Feeling Of 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:
    I felt alot of pressure in my kidneys and felt the need to go to the bathroom?
    but when i did go to the bathroom, a very few drops of urine came out and that was about it. Is this normal?

    oh and i did not have any kind of other problems or any sort of pain in my kidneys.....

    • ANSWER:
      You could have a bladder infection. If it feels you have to go to the bathroom all the time, especially when you walk, but when you actually go nothing really comes out, then that's a bladder infection.
      I'd go to a doctor so you can get the appropriate antibiotics.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can kidney stones cause urethra pressure?
    I have had maybe 3 kidney stones in the last month, and recently I am feeling pressure inside of my urethra. I haven't seen any pass but I haven't been keeping track. Can kidney stones cause this? I feel like it's a similar feeling to a UTI as well. I'm trying to decide if I should see a doc about a UTI or if it can just be part of the stones.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, see your DOC.

  3. QUESTION:
    can kidney disease or kidney failure cause a feeling of pressure on your right, mid abdomen?
    okay, so for the last month, ive had this feeling of pressure in my right mid abdomen and pain in my lower back(at times)...&i didn't think a whole lot about it until i had to go to the e.r. for vomiting & dehydration about three days ago, where they ran a quick blood test & i was extremely high i potassium. i noticed that one of the causes for high potassium is kidney disease & i'm starting to wonder. i never got to take a urine test, due to my severe dehydration. &i've had my abdomen felt a few times for the discomfort(i had mono about 7months ago & thought it was my spleen) and no one had felt anything. i am not sure if i should be concerned or not?
    okay, i am not pregnant. seriously, people. i take the pill & i am a virgin. so, that is seriously not the answer.
    &&CORRECTION: it's my left side, not my right. sorry.
    also, i am not pregnant. there is no possible way whatsoever. so, that can't be a reason why.

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  4. QUESTION:
    Burning in the tip of penis and pressure in rectum, kidney stone related?
    Ok, I'll try to be as detailed as possible. First off, please understand that the next two days, no urinary doctors or clinic works - except for the regular hospital and the ER, which is very pissed off generaly, and not very happy to help unless one is dying, and even then. So, to the question...

    In the past two days I was under immense stress at work, and I started feeling the pressure in my rectum, like I had to go to the bathroom a lot, for #2. I attributed that to stress factor, and didn't think much of it. However, that night I felt a slight burning sensation in the tip of my penis when urinating, and sometime after. Still, I tried to ignore it. Yesterday, it got way worse - I felt OK most of the day, untill last night I went to the bathroom, and the burning was back - with a vengeance. This time, I could feel the burning with first few drops or urin, and untill the end, after the pressure feeling in the rectum kept contstant. Important to notice, I was diagnosed with a kidney stone that left kidney and started on it's way few years back, but on medication therapy pain went away, and except the for few pain episodes I had since, which I treated on case-to-case basis with medications, I was fine. I know I should have gone to treat it fully, but I am damn irresponsible, and after the pain was gone, I lulled in the feeling it will go away somehow. I also felt the similar kidney stone movement sensation last night, so I sought it might be connected somehow, though I don't know how. Oh yes, sad to admit, but didn't have sex for almost a month due to the overwhelming pressure at work, that destroyed any desire. I hope this will return when I finish what I was working on. Lame excuse, but that's capitalism.

    Now, these are the facts: it burns at the tip and sometimes base of my penis when I pee, or when I squeeze the rectumsphincter muscle, like when having a bowel movement, the feeling of presure in the rectum is constant, like I always have a feeling of having to go do #2, the urin is perhaps a tad darker than usual, but always was a bit darker anyway, doesn't seem bloody though, doesn't seem to have a blockage in the urethra, flow of urine is normal, but it burns like hell. I could live with the burning sensation for a day or two, but the feeling of pressure in the rectum is driving me mad. I guess it has to be related, but still can't find out. I use Ibuprofen painkillers, my usual "cocktail" therapy for kindey stone, like Rowatinex (pills for "melting" the stone, smell like toilet scrubber fluid), the Spasmex for relaxing the urinary tract muscles and tissues, and a tea that's been used for centuries in helping with urinary infections, not much, but I thought it couldn't hurt. Last night I had to take Lexilium 3mg to calm me down so I could sleep, after sitting on the toilet for 3 hours doing nothing but being angry at the pain.

    Any, and I mean any meaningful suggestion is welcome. I know I will hit the urinologists office first thing when it opens, but I really hoped for an advice or suggestion, from someone with the same problems. Thanks a bunch.

    • ANSWER:
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  5. 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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  6. QUESTION:
    My symptoms are a feeling of pressure or bloating in left kidney area, flatuence, and swelling feet and ankles?
    Any idea what might be going on? My swelling feet and ankles were diagnosed before as complications due to vericoise veins and lack of exercise. I'm wondering if because of my recent inactivity the excess fluid from my swollen feet and ankles is backing up into my kidney. There is no pain in that area of the back. It just feels like either something is swelling or growing in that area internally. Other than this bout of flatuence, I feel fine. My energy level is great and I generally feel healthy. Any ideas what might be going on here? Thanks. Oh, I had these symptoms a few weeks back and what I did was drink a lot of cranberry juice and water. It seemed to clean everything out and I felt fine. I tried that remedy again this time and it hasn't worked.

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  7. QUESTION:
    Is there something that can be done for a relatively young person who sometimes urinates uncontrollably?
    This is a serious question, so if you just want to be mean go somewhere else please. My wife is to embarrassed to ask her doctor, but there are times that she will urinate slightly, even when she doesn't feel any pressure in her kidneys. I think that it could be just the results of having 9 lb 10 oz and 8 lb 10 oz babies. Does anyone know if there is a treatment for this and if so, what is it? My wife is only 32 and she is very concerned about this.

    • ANSWER:
      I know it's horribly embarrassing, but she really should see a doctor. Incontinence (in varying degrees) is VERY common. There are different kinds and different causes. Many are treatable. Some are indicators of other, more serious problems. Check out the website below for more complete information. And tell her she's not alone.

  8. 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...

  9. QUESTION:
    I am I having problems with my kidneys?
    I have been having tooth ache pains in my stomach, and back for a couple of weeks now, I am not pregnant, but I have been feeling a bit itchy off and on and I feel pressure when i pee... I also have a small hepatic cyst on my upper right lobe and my doctor told me it isn't that serious, I have been feeling tired for a while but it feels like I am over tired it is hard to explain... I had high blood pressure a month or 2 ago and it went away..I am not On my period but have been spotting watery brown blood off and on after sex I don't have and std or cervical cancer either... I am getting worried b/c my health isn't that good.. does anyone know what this can be? The pain isn't that bad just small sharp tooth ache pains randomly around and under my ribs lower back that come and go everyday and seem to get more intense if I move or lay on my stomach I am 22 and I am just concerned..
    I dont want to go to the doctor I have to pay 300 up front but I am gonna try to go as soon as i get some money...
    I have already had a blood test last week and it came back okay I think.. They called me and said it came back okay ans was negative for pregnancy

    • ANSWER:
      go to the doctor

  10. QUESTION:
    26 weeks pregnant, feeling ALOT of pressure, worried?
    Im 26 weeks pregnant and ive been feeling alot of pressure on my cervix all day everytime i stand up or move, its really uncomfortable. i havent experienced anything like this before. im really worried, could my cervix be opening at all? i called my OB but they are closed until january 2nd. Should i go to the hospital to be checked out?? i dont know what to do, this is my first pregnancy.

    i havent experienced any bleeding by the way. and a couple of times today i have had needle like pains in my back, down low like by my kidneys, it just lasts a second or two then stops, and it has happened about 3 times today at random times.

    • ANSWER:
      Well does the ob have a doctor to call in case of an emergency? Who is delivering babies for them right now? Feeling a lot of pressure is one of the reasons doc's want you to be seen. Better be safe than sorry.

  11. 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.

  12. QUESTION:
    I feel a lot of pressure at the end of my urine stream when i pee,no burning, no blood in urine. What's wrong?
    I feel fine when I first sit down to pee. It's at the very end of my urine stream when the last few drops come out, I feel pressure, almost like I am bursting to pee, but no more comes out. It's a normal amount of urine when I pee. There's no burning sensation and I don't have any blood in my urine, no cloudiness. What could it be? I am getting up once at night to go to the bathroom. But not all through the night. I used to do that (get up once through the night to pee) when I first started losing weight, but hadn't done it for a long time. Could I be getting a bladder/kidney infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Likely not.

      It is much more likely that it has other causes.

      For example, the amount of urine you are releasing. The bladder is able to hold up to a liter of fluid, however most people feed the need to pee when it is about 1/4 full, or full of 250 ml of fluid. You may not notice, say, in the morning you pee ~250ml, and then later, pee 300ml, however it is still a noticeable difference for your bladder.

      You may have been pushing harder than usual (if you're in a rush) or you needed to go very badly, and as soon as you sat down (without any concious effort) began to pee. Thus, different pressures can also have an effect on how you feel before/after you pee.

      If you have been holding it, or haven't gone to the washroom for a long while, you may feel so relieved that it feels like a sort of pressure is there when you release.

      Anyway, it's normal, it happens to everyone now and again for the reasons I mentioned above.

      the only cause for alarm would be if there was burning, blood, or other sorts of abnormal sights, feelings, etc.

  13. QUESTION:
    Left Kidney Dull(sharp at times) Pains?
    ok recently i had a uti and was given anti-biotics for treating/curing it and so about after a week it was healed and so now 3 weeks later i was mowing my front yard outside i was wearing a long sleeve black shirt after i finish i felt alittle sick so i put up everything and went to lay down about 2-3 hours later i felt some pain/pressure on both my kidneys it went away about 10 minutes later and didnt bother me for the rest of the night,so now its today and i woke up this morning with a sharp pain in my lift side/left ?kidney? feeling dizzy,light headed,nauseated(i think i spelt that wrong) and belching well after about 3 hours the pain and most of the other syptoms have subsided but the sid is still alittle sensitive to touch,im not sure if this a kidney stone or kidney infection or what???:(

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  14. 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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  15. QUESTION:
    Can i attract physical sickness upon myself by thinking about it too much?
    I got very sick last winter and stayed home for 2 weeks. Due to which, i got weaker. Now this winter i am so terrified and i think about getting sick ALL THE TIME. I am fine right now but i have literally been thinking about how i dont want to get sick since november and i think about it literally 24/7....i wear layers and layers of clothes to keep myself warm and still think about not wanting to get sick....

    lately i have been very terrified with the concept of getting cancer. kidney infections, or brain tumors...i am perfectly fine but i have a VERY VERY big fear of all these sicknesses. To the point where i think about them 24/7......

    also, last night i felt a pressure in my kidneys and wanted to go to the bathroom....when i did go to the bathroom, there was nothing and the urge to go to the bathroom went away...i slept thinking that i have some kind of a kidney infection....thought about it literally all night...and this morning i has some kind of a stinging feeling in my left kidney.....i just cant thinking about it and feel as if i am suffering from some kind of a kidney infection

    so my question is, is this behavior normal?....and can i invite physical illness upon myself by thinking about it all the time?.....do our thoughts effect our bodies?

    • ANSWER:
      CHILL.

      You can make yourself believe that you're sick, yes, but you can't kill yourself or make yourself sick by thinking about it. I can't make my body eat the candy in the dish next to me unless I pick it up. Nor can I get my neighbors cancer by thinking about it. Think about hiccups, do you hiccup? Likely, because you can manipulate your breathing a bit. Your nose may run, your lips may get cracked because you're thirsty, but I highly doubt you can give yourself a tumor in your left leg by thinking about it.

  16. QUESTION:
    Could my carotid artery be blocked?
    I am only 27 (female). I have been feeling pressure in the left side of my neck (sometimes down to my collar bone area) for quite some time, on and off. It gets worse when I eat alot and sometimes after I smoke a cigarette (I know, I HAVE to quit).

    I went to the doctor who put me on a heart monitor and said everything was ok. This was about 2 years ago. I honestly dont recall if they did a sonogram. I have been having a weird 'pressure' feeling in my left lung area and they did a sono of that (it was nothing but I still feel it) so they might have sono'd my neck at the same time,,,i dont remember. They did x-rays of my chest, there was also nothing. I had kidney stones a year ago.

    I do have high cholesterol. I am 5'9 190 lbs. I know I need to quit smoking, lose weight, etc but does anyone think they might know what this is? I started a new job and dont have insurance until Decemeber. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not an expert but I would hazard a guess that if your artery was blocked you wouldn't be alive right now to be able to ask this question....the only people who can tell you what's wrong for sure are medical people, so if you are concerned about your health then your best bet is to go and see a doctor.

  17. QUESTION:
    Went to ER for Kidney pain and reduced Urination?
    I am a 29 year old male who has a muscular athletic build. I lift weights and exercise on a pretty regular basis. The past 4 days I have been under an extreme amount of stress. Ive had chest pains and my left kidney felt to have pressure on it. I also noticed that my urination was over %50 reduced and darker. I started freaking out majorly and my fiance(and I) decided it was best I go to the ER. I went to the ER and my blood pressure was elevated along with my pulse over 120bpm. I was seriously freaking out and could not calm down. I had a few panic attacks the days prior and nothing I did could calm myself down. I was convinced I was dieing.

    They took a urine sample from me that was not much and slightly dark, not bloody just darker than normal. They also took 2 things of blood and ran tests on it. They pretty much told me up front that they thought I was dehydrated and seriously stressed out way to much but I was not convinced of that and I had to know that something was wrong with me. I was having chest pains the past few days, high heart rate, short of breath, along with not going to the bathroom much at all.....scary.

    Furthermore the Dr. ordered a CT scan to be performed to look over my kidneys for stones, tumors.

    Well after everything she came back in and told me that the CT scan showed no stones, tumors and they were regular size. They could find nothing wrong at all. Also my blood results came back normal and urine came back. The only thing she told me is that my creatinine level was a little higher than it should be. It was at a 1.4. She told me it was only .1 above a normal level and that it could be caused because she felt I was very dehyrated. I also read that muscular younger people will have slightly higher than normal levels of creatinine because it has to do with muscle repair. Regardless she told me to see a dr just to make sure there is not a problem that may be starting.

    I felt really good after this and immediatly I felt 10x better than I was. I am still slightly concerned something is wrong. I have felt a few chest pains still and after I got home yesterday I drunk a TON of water. I am talking probably much more than I should. I had to go to the bathroom normally after 4-5 days around 4 times and it was a lot each time and looked normal. I woke up this morning and my lower back region felt kinda achy, sore....not really sure how to explain it. I am also still having some pressure on my left side. Could all this be still caused by stress?

    I am going to the dr. soon as I get an appointment to go see him. Should I be really concerned?

    • ANSWER:
      I was once so sick(not keeping anything down including water) that I ended up in the ER and then onto intensive care from severe dehydration. My symptoms were the same so it sounds like they are correct. Try keeping a bottle of water with you throughout the day and night. You don't have to gulp down gallons of the stuff just keep sipping frequently. Glad you are following up with a doctor. Best of Luck to you.

  18. QUESTION:
    Can they detect kidney disease, failure in a urine test?
    I had blood tests done in January and my kidneys are normal. But lately I have been peeing a lot and I feel this pressure to pee. And those are one of the symptoms of kidney disease.

    • ANSWER:
      they usually preform blood test for kidney disease. on the other hand sometimes a urine test is done to detect other kidney ailments. if you are urinating a lot this may be a sign of a bladder infection or even a urinary tract infection you should get by a doctor to find out the exact problem drink plenty of water and try some cranberry.

  19. QUESTION:
    okay i've been on birth control for awhile this is my fourth pack and i've been taking them everday and?
    sometimes i take them a couple minutes late and sometimes early. well one i missed and took it the next morning right away. well i know he hasent got off in me just pre cum and for some reason im stressing i dont think i am but my stomach hurts and my lower back but all in the front hurts and with my back its up to the middle of my back and around my kidneys it feels like pressure and im supose to start my period do you think its just me stressing and im aching because im about to start.

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

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

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

  21. 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....

  22. QUESTION:
    Kidney Stone aftermath help..?
    I just passed a kidney stone today in the ER at around 1:00pm est,pain went away after along with pressure to have to urinate. I got home around 4:00pm est,went to the store,had dinner and had a shower. At around 7:30pm est I started having pressure to pee a lot and have gone in streams and little drips at a time.

    Does this mean there still are bits of the stone getting out? They sent me home after the cat scan so im guessing the worst is over.

    Is it normal to still feel pressure but no pain after kidney stone passing aftermath?

    Thanks for you time!
    Thanks for the well wishes Windy.
    **Wendy.

    Been that sort of day.

    • ANSWER:
      I had one once, and when it passed all was normal again right away. The symptoms you describe were what I had before the pain started. If they didn't do any imaging work they may have thought there was only one but there could in fact be more. I'd suggest calling them to get real medical advice.

  23. QUESTION:
    When I take Amoxicillan I feel like i get a Urinary tract infection?
    I took one single dose of amoxicillan and i got the horrible pressure, burning feeling like i gotta go right in my bladder. Its awful what causes this? Cranberry juice does nothing AZO makes my kidneys hurt when i got to the doctor they say no infection? Please help?
    I had an ultrasound Tuesday and I got no results (from the doctor) back yet. The technician doing the ultrasound says that she didnt see kidney stones.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you a guy or a girl, b/c i'm a girl and every time i take amoxocillin i get a horrible yeast infection that only goes away after i take diflucan that's why i hate taking antibiotics in general, b/c it always happens, especially high dosages of them, but i have never had a urinary tract b/c of it.

  24. QUESTION:
    Why is my male friend feeling like he has morning sickness?
    The symptoms are headaches, pressure in kidneys and abdominal area, and what seems like hot flashes/temperature sensitivity at random, nausea... because of how inconsistent it can be, I can't really assume any sort of diagnosis.
    Anyone dealt with this before, and can possibly give me an answer on what it may be /or/ how severe it could be?

    • ANSWER:
      Many men emphasize with their wife/girlfriend and have morning sickness with them. Possibly it is jealousy, or maybe guilt, but it is real. I have even been told that some women enjoy (if that is the right word) that he is suffering too.

  25. 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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  26. QUESTION:
    I think I had a panic/anxiety attack. (10 points)?
    So my grandpa was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I have known for a week I was staying strong and taking the situation well, but yesterday we got the biopsy results saying he does have cancer for sure and it has spread to his kidneys and blood.

    So today I needed to go to school ( I go to a charter school and classes are once a week ) During the morning I felt okay I was working on some last minute work. Well at about 1:30 p.m. I started to get a stomach ache and a slight headache then at 2:00 p.m. I had to leave for class and as I left my house and got into the car I felt like my chest was pounding and felt pressure and my hands were shaking I felt like I needed to throw up.

    The whole drive there I felt like this and I had thoughts racing through my head. I went inside turned in some of my work, but had to tell my teacher I didn't feel well and couldn't take my math test (there was no way I'd be able to sit there feeling like that) I was going to explain, but I felt like I was going to cry so I just said "I'm going through a lot and I need to take my test next week."

    As soon as I got back to the car the shaking got slightly worse and I felt like crying, but after a couple of minutes I felt a bit calmer and started to feel much better.

    So now I am just wondering what the heck that was? I have never gone through such a thing like that. I am fine now except a little nauseous.

    Thank-you for reading and answering. :)

    • ANSWER:
      Okay yes I do think you my have had a panic attack what you need to do ( do this right now) go into a room by your self put the the lights dim then turn on the tv and whatch your favorite shoe eat you favorite food drink you favorite drink make sure no one comes in lie there as long as you need until you feel relaxed . I often experince these your not alone!

  27. QUESTION:
    How is kidney reflux treated in adults (I'm 32)? It is SO painful!!?
    I had a micturating cystogram on Monday, I actually couldn't pee during it (it's really difficult to pee standing up in front of strangers) but the radiologist was able to diagnosis reflux because the pee went a way up my (left) ureter. This usually hurts and gets worse and worse until I actually pee, I get a feeling of pressure in my kidney area too and it's all relieved when I pee. It's been like this for maybe 8 years or so. She asked me a lot of specific detailed questions and said it wasn't necessary for her to actually see what happens when I pee because just the bit going up the ureter was enough to make a diagnosis, I assume all the questions were to give her a better idea of the severity. What do they do to treat this? I've had a 24hr pee evaluation about 4 years ago which showed I was leaking protein and a couple of levels of something or other were too high or too low, I can't remember, and my calcium output was slightly low. I've also had a ureteroscopy which showed my left ureter was tortuous and I had a narrow renal junction, and I've been told I've got scarring in the kidney as a result of having pyelonephritis a few times and frequent kidney infections, and during surgery for severe endometriosis my left ureter was found to be caught up in a mass of adhesions but has now been freed up- I hoped this would sort the problem out but apparently not. 4 years ago my kidney function was 45% in the left, 55% in the right which I understand is normal. I get frequent UTIs too which I take antibiotics every day to prevent. I'm seeing my urologist on Tuesday, I'm just after a bit of info to stop me second-guessing everything and driving myself insane. All I can find on the internet seems to be about this is children. Does anyone have any info or experience with this? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      You shold start taking nettle seeds immediately. It has been known to reverse kidney failure. Here is a good website http://herbcraft.org/articleindex.html

      Go down to the urinary system articles.

  28. QUESTION:
    I just started doing Kundalini Yoga in my home and...?
    Okay so I got a couple of Kundalini yoga dvds and I've been doing them the past week. They seem great for beginners and I don't feel pressured to try and keep up with the instructor. I really enjoy the meditation, and the moves don't seem very high impact, but I've been having some weird pain in the kidney and ovary areas. It doesn't feel like injury but more like illness except for I'm not ill. Anybody have any experience with this form of yoga maybe causing these symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      The kidney thing isn't that unusual - it's related to the adrenal glands that sit atop them if memory serves. Eating lots of watermelon is a tried and tested way of soothing kundalini kidney.

  29. QUESTION:
    Do i have chronic prostatitis or non bacterial infection?
    back in febuary i had symptoms like this where i had erectile issues and premature ejaculations also lack of sex drive. with watery symptoms in semen im 28 male and 180 pounds. but recently about a month ago i had frequent urination and lower back discomfort after peeing/during. and noticed the frequency coming back not really at night i dont wake up and pee 3 or 4 times. but i do get erectile issues still and i went to doctor becuaes was feeling pressure in rectum and premature ejaculation just general wore out. i have no fever. no vomiting nothing like that. but went to urologist and he did rectal exam and said prostate was inflammed and tender. also did urine analysis and urine test said no signs of infection in kidneys or bladder. so basically do i have chronic prostatitis?

    • ANSWER:
      try ejaculating two or three times a day, by hand and see if prostate inflamation doesnt go down to a more comfort zone

  30. QUESTION:
    23 weeks with twins and LOTS of pressure?
    Hi everyone,

    I am 23 weeks pregnant with fraternal twins. This is my first pregnancy and I am concidered high-risk due to high blood pressure, two prior miscarriages, and one baby's kidneys holding too much liquid. I am carrying one baby very high and the other very low. Today I have been feeling a ton of excess pressure in my lower belly and I am just wondering if I should get it checked out. Because of my rocky history I am very careful.

    Thank you all!

    • ANSWER:
      Congrats Mama I am 34 weeks with twin boys and I have been having Lots of Pressure since about 20 weeks also but that's because baby A is extremely low my doctor said and Baby B is high in my ribs. I think you are carrying your twins the way I am. Good luck!

  31. QUESTION:
    Why do i have Kidney pain all the time?
    I have had bouts of kidney stones in the past. This isnt it. I went in to make sure. Like if i am sitting in a chair and lean on my left or right side. My kidneys will start hurting. Not too painful. Then once i take the pressure off of my kidneys it feels as though someone is squeezing my kidney as hard as they possibly can. Its really painful. What could be the cause of this?

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    How does the last stage of passing a kidney stone feels like?
    Like i've mentioned before i was diagnosed with a 5mm kidney stone back in Feb. they told me it should pass withing three days. So far, nothing. Well i have noticed a new symptom. I'm not sure if it is the stone or another UTI. Hopefully someone has experienced this. Well its been three days since i feel this pressure close to the urethra opening. when i urinate it doesnt hurt but when there is no more urine comming out, i feel this pain and pressure. It sort of feels like when you wear tight pants and there is pressure down there. I was just wondering if that is the final stage of passing the stone or more UTI. I've been given medicine throughout this period for UTIs but they just dont go away, when i end up in the hospital they just give me the same medication but a stronger dose. can anyone help me understad. Is it really bad that the UTIs dont go away or keep re appearing? what about that pressure/pain on my uretra. any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      I DONT NO PERSONALLY WHAT IT FEELS LIKE BUT I HAVE HEARD FROM QUITE A FEW PEOPLE THAT ITS EXTREMELY PAINFUL..MY MOM SAID SHE WOULD RATHER GIVE BIRTH MULTIPLE TIMES THEN HAVE ANOTHER KIDNEY STONE..

  33. QUESTION:
    Kidney infection help?
    I went to the er at the beginning of feb (2/2/11) with blood in my urine, burning when i urinate and frequent urination. It was a kidney infection and they treated it with antibiotics then i had the exact same symptoms again on 2/14/11 and ended up going back to the er and they said it was a bladder infection and gave me another round of antibiotics. after this, i went to my universities health clinic and they did not do any other test on me just felt around on my stomache and a pap smear and check for sti's which was negative. still now to this day i always feel pressure to urinate and light cramping. could there be a possibility it is kidney stones? I am only 20 and i have fibromyalgia, asthma and allergies and non smoker or drinker. can someone suggest what i do because i am always uncomfortable and i dont want to damage my kidneys by waiting if something happens to be wrong. Thanks

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    possible kidney problem?
    for the past two days i have been having severe sharp pain on my right side/back a slight fever (99.6) i have also been nauseated. i went to my doctor today and he did a urinalysis in the office which came back normal. now since i have been home i have been feeling pressure where my bladder is and i also noticed some blood/mucous in my urine and i had some cramping similar to menstrual cramps but that's not it. i am not pregnant or sexually active so that's out. any ideas i mean within 6 hours of going to the doctor and having clean urine the blood appeared. i have not urinated since so i do not know if its going to be constant from now on or not. so is it possible to have a kidney problem/uti even though the urine at the office was clean?

