Diagnostic Tests For Kidneys

Kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs located on each side of the spinal column in the upper abdomen. Kidneys are responsible for performing a multitude of functions, including removal of waste and toxins from the bloodstream, controlling blood pressure and maintaining the electrolyte concentration. Like any other organ in the body, the kidneys are susceptible to the development of malignant cells or cancer. There are several types of kidney cancer that have been detected while performing diagnostic procedures for various health conditions.

Kidney cancer is mainly caused by the development of tumor cells in the nephron and other kidney tissues. The general symptoms are blood in urine, back pain, weight loss and general fatigue. Kidney cancer can be treated by surgical removal of the affected portion or kidney, if it is diagnosed at the right time.

Researchers are of the opinion that frequent exposure to chemical toxins, smoking and side effects of certain medications are the triggering factors for the development of kidney cancer. People who smoke have 2-4 times higher risk of getting kidney cancer than the non-smokers. Also some other risk factors of kidney cancer include age, sex, occupation, kidney problems, prolonged dialysis, obesity, hypertension and certain genetic disorders. The exact cause of kidney cancer is not known yet.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Inconclusive Diagnostic Testing Good or Bad?
    Over the past couple of months I’ve had a number of tests done on my kidneys. I was told by my urologist today that we’ve exhausting our testing options. We still have no idea what’s wrong. I was working with the military over the summer when i developed a kidney infection which wasn’t properly followed up on so I relapsed a month later. The army demanded tests and sent me home for them to see if they had to kick me out. I’m worried that not having a solid answer as to what’s wrong will result in medical release but at the same time since the test were inconclusive then they’re isn’t anything seriously wrong from what I can see. So that’s my dilemma. Is it good that they’re inconclusive because that means there’s nothing serious going on or is it bad because they don’t know what’s wrong? Has anyone had to deal with a similar problem with the CF? I’m reserve now and hoping to go regular force if everything goes ok. The tests have shown minor things like cysts but that’s it. Any insight?
    Sorry still trying to figure this thing out. As I said above I don’t really have any symptoms. I have some slight pain in my left kidney area but that’s it. It might not even be my kidney and just be my back according to my urologist. The testing all started to find a reason for the infection I had. It wouldn’t have been done if the military hadn’t blown things out of proportion. They found a small asymptomatic cyst and lesion on left kidney. They concluded the lesion was benign and was just filled with some pus and not the source of pain. The urine comes back with protein but that’s it. The blood comes back clear. They found slight reflux but not enough to merit surgery or cause problems. That’s the problem. They’re not finding anything in the tests and they have no more tests to run. The fact that I’m feeling fine is what’s really frustrating. It’s like they’re chasing nothing for no reason.

    • ANSWER:
      A pain in the kidney area may not necessarily mean a problem with the kidneys. It may be a pinched nerve in the lumbar region.

  2. QUESTION:
    Medical question for lab/med students?
    I read how the kidney is involved in the production of red cells and regulates blood pressure. I have low blood and low blood pressure. What is the best kidney diagnostic test to do? An ultrasound found nothing wrong with kidneys.
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Along with the liver, the kidneys are another part of the waste processing system of the body — thus urine goes from the kidneys into the bladder. The liver filters metabolic waste products, excess sodium and water from the blood, thereby helping to eliminate them from the body. The kidneys also help regulate blood pressure and the production of red blood cells thru the production of erythropoetin.

      Anemia — Patients with CKD( chronic kidney disease) are at risk for anemia, or low red blood cell counts. This is largely due to reduced production of a substance called erythropoietin by the kidneys. Erythropoietin stimulates the body to make red blood cells, the critical oxygen-carrying cells in the blood. When anemia occurs, oxygen delivery to the tissues falls below normal, which can lead to fatigue and other complications

      If the doctor suspects that you have a kidney disease he will give you a few tests. These test include a Urine Tests and Blood Tests.

      Urine Tests-Single sample test and a 24 hour test. The 24 hour test is much more accurate than the single sample test because it accounts for any fluctuations that may occur. Creatine clearance ; protein mg.

      Blood Tests-There are two types of blood specimen used. The first is whole blood and the other is serum. The whole blood specimen will look at the components of the blood such at white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets and other whole blood components. The serum specimen will look at things like your glucose, BUN, Creatinine, Sodium and other aspects of your blood

      Lab Results
      Hemogram (CBC) with Platelet Count, Whole Blood Specimen
      Basic Metabolic Panel, Serum Blood Specimen- test for sodium, potassium, calcium; chloride, CO2; UN, glucose; and creatinine.

      Renal Imaging- which includes the ultrasound that you already had; and . CAT SCAn.

      Renal Biopsy
      Renal biopsy a procedure where they take a tiny piece of tissue from the kidneys

      http://www.kidney-restore.com/understanding_test_results.html

      The kidney can respond to changes in blood pressure by increasing or decreasing the amount of urine that is produced. Urine is primarily water that is removed from the blood. When the kidney makes more urine, the amount (volume) of blood that fills the arteries and veins decreases, and this lowers blood pressure. If the kidneys make less urine, the amount of blood that fills the arteries and veins increases and this increases blood pressure. Compared with the other mechanisms for adjusting blood pressure, changes in the production of urine affect blood pressure slowly over hours and days. (The other mechanisms are effective in seconds.)

      For example, low blood volume due to bleeding (such as a bleeding ulcer in your stomach or from a bad laceration from an injury) can cause low blood pressure.

      Is low blood pressure bad for your health?

      People who have lower blood pressures have a lower risk of stroke, kidney disease, and heart disease. Athletes, people who exercise regularly, people who maintain ideal body weight, and non-smokers tend to have lower blood pressures. Therefore, low blood pressure is desirable as long as it is not low enough to cause symptoms and damage organs in the body

      When insufficient blood is delivered to the kidneys, the kidneys fail to eliminate wastes from the body, for example, urea and creatinine, and an increase in their levels in the blood occur (for example, elevations of blood urea nitrogen or BUN and serum creatinine, respectively

      For causes for low blood pressure:

      http://www.medicinenet.com/low_blood_pressure/page4.htm

      Low Blood Pressure At A Glance
      Low blood pressure, also called hypotension, is blood pressure that is low enough that the flow of blood to the organs of the body is inadequate and symptoms and/or signs of low blood flow develop.

      Low pressure alone, without symptoms or signs, usually is not unhealthy.

      The symptoms of low blood pressure include lightheadedness, dizziness, and fainting. These symptoms are most prominent when individuals go from the lying or sitting position to the standing position (orthostatic hypotension).

      Low blood pressure that causes an inadequate flow of blood to the body’s organs can cause strokes, heart attacks, and kidney failure. It’s most severe form is shock.

      Common causes of low blood pressure include a reduced volume of blood, heart disease, and medications.

      The cause of low blood pressure can be determined with blood tests, radiologic studies, and cardiac testing to look for arrhythmias.

      Treatment of low blood pressure is determined by the cause of the low pressure.

  3. QUESTION:
    My father aged 83 , who was perfectly healthy until 2 month back, has suddenly stopped eating!?
    After a lot of diagnostic tests, it is kidney failure , said a nephrologist. We are not for dialysis, at his ripe age , though we tried it twice. Any medical advice?

    • ANSWER:
      If your father is in renal failure and doesn’t get either dialysis or a kidney transplant he will die within a month. That’s too blunt, but there’s no other way to put it. God bless all of you.

  4. QUESTION:
    which diagnostic test detect the stage of kidney disease ? Urine for micro albumin or GFR?
    GFR means Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR)

    • ANSWER:
      Quote from the National Kidney Foundation:
      “GFR – glomerular filtration rate is the best test to measure your level of kidney function and determine your stage of kidney disease. Your doctor can calculate it from the results of your blood creatinine test, your age, race, gender and other factors.”

      http://www.kidney.org/kidneydisease/ckd/knowGFR.cfm

      GFR is figured by taking a blood CREATININE test, and then GFR is figured using a simple mathematical formula that considers your age, weight, sex, and ethnicity.

      The result are like this:
      Disease
      Stage….Description………………………………………….GFR
      1………..Kidney damage (protein in the urine)………….More than 90
      2………..Kidney damage and mild decrease in GFR….60 to 89
      3………..Moderate decrease in GFR……………………..30 to 59
      4………..Severe decrease in GFR…………………………15 to 29
      5………..Kidney failure……………………………………………Less than 15
      ………….(dialysis or kidney transplant needed)

  5. QUESTION:
    Need urological advice!?
    I am in need of some advice regarding my 6 month old daughter’s urological treatment. To make a very long story as short as possible, she had what doctors diagnosed as a hydronephrotic right ureter that was so enlarged it was causing notable distention in her abdomen and displacement of her bladder. After numerous diagnostic tests (blood work, ultrasounds, renal scans, VCUGs, several x-rays, and a CT-scan), she had surgery at the end of February and pediatric urologists performed a ureterostomy (in hopes of decompressing the dilated ureter). The surgery was unsuccessful in that the stoma did not allow for the output of urine as hoped, and doctors said it was because the ureter was so dialed and “coiled“ around itself. Because of this, during her recovery time in the hospital, she became very ill from a post-surgical infection. Doctors quickly inserted a nephrostomy tube into her right kidney to directly drain the blocked urine. This worked as a temporary solution in draining the blocked urine, but as we learned, would not serve as a permanent solution.

    Fast forward two months, and follow up tests (ultrasounds and renal scans) suggest that she may have a duplicate system on the right side, which doctors were unable to appreciate before because of how enlarged the ureter was pre-surgery. Kidney function remains the same as it was pre-surgery, 19% ( R ), 81 % ( L ). All of the specialists at the hospital are unable to determine where the blockage is in the system, and they can’t positively say if it is a single, duplicate, or partially duplicate right system. Based on the images from tests, they are assuming that it is a duplicate system and that the nephrostomy tube was inserted into the lower pole, and the ureter brought to the skin during the ureterostomy belongs to the upper pole. However, within the past week, urine has begun leaking (or rather, splurging, like a water faucet) out of the previously non-draining stoma) suggestive of a single system. This new clinical occurrence is not supported by the evidence suggested in the post-surgical images.

    We met with the doctor today and he explained that this is a very rare and unusual case, and they aren’t sure exactly what they are dealing with. He laid out the following choices:

    * Cap the nephrostomy tube and see if the urine drains from the stoma (and we run the risk that she may get sick again)
    * Insert a second nephrostomy tube into the upper pole (which would also entail changing the first neprhostomy tube she already had inserted, because of its short-term effectiveness = 2 surgeries)
    * Perform an MRI in attempt to obtain clearer images (which would require sedation and further exposure to radiation)
    * Change the nephrostomy tube at the three month mark and attempt to do a reconstructive surgery on the bladder by reattaching the ureter (the soonest this surgery can be done is at 18 months, before then the bladder is too small. The nephrostomy tube would have to be changed every 3 months in the mean time.)
    * Perform a nephrectomy and completely remove the right kidney.
    * Get a second opinion (I would like to get a second opinion, but I’m afraid that any other doctor would want to perform his own tests on her, and she has already been through so much. Also, she is receiving treatment at one of the best hospitals in the country, so I don’t know how helpful going somewhere else would be.)

    The doctor said that if she were his daughter, he would chose to remove the kidney and spare her from any more tests and/or procedure and just put an end to it. He also said that, God forbid, in the horrible, unforeseen event that something were to happen to her “good kidney”, she would not really benefit from having the “bad” kidney (with only 19% function). (In other words, it would only postpone dialysis and a transplant, not prevent them all together.)

    Again, my daughter is only 6 months old and has already had to endure two surgeries, blood tests, catheters, IVS, CT-scans, and x-rays with a lot of radiation exposure. At this point, doctors don’t even know what they are dealing with. Is it worth it in the long run to continue the tests and surgeries to try and salvage a kidney that only has 19% function? Her left kidney is “normal”, except that it has grade 1 reflux (which the doctor said is a minor detail, and could have been caused by the massive size of her bladder pre-surgery).

    Please respond ONLY if you are a trained professional who is knowledgeable in the field of pediatrics urology, or if you have personally experienced something similar. I am trying to make a very important decision, and I need serious advice only, please.

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  6. QUESTION:
    Poll: Please vote for a Word Of the Day for Monday from these “leftover” nominations…?
    and nominate a WOD for Tuesday, please.

    The word for Sunday is perspicacity, meaning acuteness of perception or understanding. Please try to incorporate this word into your conversations today, or else, don’t. It’s up to you.

    the nominees for WOD on Monday are.

    • quadrant
    • dichotomy
    • Gout: Condition characterized by abnormally elevated levels of uric acid in the blood, recurring attacks of joint inflammation (arthritis), deposits of hard lumps of uric acid in and around the joints, and decreased kidney function and kidney stones. Uric acid is a breakdown product of purines, that are part of many foods we eat. The tendency to develop gout and elevated blood uric acid level (hyperuricemia) is often inherited and can be promoted by obesity, weight gain, alcohol intake, high blood pressure, abnormal kidney function, and drugs. The most reliable diagnostic test for gout is the identification of crystals in joints, body fluids and tissues.
    • Duck head…the male equivalent of a chicken head….or duck butter….you will have to look that one up….
    • uranomancy, an archaic term for astrology.
    • Zodiac, from Greek meaning “circle of animals.”
    •And the editor nominates the word “embolism” meaning blood clot

    • ANSWER:
      Zodiac :D

  7. QUESTION:
    Poll: Whish of these shall be Word of the Day for saturday and for sunday. Please vote!?
    •quadrant
    •Cynosure for Saturday.
    •dichotomy
    •perspicacity
    •Gout: Condition characterized by abnormally elevated levels of uric acid in the blood, recurring attacks of joint inflammation (arthritis), deposits of hard lumps of uric acid in and around the joints, and decreased kidney function and kidney stones. Uric acid is a breakdown product of purines, that are part of many foods we eat. The tendency to develop gout and elevated blood uric acid level (hyperuricemia) is often inherited and can be promoted by obesity, weight gain, alcohol intake, high blood pressure, abnormal kidney function, and drugs. The most reliable diagnostic test for gout is the identification of crystals in joints, body fluids and tissues.
    •Duck head…the male equivalent of a chicken head….or duck butter….you will have to look that one up….
    •Saturday: uranomancy, an archaic term for astrology.
    •Sunday: Zodiac, from Greek meaning “circle of animals.”

    •And the editor nominates the word “embolism” meaning blood clot.
    I am awaiting more results but am inclined to duck butter (and let someone else look it up) and Zodiac on Sunday. Will post tonight. It is around 4:20 in CA and I will post an answer by 9pm.

    • ANSWER:
      I vote for Cynosure and perspicacity.

  8. QUESTION:
    Lupus Question……?
    Not long ago my ANA test for lupus was +, which didnt surprise me as my mum and sister also test positive. I moved town not long after so no more lupus diagnostic tests were done. Im concerned because lately ive had about 5 urinary tract infections in 2 months, ive also had a kidney infection and none of the doctors in this town will do any other lupus tests….they just keep handing out antibiodics for the infections. my only symptoms are protein in urine (which shows up each time i get another uti), rash, joint pain…… am i over reacting?? Does this sound like lupus??

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  9. QUESTION:
    question about a possible exploratory surgery?
    I have an appointment with a surgeon for a consult about getting an exploratory surgery. I’m slightly nervous that the surgeon won’t agree to do the surgery without doing a few more diagnostic tests. I’ve been having severe lower right abdominal pain along with vomiting for 3 weeks now. I’ve had blood work, urinalysis,pelvic ultrasound, kidney ultrasound, gallbladder ultrasound, HIDA scan, CT scan and I have had a few of those tests done multiple times by now. I’ve seen several GP and a ob-gyn and all tests have come back normal.

    I was wondering if anyone has had an exploratory surgery and if they had or if I have to get a endoscopy and colonoscopy done? I don’t want to do those tests and I am hoping that maybe my surgeon will still do the surgery without those especially because I am refusing to do those tests.

    Any advice?
    I want it done because I can’t stand the pain anymore. I’ve missed so much work and I can’t afford to miss anymore. I can’t afford to wait roughly 6 weeks give or take to have both of those tests done. I want it done and over with so that I can possibly get on with my life!

    • ANSWER:
      Why would you want exploratory surgery over an endoscopy or colonoscopy? I doubt he would object but I think it would be wiser to do more tests then just cut you open like that. Have you been tested for parasites? I would also get that done before you go under the knife.

      edit
      I know it is frustrating but if you do this you are putting your body at even more risk. Say it’s an infection. It could spread to more of your organs can become infected which could kill you. I know of someone who didn’t have exploratory surgery but she had some type of infection and when she collapsed they put a breathing tube in but punctured her lung doing so which made the bacteria spread. No amount of antibiotics could save her. She ended up dying because of the spread. I normally don’t recommended this since some of the conditions freak people out for no reason but you might be able to narrow things down and suggest things to your doctor.

      http://symptoms.webmd.com/default.htm

  10. QUESTION:
    helpppppppppppppppppppp needed badly need alot of answers give alot of information and details.?
    does all ur diagnostic tests on the form need to be together like i had Lh fsh,tsh,vitimin d, acrogamegly tests gh igf1 but all on diffrent blood forms not together i mean , like on one form it was
    tsh, vitimin d,liver,kidney and on other forms like t3, t4,would they check from the other form my tsh (i.e check for tyroid hypo/hyerthyroidism)or does it all need to be together and in order its the blady doctors fault obiously not mine,and all my blood test forms are like that i.e. acromegaly igf1 is on one form and gh and others are on another form so my question is do i have to do it again together for a diffrent illness but which also has the same tests i.e. tsh for endrocin disorders and tsh for tyroid problems, or would they check the diffrent illness test for other illness that i had FOR EXAMPLE.checking the tsh for endrocin disorders which i had done generally for some other illness. i hope u understand wot im saying i did my best to explain it IM NOT GOOD IN EXPLAINING THINGS.
    also how many tests can be done on a one urine and stool sample? can i do corticol,urinary mma,msu,cult sens,complete urinanalysis for the urine and stool cult sens and parasites on the same sample?
    luminous : wot do u mean
    u didnt answer my question
    fertility hormone tests? y the hell would i need that im only a kid and a nun type.
    redangle: thats not wot i meant im not good at explaining things so ill give u an example of wot i meant is for example ana is an auto immune test but it is for so many auto immune illnesses not just one so if i did ana for sjgrone sydrome with my lo ra and then if i were to be tested for another illness which required to be tested for ana would ii have to do the ana again or would they check from the ana i did for sjgrone ?understand now. u ppl dont know to read
    - the last bit red angle that isnt for u i said it to the answerer below u

    • ANSWER:
      Hi bluebird,

      Each test requested has a vial of blood removed…One blood test can fill many different vials of blood. I have also requested more tests and the lab still had my blood in storage so i didn’t have to go back to pathology. A urine/stool sample should be able to have multiple tests requested on one sample, however i’m not 100% sure on this.

      each * one is on a separate form…some labs may vary.

      *Master full blood count – white blood/red blood cell count
      *Master E/LFT test – includes electrolytes/liver function/kidney function/cholesterol/iron (specific kidney and liver function tests can be requested. They have further tests not listed on an E/LFT test)
      *Vitamin D study – 25 hydroxy D3
      *IGF-1
      *Adrenal studies – ACTH
      *Thryoid functions test – TSH…make sure “free” T3 and T4 are tested. (TSH functions test is the same for thyroid and endocrine problems)
      *Fertilitiy hormones test – includes LH, FSH, oestradiol, progesterone
      *Vitamin B12 and folate
      *Urine – Culture sensitivity..not sure if the MMA, MSU and cortisol test would be on the same form. These tests may be on separate forms
      *Stool ova & parasites test…possibly stool culture on the same form but may be separate

      Digestive enzyme supplements and probiotic supplements from health food stores help get rid of parasites. There are also parasite herbal supplements.

      This website is good at interpreting many tests:

      http://www.naturalhealthtechniques.com/basicsofhealth/lab_result_meaning1.htm

      Lab test online goes through each test in detail:

      http://www.labtestsonline.org/map/aindex.html

      EDIT: right well you wouldn’t repeat the ANA test again. The doctor would do further testing for different autoimmune dieseases. Check ANA on labtest online..it’s goes into it a bit further. :)

  11. QUESTION:
    To anyone who is pregnant?
    Are you concerned about the tests that are offered?

    I have recently found out that I am 5 weeks pregnant with my 3rd baby. This baby has a different dad to my daughters.

    The reason for my question.
    When I was pregnant with my first age 20 years old I had a lot of problems….

    1 in 34 risk of Downs syndrome (amnio results ok no downs)
    No palate in her mouth. (I have a cleft lip….she is perfect)
    Head to big for her body.(normal baby)
    Eyes too far apart.(again normal baby)
    Right kidney stopped growing. (This is the only thing wrong, and was removed in 2002)
    Was told she would be no bigger than 5lb in weight…(She was 6lb 9oz born)
    Gestational diabetes.

    She is a normal healthy girl.
    My second daughter I did not have the tests with but was so stressed during my pregnancy I was ill.

    So here I am 30 years old and pregnant again. As you can tell Im happy and worried at the same time. I have asked for diagnostic tests at 11 weeks but Im filled with fear…

    Have you had any problems like me?

    Thanks for your answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      I can understand your fear. Please try and relax.

      I had this where there was a problem with the bay and it was quite bad that the hospitals (we went to several) wanted me to abort the pregnancy! I refused and would believe that baby is fine. Absolutrly perfect.

      My opinion is that it is okay to get tested so that anythinh in both mother and baby can pi picked up early. You then need to know what to do with all this information. Some people may have decided to terminate the pregnancy and that’s their choice. Others want to get tested just so they are aware of any dissabilities and problems with the baby and prepared for the baby, rather than being surprised and unprepared.

      In my case, I was confident that God will make everything okay for me.

      I would advice you to ask yourself this: if you know about any problems (God forbid) then would that help you and in what way? If you know you won’t abort the baby anyway then you could decide there is no need knowing in the first place, but on the other hand, you could decide that it is worth you knowing in advance so that you can prepare yourself mentally. You may also want to tell your close family but that is optional. I would wait until baby arrives.

      Good luck and I pray it all goes well for you :-)

      Please try to relax and enjoy the rest of your pregancy

  12. QUESTION:
    unilateral swelling of leg what could be the reason?
    A 36 years old woman having unilateral swelling (pitting edema) on right leg…what could be the possible reasons?
    Its a pitting edema so it should exclude lymphaedema but am not sure if unilateral swelling exclude kidney,heart and liver causes?
    I read somewhere usually liver,heart and kidney causes bilateral edema,Please correct me if am wrong.
    Do u think it could be due to superficial or deep vein thrombosis?
    She said she scratched her leg excessively in last few days because she had severe itching from her eczema..do u think it could lead her to superficial vein thrombosis?
    what are the other symptoms for superficial vein thrombosis?
    what the diagnostic tests for superficial vein thrombosis?
    What is the treatment of superficial vein thrombosis?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a kidney issue and just one of my legs swelled. The side of the kidney issue.

  13. QUESTION:
    Which is a normal amount for a bill for ER in NorCal for kidney stone diagnostic-Kaiser Perm/w covera?
    I was taken to the ER by my friends, not by ambulance, services performed were x-rays (2 sets), blood and urine test and medical visit , total time spent in the ER – around 3-4 hours, no special treatments / investigations /surgery was needed, I received the confirmation that I have the kidney stone and the prescription the same day and they let me go the same day. My zipcode is 95051 – thank you so much for all your help.

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  14. QUESTION:
    can anxiety disorder causes kidney disease?
    I am suffering from anxiety disorder from 15 years and i am 26. But from 4 to 5 months more than 3 min of anxiety starts causing pain in my kidney area, palms and foot becomes cold, lower back pain, sometimes with bot legs or one leg pain and sometimes with fever.
    I am not sure this is kidney disease or any oher disease.
    When i go to diagnostic centre for testing they say that without any doctor reference they cannot do, I am totally fraustrated. plz help

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  15. QUESTION:
    Raw feeders: does feeding raw shoot up your dog’s liver and enzymes?
    So I took my 8 month old pom pup to the vet to get his last couple of puppy teeth pulled (so they don’t mess up his bite) and I had the vet do a blood test and diagnostic (because I wanted to make sure he wasn’t annemic before they knock him out). His test came back saying that both a liver enzyme and a kidney enzyme were up. They said that they didn’t look related so whatever he has won’t kill him. His creatinine levels were normal.

    My question is: what would cause this? The vet knows I feed raw (as well as innova evo) and kind of implied that his diet might be the cause. Of course, he tries to sell me crap Science diet, which I think is on the bottom of any dogfoodanalysis. Could a high protein diet cause those tests to be high? What can I do for him?

    • ANSWER:
      Are you working with a nutritionist on the raw feeding? You may want to find one in your area or find one that can work with you online about this.

      Eating meats (especially the more fatty ones, like beef) can cause inflammation in some bodies, especially excessive meat intake. A qualified nutritionist might be able to help you assess whether the foods you are feeding are appropriate, and may be able to help you tailor a diet to your dog’s health needs. It’s possible that changing a food or adding an anti-inflammatory type food to the diet could help.

      These enzyme levels can fluctuate, I would follow up with the vet in 2-3 months for more testing. They may return to a normal range, and if not, then you can look at making changes.

      Of course, diet could be the cause-diet dictates much of what happens with a body-it’s what keeps a body going. This doesn’t mean that you would have to change from raw, just that you may have to adjust somewhat.

      Personally, I’d not be feeding a small breed dog EVO (I wouldn’t feed it to any dog that wasn’t working all day). I also would never feed raw. However, if you are going to do it, you should make sure that you have good information on the topic from someone who has knowledge in the field.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my dad?
    My dad (72 years old) has been undergoing a lot of tests, ultrasound (liver, stomach, intestines,kidneys), CAT scans, colonoscopy and they showed some cysts on the liver, the colonoscopy showed a mark of 7 centimeters (which the doctor said was not alarming). He took all those tests to the specialist (he was referred to an oncologist), but for the last two weeks, this specialist hasn’t said much about a final diagnostic, He only sent him to the lab to have some vitamin IVs (he said it was for the liver) and some blood tests. M dad is going back to see him in two days. What in the world is going on?? And why is this doctor being silent and not saying much? My dad hasd never abused alchohol, has never smoked, no drugs of any kind and has always been very healthy. It’s just this problem with the pain he’s been having for the last year (oh, and the liver is a little enlarged too), he is now feeling very depressed and down, he is not eating right and I can feel he is scared
    Why is the doctor quiet ad not saying much? They only allowed my dad to go inside during the visit, no other family member was alowed to go with him. I am really worried.

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

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    Is it still possible that i have an ectopic pregnancy?
    Almost 4 weeks ago I started feeling really bad pain in my uterus (i guess) during the sex and about the same day my breasts would hurt so much for 10 days, but no more. Since then, my husband and I stopped having sex. We tried, but it was still hurting. I just could make an appointment for the next week. Sometimes I would feel a pain in my lower ab, most in the right side and it was on an off. Than 1 week ago my belly and pelvic area sort of got bigger. Than the pain was more frequently. My period came not late on Monday night and during the day I was feeling the pain if I stretched, picked up from the floor, etc. Then even if i was sitting I could feel this pain. I wasn’t killing me, it was worrying me. Detail, I did lots of pregnancies tests before my period and all negatives. Than I went to the ER on Tuesday cause this pain was disturbing me. They did a urine test and I didn’t get positive. They prescribed me antibiotic and something for pain. Also they gave me a shot, saying that I might have a urine infection. They didn’t even touch me.
    The thing is, I feel that there are balls in my ovaries and I feel the pain on my right ab, in the belly button line, again, when I stretch, or bend, sit, for example. Sometimes I feel it on my low back. I started the medicine today. And my period so far, looks like it’s gonna end up soon, and I’m just in the second day. And I feel full, huge, heavy even if I didn’t eat very much. The scale changed too.
    I wanted a blood test for making sure I don’t have an ectopic pregnancy, but they didn’t do and my doctor’s appointment will be just next week. I’m so confused, because I know I have many symptoms that can be either from a cyst, an ectopic pregnancy or urine or kidney infection or even just Pre period. And I’m scared cause my doctor’s appointment is one week from now. I know this sort of pregnancies need to be diagnostic soon.
    Does anybody have an opinion, suggest? anything until I see my doctor.
    I feel so floated, heavy, like I never felt before in my life and it’s killing me that I couldn’t get an appointment before.
    As I said, my period lasted for 2 days, it’s almost gone. There’s just a little brown discharge now. I don’t feel so heavy anymore, but I’m still floated and something is disturbing on my right low back. Sometimes it goes to the abdomen, but it’s concentrated on the back. It’s a little better when I drink chamomile tea. And sometimes I feel dizzy, but as the ER prescribed, I’m taking Ofloxacin and Naproxen that it says it may cause dizziness. I’m trying doctors, but the earliest I found is for Sunday (I didn’t know that doctors work on Sundays, but that’s good). Also, I’m pretty constipated.
    I’m not constipated anymore, so this is not the reason for my floating.

    • ANSWER:
      The ER should have done a blood test. I would call your doctor and convince them you need a blood pregnancy test immediately. You should not need an appt to have on done. If the blood test comes back negative you are not pregnant. HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is a hormone produced by embryos shortly after conception. Even ectopic pregnancies release HCG. Typically HCG levels will double everyday in early pregnancy and with threatened miscarriage or ectopic pregancy they level off instead of doubling but they would still be present.

      I think you need to have an ultrasound done as well. Call your doc and explain your concerns. If they will not get you in sooner call another doctor. Keep trying til you get someone who will give you the blood test.

  19. QUESTION:
    Do I have a malpractice law suit on my hands?
    I’ve been seeing a urologist/gynecologist for the past 8 months for pelvic pain and bladder problems. I was peeing constantly, up to 50 times a day, with pelvic pain and pressure. I had to quit my job, quit school, and was a prisoner in my own home. During the 8 months of my care, I saw no improvement in my symptoms.

    This doctor kept me on Valium, 2mg four times a day the entire duration of my care, along with Ambien to help me sleep. My new, current doctor said taking this medication is way over the recommended length of time, and created the possibility for addiction. I also told the doctor several times that the medication did nothing to relieve my symptoms, and that I was becoming very tolerant to it. He did nothing but tell me to continue to take it as directed, forcing me in a situation where I had to self-medicate in unhealthy ways to make it through a day of peeing several times a day.

    He prescribed pelvic floor muscle therapy, where a probe electrically stimulated the muscles inside my pelvis to fatigue them and therefore stop the “muscle spasms” that he said was the main contributor to my illness. 6 sessions were performed, and my symptoms did not get any better, but continued to worsen. I also informed him that this therapy was not effective, but he continued to say that it would work “eventually.”

    No diagnostic imaging took place without me having to vehemently request it. Cysts were found on my kidney, stones were found lining the insides of my kidneys, two cysts were located on either side of my urethra, and a bladder diverticulum was also noted. He said none of these had anything to do with my symptoms.

    I decided that after several tests and procedures that failed, I wanted to be invasive and do a laproscopy. (I’m sorry if that is misspelled). I explained that I had suspicions of endomitriosis since my symptoms occurred primarily around my menstrual cycle. I also wanted another cystoscopy of the bladder done since the doctor who performed it last diagnosed it incorrectly. He said the last thing he wanted to do was be invasive, and that I should just continue my regimen and therapy. He also said that it was unnecessary to check for endomitriosis because I was not trying to have a baby any time soon. He said to stay on a continual dosage of birth control and my Valium. At this point, he decided to supplement the Valium with Elavil. When the time came for me to try and conceive, and failed over a year’s worth of time, then, he said, he would check for endomitriosis.

    I also said that there was a procedure I read about called Intrastim, which is an implant that could be used to regulate the overactive nerve firings to and from the bladder to stop the intense urge to urinate. He said this is rarely done, and only in its experimental stage in Europe. We later found out from my current doctor that it has been used in the U.S. for several years, and is a very common procedure for patients with my particular illness.

    My primary care physician said to get a second opinion. Within 5 days, I was scheduled for surgery. They found endomitriosis all over the top of my bladder, unnecessary tissue developing that was pushing my organs together that obstructed my fallopian tubes and ovarian function, and a mild case of interstitial cystitis. Had this procedure never been performed, I could have possibly never been able to have children. Here I am, in recovery, and I’ve never felt better.

    I am very bitter, and very angry at how much of my life was wasted because of the run around this doctor gave me. I feel that I was treated completely unethically, considering it took one doctor 5 days to figure out what was wrong with me, and the other 8 months with STILL no consistent diagnosis when I left.

    Based upon the above facts, do I have sufficient evidence to sue for malpractice?

    Thank you all for reading this lengthy question. I appreciate your answers.
    I did do the research. The only way I got anything out of him was my own research. I failed to mention this was doctor #8, after other doctors had failed in the same way. So saying that it’s my fault because I didn’t do the research, or try other doctors, is unwarranted.

    • ANSWER:
      No. You do not have a case, unless you can prove you suffered irreparable harm, or your condition was irreparably aggravated by the doctor’s negligence.

  20. QUESTION:
    does this mean im in for a short life ahead?
    ive suffered stress and trauma all the way through my life, countless bad times up until right now being 31. i now live alone and are relying on mental health services for support, never built any social relationships ever in life , i have ptsd and bpd . im slightly overweight, out of shape because of inactivity for so long , ive aged prematurely etc.

    i saw this question earlier and even worrying answer :

    Why does stress age us so much? IS the damage reversable?

    answer :

    Prolonged stress is very damaging to your health, not in just your appearance, but on your organs as well. It raises blood pressure, damaging your kidneys, and heart, and blood vessels…and yes, it can potentially cost you your life due to the damage it causes your body. It also affects your immune system. See the link below:

    so does this mean according to the way my life has gone, i dont have long left ?

    my ankle is injured, had an operation last night , have to go back in 2 weeks to find out what the next plan is , i didnt have surgery on it only a diagnostic operation to find out whats wrong, i sprained it badly a year ago – so its very weak and easily gives way.

    im nearly 31 and worrying about diabetes , im overweight slightly , been very inactive for so long because of my agoraphobia anxiety and rage problems , very out of shape, was tested for it early this year but the results were negative, i was in the clear , however i get thirsty alot sometimes and worry about it, i have no family history of diabetes, but i worry badly, urinate alot , but was tested in urology months ago, all tests were clear.

    the fact that my joints ache sometimes and i urinate a lot my dr said it could be my intense anxiety or my consumption of caffeine

    • ANSWER:
      From what you have said, you have had a very unfortunate life, full of drama and trauma. Those things happened in your past and before you can move on, you need to let go of them.
      If you keep running them over and over in your mind, you are causing yourself stress, and stress is damaging to your mind, body and spirit.
      Some of the damage caused and some of the damage you repeatedly cause yourself is and will be permanent. But you can do a lot to alleviate your stress, by being aware that past things are over and done with and it is only the now that you have to deal with.
      There is no need for you to be overweight or out of shape due to inactivity. Become active! Right now, because of your ankle, I wouldn’t suggest any exercises that require you to stand. But you can sit and develop your arm muscles, by using 2, gallon size, plastic water or milk bottles filled 1/2 full with water, then gradually fill them fuller and fuller as your strength increases. Use them like hand weights. Sitting down, with your arms straight, bring them from a hanging position, straight out to your sides until they reach shoulder height. Lower them slowly. Do the same thing, slowly reaching straight out in front of you and then at a 45 degree angle in front of yourself. You can grab a hold of the chair seat and try to lift your body off the chair with your arms. You can sit and raise the calves of your legs, straight out in front of you – hold for 5 seconds and slowly lower them. Lie down on your bed and do sit ups with bent legs, it’s easier on your back that way. Then do leg lifts while you’re flat on your back. Go online and find other excercises you can do. Excercises are also good for inactive, aching joints. Go easy in the beginning and work your way up to more activity as you feel stronger.
      If you’ve been tested for diabetes and the results were negative, you don’t have to worry anymore. Relax.
      You’re supposed to drink 6-8 8 ounce glasses of water a day and neither coffee, tea or soda count. If you’re thirsty, that’s good! Drink water. I know that being very thirsty is one symptom of diabetes, my husband has it. But it’s only one of many symptoms. Caffeine can make you thirsty too.
      Not having a family history of diabetes is a good sign, but in the long haul, people who are overweight have more of a tendency to get it.
      For now, you’re in the clear!
      Sandilynn

  21. QUESTION:
    My 60 year old father is having a hard time urinating. Can anyone help me with this?
    My 60 year old father is having a hard time urinating. He feels the urge to pee about every half hour but feels he has to stress himself to get anything out. He is also complaining of lower back pains in the kidney region. The doctor has taken blood tests and a CAT scan which the results haven’t come back yet. The doctor has also put him on antibiotics which don’t seem to be working even though he’s only been taking them for about 4 days. If anybody has any advice or maybe a diagnostic guess it would be much appreciated if you sent me some. thank you. your time is much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Could be a swollen prostate and i am surprised that the doctor didn;t check for that first

  22. QUESTION:
    Got this from Yahoo news Menu Foods Delayed recall?
    By MARK JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer Fri Mar 23, 12:16 PM ET
    ALBANY, N.Y. – Rat poison has been found in pet food blamed for the deaths of at least 16 cats and dogs, a spokeswoman for the State

    Department of Agriculture and Markets said Friday.
    Spokeswoman Jessica Chittenden would not identify the chemical or its source beyond saying it was a rodent poison.
    ABC News reported it was aminopterin that may have been on imported wheat used in the pet food. Aminopterin is used to kill rats in some countries but is not registered for that use in the United States, according to the

    Environmental Protection Agency. The chemical, also a cancer drug, is highly toxic in high doses.
    Officials from the agriculture department and Cornell University’s Animal Health Diagnostic Center would not immediately confirm the ABC report but scheduled a news conference Friday afternoon to release laboratory findings from tests on the pet food.
    The

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

    FBI officials said they knew of no criminal investigations in the case.
    The pet deaths led to a recall of 60 million cans and pouches of pet food produced by Menu Foods and sold throughout North America under 95 brand names. There have been several reports of kidney failure in pets that ate the recalled brands, and the company has confirmed the deaths of 15 cats and one dog.
    Menu Foods last week recalled “cuts and gravy” style dog and cat food. The recall sparked concern among pet owners across North America. It includes food sold under store brands carried by Wal-Mart, Kroger, Safeway and other large retailers, as well as private labels such as Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba.
    Menu Foods is majority owned by Menu Foods Income Fund of Streetsville. The company also makes foods for zoo cats, but those products are unaffected by the recall.
    The company’s chief executive and president said Menu Foods delayed announcing the recall until it could confirm that the animals had eaten its product before dying. Two earlier complaints from consumers whose cats had died involved animals that lived outside or had access to a garage, which left open the possibility they had been poisoned by something other than contaminated food, he said.
    Menu Foods planned a media teleconference for later Friday, a spokesman said.
    A spokesman for New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said he was not aware of any criminal investigation involving the tainted food. FBI spokesman Paul Holstein in Albany said Friday he was not aware of any FBI involvement in the case.
    “I don’t know where we’ll go from here,” he said.
    A complete list of the recalled products along with product codes, descriptions and production dates was posted online by Menu Foods and is available at http://tinyurl.com/2pn6mm. The company also designated two phone numbers that pet owners could call for information: (866) 463-6738 and (866) 895-2708.
    ___
    Associated Press writer Andrew Bridges in Washington contributed to this report.
    ___
    On the Net:
    FDA pet food recall information: http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/petfood.html
    Menu Foods: http://tinyurl.com/2pn6mm

    http://www.petconnection.com/

    • ANSWER:
      I read that they did not say anything for a month.
      If you want more information go to www.howl 911.com and you will see more about this whole recall. I checked it out and I am still in shock. The FDA is in real trouble. thats what I read. They are are going to try to get the top guy to resign because of this. It has alot of information go check it out.

  23. QUESTION:
    fever for the past 6 months,,tell me the address n precedure to contact boston dignostic centre?
    i hve been examined through all blood test like aec,pcr,elisa,montoux,malaria parasite,filaria antigen,its all negative.i hve deep vein thrombosys,cud that b a reason,mild splinomegaly n a bit lever too is enlarged,mild prostrate are also enlarged,the fever remeains 24 hours and it reaches 101.5,for this i m taking lyser d 1 bd n flexon 1bd,it my spoil my kidneys,i m told that there is a diagnostic centre in boston ,please tell me the way how to approach them n what is there fees

    • ANSWER:
      Mailing Address and Telephone

      Tufts-New England Medical Center
      750 Washington Street
      Boston, MA 02111

      Phone: 617 636-5000

      Good Luck! Get well soon!

  24. QUESTION:
    Would lactulose cause my cat to drink more water?
    I recently took her to the vet for constipation. The vet did a complete diagnostic checkup: xray and blood testing. They found nothing wrong with her. They put her on enulose (a lactulose solution) to prevent future constipation. I give her 1ml twice a day. She takes it well and has been more regular. She has been on this for about a month now. Shortly after starting the medication, I noticed an increase in her water consumption. I know this could be a warning sign of kidney disease but she just had a full check up and before taking the medication her water consumption was normal. Is this a side effect of this medication? What are some other side effects I should be aware of? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I think your cat isn’t taking in anough water in the rfirst place and that is what caused the origional constipation problem. I would recommend trying a wet diet before giving your cat a medication for a problem that can be solved witha proper diet.

      Cats were never meant to eat dry food, also known as cereals or kibble. We, humans, make them eat it for convenience to us. It has nothing to do with them or their nutritional needs. It’s completely species inappropriate.

      All small domestic cats descended from desert cats. In the wild, desert cats derive their entire liquid intake from their prey. They do not have a thirst mechanism because they don’t need it when eating a species appropriate diet. They get all they need from what they eat. Additionally water was usually not available to them in their desert climate. So they do not often drink water. Regular ol’ house cats have descended from those same wild desert cats.

      So in a home environment, your kitty does not get the moisture it needs from dry food and it’s almost always in a constant state of dehydration. Water fountains are encouraged to TRY to get your cat to drink more and your kitty may even enjoy it, but it will never meet its water intake needs drinking from a bowl.

      Deadly feline illnesses such as diabetes, kidney failure, obesity, allergies, Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), bladder stones, kidney stones, urinary tract blockages and Urinary Tract Infections (FLUTD), with and without deadly crystals run rampant these days. Cats are not taking in enough water to stave them off. Proper water intake through a species appropriate diet alone can prevent most of these conditions.

      It is also bogus that kibble cleans teeth. DRY FOOD DOES NOT CLEAN TEETH. It’s an old myth that has been scientifically disproved for years, but old-school vets drilled it into people’s heads for so long (and sadly still do) that people still believe it. Cats can not “chew”. They do not have flat “chewing” teeth. Their molars are not for grinding food. They have meat ripping pointy carnivorous teeth. You may see them “crunch” a piece of food once to crack and break it… but they are absolutely unable to chew a hard piece of food. Want your cat to have clean teeth? Give them an appropriately sized raw bone to chew on. :o )

      Overall, wet is all around better for any cats diet, be it canned or Raw and they should never be fed dry cereal kibble if we wish to most closely match their wild nutritional and dietary needs. Kibble meets our needs… not our cats.

  25. QUESTION:
    A Medical Puzzle… can anyone piece it together?
    Long rant for context (ie: we’ve tried everything… probably *literally* everything)…

    I have a 16 year old dog, Norwegian Elkhound mix (though recent things suggest some direct wolf-lineage)… For over a month now, he’s had varying degrees of diarrhea, vomiting, etc… It started with the vet just saying to put him on a bland diet. Worked for a few days then got worse. Then a canned bland diet… same thing. Tried metronidazole, but that caused a rather atypical reaction of absolutely no bladder control. He was wetting the bed, several accidents in the house (which he’s never done before), etc… Took him off metronidazole and that went away in a couple days. The vet said it could be an age related issue (bladder muscles no longer what they were), but considering that went away, I highly doubt it. In the meantime, I had them run a blood test… everything came back perfect for a dog half his age, no kidney, liver, thyroid, etc… problems, except slightly high cholesterol which has been an issue for some time now, but just at the very high end of normal). I finally got pissed off at his regular vet so started taking him into the ER vet as a regular practice for a week (started because he couldn’t eat anything without vomiting and the vet said, “oh, bring him in in 3 days”… not acceptable for a 16 year old dog who had been having related ongoing problems). In the 4 times I took him in over a week, they ran an abdominal x-ray, ultrasound, standard fecal test (no parasites), diarrhea panel, gave him fluid injections, prescribed various medications (antacids, an onsite kaopectate dose, and on and on), etc… Every diagnostic came back fine, no indication of a problem whatsoever (except the x-ray appearing gassy), no tumors, etc… The ER vet even said “if there’s a dog to clone, he’s the one!” (given his age and not even slight issues). However, the vomiting stopped (though it only lasted 1 day throughout all of this), but the diarrhea continued – actually got worse, the point of being pure liquid. This past Monday, I took him in to see a specialist who ran a chest x-ray (came back fine, no sign of anything) and ran various other tests (vitamin deficiencies, full pancreatic test, etc…), as well as looking over the other x-rays, ultrasound, tests, etc… He found that my dog has a slight B12 deficiency, but extremely slight and way less than he’d expect of a dog who’s had diarrhea for a month. But otherwise, again, everything looks perfect (no problems with his pancreas, no indication of intestinal lymphoma, no chest tumors or other issues, etc…). He put him on enrofloxacin (Baytril) as a best guess (and gave him a B vitamin injection, and a supplement of Metamucil) – the reasoning being it’s gone on too long and some definitive treatment needs to be attempted, so hoping this was the right one. So far, so good. He went a day without pooping, and now his stool is firming up. No problems with urination. But we’ll see how that works in the long run. The one issue is that he selectively threw up the Metamucil, so we’ve stopped that… supposedly selective vomiting is common in wolves, but not believed to exist in domestic dogs (hence the new genetic mystery).

    In the meantime, my girlfriend’s dog (a miniature poodle.. we all live together, so easy exposure) suddenly, this past Tuesday, had HORRIBLE diarrhea… extremely bloody, pure liquid, but no other symptoms. We got her into the vet and they put her on metronidazole and ran a fecal test (the fact that she wasn’t showing any other symptoms, is about 3 years old, and we live somewhere where parvo is extremely uncommon made them confident it wasn’t that, which I’d certainly agree with). She had no temperature, was only slightly dehydrated, and had quite the appetite and as bouncy/hyper as always. The fecal test came back today negative for any parasites.

    However, here’s the kicker… the metronidazole, while it’s stopped the diarrhea, is also causing her to pee a lot! Not as bad as my dog (she hasn’t had any accidents), but she has to go out for a walk every couple hours. I’ve asked the vet she went to to switch her over to Baytril, and am having my dog’s records faxed over to show them precedent for why… But at this point, it’s entirely symptomatic. There is no concrete reason *why* they’d both appear to be healthy yet have diarrhea, and respond to metronidazole in the same very atypical way. It seems there should be a link, but I certainly can’t figure it out and no vets can either.

    Does anyone have experience with an extremely rare bacteria/virus/whatever that’s not detected in tests and causes increased urination when treated with metronidazole?

    Sorry that’s so long, but at this point it’s puzzling me, my girlfriend, 3 ER vets, 2 regular practice vets, and a renowned internal medic
    They’ve gotten no table scraps, and that wouldn’t explain why both have the same weird reaction to the same medication (Elkhound vs poodle… not likely to respond to things that similarly for no reason) and that far apart, nor why it’s gone on so long. And I’d say if 6 vets (actually 7, as there were 2 who saw my dog at the regular practice) are all stumped, I think it’s less an issue of the vet and more an issue of something extremely odd. I appreciate input, so I mean no disrespect, but I’m largely looking for people who have had experience with something that would cause this, or have heard about it before.
    My dog’s not at the end of his life (and I honestly don’t appreciate such a patronizing remark)… every single diagnostic confirmed otherwise. And, hypothetically, if he were, how would simple old-age be contagious to a 3 year old poodle?

    Again, we’ve had every diagnostic under the sun. A 16 year old and 3 year old of very different breeds are having the same symptoms. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, as I appreciate responses, but both responses so far are overlooking countless big details.
    Sorry for editing so much, but I’d also like to add that no one dies of “old age”… Old age leads to a reduction in the ability of one of body’s systems which results in death, but “old age” (simply chronological age) doesn’t cause someone to die (heart failure, liver failure, cancer, etc… caused by a slowing of hormone process, body’s synthesis of nutrients, etc… causes death, and none of which apply to him according to every test by various vets). Based on every blood test, x-ray, ultrasound, etc… my dog would be extremely healthy for a dog half his age. He enjoys walks, playing, cuddling, etc… and I think it’s very irresponsible and patronizing the imply someone should have their otherwise healthy dog put to sleep just because of age. Again, his only medical problem is diarrhea, which a 3 year poodle now has with the same symptoms/medication reactions, and every test indicates he’s freakishly healthy.

    Again, I’ve outlined every variable… I would REALLY appreciate seri
    ous responses (I’d be so grateful), but please read what I wrote.

    Pamela: No, apparently I can’t. Even with a long rant with every variable outlined, people still apparently won’t read it/ignore 90% of what was said. : I can only imagine how people would skew it if I tried to leave details out (ie: said I was at several vets, someone says to find a new vet… said diagnostics show my dog is healthy and a 3 year old dog is having the same, someone suggests my dog is dying of old age and I should kill him… wtf?!)

    • ANSWER:
      Look up Canine Enteritis it sounds a lot like what your dog is doing. It is also contagious which would explain why the other dog has gotten symptoms (While your dog is getting treatment for enteritis, you should monitor its condition closely. You should try to keep your dog away from other pet animals and children. This is because enteritis in dogs is contagious and spreads fast through physical contact) it is also helped to be cured by antibiotics which would say why the metronidazole is helping but not curing it. I hope this helps. I found your question to hit home a little bit so took a little more time on this one. we went through a similar situation with a cough that would not clear up or go away. I can’t even imagine the money you have into this up to this point. We spent at least 00.00 trying to figure out what was wrong with our dog. It is very frustrating. Sometimes it helps to just scan the internet and research different symptoms and meds that your vet has put him on. We also ended up taking our dog to a State University hospital. That’s who actually figured out what was wrong with him after almost a year! In case your wondering it was E-Coli. But also did you try taking out fatty foods from his diet at least until you figure this out. My dog has a sensitive stomach and can only eat lamb, deer, salmon things like that. No beef , pork, chicken ect. Hopefully this helps I wish you the best of luck. But really think about taking him to a State University. We had very good luck there! So sorry this is happening to you and your dog. Hope he gets better:)I’m also sorry this is so long but I hope it helps:) Good Luck

      Also the only side effects of metronidazole that is really mentioned repeatedly is the bad taste which leads me to think maybe they are trying to get the taste out of there mouth and drinking a lot more. I did however find that frequent urination in humans using it is a common side effect, not sure if it would be the same for canines though? If I do find more info I will let you know:) Cushings and Addisons is not contagious either which would not explain why the other dog has the same symptoms.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  27. QUESTION:
    Can someone help me understand my bill?
    I went to the emergency room cause I had this unbearable pain under my ribs kinda on my back. I was in the waiting room for most of the time. Anyways, they took a blood test, pee test, CAT scan, put an IV, gave me this pain killer through the IV, anti vomiting stuff. And that’s about it. I saw the doctor once to tell me I had a kidney infection.

    Ok. So first bill I have shows

    12,704.80

    Lab Services 2,402.30
    Diagnostic/Therapuetic Imagining 5,777.40
    Pharmacy 1,299.70
    ER 3,225.40

    And another one
    ED E&M Level 5 654.00

    And another one:
    CT Pelvis WO Contrast 232.00
    CT Abdomen WO contrast 253.00
    Afterhours 100.00

    And finally one for 112.00 for Blood, and pee test. I can’t find the bill

    Ok, what the hell? I feel like i’m being charged 2x… I don’t know, help me?

    the 12,000 bill the took of 10,000 dollars I was cool with it set up a payment plan. Then I got those other ones, apparently they are all seperate and i have to pay/set arrangments for all the other ones. Its nerve wrecking! I’m a poor student who lives on her own with no family and a 10.30 an hour job. I have rent, elec bill, phone bill, internet, school (i pay for FAFSA doesn’t want to help me cause i cant get my parents to fill out paper work… i have no family) i have no car, i take the bus or walk to work. I don’t know what to do, im so stressed and depressed. I mean, all i have is my 2 friends in Georgia and my dog. Please help me.

    • ANSWER:
      Celina,

      You are right here. Someone has messed up bad in your billing of the hospital charges. Call the hospital billing office and make an appointment to go and sit down and speak with them about these way out there charges. If they insist on being uncooperative call legal aid in your area for help and they will help you for free.

      Being a college administrator I call tell you for a 100% fact that if your only source of income is .30 an hour you call get a full Pell Grant and Loans for College. If you need help with any of that, please email me. I would be most happy to help.


Blood Tests For Kidneys Explained

How the Drug Works

Glucose does not normally appear in the urine, but when too much glucose builds up in the blood, the excess spills over from the kidney into the urine where it can be detected by specially designed plastic test strips and reagent tablets containing chemicals which detect glucose in urine. Color changes occur according to the amount of sugar present.

Regular monitoring of glucose levels aids in the control of diabetes. It will help determine medication, exercise and dietary needs and help decrease complications (eg, kidney and eye problems) and problems during pregnancy.

Ketones appear in the urine when the body breaks down body fats to use as a source of energy or food. This can occur in fasting individuals, outof-control diabetics and individuals on starvation diets. Proteins in the urine may be an early sign of kidney disease.

Uses

To detect glucose in urine.

To aid diabetics in monitoring medication regimens, diet and exercise programs.

To help prevent the development of complications and problems during pregnancy.

Avoid contact with skin, mucous membranes or clothing. If contact occurs, flush the affected area with large amounts of water. If test strips, tape, or tablets are eaten or rubbed in the eyes, contact your doctor or local poison control center immediately. If eaten, do not induce vomiting; instead, drink large amounts of water or milk. If contact with the eyes occurs, flush with water for 15 minutes. Get prompt medical attention.

Specimen Collection and Handling: Collect fresh urine in a clean, dry container and test as soon as possible. (An alternate method is to pass the test strips directly through the urine stream). If testing cannot be done within an hour after collection, refrigerate. Let it return to room temperature before testing. Prolonged exposure of unpreserved urine to room temperature (59 to 86F) may result in bacterial contamination and bacterial consumption of the glucose. Urine preservatives may also affect the accuracy of test results.

Storage and Handling: For bottled strips-Store at room temperature (59 to 86 F). Do not store the bottle in direct sunlight. Protect from light, heat, and moisture.

Keep unused test strips in the original bottle with the cap tightly closed. Always replace the cap immediately and tightly. A new bottle of test strips can be used for 6 months after first being opened. Always write the date you first opened the bottle on the bottle label. Do not use the product after the expiration date. Use of strips beyond the expiration date may yield inaccurate test results. Never transfer strips to another bottle. Do not remove drying agent from the bottle. The agent absorbs moisture and keeps the strips dry. Never put cotton or other materials in the bottle. If test areas are discolored or darkened, throw the strip away and use a strip from a new bottle.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Confusing blood tests for a child?
    Can anyone explain some blood test results for my 5 year old, please. She had the following tests FBC, liver, kidney, thyroid, B12 and iron. All came back ok except Ferritin – 6 (normal min 13) and Mean Corpuscular volume 89.6 (normal 68-87). She has been prescribed an iron supplement. I am confused because everything I read says that iron depletion would cause a decreased MCV rather than an elevated one.

    • ANSWER:
      The MCV is just barely higher than the normal range – its of no clinical significance. Differences larger than this can occur from being slightly dehydrated.

      If the results are not from dehydration, and all other aspects of the blood test (other than ferritin and MCV) are normal, then the results would indicate that the red blood cells are slightly larger than normal. This is common with iron deficiency anemia since the hemoglobin molecules can develop an abnormal structure when there isn’t enough iron.

  2. QUESTION:
    Question about blood tests?
    I had some blood tests taken at the doctors as I feel tired all the time. I think they checked my liver, kidneys and for diabetes. I had a phone call saying one of them was borderline , that I got a six and the normal was 5. I have to go back in two weeks and get them taken again. The name was imflammatory something and I couldn’t understand what the test was for . Could someone please explain what the test means please.
    The doctor did explain these bits to me but the name of the test was so long and I’m sure it had imflammatory in it.

    • ANSWER:
      Was it CRP or C reactive protein? The upper limit of normal for this is 5.

      If it was C reactive protein it is a non specific marker of inflammation. The most likely cause of a high test result is infection. However, lots of things can cause it to be elevated and 6 isn’t really that high.

  3. QUESTION:
    Kidney blood test…and is elevated??
    I am seeing a RE and have been TTC. I had to have blood work for my kidneys because they were putting me on Metformin cause i have PCOS. Anywas my blood work came back elevated form my kidney test. What would elevated mean??..they want me to run the tst again in a couple of weeks.

    Please explain???

    • ANSWER:
      Elevated creatinine is a sign of loss of kidney function. Is that what they said? There are lots of other patients and caregivers who can answer your questions on the kidney message forum at www.ihatedialysis.com – you can get a lot of help and support there. I wish you the best of luck.

  4. QUESTION:
    My blood tests came back normal, but could there still be something wrong?
    Other people pointed their fingers at cancer when I explained my symptoms, it scared me because cancer runs through my family. So I went to the doctor and explained that I’ve been having weight loss (15 lbs in the past few months, not trying), crazy easy bruising, soreness etc. I talked to him for almost an hour and then he took some blood tests as well as a urine test. I got the results today over the phone, his nurse said my blood cell count was normal, protein was normal, liver and kidney was normal. I think that’s it. Does this mean I’m in the clear for cancer, or should I ask specifically for cancer screenings? If everything is normal, I don’t know why I’ve been losing weight or bruising super easily. Does anyone have any suggestions? I mean, I get a few bruises every time I work out, and I don’t work out hard at all. Should I be worried or not?

