energy. The cells become starved of energy and there is an excess of glucose in the blood. People with Type 1 diabetes must have daily injections of insulin to live. Proper diet, exercise and home blood sugar monitoring are essential to manage the disease. Food and exercise must also be balanced because of the risk of hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, and hyperglycemia, high blood sugar. Both are life threatening concerns. When hypoglycemia develops, cells are not getting enough glucose. Confusion, loss of consciousness, comma and death results when the brain is deprived of glucose for too long. Hyperglycemia and prolonged absence of insulin may lead to ketoacidosis, the accumulation of ketones in the blood when the body uses fat for energy instead of glucose. Ketones make the blood acidic and slow down all body functions. Like hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia can also lead to comma and death. The only cure available today for type 1 diabetes is a pancreas transplant, which is rarely done. Because both pancreas transplants and kidney transplants require lifelong use of powerful drugs to suppress immune reactions that can reject the organs, pancreatic transplants are usually done to those with type 1 diabetes who also need a kidney transplant. The side effects of immune- suppressive drugs can be severe and even worse than the disease. One or two people out of every 10 who get the surgery die within a year. Also the new pancreas is rejected by half of the people who get this operation. If the transplant fails, diabetes returns. Recently, experimental treatments with stem cells have shown some promise. For most people, type 1 diabetes is a life-long disease that can be effectively managed with insulin.

    Signs and Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes
    •Urinates frequently. The kidneys respond to high levels of glucose in the bloodstream by flushing out the extra glucose in urine. A child with diabetes needs to urinate more frequently and in larger volumes.
    •Is abnormally thirsty. Because the child is loosing so much fluid from peeing so much, he or she becomes very thirsty to help avoid becoming dehydrated. A child who has developed diabetes drinks a lot in an attempt to keep the level of body water normal.
    •Loses weight. (or fails to gain weight as he or she grows) in spite of a good appetite. Kids and teens who develop type 1 diabetes may have an increased appetite, but often lose weight. This is because the body breaks down muscle and stored fat in an attempt the provide fuel to the hungry cells.
    •Often feels tired. Because the body can’t use glucose for energy properly.

    But in some cases, other symptoms may be the signal that something is wrong. Sometimes the first sign of diabetes is bedwetting in a child who has been dry at night. The possibility of diabetes should also be suspected if a vaginal yeast infection (also called a Candida infection) occurs in a girl who hasn’t started puberty yet. If these early symptoms of diabetes aren’t recognized and treatment isn’t started, chemicals called ketones can build up in the child’s blood and cause stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, fruity- smelling breath, breathing problems; even loss of consciousness. Sometimes these symptoms are mistaken f

    • ANSWER:
      Watch out on using advice from yahoo answers if truthfulness is graded. While 80% of type 2's are overweight, only 18% of obese people are diabetic.

  18. QUESTION:
    People diagnosed with Lupus... need help and info!?
    I do not wish to write a paper about all the details and symptoms, so I'll just summarize, then ask my question.

    Over the last 5 years, I have had symptoms of EXTREME fatigue, joint pain, canker sores, mild hair loss, etc. I am also anemic (which no amount of iron or B vitamins changes in the slightest). In this time, I have also had a false positive Syphilis test, and chronic kidney stones (3 in 7 years).

    In August of 08, I developed a cough that STILL has not gone away. I have been to TONS of doctors and been diagnosed with pneumonia, asthma, bronchitis, allergies, etc, and put on more antibiotics than I care to think of... all the antibiotic treatments actually made me feel worse.

    I also developed a sudden, strange rash on my leg after being out in the sun for a couple days... which also has not gone away. And more recently, I have a light butterfly rash on my face.

    Last month, I finally found a doctor that said "Wow... 8 of the 11 symptoms of Lupus... let's get you tested." I was x-rayed to check for Pleurisy (in the lung tissue), and put through about 10 blood tests (also checking for lyme disease, just in case).

    Even after the false positive Syphilis, and the anemia, I tested negative on the ANA test. Kind of. I tested higher than normal, but apparently too low to make a full diagnosis of Lupus.

    What does this mean exactly? Is there such a thing as borderline Lupus? And I know there are a few other diseases that mimic Lupus... but what are they? I know that Fibromyalgia is one of the "mimic" diseases, but would that also account for the blood disorders that I DO have and the rashes?

    I do have another appointment with my doctor in a couple weeks, and I also know that making a Lupus diagnosis can sometimes take a while... but has anyone had the negative ANA issue and still been diagnosed with SLE? And what was your experience... anything I should ask my doctor to look for on the next visit?

    Thanks!
    Oh, they did also check my thyroid... everything normal there.

    And should I mention, also, that my symptoms began during pregnancy and have gotten progressively worse? This has been going for about 5 years... and just now I've screamed loud enough that I am being taken seriously.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately it may take years to DX Lupus. I had all of the symptoms you do and saw a Rheumatologist for about 5 years before my ANA was positive. In the 5 years I also had a pos. Scleroderma and Sjogrens. All along my doctor said that probably I would develop Lupus buy it was a wait and see. Keep a diary of your symptoms and continue to see your doctor. Hope this helps.

  19. QUESTION:
    Medical Help? In need of diagnousis.?
    Hey, I'm 17, a guy. I woke up this morning to pain in my crotch area left corner (above the..) get it? I suspected it was a razor cut, but after inspection, I think I have a hernia. I checked online just to make sure and had the lump, the discomfort, and can see a vein.. (But don't have the serious sypmtoms as of vomiting, consipation, etc) To me it seems as if I have a hernia, but having no openings at the doctor's office till tommorrow, so all I can do is wait. I have read that I will have surgrey (which I'm hopeing I don't because I will miss to many days for school and have to take semester tests) but also I have heard that it can also just lay low and it will heal. Do you know may the treatment or just an observation?
    As for the causes, they don't match..:
    improper heavy weight lifting X (Haven't Lifted since Augest)
    hard coughing bouts X
    sharp blows to the abdomen X
    tight clothing and incorrect posture X
    obesity X (Im in shape and run frequently)
    straining during a bowel movement urination X
    chronic lung disease X
    fluid in the abdominal cavity X
    poor nutrition X
    smoking X
    overexertion X
    (From Wikipedia)
    Also lately I have had bad back aches and have had a kidney stone and I have Von Willebrand disease (only mild).
    Help is greatly appericated, Thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    What underlying autoimmune conditions do you think I have? Physicians/Nurses/MD's, I'm desperate for help?
    Hi may name is Jeb, I'm 22 and live in Ontario, Canada, I'm presenting my case to all of you in the hope you can name some disorders, syndromes, diseases, that go along with my medical history and issues.

    Please read what I wrote carefully and help me find out whats wrong with me. I have been going to doctors for 6 years trying to find out what is truly wrong. and lately everything is getting worse. My health is declining and I want to get better and live a normal life, have kits, a wife, work.. I am so ashamed I can't even work.

    I have a very rare bleeding disorder called ITP, my disease is chronic and refractory. So, all of the treatments have failed. I have been on Testosterone, Danocrine (which is a modified testosterone), Dexamethasone (a very potent glucocorticoid type of steroid) Prednisone (glucocorticoid steroid), Methylprednisone, which is also a glucocorticoid steroid.

    I have tried IVig which is immunoglobulin. It's a blood product, 1 bottle contains donations from thousands of people. So i've had the immunoglobulin of more than 5000 people put in me multiple times.

    I ended up having a reaction to it and developed "Aseptic Meningitis" which was extremely painful, as well as rigors, which basically means I was shaking badly. The headache was like nothing you could imagine.

    I became desperate after years of having a pretty stable platelet count of 20.

    If you have less than a 20 platelet count you are supposed to be hospitalized although here in Canada this won't happen because of lack of beds and overcrowded hospitals.

    So, if you have less than 20 a bump to the head could kill you. A punch to the stomach would cause internal bleeding. A punch in the face could and likely would kill you. I bruise extremely easy.

    A normal human being has a count of 140 to 400. So at 20 even I am very likely to be injured severely.

    I have had multiple bleeds, mostly internally but farely superficial and not involving organs with exception of my lungs.

    I cough up blood regularly and it scares me very much.

    Having a low platelet count like this really was hard to deal with so I joined a clinical trial. The drug I was on in the trial ended up giving me a pulmonary embolism, actually more than 1.....3 in both lungs.

    I was in the hospital for a month. My lungs are left scarred and unable to expand properly because of the scarring. I get about 60-70% expansion of my chest. I noticed immediately after the blood clots I could no longer inhale like I used to.

    It has become very stressful fighting for every breath. It's almost like breathing through a straw. I also have bad asthma which doesnt help.

    I've had over 20 CT scans in the past 2.5 years looking for clots because every month I have problems where my lungs hurt more and feel like a clot, and I start coughing up large amounts of blood, not just bloody sputum, the blood is coming out of my lungs into my throat when I cough to expel it.

    The radiologist from my last scan said I had scarring of my lungs and pleural cavity. He said it looked like I have severe lung disease and it's very serious.

    So I have been pumped full of xrays from the CT scan, and also filled with Contrast Dye so they can see the veins and arteries better when they use the diagnostic imaging (CT SCAN). It's very hard on my kidneys. And they are worn out, I have problems with them now. I've also got more than 50 xrays.

    My left arm is not fully useable, I broke the end of the shoulder bone. The round ball like part of the bone that fits into the socket. I could not get surgery to correct it because of my blood disorder. The surgeon would not do even though the bone didn't set properly and is more than 1 cm out of place.

    Doesn't sound like much but the area that broke/fractured is the area all your muscle, ligaments and tendons rest on and over, so now my arm is very stiff and painful. Writing with a pencil hurts very much. Lifting things hurts.

    My doctor wants me to get my spleen taken out but I'm worried it could go wrong because I have no platelets. I will be transfused as they do the surgery but I still worry very much. My doctor is amazing but she is not a surgeon. How can I trust someone I don't really know to cut me up. How can I find out how many patients have died in his care during surgery. I would love to know the information because I could choose the doctor who was better a keeping people alive and not killing them accidentally during surgery.

    I'm afraid.

    I have also had new symptoms in the past few months, frequent urination, extreme urge to urinate.

    Loss of bladder function, I wet my bed 3 times in the last 2 months. I'm 24, and never have wet the bed before except as a very young child maybe 4-5 y/o.

    I have a patch on my back which is numb and has no feeling and this is a new manifestation of whatever is going on.

    I have been havin
    I've been having Vertigo, exactly 5 times this month, where I have days where I become dizzy and nauseas and when I tilt my head my eyes start rollin and moving in strange directions very quickly, and I get the urge to vomit.

    It's when I tilt my head I get the problem with my eyes going whacky totally out of my control.

    It's very very debilitating. I have to lay down. Walking is almost impossible and I become so unstable I have almost fallen down the stairs.

    Thanks for helping me I appreciate it very much.......Even if you just have ideas of what could be wrong with me it is good, I need ideas because i don't know what could be wrong.
    I've been having Vertigo, exactly 5 times this month, where I have days where I become dizzy and nauseas and when I tilt my head my eyes start rollin and moving in strange directions very quickly, and I get the urge to vomit.

    It's when I tilt my head I get the problem with my eyes going whacky totally out of my control.

    It's very very debilitating. I have to lay down. Walking is almost impossible and I become so unstable I have almost fallen down the stairs.

    Thanks for helping me I appreciate it very much.......Even if you just have ideas of what could be wrong with me it is good, I need ideas because i don't know what could be wrong.

    • ANSWER:
      ....and you figure a bunch of strangers can diagnose you over the computer? you need to pursue this with a medical professional.

  21. QUESTION:
    How to stay emotionally connected to family when you are chronically ill?
    Brief (as possible!) info, I have been bedridden for two months and had increasing pain and fatigue issues for almost five years. Despite this, I have almost finished college, worked as a gene therapy research assistant for a year, volunteer, done a triathlon, played ice hockey--I try not to let my physical limitations get in the way of life. About a year and half ago pain got unbearable, and since then I have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (March 2011) and severe endometriosis (March 2010). Diagnoses took forever because I'm not a whiner and believed that I was hypochondriac--it has taken unbelievable pain and an inability to leave bed to drive me to drop out of college, come home to my parents, and finally get medical treatment.

    (now really long...) I've had too much inflammation to get the surgery I need to become mobile and maybe normal/happy again, so I've been living on percocet, intestinal medications, and bed rest for two months. My parents, who were insanely neglectful my entire teen years, have really stepped up and taken as good care of me as they can. It depresses my mum to see me sick, so she doesn't spend much time with me, but she helps me with everything else I need. My dad has been sacrificing a lot to pay my medical bills. As bad as this situation has been (the pain, leaving school my senior year, having to forgo plans for a PhD, debt, etc. etc.) it's actually brought me closer to my parents.

    Unfortunately, it's driven a wedge between my three older sisters and me. None of them have experienced severe illness. I've got three autoimmune diseases and chronic pain and they are always frustrated with me for being tired or unable to do certain activities. They also don't really believe I'm sick. For example, I have chronic asthma and they ignore me when I have attacks. My sister had pneumonia (which can be contagious for asthmatics) and got really mad at me for not wanting to hug her and whatnot while she was visiting. She would touch my things without telling me. Two weeks later I got really sick, had to go to urgent care, and they found pneumonia in my lungs. I was sick for two months. They don't acknowledge my boundaries and put a lot of guilt and pressure on me to act like a normal person, even when I'm having flare ups of these autoimmune diseases.

    Well, after having to leave school and come home for treatments and procedures for these severe flares, my siblings started to ignore me. They would only call me if they needed something. Which has been really difficult, because growing up I was a person that would put my life on hold to help a sick family member. As a senior in HS, I even gave up a spot as my team's snowboard captain because I needed to miss tournaments to help my sister's family, because she had kidney stones. And I never told her what I gave up because I didn't want to guilt her.

    I admit I sulk sometimes with all this stuff going on, but I try to do it in private. I am straightforward but not whiny when I tell my siblings what's going on. I am honest and say true things like I might have some of my intestines and an ovary removed. But all they can say is that it's not a big deal, that it happens to lots of people--at best I can think that's they're way of reassuring me. More likely is that they are reassuring themselves that it's ok that they haven't called in and asked how I've been doing maybe once a week. Well, two of them have been in town this week (one lives with her family 15 mins away, one is visiting from L.A.) and they're bothered that I don't 'want to go places with them' or 'hang out'--never mind I'm confined to bed and can't go anywhere. Not to mention it just upsets me to be around them. And they're not patient at all with my mood being a little more unsteady than usual.

    To me family has always been really important but I just keep feeling more and more bitter about how unsympathetic or even unaware they are to my situation. I am seeing a therapist, being chronically ill and barraged with crazy hormones makes depression hard to fight, and am trying to deal with my issues. I understand that perhaps a stronger person could forgive them and move on. But I feel ignored, that my sympathetic nature is taken for granted, and that I'm not getting the family support that one needs in difficult situations like this. It's hard enough to fight this stuff when you do have family on your side. I just wish they cared enough about me to help out, or at least honestly ask how I am doing and listen to my answer. My friends and even strangers at church have been way more helpful than they have. Some friends have drawn away because illness makes them uncomfortable--it's hard for young people to see what 'may happen to them' I think, but I can forgive them because they're not family.
    I used to be worse about respecting my own boundaries (back when I needed shoulder surgery, it was kind of hanging in the socket, I would still try to play sports up to a month before actual surgery) but I've gotten much better. I take really good care of myself, eat healthy, exercise, don't drink alcohol or even coffee. Honestly, I don't live a lifestyle that justifies the extent of health problems I have. I just got really sick as a child and it ruined my immune system. I'm not sure why they don't believe it. And it's really hard to love them right now.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm very sorry your going through this. You sound very strong and I wish the best for you.

      My sister and I have a similar situation. She's been in and out of hospitals from pain in the stomach area. Had her ovary taken out. They all say they don't know what's wrong with her. I have issues with her only for the fact that doesn't act like a sick person. She can be in the hospital one hour and the moment someone calls shes out drinking and suddenly feels ok. I feel like her lifestyle contributes a lot to her sickness.

      When you wrote that it reminded me of this, but I don't get the impression you are like my sister at all. Why don't your sister believe you? Haven't they seen that you are sick and not just trying to get attention?

      EDIT: That sounds rough. All I can say is to just try and ignore them. Mayne they are at the point where they just don't understand. Put space between yourselves and focus on getting better.

  22. 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.

  23. QUESTION:
    Help i have a Quiz???? PLEEEAASSEE?
    . Which of the following is a possible sign/symptom of a urinary system disorder?
    A. Urgency
    B. Occult stool
    C. Nausea and vomiting
    D. Diarrhea

    2. The most common lab test done is:
    A. clearance test.
    B. urinalysis.
    C. blood tests.
    D. culture and sensitivity

    3. Which of the following is true re: Diuretics?
    A. Also known as 'salt pills'
    B. Dry mouth is a common side effect.
    C. Most common diuretic used is Diamox
    D. Used only in lymph and urinary diseases

    4. Which of the following is true re: Hemodialysis?
    A. It is also called peritoneal dialysis
    B. It is usually done at home.
    C. It is usually required 3-4 times per week.
    D. It has no potential complications.

    5. Which of the following is not true re: urinary tract infection?
    A. A predisposing factor is a condition that impairs free flow of urine.
    B. It only refers to a bladder infection.
    C. Incomplete emptying of the bladder may help cause it.
    D. Scar tissue may contribute to infection.

    6. Which of the following is not a common developmental abnormality of the kidney?
    A. Renal agenesis
    B. Duplication
    C. Malposition
    D. Polycystic disease

    7. Which of the following is not true re: Polycystic Disease?
    A. It is an inherited disorder.
    B. It progresses rapidly.
    C. There is no cure.
    D. May not have symptoms until adulthood

    8. Which of the following is not true re: Urolithiasis?
    A. It is also known as 'kidney stones.'
    B. A possible treatment is lithotripsy.
    C. Renal colic is a rare symptom.
    D. A predisposing factor is an increased concentration of salts in the urine.

    9.Symptoms of Chronic Renal Failure may not appear until what percentage of the kidneys have failed?
    A. 15-20
    B. 35-40
    C. 55-60
    D. 75-80

    10. Which of the following is a possible cause of acute renal failure?
    A. Shock
    B. Myocardial infarction
    C. Frequent urination
    D. Nocturia

    • ANSWER:
      All right, here we go again. What level of schooling is this?

      1. A
      2. B
      3. B
      4. C
      5. B
      6. D.
      7. B
      8. C
      9. D
      10. A

      These are pretty bad questions, by the way. Not too specific. Last question, for example, both A and B are correct.

  24. QUESTION:
    What illness would cause these symptoms?
    (order from earliest to latest, person has been sick for 4 1/2 years)
    -stomach pain
    -kidney stones
    -urinary tract infections
    -cold sores
    -easily sunburns
    -no longer tolerates certain foods
    -chronic pancreatitis
    -swollen hands and feet
    -depression
    -increased nausea
    -formed bruises on hands
    -vomiting/diareah/constipation
    -yellow, almost white stool
    -serious fatigue

    ...the doctors wont help, and i thought to take a shot at Yahoo answers, because this has been put off long enough by the "professionals" and my friend is getting worse. Maybe if we know the disease/illness(s) thats causing it we could find a treatment. Thanks for the help.

    We have had a couple of opinions, and since we're on medicaid-they've all been the same.

    • ANSWER:
      http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/sick/munchausen.html

  25. QUESTION:
    If anyone has the time to read my responses to the MEPS questions and evaluate? 73 yes/no questions?
    1. Asthma, wheezing, or inhaler use - Yes, yes, yes. Very very mild.
    2. Dislocated joint, including knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, ankle or other joint - no
    3. Epilepsy, fits, seizures, or convulsions - no
    4. Sleepwalking - no
    5. Recurrent neck or back pain - no
    6. Rheumatic fever - no
    7. Foot pain - no
    8. A swollen, painful, or dislocated joint or fluid in a joint (knee, shoulder, wrist, elbow, etc.) - no
    9. Double vision - no
    10. Periods of unconsciousness - no
    11. Frequent or severe headaches causing loss of time from work or school or taking medication to prevent frequent or severe headaches - no
    12. Wear contact lenses (If so, bring your contact lens kit and solution so you can remove your contact when we test your vision at the MEPS; also, if you have a pair of eyeglasses, bring them with you no matter how old they are.) - no
    13. Fainting spells or passing out - no
    14. Head injury, including skull fracture, resulting in concussion, loss of consciousness, headaches, etc. - no
    15. Back surgery - no
    16. Seen a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, counselor or other professional for any reason (inpatient or outpatient) including counseling or treatment for school, adjustment, family, marriage or any other problem, to include depression, or treatment for alcohol, drug or substance abuse - no
    # 17. Any of the following skin diseases: Eczema - no
    # Psoriasis
    # Atopic dermatitis

    18. Irregular heartbeat, including abnormally rapid or slow heart rates - no
    19. Allergic to bee, wasp, or other insect stings (itching/swelling all over and/or get short of breath) - no
    20. Heart murmur, valve problem or mitral valve prolapse - no
    21. Allergic to wool - no
    22. Heart surgery - no
    23. Been rejected for military service (temporary or permanent) for medical or other reasons - no
    24. Any other heart problems - no
    25. High blood pressure - no
    26. Discharged from military service for medical reasons - no
    27. Ulcer (stomach, duodenum or other part of intestine) - no
    28. Received disability compensation for an injury or other medical condition - no
    29. Hepatitis (liver infection or inflammation) - no
    30. Intestinal obstruction (locked bowels), or any other chronic or recurrent intestinal problem, including small intestine or colon problems, such as Crohn's disease or colitis - I was once severely constipated, does that count?
    31. Detached retina or surgery for a detached retina - no
    32. Surgery to remove a portion of the intestine (other than the appendix) - no
    33. Any other eye condition, injury or surgery - no
    34. Are you over 40? (If so, call the MEPS for information on special requirements for over-40 physicals) - no
    35. Gall bladder trouble or gall stones - no
    36. Jaundice - no
    37. Missing a kidney - no
    38. Allergy to common food (milk, bread, eggs, meat, fish or other common food) - no
    39. (Females only) Abnormal PAP smear or gynecological problem
    40. (Males only) Missing a testicle, testicular implant, or undescended testicle - no
    41. Broken bone requiring surgery to repair (with or without pins, plates, screws or other metal fixation devices used in repair) - i fractured the ligaments in my knee in 5th grade, no more issues with my knee.
    42. Ruptured or bulging disk in your back or surgery for a ruptured or bulging disk - no
    43. Thyroid condition or take medication for your thyroid - no
    44. Limitation of motion of any joint, including knee, shoulder, wrist, elbow, hip or other joint - no
    45. Drug or alcohol rehab - no
    46. Kidney, urinary tract or bladder problems, surgery, stones or other urinary tract problems - no
    47. Sugar, protein or blood in urine - no
    48. Surgery on a bone or joint (knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, etc.) including Arthroscopy with normal findings - no
    49. Taking any medications - no
    50. Pain or swelling at the site of an old fracture - no
    51. Perforated ear drum or tubes in ear drum(s) - no
    52. Anemia - no
    53. Ear surgery, to include mastoidectomy or repair of perforated ear drum, hearing loss or need/use a hearing aid - no
    54. Night blindness - no
    55. Arthritis - no
    56. Absence or disturbance of the sense of smell - no
    57. Absence or removal of the spleen, or rupture or tear of the spleen without removal - no
    58. Anorexia or other eating disorder - no
    59. Cracked bone or fracture(s) - the knee thing
    60. Bursitis - no
    61. Braces (If you wear or are planning on obtaining braces for your teeth, have the orthodontist submit a letter stating that braces will be removed before active duty date; release form and sample format can be found in the Recruiter's Medical Guide.) - no
    62. Loss of finger, toe or part thereof - no
    63. Loss of the ability to fully flex (bend) or fully extend a finger, toe or other joint - no
    64. Shoulder, knee, or elbow problem (out of place) - no
    65. Locking of the knee or other joint - no
    66. Giving way of knee or other joint - no
    67. Cataracts or surgery for cataracts - no
    68. Eye surgery, including

    • ANSWER:
      1.Asthma, wheezing, or inhaler use - Yes, yes, yes. Very very mild.

      if you say yes to this they will DQ you

      30. Intestinal obstruction (locked bowels), or any other chronic or recurrent intestinal problem, including small intestine or colon problems, such as Crohn's disease or colitis - I was once severely constipated, does that count?

      doesn't count so just say no

      41. Broken bone requiring surgery to repair (with or without pins, plates, screws or other metal fixation devices used in repair) - i fractured the ligaments in my knee in 5th grade, no more issues with my knee.

      just say no if it doesn't bother you anymore

      59. Cracked bone or fracture(s) - the knee thing

      say no

      this is how it works.. if you say "yes" to almost anything you will get DQ'ed

      meps motto...
      "yes" means Your Enlistment Stops
      "no" means Never ending Opportunities

  26. QUESTION:
    Confused about whether or not to take cat back to the vet..?
    Thanks for the advice ahead of time.

    Background:
    Larry is a 10-13 year old cat we adopted two years ago. He spent the majority of his life in a barn eating mice/dry food. When we adopted him we took him to the vet 7-8 times within the the first few months for chronic ear infections (he has polyps) and a teeth cleaning/extractions. During the cleaning we were notified there was a growth on the back of his tongue that may or may not eventually block is throat. It's inoperable and likely cancerous. Essentially, we're providing him with the best life possible until we have to make a tough choice.

    Larry also has been diagnosed with kidney failure. In August he was acting lethargic and would not eat. The vet didn't expect him to improve, but six months later Larry back to normal and his appetite is good. We've switched his diet and he's doing okay. He drinks a lot of water due to the disease and doesn't seem to be in much/any pain.

    Here's the problem:

    I've been noticing his tongue has been hanging out of his mouth sometimes. He's done this before (all of our cats do this), but I'm worried. I'm super sensitive to anything Larry does because of all the other conditions. He also vomited tonight which only happens every few months. He has since eaten again and kept everything down. I don't really want another 0 dollar vet bill (we moved out of state and I know a new vet is going to rape us), but should I take him in and have him looked at? The thing is- I know the kidney failure is getting worse, but we're not at the point where his quality of life is compromised enough to justify euthanize him. He eats, plays, purrs, and is the handsomest boy on the block.