    • ANSWER:
      It is absolutely possible to have a UTI or kidney infection when the urinalysis comes back clean. (Speaking from experience, appx. 2 kidney infections each year for the past 15 years.) Mine normally start out as a UTI and I have had times where I have gone to the ER in so much pain and have had them tell me my urinalysis is normal and it is lower back strain. Be persistent with your doctor that there is something wrong and that you want an antibiotic. If the UTI is not taken care of in time it can back track into your kidneys and cause a lot of problems. Hope you get feeling better soon.

  35. QUESTION:
    Help!im 23yrs old and i believe i have ovarian cancer?
    Im 23 and have not been to the gyno in almost 3years. I have had been bloated for the last 6months and now i have sharp pains after sex.The pain was so bad that I couldnt move an inch of my body. The pain started at my right side of my abdomen. It ws extremely painful and it hurt jus to breathe.Anytime i apply Light pressure to my lower abdomin it hurts. I just started my period 2days ago and it has never been this bad.I rarely Have cramps but all month ive had cramping. Now i have extremely painful cramps tht are in my abdomin and also my lower back. My period is heavy which is rare also. Im having lots of bloodclots and im overall scared. Most of the pain is on my right side of my lower abs but it does spread to the opposite side.Anytime i pee i feel pressure on my bladder.And even more weird my kidneys hurt when i poop(which now im constipated) Should i be worried this is cancer. -Renee

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like something that needs to be treated ASAP, but it's highly unlikely that it's cancer.

  36. QUESTION:
    Pulmonary edema or heart disease or kidney problems?
    They say people who have pulmonary edema is short of breath and fluid on the lungs. The cause heart disease or kidney problems.

    They say when people kidney go bad the symptoms are going to the bathroom alot ,urine may be foamy or bubbly ,pale urine or other color ,dark colored urine , urine may contain blood ,You may feel pressure or have difficulty urinating , swelling in the legs, ankles, feet, face, and/or hands , fatigue , Skin Rash/Itching , Metallic Taste in Mouth/Ammonia Breath , and some times Nausea and Vomiting ,Shortness of Breath ,Feeling Cold ,Dizziness and Trouble Concentrating ,Leg/Flank Pain..

    But I was reading some times people who have pulmonary edema may have kidney problems and have none of the above symptoms has the kidney are just starting to die and have not got those symptoms yet.

    Also the web site saying people who have pulmonary edema not heart disease or kidney problems could be a infection or injury but does not elaborate on this.

    Like it does not elaborate on people who have pulmonary edema may have kidney problems and have none of the above symptoms yet.

    When look up kidney problems they are stanges 1 ,2 so on.

    • ANSWER:
      Pulmonary edema just means that the lungs are wet. It doesn't imply why they're wet. It just happens that the fluid overload associated with heart failure and with renal failure are two of the most common causes of pulmonary edema. There's a long list of others.
      Likewise, though people with chronic heart failure, or with chronic renal failure, over time tend to accumulate a long list of symptoms. Not all of them have all the symptoms, and the symptoms don't always have to mean the person has that particular ailment. You didn't suppose medicine was really that simple, did you? There's a reason doctors study anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, etc. before they start on patients in medical school, and why the clinical courses in medical school only get doctors the degree that prepares them to begin the post-doctoral training that actually teaches them about real medicine.

  37. QUESTION:
    Is my cat Suffering?- Kidney failure with my cat Oscar?
    Just last week I took my 7 year old cat t the vet due to wieght loss. We recently moved across the county, so I thought it was from that. Turns out he is experiencing kidney failure. I was shocked and felt it was my fault for not seeing the symptoms, since I never had a cat. We have spent thousands on him when he was a kitty, due to crystals in his bladder and numerous blockages. So we think he just has some bad parts!

    The vet immediately put him on 2 days of fluids at the vet. Hundreds of dollars later they sent us home with special foo and he looked great. It is now three days later and he is back to being thin and not eating much of the prescription food.

    The vet wants to see him in 2 weeks, yet I feel I want to take him sooner.

    I do not want him to suffer or be in pain. I am just so hurt.

    Does anyone have any knowledge of if he is suffering? Also, what happens if his kidneys just completely shut down while at home?

    I do not want to feel pressured to keep him alive by giving him fluids myself, ect. if he is suffering?

    What can anyone tell me?

    Michelle

    • ANSWER:
      If your cat is still drinking and moving about with a bit of personality, it may not be necessary to make any major decisions yet. If they stop drinking, or become physically incapacitated, it's time. Compromised kidneys can sometimes be managed with veterinary care and special diets, but when kidneys fail, everything is all downhill.

      I've been through this several times with pets I've had over the years. I lost my youngest cat, Ally Kat, last summer to total kidney failure and she was only 9 years old (total shock to me). Before that, I lost my 15-year old Sonja to the same thing. I was new to the signs of kidney failure with Sonja and I wish I hadn't waited as long as I did to ease her suffering. Dealing with her helped me make the decision easier and sooner with my dear Ally Kat. With compromised kidneys, things only get worse. Every day, things are a little worse (or a lot worse in the case of total kidney failure) than the previous day. If you can't stand to see your cat suffer today, it will be harder on you tomorrow when it's worse.

      Rest assured, our pets are ready to go long before we are ready to let them go. Best wishes.

  38. QUESTION:
    I think iam pregnant please help?
    Ok the last days when i seat down i feel pressure in my bladder than it feels like i have to go pee but when i go... barley anything could that be early sign of pregnancy AND IT IS NOT A BLADDER INFECTION OR KIDNEY INFECTION OR TRACT INFECTION I KNOW WHAT THOSE FEEL LIKE TRUST ME,I HAVE HAD LITTLE NAUSEA LAST FEW DAYS BUT MY PERIODS GO BACK AND FORTH TO 22DAY CYCLE TO A 28DAY CYCLE BUT THE LAST 2MTHS IT HAS BEEN ON A 22DAY CYCLE AND IF IT WAS 22 DAY CYCLE THESE MTH THAN I WAS SUPPOSE TO START TUESDAY AND I DIDN'T SO I GUESS I WILL WAIT TILL MONDAY AND SEE BECAUSE THAT WILL BE 28DAYS.. and today i been feeling really nausea today like right now feels like when i get up i want to throw up it weird and when i cough the bottom of my muscles hurt, and i got discomfort in my pelvic area i don't know what to do
    i have had unprot. sex 4times once every week after my last mth period

    • ANSWER:
      i had the same thing and it was a different type of infectionlike a BAD UTI i know u said it wasnt but i VERY well could be!

  39. QUESTION:
    If I had some type of cancer that had gone to the stage of spreading to my lymph nodes would blood tests show?
    I have got lymph nodes in my groin area that I have not felt before. I noticed them about 6 weeks ago so went along to the Drs to have them checked out. I was suffering with a bad cold/flu type illness at the time and the Doc put it down to a viral infec. I have had lots of other odd symptoms: cold water running sensation through my arms, pins and needles in my hands and feet, dizzy, nausea, feeling of pressure and throbbing under my arms and in my groin. I have had Complete Blood Count, thyroid, liver and kidney function test, inflammation test, diabetes, anemia blood tests and a urine test. Everthing was normal including physical exams of stomach, strength and reflexes. I had a very close friend who died last year after finding a lump under her arm which she soon found out was melanoma cancer that had got to the stage of spread ing to her lymph glands. If I had cancer and it had got to the stage of spreading to my lymph glands would one of the tests I have had show an abnormality?

    • ANSWER:
      I would have thought the complete blood count would have shown a raised white cell count and other abnormal values.

      These too can be elevated with infection such as the flu virus so I would be optimistic as regard the normal results. All the symptoms you described can be put down to a viral infection, but your anxiety following your friend's cancer is perfectly understandable.

      You definitely should see your doctor again even if only to allay your fears and get some reassurance as to the lymph nodes

      Good luck!

  40. QUESTION:
    why does everyone say that you don't have frequent urination until you get bigger?
    This is really starting to bug me because I know that you do pee a lot starting after implantation for some women but usually around 6weeks.
    Here is an article to prove i'm not mistaken:

    "Why do I have to go to the bathroom so often?

    You may have noticed a more frequent need to pee even before you realized you were pregnant. In fact, it's one of the most common early signs of pregnancy, starting about six weeks into your first trimester.

    Why do you suddenly need to go all the time? It's mostly because the amount of blood in your body increases dramatically when you get pregnant, which leads to a lot of extra fluid getting processed through your kidneys and ending up in your bladder. Eventually, you may also feel pressure on your bladder from your growing uterus.

    You may notice that you need to get up to pee more often during the night in particular. That's because when you lie down, some of the fluid that you retained in your legs and feet during the day makes its way back into your bloodstream and eventually into your bladder."

    http://www.babycenter.com/0_frequent-urination-during-pregnancy_237.bc

    • ANSWER:
      Every woman is different especially when pregnant.

      I am trying to concieve and find this site helpful on what to expect.

      http://www.womenshealthcaretopics.com/pregnancy_week_1_and_2.htm

      Hope you are well

  41. QUESTION:
    LOWER LEFT ABDOMINAL PRESSURE/PAIN...abnormal discharge...!? girls only answer please!?
    Lately i've been having some lower left abdominal pain (about an inch to two inches under my belly button and to the left side). Although, it feels like someone is applying pressure to it, its not that painful. Its comes on and off throughout the day. Its been happening for the past two weeks now. I usually just ignore it but its not fully going away. I should be getting my period soon but never have pain in just my lower left side. My cramps when im on my period are more painful then this! This just feels like pressure or something, but its constant and really annoying! On a side note, i was diagnosed with mono the first week of june. i layed off the alcohol and took care of myself, i thought it had gone away so over the 4th i of course celebrated...and drank booze. a few days later one of my mono symptoms came back (white on my tonsils), but within a day or two they went away. Also, i have vaginal discharge that is thick and looks like it has a tint of green when on toilet paper. Sometimes it is white and clear but im assuming thats when im ovulating...other then that it is thick and greenish, kinda like phlem or mucous. it also has kind of a vinegary smell to it. Ive had this discharge BEFORE i was ever sexually active with any guy(9 months ago) and when i got a serious bf, 8 months ago, i began havng sex. He got checked for STDs and is clean so im assuming i am too since i have not had sex with anyone else. Should i go get check myself?

    so my question is...what is wrong with me!? why am i having abdominal pressure/pain and abnormal discharge?! is it because of me drinking when my mono quite possibly could have not fully went away and now my liver or kidney is suffering from it? i am also scared that i could have PID, although i do not have any other symptoms of it besides the discharge and pain. and if i did have it, why did the discharge show up when i havent had sex yet, and why is the abdominal pain showing up 8 months later?

    HELP! thank youuu.

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    Help!! Female problem what is wrong with me??
    First off, im 18 yrs old, and virgin.
    im having brown discharge!! its like the brown stuff you get at the end of your period, ive been having it for a while! It started right after my ovulation and ive been having it about 2 weeks. I dont know if this is a connection to it but sometimes my stomach is a little upset and sometimes when i strain to pee, theres this weird feeling in my kidneys. I dont know if you would call it pain or not, but its like a pressure i feel on the inside when i pee.

    Do you know what this is a symptom of?? I have asked this before but not did not get any helpful answers i hope someone can help me.

    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I would go to your doctor, as this sounds similar to how I used to feel when I'd get kidney infections. Try drinking cranberry juice (juice, not cocktail). Hopefully it isn't an kidney infection, because they can make you quite miserable. Good luck, hope this helped.

  43. QUESTION:
    Why do i have abdominal pain/pressure?! MONO?
    Lately i've been having some lower left abdominal pain (about an inch to two inches under my belly button and to the left side). Although, it feels like someone is applying pressure to it, its not that painful. Its comes on and off throughout the day. Its been happening for the past two weeks now. I usually just ignore it but its not fully going away. I should be getting my period soon but never have pain in just my lower left side. My cramps when im on my period are more painful then this! This just feels like pressure or something, but its constant and really annoying! On a side note, i was diagnosed with mono the first week of june. i layed off the alcohol and took care of myself, i thought it had gone away so over the 4th i of course celebrated...and drank booze. a few days later one of my mono symptoms came back (white on my tonsils), but within a day or two they went away. Also, i have vaginal discharge that is thick and looks like it has a tint of green when on toilet paper. Sometimes it is white and clear but im assuming thats when im ovulating...other then that it is thick and greenish, kinda like phlem or mucous. it also has kind of a vinegary smell to it. Ive had this discharge BEFORE i was ever sexually active with any guy(9 months ago) and when i got a serious bf, 8 months ago, i began havng sex. He got checked for STDs and is clean so im assuming i am too since i have not had sex with anyone else. Should i go get check myself?

    so my question is...what is wrong with me!? why am i having abdominal pressure/pain and abnormal discharge?! is it because of me drinking when my mono quite possibly could have not fully went away and now my liver or kidney is suffering from it? i am also scared that i could have PID, although i do not have any other symptoms of it besides the discharge and pain. and if i did have it, why did the discharge show up when i havent had sex yet, and why is the abdominal pain showing up 8 months later?

    HELP! thank youuu.

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    I think something is wrong with my kidneys, and I want to know if it's serious?
    Ok so yesterday I was completely fine, I'm 14 years old, everything was ok until I was at the mall with my friends and decided to try something out, I decided to drink the energy drink, Monster, and drink coffee from starbucks... I practically had a panic attack and I thought it was funny... Well atleast until I got home... I then got home laid on my bed and felt a lot of pressure on the area where my kidneys are... I ignored it... then later on went to the bath room and noticed I peed for a very long time, I also ignored that, I tried going to sleep and I felt like pulse on my kidneys, and had to pee again, didn't think it was serious, later in the middle of the night I got up again and had to pee... I woke up and I went to pee without drinking any fluids... then again... So far today I've peed 4 times I believe... and pooped 2 times... I feel pain on my lower back and a pulse on my kidneys at the moment... Please help, do u think this has something to do with my kidneys and it's serious?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, the pressure in your kidneys was them stressing. The only help is to drink plain water to flush out that caffeine and give them some relief.

      People do not realize that caffeine drinks should be accompanied by a glass of water or other liquid for that very reason. It's also going to keep you awake now when the body is tired out from too much caffeine.

      Diuretics rob your body of minerals and vitamins too, more than the Monster drink contained. Have some fruit maybe.

  45. QUESTION:
    NEED A WOMEN'S HELP! pregnancy pains?
    can anyone describe to me pregnancy pains felt in early pregnancy? also if anyone can describe to me ovarian cyst pains? are they similar?

    my g/f is feeling pains in her lower back that run down to her left leg sometimes she also feels pains in her abdomen mostly in the left near her rib cage and on the right side also near her rib cage, she feels pressure as though something is pushing on her rib cage from the inside, she is constipated too, and urinating constanly. ovarian cyst run in the family.

    we have only had an intercourse once, we used a condom, and it was during her period, it was her first time, so i guess she is nervous because of this, but is been almost 2 months and she still thinks she's preg,

    the doc gave her 2 urine test both neg. and has sent her for x-rays of bladder, kidney and urinary tract also ultrasound for cyst.

    how can i calm her down because thinking she is pregnant is making her deppresed?

    • ANSWER:
      Ok the first part, pain in lower back that runs down her left leg sound like her Sciatic nerve is pinched. That can be VERY painful, but is very common and nothing can be done for it. I have that pain all the time. now the pushing on her rib cage and being constipated sounds like gas. Gas pains can reach your chest cavity and be very painful. If she has had two negative test and you have only had sex once then chances are she is not pregnant. Hope you find some relief soon.

  46. QUESTION:
    help i cannot urinate and realy need to go!!!!!!?
    i got home from work last night around 9:00pm and had to pee a little but was soo freakin tired i went strait to bed woke up this morning around 8:30am really had to go pee but couldnt so i thought maybe i really didnt have to go so i just made some breakfast had a big cup of juice than watched tv for most of the day while occasionaly trying to pee but couldnt so i was starting to get kinda nervous thinking i might have a kidney stone cuz all of my family has had sevral kidney stones at about 4:00 i was at the point where it started to hurt and had a realy strong urge to go so i decided to take a hot bath for about an hour to see if it would help but didnt at 5:00 it was reallting starting to hurt in my abdomin and was feeling pressure in my lower belly so i started to rub my lower belly alot and that made it feel alittle better but if i push on it i get a very very strong urge to go and hurts i have drank about 10 glasses of orange juice today if you need to know i am 17,130 lbs& male

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes when your bladder becomes full but you prevent yourself from going to the toilet, eventually the bladder's message to the brain to pee just cuts out and you end up going into urinary retention.

      Urinary retention is quite serious as your kidneys keep producing urine however your bladder isn't emptying. Therefore, you can get an increased backwards pressure on your kidneys (which can cause permenant kidney damage). Or your bladder can rupture. Both are serious.

      You should go to the doctor ASAP or to the emergency room.

      Shelly

  47. 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???

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    Could I have contracted herpes?
    I had unprotected sex with a guy on December 31st. He chose to tell me afterwards that he thinks he has genital herpes, but has not been to the doctor to confirm and was not on any kind of suppressive medication. He does say that he has not had an outbreak in a while and wasn't having a current one. Lovely right?

    On January 2nd, my throat gets a little scratchy and my tonsils appear swollen. On January 3rd that feeling is a little worse accompanied by a headache. However, I took a couple of tylenol and went to bed and both symptoms were gone and have not returned. I did notice a little sinus drainage and my lymph nodes have never swollen up, so I tried to wish it away by saying it was just sinuses.

    But around January 5th I noticed pressure in my abdomen around my bladder. I drink Mountain Dew like it is water, and so I do feel a pressure like this whenever my kidneys and bladder have just had too much. I stopped drinking soda for a couple of days and this symptom too went away.

    However I did notice two bumps in the middle between my vagina and my panty line. They look like pimples that have not come to a head. They do not hurt or itch. I have not experienced any kind of pain or discomfort. I do wonder if they may be ingrown hairs because I shaved for the first time in a month the day that I slept with him. I have been a worry wart and have picked at them until they bled, and that of course made them a little sore, but that's understandable.

    Again, I have had absolutely no pain, itching, burning, tingling, strange sensations, fevers, leg pain, back pain, swollen lymph nodes...nothing. I do plan on getting tested when I get paid on the 1st, but I don't know how to keep myself calm until then. Would really like some input. I have a friend who has had genital herpes for about 10 years and I have told him all of the symptoms and he says he doesn't think I have it.

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  49. 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!

  50. QUESTION:
    What causes lower back pain?
    I've been feeling pressure and soreness in my lower back for the last six days. Along with that is a light feeling of nausea. For the most part the aching has been bearable. until i get into my car, where i sit upright.Now on the sixth day (today) i awoke with stiffness and little sharp pains. Not enough to stop me from functioning. because i was still able to run up and down the stairs. That was until I sneezed from the dust in the hall. I sneezed one time, and at that moment my knees gave out and the most excruciating pain hit my lower back shot up through my arms and to my upper back. I could not stand back up so i crawled to my bed. Now i can't sit up. And it hurts to move and or turn over. I've had a kidney infection in my early 20s. And from what I remember the pain was not limited to my lower back but also my sides too.

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Effect Of Blood Pressure On Kidneys

Blood pressure indicates the force exerted by the blood against the blood vessel walls. Blood pressure is generated by the heart pumping blood into the arteries and is regulated by the response by the arteries to the flow of blood. The blood pressure of an individual is expressed in two ways - systolic and diastolic blood pressure. For instance if the blood pressure reading is shown as 120 / 80, then the systolic blood pressure (the top number) represents the pressure in the arteries as the muscle of the heart contracts and pumps blood into them and the diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) represents the pressure in the arteries as the muscle of the heart relaxes after it contracts.

Blood pressure always is higher when the heart is pumping than when it is relaxing. Blood pressure represents one of the principal vital signs of life, which include heart beat, rate of breathing, and temperature.

It is seen that the systolic blood pressure for most healthy adults ranges between 90 and 120 millimeters of mm Hg and the diastolic blood pressure falls between 60 and 80 mm Hg. Blood pressures reading over 130/80 are considered as high blood pressure. High blood pressure increases the risk of developing cardiac problems, kidney disorders, hardening of arteries, eyesight problems, paralytic stroke etc. Low blood pressure, known as hypotension, is due to the low flow of blood through the arteries and veins. When the flow of blood is too low and fails to deliver enough oxygen and nutrients to vital organs such as the brain, heart, and kidney, the organs are not able to function normally and get permanently damaged.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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

  2. QUESTION:
    What clinical effects would high blood pressure have on kidneys of a bedridden client?
    would appreciate the help with the correct answer to this question.

    • ANSWER:
      Hypertensive nephropathy (or "hypertensive nephrosclerosis", or "Hypertensive renal disease") is a medical condition referring to damage to the kidney due to chronic high blood pressure.

      It should be distinguished from "renovascular hypertension" , which is a form of secondary hypertension.

      In the kidneys, as a result of benign arterial hypertension, hyaline (pink, amorphous, homogeneous material) accumulates in the wall of small arteries and arterioles, producing the thickening of their walls and the narrowing of the lumens — hyaline arteriolosclerosis. Consequent ischemia will produce tubular atrophy, interstitial fibrosis, glomerular alterations (smaller glomeruli with different degrees of hyalinization - from mild to sclerosis of glomeruli) and periglomerular fibrosis. In advanced stages, renal failure will occur. Functional nephrons have dilated tubules, often with hyaline casts in the lumens.

  3. QUESTION:
    Does drinking alcohol have any effect on high blood pressure?Does a person w/hi/bld pressue need lot of fluids
    looks like it would help flush the kidneys since high blood pressure affects them?Does drinking coffee or drinks with caffine have a negative effect on hi pressure ?

    • ANSWER:
      Alcohol is bad for someone with high blood pressure since it increases risks of cardiovascular diseases.

      Caffeine can increase blood pressure by stimulating the heart and increasing cardiac output.

  4. QUESTION:
    In the kidney, w/o regulatory mechanisms, what effect would increase blood pressure+ have on glom. fil. rate?
    Supposed to say: "In the absence of any regulatory mechanisms, what effect would an increase of blood pressure would have on glomerular filtration rate in the kidneys?

    • ANSWER:
      I'd say with an increase in bp substances that normally wouldnt be found in filtrate may be forced through the glomerulus into the bowmans capsule like ehhh....some erythrocytes, possibly some leukocytes, proteins, glucose....things of the like that are not to be found in a normal healthy creatures urine.

  5. QUESTION:
    Any one else suffer from High Blood Pressure and of a young age?
    Im 23 and take Istin,low centryl K and Macrodantin, it is probable I will be on blood pressure tablets for the rest of my life as no improvement even though on medication. What started you to have it??
    Mine was discovered last year when I got a virus known as Henoch Schonlein Purpura effecting the kidneys, therefore was left with High BP :(

    • ANSWER:
      I'm 13 and i have vary high blood pressure some days if i don't take my medicine it gets up to 160/100. in my case of high blood pressure they don't no how i got it.

  6. QUESTION:
    High Blood Pressure?
    What clinical effects would high blood pressure have on the kidneys of a bedridden patient?
    Thanks for the great answers!

    • ANSWER:
      High blood pressure, if left untreated, can damage your blood vessels. This, in turn, can lead to kidney disease (one of the serious complications is renal failure and you can have dialysis for life). Also it can cause heart attack and stroke. The risk is even higher if the sick person is bedridden. Most treatments to hypertension basically includes antihypertensive drugs, low-salt, low-fat diet, exercise, decreasing body size if overweight, and stop smoking and/or alcohol intake.

  7. QUESTION:
    How can i find out why my boyfriend had a sudden decrease in blood pressure?
    he was riding in a truck when out of no where he gets hot, dizzy, it sounds like when someone is talking to him its through a tunnel very far away, and cant even see. and it wasnt just like, an instant, it went on for a few min.

    hes ok now but what does he need to change so that takes care of the problem that caused this. or tell me if he needs to see a doctor cuz we dont even know but still would like to hear some suggestions. he does not have ANY good habbits & looots of bad ones , overloads on salt [& only has one kidney], doesent drink water or anything else but soda, doesnt eat vegtables, smokes. besides that he has to change ALL that, does any of it directly effect his blood pressure or what else does? thanxs .

    • ANSWER:
      He needs to see his Doctor so he can run some tests and check his blood sugar levels etc as well as an ECG and various other blood work.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can a medic please advise on blood test fasting?
    I am having a blood test to-morrow to check the effects of pills for my High Blood Pressure on my Kidneys. Can't remember if this is a fasting blood test or not. Can someone advise me please?

    • ANSWER:
      most likely it isn't , as your urinary and electrolytes E + U can be done regardless of fasting, you are most likely on a medication called a ACE inhibitor or a angiotensin receptor antagonist, in which you would have had a blood test before you started it ie a baseline or rerference reading and now you will be having another test after you have been on this medication to see if its stuffed up your kidneys

  9. QUESTION:
    What would the effect be on kidney filtration if?
    What would the effect be on kidney filtration if?
    What would be the effect on
    filtration of:
    • Drop in blood pressure
    (shock)?
    • Increase in concentration of
    solutes in the blood?
    • Blockage in Bowman’s
    capsule or collecting duct
    (e.g. by kidney stones)?