    All serious answers would be very much appreciated! Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    high and low liver and cholesterol blood test results – can someone explain them to me?
    I was tested for kidney problems because I have high blood pressure (typically 160/105) and I just received my blood results by post – with some showing as ‘hi’ and ‘lo’, but only one is circled and they sent a leaflet about high cholesterol, so I’m a bit in the dark about what it all means.

    My liver results –

    alk phos 33
    alt/sgpt serum level 49

    the rest normal

    Cholesterol -

    serum triglycerides 0.9
    serum hdl 1.3
    serum ldl 3.39
    serum cholesterol 5.1

    I’m 30, i exercise, eat very healthily, don’t smoke. I have relatives with heart disease.
    I previously drank quite a lot of alcohol but have cut down a lot, so why is my cholesterol high when my lifestyle is generally good? The leaflet they sent me isn’t exactly helpful as it just tells me to do the things i already do, and there was no other explanation offered at all…

    Can someone explain what these results mean and what could cause them?

    • ANSWER:
      according to washington manual of medical therapeutics all your results are normal, so relax.

  6. QUESTION:
    Liver function blood test is it worth the bother?
    My GP has sent a liver blood function test in the post. No explain what for. I have a lot of blood tests and hate them and going to Dr’s can be really distressing for me. I have overdosed twice in the last 6 months one on lithium only which is more kidney damage and one lithium, serqoul XR and lorazepam. And have had kidney function tested for, thyriod and lithium levels recent enough.

    I am on a lot of medication – Lithium Carbonate, Serqoul XR, Venalfaxine, Clonazepam, Levothyoxrine, Codiene, Omeprazole PRN Clorpromazine

    I have no known physical symptoms so it’s not failing and was checked about a year ago- found fatty tissue but nothing else.

    I really don’t feel up having this blood test and wanted to hear if people thought it would really be a problem not having it as it seems very routine.
    Have been taking the lithium for 4+ years with no problems. And most of the others over ab year with no problems either

    • ANSWER:
      The drugs you are on and your overdosing can cause serious problems for your kidney’s and liver. These problems may not show in the first few years. If caught early these problems can be treated. That is why testing is so important. You do not want to end up like me and have to use a Dialysis machine for several hours twice a week.

  7. QUESTION:
    Is my blood pressure high? No one really explained much.?
    Last night I ended up visiting the E.R, due to having cramping and pain, I also felt nauseous, however I have been unwell this entire pregnancy, so it wasn’t out of the ordinary.

    For me, normal blood is around 100-100 over 60, last night they checked it, and said it was perfectly fine at 130/60. I know 130 is fairly normal, maybe a touch on the higher side of normal, but none the less not urgent. However my doctor has been telling me this entire pregnancy that if the ‘top’ number (sorry, correct term escapes me) goes well and truly above my average of 100-110 that it classifies as high blood pressure, but he never mentioned, or didn’t explain the bottom number principle. But, the nurse said it was high just because I felt nauseous and had a temperature last night (Temp of 39.5c, or 103.1 Fahrenheit, so it was a pretty low-grade fever, easily controlled by paracetamol.)

    So I don’t really know what to think, tests revealed a Kidney infection, but it was in it’s ‘early days’ apparently, so they caught it early and it shouldn’t be a bother with medication. Does blood pressure raise normally with these sorts of infections? I did keep going very warm in the face and dizzy, but normally I have issues with my blood pressure dropping, not rising!

    Oh, I’m nearly 28 weeks pregnant if that counts.

    • ANSWER:
      Usually if the top number is 140 or higher, that’s considered high and medication or some intervention is called for. For younger people (under 4), 130 or 135 is probably about as high as you want it to be. Considering you are pregnant, your numbers sound pretty good but keep an eye on it.

      I was told if the bottom number is over 90, that is considered high enough that, for example, the FAA will want you to talk to a doctor about high blood pressure and treatment before they issue a pilot’s license. 80 is normal enough. 60 is excellent.

      Good luck and congrats.

  8. QUESTION:
    Child has recurring blood work done, showing AST, ALT, SED RATE & BUN/CREAT RATIO high? What could this mean?
    My 5 yr. old daughter has been going to a lot of test lately, to try to find out what is going on with her. Her first blood test she had done showed high AST, ALT, SED RATE & BUN/CREAT RATIO. (They were all high) The blood work was repeated 4 months later and all of them have gone up higher, some of them much higher, some of them just a little. She is now being referred to a Gasterneologist (sp?) to have further testing done. However, she cant get in til March. Her PCP said… it could mean several things, anything from her liver, kidneys or some type of cancer. Can anyone please tell me if they have blood work done that came out with all of these being high and what it was or what you were dignioused with. I dont understand how I am suppose to wait til March for my daughter to have further testing done. Is there anywhere else I can go to have her blood results interrepted and explained to me more through. Her AST is 55, ALT is 32, BUN/CREAT is 40.1 and her SED RATE is 50.
    I am not looking for someone to give me a diagnious for her, over the computer. Just for some support and some information on what others may have been diagnioused with, with blood results like this.
    Thank you advance to anyone that response to this. I appreciate it!!

    • ANSWER:
      The bottom line is that blood tests can only tell you so much. It sounds like she had a basic blood panel done. The AST and ALT are liver enzymes. If they are high her liver is not functioning properly. The sedementation rate, bun, and creatinine are measures of kidney function and indicate her kidneys also are not functioning properly. She will probably need to undergo further tests or procedures or more extensive bloodwork to figure out what the specific problem is. Until then I would make sure you try your best not to tax her kidneys or liver (like don’t give her any drugs unless she absolutely needs them) and look for another specialist you can go to. There’s got to be more than one that is covered under your insurance. You don’t have to go to the specialist your PCP referred you to, there are thousands of gastroenterologists out there, but sometimes PCPs refer to a particular one because they have a good relationship with them, but you’re not locked into that particular gastroenterologist. Contact your insurance and get a list of all the GI specialists within driving distance and then call them all, make the earliest apt, and put your name on the cancellation waiting list.

  9. QUESTION:
    I am looking for NHL contacts for Bobbly Clarke, Toby Pedersen or Nick Boyton as my son has developed Diabetes?
    Last weekend, he was complaining of it hurting when he pee’d. We noticed that he was drinking like crazy and wetting the bed as well. On Monday my wife had asked his family doctor to test for diabetes because of this and he was acting differently. Her sister has diabetes and she was very concerned. My wife is also a genetic carrier. They sent us home and told us they would contact us if there were any issues with his blood test, which they said they would do the next day. Unfortunately this all could have been avoided if they did the test at the office (which they can do!) rather than passing it off as a possible bladder infection. They gave us an antibiotic and sent us home.

    I took him on Wed. morning to have his blood tested and then came to work. That night, my wife was at her sisters and decided to do they blood sugar test with her glucometer. His levels were at 30, which is as high as those machines go. Normal is 3-6. She called me and rushed him to the hospital. Once here, they confirmed that his levels were way above critical and admitted him in minutes. He was hooked up to Iv’s and more blood tests. His kidneys were starting to shut down and his blood sugar was at now at 39.7. He was moments away from a coma. They doctor told us that he was very close to dying that night.
    It was nice of his family doctor to call us the next day and suggest that we go to the hospital…..unreal!!!
    Just wanted you all to know that Curtis is doing better. His levels are coming down, and almost normal. He is probably going to be in here until Monday. He’s up and around and ready to get out of here. We are constantly meeting with counselors and dietitians to teach us how to control his levels. We need to be able to give insulin and he needs to be able to do it himself as well. I had no idea that diabetes was so involved. It’s not just giving a needle a few times a day and all is well. Only certain foods, and every portion of food needs measuring, every unit of insulin can mean a huge difference. Exercise and sickness is a whole other ballgame, but we’re learning as fast as we can.
    He is very worried about his upcoming hockey season and that people may be upset with him having diabetes. We have been informed that with proper management he will have a long hockey career. We have explained that many NHL players and other professional sports players have the disease.

    • ANSWER:
      Bobby Clarke is a huge advocate so he’s probably your best bet. Get a group of kids together (like his hockey team) and tcontact the Flyers and explain your situation. Teams have nights like that all the time and the kids get to meet the players and staff. It should be cool.

  10. QUESTION:
    i still have abdominal pain and now i have high blood pressure!?
    well like i said before i was having stomach pain on my right side and lower pelvic area,i didn’t mention that i did have a cystoscopy,laparoscopy,gastroscopy,and colonoscopy,all normal. along with vaginal discharge,witch was normal. i saw my obgyn yesterday she said my uterus was in place and everything felt normal,but she cant explain my mucus discharge,and she also told me my blood pressure was very high i have, for the past few weeks now i have been experiencing heart pain liver pain kidney pain witch my doctor ran some blood test and said my kidneys and liver were fine this was back in november 2009 can it be possible that when he did the test back then it was normal because it was to early to diagnose and now that my symptoms are ALOT worse you think it Will make a difference. please im really suffering here i already changed my doctor twice should i change again

    • ANSWER:
      get another and final expert opinion and get rid of your worries

  11. QUESTION:
    STPT/ALT Blood Test Report?
    2 Days ago I had urinal and stomach pain. I went to the hospital and the doctor advised to do ultrasount and complete blood count test and SGPT/ALT – BC. Doctor told me there may chance to stone in kidney. He told there is also a a chance to some problem in liver. Because my SGPT/ALT Blood count was 71. He explained the normal SGPT/ATL Blood count in <41. I am not using alchahol and no smoking and not using any such items. I had never dioganised for jondis like problems. I am very much fear about this count. I am thinking about herpatis A, B or C. Please advise me.

    • ANSWER:
      Never jump to concluson before the result is out.
      Good luck.

  12. QUESTION:
    PLS HELP Blood test show high ast, alt, vitm b12, calicum, bun/creati, neutrophils & sed rate. Low HCT, HGB…?
    My child is 5, shes been having repeated blood work done for about 6 months now, b/c some of her levels were turning up high or low for what the range is for her age. After her last blood work her PCP ran on her, he is referring her to a Gastro. Specialist. She will be going on Feb. 2nd. I am looking to see if, can get someone to explain or help me understand her blood work more through. Also, if anyone could tell me what may possible be going on with her. I am not looking for someone to give her a diagnosis. Just for someone to give me some more info on what possible could be going on with my princess. It is so hard for me to just sit here and wait til Feb. to find out more information. How is a mother suppose to do that? Her PCP did tell me that he is referring her to a specialist to see if he wants to do further testing and that her blood work results could be showing something wrong with her kidneys, liver or some kind of cancer. Cancer does run on her fathers side. His mother has had one kind of skin cancer & his grandmother on his fathers side passed away from some kind of skin cancer.
    We do not want to ask more info from the family, until we know what is going on with our little girl. We dont want to get anyone worried or upset til we know more info.
    I have done some research but still not understand a whole lot of it. I have read that to determine cancers, liver problems and kidney problems that you have to look at several numbers on blood work, not just one certain one.
    Below I will list her blood work that say abnormal and see if someone can explain them to me better. Thank you inadvance to anyone that helps me understand what may be going on or what could be going on with my little princess. I will list her results for both her 2 past labs:

    9/14/09 12/16/09
    *Fasting *Non-Fasting
    Glucose: 96 (High) 105
    Bun: 15 13
    Creatinine: 0.40 (low) 0.49 (low)
    Bun/Creat ratio: 37.5 (high) 26.5 (high)
    Calcium: 10.2 (high) 10.4 (high)
    Ast: 49 (high) 50 (high)
    Alt: 26 (high) 24
    Vitamin B12: (didnt check on 9/14/09) 944 (high)
    Hgb: 11.5 (low) 11.3 (low)
    Hct: 32.0 (low) 31.9 (low)
    Mcv: 75.4 (low) 76.4
    Neutrophil: 55 (high) 59 (high)
    Sed rate: 29 (high) 32 (high)
    Hgb A1c: 5.6 wasnt checked on 12/19/09

    Her urine was checked as well, but just on 9/14/09. They only thing that was flagged on that test was Spec. gravity which was 1.015 (considered low)

    In the doctors notes: It reads On percussion, there is dullness heard in the left lower quadrant compared to the rest of her abdomen, which is tympanic. The child has halitosis also. WHAT DOES this mean?

    Other smpthoms:
    Frequent urination
    Not feeling like she can always empty bladder & has to go to the bathroom w/in several mins (10-15mins apart)
    Several accidents prer day, cant get to the bathroom before she feels the urge to go.
    Tires out easily.
    Trouble gaining weight
    thristy often
    feels hungry often but most times cant not eat much, just a few bites, before she is full or loses appetite
    Has headaches from time to time
    Complains of pain in lower back at times as well as under arm pit.
    Complains of abdominal pain everyday.
    Acid reflux along with burps that smell like softer.

    I know this is a lot, I aplogize. Just trying to provide as much detial as possible, to see if I can get any help understanding what may be going on with my little girl.
    You can email me also at littlehandscreatingthefuture@yahoo.com

    THANK YOU INADVANCE for any HELP you can provide me with!
    Sincerely,
    Worried mommy!!

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Worried, JustMe Mom:

      This is the 2nd installment of my long detailed answer for your question that is also posted in various sections e,g, Medicine, Diseases, Toddler, Preschooler. Parenting, etc. Pls note that I have included various reference sites.

      To view the first installment of this answer for your similar question posted under Other- Disease section; check the site below:

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AhpZYXsumOyZaiCE6qh2U_Xsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20091231103051AA19e53&show=7#profile-info-NCbTOtbPaa

      I have also e-mailed you my complete thoroughly researched answer.

      Kidney functions:

      Her urine specific gravity of 1.015 is WNL. If it’s high; it would be darkly concentrated( Sp Gr> 10.20) and would likely be due to dehydration.

      Normal BUN:Cr Ratio is <20:1 mg/dl
      Location of Renal disorder
      Pre-renal disease (before glomeruli)
      Mechnism: Reduced flow causes elevated creatinine and BUN due to decreased GFR. Additionally, BUN reabsorption is increased because of the lower flow; BUN is disproportionately elevated relative to creatinine.

      Therefore, her BUN:Cr ratio is indeed high at 26.5- 37.5 %.

      The normal value for BUN is approximately 10-20, and for creatinine 0.7-1.2.

      Therefore, her BUN of 13-15 is WNL. However, her Cr of 0.40-0.49 is quite low......abnormally low.

      The blood urea nitrogen (BUN) test is a measure of the amount of nitrogen in the blood in the form of urea, and a measurement of renal function. Urea is a substance secreted by the liver, and removed from the blood by the kidneys.

      BUN and creatinine are excreted by the kidneys and accumulate in the bloodstream when a person has kidney failure. Therefore, with renal disease, the BUN and creatinine usually both rise together. However, there are some conditions in which one rises more than the other, and some (as in your daughter's case ) where one is normal while the other is low.

      Here are some possible explanations:
      1) Lab error. A creatinine of 0.4- 0.5 is unusually low. Could it be incorrect? Could the lab have been having a bad day, or did someone miscopy an 0.8 as an 0.5?

      2) Dehydration: if you were dehydrated at the time the lab test was done (for example, were having a GI viral illness), the BUN may have increased just due to dehydration (resulting in a high ratio), and should have come back down as soon as you had enough water in your body.

      3) Heart failure or liver cirrhosis: both of these conditions can cause a high BUN/creat ratio in the absence of kidney problems.

      4) Very high protein diet: a very high protein diet may increase the BUN without affecting creatinine, so that the ratio may become elevated. (Did you eat a giant steak the night before your blood test?)

      5) GI bleeding: if there is a bleeding ulcer or bleeding of any type anywhere in the stomach or intestines, the BUN will rise disproportionately from the creatinine.I ncreased production of urea is seen in cases of moderate or heavy bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal(GI) tract (e.g. from ulcers). The

      6) Steroids: in people taking high doses of steroid medications such as prednisone, the BUN can be elevated, causing a high calculatedBUN/creatinine ratio.

      Enhanced metabolism of proteins will also increase urea production, as may be seen with high protein diets, steroid use, burns, or fevers; or kidney stones.

      I'm sure that your doctor will want to repeat this test before doing anything else about it.

      Acute renal failure(ARF)
      It has been found to be predictive of pre-renal failure, if the BUN-to-creatinine ratio is greater than 20 or the urea-to-creatinine ratio>0.10 and urea>10.

      When the ratio of BUN to creatinine (BUN:Cr) is greater than 20, the patient is suspected of having prerenal azotemia. This means that the pathologic process is unlikely to be due to intrinsic kidney damage.

      In addition, in children, a BUN/creatinine ratio of 30 or above has a sensitivity of 68.8% for upper GI bleeding and a specificity of 98%.

      Elevated BUN with very low creatinine is possibly indicative of early acute renal/kidney failure.

      For accuracy of determination of kidney/renal disease or dysfunction; she would need a 24- hr urine collection for creatinine clearance.

      A 24-hr urine collection for creatinine clearance is a more accurate diagnostic tool for early renal/ kidney disease.

      Sometimes, in more than one instances; the high BUN: Cr ratio is most typically the result of being dehydrated when she had the blood work done.
      So most likely insignificant assuming that the creatinine value is normal. In other words when a ‘healthy’ patient has a high BUN and low Cr, it’s typically an indication that you’ve not been drinking enough water. It’s hardly something to worry about.

      The problem here coupled with high hepatic panel ( high AST and ALT) There is a need to do another test for alkaline phosphatase. To confirm any abnormality results.

      I don’t want to get all too technical with you, but let’s assume she has an elevated Bilirubin level on the Liver Panel, a low alk phos effectively rules out an obstruction of the common bile duct.

      So, now it will involve your internist doing some imaging, serology and perhaps additional tests to figure out why there’s a problem with your liver panel.

      I think that the ultrasound is a reasonable thing to do. It’ll most likely be normal or may show gallstones (which you shouldn’t worry about if she’s asymptomatic).

      If you get the radiologist’s report suspecting and suggesting she might have some “hypoechoic or hypotenuse lesions or hemangiomas, and recommend f/u ( follow-up) with triple phase CT/MRI”. Don’t get freaked out. These are extremely common, benign lesions.

      The false positive findings can lead to unecessary anxiety and further testing.

      Because multiple variables can interfere with the interpretation of a BUN value, GFR and creatinine clearance are more accurate markers of kidney function. Age, sex, and weight will alter the “normal” range for each individual, including race.

      In renal failure or chronic kidney disease (CKD), BUN will only be elevated outside “normal” when more than 60% of kidney cells are no longer functioning. Hence, more accurate measures of renal function are generally preferred to assess the clearance for purposes of medication dosing.

      http://www.answers.com/topic/azotemia

      Calcium:

      All cells need calcium in order to work. Calcium helps build strong bones and teeth. It is important for heart function, and helps with muscle contraction, nerve signaling, and blood clotting.
      Drinking too much milk or taking too much vitamin D as a dietary supplement can also increase calcium levels.

      Normal Results
      Normal values range from 8.5 to 10.2 mg/dL.

      So her Calcium level of 10.2-10.4 is moderately high.

      What Abnormal Results Mean

      Higher-than-normal levels may be due to:
      Addison’s disease
      Excessive vitamin D level
      Excessive calcium intake
      HIV/AIDS
      Hyperparathyroidism
      Metastatic bone tumor
      Milk-alkali syndrome
      Multiple myeloma
      Overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism)
      Paget’s disease
      Prolonged immobilization
      Sarcoidosis
      Tumors producing a parathyroid hormone-like substance
      Use of certain medications

      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/…

      Hypercalcemia( high blood Ca) is a disorder that most commonly results from malignancy or primary hyperparathyroidism. Other causes of elevated calcium are less common and usually are not considered until malignancy and parathyroid disease are ruled out.

      Her symptoms of thirst( polydipsia); hunger (polyphagia) and frequent urination ( polyuria ) fatigue; abdominal pains are hallmarks of Diabetes Type 1 . Formerly known as Juvenile Diabetes.

      The pain on her lower back might be due to UTI or kidney problem.( also related to DM- diabetes) Her halitosis( her burps smell of sulfur) can also be attributed to this kidney or GI problems. Hiccoughing( hiccups) in acute renal failure patients is common due to the toxins not adequately eliminated by the malfunctioning kidney.

      Breath odor and persistent hiccups are among the symptoms of acute renal failure.

      Her abdominal pains and poor appetite might also be attributed to some liver disease or GI problems. Her acid reflux might also be due to GERD ( gastroesophageal reflux disease) and IBS( irritable Bowel Syndrome) Thus the frequent burps. Hope; the doctor will plan to do a liver biopsy and an ultrasound.

      If abdominal pain or signs of peritonitis are localized in the left lower quadrant, the suspicion is increased for such conditions as colitis, diverticulitis, ureteral colic or pain due to ovarian cysts or pelvic inflammatory disease.(PID) or splenic disorder ( evidenced by the spleen- dullness upon percussion of the left lower quadrant ( LLQ).

      Examples of tumors in the left lower quadrant include colon cancer or ovarian tumor.

      Vitamin B12, also called cobalamin, is a water soluble vitamin with a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and for the formation of blood.

      The normal blood level of vitamin B12 ranges between 200 and 600 picogram/milliliter (148-443 picomol/liter).

      Although deficiency is far more common than excess when it comes to vitamin B12 status; cases have been reported where blood levels exceeded 3000 picograms/milliliter. Such high levels may be caused by bacterial overgrowth and a condition called Vit B12 Overload.

      Moreover, for her high Vit B12 levels; the gastroenterologist might need to perform a new endoscopy, in order to dismiss or rule out the diagnosis of Crohn’s disease or Celiac disease.

      http://www.yourhealthbase.com/vitamin_B12.html#overload

      .

  13. QUESTION:
    Protein in my urine? Im really worried?
    Im 14, 115 pounds, 5’5 and currently on my period.
    I went to the doctor today for a check-up and i had a blood-test and the doctor said there was protein in it. They want me to run firther tests to check my kidneys… Can someone explain to me what could be wrong with them?
    Also ive gained about 10 pounds sice i started my first period.. is this normal? I used to weigh 105 in april.

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    why do I have to keep having a blood test?
    I went to the Dr’s a couple of months ago with a water infection I was really ill, the Dr sent me for a blood test then I had a letter to go back and have another one. Then another came for me to have an repeat blood test again today. I asked the nurse why this was happening and she said my blood plates are low which is showing an infection.This has really worried me because I keep feeling light headed,pains in my kidneys and feel tired, this is freaking me out now, can anyone explain what might be wrong. I cannot get to see my Dr till next week and its really worrying me .

    • ANSWER:

  15. QUESTION:
    My dog has been having severe allergic reactions, can anyone help.?
    I have went to 4 different vets in 2 weeks, and so far no one can explain why my dog has almost lost her life to a severe allergic reaction that almost closed her breathing passages. My dog has had blood in her urine, and her tummy is red and hot. I have done everything humanly possible and avoided any trigger for allergies, my floor and anything in her reach is spotless & chemical/dye free. She is on antibiotics but she is still passing blood, her blood test have came up normal . My mom thinks it was the tainted dog food, but is on a mild home-made diet from the vet but only a little better, also her kidneys tested normal. Her hemoglobin (red blood cells) were up. She cleared up with prednisone but they won’t leave her on it, and I’m afriad she’ll go into another attack. Please remember before leaving comments, I have taken her to many vets. Thank you all.

    • ANSWER:
      Try taking her to a holistic vet, if there is one near wear you live. Other things you could try is switching your dog to a raw food diet, either home made or pre-made from a company such as Nature’s Variety. If you do decide to go home made you should do some research first. Another idea is to add either Organic Apple Cider Vinegar or Coconut Oil to her food, read these website to find out more info.

      http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/acvfordogs.html

      http://www.coconutoil-online.com/pets.htm

      I hope this helps.
      Sloane

  16. QUESTION:
    Can someone from australia please explain the medicare system to me ?
    I understand the whole bulk billing thing but i have been sick this year with glandular fever, a kidney infection, and a chest infection that spread to my heart. All of these things needed blood tests, urine tests and an ECG. That means that i have been to the doctor at least 10 times this year. Am i going to be charged in any way for using a bulk billing clinic too much ?

    • ANSWER:
      No. You can be bulked billed as many times as you need.
      Certain tests do have thresholds though. For example if you are pregnant, you can only get one ultrusound every 4 weeks under medicare.

      If you have a referral for blood, urine, ecg tests from a doctor or specialist you should be able to get it free under medicare. You can see the doctor at your clinic as many times as you want, you won’t be charged for using it too much.

      If you are unsure, just visit a medicare office and they will let you know.

  17. QUESTION:
    Testicle Shrinkage, change in beard color , loss of hair, weak overall,lack of concentration?
    first of all my testostrone lvl is 700+ .. 2 tests

    i noticed my testicals reduce in size last year, i had a slight discomfert and the doc checked me for that conditions, where your balls rotate and cut the blood supply, but he said i was ok, and he gave me some anti swelling pills, which didnt help, but the pain went away on its own later.

    now i feel my testicals are smaller in size, infact i know they are, when im cold they rise , and it just looks weired, but when its hot they sort of hang at the leval of the penis, not below.

    i recently visited the doctor again, and explained to him how im really weak, and have been having way too much sex, and am sure its becoz of that, he checked me , and said ur testicals are still fine, u just need to start taking some multi vitamin, bla bla. and he didnt treat the matter seriously. what do i do? my blood screenin tests were fine, liver kidneys, etc etc..doc says im healthy, but i know im not, m getin weeker and skinnier..help!
    no i dont have hiv, and yes iv been tested for all horomones.. thats why the docs wudnt may much attention. if i get my rest and completly stop touching that area, do u think my size will increase? even a bit?

    • ANSWER:
      I’d go to a different doc and tell him about everything, not just the testicle issues. Have your thyroid checked. Have you been checked for HIV? You said you were having a lot of sex. Maybe you just need to eat and sleep more.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Blessings

  19. QUESTION:
    REALLY NEED advice here?
    i got blood tests done now i am pregnant, and usually the midwife calls out to explain if i miss appointment.these test for everything from Iron to STI’S i was working late on monday and missed the appointment to get my results.she rescheduled
    me for 2 weeks time and said it was very important i attend.so today the nurse called me and said i have to get heart, liver and kidney test done agin for what meds they are putting me on.she said everything was perfect and my magnesium was low a bit, i aske d if it was any of the std’s and she said if it had been a gp wud have called me.what does this sound like??

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like everything is fine,
      no news is good news
      if there was something wrong they would’ve told you :)

  20. QUESTION:
    Had 4/5 UTI’s in the last 2/3 months!! Maybe try not using condoms if i’m on the pill?
    Can condoms have an affect on whether or not you get UTI’s. I’ve been sexually active with my boyfriend for 2/3 months and I’ve had 4 or 5 in this time!! I’m on the pill (changing to Cilest on Friday) and we use condoms everytime. My doctors given me lube and non-spermacide condoms, but we use them anyway and I’m not that dry during sex. I’ve already had a blood test to check kidneys etc and is all clean so it’s sexually related and I pee before and after sex. If we both get tested for STI’s/HIV and are both clean, do you think we should try using the extra lube anyway and without condoms (plus I really want to)??? Too long to explain, but I CAN’T have another UTI (god no more, I’m only 18!!).

    • ANSWER:
      UTI’s totally SUCK! One thing you could do to help prevent them is go to a health food store and get 100 percent cranberry juice (not “100 percent juice” – it has to be 100 percent CRANBERRY juice only”) There is a brand called “Just Cranberry.” It will be about 7 or 8 bucks for a quart, but if you drink just 4 oz. a day (size of 4 shot glasses) it will help prevent the infections.

  21. QUESTION:
    Statistics, Interference for the mean?
    Need help. Very confused, prof is good for nothing and classes are pointless. Please explain if you have the time?

    The level of various substances in the blood of kidney dialysis patients is of concern because kidney failure and dialysis can lead to nutritional problems. A researcher performed blood tests on several dialysis patients on 6 consecutive clinic visits. One variable measured was the level of phosphate in the blood. Phosphate levels for an individual tend to vary normally over time. The data on one patient, in milligrams of phosphate per deciliter (mg/dl) of blood, are given here: 5.9, 5.0, 6.3, 4.0, 5.7, 4.4

    a) Calculate the sample mean and its standard error.

    xbar=____ S xbar=_____

    b) Use the t procedures to find the margin of error for a 90% confidence interval for this patient’s mean phosphate level.

    margin of error = _____

    c) Use the t procedures to give a 90% confidence interval for this patient’s mean phosphate level.
    90% CI = ( ____, ____ )

    • ANSWER:
      a)
      xbar = (1/n) ∑ x_i = 5.216667
      s^2 = (1/(n-1)) ∑ (x_i – xbar)^2 = 0.8136667
      S(xbar) = s/sqrt(n) = 0.3682541

      b)
      margin of error = (t_crit)(S(xbar))
      t_crit for 90% and 5 degrees of freedom = 2.015
      margin of error = (2.015)(0.3682541) = 0.7420321

      c)
      CI = xbar +- margin of error
      CI = (4.47, 5.96) approximately

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thanks x

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

  23. QUESTION:
    CANINE EPILEPSY AND DOG SEIZURES?
    I have a question for anyone who is a dog professional or someone who has experienced this.

    My 1 1/2 year old chocolate lab experience what I believe to be a Partial seizure. She is normally a VERY hyper active, always in your face, over the top dog. ( she is a lab, remember ) I came home for lunch around 12:30, she greeted me as normal, right at the door, tail wagging, up my butt so to speak. I sat down on the couch, she climbed up and laid down next to me, and then she snapped her head back onto my lap and her whole body started to shake. Her back legs were worse than the rest of her body. she was yelping like she was hurt. After about a min or so, she calmed down, but her back legs didn’t. They kept tremoring. She appeared conscious but very dazed. After that I put pressure on all of her back legs, front legs, head, belly, and she showed no sign of pain. no yelping, no favoring a spot i touched. I immediately called the vet, and she said to bring her in. For the rest of the day, she layed in her crate where she usually goes when shes not feeling well ( she has a very sensitive stomach she she throws up a lot – also checked out by my vet ) When i got home from work, she didnt greet me. she was just on the couch, looking at me in the doorway. I came over and sat down and she tried to greet me, but the tremors started again. I then called my vet and said she needed to come in. I brought her down, explained all of this to my vet. They did a blood test of her liver, kidney, cell count and all that because they wanted to rule out her ingesting something toxic. Everything came back normal. She had a slight fever, and her gums were more pink than usual. ( they were never pale, nor foaming at the mouth ). Vet said to monitor her and if it happened again for more than 3 min, take her to an emergency hospital tonight.

    This is where im confused. When we got home she seemed normal. Was greeting visitors and family members fine. When it was time to feed her, She would not sit for me. ( i am a dog trainer and my dog will sit on command for anything – especially food )It took me 5 minuets to finally get her to sit. After she ate, I put slight pressure again on her back legs and she yelped and turned around and snapped at me. She was not experiencing any pain in her back legs prior to the vets. I was leaning twords that she had a seizure, but now im highly confused as to why she is experience hip/leg pain, and severe. If anyone knows anything on seizures and if back/hip/leg pain is common with it, I would greatly appreciate any advise you have.

    Thank you again
    My vets exact were ” all dogs are allowed one seizure before we talk about putting them on anti-seizure medication ”

    just another fyi on this..

    • ANSWER:
      There are many causes of seizures, Epilepsy is the most common cause of seizures in a dog, and other causes include liver disease, kidney failure, poisoning, thyroid dysfunction, infection, head injury and brain tumors.

      Write down the time of day, how long it lasted and what exactly happened to your dog each and every time in detail. I would also have a camcorder charged and ready so that when and if it happens again you can video it and show it to the vet as it would be very beneficial for the vet to actually see what is going on with him.

      Seizures can be diagnosed by blood work, possibly CAT and MRI scans and an electrocardiogram (EKG), if he/she is having seizures they can be very mild to very strong, just staring into space, biting at air, drooling, running, stiffing of the legs, tremors, paddling of the legs and feet, loss of bodily functions or unconsciousness.

      If a dog is having seizures, and is having more than 1 a month, or if the seizures intensify at all, the vet would put him on a medication, more than likely Phenobarbital. This would have to be taken for the rest of her life. Seizures can be controlled by medications

      Generally the medication recommended by vets is Phenobarbital. Keep in mind that once the medication regiment starts that it will take about 1-2 weeks for her to become regulated to the medications. During this time she will be a little out of sorts.

      You should not give the medication right after a seizure as it can take some dogs only a minute to recover while others can take hours. After a seizure some dogs act like their old selves while others can seem groggy and confused. Give the medications at the same time every day… Speak with your vet.

      As to how to help….

      During a seizure dim the lights and turn off any noise, such as radios and the TV. You want to keep everything as quiet and calm as possible. You can gently pat the dog’s sides and abdomen while speaking softly to your dog.

      During a seizure.. Although very emotionally draining on the owner to watch, the dog is in no pain and after he has recovered will not even know that anything has happened. It is the same when a person has a seizure, until someone tells them they had one they have no idea one has occurred.

      Also while your dog is having a seizure you can rub some Karo Syrup on the dog’s gums..(I don’t recommend pouring it down the dog’s throat as the dog could choke.). it helps to bring the dog out of the seizure and to recover sooner. This is for smaller breeds that are apt to be hypoglycemic.

      While the dog is having a seizure you can place an ice pack on his lower back.. it helps so that the seizure is not that strong and that the dog will come out of it sooner and recover quicker … here is a link to help http://www.canine-epilepsy-guardian-angels.com/icepack.htm

      When your dog has come out of a seizure and can eat ….you can give 1 tbsp of Haagen Daz vanilla ice cream in case the dog was hypoglycemic.. the ice cream will help the dog recover sooner. Haagen Daz Ice cream has no preservatives which is best for the dog as it is all natural. The reason why it works in a dog that may be hypoglycemic is that the sugar crystals are frozen and slowly dissolve at different intervals to bring the sugar level back to a safe level.

      Here is some information about seizures

      There are 3 phases of a seizure:

      1) The pre-ictal phase, or aura, is a period of altered behavior in which the dog may hide, appear nervous, or seek out the owner. It may be restless, nervous, whining, shaking or salivating. This may last a few seconds to a few hours.

      2) The ictal phase is the seizure itself and last from a few seconds to about 5 minutes. During this period, all of the muscles of the body contract strongly. The dog usually falls on its side and seems paralyzed while shaking. The head will be drawn backward. Urination, defecation, and salivation often occur. If it is not over within 5 minutes, the dog is said to be in the status epilepticus or prolonged seizure.

      3) During the post-ictal phase, there is confusion, disorientation, salivation, pacing, restlessness, and/or temporary blindness. There is no direct correlation between the severity of the seizure and the duration of the post-ictal phase.

      Some dogs can come out of this phase in a few minutes and other can take hours.

      Remember that seizures can be controlled if given their medications and can live long happy lives.

  24. QUESTION:
    NCAH and PCOS.. Please help!!!!?
    hi everyone. I was hoping for any insight or help on my situation. Im 23 and at 16 I was diagnosed with PCOS.. the extra hair growth and a 30 pound weight gain, and blood work showing high testosterone, explained my then dr was classic PCOS.. the only thing that never showed were cysts around my ovaries. Fast forward 7 years, being on Meteformin and Spirnolactone on and off.. no solution has been found.. after i was diagnosed I had regular periods for about 5 years with little or no medication.. now they have disappeared again.. My mother works in a dr’s office and has brought up the possibility of NCAH.. primarily because it can be misdiagnosed as pcos, and because there’s a prevalence for kidney problems on my fathers side.. and when i had blood tests done my dr said my cortisol levels were on the high but normal side.. If anyone has any advice it would be greatly appreciated!!!
    *sorry that this is longg*!
    thanx kan.. I follow a decent diet.. and have been tested for Insulin Resistance, my insulin tests came back normal but i was put on metformin anyway because of the positive effects it has on PCOS patients

    • ANSWER:
      You might want to go in and have your labs re done. You may still have PCOS and you have just become resistant to the meds. If you are menstruating normally you more than likely would not have cysts. You may also want to look into a diabetic diet because PCOS has a lot to do with insulin resistance. Good luck

  25. QUESTION:
    Long term neurological(?) problems, need advice regarding another MRI?
    I assure you that I’m not a hypochondriac of any sort, just trying to understand what has been going on for so many years. I know it’s a lot to read, but I am desperate for advice.

    My Symptoms:
    * Sudden dizzy spells, seemingly random (Not related to body position, food/drink, time of day, etc. Cannot find a common cause – even sitting at the computer, these spells can strike without warning.)
    Dizziness easily aggravated by camera movement in games/media, but then again, this happens to many people?

    * Fuzzy memories, randomly forgetting words, names, bits of conversation, reason for coming into a room, etc. Feels like I’m getting old, but I’m only 24.

    * Constant “uncomfortable” feeling in the back of the head, not quite a headache (not a sharp pain, and does not throb)

    * Poor balance, sometimes unintentionally leaning when standing or walking. Especially bad on stairs. (Fell down stairs 5 years ago, broke ankle, could not go to hospital due to lack of medical coverage. Seems to have set incorrectly, still causes pain now, but that does not matter. Just explaining because I think the fall was related to the dizziness/balance issues)

    * Unrelated? inconsistent periods spanning long before these problems – can go several months with none, then spend 1-3 solid months bleeding (most recent period spanned from Dec 5 to Feb 22)
    * Unrelated? rash spreading across neck, does not respond to over-the-counter treatments for eczema, psoriasis, or fungal infections.

    ~~~

    Tests Already Performed:

    * MRI (no contrast) 3 years ago, reported as clean.
    * Blood tests came up negative for Diabetes and Lyme Disease.
    * CBC normal, glucose level 93 (not fasting).
    * Repeated thyroid tests (2003, 2007, and last week) all reported normal.
    * 2007 – androgen levels slightly high – was sent for ultrasound (checking for PCOS?) – everything normal.
    * Liver and Kidneys all functioning normally. (tests were done to see if I could safely filter gadolinium)

    ~~~~~~

    Thank you for reading all that.

    I thought after my first MRI that it was all “in my head” (no pun intended) and was ready to give up on it, but my symptoms have not gone away.

    My doctor scheduled me for another MRI (this time with contrast) but I do not want to go if the results will be clean again.. It is EXTREMELY expensive for my family, and I honestly could not live with myself if I wasted ,000 or so for nothing.

    Please don’t tell me “You cannot put a price on health” and things like that — please, just tell me if, in your medical opinion, this sounds like a brain tumor. I need to confirm (or cancel) my appointment before Tuesday, March 8, 2011.

    Sincerest thanks for any information you can provide. I don’t know where else to turn.
    @niotaze – Thank you for your answer – though I have never been on anti-depressants (or any other prescription). I hope it’s not MS or a tumor. You think I should go for the second MRI then?

    • ANSWER:
      lyme tests are so poor they are near worthless. LLMD’s diagnose it by symptom and not rely on a test altho they may want a Western blot from Igenex to confirm. Dont even think of another test elsewhere. Biggest problem is finding the right LLMD to treat you!!!! That is ”’lyme literate medical doctor”’=LLMD

  26. QUESTION:
    I have been taking metformin for 2 months now, and last week I experienced two hypoglycemic attacks with bm’s?
    I have been taking metformin for 2 months now, and last week I experienced two hypoglycemic attacks with bm’s around 3.3 and 2.4. However, I continued taking metformin for the next 2-3 days until I saw my GP on Monday. She took me off metformin to see if it was the reason my blood sugar was dropping. However, I am not diabetic, I take metformin for PCOS and insulin resistence. The last two days that I have not been on it, I have gained 4lbs *pounds, in body weight, and also I had a bad hypoglycemic attack today where my parents had to sit me down and give me a few spoons of honey to get me back into ‘normal mode’.
    Tomorrow, my mom is ringing the GP, and explaining this situation. What do you think the GP would say? Would she put me back onto metformin? She is already giving me a blood test (for diabetes, kidney, liver etc) next Tuesday, however. I don’t get my results for that until the following tuesday, but next sunday (5 days after the blood test, but before the results, I am leaving for boarding school). I’m not sure what to do.
    Shall I take metformin tomorrow morning? Please answer. I’ll give 10 points to the best answer.
    I am worrying so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes , I would still take Metformin. But I would start on a low carb diet . I can’t count carbs , so i use mendosa’s glycemic index diet. In one week you will know what to eat and what not to eat and how much.http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm

      Exercise will lower your insulin resistance . Walking is fine but Nordic walking is great.
      Description
      Nordic walking combines simplicity and accessibility of walking with simultaneous core and upper body conditioning similar to Nordic skiing. The result is a full-body walking workout that can burn significantly more calories without a change in perceived exertion or having to walk faster, due to the incorporation of many large core and other upper-body muscles which comprise more than 90% of the body’s total muscle mass and do work against resistance with each stride. “Normal walking” utilizes only 70% of muscle mass with full impact on the joints of the legs and feet. [

      Nordic walking produces up to a 46% increase in energy consumption compared to walking without poles.[2] It can also increase upper body muscle endurance by 38% in just twelve weeks. [3]

      Benefits
      Compared to regular walking, Nordic walking involves applying force to the poles with each stride. Nordic walkers use more of their entire body (with greater intensity) and receive fitness building stimulation not as present in normal walking for the chest, lats, triceps, biceps, shoulder, abdominals, spinal and other core muscles. This extra muscle involvement leads to enhancements over ordinary walking at equal paces such as:

      increased overall strength and endurance in the core muscles and the entire upper body
      significant increases in heart rate at a given pace [4]
      greater ease in climbing hills
      burning more calories than in plain walking
      improved balance and stability with use of the poles
      significant unweighting of hip, knee and ankle joints (depending on the style used)
      density-preserving stress to bones of the upper and mid body
      increased stride length and walking speed
      I use two plain ol’ sticks.
      Try low carb snacks between meals . this will help stop Hypoglycemia.

      Good luck

      Tin

  27. QUESTION:
    Vet won’t tell the truth about cat and making up diagnosis?
    i’m typing on an iphone so sorry about punctuation, etc.
    So on monday, my cat (2 yr old male) got neutered. By tuesday morning he was doing horrible and developing jaundice. We called the people who neutered him and they referred us to their sister clinic because they were booked. the vets at the clinic were rude and wouldn’t let us see our cat, acting like it was OUR fault this happened. They did a blood test and besides being a little anemic he was doing fine. His liver was even in good shape. They decided his liver is just “weak” and gave us an IV to do at home and scheduled another follow up appointment.
    The IV was helping, but when we went to the vet again, our cat recognized the place where the people took him away and poked him with needles, so he started crying and wouldn’t leave his carrier. Then on top of it, they gave us a new vet unfamiliar with the case who got second hand information from a nurse, and this new vet just flat out said “his kidneys are failing” and told us he would die. When we pointed out that his health problems may be due to an anesthesia overdose, she got defensive of her clinic and wrote it off as acute renal failure, even though his kidney enzymes were fine in the blood work from the day before.
    She didn’t do an x-ray, urinalysis, ultrasound, anything. She just felt around his abdomen, and decided it was his kidneys. Then they made us pay for MORE bloodwork.
    Their machine wasn’t working, so we didn’t get the results until today (24 hrs. later) and she just called us and said “he’s definitely going to die soon, his kidney enzymes were a little elevated.” and wouldn’t listen when we tried to explain that the cat has none of the kidney failure symptoms and was actually getting better, that it really seems like they gave him too much anesthesia when he was neutered.
    They keep telling us different things (in the last 2 days it’s gone from liver to maybe gallbladder to kidneys) and backpedaling. It seems fishy because their sister clinic did the surgery and anesthetized him, and they act really defensive when we ask if it was due to either the rabies vaccine they gave him or the anesthesia. They get mad and write it off, acting like we don’t care about our cat (when in truth, he’s one of the things i care about most).
    Again, he has none of the renal failure symptoms, he is urinating normally, drinking normal amounts of water, and has begun to eat food again. The jaundice is gone as well. He seems so be bouncing back quite well, we thought he was a goner on Tuesday, and now it’s Saturday morning and he’s almost returned to full health.
    We’re supposed to return to the vet today for another follow up, but he seems to get traumatized when we enter the vet’s office and seems more sick than he is because he just goes to the back of his carrier and cries for us, refusing water from the vet, peeing on the floor, etc.
    I don’t think putting him back in what he feels is a scary setting is beneficial, and these vets seem like they’re just making up every diagnosis, but they’re insisting we come in today to run more tests, despite the fact he’s eating, being with our other cats, walking around the house, and acting relatively normal besides the fact he’s not going outside and doesn’t have his full energy back after being ill for a week.
    They won’t be clear about what happened…what should we do? They keep trying to tell us he’s dying when he’s getting better. Help?

    • ANSWER:
      I would FIRE! this unprofessional, disrespectful and unsympathetic vet and staff who are acting like they are just in it for the $. It is their obligation to make time to see a patient that is having difficulties after a surgery they have performed and not give you the run around. It is also their medical, ethical and moral obligation to run tests on their patient, before their surgery, to make sure they are healthy enough to safely undergo anesthesia. The plethora of illnesses they diagnosed after the surgery, should of been diagnosed before the surgery, not after.

      The reason your kitty was afraid to go back to the vet, besides all of the procedures he had to undergo, it is because of the overwhelming different animal scents. I would keep an eye on my cat and make sure he is healthy, #1 priority. I don’t blame you for being upset, but get rid of this vet and find a new vet who is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). They are the only ones qualified to diagnose medical problems, prescribe medication and treatment, and perform surgeries. The nurse was not qualified to diagnose anything without the supervision of a DVM. I think she was just doing whatever to make you go away.

      When everything settles down, I would report them to the Better Business Bureau and American Association of Veterinary State Board, (you can do it on line). This way, you have a record in case anything happens. They won’t do a whole lot, but it is like making a police report, to have a record to fall back on in case you decide to sue. The 1st website below lists symptoms of Kidney Failure (Renal), 2nd is liver disease and the 3rd is symptoms of over anesthesia. I hope this helps and your kitty is healthy. Good luck.

  28. QUESTION:
    I’ve had kidney pain on & off for 4 months?
    I’m 24 I’ve had an ultrasound, urine tests, blood work over the course of 4 months. Finally, a Gyno said it might be endometriosis I had a laparoscopy and there was no endo. Now, a month later after the surgery the same dull ache is back. I went to the doctors and explained I know I have a UTI I have all the symptoms (burning frequency urinate all that). And, of course the doctor prescribed Bactrim. I’m on my final pill the pain hasn’t went away.

    What im confused of is why did my kidneys hurt before there was sign of infection? My flank pain has persist for months however the doctors never until this Monday prescribed and antibiotic for an infection. Is there any reason or complication of the kidneys that cause pain without the infection?
    Any help or knowledge is really appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I to also had a lot ot the same symptoms that you are having. Have the doctors checked inside your bladder for Endrometriosis? It is very rare to have developed inside the bladder but it does happen. I know I suffered for over a year and went to multiple doctors all around the town where i live and finally went to a research hospital and stayed 10 days going thru all kinds of test. The Urologist did find endrometriosis inside my bladder at the time was uncommon and I went thru 5 surgeries within 12 months. One right after the other. Some times it will develope in areas of the body that no one suspects. If U have health insurance ask your regular doctor to refer u to a doctor @ a research hospital and ask to be tested for everything possible. Push the doctors for tests,tests and more test before it’s to late. After all it is your body and your health. Good Luck to you and I hope u will find your answer and some relief.

  29. QUESTION:
    What does my liver and kidneys have to do with my bladder?
    I had what I thought to be a bladder infection for a week now. I attempted to take over the counter meds and the old fashion cranberry juice and water remedy. However, this morning I woke up and decided it was time to see the Dr. I felt nauseated, dizzy, tired yet overwhelmed.
    After testing my urine he concluded it was not a bladder infection. However, the bladder may be reflecting something with my liver or kidneys. So, they took blood and want me to follow up in 2 days. Meds were given and I’m now home in wonder…

    Can anyone explain what the three have in common?
    How and what would cause the liver OR kidneys OR both to effect the bladder?

    Thanks in advance for any information.

    • ANSWER:
      This is a pretty in depth question. First the kidneys are directly connected to the bladder, the ureters are two thin tubes that drain urine into the bladder which stores the urine until urination occurs. If you had a problem with your kidneys you will most likely have a problem with your urine or bladder, but this could also affect blood pressure.

      The liver is the main source of detoxification within the body, if there were some problem with it you may have certain toxins in the body eventually excreted through the kidneys than the bladder. Some of these toxins could irritate the bladder of urethra.

      I would really need more information to give you a more specific answer.

  30. QUESTION:
    Picture of my dog, Is her eyes a sign of any medical condition?
    My girl was put to sleep today, she was 16. She has always been happy and healthy but last night had a seizure, The vets kept her in and she had another one, they said the medication they gave her to bring her out didn’t work and it knocked her out, It was best for her to be put to sleep. I am devastated.

    They said it could have been brought on by anything, liver disease, kidney disease etc. Her blood tests were negative for somethings and they would have to take her to another hospital if I wanted more tests which wouldn’t have been good for her as the treatment wasn’t working.

    So now shes gone, and I don’t actually know why. I was looking at her pictures just now and noticed her eyes are funny in a few, I know sometimes your eyes show medical conditions. What do you guys think? She was going blind, so this could explain her eyes but im hoping someone with more knowledge could help me.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You know dogs are the most important thing when you have one. Its like nothing else matters, you’d just be happy with you and your pal =) But then, when you lose all of that, you KNOW its all gone….its just painful thinking about it…you cry, you smile. But nothing changes. I had a boy shitzhu, 17 years old. Died over blindness…old age. The worst thing that ever happened to me, words cannot describe. I treated him like the world, i swear when i saw him i used to say ‘He must be the happiest dog in the world’ and then i was sure i was the happiest little girl in the world. But it was until i found out he passed away….when i was 7. I’m so sorry for your loss and you can see i’m pouring out my feelings. At least she’s safe, blessed, happy and no longer suffering. And no matter what she knows that you love her

  31. QUESTION:
    3 year old girl with strong back pain. Our 3 year old daughter has bad back pain and has so for months. ?
    She has had the pain for months now and has been through multiple urine tests, blood work, MRI’S, Ultra sounds or her kidneys, stomach, bladder, and every where in between. the MRI was on her spine and nothing has been found. At any given time she will drop to her knees and bear down when the pain comes. she grabs at the middle of her back and begins to push down. This mostly results in her having to run to the bathroom due to pushing while trying to counter the pain she is experiencing. She has been through the gauntlet of tests and no one can explain the pain or help her. Please if you have any suggestions don’t hold back. The doctors have said they are out of ideas so please help if you can.

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry I can’t help more, but I just want to say keep pushing the doctors.

      When I was 16, I had horrible pain all over my body. I couldn’t do any physical activity, I had to drop out of school (I later got my diploma) and was bedridden.

      For 2 years, the doctors were baffled and couldn’t offer any explanation. Finally, after 2 years of GRUELING tests (and even 6 months where I had to go get a shot once a week) and being misdiagnosed countless times, I finally had my answer: Fibromyalgia.

      It shouldn’t have gotten so bad but the reason it did was the doctors misdiagnosed me and put me in a wheelchair, so my muscles atrophied and grew very weak, complicating my disability.

      Today, after being bedridden for 2 years as a teen, I am 23 years old. I’m married, I have a family, and I own my own business. I still have my disability, but I manage it pretty well. ;)

      I guess the point of my story is DO NOT stop pushing those doctors. This went on with me for 2 years and God bless my mother she didn’t quit. I still thank her for that today. Keep going back until they help your daughter.

      Good luck.

  32. QUESTION:
    Need urological advice!?
    I am in need of some advice regarding my 6 month old daughter’s urological treatment. To make a very long story as short as possible, she had what doctors diagnosed as a hydronephrotic right ureter that was so enlarged it was causing notable distention in her abdomen and displacement of her bladder. After numerous diagnostic tests (blood work, ultrasounds, renal scans, VCUGs, several x-rays, and a CT-scan), she had surgery at the end of February and pediatric urologists performed a ureterostomy (in hopes of decompressing the dilated ureter). The surgery was unsuccessful in that the stoma did not allow for the output of urine as hoped, and doctors said it was because the ureter was so dialed and “coiled“ around itself. Because of this, during her recovery time in the hospital, she became very ill from a post-surgical infection. Doctors quickly inserted a nephrostomy tube into her right kidney to directly drain the blocked urine. This worked as a temporary solution in draining the blocked urine, but as we learned, would not serve as a permanent solution.

    Fast forward two months, and follow up tests (ultrasounds and renal scans) suggest that she may have a duplicate system on the right side, which doctors were unable to appreciate before because of how enlarged the ureter was pre-surgery. Kidney function remains the same as it was pre-surgery, 19% ( R ), 81 % ( L ). All of the specialists at the hospital are unable to determine where the blockage is in the system, and they can’t positively say if it is a single, duplicate, or partially duplicate right system. Based on the images from tests, they are assuming that it is a duplicate system and that the nephrostomy tube was inserted into the lower pole, and the ureter brought to the skin during the ureterostomy belongs to the upper pole. However, within the past week, urine has begun leaking (or rather, splurging, like a water faucet) out of the previously non-draining stoma) suggestive of a single system. This new clinical occurrence is not supported by the evidence suggested in the post-surgical images.

    We met with the doctor today and he explained that this is a very rare and unusual case, and they aren’t sure exactly what they are dealing with. He laid out the following choices:

    * Cap the nephrostomy tube and see if the urine drains from the stoma (and we run the risk that she may get sick again)
    * Insert a second nephrostomy tube into the upper pole (which would also entail changing the first neprhostomy tube she already had inserted, because of its short-term effectiveness = 2 surgeries)
    * Perform an MRI in attempt to obtain clearer images (which would require sedation and further exposure to radiation)
    * Change the nephrostomy tube at the three month mark and attempt to do a reconstructive surgery on the bladder by reattaching the ureter (the soonest this surgery can be done is at 18 months, before then the bladder is too small. The nephrostomy tube would have to be changed every 3 months in the mean time.)
    * Perform a nephrectomy and completely remove the right kidney.
    * Get a second opinion (I would like to get a second opinion, but I’m afraid that any other doctor would want to perform his own tests on her, and she has already been through so much. Also, she is receiving treatment at one of the best hospitals in the country, so I don’t know how helpful going somewhere else would be.)

    The doctor said that if she were his daughter, he would chose to remove the kidney and spare her from any more tests and/or procedure and just put an end to it. He also said that, God forbid, in the horrible, unforeseen event that something were to happen to her “good kidney”, she would not really benefit from having the “bad” kidney (with only 19% function). (In other words, it would only postpone dialysis and a transplant, not prevent them all together.)

    Again, my daughter is only 6 months old and has already had to endure two surgeries, blood tests, catheters, IVS, CT-scans, and x-rays with a lot of radiation exposure. At this point, doctors don’t even know what they are dealing with. Is it worth it in the long run to continue the tests and surgeries to try and salvage a kidney that only has 19% function? Her left kidney is “normal”, except that it has grade 1 reflux (which the doctor said is a minor detail, and could have been caused by the massive size of her bladder pre-surgery).

    Please respond ONLY if you are a trained professional who is knowledgeable in the field of pediatrics urology, or if you have personally experienced something similar. I am trying to make a very important decision, and I need serious advice only, please.

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  33. QUESTION:
    Why does my tummy hurt?
    I have had several scans of my stomach, including an MRI, an MRA, a CT scan, as well as an X-Ray, I’ve had a high point scan of my gallbladder & several blood tests that have ruled out Kidney disease & Liver problems. My stomach hurts on my right side, below my ribcage, right in my Gallbladder/Liver area.

    I don’t understand why all the tests come back normal, when there is obviously something going on there! Could it be appendicitis?

    These tests have revealed Polycystic ovaries, acid reflux, degenerative disk disorder (in my back/spine), but nothing that explains this pain.

    A little more info about me: I have Meniere’s Disease (a chronic disease of the inner ear that causes vertigo, as well as many other symptoms. See here for more details:: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/balance/meniere.asp)

    I also have Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (for more info on TLE see here: http://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/epilepsy_temporallobe)

    As well as chronic Migraines, Osteoarthritis, & I’m blind in my left eye & deaf in my left ear.

    Believe it or not, I live a normal life, & until recently, I was a full time nursing/ Medical Laboratory Tech student & I maintained a 3.8 GPA. I also worked full time.

    With the recent pain in my side, I do OK, but keeping up with my kids & my husband is about all I can do. I can’t go to the gym as much as I use to & my housework has fallen behind on more than one occasion.

    If I can live a completely normal life with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, Osteoarthritis, Meniere’s Disease & chronic migraine, I feel confident that I could resume that if I had a solution to this horrible pain in my side!

    Any clues would be great! I really prided myself on being able to maintain through all the problems that have come up & it seems silly to me that a pain in my stomach/side could debilitate me as much as it has!

    Thanks!
    Thanks for the response, but I actually drink loads of water & I eat soup, & oatmeal at least 12 times a week! I actually live on Ensure & Slim Fast drinks when I’m in school.
    I think it may be appendicitis! Please help!!!

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  34. QUESTION:
    Need help with B12 Deficiency.?
    Since Feb 09 I have been feeling sick, tired…I went to the doctor’s and had many tests done and all was blamed on my kidney stones (apparently I have quite a few, don’t know why but that’s besides the point) I just kept getting worse and got to the point where I couldn’t concentrate at work, my memory was horrible and I felt like I was on drugs and very sick….I couldn’t take it anymore! Finally my doctor did another blood test which included b12 levels in August. Found out I need b12 shots monthly so I have been getting them since. They do the injection in my arm (in the muscle) and I noticed that I only feel great for about a week then start to feel sick again slowly…By the last week I feel horrible again and feel like I can’t get through the day! Does anyone else have this? What is the cause of your deficiency? My doctor never explained to me anything, I just get rushed out the door when I go to see her. She just re-tested my bloodwork because I am pregnant now and said that I still have very low levels and will have to keep getting the injections. Also I wanted to know if anyone else has experienced acne with this deficiency? I don’t know if it is related but it started at the same time as I started to feel sick. Another thing, I dont have any bowel problems, I read that sometimes the cause is chrones disease and such…..Any information would be appreciated..Thanks!~
    I am not a vegetarian. Never have been. I have done some research on this and it is rare for vegetarians to have deficiency (they can just take a pill to substitute). I wanted to hear from someone who is going through this to know what the cause is for them…And how much b12 they need because I feel like I am not getting enough.