    Should I be concerned about the tongue hanging out sometimes? There's not much else we can do treatment wise unless it's possible the tongue has something to do with something unrelated.

    • ANSWER:
      If your cat has already been diagnosed of CRF and his last check up was in August you will need to take him again to the vet for a check up of his kidneys values. CRF is not a death sentence and some cats can live for a few years after initial diagnosis. He will need full blood test (including chemistry), urinalysis. If your cat is hanging out his tongue and on top of that is vomiting it could be that he has lots of acid in his stomach and will need some antacid medication. I am quite surprised that when the vet saw this mass growing in your cat's tongue didn't take a biopsy, as far as I know the tumors of the tongue can be removed surgically (I am an oral pathologist). If cancer is suspected we certainly need a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. If this is cancer by now the tumor would have metastasis in other parts of the body (mainly lungs and lymph nodes) which I doubt very much there are as you don't mention in your post that your cat has any problems with his breathing and of course when palpated you will notice this king of lumpy marbles in your cat's neck, they are normally hard and cannot move when you slide your fingers as they are attached to tissue in the neck.
      When a cat has CRF if you give him a renal diet, keep an eye on phosphate levels, BUN and Creatinine you can have many years with your cat. Hydration is very important for cats with CRF you need to keep checking him for any signs of dehydration. The easiest way is to rub your fingers in his mouth, if this feels moisture then he is fine but if it feels yucky then he certainly needs fluids. Not all cats with CRF need sub-Q (subcutaneous fluids) but even if your cat reach that stage is not difficult and you can certainly do it at home, your vet or vet tech will teach you how and you can even watch several techniques on u tube. It is not difficult and the cats don't mind them at all. My cat Rayita has been on fluids since May this year and she is quite stable. You can also help your cat by giving him Azodyl which is an enteric dialysis that binds the Urea (BUN) to alleviate the pressure in the kidneys, remember cats on CRF their kidneys have lost at least 85% of their capacity and the toxins start building up in their little bodies. Azodyl helps you with that. You can buy through Amazon or Enterily pets on the web and you don't need a prescription for this product. Cats with CRf also need extra potassium so a supplement can help your cat as well. You don't need a prescription for this one either it is called Tumil-K and you can buy them at Amazon or Enterily pets as well. If your cat doesn't eat renal diet you can add phosphate binders to his food like Epatikin that you buy it at Amazon or Enterily pet as well.
      It will be wise for you to join the CRF yahoo group. People down there have lots of experience regarding management of CRF.
      Please take your cat for a check up tongue and CRF and join the group. I belong to that one and Rayita one of the reasons Rayita is alive and doing well is because of them.

  27. QUESTION:
    What could be the cause of leukopenia and long-term illness?
    About 2 and a half years ago I started to have headaches and overwhelming tiredness.
    I was sent for an MRI and everything appeared normal.

    A couple of months later I started to suffer from recurrent infections and illnesses.

    In the last 2 years I have had many infections including:
    Recurrent UTI's, kidney infection, recurrent uvulitis, ear infections, recurrent thrush, lymphadenitis and cellulitis (the last 2 requiring hospitalisation).

    I have also had lots of viruses, colds and flu symptoms.

    On a regular basis I suffer from migraines/headaches, aching limbs, neck, shoulders and backache, numbness in arms and hands, with loss of dexterity in the fingers, fatigue, skipped heart-beats and chest pain, 'brain fog' and occasional blurred vision, occasional low grade fever, and more recently muscle twitching, spasms and cramps.

    I eat a healthy diet although I am unable to exercise due to chronic pain. I have put on 2 stone in 2 years but this may be due to lack of exercise and my age - 40 years. I have also had bouts of depression, usually as a result of being so fed up of it all.

    I was referred to an Infectious Diseases Specialist about 18 months ago, and initially it was suggested possible CFS. She has run many blood tests to rule out things like thyroid, diabetes and HIV, and I have also had an ECG and cardiac scan.

    Although my blood tests are usually relatively normal (apart from when I am really ill), the one thing that does crop up almost every time is a low white blood cell count. Neutropenia and leukopenia have been noted on several occasions.
    I recently had another test and all was normal apart from a low absolute leukocyte count (normal range 1.5 - 4.......mine was 1.1).
    As yet I still don't have a diagnosis and I am really wanting some answers so that I can begin treatment or a cure.
    I am fed up of having so many illnesses and infections and feeling so damn ill all the time, and having no idea of the prognosis.

    Am I right in assuming that the reason I am always getting ill is because of the leukopenia? Or is the leukopenia a result of always being ill?

    Does anyone have any ideas of what could be the cause?
    Or any suggestions of a diagnosis?
    Or can you suggest or recommend any more tests?

    I would be very grateful for any assistance, thanks.
    I also suffer from a lot of sores, on my mouth and in my nose, and get lots of mouth ulcers.

    • ANSWER:
      I would have to guess low thyroid and weak adrenals, low vitamin d, and iodine deficiency.
      These things can affect you in the ways you have described, and in many other ways.
      If your body temperature is lower than normal, that may point to the thyroid.

      A note on test results: It important to know "where" in the test reference range your results were.
      This is extremely important with thyroid test results. TSH should be rather low and FREE T3 and FREE T4 should be high in range with the Free t4 being less than the Free t3.

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/things-we-have-learned/

      In case you are not in the USA:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/uk-thyroid-news/
      http://tpa-uk.org.uk/

      I hope this helps.

  28. QUESTION:
    Marijuana versus Aspirin. If both were legal which would you choose?
    (All of this from an article written almost 2 years ago)

    When Bayer introduced aspirin in 1899, cannabis was America’s number one painkiller. Until marijuana prohibition began in 1937, the US Pharmacopoeia listed cannabis as the primary medicine for over 100 diseases. Cannabis was such an effective analgesic that the American Medical Association (AMA) argued against prohibition on behalf of medical progress. Since the herb is extremely potent and essentially non-toxic, the AMA considered it a potential wonder drug.

    Instead, the invention of aspirin gave birth to the modern pharmaceutical industry and Americans switched away from cannabis in the name of “progress.” But was it really progress? There can be no doubt that aspirin has a long history as the drug of choice for the self-treatment of migraines, arthritis, and other chronic pain. It is cheap and effective. But is it as safe as cannabis?

    History:

    -Marijuana has been used for over 5,000 years.
    -No one has ever overdosed on marijuana.
    -Aspirin has been used for 108 years.
    -Approximately 500 people die every year by taking aspirin

    The Law:

    -Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug, meaning the US government believes it is extremely dangerous, highly addictive, and of no medical value.
    -Aspirin is available for pennies and can be purchased by children at any drug, grocery, or convenience store. Often they are just handed out free by people with no medical education.

    Marijuana side effects and dangers:

    -The dangers of marijuana include possible respiratory problems caused by the deposition of burnt plant material on the lungs. This danger can be eliminated with alternate forms of consumption such as eating or vaporizing the medicine.
    -For two to four hours, marijuana causes short-term memory loss, a slight reduction in reaction time, and a reduction in cognitive ability. These conditions DO NOT persist after the herb wears off.
    -Hunger
    -Paranoia
    -Laughter
    -Introspection
    -Creative Impulse
    -Euphoria
    -Tiredness
    -Forgetfulness
    -0 Mortality Rate

    Aspirin side effects and dangers:

    -When taken with alcohol, aspirin can cause stomach bleeding.
    -Reye Syndrome in children: fat begins to develop around the liver and other organs of the child, eventually putting severe pressure on the brain. Death is common within a few days.
    -People with hemophilia can die.
    -People with hyperthyroidism suffer elevated T4 levels.
    -Stomach problems include dyspepsia, heartburn, upset stomach, stomach ulcers with gross bleeding, and internal bleeding leading to anemia.
    -Dizziness, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, vertigo, vision disturbances, and headaches.
    -Heavy sweating
    -Irreversible liver damage
    -Inflamation and gradual destruction of the kidneys
    -Nausea and vomiting
    -Abdominal pain
    -Lethargy
    -Hyperthermia
    -Dyspepsia: a gnawing or burning stomach pain accompanied by bloating, heartburn, nausea, vomiting and burping.
    -Tachypnea: Abnormally fast breathing
    -Respiratory Alkalosis: a condition where the amount of carbon dioxide found in the blood drops to a level below normal range brought on by abnormally fast breathing.
    -Cerebral Edema: Water accumulates on the brain. Symptoms include headaches, decreased level of consciousness, loss of eyesight, hallucinations, psychotic behavior, memory loss and coma. If left untreated, it can lead to death.
    -Hallucinations, confusion, and seizure.
    -Prolonged bleeding after operations or post-trauma for up to 10 days after last aspirin.
    -Aspirin can interact with some other drugs, such as diabetes medication. Aspirin changes the way the body handles these drugs and can lead to a drug overdose and death.
    -It is used as an analgesic to relieve minor aches and pains.
    -Used as an antipyretic to reduce fever.
    -Used as an anti-inflammatory medication.
    -Aspirin is used in long-term, low doses to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and blood clot formation in people at high risk for developing blood clots.
    -It has also been established that low doses of aspirin may be given immediately after a heart attack to reduce the risk of another heart attack or of the death of cardiac tissue.
    -For 50-year-old men, taking an aspirin every day to prevent heart disease and stroke carries a risk of 10.4 deaths per 100,000 men per year over and above their overall death risk.
    If you think that cannabis is actually safer than aspirin, you are not alone. In October 2000, Dr. Leslie Iversen of the Oxford University Department of Pharmacology said the same thing.
    In her book, ‘The Science of Marijuana,’ Dr. Iversen presents the scientific evidence that cannabis is, by-and-large, a safe drug. Dr. Iversen found cannabis had “an impressive record” when compared to tobacco, alcohol, or even aspirin.
    “Tetrahydrocannabinol is a very safe drug,” she said. “Even such apparently innocuous medicines as aspirin and related steroidal anti-inflammatory compunds are not safe.”

    So if safety is your concern, cannabis is clearly a much better choice than aspirin. If you eat it or vaporize it, it just might be the safest painkiller the world has ever known.
    A lie? No I don't want to get high. I want Medical Marijuana. (No not Marijuana, MEDICAL MARIJAUANA) to be legal under Federal Law. Please prove to me how any of this is a lie and I will listen.

    • ANSWER:
      Everything in this post is pretty much the truth...

      Marijuana smokers rarely get brown lung, asthma, emphysema, and many of the other respiratory illnesses that tobacco smokers often get...

      You CANNOT overdose on marijuana. Even if its high grade, the amount you would have to smoke is physically impossible to ingest in the time period required (if i remember correctly, the amount to OD is something like a pound in around 15 minutes, im not absolutely positive on this, it may be even more than the above amount)

      people have been smoking the plant for over 5,000 years, and not one death can be directly attributed to its use...

      So in short, you can overdose on aspirin. Heck you can even overdose on caffeine. So i think marijuana use (health wise) is a lot less harmful for your body than aspirin...

  29. QUESTION:
    What illness would cause these symptoms?
    (order from earliest to latest, person has been sick for 4 1/2 years)
    -stomach pain
    -kidney stones
    -urinary tract infections
    -cold sores
    -easily sunburns
    -no longer tolerates certain foods
    -chronic pancreatitis
    -swollen hands and feet
    -depression
    -increased nausea
    -formed bruises on hands
    -vomiting/diareah/constipation
    -yellow, almost white stool
    -serious fatigue

    ...the doctors wont help, and i thought to take a shot at Yahoo answers, because this has been put off long enough by the "professionals" and my friend is getting worse. Maybe if we know the disease/illness(s) thats causing it we could find a treatment. Thanks for the help.
    I know what MBPS is! And NO its not that. Wow, you really think a person can fake all that stuff?

    • ANSWER:
      one of your kids maybe, Not good


Cat Renal Disease

Are you worrying that your cat has a urinary or kidney problem? After you finish this article you'll understand what tests are run for cats in kidney failure. The key to lengthening your cat's life is to contact your vet as soon as possible to have a a series of diagnostic tests run. Your veterinarian will perform blood and urine tests to check for key symptoms for a cat experiencing chronic kidney failure.

Its important to understand some of the vocabulary used to convey the state of the condition for cats in kidney failure. Acute kidney (or renal) failure in your cat is characterized by complete organ failure where the kidneys stop working altogether. Usually, acute renal failure occurs quite suddenly and can affect both young and old cats.This type of kidney disease is almost always fatal but if treated immediately and aggressively, the kidneys may regain normal functions and your cat may live a normal lifespan.

Chronic kidney failure is the more common disease. This type of kidney disease is usually experienced by aging cats when many of their major organs have diminished function. Unfortunately, by the time you notice the symptoms for cats in kidney failure, about 70% of your cat's kidney functions are already compromised. This is a progressive disease and will eventually result in the death of your cat. However, early diagnosis and aggressive management can keep your cat in comfort and relative good health for months, if not years.

Since cats with a kidney problem typically have small, shriveled kidneys, your vet will palpitate the area and may take x-rays or an ultrasound. The most dependable diagnosis comes from the blood and urine tests taken from your cat.

Blood Tests

A blood test evaluates the BUN level of your cat's blood. No, this isn't a level of yeast but BUN stands for the Blood Urea Nitrogen level which is a chemical that the liver makes from ammonia. After production, BUN is excreted into the kidneys, which increases in some diseases especially for cats in kidney failure. The test also is a marker for dehydration in your cat or even a urethral obstruction like bladder stones.

Blood tests also show the level of creatinine in your cat's blood. Creatinine is the breakdown product of muscle and normally is excreted by the kidneys. If your cat's creatinine level is abnormally high it helps confirm that your cat's elevated BUN level was caused by kidney failure.

Urine Tests

When evaluating your cat's urine, the veterinarian will check for signs of infection, the concentration, and any losses of proteins. When a healthy cat is dehydrated the proteins show at a concentrated level. For cats in kidney failure, this protein concentration is not there which is key to determining if your cat's kidneys are functioning properly or not.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Has anyone administered fluid therapy at home to a cat with renal failure/kidney disease?
    We are considering hydrating our 15 year old cat Bosco with fluids by doing it ourselves at home. Just wondering how easy this is to administer and would like to get an idea of the cost. I know prices vary across the US so I am just looking for a range. Bosco is fortunately a very mellow cat and has always been an excellent patient.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes! For about 2 or 2.5 years now I've been giving my CRF/Hypercalcemic cat fluids.

      I buy the fluids (w/vet's authorization) from the Fosters & Smith website - MUCH cheaper. If you buy 4 or more 1000mg bags, shipping is free (they are heavy).

      I buy my drip-sets (my favorite) from UPCO.com

      I buy my "Monoject" needles, either 18x1A guage or 20x1A guage from Fosters & Smith, too. Just be sure to look to the right and don't get the 18x1-1/2 'cause those are very long (I accidentally ordered those once. I used to buy from another site 'cause they were cheaper, but when I moved and lost my old e-address in the process (on wireless now) I lost that site, they were a little cheaper.

      First thing is to get all the bubbles out each time - even though it's just under the skin and not in a vein, it's still uncomfortable for them to feel the bubble. The fluids, even though they feel room temperature, are pretty cold going in, if you can warm them up (I boil water and lift the bag in and out for about 5 minutes and test the water - not too warm, but not cold), your cat will appreciate it.

      If your cat is very mellow, you can place Bosco on your lap, hang the fluids as Highhhhhhhhhhhh as you possible can, lift a good piece of skin on the back or loose neck area, point the needle "scoop" up, pat your finger to where you're going to stick it in, then just do it - all the way in. (You can practice on an orange if you've never done this before - a hospice worker taught me that before I started giving IM Morphine injections to my boyfriend who had cancer years ago).

      During the whole time, be talking to Bosco in nice low and happy tones. Once the needle is in, turn it all the way on with the blue thingy by rolling it all the way to the other end. Hold and pet Bosco with your one hand on the front of his chest and face, but always having a hold on the chest area in case he tries to bolt and just talk to him through the whole thing about what a good boy he is, how much you love him, things you are going to do that day, etc.

      Make sure he is dehydrated before administering, though. Too many fluids can be toxic as well. To find out if he's dehydrated, lift some of the skin on the back and let it fall. If it goes right down, he's not dehydrated; if it goes down slow or not at all, he desperately needs fluids.

      I know I'm forgetting something, so if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Oh, use a new needle every time, and make yourself a "Hazardous Waste" container. I use an empty Pringles can that I've taped the top down and made a tiny hole at the top for the needles to go in.

      I'm sorry, Ken, I gave you a thumb's down because you did not answer her question in any aspect and you, again, simply pasted what you paste on everyone's questions asking about CRF. This is nothing personal. - Okay, so now you added a sentence at the beginnning to sort of answer her question.

      Windi, you don't just "squeeze the bag until the right amount comes out". This is very bad advice and could cause harm to the cat. In fact, you don't even squeeze the bag at all except the very first time before sticking the needle in to fill the chamber about 1/2 full with fluids so you can keep better track.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to buy pet medication over the internet? My cat was diagnosed with renal disease and the vet perscr?
    prescribed her three expensive medications. I noticed that they are a lot cheaper online, but since I've never bought medication of any kind over the internet I'm not sure its trustworthy. Please help. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      From 1800petmeds or Drs. Foster-Smith - most other places - absolutely not. There's lots of websites selling what they say are specific meds and they really aren't - they're dangerous chemicals from overseas.

  3. QUESTION:
    Renal Disease in my Cat, won't eat :( ?
    Recently my cat was diagnosed with Renal Disease. We took him to the vet and basically the first night he stayed over night (they put some fluids in) and then we took him home(they didn't really do anything) then we took him the next day and a different vet Lady handled him and basically did a Urine sample and said he definitely has Renal Disease. She injected him with anabulic steroid (apparantly increases appetite?) and gave us some penaidin (spelling) also for appetite but to take only when needed and we were also given Forekor.

    We have given all of these things and now all he wants to do is sleep and is frail as anything. He will drink as he drank for about 5 minutes out of a tap yesterday but he refuses to eat. I'm not sure if it's because of reneal disease or his jaw, the vet didn't say it was his jaw but he jitters his death every so often when he drinks.

    Only things he has eaten is yogurt (lick) and vegemite(basically toast spread vet recommended)

    He is 11 years old and basically about a week a go this strange habbits started happening and I'm not sure what to do as we already forked out a lot of $ already..

    Any help is appreciated
    I mean teeth sorry not death after Jitters*
    Thanks to all the response, very fast one's too.

    I forgot to mention he is on a canned diet (we bought food from them etc)

    But yeah, I think I will need to start trying to feed it through the ways suggested as he won't eat them. Surprised the tablets aren't making him hungry like they are supposedly meant to be.
    Thanks for all the responses again. I managed to force feed him with a syringe some mushy food. After he started pruning himself and is now on my bed sitting but won't close his eyes and sleep:(
    He vomitted the food we gave him.. about a hour after we force fed him. So we took him to the vet and asked for the honest opinion and she said it's only going to get worse.. so unfortunately tomorrow he is going to get put down :( thanks a lot guys.. for the help

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, kidney disease is a death sentence. The only question is how long you have. It is possible for a cat to function on 25% kidney & still appear reasonably healthy.

      You need to keep him hydrated. See if the vet will teach you how to give sub-q fluids. This will allow you to prolong his life while saving you money. Easiest way for a novice is to put the cat in a mesh laundry bag. You can stick the needle through the mesh bag, see what you are doing, talk to the cat, etc while giving the fluids. If he will drink on his own, try pedalyte rather than regular water as the electrolytes will help.

      He needs a very low protein diet. Nutro-Max Senior is *very* close in formulation to the Rx Hill's Science Diet Kidney Diet - my vet has ran the protein percentages for me.

      Vitamin B will also stimulate appetite. You can get sublinqual B at the drug store & give it orally.

      As the kidneys start to shutdown, you need to keep them functioning. Watermelon seed tea works. I would buy the packets from the heath food store, cut it open & stir in w/ a jar of baby food (meat flavor) to get the cat to eat. This is a natural diuretic & I gave once daily.

      As long as he continues eating, you have hope of continuing to enjoy time w/ him. There will come a time when you will feed him ANYTHING - no matter how bad it is for him, just to keep him eating.

      Eventually the time will come when you will have to make the decision to say good bye. From someone who has been there too many times... it is better to have them go quietly in your arms purring & w/ dignity, then gasping & in pain.
      http://www.subali-klm.com/cattery/newstar.html

      PS - I have lost several cats dear to my heart to CRF over the last 35+ year. Feel free to write privately for more tips or questions. {{{{HUGS}}}}}

  4. QUESTION:
    how do you know how much water to inject in a renal diseased cat?

    • ANSWER:
      However much your veterinarian recommended. If you do not remember the vet's instructions or they were not clear, or you have neglected to consult a veterinarian, please call now. I have found that my veterinarians have been very forthcoming with helpful information about the home care my cats needed for various conditions, and I'm sure that yours would prefer you to ask him or her, even on a holiday, than to ask strangers on the internet who do not know how much your cat weighs or its medical history.

  5. QUESTION:
    what can you do 2 help a cat with kidney disease [also known as renal disease]?
    my cat has an enlarged kidney, and a messed up tooth [its REALLY LOOSE], loss of appetite, loss of weight, loses control of his back legs, can hardly walk.

    anybody else ever had a cat that had these symptoms? what did u do? did it work? second opinion? we've already seen a vet.....we want a second opinion before we do anything 2 drastic....

    btw, he is male, and 13-15 years old [cat age], this has been going on for a couple of weeks.

    thanxx 4 ur help <3

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney Failure, also known as CRF, is not the end of road. Your cat can live many, many healthy years if you support its system properly.

      The following websites will help you in your search for education on how to care for your cat with CRF

      http://www.felinecrf.com/

      http://www.felinecrf.org/

      http://www.felineinstincts.com/articles/Felineinstinctsrenalfailureinformation.html

      http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/kidney_formula.php

  6. QUESTION:
    where can i look up and research different cat illnesses and diseases, such as renal failure?
    a friends cat has been diagnosed with kidney failure, and is in advanced stages, with a life expectancy of 6 months or less. she has to have an iv inserted every other day, and this is painful to both owner and cat. i would like to research the progression of this disease, and find out how best to allow this cat some form of comfort and peace for the small amount of time she has left. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.felinecrf.com/

  7. QUESTION:
    How long did your cat live after he/she was diagnosed with kidney disease or renal failure? my baby just died.?
    my cat was 17 and im so upset the evil vets didnt tell me he had it and how to manage it. i have been feeding him wellness which is the worst diet to feed a cat with kidney disease becuase its high in protien, phosphorus and salt. but the vet never told me what to do, an didnt know by reserching the internet and his symptoms that is what he died of and how i could have manged it. th eonly thing she sent me home with that i gave him for a year was subq fluids. i feel so violated and feel guilty for my cat that i could have taken better care of him and greatly lenghthened his life with better info from the vet. if i knew i would have even got 3 jobs to save for a kidney transplant or taken a loan out for it.
    sorry for typos. it snot really my spelling -just typing fast. ie, lengthened, research, protein. I plan to attend law school and practice medical malpractice, and go after vets that withhold information to pet parents and let animals disease exacerbate to the point of death in an attempt to get more money out of people instead of promoting good health of which they took an oath to do.

    • ANSWER:
      I am very sorry for your loss. Wellness is not the worst for crf. The vet's diet is. You do not want to feed low protein but a quality protein
      In any event was a blood test done to confirm this? there are many symptoms that can be similar to kidney disease.
      I am deeply sorry. We choose tears

      http://www.bonfires.de/TheLovingOnes.htm

  8. QUESTION:
    how do you get bad knots out of long hair cat fur?
    my cat has renal disease and she has a couple of bad knots in her fur. I am looking for an easy way to get them out.

    • ANSWER:
      The easiest way is to take her to a professional groomer and have them shaved out. As her hair grows back, brush her daily.

  9. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had a cat with chronic renal failure?
    Can someone tell me your experience with this disease. I had a cat that passed away from CRF and I'm trying to understand how it affects most cats. Did you catch it early in your cat? How old was your cat and long did it live after the diagnosis?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes we lost our 16 year old cat to renal failure,she had to have iv's 2 times a week for several months before she died,we had her from birth and always bought her the best food from our vet,in the end,they put her on a special food that helped some but she had been prone to kidney problems all her life,we loved her as our child and did every thing possible to save her,but they couldn't do anything more.We suffered for several months over her and finally went and got new kittens from the local shelter,it was very hard though,our thoughts will be with you,I am so sorry for your loss.

  10. QUESTION:
    Is a chlorine dioxide dental treatment safe for cats with early renal disease?
    My beloved kitty is almost 12 yrs old and has declining renal function. She also has some dental problems. She is scheduled to undergo a dental cleaning and exam, but I came across some products that advertised that they would help make the cleaning easier and would help prevent against tartar/plaque build up afterwards. While I am skeptical of how much good they will really do, my main concern is that it might be harmful to her kidneys. I couldn't really find much evidence either way. Anyone with any knowledge on the subject? Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      Bless you and you "kitty".Our old girl had renal failure and i had 2 put her on iv 2 help flush out her system.She lived a good 4 years and was full of life,But we had 2 be very careful of anything she was given.I would really talk 2 your vet before proceeding 2 give her this product.May she have many more wonderful healthy years.

  11. QUESTION:
    anyone have a cat with renal kidney failure??
    i just took my cat to the vet today and we discovered that he may have kidney disease. it is realy sad but there is still hope that we can help him get better. is there anything you did to help your cat with kidney disease??? i need advice on what to do. i have been reading stuff on the internet but personal experiences would be appriciated!!! thanks guys!! :]

    • ANSWER:
      My mom's cat is 19 and has acute renal failure. My mom has been hydrating him 3x/week for about a year. At first she was uneasy about it, but she's gotten really comfortable with it. When my mom first brought him in he wasn't doing that well, but once she started hydrating him regularly, he bounced right back and has been doing very well ever since. We have no doubt he would have been gone already without the hydrating treatments. There's really nothing else wrong with him, he's in good health, responsive, still a happy cat, so my mom is happy to do whatever it is to keep him healthy.

      She also buys the hydration supplies (needs, ringers, etc.) through a medical supply rather than the vet and saves quite a bit of money.

      One thing to keep in mind is that you can't reverse kidney failure, but you can do things to help your cat (such as hydrating), your vet will be able to provide the best guidance on what you can do.

      Wishing you and your kitty the best....