    • ANSWER:
      great q! i am in renal physio now :)

      ok so if u have a substantial decrease in BP due to shock, your GFR will decrease, even if the kidney tries to maintain adequate pressure by constricting both the afferent and efferent arterioles. Glomerular capillary pressure will not increase too much, but the RBF and GFR will decrease. your body tries to get blood pumped to other spots ie heart and brain...kidney takes less priority esp with shock.

      a rise in plasma concentration of solutes will increase the filtered load causing a decrease in GFR, since it has trouble keeping up with the amt of blood getting filtered since there's a crapload of solutes in the blood that must be reabsorbed and/or secreted.

      blockage in bowman's: you will have increased hydraulic pressure that will affect everything upsteam from where the kidney stone is located. upstream the pressure will increase in all of the structures of the nephron that are located PROXIMAL to the obtrusion. as a result of this increased pressure and the body's concern to increase BP, the GFR will lower.

  10. QUESTION:
    Are there any blood pressure medications that are safe to use along with 2700mg (daily) of Lithobid?
    My bp has been higher lately, and everyone older than me in my immediate family has hypertension and takes meds. I'm on 2700mg of Lithium Carbonate daily for bipolar, which screws with water and the kidneys in your body. Most BPs seem to have similar side effects.

    • ANSWER:
      The most common blood pressure medications to treat hypertension are hydrochlorothiazide, an angiotensin 1 converting enzyme inhibitor such as lisinopril, and a beta blocker such as metoprolol succinate. All of these would be 'safe' with lithium carbonate as none of these would effect the lithium blood level. You state that there is a family history of hypertension but you do not indicate that you have hypertension. Your question may be one of curiosity or you may have neglected to say that you have hypertension. I believe that when you say 'most BPs seem to have similar side effects' you are saying that blood pressure medications have similar side effects. The three blood pressure medications listed above are virtually devoid of side effects. They are among the least expensive, best tolerated, and most efficacious of blood pressure medications. If I may be of further assistance please email me at johnerussomd@jhu.edu. I wish you and your family the very best of health and may God Bless.

  11. 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.

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  12. QUESTION:
    Paxils effects on blood pressure( can someone please help me?? PLEASE?
    I was on Paxil for 6-7 months although the treatment did help, I had to stop as I became pregnant, the withdrawl was a nightmare, I felt worse coming off Paxil then I did for the reason I went on it! Anyhow I have been off of it for about 6-7 weeks and I have noticed my blood pressure is realy high! I am used to having blood pressure that is 115 over 65-70 and now it has been spiked to 150 over 80. I have read on the net that Paxil can increase BP but Iam worried it will never go down now. Will this be permenent, and now that I am pregnant what will happen? I am really worried about kidney disease with my BP being so high! and if it is this high now, what will it be when my pregnancy is farther along???
    Please help im scared.

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  13. QUESTION:
    sustanon 250-anyone aware of its side effects?
    Does anyone have used this testosterone steroid or have well idea of its side effects please reply quickly and how frequently the injection should be taken? It has been prescribed by a doctor to take as an injection every 10 day to overcome the less beard problem? What I have idea that every steroid effects on heart, blood pressure, kidney in long term.

    • ANSWER:
      All steroids carry a risk. They also have many side effects. The following is a statement from the manufacturer. As you will see, you will probably grow facial hair, but the hair on the top of your head will fall out. Personally, I hate to shave, and I really don't want to be bald.

      "This includes oily skin, acne body/facial hair growth and premature balding. The addition of Proscar/Propecia should be able to minimize such side effects, as it will limit the conversion of testosterone to DHT (dihydrotestosterone) . Sustanon will also suppress natural testosterone production rather quickly. The use of HCG and/or Clomid/Nolvadex are necessary at the conclusion of a cycle in order to avoid a hormonal crash. Remember though, Sustanon will remain active in the body for up to a month after your last injection was given. Beginning you post cycle drug therapy immediately after the steroid has been discontinued will not be very effective. Instead, HCG or Clomid/Nolvadex should be delayed three weeks, until you are near the point where blood androgen levels have dropped significantly."

  14. QUESTION:
    how sugar effect the kidney when they increase in blood?
    function of kidney, when sugar increase in blood then pressure automatically increase on blood article and in vein,

    • ANSWER:
      one time high levels of sugar r not dangerous...it's the constant high sugar levels of diabetics that cause damage to the kidneys...u r right...high blood pressure is the primary cause of damaging the filters in the kidney. (diabetics get high blood pressure over time, becuase the high levels of sugar stiffen the arteries/veins.)

  15. QUESTION:
    Diagnosed with a uti 5 days ago. At the time I had the burning and barely anything coming out.?
    Diagnosed with a uti 5 days ago. At the time I had the burning and barely anything coming out.?

    Now the burning is gone and im going regularly but my back is hurting. Its not pain...just aching. I must say I am 3 weeks postpartum. Could this problem still be from the uti or is this due to pregnancy. Im some what worried because my blood pressure was high during the last part of my pregnancy and am currently on blood pressure medicine because of postpartum hypertension. I am worrried that maybe my blood pressure effected my kidneys.
    I must also ad i was prescribed cipro for 5 days took my last pill yesterday. Will this clear it up even tho im still having this backache?

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  16. QUESTION:
    Ritalin's effect on kidneys???? Please Help!?
    Hi everyone-

    I'm prescribed quite a large dose of methylphenidate daily: 54 mg of concerta, and two 20 mg instant release ritalin tablets. We've tweaked the dose for a while and this is something that really just, for once in my life, makes me feel happy, productive, well-rested, personable, and motivated. But it only works at a dose that high.

    I WAS a cocaine addict, then I was prescribed these meds and I've been clean and sober ever since. My blood pressure and pulse are fine, I've been taking this dose for months. But I'm worried SOMETHING will happen to prevent me from being able to take it.

    Does anyone know what this does to the kidneys? I've had some lower-left-side kidney pain lately and I'm just terrified something will disqualify me from taking these meds. Can someone PLEASE let me know if this will ruin my kidneys? Thanks SO MUCH for any help...

    • ANSWER:
      not much damage. the damage comes when u use it to get high

  17. QUESTION:
    What should I ask my doctor to do about my high blood pressure?
    I've had HBP since 19, now 32 I'm on norvasc and maxide but other than basic blood tests no ones ever checked anything else. My average BP is usually around 148/100. Several times it's been as high as 180/123. My doctor says I don't need a specialist but he keeps switching my meds without really checking anything. I told him I started having pains in my right upper abdomen and he blew it off because it's not a side affect of the maxide and added the norvasc. I'd like to know what tests there are out there that can tell me if I have heart or kidney problems. Both parents have had heart attacks as well as 3 of my 4 grandparents so I'm really worried. I excercise 3 times a week and have an active job. I am overweight but I feel like there is something else causing it. Even when I was 30 pounds thinner my pressure still ran just as high. I avoid sodium as much as I can because I do retain water but my salt intake seems to have no effect either way on the pressure.

    • ANSWER:
      avoid excess salt intakes,stress,heavy or junk food ....walk at least 45 minutes per day.(3 days workout is not enough)..drink plenty of water....also avoid constipation....and yess u have to take medicine daily as per ur doctors advice.....and also try to make life simple,easier and dont rush panic...slow down a bit........if u ignore ur high blood pressure there r chances u might damage ur kidneys,brain hammorage,heart stroke,paralytic attack ...etc so please b carefull and have ur complte cardiovascular check at a heart hospital.......all the best

  18. QUESTION:
    Blood pressure problems leaving me and my NHS Doctor confused?
    Hi, I'm 17 years old and in reasonably good health.
    However I have a wierd blood pressure problem which causes some greef, such as headached, shortness of breath, pins & needles and so on.

    When I'm sitting my blood pressure is around 140 / 85 and when standing it's around 150 / 95 and if I lay down it drops to around 100 / 60 which is when I start getting dead arms, legs and once my I had a really painful throbbing with pins & needles and my fingers uncontrollably clenched up, I took a reading just after and it was 60 / 40 in that arm, the other was normal still.

    During mild excercise it rises to around 170 / 130 and become tired, loss of breath and instant headache and the feeling / sound of my heart beating in my head.

    I've been on blood pressure tablets for over a week and my blood pressure is still all over the place, not lower at all. Though I never had my arm go as bad as it did until I started the medication.

    I was told the medication should take 2 - 3 days to take effect, and it was on the fourth day I got the arm issue.

    Any ideas on what could be causing this?

    My kidneys are working at 51% / 49% after many tests. Which is 100% overall.

    Doctor just doesn't know what to do, and he's the best in the RUH also left a Heart Specialist, Kidney expert from bath and genetics specialist confused.

    • ANSWER:
      This isn't that helpful, but I would ask him about this issue if he really is the best. Maybe you just need to be on a new medication. I would also seek opinions (maybe you already have) from a cardiologist and a neurologist/neuropsychiatrist at least. Then I would check to see about getting an appointment with an endocrinologist. Maybe your doc can suggest someone. If he/she is opposed to you getting a second opinion from anyone, than I would drop him/her entirely. Not that I know anything about anything, those are just my instincts. I am merely an experienced consumer of western medicine.

  19. QUESTION:
    Dog Blood Pressure Pills?
    My dog has been put on blood pressure lowering pills for a heart murmur condition that had started to make him cough because of some fluid build-up in his lungs. Well the fluid has now gone and his cough has settled but he has to stay on the blood pressure medication for the rest of his life, he's now twelve, and I am a bit worried that the pills may start to affect other things in his system such as his liver and kidneys. Has anyone on here had a dog on blood pressure pills for some time and if so have the pills caused any other ill effects to your dog? And would anyone know how to minimize any adverse effects the pills might cause?

    Thanks for any help.

    Here's the dog, it's Pip who has got the heart murmur: http://app4.websitetonight.com/projects/1/1/4/5/1145672/_mygallery/Image13.jpg

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there, I have not had experience with a dog on BP pills (mind you I am on them myself), and for me ((yes I am human), its better to take them, the risk of heart attack or stroke are too great without them, so the same applies to your Pip - just looked at his photo, a cute little chap.

      I had a Westie on steroids for over 7 years, again long term effects are not good, attacks the liver, and in our case, unfortunately 2 months ago I had to have her put to sleep - the steroids caused tumors around the lungs. Now why I am telling you this is because, my Clover was on them 7 years, and died aged 11. Pip on the other hand is already 12 years old, so for him the effects will not be the same as in my case. Simply because Pip is elderly now, so the high chances are the BP pills will not have enough time to do him any real damage during the rest of his life span.

      I am sorry if that sounds morbid, its not meant to hurt or upset you, but Pip if younger then yes you would have cause for alarm, for the BP pills could effect other organs over a long period of time.

      Talk to your vet about what I have said, and I am sure he will assure you that due to Pips age, no bad effects will occur, in fact its a good positive thing for your dear little dog.

      Bless you all.

  20. QUESTION:
    Medical advice needed - What shall i do about my blood pressure?
    Hi,
    I am 23 years of age and was told 6 years ago after a routine appointment at the GP's that i had a raised systolic blood pressure. I had nothing done about it at that point.
    2 years ago i went back to the GP again for an appointment regarding something else and they found my blood pressure had raised a lot to around 140-160/85-105. I had tests and scans to check my kidneys and heart as well as seeing a cardiologist and these all came back as borderline for treatment and she would see me again within a year.
    This was 2 years ago and i hadn't been to see the cardiologist as they haven't sent for me! So a few weeks ago i went back to the GP to see if they could chase it up - which they have and i have an appointment for the end of this month - however my GP has given me some medication called Almodipine and told me to start that at 2.5 mg for a few days then up it to 5 mg. I however think my high readings are just because i am having my blood pressure taken, even at home it is elevated but not as much as at the surgery. My issue is that 1) I am only 23 and do i want to be taking medication for life that i actually may not need because it is just high when taken? 2) What if i do take it and i don't need it because it isn't actually high? 3) Why give me it now when i am seeing a cardiologist in 3 weeks?
    Also i wanted to know how long it takes the medication to cause an effect? Is it the build up or on that day of taking the tablet it will work?
    Here are some of the home readings i have been getting iver the past few days - Also there is such a variation in readingS, why could this be?
    Day 1 -
    7.30 p.m - 136/103
    8 p.m - 139/92

    Day 2 -
    7.30 a.m - 139/93
    12.15 p.m - 148/100
    1 p.m - 152/82
    8.55 p.m - 139/97
    9.35 p.m - 132/85

    Day 3 -
    8 a.m - 136/88
    8.20 a.m - 122/89
    2 p.m - 134/77
    3.30 p.m - 142/78
    4.30 p.m - 139/85

    As you can see it seems to have lowered towards day 3 but it ranges so much! The diastolic pressure seems to be more or less always elevated - Does the almodipine medication i have effect both numbers? I do understand that it is a calcium channel blocker which works by relaxing the arteries so lowering BP

    • ANSWER:
      It is very normal for BP to change every time you take it. Every one's does. Your BP is up & down throughout the day but this may be due to stress. You say it goes up at the Dr's. office & at times when you take it at home. You need to learn to relax when it is taken to get a true reading. It is not that high. The top number goes up when you are stressed, relax.!! The bottom is not that bad. If it went up and stayed there I would be concerned but it does not. The pills are good and will take a few days to start working. The full effect should be working in a few weeks. Take the pills but it sounds more to me like you need something to reduce anxiety. I think once you get your anxiety down your BP will be normal. You should speak to your Dr about anxiety. When your BP goes up even when you take it at home that indicates anxiety to me and not necessairly high BP. The BP medicine will work on both numbers but I would ask the Dr why he is giving you a BP medicine when you are about to see a cardiologist. The cardiologist will do an echo for sure so taking the medicine won't hurt and may do a stress test but I don't think you have a heart problem, I still think stress (anxiety).As you said you are only 23, I think learning to reduce your stress will lower your BP and you won't need BP pills.

  21. QUESTION:
    New blood pressure medicine?
    I know that the new medicine I am on has a side effect of increased urination. I also know that uncontrolled hypertension can lead to kidney problems. Can someone explain why? Does this mean my kidneys were not functioning very well before?

    • ANSWER:
      The kidneys are a very important regulator of your blood pressure. If there is a malfunction, then your kidneys will cause you to have hypertension. High blood pressure is harmful because it puts stress on your organs, including your kidneys. Blood pressure regulation is very complicated, but it is possible that your kidneys were not functioning optimally before. Whatever the reason, the most important thing is to maintain a healthy blood pressure. There are several different types of medications that help with this, including the type that you are taking, which is called a diuretic or water pill. Basically this type of medication causes your kidneys to get rid of extra sodium (and fluid). This decreases the amount of volume in your circulation and leads to a lower blood pressure.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is salt only bad for certain people?
    If I understand correctly, a person with properly working kidneys can excrete excessive amounts of salt quickly so as to have no effect on blood pressure.
    If this is true, then salt is not a problem unless there are some underlying kidney problems?
    How does one check to see if they have have efficient or inefficient kidneys?

    • ANSWER:
      Too much salt is bad for everyone.

      A blood test and/or urine test can determine whether or not your sodium (salt) level is too high and whether or not you have any kidney problems such as microalbuminuria.

  23. QUESTION:
    How does dialysis effect you?
    My father, who has been a diabetic for years and has never seen medical treatment nor taken care of himself properly, was told by his doctor he will be needing dialysis soon as his kidneys are so badly damaged. He's in his 60's, has poor health overall (cataracts, high blood pressure, overweight, etc.)

    What does this mean for him? How long can your kidney's last on dialysis? Can he get a transplant?

    • ANSWER:
      My 62 yr old dad, never looked after his type 2 diabetes in ten yrs. = kidney's not functioning correctly = fluid on lungs = heart attack = life support = ( luckily ) major wake up call. Your dad might not be so lucky to get the wake up call he needs. What he Needs to do is start taking care of himself, work with his doctors to get himself in a better state than he is in now.

      Can't stay on dialisis forever! Need transplant.

  24. QUESTION:
    have high blood pressure and type 1 diabetes and am thinking of changing my medicine?
    i live in the uk, i have had type 1 diabetes for about 8 years, i developed a thyroid problem about 4 years ago and am on 100mcg of levothyroxine and then i got high blood pressure about 2 years ago and am on ramipril which is an ace inhibitor. it has emerged that sinthroid or levothyroxine can cause hair loss as can ramipril or other high blood pressure ace inhibitors, my hair is really falling out and im getting very distressed and depressed,im a 37 year old male. i have an appointment with my endocronologist in a weeks time.
    as far as the thyroxine goes i have heard that you can go on a t4/t3 drug like thyrolar or armour and the addition of a T3 drug has helped remove many symptons including they think hairloss.
    with regards to the ramipril,the doctor gave it to me because of the high blood pressure and as an ace inhibitor for my diabetes to protect my kidney (i had one removed due to a birth defect..before i developed diabetes...they think i developed diabetes as a result of the septacemia when my kidney stopped working) so i was thinking of asking him about going on loniten..or minoxidil...it seems win win..it restores hairloss and i have high blood pressure so could take it in oral form obviously.
    so my question is...has anyone got any advice? is anyone on synthroid and noticed hairloss? is anyone on a T4/T3 drug and has it helped not only hairloss but other symtoms? and are they prescribed in the uk?
    is anyone on ramipril and noticed hairloss? is anyone on loniten and whats their experience with regards to side effects,hair regrowth etc and is it available in the uk on prescription? do you think he will prescribe it seeing as he prescribe ramipril as an ace inhibiter too whre as lontien isnt an ace inhibiter its a vasodilator?any help or advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you.
    thanks for your answers...dr frank, is there any alternatives to synthroid over here? any that provide T4/T3? i didnt go into details in the question but i have alot of other symptoms still and am not convinced about levothyroxine, interestinly there was a fda study into levthyroxine that found discrpencies in its potency, also dr frank, would you prescribe loniten or minoxidil still to a diabetic if they wanted to try it? thank you

    • ANSWER:
      You would be better of asking your doctor about the change in drugs as he knows what you condition is like and how the present drugs are helping. But it is always possible as others have said that even changing drugs may not do anything about the hair loss.

  25. QUESTION:
    Why Malaysian doctors always say no salt because you will have blood pressure, high blood and heart attack?
    POLL : Please let me know.... voice it out anything from bottom of your hearth.

    How Salt Became Sodium Chloride
    With the advent of industrial development, natural salt was “chemically cleaned” and reduced to the combination of sodium and chloride.
    Essential minerals and trace elements were removed as impurities. However, sodium chloride is an unnatural, isolated, unwholesome substance having nothing in common with salt. Similar to white, refined sugar, salt, once regarded as white gold, was converted into white poison. However, there is a higher reason for salt having been endowed with all the natural elements found in our bodies. Sodium chloride is an aggressive substance, which is perpetually seeking an equalizing counterpart in order for it to produce its effect. More...

    The natural counterparts, such as potassium, calcium magnesium and other minerals and trace elements, demonstrate, from a biophysical standpoint, specific frequency patterns. These patterns ensure the geometric structures in our body. When these structures are missing, we are without energy and are lifeless. Salt should not be used just to add flavour to our food, but for its vibration pattern, which is similar to our body!
    http://himalayansalt.com.au/health.htm

    http://altmedangel.com/salt.htm
    Is salt good or bad?
    Biologically speaking, salt (sodium) plays a major role in human health. It not only feeds nutritional mineral elements to our cells, it also dissolves, sanitizes and cleanses toxic wastes from our system. It is this latter function that makes salt such a healing substance. All classic biology textbooks refer to salt as the cleanser of bodily fluids.
    Most physiological and biological processes function correctly only when sufficient quantities of sodium are present. For example, the body makes hydrochloric acid from salt. (Hydrochloric acid is one of our essential digestive fluids.) In a healthy person, the quantity of salt retained in the tissues remains constant. Any excess sodium ingested is automatically eliminated through the kidneys. However, if disease is present, this elimination of excess salt is impaired, and excess salt deposits are created; or sudden loss if internal salt can occur.

    When stress or infection demand an extra supply of salt, our body reserves are used. Addison's disease, pylorus blockage, ulcers and gastric cancers can create a critical loss of chloride ions and lower the sodium chloride in the digestive system causing a shortage of hydrochloric acid in gastric juices. These losses of chlorine and sodium inhibit the cell's self-cleansing function resulting in the blood becoming loaded with toxins. This, in turn, can act on the nervous system and create a chain reaction of new losses of sodium chloride, which in extreme cases can be fatal.

    Salt is also responsible for the balance of acids and bases within the body. When salt enters the body it dissolves into ions (also called electrolytes because they carry electrical current). With this in mind, the water balance role of salt may be easier to understand. Water is a necessary part of all body cells but cells have no way to hold onto water molecules directly. They can only move ions around and water will follow ions. So the cells direct where the ions go, the water follows and this determines where the fluids go.

    The Function of Salt
    To truly understand the function of salt, we need to look to the sea, witness the high level of health of its creatures and compare its composition to that of human body fluids.
    Dehydrated sea water contains over 80 elements, most required for the maintenance of the human body. While all salt originates from the sea, refined table salt and almost all sea salts sold in health food stores have none of these elements left. Even in the "natural" salts, refining, washing, boiling or kiln drying has stripped away almost all traces of these minerals. That's why it is white and dry.

    Any untreated, natural, whole salt will stubbornly hold on to part of its original water unless kiln or vacuum-pan dried. Even by drying naturally in the sun, salt crystals will not give up all of their moisture. In fact, the more trace and macro-nutrients the salt contains, the less moisture it will release.

    True "natural" sun dried salt ranges from light gray or beige to pale pink in color. Unwashed salt obtained by the industrial method yields dark gray (dirty) salt which definitely requires washing. Industrial salt making is designed to obtain a 99% pure chemical--sodium chloride. Only about 8% of industrial salt produced is used for food. The rest goes for industrial and chemical uses and is all totally refined.

    Dr. Jacques Loeb, M.D., a biologist renowned for his discoveries on parthenogenesis, did several experiments with protoplasm (living tissue) and salt. When he placed the protoplasm in distilled water, it lived. When he added pure (refined) sodium chloride, it acted as a deadly poison.

    In nature, s
    In nature, sodium chloride never occurs in pure form. A multitude of essential major and trace elements are in its crystals. Here is a partial list of these minerals and their function in human metabolism.
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    • ANSWER:
      haven't you heard "never eat too much or too little"

      btw, this is a very long copy&paste articles

  26. QUESTION:
    BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICATION TAKING PRESSURE REALLY LOW?
    I stared on Blood pressure medication on March 20, 2009 and have been on 5mg of amlodipine (Norvasc) for 24 days now. I have lost 25 pounds since then but I am eating very very healthy and mostly organic and high fiber and fresh frutis and fish and chicken so I am not starving myself by any means. But I quit drinking alcohol and sodas and quit smoking even though I was only a social smoker, I did tend to binge drink though on the weekends I would tie them on pretty go on Friday and Saturday nights probably more beer than most men could drink.. We're talking 20 beer easy and maybe a couple shots... So any whoooooooo.. Every since I started taking the meds like since the 2nd day my BP drops very very low like 94/68 and sometimes lower at bedtime to like 91/58 a couple of times but during the daytime it never tops 111/78. I am wondering if my doc put me on meds to quick. I have always had very very low BP even being heavy (240) was highest and no heart problems had Echo done and EKG and no Diabetes or Kidney disease and this one day I had a BP of 140/100 and he slammed me right on meds on my first visit he didn't even know my history as this was a new doctor.

    Just looking for some opinons. . I mean I definately feel great but I have been told that this (amlodipine or Norvas name brand.) lowers your heart rate and kind of gives the effects of a sedative to a certain extent so I am very calm more so than before. But other than that I am kind of scared that one night its going to go to low when I sleep and I won't wake up.. Opinons please. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I am surprised that with a reading of 140/100 your doctor's first recommendation is med without first observing your health when placed on a proper diet. This is usually borderline and in most cases corrected with just diet. I would recommend that you go back to your doctor and discus your concerns, or see another doctor.

  27. QUESTION:
    BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICATIONS COULD THEY BE DANGEROUS/?
    I stared on Blood pressure medication on March 20, 2009 and have been on 5mg of amlodipine (Norvasc) for 24 days now. I have lost 25 pounds since then but I am eating very very healthy and mostly organic and high fiber and fresh frutis and fish and chicken so I am not starving myself by any means. But I quit drinking alcohol and sodas and quit smoking even though I was only a social smoker, I did tend to binge drink though on the weekends I would tie them on pretty go on Friday and Saturday nights probably more beer than most men could drink.. We're talking 20 beer easy and maybe a couple shots... So any whoooooooo.. Every since I started taking the meds like since the 2nd day my BP drops very very low like 94/68 and sometimes lower at bedtime to like 91/58 a couple of times but during the daytime it never tops 111/78. I am wondering if my doc put me on meds to quick. I have always had very very low BP even being heavy (240) was highest and no heart problems had Echo done and EKG and no Diabetes or Kidney disease and this one day I had a BP of 140/100 and he slammed me right on meds on my first visit he didn't even know my history as this was a new doctor.

    Just looking for some opinons. . I mean I definately feel great but I have been told that this (amlodipine or Norvas name brand.) lowers your heart rate and kind of gives the effects of a sedative to a certain extent so I am very calm more so than before. But other than that I am kind of scared that one night its going to go to low when I sleep and I won't wake up.. Opinons please. Thanks

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    Blood pressure is 145/150 over 85 age 59?
    I am 200lbs 5"11" have been diagnosed with a slightly enlarged heart and a 4.1 Aortic root. My ekg has a unusual pattern but was deemed consistently normal. I just had a nuclear stress test and echo cardiogram. My doctor a good one increased me to 40mg of a drug in the monopril family. Heres the thing when I exercise for 15/20 minutes my b/p goes down to normal or better.
    Why does exercise have so much of a dramatic effect on my BP?
    I also had a kidney transplant 11 years ago with a near perfect match
    and take 7.5mg? of predisonne and 200 mg of cyclosporine and 1000
    mg of cellcept. Our there and cardiologist out there that have an opinion?