    • ANSWER:
      B12 deficiencies happen in vegetarians.

      Vitamin B12 is found in foods that come from animals. including fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and milk products and fortified breakfast cereals. It is made by yeasts and microorganisms.[32] One half chicken breast, provides some .3 mc grams per serving or 6% of your daily value (DV), 3 ounces of beef, 2.4 mc grams, or 40% of your DV, one slice liver 47.9 mc grams or 780% of your DV, and 3 ounces of molluscs 84.1 mc grams, or 1,400% of your DV, while one egg provides .6 mc grams or 10% of your DV. Other sources include nutritional yeast, fortified soy milks, and fortified energy bars.

      Selective impaired absorption of vitamin B12 due to intrinsic factor deficiency. This may depend on loss of gastric parietal cells in chronic atrophic gastritis (in which case, the resulting megaloblastic anaemia takes the name of “pernicious anaemia”),

      You feel sick because of anemia, which is lack or decreased number of red blood cells (RBCs) in the blood.
      Other common early symptoms are tiredness, a decreased mental work capacity, weakened concentration and memory, and irritability and depression.
      Sleep disturbances may occur, because B12 may be involved in the regulation of the sleep.

      I recommend normal healthy diet.

      Add; i don’t know if you have access to some medical sites…
      if you want them, i can send it to your Y/A profile mail.

  35. QUESTION:
    Swollen Lymph nodes around the Aorta?
    My 22 yr old son has been having abdominal pain for quite sometime now. He has had a surgery due to the Docs thinking it was a hernia. No hernia. His stomach pain continues to bother him. Well he finally had his gallbladder taken out, it wasn’t functioning. That was last Nov 2010. And he is still complaining of pain in stomach and his back too. He had urine checked and it showed signs of blood and protein in his urine. The Doc had another test done on his kidneys that showed no kidney stones. But he is still having stomach pains and on back too. Well finally the Doc ordered a CT scan with contrast. It showed he has swollen Lymph nodes around his aorta. He was sent to see the oncologist. They did more blood work and he is due for an upper abdominal CT scan. The oncologist called me today and said that the board that she meets with wants my son to have two more blood test done. She said so far his other blood work looked ok. But said it’s weird that his stomach hurts because the lymph nodes are back deeper in his abdomen. What did she mean by that is what I am worried about. Could it be his lungs? They want to find a safe place to remove a lymph node to biopsy it. She said it’s a challenge so they are looking further to find it safe to take it out. I am a worried mother and just wonder if anyone has had swollen lymph nodes deep around the aorta and what can be the cause.
    Please just serious answers. I appreciate it.
    Thank you!

    Excuse me if I can’t explain it clearly. I can’t think too good right now.

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  36. QUESTION:
    Signs of a Kidney infection? I might have one.. help?
    I went to the chiropractor today for my back, but i also told him around my kidney hurts too.. so he did a X-ray, and my kidneys showed up clear, and he explained that they only show up if they’re infected, so i went to the doctor an hour later and they did a blood pressure test and a urine test, and with what they could see, i didn’t have an infection, but they don’t know yet, they’re sending it to a lab for more of a in depth testing to see if i do, so now im just waiting til monday to see if i have one, what are the signs of a kidney infection? and if i don’t have one then what do you think is making my sides hurt around my kidneys?
    I also use the bathroom a lot more now then I did before…
    I forgot to add that its been hurting around this area everyday off and on for a week or 2
    I forgot to add that its been hurting around this area everyday off and on for a week or 2
    Sorry i forgot to add, Im a Male

    • ANSWER:
      This does not have to have anything to do with the kidneys. This can be referred pain, from another organ, that is hurting in the kidney area. Cannot tell from your question if you are female or male, but a female can have a pain in an ovary and it can hurt in the kidneys..Google referred pain and you will see that it could be something else altogether. If the tests the doctor did come back negative I would suggest you have blood work done.

  37. QUESTION:
    Please help me figure out what I should do about my cat with kidney stones?
    I have an 8 yr old male cat at the vet’s with kidney stones. He is very sick. I need some direction on what to do as I cannot afford to keep him at the vet. He is currently on an I.V. and has a catheter in his penis. He is very lethargic and doesn’t even know I’m there. He is not eating or drinking. He has been suffering for the past three or four days. I want to take him home today to save cost at the vet. My dilemma is, do I pick him up today, or do I keep him there. If I keep him there it’s going to cost me more money that I absolutely don’t have right now. So my next question is, if I did have the money to fix him right now. Will I have to go through this again soon? What will be the quality of life for him? How much will it cost me on down the road to keep him well and out of pain? How much attention is he going to need? The vet ran some blood and urine test on him and said that he does in fact have some kidney damage, and he’s also diabetic. He wants to run some more test to see if his treatment is helping. I can’t afford to pay for more tests and I have explained this to my vet. My vet told me last night that I could pick up my cat today at 2PM, but he strongly discourages it. I really don’t know what to do. My cat is my only companion. I live alone and my home is very empty without him. Can someone please advise me?

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney stones and bladder stones do not resolve themselves on their own, the vet is the place he needs to be. These are dangerous for the cat, if the cat becomes blocked and nothing is done they die very painfully as the kidneys shut down and blood poisoning starts occuring.

      He needs treatment. This is something cats do get, which may or may not come back (usually it won’t), so treatment does need to be done to get the cat back to normal.

  38. QUESTION:
    How long can herpes stay hidden before you have your first outbreak?
    I am 24 years old and have been with my boyfriend now for 1 1/2 years.
    This past weekend I did something i never thought i would do. I cheated on my current boyfriend with an old boyfriend who was in town for christmas. I told my boyfriend and suprisingly enough he forgave me and we began to work things out. Within a day and a half i broke out in my vaginal area. I have been fighting a yeast infection on and off for over a month now.
    A little over a year ago I was diagnosed with the type of HPV that causes cervical cancer. 2 1/2 years ago my husband passed away. During the last year of our marriage i found out later that he had been unfaithful. Also the boyfriend i had all through highschool cheated on me with at least10 different people. I have only had 2 sexual partners between my husband and my current boyfriend until this past weekend. I went to the doctor today and she was unsure if the sores were infact herpes. I had all of the tests and blood work sent off. She was also concerned that i have something wrong with my ovaries. She seemed to think this was due to either the hpv or the possibilites of herpes. My boyfriend has been faithful to me but has lived a very highrisk lifestyle in the past. He has had mulitple blood tests for herpes done and have all come back negative. The last one being 7 months ago. My doctor told me today that it is possible to have a blood test come back negative if you have not had an outbreak. Is it possible that I have had herpes all this time and just havent known it?
    She also diagnosed me with a very severe yeast infection and doesnt think the HPV has gotten any better. Right now my method of birth control is an IUD that i had placed during my marriage. I just found out that they make you more likely to contract an std.
    For the past 4 months i have not only had 3 kidney infections but i have had pain during and after intercourse along with a brownish colored spotting! I am feaking out right now because everything i am experincing are symptoms of so many different things!
    How long can herpes stay dormiant and how soon after exposer can you have an outbreak?
    My doctor also stated that she didnt think that my outbreak looked like an initial outbreak if it was infact herpes. Is it possible that i have had one before and havent noticed?
    She explained to me that severe stress can cause outbreaks in herpes that is otherwise untraceable. I have also recently been diagnosed with ptsd. is there anyway that this could be anything but herpes?

    • ANSWER:
      I would find another doctor.

      A blood test for herpes tests for antibodies to the virus in your blood. If you’ve had herpes for more than a couple of months, you WILL test positive for herpes in a blood test – whether or not you’ve ever had symptoms. This is a really basic fact about herpes, and its kind of scary that your doctor doesn’t understand how viral antibodies work.

      With that said, most people with genital herpes never have any symptoms at all. Its definitely possible to have herpes for years and years and never have an outbreak – or get your first outbreak years after exposure.

      Also, know that visual diagnoses of herpes are often wrong. (Especially from doctors who don’t know much about herpes.)

      I think that its quite possible that what you have is the result of a bad yeast infection. Or a bad reaction to something else. Or some other thing. Or herpes. At this point, we really don’t know.

      But if you got a negative blood test back – then you either don’t have herpes, or you’ve caught it in the last few months.

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

    PURPLE IS 2 YEARS OLD.

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

    The Red Flags to pay close attention to were;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  40. QUESTION:
    PLEASE help with this statistics problem! T TESTS!! 10 pts! PLZZ?
    I finished my entire quiz but ive been stuck on this problem for hours. PLEASE help.

    The normal range of values for blood phosphate levels is 2.6 to 4.8 milligrams of phosphate per deciliter of blood. The sample mean for a kidney dialysis patient falls above this range. We want to determine if this is good evidence that the patient’s mean level in fact falls above 4.8.

    a. State the hypotheses.
    b. The data for this patient are:
    5.65.14.64.85.76.4

    Use this data to carry out a t test. Report the value of the test statistic and the P-value.
    c. Are you convinced that the patient’s phosphate level is higher than normal? Explain.
    d. Construct the 95% confidence interval for the patient’s true mean phosphate level.

    • ANSWER:
      Your hypothesis is x̄ > 4.8
      Your null hypothesis is x̄ ≤ 4.8

      To calculate the t-statistic, you need to first calculate the sample mean and standard deviation:

      x̄ = 5.37
      s = .665

      Given that, calculate t:
      t = (x̄ – µ) / (s / √n)
      = (5.37 – 4.8) / (.665 / √6)
      = .57 / .271
      = 2.10

      Looking up that value in a t distribution table we see that in order to reject Hø with a one-tailed test at α = .05 with df=5 we would need to have a t = 2.015. Since our observed t is greater than our critical t we can conclude that the patient’s phosphate level does appear to be higher than normal.

      In order to create a 95% confidence interval you need the value of t for two tails totaling .05 at df = 5, which would be 2.571. Given that, the confidence interval would be:

      CI = x̄ ± (t · (s / √n))
      CI₉₅ = 5.37 ± (2.571 · (.665 / √6))
      = 5.37 ± (2.571 · .271)
      = 5.37 ± .698
      = 4.672 to 6.068

  41. QUESTION:
    ,i hav e pain in my lower right side abdomen and back side of hip bone , it is very high sometime?
    pain is almost for 1 month , my doctor took urine , blood test . confined urinary tract infection completed full course of antibiotics. but pain still remains . can any one explain about kidney infection and how severe it is? ,i really feel ill and nausea all the time.kindney infection have any impact on liver because also increase in SGOT/AST & SGPT/ALT in liver function test. ( NEED ANSWER FROM DOCTER).

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor should have tested your Amylase and Lipase levels. More importantly, you probably should have your abdomen scanned. The symptoms you’re complaining about could easily be a kidney stone. A scan could also find whether your appendix is inflammed.

  42. QUESTION:
    Getting terminated from job for being sick during pregnancy?
    Hello..

    I have some questions I would really need help with.

    I live in Ohio. I am currently 3 months pregnant and I had to call off work on Saturday. My employer knew that I went to my OBGYN on Friday evening due to severe pain in my under stomach and right side and that I was dealing with a urinary tract infection that we thought might have turned into a kidney infection. The doctor did another blood test and urine sample and told me if it gets worse over the weekend to rest and go to the ER immediately.
    Anyway, Saturday morning the pain was even more severe and I started throwing up non stop and for a moment I thought I might lose the baby. So my partner called my job and spoke to one of my managers and explained the whole situation and told him I would not be able to come in today. I could not call myself, I could not leave the bathroom.
    Sunday was my regular day off and because I still could not keep anything down monday morning I went back to the doctor. I called work early in the morning and talked to an assistant warehouse manager, because by the time on of my managers would come in I was at the doctors.

    The doctor said I was severely dehydrated and wrote me a doctors note.

    And then today (Tuesday) was another one of my regular days off. I am still not feeling great, but will be back to work tomorrow on my regular schedule.
    Now I got a call from 2 coworkers warning me that they are planing on firing me for 3 days no call no show and that they do not accept that my fiance called off for me Saturday. For some reason I am not surprised, my store manager tries things like that all the time and I already had problems with her where she did not want to let me go on maternity leave for more than two weeks. My baby is due in january, by then I will be with the company for a little over 1 year and will only have 1 week of vacation and 1 week of sick days I could take. Until I printed out papers out of the internet that she will have to allow me to take at least my 6 weeks of maternity leave (in our handbook it even says that I am allowed to take 12 weeks of FMLA).

    Anyway, I just want to be prepared for whatever comes my way. Could I be fired for this, even tho I called off as I was supposed too and even have a doctors note? Or could I be written up for this? And if I do get fired, would I be able to collect unemployment? I will probably have to fight for it, but I just want to know what my chances are.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. Unfortunately, you won’t be eligile for FMLA until you’ve been with your employer for 12 months and have worked for that employer 1,250 hours in a 12 month period. So absences prior to that date won’t be covered/protected. But you would be covered under the “pregnancy disability act”. Click on this link for more info on that http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/fs-preg.html. 6 weeks of maternity leave (or 8 weeks if you had a c-section) is usually covered by an employer’s short term disability policy if your company has one. There is no law that says an employer has to offer short term disablity or a maternity benefit (which is usually a paid benefit like 60%). What I would do is make sure you document everything (phone calls, emails, conversations) in writing. Don’t rely on memory for the details. Write it all down, even if it feels stupid. And make sure you do have your doctor write you notes for each and every time you are out. This way if you are fired for abesenteeism, you have all of your documentation in place to present to the Department of Labor (DOL) if you want to lodge a wrongful termination case. Good luck.

  43. QUESTION:
    helpppppppppppppppppppp needed badly need alot of answers give alot of information and details.?
    does all ur diagnostic tests on the form need to be together like i had Lh fsh,tsh,vitimin d, acrogamegly tests gh igf1 but all on diffrent blood forms not together i mean , like on one form it was
    tsh, vitimin d,liver,kidney and on other forms like t3, t4,would they check from the other form my tsh (i.e check for tyroid hypo/hyerthyroidism)or does it all need to be together and in order its the blady doctors fault obiously not mine,and all my blood test forms are like that i.e. acromegaly igf1 is on one form and gh and others are on another form so my question is do i have to do it again together for a diffrent illness but which also has the same tests i.e. tsh for endrocin disorders and tsh for tyroid problems, or would they check the diffrent illness test for other illness that i had FOR EXAMPLE.checking the tsh for endrocin disorders which i had done generally for some other illness. i hope u understand wot im saying i did my best to explain it IM NOT GOOD IN EXPLAINING THINGS.
    also how many tests can be done on a one urine and stool sample? can i do corticol,urinary mma,msu,cult sens,complete urinanalysis for the urine and stool cult sens and parasites on the same sample?
    luminous : wot do u mean
    u didnt answer my question
    fertility hormone tests? y the hell would i need that im only a kid and a nun type.
    redangle: thats not wot i meant im not good at explaining things so ill give u an example of wot i meant is for example ana is an auto immune test but it is for so many auto immune illnesses not just one so if i did ana for sjgrone sydrome with my lo ra and then if i were to be tested for another illness which required to be tested for ana would ii have to do the ana again or would they check from the ana i did for sjgrone ?understand now. u ppl dont know to read
    - the last bit red angle that isnt for u i said it to the answerer below u

    • ANSWER:
      Hi bluebird,

      Each test requested has a vial of blood removed…One blood test can fill many different vials of blood. I have also requested more tests and the lab still had my blood in storage so i didn’t have to go back to pathology. A urine/stool sample should be able to have multiple tests requested on one sample, however i’m not 100% sure on this.

      each * one is on a separate form…some labs may vary.

      *Master full blood count – white blood/red blood cell count
      *Master E/LFT test – includes electrolytes/liver function/kidney function/cholesterol/iron (specific kidney and liver function tests can be requested. They have further tests not listed on an E/LFT test)
      *Vitamin D study – 25 hydroxy D3
      *IGF-1
      *Adrenal studies – ACTH
      *Thryoid functions test – TSH…make sure “free” T3 and T4 are tested. (TSH functions test is the same for thyroid and endocrine problems)
      *Fertilitiy hormones test – includes LH, FSH, oestradiol, progesterone
      *Vitamin B12 and folate
      *Urine – Culture sensitivity..not sure if the MMA, MSU and cortisol test would be on the same form. These tests may be on separate forms
      *Stool ova & parasites test…possibly stool culture on the same form but may be separate

      Digestive enzyme supplements and probiotic supplements from health food stores help get rid of parasites. There are also parasite herbal supplements.

      This website is good at interpreting many tests:

      http://www.naturalhealthtechniques.com/basicsofhealth/lab_result_meaning1.htm

      Lab test online goes through each test in detail:

      http://www.labtestsonline.org/map/aindex.html

      EDIT: right well you wouldn’t repeat the ANA test again. The doctor would do further testing for different autoimmune dieseases. Check ANA on labtest online..it’s goes into it a bit further. :)

  44. QUESTION:
    Blood in urine. What could this be?
    I always seem to have blood in my actual urine when I have my period but not from the period itself. I don’t want to explain in graphic detail how I know this however. I have been tested very recently twice for UTI and other related problems because I always have to go to the toilet. But everything was negative, and there was also nothing wrong with my kidneys.

    Are there some things that won’t show up on a normal urine sample? Is there a possibility that there is a leak or something in my bladder? I know this may sound extremely stupid to many people and I know I am going to get answers telling me to go to the doctor, which I am once school examinations are over and I have the time. I don’t experience any pain either, but I recently was hospitalised for heatstroke, though I believe that this was happening before that.

    I know you aren’t medical professionals and I don’t expect such. But if anyone has encountered this or knows anything about it all information would be much appreciated. I have tried doing my own research into the issue but have come up with nothing.

    I am 99% sure it is actually in my urine.

    Many thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible to have endometrial tissue with the bladder or urinary tract. This would cause bleeding via the urine; but, only while on your cycle. This may occur in individuals with endometrious.

      This would be more likely than a fistula between the uretus and urinary tract. Cancers and stones (although they need to be ruled out) do not bleed just during menses.

      Blood in the urine must be explained. X-rays and cystoscopy are needed! See a urologist.

  45. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with me?
    I am 17 years old and relatively healthy, i am not overweight and i excercise regularly.

    I have had a history of high blood pressure that my doctors havent been able to explain.

    Tests for diabetes were Negative but i do release some glucose in my urine which may be genetic.

    Ultrasound on kidneys were negatives for defects such as arterial stenosis

    i have chest pain once in a while but it feels more like pectoral muscle pain than something from my heart

    When i am doing aerobic excercises i sometimes feel like my heart is working too hard and i feel my heartbeat in my neck

    • ANSWER:
      Consult with a Heart Specialist for his/her diagnosis!

  46. QUESTION:
    Canine Kidney Failure?
    I have a 12 year old Pomeranian that has had chronic knee problems for years. All of the Vets we visited discouraged knee surgery due to limited success rates. So back in ’07 they thought that she had developed arthritis in her knees, so I started giving her half of a baby aspirin with good results. After about a year, she did not respond to the aspirin as well as before so we took her to the Vet and started her on Metacam. Halfway through ’09 Tribble started slowing down, her tail would always be down, and was only eating half of her food. My wife and I thought this was due to knee pain, so December of ’09 we decided to have the knee surgery done. We brought her home from the Vet and she ate as normal, however the next day she did not finish her food and would only eat cat food. From there on she would only eat limited amounts of various things, such as egg and steak, but would not touch her food. We thought she was depressed so we waited for the cast to come off and see. Well, a month and a total of two surgeries later the cast comes off and the knee looks great, however Tribble still will not eat. We had the cast removed on a Wednesday and on Thursday we took her back to the Vet for the surgeon to double check her knee, which was perfect. We explained to the DR that she is still not eating, so the DR recommended a blood test. Friday I get a call from the DR that Tribble is in sever kidney failure, her BUN is 157 and her CRE is 8.*. The DR recommended IV therapy, which we did all Friday night and got good results with the BUN dropping to 86 and the CRE to 3.3. To try and continue the good results we put her in the emergency vet hospital over the weekend for IV therapy. I dropped her off at our regular Vet that Monday morning to continue IV therapy and get blood work. Well the blood work came back worse, BUN 108 and the CRE 6.6, what the hell? So all week I have been dropping her off at the Vet to get IV therapy during the day and the numbers have dropped a bit to BUN 104, CRE 6.1. However her veins are giving out and they cannot keep the catheter in for more than a day at a time and are now on leg number 4. Does anyone have any experience that can offer a suggestion? I want my dog’s last days to be peaceful, but don’t want to give up if there is any REAL possibility that she could have a recovery, even to the “manageable” level.

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney failure has the ability to be a potent adversary, and may not always respond favorably to treatment. In general, the body is able to compensate for a significant amount of kidney dysfunction — 75% of kidney function must be lost before changes are seen, and the damage may be reversible or irreversible. So, anytime a situation like this occurs, it is easily life-threatening.

      Here are a couple of things to consider in terms of pushing forward or not with your pet:
      1. It may be possible to pursue further treatment and diagnostics with a specialist. There are many universities and referral centers across the country with great, board-certified doctors in nearly any imaginable sub-field of veterinary medicine.

      2. Step back and look honestly at your pet’s situation and begin to consider her quality of life in your decision-making process. It can be difficult at times, but you have people around you — family, friends, veterinary professionals — who can all aid in your decision-making by giving opinions and support. The important thing is to not allow her to suffer without cause.

      –Note that the above answer is informational and opinionated only. It would not be possible to give sound medical advice pertinent to your pet without seeing her.

  47. QUESTION:
    High protein levels in urine in a 13 yr old girl?
    So, I’m a 105 lb, 5 foot 13-year-old girl. I have high blood pressure that they could never explain with lots and lots of tests, so they called it essential hypertension and I’m on Nifediac to control it. I’ve been on it for over a year and my BP’s fine now.

    But I had my check-up at the doctor’s today and they did some blood work and a urine sample test to make sure my kidney function was A-OK. My kidneys are fine, but the urine sample came back with high levels of protein in it. I have no symptoms indicating a urinary tract infection, so I’m just wondering, what could it be? I’m a little scared, all the Google results say kidney disease, and that doesn’t sound good.
    I don’t eat that much protein. I barely eat any meat, actually, maybe a hot dog or something once every two weeks. In fact, I used to be a vegetarian.

    • ANSWER:
      you could be eating to much protein foods. It happens to a lot of people don’t worry. Drink lots of water to get rid of the extra protein, and don’t eat it as much.

  48. QUESTION:
    Protein in urine?
    Recently, I’ve been having urinary tract troubles. I frequently visited my doctor for it and was prescribed antibiotics for the UTI’s, but last month I was referred to a specialist-a nefrologist(sp?)-a kidney doctor, because a high amount of protein and a little blood was found in my urine samples.
    The specialist took some of my blood for testing and will have some results back at the end of this month. She explained in a very broad range of maybe why my kidneys are allowing too much protein into my urine. All the reasons she suggested sounded very serious which has got me worried.
    So now I am just in a waiting period. I’ve been researching this online, but I was wondering if anyone knows about this from experience or could offer any professional insight.
    Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      HELLO !! WHEN I WAS TWELVE YEARS OLD I HAD GLOMERULA NEPHRITIS ( IM NOT SURE I SPELLED THAT CORRECTLY) MY URINE HAD EXCESS ALBUMIN / WHICH I THINK IS PROTEIN AND IT HAD A WEE BIT OF BLOOD ALSO.IM SO GLAD THAT YOU HAVE CONSULTED A SPECIALIST. BECAUSE NOW-A-DAYS THE DIAGNOSIS WILL BE MUCH BETTER THAN WHEN I HAD IT IN 1948. I MAYBE MISTAKEN BUT I THINK POSSIBLY ITS HEREDITARY. YEARS AGO I THINK THEY CALLED IT BRIGHTS DISEASE ( AGAIN I MAY NOT HAVE SPELLED THAT CORRECTLY. MY MOM HAD IT WHEN SHE WAS A LITTLE GIRL IN BRIDGTON MAINE .BE SURE TO WATCH YOUR DIET , NO SALT, OR SPICY STUFF. YOULL BE COMPLETELY CURED BUT DO EXACTLY AS TOLD . AND DONT MISS ANY PERIODIC CHECKUPS WITH THE DOCTOR. DO GET WELL- – - AND ONCE AGAIN IM SO GLAD YOU ARE IN GOOD HANDS.

  49. QUESTION:
    a. Describe what happens during the process of breathing in.?
    b. Name the pathogen that causes tuberculosis and explain how it is spread through air.

    c. Explain the role of mass X-ray in the fight against tuberculosis.

    d. Explain how the risk of catching tuberculosis may be reduced.

    e. Describe the parts played by the ovary and oviduct in the process of reproduction.

    f. Describe how oxygen from the air reaches the tissues of the fetus.

    g. Explain how the fetus is protected from physical damage while in the uterus.

    h. Explain the dangers to human health when sewage is left untreated.

    i. Car exhaust contains oxides of nitrogen. State two other pollutants from car exhaust and for each one explain why it is damaging to health.

    j. Describe how you would test a sample of water to see if it contained bacteria.
    k. Explain how the body prevents glucose levels in the blood from rising too high after a meal.
    L. State two chemical substances that enter the kidney in the blood and for each one explain what happens to it in the kidney

    • ANSWER:
      a.The volume of thoracic cage increases,the lung pressure increases when we breath in.
      b.Mycobacterium tuberculosis spreads when we breath in the air that contains the bacterium as a droplet.
      c.Diagnosis of TB.
      d.Avoiding contact with affected people,vaccination,etc…
      e.Ovary releases the ovum into the oviduct,that collects them & reaches the ampulla for fertilisation.
      f.It dissolves in the haemoglobin & passes thro’ the tissues.
      g.The ovarian membranes protects the foetus-Amnion,Chorion & Allantois.
      h.Spread of insect borne diseases thro’ insects like mosquitoes & flies.
      k.Insulin,the hormone secreated by beta cells of Islets of Langerhans(present in the pancreas) reduces the increase in Blood glucose level.

  50. QUESTION:
    Why does my 9yr old have a RED right eye ()with some pain?
    I really need help or direction. My 9 yr old daughter developed a pinkish/red eye about 2 yrs ago, the color and symptoms comes and goes. Her eye turns red/pink and it looks low and “peaky”. There is no discharge. No leaking. There is sometimes pain when she looks upwards and sometimes her head hurt.
    In the past 2 year, we have been to 7 specialists as well as her PCP numerous times. We have been to Optometrists, Ophthalmologists, and Allergy Specialists. All their result are normal. Negative for eye infections or disease. We have did blood allergy test as well as the 30 specimen on her back. We’ve been tested for leukemia, sickle cell, thyroid, mono. Her liver and kidneys have been tested. Everything is coming out “normal” *it is NOT pink eye*

    But her eye is still discolored. It comes and goes without warning. We have tried eye drop after eye drop (prescription and over the counter) as well as allergy meds, Allevert, Benadryl, Singular.

    We have checked for bedbugs, gave her new sheets, mattress and pillows (all hypo allergenic). we don’t have ANY pets.

    She has hardwood floors in her room. She doesn’t touch her face/eyes.

    I am at my wits end because the doctors can’t explain but also aren’t helpi She is only 9!

    Please don’t answer with a stupid response just to get your point. I really need direction.

    • ANSWER:
      have you tried switching around her beauty products? (shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc) Same with your laundry detergent/fabric softner/dryer sheats. At first I was gonna say it sound like she’s rubbing or getting something in it like dust and it’s getting scratched – but I’d think that a descent eye doc would pick up on that.

      I work with a woman who has a similar problem. One of her eyes turns totally red. It’s some allergy that the docs she’s visited can’t find.

      I’d just try removing everything scented that you use. could even be a cleaner or air freshner. Then, if that seems to help, gradually bring them back one by one until you figure out which one (or ones) are causing the problem

      Oh, another thought – does it have anything to do with stress or sleep patterns? or TV watching patterns?


Blood Tests For Kidneys

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

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

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

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Do they test your blood for kidney tests?
    I did something really stupid and smoked pot a couple days ago. I have an exam on Wednesday for my kidneys and I have an ultrasound scheduled, the original problem showed up on a bone scan. So I am wondering do they usually test your blood for these kinds of things, and if so will anything show what I did or does it have to be a blood test for that to show?

    • ANSWER:
      well if you are going for an ultrasound they won’t be doing any blood tests. unless they find something when they look at you kidneys that would make them want to do a blood test.
      and they wouldn’t be looking for pot in the blood test but if they did find pot in your system why does it matter? they aren’t going ot call the cops or tell anyone. they took an oath and they can’t tell anyone anything about your health if you don’t want them to.

  2. QUESTION:
    Why would an old westie develope a terrible thirst? Blood tests for liver & kidneys are fine & not diabetic?
    He drinks about 6pints a day, and asks for more water when he drinks all in his dish. It is worst in the evening, and he has at least one accident each evening, even letting him out 4 or 5 times during the evening. All tests from the Vets are coming back negative, no one seems to know what is happening.

    • ANSWER:
      st.lady mentioned cushings and having some knowledge of cushings, yes your dog can develop a huge thirst from that. However, there would most likely be other symptoms as well. How old is the dog? Is the dog a guts, is the dog overweight? Does he have itchy skin or pimples, little non cancerous tumours, flakey skin? skin conditions are also linked with cushings. Cushings dogs don’t seem sick, they are bright and happy normal dogs, but they tend to want to eat and eat and drink and drink. and then of course… go to the toilet and go to the toilet. Have another chat with your vet and if that doesn’t help, I’d start shopping around. Oh yeah and another thing. cushings usually occurs in older dogs. Problem with cushings is that it’s hard to diagnose. They can display heaps of symptoms but tests will come back negative. Sometimes it takes perseverence. Search for cushings in wiki and take a look at case studies if you want to have an idea of how hard it is to diagnose. The other thing is that cushings causes other related conditions too. Definitely take your boy back to the vet.

  3. QUESTION:
    hi can anyone tell me if you get a dye scan for kidneys, then blood tests 6 days later for thyroid?
    [under active], could this dye affect the blood test readings . serious answers only please.thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The dye would have no effect on the thyroid function tests.

  4. QUESTION:
    If you have a problem with one of your kidneys, will the blood tests show that there is a problem?
    I am just wondering if you have a problem with one kidney, would blood tests show up normal. I am wondering because most people live normal lives on only one kidney so would that make the blood tests come up normal. I have had a back pain that is more on my left side then right….i have had this for 3 years more of a stiff burning pain but has been getting more sharp. I also have urinary symptoms. Also when i push on my abdomen near my belly button to the left side it hurts…my doctor says i am depressed but i don’t think i am. Can depression cause this?

    • ANSWER:
      a urine test will tell if you a problem with one of your kidneys

  5. QUESTION:
    Will medicare pick up the cost of blood tests for kidney function evaluation?

    • ANSWER:
      Medicare will pick up 80% of the cost AFTER you’ve paid the 1 part B deductible. If you have a Medicare Advantage plan the test will have a [FAQ-ANSWER] to co-pay with most plans. If you have a medicare supplement you will pay nothing.

  6. QUESTION:
    Will the depo-provera shot show up on urine/blood tests for kidney failure?

    • ANSWER:
      Nope.

      In general, for something to show up on a test, it has to be specifically tested for.

  7. QUESTION:
    Would a doctor find in blood tests?
    something in blood tests to then ask for a urine test for bence jones protein? what would it be in the blood?
    as far as i know red,white,hormone, liver and kidney function blood tests were fine, but inflammation markers were raised.

    • ANSWER:
      The immune system produces special proteins called antibodies which are usually targeted specifically at bacteria and viruses that your body may encounter.

      The antibodies fit like keys into a lock on the surface of the bacteria/virus and help to neutralise or destroy it.

      On occasion the immune system’s cells may launch an inappropraite response and produce large amounts of the same antibody into the bloodstream when there isn’t an infection present. There are a number of specific disease conditions where this may be the case.

      Bence Jones proteins are the breakdown products of this particular type of antibody and are excreted from the body in the urine and thus are detected there.

      Things that may prompt a doctor to ask for a bence jones protein test of the urine are: a combination of symptoms including anaemia, bone pain, fatigue, kidney problems and recurrent infections.

      There may be signs in the blood of low red cell numbers, raised calcium and eleveated protein levels in the blood.

      Really your doctor should be explaining to you why they are doing a test. Don’t be scared to ask.

  8. QUESTION:
    Depo-Provera shot- Will it show on urine/blood tests for kidney failure?

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    will hepatitis’s strains be noticed through blood tests for kidney and liver functions?

    • ANSWER:
      NO ,thats a seperate test ,LIVER AND RENAL FUNCTION TESTS are for enzymes and activity of function they dont include viral and infectious screening

  10. QUESTION:
    Do general blood tests in the UK look for HIV?
    I had kidney infections a few months ago, and I had unprotected sex a little before that. When I got blood tests taken for my kidney infections would they have looked for things like HIV?

    • ANSWER:
      Nope. You have to ask for it.

  11. QUESTION:
    Why does the doctor want to do blood tests to check my liver, kidney and thyroids etc?
    Im just curious as hes making an appointment for blood tests as he wants to check my kidney, liver, thyroids etc? why? What do you think he wants to check out?

    • ANSWER:
      im not a DR .. but they want to get an all around look at what your health is. and also.. if they dont and tsomething comes up in the future you can hire a lawyer and sue the Doc for not being thorough with his evaluations. thats why health care is so expensive too.. SEE? if he misses something they hold him responsible.. like no one dies anyway…

  12. QUESTION:
    <<<<<<<>>>>>>> healthy kidneys, blood test?
    If i have healthy liver, and good potassium and sodium levels, would that mean i have healthy kidneys? I had a blood test for a lot of things, but kidneys weren’t included. So do you think my kidneys are healthy? according to my blood test that came back good on potassium, sodium, liver. I also have good blood pressure, thyroid, i don’t have diabetes either

    I had an mri with contrast dye today, and I’m worried about it getting flushed out, i went pee like 5 times already

    My ribs been hurtin, well for a couple years, but its worse now. Its in my back where my kidney would be, it gets worse when i breath in

    • ANSWER:
      Did you get any tests saying S. Urea or S. Creatinine? This is a test for kidney function. IF that is normal you should be alright. There are alot of pieces to this puzzle that are missing. Pain when you breath in sounds more like a lung/ associated region. But the doctor is running test to check your kidneys? Interesting… there must be other complaints or something that the made the doc think something was up in that region… Sorry couldnt help too much but there are a bunch of questions left to ask…if i had some more info i could help u better

  13. QUESTION:
    what is the extreme/last stage of serum creatinine blood test of kidney nephritis patients?
    Bieng an sle patient, my frien have serum creatinine blood test report is 3.2, just want to know that what is the extreme level of this test for the said patients, who have type 4 sle.

    • ANSWER:
      Serum creatinine isn’t the best indicator; you want to know the glomerular filtration rate (often called the GFR). Doctors disagree, but generally somewhere around 5-15ml/min is the worst stage, & these patients usually go on dialysis.
      I just plugged that serum creatinine level into an equation that estimates GFR from the serum creatinine, here: http://nephron.org/cgi-bin/MDRD_GFR/cgi
      You can do it yourself, but the upshot is that depending on age, gender and race (I guessed 30yrs; it drops a little as you get older), they’re probably around 20-33ml/min. 90ml/min is what healthy people have but your body can cope with a lot less. Renal disease: 60-89 is mild, 30-59 is moderate, 15-29 is severe and less is renal failure. Some doctors say it has to be less than 10ml for renal failure.

      Hope this helped. I’m a med student, not a doctor, but this is straight out of my lectures, I checked.

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

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

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

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

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

  15. QUESTION:
    blood tests results?
    ive had really itchy skin for a while and i went to the drs and i got bloodwork done.liver tests,kidney tests,diabetes,thyroid,and to check for infection i think.i just called about my results and they said some of my levels were high and some were low.im waiting for a nurse to call me back and tell me what was what but im bugging out so badddddd im only 26 and im scared im dying.does any1 know what could be wrong?
    they also tested for cholesterol.i was suppose to fast for 10 hours and only have water all i had was some coffee with sugar in it
    i forgot to mention i have had kidney stones before i dont know if this would matter

    • ANSWER:
      wait for the actual results. doubt youre dying

  16. QUESTION:
    I recently had a blood test taken to check my kidneys and liver. Whats to expect?
    What do they screen for and what can they find? Do they normally just test for that or more? Nervous.

    • ANSWER:
      The blood tests they usually do on the liver
      are:
      (1) the liver enzymes which will show them
      if there may be damage to the liver cells
      (2) the liver function tests which will show
      them how well the cells of the liver are
      functioning to keep the body healthy
      (3) viral testing to see whether a liver problem
      has occurred because of contacting a
      virus like Hepatitis A,B,C,etc.
      [The liver enzymes are known as the
      ALT, AST, GGT, and Alkaline Phosphatase
      The liver Function tests are known as the
      Bilirubin, INR, and Albumin….
      to learn more about each one of the these
      tests…here is a link to go to that will
      explain each one in detail:

      http://www.labtestsonline.org

      For the kidneys, they check the creatinine and
      also the “Bun” ( blood urea nitrogen). They
      are checking the kidney’s function to see that
      it is able to remove toxins from the body well.
      A by-product of using our muscles is
      Creatinine and a by-product of our body using
      Protein is first Ammonia which the liver
      changes to urea nitrogen. The kidney filters
      these from our blood…If it remains high
      in the blood it could signify that there is
      kidney damage.

      No blood test is 100% accurate. They may
      do more blood testing to be sure of the
      findings as many things can effect the
      results. Such as human error, exercising
      before the test, eatting before the test, and
      other things. Be sure to follow or ask the
      doctor about anything you are not allowed
      to have or do before having any blood testing
      done.

      Usually, a problem in the liver starts out as
      damage to the liver cells caused by
      alcohol consumption, medication toxification,
      chemical exposure, mushroom poisoning,
      hereditary conditions where the patients body
      hold onto too much iron or copper, autoimmune
      disease, fatty liver disease which is caused
      by diabetes..weight…alcohol consumption…
      cholesterol/triglycerides…insulin resistances,etc,
      viral infections…and others.

      When there becomes damage to the liver
      cells, it can cause the body’s immune system
      to react to this and cause the development
      of inflammation in the liver which will cause
      the liver to enlarge in size. If the cause
      can be stopped and the inflammation is
      treated…the liver cells can heal. It is only
      when the liver cells die off..that is can become
      serious…known as Cirrhosis of the liver.

      They usually check both the liver and kidney
      together. When the liver goes into failure,
      the kidneys are next in line to also go cause
      they are trying to take over the role of removing
      the toxins that the liver used to change into
      a non toxic form.

      I hope this information has been of some help
      to you. It is hard to wait for results of any
      testing. Best wishes to you.

  17. QUESTION:
    Blood in urine…kidneys are fine.?
    Since mid-August I have had blood in my urine, gross hematuria, as my urine is rusty colored. There is no pain or burning when I go to the bathroom. I was tested for a UTI and put on 10 days of Cipro, but test was negative and Cipro didn’t help. Went to a urologist, CT with contrast showed nothing. Had a bladder scope and it only showed a mild irrirtation. Finally, went to a nephrologist. He ordered a kidney biopsy, chest x-ray and took 6 vials of blood along with 2 urine samples. I don’t have my biopsy scheduled yet, but I am scared of what this could be. Wouldn’t cancer have shown on the CT? Any thoughts on what this could be?? One other thing, when I was at the urologist, they showed protein and ketones in my urine as well. I am not diabetic.
    2 weeks ago (Tiebreaker)
    Additional Details
    2 weeks ago

    I was tested for UTI, kidney infection and kidney stones and nothing showed up. And no jaundice either. It is so weird because there really aren’t any other symptoms. I am tired all the time, but I am a single mom of 2 girls. I appreciate any feedback though.

    Okay, I just got a call that my kidney biopsy and blood tests were all normal. The doctor notes from the urologist say that the urine from my kidneys was clear so now I have to go back to the urologist, problem might be in my bladder. I have no other symptoms….thoughts???

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a hole in your bladder or the blood could be coming from some internal bleeding from elsewhere in the body. Have a full body scan. It doesn’t sound life threatening as a hole or tear in the bladder can be sewn up. You could be tired because of losing iron in blood. Ct should show cancer, so it most likely a small opening in the bladder.

  18. QUESTION:
    Why would my GP suddenly find something wrong with my kidneys TEN MONTHS after a blood test was taken?
    I have received a letter from my GP asking me to attend for a repeat blood test as it has shown some very minor changes to my kidneys.

    The letter refers to a ‘relatively recent blood test’ – I don’t consider ten months to be recent!

    Why on earth would it take them so long to get back to me?????

    • ANSWER:
      This is just the kind of thing that the blood tests are for. Anything serious would have been spotted right away. Possibly the GP was unsure and consulted the opinion of other doctors to decide if any follow-up was necessary.

  19. QUESTION:
    If a blood test showed your kidneys were healthy why would a kidney ultrasound come abnormal?
    I’m worried about my mom. Last July her blood test showed her kidneys were normal but an ultrasound said her urine and kidney ultrasound were abnormal. She has to make an appointment to get the results.
    She has arthritis and scoliosis so she thought her back pains were due to that but her symptoms are urinating a lot, back pain, headaches and sometimes being tired for no reason. No pain when urinating and the blood was only visible under microscope.

    Are blood tests not accurate at detecting kidney diseases as the ultrasounds are?

    Can kidney stones or PKD be missed by a blood test?

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  20. QUESTION:
    Blood tests?
    Today I have had a blood test, based on orders from a doctor. I was just wondering, I had 5 tubes of blood taken, 4 of the plastic tubes were the same size, and the 5th a little larger. The blood tests that were taken were for glandular fever screening, something to do with my live, kidney and something else too. But the box for taking blood glucose levels wasn’t ticked- however if I have the risk of having diabetes (as I have been ill with closely related symptoms) would it show although my blood glucose levels WEREN’T necessarily taken ? Also, how long do I have to wait before I get the results from all of these blood tests? Cheers for all the help.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey, Jay D:

      Congrats! You see….that wasn’t soooo bad! LOL!

      Let me start by saying that I am going to answer your questions according to the standards here in the USA….
      The most frequently done “blood test” is a CBC or Complete Blood Count.

      The test includes:

      WBC…counts white blood cells
      RBC- counts red blood cells
      Platelet count-
      Hemoglobin
      Hematocrit
      Differential white blood cell count
      Red blood indices

      What I am trying to say is, from those few tubes of blood the Dr. can tell a whole lot! How long to get the results?
      Hummmm…that depends….do people over there take looooooooooooooooog lunches? LOL!!! Try and be patient…hey!… “we’ve come this far”…Cheer up and hold on….

  21. QUESTION:
    had to have blood test redone as results of kidney and bone tests were abnormal?
    tests were normal ones.gp was looking for athritisin my hands.i only have one kidney and my mam developed kidney disease so what could abnormal test result show

    • ANSWER:
      it could simply be as you have one kidney – have you been tested before – a general abnormal result may be normal for you – everyone is different – do not panic but if you are concerned chat to your gp – if there was something serious they would have told you as soon as they got the results

  22. QUESTION:
    I tested positive for microscopic blood in the urine, but creatine in blood test is normal. Kidney disease?
    I also had a kidney ultrasound a few years ago, and 1 kidney is larger than the other. Does this mean that I have kidney disease? I don’t have an infection. Blood tests come back normal. Please, serious answers only.
    Im a 34 year old women.

    • ANSWER:
      I do not think that means you have kidney disease – I think everyone has one kidney bigger than another. Microscopic blood in urine might just mean you had a slight infection, or irritation in your urethra. Or, if you recently had your period, it could be blood from that also. I wouldn’t worry about kidney disease unless you had some other signs like elevated creatnine, bun, and/or urea and lowered WBCs and hemoglobin.

  23. QUESTION:
    Confusing blood tests for a child?
    Can anyone explain some blood test results for my 5 year old, please. She had the following tests FBC, liver, kidney, thyroid, B12 and iron. All came back ok except Ferritin – 6 (normal min 13) and Mean Corpuscular volume 89.6 (normal 68-87). She has been prescribed an iron supplement. I am confused because everything I read says that iron depletion would cause a decreased MCV rather than an elevated one.

    • ANSWER:
      The MCV is just barely higher than the normal range – its of no clinical significance. Differences larger than this can occur from being slightly dehydrated.

      If the results are not from dehydration, and all other aspects of the blood test (other than ferritin and MCV) are normal, then the results would indicate that the red blood cells are slightly larger than normal. This is common with iron deficiency anemia since the hemoglobin molecules can develop an abnormal structure when there isn’t enough iron.

  24. QUESTION:
    What blood tests are done for kidney and liver functions?

    • ANSWER:
      lab test for kidney disease: albumin, calcium, creatinine, estimated GFR, creatinine clearance, electrolytes, erythropoietin, microalbumin, parathyroid hormone, phosphate, potassium, prealbumin, renin, urinalysis, urine culture, vitamin D

      lab test for liver functions: Liver panel, AST, ALP, ALT, Albumin, Bilirubin, PT, AFP, Total protein

  25. QUESTION:
    Can A Kidney Blood Test Tell If Your Pregnant ?
    I Had A Blood Test For My Kidneys Last Week For A Check Up I Was Wondering Would It Show Up On The Blood Test If I Was Pregnant ???
    Thanks …I Hope I’m Not Pregnant Though .. I Have To See The Dr Got My Results Back Thought That i Might Of Been & He Wants To See Me So Somthings Up i Guess =/

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    After a blood test I have been told my kidneys are detiorating have had a endoscopy last week which was clear?
    Now have a ct scan booked for my stomach what exactly would they be looking for ?

    • ANSWER:
      If they have done an endoscopy and it is clear, I’m not sure why they would do a CT scan of the stomach. I think it will be more likely an abdominal CT which includes looking at all your organs such as liver, kidney, spleen, pancreas, stomach, bowel and also blood vessels. Your last question was posted in the cancer section, is that of relevance in your situation?? I think if you have anxieties, it would be best to have a chat with your doctor to help clarify matters as it seems you have some unanswered questions/concerns.

  27. QUESTION:
    Kidney blood test…and is elevated??
    I am seeing a RE and have been TTC. I had to have blood work for my kidneys because they were putting me on Metformin cause i have PCOS. Anywas my blood work came back elevated form my kidney test. What would elevated mean??..they want me to run the tst again in a couple of weeks.

    Please explain???

    • ANSWER:
      Elevated creatinine is a sign of loss of kidney function. Is that what they said? There are lots of other patients and caregivers who can answer your questions on the kidney message forum at www.ihatedialysis.com – you can get a lot of help and support there. I wish you the best of luck.

  28. QUESTION:
    Will blood tests show any kidney problems?
    About 2 weeks ago I went to the ER because I was suffereing from really bad head aches and light headedness. They saw that my pulse was raising when I stood up. My back was hurting as well which at the time i though was just back pain. They gave me all different types of blood tests to check for clots and other things and everything came back normal. About a week later my lower left back started hurting again on the sides. It was an achey pain that isn’t too severe and hurts when I move mostly. About 2 days after that happened the area where my bladder is located began hurting and it seemed like I was going to the bathroom more then usualy and when I was done It felt like I still had to go. I was wondering if the blood tests I had taken would’ve shown any type of kidney problem I was having. I’m not to sure exactly what they were checking but they took like 5-6 tubes of blood.
    I dont have any other symptoms other then the back pain and strange urination patterns.

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    High blood pressure, Amlodipine and blood tests?
    My mum has to take Amlodipine because she has high blood pressure. She then has to have blood tests, I think, every 6 months or is it every year – can’t remember. Anyway, it is to test for cholesterol and kidney function. I can understand the cholesterol side of things, but why the kidney function?

    • ANSWER:
      High blood pressure or hypertension is one of the leading cause of renal failure. That is the reason why the doctor do tests for your mom’s kidney function. You have a very good doctor, he is aware of the long term consequences of having a high blood pressure. I am impressed because he knows what prevention and early monitoring means. I am a renal nurse and I deal with patients with kidney failure. I have loads of patients who have kidney failure because of hypertension.

      Tell your mom to keep taking her Amlodipine and keep her blood pressure within normal limits.

      FYI. grapefruit juice should not be taken because it interferes with the action of the drug.

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

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

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

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

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

  31. QUESTION:
    I have regular blood tests because Im a diabetic. it is also checked for liver, kidney abnormalities etc?
    I got the latest results back today which were showing arthritis. Does anyone know, would this be rheumatoid arthritis as I cant imagine osteo- arthritis showing in a blood test.
    I have got health problems following a stroke 4 years ago.
    Hope somebody knows and thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      You are correct most arthritides ( types of arthritis) do not produce diagnostic blood tests. However rheumatoid arthritis shows up in SOME patients that have it, if a specific test is done. A positive test can be recorded in a patient with no symptoms, and a negative test can occur in a patient with severe symptoms, so the result must be combines with what is happening to the patient.

  32. QUESTION:
    Blood/kidney test before neutering? Problems with neutering?
    Our three 6 month old kittens are being/have been neutered this morning (they’ve been there for 3 hours, and we’ve been told to phone the vet in just over an hour to arrange when to collect them)

    I’m really worried about them :( I’ve never heard of anything going wrong, apart from once my mum’s cat came home, and pulled all her stitches out at 4am. Mum had to phone her dad (she couldn’t drive) to take her to the emergency vets, and mum had to hold her tummy together while he stitched her back up apparently it was disgusting and there was blood EVERYWHERE.

    The vets gave an option of having a blood test before the op. (There was a kidney test too, but it was only really necessary for older cats). It was £30 each though, and they all seemed very healthy, and my parents didn’t want to have to fork out another £90 on top of the £125 they were already paying. And the vet said it was only really for overweight cats, or ones who were old, or ill.

    I’m worried now though that one of them might have a stroke while they’re under the anaesthetic, or have an allergic reaction, or bleed. Has this or something else ever happened to anyone’s cats?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s very rare something goes wrong with a 6 month old kitten so don’t worry, you’d be very unlucky for one of yours to have a bad reaction.
      I worked for vets for 40 years and we never lost a kitten or a cat while neutering them and we did it almost every day. I think nowadays vets offer blood tests too much,there shouldn’t be any need for a perfectly healthy kitten to have one, I’m afraid it’s all about making more money, so don’t worry about not having that done.
      I think it’s terrible your mum had to hold that poor cat whose stitches came out, it must have been awful for her.
      I know how you feel, even though I worked for vets, I hate even taking our own cats in for anything at all, I just love them so much.

  33. QUESTION:
    blood tests no help, with continuing weight loss?
    gp tested for kidney liver ok, no diabetis thyroid etc says come back in new year, but weight loss this wee have eaten well, 4 killo’s , I am like skin and bone comments made by people o what is wrong, you look awful, what should I do, I just want to sleep all the time, please someone give me some ideas

    • ANSWER:
      4 kilos is too much
      Go back to the doctor now and insist he does something for you. Thyroidism is a difficult area to diagnose and if coupled with stress it is even worse
      .

  34. QUESTION:
    When a blood test is done for a physical can that indicate if your kidneys and liver are fine?
    I been felling a bit of lower rib pain like pinching from the in side. Not were the heart is a little lower.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends if they just do the standard CBC and chem panel or if they also do the liver panel. The liver enzymes will be elevated with liver problems and the chemistry panel would likely show kidney problems such as your blood urea nitrogen level. Kidneys are low and generally felt in your back and liver pain isn’t too common. Gall bladder pain would be more likely followed by the pancreas, which is more serious.

  35. QUESTION:
    i had a blood test for possible kidney infection and my result today was ‘Borderline’?
    I had a blood test for possible kidney infection and my result today was ‘Borderline’ so i have to go back to the doctors tomorrow, but i’m worried now that it could have picked up something else, maybe even pregnancy as i’m due my period in 3 days. Should i be worried about that result?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s possible. You may be pregnant, you may not. Don’t worry to much. I have a blood test coming up today actually. I have a condition where all the bile ducts in my liver are scarring, and will eventually need a liver transplant. I’m 17 by the way.

      Don’t stress about the results. They are what they are. Just wait and get the news. Thinking about it is just going to make it worse.

      I wish you the very best of luck

      Cheers

      Andrew

  36. QUESTION:
    Are Blood Tests Conclusive for indicating Liver & Kidney Health ?
    I have 6 monthly checks ….

    My most recent ALT is 16 IU/L (normal < 56)
    And my Creatinine is 87 umol/L (normal 62 - 133)

    Should this re-assure me that my abuse of alcohol has caused no long term damage .... (and no I'm not looking for a "green light" to go on swigging the Chardonnay !) ... ?

    • ANSWER:
      Laura, any medical test will show only what it is designed to show and no more. Briefly therefore, the ALT and Creatinine will only reflect hepatocellular and renal function respectively, they do not necessarily show any other physiological consequence of alcohol excess. It really depends on how much you drank and for how long, as well as a little bit of luck with how your own genetic predisposition metabolises alcohol, as to whether you have any lasting effects of ethanol abuse. For instance, it says nothing about the neurological, pancreatic or myopathic consequences of alcohol abuse, nor its nutritional effects.

      So, sorry, no green light per se. However, if you are otherwise well and stick to less than 14 units per week you should be okay, unless you have previously had problems directly as a consequence of alcohol excess.

      The evidence for a beneficial effect of alcohol is largely from red wine and again, only when used in moderation. Certainly the social benefits of relaxation in reducing blood pressure would have beneficial health consequence in the longer term.

      As for the ALT – the liver performs over 500 biochemical functions so the concept of a “liver function test” or LFT is sort of misleading. Crudely in medicine, we use LFTs as a summary of the liver’s capacity to function and this usually involves measurement of hepatocellular enzymes (ALT or AST), bile cannalicular cell enzymes (ALP), bilirubin, total serum protein and albumin amongst others. This makes no account for other measures such as the INR (i.e. blood clotting), lactate recycling or glucose metabolism amongst many others.

      So ALT alone simply means you have an appropriate level of hepatocellular enzumes (not isoenzymes also exist, hence ALT elevation also occurs in MI as well as with liver disease). If it were elevated yes you would begin to investigate possible liver abnormalities but used as a simple monitor of your liver function it is fine. This is important for girls like us on HRT as this can affect liver function (oestrogens as well as particular anti-androgens such as ciproterone acetate).

      Creatinine is a waste product of muscle protein and is used again as a simple reflection of renal function. It can be elevated after eating a large meal of red meat simply due to ingestion rather than any problem in renal function per se, or in mesomorphic body builders. In fact, glomerular filtration has to fall by about a third or more before you see any elevation of serum creatinine so normal creatinine does not rule out the early stages of renal failure. However, significant impairment of renal function will reflect in elevation of creatinine so you can relax there – you don’t have that. Not sure why you are being screened for that though, there is no reason HRT per se puts your renal function at risk unless you are on mineralocorticoid analogues (e.g. spirinolcatone).

      So, generally, you can be pretty confident you do not have any major derrangements of hepatocellular function or glomerular filtration. Other than that, one should not read beyond what each of these tests is designed to measure (i.e. it rules out nothing else).

      Furthermore, remember the definition of NORMAL for these tests is statistically definied according to a “normal distribution”. That is, the upper and lower limits of normal here are defined by the range of normal results lying above or below the mean by two standard deviations. However, by such definition, at least FIVE PERCENT of all normal results will lie outside this range along with the majority of abnormal results.

      In other words, if one or other result is “abnormal”, further consideration is needed to decide if this is a “normal” outlier or if there is clinical concern to investigate further.

      Hope this answers the question.

  37. QUESTION:
    Kidneys are killing me but my blood test came out fine, what could possibly be wrong?!?
    For the past months my kidneys have been aching. Its travels from side to side and now just recently it started traveling to my upper back. I went to the hospital thinking that I had a kidney infection. They drew blood and said that my kidneys were fine. Am I not drinking enough water? I am almost certain that its not a back ache because its in my flank and ive never had this kind of ache before. It is gradually getting worse. Any thought?! Thanks guys!

    • ANSWER:
      I had that same problem for years I would get theses attacks and it came and went some times would stay for days the pain.I had gallstones and lots of them and had to get my gallbladder removed, the doctors never knew what it was until I actually almost died from blockage.You should have your gallbladder checked.It also was triggered (bad side pain) after eating spicy food.

  38. QUESTION:
    What blood tests should be done for checking deficiencies after giving up alcohol?
    1) My cousin aged 44 was drinking for the last 22 year (about 1-2 bottles of beer a day or 120 ml of 40 proof whiskey) and has given up alcohol completely

    2) He has a low memory, attention deficit, lot of anxiety, has become dull, depressed etc

    3) Lipids, triglycerides, kidney, liver functions are all well below normal. Magnesium levels are on the lower borderline.

    4) He is a vegetarian

    5) Walks every evening 4-5 kms

    • ANSWER:
      1-2 bottles of beer or 120 ml whiskey is excessive,but not alcoholic.Can that amount of drinking really cause such severe problems?
      Maybe a full blood count / blood smear to check for vitamin B12 and folic acid defficiency.
      Fasting glucose should also be useful.

  39. QUESTION:
    I have a sick cat. 13 years old, loss appetite, loss of weight, lethargic. Blood work and test show kidneys fi?
    fine, rbc count fine. Only elevated white blood count at 20,000. Are we looking at antibiotics and anti-inflamatory for infection of possibility of cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      At 13 years old it could be a wide range of issues. I suggest you just wait to see what the vet finds out.

  40. QUESTION:
    i got a white blood count liver and kidney blood test?
    i got a white blood count liver and kidney blood test and the doctor told me he was looking for viruses he did to tell me what kind they where? am 23 thanks
    is this true it could be hep c hiv or aids!!!