  12. QUESTION:
    My cat w/crf (kidney disease) sometimes eats litter and licks the pavement; is this a sign of deficiency?
    He's in the end stages of renal disease and I don't want to bring him to the vet and force him through anymore blood tests or treatments. Is this behavior some type of deficiency and can I get a liquid vitamin for him?

    He has also become very weak and can't jump onto the sink or table or chair anymore...what can I do to get his strength back? He still has a healthy appetite and goes outside and lies on my lap happily.

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes cats get pica (eating strange things) when they are anemic. His crf may be causing bone marrow suppression which will lead to a non-regenerative anemia. Check your kitty's gum color, if it is pale pink, this might be the case. Regardless, speak with your vet and explain that you want to continue with palliative, supportive care with no further testing. A good vet will understand and help you to keep your cat as comfortable as possible.

  13. QUESTION:
    Preventing Kidney disease/Renal failure?
    Hi, my cat is almost 15 years old, and the older she gets, the more worried I have become about kidney problems. What are the best ways to help prevent renal failure in cats? I have heard increasing protein and reducing phosphorus are key, but how exactly is this done? What foods are best for this? Currently she eats Purina Healthful Life (dry food) and drinks regular tap water (which is what we drink also...) any suggestions?
    She definitely likes wet food, and we fed it to her for a long time, but she got to where it upset her stomach and often made her vomit. She doesn't seem to have this problem with the dry food...

    • ANSWER:
      You can't increase protein and reduce phosphorus - it doesn't work that way. What they usually do is reduce the quality of the protein (like to a plant source rather than from an animal source) to reduce the phosphorus, but this isn't good for a cat.

      Cats require high quality protein. Wet food generally contains better quality protein than dry foods. But your best choice is a high quality canned food (like Wellness) that has a minimal amount of fillers, grains and additives. These substances are known to cause low level inflammation of the kidneys which results in damage to the kidneys over long periods of time. Since dry food is practically devoid of any water, it tends to keep a cat in a continual state of borderline dehydration, which causes the kidneys to work harder and accelerates damage.

      You cannot reverse this kidney damage, but you can minimize any further damage by reducing or eliminating the ingestion of poor quality food ingredients and environmental toxins.

      BTW, the feline distemper vaccine is suspected of contributing to kidney failure also.

  14. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what other cat food I can feed my cat besides Hills K/D?
    My cat is on the prescription Hills K/D cat food and has started not wanting to eat it. Does anyone know of any other cat food that I can feed her? She is on the K/D because of renal kidney disease. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi
      Yes There are different thoughts on what to feed cats with this.
      Treatment of Chronic Renal Failure

      If your cat is not in final stages, this is not want you want to do. There are new thoughts on this and the thinking is it is not the amount of protein but the quality of protein that matters.
      The Merck veterinary manual [www.merckvetmanual.com] says that cats need "4 g of protein of high biologic value per kg body wt/day". That's about 7 calories from protein per pound body weight per day. If a cat isn't a good eater and consumes, say, 20 calories per pound per day, then 7/20 = 35% of calories can safely be from protein. It must be high quality protein, which means meat, fish, milk, and eggs, and not grain or soy.

      I am under the assumption that you have been feeding mostly dry foods. Many use a vegetable based protein instead of animal and that is part of the problem.. Your cat needs protein as it is a carnivore and cutting down on it will lead to other health issues and may cause faster degeneration.
      You want to cut down on fat and phosphorous (no fish allowed now) The best way to do this is with a raw diet which you can make yourself or buy . (making yourself is better) link provided at the bottom
      If you are unwilling to do that then something like the non fish flavors of merrick with NO grains are good alternatives.
      You also will want to look into phosphorous binders. Something like aluminum hydroxide

      You also either want to talk to the vet about having injectable pepcid ac on hand or you can buy it in pill form (ac not plain pepcid) and give 1/4 tab for stomach upset which happens alot in crf cats due to acid in the stomach.
      I hope this stuff helps, here are many links for you
      Making cat food
      http://www.catinfo.org/makingcatfood.htm
      other links
      http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_chronic_renal_failure.html
      http://www.felinecrf.org/
      http://www.felinecrf.com/
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Feline-CRF-Support/

  15. QUESTION:
    My cat's kidney disease?
    I have a 12 year old cat whom I love a lot. My wife thinks that since the new year he has been drinking and peeing a lot otherwise she thought maybe he had an occasional bad day but he was acting his normal self otherwise. September 2009 his blood work including thyroid levels were all normal (March 2009 he had a successful partial thyroidectomy). So I took him to the vet 2 weeks ago. I ended up going to a new vet who is across the street rather than his usual vet because he hates car rides. The vet just did a cursory exam and drew some blood and gave him his Rabies and distemper shots. The BUN Creatinine came back high and she said that this was chronic renal failure. All other blood work including sugar and thyroid were normal. When I asked for a workup for the cause she said it did not matter as the treatment is the same. She scheduled him for admission the following Monday for IV fluids. He rapidly deteriorated so last Friday night we rushed him to the ED of the hospital where his regular vet works. His BUN/Cr were worse so they admitted him and did IV fluids. They found no evidence of hypertension, no anemia even after hydration, normal kidneys on U/S and Xray, and no proteinuria (culture is still pending). He responded very well to 4 days of IV fluids (Cr came down from 9 to 5 and BUN from 135 to 56) and he was sent home with enalapril, antibiotics and sq fluids +/- renal diet. He is due to go back next Wednesday for blood work. Now since he is an indoor cat with no exposure to toxins or infection my wife (a "human" dermatologist) thinks that he indeed has chronic renal failure, because of the 6 months of drinking and peeing, that was exacerbated by the distemper shot. The Vets at the hospital think this is something acute given normal BP, hct, U/S and Xray of kidneys.
    Can a cat have chronic renal failure and have no hypertension, anemia and normal kidneys on both XRay and U/S?
    Can a cat be exposed to a UTI causing bacteria or a toxin in the house without ever going out?

    The reason I ask is if he does have chronic renal failure it is going to be very hard for him to get the sq fluids every day. He hates it and i don't want to put him through that.

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    I had asked a question earlier about what to do about an eighteen year old cat with kidney disease?
    People asked for more info so here it is. He is eighteen. I have had him for seventeen years. I have been to the vet a lot with him. I have had the blood tests and the urinalysis which indicate early kidney disease. As a result he is on special food..Royal Canin Renal and I am keeping a close watch on him. The thing I am trying to balance and which no one can tell me is what is the quality of life from here on in. I will soon have to start giving him the glucose injections...again it just seems to be postponing the inevitable. Euthanzing a pet is something most pet owners have to face at one time or another..but seventeen years makes it tough. I almost fear the pain I will feel..he is such a neat cat but I also fear the pain that I know is coming for him and which I cannot spare him. If anyone has been in a similar situation and has insights, that would help.

    • ANSWER:
      Tralee, I feel for you. I lost my beloved Elvira recently, she had CRF, liver failure, hyperthyroidism ( under control). I'd known that cat for 19 years, she was an adult when I met her. Think she was about 21 when she died. I am still so sad.
      But I am also angry. Angry at her vets for giving me wrong or incomplete information and angry with myself for not being more questioning, challenging, and for not trusting myself and the research I'd been doing much earlier on. I feel guilty that I let my friend down.
      You say it is early stage - that is really good news. Your cat can have some happy years left. But not if you don't read up on all the CRF controversies and be willing to sometimes challenge the vet - or get another. For one thing the prescription diet stuff is nutritionally inadequate if you can even get your cat to eat it.
      My cat had already been through an ordeal with excessive weight loss from hyperthyroidism. She'd regained all the weight and was looking and feeling good when she was then diagnosed with CRF. She really lost condition on that diet! And she didn't like it - and good food is a major part of a cat's happiness.
      So Tralee, do your homework. Read the Lisa Pierson site. Get a decent wet food for your cat . Learn about phosphorus binders ( I was the one who brought this up after research - vet never did! ). Keep that kitty hydrated. And do not be thinking about euthanasia at this point. You shouldn't have to.

      Update: I just looked at your earlier questions. Your cat has periodontal disease? Why not find out if there is an antibiotic that can be safely used on your CRF cat? Ask your vet ( and I would consider finding another ). I did google :
      http://www.pfizerah.com/health.aspx?country=US&species=FL&lang=EN&drug=P&t=2072&key=389&type=3&sec=

      You really need to educate yourself as best you can. You can't always trust a given vet to know everything or to have kept up with the latest. I know you love your kitty boy, so do this for him!
      Wish you the best.

  17. QUESTION:
    O.K., I'm REALLY confused now...would bleeding through the mouth in a cat be caused by "natural" causes?
    I lost my 19 year old Persian cat this afternoon.....she began bleeding from the mouth....she had not shown any other signs of distress earlier in the day. She had previously been diagnosed (a little over a year ago with hypertension and renal disease). We were giving her meds for the blood pressure. Her appetite was normal- she had just eaten about 2 hours earlier. The vet said "she bled internally". So, could a stoke cause those symptoms? I've never heard of that happening in humans. I'm worried about some type of poison???

    • ANSWER:
      Bleeding through the mouth usually indicates that there is some internal structure that has been fatally damaged. It frequently occurs in impact trauma - rupturing of the spleen, liver, etc. It also happens if an internal tumor or hernia ruptures. With hyperthension an artery or vein can "blow out". This can also cause death if the bleeding is in the brain though you wouldn't see blood in the mouth with that.

      So it could have been this kind of a "stroke". More commonly a stroke causes the heart to malfunction and stop beating.

  18. QUESTION:
    My cat has kidney disease - is my vet being reasonable pricewise?
    Hi, I recently switched vets and called beforehand asking how much an office visit was along with a renal panel - the receptionist said office visit was 56 and renal panel bloodwork was .00. Anyway, I brought my kitty in and by the time I walked out the bill was 2.00!!!! The bloodwork was 6 and she did another test, protein/creatinine ratio which was .

    We didn't do his blood pressure because he was so upset over the shot so she suggested I come back. When I asked her how much taking his blood pressure would be, over the phone she hesitated and then said .00!!!! Is that reasonable?

    Also she said he has a heart murmur now and an ultrasound would cost 5.00 and he may need medication which is very pricey.

    Does this sound like too much, especially with the .00 fee for checking my cat's blood pressure???

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on where you are but the prices do sound reasonable. What wasn't was quoting 1 price and charging another.
      That isnt why i am answering though. This is

      Treatment of Chronic Renal Failure

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

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

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

      You should be giving sub-Q fluids as needed.

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

      You may want to talk to the vet about having injectable Pepcid AC on hand or you can buy it in pill form (ac not plain pepcid) and give 1/4 tab for stomach upset which happens a lot in crf cats due to acid in the stomach.
      I hope this stuff helps, here are many links for you
      Making cat food
      http://www.catinfo.org/makingcatfood.htm
      other links. Read, read, read!!!!
      http://www.felineoutreach.org/EducationDetail.asp?cat=KidneyDisease
      http://www.marvistavet.com/html/kidney_failure_where_to_begin.html
      http://www.felinecrf.org/
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/FelineCRF/?v=1&t=search&ch=web&pub=groups&sec=group&slk=3
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Feline-Phosphorus-Management/?v=1&t=search&ch=web&pub=groups&sec=group&slk=5

      About that vets diet. This report is for dogs but applies to cats
      http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Opera/21...

  19. QUESTION:
    How can I help my senior cat with kidney disease (CRF) gain weight?
    My cat is 18 1/2 years old. She was recently diagnosed with Chronic Renal Failure. According to blood work, it's moderate. Vet will monitor and take blood work again next month. Urinalysis test (sent out to lab) was fairly normal too, just a little protein in it. Nothing else wrong. She has a tooth infection, but can't go under anesthesia. She's eating well, but losing too much weight. (I offer her natural/holistic brands of cat food, fresh ground organic chicken and livers, and Nature's Variety and Wild Kitty raw diet, and baby food. She gets several plates like a buffet to choose from. She seems to want different foods from meal to meal. What can I do to help her gain weight? She's on LRS fluids, Clindamycin Hydrochloride (tooth infection antibiotic), and an oral cleansing gel. Vet didn't think she needed epogen or anything else yet, just to monitor it. But, to my eyes, she's going down hill. I need to get some weight on her!
    I've tried the k/d she did like it. But, Vet aknowleged protein (meat-by products) not as high quality as what I'm feeding her. Vet thought it was as good as medicine. I'll get some more.

    But, I'm hoping for some natural supplement or something. A miracle!

    I rescued her when she was a kitten. We've been through everything together. I've had her half my life!
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      My son's cat has this and he gets a PRESCRIBED cat food for his cat and she is gaining weight and doing well. It is called KD cat food I believe...but the vet has to prescribe it and we pick it up at the vet hospital. It is a little on the expensive side..but not anymore than you are paying for raw meat and livers etc.

      I will ask Kevin tomorrow after work and post what it is for sure. I work until 8 pm so I will edit this post for sure by 10 tomorrow night if you want to check back. But I BELIEVE it is KD cat food...the chicken one. Eclipse does not like the beef. I will let you know for sure tomorrow though...he is at a Concert tonight so I can't ask him right now.

      In fact Eclipse's numbers have gone up a bit with this food....and she has been stable for over a year now.

      It is KD..cat food...

      http://www.hillspet.com/hillspet/products/productDetails.hjsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524441760666

      Kevin gets the canned food for her.

  20. QUESTION:
    Is your cat "ill" after a fight?
    My cat had a HUGE fight with another cat last night. He is always fighting but last night was something awful. Luckily he came home just with a little bleeding cut on his paw. This morning he doesn't want to wake up and he doesn't want his breakfast (and that is something REALLY strange). He is vaccinated and he has an appointment in a couple of days for a urine sample to test him for renal disease. My question is: does your cat feel "ill" after a huge fight? I am worried and I wonder if I should take him to the vet before the appointment. It's only a small cut, could it be gotten infected in just a few hours?
    Thank you (sorry if you find any mistake, English is not my first language).

    • ANSWER:
      Take your cat to the vets today. He will probably need pain killers and antibiotics. My cat had a fight two weeks ago and I took her to the emergency vet as she was looking very unhappy. They gave her pain killers and I had to give her antibiotics for around 10 days. She is much better now and the cut on her head is healing well.

  21. QUESTION:
    Renal Failure, Acute (Feline) disease?
    is it possible for a cat who is 10 years old to die from it and should i take my cat to the vet if he has it? :/

    • ANSWER:
      Yes cats can die from it my cat did when she was 15 from kidney failure but if caught early it can be controlled but not cured with a special diet and tablets so don't delay get your cat to a vet if you suspect kidney problems,it was too late to save my cat as her symptoms didn't show until last minute but by then it was to late to start treatment so she was put to sleep,

      but take your cat to the vet for a full examination and assessment without any further delay so that if possible any treatment can be given,any delay causes damage to kidneys that cant be undone that's why fast treatment is vital,

      but as yet you haven't had a diagnosis as you say if he has it it could be something else too such as a kidney infection but to find out vet straightaway.

  22. QUESTION:
    Feline kidney disease: Are there any commercial foods I could mix with the expensive vet food to lower costs?
    I am currently paying for each 7 pound bag of veterinary food for my cat who was just diagnosed with early stage renal disease. I am very low income (I didn't ask for this cat, but he came helpless into my life and I am trying to take the best possible care of him) and am hoping to find something cheaper on the market that I could MIX with this expensive food that my vet recommends highly for his condition. I understand that it is important that the food given to cats with this condition be LOWER in both PHOSPHORUS and PROTEIN than the common foods one generally sees for sale. I am hoping that someone knows of a less expensive commercially available food that I could mix with the "good for him" food that wouldn't be too harmful and would help reduce my cost.

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    My cat have the beginning stages of chronic renal failure. They are both on the prescription drug Epikitin.?
    The Epkitin is a phosphate binder to help eliminate the excess phosphorous from their bodies. I mix it in with their food. This will help them to live longer and healthier. Does anyone know of a natural phosphate binder, herbal or flower essence? I will be very grateful to find a natural cure for my babies. I don't take prescription drugs myself and I really don't like the fact of giving them to my cats. Ironically, it was prescription medications that gave them the disease in the first place.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/j.1525-139X.2006.00169.x
      http://ndt.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/21/5/1407-a
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=2766587&dopt=Abstract

  24. QUESTION:
    When do you know it's time to put a pet to sleep?
    My cat of 18 years old has a small growth in her intestine, currently has a urinary track infection, has for the last 2 years required IV fluids under the skin (administered by me), has renal disease, and vomits after a bowel movement. BUT she still seems happy although she has lots of weight. She seems like herself but has lots of health issues. Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Let the Veterinarian make that suggestion for they will know . It is a hard , very hard , decision to make . You will , one day , be forced by circumstance to make that decision .
      You and your friend/companion have been together for years and the day will come when you will have to go "all the way" with her ; but , you will be with her at her side when that time comes , a sad and terrible time for you both . It is a hard thing to do when you must be part of that decision to ease her passing on . . .
      My prayers are with you and your long-time companion and dearest of friends .

  25. QUESTION:
    my cat has to go on a prescription diet because of kidney disease?
    his cat food from vet is ROYAL CANIN RENAL from my vet it costs £9 60 pence
    for box of 12 the cat likes this food so i am glad as some cats wont eat it he also wants 3 pouches per day which i will give him gladly so that is working out at £75 per month , i dont drive so also a taxi up the road carrying it, i can get what looks like the exact same for £60 a month with free delivery ,on the internet should i trust and buy it
    trying to save a wee bit , but not at cats expensive ever as cat to me is worth its weight in gold , i also have £9 a week to pay for his medical cover thanks
    to littleha no those sites i am talking about give you it without a predcription i have checked thanks
    to elaine m i see what you mean about different opinions regarding protien , i have read and do believe that a cat with a all ready damaged kidney that high protien puts extra stress on the kidney this is allnew to me i have had 3 cats and this cat is the only one with kidney disease and one was 19 and healthy but this cat is the only onewho has a had a high protien diet all his life turkey etc i gave him it as he demanded it and is spoilt so i kinda blame the protien for his troubles he is 15 years

    • ANSWER:
      Just like with prescription drugs, prescription food can be obtained at places other than your vet. You get a prescription and then the online retailer will send it to you. Generally it's at less cost than the vet can offer it. As long as this is a reputable online retailer, it's the same food that your vet offers. And surely we all are looking for ways that save money without compromising the health of our cats!

  26. QUESTION:
    Cat had enema is still not in good shape?
    My cat has been very healthy until the past few weeks. Three weeks ago was put on antibiotics for a UTI. Meds weren't working so I took her back to the vet. The vet took an xray to check for bladder stones and thought she may have seen something on her kidney ...nothing clear enough to make a diagnosis but saw no stones. She also said her colon was full. Well three days later she still hadn't had a bowel movement so I took her to the ER vet because my regulat doctor was closed. They gave her an enema and removed a large amount of hard stool. The next day kitty was hiding from me. I was able to give her a dish of water which she did drink some water and she ate about a tablespoon of tuna. It has been 2 1/2 days and she still hasn't had a bowel movement. She isn't very social, sleeps all day, and hasn't ate. She is drinking quite a bit of water though. I am worried because one of the things that the vet talked with me about when she did the xray was that if her UTI symptoms didn't seem to clear up they may do blood work to see if she has kidney/renal disease (she is 9 yrs old). Her UTI seems to have cleared up, she is urinating regularily and not straining... but now problems with BMs. Is it possible she could have gotten constipated from the dehydration due to her UTI? And I realize she hasn't ate much, but shouldn't she have had a BM by now?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, she could be dehydrated and constipated from that, following the UTI. And yes, she should have gone by now. Call your regular doctor back and talk things over. S/he may have some suggestions for medications, or may want to give some supplemental fluids. You may be able to learn to give subcutaneous fluids (under the skin) at home, if necessary long-term. The blood work is a good idea, as kidney problems are so common in cats, even middle-aged ones like yours.

      Meanwhile, you could try some hairball remedy (Cat-lax, Laxatone, etc. from the pet store or discount store), or some canned food (for the moisture and to try to get the GI tract moving again), or some canned pumpkin, which is rich in fiber (plain pumpkin, not the pumpkin pie mix with spices.) She may not like these, or may not feel like eating if she is dehydrated and/or constipated.

      Hope she feels better soon.

  27. QUESTION:
    What alternative low protein diet is there to prescription foods for Kidney Disease cats?
    Hi, I was advised yesterday by my Vet that my 17 year old cat has kidney disease. I have been told that she will need monthly anabolic steroid injection, along with prescribed daily tablets and I have to put her on a low protein diet such as Hills k/d or Royal Canin Renal Food. I have been horrified at the cost of these two prescribed diets and wonder if there is a cheaper alternative. Thanking you.
    The vet has said my cat has to have an anabolic steroid injection monthly to help maintain her weight.

    • ANSWER:
      why is your vet giving steroids. Steroids are not part of treatement for the standard cases of renal failure.
      the prescription diets are ideal, however if you cannot afford them, tell your vet and find the food in the store with the lowest protien (probally a senior diet)
      Many animals with renal issues get regualr tretments of subcutaneous fluids-often the owner is trained to do this at home.

  28. QUESTION:
    IF a CAT Scan of a person's head shows advanced atrophy with white matter disease. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
    This also showed white matter disease with no mass effect or midline shift, no evidence of intracranial hemorrage?
    Chest X RAY indicating cardiomegaly with no infiltrates or effusions.
    Obstruction series indicating no free air with no obstrucitons or dilations
    Abdominal ultrasound showing bilateral moderate hydronephrosis, urinary bladder wall thickening, and mild gallbladder wall thickening, and ,mild gallbladder wall thickening without gallstones. REpeat renal ultrasound prior to discharge indicated no hydronephrosis,, calculus, or perinephric fluid collections.

    Does carbon monoxide poisoning cause these symptoms???
    What does this all mean.

    • ANSWER:
      As a healthcare provider my guess is that this is not your tests.....unless you are of more advanced age than I am getting an impression of. No, this is not carbon monoxide poisoning. Advanced atrophy and white matter disease is usually advanced age and is associated with changes in mental status.(dementia, confusion,memory loss). This is not always....but usually. It also means these problems cannot be reversed. Cardiomegaly is an enlarged heart....usually happens with congestive heart disease....which seems to be unrelated to problems as there is no infiltrated or effusions (these can also be related to lung disease....like pneumonia....but I don't think this was what they were looking for considering what tests were ordered...and is not present anyway) The rest of the tests concerning the bowels was normal. The tests related to the kidneys were returned to normal at discharge. So, in all, it looks like changes associated with age. No acute problems. I have limited history from you....so this is a guess. I bet you are asking because you were told basically what I said and you are wondering why the symptoms occurred and looking for other causes.... If I can answer you better....e-mail me.

  29. QUESTION:
    is catnip safe for cats with kidney problems?
    is catnip safe for cats with kidney problems?
    my 12 year old cat has been on a special prescription diet for renal problems for a couple of years (hill's k/d). Thankfully he has no symptoms and seems healthy in spite of his compromised kidneys. Anyway.. like most cats, he loves catnip. Does anyone know if cats with kidney disease have problems processing catnip/ excreting it? Is it ok to keep giving it to him? thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      As far as I know cats don't eat catnip, they just like the aroma so you probably don't need to worry.

  30. QUESTION:
    My cat wont eat, drink water, or respond to my calls.?
    He is 18 years old, as mentioned he wont eat, drink, or respond to my calls. He has been vomitting and has terrible constipation. We've been to the vet and told he has an infection which he was given anitbiotics for, he has also been given pedialyte by me but he wont get an appetite. I've tried kibble, moist kibble, canned food, brothy appetizers, baby food, and NOTHING. I was hoping someone had a similar experience and had a suggestion of what to feed him so he'll at least eat.

    He does not have renal disease, which I suspected. Simply an infection which we do not know the source of.
    I appreciate everyones responses. I understand my cat is old and possibly on the verge of death. My point in posting the question was to get ideas on how to feed him so that he may live his last days, months, years, comfortably. No need to remind me of the grim possibility.

    • ANSWER:
      What did the vet recommend? If they had no ideas you could start with Nutrical. It's a high calorie supplement that is supposed to stimulate their appetite. It's a sticky jelly you could perhaps rub on his paws and see if he'll clean it off. Other than that I'm guessing you'll be forcing food. Easiest way is to combine the baby food with some water and squirt it in with an oral syringe. Good luck!

  31. QUESTION:
    How long has a cat had declining kidney function say 50% or more before the vet detects 75% dysfunction?
    My cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. I had to maek the decision to pill him with methimazole or go ahead with I131 radioactive Iodine which is a cure however there are risks with both procedures. The risk with the I131 is your cat could go into acute renal failure if it has preexisting renal failure prior to the I131 injection-AND SOEMTIMES AFTER TREATMENT OF I131 THE KIDNEY FAILURE IS FOUND THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY HIDDEN. DO YOU THINK MY CAT HAD KIDNEY FAILURE PRIOR TO BEING DIAGNOSED WITH HYPERTHYOIDISM AND IT WAS BEING MASKED OR HIDDEN?

    my cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in Nov 06. My cat was diagnosed with kidney disease & 75% kidney loss in Nov 07. I decided to pill him with medication to control but not cure his hyperthyroidism out of fear that if I had the I131 he would go into acute renal failure. There was no evidence suggesting that but I wanted to play it safe but having not gotten the cure may have caused him to die 2 years later instead of a cure of his hyperthroidism. Should i have gotten the I131 when he was first diagnosed with hyperthyroidism or do you think i made the right decision to pill him by allowing extra bllod flow to the kidneys which helps kidney function. But i feel really really guilty like i didnt make the right decison and have been cryign for 1 month straight. My cat dies 2 years later after being diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism on 12/29/08, and I balme myself becuse I think if i had gone ahead with the I131 he would still be here. The doctors dont know why he died. they just say he was severly dehyrdated, lethragic, anemic. I dont know if the hyperhtroidim killed him or kidney failure. I Ijust blame myself either way and will never forgive myself. I will never own another cat becuse I am not worthy or deserving of a cat. My cat was 16 1/2 when he died. I was giving him subq fluids under the skin for his dehydration and wellness can food 2 cans daily with hyperthyroid medicine. I hate myself!
    I am an awful awful person. if my cat had another mom instead of me he probabaly would have lived longer. Im th eone who should be dead nt him. if i could die 4 him and he live I would do it becuse my life is meaningless & empty without him.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't hate yourself, you did the best job that you could at making sure that he was able to keep alive for as long as he did. 16 1/2 years for a cat is pretty good, the average of cats are usually about 12-13 years old, so this is pretty good for the age. It could have been the complications of the thyroid problem, or it could have been the issue with the kidneys, or it could have been a little bit of both problems which are highly possible too. I know that it is sad, but you did the best thing that you could for your cat, and again as I mentioned, you were able to keep the cat a live for sometime.