    William

    • ANSWER:
      its a very very well observed phenomena
      basically BP is a life style disease
      get of your back side and you get better BP and diabetes

  29. QUESTION:
    I am taking lisinopril w/hydrochlorothiazide for high blood pressure. Taking it now for 1.5 yrs. My question i?
    is it possible to take just the lisinopril and do away with the duretic portion (obviously by going thru my Dr) because I am worried 1. the effects of the water pill long term on my kidneys (I am only 47); 2. My skin is so dry and nothing is helping that - I am looking so much older in face, arms and feet than my real age. I am turning into a wrinkled old prune.

    • ANSWER:
      This all depends on how high your blood pressure runs and if you are prone to retaining fluid. Talk to your dr, tell him your concerns. If your blood pressure is stable and your not having problems with fluid retention, then, he might just give you lisinopril without the diuretic. It's up to him

  30. QUESTION:
    side effect on Kidney dialysis?
    my mother is 68 yrs old. She is a diabetic,with high blood pressure. She has only been on dialysis for 5 weeks. she did will for 2 weeks now of the 5 weeks. Now when she gets done with dialysis she gets so weak she can't walk,vomiting and shaky. she fell out of her bed and had no strength to get up. She has to be cared to bed and to the bathroom. This is the second time in a row this happened. The nurse are very impatient with her and act as if they are not concern about her condition. help!!

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe you should think about getting her into a different dialysis clinic, her family and/or kidney doctor should be able to refer her. You also should consider reporting her nurse to the state, any nurse that acts like that deserves to be put on suspension or fired from her job, you have to have compassion and empathy for your patients. My dad started dialysis not even a week ago...He's diabetic, has high blood pressure, cancer of the colon, lungs, and liver and he's also on chemotherapy with a low kidney function level and he too has the same side effects. You have to keep in mind that your mother is having her blood taken out of her, filtered, and put back inside of her, so those side effects are somewhat normal. They can give your mom something for being sick at her stomach and also something to help with her weakness, getting plenty of rest and watching her fluid intake will help so much! They should of given you a list of what she can and can't have, only something like 32 oz of fluid per day. Make sure she stays away from dark cola, dark cola can and will get under her skin causing her to itch, leaving sores on her. With her being diabetic it will lead to a whole new can of problems. Also, if you really want to help your mom you can talk to someone at her dialysis clinic about how to get training to become a dialysis tech, it lasts for ten weeks and I'm not sure about there but most places will actually pay you to take the classes, not only will you get a good paying job but I'm sure your mom would feel more safe. Also you might be able to make your mom feel better by reminding her that dialysis isn't always forever...
      Good luck, hope everything looks up, soon!

  31. QUESTION:
    I hate my boyfriend and the ground he walks on?
    I was with a man on and off for 18 years the reason why i went back to him alot was for the kids they do love their dad!Lately its been i feel i really hate him like for instance he was on a blood pressure pill and it effected his kidneys i guess they were working only 50 percent and its awful to say this and i told him i could care less on wednesday he finds out if he may have bone cancer again i don t care!Also the reason why i have so much anger for him is he is very irresonsiable i took care of him and my kids while he ran around (i put up with this again cuz of my kids)He never held a job i live off the lil money i make and half of it goes on bills i tell him this and it goes threw one ear and out the other.I tell him i do not care for you and i do not love you anymore and if anyone is to blame its himself!There is no 2 sides to the storys on this case....I am just curious why he won t leave and he stays when he knows i hate him...
    Well to any young woman out there my advice to you STAY away from jobless bums they aren t going to change just take my advice from hearing it for 18 years
    Yes i admit i was the fool the kind hearted one who thought he's change i was wrong and now i m going through alot of pain and anger hope people who read this will open their eyes and live their life happy rather then sad like i did

    • ANSWER:
      Probably so that you dont make him pay child support ;(

  32. QUESTION:
    blood in my cats urine not an infection?
    To cut a long story short i saw my cat have some sort of fit, took her to the vets they did a t4 blood work and told me that 1, she has a thyroid problem and she has High blood pressure which could br due to the thyroid problem, they gave me Felimazole 2.5mg to be given twice a day, having 2 other cats and a full time job i was finding it hard to make sure only she took the tablet in her food she fights me tooth and nail if i try to get her to take it without food and due to the high blood pressure i was worried so i decided to get the thyroid removed. Before however i noticed her urine had small amount of blood but was told by the vet that its one of side effect of the tables. So she has the op and i mentioned again the blood and was told it should clear up now she has had the op cos she wont need the tablets anymore but if it dnt go way in a month i should come back. So after the op she is doing great and puting weight back on and get back to her usual self and the blood in her urine was going away, two weeks after op the blood came back so i went to the vet an we both thought it was urine infecting (classic signs, peeing everywhere except litter tray and straining and going often but only peeing small amount) so he gave her a long lasting antibiotic plus fortekor plus metacam and said if she is not better in 8 days bring her back. Well she has gone back today as its worse than ever its nearly all blood and still going little and often so the vet felt her kidneys and said they felt fine she had t4 wrk done before which showed that she did have throid problem but the rest of the tests came back clear so today he has given an injection to wrk on her kidneys (that all he said) but she has one tomorrow another one in 5 days then another one in tens days and has put her on zylkene and still has to take the fortekor. the vet has told me he dont know wats wronge and thought shge had urine tract infection. She had no blood in her urine till she started taking this felimazole tablets, anyone have any ideas am really worried she is losing weight again and her urine is as red as the blood in my veins
    she has not taken the felimazole since 5 dec and was given the impresion that after that was out of her system her urine would be fine, she has only had this problem since she started them in sept and as for the t4 blood work all they said was she had hight blood and the issue with the gland but everyting else was fine.
    liver enzymes and the like all came back fine

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly, that was a lot to read, and I skimmed. But my cat had the problem as well and it turned out to be kidney stones. They did a surgery and found 14 stones. The source of the stones was from the food that the cat was eating. Now, he is on a perscription diet and there have since been no problems.

  33. QUESTION:
    What can cause a man to wee congealed blood?
    My stepdad is up at hospital cos of this. He's just had 2 heart attacks, half his heart is dead. Has high cholesterol and blood pressure, and he's waiting to get stronger for another op, but i don't know what that is. He has a metal stent in place which will stay in for a couple of years or more. I know this could be a sign of kidney stones, or a side effect from the meds he's on, but i can't help worry. My bio dad died in 99 from cancer and since then he's been my dad, and the best i could hope for (I really was a git with him when i was younger 'you'll never be my dad' etc).
    I'm his step daughter, they wont even tell my older brother whats up.

    • ANSWER:
      me!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Kirkination rules

  34. QUESTION:
    Anatomy Q please help meeeeeeee :( ?
    how might very low blood pressure impair kidney functions?

    If blood pressure plumments in a patient in shock as a result of a sever injury, how would you expect urine volume to change? WHY?

    An infant is born with narrowed renal arteries. What effect will this condition have on the urine volume?

    • ANSWER:
      hmm good question, looking at the structure of the kidneys may lead to the answer.

      The bowman's capsule is where the exchange of blood and the crap it contains is exchanged. If the pressure goes does, less "stuff" will cross over the barrier and cause less water to be drawn into the kidneys. Thus less urine. In the baby this decrease in volume will cause an increase in pressure causing an increase in urine production.

  35. QUESTION:
    Doctors Needed to Answer Serious Question!!!?
    Ok my mom has had a stroke and heart attack before in the past. She takes blood pressure medicine regularly. She just switched doctors and went to him with a pain in her foot the other day he prescribed Naproxen 500mg. After taking it the next day she was rushed to the hospital where they say she went unresponsive, they put her on a vent. machine they say just to keep her from choking on her own vomit and they sedated her. After about a week they sent her to another bigger better hospital because they said they couldn't find out what is wrong with her cause her kidneys were failing to along with other stuff. Well now she is at the new hospital and doing much better. They say she had a stroke on both sides but she is off the vent and doing good. They say the other hospital over sedated her. They also keep asking about one of her medications which is Coumadin a strong blood thinner. I did a little research and found out that Naproxen should not be prescribed to patients using Coumadin and also that it lowers the effects of blood pressure medicine. I think the new hospital knows that the other one messed up but just cant admit it, they just drop hints. I need real medical advice before i continue this investigation. Could her doctor and hospital be at fault?
    Ok to clarify some things, my mom switched doctors because her old doctor recommended it because the other doctor is new in town and he is throwing business to him to help lighten his workload. We live in a small town. Second she has been in the hospital 2 weeks 1 in the old hospital and 1 in the new one. Third i know they were suppose to sedate her while on the vent but they kept saying she wouldn't wake up we were like duhhhh look how much medicine you giving her and when they new hospital got her they took her off the medicine and vent like it wasnt nothing. Lastly she had just had her blood work done about a week before i know cuz i took her. I mean i am no doctor but it seems like the old hospital and doctors were trying to hide something they are known for messing people up. We know a nurse that works there that says she heard the old doctor tell the new doctor to get her out of here because there was nothing they could do for her, like the new doctor would have let her stay.
    Also let me say that i am in no way trying to "get paid" i would be better satisfied by punching the doctor than getting money if he was at fault!!

    • ANSWER:
      I understand that you are worried about your mother and trying to protect her, but I must caution you here. You might be taking small pieces of info which you have found somewhere, and weaving a conspiracy out of this where there might not be one. Let me explain why I say this.
      1) You state that you mom has had a "stroke and heart attack in the past." Coumadin is frequently routinely order after a stroke or heart attack to help in the prevention of blood clots. Patients who are on this med are supposed to have their blood checked at regular intervals to check their clotting factors to see if the drug needs to be adjusted either up or down to prevent the clotting, but also prevent bleeding. In other words, they are supposed to be monitored regularly.
      2) The 'new doc' order Naproxen, a NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug), for your mother's complaint of foot pain. This drug is similiar to Ibuprofen/Motrin and has the same issue as every other NSAID when it comes to bleeding. These drugs are notorious for the potential to cause GI bleeding. (Stomach ulcers) Your mother was in pain tho, so would you have preferred that she get nothing?
      3) Any time that a patient is put on a ventilator they are sedated. It is SOP. (Standard operating procedure) If you don't sedated a patient on a vent they will "buck" the vent, gag, cough and try to pull the tube out. There is nothing abnormal about being sedated with that. Perhaps you misunderstood something there.
      4) The time frame you seem to be talking about it fairly short because you state "the other day" and then that she stayed at one hospital "for about a week" and then was transferred to another hospital and was soon "off the vent and doing good." You also state that the second hospital told you that "she had a stroke on both sides" and that they "keep asking about.......(the) Coumadin". First, I'm glad your mom is doing better, and a statement like a bilateral stroke is not good, but pay attention to the fact that they are asking about the Coumadin.....not the Naproxen. ****Was your mother administering her own meds?
      ****When was the last time she had her blood work done, especially since you stated that she just switched doctors?
      There are several things along these lines that need to be answered before you start anywhere else. Coumadin is a VERY serious drug especially when you are talking strokes. I can't emphasis that enough.

      Additional - I am all for getting rid of "incompetent docs" and trying to call attention to poorly run hospitals, but you have to understand that you can not do this by yourself. You do not have the knowledge. I assume that your mother is being treated by a third doctor at the larger hospital, so talk to this doctor and ask them what caused this. Ask them point blank did the Naproxen or Coumadin have anything to do with it. They should answer your questions. You have to be specific with your questions tho, and don't go in there with an accusing tone because you will put them on the defensive. Just tell them you are trying to figure out what caused this and don't even mention the other doctor. It's not uncommon for the elderly to respond differently to sedation either especially if she stroked.
      There are many variables that can be at play here than can possibly be addressed in this format. These vary from equipment & personnel that was/was not available at the first hospital, to the experience of this "new doctor" and so on. It is impossible to know without a thorough search of both medical records which again, you are not qualified to do. It's not as simple as looking things up on the internet. Most small community hospitals transfer a certain amount of their patients to at least 1 larger hospital if not 2 or 3 that specialize in different areas. Traumas may go one place while heart goes another, and so on.
      If you are still convinced that something is wrong, get complete copies of your mother's medical records from both hospitals, along with the results of that last blood work and take it to a lawyer and see what they say. It doesn't have to be about money, but you do need legal help to approach the medical board about the doctor and the hospital. I would definitely get another doctor.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is my brother's life better than mine?
    I wonder if my brother's life is better than mine. I know that I should be concentrating on my own life and trying to improve it.

    My brother is 6 years younger than mine. He is happily married and has two children (daughter is 6 and son is 4). He has a good paying, professional job and is doing well in his career.

    He and his family have hobbies together since they go camping every weekend and then go hiking, biking, fishing, etc.

    He does have health issues since he has juvenile diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. He is now going through the complications of diabetes (effect on kidneys, eyes and feet). He lives paycheck to paycheck.

    I look at my own life. I am divorced. My daughter does not live with me and probably does not want to have anything to do with me. My ex-husband constantly pressures me to come back to him.

    I am lonely at times. I do work full-time and am better off financially. I am trying to keep busy, but.....

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone has problems. Health is something that money cannot buy. Be grateful you're not suffering from incurable health problems.

  37. QUESTION:
    Negating the harmful effects of a high sodium diet?
    Reading about the negative health review of Chinese food got me thinking.

    A high sodium diet is bad for you because of health concerns like high blood pressure and other heart related diseases. However, it is my belief that you can negate these harmful effects by drinking enough water to flush the salt out of your system before it is absorbed by your stomach and into your bloodstream. That way, it is simply flushed out of your system through your kidneys instead.

    Is this accurate, or not? It is simply an assumption I've made based on the fact that the amount of salt and water in your body are inversely proportional.

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry but no! I think there are some anatomy / physiology lessons you missed! Fluid does not ""flush the salt out of your system before it is absorbed by your stomach and into your bloodstream". The kidneys remove substances FROM your bloodstream.

      High sodium causes your heart to have to work harder (more blood volume has to be pumped because you retain more fluid). And more blood volume means your kidneys also have to work harder to get rid of the excess fluid.

  38. QUESTION:
    Possible blood clot/ blood results?
    I recently visited my GP with, what I thought, was side effects to the contraceptive pill 'Cilest'. These include bleeding for 3 weeks whilst taking the pill, bad cramping and, more worryingly, breathlessness and pain just below the ribs. I was sent immediately to the hospital's assessment unit querying a blood clot. Here my pulse was high, blood pressure- 126/87, bloods drawn and my D-dimer came back as 0.81. I was therefore started on blood thinners and am awaiting a chest CT scan.
    My other abnormal blood results were as follows- WBC was high (12.5), neutrophil count was high (9.8), Phosphate was low (0.70) and C reactive protein was high (10)
    I'm not sure what this indicates and was wondering whether anyone can help? Is this a sign of a DVT? I've also had a history of UTI and currently have pain in the kidney area too, although no changes in urine. Stopped pill 5 days ago but still bleeding too.
    Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    Chemmm! What are the functional groups of vitamins C and E?
    i think vitamin C is a carboxylic acid

    and

    In some types of kidney disease plasma proteins are eliminated in the urine.
    *how will this affect the osmotic pressure of the blood?
    * what effect will it have on the reabsorption of fluid from tissues?

    plz help. them 2 are the only ones i cant find

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    Explain the effects of the following on glomerular filtration?
    1 Chronic liver disease
    2 kidney stones
    3 high blood pressure
    4 low blood pressure

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure about chronic liver disease, but...

      2. kidney stones lower the glomerular filtration rate because the stone is in there blocking the tubing, if it gets bad enough it can shut down the nephron/kidney

      3. high blood pressure increases the GFR becaues there is more pressure on the blood... if this happens things like blood cells and protiens that shouldn't be filtered can get into the filtrate

      4. low blood pressure decreases the GFR because there isn't enough pressure on the blood and it just passes by without being filtered. This causes problems because the 'waste' stays in the blood

  41. QUESTION:
    I need help with some Cardivascular homework?
    1. What cells in the kidney monitor low blood pressure?
    2. Two major arterial baroreceptors are located where?
    3. Short term mechanisms for regulating blood pressure include regulating what 3 things?
    4.In addition to effects on the heart and blood vessels, what hormones were released from the adrenal gland? (there are 2)
    5. Name two effects of Angitensin II
    6. What enzyme is released as a result of low blood pressure?
    7. What does this enzyme act on in blood (cooresponds to the answer to number 6)
    Thanks for the help you guys!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      1. juxtaglomerular cells monitor low bp
      2. aortic arch and carotid sinus
      3. regulate blood volume, metabolic demand of tissue (i think), osmolality
      4. im not sure exactly what you mean, but aldosterone and catecholamines (noradrenaline) i think
      5. vasoconstriction and release of aldosterone from adrenal cortex
      6. aldosterone (eventually though directly renin is released first in responsed to decreased bp from juxtaglomerular appartus)
      7. aldosterone - increase na uptake distal convoluted tubule therefore increase H2O uptake and increased blood volume

  42. QUESTION:
    How long could this possible take? I need to know? RN's, MD's anyone smart?
    OK. If you are going to post a smart butt remark, don't even bother to answer. I was wanting to know something. I have had hypertension for the last 22 years. Most of those years, it has not been controlled in spite of medications, diet, exercise, and starving my stupid self to death trying to loose weight. Right now, at rest my blood pressure is 177/116 and my pulse rate is in the 120's. I know that hypertension causes damage to the kidneys, eyes, blood vessels and all that, but how many years does it take for that damage to become bad enough to effect my health to the point that it is debilitating? Is there a certain number of years or a certain time that I need to wait for? What things do I need to watch for? For now, the only thing that is happening is really bad headaches and my ankles stay swollen. My heart beats really hard, too. Right now, I am on Lisinopril and a diuretic

    and there have been times that I don't eat for several days at a time and after the first time that my blood sugar takes a nose dive, i can work through the rest of the time. and i still don't lose an ounce. But the only things that we have to eat is stuff like ramen noodles which are loaded in sodium, and then when we go to a local food pantry, we get tons of mac and cheese which is not good for me, either, so I figure that it is better to do without than to eat those things, which is the only things we have. I don't know what to do, and I know that sooner or later, this hypertension is going to take a toll on my health, but I can't help the position that I am in. I know that the stress that I am under doesn't help either, but that is unavoidable as well.

    I mean I know that everybody says to eat grilled chicken and eat like a rabbit and don't forget about the grilled fish with lemon and all the cardboard crackers. But when you don't have the money to buy those things and you have the choice of eating something that is not good for you, because that is all you have, or nothing at all, I just choose nothing so the docs cant gripe at me because I am eating the wrong things. And then things are about to get even worse because the only reason that I got to go to the doc to get started on this blood pressure med is because I got a small refund check from my student loans. Under normal circumstances, I don't have that kind of money. So after this next month, I will not get to get any refills because I won't get to go back to the doctor for a new script. So whatever control I have on my hypertension at this point will be gone and I will just have to suffer it through.

    Arkansas is butt holes about it when trying to get medicaid. If you are not blind, disable, pregnant, a mexican, or over 65, then you can't get medicaid. Health insurance is too expensive for me to get. Paying outright for a doc's visit is cheaper and I don't even have the money for that.

    A ex pastor's wife showed me all the herbal junk and crap to try and the only thing it did is break me out in a rash and made my throat swell, so Iknow that stuff don't work either.

    I was just wanting to know the magic number of years of freedom that I have before I have to start worrying. Thanks for any helpful answers in advance
    My blood pressure has been out of control now for the past 12 years steady. The last time that my cholesterol was checked was about a month and a half ago. Over all, It was 220something and my triglycerides were over 400. I have no insurance because I am a student and a stay at home mom. Due to the pre existing conditions, I can't afford it. Before I got diagnosed with diabetes and the high cholesterol, the cheapest insurance that I could find was like 400 and something a month. Our total income is only 00 a month. After our bills are paid, we do good to have 0 left over. And that is before we have gas for the car to take our son to his doctors appointments.
    Mine is totally genetic. I have had it since I was 4 years old. I am not 26.
    I don't smoke, drink, or do any kind of drugs and never have. My son was born with really bad heart problems and I don't even like the second hand smoke that some of our family does.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh sweetie I am so sorry to hear this story I can imagine how frustrating this must be for you and yes the finances are a definite issue in dealing with the diet associated with HT. Healthy food is expensive that's for sure. If only you were a mexican not paying taxes then maybe the system would help you out more. Do you not have any insurance ? Different meds work better for different people You may not have found the rite med for your body. Keep in mind Hypertention can be simply genetic. There is no magic # for how long it takes to see damage there are many factors to be accounted for in determining this . How long has it STAYED ELEVATED ? The damage occurs when these specific tissues begin to loose adequite circulation causing cell death and cell damage . So the answer to your question also depends on the condition of your vessels delivering that blood flow to these areas .The High pressure itself can damage the walls of the Vessels which causes the long term problems as well for example blood cannot reach the kidneys like it should = kidney problems related to High blood pressure ( because of damaged vessels ) . Cholesterol plays a huge role in the answer to you question as well cholesterol on the walls of these vessels will block the flow of blood to these areas causing a decrease in blood flow . Please tell me you are not a smoker I don't even want to go there it smoking hardens the vessels so they can't strech which makes the problem even worse. Generally 20 -30 years or sustained high BP with high cholesterol is more that enough time to see the effects you are worried about . sorry

  43. QUESTION:
    Can someone help. Im confused.. I suck at biology!?
    1. Which of the following is the only part that voluntary muscles play in the urinary system? (Points : 1)
    bringing blood into the kidneys
    opening and closing the urethra
    filtering blood through the kidneys
    filling the bladder

    2. What is one of the primary functions of the urinary system? (Points : 1)
    to remove gaseous waste
    to remove liquid waste
    to remove solid waste
    to produce kidney stones

    3. Which activity does the somatic nervous system control? (Points : 1)
    oxygen levels
    blood pressure
    leg movements
    urinary functions

    4. Which is the BEST description of the body's fight-or-flight response? (Points : 1)
    It is the reaction of the body to a relaxing situation, and it is governed by the parasympathetic nervous system.
    It is the reaction of the body to a stressful situation and it is governed by the sympathetic nervous system.
    It was vital to human ancestors, but it is no longer evident in humans.
    It is the reaction that is activated after a large meal.

    5. What is the overall function of the nervous system? (Points : 1)
    to coordinate external stimuli
    to produce stimuli
    to relay messages from stimuli and coordinate the body’s responses
    to relay messages from the brain to organs

    6. Which of these activities do NOT occur in the front region of the brain? (Points : 1)
    processing of sensory information
    learning
    voluntary actions
    regulation of blood pressure

    7. Which of the following is associated with Alzheimer's disease? (Points : 1)
    coronory failure
    kidney stones
    cancer
    dementia

    8. How do the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems interact with each other? (Points : 1)
    They enhance each other.
    They exaggerate each other.
    They have opposite effects.
    They have no effect on each other.

    9. The nervous system is divided into two major sections: ______________ and ____________. (Points : 1)
    the central nervous system, the brain
    the peripheral nervous system, the spinal cord
    the central nervous system, the nerve cells
    the central nervous system, the peripheral nervous system

    10. Where does urine production begin? (Points : 1)
    nephrons
    neurons
    axons
    urethra

    • ANSWER:
      1.) Opening and closing urethra.
      2.) Remove liquid waste.
      3.) Leg Movements
      4.) It is the reaction of the body to a stressful situation and it is governed by the sympathetic nervous system.
      5.) to relay messages from stimuli and coordinate the body’s responses.
      6.) regulation of blood pressure.
      7.) Dementia.
      8.) The have opposite effects.
      9.) Central Nervous System and Peripheral Nervous System
      10.) Nephrons.

  44. QUESTION:
    Taking Keflex and having slight kidney pain, when to worry.?
    High I am taking Keflex for a UTI, and I know its hard on the kidneys. My infection seems to be improving, my fever is gone, and I no longer have prostate pain, however, I can feel my kidneys working hard trying to rid my body of the keflex. Its not that bad, I get the same thing if I take sudafed. I know this can be a side effect of the drug, the discomfort is totally bearable, but I want to know when should I be worried. I have had many blood tests in the past and none have showed any indication of poor kidney function, and I have normal blood pressure, but the fact that things like sudafed, and now this antibiotic make my kidneys ache worries me a bit.

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    NOT hypertensive but on meds?
    If someone isnt hypertensive but the doctor diagnosed him because of white coat syndrome or anxiety. And he was placed on blood pressure medication for several months, what would be the side effect of coming off them? or being on them? Would the kidneys produce more hormones to raise the bp? would he be relatively stable?

    Or would he have consistently low blood pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      When you get off any medication you will feel a little dizzy. Immediately after coming off of them, you might feel a little anxious and your bp might be only slightly raised. But you shouldnt have problems with hypertension since you were never hypertensive in the first place.

  46. QUESTION:
    Medical Benefits of Ramadan ?
    Medical Benefits of Ramadan
    by Shahid Athar, M.D.

    Most Muslims do not fast because of medical benefits but because it has been ordained to them in the Quran. The medical benefits of fasting are as a result of fasting. Fasting in general has been used in medicine for medical reasons including weight management, for rest of the digestive tract and for lowering lipids. There are many adverse effects of total fasting as well as so-called crash diets. Islamic fasting is different from such diet plans because in Ramadan fasting, there is no malnutrition or inadequate calorie intake. The caloric intake of Muslims during Ramadan is at or slightly below the national requirement guidelines. In addition, the fasting in Ramadan is voluntarily taken and is not a prescribed imposition from the physician.

    Ramadan is a month of self-regulation and self-training, with the hope that this training will last beyond the end of Ramadan. If the lessons learned during Ramadan, whether in terms of dietary intake or righteousness, are carried on after Ramadan, it is beneficial for one's entire life. Moreover, the type of food taken during Ramadan does not have any selective criteria of crash diets such as those which are protein only or fruit only type diets. Everything that is permissible is taken in moderate quantities.