    • ANSWER:
      When you go for a physical, your healthcare practitioner frequently orders blood tests. Many folks first find out they have hep C after undergoing a routine blood test and finding that one or more of the tests is abnormal.

      There’s no one test that indicates chronic hepatitis C disease. Tests for the effects of hepatitis C on your liver include:

      •Liver enzyme tests: These tests measure current liver cell injury by the amount of enzymes that are “leaked” out of damaged or dying liver cells.
      •Liver function tests: These tests look at levels of proteins made by the liver. If your liver damage is such that your liver function is impaired, levels of these proteins will be low. If your bilirubin, clotting factors, or albumin levels are low, you may have cirrhosis or late-stage liver disease.
      ALT
      Small amounts of ALT (alanine aminotransferase) are normally found in blood. When the liver is damaged, ALT is released into the bloodstream. ALT is found in organs other than the liver (kidneys, heart, muscles, and pancreas), but most increases in ALT are from liver damage.

      AST

      AST (aspartate aminotransferase) is also called SGOT (serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase). Like ALT, AST is found mainly in the liver but also in other parts of the body. AST and ALT are usually measured together and are good indicators of liver disease or damage. Sometimes, test results give AST/ALT ratios.

      ALP
      ALP (alkaline phosphatase) is found in all parts of the body, with particularly high concentrations in the liver, bone, and placenta (during pregnancy). Like ALT and AST, ALP might leak into the bloodstream when liver cells are damaged as a result of hepatitis C. Children (who have growing bones), pregnant women (especially in their last trimester), and people with bone disease also have higher levels of ALP.

      GGT
      GGT refers to gamma-glutamyl transferase, but it’s also called gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGTP) or Gamma-GT. High levels of GGT are found in the liver, bile ducts, and the kidney. Bloodstream GGT levels will be higher in people with diseases of the liver and bile ducts.

      5′N’Tase
      Higher levels of the enzyme 5′N’Tase (5′nucleotidase), also known as 5′NT, in your blood indicate a problem with bile secretion. Hepatitis or cirrhosis can cause a blockage of bile flow.

      Albumin
      Albumin is the major blood protein made by the liver. One function of albumin is to keep the blood from leaking through the blood vessels, which can cause fluid retention in the ankles (edema), lungs, or abdomen (ascites).Low levels of albumin may be due to liver or kidney disease, malnutrition, or even a low-protein diet.

      Bilirubin
      This pigmented (yellow) waste chemical comes from the normal process of red blood cells’ dying after 90 to 120 days. A healthy liver converts bilirubin and sends it out of the body with the bile that goes to the intestine. Excreted bilirubin gives feces (stools) their characteristic brownish color.

      When the liver is diseased, bilirubin isn’t converted and excreted. Stools might, therefore, be light-colored. The bilirubin that’s not properly excreted builds up in the body and gives a yellowish color to skin and eyes (a condition known as jaundice) and dark brown tea color to urine.

      High levels of bilirubin are due to either too much production of bilirubin (from red blood cells dying) or because the liver isn’t processing bilirubin, which happens when the liver is damaged. This is one of three tests used to determine wait time for a liver transplant.

      In addition to using a blood test, urine can be tested for bilirubin.

      PT test
      The PT (prothrombin time) test measures how quickly your blood clots, which is dependent on clotting factors (proteins) that are made by the liver. The PT test is used as a marker of advanced liver disease and can indicate blood-clotting problems where it takes you longer to stop bleeding.

      Your laboratory may also give PT results that have been converted to an internationally recognized and easily comparable value that’s called the International Normalized Ratio (INR). The INR is one of the three factors used to determine wait time for a liver transplant

  41. QUESTION:
    I am a insulin diabetic and the doctor has found blood and protein in my urine what does this mean?
    I am a 50 year old female insulin diabetic. I have been on insulin for about 12 years. I also suffer with my tyroids. I have just recieved a letter asking me to go for a scan on my kidneys after having two blood tests where on both tests blood and protein were found. I am very worried as to what this means??

    • ANSWER:
      This MAY indicate a problem with your kidney(s) not functioning to capacity, but may equally indicate that you have a problem with your bladder … possibly a UTI (Urinary tract infection).

      The idea of the scan on your kidneys is to look to see if function has been compromised.

  42. QUESTION:
    High Blood Pressure Please Help !!!!!?
    im 20 years old male and have really high blood pressure , i have measured it many times it’s almost always 160 or above on 90 and sometimes 100 :S i have already visited many doctors and done blood tests for kidneys , cortisol , electrolytes and cholesterol an everything is just normal and i dont have diabetes too ,i did thyroid test and my t4 was low but tsh was normal , i dont think i have a thyroid problem cause im not gaining or losing weight and i heard it can raise your blood pressure :S plz help me

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    Blood tests/Hematology – confused.?
    I have have extensive blood tests and am still unwell.

    6 weeks ago – tests were Thyroid, Liver Function, Kidney Function, Glandular Fever test, Full Blood Count, Blood Cultures.

    2 weeks ago – tests were Complete Blood Count, Liver function, kidney function, rheumatic fever, glandular fever, diabetes, thyroid and blood cultures. Also Chest X-Ray. (due to tachycardia)

    1 day ago – Full Blood Count and Thyroid.
    Results have all been normal! Yet I am unwell. I still have a cough and runny nose yet my white cells were perfect. I am experiencing thinning of the skin/transparency, varicose looking veins in mouth and feet, fungal infection in my toenails and toe, muscle pains, twitching, blood shot eyes,Tachycardia and pallor. I am experiencing excessive wind (burping all day), struggling to eat. Tried to eat and choked on my food due to throat irritation.

    If there was something really bad wrong, would it show in the above tests?

    What do all above tests check for?

    • ANSWER:
      You went to the Doc feeling UNWELL and he has run a series of blood tests to rule in or out certain problems. The Blood is the window to the body. If I peeped in your living room window, I would be able to state the person that lives here is tidy, untidy, good eye for color, bad eye for color, and so on. That is what the blood reveals, only it will show if you are physically ill or not. You might have a bad case of fungal skin infection, but the anxiety and worry is producing the rest of your symptoms.

  44. QUESTION:
    My dog has a white blood cell count double what it should be.?
    My dog Angel is 8 yrs old, last month she started acting really strange, not moving, wincing in pain when she did move, not eating, weight loss of ten pounds in two days, a boil of some sort on her hind quarter, and clear sinus drainage from her eyes, and very labored breathing. I took her to the vet, he gave her an antibiotic injection and an anti-inflamatory injection, and sent her home with anti-biotics for the week.
    Angel seemed back to herself after that. Then last week exactly one month from her appointment she started getting the eye discharge, lost all the weight she had gained(she looked emaciated), drinking water entirely too much, not eating, and urinating approximately a gallon of fluid each hour.
    I again took her to the vet she had a temp of 106. He gave her another shot of antibiotics and ran some blood tests. Her kidneys are fine, she shows no sign of cancer, her liver was one point higher than the norm.Her sugar was fine, she was slightly anemic due to not eating.However her wbc count is double what it should be. The smear test showed inflamation( of what I don’t know).
    She has returned to normal once again…what could be doing this to her? Could she have some kind of immune system problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Fever & elevated white count SCREAMS infection.

  45. QUESTION:
    What blood tests do I get for a ‘complete’ checkup?
    Liver function, kidney function, deficiencies (iron, zinc, magnesium, vitamins)
    Cancers
    And other things?

    For example the GP writes tests down on a form to give to a pathology clinic, what would be the names?

    • ANSWER:
      You are right to state Liver function, kidney function. But deficiencies (iron, zinc, magnesium, vitamins) and tumor markers eg Cancers are not among the list. This is because blood test for cancers are only of 60-65% accuracy and relatively expensive (as compared to other types of blood test). If its positive (eg CEA high in pregnant women or smokers), it doesn’t mean the pt has cancer! So most countries do away with this test. But some developing countries still include this in health screening package.

      Usually GP health screening packages comprises the following -

      CBC (complete blood count – check for anaemia, leukaemia, abnormal red/white blood cells…)

      Urea and electrolytes (incl – sodium, potassium, bicarbonate, glucose, chloride, pH…, to check for kidney function)

      Lipid (check cholestrol level and assess risk of cardiac problems eg artherosclerosis)

      Hba1C (check for average blood sugar level for the past 3 months to determine if pt has diabetes)

      Liver function

      Thyroid function

      Others – phosphate, uric acid are some common test in the package.

  46. QUESTION:
    Blood Tests. Diabetes HB1AC?
    I have got to go for my overall sugar tested and my cholestrol and the kidney function test as I have been diabetic for 2 years. If my HB1AC is high what should I expect? I have panic attacks and hate seeing doctors as it is.

    • ANSWER:
      HbA1C is a measure of the levels of glucose in your blood over the last three months – its a long term check of how well your doctor and you have managed to keep your diabetes under control.
      If it is high most likely the doctor will encourage some lifestyle changes, particularly in regard to diet. Potentially they might alter your medications but it all depends on how things are going.

      Try not to stress too much about going to see a doctor about check ups like these – they’re there to make sure things are going alright and to keep you in the best health. Good luck for your appointment :)

  47. QUESTION:
    Rapid heart rate, weight loss, blood tests show nothing?!?
    Ok so in January this year I fainted on the London underground (felt sick and faint and weak before I actually fainted). It was extra packed and hot so I didn’t worry too much. But since then, like on the same day, a few hours after it happened, I’ve had a rapid heart rate, as in, it’s faster than usual. Doing more beats per min. And usually every day there will be moments where it speeds up even more to about 110-120 bpm but for no reason! And I feel short of breath/like I can’t get enough air. And occassionally I have palpitations for about 10 seconds.
    In May/June my mum noticed I looked thin, I admit I hadn’t weighed myself for months so dunno if it was sudden or gradual. I normally way 7 1/2 stone, I’m 5ft 2 and have a naturally slim build, like others in my family. So I don’t want any comments saying my “normal” weight was too low. Everyone is different.
    So anyway, weighed myself and I was 7 stone 2! But I hadn’t changed my diet/appetite so it happpened without reason!. Went on holiday in June/July so didn’t have time to focus on it. When I got back I looked thinner and then weighed 6 stone 13!
    Went to GP, they did blood tests for: thyroid function, kidney and liver function, full blood count, ESR, urea and electrolytes and creatinine. They all came back fine, although she said my potassium levels were slightly low but it was nothing to worry about. Also had ECG, all it showed was my heart rate was too fast.
    I have to note down when my pulse speeds up and go back in a few weeks. They might decide to do a 24hr or 7 day ECG. I have been eating a lot more for the past few weeks, haven’t lost any more weight which is good. But it’s really unlike me to lose so much weight and struggle to put it back on.
    It’s as though my metabolism is too fast, but the results were fine and my GP doesn’t yet know what it could be!
    The heart rate is not related to diet, caffeine etc. One thing I noticed is it seems to speed up when I’m anxious/hyper.excited etc. I know it’s a normal response in humans, but the fact it goes so fast, and happens when I get the teeniest little bit happy seems odd. It’s like my body is over-reacting to things. I never used to be like this!
    No I am not on drugs and I don’t drink excessive amounts of alcohol.
    It isn’t any medication I’m on.
    I don’t think it’s stress cos I’ve hardly been stressed this year and I usually get headaches when I’m stressed.
    I tried cutting out caffeine for a while but it had no effect so I know it isn’t that.
    Another thing that has started about a month (maybe a bit longer) ago was that sometimes, say every week-ish, I have a few days where I get a really dry mouth and I feel so awful and drained of energy. I didn’t mention it to my GP, but I will next time I go.
    I drink plenty of water, I’ve actually been drinking more for the past few months cos I knew I probs didn’t get enough and decided to take action lol. So it’s not what I drink. And it’s awful, it’s the sort of dry mouth you get when you’ve had alcohol/you’re hungover!
    It’s happened again the past few days, but yesterday and the day before, I also kept needing to pee. Today, I haven’t had that. But I’ve still got the dry mouth and I feel really drained and awful.
    I keep wondering about diabetes. But the symptoms would be constant, right?
    Although I’m sure I read about a form of it where the symptoms come and go or may not be as obvious and then it develops into “full blown” diabetes. Anyone know anymore/know what I am talking about?
    My nan has type 2, diagnosed a few years ago, most likely because of her weight, age, etc.
    I know with type 1 it can occur on someone who has no family history, but am I right in thinking type 2 usually does have history? So would that mean that my dad has the “gene” from my nan and then passed it onto me?
    Cos I read about MODY (type 2 in young peple) and wondered…

    Sorry for such a long question, but any help would be much appreciated :)
    I just wondered it anyone else has had these issues, if they could give any more advice, and what they think about these diabetes symptoms that seem to come and go.

    • ANSWER:
      ‘anxiety pur and simple.
      stop reading medical stuff

  48. QUESTION:
    If they start digging around and doing tests and stuff, what might they find?
    And should I be concerned?

    Going for an ECG in a couple of weeks, and blood tests for Liver function, Kidney function, Gloucose levels etc.

    I’m a little worried.

    Any advise or reassuring words out there?
    Very witty Hot Pink, very witty.
    Lol !!

    • ANSWER:
      been through it myself .the worst part is not knowing your mind works overtime ,at least when your results come through if there is a problem help is close at hand.
      do hope all your worry was for nothing
      all the best

  49. QUESTION:
    blood test shows 38 sgot and 85 sgpt all tests for liver and kidney are ok and normal i hv pains in my hands?
    wat i have to do for the next test

    • ANSWER:
      1. What type of pains are they?
      2. Did they do xray/mri, etc?
      3. Besides checking your liver & kidney panel, I am assuming they checked your potassium level?
      4. How old are you?
      5. Where in the hand are these pains? (closer to wrist, center, near fingers, in fingers, joints)
      6. Have they ruled a DVT? (blood clot)

      These all seem silly for a little hand pain, but you never know.

  50. QUESTION:
    Can a doctor say ur mildly positive for lupus from just taking a blood test?
    i had hives… got a blood test.. this dude says im mildly positive for lupus but all my stuff was normal.. such as thyroid, blood count, kidney, liver ALL NORMAL so wts the deal… doesnt he need more tests to even diagnose something like tht! n all because of hives? I have nooo other symptoms… at all.

    • ANSWER:
      The doc might say you are mildly positive for lupus, but it doesn’t actually mean much. Several diagnostics on a typical blood test panel test for inflammation, which occurs with lupus. Also, a positive result on the ANA test means your immune system has antibodies that attack normal tissues. These antibodies can be present without causing any symptoms, but sometimes they are one of the first indicators of an autoimmune problem like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. Maybe this has something to do with your hives and maybe not. The doc did not actually diagnose you with lupus, and there is no apparent reason to suspect you might have lupus since you have no other symptoms. There doesn’t seem to be a compelling reason to follow up with more tests at this point. This result is probably just something to remember in case you start getting some odd symptoms in the future.


Blood Pressure In Kidneys

This can be one of the most difficult times in your life. When you go to the doctor and have your regular checkup and find that you have issues with your kidney function. In the beginning it may not seem as something you should really stress over but once more tests are done then reality sets in and you finall realize how severe thise problem is. Its a fact that 1 out of every 9 people have chronice kidney disease and many do not even notice any signs until the disease has progressed.

I feel that kidney disease is one of he mos scariest diseases out there. It has 5 stages of progression and for the most part you do not even feel most of the symptoms until it is too late and you need dialysis. I am a very young individual and never felt that getting regular checkups was really necessary. I felt great and excercised on a regular basis. I even ate all the right foods and steered clear of junk foods and fast food.

One day I was driving to the store and as I got on the highway I was pulled over by a state trooper over my brake light not functioning right. After I gave him my license and insurance information he came back to inform me that I had a warrant for my arrest. This was news to me since I never get in trouble. I was taken to the jail and found out that it was a mistake and it was for someone that had the exact same name as me.

Before they informed me that they had the wrong person I was going through initial intake and a nurse took my blood pressure. They informed me that it was dangerousl high and I really need to get it checked as soon as possible. Since the warrant issue was cleared up I then went straight over to the hospital and they informed me that I have abnormal high blood pressure and my kidneys were performing at 35%.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How does high blood pressure damage kidneys?
    I thought that high blood pressure is needed in the glomerulus of the kidney? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Think of your kidney as a Dam, and the blood vessels leading to it as the rivers. Now think of high blood pressure causing a flood in the river, that will cause the river water to flood and get around the dam.

      Also High Blood pressure can not only damage blood vessels leading to the kidney but also can damage the Glomeruli ( the tiny clusters of blood vessels within your kidneys) which like you mentioned are needed in the filtering of the fluids that your kidney does.

  2. QUESTION:
    Does low blood pressure affect the kidneys?
    My blood pressure is 104/66, which I guess is the low side of normal. But I was wondering if this would affect the kidneys in some way? If so, how?

    • ANSWER:
      No, you will live longer with low blood pressure. High blood pressure is what you have to worry about…and 104/66 is NOT low…it’s just not high, which are the only thresholds they publish because LOW is a good thing and high is a bad thing.

  3. QUESTION:
    Why check kidneys for high blood pressure?
    I went in for my high blood pressure today. I had an EKG (which turned out fine), and the doc ordered an ultrasound of my kidneys and some artery along with a chest x-ray for tomorrow. He was in a hurry and I didn’t get a chance to ask him why. Wyy check these three things? Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like the doctor wants to check for blockage in the renal arteries which supply blood to kidneys, blockage can cause damage to kidneys and kidney function affects BP.The chest x-ray will allow him to assesss the condition of your lungs and heart.If you don’t feel comfortable call your doctor and ask him why he feels the tests are necessary and he will tell you.

  4. QUESTION:
    i need a doctor that is accepting new patients who specialize in blood pressure and kidneys?

    • ANSWER:
      Check with your nearest University Health system–if they don’t have someone, they will know where you should go..

  5. QUESTION:
    High blood pressure/kidney problems in cat – prescribed Fortekor?
    Hi – my cat has been diagnosed with early stage kidney problems and high blood pressure and prescribed 2.5mg tablet of Fortekor a day for his blood pressure. He also needs to go on a diet as he’s really fat! Now, I’ve just looked online and Fortekor is used in chronic renal failure which alarmed me as the vet said the tablets were for high blood pressure. Does anyone know if these can be used for blood pressure as I am a bit confused?

    • ANSWER:
      The kidney is the major organ involved in controlling blood pressure through production of the hormone renin, and by controlling the amount of sodium and potassium in the bloodstream.

      In chronic kidney disease there is often high blood pressure because these mechanisms for controlling blood pressure are failing. Fortekor acts on one of these mechanisms (sodium and potassium balance) to try and bring blood pressure down.

  6. QUESTION:
    The kidneys regulate blood pressure by affecting what??? Help please.?
    is blood pressure the same as pH because in my notes it says kidneys regulate blood pH by adjusting:
    1. Hydorgen ion excretion
    2. Bicarbonate reabsorption

    So would the above be the answer or not?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      pH is the measure of acidity not blood pressure. Answer is 2.

  7. QUESTION:
    How to lower high blood pressure in healthy teen?
    I’m 16 and have inherited high blood pressure from my mom. They have ran numerous tests(kidneys, blood, urine, etc) and have found all to be normal. I am athletic and eat rather healthy compared to most teenagers. I rarely ever drink soda and never add salt to my food. What are some ways to lower my blood pressure? Eat more fruits and vegetables? Drink more water? I REALLY do not want to live the rest of my life taking a pill to keep my blood pressure low.

    • ANSWER:
      Try increasing your exercise and reducing your stress levels by not worrying. Meditation is good for lowering blood pressure too.

  8. QUESTION:
    Blood pressure and kidneys?
    Traditionally my BP has been around 120/80. I am 18 and healthy.

    However over the summer (using machines at stores and a self-testing device) my systolic blood pressure is always high, from 135 to 160 (usually in high 40s). The diastolic is a little better, usually 76-90, usually in the 80s.

    Now I worry this could be my kidneys maybe? My kidneys are healthy but I work out hard and take supplements so I worry that may have affected my kidneys.

    When kidney trouble causes hypertension, what are the blood pressure levels? My levels are high, but not super high.

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    Can anyone thoroughly describe the kidneys role in regulating blood pressure?
    Has to do with Sodium control, as well as blood vessel constrictions and blood volume.

    • ANSWER:
      Having just had a series of renal lectures it is not to my knowledge that kidneys exclusively regulate blood pressure. That said they can regulate how much blood enters them as the kidney are encased in what is essentially a tough skin and a surge of blood would blow your glomeruli to pieces. Renin is excreted to contract the arteriole entering the kidney or contract the arteriole just after, each has different effects but this would alter absorbtion rate more than anything else.
      Sorry, Hope that helps a little :)

  10. QUESTION:
    Kidneys and blood pressure?
    Traditionally my BP has been around 120/80. I am 18 and healthy.

    However over the summer (using machines at stores and a self-testing device) my systolic blood pressure is always high, from 135 to 160 (usually in high 40s). The diastolic is a little better, usually 76-90, usually in the 80s.

    Now I worry this could be my kidneys maybe? My kidneys are healthy but I work out hard and take supplements so I worry that may have affected my kidneys.

    When kidney trouble causes hypertension, what are the blood pressure levels? My levels are high, but not super high.

    • ANSWER:
      What exact supplements do you take? What’s the dose, how frequent do you take it?

      Your BP is higher than the normal. It’s in pre-hypertension stage..
      Kidneys have direct effect on the BP, primarily because of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system in our body. It regulates BP, may be high or low, it depends.

      Try also taking your BP on two separate occassions. Your BP is not abnormally high.

  11. QUESTION:
    how do you think a decrease in blood pressure would affect filtration in the kidneys?
    PLEASE HELP!! I am taking human anatomy and I don’t get it! If you are really good at science, please tell me and keep it to simple answers please haha! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There would be a decrease in the kidney’s ability to filter. When your blood pressure gets low, your kidney can release chemicals to bring it back up.

      Good luck

  12. QUESTION:
    my friends both kidneys are failed and he has blood sugar and pressure?
    my friend is 38yr. old he has a blood sugar and blood pressure, due to both dieses his both kidneys are fail our local doctor says he has no more days to live so don’t west money and time, but i want to long life for my friend, can we give more life if we transplant the kidney, we live in small town anyone can help me or suggest any kidney specialist who give more life to my friend. i’m form gujarat(india).

    • ANSWER:
      Are you willing to give a gift of one of your kidneys
      to your friend and are you compatible.
      If so talk with your friend and there Doctor.

      That would be quite a gift.
      I sorry for both of you.

  13. QUESTION:
    My Dr. has told me I have a small protein leak from my kidneys and has prescribed a blood pressure drug for tr?
    treatment. I have been experiencing a fair amount of muscle weaken in the lower body and lack of stamina. Is there any relationship between these two?

    • ANSWER:
      ask your doctor. Do you really think any of us here know?

  14. QUESTION:
    One of the forces that is responsible for filtration of the blood in the kidneys’ glomeruli is the?
    One of the forces that is responsible for filtration of the blood in the kidneys’ glomeruli is the
    blood’s hydraulic pressure. Yet the mean blood pressure can rise from its normal value of 90 mm
    Hg to 180 mm Hg without causing an increase in the rate of glomerular filtration. This
    phenomenon, called autoregulation, is brought about by mechanisms that control the
    _________________________________ of the afferent arterioles that carry blood to each glomerulus.

    • ANSWER:
      Diameter – (by dilation or constriction).

  15. QUESTION:
    How would an increase in blood pressure within Bow-mans capsule affect the kidneys?

    • ANSWER:
      An increase in blood pressure will increase the capillary pressure and the perfusion at the glomerulus. There will be an increase in sodium load to the nephron and this will decrease the amount of renin released from the juxtaglomerular apparatus.

  16. QUESTION:
    i was wandering if low blood pressure and kidney disease could cause a person to be cold all the time? i took?
    the tilt table test and my blood pressure went low enough to make me pass out and get sick. is there anyway i help blood pressure to raise and some ways to help with warming of the body? i have it 77 in the house with 2 pairs of socks and sweatshirt and i am still cold. thanks for you inputs.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to ask you doctor about this. Insufficient blood flow causes cold hands and feet There are prescription meds available to increase blood pressure, but not much you can do on your own. Feeling cold and having low blood pressure could be symptoms of a thyroid problem. You could ask you doctor to order a blood test to see if your thyroid is functioning properly.

  17. QUESTION:
    albumin high in kidney, blood pressure is normal, how to control it?
    my blood sugar is slightly high, 128, HA1c is 6.5

    • ANSWER:
      You really need to give us a lot more information before anyone here could offer their opinion with any degree of safety.
      Advising without that is downright dangerous and no one should attempt it.

      Your best plan on the very little info you have given is to go to your doctor and have some investigations done to establish the root of your problem.
      Your doctor will advise you on which specialists you need to consult….saves you running round in circles to the wrong ones:-) and will get you a faster diagnosis

      I hope you get that done and return to a healthy life.

  18. QUESTION:
    which is NOT a correct step in the hormone regulation of blood pressure and reabsorption?
    a, when blood volume and pressure are low, the juxtaglomerular apparatus secretes renin
    b. when blood pressure is high, the heart atria secrete ANH
    c. high blood pressure causes the kidneys to secrete aldosterone
    d. renin leads to production of angiotensin I and II and eventual reabsorption of sodium ions and water
    e. if you drink more water, the pituitary reduces ADH and more water and urine is excreted

    • ANSWER:
      (C) Low blood pressure causes the activation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone axis. Aldosterone is secreted by the adrenal cortex, not the kidneys.

  19. QUESTION:
    what causes low blood pressure in kidney dialysis patients?
    he is male and in middle 70′s has been on dialysis for 4 months he seems to have many problems

    • ANSWER:
      A Low Blood Pressure Target Prevented Kidney Failure in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease.

      What is the problem and what is known about it so far?

      Chronic kidney disease is a gradual and progressive loss of function in both kidneys. Many patients with chronic kidney disease have high blood pressure. Doctors usually use drugs to reduce blood pressure and decrease risks for heart attacks, strokes, and kidney failure. Most experts recommend reducing blood pressure to less than 140/90 mm Hg in adults with high blood pressure. In adults with certain conditions, such as diabetes or chronic kidney disease, experts often recommend reducing blood pressure to less than 130/80 mm Hg. No long-term clinical trials have tested whether reducing blood pressure to the lower levels prevents kidney failure in patients with chronic kidney disease.

      Who was studied?

      840 middle-aged adults with mild to moderate chronic kidney disease from causes other than diabetes. The average blood pressure at study entry was about 130/80 mm Hg because many patients were already taking drugs that reduced blood pressure.

      What did the researchers find?

      Fewer patients (62%) in the low blood pressure target group developed kidney failure than did those (70%) in the usual blood pressure group.

      Good luck,
      DS

  20. QUESTION:
    3 hormones, which have an effect on blood pressure, exert their effects on the kidneys. Name any 2?
    also, state their actions on the dct and collecting ducts of the nephron

    please help!
    this is a question in a practice exam i got given, but there are no answers for it…
    thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      aldesterone
      adh
      angiotensin/renin

      lol are you at Curtin Uni … bn looking for that answer … but think bout the hormones its not really clear but they all have one thing in common retention…holla before exam monday thn we can revise if u at Curtin

  21. QUESTION:
    I am 32, have high blood pressure and protein leakage in my kidneys.?
    Am I at higher risk for H1N1? I have 2 kids 6 and 3 yr old and I worry about them the most. If you can please help me with this question.I am aware of my kids risks already but confused with mine.

    • ANSWER:
      Your age is in the low risk category.
      High Blood pressure – difficult to categorize because you have not stated your blood pressure.
      Protein leakage – This is high risk category because leaking proteins will lower your ability to ward of infections and to be able to fight them.

      You can prevent getting H1N1 by avoiding people who are infected and eating the right diet so that you are not protein depleted. You replace the lost proteins each day.

  22. QUESTION:
    When an animal is suffering from low blood pressure due to loss of body fluids through a haemorrhage?
    the body trys to make up the blood volume by
    A) Dilation of the blood vessels in the skin and kidneys so more blood flows to them
    B) Increasing the osmotic pressure of the blood so water is drawn in from the tissues
    C) Slowing down the heart beat so each beat pumps more blood

    • ANSWER:
      Answer B.
      Explanation:

      Drop in blood pressure is detected by baroreceptors in the aorta and carotid arteries. The response causes release of hormones ADH and angiotensin to increase reabsoption of water and salts to increase blood volume.

      Hope this helps!

  23. QUESTION:
    What kind of blood infection causes HIGH blood pressure and Severe pain?
    My mom is in the hospital. Some of her symptoms include:
    -Kidney Failure
    -HIGH blood pressure
    -Severe Pain
    -Confusion
    -Shakiness

    I wouls really like it if someone could answer this question… Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      the one thing that comes to mind is sepsis, which is when an infection gets into the bloodstream. this can happen with pretty much any type of infection. i had this twice, from a kidney infection. all the same symptoms except my blood pressure plummeted to extremely low levels, but some people to get very high blood pressure from this.

  24. QUESTION:
    High blood pressure, high cholestrol, bad kidneys. What diet?
    So my dad has had high blood pressure for a while, he’s on medication for it but it’s not helping. He had some tests done and found out he also has high cholestrol and his kidneys are only just working. He’s having more tests done in 2 weeks to find out the cause but untill then we are kind of left in the dark. Just hoping someone could tell me what foods could help all three. I’ve read that for the kidneys you shouldn’t eat to much protein, eggs etc. but that these are good things for cholestrol. So alittle confused. I don’t want to hear about what the cause’s and any diseases he could have because we know about them. Just want to know what we can do with his diet to try and help in the mean time. Thanks very much.
    Thanks, he has been trying to do more exercise but he has a condition in his back where the sponges in between his disc’s are worn away so he has to do special exercise which is pretty limited. Also he’s on other medication (which isn’t causing the problem) and he can’t take aspirin.

    • ANSWER:
      If your dad has not been on a diet for LDL, HDL etc., I would reccommend
      very strongly he do this. Cholestrol is a major concern to clog arteries, reduce their diameter
      and cause blood pressure to increase and to also cause strokes and heart attacks.
      Strict diet and some natural supplements can lower bad cholestrol and raise the good.
      Esercise works also to raise the good cholestrol and increase vessel size. Niacin, garlic, fish oil, aspirin help. A new all natural product from Menage Innovations called Cardio Plus helps condition the blood for better flow and remove cholestrol, plus another called Fiber Plus helps take cholestrol out of your digestive system before it enters the blood stream. There are natural products to help with this problem because the meds for this damage your liver and kidneys and
      I feel this is a better and healthier way to go long term

  25. QUESTION:
    in the kidney, blood pressure forces aome water and solute particles from ablood vessel and into a kidney?
    tubule. what is this type of transport called?

    • ANSWER:
      active transport.

  26. QUESTION:
    Why would kidneys be leaking protien? White blood is 15,000, high blood pressure,whie blood count is 15,000.?
    Blood pressure has been uncontrolled for about 3 years and I have gout in both knees and ankles.

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    Why are the kidneys essential to regulate drastic changes in blood pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      All of your blood flows through the kidneys. Everything is filtered there. They help control sodium levels in the blood – which in essence controls fluid balance. Heck, the more urine your kidney’s put out, the lower the blood pressure.

      Then again, is the key word to your question “drastic” changes? I’ll have to mull on that one for a bit.

      Here, we’ll cheat a bit, here’s the Wiki answer, “Aldosterone stimulates an increase in the reabsorption of sodium ions from the kidney tubules which causes an increase in the volume of water that is reabsorbed from the tubule. This increase in water reabsorption increases the volume of blood which ultimately raises the blood pressure.”

      Again, it’s from the Renin-Angiotensin System article.

  28. QUESTION:
    What happens in the kidney to increase blood pressure as a result of dehydration?

    • ANSWER:
      -Baroreceptors send information back to hypothalamus (site of blood pressure integrator for set point comparison)
      -Hypothalamus signlasposterior pituitary to release ADH (antidiuretichormone)
      -ADH binds to receptors in the renal tubule and causes aquaporin channels to be inserted into collecting duct cells, leading to more water reabsorption, preventing further dehydration
      -Fall in blood pressure and rise in osmotic pressure also stimulates thirst

  29. QUESTION:
    high blood pressure and excessive amount of hormones. ?
    Hey guys. So i went to my high blood pressure specialist today to get everything checked out because of my condition and it was quite an odd experience. Last time i went to the doctor my blood pressure was 135/80 about.. not to high (by the way i was 15 and now 16.) anyways now my blood pressure is 180/75 and when very calm about 150/75. WHAT THE HELL! How can my blood pressure jump that high in just a year when before that my blood pressure was barely high? My doctor noticed the following.

    -i had a high amount of bicarbonate in my blood which if i heard him correctly means their is an excessive amount of hormones in my blood.
    -kidney size difference SHOULD ideally be about 1cm at most but mine is 3cm and the one that is bigger should be the one that is smaller..

    very weird finds i suppose could anyone shed some insight on this? Im not to sure if theirs maybe some conditions that can cause high blood pressure and are related to high hormone levels? (BICARBONATE)
    what is that?

    thankyou so much! I appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry about your distress over this, but certainly worrisome in a 16-year-old!

      I think there are some vital components that either you didn’t hear, understand, or were not discussed. A high level of bicarbonate in the blood would indicate that something in your system is increasing your acidity. Not to mention, bicarb levels are drawn from an artery, and not a vein — this is usually done in the wrist area, and can be quite painful.
      It would be hard to imagine someone doing an arterial blood gas on a 16 y.o. for a work-up on hypertension.

      I think that your doctor will likely want to check your kidneys for a condition called “Renal Artery Stenosis.” They may also want to check for abnormal levels of hormones being released in the blood that will commonly cause constriction of the vessels and a subsequent RISE in blood pressure (Pheochromocytoma).

      Best of luck, but try not to worry about this. Okay? ;)

  30. QUESTION:
    What mechanism in Kidney Disease CAUSES high blood pressure?
    I know that high BP can cause kidney disease, but going the other way, what is it about kidney disease that causes high BP?

    • ANSWER:
      The kidneys are very important in helping to control blood pressure. They sense how much blood is flowing through certain parts of the kidneys (the glomeruli) and how high the pressure is in those blood vessels. If the kidney thinks the pressure is not high enough, it releases a hormone called renin, which acts to raise blood pressure. In chronic kidney disease, the damage in the kidney often means that blood isn’t flowing through the glomeruli normally, so the kidney thinks your blood pressure must be low and releases renin to try and raise it. In the rest of the body the blood is flowing normally so the result overall is high blood pressure.

  31. QUESTION:
    how kidney maintain the blood pressure?
    what is the role of kidney in the regulation of blood pressure?
    thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      The endogenous regulation of arterial pressure is not completely understood. Currently, three mechanisms of regulating arterial pressure have been well-characterized:
      * Baroreceptor reflex: Baroreceptors detect changes in arterial pressure and send signals ultimately to the medulla of the brain stem, RVLM to be precise. The medulla, by way of the autonomic nervous system, adjusts the mean arterial pressure by altering both the force and speed of the heart’s contractions, as well as the total peripheral resistance. The most important arterial baroreceptors are located in the left and right carotid sinuses and in the aortic arch.[38]
      * Renin-angiotensin system (RAS): This system is generally known for its long-term adjustment of arterial pressure. This system allows the kidney to compensate for loss in blood volume or drops in arterial pressure by activating an endogenous vasoconstrictor known as angiotensin II.
      * Aldosterone release: This steroid hormone is released from the adrenal cortex in response to angiotensin II or high serum potassium levels. Aldosterone stimulates sodium retention and potassium excretion by the kidneys. Since sodium is the main ion that determines the amount of fluid in the blood vessels by osmosis, aldosterone will increase fluid retention, and indirectly, arterial pressure.
      Renal artery stenosis is a narrowing or blockage of the artery that supplies blood to the kidneys. When the arteries that carry blood to your kidneys become narrow, less blood flows to the kidneys. The kidneys mistakenly respond as if your blood pressure is low and give off hormones that tell the body to hold on to more salt and water. This causes your blood pressure to rise.

  32. QUESTION:
    high blood pressure question?
    im 15, i know its young, and ever since i was 10, the doctor had detected me with high blood pressure, the nurses at school had checked my blood pressure and my mom had checked it at home and it turns out to be normal….i got my blood,kidney,urine test and everything comes out negative!!!will know im seeing a cardiologist, and he said that im overweight!!!im 165, and 5’4, i do have heavy bone mass, but everybody is saying that the doctor is crazy and that im not even fat its just that i have big boobs(im a D)well anyways he says that i need to lose weight before the next appointment or else he is going to put me in blood pressure pills………………………

    i dont want to take that, im too young,the next appointment is next week!!!i need to know how to control my blood pressure while im in the doctor or cardiologist!!!

    anythings you recommend me to help me lower it there??because its only when im in the hospital, but they asume that i have something?!?!??!i feel all good though???oh and its very hard for me to lose more weight(i dont drin soda or chocolate) help???

    thanks=]

    • ANSWER:
      If the your testes came out negative, why you still need to take the High blood pressure pills anyway??
      That doctor sure is crazy!. You should go check up with another doctor and look at the result. If that result also come out negative, then don’t bother taking the pills. Ask your current doctor of why you need to take the pills if all of your tests came out negative.
      Lose weight can be very hard for some people. You should go exercise more and eat fruit.
      That’s all I have to say. I hope it helps. ;)

  33. QUESTION:
    high blood pressure, protein in kidney What!!?
    Went to the doctor for a ringing in my ear…doc said my blood pressure was 150/120..then did a urine test and said she found some protein in my kidneys…What!? Somebody help lol..im 21 years ol 5’10” 288lbs
    Of course..the ringing in the ear has nothen 2 do wit all of that lol..jus the old sayen, come in with a sore back leave with a disease

    • ANSWER:
      The converse can also be true of the person above, kidney disease (leaking protein) can cause hypertension, as the kidney has a large role in regulating blood pressure

      Either way again, this is a lot more serious than ringing in the ears, and needs to be sorted out

  34. QUESTION:
    How does a damaged kidney result in high blood pressure?

    The kidney was damaged in an accident. No one suspected that any serious injury had occurred until the patient developed high blood pressure. The doc said the HBP is caused by the kidney damage.

    • ANSWER:
      There are a lot of mechanisms by which a “damaged kidney” can lead to high blood pressure. If I understand you correctly, the high blood pressure is thought to be related to an injury to the kidney. This could lead to high blood pressure by scar tissue interfering with bloof supply to a part of, or an entire kidney. Its usually treatable with relatively simple medications.

  35. QUESTION:
    High blood pressure after a week of not smoking weed?
    My boyfriend a week ago today was hit by a car he is in the hospital but doing fine. Nothing major. Well he does have a clot in his brain and there whatching that. other then that nothing else.

    Well he has been having high blood pressure latley and its not his kidneys or anything else. I heard that getting off drugs could raise your blood pressure. But its not like he does crack or heroin. Could the stopping of a week of not smoking weed cause his high blood pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      Logically, weed mellows you out. Stress causes high blood pressure, and without that drug to mellow you out, even though you may not be stressed, your mental level is different that what its used to with drugs. It makes sense to me. Did you tell the people taking care of your boyfriend about his drug habit? Dont be afraid to, trust me, they hear it all the time and you won’t get in trouble!

  36. QUESTION:
    Blood Pressure Spikes?
    A family member of mine has been having some BP spikes. He does have High Blood Pressure, a Kidney Stone(which has been around for a few months. Tried lithotripsy a few times, didn’t work), and also a Pinched Nerve. His BP goes up maybe every other month or so. He will also wake up drenched in sweat. He has gone to four different doctors, none know whats going on. He has also tried researching about it. I thought about asking here if anyone knew whats happening. Is it because of the Pinched Nerve or perhaps the Kidney Stone?

    • ANSWER:
      The blood pressure spikes could be an indication that he’s in a lot of pain. If someone has chronic pain and it is not treated right away it can cause blood pressure levels to rise (something I have had happen to a friend of mine).

      However, the only way to know for sure is for him to see his regular doctor for further evaluation of the situation to see what they say.

  37. QUESTION:
    i need a doctor in st.Louis Missouri that specialize in blood pressure and kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Here’s a link to the Nephrology Dept. at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

      http://www.barnesjewish.org/groups/default.asp?NavID=564

  38. QUESTION:
    blood pressure and kidney failure.?
    suffer from hypertension have spiked the last week or so to 180/115 even as high as 185/129 i have major pressure pain in eyes went hospital was told just to make appointment to adjust meds still waiting to get seen gotta ring on day and hope there are spaces. today i have had very pain in stomach and bad loose bowel is this signs of kidney failure due to my high blood pressure or just a coincidence i am 27 married male.

    • ANSWER:
      Some people just have high BP. It doesn’t mean kidney failure, but if untreated, it can CAUSE kidney failure.

  39. QUESTION:
    extremely high blood pressure?
    Was just dismissed from hospital, was in there four days. My blood pressure was 237 /119 in emergency room. I had a heartattack in summer of 2007. Have been taking Diovan 320 (1 a day, and Metoporoil 100 mg (2 times a day.) plus plavix 75 and asprin..They took cat scan of my head,,luckly no stroke .EKG was good, blood test to check heart enzymes was normal , they took like 3 different ones over 24 hours. An ultra sound of kidneys showed renal arteries ok, thou said kidneys were smaller overall than normal.Creatinine level was slightly high. They did the 24 hour urine test, was called I believe Creatine clearance test. results not back yet,,Also a blood test that took five vials of blood whic had to be packed in ice and sent to a lab somewhere away from hospital, guess this was to check something about kidneys also.And next week Im scheduled to have an MRI of kidneys.Besides blood pressure medicine I was taking they now have added hydrochloroshizide 25 mg and clonidine 0.1 mg.. Why does it take so many bp medications to bring bp down?And now it sometimes bottoms out, they awoke me in hospital the first night because pressure dropped down to 88/45.. They stopped the clonidine, and bp went right back up.so they added the clonidine again..When they dismissed me from hospital pressure was 108/52..Even thou bp is low,, still getting really bad headaches. On orders from hospital just tells me if I become dizzy, tired weak or faint to alert my doctor.And to go to nearest hospital if I experience any chest pain/or discomfort, or weakness or numbness of legs, arms or face..Why do I need so much BP medication? And why would my kidneys be smaller than normal? Sorry for this being so long. And sorry if all this seems confusing, I’m just so stressed out by it all.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t know how old you are, but as far as the Creatinine being elevated, it could be a side effect from the Diovan All the medications were necessary to bring down your blood pressure which was really very very high. Yoiu seem to be in good hands medically, and you should stay in touch with your Doctor. He/She knows best what is going on with you. I am sure that you have been told to eliminate salt as much as you can from your diet. Try to joing a group that can teach you to relax. Stress will sometimes raise your blood pressure. I wish you well, and remember, “Doctor knows best”.

  40. QUESTION:
    What could be the reasons for frequent blood pressure fluctuations?
    What could be the reason for frequent blood pressure fluctuations and nose-bleeding? All tests (heart,kidneys etc) are normal. Is it in any way dangerous? Please advise. Any treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      Blood pressure is a measurement of the force applied to the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood through the body. The pressure is determined by the force and amount of blood pumped, and the size and flexibility of the arteries.
      Blood pressure is continually changing depending on activity, temperature, diet, emotional state, posture, physical state, and medication use.
      Epistaxis is nose bleeding. Bleeding can range from a trickle to a strong flow, and the consequences can range from a minor annoyance to life-threatening hemorrhage. Swallowed blood is a gastric irritant, so patients also may describe vomiting blood.

  41. QUESTION:
    how do kidneys response to a decrease in blood pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      a severe change/decrease in blood pressure (BP) would hypoperfuse the organs of the body. Hypoperfuse means there is decrease blood nutrients (blood inadequately supply organs with proper nutrients (oxygen).

      there would be decreased blood flow to the kidneys, thereby producing less urine. without blood supply, organs become ischemic and start to dysfunction. If it is prolonged, there would be permanent damage.

      High blood pressure could also damage our kidneys. it is always best to maintain an optimal blood pressure.

  42. QUESTION:
    kidney disease,low blood pressure and walked in to the hospital with an ammonia level of 60 now 200?
    my dad has a liver disease and low blood pressure, was taken to the hospital today because he can’t distinguish, recognize or acknowledge anyone. Nurse said he came in with an ammonia level of 60 and has risen to 200, they’ve given him some kind of medication but it doesn’t seem to be working so they have raised the medication and they’ll call back if any changes occur. My mind is racing and don’t know what to do. ( his in another city )

    • ANSWER:
      I am not a doctor and don’t want to diagnose him, but it sounds like he could be having what is called encephalopathy which is quite common with liver disease. It is caused by high ammonia levels when the liver cannot get rid of the ammonia due to poor function. I am assuming his liver disease might be cirrhosis.

      Everyone who has liver failure usually has ammonia problems and everyone has their own tolerance levels when the ammonia rises. Encephalopathy can cause minor problems such as fatigue and just feeling blah all the way to more serious problems such as confusion, behavior changes, memory loss, and sometimes even violent behavior and hallucinations. If left untreated, it can lead to coma if the levels become too high.

      Normally, Lactulose is the medication everyone uses to keep these levels low, but they don’t always work and the medicine often needs adjusting to the high and low levels that occur. There are a few other meds that can be used such as Xifaxan, but Lactulose or Enulose are the most common.

      The hospital will know how to bring the level down so that your dad will come back to his senses so to speak. Even though it will tell you that permanent brain damage can occur in some cases, I have known at least 100 people who have had problems with it and none of them had any brain damage. It’s a temporary condition that goes away once the ammonia levels are under control.

      This is a symptom of liver failure (cirrhosis) in the more advanced stages of the disease. Someone experiencing this is probably going to need a transplant or already does need a liver transplant. I hope this might be an option for your father because there is no cure for cirrhosis other than a transplant. I’m sorry your father is so sick.

      I had cirrhosis and my tolerance level was pretty high for high ammonia. Mine used to run about 100 all the time and the most it ever did to me was make me tired. Other people are not so lucky. You can have someone like me, and then someone else who goes to 100 might get totally confused and out of their mind so to speak. My transplant doctor used to tell me to pay attention to the symptoms I am experiencing rather than the numbers.

  43. QUESTION:
    Husband is in Kidney Failure , High Blood Pressure?
    What type of diet does he need to be on The Dash diet does not work for kidney failure. His blood pressure is at 169/124 know. That is low for him.

    • ANSWER:
      When the kidneys are not working well, wastes can build to high levels in the blood, causing symptoms such as swelling of the hands and feet, nausea and vomiting, fatigue and poor appetite.
      Complications may develop such as high blood pressure, anemia, weak bones, poor nutritional health, growth failure and nerve damage. Kidney disease also increases the chance of developing heart and blood vessel disease. These problems may happen slowly over a long period of time, often without symptoms. CKD may eventually lead to kidney failure and require dialysis or a kidney transplant to maintain life.
      Chronic renal failure is a slow, progressive decline of kidney function. It’s usually a result of a complication from another serious medical condition. Unlike acute renal failure, which happens quickly and suddenly, chronic failure happens gradually – over a period of years – as the kidneys slowly stop working. The progression is so slow that symptoms usually don’t appear until a major part of the damage is done.

      It’s entirely possible to live a full, healthy life with only one kidney – one fully functioning kidney can do the work of two – but it’s essential to watch for signs of any problems with the remaining kidney. When kidneys get to the point where they can’t function at all, kidney dialysis or a transplant is the only way to remove the body’s waste products.

      Take care as always

  44. QUESTION:
    Question about blood pressure and kidney damage?
    A few days ago I went to the hospital for food poisoning. I was dehydrated from fever and diarrhea and had a dull ache in the area of my left kidney. Upon being admitted they found that my blood pressure was extremely high and that I had the beginning of kidney failure.

    I had seen my own doctor two months before and he checked my BP. It was elevated, but in the normal range. I have no history of high blood pressure.

    Is it possible that there is something wrong with my kidney and it drove my blood pressure up or is it possible that the food poisoning made my blood pressure shoot up? The food poisoning seems to have passed, but the ache in the kidney area is still there.

    • ANSWER:
      On your labs, the “beginning of kidney failure,” was probably an elevated BUN / Creatinine.. which could have been a result of dehydration. These are elevated when your body doesn’t have enough free water in it, such as when you have a long bout of diarrhea / vomiting.

      You should get the labs re-checked.

      But having high blood pressure also can lead to kidney failure after a long time, so you should definitely get that controlled a little better, whether by diet/exercise, or medications.

      Finally, to make things more confusing.. kidney disease can also cause elevated blood pressure, such as in renal artery stenosis, or a number of glomerulonephropathies.

  45. QUESTION:
    <<<<<<<>>>>>>> healthy kidneys, blood test?
    If i have healthy liver, and good potassium and sodium levels, would that mean i have healthy kidneys? I had a blood test for a lot of things, but kidneys weren’t included. So do you think my kidneys are healthy? according to my blood test that came back good on potassium, sodium, liver. I also have good blood pressure, thyroid, i don’t have diabetes either

    I had an mri with contrast dye today, and I’m worried about it getting flushed out, i went pee like 5 times already

    My ribs been hurtin, well for a couple years, but its worse now. Its in my back where my kidney would be, it gets worse when i breath in

    • ANSWER:
      Did you get any tests saying S. Urea or S. Creatinine? This is a test for kidney function. IF that is normal you should be alright. There are alot of pieces to this puzzle that are missing. Pain when you breath in sounds more like a lung/ associated region. But the doctor is running test to check your kidneys? Interesting… there must be other complaints or something that the made the doc think something was up in that region… Sorry couldnt help too much but there are a bunch of questions left to ask…if i had some more info i could help u better

  46. QUESTION:
    the kidneys play a role in controlling blood pressure, what is it?

    • ANSWER:
      If blood vessels in the your kidneys are damaged, they may stop removing wastes and extra fluid from the body. The extra fluid raises the blood pressure even more.It’s a dangerous cycle.High blood pressure is 1 of the leading causes of kidney failure.

  47. QUESTION:
    BLOOD TEST Kidneys?
    What does it mean if your doctor asked to go back in again to check up with the abnormalities in your bloodtest regarding your Kidneys (possibly dry kidneys) or what not? Should I be worried, even though my blood pressure, cholesterol, are good? Why haven’t I experienced any of the symptoms of kidney disease, or are there more that I don’t know about?

    • ANSWER:
      when the Doctor wants to know if there is an abnormality in the function of your kidneys, he would usually request a blood test that includes your BUN (blood, urea and nitrogen) and creatinine levels..any deviation from the normal values or elevated reading, may mean that your kidneys are not functioning normally..
      where did i get that idea? well,i’m a nurse by profession..

  48. QUESTION:
    How does blood pressure change within seconds?
    Why does it spike instantaneously? Why does it drop quickly?

    There is already a lot of information published about how blood pressure is regulated over time, I’m more interested in how blood pressure changes instantaneously given the fact that most mechanisms would require some time to change (kidneys).

    My assumption is that muscles contract forcing more blood into the arteries. Is this correct.

    • ANSWER:
      In some people when adrenalin is released into the body, it can cause the blood pressure to drop so quickly they pass out.

      I’m not sure of the facts, it was on CSI t’other night.

      I would try a medical search engine of some type

  49. QUESTION:
    Role of aldosterone in increasing blood pressure?
    Aldosterone stimulates the re-absorption of sodium ions from the kidneys, which increases water retention. This acts to increase blood pressure.

    I don’t really understand that statement. Is sodium reabsorbed into the kidneys (and then released in urine) or is it reabsorbed back into the blood, and what does it mean by “water retention”? How does this result in increased blood pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      Aldosterone stimulates reabsorption of Na+ ion from the filtrate (i.e., the soon-to-be urine) in the distal convoluted tubules into the blood. That increases the concentration of Na+ in the blood, which consequently increases the osmolarity of the blood. The increased osmolarity attracts water from the filtrate to the blood; that is, water follows the sodium into the bloodstream. As a result, you retain water that you’d otherwise pee out. Arteries and arterioles are elastic, springy, so increased blood volume increases the blood pressure, just as the pressure in a water balloon increases as you add water.
      m

  50. QUESTION:
    blood pressure?
    i would really appreciate it if anyone could help us to solve a couple of health questions plz…..my husband has had a kidney infection for a couple of months,luckily that has gone now,with a couple of courses of antibiotics,but…now he has got a ringing noise in the back of his head,starting from the top of his head downwards,his blood pressure is 144 over 88,he has been put on tablets for his blood pressure,does anyone know if his blood pressure is too high?thanx for taking time to read this.

    • ANSWER:
      well depends if he has been diagnosed with hypertension… it’s not that uncommon. It really depends on the individual and his past medical history and lifestyle(family genes and past illness) His BP is high but depending how high his BP was before meds it could be a good step… really not enough info is provided. 120/80 is perfect BP… 120-139/80-89 is called prehypertension. 140+ is usually hypertension. About the ringing noise in the back of his head I have no idea what that is about, I have never heard of that sympton before.

      Good Luck!


Back Pressure In Kidneys

There are dozens of possible injuries, disorders, illnesses and conditions that cause back pain. Typically it results from spine or muscle issues. However, sometimes your pain is coming from a different source all together.

A problem with either or both of your kidneys can also cause severe back pain. It could be a kidney infection, kidney stone, or some other kidney disorder. Anyone who has ever had a kidney stone will tell you it’s some of the worst pain they’ve ever experienced.

How can you tell you’re dealing with a kidney problem and not nerve or muscle damage?

The location of your pain is one of your first and most reliable clues. The pain will present in the area above the hips but below the bottom of the rib cage. Unlike the pain that accompanies nerve damage, it is more likely to be felt closer to your sides – not so much near your spinal column.

Kidney pain is also often acute. In other words, it happens suddenly. You can go from “no pain” to “great discomfort” in a relatively short period of time.

Kidney stones often trigger back pain as they move down the urinary tract. Sometimes a kidney stone will become lodged in a ureter, which obstructs the flow of urine from a kidney to the bladder. This is likely to cause severe pain.

Kidney stone pain usually shows up first in the mid-to-lower back. A kidney stone may also cause pain in the abdominal area as well as the back. In some instances, men may feel pain in the testicles.

Pain from a kidney problem often comes on fast and strong. You seem fine – and then a few minutes later you’re dealing with a lot of discomfort.

Kidney stones are a typical cause of back pain, which occurs when they love out of the kidneys, into the ureters, and down toward the bladder. Kidney stones that become “stuck” in the ureters and obstruct the flow of urine to the bladder are likely to cause extreme discomfort.

Besides back pain, one common symptom of a kidney stone or kidney infection include darker-than-average urine.

A burning sensation is also typical, and you’re likely feel the need to urinate more often than usual.

Kidney stones and kidney infections will also usually cause a burning or stinging sensation during urination too.

Medical intervention isn’t always necessary when you have a kidney stone. Sometimes stones pass out of the body on their own during urination. This is more likely to occur if you drink a lot of water. Back pain and discomfort stops immediately.

Fortunately, while kidney stones can cause a great deal of pain, they’re not considered a threat to life.

A kidney infection, however, can lead to kidney failure. When kidney failure is left untreated, it is potentially fatal. This is extremely serious. Therefore, if you even suspect your back pain is coming from kidney stones or a kidney infection, it’s best to call a doctor right away.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    39 weeks pregnant Lots of pain and pressure. Back is killing me, kidney stones?
    I am 39 weeks pregnant when i went to the dr a week ago i had blood in my urine and some back pain he said i may have kidney stones but did not wanna do xray bc of radiation.. so now I am having tons of pain and pressure and it is much worse back pain than last week!! I don’t know if I am in labor or if its the Kidney stones?? At times it does feel like it is unbearable pain. I just don’t want to go to hospital and them send me home. I have dr appt in the morning. What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      Do you have access to a digital xray machine? The dose is very low and would not pose a risk to you or the fetus.

      If you are in pain, you need to go – they can help you even if it’s “just kidney stones”.

  2. QUESTION:
    Lower right side back pressure.?
    I have quite a list of symptoms. When i was about 7 I had purpura with my kidneys on the verge of failure before I got better. I am 30 and very active, I force myself to work out at least 3 times a week, I lift weights, run, and play basketball. Ok for my symptoms..
    I have had solid green stool 30% of the time, rest its soft green stool but not diarrhea. I have a constant pressure on the right side of my back, just under my ribs, its never a pain, just a pressure without anything physically visible. I am always thirsty, I urinate alot, but its normally not nearly as much as I drink it seems. When i lay down at night my hands and feet often itch for no apparent reason. I am almost always tired and I could sleep 15 hours + a day. I am not in the slightest depressed. I am hoping its not any sort of diabetes but considering my diet and activity I don’t see how it could be. If anyone has any answers or suggestions I thank you !

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  3. QUESTION:
    A friend gave birth 3 months ago. She is having pressure in her lower back and pressure in the rectal area.?
    she said the pressure feels like she has to push a bowel movement but it never comes. Also she was diagnosed with kidney stones. No one can figure out whats causing the pressure in her lower back and rectum. It all started after she gave birth three months ago. Any ideas?

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  4. QUESTION:
    46 year old woman,lower back pain with pressure?
    It is not possible for me to be pregnant,and for the last couple of weeks I’ve had lower back pain around the area of my kidneys with pressure aimed towards the abdomen.It seems to be worse in the morning and resembles the pressure and pain one would get from severe constipation.I’ve also had an unsual amount of indigestion,and a”full feeling”.I’ve never been prone to back pain of any kind,and everything else seems normal,even my period.This all started at the same time my period did,but didn’t go away when my period did.I am not constipated and although I’ve been urinating in small amounts only,there’s no blood or discoloration.This pain and pressure is very uncomfortable.Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a UTI urinary tract infectionm if left untreated the infection can go to your kidneys please go to ER asap good luck God bless you

  5. QUESTION:
    Should I be worried about my back/kidneys?
    Every other week or so, I feel a real strong pressure on my lower left back. It doesn’t hurt as badly if I am laying down or after I go to the bathroom, but driving my car is absolutely dreadful; it hurts to the point where I feel like I should just pull over for a few minutes.
    I haven’t contacted my doctor about this, my mother tells me it may just be muscle pain or the way I’m sleeping. But I don’t change my sleeping habits often so I’m afraid it maybe more serious.
    Also, once I go to bed for the night, when I wake up in the morning everything goes back to normal it seems.