  32. QUESTION:
    Did my inactions and wrong decisions cause my 16 1/2 year old cat to die? Please Please help me!?
    How long has a cat had declining kidney function say 50% or more before the vet detects 75% dysfunction?
    My cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. I had to maek the decision to pill him with methimazole or go ahead with I131 radioactive Iodine which is a cure however there are risks with both procedures. The risk with the I131 is your cat could go into acute renal failure if it has preexisting renal failure prior to the I131 injection-AND SOEMTIMES AFTER TREATMENT OF I131 THE KIDNEY FAILURE IS FOUND THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY HIDDEN. DO YOU THINK MY CAT HAD KIDNEY FAILURE PRIOR TO BEING DIAGNOSED WITH HYPERTHYOIDISM AND IT WAS BEING MASKED OR HIDDEN?

    my cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in Nov 06. My cat was diagnosed with kidney disease & 75% kidney loss in Nov 07. I decided to pill him with medication to control but not cure his hyperthyroidism out of fear that if I had the I131 he would go into acute renal failure. There was no evidence suggesting that but I wanted to play it safe but having not gotten the cure may have caused him to die 2 years later instead of a cure of his hyperthroidism. Should i have gotten the I131 when he was first diagnosed with hyperthyroidism or do you think i made the right decision to pill him by allowing extra bllod flow to the kidneys which helps kidney function. But i feel really really guilty like i didnt make the right decison and have been cryign for 1 month straight. My cat dies 2 years later after being diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism on 12/29/08, and I balme myself becuse I think if i had gone ahead with the I131 he would still be here. The doctors dont know why he died. they just say he was severly dehyrdated, lethragic, anemic. I dont know if the hyperhtroidim killed him or kidney failure. I Ijust blame myself either way and will never forgive myself. I will never own another cat becuse I am not worthy or deserving of a cat. My cat was 16 1/2 when he died. I was giving him subq fluids under the skin for his dehydration and wellness can food 2 cans daily with hyperthyroid medicine. I hate myself!

    I am an awful awful person. if my cat had another mom instead of me he probabaly would have lived longer. Im th eone who should be dead nt him. if i could die 4 him and he live I would do it becuse my life is meaningless & empty without him.
    I will do the cat world a favor and never have a cat again.

    • ANSWER:
      God, give yourself a break! It sounds like you truly loved your cat & went out of your way to do everything possible for him. Loss is extremely hard, but he was 16 1/2 years old & I'm sure he lived a great life with you! I'm very sorry for your loss but please go easy on yourself!

  33. QUESTION:
    WHAT IS BEST CHOICE OUT OF THOSE TWO for my cat?
    hills prescription renal , or royal canin k/d to support his early kidney disease
    to all it seems to be royal canine , as the vets never had the hills , the cat is eating this royal canine , and loving it , but how much is he meant to have a day as he is eating 3 pouches a day, is this too much food, he has always loved his grub ,

    • ANSWER:
      Your cat will actually make the choice, and one of the hardest things we face is when the cat hates the prescription foods. I would get a few cans or a small bag of each, and see which one your cat will eat. Often, since it is a vet prescribed product, your vet will take back the unopened cans.

      I wold also suggest you check out some websites to help with background on the kidney disease, and approaches others have used to get their cats to eat the special foods. The link I have provided is a good starting point.

  34. QUESTION:
    Feline Acute Renal Failure Onset?
    I just got back from the vet who diagnosed my cat with acute renal failure. He recommends subQ fluids for 10 days, 1 mg of antibiotics per day, and 5 mg of pepcid acid for the nausea. This is a very serious condition and I am scared for him. At the office they gave him a shot of antibiotics, famotidine, and took blood to assess kidney values. Despite the famotidine, he vomited hours later. Is this normal?

    Looks like we caught the disease within 4 days of its onset... however, I am worried that this is still too long and that he will suffer permanent kidney damage if he survives. Has anyone gone through this and how likely are his chances of survival if we caught it within 4 days? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I understand that this is overwhelming, but it will bring you much closer to your kitty in the end. Giving subq fluids is not much fun for either you or the cat. It helps if the fluids are warmer, you might want to google around about giving fluids (that is if you have decided to do it yourself)

      You do not say WHY your cat has renal failure. you don't say what your vet thought the prognosis is. Can your cat survive, I would say yes, or your vet would have told you that it would be better to put the cat down now.

      I wouldn't worry about the vomiting after the famotidine. Yes, we would prefer the kitty not vomit, but sometimes it is in the cat's best interest. Hopefully it won't happen again.

  35. QUESTION:
    Would you consider joining a class action suit against Menu Foods Inc. if it was your pet?
    ...that died from eating the contaminated pet food that is the cause of liver disease (renal failure) in so many cats and dogs?

    This is a terrible and tragic situation for many owners of cats and dogs in America who fed their pets these wet foods only to find them getting sick and dying.

    A suit has been filed in Madison, Wisconsin against Menu Foods Inc. saying it produced and distributed pet food that might be dangerous, and possibly deadly, to animals.

    Read the story:
    http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/03/22/pet.food.recall/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

    By now everyone must be aware of what has happened but if you need info on which specific products were recalled...
    more details on the products involved in the recall is available online at www.menufoods.com/recall or by calling 866-895-2708.

    • ANSWER:
      If it were my pet I would definately join the class action suit. They should have checked the food to make sure it was safe before selling it. What they did was irresponsible and tragic to all that lost animals.

  36. QUESTION:
    Chronic Renal Failure, how long do they have?
    I took my cat to the vets on Thursday. Today is Saturday, he has been on a drip since taking him in and my vet told me he will be there on the drip till at least Monday. He had a multitude of tests and the results came back as Chronic Renal(kidney) Failure. They have put him on a special diet which he has started to eat. He is nearly 15.

    Does anyone have any experience with CRF and the possible outcome? How long can they live with this disease?

    Vets told me I might be able to bring him home for a while, I am just wondering how long we might still have with him.

    My first question for more detail http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AqXAOIEZMLleWZHV3crXpqTsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20100325022751AAYFmso
    Wow, PattyO and KenS your info is GREAT and I am going to have a hard time deciding between you the best answer.

    some more info. He hasn't been on dry food, he get's that as a side dish but his main diet is raw chicken, steak, rice, pasta, whatever my son gives me in daily scraps from where he works. He especially loves the raw chicken and steak.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on your kitty and how he responds to the treatments and if he has any other health issues. Right now your vet is trying to flush kitty's kidneys and hydrate him. Unfortunately, by time a kitty is diagnosed in renal failure, they have lost approximately 70% of their kidney functions. CRF cannot be cured, but you can treat kitty and make him as comfortable as possible.

      When my first kitty was diagnosed, she also spent 3 days at the vet on IV fluids. She came home with food and medications to help her appetite. CRF does not cause any pain to kitty, but kitty will have a general feeling of sickness. It also causes quite a bit of nausea and this is why kitty may not eat well. One trick I read about was to elevate the food and water dishes. The reason is the further kitty has to lower his/her head to a dish the more it increases the nausea. Elevating the dishes can be as simple as inverting a cereal bowl to put kitty's dish on. I put a piece of shelf liner--the thick waffle weave stuff--between the bowl and dish to keep it from sliding.

      I have treated two CRF kitties. Sadly both have gone to the Rainbow Bridge. When my first kitty Maybelle was diagnosed, she did well for about 3 weeks after the first hospital stay, when I took her back for her checkup, she was hospitalized for another 3 days on IV fluids. When she was released the second time, I brought IV fluids home to administer starting every other day and worked up to twice a day towards the end. She responded well to being treated at home. No kitty likes to be stuck in a cage at the vet hospital. I treated Maybelle for four months after she was diagnosed...three months longer than the vet had given her!

      The second kitty, Bonnie, was diagnosed in renal failure, complicated by congestive heart failure. She did not make it as long as Maybelle, since her heart was giving out, too.

      Since kitty's kidneys will not be able to remove the toxins from his body, they come thru the skin. Kitty's coat will have an unkempt look and he will probably not feel like grooming. My kitties loved to be combed and to help them I 'washed' them with a very warm just damp washcloth. If you get him too wet, dry him with a towel and then comb him. This always perked Maybelle up.

      Another thing I did for mine was give them Rescue Remedy. When they were having a bad day, I put a few drops of RR in their food and water. It helped calm them. Then I put a couple drops in a glass of water for myself to help me with stress and dread of their pending deaths. I got it at GNC or you can order it online.

      Below is a wonderful website I found when Maybelle was diagnosed and I wanted to know everything I could find about this illness and what I could do to make her life easier.

      Purrs to you and kitty.

  37. QUESTION:
    My Cat has trouble breathing is on Lasik and Vets don't really know what he has.HELP!?
    My cat was playing fine, jumped to his box and not long after he started breathing heavy and panting. He was draging his hind leg. Took him to er. Xray shows fluid in lungs. Vet put him on oxygen, buprinex and the injection form of Lasik. He responded well while in the hospital. The vet sent me home with three oral syringes of buprinex as needed for discomfort and 1/2 a tablet of oral Lasik. On the second day of the Lasik my cat did not use the litter and was not eating. Lasik is a diuretic so he needs to eat and drink more and he wasnt doing any of that. I stopped the Lasik and took him in. Dr ( a different one at ER) sayd to give him broth and discontinue the Lasik and make him eat. Kidney tests were in the normal range but towards high. No possible renal failure. However, he still has difficulty breathing without and with the lasik. Buprinex helps but he tends to shiver all over. Two days later his breathing increased and I took him to the ER again. My cat got very stressed at the vet and Dr said he should do an ultrasound of the heart to rule out any heart disease. She gave him Lasiks and I went home. Once home, the panting started again and I brought him once again. Dr gave him oxygen and a higher dose of Lasik. Now she said to continue the Lasik every other day. Im so overwhelmed and dont know whats wrong with my cat. This same thing happened in 2008 and his dx was "open for respiratory distress" and underlying heart disease bc of his blood clot. In 2008 I left it alone bc they could not diagnose him. Two years later he has the same thing with the same meds and same recomendations. I will get the ultrasound done but that will not make his breathing better. He gets anxiety from the vets and comes home super stressed. I want whats best for him and Im scared to do all these tests etc and still dont know what he has.
    Note** In 2008 they suspected he has asthma. Is there any way they can be sure it's asthma or not.? His REPORT BACK in 2008 READ: "open for respiratory difficulty. Given that he has signiicantly improved on Lasik therapy, we are not entirely convinced that all of his respiratory signs are related to underlying heart disease. He may have some degree of underlying respiratory disease ( asthma) to explan his increased respiratory efforts. Your options are to pursue additional diagnostics for respiratory disease (airway wash) empiracally treat for underlying respiratory disease ( bronchodialtors) or do nothing and see how he does. I of coarse chose the wait and see but now its back and ER DR wants to keep him on Lasik and do an echocardiogram bc she thinks it might be his heart when I think its a breathing/respiratory prob that is not being treated. Please Help!!
    I MEANT: ****Given that he has NOT significantly improved on Lasik therapy...( in 2008)

    • ANSWER:
      Because you said he was playing before he started panting heavily, he surely might have asthma. The problem is, in 3 years I am sure that cat has jumped around and played around a lot. But asthma returns. You cat may be having a constant asthma attack that is returning. Some asthma attacks can be mild, or major and can last for a period of time. It seems that you cat is stressed and uncomfortable, which is why he won't eat because the medication is stressing him. Without the medication, the asthma attack slowly increases and your cat begins the heavy breathing again. Now, I realize the asthma makes you not breath at all, but sometimes it can be mild, as said. In these 3 years, asthma has disappeared but has returned. Try telling your vet about what I suspect and see if it can find this out.

      I hope your cat gets well soon. :(

  38. QUESTION:
    Anyone with experience in feline renal failure?
    I'm pretty familiar with what my cat does when he's having a bad day. He is 16 years old (approx) and has 75% function of at least one kidney. He's on sub q twice a week as well as Pepcid AC 1/4 tablet every other day (if I can get him to take it). We also added Lax'Aire a few weeks ago to stop weekly vomiting. He has been doing very well. Today came home from work and he did not greet me. As I walked towards the bedroom I noticed white vomit stains on the floor. Marmalade was on the bed surrounded by small vomit stains and diarrhea stains. He is lethargic and really hasn't done anything since I got here. I know he has bad days but this is the worse day yet. I don't want to drag him out tonight to a strange vet as our is already closed. I can zip in tomorrow morning and have him looked at when they open. Does anyone have experience with renal failure? My question is: is it normal for this to happen as he progressives in the disease? Normally I would think he had UTI but he doesn't appear to be straining. He hasn't eaten anything but I've only been home for an hour. Can anyone tell me what to expect and if you have any idea what is wrong?
    I don't understand how he could be near the end. We had x-rays and full blood work done in the last month. The only change was his heart mummer went from level 1 to level 2. He had actually gained 1/4 lb and the Vet was very pleased. He was hydrated and looked very healthy considering. He hasn't taken his Pepcid this week cause ..... well he doesn't want anymore pill pockets. If happens every once in a while and I think it may have thrown his stomach off. I felt his stomach and he didn't flinch or yelp like he usually does when it's an infection. He just looks tired and sleepy. I'll do the sub q tonight and bring him in first thing in the morning. Thank you everybody for the information.

    • ANSWER:
      I have included a link that you might find very helpful, if you are not already aware of it.

      What is wrong could be a few things, and it could be totally unrelated to his renal failure. I don't know what part of the country you are in, but where I am in the boonies of New York, there has been a mild intestinal flu going around, which of course, appears more serious in a comprimised cat.

      Rusty had a diseased kidney removed six years ago, with the other kidney starting to fail -- a cat can live well on 30% function, and he has about 40% after the removal of the other kidney. On top of that, he has IBD.

      That said, Rusty turned 18 yesterday. We have our good days, and we have our bad days. However, we have more good days now than we did a year ago. A year ago I moved all the cats onto a partial raw diet and found great improvement in all their health. I haven't given Rusty a subQ in over a year, and only a little baking soda now and then (in Rusty's case, the Pepcid damaged his ability to produce any stomach acids). I add a non-pancreas enzyme supplement to everything he eats. Diet is key in helping a cat with renal failure. While I have seen low-protein diets recommended, personally, I found a high-protein diet best overall. I also do my best to make sure his body is pH balanced, and this is where the baking soda comes in (or a little apple cider vinegar), as it seems when he becomes too acidic is when we have more problems, but getting the body back to a more alkaline state really helps. But every cat and every case is different.

      Each cat responds differently to renal failure and there are so many other factors, including type of food, quality and how your cat responds to it. Rusty responds best on, are you ready for this, Fancy Feast (the non-gluten varieties, of course).

      As things progress, these things do happen. The key is to find what works for your cat. In my case, it took a few years, but we are doing very, very well, thank you.

      I urge you to look beyond the link I gave you and read some of the information out there on CRF. I also urge you to join a YA group devoted to the subject of renal failure. Look at alternative diets and treatments.

      Good luck, and may your cat give you many more days, weeks, months and years to come.

      http://www.felinecrf.com/managd.htm

  39. QUESTION:
    Just looking for thoughts on elderly cat?
    Sorry for the length ...

    Our cat is fifteen. In April, our vet said our guy had kidney failure .. he couldn't even find one of his kidneys it had shrunk up so small. He's wasted down to about 5 pounds, no muscle anymore. Scraggly ole mess. If you met him on the street, you'd probably think he was homeless! But we take good care of him even though he is skin and bones.

    His eyes are still bright and I can get him to play with the laser light every now and then (though even in his heyday, he grew bored with that game quickly).

    He has recently taken to howling at the top of his lungs in the middle of the night. He will sit outside my bedroom door or my parents (even though both are open enough for him to come in) and just howl. Usually I will just go grab him and bring him into my room in his bed. Sometimes he will go to sleep and sometimes he will go back to the hallway and yell.

    A few days ago he starting leaking a little bit of poop in his sleep. Really stinky stuff. Today, he has been dripping pee everywhere he goes. Sometimes he will even squat down at random spots around the house and pee (just drips, not a stream). I'll dab his bum and show him to his box, where he will sit for a while and do nothing (or pee a little bit).

    This cat is my cat. We have had him since I was born. When he started getting old, my parents told me I had the say in his care. We were just in the kitchen and he squatted down and my mom said I should probably take tomorrow off and spend the night with him .. that it's probably time to let him go. We had an appointment for him next week because of the poo, but I guess with the peeing and the forgetting and not eating so much, my mom wants to get him in tomorrow.

    I feel HORRIBLE thinking about putting him to sleep when he isn't actually in pain or looking/acting funky. He is mopey and gets grumpier more often, and he doesn't eat as much .. and now with the peeing and pooping. Our vet said with renal failure, he won't actually ever be in pain (I guess the kind of pain you can see where you just know it is better for your friend to let them go).

    My question (sorry for all that) is .. when do you know? My mom said if this final decision is left up to me, I will never have him put to sleep. And she's probably right. The thought of it makes me so sick. I know his disease is progressive, but if he can't talk (other than his midnight howling, which I don't know if he is demented and forgets where he is, in pain, or just likes to hear himself sing these days and doesn't approve of all of our sleeping!), how do I ever know when it is time for him to go?

    I know my mom wouldn't put him down just to put him down, but will the vet not put him down if he still has something left in him? Even if my mom thinks it is the best thing?

    I am just looking to hear what others have done in similar situations. I know I need to wait to hear what the vet says, but I am not looking for a professional diagnosis .. just want to hear others' experiences. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      My cat went through renal failure too and she was also 15 and we grew up together she was my baby no doubt about it,and just like your cat she turned to skin and bone,

      he is telling you by howling its time to let him go he has fought it for so long now he is tired,my cat did this she woke the whole house up until she got noticed i feel it was her way of saying goodbye to all of us, as soon after she sighed and fell floppy in my arms,

      i cried like never in my life before but glad that she wanted to say good bye to us a small comfort,so the next morning i had to make that decision and have her put to sleep as she couldn't fight any more,

      so i feel that's what your cat is now doing he knows the time is near and he wont let go until he has said his good byes i know its not nice hearing that but he sounds very ill,but that decision must be yours i know its not easy its scary i have been through it,

      hope you make the best desicion for him,my thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

  40. QUESTION:
    What's the difference? Are they the same?
    Hey everyone. My cat has kidney disease. I've recently read that Chronic renal failure and kidney disease are the same thing. Is that true? If it is I'm scared outta my mind. Please help! Thanks, in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it is true, do what the vet tells you and make sure if something changes you call the vet and talk it over with them. Don't wait a couple of days if something does change you need to call ASAP.

      R P CAT

  41. QUESTION:
    How to convince my parents to adopt a kitten?
    I told them i would pay for everything. That they could take the vet bills out of my birthday and Christmas funds but the answer is still no. They know i'm responsible, they just don't like cats.( I got a puppy for my birthday this year. But turns out that puppy has juvenile renal disease and we don't know how long he's going to make it. It could be 2 months- 2 years. It's really hard sometimes just taking his life one day at a time. The thing is we have an older family dog,11. I've heard my parents talking about how they're probably going at the same time. To me that's probably the worst possible thing that could happen. It would feel like i have Absolutely nothing left. )(he puppy is 5 months on the 13th) I told them i wouldn't even want to think about getting one until December so i could raise up some money. I just kind of feel like i need something stable that i can love freely without worrying that it will die in a couple months. Don't get me wrong, I love my dogs to death. I always have, I always will. I just want to convince them that a kitten or cat would be good for me and that we could help out another shelter animal. They really just don't like cats in general. Please don't tell me i'm a spoiled brat who already has 2 dogs and that i shouldn't ask for another. My dogs are half of my life and I don't think i could handle having them both die in the course of a year in front of my very eyes if i don't have anything left to hold on to. Please any ideas would help. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      If your parents say no, and they just simply do not like cats, then I am afraid that convincing them otherwise would be extremely difficult.

      I don't understand why they do not like cats, when cats are low maintenance (much less maintenance than a dog), clean after themselves (okay, you will need to change the litter tray frequently), and have their own unique personality, and pretty easy to train. Maybe your folks just feel that there is not enough room in the house for a kitty too?

      Maybe they will change their mind once they see that although your pets are getting old/ill that you are still prepared to look after them and still love them - cats get sick too, and it is heartbreaking when a kitty picks up a problem and there is nothing you can do - just as sad as when it happens to a puppy.

      Good luck!

  42. QUESTION:
    Medicare part B, assisted living & hospice: HELP? (In Wisconsin)?
    My Uncle was in rehab in a facility for 100 days, covered by Medicare part B. He had to move, and we chose an assisted living, and with his level of care, it is costing him 00/ month. BUT: he was admitted there on a HOSPICE classification. They paid for some meds, a hospital bed & linens, and for a nurse 30 minutes a week and an aide twice a week for a shower. He received wound care for a pressure ulcer. Some of his meds were paid for by medicare, and the concentrator was 0/month. I was told that medicare was paying over ,000 a month, and I saw one list of charges that said it was paying 9 a day to someone, it didn't specify if it was the assisted living facility.

    His status was upgraded and he was no longer on hospice for about 2 months. Now his doctor found liver cancer, so he will be back in the hospice classification. Should he have to be using all of his own money (which is almost gone) to pay his 00 a month for room, board, and medical? He also owns a house, which is for sale, AND a car, which will be sold. Main point is, how is it he should pay 00 a month while the nursing home rakes in an additional k to k a month, when hospice is only there 3X a week? Is this right? His private pay is 50 for the room, and the rest for medical. A regular skilled nursing home would cost around 00 more a month, and he would be self pay there, also. EXCEPT: Why isn't hospice covering his room and board?

    I think this time around, they will pay for more of his meds, but it's MY feeling they should also be paying for his room and board. He has a private room, which I feel they should pay a large portion of. This time around, I think he will get a little more hospice care, also, but how can the nursing home keep charging him the full 00 while Medicare pays hospice so much money. I think his hospice costs will go up this time, he will have more care and meds from them.

    I just think the nursing home is wrong, and his rent AND medical should have been less on hospice.

    This a brand new assisted living. One time the head nurse told me: "We can benefit him, and he can benefit us." Yesterday, she was also playing POA with him--she doesn't even want him to go in for Xrays & CAT. I think he would like to know if his cancer is just one spot on the liver (primary) or if it has spread. Surgery may or may not be an option. He might not make it, and if he DID make it, he would probably be sick with chemo afterwards. But, faced with those odds, if he DID make it through surgery and chemo, would he suffer less than doing NOTHING and suffering all the pain and illness at the end. Which is worse--the horrific pain at the end, or illness from chemo?

    He's 82, has been diabetic for over 20 years, and has chronic CHF and Renal disease. His kidneys are pretty bad.

    I just want to spare him as much pain and suffering as possible, and I would like him to do the scans and talk to the Dr. Once he goes on hospice, they don't let him even SEE his doctor.

    I think the head nurse would keep him around for years if she could get that medicare payback for the facility. She also was his former medicare insurance agent, and is still in the insurance business. This is railroad medicare.

    • ANSWER:
      You are confused about what is being covered by what. Medicare A covers rehab days not Medicare B. Medicare doesnt cover any skilled or long term nursing stays in a nursing home. Assisted living is all private pay and Medicare doesnt pay for it. Hospice is covered under Medicare A and doesnt cover housing. It covers nursing visits, aide visits, meds and DME. Under hospice you cant seek treatment to cure the disease that qualified you for hospice(such as chemo or radiation if you have cancer) but you can be treated for other conditions like pneumonia, heart disease etc. Hospice is palliative care to keep the person from suffering in during the later part of their life and disease process. You qualify for hospice if you are determined to have 6 months or less to live. You can improve and go off hospice and then have a set back an again go back on hospice. You need to talk with a good social worker or geriatric care manager. The hospice company should have assigned a social worker to him who can answer all these questions. If you want an unbiased thrid party check out www.caremanager.org to find a professional certified geriatric care manager.

  43. QUESTION:
    Should my elderly diabetic cat have his teeth cleaned?
    My cat is 18 years old. He has diabetes (receives 2 shots of insulin each day) and is in the early stages of renal failure (receives subcutaneous fluids each day). It probably sounds crazy to get his teeth cleaned at this point, but I know he needs it very badly and I don't want him to die from complications related to that. He has had diabetes for years and has been given fluids for the past year and a half. I'm conflicted for several reasons: 1) how much longer will he live? the cost for the cleaning is 0+; 2) I don't want my negligence to be the reason he dies--he hasn't gone in for a cleaning because of how sick he always seems to be, yet he's still here years later; 3) his breath is horrendous, we can't even stand him meowing--we fan his breath away; and 4) I am terrified that putting him under anesthesia will kill him and I'm not the person who would forgive herself for that...ever. Our vet suggests doing it (it's 0+, why wouldn't they want me to?). Do I do it and hope he makes it through? Do I do it and just not think about the money if he were to die very soon after? Do I skip it because he's so sick already that any complications could potentially kill him? His diseases are somewhat difficult to manage, he's constantly needing adjustments in his insulin for various reasons. He seems to be exhibiting pain or discomfort associated with his mouth recently too. I am so torn and feel like a horrible parent! Can anyone help or share their story? (FYI, it may seem that he's going to die soon, but this cat has 20 lives. Each time we're positive he's dying, he always comes back, which is what makes this decision so ungodly hard.)
    I am currently at a new vet because we've moved far from our old vet, but I believe the old vet quoted us around 0 and that was a couple years ago. I have considered driving the hour and a half back to them though for reasons other than money, but I don't know that my cat will be good for that long in the car. Why do you suppose the cost is so astronomical? Maybe extractions?

    • ANSWER:
      Opt to have the preanesthetic bloodwork done. Test how well her organs systems (kidneys, liver, etc.) are functioning and discuss the results of these tests with your vet before they do the cleaning to see if they would still like to continue. 0 is not terribly expensive for a dental cleaning when you consider that some people have to pay upwards of 00-1500 when extractions are necessary.