    The only difference between Ramadan and total fasting is the timing of the food; during Ramadan, we basically miss lunch and take an early breakfast and do not eat until dusk. Abstinence from water during this period is not bad at all and in fact, it causes concentration of all fluids within the body, producing slight dehydration. The body has its own water conservation mechanism; in fact, it has been shown that slight dehydration and water conservation, at least in plant life, improve their longevity.

    The physiological effect of fasting includes lower of blood sugar, lowering of cholesterol and lowering of the systolic blood pressure. In fact, Ramadan fasting would be an ideal recommendation for treatment of mild to moderate, stable, non-insulin diabetes, obesity and essential hypertension. In 1994 the first International Congress on "Health and Ramadan", held in Casablanca, entered 50 research papers from all over the world, from Muslim and non-Muslim researchers who have done extensive studies on the medical ethics of fasting. While improvement in many medical conditions was noted; however, in no way did fasting worsen any patients' health or baseline medical condition. On the other hand, patients who are suffering from severe diseases, whether diabetes or coronary artery disease, kidney stones, etc., are exempt from fasting and should not try to fast.

    There are psychological effects of fasting as well. There is a peace and tranquility for those who fast during the month of Ramadan. Personal hostility is at a minimum, and the crime rate decreases. Muslims take advice from the Prophet who said, "If one slanders you or aggresses against you, say I am fasting.'" This psychological improvement could be related to better stabilization of blood glucose during fasting as hypoglycemia after eating, aggravates behavior changes.

    There is a beneficial effect of extra prayer at night. This not only helps with better utilization of food but also helps in output. There are 10 extra calories output for each rikat of the prayer. Again, we do not do prayers for exercise, but a mild movement of the joints with extra calorie utilization is a better form of exercise. Similarly, recitation of the Quran not only produces a tranquility of heart and mind, but improves the memory. Therefore, I encourage my Muslim patients to fast in the month of Ramadan, but they must do it under medical supervision. Healthy adult Muslims should not fear becoming weak by fasting, but instead it should improve their health and stamina.

    • ANSWER:
      That was very interesting. I worked for four years in an Elementary school as an EMT. We had many Muslim students. Being children they spent a lot of time in my office during their lunch hour complaining they were hungry and or had headaches. I felt for them, after all they are just children and felt embarrassed in front of their peers. It was very rare that any student was happy with the idea of fasting - but they all survived.

      As a Catholic, I too have days of fasting and it drives my kids crazy. They too survive.

  47. QUESTION:
    Opinions on herbal supplement EPIMEDIUM (Horny Goat Weed)?
    I'd like to know others experiences with H.G.W.

    It's said to have many beneficial effects on the body's immune system, cardiovascular system,sex organs, kidneys, liver & bones.

    The lowering of cholesterol & high blood pressure was also noted in many studies where test subjects were given steady doses of HGW.

    For those who use HGW as either a workout performance enhancer or aphrodesiac - what are your experiences?

    • ANSWER:
      We've got hundreds of customers that use it (I've also tried it myself), and most of the customers that tell me about it say that it really lives up to it's name.... it makes more than goats horny.
      It's primarily used for a libido booster, but I've never heard of it being used for immune system, cardiovascular system, kidneys, liver, or bones. Theoretically, it could help with some of that, but it would be more of an indirect effect.

  48. QUESTION:
    Some Please write me an essay, and i will pay you 10 bucks via paypal?
    I'm sorry its the end of the semester and i am overwhelmed with school work. I know this is a retarded question but i have to do what i gotta do... this is due before midnight for an online class, so please someone help. I have to choose one of these subjects, and write a 2 page essay in my own words, and size 12 font. Please some help, i honestly appreciate this from the bottom of my heart. TY!

    a. Atoms, molecules, compounds and bonds and their influence in our bodies (polyatomic forming teeth and bones, important ions in our bodies).
    b.. How do solutions affect different movements in the body-dialysis, diffusion, osmosis-their influence in kidney and cell movement.

    c. Describe the effect of pH on various body processes like -carrying of CO2 and oxygen in the blood and how pressure laws allow gases to move in and out of the lungs.

    d. Describe the role of measurements and nuclear chemistry in hospitals.(PET scan, MRI, etc.)

    • ANSWER:
      I bet you weren't assigned this yesterday! Just get on with it and WRITE it! There are enough resources on the Internet to make it easy!

  49. QUESTION:
    plz help with my homework!
    1. This is the site of action in the brain where antipsychotics
    work.
    A. Basal ganglia
    B. Cerebral cortex
    C. Chemoreceptor trigger zone
    D. Limbic system

    2. This is the drug distribution site where a drug is metabolized
    to different components.
    A. Kidney C. Intestine
    B. Lung D. Liver

    3. The maximum effect that can be achieved by a drug is called
    drug
    A. potency. C. efficacy.
    B. circulation. D. metabolism.

    4. This is the major form in which drugs may be detected in the urine.
    A. Hydroxylati derivative C. The original parent compound
    B. The glucuronic acid metabolite D. Bound to plasma protein

    5. The most important characteristic that a drug must have to freely pass from the
    gastrointestinal tract into the circulation is to be
    A. in salt form. C. bound to a receptor.
    B. bound to protein. D. fat soluble.

    6. Aspirin acts at this site of action.
    A. Beta-2 adrenergic receptor C. Angiotensin-converting enzyme
    B. Cyclo-oxygenase enzyme D. H1 histamine receptor

    7. This is the site of action for furosemide (Lasix).
    A. Blood C. Electrical conduction system
    B. Cardiac muscle D. Kidney

    8. The bacterial site of action for this drug is the ribosomes.
    A. Ampicillin C. Cephalexin (Keflex)
    B. Antifungal drug D. Erythromycin

    9. The route of excretion of volatile drugs is through the
    A. kidneys. C. lungs.
    B. intestines. D. liver.

    10. Specific tissues containing receptors for drugs are referred to as
    A. sites of action. C. the trigger zone.
    B. the circulation. D. inactive tissues.

    11. A drug that lowers high blood pressure by acting on the peripheral blood vessels works
    on this substance.
    A. Beta-2 adrenergic receptor C. Angiotensin-converting enzyme
    B. Cyclo-oxygenase enzyme D. H1 histamine receptor

    12. This is the site of action of sleeping pills in the brain.
    A. Basal ganglia C. Chemoreceptor trigger zone
    B. Cerebral cortex D. Limbic system

    13. As described, which one of the following four drugs is most potent as a pain reliever?
    A. Orudis KT—12.5 mg
    B. Aleve—220 mg
    C. Advil—200 mg
    D. Aspirin—325 mg

    14. Drugs end up here by way of the bile duct or from passage from the stomach.
    A. Kidney C. Intestine
    B. Lungs D. Liver

    15. The onset time of a sedative to cause drowsiness by this route is 30 minutes.
    A. Intravenous injection C. Skin patch
    B. Oral route D. Inhalation

    16. A drug that dilates the airway acts at this site of action.
    A. Beta-2 adrenergic receptor C. Angiotensin-converting enzyme
    B. Cyclo-oxygenase enzyme D. H1 histamine receptor

    17. The site of action for warfarin (Coumadin) anticoagulant is the
    A. blood.
    B. cardiac muscle.
    C. electrical conduction system of the cardiac muscle.
    D. kidney.

    18. The site of action for skeletal muscle relaxants is the
    A. spinal cord. C. chemoreceptor trigger zone.
    B. cerebral cortex. D. limbic system.

    19. The site of action for an antiarrhythmic drug is the
    A. peripheral blood vessels.
    B. basal ganglia.
    C. electrical conduction system of the cardiac muscle.
    D. kidneys and their functioning nephrons.

    20. The bacterial site of action of this antibiotic is the cell wall.
    A. Erythromycin C. Tetracycline
    B. Penicillin VK D. Clindamycin

    • ANSWER:
      b
      a
      d
      a
      c
      b
      c
      a
      a
      d
      b
      d
      c
      a
      c
      b
      b
      a
      d
      c

  50. QUESTION:
    What could have caused this severe dizzy spell?
    I have Type 2 Diabetes and was diagnosed 9 years ago at the age of 20. Since then, I have only since last November been taking Glipizide 10mg once in the AM and once at night, Metformin 1000mg at night, and started taking Lisinopril 2.5mg at night in May of this year. The only side effect I've ever had is horrible coughing at night from the Lisinopril. Yesterday, I was sitting at my desk at work and looked up from the keyboard and a wave of horrible dizziness came over me (I've never passed out before but I imagine that's how you feel right before you do) and I had blurry vision and a pressure between my eyes. I also had frequent and I mean frequent urination (5 times in 1.5 hours). I checked my sugar and it was 147 (a great number for me).

    I went to the ER and my blood pressure was 186/92 and then dropped to 146/86. All of the blood tests came back normal and my kidneys are functioning normally. They sent me home with a diagnosis of Hyperglycemia even though my sugar wasn't high. While at the ER I was sitting up for about 5 minutes and when I went to lay back down, I saw stars. I also had an infrequent stabbing pain in the back of my head and up my back around my kidneys (I've had that around a month).

    Any similar stories or advice on what this could be? They said they gave me the diagnosis because they really had no explanation. Thank you!
    Also, I ate a normal breakfast and normal lunch. This occurred about 4 hours after eating lunch.

    • ANSWER:


Dye Tests For Kidneys

Gadolinium contrast agents, used to enhance MRI films, are extremely dangerous for people with kidney problems. Over the past several years, it has become apparent that gadolinium contrast dyes are causing a rare, but serious disease called nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF), which has only been seen in people with pre-existing kidney disease exposed to these products.

NSF leads to excessive formation of connective tissue in the skin and internal organs. NSF can progress to the point of causing severe stiffness in joints, and it can lead to death. There are very few effective treatments for NSF, and there is no cure.

Symptoms of NSF include:

  • Unstable or high blood pressure
  • Tightening and swelling of the skin, typically starting with the legs, moving to the arms, and sometimes the trunk
  • Thickening of the skin around the joints, restricting movement
  • Skin which feels "woody" and has a texture similar to that of an orange peel
  • Red or dark patches of skin
  • Burning, itching, and/or sharp pains in affected areas
  • Symmetrical skin lesions, commonly on the ankles and thighs and between the wrists and upper arms
  • Muscle weakness
  • Deep bone pain in the hips and ribs
  • Calcification of soft tissues

  • Yellow plaques near the eyes

There are currently five gadolinium contrast dyes on the market: Omniscan by GE Healthcare; OptiMARK by Mallinckrodt/Tyco Healthcare; Magnevist by Bayer/Schering AG/Berlex; ProHance by Bracco Diagnostics, and MultiHance by Bracco Diagnostics. Gadolinium contrast dyes were approved for use in MRI scans in 1988, and quickly became the preferred contrast agent for use in patients with chronic kidney disease.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How old an infant should be for Dye test?
    Is 2 months a little too young age for an infant to be undergoing dye test for cheking reflux in kidneys.Usually how old a baby should be for dye test? What side effects could be there?

    • ANSWER:
      My little one had it done around 2 months. There are very few side effects with the dye, if the baby has an allergy they will be able to tell almost immediately. But don't worry, it is a rather safe procedure.

  2. 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.

  3. QUESTION:
    I need information on kidney damage caused by medical dye testing.?
    My father had testing using dyes to check his veins. This has caused his kidneys to shut down and we are told that the damage is permanant. I am looking for information concerning this happening to others, and how long it has been happening. Any information is helpful, Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      i guess your dad wasn't advised by the doctor to have his creatinine checked first before the doctor administered the dye... i was advised to have my creatinine checked first before my doctor admistered dye because a high creatine reading is a no-no if a dye will be administered to a patient... that was what my doctor told me...

  4. QUESTION:
    Dye test for baby's kidney?
    My son had left kidney dilated when he was born.We did an ultrasoundat 8 days.Now again we did an ultrasound at 2 months.Reports r fine and his kidney is also not dilated.But the Doctor wants to do the Dye Test.I m confused and feel it's not needed.Advice Please:(
    Melissa,hw old was Zack when tht dye test was done?Isn't my son too young for tht test?

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    in kidney transplant or dialysis patients why do they get mucomist for a dye test?
    why in kidney transplant or dialysis patient why do they get mucomist for any dye test such as a angiogram ct scans or mri scans and what is a creatin levels mean too tell me for kidney transplantation how many test dose the surgeon doo before the transplant surgery and how do they treat dialysis patients as well too what dose mucomist do and what is a creatin level mean

    • ANSWER:
      I hate people who cut and paste but I cannot understand it and retell it with understanding so read it for yourself. Or use the web to do your research. This seems to be a deep subject, not easily explained. Ask your doctors.

      How does Mucomist protect the kidneys before a CT with x-ray dye?
      Mucomyst or acetylcysteine is given orally, the usual dose is 600mg twice a day on the day before and the day of a radiocontrast (xray dye) study. Even if you develop renal dysfunction after an xray dye study it is most often transient with complete renal recovery

      http://www.netwellness.org/search/browsesearchforum.cfm?StartRow=61&searchstring=++++++disease+or+disorder++++++&forumid=33

      An explaination of creatin.

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

  6. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for Kidney to be dilated one time and not the next and then again?
    My son it 2 years of age he had about 3 ultra sounds on his kidney due to the right Kidney being dilated the first on was bad so they did other when he was 1 turn out great but then they did another one Just last month and it was bad but not as bad as the first time he is complaining his back hurt and is always tired he is going for a dye test in couple of weeks but I was just wondering how it could go from Bad to great back to bad

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible that is what happening to your son. I have a nephew who has the same problem. I could be you son has a ureteral scar or narrowing that needs to unblock all the time. It must have been tough for you. Just hang on there and I hope the problem will be sorted soon.

  7. QUESTION:
    I had surgery on my l/5 S-1 disk about 4 years ago it was bulging and pressing on a nerve, painful.?
    For about the last year after activities and if I bend a certain way I get a SHARP pain there and if not supported will drop like rock. Tommorrow I am having a MRI, now question, do I have to have the dye injected for contrast or can I get just the MRI , Doc says no dye but the first hospital says yes dye and test for kidney health. I am having it done at another hospital that agrees with the doc. Anyone had this before? Very confusing.
    Thanks, but the tech wants the blood work to make sure the kidney is healthy enough to withstand the introduction of the dye which makes since. What I really want to know is after having surgery will a regular MRI show clearly without the dye for contrast.

    • ANSWER:
      Problem with disc surgery, the pain returns in time. I have the same problem, prolapsed disc that is sitting on the nerve roots to my legs, so they have me on Fentanyl, no surgery unless I loose my bowel and/or bladder function. I did not have the dye, just the WWII torpedo tube MRI and nothing to knock me out either, let alone no intercom system! Do not ask me how I managed 30 minutes but I did, however never again! I do not know why they want a contrast dye? I doubt the problem could be kidney related as it knocks your leg or legs out, so it is a nerve problem. However, one thing I do know, problem with disc surgery, L5/S1is the L5 disc, so now you have placed L4/L5 or the L4 disc under access pressure and this could now be bulging. This would show on a normal MRI. Best of Luck

  8. QUESTION:
    only girls should answer, unless you're a guy doctor..PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read & answer if you have any ideas?
    i am 14, soon to be 15. i had a uti in the beginning of january, it went away for about 2 weeks, after taking med. the doctor gave me. then symptoms started coming back. such as, urge to pee although little comes out, and that eventually changed into an urge to pee with pee actually coming out. i'd say i have to pee about every 15 min. but i try holding it, the best i can. i've had many cultures done on my urine. most came back normal, no glucose or anything like that, so it can't be diabetes. the doctor put me on a yeast infection med. (which made my symptoms worse, including burning) for about 2 days, until that test came back negative. he told me to stop taking it, and to continue taking a diff. med. i was on along with it, that is supposed to cure infections. it didn't seem to be helping. so i had another culture done on my urine, it came back with a sign of more bacteria. i was diagnosed with vaginosis about 3 weeks ago. i then finished my med. to treat infections. symptoms are still present. so my doctor had me go to the hospital for blood work (pregnancy test), negative. + that would be able to tell if i have an std, so i don't have that. ultrasounds on my bladder and kidneys, came back normal. a dye test on my bladder, with the insertion of a catheter. it was about a half hour procedure. that came back normal. ever since last week, i've been getting brown discharge, and i think i spotted some blood in it. also, i've lost my appetite. i can eat, but not much. i use to be able to eat a ton, never had problems. but now, i gag everytime i get done eating, even when i haven't eaten alot. i've lost 10 pounds according to the doctor, in the past month. i'm always tired, lazy, don't feel like getting up, because i'm so uncomfortable. and i get urine leakage sometimes. i get dizzy at times also, and i recently got a headache today, and it has yet to go away. so now, this coming wed. i have an appt. with a gynecologist, hoping to find out what is wrong with me. if anyone has any idea what this could be, please please please, answerrrr! i am so sick of having these problems. its driving me crazy. i don't even want to see my boyfriend, because i'm so uncomfortable, i would be cranky, and boring. it would be worthless. HELP ME!

    • ANSWER:
      It could be cystitis so I would try medication for that and also a sever case of thrush aswell. Atleast the doctors are testing you, you just have to persist sweety and tell them all the symptoms of you feeling unwell etc ad if you have no luck ask to change doctors for a second oppinion.

  9. QUESTION:
    for the past 2 months, i've had the frequent urge to pee. i have brown discharge, for about a week now. ideas?
    i am 14, soon to be 15. i had a uti in the beginning of january, it went away for about 2 weeks, after taking med. the doctor gave me. then symptoms started coming back. such as, urge to pee although little comes out, and that eventually changed into an urge to pee with pee actually coming out. i'd say i have to pee about every 15 min. but i try holding it, the best i can. i've had many cultures done on my urine. most came back normal, no glucose or anything like that, so it can't be diabetes. the doctor put me on a yeast infection med. (which made my symptoms worse, including burning) for about 2 days, until that test came back negative. he told me to stop taking it, and to continue taking a diff. med. i was on along with it, that is supposed to cure infections. it didn't seem to be helping. so i had another culture done on my urine, it came back with a sign of more bacteria. i was diagnosed with vaginosis about 3 weeks ago. i then finished my med. to treat infections. symptoms are still present. so my doctor had me go to the hospital for blood work (pregnancy test), negative. ultrasounds on my bladder and kidneys, came back normal. a dye test on my bladder, with the insertion of a catheter. it was about a half hour procedure. that came back normal. ever since last week, i've been getting brown discharge, and i think i spotted some blood in it. also, i've lost my appetite. i can eat, but not much. i use to be able to eat a ton, never had problems. but now, i gag everytime i get done eating, even when i haven't eaten alot. i've lost 10 pounds according to the doctor, in the past month. i'm always tired, lazy, don't feel like getting up, because i'm so uncomfortable. and i get urine leakage sometimes. i get dizzy at times also, and i recently got a headache today, and it has yet to go away. so now, this coming wed. i have an appt. with a gynecologist, hoping to find out what is wrong with me. if anyone has any idea what this could be, please please please, answerrrr! i am so sick of having these problems. its driving me crazy. i don't even want to see my boyfriend, because i'm so uncomfortable, i would be cranky, and boring. it would be worthless. HELP ME!

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    "Ballooning" is causing UTI in my 1 year old boy?
    My 1 year old boy had his first UTI when he was 4 months old. We did all the ultrasound and MCU (using dye) tests to see if he had kidney reflux. the result was negative which was a big relief. He was fine for 6 months. But since mid Jan, he has had recurring UTIs. He's been on antibiotics since then. Every time we took him off the antibiotics ( or decreased the dose) the UTI cames back straight away. It happened 4 times over the last 8 weeks. It seems the UTI has never gone away. His willy ballons when he wees. The docs suggested that his foreskin is too tight and the urine is not disposing completely. That causes infection around the foreskin area which then shoots back to the bladder. 3 docs suggested he should be circumcised. I am not sure if it really is the answer to his recurring UTI problem. He has been on antibiotics for 8 weeks now. We feel so lost as to what to do. How can we get rid of this recurring UTI? Is "ballooning" uncommon? Does it cause UTI? thx
    He was admitted to Royal North Shore a couple of times and did the cultural tests. But it seems they couldn't grow any culture. So we are just using some antibiotics and hoping that will help. Thanks for all your feedback. I really appreciate it.
    neb, we thought that may be something else that is not being diagnosed as well. anyway, what we will do is to see another GP and get them to refer us to a "foreskin friendly" specialist and diagonos his situation again. antiseptic cream is a good idea, incision in the foreskin rather than removing it is another good idea. thx

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not an expert on this but I would be very hesitant to recommend circumcision for this. AFAIK ballooning is a normal stage of development and it can't cause major kidney/bladder problems. I did have a link on that but I lost it I'm sorry. I think it was a "Protect Your Uncircumcised Son" page if you want to google it. I do know though that if it honestly is the fact that the opening isn't big enough, they can simply surgically enlarge it, instead of removing the whole foreskin. However the foreskin is supposed to be tight and attached on a baby so I find it odd that would be the reason. Could be he is just prone to UTIs and he will need regular antibiotics for it - I've known some kids like that, mostly girls. And I agree with Neb if that's the case they should culture it and make sure they are giving him the right antibiotics and a different/stronger one each time. Although I am against the idea of infant/child circumcision for UTIs, did know somebody where they said the circumcision seemed to improve similar issues. But that might have just been because he was getting older anyway and besides there are lots of side effects from circumcision like loss in sensation not to mention that the pain from the operation, although over in a few weeks, was worse than that from a UTI. My other suggestion is to take him to yet another doctor to see if you can get a different opinion. And if they still think the foreskin is too tight ask them to loosen it not remove it. Good luck.

  11. QUESTION:
    kidney stones question 2?
    hi thanks for your answer, i have been to the hospital 10 weeks ago with severe pain in my back around the kidney area!! i had xrays and dye test done and nothing showed up, the doctor said i may have a kidney stone and it would pass in a couple of days, ten weeks later i am still here with the same pain, i was on voltrol and paracetamol which now do not work, also four years ago i had surgery to have a cyst removed from my ovary which was the size of a melon, the pain is in the same place as before, i also had a scan to check this and there was nothing, i have been refered but it will take 8 months, i am in bad pain and sometimes cant stick it, could there be other reasons for the pain other than kidney stones, i have been to the doctors three times since the hospital and they said there is nothing they can do and give me more pain relieve
    the pain feels like a spasm which comes and goes every couple of minutes

    • ANSWER:
      Have you been tested for Medullary Sponge Kidney? It is usually found in MRIs or X-rays. Most doctors don't know what it is or know very little. I suggest you see a nephrologist or a urologist. I was diagnosed when I was 20 back in 1992. It is a condition that is present during birth but symptoms don't usually show up until later in life. You can use a search engine to find out more information. You can have pain in the kidney without passing a stone. It's called renal colic. You may have already passed a stone and are feeling pains associated with renal colic.

  12. QUESTION:
    could my pain be something other than a kidney stone?
    for over a year i have had a little pain in my left side of my back between my ribs and hips, the pain always stays in the one place but 8 weeks ago the pain was so severe that i had to go into hospital, at hospital the doctors gave me pain relieve injection which didnt work other than making me sleepy, they then gave me voltrol which help! i got an x-ray which showed nothing, then dye test and another x-ray which showed nothing, the doctor stated that i may have kidney stones and it will pass in two - three days, eight weeks later i am still in bad pain which hasnt eased, the voltrol tablets stopped working!! im frightened i have something more serious and have to wait 8 months on a scan! has anyone suffered like me to be told something else?
    the doctors say that the waiting list for a scan is eight months i have been back to the gp twice and phoned the hospital four times but they keep telling me to drink lots of water, how can they be sure?

    • ANSWER:
      you need to solicit the opinion of a professional who can actually examine you. this will not go away and all the answers you get here will be based soley on pure speculation. it is likely nothing serious, but for your own piece of mind, call your doc.

  13. QUESTION:
    My vet can't determine why my Papillon puppy is so ill. Help?
    My Papillon started becoming lathargic after our trip up north in July. He also began growling at me and the rest of the family, as though he did not know who we were. The growling fits typicallly occur in the evening hours. It has been two months, and he became extremely ill. He went into the hospital because he was vomitting, diahrea, latharic behavior, still growling, clear uring, and would not eat. Blood tests indicated his kidney levels were 6x normal. Intervenous fluids reversed the symptoms and he was sent home. Within 12 hours, he relapsed and became ill again. More x-rays, cbc, blood tests, acid bile test, and a test w/ dye through digestional track was done. OVerall, he seemed to be doing better at the vet and he was sent home. However, this is his first night now, and he is still growling and unaware of who I am for periods of time.
    Please help, my son has been sick and the vets can't match his symptoms with a diagnosis, and obviously he isn't getting better. I am worried!

    • ANSWER:
      Has anyone thought to test the little guy for Lyme disease? Sounds like he got infected by a tick during your trip, which can cause all the problems you listed. Surely they tested him for this??? (altho after reading this forum, I'm amazed by what vets miss.)

      This would be my suggestion. A regular tick in a strategic place can make them disoriented and nuts. Lyme disease can do all the above. Good luck to you and the little butterfly dog, and change vets if you need to.

  14. QUESTION:
    Dimensional Analysis!!?
    A dye for kidney function tests is to be used at a rate of 0.1 gram per pound of body weight. If a patient weighed 80.0 kilograms, how many grams of dye would be needed?

    I got 17.632...doesn't sound right to me.

    • ANSWER:
      80 kg = 176 lb

      0.1 g / lb x 176 lb = 17.6 g

      17.632 has too many significant digits.

      .