    Should I be worried about this?

    • ANSWER:
      depending on hold old you are it can be growing pains.

      if it continues to bother you call the doctor who cares what your parents say. Because you know your body better than anyone.

  6. QUESTION:
    alernative treatment instead of partial prostate gland removal for bladder not emptying properly please?
    husband was told yesterday that his bladder isnt emptying properly so has been told he needs a partial prostate gland removal.yet his gland isnt that enlarged.he was also told he has back pressure on his kidneys.he doesnt want to have the op so has anyone been in this situation and found alternative treatment for this problem? any advice appreciated. one worried husband…..sue

    • ANSWER:
      Go see another urologist! I had the same problem and just take a daily pill which works wonders. I would not even tell the new urologist he has seen anyone else, just so he has a completely impartial opinion. Partial prostate removal is usually one of the last and most drastic measures.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can a UTI spread to other areas & cause pain?
    Ive been taking antibiodics for a UTI, but its been a week and now I have more symptoms:
    *pain on right side-lower back( kidney area)
    *hurts when I breath on right side in the middle area of my back(lungs)
    *pressure in my chest
    *headache
    ***and I ache all over-especially in my back & neck
    I thought it might be a kidney infection, but I dont have a fever so I don’t know whats wrong.. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve always found lots of answers on holistic wisdom’s website

      they do have an article about UTIs

      http://www.holisticwisdom.com/urinary-tract-infections-uti.htm

      They seem to have lots of information on anything from adult toys to sexual health to women’s health issues

      From reading the article, it sounds like it may be more kidney related, but I’d go to a doctor just to be sure

      Good luck and hope you feel better soon!

  8. QUESTION:
    pain in my back and kidneys i think I’m dying?
    when i run i have a sharp pian in my lower back near my kidneys,,,and when i dont apply pressure it hurts when i realseas

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a couple of things. You could have a sore or pulled muscle in that area or there could be something wrong with your kidneys. I definitely advise you to go see a doctor because kidneys are VERY important and you wouldn’t want anything to happen to one from an infection. Have you gotten hit in your kidneys? That is a big problem too. You should really go see your doctor and tell him what’s going on. He will probably take a urine sample and see if you have an infection.

      Good luck!

  9. QUESTION:
    Abdominal cramping, lower back/tailbone pressure?
    I am having abdominal cramping, very similar to menstrual cramps (currently mid-cycle), accompanied by a lot of pressure in my lower back, from hip to hip, as well as in my tailbone.
    I called a nurse advice line a couple of days ago when it started as left flank pain accompanied by very small amounts of spotting. She advised me to go to the ER. I have no health problems and never have. At the ER, doc suspected kidney stones. Blood work and CT scan came back normal, so he sent me home with pain meds (Norco) that are barely helping at all.
    Now the pain has moved from being localized on my left side (front and back) to being more generalized in my pelvic area, below my belly button, and my lower back and tailbone.
    I have never experienced anything like this. Anyone have any ideas what it could be?

    • ANSWER:
      It seems you may have a severe case of Mittelschmerz. If you never heard of mittelscherz, it is a word translated from German word for “middle pain”.

      Many sites have a “when to see the doctor”. You have, and you are a case like many with a problem nobody wants to solve. I hope you have a better outcome soon.

      Just do a search for the word mittleschmerz and you will find many helpful sites such as these:

      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/mittelschmerz

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mittelschmerz/DS00507/DSECTION=symptoms

  10. QUESTION:
    high blood pressure, urine problem, back pain, headache, neck pain?
    I am 28 yrs male. I am taking ramipril 5mg (1 in the morning per day) for my high blood pressure from 27 march. My doctor gave me ECG, blood test and urine (24 hr) test. So, far he has said my ecg and blood tests are all good. After my urine test he gave me an ultrasound of kidneys test.

    I have back pain, frequent urination and pain some times. I have a sharp pain in the right side under ribs. This pain does not exist all time.

    I have hand and leg swelling. I have headache and neck pain as well.
    I have hernia problem as well.

    I am very anxious about my health condition.

    Is there anyone can tell me about it?

    • ANSWER:
      As per the symptoms you have stated, the problem is your kidneys. One of my friend had the same symptoms. And his kidneys were diagnosed.*

  11. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what would cause pressure in the mid back on both sides right under the ribs?
    It feels like pressure… right around the kidney area I think. Right under the ribs, but above the waist. Usually on the right side , but sometimes both. It comes and goes and usually is worse when I am having lots of problems with allergies. I read something awhile back that said when you have asthma the pressure could be a symptom. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      That is exactly where the kidneys are. Best to see a doctor to get it checked. Other possible causes include heavy lifting, sitting posture, sports injury…

  12. QUESTION:
    Lower back and pelvic pain, ALOT of details?
    Lets keep simple…

    It is: A belt of lower back and pelvic pain.
    It started: Feb 2010
    It’s been going for: A year and a half
    I’ve seen: 6 different doctors.
    They all say: It’s a pulled muscle, or they don’t know what’s wrong.

    There’s been no trauma to my spine or pelvic area.
    I’ve done no heavy lifting.
    I’ve never been pregnant, though I am sexually active.
    My first and last pap smear was December 2009 .
    I took birth control from Jan 2010-June 2010, and haven’t taken it since.
    I’ve been taking advil, naproxen, tylenol and even oxycodine, no relief comes from any of them.

    Symptoms, lower back:
    Pressure, burning, stinging, tightness, short spasms and sudden sharp stabbing.

    Symptoms, pelvic:
    Pressure, crampy, sharp stabbing, bad vaginal swelling (At random, I can’t even fit a tampon without it hurting)

    The pain is worse with exercise, and movement in general.
    The pain is also worse with rest and stress.
    Sex doesn’t hurt, and there’s no pain, burning or itching with peeing.
    The only relief I get is when I am in a pool, the water just takes away all the pressure.
    If I take too deep of a breath, the tight pain travels up to my upper back, behind the ribs.

    I’ve been tested for:
    UTI
    Yeast infection
    Kidney stones
    Kidney failure
    Kidney infection
    Bladder infection
    Ovarian cysts

    I’ve had a pelvic exam, blood test, urine test, and an ultra sound.
    They all came back normal.
    I’m having a pap smear on the 16th because the last doctor I saw, refused to give me one.

    I feel like killing myself, rather than having to live another day with this pain.
    It’s ruining my body. I’ve gained 20 pounds because the pain is so bad I can’t exercise like I used to.
    It’s ruining my relationship with my fiancee.
    I snap at him and get cranky or annoyed very easily.
    It’s flat out ruining my life and I just can’t take it anymore.
    I can’t take the pain and the crying and the fighting and the stress of not knowing what’s wrong with me.
    It’s sending me into a pit of endless depression.
    I feel so alone and helpless.
    I need someone to help me.
    I need someone to understand the extent of pain I’ve been in for this long.
    I need someone to actually listen, to put all the symptoms together instead of looking at them one by one. Please help me.

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  13. QUESTION:
    Any ideas what this strange abdominal and back pain may be?
    A week ago I had a sharp pain in my lower right back. It’s about where my kidney is. I thought little of it, but the next couple days it happened periodically, then I felt what I can only describe as something inside there pushing outwards kind of pressure along with pain, but it was off and on.—

    Eventually this was accompainied by some lower right abdominal pains, occasional nausea, light headedness, disorientation, etc. The doctor say there was no blood in my urine, he thought it unlikely to be my gall bladder and very unlikely to be my appendix.—

    He put me on ranitidine (Zantac), and did blood tests to check for infection (they aren’t back yet). Today, 2 days later, the “pressure” is much worse, and the pain in my abdomen more steady, along with more frequent back (kidney area) pains.

    Urination is normal, bowel movements mostly normal, though a decrease in appetite. No fever. Just feels like I’m carrying a full water balloon between bottom rib and hip bone. Idea

    • ANSWER:
      It completely sounds like you are passing kidney stones. You don’t have to have blood in your urine for these calcium deposits to work their evil way out of you, your body may have already broken down a large stone that was not at first able to pass. It is excruciatingly painful to not pass kidney stones because you need to do lithotripsy first. See a competent urologist. I can’t believe your doc didn’t even mention kidney stones…Good luck, and God Bless.

  14. QUESTION:
    Im peeing a lot, Pain in my right lower back, right about where my kidney is, and pain/pressure in abdomen?
    I have been peeing a lot lately, every time i finish I still feel like I could pee and about 20 mins later ill pee again
    I also have been having pain in my right lower back where my kidney is I am thinking..that has been something that has been going on for a long time on and off
    and I have been pee tested for a uti and everything like that and got nothing…no UTI or anything like that and that was a couple months back
    and associated with the peeing ive been having a lot of lower abdominal pain twords the middle/left side..that kinda feels like pressure too more than it feels like pain but it does hurt…and
    I read something about it being a possible pregnancy….which worried me a little bit because of the way i’ve been eating lately (could also be stress)
    and ive had more discharge than usual lately…but ive had my period twice since the last time i had sex so….i dont really know what to think
    any ideas?

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  15. QUESTION:
    What is this Severe Burning/Pressure Lower Back Pain That Worsens When Sititng or Lying Down?
    I am a 24/F who has been having kidney area pains for the last week. Today I woke up (while lying straight) in immense burning/pressurized pain in my lower back (localized to just my spine, not the area around it!). I sat up and it hurt worse. So, I walked to the couch (and it still hurt but def not as bad) and sat down—oh, the pain came back! Then I decided to lay flat again and the pain worsened! What is going on? I have never heard of pain getting worse when you lie down. This is absurd! Can anyone help me, please? (Also, pain when bending forward to reach for an object). It’s obviously someting to do with my spine. :(
    Thank you all for your answers. They are helpful and gave me something to ponder… As for the kidney stones, I really thought I had those a week ago. I heard that you do not feel them while IN your kidney, but while they are passing out the tube (urethra? sp?) that connects your bladder and kidney, you can really feel the pain. Today, the pain is in the dip of my back in the center, not the outer areas. It feels like the bone is burning, so I think this is somewhat different. I think it is the spine. I am going to call the doctor and probably get an exray to see what could be going on in there. I was curious to see if anyone had had similar problems or knew what could be going on. I’m not ruling out kidney stones… or lower spinal problems. I did google the symptoms and it came up with malignant spine tumor (AHH…), but that just gives me more reason to go to the doctor and take the pain seriously! THank you, again!

    • ANSWER:
      I would consult a physician it could be just about anything . There is obviously something wrong and you just can’t get a proper diagnosis here .

  16. QUESTION:
    Whats wrong with me?! Back, Kidney, Colon.. gah!?
    I went to the Dr. a few weeks ago after sitting at the race all weekend and it caused my back to be very painful. I ended up having to go to the Dr. and they said I was having back spasms. In the x-rays though the Dr. talked more about how full my colon was. I didn’t want to talk about it then, but I do not have bowl movements but maybe 1-2 times a week and my fiancee says thats odd. Ha ha. Well I am having enternal pain along with my back muscles still hurting. I am not sure if I have a kidney infection, though no burning urine, or if maybe it is pressure from my colon?!? Just my back. I just hurt all around my core to the touch externally, and internally my stomach has been odd. I am hungry to much, my stomach has killer cramps when I am a bit hungry. And my back is killing me, even while on antiinflammitories and muscle relaxers.

    • ANSWER:
      You should have bowel movements once a day. You could have a sensitive bowel. Go back to your doctor and talk about it. You can help your bowel move along by adding more fiber to your diet, exercise, and drinking plenty of fluids (water!). It could be caused by stress or poor diet.

      But I’m no doctor, definitely have that checked out!

  17. QUESTION:
    Having to pee A LOT!!!!!! Is this normal? SOMEBODY PLEASE ANSWER!?
    Ohkay soo I have to pee a lot. Like a lot more than I’ve ever had to in my life! I was thinking that I probably have a kidney infection or UTI but the wierd thing is that it doesn’t hurt or burn whatsoever whenever I pee. And my pees clear and doesn’t smell. Like this is getting ridicilous to the point where I can pee up to 4 times within the hour before I go to sleep. And if I even so happen wake up just to take a SIP of water I’m woken up within an hour having to pee again! And another thing is that it seems like it really only bothers me if I’m in a certain position. Like usually if I get up to walk I’ll have to pee. And if I lay on my right side I feel the urge to pee a lot more rather than if I lay on my back or left side?? Idk I just know that I feel like I’m dehydrating myself now because if how much I have to pee. And if I don’t pee I start to feel A TON of pressure in my pelvic area. Like not necessarily an urge to pee, but A TON OF PRESSURE! It’s more uncomfortable than anything. Is this normal?? Does this usually happen with UTI’s or kidney infections? I have other symptoms of a UTI or kidney infection. Like pressure in my abdomen, dull aches in my lower back, pressure and pains in my pelvic area and sometimes I can feel my kidneys hurt. And another thing sometimes AFTER I pee or make a bowel movement I feel a great deal of pressure in my pelvic area.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be anything from a Urinary Tract Infection or a kidney infection. I just recommend seeing a urologist or your doctor.
      Good luck and I hope you get better soon!

  18. QUESTION:
    Lower back pain or Kidneys?
    Healthy 23 year old male here. Seems like I have lower back pain. its only on the right side really where “love handles” would be but more on the side to the back and its not a sharp pain it just feels pressure like strained or something, and a little pain below the arch in my back. Was out friday night dancing for hours. I drank quite a bit but I do not drink frequently. Cant remember lifiting anything heavy but It feels tight when i bend over to the left side. Does this sound like I strained my back dancing and stuff or more in the kidney or am I just overreacting lol. I am a bit of a hypochondriac.
    No I had one caffeine free diet coke about 4 days ago and that was the first time I had had a soda in Months. I maybe drink 10 sodas in a Year. I drink Water, Green Tea, Sweet Tea, Gatorade and Powerade
    I was looking at a picture on google and it is RIGHT where the Lattisimus Dori muscles are. Its not a big pain its more like a pull or a dull sensation with tightness.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s probably not your kidneys, those are not in the lower back. You may have lumbar stenosis (which is common and not life threatening) or maybe you just pulled something. Stretch your back by lying flat on the floor and slowly bring your knees to your chest, or as close you can get without it hurting, hold your knees for a count of 10-15 then slowly put your legs down straight. Do this a couple times a day when you’re feeling pain. If you do any heavy lifting, use your knees, not your back.

  19. QUESTION:
    Lower Back Pain. Strain? Kidneys? Help?
    It is not a throbbing pain it only hurts when I twist my body or try to get out of bed or move positions in bed. I would say its about a 5 on a 1to10 scale. Now I do have a bad mattress and for the past few months i have had this lower back pain on both sides every once and a while. This one is on the right side and it feel like its in the area of my last rib and its also goes toward the spine. Im one of those people that when something feels wrong I go to WebMD and I read all these things and wonder maybe I have this or that, then I get scared. I did the symptom checker and now I scared I have kidney infection or acute renal failure. I can urinate good and i have no pain. Though it does mention damage from medication. I was diagnosed with High Blood Pressure and have been on a low dose 12 mg pill since Sept2010. Also a month ago I did have this dry pain in my penis when I had and erection. Maybe it was a UTI that has traveled to my kidneys? But I can urinate good. This is embarrassing but I think that pain in my penis was caused by frequent masturbation. Anyway I see the Doctor Friday but the waiting is killing me. What can it be?

    Also sitting up in bed helps. When I lay flat it feels like the pain is worse.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like its a back issue. I completely understand having a hard time telling the difference between kidney pain and back pain. I am often in the same boat and struggle with both.

      The reason I say back pain vs kidney pain is because you say movement can make it better/worse, this is a symptom of back pain.

  20. QUESTION:
    Is there a difference between cysts on the kidneys and in the kidneys?
    My mom has two on her kidneys and the doctor said that it could cause her back pain and high blood pressure. Im trying to find out if its the cause for some of her other problems. Is there a difference? Also, are there some other symptoms of cysts on the kidneys?

    • ANSWER:
      Most kidney cysts are asymptomatic. I have one, and it’s recently begun to cause me lower back pain on the same side. My blood pressure became high 5 months after the cyst was discovered. So far the cyst has not been treated. Here’s a link with some information:

      http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/cysts/

      Cysts in the kidney is a very different matter and can be caused by polycystic disease. That’s a dangerous disease. You can google that for more information.

  21. QUESTION:
    Kidney stone entered bladder after three days since initial pain, okay to urinate it out?
    I’m trying to avoid a doctor visit and just suck it up. But considering I don’t know the size of the stone, I’m curious if its dangerous to try and pass it through my urethra.

    Semi-severe pain three days ago (Sunday morning), but lasted 20 mins. Monday morning was less pain that lasted about 15 minutes, but later that afternoon it hurt for a few hours due to me laying down rolling around on my back, not able to get comfortable. After slouching in my chair (pressure off my back/kidney) for 20 mins it went away. Tuesday was very mild. A few 5-min chair breaks took care of discomfort. Wednesday morning I can feel the stone low in my pelvis, pain and discomfort (not as bad as Monday). Sitting in chair didnt work, pain was more from the stone and not my kidney. About two hours of this and the pain fades causing me to urinate. Stone passed into my bladder, urine behind it went into my bladder and urethra.

    Seeing as its only been three days and no blood, should I try and urinate it out?

    • ANSWER:
      some kidney stones can be flushed out of the system when urinating but sometimes, the stone gets lodged into the urethra causing further damage to your urinary system..

      you can try straining your urine to check if you’re flushing it out but let me tell you that a visit to your nephrologist is what you really need, if the stone is too to flush out big–surgery is needed but if it’s still small, i think they will recommend you to drink (im not really sure if it’s cranberry or apple juice) something that can dissolve it and flush it out of ur system..

      drink lots of water and avoid salty food!
      take care of ur kidneys!

  22. QUESTION:
    Side/Back hurts when urinating?
    I started to notice this yesterday but whenever I go to the bathroom, I get a severe pressure type pain on my right side and in my back. The pressure is actually worse in the back. It only hurts when I urinate though and for like 5 minutes after wards. Im worried about kidney problems only because I suffer from chronic pancreas problems and for the past few months I though it was safer to take large amounts of tylenol instead of using narcotic pain medicine. I had a blood test last week that showed that I have actually been overdosing my body on tylenol without even realizing it. Could this effect the kidneys or could it simply just be a kidney infection? My urine is normal color though. Any idea what could be causing this horrible pain? If it helps Im 22 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like a kidney infection, you should get cheked out.

  23. QUESTION:
    I’m having sharp pains in my left side & lower back. Also very intense pressure on my uterus…?
    What could be wrong? Is it the sign of a kidney stone or a real intense start of a mentrual cycle? Or something else? Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      It does sound like a kidney stone, but I’m not a doctor. I recommend getting to the doctor or ER while you’re still functional.

      If it is a kidney stone, it may be accompanied by nausea and fever and it can be hard to get around when you feel like that. Plus, the ER will have morphine (ahhhhhhh!)

      For me it started with what felt like a twingy ovary on my right side, then turned into pain in my back – felt like a pulled muscle or perhaps that creature from Alien trying to get out…..

      EDIT: Don’t be afraid. If this is a stone, you’re not going to die, and you probably won’t require surgery. Again, I’m not a doctor, but that second person sounded a bit alarmist and you shouldn’t get freaked out.

  24. QUESTION:
    I have low back pain and I have high blood pressure & Diabeties I haven’t felt good for several days?
    I have swollen hands & feet. Yellow in the whites of my eyes. My urine is dark. Could this be my Kidneys?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds more like a bladder infection to me but I’m not a doctor.
      The Diabetes & HBP both or by themselfs, will make you feel rotten, until you get the blood pressure down or BS down. Call your doctor it may be as simple as taking an extra pill BUT what one, is for the doctor to decide not you.
      I went thru this a few weeks ago with the heat wave thru California.
      The dark urine tells you, you are not drink enough clear liquids, as a diabetic you need to stay away from the black sodas anyway. Yellowing of the eyes is mostly from the liver, it is having to work over time from something you are eating or not getting in your diet.
      See your doctor when all these syptomes are present so they can make a correct Dx.

  25. QUESTION:
    Would a regular urine collection at your physicians office show any signs of pelvic inflammatory disease?
    My blood work was fine just a slight lower kidney function, also my urine was checked for a UTI and was fine. But I have a lot of pain in my lower back and pressure in my pelvis.I have some other symptoms as well that are associated with PID.

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  26. QUESTION:
    i have had extreme pain in mainly the lower region of my back and neck?
    lower back region by my kidneys both sides, it feels a load of pressure is pushing on my spine but the pain feels so bad,my bones are making crunching noises around my shoulder blades and lower back region.Then when i stretch back my lower back feels alittle better,but is painfull.I am getting little dizzy spells, but when doing this it relieves the pressure. I know that when doing it cannot be helping the matter.but worrying it feels getting worse an iam having to click my back to release that pressure and i am forever hearing my bones crunch what could be my problem? thankyou

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  27. QUESTION:
    My blood pressure has consistently been in the 160′s over low 100′s?
    I see a doc. at childrens (reneolgy and urology), but it’s not for about 5 months. What do u think i should do, is this too long to wait? (I’m a 17 yr. old girl, and also have kidney problems-reflux back to kidneys)
    I went to the er once b/c my bp was about 110′s over 124.
    …About 6 months ago

    • ANSWER:
      You need to call the office and tell them about your high BP and try to get an earlier appointment. If not go to your family Dr. or go into emergency as that BP is dangerously high

  28. QUESTION:
    Lower back pain should I be concern?
    2 weeks ago my boyfriend and I were cuddling on his couch. Out of the blue he picked me up and my back hit is stomach area. I remember feeling a slight pain in the left side of my lower back where my kidneys are but I didn’t think much of it. All we did was cuddle on the couch. I thought maybe if I took it easy for a few days it would get better. Since then whenever there is pressure on my lower back I’m feeling pain, both sides. The other day we were at my friend’s house watching a movie and I got a hit of pain on my right side when we got a little closer. Should I be concerned? My job is giving me new insurance when the New Year starts so I want to wait until I get my new insurance so my medical records don’t get all mixed up.
    I will be seeing a doctor after I get my new insurance.

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  29. QUESTION:
    My back/kidney hurts?
    Hello,

    My back hurts right where my kidney is, what can this be? My mom has a kidney disease, but this is only present if both of your parents have the trait, and my dad doesn’t. It hurts bad, like a pressure pain at the same time as it feels like someone is stabbing me in my back. It’s making me feel as I can’t breath at the same time as moving. I can’t ask her anything because every time I have something wrong she calls me a hypochondriac if it has anything to do with the kind of pains she has, but I can almost guarantee it’s my kidney or something right at that spot. What could this be? And more importantly, how can I make the pain stop. This is one of the worst pains I’ve felt in my life.

    Please help,

    Ryan

    P.S. I know I didn’t sleep on it wrong, because I took a nap at 7PM last night, woke up at 1:00AM, and went back to sleep at 7AM; the pains started at 5AM, 4 hours after I woke up.
    Also it feels a little bit better when I put pressure on it.
    It hurts where the top of my fist is from my hip bone. And the pain wont go away at all, unless I put some pressure on it then it just dies down then immediately comes back. I’ve tried taking a nap and woke up with the same pain. I’ve taken 2 tylonol 500mg tablets and they didn’t help at all. And I don’t see blood when I pee. Thanks for helping guys, hope I got everything.

    • ANSWER:
      First: have you taken anything for the pain at all? If you can, take Ibuprofen 800 mg with food every six hours with Tylenol Extra Strength 1000 mg in between if the ibuprofen does not quite do it. They are different medications and therefore are able to be taken in this manner.
      If the pain is colicky in nature (comes in waves), sharp, and stabbing it could be a kidney stone or pyelonephritis (kidney infection).
      Usually, pressing on it does not relieve the pain of either of these problems so I do have to wonder if it is musculoskeletal.
      Where exactly does it hurt? The kidneys are situated in the small of the back about a fist size or so above the top of the hip bones.
      Are you seeing any blood when urinating?
      In the case that it is either a stone or an infection, pushing fluids (particularly water) is the best thing.
      If the pain recurs, you should call your family doctor or see a urologist or, with pain that cannot be controlled, go to the ER

  30. QUESTION:
    I fell on my back and my left back hurts, i believe it is internal?
    I fell directly on my back from about 6 feet up onto my back last thursday night. It is not wednesday and i still have considerable pain in my left back. I feel like it is internal and that perhaps i have a bruised organ, maybe my kidney. The pain is constantly there next to my left hip, but not the bone, and my back is very sensitive to pressure up to the half way point. What could be any reason for this and is medical attention recommended?

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    Can backed up bowels cause pain around the kidneys?
    I had a little bit of trouble making my last few bowel movements, I have had more has than normal. I have discomfort/pressure in the middle to lower part of back. Just today I have just started feeling a little bit nauseous. I also suffer from extreme anxiety.

    My symptoms:

    - discomfort/pressure/minor pain in middle to lower part of back

    - naseus

    - very gassy

    - head ache

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    I have a swollen kidney from being 33 weeks pregnant help!?
    I could get something called a stent put in to relieve the pressure of my kidney but the thing is I was told it would just have to be removed after the baby is born. And that is in like just a few weeks from now. I don’t have a fever or anything serious just back pain and pressure. I am also curious as to the labor. Like can I deliver alright with a swollen kidney? I don’t see why not but I am not sure. In the end I just don’t want to waste my time getting some type of surgery done when in a couple of weeks all of this will be over. I also was told that a stent could make you go into contractions and I don’t want my baby to come any earlier than he has to for his own safety. Please I need helpful advice. Thank you for listening.

    • ANSWER:
      my advise is to wait. PLEASE!!! I am now 38 weeks and will deliver on friday due to my Hydronephrosis. I had a stent put in at at 33 weeks and even though it was a simple surgery it was the worst pain i had ever felt in my life and that includes c-section and apendix. I was warned that there was a posibility that it could put me into labor and sure enough they had to race me out of recovery to stop my contractions. And 2 days later i went into labor again. After almost 2 weeks with the stent in I had it removed. The pain went away imediatly and so did the blood in my urine!! Yes, after the stent was in I had bloody urine for 2 weeks!! All the doctors i have seen have told me stents in pregnant women dont have the best reputation. Good Luck.

  33. QUESTION:
    Sharp pain in lower back, stomach cramping, kidney stones?
    For the past week I’ve been having trouble using the bathroom. And today I started getting these sharp pains in my lower right side of my back and through my hip area, and I’m getting this weird feeling where my uterus is, like almost what a bladder infection would feel like, but only worse. And when I go to use the bathroom I get all this pressure and it hurts real bad. Does this sound like kidney stones, or something else?

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    Back-maybe kidney pain?
    I have been having these pains in the lower right side of my back (right above my belt) and I think it comes more when I drink a lot of soft drinks. But they usually go away after about ten minutes. Today its been going on for hours just off and on. It’s not a real bad pain just kind of irritating. And when the pain comes, it seems like it comes in waves. I don’t drink much water and have high blood pressure. My guess is possible kidney stone. How can I dissolve it without passing it if it is one? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Whether you can pass it or not depends on where it is located and its size and shape. It does sound like a kidney stone, but the only way to know for sure is to get a CT scan.

      They used to recommend drinking lots of water but they have kind of backed off that now.

  35. QUESTION:
    How much time does my grama have left?
    My grandma is in the hospital right now. She has a fever of 106. Her blood pressure is at 130/ 26. One of her lungs has collapsed and her oxygen is at 88%. She had congestive heart failure on sat and they brought her back. her kidneys have given out as well.

    • ANSWER:
      i hate to tell you this but since her kidneys have shut down, it does not seem like there is too much time left. i went through the exact same thing with my grandma. mine was ready to go thought. i hope everything will be ok.
      Summer

  36. QUESTION:
    Does Creatine kill the Kidneys? Am I a victim?
    Basically its like this:

    - I’m 5’10 175-180 lbs
    - Been taking one scoop of High Performance Creatine Powder – Precision Engineered® mixed w/ 8-10 oz of water.
    - Work out 3 to 4 times a week for 1hr – 1 1/2
    - Only drink creatine before workouts. Sometimes I’d drink it and something would come up so i didnt burn it off that day.
    - Muscles got well rounded, lost body fat, got TONS of complements on my build. But then…….

    - 4 months ago got severe headaches, mostly right on crown and world was spinning.
    - Urine stream got weak if i held it a while (stream normal when I didn’t have to hold that long)
    - A week ago, severe chest pains shooting numbness down my left arm. Emer Room tested, my heart strong, blood pressure fine down the middle. Said I pulled a pec muscle. Creatinine (waste of creatine) high however. 1.9 , norm is .8 to 1.4 or so.
    - Now, my calf muscles are really week, feet feel flushed, burning sensation in back where kidneys are.

    Need a retest. Am I screwed

    • ANSWER:
      Hey man, creatine wont have that big of an effect on your body. Unless you are allergic to it, which I doubt you are. Just get off it for a week, and then go back to it. If you feel better, and then when you take it again feel worse, than your body might not like it so don’t do it. There is plenty of stuff better than creatine for you now adays anyways. Plus, your body can only take about 3-5 grams of it a day, so when you have to much, you just pee it out. And science has yet to figure out if creatine damages anything. So likei said, break from it for a little, then get back and see. You should be fine. And don’t work out so hard if you pulled a pec muscle. If you take anything, take protein. NO Xplode is good too, you may like the energy and pumps from that. Good Luck and try not to worry about your creatine situation. Week off, then try again. Later

      -Dave

  37. QUESTION:
    In need of advice for bad back pain lasting over 2 weeks!?
    Wednesday February 9th late at night I started to feel bad back pain. I went to bed thinking it was just back pain nothing else.

    * I had not done anything to my back.
    * I had not lifted anything to heavy.
    * I had not fallen at all
    * I had not been hit at all

    Thursday February 10th I woke up early morning in alot of back pain. So much back pain that:

    1.) I couldnt put any pressure on my back (meaning i couldnt put my back against anything)

    2.) I could not stand up straight at all (I am so bent over and cannot stand straight at all I look like a question mark or the hunch back)

    3.) The pain is horrible 10 or higher! Its from my butt to my neck. Most of the pain is lower back!

    4.) I was getting sick from the pain (sick as in throwing up, when I move or even when laying still)

    5.) The only thing I could keep down was toast.

    6.) Nothing can touch my back a tiny bit of pressure makes the pain worse!

    7.) I can hardly walk due to the pain in my back and the fact im bent so much

    8.) I cannot do anything on my own do to all the pain and being bent so far.

    I started calling my doctors about help due to everything heres the info that they have said and tests they ran and test results:

    1.) Hospital ran a pee test saying my symptoms seemed like kidney stones.
    —Answer came back I do not have kidney stone, but I do have small amounts of blood in my urine (not on period)

    2.) Hosptial ran a xray to make sure of kidney stones
    — Answer xray came out negative for kidney stones
    —- Released from hospital with medication for a possible infection.

    3.) Seen my normal doctor she ran a pee test, and checked me out.
    —Answer Pee test came out with just small amounts of blood in my urine.
    — Answer checking me out she said she thought I had some type of infection taking over my body so she gave me pain medications to cure my infection.
    **** Pain medication did not help > actually made me really sick.

    4.) Seen a sports care doctor (aka back doctor) They said they could tell I was not in good shape and said it was probably just a musle spasum. But said it was obvious I am not well. They did a xray of my spine.
    —- Answer, xray showed my l4 & l5 lumbar are fused together
    **** Doctor said maybe that is why I’m in so much pain, they gave me pain medication and set me up for an mri to see if my nerves in my l4 & l5 lumbar are damanged or not.

    5.) Pain medication did not help actually made me more sick

    6.) February 22nd had my mri done.

    7.) February 24th the doctor called and said my mri showed that my nerves are not damaged. But that my disk below my L5 is bulging.
    **** They said that would be causing a little bit of the pain but not all the pain im in.
    ***** THey said they dont know what else is wrong and advised me to see a pain managment doctor.

    8.) The doctor gave me pain medication and pain patches to wear but that is all they offered. They said when my pain goes to a 5 and im able to walk more and stand up more then ill have to go through physical therapy > but no idea when that will be.

    With all that is said above,
    1.) I’m still in alot of back pain
    2.) I’m still unable to stand up (still bent downward!)
    3.) I’m still getting sick off and on.
    4.) Pain meds are not helping at all.
    5.) Still unable to have anything touch my back as it adds more pain!
    6.) Unable to do anything!

    I’m looking for any advice, or ideas to try or even to look into! Anything would be appreciated! I’v delt with this for far to long, and cannot do anything at all! I’d like to have my life back. I’d like to find an answer or a different option to fix the pain issue so i’m able to stand up and have no pain or at least less pain! Right now doctors I’m personally seeing have thrown their hands up in the air and said they dont know and can no longer help. If you could please offer any kind of advice on what I should do or another type of doctor to look into seeing or even tell me something you think it could be so I can look up information on it or anything else I’d honestly with all my heart appreciate it! This has taken over my body, and has taken over my life. I no longer can live a normal life. I’d like to get back to normal and be able to do things again! Please…

    Please! And thank you to those who offer any kind of advice or ideas or exc. Myself, and my family are trying so hard but were running out of ideas so I thought id try to get others help at this point. Ill do anything for answers. And maybe you can think of something we havnt or even my doctors havnt!

    Thanks again!

    • ANSWER:
      kidney problems from diabetes? Avoid sugar. get a glucose meter and check your blood sugar on your arm. 80-120 is normal.

  38. QUESTION:
    Can a blood test figure out if theirs something wrong with my gallbladder or kidneys?
    I have been feeling really tired lately for the past couple of days, I’ve also had this pain/pressure in the middle of my back (around my kidneys). I am sometimes nauseas but it doesn’t last for long. Im very gassy. I also have a weird bitter taste in my mouth. I went to the doctor yesterday and he took a urine sample, it came back compltely normal. He has sent me for a blood test. I also have really bad anxiety. So i automatically think theres something really wrong with me. I’m 15 and male

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  39. QUESTION:
    Two periods in one month?
    My cycles are somewhat irregular, usually ranging between 26-31 days, but more often than not, around 27-29 days. Only, this month, I am having a second period?! I just had one starting on the 14th. Lasted 5 days as usual, cramps, mood swings and all. Now, I just started bleeding again today. I was wondering if this would happen because I noticed the usual changes I have before my period (increase discharge, moody). Now that I started bleeding, I’m having cramps/ pressure…mostly back pain, and lots of pressure “down there” and in my bum…??

    History:
    I had a similar episode with the pressure not long ago, maybe 3-4 weeks ago. I had pain in my left abdomen (front and back, not so much on the side) and tons of pressure and some crampiness/back pressure/pain. Was told to go to the e-room, so I did. Tested for kidney stones and found nothing on CT scan or in blood work and was given IV. Followed up with my doc and she said bladder infection. Took antibiotics and later came down with staph infection on skin. Now I’m on my second week of strong antibiotics (ones used for MRSA) and skin is pretty much healed up.
    A couple of days ago, my chest broke out overnight and looked like heat rash (folliculitis) which has since cleared up. Now, this…I feel like a crazy person! I don’t wanna go BACK to the doctor yet again…I feel like a hypochondriac, but I’m not imagining any of this. Could it just be stress with everything else going on with my body? My daughter started pre-k and is being defiant, and my husband is on his first deployment since joining the Army. So, def PLENTY of stressors.

    Does this sound like the symptoms could possibly all be related? Is it cause for concern? Or likely just my body’s way of reacting to all of this stress?

    • ANSWER:
      unfortunately, you can have two periods in one month. it’s normal. you can be the most regular woman in the world and suddenly get two in a month. happens to all of us. i know it sucks but it’s normal. you have a lot of stress, which would actually delay a period. your symptoms are unrelated

  40. QUESTION:
    What can cause Pressure in Head and Miscellaneous Symptoms?
    Alright from the top: About a month ago I went into the ER because I had performed a self-examination and felt that one of the sides of my scrotum felt larger to me than the other and was therefore afraid that I had cancer. As a side note this intensified after I had worked out extra hard for the first time in about 6 months. They had diagnosed me with a Varicocele and had also noted what they called a benign cyst on the right side after performing an Ultrasound. Therefore, I was much relieved as I got a report of no cancer and my blood work came back normal along with the other normal tests (i.e. kidney, thyroid, liver, pancreas).

    However, since that time I have experienced the following symptoms both on an occasional and constant basis:

    Occasional

    Jabbing pain in armpit
    Pressure in Back of Head
    Pain in Shoulder Blade
    Pain in side
    Dull feeling in Groin
    Pelvic Pain
    Sweating at palms

    Constant

    Fatigue in legs
    No strong desire to eat – do so because I should
    Feel hot but no fever – actually temperature lower than 98.6 (i.e. 97.6)

    It just seems a little weird to me that all of these started. I was actually running on the treadmill about a week ago and I had to get off because the pressure in the back of my head had built up so much it felt like it was going to explode. My headaches are always in the back of my head now and they do not throb, they are just like a dull sensation. I have went to 5 doctors and they are telling me that I am fine and it is related to anxiety. However, I have not been sick in like 5 years and I know how to separate the mental from the physical. None of them have ordered a CT/MRI and therefore they are going off of the blood work and the ultrasound. However, I am still concerned and it is driving me crazy. Please provide me some guidance!

    • ANSWER:
      Your symptoms don’t fit into a category and that is the problem with doctors. Though it doesn’t mean you are not suffering. But if the ultrasound abdomen & pelvis, blood tests etc are normal, you shouldn’t stress over it. Eat healthy and go for daily exercises to keep fit. You may suggest your doc to get CT done on brain, just to rule out things. Have a second opinion.
      Good luck!

  41. QUESTION:
    Mild right lower back pain, day 32 no period, tubes tied, last week had pressure when I pee, What’s wrong?
    Ok, last week all the sudden I felt a pressure in my vagina, almost felt like something was hanging down inside. It did not hurt, it was just weird. As the night went on, The pressure bothered me and I felt as if I had to urinate, I’d sit on the toliet, but the pressure was there but I wasnt peeing, or much at all- This continued through the next day, and then bad lower right side back pain started. I never had pain or burning when I went pee. Just a pressure for 1 day- I had no fever- I went to the drugstore and found a AZO kit and took it- It came back positive(UTI test)-so, I drank lots of cranberry juice and water- The pain in my lower back was still there. I started to take an antibiotic(Cephalexin)(some left overs from a friend-yeah, I know bad!!! But, our health Ins. ran out and I don’t have any til Sept-due to my husbands new job)anyhow , the back pain is still mild and there- I am done with what antibiotic I had, I am on day 32 with no period yet- Which I can go 28 to 36 days normally- I had my tubes tied 5 years ago durning my C-section. I question if I could be pregnant? I thougtht maybe a Kidney infection, bladder infection? But, my symtomns were soo strange and not common to those I’ve read about! Anyone offer some help? I have a Dr appt schedules for Sept 8, I will then have health ins. But, in the mean time, I am concerned, I worry about cancers? HELP!!!

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like a pregnancy …. but i think the chances would be so slim.. thats how i felt when i got pregnant though… but then i had a stabbing like pain also..
      cancer is also very scary.. i guess the only way is to go to a doc.. hopefully you will get some answers on your appt. its just so far away. you cant see anyone sooner?
      check out this link….

  42. QUESTION:
    Role of aldosterone in increasing blood pressure?
    Aldosterone stimulates the re-absorption of sodium ions from the kidneys, which increases water retention. This acts to increase blood pressure.

    I don’t really understand that statement. Is sodium reabsorbed into the kidneys (and then released in urine) or is it reabsorbed back into the blood, and what does it mean by “water retention”? How does this result in increased blood pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      Aldosterone stimulates reabsorption of Na+ ion from the filtrate (i.e., the soon-to-be urine) in the distal convoluted tubules into the blood. That increases the concentration of Na+ in the blood, which consequently increases the osmolarity of the blood. The increased osmolarity attracts water from the filtrate to the blood; that is, water follows the sodium into the bloodstream. As a result, you retain water that you’d otherwise pee out. Arteries and arterioles are elastic, springy, so increased blood volume increases the blood pressure, just as the pressure in a water balloon increases as you add water.
      m

  43. QUESTION:
    Othe than the liver, does Alcohol effect the kidneys?
    My husband has been a heavy drinker for years, drinking over a fifth of vodka now with a fruit punch chaser. Over time he began wetting the bed when he was intoxicated most nights. Now that he cannot go a night without drinking, it has been an issue everynight. Unfortunately our relationship is suffering for it. Other than the well known effects on his liver, I’m concerned; what are the risks and effects that this severe drinking is having on his kidneys? A few weeks back he checked his blood pressure at a store we were shopping at and it informed us that his blood pressure was high above normal, 166/101 to be exact. He is very heavy (about 330lbs and 5’11) doesn’t have health insurance and he refuses to ever see a doctor, is there any information that could persuade him that he is at risk of harming his body? Currently I haven’t been able to research the right information myself and need some help in this department.
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    how bad is blood pressure 200/90?
    i have diabetis, a liver transplant.. my kidneys were failing so they put a cathider in my chest, and i just recently got a fistula put in my right arm. i was on dialysis, and my doctor just informed me my kidneys came back & they stopped dialysis. a few days ago my bood pressure shot up & the doctor said it was my thyroids. but since then ive been extremely shaky & my blood pressure has been 200/90. i dont know whats wrong

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    Back pain since Febuary, new pains and pressure?
    since febuary, ive been having lower back pain on my sides only
    we thought it was my birth control, so we switched brands
    that didnt help, we went to 3 doctors that said it was just a pulled muscle, im active but not that active, they gave me perscription advil of 600 mg, that did nothing
    another doctor told me yoga, i tried, made it worse
    one said PMDD, gave me naproxin/naproxen, it helped the first 2 times i took it
    then stopped
    i started taking 2 tylenol every chance i could, i helped for about 3 months, then stopped
    my weight has been 159 for the past 5 years, which is normal, my weight isnt the problem
    my mom refuses to take me to the doctor because “its just from being lazy”
    i do just as much as she does, if not more
    i got fired from my job a month ago, and dont have any money to take myself to the doctor
    im tired of crying myself to sleep after rolling around for an hour trying to find a comfortable postition that doesnt cause pain
    i cant even sit at a chair for more then an 10 minutes without pain striking up my back
    resting doesnt help, moving doesnt help
    it doesnt hurt more when pressed or more when i bend over
    it just constantly hurts
    ive been tested for infections and kidney failure
    nothing showed up
    ive been tested for kidney stones
    negative
    its not painful to pee either, though, i doubt this has to do anything with it, ive been really swollen for the past few weeks down there

    just recently, it started to hurt when i breath in deep
    and just tonight, it started to hurt on my lower left back, everytime i stepped with my right foot
    and im swollen down there again, and i have that itchy burny feeling after i pee

    http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb30/Koralle_german/ist2_8373373-human-back.jpg

    the key for the picture is
    red-the constant pressure
    green-where it stings when i step
    yellow, the area where the pain grows
    purple- the area it hurts when i breath in deep
    and 90% of the time i stand, i feel like my knees are going to give out and im going to collapse

    • ANSWER:
      My advice See A Doctor.Simple.

  46. QUESTION:
    Chest pain, back pain, shortness of breath, high blood pressure, what could be causing this?
    I’m over all a pretty health person, very rarely sick. 29 yr old female, mother of 3, ages 2, 6 & 10. Work full time but it’s a pretty relaxed job.
    I was admitted to the hospital last week for chest pain & high blood pressure (225/112) had EKG & CT scan, as well as an ultrasound on my reital (kidney area) CT scan showed lower left lope (lung) had air sacs deflated & possible pnuemonia setting in. Ultrasound & EKG came back normal. When I had gone into the ER, the day I was admitted, I had pain that started in my Right arm 2 days prior causing some numbness in finger tips, than it moved to my back right below my shoulder blade (right side) everytime I coughed I couldn’t get a full cough out cause it shot pain across my shoulder blade area in my back. My chest felt like it was being squeezed & had an elephant sitting on it. I didn’t have a cold & kept coughing (partically) couldn’t get a full cough out. I was in the hospital for 2 days, had blood thinner several times & was sent home on bp meds & breathing treatments. And was told to keep track of my bp several times a day, til I have my follow up appt w/ my dr. in a week. (which is this Wed) I wake up feeling ok, but as the day goes on I feel worse. Today is the worse, I feel just like I did the day I was admitted to the hospital, minus arm pain. Now I have the squeezing/heaviness feeling in chest, pain going down my back, kinda on the side too, but on the right side again. I’m coughing again randomly but can’t get the whole cough out, when I take a deep breath & try to let it out, feels like it’s being cut off & I can’t get the cough out. Bp is 165/100 pulse 87. I’m thinking of calling my doctor in the mean time I wanted to see if anyone could give me any advice on what could be going on.

    addition info: I never was told by any other dr that I had heart palatations & now was told this at my phyisical about a month ago.
    I’m so scard it could be heart diease or something like that. Heart diease runs on fathers side.

    • ANSWER:
      Well…your blood pressure is still pretty high,are you still taking any blood pressure medication they may have given to you when you were released from the hospital? Have you ever been told you had high blood pressure before you went to the ER? Your pulse is ok,but your blood pressure(if your taking medication for it) is still high,too high even without medication,ot with medication!!! And at your age…I would be somewhat concerned..If I were you…I would see what my blood pressure says within the next 12 hours.If it goes up any more…go back to the ER.You also shouldn’t have this kind of pain either.Just because you were in the hospital,doesn’t mean you are healed and free of any/all illnesses!! As for the blood thinners they gave you? This is now standard procedure..not to much to worry about with that! What you need to worry about is that high blood pressure…it should be reading 120/80…….especially at your young age.165/100 is too much.The next time you take your blood pressure? Make sure you take it when you are at a FULL RESTING STATE!!! Take it when your relaxed,then see what the reading is..If the reading is still high,just go back to the ER.I wouldn’t play around or sit around and wait until Wednesday.Make sure you tell ANY doctor that sees you about your family medical history.When at ANY ER…? Make sure you tell every single doctor the same family history/story!! You have NO idea how many times a doctor can over-see a simple mistake by simply leaving out a medical fact from your family history.So..make sure you tell every doctor about any/all family medicl history…Like heart disease,stroke..and so forth…Good luck and I hope everything works out for you.Keep up with those breathing treatments too…I see you ARE taking blood pressure meds(Sorry)…still too HIGH!! Again…hope all goes well….you should go back seeing how your still taking blood pressure medications and having this kind of pain like before and no relief.

  47. QUESTION:
    What is the pain/pressure in my right side?
    I have a slight pain/pressure in my right side almost towards my back. I had a hard time sleeping last night because it was so uncomfortable. I recently had a uti that I had to use home remedies because I couldn’t afford the dr bill, but all of the symptoms went away from it but I know that doesnt mean the infection went away. It couldnt have already gotten to be a kidney infection could it?

    • ANSWER:
      i know from personal experiance that whenever my side hurts i drink alot of cold water. try drinking some tea and relaxing for 10-20 minutes on your back when you go to sleep before turning over. i reccomend mint tea. mint tea is amazeing for the bowels and stomach

  48. QUESTION:
    What does a low GFR mean in a healthy female?
    I recently had blood result tests for a GFR (kidneys) come back “much lower than normal” according to my doctor. However, I am young (27), average weight (112 pounds, BMI of 19) and have normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

    What could be the cause of this, and what does it mean?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      It’s important to eat effectively to stay in good health. Acai berry is an amazing super food that keeps you in good health and in addition has the bonus of helping you to lose lots of weight. There is a free trial happening currently at http://hatits.myinshape.info , give it a try, what’s the worst that could happen?

  49. QUESTION:
    My back is hurting ?
    My back is hurting in the lower middle of my back. I have never ached like this before. It’s not pain. It feels like there is a bag of sugar inside my back, just siting there putting pressure on my insides. It don’t feel like I pulled a muscle or sleep on it wrong. It just pressure. If I’m sitting up I don’t feel it much but when I’m laying down or walking I can feel it. I don’t know if it is my actual back or maybe my kidney’s or bladder or something. It acted up a month ago for about 3 days and now it’s back. what could it be?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be pressure ………..are you getting close to starting? If not then try some stretches…………stand and bend and touch your toes and see if it feels tight. Your lower back muscles are attached to your glutes and if they get tense it will cause some serious pressure and pain in your lower middle back. If you have no other symptoms(fever, urgency) its probbaly not your kidneys.

  50. QUESTION:
    Sudden back pain and I can’t walk. Back Spasm or Kidney Stone?
    I’m a single mom alone with my kids and about 30 minutes my back suddenly gave out. I started feeling intense pressure and burning in my mid back area. I went to lay down. I got up to try and see if it would go away and I had to lay on the floor for a few minutes and crawl back to bed. I don’t have a fever but if I move I feel the pain.

    I don’t know if I need to call 911 or wait it out. My doctor told me last week I have kidney stones from the ct scan they need but I’ve never experienced any pain from it that I know of. I was just fine this morning.
    I paged my doctor and she thought it was a back spasm. She told me to take a muscle relaxer and some Ibuprofen. Thankfully I still had a muscle relaxer. I took a nap and now I am able to at least get up and walk. I still feel sore and pain but nothing like before.

    • ANSWER:
      You more than likely have a pinched muscle somewhere in your lower back. They can hurt like heck and they will be something to reckon with sooner or later so better sooner so you can get to having a good nights sleep so you will be prepared for your kids. Here is an easy way to release those muscles to get rid of that pain:
      Back::
      Place your left hand on your left leg next to your body. Place your right hand over your left shoulder and find the muscles next to your spine and press on them and hold. After 30 seconds slowly lower your body forward, keeping your left arm fairly straight as you do. When you reach your lap remain there for another 10 seconds, release the pressure but remain there for another 30 seconds. Then reverse your hand positions and do your right side.


Back Pressure On Kidneys

This can be one of the most difficult times in your life. When you go to the doctor and have your regular checkup and find that you have issues with your kidney function. In the beginning it may not seem as something you should really stress over but once more tests are done then reality sets in and you finall realize how severe thise problem is. Its a fact that 1 out of every 9 people have chronice kidney disease and many do not even notice any signs until the disease has progressed.

I feel that kidney disease is one of he mos scariest diseases out there. It has 5 stages of progression and for the most part you do not even feel most of the symptoms until it is too late and you need dialysis. I am a very young individual and never felt that getting regular checkups was really necessary. I felt great and excercised on a regular basis. I even ate all the right foods and steered clear of junk foods and fast food.

One day I was driving to the store and as I got on the highway I was pulled over by a state trooper over my brake light not functioning right. After I gave him my license and insurance information he came back to inform me that I had a warrant for my arrest. This was news to me since I never get in trouble. I was taken to the jail and found out that it was a mistake and it was for someone that had the exact same name as me.

Before they informed me that they had the wrong person I was going through initial intake and a nurse took my blood pressure. They informed me that it was dangerousl high and I really need to get it checked as soon as possible. Since the warrant issue was cleared up I then went straight over to the hospital and they informed me that I have abnormal high blood pressure and my kidneys were performing at 35%.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Feeling sharp rectal pressure & low back/kidney pain at 36 weeks?
    I’m 36 weeks pregnant and was 1cm dilated 3 days ago. Doctor said my baby has dropped. I lost my mucous plug 2 days ago. This morning I started experience intense low-back/kidney pain along with sharp rectal pressure. I’m also feeling spurts of groin pain. I’m having contractions but they are sporadic. Any thoughts on what is causing these pains? This is my first child so I don’t know what labor feels like…

    • ANSWER:
      When I was in labour, I felt rectal pressure like I had to really poop.

      It sounds like you’re in labour. If your contractions start becoming regular, get yourself to the hospital.

      Congrats!

  2. QUESTION:
    Im having real severe lower back pain where kidneys are, feeling pressure on the blatter, and boobs hurt. Help?
    idk whats going on but like i said lower back pain where kidneys are, feel pressure on the blatter, boobs hurt, ohh and late on period as well…this could be many things bc i got alot going on here but a little help will do.

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  3. QUESTION:
    36weeks with rectual pressure, low back pain, & somewhat depressed?
    I’m 36 weeks pregnant and was 1cm dilated 3 days ago. Doctor said my baby has dropped. I lost my mucous plug 2 days ago. This morning I started experience intense low-back/kidney pain along with sharp rectal pressure. I’m also feeling spurts of groin pain. I’m having contractions but they are sporadic. Any thoughts on what is causing these pains?

    Also, I’ve been feeling a bit depressed for several weeks now. I’ve had heavy contractions since 31 weeks and been hospitalized 3 times. Five weeks worth of constant pain is taking its toll on me. I don’t feel like my doctors listen to me or ever give me a straight answer about what is happening, so I end up asking questions here. Please help! :o (

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry to hear of your troubles honey. In reading what you are feeling pain wise (and having had 4 kids)
      it sounds like your baby wants to meet the world! The low back pain/kidney area pain sounds very much like your baby is moving down, more into position for birth. This means he/she is getting into the “station” which is what they are talking about when the doc says “baby is at -1 or 0 or +1 station. It has to do with how far down in your pelvic area they are. I had vicious kidney pain with this last baby (who we just had a couple weeks back) and found out it was the baby kicking me! Never would have thought it! But lord did it hurt!
      All in all here, it sounds like yes, you are getting close and may be experiencing false labor pains…just your body getting prepped. Don’t worry sweetie, your baby will come when he/she is healthy enough to not need mommy to protect it completely all tucked away and safe. Next week the lungs will be done and be considered full term. We all feel your pain really we do, you are not alone! If you are feeling depressed, please talk to someone about it, don’t let that fester. And maybe go for walks to release some good feeling hormones and help your baby come!
      Maybe look into joining an online group for dealing with this depression too, just to talk. But most certainly tell your doctor how you are feeling in regards to depression. My second son made me so sad the last 3 months I just cried all the time. Later I was told it was my hormones all outta whack.,…idk about that, but it did subside alot when he was about 1 month old.
      Get on here and ask questions whenever you want, thats what its here for, just remember we are not doctors! Go read this article too… http://www.babycenter.com/0_depression-during-pregnancy_9179.bc

  4. QUESTION:
    Lower right side back pressure.?
    I have quite a list of symptoms. When i was about 7 I had purpura with my kidneys on the verge of failure before I got better. I am 30 and very active, I force myself to work out at least 3 times a week, I lift weights, run, and play basketball. Ok for my symptoms..
    I have had solid green stool 30% of the time, rest its soft green stool but not diarrhea. I have a constant pressure on the right side of my back, just under my ribs, its never a pain, just a pressure without anything physically visible. I am always thirsty, I urinate alot, but its normally not nearly as much as I drink it seems. When i lay down at night my hands and feet often itch for no apparent reason. I am almost always tired and I could sleep 15 hours + a day. I am not in the slightest depressed. I am hoping its not any sort of diabetes but considering my diet and activity I don’t see how it could be. If anyone has any answers or suggestions I thank you !

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  5. QUESTION:
    Should I be worried about my back/kidneys?
    Every other week or so, I feel a real strong pressure on my lower left back. It doesn’t hurt as badly if I am laying down or after I go to the bathroom, but driving my car is absolutely dreadful; it hurts to the point where I feel like I should just pull over for a few minutes.
    I haven’t contacted my doctor about this, my mother tells me it may just be muscle pain or the way I’m sleeping. But I don’t change my sleeping habits often so I’m afraid it maybe more serious.
    Also, once I go to bed for the night, when I wake up in the morning everything goes back to normal it seems.

    Should I be worried about this?

    • ANSWER:
      depending on hold old you are it can be growing pains.

      if it continues to bother you call the doctor who cares what your parents say. Because you know your body better than anyone.

  6. QUESTION:
    alernative treatment instead of partial prostate gland removal for bladder not emptying properly please?
    husband was told yesterday that his bladder isnt emptying properly so has been told he needs a partial prostate gland removal.yet his gland isnt that enlarged.he was also told he has back pressure on his kidneys.he doesnt want to have the op so has anyone been in this situation and found alternative treatment for this problem? any advice appreciated. one worried husband…..sue

    • ANSWER:
      Go see another urologist! I had the same problem and just take a daily pill which works wonders. I would not even tell the new urologist he has seen anyone else, just so he has a completely impartial opinion. Partial prostate removal is usually one of the last and most drastic measures.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can a UTI spread to other areas & cause pain?
    Ive been taking antibiodics for a UTI, but its been a week and now I have more symptoms:
    *pain on right side-lower back( kidney area)
    *hurts when I breath on right side in the middle area of my back(lungs)
    *pressure in my chest
    *headache
    ***and I ache all over-especially in my back & neck
    I thought it might be a kidney infection, but I dont have a fever so I don’t know whats wrong.. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve always found lots of answers on holistic wisdom’s website

      they do have an article about UTIs

      http://www.holisticwisdom.com/urinary-tract-infections-uti.htm

      They seem to have lots of information on anything from adult toys to sexual health to women’s health issues

      From reading the article, it sounds like it may be more kidney related, but I’d go to a doctor just to be sure

      Good luck and hope you feel better soon!

  8. QUESTION:
    Abdominal cramping, lower back/tailbone pressure?
    I am having abdominal cramping, very similar to menstrual cramps (currently mid-cycle), accompanied by a lot of pressure in my lower back, from hip to hip, as well as in my tailbone.
    I called a nurse advice line a couple of days ago when it started as left flank pain accompanied by very small amounts of spotting. She advised me to go to the ER. I have no health problems and never have. At the ER, doc suspected kidney stones. Blood work and CT scan came back normal, so he sent me home with pain meds (Norco) that are barely helping at all.
    Now the pain has moved from being localized on my left side (front and back) to being more generalized in my pelvic area, below my belly button, and my lower back and tailbone.
    I have never experienced anything like this. Anyone have any ideas what it could be?