      Even if you think that your vet just wants your money, it is in your vet's best interest to keep your cat alive because that way you keep paying for vet visits and meds, etc.

  44. QUESTION:
    HeLP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
    My cat is an eight year old and has renal artery disease...recently he has lost bladder control and his back legs give out when he is walking...any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      I am so, so sorry your kitty is experiencing this, and that you have to go through it too.

      I would first speak to the vet as to realistic options of how he can live a comfortable life. I don't know if he's going to completely lose use of his back legs eventually or not, but honestly, once their mobility is taken away, I don't know that an animal can have a comfortable life. They have to depend on us, with a huge communication barrier to take care of all of their needs for them. Essentially, they become helpless like infants.

      Honestly, it may just be time for kitty to go to that big litterbox in the sky. I hate to say that because he's still young, but you need to prepare yourself emotionally for that possibility. If the vet says it's only going to go downhill, or he's in constant pain, it's the only humane thing to do.

      Think about it his way - you want his memories of you to be good ones...you don't want his last days/weeks/months to be full of pain and depression (yes, they do get depressed). That sucks for both of you. As incredibly difficult as it is, sometimes the kindest thing to do is to say goodbye and release them from the pain they're in. (Okay, I'm crying now, thinking of this. I know it's hard.)

      Hopefully I'm wrong, and there's treatment for the disease, I really don't know...but you must've been to a vet already for this diagnosis and apparently they didn't give you a cure.

      Prepare yourself emotionally, and have a talk with your vet. She'll be able to make a recommendation, and tell you what others have done in this situation.

      Good luck, God bless, and I hope your situation is resolved in the best way possible.

  45. QUESTION:
    My cats are still fighting... what can I do? Please help!?
    I adopted Amy with her sister Rosa 9 years ago, they were about 1 year old. Rosa has died of Renal disease since then, and we brought home a deaf male kitten, Nicky (All our cats are fixed)

    Nicky is 2 now, he's huge - he dwarfs Amy even though shes at least 8 years older than him. He is friendly, active but cant hear a thing.

    Amy is 10 years old, has always been shy towards people. We've introduced kittens into the house with her and Rosa around ages ago, and there were no problems. She has a tendancy to be stand-offish, and since Rosa's death 3 years ago she cant even clean herself.

    It's been 2 years since we brought Nicky home, and Amy still hates him. What happens is Nicky will sneak up to her, Amy sees this and hisses, growls, snarls at him. Nicky pokes her with his paw gently, barely touching her and Amy will go agro and attack him. It goes in circles until they are separated. The vet said they'd get used to each other in a few months, but no changes still. Cant separate.

    • ANSWER:
      it sounds like Amy is still upset that an intruder has invaded her home even though you made the proper introductions. She is an old lady who wants to live a more relaxed life where Nicky probably wants to play like a youngster is accustomed to doing.

      It really will help if you can find an activity the two both enjoy--feather toys for example. Playing with them together might help Amy learn to realize the Nicky isn't so bad. Be sure to shower both cats equally when playing with them.

  46. QUESTION:
    Should I switch vet or no?
    I'm recently moved to a new area with my cat with renal failure. I found a vet that charged me reasonably price for prescription canned food (24 cans for 29 dollars instead of 55 from my previous vet) and let me do subQ at home other than doing it at the vet. However, since last month, I've been basically visiting the vet every week for tests X rays, blood works, urine test, etc. Last week, I agreed to ultrasound for my cat after they said they also found that my cat has heart murmur. After dropping 600 dollars for the test and starving my 5 pound cat down to 4.11 pounds, the doctor called in to report the recommendations that she recommended kidney transplant ( which I knew about already) or euthanasia. After starving my cat and making me spend 600 on ultrasounds, she wants me to euthanasize my cat when he's stabilized. We just got a puppy last week and it came down with parvo, so we took it there to treat it after we took it to an emergency vet. After 1000 deposit and two day stay, they called and told us that it died this morning although it was looking a lot better when we picked him up from the emergency vet. However, on the day that we let the puppy be admitted to their place, they say that they wanted to do a X-ray? For parvo? After the emergency vet already diagnosed it.

    I'm starting to feel like they're milking me for money here but is it worth it to switch to a new vet after just switching a month ago? I just want a vet to let me do sub Q at home and sell me prescription KD at a reasonable price and do periodic blood panel to check on the progress of the disease.

    They're charging me 200 to 300 per weekly visits. I hope that all that was just initial testing and that I could just see them once every one or two months from now on. Some of the things they sent me home with seem to help. I'm willing to spend money on my cat to make sure he's comfortable but my wallet is not bottomless and I don't like to be ripped off.

    • ANSWER:
      I think I would look into another vet. I'm not sure about where you live, but I am able to buy the pet food from any vet I wish, so can you just keep buying the food from this vet? If not, at least explain to the next vet how much you were previously paying, and see if he can compare. When you go to speak to a different vet, explain your situation, and that you prefer to do your cats sub Q treatments at home - it is a cat, not a human - it should be your choice anyway if you prefer to do this at home. Just get references from neighbours, co-workers, etc. about vets in your area, and go in and speak to the vet before you switch.

  47. QUESTION:
    Should I switch vet again or no?
    I'm recently moved to a new area with my cat with renal failure. I found a vet that charged me reasonably price for prescription canned food (24 cans for 29 dollars instead of 55 from my previous vet) and let me do subQ at home other than doing it at the vet. However, since last month, I've been basically visiting the vet every week for tests X rays, blood works, urine test, etc. Last week, I agreed to ultrasound for my cat after they said they also found that my cat has heart murmur. After dropping 600 dollars for the test and starving my 5 pound cat down to 4.11 pounds, the doctor called in to report the recommendations that she recommended kidney transplant ( which I knew about already) or euthanasia. After starving my cat and making me spend 600 on ultrasounds, she wants me to euthanasize my cat when he's stabilized. We just got a puppy last week and it came down with parvo, so we took it there to treat it after we took it to an emergency vet. After 1000 deposit and two day stay, they called and told us that it died this morning although it was looking a lot better when we picked him up from the emergency vet. However, on the day that we let the puppy be admitted to their place, they say that they wanted to do a X-ray? For parvo? After the emergency vet already diagnosed it.

    I'm starting to feel like they're milking me for money here but is it worth it to switch to a new vet after just switching a month ago? I just want a vet to let me do sub Q at home and sell me prescription KD at a reasonable price and do periodic blood panel to check on the progress of the disease.
    They're charging me 200 to 300 per weekly visits. Some of the things they sent me home with seem to help.

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    What do these ultrasounds mean?
    Aloha,

    I have had a small lump in my neck for several months. My doctor finally ordered an ultrasound and these were the results.

    FINDINGS: There are one or 2 small subcentimeter hypoechoic nodules
    in each parotid gland. The parotid gland and submandibular glands
    are otherwise unremarkable in appearance. There are small lymph
    nodes in the neck on the right side. The largest on the right side
    measures 1.1 x 2.6 x 0.7 cm in size between the parotid and
    submandibular glands. Although this lymph node is enlarged, this
    node is otherwise normal in appearance. The supraclavicular areas
    are normal bilaterally. No other significant abnormality.

    I was called and said I needed a Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) asap but then was called an hour later saying the Radiologist could not do the FNA because it was too close to my carotid artery.

    I was told to repeat an ultrasound in 6 weeks. Cat scratch disease result- neg. Here are the 6 week later ultrasound results.

    FINDINGS: There is been no significant interval change. The thyroid
    gland is normal in appearance. The right lobe measures 4.5 x 1.1 x 1
    point centimeters. The left lobe measures 3.9 x 1.4 x 1.2 cm. The
    isthmus measures 1.6 millimeters in diameter. There are no masses or
    calcifications in the gland.

    There is a stable well-defined hypoechoic oval shaped mass in the
    right neck just anterior to the carotid artery measuring 2.5 x 0.7 x
    0.8 cm in size consistent with a lymph node. No significant change
    is seen in the small intraparotid node bilaterally.

    I was told that I will be sent to ENT.

    What do these indicate? Are these possibly cancer? Should I be worried? I can feel the lump. I have not felt well for over 3 years and noticed the lump 8 months ago-it may have been there longer.
    Any help from a ENT would be appreciated as I wait the next 2 weeks for an ENT appt.

    I am a little worried. I am a 34 y/o female, normal weight-look healthy but feel like crap. I was just diagnosed with HTN a few months ago. Diastolic running 100's to 120's. Take Nifedipine and Labetalol to control HTN. Renal Angio neg.

    Please help!

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    Who has tried using amethyst in their cats drinking water for flea control?
    TO THE PERSON WHO REPLIED TO AN EARLIER THREAD RE: AMETHYST FOR FLEA CONTROL:

    "That is a myth :) besides if it did work, which it doesn't, all it would do is attract fleas located around the bowl area to jump in the bowl, wouldn't rid cat of fleas..."

    THIS IS MY REPLY:

    The fleas are not attracted to the water. Amethyst, being a mineral, slowly releases mineral properties into the drinking water. When the cat drinks it, this enters their bloodstream and fleas are repelled to it. If you don't understand how this works, please review your physiology.

    I am going to try it myself. I have four indoor cats and flea control is very expensive. I'm also quite against using chemicals on my pets. I find it amazing that if you get it on your hands the package warns you to wash it off right away, yet it's okay to put on your pets' skin. When I was younger and my cats received it on a monthly basis like clockwork, it seemed no one made it past 7-8 years old; ultimately succumbing to some type of disease or another; renal failure or liver disease. When I've used chemicals on my pets before, three of my cats immediately began to salivate profusely, literally dropping beads of drool from their mouth. As an R.N. I recognize this as a sign of drug toxicity. I do know of a few veterinarians who will not promote these chemical products for these reasons. So, don't knock the holistic approach. I only read one comment where someone stated it didn't work, while others, although sounding pretty surprised, stated this did work. I do wonder what type of bowl people have used; stainless steel, ceramic, or plastic? - for those who have found this method successful and for the one person for whom it was not.

    Also, concerning the issue of drug toxicity, I've had patients come in with strange behavior and/or symptoms and when I complete a medication history, I find some people have been on the same med for many, many years. I requested a drug screen for such a patient that had been on one particular med for a long time and sure enough, their blood exhibited a toxicity level for that drug. The physician immediately discontinued the patient's prescription for that drug. So, after years and years of putting a PESTICIDE directly on an animals skin, it makes sense to me that in time a toxicity level can begin to build up.

    The use of these chemicals are pushed on young and eager to do well veterinary students no differently than the pharmaceutical reps who go to hospitals trying to promote their drug de Jour; which is usually purchased based on what is the most cost effective; not the most health effective.

    Enough of my ranting on the topic of chemicals. I'm really interested to know if anyone has success with the amethyst method; what kind of bowl is being used. I guess I've decided to take my own survey on the issue.

    Thanks for reading, and please...only serious minded replies.

    • ANSWER:
      Please not that 'natural' is not the same as 'safe' when it comes to cats. many remedies that are totally safe for dogs are toxic to cats, as their livers cannot metabolize them. Such things as pyrethrins, eucalyptus, pennyroyal, and tea tree oil are great for dogs - and will cause seizures and death in cats. Even garlic - in an amount that will actually repel fleas - can be toxic in a cat. Cats are not dogs, nor humans. Essential oils are also considered toxic to cats, and I'd be very hesitant about any of the minerals as well. What research - valid research - is out there where studies have been done on cats? Human studies cannot be applied to cats, as their livers do not work the same way as humans do.

      Fleas are a serious health issue for cats. The veterinary prescribed flea products are NOT the traditional pesticides. They are a new generation called an insect growth regulator. They kill the flea by disturbing it's life cycle, not by 'poisoning' it. That makes them extremely safe for mammals. And why do they have a label on them warning us not to ingest them? Because they weren't meant to be eaten, safe or not - and our legal system is such that everyone is sued over everything. And this is why the product should be applied to the base of the neck where the cat cannot reach it, it's absorbed into the system, and dries.

      There is nothing wrong with a holistic treatment - if it works, and if it does no harm. Has a holistic vet - as in a REAL one - talked to you about this, or is it something you've read on the internet? I have seen way too many 'natural' and 'holistic' products advertised that might work in dogs but can be harmful to cats. Cats don't drink a lot of water (being designed to get their liquid from their prey - or canned food for those of us who don't feed raw) and I am skeptical that a cat would drink enough water to make anything like this really work.

      Just my two cents.

  50. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a natural herb that acts as a phosphate binder? Alternative to the prescription Epkitin.?
    My cats have the beginning stages of chronic renal failure. They are both on the prescription drug Epikitin.
    The Epkitin is a phosphate binder to help eliminate the excess phosphorous from their bodies. I mix it in with their food. This will help them to live longer and healthier. Does anyone know of a natural phosphate binder, herbal or flower essence? I will be very grateful to find a natural cure for my babies. I don't take prescription drugs myself and I really don't like the fact of giving them to my cats. Ironically, it was prescription medications that gave them the disease in the first place.

    • ANSWER:
      Put your question in the pet section. Second, read the apple cider vinegar website. Put it in their water, they'll get used to the taste eventually. I have 4 of the little darlings. So I understand your pain.


Cat Kidney Disease Treatments

If you're a cat owner, you want to ensure that your feline friend enjoys the happiest and healthiest life possible. In order to help make this possible, it's important for you, as the pet owner, to be educated about feline health issues. While cat kidney disease most often affects elderly felines, it has the potential to affect cats at any stage of life. So in order to protect and promote your cat's health, it's a good idea to understand the basics of feline kidney function and cat kidney disease.

The Feline Urinary Tract

Generally, a healthy cat's urinary tract will consist of two kidneys, each of which is each connected to the bladder by a ureter. As a physiological system, the feline urinary tract carries out several different functions, including the regulation of the concentration and acid-based balance of the blood. However, the main function of the kidneys and urinary system is the filtration and removal of waste products.

Feline Kidney Disease

Feline kidney disease occurs when the kidneys are no longer able to function properly. This usually occurs because the kidney cells become damaged or worn out. In most cases, feline kidney disease will develop slowly over time and a cat with this medical problem generally won't display any symptoms of the disease until approximately two thirds of normal kidney function is lost. At this point, the kidneys are no longer able to sufficiently remove waste products from the body and toxins begin to accumulate within the cat's system, causing significant discomfort for the animal as well as dangerous and potentially fatal disruptions with several other physiological pathways.

Symptoms

Once a cat reaches this point, where approximately two thirds of normal kidney function is lost, a variety of signs and symptoms will begin to appear. Two of the most frequently displayed symptoms in cases of feline kidney disease are increased thirst and increased urination. Other common warning signs include bloody urine, loss of appetite, weight loss, lethargy, depression, and poor coat quality. In some cases, feline kidney disease will also cause vomiting and bad breath. Since chronic kidney disease, which develops slowly over time, is more common in cats than acute kidney disease, signs and symptoms will typically occur with a gradual onset and grow increasingly severe with time.

Diagnosis

Generally, a case of cat kidney disease will be diagnosed through blood tests and urinalysis. With respect to blood tests, the concentrations of the substances urea and creatinine can be very helpful with diagnosing feline kidney disease. Both of these substances are typically filtered out of the body by healthy kidneys and, therefore, unusually high concentrations of urea and/or creatinine could suggest a lack of proper function on the part of the cat's kidneys. Also, when a cat is suffering from this disease, the concentration of its urine will often be higher than normal as well. As a result, urinalysis can also be helpful when it comes to diagnosing feline kidney disease.

Causes

As alluded to earlier, there are two types of cat kidney disease -- acute kidney disease, which develops suddenly, and chronic kidney disease, which develops slowly over time. Acute feline kidney disease is often caused by a traumatic event such as being hit by a car or losing a significant amount of blood. Toxins such as antifreeze can also trigger the sudden onset of cat kidney disease. Chronic feline kidney disease, the most common type of this disease, can be caused simply by the natural wear and tear that occurs with age, a genetic defect, or an infection. While there are numerous potential causes of cat kidney disease, in many cases the exact cause will be unknown.

Treatment

Unfortunately, there is no cure for feline kidney disease; however, in many cases this condition is controllable. Two of the most basic and common forms of treatment for cat kidney disease include diet control and prevention of dehydration. In addition to these treatments steps, a holistic approach to dealing with this condition often proves to be very beneficial as well. Natural supplements and remedies can help to increase the feline patient's comfort by reducing symptoms and can also promote the animal's overall health and well-being. However, no matter what treatment methods are used for your particular cat, they should always be carried out under the supervision of a veterinarian.

Prevention

If your cat does not have feline kidney disease and you'd like to ensure that he or she never does develop this condition, there are several steps that you can take to increase the chances of your feline friend living a long and healthy life free of kidney disease. One of the best ways to do this is to deal with your pet's health in a holistic manner, ensuring that he or she is as healthy as possible in every respect. By providing your cat with a healthy diet complemented by natural supplements, you will be increasing the strength of your pet's immune system while improving its overall health and happiness. With a well-rounded health care plan and regular veterinary care, you can decrease your cat's likelihood of developing kidney disease as well as many other feline health problems.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    has anyone ever treated their cat's kidney disease with holistic treatments?
    if so, what did you do? how did it work? I want to do this in addition to fluid treatments the vet said he needs. my cat is 5 and was just diagnosed. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      How was your cat diagnosed, and what sort of kidney disease does he have? Kidney disease is usually something associated with an elderly cat, and not one his age. Having said that, bad kidneys have been bred into many cats by unscrupulous breeders. I have a male Siamese who was diagnosed with bad kidneys at age 3. His was a birth defect called uremic dysplasia - his kidneys are too small. He's 11 now!

      Holistic treatment is best for kidney issues. The cat needs to be kept hydrated, and they need maximum, high quality nutrition to avoid the weight loss and muscle wasting associated with kidney disease. My elderly cat with CRF (he's 16) and my 11 year old male both get premium high-protein canned food, per my vet. The canned food keeps them hydrated, and the high-quality protein is what their bodies need. Choose a canned food free of grains, and by-products. The by-products are a low-quality protein source, and may be harder for the kidneys to process. Low protein diets aren't suitable for cats unless they are in the very end stages of renal failure. Cats for one won't eat them, and they need to eat to keep their weight up. And they also contribute to the muscle wasting that you see in so many cats with kidney issues. My two are doing great on this diet, and I won't switch them to the kidney one (nor does my vet want me to).

      If you've got a holistic vet (as in a real one) in your area, by all means get a second opinion there.

  2. QUESTION:
    has anyone heard of NHV Tripsy for cats with kidney disease?
    i have a 15 year old cat in the early stages of kidney disease. i like my vet, but he doesn't know about any holistic treatments. i see this stuff on the web NHV Tripsy, and their product reviews are great, but i don't know anything about it. if you have 1st hand experience with this or other holistric treatments for cats with kidney problems, please let me know. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry I don't know what you are talking about.

  3. QUESTION:
    For my cat with kidney disease also has a heart condition is the sub-Q therapy/liquid the only choice she has?
    I dont want my severe kidney disease suffering cat to receive the subcutaneous fluid therapy (sub-Q) because it would be too painful for her and she is 15 years old and suffers a heart murmur (a sort of heart condition). I've been told cats who suffer from a heart condition shouldn't receive this sub-Q treatment because it's dangerous. I need to know what other options are out there instead of the subcutaneous fluid therapy/liquid (sub-q), there has to be other options. The vet i'm taking her with isn't very helpful he offered that option, and I really need to know what to do so her kidneys get better fast, right now she doesn't have a treatment or an adequate diet:-( I need urgent speedy help to find a better vet (preferably holistic) in Chicago. If anyone knows please let me know i'd really appreciate it. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      There's not a lot you can do about this. Normally they'll try to "restart" the kidneys with an IV of fluids, but with your cat having heart problems, and I would imagine that this is congestive heart failure (CHF)...besides her heart murmur, you're vet is giving her IV fluids sub q so she's not overloaded quickly with fluids. I hate to say this...but you need to consider that the time for your loved cat is just about over. If she continues to go down, then you really need to consider euthanasia. I wish you only the best of luck.

  4. QUESTION:
    Treatment for cat with "critical" kidney disease?
    My 4 year old cat was diagnosed a few hours ago with kidney disease. At this moment, he is receiving an IV. My vet was very surprised at how high his numbers were and spent a lot of time with me discussing my options but said that once they flush his system and his numbers don't increase-- I need to start thinking about putting him down.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't give up on him just yet. CRF cats can live for a long time with proper treatment. My cat was diagnosed last summer and is doing very well on his diet. I don't use the prescription food the vet recommended. I feed him Wellness wet food. It's actually much better than the prescription stuff. Here's a great website on kidney disease in cats that will help alot. Print off some of the articles and go over them with your vet. Good luck to to your kitty.
      http://www.felineoutreach.org/Education/Kidney.html

  5. QUESTION:
    Umm, apparently my cat has early kidney disease? Any suggestions?
    My mother took my cat to a vet I had never heard of, behind my back, and apparently they diagnosed her with early kidney disease after a blood and urine test.

    What am I supposed to do?? I don't feel like I believe them. I want to take her somewhere else and get her checked out again. All the vet said to do was to feed her this crappy Hill's K/D food but my cat doesn't like it. Isn't this disease fatal?? I am in a little bit of shock since I just found out! Does anyone out there have any experience with feline kidney disease and possible options and treatments?? Thanks......
    Thank you to all who answered. I appreciate the different opinions. I'm still upset about hearing the news, but I feel a little better now. Thanks. =)

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      I am sorry to hear about your kitty and the diagnosis that the veterinarian who you never met made. Not knowing the practitioner I am sure is upsetting to you as well.

      As far as I am concerned, It is always a good idea, in my opinion, to get a second opinion if you are not confident with any practitioner. Blood and urine tests are generally used to make the diagnosis and are fairly accurate, but repeating them is prudent as well.

      Unfortunately, kidney disease in cats is fairly common as cats age. My 8 year-old Oriental Short hair was just diagnosed with possible early stages of kidney failure also, by two veterinarians that I really respect. While tests are all in normal range, some of the behavior he is showing, such as frequent urination and huge appetite for water points in the direction of this possibility. He is not Diabetic.

      I so agree with you about Hill's products. They are really not good nutrition. It seems that many veterinarians prescribe these rx products, but in reality feline nutritional knowledge is very scanty. Veterinarians receive little training in this very important area, and most of it, I hear, is provided by some of the manufacturer's of these products and want to be sure that vets keep their waiting rooms stocked with them. The product that he prescribed is low in protein but cats need to eat, and it is much more important to be sure that your cat is eating to avoid liver problems. In fact there is controversy about limiting protein with kidney problems, and in fact, may hasten the disease.

      Keeping your cat hydrated and not giving dry food is one way that you can help him a lot.

      I heartily recommend that you read this article which I found for you on the Original Holisticat site about renal conditions and the types of diet which are appropriate for our cats who have this problem. They are obligate carnivores and need meat. This is a fascinating and excellent explanation of the disease and possible ways to keep it at bay.

      http://www.holisticat.com/drjcrf.html

      There are many ways to prolong the life of your kitty. I had a cat with serious kidney failure and was able to prolong her life for several years, and as her disease progressed, we gave her sub-Q fluids which really helped spark her appetite and energy level. A caring and competent Vet will be able to train you how to do this when and if the time comes for it to be needed.

      I would suggest seeking an alternative care veterinarian practice to provide him with the most appropriate treatment.

      My veterinarian prescribed a suppliment called Feline Renal Support, made by Standard Process. I was happy to see that the article that I recommended agreed with her. While the jury is still out about whether he is in the early stages of the disease, we feel that taking proactive measures now may stave off its progression and bolster his kidney health.

      I hope I have given you some options to consider. I know how worried you are. Good luck with your kitty.

      Troublesniffer

  6. QUESTION:
    My BF fed my cat a thin small slice of sandwich meat & my cat had hyperthyroid &kidney disease.why my cat die?
    my cats appetite was fine it seemed until he fed my cat that thin slice of sanwich meat thereafter my cat either became a picky eater and didnt want his food or the illness (kidney disease/ HT) made him lose his appetite. WHICH DO YOU THINK IS THE REASON MY CAT LOST HIS APPETITE AND DIED 2 DAYS LATER? because my BF fed him a lillte piece of meat and my cat became picky about his own wellness cat food or because of his pre existing illnesses? please let me know becuse I am about to break up with my BF of 7 years becuase i told him many times never to give my cat human food and if it caused my cats death then I want nothing to do with him. I had my cat for 17 years and love and miss him so much. his i131 was sheduled on1/12/09 which my cat didnt live to make his treatment. Im so severly depressed I just want to die.
    over 1 week my cats appetite decreased . he went form eating 2 cans a day of wellness chicken food to 1 can a day to 1/2 a can the day before he died, and he was so thin already from the hyperthyroidism.
    the day my cat he wouldnt eat and the day prior he hadnt eaten in 16 hours the last being a half a can of adult cat food. i became desperate seeing my cat wouldnt eat /i made him boiled chicken, and even caved in and offered him sandwich meat that he liked but my cat didnt want that either. i tried differeent brands of cat food, even offered tuna, and my cat wouldnt eat.

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    My cat w/crf (kidney disease) sometimes eats litter and licks the pavement; is this a sign of deficiency?
    He's in the end stages of renal disease and I don't want to bring him to the vet and force him through anymore blood tests or treatments. Is this behavior some type of deficiency and can I get a liquid vitamin for him?

    He has also become very weak and can't jump onto the sink or table or chair anymore...what can I do to get his strength back? He still has a healthy appetite and goes outside and lies on my lap happily.

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes cats get pica (eating strange things) when they are anemic. His crf may be causing bone marrow suppression which will lead to a non-regenerative anemia. Check your kitty's gum color, if it is pale pink, this might be the case. Regardless, speak with your vet and explain that you want to continue with palliative, supportive care with no further testing. A good vet will understand and help you to keep your cat as comfortable as possible.