  15. QUESTION:
    Toddler having problems with UTI. Now having test done on kidneys.?
    My 2 1/2 year old daughter is having dye put in her bladder and I asked the children's hospital to see how much it would cost to have done. They never gave me a straight answer! Does anyone know the cost?! My daughter has a UTI and her doctor is afraid her kidneys may be under developed. She is very small for her age as well, which concerned her doctor. She is having a sonogram done on her kidneys, which the lady told me costs ,021 but she never said how much the test would cost on the whole dye in bladder thing!

    • ANSWER:
      The price will vary from hospital to hospital. They may not have known what the exam was called when you asked about the price. Did you speak to billing? If you did, call back and ask to speak to the manager over the radiology department and ask her how much it would cost for a voiding cystourethrogram, or a VCUG. This exam will not show the kidneys or how they function but what it can show is if the urine is refluxing back into the ureters from the bladder, which can cause UTI's. Remember, the price that they tell you that the exam costs does NOT inclued the cost of the radiologist reading the exams/films. I'm sorry I couldn't tell you the actual price, but I hope this helps some. Best wishes for you and your daughter! I'm sorry that both of you have to go through all of this.

  16. QUESTION:
    Sharp lower back pain?
    I'm 40. A couple of weeks ago I went to my son's soccer practice and was kicking the ball into the goal as hard as I could and did not warm up and I haven't done this in years. That morning I woke up with the worst pain in the left side of my lower back that I've ever felt in my life. It came with nausea that felt like it would go away by going to the bathroom (#2). The pain lasted about 30 mins. and finally went away as weirdly as it came. It didn't come back for 2 weeks when I was driving to the office from the plant (2 1/2 hours). That morning I felt as if I had pulled something in my back trying to put on my field suit. That episode lasted about 1 hr. The next day I had a small short episode sitting at my desk. I went to a uroligist the next day and he found nothing. (X-ray, dye test, urine test). I was ok for a few days until last night I woke up with the pain again. That day I had worked all day outside. My symptoms sound like a kidney stone but Dr. said he didn't see. Help?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey. Im a MA at a pain management clinic and you're right. All this basically is, is that you pulled something in your lower back. If you have a primary care physician ( PCP ), get a referal to see a pain managment dr.. If this pain does come and go, then you wouldn't want it to be anything major in the long run by keep putting it off. A pain management doc she be called in for this. We have alot of patients come into the clinic with this type of problem and the dr orders physical therapy to work the kink out. By this being only a problem from exercise and not fibromyalgia, you should be fine with a little light back work-out to work it out. But, still, go see a pain management doc to give you direct orders.

  17. QUESTION:
    nitroglycerin patch to people risk with kidneys problem?
    i do have a problem with my kidney and want is the risk for used the nitroglycerin patch are pill would this caused harm and damage the kidneys are if i have a very good health heart and the iv dye used doing the heart test and the mri iv dye caused damage and harm to people have a problem with her kidneys?
    (thank you)

    • ANSWER:
      Results

      Data from case series reports, nephrogenic systemic fibrosis patient databases, nephrogenic systemic fibrosis case reporting to the Food and Drug Administration after gadolinium contrast agent exposure and retrospective case control studies suggest a strong association between the use of gadolinium based magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents and the subsequent development of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis in patients with renal disease. These data also suggest that the risk of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis depends on the degree of renal dysfunction, dose of contrast agent, gadolinium contrast agent stability and severity of concomitant illness. Thus, the occurrence of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis after gadolinium contrast agent exposure may vary from negligible up to 2% to 5% in select high risk clinical situations.

      Conclusions

      Magnetic resonance imaging using gadolinium based contrast agents must be performed judiciously in patients with renal dysfunction, carefully weighing on a case by case basis the benefits of magnetic resonance imaging and the risk of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis as well as the disadvantages of undergoing alternative or foregoing imaging studies.

      http://web.mit.edu/mitmri/SOP2006/4-ScreeningSubjectsCompatibility.pdf

      http://www.usrecallnews.com/2008/05/gadolinium-side-effects.html

      http://www.fda.gov/downloads/advisory%20committees/committesmeetingmateriaos/drugs/drugsafetyandriskmanagementadvisorycommittee/ucm192009.pdf

  18. QUESTION:
    What does a kidney scan involve?
    My 11 month old son needs to have some checks on his kidneys. One test involves inserting a catheter and filling his bladder with dye and scanning him. The other involves dye being injected and an ultrasound.

    Will this cause him great distress? Will they anaesthetise him first? Will it be really painful? Sorry for so many questions but Im really upset and scared for him.

    • ANSWER:
      I used to be a medical rep who sold the dye your son will have, it's injected into a vein in the arm, it's quite painless, some do get a warm feeling and very few a little nauseous.

      The dye shows up under x-ray because the body sees it as a waste product which is excreted through the kidneys into the bladder, it will show any abnormalities like blockages etc. if he is having a scan as well that's similar to when you have a pregnancy scan so there are no needles and completely painless so you have nothing to be concerned about.

  19. QUESTION:
    CT Scan for kidneys without contrast...?
    Hi,

    I have been getting pain in my right side and mid back (also on the right side) and because it has been an on and off thing (last week was just really bad, bedridden and couldn't work). My doctor refered me to get an abdominal ct scan to test functioning of kidney.

    The "specialist"centre stuffed up and asked me to drink the liquid and then decided because I had drank the liquid, I no longer needed the injection :o /Looking at the paper they have provided with the scans, it says without dye contrast and the kidney area is dark, not lit up at all.

    Would this be accurate enough for what I needed tested?

    If anyone knows the answer, it would be greatly appreciated.
    No, it was actually a stuff up. They were meant to give me the injection, they apologised and all because they had made the mistake of giving me the drink and then couldn't give me the injection (couldn't or just didn't I don't know).

    Got my answer so all good. Went to another doctor, they did stuff up because no way to tell how kidneys filter blood if the dye isn't filtered. Have to get the scan redone. Great.

    • ANSWER:
      Some CTs are performed without contrast, simply because it is not needed for every CT. The specialists will know whether you need contrast or not, so try not to worry about the test not being performed correctly.

  20. 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

  21. QUESTION:
    had mri for back & have pain left side, found spots on kidney, blood test for white cells, what could it be?
    brother had MRI for back pain, 2 herniated disks found and spots on one kidney. had blood test today for white cel count tomorrow some test i think with dye. could they be looking for cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      He is likely getting a CT with iv iodinated contrast to further evaluate the lesions. They are trying to rule out cancer but there are more common lesions in the kidneys like simple cysts(fluid collection and not cancer). I'm not sure why a white count but more than likely a blood test(BUN/CR) to make sure his kidneys are working well b/c the contrast can make kidney disease worse.

      Don't worry too much. Wait for the results.

      Good Luck

  22. QUESTION:
    Please help. I'm having two canines taken out tomorrow and I'm terrified. Any advice? ?
    I'm 13 and I'm actually shaking all over just thinking about it. I've had a molar taken out when I was under 10, I cried all the way through, the dental nurse was mopping me up with tissues. I had two more molars taken out when I was 13. I was nearly in tears, white and shaking, pinching my hands to distract myself. They injected me in the roof of the mouth, in the cheek, everywhere you can think of in the mouth.

    I've got to have two milk canines taken out tomorrow. I'm in tears just thinking about it. The orthodontist told my dentist to do it, because I have the adult canines inside the gum above my incisors. If they don't move into place after this extraction, they'll have to operate and remove them from inside the gum. Please help, does having canines out hurt as badly as molars? Am I just being a scaredy cat? I've had injections everywhere for drips, blood tests, radioactive dye in my arms and hands for kidney and blood problems. I've had MRI scans, brain electric scans. Why is it the mouth that scares me so much?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey, I know these things can seem scary but, really, we imagine things to be much worse than they really are. Your dentist has done this a thousand times and knows exactly what he (or she) is up to. You will have had pain killing injections so you know it won't hurt. Of course it will be a bit sore afterwards but not for long and think how good it will be when you create the space for your adult teeth.

      We all react to these things differently. We KNOW in our mind we are being a bit of a wimp but we can't always control our emotions. I just treat getting into the chair like getting onto a bus - I move from here to there and sit down - no big deal. After that, I ignore whatever is going on and escape in my mind to one of my favourite places - a beach in Ibiza. I picture the scene, sense the heat, smell the sea and the sun-tan oil, feel the texture of the sand, imagine the people and what they are doing. Because I am relaxed, the dentist can get on with the work more easily and, before I know it, it's all over.

      I hope everything goes well for you at the dentist. I am sure it will.

  23. 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

  24. QUESTION:
    Should I put my cat to sleep? This is a VERY difficult decision.?
    I am having a difficult time making this decision. My cat is 12 years old and very dear to me. About 7 years ago, he was diagnosed with kidney stones. After SEVERAL thousand $, numerous urinalysis, numerous blood tests, 2 ultrasounds, a dye study (which practically killed him, he couldn't walk for 3 days), it was ultimately determined that he was not a good candidate for surgery. I even looked into a kidney transplant! Over the years, he has developed a cyst on his bladder, and bladder stones. He is now vomiting several times a week and peeing outside of the cat box consistently. To make matters worse, my husband is takes two asthma medications to live in the house with the cat. My toddler was diagnosed with a cat allergy after 4 days in the hospital with pnemonia. Now he is on medication. No one will take this sick cat. I've begged. Not even the no kill shelters. He is such a prince, that isn't the life for him. He eats, walks, & purrs. I need to decide now as I am pregnant.

    • ANSWER:
      I am soooooo sorry to say this but usually when sanimals start doing things out of there normal especially when they have been sick for a while it usually means that they are going to pass soon. My husbands dog was sooo wonderful but he had gotten sooo sick and we tried everything as you did and one day out of the blue it seemed like he was cured he started playin and nudgin us jus like ur little kitty has started purrin and everything out of no where he is probably going to pass soon anyway. I am sooooo sorry to have a negative out look on this but it would probably be best if u stopped his sufferring.

  25. QUESTION:
    I have abdominal pain with side pain at 17 weeks pregnant! Please help!?
    Wednesday, I started having abdominal pain over my left ovary along with side pain. I have lost a little weight, although I eat all the time. I also feel light headed with the pain and a little clammy. The pain is worse when my bladder is full. Once I go to the bathroom to pee, I don't even want to pee because it hurts so bad. I made an appointment that day with my gynecologist who tested my urine and said that I had a large amount of blood in it. He believed that it was a kidney stone, since I have had 10 in the past five years, and gave me pain medication. He then sent me home to pass the kidney stone.

    Saturday, the pain was so severe that I went to the emergency room. After testing my blood and urine, the admitted me to the hospital. My urine showed a level of 250 and my blood said my white blood cell count was at 14,000. I was given pain medication and kept comfortable. Once my gynecologist seen me, she said that it was ligament pain and sent me home that evening.

    Monday, the pain came back at around 2:30 in the morning. I took a pain pill that did nothing so my husband decided to take me back. They ran a urine and blood test. This time my urine showed a level of blood at 150 and my white blood cell count was 18,000. They admitted me again and started running some tests. Since I am pregnant, there wasn't much they could do but keep me comfortable. They also thought it was a kidney stone, but the ultrasounds of my kidneys and ovaries came back normal as well as an I.V.P where they put dye into my iv and took a few pictures. They only took 2 since I am pregnant. This showed that the baby was laying on a tube which was causing fluids to be pushed back into my kidney. After testing my blood again this morning, they sent me back home with more pain medication. The only pain relief I had was morphine every three hours at 4mg. The pain would come back.

    I am so confused. I can't keep going to the hospital because my pills won't work and I don't want my baby to be harmed by the amount of pain killers and pain medications I am having. I am trying to figure out what this could be. Doctors think it's ligament pain alone with other pregnancy complications. I have been pregnant three other times and have never experienced this type of pain and I am worried that it may distress the baby. It's not a kidney stone and apparently not my appendix. What other options are there? They didn't look for any inflammation or infections. Could it be a really bad infection? I just don't feel that it's ligament pain. I looked up round ligament pain and my symptoms are consist ant with that type of pain, but other than it lasting a few seconds, it lasts for several minutes. What other things could it be? Please help because I am desperate for some type of answer. Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      I started having the same thing you are having when I was 15 weeks and I am now 18 weeks. It's been continuous pain. All I have been told is that it's cause im pregnant or that your uterus is expanding and that if it's your first pregnancy, abdominal pain happens cuz your body is not used to being pregnant. Morphine helped me as well when i was in the hospital. It could be an inflammtion of one of your organs.

      Hope I helped :-)
      Hope you feel better soon!!!

  26. QUESTION:
    really high high blood pressure ..and only 21?
    ok so im only 21 and have really high blood pressure just started taking meds but sometimes forget ..ive alway had high stress,anxity, and social anxity when i was living in mass a doc was really concernd because my blood pressure was alway like 170/100 and wanted test done on kidneys and heart i went for the test and was allergic to the dye they injected.and never got to see him again because i had no were to live so i came to NC to stay with my mom ...coming here sucks ive been more stressed out then ever i was addited to percocet for a year and told doctor down here and they just seem to look at me as a junkie and have to much anxitey (been off them for 11days now ; ).. i got so stressed at one point when i was here i went to the er and my blood pressure was 208/110 i thought i was going to blow up ..my main consure was my father died at the age of 24 from a brain anurizum...i just think the doc here would send me to a cardiologist doctor ..do you think i sould see a cardiologist???

    • ANSWER:
      Well at your age it can be Caorctation of Aorta, but your case is a complicated one. So your cardiologist is the best judge.

  27. QUESTION:
    Kidney/Back pain, doctors don't know what it is?
    In 2005 I got this pain in my right side just under my rib cage, it felt like it was inside rather than a muscular pain. After a few months of pain everyday I went to the doctor who tested my urine and prescribed anti inflammatory meds and pain killers. After taking these for another few months with no improvement (it just made it managable) I went back to the doctor who referred me to a specialist. I had a scan and one of those radioactive tests with the dye. Everything came back clear. Suddenly the pain disappeared like I had never had it, until last month, it's back with a vengeance and I have no idea what to do about it. The only thing that helps it is heat.

    • ANSWER:
      Right side under the ribs...sounds like gallbladder related or biliary tree related. It is true you should pay attention to what you have eaten and not eat a high fat content as this could trigger it. I would ask for a gallbladder ultrasound!

  28. QUESTION:
    I keep getting UTI's what should I do?
    I've been getting urinary track infections for the last 4 years. I get them about 6 times a year. It comes right after my period while I'm on my period or a few days before my period. I got to the doctors to treat it every time. I am very cleanly. I have gone through bladder scopes, cat scans, STD tests, the test that they put a dye to look at your kidneys, and ultrasounds. I go to a gyno, urologist and my primary care. No one can figure out what is wrong. I don't know what to do to stop it. I take cranberry pills now. It doesn't seem to help. I don't drink alcohol or coffee. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend seeing a bladder specialist for further evaluation of the situation since it has probably been a while. They have additional tests that they can run to try and help you figure out what could be going on.

      I am also going to include the link to a site that may help you find more information. The link is at: http://forums.obgyn.net/womens-health

  29. QUESTION:
    HELP!! -mystery health concern!!?
    I was hit by a car years ago, as a result have had a rci knee reconstruction. as a result of that I had multiple blood clots to the lungs. I also have bone calcification in my ribs sternium colar bone and shoulders. I have lower back upper back and neck problems. I suffer migrains with exercise, and as a side effect of most medication. I suffer from a heart beat that pulses in my ears and head. I have chest pain all the time, but might be the arthritis. I suffer low left hand pain in my belly, plus reflux.I recently went to hospital and had a suspected kidney stone. to which went away. I collasped once at work with pain in my belly, and broke into a massive sweat that drenched my clothes, but the hospital found nothing wrong. I now have a cough that is dry and will not go away, which I have had for months. I have had blood tests heart exercise tests and radioactive dye injected to look at my lungs. it did show a thinning of lung tissue. I feel like Iam dying, but tests show nothing.
    Iam sick of doctors not finding anything. I know something is terribly wrong. the lung problem was treated as asthma, but Iam sure the preventative medication makes me feel worse. I also get strange flushes to the head from time to time.- any help would be much appreciated!!!
    also I forgot I had a swollen salivary gland to which I sqeezed and it oozed liquid into my mouth. after that I got a lump warty type thing at the back of the throat. the throat specialist says its caused by a virus 1 third the population has, not to worry.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh man, I am so sorry to hear about your pain and suffering. I am not a medical doctor, so you can take whatever I tell you with a grain of salt...but it may give you a starting point.

      I did some research on this website about your symptoms and I've come up with this, which sounds a lot like the symptoms you're suffering from.

      HYPERPARATHYROIDISM:

      Hyperparathyroidism is characterized by overactivity of one or more of the four parathyroid glands, resulting in excessive secretion of parathyroid hormone (PTH). Hypersecretion of PTH promotes bone resorption and leads to hypercalcemia and hypophosphatemia, which in turn results in increased renal and GI absorption of calcium.

      ▲ Top Causes and Incidence:
      Hyperparathyroidism may be primary or secondary. In primary hyperparathyroidism, one or more of the parathyroid glands enlarges, increasing PTH secretion and elevating serum calcium levels. The most common cause is a single adenoma. Other causes include a genetic disorder or multiple endocrine neoplasia. Primary hyperparathyroidism usually occurs between ages 30 and 50 but can also occur in children and the elderly. It affects two to three times more females than males. It’s a common disorder, affecting 1 in 1,000 people.

      In secondary hyperparathyroidism, excessive compensatory production of PTH stems from a hypocalcemia-producing abnormality outside the parathyroid gland, which causes a resistance to the metabolic action of PTH. Some hypocalcemia-producing abnormalities are chronic renal failure, renal absorption disorders, vitamin D deficiency (especially in the housebound elderly), or osteomalacia due to phenytoin or laxative abuse.

      ▲Top Signs and Symptoms:
      Clinical effects of primary hyperparathyroidism result from hypercalcemia and are typically present in several body systems:

      ❑ Renal system: nephrocalcinosis due to elevated levels of calcium and, possibly, recurring nephrolithiasis, which may lead to renal insufficiency. Renal manifestations, including polyuria, are the most common effects of hyperparathyroidism.

      ❑ Skeletal and articular system: chronic low back pain and easy fracturing due to bone degeneration, bone tenderness, chondrocalcinosis, occasional severe osteopenia, especially on the vertebrae, erosions of the juxta-articular surface, subchondral fractures, traumatic synovitis, and pseudogout

      ❑ GI system: pancreatitis, causing constant, severe epigastric pain radiating to the back; peptic ulcers, causing abdominal pain, anorexia, nausea, and vomiting

      ❑ Neuromuscular system: marked muscle weakness and atrophy, particularly in the legs

      ❑ Central nervous system: psychomotor and personality disturbances, depression, overt psychosis, stupor and, possibly, coma

      ❑ Other: skin necrosis, cataracts, calcium microthrombi to lungs and pancreas, polyuria, anemia, and subcutaneous calcification.

      Similarly, in secondary hyperparathyroidism, decreased serum calcium levels may produce the same features of calcium imbalance, with skeletal deformities of the long bones (rickets, for example) as well as symptoms of the underlying disease.

      ▲Top Diagnosis:
      Confirming diagnosis In primary disease, a high concentration of serum PTH on radioimmunoassay with accompanying hypercalcemia confirms the diagnosis.

      In addition, X-rays may show diffuse demineralization of bones, bone cysts, outer cortical bone absorption, and subperiosteal erosion of the phalanges and distal clavicles. (See Bone resorption in primary hyperparathyroidism.) Microscopic examination of the bone with tests such as X-ray spectrophotometry typically demonstrates increased bone turnover.Reduced bone mineral density, particularly of the forearm, is seen on bone densitometry.

      Laboratory tests reveal elevated urine and serum calcium, chloride, and alkaline phosphatase levels and decreased serum phosphorus levels. Hyperparathyroidism may also raise uric acid and creatinine levels and increase basal acid secretion and serum immunoreactive gastrin. Increased serum amylase levels may indicate acute pancreatitis.

      Laboratory findings in secondary hyperparathyroidism show normal or slightly decreased serum calcium levels and variable serum phosphorus levels. Phosphorus can be quite elevated, especially in osteomalacia or renal disease. Patient history may reveal familial renal disease, seizure disorders, or drug ingestion. Other laboratory values and physical examination findings identify the cause of secondary hyperparathyroidism.

      ▲Top Treatment:
      Treatment varies, depending on the cause of the disease. Treatment of primary hyperparathyroidism may include surgery to remove the adenoma or, depending on the extent of hyperplasia, all but half of one gland (the remaining part of the gland is necessary to maintain normal PTH levels). Surgery may relieve bone pain within 3 days. However, renal damage may be irreversible.

      Preoperatively — or if surgery isn’t feasible or necessary — other treatments can decrease calcium levels. These include forcing fluids; limiting dietary intake of calcium; promoting sodium and calcium excretion through forced diuresis using normal saline solution (up to 6 L in life-threatening circumstances), furosemide, or ethacrynic acid; and administering oral sodium or potassium phosphate, subcutaneous calcitonin, I.V. plicamycin, or I.V. biphosphonates.

      Therapy for potential postoperative magnesium and phosphate deficiencies includes I.V. administration of magnesium and phosphate, or sodium phosphate solution given orally or by retention enema. In addition, during the first 4 to 5 days after surgery, when serum calcium falls to low normal levels, supplemental calcium may be necessary; vitamin D or calcitriol may also be used to raise serum calcium levels.

      Treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism must correct the underlying cause of parathyroid hypertrophy. Vitamin D therapy or, in the patient with renal disease, administration of an oral calcium preparation (calcium acetate, if possible) for hyperphosphatemia, are typically used, although surgical excision may be necessary. In the patient with renal failure, dialysis is necessary to lower calcium levels and may have to continue for the remainder of the patient’s life. In the patient with chronic secondary hyperparathyroidism, the enlarged glands may not revert to normal size and function even after calcium levels have been controlled.

      ▲Top Special Considerations:
      Care emphasizes prevention of complications from the underlying disease and its treatment.

      ❑ Obtain pretreatment baseline serum potassium, calcium, phosphate, and magnesium levels because these values may change abruptly during treatment.

      ❑ During hydration to reduce serum calcium level, record intake and output accurately. Strain urine to check for calculi. Provide at least 3 qt (3 L) of fluid a day, including cranberry or prune juice to increase urine acidity and help prevent calculus formation. As ordered, obtain blood and urine samples to measure sodium, potassium, and magnesium levels, especially for the patient taking furosemide.

      ❑ Auscultate for breath sounds often. Listen for signs of pulmonary edema in the patient receiving large amounts of saline solution I.V., especially if he has pulmonary or cardiac disease. Monitor the patient on digitalis glycosides carefully because elevated calcium levels can rapidly produce toxic effects.

      ❑ Because the patient is predisposed to pathologic fractures, take safety precautions to minimize the risk of injury. Assist him with walking, keep the bed at its lowest position, and raise the side rails. Lift the immobilized patient carefully to minimize bone stress. Schedule care to allow the patient with muscle weakness as much rest as possible.

      ❑ Watch for signs of peptic ulcer and administer antacids, as appropriate.

      After parathyroidectomy:

      ❑ Check frequently for respiratory distress, and keep a tracheotomy tray at the bedside. Watch for postoperative complications, such as laryngeal nerve damage or, rarely, hemorrhage. Monitor intake and output carefully.

      ❑ Check for swelling at the operative site. Place the patient in semi-Fowler’s position, and support his head and neck with sandbags to decrease edema, which may cause pressure on the trachea.

      ❑ Watch for signs of mild tetany, such as complaints of tingling in the hands and around the mouth. These symptoms should subside quickly but may be prodromal signs of tetany, so keep calcium gluconate or calcium chloride I.V. available for emergency administration. Watch for increased neuromuscular irritability and other signs of severe tetany, and report them immediately. Ambulate the patient as soon as possible postoperatively, even though he may find this uncomfortable, because pressure on bones speeds up bone recalcification.

      ❑ Check laboratory results for low serum calcium and magnesium levels.

      ❑ Monitor mental status and watch for listlessness. In the patient with persistent hypercalcemia, check for muscle weakness and psychiatric symptoms.

      ❑ Before discharge, advise the patient of the possible adverse effects of drug therapy. Emphasize the need for periodic follow-up through laboratory blood tests. If hyperparathyroidism wasn’t corrected surgically, warn the patient to avoid calcium-containing antacids and thiazide diuretics.

      ********************************************************************************************************************************************

      I think the surgery on your knee may have caused a couple of things: either it signaled your body to produce more hormones to repair the bone fracture; or the myriad of drugs they put you on post-op may have caused some bodily distress; or it could be a post-operative pulmonary embolism (a blood clot that travels to other parts of the body).

      Again, I am so sorry to hear of your pain...but if your doctors cannot find a diagnosis, it may be because it is a number of things.

      You need to INSIST that they help you, or find a new doctor, because there is no need to suffer the way you have been suffering. I truly hope that things work out for you.

  30. QUESTION:
    My 18 month old boy is not circumcised AND HAS A UTI I?
    Doctors want to circumcise him and do a VCUG a nasty test where they shoot dye through a cath into his kidneys while hes taped down and x-rayed. I feel that since this is his first UTI and he is 18 months old these procedures are a little drastic. he is also cloth diapered and it was a very humid nasty week when this happened probably a breeding ground for bacteria. My niece who is 14 months old also got a UTI recently during this hot humid week and her kidneys where fine. So should I wait and see if another UTI occurs b4 i do all these procedures??????

    • ANSWER:
      For his first UTI I would say no way this sounds like a doctor trying to force their own personal beliefs about circumcision on you.

  31. QUESTION:
    I went to the ER last night with chest pain, EKG came back abnormal?
    I lift and wrestle a lot so I thought maybe I strained my rib and didn't notice it at the time. I'm 29, never had an EKG done before, but as part of the checklist for people with chest pain an EKG was done, which came back abnormal, which in combination with the chest pain put into motion a whole chain of events. They put nitroglycerine on me, took multiple blood samples testing for enzymes which would indicate a heart attack, urine samples to test for "kidney function" (lol probably drugs of course I'm not a drug user). Doctor told me I could be having a heart attack, and that the abnormal reading could indicate a blockage in the heart which may require surgery. I was almost put into ICU. When the enzymes came back normal, they put dye into my system and ran me under a catscan a few times.