    • ANSWER:
      It seems you may have a severe case of Mittelschmerz. If you never heard of mittelscherz, it is a word translated from German word for “middle pain”.

      Many sites have a “when to see the doctor”. You have, and you are a case like many with a problem nobody wants to solve. I hope you have a better outcome soon.

      Just do a search for the word mittleschmerz and you will find many helpful sites such as these:

      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/mittelschmerz

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mittelschmerz/DS00507/DSECTION=symptoms

  9. QUESTION:
    How does a cough develop into renal problems?
    I recently took my very healthy 12 year old son to a new GP. My son had a cough. Normally he is a very active child. Tall, muscular, bright, good appitite etc. The GP ordered blood and urine tests. Then a renal ultra sound and now he is diagnosing that “the renal u/s shows back pressure on the kidneys suggestion therefore he may have urethral valves partially blocking the urine flow into the bladder”.

    He has had no previous hint of renal problems. No family history at all of renal problems. No trouble urinating. No back pain. No blood pressure problems.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated?

    • ANSWER:
      You should really talk to your doctors. It is very wrong of them to leave you worrying with no explanation.
      I can only guess…
      Acute kidney failure may be due to bacterial infection, injury, shock.
      Posterior urethral valve obstruction: This narrowing or obstruction of the urethra affects only boys. It is usually diagnosed at birth though.
      Glomerulonephritis: This is an inflammation or infection of the glomeruli, which are parts of the nephrons that contain tiny blood vessels. It can affect the kidney’s ability to properly filter out waste and can lead to swelling, but this is usually accompanied by blood in the urine.
      Kidneys can develop cysts.
      Nephritis. This is any inflammation of the kidney. It can be caused by infection, an autoimmune disease (such as lupus), or an unknown reason.

      Infection sounds the most likely culprit. Something must have alerted your doctor for him to order tests and a scan. He is being very thorough, but he should have explained what is going on.
      I am sorry not to have more infomation – other than guesses.
      I answered because only two others did, one a stupid comment the other spam about slimming.

      I hope your worries are cleared up and that your son returns to his normal bright active self.

  10. QUESTION:
    what is going on with my kidneys?
    I am such a hyperconreact but the past few days I have felt pressure over my lower back where my kidneys are. It doesnt hurt but it is just a weird and uncomfortable feeling. What do you guys think?

    • ANSWER:
      It is common to have sore muscles in the lower back. The best cure for hypochondriacs is the placebo (sugar) pill.

  11. QUESTION:
    what could this be, My back is so tense it gets worse with tedious activities?
    My lumbar muscles on my right side are all knotted up and on my pelvic bone ( side back ) near my kidney area I guess has a lump I guess it is a knot . If I lean back there is pressure but if I press that lump there is some relief. Leaning to the side is also tight.Sometimes feels like that spot get stuck. maybe muscle on bone?This is three years going on

    • ANSWER:
      See a massage therapist, or physiotherepist. Something about the way you have been moving is causing it to tighten up. It sounds like you have a bit of a prolapsed disk.

  12. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what would cause pressure in the mid back on both sides right under the ribs?
    It feels like pressure… right around the kidney area I think. Right under the ribs, but above the waist. Usually on the right side , but sometimes both. It comes and goes and usually is worse when I am having lots of problems with allergies. I read something awhile back that said when you have asthma the pressure could be a symptom. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      That is exactly where the kidneys are. Best to see a doctor to get it checked. Other possible causes include heavy lifting, sitting posture, sports injury…

  13. QUESTION:
    Lower back and pelvic pain, ALOT of details?
    Lets keep simple…

    It is: A belt of lower back and pelvic pain.
    It started: Feb 2010
    It’s been going for: A year and a half
    I’ve seen: 6 different doctors.
    They all say: It’s a pulled muscle, or they don’t know what’s wrong.

    There’s been no trauma to my spine or pelvic area.
    I’ve done no heavy lifting.
    I’ve never been pregnant, though I am sexually active.
    My first and last pap smear was December 2009 .
    I took birth control from Jan 2010-June 2010, and haven’t taken it since.
    I’ve been taking advil, naproxen, tylenol and even oxycodine, no relief comes from any of them.

    Symptoms, lower back:
    Pressure, burning, stinging, tightness, short spasms and sudden sharp stabbing.

    Symptoms, pelvic:
    Pressure, crampy, sharp stabbing, bad vaginal swelling (At random, I can’t even fit a tampon without it hurting)

    The pain is worse with exercise, and movement in general.
    The pain is also worse with rest and stress.
    Sex doesn’t hurt, and there’s no pain, burning or itching with peeing.
    The only relief I get is when I am in a pool, the water just takes away all the pressure.
    If I take too deep of a breath, the tight pain travels up to my upper back, behind the ribs.

    I’ve been tested for:
    UTI
    Yeast infection
    Kidney stones
    Kidney failure
    Kidney infection
    Bladder infection
    Ovarian cysts

    I’ve had a pelvic exam, blood test, urine test, and an ultra sound.
    They all came back normal.
    I’m having a pap smear on the 16th because the last doctor I saw, refused to give me one.

    I feel like killing myself, rather than having to live another day with this pain.
    It’s ruining my body. I’ve gained 20 pounds because the pain is so bad I can’t exercise like I used to.
    It’s ruining my relationship with my fiancee.
    I snap at him and get cranky or annoyed very easily.
    It’s flat out ruining my life and I just can’t take it anymore.
    I can’t take the pain and the crying and the fighting and the stress of not knowing what’s wrong with me.
    It’s sending me into a pit of endless depression.
    I feel so alone and helpless.
    I need someone to help me.
    I need someone to understand the extent of pain I’ve been in for this long.
    I need someone to actually listen, to put all the symptoms together instead of looking at them one by one. Please help me.

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  14. QUESTION:
    Any ideas what this strange abdominal and back pain may be?
    A week ago I had a sharp pain in my lower right back. It’s about where my kidney is. I thought little of it, but the next couple days it happened periodically, then I felt what I can only describe as something inside there pushing outwards kind of pressure along with pain, but it was off and on.—

    Eventually this was accompainied by some lower right abdominal pains, occasional nausea, light headedness, disorientation, etc. The doctor say there was no blood in my urine, he thought it unlikely to be my gall bladder and very unlikely to be my appendix.—

    He put me on ranitidine (Zantac), and did blood tests to check for infection (they aren’t back yet). Today, 2 days later, the “pressure” is much worse, and the pain in my abdomen more steady, along with more frequent back (kidney area) pains.

    Urination is normal, bowel movements mostly normal, though a decrease in appetite. No fever. Just feels like I’m carrying a full water balloon between bottom rib and hip bone. Idea

    • ANSWER:
      It completely sounds like you are passing kidney stones. You don’t have to have blood in your urine for these calcium deposits to work their evil way out of you, your body may have already broken down a large stone that was not at first able to pass. It is excruciatingly painful to not pass kidney stones because you need to do lithotripsy first. See a competent urologist. I can’t believe your doc didn’t even mention kidney stones…Good luck, and God Bless.

  15. QUESTION:
    Im peeing a lot, Pain in my right lower back, right about where my kidney is, and pain/pressure in abdomen?
    I have been peeing a lot lately, every time i finish I still feel like I could pee and about 20 mins later ill pee again
    I also have been having pain in my right lower back where my kidney is I am thinking..that has been something that has been going on for a long time on and off
    and I have been pee tested for a uti and everything like that and got nothing…no UTI or anything like that and that was a couple months back
    and associated with the peeing ive been having a lot of lower abdominal pain twords the middle/left side..that kinda feels like pressure too more than it feels like pain but it does hurt…and
    I read something about it being a possible pregnancy….which worried me a little bit because of the way i’ve been eating lately (could also be stress)
    and ive had more discharge than usual lately…but ive had my period twice since the last time i had sex so….i dont really know what to think
    any ideas?

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  16. QUESTION:
    What is this Severe Burning/Pressure Lower Back Pain That Worsens When Sititng or Lying Down?
    I am a 24/F who has been having kidney area pains for the last week. Today I woke up (while lying straight) in immense burning/pressurized pain in my lower back (localized to just my spine, not the area around it!). I sat up and it hurt worse. So, I walked to the couch (and it still hurt but def not as bad) and sat down—oh, the pain came back! Then I decided to lay flat again and the pain worsened! What is going on? I have never heard of pain getting worse when you lie down. This is absurd! Can anyone help me, please? (Also, pain when bending forward to reach for an object). It’s obviously someting to do with my spine. :(
    Thank you all for your answers. They are helpful and gave me something to ponder… As for the kidney stones, I really thought I had those a week ago. I heard that you do not feel them while IN your kidney, but while they are passing out the tube (urethra? sp?) that connects your bladder and kidney, you can really feel the pain. Today, the pain is in the dip of my back in the center, not the outer areas. It feels like the bone is burning, so I think this is somewhat different. I think it is the spine. I am going to call the doctor and probably get an exray to see what could be going on in there. I was curious to see if anyone had had similar problems or knew what could be going on. I’m not ruling out kidney stones… or lower spinal problems. I did google the symptoms and it came up with malignant spine tumor (AHH…), but that just gives me more reason to go to the doctor and take the pain seriously! THank you, again!

    • ANSWER:
      I would consult a physician it could be just about anything . There is obviously something wrong and you just can’t get a proper diagnosis here .

  17. QUESTION:
    Do you have back pain with Bacterial Vaginosis?
    I have been diagnosed with Bacterial Vaginosis, but I noticed I have back pain and feels like pressure on my bladder, and I have symptoms of a UTI, which the doctor said that is commom with BV. I have had 3 urine test and they were negative for UTI or kidney infection, but the test for BV was positive. I just wondered if anyone had this before and if you felt back pain or pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      it could be a sign of PID pelvic inflammatory disease. You can get this by leaving an infection untreated and then the infection spreads up into the reproductive organs.
      This is treated with strong antibiotics
      hope you get well soon.

      Ps… If you are a regular sufferer of bacterial vaginosis you could try a suppliment called Acidophilus which is a probiotic (good bacteria). This works for some people. It will not treat the problem but could stop you getting future episodes.

      xxx

  18. QUESTION:
    Whats wrong with me?! Back, Kidney, Colon.. gah!?
    I went to the Dr. a few weeks ago after sitting at the race all weekend and it caused my back to be very painful. I ended up having to go to the Dr. and they said I was having back spasms. In the x-rays though the Dr. talked more about how full my colon was. I didn’t want to talk about it then, but I do not have bowl movements but maybe 1-2 times a week and my fiancee says thats odd. Ha ha. Well I am having enternal pain along with my back muscles still hurting. I am not sure if I have a kidney infection, though no burning urine, or if maybe it is pressure from my colon?!? Just my back. I just hurt all around my core to the touch externally, and internally my stomach has been odd. I am hungry to much, my stomach has killer cramps when I am a bit hungry. And my back is killing me, even while on antiinflammitories and muscle relaxers.

    • ANSWER:
      You should have bowel movements once a day. You could have a sensitive bowel. Go back to your doctor and talk about it. You can help your bowel move along by adding more fiber to your diet, exercise, and drinking plenty of fluids (water!). It could be caused by stress or poor diet.

      But I’m no doctor, definitely have that checked out!

  19. QUESTION:
    Having to pee A LOT!!!!!! Is this normal? SOMEBODY PLEASE ANSWER!?
    Ohkay soo I have to pee a lot. Like a lot more than I’ve ever had to in my life! I was thinking that I probably have a kidney infection or UTI but the wierd thing is that it doesn’t hurt or burn whatsoever whenever I pee. And my pees clear and doesn’t smell. Like this is getting ridicilous to the point where I can pee up to 4 times within the hour before I go to sleep. And if I even so happen wake up just to take a SIP of water I’m woken up within an hour having to pee again! And another thing is that it seems like it really only bothers me if I’m in a certain position. Like usually if I get up to walk I’ll have to pee. And if I lay on my right side I feel the urge to pee a lot more rather than if I lay on my back or left side?? Idk I just know that I feel like I’m dehydrating myself now because if how much I have to pee. And if I don’t pee I start to feel A TON of pressure in my pelvic area. Like not necessarily an urge to pee, but A TON OF PRESSURE! It’s more uncomfortable than anything. Is this normal?? Does this usually happen with UTI’s or kidney infections? I have other symptoms of a UTI or kidney infection. Like pressure in my abdomen, dull aches in my lower back, pressure and pains in my pelvic area and sometimes I can feel my kidneys hurt. And another thing sometimes AFTER I pee or make a bowel movement I feel a great deal of pressure in my pelvic area.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be anything from a Urinary Tract Infection or a kidney infection. I just recommend seeing a urologist or your doctor.
      Good luck and I hope you get better soon!

  20. QUESTION:
    Lower back pain or Kidneys?
    Healthy 23 year old male here. Seems like I have lower back pain. its only on the right side really where “love handles” would be but more on the side to the back and its not a sharp pain it just feels pressure like strained or something, and a little pain below the arch in my back. Was out friday night dancing for hours. I drank quite a bit but I do not drink frequently. Cant remember lifiting anything heavy but It feels tight when i bend over to the left side. Does this sound like I strained my back dancing and stuff or more in the kidney or am I just overreacting lol. I am a bit of a hypochondriac.
    No I had one caffeine free diet coke about 4 days ago and that was the first time I had had a soda in Months. I maybe drink 10 sodas in a Year. I drink Water, Green Tea, Sweet Tea, Gatorade and Powerade
    I was looking at a picture on google and it is RIGHT where the Lattisimus Dori muscles are. Its not a big pain its more like a pull or a dull sensation with tightness.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s probably not your kidneys, those are not in the lower back. You may have lumbar stenosis (which is common and not life threatening) or maybe you just pulled something. Stretch your back by lying flat on the floor and slowly bring your knees to your chest, or as close you can get without it hurting, hold your knees for a count of 10-15 then slowly put your legs down straight. Do this a couple times a day when you’re feeling pain. If you do any heavy lifting, use your knees, not your back.

  21. QUESTION:
    Lower Back Pain. Strain? Kidneys? Help?
    It is not a throbbing pain it only hurts when I twist my body or try to get out of bed or move positions in bed. I would say its about a 5 on a 1to10 scale. Now I do have a bad mattress and for the past few months i have had this lower back pain on both sides every once and a while. This one is on the right side and it feel like its in the area of my last rib and its also goes toward the spine. Im one of those people that when something feels wrong I go to WebMD and I read all these things and wonder maybe I have this or that, then I get scared. I did the symptom checker and now I scared I have kidney infection or acute renal failure. I can urinate good and i have no pain. Though it does mention damage from medication. I was diagnosed with High Blood Pressure and have been on a low dose 12 mg pill since Sept2010. Also a month ago I did have this dry pain in my penis when I had and erection. Maybe it was a UTI that has traveled to my kidneys? But I can urinate good. This is embarrassing but I think that pain in my penis was caused by frequent masturbation. Anyway I see the Doctor Friday but the waiting is killing me. What can it be?

    Also sitting up in bed helps. When I lay flat it feels like the pain is worse.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like its a back issue. I completely understand having a hard time telling the difference between kidney pain and back pain. I am often in the same boat and struggle with both.

      The reason I say back pain vs kidney pain is because you say movement can make it better/worse, this is a symptom of back pain.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is there a difference between cysts on the kidneys and in the kidneys?
    My mom has two on her kidneys and the doctor said that it could cause her back pain and high blood pressure. Im trying to find out if its the cause for some of her other problems. Is there a difference? Also, are there some other symptoms of cysts on the kidneys?

    • ANSWER:
      Most kidney cysts are asymptomatic. I have one, and it’s recently begun to cause me lower back pain on the same side. My blood pressure became high 5 months after the cyst was discovered. So far the cyst has not been treated. Here’s a link with some information:

      http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/cysts/

      Cysts in the kidney is a very different matter and can be caused by polycystic disease. That’s a dangerous disease. You can google that for more information.

  23. QUESTION:
    Kidney stone entered bladder after three days since initial pain, okay to urinate it out?
    I’m trying to avoid a doctor visit and just suck it up. But considering I don’t know the size of the stone, I’m curious if its dangerous to try and pass it through my urethra.

    Semi-severe pain three days ago (Sunday morning), but lasted 20 mins. Monday morning was less pain that lasted about 15 minutes, but later that afternoon it hurt for a few hours due to me laying down rolling around on my back, not able to get comfortable. After slouching in my chair (pressure off my back/kidney) for 20 mins it went away. Tuesday was very mild. A few 5-min chair breaks took care of discomfort. Wednesday morning I can feel the stone low in my pelvis, pain and discomfort (not as bad as Monday). Sitting in chair didnt work, pain was more from the stone and not my kidney. About two hours of this and the pain fades causing me to urinate. Stone passed into my bladder, urine behind it went into my bladder and urethra.

    Seeing as its only been three days and no blood, should I try and urinate it out?

    • ANSWER:
      some kidney stones can be flushed out of the system when urinating but sometimes, the stone gets lodged into the urethra causing further damage to your urinary system..

      you can try straining your urine to check if you’re flushing it out but let me tell you that a visit to your nephrologist is what you really need, if the stone is too to flush out big–surgery is needed but if it’s still small, i think they will recommend you to drink (im not really sure if it’s cranberry or apple juice) something that can dissolve it and flush it out of ur system..

      drink lots of water and avoid salty food!
      take care of ur kidneys!

  24. QUESTION:
    Side/Back hurts when urinating?
    I started to notice this yesterday but whenever I go to the bathroom, I get a severe pressure type pain on my right side and in my back. The pressure is actually worse in the back. It only hurts when I urinate though and for like 5 minutes after wards. Im worried about kidney problems only because I suffer from chronic pancreas problems and for the past few months I though it was safer to take large amounts of tylenol instead of using narcotic pain medicine. I had a blood test last week that showed that I have actually been overdosing my body on tylenol without even realizing it. Could this effect the kidneys or could it simply just be a kidney infection? My urine is normal color though. Any idea what could be causing this horrible pain? If it helps Im 22 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like a kidney infection, you should get cheked out.

  25. QUESTION:
    back feels tight and numb,pressure and I feel like I can’t pee completely?
    I had an MRI done a couple of weeks ago and nobody called so I assume it was neg.I’ve been hurting off and on for 4 yrs. Treated for kidney stones but never saw any results from treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      don’t assume anything ever – especially health tests. Remember assume is making an ‘ass’ out of ‘u’ and ‘me’ – keep after the doctor, if you don’t feel like your getting anywhere then get your test records and go to another doctor and another – remember you are the one paying him(her) if they don’t satisfy you – fire em and move on!

  26. QUESTION:
    PRESSURE LIKE PAIN…CAN IT BE MY KIDNEYS?
    MY BACK HURTS EXTREMELY IT STARTED OFF WITH A LIGHT PRESSURE LIKE PAIN, NOW I FEEL LIKE SOMEONE IS SITTING ON MY BACK AT ALL TIMES=[
    ITS MORE LIKE ON MY LOWER BACK. CAN IT BE MY KIDNEYS?
    I DONT DRINK WATER I HATE WATER….AND I KNOW THATS IMPORTANT
    FOR MY KIDNEYS AND OVERALL HEALTH….CAN THIS BE THE CAUSE?

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney problems from diabetes? Avoid sugar, especially soda. get the a1c test.

  27. QUESTION:
    I’m having sharp pains in my left side & lower back. Also very intense pressure on my uterus…?
    What could be wrong? Is it the sign of a kidney stone or a real intense start of a mentrual cycle? Or something else? Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      It does sound like a kidney stone, but I’m not a doctor. I recommend getting to the doctor or ER while you’re still functional.

      If it is a kidney stone, it may be accompanied by nausea and fever and it can be hard to get around when you feel like that. Plus, the ER will have morphine (ahhhhhhh!)

      For me it started with what felt like a twingy ovary on my right side, then turned into pain in my back – felt like a pulled muscle or perhaps that creature from Alien trying to get out…..

      EDIT: Don’t be afraid. If this is a stone, you’re not going to die, and you probably won’t require surgery. Again, I’m not a doctor, but that second person sounded a bit alarmist and you shouldn’t get freaked out.

  28. QUESTION:
    back stiffness related to blood pressure problems?
    hello, i am 24 years old and have been dealing with high blood pressure problems for the past 6 years. fortunately, i am trying to get it under control and have lost approximately 30 pounds. lately, for the past 6 months, i have been experiencing back stiffness on the left side just right around the middle on the right side of my back. along with this i have been getting a burning sensation, a tingling sensation, and stiffness. now they come and go. they do not stay for too long. sometimes i do not get this type of stiffness for a couple days and then it returns and stays but the length of it doesnt last too long. when i sit, i do not feel it as much as i feel it when i am working out or doing something. what may be the problem? is it related to kidney problems or blood pressure problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney problems can cause blood pressure problems and at 24 years of age, high blood pressure is abnormal. I trust your Doctor has investigated secondary causes for hypertension such as kidney issues? If not then I suggest you see him and ask him to investigate further. When people below the age of 30 get high blood pressure, secondary causes must be thoroughly investigated and ruled out.

      The pain you are describing could be linked to your kidney or might not be, it’s more likely to be root pain from a lumber nerve root, it’s always easy to localise pain to the kidney area so see your Doctor so they can investigate further.

  29. QUESTION:
    i have had extreme pain in mainly the lower region of my back and neck?
    lower back region by my kidneys both sides, it feels a load of pressure is pushing on my spine but the pain feels so bad,my bones are making crunching noises around my shoulder blades and lower back region.Then when i stretch back my lower back feels alittle better,but is painfull.I am getting little dizzy spells, but when doing this it relieves the pressure. I know that when doing it cannot be helping the matter.but worrying it feels getting worse an iam having to click my back to release that pressure and i am forever hearing my bones crunch what could be my problem? thankyou

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    Lower back pain should I be concern?
    2 weeks ago my boyfriend and I were cuddling on his couch. Out of the blue he picked me up and my back hit is stomach area. I remember feeling a slight pain in the left side of my lower back where my kidneys are but I didn’t think much of it. All we did was cuddle on the couch. I thought maybe if I took it easy for a few days it would get better. Since then whenever there is pressure on my lower back I’m feeling pain, both sides. The other day we were at my friend’s house watching a movie and I got a hit of pain on my right side when we got a little closer. Should I be concerned? My job is giving me new insurance when the New Year starts so I want to wait until I get my new insurance so my medical records don’t get all mixed up.
    I will be seeing a doctor after I get my new insurance.

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    if kidneys fail due to problems with an op and need dialisis can they subsequently repair themself given time?
    After a heart operation problems were encountered and a friend, amongst other things, suffered low blood pressure and kidney failure. They are currently on dialisis. After the patient has recovered generally can the kidneys repair themself and get back to normal status?

    • ANSWER:
      If he is going through acute kidney failure, yes, it is a temporary thing. However, if he has chronic kidney failure (most likely, from the info given) it is a permanent thing.

  32. QUESTION:
    Othe than the liver, does Alcohol effect the kidneys?
    My husband has been a heavy drinker for years, drinking over a fifth of vodka now with a fruit punch chaser. Over time he began wetting the bed when he was intoxicated most nights. Now that he cannot go a night without drinking, it has been an issue everynight. Unfortunately our relationship is suffering for it. Other than the well known effects on his liver, I’m concerned; what are the risks and effects that this severe drinking is having on his kidneys? A few weeks back he checked his blood pressure at a store we were shopping at and it informed us that his blood pressure was high above normal, 166/101 to be exact. He is very heavy (about 330lbs and 5’11) doesn’t have health insurance and he refuses to ever see a doctor, is there any information that could persuade him that he is at risk of harming his body? Currently I haven’t been able to research the right information myself and need some help in this department.
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    My back/kidney hurts?
    Hello,

    My back hurts right where my kidney is, what can this be? My mom has a kidney disease, but this is only present if both of your parents have the trait, and my dad doesn’t. It hurts bad, like a pressure pain at the same time as it feels like someone is stabbing me in my back. It’s making me feel as I can’t breath at the same time as moving. I can’t ask her anything because every time I have something wrong she calls me a hypochondriac if it has anything to do with the kind of pains she has, but I can almost guarantee it’s my kidney or something right at that spot. What could this be? And more importantly, how can I make the pain stop. This is one of the worst pains I’ve felt in my life.

    Please help,

    Ryan

    P.S. I know I didn’t sleep on it wrong, because I took a nap at 7PM last night, woke up at 1:00AM, and went back to sleep at 7AM; the pains started at 5AM, 4 hours after I woke up.
    Also it feels a little bit better when I put pressure on it.
    It hurts where the top of my fist is from my hip bone. And the pain wont go away at all, unless I put some pressure on it then it just dies down then immediately comes back. I’ve tried taking a nap and woke up with the same pain. I’ve taken 2 tylonol 500mg tablets and they didn’t help at all. And I don’t see blood when I pee. Thanks for helping guys, hope I got everything.

    • ANSWER:
      First: have you taken anything for the pain at all? If you can, take Ibuprofen 800 mg with food every six hours with Tylenol Extra Strength 1000 mg in between if the ibuprofen does not quite do it. They are different medications and therefore are able to be taken in this manner.
      If the pain is colicky in nature (comes in waves), sharp, and stabbing it could be a kidney stone or pyelonephritis (kidney infection).
      Usually, pressing on it does not relieve the pain of either of these problems so I do have to wonder if it is musculoskeletal.
      Where exactly does it hurt? The kidneys are situated in the small of the back about a fist size or so above the top of the hip bones.
      Are you seeing any blood when urinating?
      In the case that it is either a stone or an infection, pushing fluids (particularly water) is the best thing.
      If the pain recurs, you should call your family doctor or see a urologist or, with pain that cannot be controlled, go to the ER

  34. QUESTION:
    Why does it feel like someone is pushing on my kidneys?
    My lower back has been killing me for about 3 hours now, there’s a lot of pressure on my kidneys. What’s up ?

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    I fell on my back and my left back hurts, i believe it is internal?
    I fell directly on my back from about 6 feet up onto my back last thursday night. It is not wednesday and i still have considerable pain in my left back. I feel like it is internal and that perhaps i have a bruised organ, maybe my kidney. The pain is constantly there next to my left hip, but not the bone, and my back is very sensitive to pressure up to the half way point. What could be any reason for this and is medical attention recommended?

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    A Possible “Cure” for Kidney Stones?
    Remember those belt machines that people used to use? They would put the belt around them and the machine would shake/vibrate the person? I think this was supposed to be about losing weight (though I don’t know how).

    Well, it occurred to me that when a person has a kidney stone, the pain occurs when the stone is going down the tube leading to the bladder. It is that slow descent–which causes back-pressure of urine–that causes so much pain, I am told.

    Well, what would happen if someone had access to one of those belt machines and simply stood there for a few minutes while the thing shook them? It seems to me that either the stone would get vibrated on down the tube at a faster pace, or perhaps the stone might even break up a bit, causing it to flush down the tube very quickly.

    Does anyone have any ideas on this? I know they have ways of breaking the stone up, but this seems easier and less invasive…if it works, that is.

    • ANSWER:
      Not a bad idea in theory problem being that not everyone passes Kidney stones naturally. Although surgical intervention not always necessary the stones can also be shattered by laser or by a high pitched tone. The other thing about your theory is that the belt could actually do permanent damage to one or other of the kidneys if used In this way. But you keep thinking maybe one day you will invent something that will aid mankind.

  37. QUESTION:
    Back-maybe kidney pain?
    I have been having these pains in the lower right side of my back (right above my belt) and I think it comes more when I drink a lot of soft drinks. But they usually go away after about ten minutes. Today its been going on for hours just off and on. It’s not a real bad pain just kind of irritating. And when the pain comes, it seems like it comes in waves. I don’t drink much water and have high blood pressure. My guess is possible kidney stone. How can I dissolve it without passing it if it is one? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Whether you can pass it or not depends on where it is located and its size and shape. It does sound like a kidney stone, but the only way to know for sure is to get a CT scan.

      They used to recommend drinking lots of water but they have kind of backed off that now.

  38. QUESTION:
    How much time does my grama have left?
    My grandma is in the hospital right now. She has a fever of 106. Her blood pressure is at 130/ 26. One of her lungs has collapsed and her oxygen is at 88%. She had congestive heart failure on sat and they brought her back. her kidneys have given out as well.

    • ANSWER:
      i hate to tell you this but since her kidneys have shut down, it does not seem like there is too much time left. i went through the exact same thing with my grandma. mine was ready to go thought. i hope everything will be ok.
      Summer

  39. QUESTION:
    Does Creatine kill the Kidneys? Am I a victim?
    Basically its like this:

    - I’m 5’10 175-180 lbs
    - Been taking one scoop of High Performance Creatine Powder – Precision Engineered® mixed w/ 8-10 oz of water.
    - Work out 3 to 4 times a week for 1hr – 1 1/2
    - Only drink creatine before workouts. Sometimes I’d drink it and something would come up so i didnt burn it off that day.
    - Muscles got well rounded, lost body fat, got TONS of complements on my build. But then…….

    - 4 months ago got severe headaches, mostly right on crown and world was spinning.
    - Urine stream got weak if i held it a while (stream normal when I didn’t have to hold that long)
    - A week ago, severe chest pains shooting numbness down my left arm. Emer Room tested, my heart strong, blood pressure fine down the middle. Said I pulled a pec muscle. Creatinine (waste of creatine) high however. 1.9 , norm is .8 to 1.4 or so.
    - Now, my calf muscles are really week, feet feel flushed, burning sensation in back where kidneys are.

    Need a retest. Am I screwed

    • ANSWER:
      Hey man, creatine wont have that big of an effect on your body. Unless you are allergic to it, which I doubt you are. Just get off it for a week, and then go back to it. If you feel better, and then when you take it again feel worse, than your body might not like it so don’t do it. There is plenty of stuff better than creatine for you now adays anyways. Plus, your body can only take about 3-5 grams of it a day, so when you have to much, you just pee it out. And science has yet to figure out if creatine damages anything. So likei said, break from it for a little, then get back and see. You should be fine. And don’t work out so hard if you pulled a pec muscle. If you take anything, take protein. NO Xplode is good too, you may like the energy and pumps from that. Good Luck and try not to worry about your creatine situation. Week off, then try again. Later

      -Dave

  40. QUESTION:
    In need of advice for bad back pain lasting over 2 weeks!?
    Wednesday February 9th late at night I started to feel bad back pain. I went to bed thinking it was just back pain nothing else.

    * I had not done anything to my back.
    * I had not lifted anything to heavy.
    * I had not fallen at all
    * I had not been hit at all

    Thursday February 10th I woke up early morning in alot of back pain. So much back pain that:

    1.) I couldnt put any pressure on my back (meaning i couldnt put my back against anything)

    2.) I could not stand up straight at all (I am so bent over and cannot stand straight at all I look like a question mark or the hunch back)

    3.) The pain is horrible 10 or higher! Its from my butt to my neck. Most of the pain is lower back!

    4.) I was getting sick from the pain (sick as in throwing up, when I move or even when laying still)

    5.) The only thing I could keep down was toast.

    6.) Nothing can touch my back a tiny bit of pressure makes the pain worse!

    7.) I can hardly walk due to the pain in my back and the fact im bent so much

    8.) I cannot do anything on my own do to all the pain and being bent so far.

    I started calling my doctors about help due to everything heres the info that they have said and tests they ran and test results:

    1.) Hospital ran a pee test saying my symptoms seemed like kidney stones.
    —Answer came back I do not have kidney stone, but I do have small amounts of blood in my urine (not on period)

    2.) Hosptial ran a xray to make sure of kidney stones
    — Answer xray came out negative for kidney stones
    —- Released from hospital with medication for a possible infection.

    3.) Seen my normal doctor she ran a pee test, and checked me out.
    —Answer Pee test came out with just small amounts of blood in my urine.
    — Answer checking me out she said she thought I had some type of infection taking over my body so she gave me pain medications to cure my infection.
    **** Pain medication did not help > actually made me really sick.

    4.) Seen a sports care doctor (aka back doctor) They said they could tell I was not in good shape and said it was probably just a musle spasum. But said it was obvious I am not well. They did a xray of my spine.
    —- Answer, xray showed my l4 & l5 lumbar are fused together
    **** Doctor said maybe that is why I’m in so much pain, they gave me pain medication and set me up for an mri to see if my nerves in my l4 & l5 lumbar are damanged or not.

    5.) Pain medication did not help actually made me more sick

    6.) February 22nd had my mri done.

    7.) February 24th the doctor called and said my mri showed that my nerves are not damaged. But that my disk below my L5 is bulging.
    **** They said that would be causing a little bit of the pain but not all the pain im in.
    ***** THey said they dont know what else is wrong and advised me to see a pain managment doctor.

    8.) The doctor gave me pain medication and pain patches to wear but that is all they offered. They said when my pain goes to a 5 and im able to walk more and stand up more then ill have to go through physical therapy > but no idea when that will be.

    With all that is said above,
    1.) I’m still in alot of back pain
    2.) I’m still unable to stand up (still bent downward!)
    3.) I’m still getting sick off and on.
    4.) Pain meds are not helping at all.
    5.) Still unable to have anything touch my back as it adds more pain!
    6.) Unable to do anything!

    I’m looking for any advice, or ideas to try or even to look into! Anything would be appreciated! I’v delt with this for far to long, and cannot do anything at all! I’d like to have my life back. I’d like to find an answer or a different option to fix the pain issue so i’m able to stand up and have no pain or at least less pain! Right now doctors I’m personally seeing have thrown their hands up in the air and said they dont know and can no longer help. If you could please offer any kind of advice on what I should do or another type of doctor to look into seeing or even tell me something you think it could be so I can look up information on it or anything else I’d honestly with all my heart appreciate it! This has taken over my body, and has taken over my life. I no longer can live a normal life. I’d like to get back to normal and be able to do things again! Please…

    Please! And thank you to those who offer any kind of advice or ideas or exc. Myself, and my family are trying so hard but were running out of ideas so I thought id try to get others help at this point. Ill do anything for answers. And maybe you can think of something we havnt or even my doctors havnt!

    Thanks again!

    • ANSWER:
      kidney problems from diabetes? Avoid sugar. get a glucose meter and check your blood sugar on your arm. 80-120 is normal.

  41. QUESTION:
    Two periods in one month?
    My cycles are somewhat irregular, usually ranging between 26-31 days, but more often than not, around 27-29 days. Only, this month, I am having a second period?! I just had one starting on the 14th. Lasted 5 days as usual, cramps, mood swings and all. Now, I just started bleeding again today. I was wondering if this would happen because I noticed the usual changes I have before my period (increase discharge, moody). Now that I started bleeding, I’m having cramps/ pressure…mostly back pain, and lots of pressure “down there” and in my bum…??

    History:
    I had a similar episode with the pressure not long ago, maybe 3-4 weeks ago. I had pain in my left abdomen (front and back, not so much on the side) and tons of pressure and some crampiness/back pressure/pain. Was told to go to the e-room, so I did. Tested for kidney stones and found nothing on CT scan or in blood work and was given IV. Followed up with my doc and she said bladder infection. Took antibiotics and later came down with staph infection on skin. Now I’m on my second week of strong antibiotics (ones used for MRSA) and skin is pretty much healed up.
    A couple of days ago, my chest broke out overnight and looked like heat rash (folliculitis) which has since cleared up. Now, this…I feel like a crazy person! I don’t wanna go BACK to the doctor yet again…I feel like a hypochondriac, but I’m not imagining any of this. Could it just be stress with everything else going on with my body? My daughter started pre-k and is being defiant, and my husband is on his first deployment since joining the Army. So, def PLENTY of stressors.

    Does this sound like the symptoms could possibly all be related? Is it cause for concern? Or likely just my body’s way of reacting to all of this stress?

    • ANSWER:
      unfortunately, you can have two periods in one month. it’s normal. you can be the most regular woman in the world and suddenly get two in a month. happens to all of us. i know it sucks but it’s normal. you have a lot of stress, which would actually delay a period. your symptoms are unrelated

  42. QUESTION:
    What can cause Pressure in Head and Miscellaneous Symptoms?
    Alright from the top: About a month ago I went into the ER because I had performed a self-examination and felt that one of the sides of my scrotum felt larger to me than the other and was therefore afraid that I had cancer. As a side note this intensified after I had worked out extra hard for the first time in about 6 months. They had diagnosed me with a Varicocele and had also noted what they called a benign cyst on the right side after performing an Ultrasound. Therefore, I was much relieved as I got a report of no cancer and my blood work came back normal along with the other normal tests (i.e. kidney, thyroid, liver, pancreas).

    However, since that time I have experienced the following symptoms both on an occasional and constant basis:

    Occasional

    Jabbing pain in armpit
    Pressure in Back of Head
    Pain in Shoulder Blade
    Pain in side
    Dull feeling in Groin
    Pelvic Pain
    Sweating at palms

    Constant

    Fatigue in legs
    No strong desire to eat – do so because I should
    Feel hot but no fever – actually temperature lower than 98.6 (i.e. 97.6)

    It just seems a little weird to me that all of these started. I was actually running on the treadmill about a week ago and I had to get off because the pressure in the back of my head had built up so much it felt like it was going to explode. My headaches are always in the back of my head now and they do not throb, they are just like a dull sensation. I have went to 5 doctors and they are telling me that I am fine and it is related to anxiety. However, I have not been sick in like 5 years and I know how to separate the mental from the physical. None of them have ordered a CT/MRI and therefore they are going off of the blood work and the ultrasound. However, I am still concerned and it is driving me crazy. Please provide me some guidance!

    • ANSWER:
      Your symptoms don’t fit into a category and that is the problem with doctors. Though it doesn’t mean you are not suffering. But if the ultrasound abdomen & pelvis, blood tests etc are normal, you shouldn’t stress over it. Eat healthy and go for daily exercises to keep fit. You may suggest your doc to get CT done on brain, just to rule out things. Have a second opinion.
      Good luck!

  43. QUESTION:
    Mild right lower back pain, day 32 no period, tubes tied, last week had pressure when I pee, What’s wrong?
    Ok, last week all the sudden I felt a pressure in my vagina, almost felt like something was hanging down inside. It did not hurt, it was just weird. As the night went on, The pressure bothered me and I felt as if I had to urinate, I’d sit on the toliet, but the pressure was there but I wasnt peeing, or much at all- This continued through the next day, and then bad lower right side back pain started. I never had pain or burning when I went pee. Just a pressure for 1 day- I had no fever- I went to the drugstore and found a AZO kit and took it- It came back positive(UTI test)-so, I drank lots of cranberry juice and water- The pain in my lower back was still there. I started to take an antibiotic(Cephalexin)(some left overs from a friend-yeah, I know bad!!! But, our health Ins. ran out and I don’t have any til Sept-due to my husbands new job)anyhow , the back pain is still mild and there- I am done with what antibiotic I had, I am on day 32 with no period yet- Which I can go 28 to 36 days normally- I had my tubes tied 5 years ago durning my C-section. I question if I could be pregnant? I thougtht maybe a Kidney infection, bladder infection? But, my symtomns were soo strange and not common to those I’ve read about! Anyone offer some help? I have a Dr appt schedules for Sept 8, I will then have health ins. But, in the mean time, I am concerned, I worry about cancers? HELP!!!

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like a pregnancy …. but i think the chances would be so slim.. thats how i felt when i got pregnant though… but then i had a stabbing like pain also..
      cancer is also very scary.. i guess the only way is to go to a doc.. hopefully you will get some answers on your appt. its just so far away. you cant see anyone sooner?
      check out this link….

  44. QUESTION:
    how bad is blood pressure 200/90?
    i have diabetis, a liver transplant.. my kidneys were failing so they put a cathider in my chest, and i just recently got a fistula put in my right arm. i was on dialysis, and my doctor just informed me my kidneys came back & they stopped dialysis. a few days ago my bood pressure shot up & the doctor said it was my thyroids. but since then ive been extremely shaky & my blood pressure has been 200/90. i dont know whats wrong

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    Back pain since Febuary, new pains and pressure?
    since febuary, ive been having lower back pain on my sides only
    we thought it was my birth control, so we switched brands
    that didnt help, we went to 3 doctors that said it was just a pulled muscle, im active but not that active, they gave me perscription advil of 600 mg, that did nothing
    another doctor told me yoga, i tried, made it worse
    one said PMDD, gave me naproxin/naproxen, it helped the first 2 times i took it
    then stopped
    i started taking 2 tylenol every chance i could, i helped for about 3 months, then stopped
    my weight has been 159 for the past 5 years, which is normal, my weight isnt the problem
    my mom refuses to take me to the doctor because “its just from being lazy”
    i do just as much as she does, if not more
    i got fired from my job a month ago, and dont have any money to take myself to the doctor
    im tired of crying myself to sleep after rolling around for an hour trying to find a comfortable postition that doesnt cause pain
    i cant even sit at a chair for more then an 10 minutes without pain striking up my back
    resting doesnt help, moving doesnt help
    it doesnt hurt more when pressed or more when i bend over
    it just constantly hurts
    ive been tested for infections and kidney failure
    nothing showed up
    ive been tested for kidney stones
    negative
    its not painful to pee either, though, i doubt this has to do anything with it, ive been really swollen for the past few weeks down there

    just recently, it started to hurt when i breath in deep
    and just tonight, it started to hurt on my lower left back, everytime i stepped with my right foot
    and im swollen down there again, and i have that itchy burny feeling after i pee

    http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb30/Koralle_german/ist2_8373373-human-back.jpg

    the key for the picture is
    red-the constant pressure
    green-where it stings when i step
    yellow, the area where the pain grows
    purple- the area it hurts when i breath in deep
    and 90% of the time i stand, i feel like my knees are going to give out and im going to collapse

    • ANSWER:
      My advice See A Doctor.Simple.

  46. QUESTION:
    Chest pain, back pain, shortness of breath, high blood pressure, what could be causing this?
    I’m over all a pretty health person, very rarely sick. 29 yr old female, mother of 3, ages 2, 6 & 10. Work full time but it’s a pretty relaxed job.
    I was admitted to the hospital last week for chest pain & high blood pressure (225/112) had EKG & CT scan, as well as an ultrasound on my reital (kidney area) CT scan showed lower left lope (lung) had air sacs deflated & possible pnuemonia setting in. Ultrasound & EKG came back normal. When I had gone into the ER, the day I was admitted, I had pain that started in my Right arm 2 days prior causing some numbness in finger tips, than it moved to my back right below my shoulder blade (right side) everytime I coughed I couldn’t get a full cough out cause it shot pain across my shoulder blade area in my back. My chest felt like it was being squeezed & had an elephant sitting on it. I didn’t have a cold & kept coughing (partically) couldn’t get a full cough out. I was in the hospital for 2 days, had blood thinner several times & was sent home on bp meds & breathing treatments. And was told to keep track of my bp several times a day, til I have my follow up appt w/ my dr. in a week. (which is this Wed) I wake up feeling ok, but as the day goes on I feel worse. Today is the worse, I feel just like I did the day I was admitted to the hospital, minus arm pain. Now I have the squeezing/heaviness feeling in chest, pain going down my back, kinda on the side too, but on the right side again. I’m coughing again randomly but can’t get the whole cough out, when I take a deep breath & try to let it out, feels like it’s being cut off & I can’t get the cough out. Bp is 165/100 pulse 87. I’m thinking of calling my doctor in the mean time I wanted to see if anyone could give me any advice on what could be going on.

    addition info: I never was told by any other dr that I had heart palatations & now was told this at my phyisical about a month ago.
    I’m so scard it could be heart diease or something like that. Heart diease runs on fathers side.

    • ANSWER:
      Well…your blood pressure is still pretty high,are you still taking any blood pressure medication they may have given to you when you were released from the hospital? Have you ever been told you had high blood pressure before you went to the ER? Your pulse is ok,but your blood pressure(if your taking medication for it) is still high,too high even without medication,ot with medication!!! And at your age…I would be somewhat concerned..If I were you…I would see what my blood pressure says within the next 12 hours.If it goes up any more…go back to the ER.You also shouldn’t have this kind of pain either.Just because you were in the hospital,doesn’t mean you are healed and free of any/all illnesses!! As for the blood thinners they gave you? This is now standard procedure..not to much to worry about with that! What you need to worry about is that high blood pressure…it should be reading 120/80…….especially at your young age.165/100 is too much.The next time you take your blood pressure? Make sure you take it when you are at a FULL RESTING STATE!!! Take it when your relaxed,then see what the reading is..If the reading is still high,just go back to the ER.I wouldn’t play around or sit around and wait until Wednesday.Make sure you tell ANY doctor that sees you about your family medical history.When at ANY ER…? Make sure you tell every single doctor the same family history/story!! You have NO idea how many times a doctor can over-see a simple mistake by simply leaving out a medical fact from your family history.So..make sure you tell every doctor about any/all family medicl history…Like heart disease,stroke..and so forth…Good luck and I hope everything works out for you.Keep up with those breathing treatments too…I see you ARE taking blood pressure meds(Sorry)…still too HIGH!! Again…hope all goes well….you should go back seeing how your still taking blood pressure medications and having this kind of pain like before and no relief.

  47. QUESTION:
    My back is hurting ?
    My back is hurting in the lower middle of my back. I have never ached like this before. It’s not pain. It feels like there is a bag of sugar inside my back, just siting there putting pressure on my insides. It don’t feel like I pulled a muscle or sleep on it wrong. It just pressure. If I’m sitting up I don’t feel it much but when I’m laying down or walking I can feel it. I don’t know if it is my actual back or maybe my kidney’s or bladder or something. It acted up a month ago for about 3 days and now it’s back. what could it be?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be pressure ………..are you getting close to starting? If not then try some stretches…………stand and bend and touch your toes and see if it feels tight. Your lower back muscles are attached to your glutes and if they get tense it will cause some serious pressure and pain in your lower middle back. If you have no other symptoms(fever, urgency) its probbaly not your kidneys.

  48. QUESTION:
    Sudden back pain and I can’t walk. Back Spasm or Kidney Stone?
    I’m a single mom alone with my kids and about 30 minutes my back suddenly gave out. I started feeling intense pressure and burning in my mid back area. I went to lay down. I got up to try and see if it would go away and I had to lay on the floor for a few minutes and crawl back to bed. I don’t have a fever but if I move I feel the pain.

    I don’t know if I need to call 911 or wait it out. My doctor told me last week I have kidney stones from the ct scan they need but I’ve never experienced any pain from it that I know of. I was just fine this morning.
    I paged my doctor and she thought it was a back spasm. She told me to take a muscle relaxer and some Ibuprofen. Thankfully I still had a muscle relaxer. I took a nap and now I am able to at least get up and walk. I still feel sore and pain but nothing like before.

    • ANSWER:
      You more than likely have a pinched muscle somewhere in your lower back. They can hurt like heck and they will be something to reckon with sooner or later so better sooner so you can get to having a good nights sleep so you will be prepared for your kids. Here is an easy way to release those muscles to get rid of that pain:
      Back::
      Place your left hand on your left leg next to your body. Place your right hand over your left shoulder and find the muscles next to your spine and press on them and hold. After 30 seconds slowly lower your body forward, keeping your left arm fairly straight as you do. When you reach your lap remain there for another 10 seconds, release the pressure but remain there for another 30 seconds. Then reverse your hand positions and do your right side.

  49. QUESTION:
    Is the slight pressure I’m feeling related to appendicitis or kidney problems?
    I have slight pressure in my lower right abdomen. It’s not an excruciating, throbbing pain but just uncomfortable. It comes and goes and sometimes feels like it radiates or switches to my lower back on the right as well. Could this be a symptom of kidney or appendix problems?

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  50. QUESTION:
    What was causing the pain in my lower back?
    Last night I had to leave work because I was developing a bad stomach ache and pain in the left of my lower back. I wondered if it was constipation at first but after a bowel movement the pain did not subside. It got worse as the night went on. I thought it might be gas but after I took gas x the pain continued to get worse. No matter how I stood, sat, or laid, the pain in my left lower back and stomach were unbearable. Around 3:30 in the morning I was in tears begging my parents to take me to the hospital because I thought I might have a kidney infection and I just wanted the pain to stop, but my mom gave me 4 advil and a heating pad to put on it and I finally got to sleep. It is the next morning now and I still feel pressure in my back. My mom thinks it was just gas but I am concerned. Should I call the doctor today to make sure it’s not my kidneys???

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Baby Putting Pressure On Kidneys

Do you have high blood pressure? Do you have low blood pressure? This is an important question for your health and your life. Why? According to the American Heart Association (AHA), about one in three adults in the United States have high blood pressure. And only about 63 percent of those with high blood pressure are even aware that they have it. Causing, a heart wrenching of almost 60,000 Americans dying each year of complications related to high blood pressure. So what are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

Symptoms of High Blood Pressure

Unfortunately, the reason so many people don’t know they have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is that there aren’t really any clear symptoms of hypertension. However, some high blood pressure sufferers complain of: frequent headaches and dizziness. Therefore, if you even question that you or a loved one has high blood pressure, it is important to monitor your blood pressure regularly. And if you know your blood pressure is too high, you can do something about it TODAY. Keep reading!

Blood Pressure 101

What is blood pressure? Blood pressure is basically the force pushing on the arteries by your blood as it passes through them. Someone with high blood pressure has blood that is putting higher than normal pressure on the arteries. This puts more stress on the body. Hence, the heart has to work so hard to get the blood pumped through those arteries that it can actually enlarge and damage the heart, eventually causing a heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and other heart problems if left untreated. High blood pressure is not something to mess around with!

Causes for High Blood Pressure

What could put you at risk for high blood pressure? There are numerous causes but here is a list of the major ones:

Heredity: If your parents had high blood pressure, you are at risk.

Race: African Americans are most at risk. However, all ethnicities are on a rise.

Gender: Men are more likely than women to have high blood pressure.

Age: As you age, your risk of high blood pressure increases.

Salt Intake: Sodium intake has been linked with high blood pressure sufferers.

Obesity: Being overweight is a huge risk factor for high blood pressure.

Smoking: Smokers will often times be more at risk for hypertension.

A Sedentary Lifestyle: If you are required to sit a lot at your profession… your risk rises.

A Natural Cure for High Blood Pressure

Due to the seriousness of hypertension, doctors do have medications for sufferers. Including: Diuretics, Beta Blockers, ACE Inhibitors, Alpha Blockers and Vasodilators. However, here is the shocking part, as well as costing hundreds to thousands, many of these medications could have the following side-effects: kill nutrients in body, risk of asthma symptoms, speed heart rate, depletion of taste, rashes, cold symptoms, kidney problems, headaches, nausea, weight gain, and growth of hair. Not pleasant! Besides, I thought they were suppose to help hypertension sufferers?

Now the good news! There is an all-natural treatment for high blood pressure. Yes, you can drop points off your blood pressure reading in days! Doctors would agree there are numerous non-pharmaceutical things you can do lower your blood pressure. Start with these…

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    If the baby was putting pressure on my bladder?
    I m almost 21 weeks pregnant and i recently had to go to the ER for a pain in my side that they thought might ne my appendix. It turned out to be my uterus pressing on my ureter. And now i feel a slight pressure on my bladder tat makes me feel like its full but then when i go i usually get nothing. Could this have something to do with a crushed ureter [[connects my kidney to my bladder]] or is it the baby pushing on it?

    • ANSWER:
      When I was pregnant I would get the sudden urge to pee and then there would be barely anything, so it is entirely possible that is your problem. I would still ask your doctor about it just in case and see what they think.

  2. QUESTION:
    I have asked questions about a swollen kidney due to pregnancy. more help please.?
    Since I am close to the end of my pregnancy being 33 weeks pregnant and all and since the only reason I am having a problem is due to the baby putting pressure on my kidney will my kidney get better or even back to normal on its own after the baby is born? I have had family tell me that eventually with the baby not in my body to put pressure on me that my kidney in time would go back to being the way it used to be. Any insight on this question? As I have said I never had any previous problems with my kidney be4 my pregnancy. Curious and worried.

    • ANSWER:
      you need to talk to a doctor

  3. QUESTION:
    I have a kidney disease and high blood pressure. and overweight. will my baby be ok?
    Yes i Know i need to lose weight so plz no comments about that, I just want to know how much stress this will put on my baby, what i can do to keep baby safe.

    • ANSWER:
      you will be seen by high risk doctor and perinotologist that will make sure they do everything to keep your baby safe

  4. QUESTION:
    I am almost 34 weeks pregnant with baby number 6. Does pressure from the baby make you dilate?
    When I was 26 weeks pregnant I was put on bedrest due to kidney stones and I had to have a stent put in. This caused me to have preterm labor, which has stopped but until delivery on bed rest I stay. I have had a ton of pressure which I know is normal but is it the pressure from the baby that makes you dilate? Cause if so, then you would think I would have started but im still long thick and closed. I know the longer the baby stays in the better, But i was hoping to be 1cm since you can stay at that for months or even weeks. Its just getting very frustrating. I am also on vicodin es every 4-6 hours for pain and pressure from the stent. One more thing, Do you think you can tell if the baby turns breach at 33 weeks? I got alot of pressure in my stomach, which was not a contraction, and then sharp pain and as I was watching my stomach it looked like it had turned. Now the pressure is even worse….. Anyone have any input? Niki

    • ANSWER:
      Call your doctor and let them know what is going on with you. They will know what to do.

  5. QUESTION:
    Pain in my lower left abdomen and lower back?
    I am entering my fifth month of pregnancy. This is my second child. I have already felt the baby moving. I have also had few and far between sharp pains around my lower abdomen but I know it is probably ligaments and such stretching. These have not concerned me nor bothered me. What does bother me is that for the last three days I have had a dull pain in my lower left back. At first I thought it was a muscle trying to pull (or already pulled) because I moved this last weekend. No I didn’t do anything strenuous, don’t worry.) But today it seems worse and is more like a nagging dull pain. I am beginning to think it is actually my kidney. I DO have some discomfort when urinating, but I blamed that on the baby putting pressure on my organs. It doesn’t hurt or burn when I go to the bathroom–it just seems, I don’t know, uncomfortable. But again I’ve been blaming that on my insides getting rearranged from this babe. I can’t get to the doctor until next week and I’m a little worried. Is this just normal back pain for the fifth month sometimes? Do you think it sounds like kidneys? Is it possible a muscle was pulled and is gonna feel worse before it feels better? Or could it be something serious?? Your guys opinions would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like the sciatic nerve. I had this with my first child. I remember going to the doctor in tears it hurt so bad. I took some tylenol when it was unbearable. It only lasted about 3 weeks. The baby shifted it’s position and then I felt better.

  6. QUESTION:
    What do you think my doc. will do?
    So I am 36 weeks pregnant and in excruciating pain. I have kidney stones that won’t pass. I have to wait til after I deliver to have them either blasted up into tiny peices or surgically removed cause they’re really big. My kidneys are swollen and the baby is putting extra pressure on them. It hurts to where i can barely walk most of the time…or sit up for that matter. So I’m basically laying on the couch all day. I have to have a c-section anyway cause my baby is breach and there isn’t enough room for her to turn cause my uterus is undersized. Anyway, I’m telling him at my next appt (tomorrow) that I want my c-section the day I turn 38 weeks (nov. 4). I can’t wait til 40 weeks because of all this pain. Anyway, do you think he’ll do it? Has anyone else requested this and got it.

    • ANSWER:
      Since this question is already 2 days old by the time I’m answering it, I assume you’ve already gotten your answer from your doctor (if so, post an update, I’d be interested) – but, what I would expect is that he’d agree to 38 weeks or even possibly 37 weeks on the condition that you have an ultrasound, and possibly the test they do for the baby’s lung development, shortly before the c-section to make sure your baby is developed enough for delivery.

  7. QUESTION:
    Horrible pressure pain…….?
    ok so last night i was in ER with my grandbaby from 7:30 to 1:30. at about 11 i started gettin weird pressure down there. wasnt painful it almost felt like baby boy was REALLY low and just putting pressure on it. as time went on it got worse to the point where i couldnt even sit. by the time we got home i was in horrible pain, down there, lower abdomen, and left side of my lower back. and as weird as it sounds the ONLY thing that seemed to relieve it was sitting on the toilet. But then it seemed the more i sat on toilet the more pressure i felt. then i started freaking out thinking “OMG is he coming now??” is he gonna plop into toilet (lol). and as i panicked it got worse soo i basicly told my brain to “STOP IT” and talked myself down from panic and pain. just kept teling myself to relax and i would call the doc in the morning. the pain finally subsided and now i just have the pressure feeling. im thinking maybe its a bad UTI or possible kidney infection. I already have call into doc just waitin to hear back. have any of u experience any of this? This is my 4th preg and it has never happened to me before
    crap i forgot to say that im only 24 weeks :(

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  8. QUESTION:
    Can people with one kidney have babies?
    I was born with only one kidney. im 16 years old.. and i do wanna have lots of children when i grow older =((((.. I saw here online that its risky when u are having your baby because you are gonna put a lot of pressure on your one kidney =(((((((

    • ANSWER:
      I am sure you can have children ; but ask your doctor

  9. QUESTION:
    My doctor says it’s the baby on a nerve… but…?
    I’ve been having sever back pain in my right side, obviously near my spine, but I can feel it more inside my back, and a little more to the right than my spine.
    It’s always hurting, constantly, and it spikes and worsens if I put my weight on my right leg, if I pivot on my right side, or if I just try to say, recline a chair all the way back, the force I have to put on my back hurts.
    I know this pain isn’t normal, but I am having a difficult pregnancy, my uterus is tilted forward and I’ve had a few problems with kidney stones, I personally think that it might be a kidney stone stuck between my kidney and my bladder because the pain feels like it’s a stabbing, ripping pain, instead of a tingle or shock.

    My doctor says it’s the baby on a nerve, if it is, shouldn’t the baby moving certain ways spike the pain? And if it IS in fact the baby on a nerve, does anyone know of a certain way I might be able to make her move off of it?