  8. QUESTION:
    My cat's kidney disease?
    I have a 12 year old cat whom I love a lot. My wife thinks that since the new year he has been drinking and peeing a lot otherwise she thought maybe he had an occasional bad day but he was acting his normal self otherwise. September 2009 his blood work including thyroid levels were all normal (March 2009 he had a successful partial thyroidectomy). So I took him to the vet 2 weeks ago. I ended up going to a new vet who is across the street rather than his usual vet because he hates car rides. The vet just did a cursory exam and drew some blood and gave him his Rabies and distemper shots. The BUN Creatinine came back high and she said that this was chronic renal failure. All other blood work including sugar and thyroid were normal. When I asked for a workup for the cause she said it did not matter as the treatment is the same. She scheduled him for admission the following Monday for IV fluids. He rapidly deteriorated so last Friday night we rushed him to the ED of the hospital where his regular vet works. His BUN/Cr were worse so they admitted him and did IV fluids. They found no evidence of hypertension, no anemia even after hydration, normal kidneys on U/S and Xray, and no proteinuria (culture is still pending). He responded very well to 4 days of IV fluids (Cr came down from 9 to 5 and BUN from 135 to 56) and he was sent home with enalapril, antibiotics and sq fluids +/- renal diet. He is due to go back next Wednesday for blood work. Now since he is an indoor cat with no exposure to toxins or infection my wife (a "human" dermatologist) thinks that he indeed has chronic renal failure, because of the 6 months of drinking and peeing, that was exacerbated by the distemper shot. The Vets at the hospital think this is something acute given normal BP, hct, U/S and Xray of kidneys.
    Can a cat have chronic renal failure and have no hypertension, anemia and normal kidneys on both XRay and U/S?
    Can a cat be exposed to a UTI causing bacteria or a toxin in the house without ever going out?

    The reason I ask is if he does have chronic renal failure it is going to be very hard for him to get the sq fluids every day. He hates it and i don't want to put him through that.

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    I think my cat may have kidney disease?
    My cat is about 16-17 years old.She has started to drink a lot and is off her food. I have had 2 cats die of this over 6 years ago and they were terribly upset with the treatment they had.They still died less thn 2 weeks later. My question is this, Shall i leave her alone if she is not in pain or will that be to cruiel. I love her to bits but i feel it is unkind just to keep in treating her for the sake of a couple of weeks. Also the enormous cost has to come into this, i cannot afford £300or £400 hundred if it's for nothing at the end of the day
    I carn't get any help from the pdsa because although i am a pensioner i have a small works pension and if you don't claim housing support or council tax benifits you don't qualify for treatment.I was sent away by them. My last cat 5 yrs ago cost me £300, a blood test alone was £80 and the cat was dead 2 weeks later.
    I would pay in a minute, on a credit card if needed, But for another 2 weeks?. I do not want her to suffer

    • ANSWER:
      I always believe that if the cat will die anyway, why not let it live out its days eating the food they like, having treats, playing with you, instead of being lethargic and ill from treatment. You should make the most of these last few weeks, for both of you...you, so that you can enjoy having your cat around you, and your cat so that it can die in peace and happy...all the best.

  10. QUESTION:
    How long has a cat had declining kidney function say 50% or more before the vet detects 75% dysfunction?
    My cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. I had to maek the decision to pill him with methimazole or go ahead with I131 radioactive Iodine which is a cure however there are risks with both procedures. The risk with the I131 is your cat could go into acute renal failure if it has preexisting renal failure prior to the I131 injection-AND SOEMTIMES AFTER TREATMENT OF I131 THE KIDNEY FAILURE IS FOUND THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY HIDDEN. DO YOU THINK MY CAT HAD KIDNEY FAILURE PRIOR TO BEING DIAGNOSED WITH HYPERTHYOIDISM AND IT WAS BEING MASKED OR HIDDEN?

    my cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in Nov 06. My cat was diagnosed with kidney disease & 75% kidney loss in Nov 07. I decided to pill him with medication to control but not cure his hyperthyroidism out of fear that if I had the I131 he would go into acute renal failure. There was no evidence suggesting that but I wanted to play it safe but having not gotten the cure may have caused him to die 2 years later instead of a cure of his hyperthroidism. Should i have gotten the I131 when he was first diagnosed with hyperthyroidism or do you think i made the right decision to pill him by allowing extra bllod flow to the kidneys which helps kidney function. But i feel really really guilty like i didnt make the right decison and have been cryign for 1 month straight. My cat dies 2 years later after being diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism on 12/29/08, and I balme myself becuse I think if i had gone ahead with the I131 he would still be here. The doctors dont know why he died. they just say he was severly dehyrdated, lethragic, anemic. I dont know if the hyperhtroidim killed him or kidney failure. I Ijust blame myself either way and will never forgive myself. I will never own another cat becuse I am not worthy or deserving of a cat. My cat was 16 1/2 when he died. I was giving him subq fluids under the skin for his dehydration and wellness can food 2 cans daily with hyperthyroid medicine. I hate myself!
    I am an awful awful person. if my cat had another mom instead of me he probabaly would have lived longer. Im th eone who should be dead nt him. if i could die 4 him and he live I would do it becuse my life is meaningless & empty without him.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't hate yourself, you did the best job that you could at making sure that he was able to keep alive for as long as he did. 16 1/2 years for a cat is pretty good, the average of cats are usually about 12-13 years old, so this is pretty good for the age. It could have been the complications of the thyroid problem, or it could have been the issue with the kidneys, or it could have been a little bit of both problems which are highly possible too. I know that it is sad, but you did the best thing that you could for your cat, and again as I mentioned, you were able to keep the cat a live for sometime.

  11. QUESTION:
    What is a nice way to tell an older lady she needs to put her cat down?
    I know this sounds bad but this cat has cancer and kidney disease and the vet said will die and there is not treatment. Right now the cat is just starving to death because it can't eat at all. It will just die slowly if she doesn't do anything about it. She wants to keep it alive as long as possible but that is kind of selfish especially because she is gone all day. What should I tell her? She is just making it harder on herself.
    I do live with her and she has asked my opinion on several occasions.

    • ANSWER:
      Red Leaf,

      You question doesn't sound "bad" at all to me. In fact, you are in a difficult position, not wanting to be blunt and to appear insensitive, and on the other hand, thinking about this cat's quality of life.

      It is not just a question of being "selfish", and I don't know the history of this woman and her cat so I cannot even speculate about her reasons.

      Some people feel that a pet should die "naturally" when it is time, religious issues come into play, and some people feel that putting a pet to sleep is tantamount to murder.

      Some folks feel that making that appointment is similar to an "execution" date. All people are really so different in the way they feel.

      Perhaps a gentle way to approach the subject is to ask her what she is feeling about her cat, and her concern for its well being. Share with her how you feel, and your thoughts. Tell her you are there for her and that you support her in whatever she decides. She may feel very torn and guilty no matter what she does, afraid to make the wrong decision. And while she is not home all day, perhaps this kitty is her only real companion.

      On the other hand, there are some very special things that you can bring up as you tell her how you feel.

      Comment on how you feel about this cat's quality of life. Tell her that the decision is always hard for anyone to make. Just please don't judge her, because she will become more upset and unwilling to look at options. Ask her whether she has any options for a cat that has been diagnosed as "untreatable".

      I have been in her position, years ago, with a cat that was my soul mate. It took me far too long to send her to the rainbow bridge, and my vet was praying she would pass in her sleep. It didn't happen and I had to give her that final gift of release from her suffering. It was one of the most difficult choices I had ever made at that time. But I did know it was right.

      Here are some links that may be of help to you in helping her.
      http://www.lisaviolet.com/cathouse/goodbye.html

      http://www.helium.com/items/220273-knowing-when-its-time-to-euthanize

      I hope I have been of help to you.

      Troublesniffer
      Owned by cats for over 40 years
      member of the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
      http://www.aplb.org/

  12. QUESTION:
    Our vet told us that diet treatment is the best and only method to treat feline kidney disease. Is this true?
    She just told us to keep feeding our cat Hill's KD food, and that there was really no other option that would treat the condition just as well. Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      No it is not and you should go to the group linked below this post. That food is just asking for more trouble.
      Treatment of Chronic Renal Failure

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

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

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

      You should be giviung sub-q fluids as needed

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

      You may want to talk to the vet about having injectable Pepcid AC on hand or you can buy it in pill form (ac not plain pepcid) and give 1/4 tab for stomach upset which happens a lot in crf cats due to acid in the stomach.
      I hope this stuff helps, here are many links for you
      Making cat food
      http://www.catinfo.org/makingcatfood.htm
      other links. Read, read, read!!!!
      http://www.felineoutreach.org/EducationD...
      http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_chr...
      http://www.felinecrf.org/
      http://www.felinecrf.com/
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Felin...
      About that vets diet. This report is for dogs but applies to cats
      http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Opera/21...

  13. QUESTION:
    Did my inactions and wrong decisions cause my 16 1/2 year old cat to die? Please Please help me!?
    How long has a cat had declining kidney function say 50% or more before the vet detects 75% dysfunction?
    My cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. I had to maek the decision to pill him with methimazole or go ahead with I131 radioactive Iodine which is a cure however there are risks with both procedures. The risk with the I131 is your cat could go into acute renal failure if it has preexisting renal failure prior to the I131 injection-AND SOEMTIMES AFTER TREATMENT OF I131 THE KIDNEY FAILURE IS FOUND THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY HIDDEN. DO YOU THINK MY CAT HAD KIDNEY FAILURE PRIOR TO BEING DIAGNOSED WITH HYPERTHYOIDISM AND IT WAS BEING MASKED OR HIDDEN?

    my cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in Nov 06. My cat was diagnosed with kidney disease & 75% kidney loss in Nov 07. I decided to pill him with medication to control but not cure his hyperthyroidism out of fear that if I had the I131 he would go into acute renal failure. There was no evidence suggesting that but I wanted to play it safe but having not gotten the cure may have caused him to die 2 years later instead of a cure of his hyperthroidism. Should i have gotten the I131 when he was first diagnosed with hyperthyroidism or do you think i made the right decision to pill him by allowing extra bllod flow to the kidneys which helps kidney function. But i feel really really guilty like i didnt make the right decison and have been cryign for 1 month straight. My cat dies 2 years later after being diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism on 12/29/08, and I balme myself becuse I think if i had gone ahead with the I131 he would still be here. The doctors dont know why he died. they just say he was severly dehyrdated, lethragic, anemic. I dont know if the hyperhtroidim killed him or kidney failure. I Ijust blame myself either way and will never forgive myself. I will never own another cat becuse I am not worthy or deserving of a cat. My cat was 16 1/2 when he died. I was giving him subq fluids under the skin for his dehydration and wellness can food 2 cans daily with hyperthyroid medicine. I hate myself!

    I am an awful awful person. if my cat had another mom instead of me he probabaly would have lived longer. Im th eone who should be dead nt him. if i could die 4 him and he live I would do it becuse my life is meaningless & empty without him.
    I will do the cat world a favor and never have a cat again.

    • ANSWER:
      God, give yourself a break! It sounds like you truly loved your cat & went out of your way to do everything possible for him. Loss is extremely hard, but he was 16 1/2 years old & I'm sure he lived a great life with you! I'm very sorry for your loss but please go easy on yourself!

  14. QUESTION:
    Have you given your pet prescription food?
    Several years ago I had a cat with kidney disease and gave her prescription food (among other things.) However, my new cat was constipated and we went in for treatment and prescription food was pushed on me again. Then, at her regular check-up I was told that her weight was fantastic, all of her tests indicate that she's a healthy 5 yr old cat, and then the vet went down this road: "oh, she has a little tarter on her teeth; you might want to try Hills Prescription diet. Oh, and by the way, any problems with the litter box? No? Well, what sort of litter do you use? Well, I recommend brand X, which we happen to have over here..." Very profit-motivated. Personally I think that prescription pet food can be very important for certain conditions, but that some vets recommend it way too often in order to make a profit. I have since switched vets, so no need to recommend that. Just wondering about other experiences with prescription food.
    Just as a reminder, I'm not asking for any pet advice. I go to my vet for that. tmrvt please read the questions before answering. I'm simply asking about people's experiences with vets recommending prescription food. Thanks.
    Ken, you seem to have wandered onto my question accidentally. Vomiting information instead of answering the question isn't the way to go. If you aren't interested in the conversation started, start your own question. But quit vomiting all over mine. Thanks.
    Ken I am posting your email in order to foward it to Yahoo. Please do not continue to "get around" blocks. That is harrassment.
    Ken writes: "Message: I make assumptions based on your writing.
    I assume that you are very ignorant by your response to me, your additional comments in your 'question' (Yes, I can get around your block)

    and also
    'You weren't trying to help, because I there is no situation that NEEDS help.'

    by the way you write which shows less then an eigth grade education

    Even if I didn't answer what you wrote in the way you liked, why would you bother with such juvenile responses if you were educated and were over 15 years old.
    Idiot! Let it go"

    Again, you are more than welcome to block me but do not break Yahoo rules by contacting people who have blocked you. Thank you.
    Rune, not cranky at all. Just want him to vomit elsewhere, that's all. :-)

    • ANSWER:
      Hills does make some very good prescription diets. The kidney diet is a good one for cats with kidney disease. I know veterinarians and vet tech who have their own cats on that diet, including myself. I don't know about the litter. I have never seen a vet who sold litter.
      For constipation however, most vet I have worked with would recommend a wet food diet before a prescription diet. Any brand of wet food adds more moisture to the cats diet, and often is enough to help with constipation. But if it doesn't, then the vet would talk to you about prescription food. Ask you vet what he thinks about that.

  15. QUESTION:
    Worst case scenario if a cat's hyperthyroidism goes untreated?
    My neighbor's cat was recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. Kidney disease was ruled out. She told me "I'll just have to spend more on cat food." I think if I offered to pay for the radiation treatment she'd turn it down out of pride.

    (As for my cat, he's young and I won't have to deal with this for a long time down the road if ever).

    • ANSWER:
      Blindness can occur, as can kidney failure, non-stop diarrhea, heart failure and death. I would strongly recommend getting treatment. The earlier it's started, the better.

      http://www.lbah.com/feline/hyperthyroidism.htm

      Hope this helps. :)

  16. QUESTION:
    Why is my cat up meowing at night after going to the vet for treatment?
    She was treated for a urinary tract infection yesterday. I know she was lethargic and drinking a lot of water, so we'll have to wait and see if she has beginning stages of kidney disease. She'll be fine, but I won't. I am pooped. She was up 3 separate times meowing last night. I think she's happy. Maybe she was in pain for a while and is now relieved the pain went away. Have you folks ever dealt with something like this? Normally she goes to sleep with me. It was weird.
    She was at home and didn't stay overnight at the vet. I was trying to sleep. The twit kept waking me up. When I tried to get her to stop, she seemed like she just wanted to play.
    Yes, they did a ton of blood work. Three hundred bucks worth and now I have to put her on pricier food from them for cats with kidney issues. My other cat's a mut and dang---she NEVER has any problems.

    • ANSWER:
      just probably happy she isnt in pain

  17. QUESTION:
    our 13 yr old siamese has kidney disease and has lost use of her legs. waiting on blood test results.?
    what should we do? she started getting treated for this several months ago when diagnosed after having difficulty walking and loosing weight. we were getting her treatments including subcutenous fluids and antibiotics and she bounced back but yest she started w her leg weakness which has progressed to her not being able to walk at all now. she is lying on our couch as I type this. we brought her to Anim Emerg Hosp today and 4 later after doing blood test and giving her meds she is still unable to walk or eat/drink. vet said from potassium level down. after they get blood test results tomorrow they will know how to manager her potassium levels etc. so wondering if she will get back to normal walking again after that? help. she is my deceased mom's cat and I love her alot eventhough my dad is not excited about animals.
    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      If the vet cannot get her walking again and eating/drinking, then you might have to consider having her put to sleep. Anyway you look at it, she will probably need expensive and/or complicated care.

  18. QUESTION:
    my cat has kidney problems (...sobbing)?
    I am the one who posted about my skinny cat yesterday.
    the vet called me today to tell me that she probably has kidney problems as indicated by a blood test. I have to take her to the vet again tomorrow for urinalaysis....

    I found myself sobbing uncontrollaly when I heard this.... I am worried about the future cost (I am still OK with teh one-time urinanalysis and stuff) and the suffering that she has to go through.

    I have not noticed her drinking plenty of water and urinating a lot, though. She acts normal and plays fetch with me all time. and she is never very active to begin with.

    Is treatment (e.g. diet) for such kind of disease expensive?

    I am still a poor student on a rather tight budget. maybe I made a wrong decision to have a cat to begin with. I love her so much.... this is very sad.
    thanks everyone.
    I still find it hard to believe it, to be honest.

    she still does not drink or poo excessively. whenever she drinks she does so in small sips. and she eats in small portions - very 'lady-like'
    i heard that crf causes cats to drink a lot of water - but then, of course, maybe it's my cat's unwillingness to drink water that caused the problem....

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  19. QUESTION:
    My cat died last night in my arms, and I feel bad for not euthanizing her.?
    I have had my cat Koshka(russian for cat) for almost 4 years now. That doesnt seem long, but she was 13 when I got her and she died last night at 17 years old. to understand this cat, you have to know her history:

    I was/am and veterinary technician and the very first hospital I worked at, she was the "hospital" cat among others, and lived there, and loved it. She was a seal point siamese, and if you have a siamese, you know how they can talk and she would literally make a sound everytime you touched her, and she was so loving and cool.

    She had kidney disease, and was getting fluid treatments every little while.She actually belonged to one of the vets that worked there, and she let koshka stay there because she loved it, but she knew that she would like a home to be in.
    I eventually adopted her, as a matter of fact it was right when I was moving out for the first time from my parents house, and with my husband (then boyfriend). She was MY first pet. Not a family pet, but mine, and I loved her so much. She never got mad at me, and always purred, but her unique meow, made everyone in my family laugh and love her too.

    She had been doing good, and lost weight, becuase she was a little overweight before, and I stopped giving the fluids, because she seemed happy, content, and wasnt getting sick like she always did. I didnt take her to the vet as often for her bloodwork and vaccines, because she was older and because of her disease, didnt vaccinate her. She stayed at home, and was just happy, and I didn't expect to lose her. I honestly thought I would have her around for a long time.

    This past friday, I opened the door to see where she was at because usually, she meows right away,this big boisturous meow, and I didn't hear it, so I looked for her. She was behind the computer, laying down. I thought she was just sleeping, so I woke her up and got her some wet food(even though she doesnt usually eat that because of her kidneys), but since I noticed she wasn't eating her dry, I gave her some wet food. She ate quite a bit, but not the usual entire can! I thought it was weird, but just thought maybe she was sleepy or something. Then my husband and I got his sister to pet sit for the day on saturday, because we had stuff that we had to travel for the day. when we came home, she was still behind the computer, but still walking and talking to me when I called her, but not eating as much. I started to get worried, because I have seen her do this before, like she would literally sleep for hours, and just being a cat, but she still didnt eat.

    I told my mom about her and she was saying you know when to make a decision if you have to because you just dont want them to have to suffer, and I was thinking, what?? what do you mean??? because I was no where near that mindset to think like that. being in the vet field, it is already hard enough to see animals put to sleep, and even with family animals, but I realized something, I myself, had never had to make that decision yet for MY pet. I was crushed.

    I didn't know how to think saturday night. She didnt seem in pain, but she wasnt eating,or doing much of anything, she would try and get up, but it seemed like she just wanted to rest- she was lethargic. I literally had like to my name and I thought that maybe if we could get her some more fluid treatments- she would improve, but I couldnt figure out why this all was happening so fast. when would she get up and start meowing all crazy-like and purring??? I was waiting for that. No one would sell us the fluids, because she hadnt been seen in a while, or had a prescription for that-which is required. and I didnt know what to do. On sunday morning I must have woke up like 4 different times just to check on her and see if she was breathing. every time I would go to her, she would meow a little and purr some.

    I didn't know what or how to do it, I just thought I would have more time, I mean I am talking a normal cat on friday, to dying sunday afternoon. I felt robbed. I felt selfish for wanting more time with her, but I had also remembered all the regretful faces of people in the vet hospital while I gently held their animal while the vet euthanized it, and I thought, maybe its just not her time yet, please god dont make me make this decision now. I truly didnt know what was best. I didnt even have money- because they wanted a physical and other charges. I just kept her at home...........I decided since I couldnt get her fluids, I would hand feed her the water she needed. so every few minutes, I would tilt her head up and give her some water so she felt some comfort.

    I am in so much pain right now,and I feel so numb. I dont know anyone on here, and have never posted antything like this, but I dont know how to deal. I feel so bad and I dont know how to get over it. She died in my arms, and in the end, she was breathing slowly, I dont think she was gasping, but her system was just shutting down. My husband a

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you handled a very difficult situation with love, compassion and dedication. I am so very sorry for your loss. You did not do the wrong thing. An animal does not need to be euthanized if it's not in pain, and it sounds like she had a very peaceful passing - at home, in familiar surroundings, in the loving arms of her family. Please do not feel guilty for that. You positively gave her the best and most peaceful death any animal could wish for. My prayers are with your family for comfort right now as you grieve Koshka.

  20. QUESTION:
    Who can help me with possible side-effects of meds?
    My cat has PKD (Poly-cystic Kidney Disease) and a heart murmur (7 years old), he is getting Subcu treatments once a week (200 ML's). I noticed he recently started with the sniffles and a slight cough... I called the vet and she put him on Zeniquin 25MG just to make sure he doesn't get a bacterial infection.

    Should I be concerned about the side effects of the meds?

    Thank you for any help or guidance!

    SunnyD

    • ANSWER:
      Only thing to watch for is appetite but mostly no side affects
      For the sniffles,cough, get some l-lysene from a pharmacy or health food store. 1 pill 2x a day (250mg 2x a day)
      Best of luck

  21. QUESTION:
    Anyone had surgery on cat with nose cancer?
    My cat is age 15 & has squamous cell cancer on nose. Have seen several vets specifically for this, but none seemed to take it seriously or offered treatment options. It's large now. Has anyone had their cat's nose removed due to cancer? Can it be done? His whole nose is bloody scabby looking. He has other health issues - thyroid & kidney disease. He is totally inside cat. Vet visits tire him out for days afterward, but when at home on his normal routine, he seems pretty good - can climb onto tables & countertops with ease, eats very well - he used to be chubby, now is thin. Anyone who has experienced nose cancer & surgery for it, I would like to know how cat handled did afterward, how long cat survived afterward, if cat seemed comfortable, normal, etc. I love this guy & want to help him, but also don't want to lose him if surgery is very risky or put him through a lot only to live a short or miserable life. If they can do surgery, do they graft skin, or how is it covered?

    • ANSWER:
      Squamous Cell Carcinoma is very aggressive. I doubt that the vets are not taking it seriously, in fact, they have probably told you there is nothing that can be done.
      The fact that this cat has lost that much weight, means it has probably metastasized (spread) to other parts of his body.
      I have never heard of removing a cat's nose for cancer treatment. If a surgery is attempted, they would have to remove the tumor and all surrounding tissue, which could mean half of the head. It is very possible that at this stage it has infiltrated the bone in the face.
      I understand that you don't want to lose him. I suggest that you spend what time you have left in loving him and making your final days together memorable ones for you.
      He will let you know when it is time. Once he stops eating and getting around with the same ease he had, you will know.
      I am truly sorry for you.

  22. QUESTION:
    Do you think I did the right thing with this stray cat?
    I found a stray cat outside my mum's house yesterday. She was very small, thin, emaciated, infested with fleas, matted (long) hair and generally in a poor shape. My brother has been feeding her for a while but wasn't sure if she belonged to someone so hadn't taken her to a rescue shelter.

    I felt so angry at the state of this poor animal that I put her in a cat carrier and brought her home with me. I bathed her (she didn't like that lol) gave her a Frontline spot on, fed her and put her in a quiet room whilst my hubby called the RSPCA. An inspector came out shortly afterwards and took her away.

    They've just phoned me to say that they are putting her to sleep - they said she's quite old, has bad teeth, bad skin and it would cost someone a lot of money for her treatment, plus she COULD have kidney disease, so she's not "rehome-able".

    I feel terrible, like I've condemned this cat to death. We'd have kept her ourselves but we have little money and couldn't afford to take on an animal requiring a lot of vet treatment, much as we'd like to. The RSPCA didn't offer to help with this vert treatment.

    She seemed happy and healthy, she was just thin and scruffy and neglected and now they're putting her to sleep!

    I know the RSPCA are euthanasia-happy and I feel bad about calling them, maybe we should have called the Cats Protection or someone? We'd have kept her ourselves if only we could have had some help with the vet treatment she'd need . . . did I do the right thing? Should I just have left her where she was?
    Shiny Shoes - the PDSA won't help us as we are not on the "right" benefits, we work but are on a low income + working tax credit, and the PDSA only help people on council tax/housing benefit (we own our house so don't get Housing Benefit and our income is about £20 per week too high to claim C. Tax Benefit). So they won't help - we did ring them and ask but they said no they wouldn't help us.

    • ANSWER:
      Is it too late, have they already done the job? If the only thing stopping you from keeping her is the vet's bills try the P.D.S.A. They provide veterinary care for animals if their owners are on a low income. It is a donation based organisation so you only pay what you think you can afford. I do think you did the right thing by this cat. You tried to get her help in good faith. The R.S.P.C.A may have been right about her condition, if you hadn't intervened you may have condemned her to a slow painful death on the streets. At least she didn't have to go through that.

  23. QUESTION:
    Have a pet die at home, or have him put to sleep?
    I have a cat that is 17 yrs old- he'll be 18 in Feb. He has had kidney disease for approx 6 years, but until recently has been stable. He has recently lost weight, and is often dehydrated and needs IV's of fluid to re-hydrate. There is no cure, and he'll only get worse, never better. The treatments work temporarily, but need to be ongoing- and they stress him, & me. His quality of life stinks- he sleeps 22 hrs a day, and I am considering having him put to sleep- and the vet supports this. But I feel so so so guilty- should I let nature take its course, or "help" him thru the misery?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a cat get Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) (kidney failure). We did supportive care of IVs. Check out the Yahoo Groups... there is a wonderful CRF group there who can advise you better. They helped me give several months of quality life to my poor dying cat. I too was giving subcutaneous fluids to my cat during periods when he "crashed"

      The thing about CRF is that it doesn't cause suffering in the sense of pain and agony. My vet had a good analogy: the toxins that build up in the cats blood make him feel the way a person does with a bad hangover. Tired and under the weather but not suffering. The more you can keep him hydrated, the more his kideys will flush and the toxins will stay low.

      Look into the diets for renal failure cats. They're lower in the things that cause the blood toxins to build up.

      Realistically you know it's not curable. 17-18 is a very age for a cat.