    Turns out my left lung has an infection, and fluid around it. So no heart attack. But because of the abnormal EKG they wanted to keep me and investigate further, conduct a stress test etc. Of course I can barely breath and even talking is extremely painful and I can't do it for long so a stress test is out of the question for now until the lung infection goes away.

    So I was released with antibiotics and a follow-up appointment with a doctor to do more tests on my heart. What is going on? I don't know anything about EKGs or the lingo involved, but I did see the graph. There is the huge spike, then the little spike right after it, well my little spike spikes down, not up.

    I don't know what that means other than that it could indicate a blockage in the heart, or even that it may be something "normal" for me. How could it be something "normal"? Even if I was born with it wouldn't it eventually need to be fixed?

    I'm not trying to convince myself that I don't need heart surgery or get an answer that I want to hear, i would just like to have better understanding of the possibilities involved.

    I know it was a long story but I wanted to include all of it in case there may be something significant that correlates.

    Thanks for any info :)
    Ians: Why don't you go f*** yourself? You are obviously an idiot with nothing useful to say, why are you in the heart diseases section answering of all places? Why don't you go to religion or something where there are more douchebags like yourself instead of being a d*ck to people looking at heart surgery?

    Of course I have no choice but to trust my doctors, which is why I was there and why I will continue going to see them and possibly even have them go hands-on inside my heart. If that is not trust I don't know what is.

    Go talk sh*t to someone in person so they can beat your skinny little a** and then come back and tell me about it.
    Maknbgr: Thanks for the input. Yes I really can't breathe right now let alone continue lifting or wrestling. I haven't been on the mat or in the gym now for almost a week now which is almost unbearable lol.

    So irregularites in heart beat are pretty normal? I'm pretty young for heart problems so I had no previous EKGs to compare to, that would've helped.

    How would an irregularity be "normal"? Meaning it may not need to be fixed? I'm a little heavy, 265 lbs, but I keep my body fat around or under 18% or so. I stay very physically active, lifting wrestling running etc. I just completed 10 yrs serving in the infantry as well and my heart has always kept up no problems. I've always had very good cardio and endurance.

    This morning in the ER my blood pressure was 138 over 62.
    Sorry if my language offended anyone, one of the nurses told me I was the youngest person they'd ever seen with nitroglycerine strapped on their chest this morning and I'm looking for serious answers, not smart remarks from idiots.

    • ANSWER:
      First, I hope you're feeling better today.
      I just thought I'd explain a little of what happens in the ER when someone comes in with chest pain. Like you said, an ECG is done routinely for chest pain. In your case it was "abnormal". Now the Dr needs to make a decision based on your ECG results and your symptoms before he/she has the results of the blood tests (cardiac enzymes-which did eventually rule out a heart attack).
      There is a saying in regards to heart attacks "Time is Muscle". When an artery blocks in the heart the region of heart muscle supplied by that artery will first become ischemic (starved of oxygen) and then necrotic (dying from lack of oxygen). The fastest treatment will save heart muscle and improve the patient's chance of recovery.
      The doctor made the choice to start treating you based on your symptoms of chest pain and shortness of breath and also the ECG because minutes count. In most cases an ECG will show classic signs of an MI (heart attack) but sometimes the signs are less definite which I suspect yours were. However, your doctor acted to prevent more damage to your heart in the event the ECG changes were signs of an MI.
      Without knowing what your ECG showed it's difficult to make a guess about what they saw. Of the few possibilities some could be considered "normal" for you. I know this sounds confusing but normal ECG's vary widely. Normal only means the absence of anything abnormal.
      Again, I hope you're feeling better.

  32. QUESTION:
    UTI symptoms, but culture is negative...? Help!?
    I have had chronic UTI's since the age of 4. I have had plenty of Doctor's poke around and many tests done.

    One was dye put in my blood and a catheter put in. I had to urinate in the table. They watched the dye to see if it retracted into my kidney's. That turned up negative.

    When I have the symptoms of a UTI, the test has always come up positive. This one time, it was negative. I had it sent out for a culture and it still came back negative. I am having all the symptoms, plus some new ones.

    My symptoms include the fallowing: Bladder (non-mentral cramps) after I use the potty, trouble voiding, sharp pain when urinating, frequency and urgent feeling but little to nothing comes out. Foul smelling and cloudy urine. Chills, hot flashes and the overall "not feeling well" I get headaches and some nausea.

    I have been tested (by urine and blood) for pregnancy and I am indeed not pregnant. I have been tested about a year ago for cancer in my uterus and that was negative as well. I get tested yearly for STD's. I have been tested about 5 months ago for one, all negative. I have had no new sexual partners (been with my man for almost a year).

    Please, anyone, help me! I need relief from the symptoms. I tried Cranberry pills (I do not like the taste of juice). I have tried ChickWeed, Uva Ursi, Vit C, Apple Juice, nothing but water, I cut out sugar for a couple days, avoided baths (I do shower lol) and pools, wipe front to back, and I always keep myself clean. I have had no odd discharge, but I notice that I smell down there (which has never happened before). I use feminine wash and powder and that keeps it under control.

    I also have always sweat a lot. Luckily I do not smell, and I do not look gross, but I feel it. Could this be related?
    I have an appointment with a Urologist and OBGYN on friday. Thank you "I'm screaming inside". I have read a little online about that. Do you know how they test for that?

    • ANSWER:
      I have an extensive history of GU and kidney disease (30+ surgeries, including a kidney transplant), and I also work in that field. What you're describing seems to be interstitial cystitis. It's basically chronic inflammation of the tissues of the bladder wall. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001508/

      You'll have all the UTI symptoms without an actual infection. See a urologist to discuss if this may indeed be your problem and what you need to do about it. There's no cure, but you can relieve symptoms with various procedures and/or meds. Good luck to you!

  33. QUESTION:
    Being tested for MSK... nervous and confused?
    The first time I ever heard of MSK was today in my urologist's office. He actually didn't tell me the name of MSK but described what he thinks could be wrong with me and after a miserable night of pain I got online to see what I can learn and came across the name. I am confused and scared but mostly so tired of feeling awful.

    I have had a history of kidney stones... at least 60 in the last 6 years without any doctor being able to find a cause for them. I have chronic pain even when the doctors say my kidneys shouldn't hurt. Many times I've gone to the doctor complaining of kidney pain and they do tests that reveal stones in the kidneys but they say I shouldn't be in pain because the stones are in the kidneys instead of the ureter tubes and send me home. Well regardless of whether its SUPPOSED to hurt or not - it hurts!

    With the pain comes an unbearable exhaustion. I say that I feel like I've been hit by a truck. Sometimes I just cry because its all I can do and I feel so worthless. I own a business and its so hard to run it when I have such a difficult time making plans - I can be fine one minute and in immense pain the next.

    I also have a lot of GI issues that I deal with and I don't know if the pain and diarrhea is caused by the stones or what is going on. I just know that it is excruciating at times and I feel so hopeless.

    I had an ultrasound in December that showed bilateral 'cysts' in my kidneys and stones in both as well. After that they did x-rays and then an IV dye ct scan. Now that the dr. thinks I have MSK he is having me do the IVP. I am nervous about drinking the citrate solution and I'm nervous about the test and the diagnosis. Do my symptoms sound similar at all to yours? Is there anything you can offer me to make me feel a little less apprehensive about the test and disease? Any help is greatly appreciated!
    Medullary Sponge Kidney disease.

    • ANSWER:
      I've never heard of MSK, and am guessing others have not either. I assume you are not referring to the Marketing Society of Kenya or the Mad Science Kings, so you will simply have to tell us what the heck "MSK" stands for. Thanks.

  34. QUESTION:
    Doctor wants me to have a CT scan tomorrow?
    I hate drinking that barium and will also have constrast dye run in too for kidney, My abdmen has been swelling when I eat I've had my gallbadder out 7 years ago, have gained 10 pounds in 2 weeks and don't eat but once a day. Should I back out of test and just go on diet and see if things get better?

    • ANSWER:
      You should have the test done to rule out any serious conditions. One thing you don't want to do is play with your body. Have the test! Good Luck

  35. QUESTION:
    kidney scan help! looking for information about the scan and the injection.?
    I have got to go and have a nuclear dye injection to see how well my kidneys are working .... has anyone had this done?? and do they use a canular or it just a normal injection needle like a blood test etc!!

    please help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Nuclear dye injection into the body is the most dangerous substance the medical profession could put into your body it causes cancer. Doctors know this and give it to patients that do not need the test. Due the possibility that there may be nothing wrong with your kidneys, there are other measures that you can take which are natural. Its crazy kidney suffer disease due to toxic overload and this dye in your bloodstream is toxic!
      Not all kidney damage is permanent, short term problems include kidney stones and kidney infections. The kidneys are the body’s primary blood filters. When the kidneys start to overload with toxins they become overwhelmed and break down. Things you should be avoiding for the health of your kidneys, drugs including prescriptions, pesticides (non organic food), herbicides, antibiotics, heavy metals, (chem trails) solvents, chemotherapy agents, sports drinks, soft drinks, sports drinks, Aspartame/splenda/nutrosweet.

      Avoid tobacco, animal products, fish, lard, fried greasy foods, margarine which is naturally black, bleached white and dyed yellow) processed foods (which are extraordinary destructive to the kidneys) white flour, sugars, processed caffeine, because they contain high levels of saturated fats and are typically laced with chemicals, pesticides and toxins that are very damaging to the draining effect of the kidneys.

      Although there are a wide variety of kidney disease, each type stems from this basic toxaemia from the above.

      Your kidneys should be fine if you cut back on the above toxins, drink plenty of water and do not suffer from the following symptoms:
      Chills, fever, urinary, fluid retention, abdominal pain, appetite loss, back pain, nausea and vomiting, urine cloudy or bloody.

      Remove and prevent kidney disease naturally
      Perform a kidney and bladder cleanses which will remove from your kidney and bladder thousands of toxins and poisons. It will also be effective in removing old faecal waste and obstruction from you digestive tract. This can be used to clear urinary tract infections, dissolve kidney stones and renal gravel or even just eliminate thousands of toxins and poisons from the kidneys. In addition the cleanse will clean the bloodstream and colon of toxins, pollutants, heavy metals and other waste which are putting stress on your kidneys and bladder.

      Eat a diet of foods that heal which include raw fruits, nuts, juices and grains. Particularly eat watermelon, garlic, potatoes, asparagus, parsley, watercress, celery, cucumber papaya and bananas.

      Drink an eight to sixteen ounce of water every hour; this is essential unary tract infection. Vitamin E, wheat germ oil lessons damage to the kidneys. Take organic unrefined flaxseed oil every day for the same reason.

      A RAW VEGAN ORGANIC DIET WILL CURE ALMOST ANY DISEASE

  36. QUESTION:
    Why is my child getting sick so often?
    Before I go further, just for the record, yes, I have taken her to the doctor and yes, we are scheduled to see an E.N.T. She takes multi vitamins and fish oil gummies on her doctor's recommendation.

    My daughter is not quite 2 1/2 years old. In June, she started getting sick. She broke out in hives and had a fever and during this illness, had a seizure due to her fever spiking (I know that's not particularly dangerous. Just trying to describe the symptoms when this all started). The doctors couldn't figure out what caused it but her tonsils swelled quite a lot. She was tested for strep,and the flu and they did a V.C.U.G. test, (catheter used to fill her bladder with dye solution to be sure her urine wasn't backing up into her kidneys). CAT scans were done, chest ex-rays, and blood tests. Nothing conclusive was found, but after 2 antibiotics and antihistamine for the hives, it seemed to get better. It wasn't a week later when she got sick again. Upper respiratory infection. More antibiotics. I'm not so sure that ever really went away before she got another throat infection, high fevers etc... This continued and her tonsils never shrunk but from what I understand, when a child gets ill sometimes the tonsils can remain swollen for years or even for the rest of that person's life. They're still big and red but most of the time, it doesn't seem to bother her, and she's never had an ear infection in her life. She does however, snore and tends to salivate excessively, like it's almost too big a bother to swallow. She has no mental impairment and her speech is above average.

    Anyway, she's been sick since June with only two days that I can remember when she felt really well. She has a perpetually runny nose and a cough that never goes away. A month ago it was really bad again. Her tonsils were so inflamed that they looked like someone poured boiling oil down her throat. They looked like they had blistered and the blisters broke, so there was dead skin hanging from them. She was very lethargic and wouldn't eat or drink, and her fevers were hitting 104-105. We had her in the E.R. twice and again, they did all of the tests (catheter included but no V.C.U.G.) and found nothing. I took her to her regular doctor and mentioned that if I didn't know better, I'd think she had Mono. Sure enough, she had an 'Epstein Barr-type virus'. Three antibiotics later, (for the secondary respiratory infection) she was better (not well, but better than that). Two weeks ago, she had a stomach virus that was going around the day care and was vomiting. That only lasted a day. Last week she caught another stomach virus that was going around her day care (this time it was diarrhea) and most kids were over it in two days. Hers lasted five. She finally went back to the day care today for the first time in a week, and tonight she has a fever of 104. The kid is just never well! I requested that we be referred to an E.N.T. and we're scheduled for that on the 6th, but if it's not her tonsils causing this, does anyone have a guess what might be? I am looking for something I may just be missing that I might bring up to the doctor. Yes I know...the doctor is the expert, but sometimes when you don't get real answers, you really have to look deeper yourself. Doctors are only human and see hundreds of patients a year, so just like with the Mono diagnosis, they can miss things too. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      I could only think of two things, and I might be wrong. Either a low immune system or allergies. Seems so minor that it could be allergies but children that are allergic to everything (like I was) stay sick for most of their childhood. You should go to a specialist and have her checked. If its not allergies then at least you will know what she IS allergic too. The other, her immune system, no real suggestions. I know that my child goes to daycare and every morning before we get out of the car (he is almost three) I have him apply a lipbalm with bees' wax (always have been a firm believer in bee's wax) and I apply a very small amount of bactorban on his nostrils. I don't get inside of the nose, just around the outside of it. He use to get sick everytime he went to daycare. I couldn't keep him well. And this was during the months that I thought he would be the most well (summer) and he still never was. He got the virous at school but always kept it for a really long time. After applying the bactorban cream it has totally cleared up and he stays well now. Sometimes even the virouses that go around at daycare has no affect on him. Ask your doctor if it would be safe to use that cream on your little one. It may help!

  37. QUESTION:
    82 year old father has had heart & kidney problems?
    My father is 82 and has had alot of heart cathedars,open heart surgery with bypass, and stents over the last 15 years. Recently he has had 2 stents and before that, aballon to check where the stents were to be, Had a TIA left side stroke in his arm, and the feeling in his arm came back only after a few days. We recently found he had aterial fibrillation and they ran a stress test and he had no more blockages THANKS GOD. My dad never has chest pain and hasn't for months. His has had bad levels in his kidneys fromall the past dyes used in his procedures. His ankles stay swollen and it is a concern to us that he may be having something going on we, or the doctors aren't aware of. They sent himhome this timeon coumidan, 5 mg a day. Can you tellme possible what this sounds like? His heart doctor of 15 years says these is no reason for alarm for his swollen ankles. Please helpme and my family.

    • ANSWER:
      One thing to watch out for is congestive heart failure, which can cause retention of fluids, taxes the kidneys and can cause swelling of the ankles. It can also cause shortness of breath.
      The TIA was MOST LIKELY caused by the atrial fibrillation. With afib, the chambers of the heart contract so quickly that not all the blood is pumped out. So blood can pull in those chambers until such time that a normal heart rhythm is restored (generally by meds or on it's own, either one) those clots are pumped out into the circulatory system where they can caues TIAs or strokes. That's why the doc put him on a blood thinner and the blood thinner will keep that from happening again. But you may want him checked for congestive heart failure. I'm not sure exactly what tests are used for that but I'd say it's a combo of symptoms, Echocardiogram and EKG (two different tests). Blockages and atrial fibrillation are unrelated even though they can occur at the same times. AFib is considered paroxsysmal most of the time meaning there is not real 'cause' for it other than an abnormal electrical firing of the impulses that control the heart.
      If you don't trust your doctors, you may want to do an internet search for specialists in your area. There are sites that rate doctors now on performance on down and you may find a more thourogh doc.

  38. QUESTION:
    renal ct scan.?
    went to have one done , and because the blood test they took for the kidneys came back with a hifg level of something they could not inject me with the dye if they did i would have died. they are looking to see if my arteries are blocked. but i cant remember what waht in the test they said stopped me from having it. and am scared they are blocked

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,
      You most likely had an elevated Creatinine, or Urea/Nitrogen (BUN) level. Cardiologists I've worked with (several), use Mucomyst to get around this. This drug prevents kidney damage from the iodine-based dye that's used. Good Luck.

  39. QUESTION:
    My Rescued White German Shepherd/Golden Ret mix diagnosed with an ectopic Ureter and what to do?
    Please bear with me for this may end up long, for I need help, 2nd opinions and advice. I rescued my beautiful dog, Safari, (white german shepherd and golden retriever mix) in March of 2009 from the White Paws Rescue in Green Bay, WI. When she was only 8 weeks old. When she was about 12 weeks old I noticed everytime she'd get "excited' she'd piddle all over the floor and white discharge coming from her vagina randomly when I'd take her to urinate. I took her to my vet who ended up telling me that was "normal" for a puppy to pee alittle when excited and not to be alarmed it will go away with time. So for weeks I ignored the problem thinking it was just a normal thing. A month later, i noticed red blister looking scabs on her belly and hinde legs. Took her back into the vet where they diagnosed her with a staph infection and gave me antibiotics to cure. Everything cleared up until about 2 mo. later, I noticed them again...vet gave me differant anitbiotcs and sent me home..this went on for about 6 mo. each time I got alittle more worried but was never alarmed for the vet would reassure me the problem would be fixed! Finally, it happened one last time, I called the vet personally and said they need to do more testing for my dog is almost 2 years old now and still cannot hold her urine, the area around her vagina is always really dark and the white discharge is still coming out. The vet sent me back again (6.00 in anitboiotics and vet visits later) told me she needs to do a urinalaysis. (.00) When the results came back no infection was found but she said she wanted to do some further testing to see if Safari could have a Ectopic Ureter. I went home and researched what it was: the ureter is the tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder, it enters the bladder in a abnormal postition. Normally, the ureter empties into the bladder infront of the bladder sphincter, the muscle that keeps the bladder closed so that the urine does not leak out. When the opening of the ectopic ureter is beyond the bladder sphincter, urine constantly dribbles out as it is formed. I read on to find out it present at birth, and is common in Golden Retrievers. This test, the vet wanted to do would be giving an intravenous injection of a contrast agent (a dye that shows up white on xrays) and then taking a series of x-rays that follow the dye as it goes through the kidneys and ureters to the bladder. Which results to see if surgery will be an option. Iwent ahead with the test (0.00) when the results came back, the vet informed me she "thinks Safari has the ectopic ureter but shes not a expert" and that she was sending the xrays to Madison, WI. for further examination and that she'd call me with the definite answer if Safari would need surgery or not and my days of worrying whats wrong with my best friend was over. A week later she calls me back telling me Madison said those x-rays were not enough to see if she actually had the ectopic ureter and they need to see her and run their own tests before they can perform surgery to correct the problem.(the surgery would be ,000.00) At this point I'm getting upset because my vet told me this test would be well worth it and she had been contacting Madison who said by her x-rays they'd be able to determine if surgery was an option, and if not shed send me to Madison for this test. When I called madison they told me it was 0.00 just to get seen and that whatever else they need to peform. I'm 22 years old, living in Oshkosh, Wi, trying to get through college, just lost my job and have already invested so much money into this already. I feel so thrown for a loop and lost on what I should do! Do i go ahead, commute to Madison and get these tests done? Get a second opinion from another vet in Oshkosh where I live? I just dont have all this money to throw around to be thrown for a loop. How many tests does this need to take? If their is anyone out there, a vet, or anyone that knows what this is or experienced this I'd love your opinion or help. I love my dog, she's my life and I want whats best for her. Please help me.

    • ANSWER:
      Just for the heck of it, speak to your Vet about the medication called Proin. This is what is used for incontinent b*tch's that have been spayed, and works very well for this situation. I'm not saying that it will work for YOUR situation, but It is worth a try, at least, IMO. (You can also ask about DES, which is a stronger med than Proin)......just a long shot in the dark.

  40. QUESTION:
    Catheter inserted in a 9 yr old girl...painful?
    My 9 yr old daughter is having a test done next week to check to see if she is having a reflux of urine from her bladder to her kidneys. They will insert a catheter, inject dye, and take xrays. My wife has horrible memories of times when she had hers. How pianful of an experience is it for a young girl?

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    Parents: What would you do in this situation?
    My 9 month old has a UTI, she has never had one before. Her doctor wants to do an ultrasound on her. It would involve Cathing her, putting dye in her bladder and doing an ultrasound. She was to make sure that her kidneys and bladder don't have "renal reflux". That is where her urine doesn't go all the way down the tubes that connect her kidney to her bladder and some of the urine goes back to her kidneys. All of this is based on one UTI, no family history of kidney problems, etc. I am not one to rush and have invasive tests done for no real reason that I see. My mother is deathly allergic to the dye that they use for this stuff and I have always had a fear that one of my kids may be too. What would you do? Have the test or not?
    ADD: I asked her her reasoning for the test. She said it was strictly because of the UTI. She hasn't even seen the test results because my daughter had the test at the ER. She was just going on what I told her.

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't do it - she would have to have a minimum of 3 UTI's in a short amount of time. I would also want to be referred to a uriologist and ask his opinion.

      Maybe it was b/c of the amount of bacteria they found? Maybe it was unusually high?

  42. QUESTION:
    wnant is the side effects?
    want is the side effects of dye radiopharmaceutical ?
    and dye toxicity injection into the body and want could the damage to be to the kidneys are the body?

    would this caused kidney damges are chronic renal failure?
    Blood test #1 BUN 20 CRE 1.7 GFR 45 (A) date 7/24/ 2008
    Blood rtest #2 Glucose 113 Cratinine 1.79 Alk Phos 150 Fasting BS 113 Bs 2 HR 267 EST GFR 42.4 date 8/27/2008
    Blood test #3 BUN 25 Creatinine 1.56 ALK PHOS 140 EST GFR 49.6 date 1/08/08
    Blood test #4 GLUCOSE 223 BUN 18 EST GFR 41.5 date 8/20/2008
    test #5 URTP 15 24 TP 224.3 CRE / SERUM 1.59 CLEAR 59.0 Total Volume 1495 (A) LABHP REG CLI STATUS: REG CLI.
    DIAGNOSES for test CHRONIC RENAL FAILURE ICD-585.9 date 8/4/2008 CPT-76775 code.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I'm not really sure this is the right forum for the question, but no, I don't believe the dye could cause renal failure (kidney failure). I have a ten month old daughter who was born with a kidney defect and had to go through a couple of renograms, where dye was used, and she is perfectly fine.

      If the above information is for a baby, I can tell you that the creatinine levels are quite high. Creatinine is a chemical waste molecule that your body produces and your a functioning kidney will remove it from your blood. High creatinine levels are an indicator that the kidneys are not functioning. A normal creatinine level for a baby is about 0.2, however, I believe the numbers above are within an acceptable range for an adult.

      Also, the blood sugar levels (glucose) seem high. A random blood sugar test should be in the low to mid 100's, anything over 200 is usually diagnosed as diabetes for adults, and as far as I can tell, you have a blood sugar (glucose) of 223. Diabetes can cause kidney failure.

      The rest of the stuff I have no idea about, but I have had some experience with the creatinine and diabetes so I hope this has helped some.

  43. QUESTION:
    Blood Test Question?????????
    Thyroid, Blood Sugar, Sodium, Potassium, Liver, White Blood Count Blood test all came back normal. I also have normal blood pressure.

    Do you think that if I had a kidney problem, something would have showed up in one of these things?

    I had a gadolinium contrast dye for head mri yesterday, my legs and feet feel tingly weird and sort of hurt.
    I know that dye doesn't do well with kidney problems, would something on that blood test show something like in sodium or something?

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney function would show up in tests called BUN and creatinine. They are usually run as pasrt of a metabolic panel which also includes sodium and potassium. Could you possibly have an allergy? Are you allergic to shellfish?

  44. QUESTION:
    Scared.. My grandpa had 2 strokes and the doctors now say kidney failure also, How long will he live?
    Im sorry for the long paragraph im just worried please take the time to read it

    He is 77 years old and 2 weeks ago he had 2 small strokes that messed up his mind a little but not bad, his walking and strength seem to be back to normal, while doing tests in the hospital they were going to inject a dye into his bloodstream so they could see his brain in a ct scan and because they said he has kidney failure they could not use that as it would not filter it out, they do not know yet what caused the strokes but think it may happen again, also 1 year ago he had an operation quadrupal bypass on his heart because his arteries were clogged and they found a swolen lymph node on the back of his heart, they removed it and it was "suggested" cancerous, after that we have not heard anything. Anyway with all of these problems what do you think could become worse, and with kidney failure (i dont know how bad or anything about it except those words) do you think he will live?