    I’m not due for another two months but I can NOT wait out this pain. I just can’t. I can’t sit up straight because of it, but I can’t slouch to put the pressure of my spine because then my ribs push on my uterus, which hurts more because it’s tilted forward [very uncommon and unnaturally painful in itself].

    If it’s a KIDNEY STONE, like I think it is, does anyone know of any remedies that may help it dissolve or break down, maybe even break all together so that I can just pass it, or at least get it small enough to move so it’s not so painful?

    It’s been this same pain since the last time I went to the hospital for a kidney stone, which unbroken, would have measured almost a half a centimeter across. [Yes, they're that bad]
    My doctor didn’t take into account my issues with kidney stones, whereas my specialist did, and he’s been having me drink pure lemon juice.
    Since then it’s helped, but no where near enough, all it did was make it so I wasn’t bed ridden anymore.

    My doctors don’t want me drinking too much water and flushing my kidneys. My body tensing from the pain from passing the last one almost put me into labor. Which is why I’m looking to just break it down best I can if at all possible.
    And Tylenol doesn’t help at ALL.
    The only thing that’s help was a prescription of lortabs, that I stopped taking after a few days because I don’t want to harm my baby.

    • ANSWER:
      Coming from someone who has worked in the medical field, have had back surgery for ruptured discs, and is now 18 wks pregnant I can tell you this…

      It *might* be a kidney stone, HOWEVER if it was you wouldn’t have problems with bearing weight on your right leg or pivoting wrong. It may be a combination of a small stone and nerve pinching, which is why the lemon juice helped, but sounds more like sciatica to me. Your baby does not have to actually be pushing on the nerve to make it hurt. You have to take into acct that your uterus, on top of being tilted, also is pushing every other organ/nerve/etc out of the way. Soo…its probably your uterus itself compressing the nerve. As a pain patient myself…tylenol will probably not help. The problem is that the area around the nerve is inflamed, and tylenol isn’t really much of an anti inflamatory.

      A normal course of meds would be a regiment of steriods, and an NSAID or ibuprofen, of course being that far along you can’t really do that.

      Your best bet is to use a light heating pack, alternate with ice, and lay down with your feet propped up above your lower back to relieve pressure… You can ask the dic about flexeril, a muscle relaxer which is safe during pregnancy but since your so far along, he might not want to give you anything…

      Good luck

  10. QUESTION:
    28 weeks pregnant. Should I go to the hospital?
    For the past few days I’ve been having horrible lower back pain. it radiates up to my sides and sometimes makes me mildly out of breath and increases my heart rate. It’s just gotten worse over the past few days, and baths, drinking lots of water, and changing positions doesnt do anything. I’ve tried over the counter medicines (tylenol) and it doesn’t even put a dent into the pain. I cant sit, stand, or lay down for more than about 15 minutes without the pain starting all over again. Sometimes i’ll get a half hour break where it doesn’t completely stop, but seems to lighten up…and then it’s back to the same old horrible pain. Baby has also been putting pressure on my pelvis off and on for a week or so, and ive been getting sharp pains in cervix 5-6 times a day.

    It almost feels like when I had a kidney infection a few years back? Is this a possibility? I haven’t had fever that I know of. (cant tell the difference between feverish and hot flashes these days)

    My doctor has not called me back, and the office is now closed. I just dont know if I can stand this pain one more day. Should I wait until tomorrow morning and call again? or should I take a trip to the ER tonight just to make sure?

    Thanks for any imput!

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  11. QUESTION:
    Pregnant with Bacterial Kidney Infection and I’m having abdominal pains and pressure?Is this the infection?
    Let me start off by saying that i have posted a few questions regarding this infection and to the poeple that have anwsered you have been a big help!

    Let me tell you a lil more about whats going on…. I went to the ER 5/9 in severe pain! Come to find out I have a really bad infection and had to have a stent put in my kidney to drain.

    I was put on antibiotic (the strongest ones i could take for this infection) and it did not fight it off.

    I am ALWAYS IN PAIN….. I have alot of pressure in the vaginal area, blood in urine, can barely walk sometimes, etc. My doctor said its from the infection. Anyhow I was also told because the infection we will most likely do my csection between 34-36 weeks. (i’ve had two prior csections)

    Anyhow I know have pain in my lower stomach along with everything else…. is this the infection also?

    And has anyone else went through anything like this? If so what was the out come with you and baby??

    Any feedback will help…

    Thank you
    BY THE WAY… I GO TO THE UROLOGIST TOMORROW. I have also brought up how bad the pain is to my ob and he says theres nothing he can do until baby comes?!?!
    ~ Tarra I’m sorry to hear about your baby, it wont be long before he’s home, my 2 year old was in the NICU and I do not want to go through
    that again.

    GOOD LUCK!

    • ANSWER:
      I had frequent UTI’s with my daughter and had to be put on IV Rocephin because it became a kidney infection. It was really painful and caused contractions. I wouldn’t mess around with it if I were you. I will tell you that after I delivered my daughter, I never had another UTI or Kidney infection. It sounds like you may be having contractions. I would go to the ER or to the womans center hon. Good luck to you. I hope the baby is healthy and your kidney infections gets taken care of. Drink lots!!

  12. QUESTION:
    Im 21 weeks, 3 days pregnant….?
    anyone else experiencing your baby boy or girl in your ribs-kidneys on the left or right side? And when they are over there is it hard for you to breath then they are (seems like, could be) curled up?

    My baby boy was on my right side on my kidney-rib area and it was hard to breathe (like someone is putting pressure on your stomach and its hard to get a breath). Just wanted to know if any other women around 21 weeks going through this too? I was just curious is all.
    Pregnant with baby #2
    have a little boy, age 2.5 yrs old

    and i know he didnt really do this until like 25 weeks if not later, he was my first baby though

    • ANSWER:
      I’m 34w4d and my son is the same. He’s been curling up on my right side since forever. I don’t know what it is about that side, but he gets almost into my back sometimes. And he’s a big boy. Just rub vigorously if it gets too uncomfortable. Either that or gently push him out of there. It’ll make you feel a million times better, trust me.

  13. QUESTION:
    Being induced Wednesday, scared!!!?
    Hi :)
    I am currently 38 weeks pregnant with our first baby, a little boy, and I am more nervous than ever! I have a few questions to ask and hope to get some answers and opinions but before I do, let me tell you what we have been through so far this pregnancy….

    My husband and I are 22, both of us take care of our bodies, work out at the gym, and neither side of are families have a history of medical problems. When I first became pregnant I wasn’t very hungry for the first few months because I felt sick all the time and got full pretty quick. With all of that going on with me though I still had a healthy baby growing inside of men and all of the test they took with my blood and urine came back without any issues. Great!!!

    Around month 4 of my pregnancy, my doctor noticed in our son’s ultrasound that his kidneys were slightly enlarged. She assured me that it wasn’t anything to worry about and that it would probably just go away, which it did. They stayed enlarged until month 6 and I had a high risk doctor that I never met before come in and look at my ultrasound. She said his kidney’s were back down to a normal size (yippie!!!) but noticed while checking out our baby all over that there was extra fluid on his brain. Basically, the ventricles in his brain were now enlarged with extra fluid. She said that it was borderline….that she has seen cases much worse but that something like this could cause problems later in life such as seizures, blindness, deafness, or even mental retardation because this extra fluid is putting pressure on his brain. Having surgery done to insert a head shunt would drain this fluid off, preventing any problems, but that they really don’t know what they are looking at until he is born. Other than that he is a very healthy growing baby.

    I am scared. The thought of my little newborn possibly having to have head surgery once born terrifies me. I was told a lot of information…but honestly, hearing that my baby suddenly has something wrong with him out of the blue everything that was said was blah blah blah blah after that…i caught the important stuff.

    The condition with the extra fluid on his brain has not gotten any worse but is still there and has been stabilized for the past 2 months.

    So my questions….what can I expect when they induce me? How long when labor/contractions start? Will being induced help labor go by faster? Is it VERY painful? Once my baby boy is out, are they just going to take him away to check out his condition and I won’t be able to see him for a while?

    Very nervous, excited, and scared, I appreciate all of the answers

    • ANSWER:
      When I was induced, I was adlitted to the hospital at about noon and a few hours later my ob/gyn came to insert the cervadil to thin my cervix. The nurses checked regularly to see how it was going. The first time, it didn’t work, so that evening they had to try with the cervadil again. Waiting for my cervix to “ripen” is what took up the bulk of the time for me. None of this part was uncomfortable. Once my cervix was ready they broke my water…not painful, but, honestly, it just felt gross from here on out. Leaking fluids are not fun to lay around in. They also started the pitocin…this was all at some point late night/early morning (I was on other meds for preeclampsia, so my timeline isn’t too exact). The contractions were uncomfortable and once they began to come close together, I got the epidural. After that, I didn’t feel a thing. My baby was born at 6:45 pm. So, for me it was about a 30 hour, start to finish deal. Had I responded faster to the cervadil, it would have been less than 24 hours. You’ll be fine. I hope all turns out well for your baby.

  14. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroid and High Blood pressure?
    I have had hypothyroidism since I was about 11 yrs old, 3 years ago(36) I had a baby and my blood pressure was up during pregnancy, until now it was controlled by Dyazide I am now 39 and my blood pressure spiked I found out at the same time that my tsh was 26.54 and my free t4 is .55 could this cause my high blood pressure? also the dr increased my thyroid meds to .150 from .125 which is not really a big increase so i would not think that the increase caused the high BP. My DR does not have clue why my BP went up and my kidney function is fine. so why is my BP so high? He has now put me on 3 BP meds to bring it down I have been taking them for 1 day so far..How long will it take my meds to kick in for the BP? I know this is a lot of questions but before I find another DR I want to have my ducks in a row.

    • ANSWER:
      Hypothyroidism can be associated with an elevated diastolic (bottom number) blood pressure. It would be helpful to know your exact blood pressure numbers. Although hypothyroidism can be associated with an elevated diastolic blood pressure it is thought not to be a common cause. It may paritially be related to the recent increase in your blood pressure, but it is possible that the increased blood pressure is related to something else. Severe hypothyroidism (Myxedema coma) is associated with a low blood pressure, but this does not apply to your case.

      A TSH of 26 and free T4 of 0.55 is consistent with a hypothyroid state and suggests that your dose of Levothyroxine was too low. How long were you on the 0.125 dose? If you have been steady on this dose for years, then something else is likely going on. Some medications can interfere with the absorption of Levothyroxine and can result in a lower levels in the bloodstream despite the adequate dose. It is important to review your medications, especially the if you take them around the time of your thyroid medication. Iron supplementation is a common medication that interacts with Levothyroxine absorption. It is appropriate to increase the dose of to 0.150 mg and recheck your thyroid function studies in about 6 weeks.

      In regards to your blood pressure, how long have you been on Dyazide? In some people with high blood pressure, the disease can be progressively worse and additional medications may need to be added. A sudden increase in blood pressure in a previously controlled individual is concerning for a secondary cause of worsening high blood pressure. There are many conditions, such as hormonal abnormalities (e.g. hyperaldosteronism), which can lead to high blood pressure. This may or may not be the case for you. If your blood pressure remains uncontrolled with the additional medication, then you may need to be evaluated for these secondary causes.

      I am not sure what medications you were prescribed, but the time to reach full effect of the medications is variable. Some blood pressure medications are fully effective after one dose. Other blood pressure medications may take a week or so to reach the maximum effect. If you are not happy with your current care, then you have the right to seek a second opinion. I would recommend evaluation by an Endocrinologist regarding the hypothyroidism if you have not been evaluated by one. Blood pressure can be managed by most general physicians. Good luck.

  15. QUESTION:
    How long did it take for your blood pressure to come down after pregnancy?
    I had v high blood pressure during my pregnancy and at the end was on almost the highest dose of aldomet and hydralazine, I was induced at 38 weeks when it would no longer stay under 160/100, I had all my prostin gels put on and my waters broken when my baby went into distress and I had a csection. The next morning my blood pressure had dropped to under 110/60 so they said no more meds, it went above 140/90 once while I was still in but other than that it was fine, it stayed below 140/90 for the next week or so then I just stopped checking it. When I went in for my pp check up it had gone back up over 140/90 so they set up all the kidney function tests and ultrasounds to check what was going on, it took me a few weeks to actually get these done, I’m going back in a few days to discuss the results, I had reflux as a child so there is a high chance of kidney scarring, anyone with info on this would be a great help-I’m not having much luck finding out any good info, but if not I’d just like to know if anyone had high blood pressure continue after pregnancy or if they developed any kidney damage from it. Any help would be great, as I said I see my doctor soon but any personal info would be awesome :)

    • ANSWER:
      The most effective treatment for high blood pressure for most people is a permanently lifestyle change and diet change. If you consume alcohol, caffeine, sugar, salt, fat, oil, refined carbohydrates, food additives, dairy, meat, and other animal based foods, you need to learn how to eat a balanced whole plant based diet. This can help your blood pressure normalize over a period of time. Also, leanring to monitor your heart rate during exercise will help. You should keep your heart in the middle of the aerobic zone for a period of 60 minutes five times per week, provided your physician is OK with this.

      When you begin the diet change, make sure to consult with your physician because many medications will need to be adjusted or eliminated as your health improves.

      After eating healthy for a month, consider a medically supervised water fast. Dr. Joel Fuhrman is the best expert I know when it comes to supervision of fasts.

  16. QUESTION:
    As a pregnant mother how would you react if this happened to you?
    At 20 weeks pregnant it was discovered that I had been given the wrong medication in treating my blood pressure and because of this there was possible side effects to my baby. A ultrasound has confirmed all is well with the babies kidneys but I have to wait until the baby’s born to know if there was long term physical effects.
    At 35 weeks I had a routine check up with a midwife who decided to change my EDD which has now put me a week behind, (apparently it doesn’t go on your LMP but the dating scan)?
    For the last 10 weeks at all my appointments it had been stated that the baby had grown quite large, so last week at my 36 week appointment I asked whether or not a diabetes test had been done as I couldn’t remember and NO it hadn’t. Sure enough at 37 weeks my test has come up positive. I was then told I had to attend an appointment on Thursday to meet with several specialist on how to manage it and the possible side effects for the baby?? I don’t understand what they are going to tell me to do at this late stage of pregnancy or how this is going to change anything with the baby, hasn’t the damage already been done?
    This whole pregnancy I have felt that OUR health has been neglected and treated as a joke. This is a major Hospital In Australia not some third world country yet no one Dr or Midwife could organise themselves out of a paper bag.
    God only knows how this baby’s going to turn out and what problems it’s going to have and I wonder what other tests I didn’t get?

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  17. QUESTION:
    why could this be… ?
    ok, so erm, im 14 and i had a bit of a pregnancy scare.i know that sounds bad but just read the question please instead of judging me, so about over month ago i thought i could be pregnant as i had just about every symptom you could have when your pregnant like ; sickness, eating more, peeing more, putting on a bit of weight, my breasts are bigger, my belly has gone into the shape of a “bump”, lower back pain,mood swings for NO reason and loads of other symptoms, so i went to the doctor and i had still been taking my period which can happen but anyways i done tests, they were all negative . then she sent me for an ultrasound and it was ok, they couldnt see anything except from a bit of pressure on my kidneys but they thought that was due to the amount of water i had drank before hand even though i had been to the toilet. so it was all clear other than that. so since then i havent had sex but im now going onto my 3rd week of being overdue my period and the last time i had one was before my scan about 7 wks ago so why could this be ? do u think there could be a hidden baby in there somewhere ? if not, what else could it be ? thanks. x
    didnt mean to repost this :-s

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  18. QUESTION:
    Baby dropped at 27 weeks second pregnancy ?
    I’m 27 weeks pregnant with my second second son I dropped about 3 days ago I feel it pushing sometimes down ther and I get this weird feelingits not a pain but almost like a slight muscle cramp Ive also had pressure for about two weeks every night after work my stomach would be very sore after relaxing I noticed that the soreness would go away but the heavy pressure would stay for at least a day after I stopped working I work friday-sunday by Monday late afternoon I feel the pressure easy but not go away fully I’ve had to urinate more often I just don’t want to call my doctor cause she isn’t the nicest person she normally says everything is fine and normal(she ignored my complaints about lower back pain this pregnancy told me it was round ligamit pain but it ended up being a double kidney infection that I was put in the hospital for and put on iv antibiotics and she ignored swelling in my first pregnancy which turned out to be toxiema and I was induced) I just hate to call or go to the er for no reason

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like you need a new doctor! But i think that the dropping or heaviness of the baby is pretty normal. I would say lay on your left side and drink plenty of water, rub your belly to try to encourage the baby to move to another position. he/she could have found a new position that they really like :) but if you are overly concerned or better yet, your motherly instinct tells you to be seen be seen. but DEF. get rid of that doctor, you may even have a lawsuit on your hands!

  19. QUESTION:
    Lisa had a very difficult pregnancy………………………………..?
    Lisa had a very difficult pregnancy.

    First of all, it was a miracle she got pregnant in the first place. The doctors had given her and her husband Steve a 5% chance of ever conceiving. Her uterus was inhospitable and Steve had low sperm motility. But it happened! She and Steve were overjoyed and immediately began preparing for their imminent bundle of joy.

    3 months in, and she began to have these dizzy spells. Once she fell and had to be rushed to the hospital. Turns out that the pregnancy had made her anemic and she had to be watched very closely from that point on.

    Her feet swelled.

    Her weight ballooned to the point where they were worried whether she was retaining dangerous amounts of water. She was in fact, not getting rid of excess protein and that put a lot of pressure on her liver and kidneys to flush out the build up of toxins.

    She was on a shit load of medications for it all and now, here she was, only 8 months pregnant and in labour!

    That night was horrific, the baby was turn the wrong way and twice the doctor said what every patient dreads to hear “I’ve never seen this before.”

    But the baby was finally out (a girl)! However…

    She wasn’t breathing. The doctor rushed her into the room next door where emergency equipment had already been set up for this possibility.

    Fifteen tense minutes passed. Lisa could not see or hear anything and she was frantic to the point of almost yelling “GOD SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT’S GOING ON!!”

    Finally, the doctor emerged.

    Was the baby alright? Would it survive? God, please let the baby be ok.

    All these thoughts raced through Lisa’s mind as the doctor somberly approached her bedside. A tear rolling down her cheek fearing the worst.

    The doctor said very carefully,

    “Lisa I have something very difficult to say to you…”
    *
    *
    *
    “One black bug bled blue black blood.”

    • ANSWER:
      Shame on you! I was almost in tears! lol

  20. QUESTION:
    38 weeks pregnant, kidney pain but no infection?
    between summer 2009 and summer 2010 I suffered from cystitis 8 times until the doctor finally decided to put me on a preventive course of anti-biotics for 2 months when I first found out I was pregnant (July 2010). So I havent had it since then which has been heaven!
    I am now 38 weeks pregnant and this morning I was lying on my left side when all of a sudden I had this really bad pain in my left kidney that shoots all way round the front down to my groin area (im pressuming it was pain in my kidney as it felt exactly like it did when i first had cystitis and didnt no so left it and the pain got immense). i tried moving the baby n lying on my other side (just incase it was baby laid on something) and it didnt help at all. After 15 mins of being in agony the pain subsided. I just got the same pain again but it didnt last as long. Its definitely not cystitis, I had my urine tested yesterday as had midwife and there are no other contributing factors like pain after peeing, blood in urine, needing to urinate any more frequently.
    I know pregnant women are more suseptable to UTI’s as with the pressure of the baby our bladders dont always get emptied properly. I am however after having a UTI many times very maticulous about precautions (wiping front to back, going for a wee after sex etc etc) so it is definitely definitely not a UTI (well not cystitis anyway).

    Anyone got any suggestions?

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  21. QUESTION:
    i may have preclamsia, and i’m very nervous…?
    i had an appt this morning and my blood pressure was high. so i had to be put on a monitor for non-stress test and the baby wasnt moving much then she electrically stimulated [some shocking thing] the baby to make him move. then i had to have blood work done. and i have to do this 24 hr urine collection thing.[they want to make sure my kidneys are alright, bc she says kidneys has a lot to do with blood pressure] and go back to my dr thursday. the monitor showed a couple of contractions but the lady didnt seem like it was anything to worry over. and i have been cramping really bad the past couple days, but she said that its normal at 34 weeks, i’m really nervous feeling. and would like to know if you’ve experienced anything similar to this? i’m extremely worried. they say i may have preclamsia but they dont know yet or something. do you think i’ll make it to full-term?

    • ANSWER:
      With my first, at 35 weeks, my legs and feet started to swell really bad, I went in and was in preterm labor. They stopped the labor and found that I had a bladder infection, but they were still concerned about preclampsia (thank goodness my blood pressure was in the normal range). They treated my bladder infection and I carried for another 2 weeks. If you start having dizzy spells, headaches, face flushed, you need to go in immediately. I would call my doctor’s office to find out what your blood pressure was, and monitor it at home if you can. Preclampsia is very serious and life threatening. I’m not trying to scare you but it can cause seizures during birth. It sounds like hopefully your pressure wasn’t too high if they want to wait to see you again all the way to Thursday. If something doesn’t feel right, call the doctor, it’s better to have the peace of mind. Don’t be afraid to ask all your questions, I found it best to write them down before I called so I didn’t forget them. Good luck and congratulations! I hope your birth goes smooth.

  22. QUESTION:
    30wks and i’m freakin out!!?
    Ok so I have had one rough pregnancy and now I am at such a low point I don’t know what to do. So I have really bad contractions that hurt pretty bad but the worst part of it is the after pain. I have a cerclage in and during and after the contraction the sharp “ripping” pain that is coming from that area ( not vag and not bottom of tummy but in between from the inside) hurts so bad it makes it hard to breath. Then my lower back hurts so incredibly bad from the contractions. Then on top of that my mid back right by my kidney hurts so incredibly bad I have been throwing up from the pains. It freakin hurts to breath. Doc said I don’t have a kidney infection so don’t know what it is from, maybe weight? Don’t know neither does she. So almost everyday I throw up because the pain is so bad, my fibromyalga is killin me too. His weight puts so much pressure on my joints that I use like a tube of bengay everyday all over to try to make it. Everyday it is worse. I can’t sleep more then 2-3 hrs if I am lucky, I pass out around 6 to 8 am but the rest of the night I feel like a drug addict going through withdrawals or something!! I freak out from restless leg syndrome but it is in my whole body instead of just my leg. I have tried everything and yesterday just lost it. I feel like I can’t do this anymore!! I feel so helpless, on so many meds for the contraction. I don’t know what to do!!! I am 30 n half wks and don’t know how to handle this anymore!!! What should I do…what can I do? I see my doc every week and she knows of all of this but doesn’t seem to be worried. I can’t handle the pain anymore, the no sleep, the restlessness, the PAIN!!!!!it has never been this bad and gets worse everyday. What do I do? I am giving up but I can’t cause we have been waiting so long for our miracle baby for so long! I don’t know how to keep going, please help!!!! Doc knows everything, but tells me nothing we can do but percocet, which I have seen what happens to babies addicted to it.and percocet doesn’t help anyways!!!!what do I do???? Please help I can’t find the strength to go on!!

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry to hear what you are going thru and I understand your frustration. I am in a fairly similar situation and i was placed on terbutaline which really helps with the pain from the contractions however the main side effect is no sleep.. Ask hubbie for full body massages wih a warm oil or something that will momentarily soothe you. I know with a cerclage you are most likely on bedrest but try to walk around a little bit. I really really wish you the best of luck because i know. At times i just cry because i feel that NOONE understand what i am going thru. Just keep on telling yourself its for a veryvery good reason you are going thru this. You will soon be ok

  23. QUESTION:
    Possible Kidney Trouble or something else?
    I gave birth to twins 2 years ago. The pregnancy wreaked havoc on my body. I became very ill after their birth and had to have a blood transfusion. Then, the doctors couldn’t control my blood pressure. It was extremely high and I was given medication that made me throw up blood. They finally got it under control 4 days later and I was able to see my babies and have visitors. During and after my pregnancy, I suffered painful swelling in my legs and feet. I was put on a blood pressure medicine that contains a diuretic and also a separate low dose diuretic pill. It works to control my blood pressure…but the swelling is still there. I can barely walk sometimes. I believe there may be an issue with my kidneys that my doctor is overlooking or possibly Diabetes. I am not sure . What could be causing the swelling in my legs and feet?

    • ANSWER:
      Unless you live where there are no regular doctors, then a doctor would have done a blood sugar test during your pregnancy. It is possible, but not probable, that you have diabetes.

      there are MANY causes for swollen feet — including kidney problems and plain old lack of exercise.

      Make an appointment with your doctor and INSIST that he perform the necessary kidney tests, and then follow his instruction from there.

  24. QUESTION:
    Any tips for potty training a 3 year old girl?
    My daughter turned 3 this past October. We are trying to get her potty trained and nothing is working. She used to be in daycare and they tried there as well, and she has no interest. We have tried rewards, books, putting dolls on the potty, letting her keep the potty in different rooms, and she just won’t do it. She cries if we try to put underwear on her instead of a diaper. Pull ups don’t work and are a waste of money. We get different opinions from doctors. She had kidney reflux when she was a baby and has since grown out of it, but the Urologist says don’t pressure her because it’s not good for her to hold it in. (Which she would do all day at daycare when she did wear underwear. I would pick her up and she hadn’t spoiled her pants all day). Her pediatrician said she will just do it when she’s ready, where as the nurse practitioner seemed to think she should really be going. And of course, everyone else that we know of that has kids apparently potty trained them when they were 2 years old! (Not sure if I always believe them! Do you have any suggestions? I know she is physically ready, but if she really doesn’t want to do it yet, should I just wait? I don’t want her to think the potty is a bad thing!! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I have always heard that you can not rush it with kids. She will use it when she is ready. I would definitely encourage her to use it, but try to not make her feel bad about it when she does not. I had a friend that son was not fully using the potty until 4 1/2. Each child is different and they develop at different times.

      Good luck

      BTW…my daughter was not fully trained until 3 1/2 if that makes you feel any better. However, she is now 100% trained and does not even soil her bedsheets! So maybe waiting until they are older is better!

  25. QUESTION:
    Urinary Tract infection that is not gone yet?
    I am 24 weeks pregnant and I have a UTI that my midwife says is also in my kidneys, I went to see her Thursday. She put me on Macrobid 100mg twice a day for five days. I end my antibiotic tomorrow and the symptoms are starting to come back already, the pressure, the peeing every two minutes and then still feeling like I need to pee, not to mention the lower back pain, I also feel bad because every time the baby moves it causes me pain! I think I should call back to the midwife, but my husband says I should wait. Am I jumping the gun to call the midwife back? The other thing is I am pretty sure this is giving me braxton hicks contractions I had them with my first child and I remember them well.

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  26. QUESTION:
    32 weeks pregnant, is this normal?
    First pregnancy, i’m 21 yrs old, and i used to weigh 97lbs before baby, 5’5 tall, so i’m pretty petite. My doctor put me on bed rest THIS early into the pregnancy and truth is i’ve been exhausted! Im having horrible back pains! My pelvic area is killing me. I feel pressure pushing down, I feel like she doesnt even fit anymore! Is this all normal?? no signs of preterm labor?? My doctor also gave the baby a course of steroids to speed up the function of the lungs, mostly because she has enlarged kidneys (hereditary trait from my side of the family)….. idk.. someone let me know! lol.

    • ANSWER:
      i had all those symptoms since i was 30weeks… i felt like total SH*T! i had severe back pain, my lower stomach had that much pressure i could barely get out of bed, out of the car or even walk! i was always tired and couldnt stop eating, i would always winge and complain how uncomfortable i was and how slow time was going! it seemed like it was never going to end, and i was cranky that the end of my pregnancy was so uncomfortable – i am also 21 and am a small frame so it was really hard to cope with a big belly

      as of now, i had my baby boy 6 days ago… and trust me its so worth all that pain… now i look back and time did go fast, just didnt seem so at the time

      hang in there darl, you are so close even though it doesnt seem like it, you are nearly a mamma

      good luck and chin up – try and enjoy the last weeks of having your baby inside of you, your first pregnancy is always the most exciting so lap it up as much as you can

  27. QUESTION:
    sedated for 2 wks on ventilator after c section?
    On the 16th december i went to my GP, I was pregnant – 3 days overdue and suffering from a flu with a wheezing and rattling chest. I was not offered a flu jab or given any medication. The next day i went into labour. Due to my high fever they had to perform an emergency c section. That was the last thing I remember. I had a massive internal bleed following the c section and had to be rushed back to theatre to stop the bleed and have a 5 litre transfusion. Luckily I was put in the critical care ward and they noticed I was struggling to breathe. I had fluid on my lungs a complication of pnuemonia I was sedated and put on a ventilator. I also tested positive for swine flu and had a staphylococcal infection. Due to pressure on my body the doctors decided to do dialysis on my kidneys to prevent them from failing. My family were told the next 72hrs were crucial . Thanks to the doctors and nurses on ICU i did recover. I was sedated for 2 wks in total during which time I had what seemed to me very real dreams and hallucinations. When I did come round I was very confused. I had no idea what had actually happened to me and believed my dreams were true. I had dreamt I had been put in a special hospital (not the one I was actually in) to be ‘improved’ or experimented on – thankfully it was just a nightmare. After speaking to my family and partner I have started to make sense of what was real and what was a dream but I’m still asking lots of questions. I’m clear of the illness now but the recovery is taking longer than I thought it would. My voice is still very croaky and I run out of voice sometimes due to the ventilation tube down my throat going through my voice box. Also, due to being in bed for 3 weeks I’m not fully mobile yet. When I first stood up with the help of a physiotherapist it felt like a had ton weights in my legs and couldnt belive I couldnt stand up let alone walk. 4 weeks later I’m walking slowly and heaving myself upstairs. Its very frustrating and I feel like its taking too long to get back to normal. On top of this I have a now 6 week old baby to look after who is very demanding and I sometimes feel overwhelmed by everything that has happenend and that I now have to deal with. Has anyone else been through something similiar and how long can I expect to make a full recovery?

    • ANSWER:
      Wow. Congratulations on your survival, first of all. You’ve been through the wars.

      It can take a long time just to get over a C-section, even without a life-threatening illness or two. You had staff and flu and a major haemmorhage and the beginnings at least of organ failure. So first, be very kind to yourself. You’re recovering from several serious events.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if it takes you a year to feel back to yourself. One thing I’d do is ask to talk to a nutritionist to make sure you’re feeding your healing body properly. And ask for help from family and friends when you need it. I would still be lying on the sofa!

      Best of luck.

  28. QUESTION:
    I AM SO FRUSTRATED?!?!?
    So i had a set in stone plan by my midwife for a week or two now that i was to be induced tonight starting on cervidil then my midwife comes in the morning and we start pitocin but NO i get there and they just do a check up, check my cervix (1 1/2 cm and 50% thinned and -1), then they put this horribly painful IV in, not the regular kind a kind where this thing just sticks out of my arm and they can take blood whenever, and that was horribly painful i filled up a whole hand towel with blood it just wouldnt stop bleeding and then they decide to send me home! I had my bags packed and everything even figured out who would take care of my dog while i was gone all my guests were planning on this and my boyfriend had taken off the next few weeks of work too! it was a set plan even the doctor i saw a week ago agreed on it but apparently it is up to the doctors who are at the hospital at the time to decide so since my blood pressure was somewhat lower and my blood tests were normal they sent me home even though i have already been diagnosed with mild preeclampsia and my blood pressures have been rising along with the protein in my urine meaning my kidneys are not functioning properly. Also i have still been having awful on and off headaches and seeing spots but they chose to ignore that all because of the data and numbers. so they just sent me home to do another 24 hour urine collection. For the third time. I am so frustrated i am at 37 weeks i do not understand completely why i was sent home when this was a whole planned out thing i am full term now i do not see what is so dangerous about inducing me when my health is at risk. They even said my baby is ready she is around six pounds and has been practicing breathing (saw it on the ultrasound) . I just feel like they are waiting until i have a seizure or get extremely sick and it is so frustrating. Now my stress is way up also which i am sure is not helping my condition. I don’t know what to do, and i just feel so sick and tired right now but i feel like they do not care.

    What do you think i should do?

    i know i should not stress so much but i cannot help it!
    the protein in my urine started at a little over 300 and then a week later at 340 and the whole thing is to keep it under 300 ( i don’t know exactly what the numbers stand for) but the fact that it has been going up they seem to ignore except for my midwife who wasn’t there today

    • ANSWER:
      I can definitely understand why you’re upset if you and your midwife had a specific birth plan set up and it is not being followed. You need to try and get in touch with your midwife and ask her what is going on. That is ridiculous. Also, most hospitals have a patient advocate whom you can speak with about any treatment you received in the hospital that you may not have agreed with. It is worth talking to the advocate about seeing what can be done. ♥

  29. QUESTION:
    What can I do to help my preemie’s development while in the incubator?
    My Baby boy was born at 25 weeks through an emergency c-section after 3 days on clinical bed rest. It was due to rupture of the membranes, which led to an infection which we are both recovering from. He was born 3 days ago, at 730grams and 32cm in length. The Dr said the next 3-5 days were critical, but his infection has been going down, his kidneys started working better yesterday, which is helping with his liquid retention and he passed meconium. His heart rate seems to be normal and his blood pressure is still a little low. At the NICU they told us he is stable now, but I cannot help but worry every time I think of how small he is. I have never seen a baby this small and I am so scared to lose him. This is my first baby after I had a 12 week miscarriage a year ago.
    At a time like this I need all the help I can get. I’m tired of reading books and I would love to hear from real moms who’ve gone through this, NICU nurses, and other compassionate people who know how to deal with babies this small.
    I have asked if I can give him my colostrum, which isn’t much, but could help and maybe bring him a music box, books to read to him. I still don’t quite understand if these things plus physical contact will stress him out or be good for him, since his heart rate always goes up and he starts moving when I talk to him or put my pinkie on his hand.

    Thank you for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      You mentioned colostrum and that’s great. Pumping and providing milk is something only you can do, and it’s incredibly helpful for tiny babies like yours. Kangaroo care and gently touching him will be helpful in a few weeks when he’s healthy enough for that.

      He will grow to be comforted by the sound of your voice, so read to him, sing to him, and record yourself doing those things so the nurses can play that for him when you’re not there. He’ll also enjoy a small blanket that smells like you, so ask his nurses if you can take a cloth home, sleep with it, then bring it back in for him to sleep with.

      Put black and white pictures of your family up for him to see (and for the rest of the NICU staff to see how much he’s loved) near his isolette. You might also bring in a special blanket to put over his isolette to block out excess light and sounds of the NICU. These items may comfort you more than him, just to know he’s in a home-like atmosphere.

      Most importantly, get yourself well both physically and emotionally. He’s in good care now, and the best thing you can do for him is get ready to bring him home in a couple months.

      I wish you the best of luck. I also recommend you find an online support group like www.PreemiesToday.org or the Preemie-L group on groups.yahoo.com They are a great resource for information like this.

  30. QUESTION:
    Can antidepressants be the cause of my disturbing dreams (lots of details)?
    Hi Everyone,

    I haven’t been here in a while. A lot has happened since then. My mom has passed from a massive heartattack, I lost my job (but I have another one now), I had my baby, but had to go back into the hospital for chest pains and edema (now i have a small nodule in my throat, high cholesterol and blood in my stools–going in next week for exams), and my husband and I were supposed to divorce, but he never showed up to the lawyer’s meeting. We are still together but he is severely mentally, verbally and emotionally abusive.

    Needless to say with all of that I was put on Lexapro for two weeks. My insurance refused to pay for it, so they switched me to the generic form of Paxil on yesterday. Last night I had a horrible dream.

    In the dream I was at a church convention and they were doing an altar call. As soon as the preacher finished praying a lady started screaming. She sounded like a cat in pain. She then arose and begin to go from person to person sniffing the side of their faces. The people she sniffed refused to acknowledge her. She went from row to row. In front of me was a lady holding my 2 month old baby. I continued to sit behind the woman and said in my mind “if this demon comes over here I am going to let her have it…” This demon woman went from person to person and said she was looking for one of those “telephone talkers.” I have no idea what that means!!! She finally got to the woman with my baby and I stood up and began to rebuke her in the name of Jesus…she in turn begin rebuking me in the name of Jesus. I could feel my face about to explode and it felt like flames were coming from my eyes. I jumped up out of my sleep and my heart was beating extremely fast and my eyes hurt.

    Is it “Christian” to take antidepressants? I have vivid dreams and feel like I am losing my mind. I keep hearing old “Metallica”songs in my head and feel like I am gonna die.

    Oh a few weeks ago I had a dream that I was running down the street and stopped. All of a sudden a dog came out of no where and jumped on my neck. I later had another dream about a woman slitting my throat. Now a I have a nodule on my thyroid!!!! My brother had dreamed a long time ago that I would be murdered by a man that cut my throat. He dreamed that my mom would die from a disease….she died from heart disease (resulting from kidney failure/high blood pressure).

    I dreamed (before I was on antidepressants) that my brother was going to be murdered…the next week my mom died. My sister told me that when I was a baby my mom and dad would burn candles around me and “anoint” my head. My dad it was so “they” couldn’t get me. My dad was also involved in masonic stuff. Since we were little all my mom’s kids have had visions or nightmares, visitations from demons or struggled with some type of addiction.

    All this is taking a toll on me. I am sooo confused! Am I losing my mind.
    _________________
    To God Be the Glory!

    • ANSWER:
      ask your doc to change your meds.

  31. QUESTION:
    Can Christians take antidepressants (Lots of details)?
    Hi Everyone,

    I haven’t been here in a while. A lot has happened since then. My mom has passed from a massive heartattack, I lost my job (but I have another one now), I had my baby, but had to go back into the hospital for chest pains and edema (now i have a small nodule in my throat, high cholesterol and blood in my stools–going in next week for exams), and my husband and I were supposed to divorce, but he never showed up to the lawyer’s meeting. We are still together but he is severely mentally, verbally and emotionally abusive.

    Needless to say with all of that I was put on Lexapro for two weeks. My insurance refused to pay for it, so they switched me to the generic form of Paxil on yesterday. Last night I had a horrible dream.

    In the dream I was at a church convention and they were doing an altar call. As soon as the preacher finished praying a lady started screaming. She sounded like a cat in pain. She then arose and begin to go from person to person sniffing the side of their faces. The people she sniffed refused to acknowledge her. She went from row to row. In front of me was a lady holding my 2 month old baby. I continued to sit behind the woman and said in my mind “if this demon comes over here I am going to let her have it…” This demon woman went from person to person and said she was looking for one of those “telephone talkers.” I have no idea what that means!!! She finally got to the woman with my baby and I stood up and began to rebuke her in the name of Jesus…she in turn begin rebuking me in the name of Jesus. I could feel my face about to explode and it felt like flames were coming from my eyes. I jumped up out of my sleep and my heart was beating extremely fast and my eyes hurt.

    Is it “Christian” to take antidepressants? I have vivid dreams and feel like I am losing my mind. I keep hearing old “Metallica”songs in my head and feel like I am gonna die.

    Oh a few weeks ago I had a dream that I was running down the street and stopped. All of a sudden a dog came out of no where and jumped on my neck. I later had another dream about a woman slitting my throat. Now a I have a nodule on my thyroid!!!! My brother had dreamed a long time ago that I would be murdered by a man that cut my throat. He dreamed that my mom would die from a disease….she died from heart disease (resulting from kidney failure/high blood pressure).

    I dreamed (before I was on antidepressants) that my brother was going to be murdered…the next week my mom died. My sister told me that when I was a baby my mom and dad would burn candles around me and “anoint” my head. My dad it was so “they” couldn’t get me. My dad was also involved in masonic stuff. Since we were little all my mom’s kids have had visions or nightmares, visitations from demons or struggled with some type of addiction.

    All this is taking a toll on me. I am sooo confused! Am I losing my mind
    I DID NOT MEAN TO OFFEND ANYONE THAT IS NOT A CHRISTIAN. IM SORRY IF I CAME OFF THAT WAY. I was just asking if it was considered moral for Christians to take them…then I wanted to know if what I was going thru had anything to do with my use of antidepressants…mainly the dreams.

    • ANSWER:
      The trouble with antidepressants is, if it’s so bad you need more than one, things tend to get worse instead of better! Please try the following before you join the trainload of addicts dealing with mounting pain and uncontrollable side effects:

      Thyroid : Stop at your nutrition center or oriental grocery of pharmacy and get some kelp. Sprinkle it on salads, mix it in drinks, or just choke it down. The iodine in it will let your thyroid adjust itself and you’ll be amazed how everything else will change.

      If your husband’s still around you can get into a new healthy lifestyle together, one step at a time.
      Do one thing from this list every day, and also, every time you feel you need a pill, do one thing from this list First:

      N = nutrition Snack healthy – no high fructose corn syrup! Fruits, nuts, veggies – raw is good.
      E = exercise Walking is fine. You’ll think of something fun!
      W = water Brains run on water. Be sure at least 2 qt/day goes down. Water! (flavored maybe)
      S = sunlight At least 10 min. direct sunlight every day. Even when it’s hot!
      T = temperance Avoid “known poisons” like (sorry!) caffeine, nicotine, alcohol… Don’t over-do.
      A = fresh air Try sleeping next to an open window, especially by a tree. (Baby, too.)
      R = rest 7 hours / night. Those 3 hours before midnight are twice as valuable.
      T = trust Count blessings. Study scripture.

      Bible doesn’t say, “Don’t take pills.” But it offers a lot of good advice about health, as well as comfort and assurance. “The Lord is on my side. I will not fear!” I doubt that you’ll need pills as things improve for you.

  32. QUESTION:
    Two of my Cats Have Terminal illnesses?
    Hi all I just found out last night that my two of my Beautiful cats have got terminal illnesses.
    One has got lung cancer and the other has Kidney failure, high blood pressure and has gone blind and only has possibly a month to live.
    I’m feeling so heartbroken as the one with cancer was my surrogate baby before the kids came.

    We have brought her home for the weekend to say goodbye as we may have to take her back on Monday to put her to sleep, I was just wondering if you think its cruel us playing God and ending her life?
    ( the vet says there is nothing we an do for her and she will just fade away if we don’t put her to sleep).

    My husband and I are just feeling very confused on what to do…….obviously we don’t want her to suffer but finding it hard to let her go.

    • ANSWER:
      While it’s extremely hard to make such an important and final decision, remember that your beloved cats are counting on you to do what’s right for them. If they are in pain and suffering with no hope in site, then they need you to make that decision to release them from their pain. Often owners won’t make that final and loving decision, as they can’t face the loss of their cat. But remember that as long as it’s a decision of love (and not one of convenience, as it is sadly with many people) then you truly are doing what is right for your cat. It’s never easy, and it’s always sad. It’s the hardest thing you will ever do, but also the most loving, if that makes sense.

      Best wishes to you.

  33. QUESTION:
    Lots of crazy things are happening, is it all going to put me in a high risk catagory?
    Ok so I posted on here earlier that I felt like I was having contractions.. Well I went to the hospital, and found that I was indeed having contractions. Along with high blood pressure, protein in my urine, a 3rd UTI this pregnancy, and crystals in my urine which indicate I may get kidney stones.. I was told the high blood pressure and protein are related to the onset of preeclampsia, and that if the crystals do turn into kidney stones nothing will be able to be done till after the baby is born.. Call me crazy, but isnt this a lot for a pregnant woman to have to go through? I was high risk with my daughter, and was hoping to have a normal pregnancy with my son “this pregnancy” and up till tonight everything was fine.. Is this going to ruin my chances of having a normal pregnancy. Is it going to make me high risk again? Please anybody if you had all this going on with you during your pregnancy what was your outcome? Oh just so you all know I will be 30 weeks Saturday..
    Ok all my pregnancy with my daughter was deaned high risk due to a blood clot in my uterus the size of a golf ball. Along with preeclampsia. She was taken at 34 weeks.. My doctor is a high risk ob, and has been seeing over this pregnancy. Everything has just hit at once, and it has me a little freaked out.. Last week at my appointment everything was perfect, and now all of this is going on.. I am just a little concerned that’s all..

    • ANSWER:
      Try and relax first off..all this stress is going to make it worse rather than help alleviate it..Get a good book and sit quietly for a little while each day… go get a pedicure or manicure .

      I am a pro with kidney stones…lots of water add some lemon stay away from dark liquids…you will know if you are passing one because it is a sharp stabbing pain..in the side and you will probably want to throw up…(sorry not trying to freak you out)..in the event you feel this way as hard as it is stay calm and do not stress..it makes it worse…try and go for a walk..that helps the stone to move through the ureters…into the bladder once it is in the bladder you are usually home free..check the toilet and if you see something small in there that looks like a little rock, crystal or piece of sand..stick your hand in there and take it out..your dr will want to analyze what kind of stone it is..(I know gross)..I was told that we as pregnant women were allowed to have morphine incase of a kidney stone attack (I asked because I tend to pass them every couple of months..so far almost 8months and nothing)… Ask your doctor..in the event your doctor is ok..if you start feeling like that go to the ER and they will do a urinalysis and test for blook and protien and crystals..maybe even do an ultrasound or Cat scan to see if you have stones…then they will give you drugs..which will aleviate the pain.

      Personally I would try and get through it..if you do have them, if it gets to where you are vomitting from pain and cannot stand go to the doctor or get in bed..it can take a couple of hours to sometimes a day or two…It will be alright trust me I know…

      Lots of water eat healthy, and try and find time for yourself 30 minutes a day and focus on you uninterupted *I know easier said than done..Stress is whats making you not feel well so try and destress…if you pray then take 30 minutes of quiet time with you and God..if you don’t meditate and just turn everything off some soft music and a nice candle and just close your eyes and think of nothing…

      Good Luck..

  34. QUESTION:
    Getting Off Diuretics, experiencing big time swelling, Help!?
    After having my 2nd baby with Pre-Esclampsia and Hellp disease (again), I was put on water pills to help my blood pressure and edema. Well, it’s been 2 years now, and my BP is back to normal(121/72). But as soon as I miss 1 day, my feet, hands, and belly swell. Its very alarming and uncomfortable. No, I’m not prego again. I’ve totally omitted salt intake from my diet. And my family doctor has checked all my kidney and liver functions with blood tests, ultrasounds, and MRI’s. All come back normal. I have been off my HCTZ now for 5 days, and the swelling has not gone down, even wearing flip flops are intolerable, and leave deep indentations in my feet. I exercise regularly on the elliptical for 30 minutes every day. Is there a certain doctor I should see? Help!!!!!
    PS, I am 29 years old, not over weight. And have been to the OBGYN, any they can’t conclude anything either. They say that having symptoms of Pre-Esclampsia and Hellp after the baby is born is not possible. AHHHH!!!

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a woman to give birth without knowing she is pregnant?
    Is it possible for a woman to give birth without knowing she is pregnant?
    I believe it is. As I have seen on the show, I didn’t know I was pregnant, many women can have vaginal bleeding and mistake that for a period. Also lots of women may not gain a lot of weight during pregnancy whether they are skinny or overweight. Then there are women who believe they are infertile and may think that the symptoms are something else. Not to mention a woman may not have symptoms or cravings or morning sickness.

    I saw on TV a documentary about a woman named Nicole. She had obesity and high blood pressure and was told that she may never get pregnant because it stopped her from having periods which she did not have for 14-15 years. Nicole went on a diet and lost 30 pounds which most likely caused her to ovulate and conceive. Later Nicole began feeling symptoms such as hot flashes, cold flashes, and nausea, and sweats as well as back pain. Nicole suspected she was going through an early menopause She went to many doctors and was never able to find out what was wrong and because of her high blood pressure and obesity she and her doctors never considered that she could be pregnant. Nicole later had vaginal bleeding which she thought was a period but it did not seem normal to her. One despite feeling pain in her body, Nicole picked up her mother to drive her to the hospital to get kidney dialysis, but then she was in so much pain that her mother took her to the emergency room and left to get her dialysis. Nicole was given a test that and found out she was pregnant but was the doctors were not yet able to determine how long she was pregnant. Later Nicole felt like she needed to use the bathroom ad while on the toilet gave birth to a son. She was shocked. However, because of her high blood pressure she was in danger of pre-ecclampsia which put her in danger of seizure, coma, and death. She needed to expel her placenta to be cured. Since she gave birth to her son and his umbilical cord detached, the doctor pulled her umbilical cord and it meant that it did not move which meant that she had another baby so Nicole pushed and gave birth to a girl. Later her boyfriend and and her mother cam back and they were told what happened and they were shocked but happy. It was said that Nicole’s placenta had lots of padding and that along with the fact that Nicole assumed that she was infertile were why she didn’t know she was pregnant. Nicole’s twins were premature by 2 months and later her twin daughter tragically died.

    • ANSWER:
      Possible, but not common. I was shocked to find out I was pregnant, but I was only 6 weeks. It’s now VERY obvious even to strangers that I’m pregnant at 24 weeks. I started out overweight, but not obese. I have had irregular periods my whole life and my husband and I thought I had fertility issues.

  36. QUESTION:
    Blood in urine… 7 Months pregnant…?
    Well let me start off by saying that I have contacted my Doctors office this morning but have yet to get a return phone call back. So while im waiting and concerned im wondering what this could be and if anyone else has expierenced this.

    Here’s the situation- Mothers day weekend I went to the hospital in severe pain in my side and lower stomach. Come to find out that a tube in my kidney was blocked which I had to have surgery to have a stent put in to drain the bacterial infection. After the surgey I did have blood and the infection in my urine. (which was normal)

    Since then the pain and pressure in my bladder has been so bad that I have a hatrd time walking or sitting down. When metioned to the OB he said it was just the baby and that it was normal?!? Now this is my 3rd child and this does not feel norm….but what do i know?!?

    Anyhow now over the weekend every so often I hav been noticing blood in my urine?!?! I’m not sure what is going on. any one go through this?
    19 minutes ago – 3 days left to answer.
    Additional Details
    7 minutes ago

    Yes, I always feel the need that I have to go to the bathrom and when I do it does hurt like a burning.
    im already being treated 4 the kidney infection

    • ANSWER:
      you might have a kindney infection.
      i had one and i bled a little bit but not a lot and when i went to the bathroom it burned really bad.
      bad enough to were i almost cried.

      definitly go to your doctor and get checked out.
      just to make sure everythings ok with the baby.
      and have them test you for a kidney infection.

  37. QUESTION:
    Blood in Urine…. 7 Months pregnant.?
    Well let me start off by saying that I have contacted my Doctors office this morning but have yet to get a return phone call back. So while im waiting and concerned im wondering what this could be and if anyone else has expierenced this.

    Here’s the situation- Mothers day weekend I went to the hospital in severe pain in my side and lower stomach. Come to find out that a tube in my kidney was blocked which I had to have surgery to have a stent put in to drain the bacterial infection. After the surgey I did have blood and the infection in my urine. (which was normal)

    Since then the pain and pressure in my bladder has been so bad that I have a hatrd time walking or sitting down. When metioned to the OB he said it was just the baby and that it was normal?!? Now this is my 3rd child and this does not feel norm….but what do i know?!?

    Anyhow now over the weekend every so often I hav been noticing blood in my urine?!?! I’m not sure what is going on. any one go through this?
    Yes, I always feel the need that I have to go to the bathrom and when I do it does hurt like a burning.

    • ANSWER:
      Blood in urine is not normal. You may have a reoccurring UTI. Do you also have urgency to go? any burning?

  38. QUESTION:
    My bf of 2 years mother supposedly has stage 5 kidney failure. Who should be the one caring for her?
    My bf of 2 years is being pressured to care for his mother while she is supposedly ill with kidney failure. My boyfriend has 4 sisters, 1 in which lives with the mother in the same house. Who is 22 years old. A vibrant, go getter who is free loading, leeching(pays for no rent, food or any bills) off her mother because the family pity’s her because 3 years ago she was in a auto accident leaving her with a few pins in her ankle. Yet this 21 year old is and has shown full capability of utilizing her ankle. She works on the ankle, drives, she goes out and parties on her ankle, we’ve even seen her run, rush down the stairs to greet her bf whenever he rings the doorbell etc. Her mom babies her as if she is an invalid, she knows she is pulling one over on her family by being weighed on hand and foot! She is taking full advantage of her family. My bf feels he needs and is the one who should soley take care and be the superhero of his mom, while all his sisters are free to live their own life. They all (mother and sisters) manipulate and brainwash my bf from at a young age. He comes from a broken family at the age of 10, his mom cheated on his dad and ended up pregnant with the 22 year old sister. His sisters have him CONVINCED he has no real life, committment to me and my child and pushes in his mind he’s the best candidate to put his life with us to the side lines and care for their mother. His mom told him her doctor said that he is better off testing to see if he is a match for a donor. His mother said to him that she doesn’t want her daughters(bfs sisters) to be tested because she(the mom) doesn’t want them(sisters) to donate a kidney just in case one of their children(her grandchildren) may need a kidney in the future leaving her daughters(bfs sisters) with just one kidney. She also told my bf that mothers are always a match for their kids. NO they AREN”T! I know many and was told by doctors that moms aren’t always a match when indeed the fathers were. Leaving both mother and father of equal match if they even match at all. She was manipulating him once again. My bf is cluless on his mother’s illness, they keep secrets from him and her illness just seems untrue, nothing seems to add up. They only tell him certain things has if her illness is a fraud, a hoax, a gimmick! If she was knocking on deaths door as his sisters have him thinking then why aren’t any of his sisters here staying with their mother and helping out. His mom hasn’t even told her own sisters(bfs aunts) of her alledged kidney illness. Very, very odd and fishy!!! My bf and I do live closer to his mom, but his sisters can come visit and do what is typical of family(the circle of life) and all come together and pitch in to help their mother. They all feel just because my bf and I live closer that he’s the one who should be there and do everything for the mother. On his day off he runs to do things around her house, while my poor bf works an insane amount of hours and is dropping dead himslef. My bf was given a ONCE IN A LIFETIME opportunity to take over a family business in another state. He feels obligated to stay here in case his mother dies, putting his life on hold. While his other sisters live their lives in another state. He’s in his mid 30′s and should not be pressured and brainwashed by them to think he is the only one who should drop his life to take care for his mother. I feel that all the siblings should congregate together as a family and do what is the norm that usually many normal families do, th ey all pitch in being the caretakers for their mother, Regardless how far, or how near any of them live, or how many kids they have or whatever the reason. If they don’t live near, they can always and EASILY jump on a flight and come here. She is ALL their mother. Everyone who knows of his sisters and mother know that they are all MANIPULATIVE and SELFISH demons! They are all self absorded and care for their own family and basically do not care about my bf’s happiness. They are all pissed off and jealous that I stole him from them. Because now he has his own life and isn’t free to the point to be the sole caretaker for their mom. By him having his own life he stopped his sisters plans of being free of the burden of having to care for their mother. The mother and sisters don’t want my bf to have a life life and are pissed off he now has a life with me and my child. They always, in their minds expected him to be the caretaker of their mother the rest of her life so they won’t have to deal with her. She is a pathetic and very needy woman. She always whines like the 21 year old daughter and expects every one to drop all and come running. Honestly who wants to be tied down like that, being robbed a life! Every passing moment they premeditate a way to try to break up my bf and I so my bf could be free to be stuck caring for their mother while the siste
    My bf seems to be choosing to be the caretaker and he doesn’t care about the life he has stared and blessed me and my child with. Yes there are 5 siblings and he is he only one who will give up his life at the moment to help is mother. I need to have him see that he has the right to a life of his own and still be able to care for his mother from another state or by which ever other way. He feels he needs to be herearound the corner. meanwhile he jas a 22 year old sister who lives in the same house as their mother and the other sister live out of state, just a plane ride away. Why can’t he see that he can always fly out to see and help her. His sisters convinced him that he is the only one left to help their mom because they are busy withthere own life. Well what about his life? Why does he feel he must be the one to surrender his life affecting me and my childs as well. When he has sister to and can do the same, they just CHOOSE NOT TO. I feel he thinks he can save her.

    • ANSWER:
      you need to have a serious conversation with your bf, if he can’t see what the situation is doing to you, then you need to tell him. Sounds like he is still tied to mama’s apron strings and needs to cut the ties that bind him. If he can’t or wont do that, then you need to move on and find someone that will meet your need.

  39. QUESTION:
    why could this be ….?
    ok, so erm, im 14 and i had a bit of a pregnancy scare.i know that sounds bad but just read the question please instead of judging me, so about over month ago i thought i could be pregnant as i had just about every symptom you could have when your pregnant like ; sickness, eating more, peeing more, putting on a bit of weight, my breasts are bigger, my belly has gone into the shape of a “bump” and loads of other symptoms, so i went to the doctor and i had still been taking my period which can happen but anyways i done tests, they were all negative . then she sent me for an ultrasound and it was ok, they couldnt see anything except from a bit of pressure on my kidneys but they thought that was due to the amount of water i had drank before hand even though i had been to the toilet. so it was all clear other than that. so since then i havent had sex but im now going onto my 3rd week of being overdue my period and the last time i had one was before my scan about 7 wks ago so why could this be ? do u think there could be a hidden baby in there somewhere ? if not, what else could it be ? thanks. x
    Erm excuse me, i said dont judge me, u dont know me and ill have u know im actually mature for my age according to people. and it was a one off. every teenager experiments, its part of life .

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    why could this be…?
    ok, so erm, im 14 and i had a bit of a pregnancy scare.i know that sounds bad but just read the question please instead of judging me, so about over month ago i thought i could be pregnant as i had just about every symptom you could have when your pregnant like ; sickness, eating more, peeing more, putting on a bit of weight, my breasts are bigger, my belly has gone into the shape of a “bump” lower back pain, mood swings for No reason whatsoever and loads of other symptoms, so i went to the doctor and i had still been taking my period which can happen but anyways i done tests, they were all negative . then she sent me for an ultrasound and it was ok, they couldnt see anything except from a bit of pressure on my kidneys but they thought that was due to the amount of water i had drank before hand even though i had been to the toilet. so it was all clear other than that. so since then i havent had sex but im now going onto my 3rd week of being overdue my period and the last time i had one was before my scan about 7 wks ago so why could this be ? do u think there could be a hidden baby in there somewhere ? if not, what else could it be ? thanks. x
    if somebody would answer i would stop posting it and ive only done it twice…posted it.
    sometimes a scan wont pick up things as people have been told their having one child which turns out to be twins. explain that.