      My cat had a sudden "crash" one weekend and even with lots of sub-Q fluids he just lay there half asleep.... a few hours late he went totally unconcious and was dead. It was so sudden we didn't have time to get a hold of a vet for euthanasia. This is what you should expect if you let him die at home.

      The plus of having the vet do it is that he doesnt' have that last few hours of the "crash" when his kidneys totally shut down.... but the alternative is that his last hour's memory is the stressful trip to the vet clinic and then being held down by a stranger for a needle. It's a really hard choice to make.

      Kudos for you for being so caring that you're thinking about this. Why don't you ask this question on the CRF list... they'll be really experienced with this and can help you. They're really wonderful people! They were so supportive when I struggled with my cat, Tippy.

      Best of luck to you!

  24. QUESTION:
    Methamazole / acute kidney failure?
    My cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. She was put on methamazole 1/2 twice daily. She had her blood tests, & the levels were still high. So the vet prescribed 1 tablet twice daily. She was on this for about 6 months. The last blood test showed the level of thyroid hormone was undetectable. Too low, vet quickly lowered back to the first dose. Before I even had the new dose in her but 1 day, she became quite tired. I called the vet er, they said maybe it needed to get out of her system. Soon she could barely move, & eventually fell over in the kitchen. I took her to the vet er, she was in acute kidney failure. I had to help her out of pain. I am devistated. as this was a complete shock. The symptoms began & ended all within 3 days. I am wondering if a cats body can change as far as levels, & what could have caused her kidney failure that quick. I also had a male, w/ hyperthyroidism & kidney disease, he was treated also with methamazole, 1/2 tablet once a day. Also a blood pressure pill. He did go blind, as his retinas detached. It was a miracle, a day after treatment of the high blood pressure, he focused on me. He got his sight back! He was going downhill though still, as he was 15. The female above was 14. After she died, it was only 2 days, & my boy couldn't even walk, as a Mom, I had to help him also. They got the blood tests at the same time, his level was perfect she said. I had no idea he had the thyroid problem til he lost his sight. I lost my two best friends in the same week. I noticed with both of them, after starting the methamazole, they stopped purring. Were not the same little "people" they used to be. I know I did the right thing for them, as they were older, and the blood tests came back horrible. There was nothing I could do. I need to know if this medication may have threw them both into renal failure. I am 42, an adult woman, its been a week....& I'm still crying like a child. Any opinion, advice, or answers would mean alot. Thank you.
    Apologizing ahead, as this is my first time here, on questions. I may have put this in the wrong category. Thought I put it on "Pets"...looks like it appeared on "diseases"?? I hope others can find it. Thank you ahead for any replies that are given, it means so much. I want to do the very best I can with any extra knowledge. I have one cat left, "Furgis"....and I want to do the best I can for him. He is only 6.....I want him to live a long and happy life.

    • ANSWER:
      I had a cat that lived to be 19. The last 6 years of his life he was on methamazole. It did wonders for his hyperthyroidism.
      Sometimes the best efforts of the vets just don't do the trick. I am so sorry you lost your cats. They really are wonderful creatures. Please get another one or two that need homes.

  25. QUESTION:
    cat with pyometra,do her future look bright?
    i will try to make it short
    i fell inlove with a stray kitty 2 years ago (she was few months old) i took her to the same vet all her life ( it's so rare to find a vet clinic in my town)
    well he is a stupid vet,he kept diagosing her with UTI for a whole year
    llast night i really felt uncomfortable with his diagnosis and treatment plan
    so in the morning i was sooooo lucky to find another vet(amazing btw) and took her to him although my cat was a little better from ex-vet injections
    the new vet said my cat have pyometra (like many answerers here gussed last night) and she needs an emergency spaying
    i agreed and was dead scared of losing her
    the vet said the spaying went amazing but her womb was the hugest thing he saw
    my cat had low temp (this morning with new vet)that could mean toxins were released(last night she had a high temp according to ex-vet and gave her injections)
    the vet scared me ( to tell the truth i freaked out) that she may have kidney disease from the toxins and we should wait 2 days to know for sure,and if she does there is nothing we can do
    i agreed to keep her with them for 2 nights,so they can give her IV fluids
    i talked to the nurse around 3pm (after spaying) she said my cat looked comfortable and her face looked bright
    and she is moving around and that she ate on her own
    and just now i talked to the vet he said the same,she looks more comfortable
    but it's too early to tell (it's night and the spaying was done in the morning)
    i said if this mean if she have kidney disease he still said he can't tell
    but he said a sentence i did not understand exactly what he means "it's as good as it gets" or something like that
    the new vet is very clear and straight forward(great change)
    but i want to knw from your esperience does she have a bright future or not ?? will she have only few months to live? ??
    the only postive thing my vet said that she ate on her own and that's a good sign

    but if she have toxins it will take 2 days to show in the blood
    i know i'v learnt my lesson really hard
    but i did ask my old vet to spay her few times he could at that time because "she had fever from her UTI"
    and first i said to myself i don't want to get attached to this kitty i will just feed it poor thing does not have food
    then i said it wont hurt if i play with it
    then i said it won't hurt if i took her to the vet she does not look so well (last year her first "UTI" )
    and the next thing i find myslef in this horrible postion

    • ANSWER:
      If you'd SPAYED the thing immediately,it wouldn't be near death now,would it?
      *&* cost you an arm & both legs in vet fees.
      Did you LEARN anything from this?

  26. QUESTION:
    Can cats get Parkinson's disease?
    I'm a junior doctor, but not a vet so all I can do is guess when it comes to diagnosing our cat!

    He's old (17) but in good health, still pretty active etc. He was at the vet recently who did a whole host of blood tests to check his kidney function etc and reckoned he had a good few years left in him. He does seem to have feline dementia though.......

    Anyway, he has this weird kind of twitch sometimes, in his head and one of his front paws, and he sometimes seems to "freeze" in one position for 20 seconds or so, then he just gets on with whatever he was doing.

    In my opinion, he has symptoms kind of suggestive of Parkinson's disease, but I don't know whether cats can get that. If so, is there any treatments for it?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a dog that had seizures and his mild ones he would do what you described. But I'm not saying that's what it is. Did you ask the vet? Because that's really a good question you obviously love your kitty and he is well taken care of to be 17.

  27. QUESTION:
    How can I avoid senior cat health problems?
    Well, my family is adopting a 4 year old cat from the shelter. Im asking the question because I want to make sure I can provide a good older lifestyle for my cat when he grows old. Ill be in high school or university when he reaches his senior years. So, i will be able to provide him with treatment. But, overall i would avoid all the problems in one.

    What can i provide him with once he is old so he can be comfortable?
    I'll accept the fact that he'll get arthritis and things like that.
    But, how can I avoid heart disease and kidney disease and things like that?
    Please help! I want to be prepared :P

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  28. QUESTION:
    My cat passed away 1 week ago; has only visited me once, i am so depressed he left me? please help need advice?
    he jumped on my bed 1 day after he passed away but he doesnt appear to me anymore. i am so depressed i feel i should end my life and have nothing to live for anymore. i also feel maybe my cat has moved on and forgot about me or doesnt love me. i have asked God to make my cat another vessel here on earth and have my friend call me and say she found a newborn kitten and that I would instantly know it was rex reborn. I am losing my mind. i balme my boyfrined for his death because he fed him scraps of sandwich meat which i thought caused him to lose his appetite and make him not eat his own food and make him susceptible to dying since he was already sick and needed to eat. he was 17 and had hyperthyroidism and as far as i know had kidney disease. i gave him medicine and subq fluids everyday. but i feel i didnt do enough. he was scheduled to get his I131 radioactive cure for his HT on 1/12 but died on me 2 weeks before his treatment. I am in so much gried. i just want to die. life is meaningless wihtout him an dfamily doesnt care enough about me to ask me whats wrong or be there for me. my mother told me to go home that i bother her, and my sister says she doesnt have time to talk with me. i feel so alone and scared.

    • ANSWER:
      I own a pet too that i love. I can imagine your situation and the pain you feel But you shouldn't feel so sad and alone right now.

      Life inevitable ends for everyone here. But the importance of life, is not how long it was but how worthwhile we used our time and how happy we have been. I'm sure your cat lived a very happy life with your company. And I think he would want you to live the same way. :)

      Life is not meaningless. it never was or will be. You should do something meaningful e.g. do charity work or adopt another cat, the cat won't replace your old cat's position, but it allows you to acknowledge, life is not at all meaningless and that in your lifetime you can do something meaningful, i mean life is not long.

      Live life to the fullest. for your cat and for yourself. Your sadness would take a long time to fade away. And you would probably always want your cat to still be with you. but time would ease the pain. And your cat would always be looking down at you ( even though he doesn't visit you). You should let him move on, and you should move on too. This doesn't mean he doesn't care about you, it shows that you guys love each other so much, you guys are willing to let go. This is what love truly means: letting the other live a happier and free-er life, AND NOT holding on to each other and live a miserable life just because s/he is no longer here. If you passed away, I'm sure you wont want your cat to be sad =) Don't just sit there feeling sad and doing nothing, do something meaningful for you cat. It makes everything more meaningful!!

      I'm sorry that your family isn't talking to you, but I think it's because they don't REALLY know how much the cat means to you.

      Don't feel alone and scared. There are people in the world who still understand you even though you don't see them.

      Hope you feel better soon. Bless you~ (:

  29. QUESTION:
    Is Potter a miracle cat?
    We have a Flame Point Siamese cat named Potter and he's 8 years old. In January of this year he was diganosed with Kidney disease.

    They had him on sub fluids, Epicakin (I think that's how you spell it) and antibiotics. Five weeks into treatment, Potter finished his antibiotics and my spouse and I decided that we were alright with him passing and didn't want to hurt him anymore with poking him with sub fluids (He hated it).

    We continue to feed him his low protein, low sodium food (both soft and hard) with Epicakin mixed in (it's a powder), ensure that there is fresh water always available and just love him more then ever. He really likes belly rubs!!

    Potter is now chasing our other cat around, he's gained weight and I've never seen him happier.

    Is he a miracle cat?
    Thank you for the website. We actually went there when Potter was initally diagnosed.

    Just to note, we will not let Potter suffer. He is just like a son to us.

    • ANSWER:
      It looks like god decided he was going to be on earth for longer. I'm glad that he is alright and happy. He is definatly a miracle cat.

  30. QUESTION:
    Why would a cat be enamored with hot sudsy bath water?
    I have a very puzzling question for knowledgeable cat folks to consider!

    My white Oriental Shorthair neuter, Hubble, has a passion for hot, sudsy water from the bathtub. He doesn't seem to be interested in drinking any soapy water from the sink, but he is totally into drinking lots of hot sudsy water from our bathtub.

    He does not have kidney disease, or diabetes. He does have diabetes Insipidus which is not related to sugar diabetes. This is a condition where he lacks a hormone which allows the kidneys to absorb water and process it normally. He is receiving this hormone daily in an oral suspension prescribed by my vet, called desmopressin .

    http://www.surroundedbycats.com/dicentral.html

    Since he has been receiving this hormone, his urine specific gravity is now perfectly normal, and his electrolytes are also normal. He is tested every 6 weeks, in fact. Prior to treatment, his urine was almost completely water and he was peeing buckets. His urine production is also completely normal now as well.

    Does anyone have an idea why he is so "addicted" to hot soapy water? Our vet has no idea what is so attractive to him. His brother has no interest in bath water at all. We are just at a loss about this, and of course, we dissuade him from his predilection.

    Thanks for any helpful information. My husband and I are mystified.
    This "passion" started before he was diagnosed with D.I. This has been happening since he was a kitten!
    This is not bubble bath folks! This is regular bath soap and he has no preference over brands!

    • ANSWER:
      I have no idea either! LOL my Maine Coons some love soapy dish water and know when you are washing dishes. I only take showers but there are several who hang out waiting for for the water to hit the back of the wall. Most of them love a bath. Not all but most. I think this is one of the mysteries of cats that we will never figure out. Isn't it wonderful that we know them so well and then in the same breath we don't know what makes them tick! Each is so different from the others and I just marvel at each kitten born here they are all lovable and sweet but very very different. In what they like and don't. Thanks for reminding me just how each one is different in their likes and dislikes. You made me smile and feel that warm fuzzy feeling all over. Remember what makes each one different and what is so special about each one because we don't know how long we have with them.
      Thanks!
      R P Cat
      Maine Coons

  31. QUESTION:
    Please help me decide if I should put my cat to sleep.?
    My cat is pretty old. I've had her for 23 years now but she got really sick, really fast. Here's a list of her problems:

    *Severe Kidney Disease
    *Hyperthyroidism which causes her to eat/drink constantly but still lose weight. She only weighs 4.5 pounds now. I can feel her bones.
    *There's something pushing her eye out of socket. The vet believes this to be a tumor
    *Urinary tract infection
    *Abcess tooth/rotten teeth
    *She tries not to put too much weight on her back right leg but she can still walk and jump
    *When she breathes, she sounds like she's snoring
    *She is losing her hearing

    I love my cat so much and I just cry at the thought of not having her with me anymore but I know I have to do what's best for her. The vet says that she's too old for any kind of treatment and that I should just try to keep her happy and comfortable but they didn't tell me to put her down. What should I do?

    If she is in pain, I will put her down. I don't want her to suffer because I don't want to let her go. That would be selfish of me and this is about her, not me.

    As for quality of life, she sleeps a lot and just wants to eat when she's not sleeping. She doesn't play much anymore. She just hangs out and climbs in our laps when she's ready for snuggles.

    I know that no one can tell me what to do. I was hoping to hear what you would do if you were in my position. Thank you so much for your answers.

    • ANSWER:
      if i was you, i honesly would put him down. i know how you feel cause i had to make the decision. at first i was thinking, no way i cant live without him but than i realized all i was thinking about was my feelings, instead of how he felt. i love him so much that i didnt care hw i would feel or how sad i was, i didnt want to watch him suffer anymore. i knew that he would rahter be died than suffer. so puttign your cat down will really show how mych you love him. i know its the hardest thing in the world, but you dont want to see him suffer. and your right it is only up to you but thats what i woud do. that is what i did. you have to realize that your cat will be in a better place where he isnt suffereing anymore. and someday you wil be together agian. so just say goodbye to him for now. im sorry that you have to go through this its a tough decision cause you dont want to let him go but at the same time you dont want him to suffer. but just do whats best for him. alot of people feel guilty aftter but htey shouldnt casue putting their cat down shows how much they love them. and its good that you realize its about her and not you. i can tell you really love her. but it wont be goodbye forever, jsut for now. i hope you get through it when the times comes. and just rememebr how lucky your cat was to have a owner that loves him.

  32. QUESTION:
    Very Long Question About Sick Family Cat. Please Read and Help. :( ?
    My family has 2 cats, that have always been loved unconditionally.
    But as I've grown older, I realize that my parents don't provide them the care they deserve.
    They haven't seen the vet since they were kittens. Its not that we don't have the money, its my parents lack of wanting to care for the animals they bought their children. They get everything else they need, it just seems my parents don't believe in medical care for our kitties.

    Our past cat had developed kidney failure, and my parents waited until the last second to bring her to the vet and by that time there was nothing that could be done to slow down the disease. She passed on a month later.

    Over the last few months our 11 year old male is showing signs of illness. I'm guessing its hyperthyroidism or diabetes, but im no vet. He has a ravenous hunger, even though he is fed a full bowl of food every morning. He acts as though he is starving to death. He cries constantly, and will eat ANYTHING in sight. He devours food of any kind that he can find, and even garbage scraps. I would have thought this was just because he is spoiled, except that no matter how much he eats, he has lost a ton of weight. A cat that used to have his belly sag to the ground and be meaty, now has his ribs sticking out and his hind leg bones are visible. And when he walks, from behind it looks like his back legs are moving strangely, (maybe just because they are so boney). I don't understand how this can be, considering I sometimes sneak him an extra bowl of food in the evening because I know he's hungry.

    Aside from this, he's become almost...hyper and so energetic its almost intolerable. He has always been a playful cat, but has lately gone crazy. He is constantly in the way, under our feet and craving constant attention. (He is given plenty!) This worsens when I'm eating food. He will do whatever it takes to get to food. He climbs all over me, no matter how much i push him away and tell him no. (He never used to beg).

    He isn't suffering by any means, he's happier than ever, just the weight loss has me worried after my last cat, and I want to get him checked out and helped before it's too late. I know my cats well, and I just have a sense that he isn't well. Anyways, I want to be responsible for my cat, seeing as no one else in my family is willing to. I'm not sure about giving him to a shelter, after all hes likely sick, and is fairly old. He's loving and wonderful with me, but he can be a bit aggressive towards strangers. Would he even find a new home? Hes attached to our other cat, they've been together their whole lives, and i've had him since i rescued him as a kitten, I don't want to have to give him up. He follows me all day, and he loves me a lot, would giving him up depress him? I would do this if i had to as a last resort. :(

    I'm 16, and just got a part-time job, so i'm going to save up and attempt to pay the vet bills on my own. If i bring him in for a check, how much would that and blood work cost me? If it turns out to be something like diabetes or hyperthyroidism or another disease, how much could i have to pay for treatments/medication?

    Just looking for an estimate, or any helpful ideas. Does he sound ill to you? Or is it just old age and the years or being spoiled finally coming to haunt us? If any one knows of a way I could get him some help for cheap i'd appreciate it.
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Your cat definitely sounds ill. 11 years old is not "old age" for a cat in good health (I have had cats live to 20-21 years of age). Sudden weight loss and ravenous hunger certainly sound like a thyroid problem of some kind. If it was diabetes he would be drinking water constantly and peeing a large amount.

      Take a cat like that to a shelter and he will surely be put to sleep because they know they won't be able to place a sick animal, nor have the funds themselves to care for him.

      Bloodwork and a basic exam at a vet should not cost more than 0-250, I would imagine, but it is hard to guess. You should try calling some different vets in your area and try to get an estimate, and see if they offer any special prices for those in financial hardship. Generally medication for maintaining a condition like a thyroid problem should not be too expensive for a single cat.

  33. QUESTION:
    What is the safest treatment for hyperthyroidism in cats?
    Our cat was just diagnosed with hyperactive thyroid & my parents want to do the methimazole treatment. I heard that there are lots of side effects including liver & kidney damage. I prefer the radioactive iodine cause I heard it's a cure for the disease.

    Anyway, if you have a cat with hyperthyroidism, what course of action did you take? Which do you recommend if safest method?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry I can't help specifically, but wanted to suggest another source for info that might be helpful to you. Although I haven't joined any for feline hyperthyroid, I do know from first-hand experience (feline cancer group) that these specialized groups typically have a lot of information about the conditions, treatments, etc. and the folks are very friendly and helpful. These three Yahoo Groups specifically mention feline hyperthyroid, the first is dedicated to that specific condition:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/feline-hyperT
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Feline_Hypertension
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FelineDiabetics

      Hope this helps & best of luck to you and your cat!!

  34. QUESTION:
    I have a 20-year-old cat and this morning she had what appeared to be a seizure.?
    I have a 20-year-old cat and this morning she had what appeared to be a seizure. She was flipping, turning her head, and her eyes were so wide. As soon as she was done I just held her and her little heart was beating so fast. I know she is losing her health as she was once plump and overweight and she is so skinny now. She has already been thru kidney and liver disease on separate occasions during her mid years. This time I know I won't be during a whole course of treatment since she is 20 and her kitty time is coming to an end. My question is should I send her to the vet and have her undergo tests? I would like to keep her here and keep her comfy as she doesn't seem to be suffering, she is acting like her normal self, but I can't be entirely certain what is going on in the inside, on the other hand, even though she is 20, I still don't want to rush to put her to sleep. Thanks!!
    naps with cats: Thanks for the info! I had already checked her for dehydration :-) When she had kidney disease, she was sent home with IV and I did it for a week when she came home :-)

    I'm going to keep a close eye on her and if it continues she will go to see the doc. Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Please take her to a vet and remember, as hard as it is, if she is in pain-You have to do what is best for her!!! I know it's hard!!!!!!!! When we lost our family dog after a freak thing and once we knew, he was suffering, my son and I didn't take 2 minutes to say goodbye, but it took them over an hour to pry us screaming from him. We have his urn and some toys in a glass shelf. I would have sold EVERYTHING I own-if it would have made a difference..but, he was in pain and nothing could be done. We can't even talk about him without crying..tears flood my eyes right now. We can't shake him being gone. I hope she is able to have a few healthy more years, but do what is best for her.

  35. QUESTION:
    Pros and Cons: Evo vs Wellness?
    I am not going to get into the foods I have fed, but I have a two year old DSH that is indoor only. I am currently trying to decide on his new food as I want to go more natural, but not homecooked or raw. I thought I had already chosen the food but I started second guessing myself.

    I originally chose Innova Evo because I liked that it was virtually a raw diet in a dry form. However, my concerns have become the high phosphorus content that can contribute to kidney disease, as well as the use of DL-methionine to acidify the cat's urine. While a more acidic urine does adecrease the chance of getting struvite crystals, it does increase the chance of having calcium oxalate crystals (a crystal that was not seen prior to the treatment of cats with struvites with DL methionine to acidify the urine pH).

    After my concerns about EVO I did even more research and began to think about using Wellness Indoor Formula. I want to hear your opinions on these foods, preferably from experience.
    I am planning on using a dry formulation. I know about moisture issues and cat water intake so I ask not to hear about how canned food is better. I also do not plan to go raw or use a home cooked diet as I do not have the time to do these. I simply want to hear some opinions on these foods, as well as any other natural food you might suggest. I only ask that instead of just naming them, I would like to hear why you suggest the food. Thank you all and I look forward to your answers.
    I have been on a Hills food which left my cats fur lack luster and skin dry and flaky. What first spiked my interest in a more natural cat food was the improvement in coat quality because I did not want to add supplements to my pet's food. I believe that a good food does not require supplementation.

    I had already begun the slow transition to EVO (about a week ago) before my concerns came to the forefront and the change in his fur coat is amazing. However, I do not want to sacrifice his internal health for his outer appearance.

    What I did like about Wellness over EVO was the use of glucoasime and condroitin for joint health and flaxseed for coat health. Wellness also included aracadonic acid (which is one of the three feline essential fatty acids that most foods do not think to include).

    • ANSWER:
      I had initially started feeding Wellness about 6 years ago when my young cat was diagnosed with uremic dysplasia (a birth defect - the kidneys are too small) which means he gets treated like a CRF cat. I liked the low phosphorus level in the Wellness. I feed about half canned/half dry. Then the EVO came out. My cats were all doing extremely well on it, and they liked it very much. What I do is mix the EVO and the Wellness together, which sort of mitigates the issues with the EVO. Works for us very well here. The Wellness, however, is a fine food. Everyone likes it, from my elderly cat (who eats mostly canned now but still snacks on the dry) to the younger ones. The one with kidney issues gets fed a primarily canned diet due it's moisture content (Wellness, Wellness pouches, and EVO) but also snacks on the dry mix.

  36. QUESTION:
    does avacodoes make cats get diabtes ??? please read ???
    this is kinda long but please read it
    so my cat has diabetes ???
    what causes cats to get diabetes???
    and also why are avacodos bad for cats ???

    he aslo has liver disease and kidney disease
    and he can barely walk so we took him to the vet and hes there right now and there keeping him there so they can treat him
    and there treating his kidney and liver first
    and also his eye it hurt really bad cuz these stupid guys in my neighborhood threw rocks at him

    and where spending alot of mony on him
    cuz these tests and treatment costs alot of mony
    but hes part of our family
    when i get sick i dont even this good doctors care lol
    and i just wanna kno if theres anything else i can do
    what kinda diet should he on when he comes home
    and does anybody knos wat causes this
    like is it sumthin that i did wrong
    or is it just sumthin that happens ????
    and im really really sad for him

    • ANSWER:
      no. avacados do not make cats get diabetes.

      for the most updated and recent info, check out http://www.felinediabetes.com and if you use the forums, you'll find people who are treating their cats for diabetes and are very knowledgeable. They can show you how to save money, and give the best treatment possible.

  37. QUESTION:
    sick kitty getting active?
    I found out that my kitty had kidney disease (not serious - no need for fluid treatment) about a month ago and since then have been feeding her K/D food for cats with poor kidneys.

    To my surprise she seems to have gotten more active, and has the habit of jumping up on the window sill,something that she very rarely did in the past.

    Is it a good sign? I just fear that some sick cats might appear more active before they got worse ....

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    Do you think my BF is responsible for my cats death becuse he fed him a thin slice of turkey meat? HELP!?
    my cats appetite was fine it seemed until he fed my cat that thin slice of sanwich meat thereafter my cat either became a picky eater and didnt want his food or the illness (kidney disease/ HT) made him lose his appetite. WHICH DO YOU THINK IS THE REASON MY CAT LOST HIS APPETITE AND DIED 2 DAYS LATER? because my BF fed him a lillte piece of meat and my cat became picky about his own wellness cat food or because of his pre existing illnesses? please let me know becuse I am about to break up with my BF of 7 years becuase i told him many times never to give my cat human food and if it caused my cats death then I want nothing to do with him. I had my cat for 17 years and love and miss him so much. his i131 was sheduled on1/12/09 which my cat didnt live to make his treatment. Im so severly depressed I just want to die.

    over 1 week my cats appetite decreased . he went form eating 2 cans a day of wellness chicken food to 1 can a day to 1/2 a can the day before he died, and he was so thin already from the hyperthyroidism.
    the day my cat he wouldnt eat and the day prior he hadnt eaten in 16 hours the last being a half a can of adult cat food. i became desperate seeing my cat wouldnt eat /i made him boiled chicken, and even caved in and offered him sandwich meat that he liked but my cat didnt want that either. i tried differeent brands of cat food, even offered tuna, and my cat wouldnt eat.
    i need to know if i am making the right decision to dump my BF of 7 years? Am i justified or did my cat die and lose his appetite from his illnesses?

    • ANSWER:
      It was the illness im afraid, 17 yrs is pretty old for a cat it was probably just its time. I dont think blaming your boyfriend is justified, and using your cat as an excuse to dump him is just cruel.