    • ANSWER:
      well, I doubt it, I would go get some tests done, maybe something is wrong. Go to a physician


Autoimmune Disease Of The Kidneys

The immune system of our body is a collection of cells, tissues and molecules which work together to protect the body against any attack from foreign bodies like bacteria, viruses, fungi etc. Autoimmune disease occurs when the body’s immune system fails and starts producing antibodies which react against some of the body’s own tissues. This can have a lot of effects on the body and can even prove to be fatal in many cases. It is said to be the 3rd most common disease in USA. It is said to affect one in thirty one Americans.

An autoimmune process can cause the destruction of a particular type of cell or tissue, can cause an organ to grow excessively, and can even affect the organs’ functionality. The endocrine glands are mostly affected by this kind of disease. The generally affected areas include are the red blood cells, adrenal glands, thyroid, pancreas, connecting tissues and many skin and muscle joints. Women are more susceptible to auto immune diseases than men. The reason for this is yet to be discovered by researchers.

One of the main reasons for this could be that women have great immunity when compared to men for all kinds of diseases. So this makes them more prone to auto immune diseases.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Fun activities and things for a person with an autoimmune disease to do?
    I have lupus SLE and kidney disease, and since I am very very sensitive to the light the summer is sad and depressing for me. I am getting tired of staying in the house, I also want to do things that can be done alone to since all of my friends work and I don’t. I also am looking for some ideas about some activities I can do at night to which would be great. I also need activities that I can do with my friends when they are available that will be fun but do not require me to be out side or over do it physically. Please hep I am feeling like I am been cut off from the world because I have a disease that limits me physically

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Kenbfos,
      I feel for you. I have discoid lupus. I can feel my skin burn in sunlight. I wear prescription sunblock even at night.
      I go to the beach; when it rains, I go to the aquarium, and the Bronx Zoo, I fly my Radio Control Helicopter under the Pkwy.
      Go bowling, Museums, movies, casinos, dinner…. travel to other cities and repeat this formula w/ gps (try washington DC) use the subway, when above ground walk on the side of the street with shadows

  2. QUESTION:
    do autoimmune diseases causes kidney failure?
    if the exist a disease could cause kidney failure can somebody tell me the type of autoimmune disease!!

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

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

  4. QUESTION:
    I have a disease called Scleroderma. Can somebody please tell me when I’m going to die?
    Hi I was recently hospitalized for fainting spells. They found out that I have a disease called scleroderma which is causing some connective tissue thingy to affect my lungs which caused fainting spells. I was given some ACE inhibitor thing because the disease started to attack my kidneys. I’m currently on some kid of drug that is supposed to stop connective tissue overgrowth. My doctor says that I am going to be ok but I doubt it. My parents can’t give me a definative answer they just keep telling me it’s gonna be ok and bullsht like that. I’m 6’1 136 pounds and this disease is slowly killing me. I recently have had severe joint and stomach pain. Can somebody tell me when I’m going to die? My girlfriend also says the same thing that I’m gonna be ok. Basically what an autoimmune disease is I guess. My body is allergic to itself and every1 is saying i’ll be ok? Sum1 just tell me when I’m going to die. If i have to live with this I might as well take my dad’s pistol and shoot myself. Because this scleroderma thing is horrible.

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    What connections are there between hypothyroidism and sinus problems?
    My son has been diagnosed with HSP and, as a result, kidney disease. It is believed that some autoimmune disorder is the cause. He takes prednisone and still suffers illness from coughing and sinus congestion. I have hypothyroidism and was wondering if this might be the cause for his problems as well. His thyroid tests came back on the low side of normal range which mine did as well. They treated me anyway. Please help.
    Please note that I do not feel that my hypothyroidism is like a virus attacking his body. I want to know if he might have hypothyroidism. I know that my condition is not contagious.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t think that you having hypothyroidism is the cause for your son’s Henoch-Schloin Purpura. True, both hypothyroidism and HSP have an autoimmune cause, but I don’t think that your hypothyroidism is causing your son’s sinus problems directly. You can ask your doctor to provide you with more literature and maybe do some searches yourself. Hope this helps.

  6. QUESTION:
    Match the disease or condition to the endocrine deficiency.?
    a. Melatonin b. Addison’s disease c. diabetes mellitus d. acromegaly e. parathyroid hormone f. Grave’s disease

    1. overproduction of thyroid hormone, usually an autoimmune disease
    2. overproduction of growth hormone
    3. deficiency of mineralocorticoids and glucocorticoids
    4. this might be used to treat jet lag
    5. an excess of this may lead to bone weakness and formation of kidney stones
    6.this might develop if cells in the body cannot respond to insulin

    • ANSWER:
      1. Grave’s disease
      2. Acromegaly
      3. Addisons Disease
      4. Melatonin
      5. Parathyroid Hormone
      6. Diabetes Mellitus.

  7. QUESTION:
    Multifocal Choroiditis?
    My 10 yr old daughter has recently been diagnoses with multifocal choroiditis, a condition that affects the choroid layer of the eye. This, I have been told is a rare disease and is vision threatening which might progress to the other eye also. She had to undergo steroid therapy to clear up the inflammation but one step vision could not be saved. Instead of 6/6 she is now reading 6/9 in her right eye (the affected eye). Several tests could not reveal anything to the doctors as to what could be the cause of this disease. My son 6, died battling with chronic kidney disease last April. My question is, I see a lot of linkage of this disease to an autoimmune disorder (because my son also suffered the behavior of an abnormal immune system) but I don’t know exactly how to deal with it, whom to turn to, who is specialized to give a holistic approach to this rather than concentrating on a certain condition only? Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    Would you agree that my life sucks?
    I have an autoimmune disease where my body destroys my kidneys. I had to take high doses of steroids for the past 4 months, both orally and intervaneously. They gave me terrible side effects like insomnia, muscle loss, aching joints and muscles, terrible acne, and extreme mood swings and depression.
    Now I see my doctor, and he tells me that the treatment isn’t working and I have to start taking immunosupressants that are going to make me shit my pants and give me extreme stomach upset. So all that steroid treatment was in vain, which is a shame, because now I need more doctors to help with the skin problems and depression it caused.

    And I’ve missed so much school with all the hospital visits that I’m failing a good number of my classes.
    My mom is bipolar and drives me nuts and my dad ordered a mailorder bride from eastern europe half his age and now has a 1 year old daughter with her.

    I was just wondering if anyone else thinks my life sucks or if its just me, keep in mind I’m only 15
    I guess I should add that my dad’s an alcoholic, but its not like he beats me or anything.

    • ANSWER:
      I feel very sorry. and please listen to me, you need God, trust me, if you take this seriously and just pray and ask him to be your Saviour he will be. God can change every aspect of your life. He can save you.

  9. QUESTION:
    Please help. I have answered 300 out of 500 so far and I am not having any luck.?
    Which system involves plasma proteins activated when they contact a bacterial cell?
    a. infection
    b. complement
    c. bodyguard
    d. defender
    Which cells produce antibodies?
    a. helper T
    b. suppressor T
    c. cytotoxic T
    d. B
    Which cells are held in reserve to be used for a rapid response to subsequent intruders of the same type?
    a. helper T
    b. suppressor T
    c. cytotoxic T
    d. memory
    Body cells have self-markers located
    a. in their nuclei.
    b. in the endoplasmic reticulum.
    c. in the mitochondria.
    d. on the plasma membrane.
    Lupus can be found as an autoimmune disease in
    a. the pericardium.
    b. the kidneys.
    c. the brain.
    d. all of the above
    Which cells are similar to cytotoxic cells in their mode of action?
    a. helper T
    b. natural killer
    c. cytotoxic T
    d. memory

    • ANSWER:
      Complement system
      B cells
      Memory
      In their Nuclei
      The Brain
      Natural killer

  10. QUESTION:
    What Do You Know about Vaccines?
    Did you know that most veterinarians will over vaccinate your dog? (1)

    93% of Veterinarians will Recommend the following schedule for vaccinating your dogs.
    6 wks – DHLPPC Lyme B
    8wks – DHLPPC Lyme B
    12 wks – DHLPPC Lyme B
    16 wks – DHLPPC Lyme B R
    1yr – DHLPPC Lyme B R
    2yr – DHLPPC Lyme B R
    And Every year after that till death – DHLPPC Lyme B R

    American Animal Hospital Association, American Veterinary Medical Association Council On Biologic & Therapeutic Agents, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine will Recommend the following schedule for vaccinating your dogs.
    6 wks – DHPP
    8wks – DHPP
    12 wks – DHPP
    16 wks – DHPP R
    1yr – DHPP R
    4yr – DHPP R
    7 yr – DHPP R
    10 yr – DHPP R
    Every three years till death – DHPP R

    ***
    D= Distemper
    H = Hepatitis (CAV2)
    L = Leptospirosis ( 4 serovars)
    P = Parainfluenza
    P = Parvo virus
    C= Corona virus
    B = Bordetella
    R = Rabies

    Did you know that when tested, the duration of immunity for Rabies vaccine, Canine distemper vaccine, and Canine Parvovirus vaccine, have all been demonstrated to be a minimum of 7 years by serology for rabies and challenge studies for all others? (2)

    Did you know that yearly vaccines for dogs have negative affects on the immune system? (3)
    Dr. Michael W. Fox DVM – “Adverse vaccination reactions resulting in disease (so called vaccinosis) include injection-site fibro- sarcomas in cats, and various immune-system dysfunction diseases, possibly hyperthyroidism, inflammatory bowel disease, various chronic skin conditions and kidney disease. More research has been done in dogs, where certain breeds and lines are particularly prone to develop vaccinosis. Conditions associated with same include encephalitis, seizures, polyneuropathy ( weakness, incoordination and muscle atrophy), hypertrophic osteodystrophy (shifting lameness and painful joints), autoimmune thyroiditis and hypothyroidism, liver, kidney and bone marrow failure variously associated with autoimmune hemolytic anemia, immune mediated thrombocytopenia.”

    (1) http://www.critteradvocacy.org/Are%20We%20Over%20Vaccinating%20Our%20Pets.htm
    (2) Schultz, Ronald D, Duration of Immunity to Canine Vaccines: What We Know and What We Don’t Know, Proceedings – Canine Infectious Diseases: From Clinics to Molecular Pathogenesis, Ithaca, NY, 1999, 22. “http://www.critteradvocacy.org/The%20Science%20Has%20Been%20Done.htm”
    (3) http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/petvacc2.htm#1

    Other resources for this information come from:
    www.IVIS.org
    www.vetmed.wsu.edu
    www.vmth.ucdavis.edu
    www.vet.cornell.edu
    www.avma.org/policies/vaccinations/htm
    www.healthypet.com
    www.Vin.com

    Please inform yourselves! Question your veterinarian!
    I am spamming because there are a lot of uneducated people on Y!A and I am trying to expose them to information!

    • ANSWER:
      I have always questioned the use of vaccinations. I have had sixteen dogs who were vaccinated by the breeder before they came to me. However I have always been concerned about the dreadful chemicals that are said to prevent parvo etc. My dogs have never had annual vaccinations I use homoeopathic nosodes instead.

      I don’t use conventional treatments to prevent fleas, I make my own with essential oils and none of my dogs have ever had fleas All of my dogs have gone to training classes and have always mixed freely with other dogs.

      In the past I have used worming tablets because of the dreadful things that I read about worms. Then I asked a very knowledgeable dog owner how often that I should do this. His reply was “why are you giving your dog worming tablets if she hasn’t got worms”. In view of this and the fact that my latest dog reacted badly to worming tablets I no longer give her worming tablets.
      Worms have always concerned me, earlier this week I took my ten year old GSD for a check up and I took a faeces sample for analysis. In spite of the fact that she has not had worming tablets for two years there was no evidence of worms.

      I have come to the conclusion that vets and drug companies are shouting and advertising their products to increase their incomes at the expense of our dog’s health.
      I have never needed to economise on my dogs, however in this economic climate there are people who need to do this. If anyone needs to know about the homeopathic and VERY CHEAP nosodes to prevent parvo etc.email me. I can also provide a kind and simple recipe to prevent fleas.
      As an addendom to this, some vets ask before they treat a dog if it is insured.BEWARE At present I have an honest vet, unfortunately some vets suggest unnecessary treatment to add to their profits. If for any reason I need to consult a specialist who I don’t know, I lie and tell them that my dog is NOT insured.

      Hopefully the people who read this will not simply stop giving their dogs annual vaccinations. They need to use an alternative, the alternatives are CHEAP and safe

  11. QUESTION:
    What medication is there to take for Gout besides Colchicine and Allopurinal?
    My husband (30 years old) is being tested for a Autoimmune disorder (results pending) We have been going back and forth the Nephrologists, Urologists, Hematologists, etc and they cant seem to diagnose him. He does have stage 4 Kidney disease and was on both Colchincine and Allopurinal for his Gout Attacks due to his high uric acid. He has stopped taking those because of the effect they have on your White Blood Counts…as he was severely Neutropenic at the beginning of the year and was hospitalized. He was never prescribed anything else and now has had a few flares of gout over the last week…any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    This is a lot to ask, I know. But if someone could review my APA paper I would GREATLY appreciate it. ?
    I think my greatest problem is with grammer errors and my in-text citations. Also, all of those citations that repeat themselves look funny to me. They can’t be right? Can they? I’m also confused with secondary citations. I think they’re a no no but I can’t get a clear answer on what they are. Here’s the paper. Please kindly review if you’d like. I’d love yah for it.

    Kisses
    Mandi

    (Title page not included)

    Introduction
    Lupus is an autoimmune disease that permits the affected body to build antibodies to attack its own cells as if they were foreign. There are three main types of lupus. They are discoid, drug induced, and Systemic lupus erythematosus (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). Doctors must be careful in diagnosing lupus since it can easily be confused with other diseases (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008). Lupus is capable of attacking any part of the body but for the most part it mainly affects the skin, kidneys, joints, heart, gastrointestinal tract, and serous membranes (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). The cause of Lupus is currently unknown. Lupus truly is a sickness of mystery since the cause and cure have currently been unidentified. However, there are known genetic (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009) and environmental (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008) aspects that have been known to trigger this illness. On an inspiring note, there is presently a study being conducted with mice in search for the cure of lupus.

    Discussion
    Lupus is an autoimmune disease that is known to be a chronic (continuous or reoccurring) inflammatory illness that has the ability to attack any region of the body (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). The symptoms of the disease are painful or swollen joints and muscle pain, unexplained fever, red rashes, chest pain when breathing deeply, loss of hair, pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress (also known as Raynaud’s phenomenon), sensitivity to the sun swelling in legs or around eyes, mouth ulcers, swollen glands and extreme fatigue (WebMD, 2008). Those that suffer from lupus may never have the same symptoms as another person with the disease (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). However, the most common areas of the body affected are the skin, kidneys, joints, heart, gastrointestinal tract, and serous membranes (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009).. Also in most cases in order for a doctor to diagnose lupus the patient must illustrate at least four (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009) of the listed symptoms.
    The actual cause of the disease is unknown. However, there are genetic and environmental characteristics that could trigger lupus to develop. Many patients that suffer from lupus have a genetic association with the disease (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). Lupus could be the result of mutated genes of interferon and the genes that play vital roles in regulating the immune response (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). If a patient has a genetic link to lupus there are also environmental aspects that could trigger lupus. They are infection, ultraviolet light, certain drugs like; procainamide, hydralazine, and quinidine (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008), and extreme stress (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). Factors that potentially contribute to the progression of lupus are interleukins and interferons (immune molecules). Interleukins and interferons have been shown to control the autoantibody release in response to certain bodily stimuli (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009).
    Lupus commonly affects women, African Americans, and Asians more than any other group (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008). Since 90% of all patients with lupus are female, women between the ages of 15-50 should be tested for lupus if they portray at least one of the symptoms (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008). Also, there is an increased risk of lupus in people who already have the Epstein-Barr virus. (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008)
    The healthy immune system’s mission is to protect the body from infections and foreign objects within the body. When the immune system is working properly it will recognize the foreign bacteria, virus, or objects as non-self. Upon recognition that something does not belong, it will build antibodies against the unwanted agent, attack and destroy it (Marieb, 2009, p. 408 & 410). However, the activities of the immune system are much different when the body is affected with lupus. Instead of the body producing antibodies against foreign bacterial that do not belong, the immune system will produce an autoantibody that attacks the body’s own cells and tissues. The reason for this is because they can not recognize their own cells or tissue as self. When an autoantibody attack occurs, the autoantibodies will attach themselves to various tissues and cells (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008). When this happens the body’s inflammatory response occurs. The same thing happens when we have been hurt and the tissue has truly been damaged.
    There are a few different ways Lupus can affect the body, for example in nearly all individuals that suffer from lup

    • ANSWER:
      It’s a pretty good paper but in the beginning you made an error. There are four types of Lupus. Neo Natal (babies), Drug Induced, Discoid and Systemic. Then after that you should state that your paper is talking about Systemic Lupus because they symptoms you go on to describe are those of Systemic Lupus. Your citings follow the APA guidelines. I couldn’t see the entire paper as it got cut off. Also couldn’t see your works cited page. You don’t show any quotation marks so I’m assuming that you didn’t plagerize any of the information directly from the material.

  13. 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.

  14. QUESTION:
    What are the treatment options and recovery chances for a patient with Goodpasture’s Syndrome?
    A friend of mine has been hospitalized with Goodpasture’s Syndrome. I’m having trouble finding out what the treatment options and chances of full recovery are for this disease.

    What can you tell me about the disease besides that it’s an autoimmune disorder that targets the lungs and kidneys?
    This is the first time he’s been hospitalized. He’s had issues with anemia for years. He was originally hospitalized for pneumonia in both lungs. I’ve been estranged from this particular friend and his family for several years, and I guess I’m trying to find out how serious it before I decide what action (if any) is appropriate on my part.

    • ANSWER:
      Your friend and the family will have been informed of this and if you know the family well enough, you might ask them.

      Goodpasture’s is a chronic, relapsing pulmonary (lungs) hemosiderosis (increased iron deposits in tissue) and is usually associated with glomerulonephritis (an inflammation of the glomerulus of the kidney). There is usually a cough with hemoptysis (bloody cough), dyspnea (difficulty breathing), anemia, and progressive renal (kidney) failure.

      Mild forms may respond to corticosteroids or immunosuppressive drugs. Severe recurrent cases have a poor prognosis and hemodialysis and kidney transplant are the only treatments. I have no way to know the severity of your friend’s situation and you have not stated this. You may not know. Is this the first time for hospitalization?

      Despite what another has told you, there is no homeopathic “cure” for this disorder. I’m so very sorry.

  15. QUESTION:
    DIABETES question, please help.?
    In type 1 diabetes, the ________ may be destroyed by an autoimmune disease.

    a. hepatocytes of the liver
    b. beta cells of the pancreas
    c. neurotransmitters of the brain
    d. glomerulus cells of the kidney

    • ANSWER:
      Answer is B – beta islet cells of the pancreas.

      Diabetes is a glucose metabolism disorder. The pancreas makes insulin which allows glucose to move into the cells to facilitate cellular metabolism. None of the other cells or organs mentioned produce insulin.

  16. QUESTION:
    does this sound like a muscoskeletal issue?
    I have been experiencing stomach pain, abdominal bloating, constipation, belching, and back pain for over a week now. It started after I got sick from drinking too much alcohol. I have a chronic bladder condition called interstitial cystitis and my doctor thinks i most likely have irritable bowel syndrome as well. She tested my urine for a kidney infection b/c of the back pain but there was nothing. If I feel down below my rib cage on my back and it is tender to the touch. My kidney area hurts badly and it feels like a burning sensation. I have been reading online and think I may have Pancreatitis? Is this consistent with Pancreatitis? I also have read about Fibromyalgia as well b/c these autoimmune diseases seem to occur together, but I just cant get myself to think that this is just a muscoskeletal pain problem especially since its mainly in the area where my kidneys are located. I know this isnt for medical advise but I have been posting on other sites and have gotten no where. I have an appt with a GI dr next week so I am hoping i can get some answers. I had a Complete metabolic panel test done and all levels were normal that was in June. Could this one episode be the cause of a serious condition such as Pancreatitis? I have been reading about Ulcers as well. I dont have a churning gnawing pain in my gut or blood in my stool etc.. I do have a little indigestion though.

    • ANSWER:
      Katie,
      No it does not and I think since you have IC you need to see a urologist that is knowledgeable in IC. Sounds to me also like you have a kidneys infection. That needs to be looked into right away as they can become very serious very fast. You can see your primary care doctor or your urologist if you have one so you can get on antibiotics. I have IC for most of my life now. I also have IBS and Fibro and know that these go hand in hand many times with IC. I know many people that have IC. There is a diet for IC that also helps with your symptoms and problems. There is support site that is very good in giving support and information on IC,Fibro and IBS amongst other things. It also has the diet for IC. Most people cannot drink alchohol that have IC as it makes matters worse. It sure sounds to me like this is connected to your IC. Please contact your doctor rigth away to rule out infection in your kidneys. Feel free to join the I_Shine support group just for these issues at I_shine-subscribe@yahoo.com
      Everyone there is so helpful and very supportive. Good at answering questions and just caring.
      Good luck to you,
      Shar

  17. QUESTION:
    hiv ? what does this story means?
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    One ‘positive’ test for harmless anti bodies out of well over 20,000 porn stars who test monthly in ten years. Proof that ‘AIDS’ is not an std.

    Factors Known to Cause
    False Positive HIV Antibody Test Results

    1.Anti-carbohydrate antibodies 52,19,13
    2.Naturally-occurring antibodies 5,19
    3.Passive immunization: receipt of gamma globulin or immune (as prophylaxis against infection which contains antibodies) 18, 26, 60, 4,
    22, 42, 43, 13
    4.Leprosy 2, 25
    5.Tuberculosis 25
    6.Mycobacterium avium 25
    7.Systemic lupus erythematosus 15, 23
    8.Renal (kidney) failure 48, 23, 13
    9.Hemodialysis/renal failure 56, 16, 41, 10, 49
    10.Alpha interferon therapy in hemodialysis patients 54
    11.Flu 36
    12.Flu vaccination 30, 11, 3, 20, 13, 43
    13.Herpes simplex I 27
    14.Herpes simplex II 11
    15.Upper respiratory tract infection (cold or flu) 11
    16.Recent viral infection or exposure to viral vaccines 11
    17.Pregnancy in multiparous women 58, 53, 13, 43, 36
    18.Malaria 6, 12
    19.High levels of circulating immune complexes 6, 33
    20.Hypergammaglobulinemia (high levels of antibodies) 40, 33
    21.False positives on other tests, including RPR (rapid plasma
    reagent) test for syphilis 17, 48, 33, 10, 49
    22.Rheumatoid arthritis 36
    23.Hepatitis B vaccination 28, 21, 40, 43
    24.Tetanus vaccination 40
    25.Organ transplantation 1, 36
    26.Renal transplantation 35, 9, 48, 13, 56
    27.Anti-lymphocyte antibodies 56, 31
    28.Anti-collagen antibodies (found in gay men, haemophiliacs, Africans of both sexes and people with leprosy) 31
    29.Serum-positive for rheumatoid factor, antinuclear antibody (both found in rheumatoid arthritis and other autoantibodies) 14, 62, 53
    30.Autoimmune diseases 44, 29, 1O, 40, 49, 43
    31.Systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, connective tissue disease, dermatomyositis Acute viral infections, DNA viral infections 59,
    48, 43, 53, 40, 13
    32.Malignant neoplasms (cancers) 40
    33.Alcoholic hepatitis/alcoholic liver disease 32, 48, 40, 10, 13, 49, 43, 53
    34.Primary sclerosing cholangitis 48, 53
    35.Hepatitis 54
    36.”Sticky” blood (in Africans) 38, 34, 40
    37.Antibodies with a high affinity for polystyrene (used in the test kits) 62, 40, 3
    38.Blood transfusions, multiple blood transfusions 63, 36, 13, 49, 43, 41
    39.Multiple myeloma 10, 43, 53
    40.HLA antibodies (to Class I and II leukocyte antigens) 7, 46, 63, 48, 10, 13, 49, 43, 53
    41.Anti-smooth muscle antibody 48
    42.Anti-parietal cell antibody 48
    43.Anti-hepatitis A IgM (antibody) 48
    44.Anti-Hbc IgM 48
    45.Administration of human immunoglobulin preparations pooled before 1985 10
    46.Haemophilia 10, 49
    47.Haematologic malignant disorders/lymphoma 43, 53, 9, 48, 13
    48.Primary biliary cirrhosis 43, 53, 13, 48
    49.Stevens-Johnson syndrome 9, 48, 13
    50.Q-fever with associated hepatitis 61
    51.Heat-treated specimens 51, 57, 24, 49, 48
    52.Lipemic serum (blood with high levels of fat or lipids) 49
    53.Haemolyzed serum (blood where haemoglobin is separated from red cells) 49
    54.Hyperbilirubinemia 10, 13
    55.Globulins produced during polyclonal gammopathies (which are seen in AIDS risk groups) 10, 13, 48 cross-reactions 10
    57.Normal human ribonucleoproteins 48, 13
    58.Other retroviruses 8, 55, 14, 48, 13
    59.Anti-mitochondrial antibodies 48, 13
    60.Anti-nuclear antibodies 48, 13, 53
    61.Anti-microsomal antibodies 34
    62.T-cell leukocyte antigen antibodies 48, 13
    63.Proteins on the filter paper 13
    64.Epstein-Barr virus 37
    65.Visceral leishmaniasis 45
    66.Receptive anal sex 39, 64

    Christine Johnson, a researcher and author, compiled this list of conditions documented in the scientific literature to cause positives on HIV
    tests, and provides references for each condition.

    Christine notes:

    “Just because something is on this list doesn’t mean that it will definitely, or even probably, cause a false-positive. It depends on what
    antibodies the individual carries as well as the characteristics of each particular test kit.

    For instance, some, but not all people who have had blood transfusions,
    prior pregnancies or an organ transplant will make HLA antibodies. And some, but not all test kits (both ELISA and Western blot) will be
    contaminated with HLA antigens to which these antibodies can react. Only if these two conditions coincide might you get a false-positive
    due to HLA cross-reactivity.

    There are conditions that are more likely than others to cause false-positives. And there are some conditions that we aren’t aware of yet which
    may be documented in the future to cause false-positives. Some of the factors on the list have been documented only for ELISA, while some
    have been documented for both ELISA and Western blot (WB) tests.

    People may be eager to argue that if a factor is only known to cause false-positives on ELISA, this problem won’t be carried over to the
    WB. But remember, a WB is positive by virtue of accumulating enough individual positive bands to add up to the total required by whatever
    criteria is used to interpret it 39. So the more exposure a person has had
    to foreign antigens, proteins and infectious agents, the more various antibodies he or she will have in their system, and the more likely it is
    that there will be several cross-reacting antibodies, enough to make the WB positive.

    It is to be noted that all AIDS risk groups (and Africans as well), but not the general US or Western European population, have this problem
    in common: they have been exposed to a plethora of foreign antigens and proteins. This is why people in the AIDS “risk groups” tend to
    have positive WBs (i.e., to be considered “HIV-infected”) and people in the
    population don’t. However, even people in low-risk populations have false-positive Western blots for poorly understood reasons 47.

    Since false-positives to every single HIV protein have been documented 36, how do we know if the positive WB bands represent the various
    proteins to HIV, or a collection of false-positive bands reacting to several different non-HIV antibodies?”

    Post Extras:

    Entire thread
    Subject Posted by Posted on
    hiv test nomoreworry4me 01/19/08 06:24 PM
    I”M NEG woo hoo just wanted to know what does this mean,,

    • ANSWER:
      There’s a bunch of people out there who variously believe that HIV does not cause AIDS, or that AIDS does not exist, or that HIV is not sexually transmitted. They have been well and truly refuted on all counts.

      They make pests of themselves by spamming various websites and bulletin boards with long copy and paste posts, mostly taken from two or three AIDS denialist websites. They attacked Yahoo answers for a few months last year. It looks like they’re still spamming boards with the same stuff. The numbers in this post originally referred to footnotes, but the text has been copied and pasted so many times that the footnotes have disappeared from most versions.

      ————————————————————–

      It is true that false positive ELISA tests for HIV occur – about 3 in 1000 tests give a false positive. The list is of apparent causes for these false positives.

      Positive ELISA tests are always followed up by a confirmatory test – usually a Western Blot or similar. A diagnosis of HIV infection is only made if both tests are positive. The rate of false diagnoses using both tests together is extremely low.

      Negative ELISA tests by themselves, however, are quite reliable, so long as they are done after the window period (13 weeks).

  18. QUESTION:
    Would I be considered disabled?
    Over the few years I have been diagnosed and treated for high blood pressure, Arrhythmia, depleted vitamin d, depleted potassium, hypothyroidism, pancreatitus, shingles, swollen joints, fibromyalgia, sjogren’s syndrome, another underlying (and currently under diagnosis) autoimmune disease – have tested positive three times: I am also being treated for dry eye, tongue ulcers. I have three bulging discs, two in my neck, one in my lower back, arthritis in my neck and spine; I have been treated for the past eight years for depression; fatigue; I also have chronic kidney stones, passing 3 to 5 every year for the past 21 years.. I am thinking seriously about filing for social security disability because of all that is wrong with me. I am currently in physical therapy pool therapy twice a week for pain management, to build strength and flexibility. I am only 50 years old and have always been able to work through my issues, but the doctors have told me I can no longer work in my field because it triggers my autoimmune issues. I am looking for serious answers. I need guidance – not critisism for being in my condition.

    • ANSWER:
      are you in the US–under your question is says your not

      you MIGHT–if you were younger you would be expected to retrain for a new job…but you MIGHT be old enough that SS won’t expect you to retrain

      generally SSDI is for people who can’t work ANY job..not just their usual job..

      would you be able to work at another job and earn at least 00/month..if so, you might not qualify

  19. QUESTION:
    Bacteria in Urine?
    So I saw that this question has been asked but I have a little different situation:

    I have been diagnosed with polyarthritis with an underlying autoimmune disease. For the past year, we’ve been trying to diagnose my stupid disease… basically I go paralyzed in my legs and arms & I get weak — always tired & ect. ect. out of all my blood/urine work I’ve always had high Platelet levels and High White Blood cell levels — other than that, my blood work has been fairly normal so no doctor has mentioned anything about those. I get bladder/kidney infections every like.. 2 – 3 weeks though so it didn’t really come as a shock to me when they said after a urine test that I have bacteria in my urine. They want me to redo the test & also to do a culture or something. On the form they put ” Diagnosis: Leukocytosis”

    What does all of that mean? I’ve tried looking it up but I can’t find all that much information. Please help :) ?

    • ANSWER:
      Bacteria in the urine suggest you have another bladder/kidney infection. If the urine sample was not a clean catch midstream though, it could have been contaminated by bacteria on the skin or your hands. That’s why they want you to come redo the test. If it stills shows bacteria, the lab can culture the urine to determine which bacteria is the likely culprit, and what antibiotic would be most effective at wiping it out. Leukocytosis is simply the medical term for what you already know you have- too many white blood cells- a white cell count that is higher than normal. The lab will also need to know that information because they will detect WBC’s in the urine well above what they would otherwise expect to see. Just go repeat the urine test, you probably have a urinary tract infection again.

  20. QUESTION:
    Help! Honors Anatomy questions?
    1. Which autoimmune disease destroys the beta cells of the pancreas?
    2. The first patient you see claims that even though she is indoors almost all the time, her skin is continually getting darker. You consider sending her to a psychologist, but after running tests you discover she is hypoglycemic and has low blood pressure. Your final diagnosis is hypo secretion of the _____ gland.
    3. You see a patient who is hyperglycemic and has high blood pressure. A CAT scan is likely to reveal a tumor on what gland?
    4. You have a patient with kidney stones. You will also need to check for a tumor on which gland?
    5. A deep-voice female comes into your office. Upon examining her you notice she lacks muscle tone even though her flesh is puffy. She is discovered to have a tumor where?
    6. A patient comes to you with a large bulge in their neck. What is the problem with their thyroid? (Do not name the bulge)
    7. A patient is experiencing gigantism. You would expect a tumor to be discovered by a CAT scan of the _____.

    • ANSWER:
      How are you in an Honors class if you can’t answer these simple questions?

      Study the material.

  21. QUESTION:
    test your knowledge,fun quiz?
    Self-test

    1.What is the name of the heart valve between the right atrium and the right ventricle?

    A.mitral
    B.tricuspid
    C.bicuspid
    D.semilunar
    2.The number of red blood cells an indvidual has is determined by genetics.
    Answer
    3.During what portion of the heart’s cycle does it relax?

    A.pulmonary
    B.systole
    C.diastole
    D.systemic
    4.What is a vein that travels from one capillary bed to another called?

    A.carotid
    B.arterial
    C.portal
    D.lymphoid
    5.Which are not considered white blood cells?

    A.macrophages
    B.mast cells
    C.erythrocytes
    D.eosinophils
    6.Which immune cells secrete antibodies?

    A.B cells
    B.helperT cells
    C.suppressor T cells
    D.complement cells
    7.Which of the following is an autoimmune disease?

    A.acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
    B.anaphylatic shock
    C.rheumatoid arthritis
    D.whooping cough
    8.What kind of infective agents use reverse transcriptase?

    What is the working subunit of the kidney?
    Answer
    .
    1.Wrong Points Earned:0/1
    Correct Answer:B
    Your Response:C

    2.
    Answer
    Wrong Points Earned:0/1
    Correct Answer:False
    Your Response:True

    3.
    Right Points Earned:1/1
    Correct Answer:C
    Your Response:C
    4.Right Points Earned:1/1
    Correct Answer:C
    Your Response:C

    5.

    A.Right Points Earned:1/1
    Correct Answer:C
    Your Response:C

    6.Wrong Points Earned:0/1
    Correct Answer:A
    Your Response:B

    7.Right Points Earned:1/1
    Correct Answer:C
    Your Response:C

    8.Right Points Earned:1/1
    Correct Answer:C
    Your Response:C

    9.Points Earned:1/1
    Correct Answer:D
    Your Response:D

    10.Points Earned:0/1
    Correct Answer:False
    Your Response:True

    • ANSWER:
      1. What is the name of the heart valve between the right atrium and the right ventricle?

      A. mitral
      B. tricuspid
      C. bicuspid
      D. semilunar Answer Bicuspid
      2. The number of red blood cells an indvidual has is determined by genetics.
      Answer This isn’t a question!!!!
      3. During what portion of the heart’s cycle does it relax?

      A. pulmonary
      B. systole
      C. diastole
      D. systemic Answer diastole
      4. What is a vein that travels from one capillary bed to another called?

      A. carotid
      B. arterial
      C. portal
      D. lymphoid Answer Portal
      5. Which are not considered white blood cells?

      A. macrophages
      B. mast cells
      C. erythrocytes
      D. eosinophils Answer Erythrocytes
      6. Which immune cells secrete antibodies?

      A. B cells
      B. helperT cells
      C. suppressor T cells
      D. complement cells Answer B cells
      7. Which of the following is an autoimmune disease?

      A. acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
      B. anaphylatic shock
      C. rheumatoid arthritis
      D. whooping cough Answer Rheumatoid arthritis
      8. What kind of infective agents use reverse transcriptase?
      Answer Retroviruses

      What is the working subunit of the kidney?
      Answer Nephron

  22. QUESTION:
    When is stress and life just too much?
    Honestly, I don’t know how I’m handling all of this, much less my family. My aunt has severe RSD and had her arm amputated in January, that same week I lost my job and have yet to even be called for an interview. Two weeks later, my Grandfather, who has been sick for the last 3 years( he had two massive strokes) was taken to the hospital again for his kidneys and then released and taken back again and had two low scale heart attacks. He was released and sent back home to only have my Grandmother taken to the hospital for a stroke just about 4 days later. She has already had two heart attacks and yeah, wow. I just don’t know how to catch my breath and know that the stress is adding to my own health problems of going through the diagnose process of autoimmune diseases. Not to mention that my boyfriend of almost a year broke up with me, after I was there when his Grandfather died and then a week later his mother. Does anyone have any GREAT suggestions or advice on this?

    • ANSWER:
      Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!”
      – Rocky Balboa

      Just hold on.

  23. 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.

  24. QUESTION:
    Muslims – Why isn’t the Niqab/Burqa Haraam?
    The body produces Vitamin D from sunlight and It is naturally scarce in foods.

    Vitamin D defficiancy leads to – depression, cancer, osteoporosis, brittle bones, kidney and liver disorders, phsyical deformities, high blood pressure (increased risk of heart attack and stroke), and several autoimmune diseases including diabetes.

    Anyways, so why hasn’t it been declared Haraam?
    By Rada Rouse, National Medical Correspondent

    BRISBANE, Sept 2 AAP – Women who wear a veil because of religious dress codes are at
    high risk of vitamin D deficiency which causes bone disease, screening shows.

    Eighty per cent of veiled and dark-skinned pregnant women attending a Melbourne antenatal
    clinic lacked vitamin D, researcher Dr Ruth Morley said.

    “A study in Kuwait has previously shown that wearing a veil even in a country with
    lots of sunlight is a risk factor,” she told AAP.

    http://www.news-medical.net/news/2009/04/20/48483.aspx

    I used to live in Brisbane, Australia. The Muslim population is under 1% yet they make 80% of woman suffering Vitamin D defficiancy. Brisbane is also a very tropical climate. with lots of sun.

    • ANSWER:
      The Hijab is not required in the Quran ” The Best Hijab is Righteousness” The only ban thing is ” Do not shake your Bosom” Quran

      So basically muslim women finds it hard to be righteous so they chose second best and wear it, and allows belly dancing lmfao

  25. QUESTION:
    read on about vaccines for dogs?
    Last month, 33 veterinarians and medical doctors from around the world signed a letter to the press. They were calling for an end to annual vaccination. When they sign such a letter, professionals risk censure from their professional organisations, which could end their careers.

    Other vets told us they wanted to sign the letter, but feared for their businesses, or they feared ‘upsetting’ their veterinary colleagues.
    Catherine O’Driscoll

    The last time a group of vets got together to sign a similar letter, which appeared in Veterinary Times, they were threatened with being struck off. To see the letter, click here.

    Over a hundred pet owners signed another letter. Many signed because their dogs had died or become ill following an unnecessary vaccine booster. To see the letter, click here.

    A covering press release summarises the issues, click here.

    Although it was sent to national newspapers, TV and radio, no-one published it. And yet don’t you think it’s scandalous that pet owners are being encouraged to vaccinate their pets when it’s not necessary? It’s not just that pet owners are being asked to spend money unnecessarily. The real shame is that pets can have reactions to their vaccines – anything from allergies to skin problems to autoimmune diseases to cancer to death.

    Fred Fulcher’s dog Rhett’s vaccine experience was not good. He had a fever, was treated for anaphylactic shock, passed out twice, and was finally euthanised due to kidney damage.

    Liz Garrick’s Akita, Kodi, had a serious reaction to his first vaccine: he had a high temperature, slept continuously, and he had to be syringed water every hour. Then he developed a skin condition. He lost hair around his eyes, nose and legs. He had painful sores all over his body. He can only walk on grass as his feet are so painful.

    James Myers bred a puppy who began to have epileptic fits on the evening of his second annual booster. The vet denied this ‘coincidence’.

    Sukunimi Finni, a Finish Spitz, received his first rabies vaccination on June 11, 2007, and a booster on 27th May 2008. A few days later, his owners noticed a change in his behaviour. He was suddenly afraid of water. Three weeks later he had his first epileptic fit. The seizures were repeated every two to three weeks. Finni’s condition deteriorated until his owners had no option but to put him to sleep.

    Mac, Elena Woess’s Golden Retriever was vaccinated and three days later, he had his first ever epileptic fit. The second came within twelve hours. Elena says, “I was never aware of the damage the vaccinations can bring. I know my dog well and I also know, although my vet and the doctors at the clinic deny any connection to the vaccination (their argument: length of time it took to react and same vaccination in previous years), that THIS WAS the cause of Mac’s epileptic fit. I don’t know if epilepsy will be Mac’s and our companion for the next years to come. We are devastated and heart broken. I wish our vet informed us or at least admitted the possibility.”

    • ANSWER:

  26. 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.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is it safe for a pregnant woman to drink infant formula?
    I would think not….

    Aluminum

    <5-45 ug/l in breast milk
    557-2,346 ug/l in soy formula
    Aluminum interferes with cellular metabolic processes and information transfer from DNA

    Silicon

    55.45ng/ml in milk of mothers with silicone implants
    51.05ng/ml in milk of mothers without implants
    746-13,811 ng/ml in 26 brands of formula tested for silicon
    The effect of large amounts of silicon on an infant is unknown

    Cadmium

    Cadmium is a highly toxic metal that can cause kidney damage in high amounts. Neurotoxic effects such
    as psychomotor disturbances, behavioral and cognitive disorders have been demonstrated in animal models
    with low-dose exposure. Cadmium levels can be 6 times higher in soy formula compared to milk- based
    formula. Cadmium is also found in cereals with the exposure of dietary cadmium from weaning diets up to
    12 times higher in children fed infant formula compared to breast milk.
    Genetically engineered corn and soy
    Detected in Alsoy (Carnation/Nestle), Similac Neocare (Ross Labs), Isomil (Ross Labs), Prosobee (Mead
    Johnson)
    Transgenic ingredients pose the risk of introducing novel toxins, new allergens, and increased antibiotic
    resistance to infants. The FDA does not require labeling of genetically engineered foods, so parents will
    remain unaware that their baby is consuming transgenic ingredients

    MSG (processed free glutamic acid and processed free aspartic acid)

    These are known neurotoxins found in a number of infant formulas. Because the blood brain barrier is not
    fully developed in infants, these neurotoxins are more accessible to the infant brain than the adult brain.
    The highest levels of these neurotoxins were found in hypoallergenic formulas. Because no studies have
    been done on the long term outcomes of infants fed on hypoallergenic formulas it is unknown if they
    will exhibit more learning disabilities at school age, and/or more endocrine disorders such as obesity, and
    reproductive disorders, later in life.

    Phytoestrogens

    Phytoestrogens are endocrine disruptors found in soy formulas. Infants fed soy formula can have circulating
    phytoestrogen concentrations that are 13,000-22,000 times higher than normal levels in early life. These
    bioactive compounds can create steroid hormone imbalance, compete with enzymes that metabolize steroids,
    drugs and xenobiotics, and can influence gonadal function. Genistein can be carcinogenic if exposure
    occurs during critical periods of differentiation. Soy formula has been linked to premature thelarche (breast
    development in infants and girls under eight years of age). Phytoestrogens (isoflavones) also act on the
    thyroid gland. They are well known inducers of goiter and anti-thyroid agents. They act against the thyroid
    by inhibition of thyroid peroxidase. Children with autoimmune thyroid disease were three times more likely
    to have been fed soy formula in infancy.
    2

    Phthalates and Bisphenol-A

    These are endocrine disrupting industrial chemicals. Phthalates are used as plasticisers and are testicular
    toxins as well as estradiol imitators.
    Bisphenol-A is used in the production of polycarbonate plastics and has been found in plastic baby bottles.
    It can leach from the container and has been known to be estrogenic since 1938. Bisphenol-A resins are
    used as lacquers to coat metal products such as food cans. With a high affinity for fatty products, it has
    been shown to leach into the content of cans during the autoclaving process, including cans of milk based
    infant formula.
    Contaminants in water used to reconstitute concentrated and powdered formula

    Lead

    Lead in water used to reconstitute formula can cause elevations in blood lead levels if used from the hot
    water tap or boiled. Boiling concentrates lead. There is a 6 point IQ drop for every 10ug increase in blood
    lead levels.

    Nitrates

    Infants fed formula reconstituted with nitrate-contaminated water are at risk for potentially fatal methemoglobinemia.
    Nitrates are converted to nitrites by the baby resulting in hemoglobin being converted to
    methemoglobin that cannot bind molecular oxygen. This risk increases if babies under six months are also
    fed baby food with high concentrations of nitrates such as green beans and bananas.

    Atrazine

    Atrazine is a weed killer that causes mammary and uterine cancer in rats. In the cities and towns with
    the worst tap water contamination, formula-fed babies who consume reconstituted formula would receive a
    lifetime dose of this chemical in the first four months of their lives.

    Bacteria

    Significant bacterial contamination can occur during home preparation of powdered infant formula.
    Reconstituted formula stored in the refrigerator shows increasing bacterial counts over time

    • ANSWER:
      makes me glad im a breastfeeder….but then again i was formula fed….i wonder how that affects my milk now…?

  28. QUESTION:
    Friends diet and health effects from disease or eating disorder?
    My friend is a type A personality and an overachiever. She is going to an ivy school in the med program, but she has always been able to deal with stress. Lately she has been coming down with some serious symptoms.
    -While away at school she would get extreme muscle fatigue and loss of motor. Docs said she had some autoimmune due to bloodwork but were unable to pinpoint
    -At this time she began eating less and working out more. Suffered a stress fracture in her leg from overexertion, lost 20+ lbs. Family worried for her psychological health
    -Docs at home diagnose her with subcutaneous lupus. She is still not eating much but does not work out anymore.
    -She is now passing kidney stones

    I am very worried for her, and cannot tell if her eating, fatigue and now her stones are due to her lupus or if she possibly could have an eating disorder. Where could this all be stemming from? She is turning 20. She is not underweight, she is maybe 115-120 lbs now.

    • ANSWER:
      wow…well that also can be lupus. Lupus is a very complicated and severe illness. If the doctors found that in her blood work then it could be that. Just be there for her.

  29. QUESTION:
    Are you knowledgeable in Anatomy, Medicine, or Diseases? If so PLEASE help with CASE STUDY.?
    I’M IN THE PROCESS OF DOING A CASE STUDY FOR MY A&P CLASS. THE CASE STUDY READS AS FOLLOWS:

    Doctor, Your patient is Alex J, a 45-year-old male from the Midwest. It is February. He has the following symptoms: weakness, fatigue, hypotension, weight loss, dehydration, and decreased cold tolerance. He has also noticed an increased pigmentation (tanning) of both exposed and nonexposed portions of the body and back. The doctor performed a plasma cortisol determination test.
    His blood chemistry values follow:
    Serum sodium 128 mEq/Lv
    Serum potassium 6.3 mEq/L
    Fasting blood glucose 65 mg/dL
    BUN 4.5 mg/dL
    Serum creatinine 0.5 mg/dL

    Hematology tests resulted in the following values:
    Hematocrit 50%
    Leukocytes 5000/cu mm
    A plasma cortisol determination indicated a low cortisol level. Following administration of ACTH, plasma cortisol did not rise significantly after sixty and ninety minutes. Endogenous circulating levels of ACTH were later determined to be significantly elevated.

    1. What endocrine organ is the site of the malfunction?
    2. What is the name of this disorder? Use all available information to support your diagnosis.
    3. Discuss the electrolyte disturbances resulting from this disorder. elaborate
    4. Discuss the metabolic disturbances resulting from this disorder. elaborate
    5. What is the cause of the tanning?

    -WHAT I’VE CAME UP WITH SO FAR IS:

    1) Adrenal Gland
    2) Addison’s Disease
    3) The sodium is low, and the potassium is high because of the lack of aldosterone to control the levels in the kidneys. The low BUN makes no sense for Addison’s though…Not sure if that is a typo. BUN should be high, not low if it is Addison’s
    4) Oh there is a lot here. Since the hypothalamus is not being turned off by cortisol, it makes an abundance of CRH which lowers blood sugar, and induces stress. There is also low blood pressure because of the lack of angiotensin. So basically the glucocorticoids responsible for deactivating the hypothalamus and pituitary are not present, so both organs produce hormones without negative feedback.
    5) Decreased glucocorticoid levels will cause the pituitary to release a lot of ACTH. ACTH is turned into MSH which signals the melanocytes to produce melanin, and therefore pigment.
    The patient has Addison’s Disease. It is often caused by autoimmune destruction of the adrenal gland.

    —IF YOU KNOW YOU’RE STUFF CAN YOU LET ME KNOW IF I’M ON THE RIGHT TRACK, & HELP WITH A BIT MORE INFORMATION THAT I MAY BE MISSING. STILL DOING RESEARCH BUT ALITTLE HELP WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!

    • ANSWER:
      1 and 2 are right
      for 3, the only thing id add is that aldosterone does impact your kidneys filtering ability and you can see a drop in bun with that
      4. your talking about two things

      a) low blood sugar-which comes from low cortisol production by adrenals leading to fatigue and depression
      b)low blood volume- which comes from low aldosterone, which you mentioned

      you didnt mention low sex drive(men and women), and problems with mentruation(women) and pregancy(women;
      the adrenal gland has 3 layers(GFR)
      zona glomerulosa – outermost zone-makes aldosterone
      zona fasiculata -, middle zone,makes cortisol
      zona reticularis – thin, inner zone makes sex hormone

      the mnemonic i like to remember this is: the deeper you go the sweeter it gets, think about sex

      fyi,name a famous person with addisons? jfk

  30. QUESTION:
    pls react on this journal… your reaction would be a great help…thanks God Bless?
    ‘Multi-target’ Immune Therapy Improves Outcomes Of Severe Lupus Nephritis
    ScienceDaily (July 7, 2008) — A new treatment using a combination of drugs targeting different parts of the immune system improves the recovery rate for patients with severe lupus involving the kidneys, according to a new report.
    “In our study, multi-target therapy is shown to be superior to traditional therapy for inducing complete remission of class V+IV lupus nephritis, with few side effects,” comments Dr. Lei-Shi Li of the Research Institute of Nephrology of Jinling Hospital, Nanjing University School of Medicine in Nanjing,China.
    The study included 40 patients with severe lupus nephritis. Lupus nephritis is inflammation of the kidneys occurring in patients with the immune system disease systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). All patients had “class V+IV” disease, meaning widespread inflammation and decreasing function of the kidneys. “This is a severe form of lupus nephritis that is traditionally treated with a single immunosuppressant drug, but the efficacy is very poor,” says Dr. Li. “We considered that, since the impact of severe SLE on the kidney involves various parts of the immune system, it is necessary to treat the different immune targets with a combination of immunosuppressant drugs.”
    One group of patients received this “multi-target” therapy, consisting of the immunosuppressant drugs tacrolimus and mycophenolate mofetil–commonly used as anti-rejection drugs in transplant patients–plus a steroid. The other group received standard treatment with a single immunosuppressant drug (cyclophosphamide).
    The complete remission rate, with recovery of normal kidney function, was about four times higher among patients receiving the three-drug combination. “For patients receiving multi-target therapy, the complete remission rate reached 65 percent at nine months, versus only 15 percent under traditional therapy,” says Dr. Li.
    Some patients in both groups had partial remission, with some return of kidney function. Overall, 95 percent of patients in the multi-target therapy group had partial or complete remission, compared to 55 percent with single-drug therapy. The rate of most adverse effects was also lower with multi-target therapy.
    Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disorder, in which the immune system attacks healthy organs and tissues. By reducing immune system activity, treatment with immunosuppressant drugs has improved most outcomes for patients with SLE. However, class V+IV lupus nephritis continues to be a major problem–it has a poor response to traditional treatments and can lead to permanent kidney damage. “The prognosis is very poor, so it is important for us to develop a new regimen for the treatment of this type of lupus nephritis,” says Dr. Li.
    Using a combination of drugs that affect different immune targets, multi-target therapy improves the chances of remission for patients with severe lupus nephritis. “The therapeutic effect of our multi-target therapy is apparently superior to traditional therapy for inducing complete remission of Class V+IV lupus nephritis, and also bears good tolerance under relatively lower dosages,” Dr. Li adds.
    The authors stress that their study is only preliminary. The study includes a small group of patients from a single hospital, with a relatively short follow-up time. Larger randomized trials with longer follow-up are required.

    • ANSWER:
      ok, a journal on lupus

      intersting if your an immunologist or for this type of lupus a nephrologist or just interested in lupus

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

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

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

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

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

  32. QUESTION:
    Does marijuana effect the following blood/urine test (liver functions)?
    I have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and am currently on methotrexate, a low dose chemotherapy that has controlled my disease well. I abstain from alcohol like my doctor says, but want to know if pot effects the blood and urine tests I get each week, so I don’t get a false positive for something. All of these tests are for liver function, kidney function, and autoimmune disorders. I just want to know if pot will mess them up.

    CBC With Platelettes
    ESR
    Complete Metabolic panel
    Urinalysis w. Albumin
    ANA
    C3
    C4
    RF
    T4 Free
    TSH
    CPK
    Aldolase

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    Having bad chest pains under ribs, shoulder, neck,stiffness plus for years have had right abdominal pain?
    i have the hla b27 gene (AS), sleep apnea, migraines, anemia, cervical disc disease, ear, nose, and throat problems, allergies, pain everywhere, bipolar mixed. i have to research all this on my own because around here nobody cares. anyway I’ve had this right side abdominal pain which i had to have exploratory surgery, removed a piece of tube can’t remember what it’s called and took out my appendix since they were there. then still had abdominal pain which it gave out my back for a month so i had a partial hysterectomy. Well still have that pain and doctors say i’m okay. well what could it possibly be? With this autoimmune disorder it could be the lymph glands (i get a like a lump where it hurts sometimes) and or liver, kidney, pancreas, or adrenal glands, tumors, cancer, cause everything i have can make any thing happen, heart attack, stroke. i’m tired already of researching, have post traumatic stress disorder. Please help, i know it’s a doozy.

    • ANSWER:
      how long ago di you have your hysterectomy, it does take about 3 months to get over it, it is a major operation. even if it was partial.
      do not bend lift or carry anything heavy , you may of strained something inside of you. go back and see gp about it, you may of ruptured it . i hope not for your sake, will keep fingers xx for you.

  34. QUESTION:
    This is a lot to ask, I know. But if someone could review my APA paper I would GREATLY appreciate it. ?
    I think my greatest problem is with grammer errors and my in-text citations. Also, all of those citations that repeat themselves look funny to me. They can’t be right? Can they? I’m also confused with secondary citations. I think they’re a no no but I can’t get a clear answer on what they are. Here’s the paper. Please kindly review if you’d like. I’d love yah for it.

    Kisses
    Mandi

    (Title page & reference page not included)

    Introduction
    Lupus is an autoimmune disease that permits the affected body to build antibodies to attack its own cells as if they were foreign. There are three main types of lupus. They are discoid, drug induced, and Systemic lupus erythematosus (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). Doctors must be careful in diagnosing lupus since it can easily be confused with other diseases (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008). Lupus is capable of attacking any part of the body but for the most part it mainly affects the skin, kidneys, joints, heart, gastrointestinal tract, and serous membranes (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). The cause of Lupus is currently unknown. Lupus truly is a sickness of mystery since the cause and cure have currently been unidentified. However, there are known genetic (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009) and environmental (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008) aspects that have been known to trigger this illness. On an inspiring note, there is presently a study being conducted with mice in search for the cure of lupus.

    Discussion
    Lupus is an autoimmune disease that is known to be a chronic (continuous or reoccurring) inflammatory illness that has the ability to attack any region of the body (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). The symptoms of the disease are painful or swollen joints and muscle pain, unexplained fever, red rashes, chest pain when breathing deeply, loss of hair, pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress (also known as Raynaud’s phenomenon), sensitivity to the sun swelling in legs or around eyes, mouth ulcers, swollen glands and extreme fatigue (WebMD, 2008). Those that suffer from lupus may never have the same symptoms as another person with the disease (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). However, the most common areas of the body affected are the skin, kidneys, joints, heart, gastrointestinal tract, and serous membranes (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009).. Also in most cases in order for a doctor to diagnose lupus the patient must illustrate at least four (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009) of the listed symptoms.
    The actual cause of the disease is unknown. However, there are genetic and environmental characteristics that could trigger lupus to develop. Many patients that suffer from lupus have a genetic association with the disease (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). Lupus could be the result of mutated genes of interferon and the genes that play vital roles in regulating the immune response (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). If a patient has a genetic link to lupus there are also environmental aspects that could trigger lupus. They are infection, ultraviolet light, certain drugs like; procainamide, hydralazine, and quinidine (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008), and extreme stress (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). Factors that potentially contribute to the progression of lupus are interleukins and interferons (immune molecules). Interleukins and interferons have been shown to control the autoantibody release in response to certain bodily stimuli (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009).
    Lupus commonly affects women, African Americans, and Asians more than any other group (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008). Since 90% of all patients with lupus are female, women between the ages of 15-50 should be tested for lupus if they portray at least one of the symptoms (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008). Also, there is an increased risk of lupus in people who already have the Epstein-Barr virus. (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008)
    The healthy immune system’s mission is to protect the body from infections and foreign objects within the body. When the immune system is working properly it will recognize the foreign bacteria, virus, or objects as non-self. Upon recognition that something does not belong, it will build antibodies against the unwanted agent, attack and destroy it (Marieb, 2009, p. 408 & 410). However, the activities of the immune system are much different when the body is affected with lupus. Instead of the body producing antibodies against foreign bacterial that do not belong, the immune system will produce an autoantibody that attacks the body’s own cells and tissues. The reason for this is because they can not recognize their own cells or tissue as self. When an autoantibody attack occurs, the autoantibodies will attach themselves to various tissues and cells (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008). When this happens the body’s inflammatory response occurs. The same thing happens when we have been hurt and the tissue has truly been damaged.
    There are a few different ways Lupus can affect the body, for example in nearly all individuals tha

    • ANSWER:
      Get rid of all the citations that are repeating themselves,that a big no no.Use each citation only once ok.I think alround its great and you should get a good grade.Hope it helps