  39. QUESTION:
    What would be the safest choice of vets after my cat's tragic end in doctors' hands?
    Two weeks ago my cat Tootsie was euthanized without proper examination and minutes after a veterinarian had just proceeded with fluids and antibiotics treatment because I explained that she had not eaten and drank by herself for 5 days after being poisoned by a toad recuperating very slowly (but bravely nevertheless). That visit to the vets' clinic was Tootsie's first there, so the doctor who saw her had no medical history on her and did not seem to need one to rule that she "most probalby had a kidney failure". My personal vet was not at the clinic and the never seen before another doctor injected the cat with fluids but right immediaterly AFTER that she decided that my cat did not eat and drink because of a ... periodontal disease and because she did not eat she most probably had a kidney failure. Truth is that she did not even open Tootsie's mouth beside observing burns on her gums and ... also nose. Up to here I have already described her tragic end by euthanasia without no chance given to her to observe if she would have healed following the fluids and antibiotic treatment (in a previous thead asking if I should forgive myself for allowing what happened). My new problem comes now following that first stage of suffering with fear: My own vet being the owner of the veterinary clinic, instead of investigating the wrongs or not done, as I requested him, helped his colleague vet with altering Tootsie's one page chart with misstatements about what would have been the visit's purpose and result deleting my complaint about the toad poisoning, lying that I would have chosen the euthanasia by myself after allegedly "being concerned about the cost of an eventual treatment to follow" and among many other lies including that I had had allegedly stated that Tootsie was never taken to a veterinary clinic since she was a kitten (I never said that), my own vet stated that he was present there during my discussion about the euthanasia (the most disappointing lie as coming from my own vet who contrarily avoided to show his presence at the clinic when I went there with Tootsie and could have advised me such or such options). And here is my Question with capital Q:

    After I suffered like a dog eaten by doubts and guilty feelings and instead of having medical professional explanation or excuse following my pet's untimely ending by their hands, shouldn't I fear my own vet's future actions on my remaining pets after his helping his colleague to lie in her chart and lying himself too? Because I asked for Tootsie's chart and euthanasia form, he seemingly went into a complaint-proof alert and vigilence. In this context, should I just let go and keep on bringing my other pets to him like nothing happened or rather I should avoid in the future to bring my other pets to him? He used to be a good doctor but as the clinic is his, his colleague is more important to him than me and my pets. On the other hand going to another vet in the area with the charts of my other pets bearing his name, wouldn't put the new vet in contact with him and a hand washes the other? Shouldn't I better start anew with the new vet NOT telling him/her anything about anything done at my former vet's clinic e.g. without my pets former charts? My other cat and my dog did not have any special diseases or problems before. To me lying and modifying truth and charts shows a potential danger in the future for my other pets. Is being a good doctor more important than his ethical potential? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      You cannot believe that as I was reading your question, my rage was escalating to the point that I wanted to scream ... please find another veterinarian STAT. Not only that, but if you document everything you wrote here, I would absolutely report this clinic to the state veterinary board wherever you live. No one should have to go through this tragic experience that was completely unfounded. Record tampering is a very serious crime, and needs to be addressed by the veterinary licensing board.

      http://www.jugglingcats.com/veterinary/vet_board.htm

      While I do understand that we develop relationships with our veterinarians over the years, and develop trust with them. Finding excellent practitioners can be very frustrating and difficult to accomplish. This said, if your "formerly" good vet is no longer someone you trust or will ever be able to trust in the future, it is time to part the ways... AND even report the clinic. Hard to do, but it sounds like this is a clinic that should not be in practice from what you describe about how your cat was "treated". I feel SO for you. This was something that never should have happened.

      I can totally understand your reticence in sharing the history about your former vet clinic. Some practitioners get very protective about their peers. This said, if you find the relationship developing and they gain your trust, at some point I would definitely tell him/her about the incident. They may be far less likely to refer other clients to them if a referral is required.

      I highly feel that a good "doctor" is one who is also highly ethical. They come hand in hand, and if ethics are broken no matter how"skilled" the practitioner may be, I would not consider that veterinarian to treat my cats.

      Hope this helps, and again, I am just incredibly sad for you and still am enraged that you had to go through this nightmare. Blessings on your angel kitty also.

      Troublesniffer
      Owned by cats for over 40 years
      Member: Cat Writer's Association

  40. QUESTION:
    Is a chlorine dioxide dental treatment safe for cats with early renal disease?
    My beloved kitty is almost 12 yrs old and has declining renal function. She also has some dental problems. She is scheduled to undergo a dental cleaning and exam, but I came across some products that advertised that they would help make the cleaning easier and would help prevent against tartar/plaque build up afterwards. While I am skeptical of how much good they will really do, my main concern is that it might be harmful to her kidneys. I couldn't really find much evidence either way. Anyone with any knowledge on the subject? Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      Bless you and you "kitty".Our old girl had renal failure and i had 2 put her on iv 2 help flush out her system.She lived a good 4 years and was full of life,But we had 2 be very careful of anything she was given.I would really talk 2 your vet before proceeding 2 give her this product.May she have many more wonderful healthy years.

  41. QUESTION:
    Confused about whether or not to take cat back to the vet..?
    Thanks for the advice ahead of time.

    Background:
    Larry is a 10-13 year old cat we adopted two years ago. He spent the majority of his life in a barn eating mice/dry food. When we adopted him we took him to the vet 7-8 times within the the first few months for chronic ear infections (he has polyps) and a teeth cleaning/extractions. During the cleaning we were notified there was a growth on the back of his tongue that may or may not eventually block is throat. It's inoperable and likely cancerous. Essentially, we're providing him with the best life possible until we have to make a tough choice.

    Larry also has been diagnosed with kidney failure. In August he was acting lethargic and would not eat. The vet didn't expect him to improve, but six months later Larry back to normal and his appetite is good. We've switched his diet and he's doing okay. He drinks a lot of water due to the disease and doesn't seem to be in much/any pain.

    Here's the problem:

    I've been noticing his tongue has been hanging out of his mouth sometimes. He's done this before (all of our cats do this), but I'm worried. I'm super sensitive to anything Larry does because of all the other conditions. He also vomited tonight which only happens every few months. He has since eaten again and kept everything down. I don't really want another 0 dollar vet bill (we moved out of state and I know a new vet is going to rape us), but should I take him in and have him looked at? The thing is- I know the kidney failure is getting worse, but we're not at the point where his quality of life is compromised enough to justify euthanize him. He eats, plays, purrs, and is the handsomest boy on the block.

    Should I be concerned about the tongue hanging out sometimes? There's not much else we can do treatment wise unless it's possible the tongue has something to do with something unrelated.

    • ANSWER:
      If your cat has already been diagnosed of CRF and his last check up was in August you will need to take him again to the vet for a check up of his kidneys values. CRF is not a death sentence and some cats can live for a few years after initial diagnosis. He will need full blood test (including chemistry), urinalysis. If your cat is hanging out his tongue and on top of that is vomiting it could be that he has lots of acid in his stomach and will need some antacid medication. I am quite surprised that when the vet saw this mass growing in your cat's tongue didn't take a biopsy, as far as I know the tumors of the tongue can be removed surgically (I am an oral pathologist). If cancer is suspected we certainly need a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. If this is cancer by now the tumor would have metastasis in other parts of the body (mainly lungs and lymph nodes) which I doubt very much there are as you don't mention in your post that your cat has any problems with his breathing and of course when palpated you will notice this king of lumpy marbles in your cat's neck, they are normally hard and cannot move when you slide your fingers as they are attached to tissue in the neck.
      When a cat has CRF if you give him a renal diet, keep an eye on phosphate levels, BUN and Creatinine you can have many years with your cat. Hydration is very important for cats with CRF you need to keep checking him for any signs of dehydration. The easiest way is to rub your fingers in his mouth, if this feels moisture then he is fine but if it feels yucky then he certainly needs fluids. Not all cats with CRF need sub-Q (subcutaneous fluids) but even if your cat reach that stage is not difficult and you can certainly do it at home, your vet or vet tech will teach you how and you can even watch several techniques on u tube. It is not difficult and the cats don't mind them at all. My cat Rayita has been on fluids since May this year and she is quite stable. You can also help your cat by giving him Azodyl which is an enteric dialysis that binds the Urea (BUN) to alleviate the pressure in the kidneys, remember cats on CRF their kidneys have lost at least 85% of their capacity and the toxins start building up in their little bodies. Azodyl helps you with that. You can buy through Amazon or Enterily pets on the web and you don't need a prescription for this product. Cats with CRf also need extra potassium so a supplement can help your cat as well. You don't need a prescription for this one either it is called Tumil-K and you can buy them at Amazon or Enterily pets as well. If your cat doesn't eat renal diet you can add phosphate binders to his food like Epatikin that you buy it at Amazon or Enterily pet as well.
      It will be wise for you to join the CRF yahoo group. People down there have lots of experience regarding management of CRF.
      Please take your cat for a check up tongue and CRF and join the group. I belong to that one and Rayita one of the reasons Rayita is alive and doing well is because of them.

  42. QUESTION:
    FLUTD - My cat's urinating blood?
    I have two cats; calico females age 8, sisters from the same litter. Strictly dry food diet, one litter box - automated scooping with crystals.

    Three weeks ago I noticed odd behavior from my kitty, Snickers. She was going into the litter box more frequently with little to no urine. She didn't seem to be in any pain or discomfort and her attitude was the same. After doing some online research and speaking with a breeder friend of mine, I started homeopathic treatment. Bought new organic high-quality dry and canned food, meat and rice based, instead of meat-meal and corn based. I also bought cranberry capsules from the health food store and made parsley infused water (boiled 1 qt water with 1 bunch parsley, strained and cooled).

    I started integrating the new dry food over the next week and immediately started feeding her canned food twice daily making it into a soup with lots of extra water and the cranberry capsules. I also force feed her the parsley infused water with a dropper 2-3 times a day. I did this for ten days and started to notice an improvement. Urinating more and less frequently.

    After the ten days of treatment, I stopped feeding her canned food and put her back on dry food only, but the new dry food. Five days after the end of treatment, her symptoms returned. So I started her back on canned food with cranberry capsules and took her to the vet on Monday to have a urinalysis completed to make sure there's no infection or blockage. They put her on IV fluids and kept her for the day. When she came home that night, she started urinating blood and has ever since.

    The test results came back yesterday... no infection or bacteria, no crystals or blockage, but lots of blood. The doctor says it's FLUTD Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease and it should resolve itself within 7-10 days. It's typically caused by stress and can be treated with pain reliever until the bleeding stops. If it does not resolve itself, their next suggestion would be an x-ray to determine in there's any stones in her bladder/kidney, which they say is not too common. They say keep the litter box clean, her environment comfortable, and monitor her urine.

    I read online that changing the diet can be beneficial as well. Most places say no dry food at all, only wet food twice a day. Encourage water intake. Reduce stress. And try antioxidant vitamins and herbs.

    I'm very concerned for her health and safety and I hate that she can't tell me how she feels. The doctor didn't seem to think it's a big deal and really only recommended a pain reliever. But she doesn’t act like she's in pain, so will it help anything?

    We're leaving for vacation this Saturday for 7 days. My neighbor and mom will be there to check on her, but I feel horrible leaving not knowing if she's okay and if I'm doing everything I can to help her. PLEASE any suggestions or advice would be so greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      The best cure for FLUTD is water. Cats developed as as desert species, so they are designed to derive most of their liquid intake through the bodies of prey animals. This means that their thirst instinct is not well developed, so even if they do have a good source of nice fresh water, they still may not drink enough to keep them well hydrated. Dry food, as you may now understand, is deficient in one nutrient, and that one nutrient is water. To help your kitty get over her FLUTD, feeding her canned food is a good start. I know that when my boy cat had FLUTD, even buying the prescription formula foods did not do the trick 100%. What really did help, though, was feeding him high quality canned food, and mixing in some extra water into the food.

      Here is a well-researched article on the topic, be sure to scroll down, because it was posted in a threaded forum, and is longer than a single post. And some of the comments on it got interspersed with the main article. http://catfood.tribe.net/thread/8db33940-373d-4063-88e6-e57c0e1e5f29

  43. QUESTION:
    What would be the safest choice of vets after my cat's tragic end in doctors' hands?
    Two weeks ago my cat Tootsie was euthanized without proper examination and minutes after a veterinarian had just proceeded with fluids and antibiotics treatment because I explained that she had not eaten and drank by herself for 5 days after being poisoned by a toad recuperating very slowly (but bravely nevertheless). That visit to the vets' clinic was Tootsie's first there, so the doctor who saw her had no medical history on her and did not seem to need one to rule that she "most probalby had a kidney failure". My personal vet was not at the clinic and the never seen before another doctor injected the cat with fluids but right immediaterly AFTER that she decided that my cat did not eat and drink because of a ... periodontal disease and because she did not eat she most probably had a kidney failure. Truth is that she did not even open Tootsie's mouth beside observing burns on her gums and ... also nose. Up to here I have already described her tragic end by euthanasia without no chance given to her to observe if she would have healed following the fluids and antibiotic treatment (in a previous thead asking if I should forgive myself for allowing what happened). My new problem comes now following that first stage of suffering with fear: My own vet being the owner of the veterinary clinic, instead of investigating the wrongs or not done, as I requested him, helped his colleague vet with altering Tootsie's one page chart with misstatements about what would have been the visit's purpose and result deleting my complaint about the toad poisoning, lying that I would have chosen the euthanasia by myself after allegedly "being concerned about the cost of an eventual treatment to follow" and among many other lies including that I had had allegedly stated that Tootsie was never taken to a veterinary clinic since she was a kitten (I never said that), my own vet stated that he was present there during my discussion about the euthanasia (the most disappointing lie as coming from my own vet who contrarily avoided to show his presence at the clinic when I went there with Tootsie and could have advised me such or such options). And here is my Question with capital Q:

    After I suffered like a dog eaten by doubts and guilty feelings and instead of having medical professional explanation or excuse following my pet's untimely ending by their hands, shouldn't I fear my own vet's future actions on my remaining pets after his helping his colleague to lie in her chart and lying himself too? Shouldn't I just let go or ra

    • ANSWER:
      I would find a new vet. You're in a position now where you cannot trust your current Vet to provide the proper care for your animals.

      You might want to consider filing a complaint about your Vet:

      http://www.vetabusenetwork.com/filecomplaint.htm

  44. QUESTION:
    What would be the safest choice of vets after my cat's tragic end in doctors' hands?
    Two weeks ago my cat Tootsie was euthanized without proper examination and minutes after a veterinarian had just proceeded with fluids and antibiotics treatment because I explained that she had not eaten and drank by herself for 5 days after being poisoned by a toad recuperating very slowly (but bravely nevertheless). That visit to the vets' clinic was Tootsie's first there, so the doctor who saw her had no medical history on her and did not seem to need one to rule that she "most probalby had a kidney failure". My personal vet was not at the clinic and the never seen before another doctor injected the cat with fluids but right immediaterly AFTERr that she decided that my cat did not eat and drink because of a ... periodontal disease and because she did not eat she most probably had a kidney failure. Truth is that she did not even open Tootsie's mouth beside observing burns on her gums and ... also nose. Up to here I have already described her tragic end by euthanasia without no chance given to her to observe if she would have healed following the fluids and antibiotic treatment in a previous thread (asking if I should forgive myself for allowing what happened). My new problem comes now following that first stage of suffering with fear: My own vet being the owner of the veterinary clinic, instead of investigating the wrongs or not done, as I requested him, helped his colleague vet with altering Tootsie's one page chart with misstatements about what would have been the visit's purpose and result deleting my complaint about the toad poisoning, lying that I would have chosen the euthanasia by myself after allegedly "being worried about the cost of an eventual treatment to follow" and among many other lies, my own vet stated that he was present there during my discussion about the euthanasia (the most disappointing lie as coming from my own vet who contrarily avoided to show his presence at the clinic when I went there with Tootsie and could have advised me such or such options). And here is my Question with capital Q:

    After I suffered like a dog eaten by doubts and guilty feelings and instead of having medical professional explanation or excuse following my pet's untimely ending by their hands, shouldn't I fear my own vet's future actions on my remaining pets after his helping his colleague to lie in her chart and lying himself too? Shouldn't I just let go or rather I should avoid in the future to bring my other pets to him? He used to be a good doctor but as the clinic is his, his colleague is m

    • ANSWER:
      So sorry about what happened to tootsie she was let down by the one person you trusted with her health, so you are that one left feel bad about it and now they are blaming you as if you haven't suffered enough in their hands,

      this reminds me about a similar incident that happened to my cat, the vet gave her countless antibiotics(not my usual one)my cat didn't get better so i kept going back then they said she had kidney failure and injected her with something not sure what when i asked they wouldn't answer me,then when i got her home she collapsed she was alert and walking before going there,

      so i had to have her put to sleep at their suggestion i was so upset i didn't know what i was doing so it was done, and i am left feeling really guilty like i took her to her death whats strange is her name was also Tootsie like yours,

      when i changed vet with my remaining pets the medical records followed so the other vet was cold towards me so i had to change vet again,but i did find a good vet in the end thankfully,

      so i would keep away from there if i was you as you will never trust them again and its important to have someone you trust with your pets life,

      so don't go near the place, as even your own vet let you down which is unforgivable he has turned his back on you when you are suffering your loss,

      my thoughts are with you at this difficult time.


Bright’s Disease Of The Kidneys

As we mentioned in previous articles, infertility is defined as inability of a couple to conceive after 12 months of unprotected sexual intercourse or can not carry the pregnancy to term. It effects over 5 millions couple alone in the U. S. and many times more in the world. Because of unawareness of treatments, only 10% seeks help from professional specialist. In this article, we will discuss what is deficiency kidney yin in traditional Chinese medicine in treating infertility

I. Definition
Kidney yin also known primordial yin or true yin , is defined as the foundation of the yin fluid of the body, therefore it helps to moisten, nourish the organs and tissues and maintain the body fluid balance with fire of kidney yang.

II. How deficiency of kidney yin effect fertility
1. Lack of energy
Deficiency of kidney yin causes inability of kidney in stabilization of energy, leading to abnormal flow of energy, disrupting the blood flow to the body organs including the test in producing sperm and ovaries in egg production resulting in distorting the normal menstrual cycle in women and lessening the chance of fertility.

2. Blood Flow
Deficiency of kidney yin also increases the risk of irregular blood flow as the heart must work harder to provide more energy to our body needs, leading to abnormal function of capillaries and interrupting the normal function of small veins in the nervous system including dizziness, hearing problems and ringing in the ear. It also causes abnormal blood flow to the reproductive organs resulting in distorting the normal menstrual cycle in women and sperm production in men.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Why is Bright's disease (kidney condition) so difficult to treat?
    I was looking up for some kidney diseases a couple of days ago for a school project. Bright diseases in particular, really grabbed my attention. Now, I know that it's is the inflammation of nephrons. What I found really interesting was that there is really no cure for it. So my question is, what kind of inflammation is this and what makes this inflammation is so difficult to treat?
    and if it could be treated, what are some of the possible methods to treat it?

    please explain in detail
    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      You might want to try a different kidney disease. Bright's disease needs re-classification due to this being only a historic and not really a newer name developed for it. In modern medicine diseases are classified according to their newer causes for them Since the cause of this disease refers to acute or chronic nephritis and this also being a symptom and/or cause then the name is out of date. There is frequently blood serum plasma in the urine causing edema and hypertension. These common symptoms were first described by an English doctor by the name of Richard Bright, hence the name of Bright's disease. Symptoms that usually signal an oncoming attack are back pain, vomiting and fever. Edema that can range from slightly distended to extreme retention that will distend then entire body and will make someone suffer from breathing difficulty can also be a common symptom too. Urine is reduced in quantity, and can be smoky, dark or bloody in color. This is about all of the material available for Bright's disease as of today. Since these symptoms are also covered under so many other kidney diseases I'm wondering if this isn't also the reason for more research into it. Good luck and God Bless

  2. QUESTION:
    What does the colour green mean in a biuret test?
    I had to do a lab regarding diagnosis of kidney disorders, and i did this by using the biuret test, the benedicts test and testing the pH levels of the different urine samples (fake pee, so not that gross :P ). For the biuret test, i got the following colours: yellow green, really light green, purple and light green. I know purple signals the presence of protein, but what do the other colours mean? Also, does the presence of protein in the pee mean this person is suffering from Bright's disease?

    • ANSWER:
      The biuret reagent is made of potassium hydroxide (KOH) and hydrated copper (II) sulfate, together with potassium sodium tartrate. The reagent turns from blue to violet in the presence of proteins, blue to pink when combined with short-chain polypeptides. I am not aware of any other colours, the only thing i can think of is some type of "contaminent"

      Bright's Disease is an older classification for different forms of kidney disease. Lack of understanding of kidney function naturally meant that several different conditions could be considered Bright's Disease. These include inflammation of the kidney, commonly called nephritis. Inflammation may be the result of too much protein being shed through the kidneys, called proteinuria, or hematuria, which causes blood in the urine. As well, Bright's Disease might describe kidney failure due to high blood pressure or retention of fluids. So it could be any number of different problems.

  3. QUESTION:
    Kidney or appendix hurt a lot at the moment!!!?
    I was trying to get up from the chair and i felt bad hurt in right side of my stomach / back (both of them, more in back). It doesn't go over and I don't know if it's kidney or appendix, because I've heard that appendix can explode and you even can die??
    I had bright's disease in November and then both of the kidneys did hurt but now the pain is only in the right side of stomach/back.
    It's late night here and I don't know what to do, should I call ambulance?
    Hurry help please.
    I really scare to call ambulance, because my parents think it's just of cold (they even think that when my hand hurts, then it's from cold and don't care of it) and they just screamed on me minutes ago and I'm lucky they didn't hit me.
    Mom said that I should take painkillers :S:S
    my parents are crazy and live in year 980, i know.

    • ANSWER:
      calling an ambulance would be a good idea.

      or, you could try a self diagnosis online
      http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/tools/symptom.html


Bright’s Disease Of Kidneys

Many people have small pouches in their colons that bulge ou 00004000 tward through weak spots, like an inner tube that pokes through weak places in a tire. Each pouch is called a diverticulum. Pouches (plural) are called diverticula. The condition of having diverticula is called diverticulosis.

It is believed that the development of diverticula is a result of the adoption of western diets, which tend to be low in fiber.

Most people with diverticulosis do not have any discomfort or symptoms, but some might experience mild cramps, bloating, and constipation. Other diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and stomach ulcers cause similar problems, so these symptoms do not always mean a person has diverticulosis. You should visit your doctor if you have these troubling symptoms.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Why is Bright's disease (kidney condition) so difficult to treat?
    I was looking up for some kidney diseases a couple of days ago for a school project. Bright diseases in particular, really grabbed my attention. Now, I know that it's is the inflammation of nephrons. What I found really interesting was that there is really no cure for it. So my question is, what kind of inflammation is this and what makes this inflammation is so difficult to treat?
    and if it could be treated, what are some of the possible methods to treat it?

    please explain in detail
    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      You might want to try a different kidney disease. Bright's disease needs re-classification due to this being only a historic and not really a newer name developed for it. In modern medicine diseases are classified according to their newer causes for them Since the cause of this disease refers to acute or chronic nephritis and this also being a symptom and/or cause then the name is out of date. There is frequently blood serum plasma in the urine causing edema and hypertension. These common symptoms were first described by an English doctor by the name of Richard Bright, hence the name of Bright's disease. Symptoms that usually signal an oncoming attack are back pain, vomiting and fever. Edema that can range from slightly distended to extreme retention that will distend then entire body and will make someone suffer from breathing difficulty can also be a common symptom too. Urine is reduced in quantity, and can be smoky, dark or bloody in color. This is about all of the material available for Bright's disease as of today. Since these symptoms are also covered under so many other kidney diseases I'm wondering if this isn't also the reason for more research into it. Good luck and God Bless

  2. QUESTION:
    What is Brite's or Bright's disease?
    I heard this referred to some type of kidney disease but would like to know which one since there are many kidney diseases and disorders out there. My husband is having health issues and his uncle on his mother's side had "Brite's disease" Is this hereditary?

    • ANSWER:
      I hope this helps.
      I understand Bright's disease to be a disease in which the Kidney is inflamed. It's used as an old classification of various of kidney diseases like nephritis, (inflammation), proteinuria (bloody urine), and kidney failure.

      And it can be hereditary if you have a gene problem. For example a guy with Gitelman's syndrome will get Bright's. Now his grandson has the same genetic disorder so he also suffered from Bright's.
      So like many diseases the chances of having it increase when a relative did.

  3. QUESTION:
    What does the colour green mean in a biuret test?
    I had to do a lab regarding diagnosis of kidney disorders, and i did this by using the biuret test, the benedicts test and testing the pH levels of the different urine samples (fake pee, so not that gross :P ). For the biuret test, i got the following colours: yellow green, really light green, purple and light green. I know purple signals the presence of protein, but what do the other colours mean? Also, does the presence of protein in the pee mean this person is suffering from Bright's disease?

    • ANSWER:
      The biuret reagent is made of potassium hydroxide (KOH) and hydrated copper (II) sulfate, together with potassium sodium tartrate. The reagent turns from blue to violet in the presence of proteins, blue to pink when combined with short-chain polypeptides. I am not aware of any other colours, the only thing i can think of is some type of "contaminent"

      Bright's Disease is an older classification for different forms of kidney disease. Lack of understanding of kidney function naturally meant that several different conditions could be considered Bright's Disease. These include inflammation of the kidney, commonly called nephritis. Inflammation may be the result of too much protein being shed through the kidneys, called proteinuria, or hematuria, which causes blood in the urine. As well, Bright's Disease might describe kidney failure due to high blood pressure or retention of fluids. So it could be any number of different problems.

  4. QUESTION:
    Kidney or appendix hurt a lot at the moment!!!?
    I was trying to get up from the chair and i felt bad hurt in right side of my stomach / back (both of them, more in back). It doesn't go over and I don't know if it's kidney or appendix, because I've heard that appendix can explode and you even can die??
    I had bright's disease in November and then both of the kidneys did hurt but now the pain is only in the right side of stomach/back.
    It's late night here and I don't know what to do, should I call ambulance?
    Hurry help please.
    I really scare to call ambulance, because my parents think it's just of cold (they even think that when my hand hurts, then it's from cold and don't care of it) and they just screamed on me minutes ago and I'm lucky they didn't hit me.
    Mom said that I should take painkillers :S:S
    my parents are crazy and live in year 980, i know.

    • ANSWER:
      calling an ambulance would be a good idea.

      or, you could try a self diagnosis online
      http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/tools/symptom.html