    • ANSWER:
      There is only One that has the answer of how long your Grandpa will remain on this earth, and that is his Creator - God. It would be a blessing to you, your Grandfather, and any other members in the family that have not asked Jesus Christ to be their Savior to do so...before it is too late. I am sure that you love all of your family and want to see them after they have departed, and the only way to do so is thru Jesus. Please look at the websites listed for more guidance and may God be with all of you :}

  45. QUESTION:
    Anyone else have pain during Renal scan with lasix wash?
    At first they inject radioactive stuff into your IV and shortly I got a feeling as though kicked in the back as I do off and on I asked tech if it was normal to feel the dye enter my kidney and she said no I shouldn't feel it so I thought ok co-incidence well then a little bit later she injected the saline and immediately lasix well then same time frame as the first injection I got this horrible pain again. Just a little background I have history of kidney stones I get em ever 2-3mos for the past year and a half have had lithotripsy just the ESW (electric shock waves) in sept and then in november had to go through it again only this time they went in with a scope and found that my ureter was smaller than normal peoples so he actually had to balloon inflate me I was somewhat constricted and placed stint I got stint out 3 weeks later now here it is January and I have a small movable area around kidney that is VERY painful and can be felt without pushing so the doc ordered this test after the hospital did an IVP and showed normal he wasn't convinced the radiologist was totally right because he had felt the swelling himself so ordered this test so my question is has anyone else felt pain not to long after each injection??? And if yes what were your findings. Not sure if this matters but im female and know for sure the pain is not related to any female organs as I have had a complete hysterectomy and oopherectomy (both ovaries removed) and cervix as well 2 years ago

    • ANSWER:
      my dad recently was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. He was given rx furosemide, which approx 30 minutes after taking, developed severe shortness of breath and nausea. Finally the doctor listened to him and changed his rx to bumex. This is actually working so far and decreasing the edema substantially but he has lost over 20 lbs in the 2 weeks he's been taking it. Now, I'm wondering if the bumex is causing weight loss or just water loss.

      http://www.lasixgeneric.com

  46. QUESTION:
    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>?
    I had an mri of my head with gadolinium. it's been 22 hours later and my heels feel numb when I walk and my feet feel tingly and my legs do to and my calves sort of hurt and my feet.
    Would this have something to do with the dye or not, I am freaking out, i was so worried about this dye stuff to begin with. I heard it does things to kidneys
    I'm 20 and had a blood test that came back that i had normal thyroid, blood sugar, sodium, potassium, liver, and white blood count. Would this at all rule out kidney disease even though they didn't specifically test for it?

    • ANSWER:
      It's lupus

  47. QUESTION:
    HELP with a Mystery Diagnosis - Odd symptoms - Please Help!!!?
    3 weeks into a pregnancy:
    .
    Massive Anasarca
    Fever 104
    Joint Pain so bad could hardly move.
    Fever and Joint Pain lasted 3-4days
    Anasarca continued and worsened until delivery.
    Patients Calf and ankle size doubled.
    Patients swelling severe right up to the abdomen. Fingers swollen like sausages.
    Severe Hypoalbuminemia
    ((Blood Type O+ & Spouse A+ - Baby born healthy with A+))
    (((****Patient felt herself that it was some sort of allergic reaction))
    .
    Fast Forward 2 years:
    Patients Calves and Ankles still severely swollen although the abdomen and thighs seem to have resolved.
    Patients Kidney function - resolved.
    CT Scan w/dye Abd. & Pelvis -unremarkable
    EKG - NSR
    Vascular Doppler - neg.
    Echo- unremarkable
    .
    ABNORMAL LABS:
    HSCRP- 22.20
    CORTISOL (8AM)- 2.3
    SED RATE - 47

    The patient is still experiencing all over body swelling. Calves and Ankles =appearance of Lymphedema & patient has trouble walking and feels burning pain & sometimes numbness in back.....however sometimes the entire swelling goes way down considerably all over atypical of lymphedema??? Patient elevates thru the nite and has polyuria thru the nite disrupting sleep. ANY IDEAS?????? We have 7 specialists looking into all of it and they are suggesting an underlying Collagen/Connective Tissue Disorder.......but nothing definitive after batteries of tests,,,,,Please Help with thoughts if you can......THANK YOU!!

    ******Patient admitted to hospital for further testing - on this day some redness was nited in the lower legs & even though cellulitis was ruled out ...."Zosyn" was hung for three days & patients legs came down considerably the following week and have stayed this way for a month.

    • ANSWER:
      Among the 7 specialists, any rheumatologist/immunologist?

      Exclude auto immune problems.

      If i remember correctly, i once read (more than 10yrs ago) parasite may cause anasarca. But can't recall as it's rare and in the books only. Maybe you want to suggest to the team, ask a parasitologist?

  48. QUESTION:
    Febrile UTI in 3 year old - should I do radiology testing?
    My daughter had/has a febrile UTI and is three years, 5 months old. This is her first and she is otherwise as healthy as a horse. This UTI was undiagnosed for 3-4 days initially because she just told her her "stomach hurt." She was treated for 10 days with antibiotics, the next test came back negative though she was complaining of symptoms again 2 days before the end of treatment. Within 3 days, she started running a fever again that went to 105! The lab results are NOT back yet but she was put on an oral antibiotic and then injectables for two days which were NOT FUN! The doctor is ordering her to have a sonogram and radiology exam of her kidney/bladder/urethra. I don't know how to convince a smart three year old to sit still while someone feeds a tube directly into the most sensitive part of her body and shoots her full of radiological dye since the treatment recommendation now, if the test came back positive, is to do nothing but "keep an eye on it." Why scare the hell out of her?

    • ANSWER:
      They are looking at doing an intravenous pyelogram to make sure her kidneys and ureters are functioning properly if she is going to get a dye. The KUB is just a regular xray but it can detect stones, bowel obstructions, etc. The KUB is like a chest xray but it is of the lower trunk area. They can give your child a mild anxiolytic to help her relax if she is anxious and squirmy.
      The necessity of the test is to make sure she doesn't have any anomalies...if she has something structurally wrong she will continue to have kidney and/or urinary problems. If she continues to have to take antibiotics she could develop some resistance. Did you have the doctor explain the exam to you?The dye is injected intravenously through an IV. It's ultimately your choice...if you don't do it is she going to continue to have high fevers and UTI's?

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

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

    The blood work showed this:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    RBC MORPHOLOGY - NORMAL

    PLATELETS - NORMAL

    CHEMISTRY:

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

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

    eGFR - Attention - 59

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Can someone please help me?
    To Aidani,

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

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

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

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

    Take care, from Debbie!

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

  50. QUESTION:
    What Are My Chances Of Suing My GP for Missing Diagnosis?
    After years of telling my GP about pain in my lower, ride side she never ordered the right tests, never asked for a urine sample (we are talking at least 4 years of this pain) did not try to resolve at all and then sent me recently for an ultrasound of the abdomen area (NOT where the pain is) I got pissy with the tech doing the ultrasound who did not want to "question the doc's orders) she discovered kidney stones on my right abdomen and said - yeah, I will do this area you pointed out...long story short - huge stone that can only be removed surgically, I currently have a stent in (painful) and will have dye run through tomorrow to see how much function is left before the surgery so if it is less than 20% - I will need kidney removed according to urologist. Aside from the expense of all of my co-pays, lots of pain, downtime and only one kidney left. What do you think??

    • ANSWER:


Disease Of Kidneys Child

The kidneys are like the body's refuse collection and disposal order. Through microscopic units called nephrons, the kidneys delete fallow yield and above water from the food the qualities eats, returning chemicals the body needs (such as sodium, phosphorus, and potassium) back into the bloodstream. The extra watered combines with other spare to become urine, which flows through watery tubes called ureters to the bladder, where it stays pending it exits through the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body from the bladder) when superstar goes to the bathroom.

When parents first gather their daughter has kidney disease, they may miracle what they could have done to rest it. These feelings are mutual. In most gear, however, there is no way somebody could know their teenager would get kidney disease and commonly nothing that could have been done to rest it. Focusing on what can be done now, such as receiving prim behavior, next surgeon's guidance, working with your result's vigor anxiety lineup and education all you can about the disease are the best conduct to help your product after the diagnosis.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Husband has End Stage Kidney Disease & child support ???
    We live in Texas and my husband had no money to pay for his child support this month because of his disease-he had to retire. He will only be making 1200 a month from Teacher's Retirement(no check yet) now which makes it hard to make ends meet. His insurance alone will run him 300 and that doesn't include his medicine and doctor bills. He has to go to court Aug. 2nd and obviously he can't afford a lawyer. How do you all think they will calculate what he will owe? This is tough....We do want what is best for the children (4), we just don't have it to give. Will they take into consideration that he needs his medicine and insurance? (If he doesn't keep his insurance, he really will be in financial ruin.) He is currently trying to get on the transplant list.

    Thanks to All of You who try to help us.

    • ANSWER:
      wow! it must be hard for your husband, and will be on his children but I am sure the judge will take that into consideration, but he still has a responsibility with his children and no matter how little money he makes he still has to pay child support, as you say it's 4 kids and it is very hard for the custodial parent just to support them by herself. Thank God he has YOU, because I am sure you are stepping out to support your family financially and emotionally, like the saying: "for better or worse", after all that is what marriage is all about, right? when one of the partners is falling you will lean your hand to help. I wish your husband all the luck in the world, God bless him and gives you all the strenght to help him through this hard situation.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is there an illness that could simulate the effects of kidney disease in a child?
    It would have to be something that meant the child was always sickly, that would cause the kidneys to start to fail around the age of twelve, but that is eventually found to be cureable?
    Reaserch for writing.
    Thanks in advance
    It needs to be a natural disease.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not sure about any illness with natural causes but a number of medications both OTC and prescription could cause what appears to be kidney failure in children that young. These can include Tylenol, Advil, and any other medication that is excreted through the kidneys.

  3. QUESTION:
    my unborn child has polysystic kidney disease. Can anyone give me some info?
    Can anyone tell me what kind of chance my unborn son has to lead a normal life, if any?

    • ANSWER:
      I was born with polysystic kidney disease. When i was five months old, i had kidney surgery and 7/8 of my left kidney was removed. I could walk before i could sit up. Im nineteen now, Every now and then I will get side pains a popped blood vessel. but my life is pretty normal. Except for the 16" scar on my side.

  4. QUESTION:
    My unborn child has PKD Disease, does anybody known the procedure for testing at this point?
    I'm 8mths pregnant..we were told yesterday that our unborn child has Pkd disease (Polycystic kidney disease). I was wondering if anybody knows the procedure of testing at this point in time? Or if anybody is going through the same situation, How did you handle the stress?

    • ANSWER:
      Listen to anybody that answers that knows and take it to heart but first of all listen to your Dr.!!

  5. QUESTION:
    Can I have another child after being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease?
    I am 22 with two children and was just diagnosed with stage 2 chronic kidney disease. My husband and I would like to have one more child down the road but I can't find any info on this. I of course will ask my nephrologist when I see her next but thought I'd get some answers on here until then.

    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Chronic kidney disease probably requires medication -- correct? You need to find out if there is such a medication which is compatible with pregnancy. If you don't want to wait until you can talk to a doctor, try calling a 24-hour pharmacy and asking a pharmacist.

  6. QUESTION:
    what is the percentage of men to women and children with Kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      These two links will gove you more statistics about renal disease. Good luck

      Male 33,219 37,886 43,195 50,173 56,377 62,187 68,451 75,307 82,715 91,801 101,588 112,738
      Female 26,822 30,997 35,274 41,285 46,211 51,336 56,956 63,172 70,034 77,955 86,379 95,980
      Unknown

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

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

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

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

    We are open to ANY ideas!!!

    thanks :)

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

      Get Busy and GOOD LUCK

      BLESS .

  8. QUESTION:
    HOW SERIOUS IS STAGE 2 OF KIDNEY DISEASE AND IS IT POSSIBLE TO LIVE A NORMAL LIFE WITH THE DISEASE?
    ALSO IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE CHILDREN WITH KIDNEY DISEASE IF YOU ARE A FEMALE

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible to have children with kidney disease.
      Kidney disease has 4 stages, and then end stage. At stage 2 there is already kidney damage and decreased kidney function. The nature of the disease, however, is progressive but responsive to special care. The decline of the kidney's function can take several years before hitting the end stage, or failure stage. At this stage dialysis, or a transplant are the only treatments available, that can sustain life.
      At the point where you're at, you should be seeing a Nephrologist and getting as much information as possible about prolonging the lifespan of your kidneys.

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

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

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

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

    We are open to ANY ideas!!!

    thanks :)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  10. QUESTION:
    Is it dangerous to get pregnant and have a child if you have PKD (polycystic kidney disease)?
    i also wanted to ask what are the chances of my child having PKD is it 100%? i dont want to risk this burden upon a future child....

    • ANSWER:
      hiya,i also have pkd and i,ve had 2 perfectly healthy children.it isn,t dangerous getting pregnant but they do monitor you closely because of your blood pressure,which can raise during pregnancy.I also suffered with more protein and blood in my urine but they will look after you more than usual.Also they can now tell by your first detailed scan if your baby has a problem with kidneys,and i don,t no what age your pkd was detected,mine was 18 im 33 now but they told me they can,t scan my children till 18.Your chances are as good as anyones and please don,t let this stop you having children,and even if you do your children might miss the generation so they could end up not having pkd anyway.Ihop i have helped in some way.
      it would be nice to have someone to talk to about this disease because i don,t no many people with it,please get in touch with me its nice to no you are not alone with this and you can talk to someone.Good luck and please don,t worry.

  11. QUESTION:
    The last few years have shown an increasingly strong occurrence of kidney diseases in children.?
    Does this phrase sound as proper medical English?

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    Children with polycystic kidney disease?
    My son is only 7 months old...his fathers side of the family has polycysitic kidneys. My sons pediatrician refered us to miami childrens hospital...has anyone has exprience with the testing involved or if he's even too young to have it in the first place???

    • ANSWER:
      This is a great resource: http://www.baptisthealth.net/greystone/content.jsp?pageid=P01490

      What is polycystic kidney disease?
      Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is an inherited disease that affects the kidneys. Sacs of fluid (called cysts) grow in the kidneys. If too many cysts grow or if they get too big, the kidneys become damaged. The cysts may also cause pain or may get infected.

      PKD is the most common inherited disease in the United States. Children of parents with PKD have a 50% chance of getting the disease.

      How will PKD affect me?
      Most people with PKD can lead a normal life. In many people, the disease is mild and causes only minor problems. PKD is more severe in some patients and can cause kidney failure. About 60% of patients develop high blood pressure, which can be treated with blood pressure medicine. About 50% of patients with PKD have kidney failure by age 60. Dialysis (blood filtering) and kidney transplants are both effective treatments for kidney failure. PKD is generally worse in men, blacks and patients with sickle cell disease. There is also a childhood form of PKD which is usually more severe than the type that occurs in adults.

      What other organs can be hurt by PKD?
      People with PKD may also have cysts in the liver, but these cysts seldom cause problems. Heart valve problems sometimes occur. Other organs that may be affected include the brain, intestines, pancreas, ovaries and spleen. If PKD affects the brain, it can cause an aneurysm (a bulging blood vessel that can rupture).

      What are the symptoms of PKD?
      The most common symptom of PKD is high blood pressure. Other symptoms are:
      Pain in the back and side
      Blood in the urine
      Frequent kidney infections
      Not all patients will have all of these symptoms.

      How is PKD diagnosed?
      PKD is often diagnosed when a person begins to have symptoms. Symptoms most often occur in middle age.

      If you have symptoms of PKD or if you are at risk of the disease, your doctor may want you to have an ultrasound exam to look at your kidneys. An ultrasound exam provides a picture of your organs by passing sound waves through your body. An ultrasound exam can detect cysts in your kidneys. Your doctor may order an x-ray exam called CT (computerized tomography) to look for cysts in the kidney.

      Who should be checked for PKD?
      If one of your parents has PKD, you should consider having an ultrasound exam of your kidneys. If you have PKD and you also have a relative who has had a brain aneurysm, your doctor may suggest that you have a CT or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of your brain to check for an aneurysm. (MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce a picture of your brain.) If you are at high risk of an aneurysm, your doctor may suggest that you have CT or MRI of the brain every 5 years to detect an aneurysm before it causes problems.

      Is there treatment for PKD?
      No treatment is available for the cysts that occur due to PKD. If the cysts are causing symptoms, these symptoms can be treated so you will be more comfortable.

      Can PKD be diagnosed in unborn babies?
      Yes. PKD can be diagnosed in unborn babies using a test called amniocentesis (analysis of the amniotic fluid that surrounds the baby) or a test called chorionic villus sampling (examination of a small piece of the placenta). If you have PKD and you're pregnant, talk with your doctor about these procedures.

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

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

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

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

  14. QUESTION:
    Are parents required by law to take their child to doctor appointments if their child has a disease?
    State of residence is Michigan. Someone I know has a child with some disease that requires an MRI every 6 months to make sure no tumors are growing on their kidneys which is a side effect of the medicine he takes. The only place that deals with the disease is 40 miles away. (University of Michigan) Only 8 people in the US have this disease. I'm not sure of the name. The person recently lost their transportation and has no way of getting her child to their appointments anymore. They also have no way of getting new transportation in the near future. Will the state get involved for the child's safety eventually? Can the medical center turn her in? If I could help I would, but I can't.

    • ANSWER:
      I think parents are required by law to make sure their child makes it to doctors appointments especially like this one.Before the child misses an appointment maybe you could advise the parent to look into all possible options to getting the child to the doctor.
      Maybe they have some family or friends that would help.Maybe a school teacher or guidance counselor or even the school nurse would try to help if the parent told them the situation.
      If none of those things are available maybe the health insurance would be able to pay for an ambulance ride or another ride to the appointment.Maybe she could even tell the medical center about the transportation issue and they might be able to help.

      It would be a shame to have something bad happen to this child because of lack of transportation.

      good luck!

  15. QUESTION:
    Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Polycystic Kidney Disease?
    How likely is it to have both.... I know I am positive for the PCOS....but they are reading my ultrasounds for the Kidney Disease.... On Wikipedia it says this can be fatal...and many other terrible things... How many of these are true? What are some things I can do? I just really hope I don't have the Kidney Disease.. I'm an only child...and my mom is worried and I already have enough on my hands. I'm only 17 and I'm really scared..

    Thanks..

    • ANSWER:
      There are actually a few different forms of Polycystic Kidney Disease (autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive, etc).http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polycystic_kidney_disease#Genetics

      The autosomal dominant form (ADPKD) is the most common, affecting about one person in a thousand (1 in 1000, or 0.1% of the population). People with this kind of kidney disease tend to have cysts in the liver and pancreas as well, but ovarian cysts are quite different from kidney/liver/pancreas cysts. In other words, it is possible, but not likely, to have both PCOS and ADPKD.

      People with ADPKD often end up with end-stage kidney disease, and require dialysis. However, people can live for decades on dialysis, so having ADPKD is not automatically fatal. Not to mention, about a third of patients with ADPKD don't end up needing dialysis.

      Wikipedia is a very helpful resource, but depending the contributors writing them, some topics are better written than others. If you are really worried about polycystic kidney disease, I would suggest you visit the Polycystic Disease Foundation website. For example, the Q&A on ADPKD may address many of your questions:
      http://www.pkdcure.org/tabid/590/Default.aspx

      All the best.

  16. QUESTION:
    Die for your Children or Die for your Spouse?
    Your child has a kidney infection and will die if he does not get a new set of them and your wife / husband has a kidney infection and will die if she does not get set of them. Your Kidneys are the only known set that can cure either your spouse or your child's disease. You only have one set of kidneys to donate.

    Would you donate your kidney's to your spouse and let your child die?

    Would you donate your kidney's to your child and let your spouse die?

    Would you not donate your kidneys, let your child and spouse die, and yourself live?

    If you do not have both children and spouse give an answer based on if you did have children and a spouse or what you think people in this hypothetical situation should do.

    • ANSWER:
      Oooh, good question.

      I would donate in a heartbeat for my husband!

      I figure I can alway make another child but I will never find another soulmate

  17. QUESTION:
    can a kidney disease person who had ?
    someone i know had a kidney disease and she had her first child but she lost her second pregnancy at the age of 5months old due to PROM. can this also repeat again

    • ANSWER:
      PROM is generally due to infection.Apart from infection women who smoke are most at risk, and those with poor nutrition or health.
      Only your friend's obstetrician can say whether this distressing event might recur.

      What a dreadful experience to go through, I am so sorry.

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

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

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

  19. QUESTION:
    How can I find out if I have PKD(polycystic kidney disease) without the expensive genetic testing?
    For about 11 years I've had a cyst in my right kidney causing it to enlarge and a liver cyst that was once drained during my gallbladder removal a few years ago.The liver cyst has filled again and my kidney cyst causes severe pain daily.Over the years,I've had ct scans,mri's and sonograms to keep track of how large my kidney has grown.2 out of 3 doctor's(including a nephrologist from the Kidney foundation)suggests I have PKD and has told me that I now need to undergo genetic testing to verify this.I have no health insurance and there is only one income in my household.Due to the daily pain,I am so limited to activities that I can do with my two children.We are so stressed that we cannot get an answer from these "specialist" and can no longer afford any more testing or ER visits.I feel like I am alone.How can i get a diagnosis when i can not afford the testing?I've been to the"sliding scale fee" clinics(they say my husband makes too much money but fail to realise we pay bills with it).

    • ANSWER:
      Currently there is no cure for PKD, not with conventional medicine or (despite what you have been told) alternative medicine.

      Ultrasound (sonogram) is usually used to diagnose this especially when the cysts are active. Genetic testing confirms the diagnosis. CTs & MRIs can be used but are not ususally required. The extra imaging you have had may have been redundant and unneccessary. For now, get a hold of all your films, reports and labs -- you will need them. The main concern at this time is to prevent or control pain, high blood pressure and UTIs and well as find help.

      You may want to contact the Kidney Foundation and see what they suggest. Call to get an 800 number and check their website. They may have programs for someone in your situation, programs that will give you immediate help.

      My hope is that you can avoid ESRD (end-stage renal disease), kidney failure and transplant.

      I'm not certain if you are eligible for Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits through the Social Security Administration but it's something to investigate. You would need the medical information I suggested you acquire and any written physician statements you can get concerning the probable diagnosis. If I am able to find additional help for you, a grant perhaps, I will contact you if I'm able.

      God bless you and your family. You're in a very frustrating position but I'm sure there are others who will try to help. You're not alone!

  20. QUESTION:
    Reoccuring dream about having a second child.?
    For years and years I've had this reoccuring dream about having a second child, but I never had one, and I didn't want a second child because I was a single parent and taking care of one child who was ill with a kidney disease was enough. But in this dream I was happy with myself that I'd had a second one. What could this mean? I haven't had the dream in about a year.

    • ANSWER:
      if you haven't had it in a year then it sounds like you've already resolved your problem. maybe unconsciously you wanted a bigger family or atleast wanted the choice of having one instead having to be so practical, so the dream gave you a sort of a place to live out a different life, but now you are happy with your own choice

  21. QUESTION:
    Living with multiple illnesses (fibromyalgia, PKD and others). Peoples thoughts on living ......?
    with illness like these. I'm young (34) and have more health issues then someone that is 75. I find it frustrating and draining to deal with everything. I was wondering if people have some thoughts of what you can do to live with the illness i have. Below is a partial list of my illnesses:
    ~ Fibromyalgia
    ~ Polycystic Kidney Disease a.k.a (with Hypertension)
    ~ Barrett's Esophagus
    ~ arthritis
    ~ Chronic Depression
    to name a few. I also have a husband that suffers with Degenerative disc disease, my Children (13 & 10) have the PKD that they inherited from me.
    Please share your thoughts on how you Live/deal with any of the above illness.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      My personal background of chronic pain: endometriosis (have had two surgeries for it so far) and fibromyalgia (since 1995). The fibro wasn't diagnosed until 1999, and before it was i was misdiagnosed with a number of things; one of the misdiagnoses was a potentially fatal autoimmune disorder. I was 23 when that happened, and spent a good six to eight months believing that my life was going to be Shorter and More Miserable than the lives of the people around me. When i found out that what i had was Not A Fatal Condition, it was very much a life-changing event.

      I had tried a number of highly ineffective coping mechanisms, from alcohol to denial. Eventually i came to realize that this chronic pain is a hidden blessing. I know this sounds completely and totally cheesy, but hear me out.

      People like you and me have to plan out every single moment of our day. If our hands aren't working right, we wear clothes with zippers instead of buttons. That sort of thing. When we get home from being out (be it work, errands, a walk in the park, whatever), we have to choose between spending time with loved ones (or relaxing by ourselves in some fashion) and going to lie down from exhaustion.

      Sounds pretty crappy on the surface, i know. But wait for it, it gets better.

      We live our lives having to make conscious, minute-by-minute decisions regarding our quality of life. While it certainly can be a whopping huge pain in the neck sometimes, it makes us more aware of those little moments... both good and bad. It means that time spent with loved ones is a Choice, not Just Because. We =choose= the lives we have.

      I've compared notes with friends who do not have chronic pain issues, and found that most of them don't understand what it's like to truly appreciate the Little Moments in life. Moreover, they seem almost oblivious to them. This is not necessarily true of everyone who has a pain-free daily life... but it's not entirely uncommon.

      I've also learned that largely, life is what you make it. I've wasted no small amount of time moping about the daily pain that travels (and yet it just won't leave!) all over my body with no relief, no respite. I can choose to let it get to me, or i can choose to make the best of what i have. I have to fight more for the things i get, but it makes those things that much sweeter. I can choose to cry about my back going out, or i can find ways to joke and laugh about it. I can't tell you how many chiropractors i've confused by doing just that!

      I know it probably sounds hokey, and for that i apologize. But i promise you it's all true. I can only type so much before my hands hurt, and i have =chosen= to type out this huge long thing for you... that's how much it means to me. This life is full of things that we are given, and it's up to use to make the most of them. No one else is going to make our lives Worth It if we don't do it ourselves.

  22. QUESTION:
    how can you be charged with medical neglect if you sign a child out of one hospital and take him to another ?
    my son has a kidney disease and just had a transplant in december.but in july of 2004 i asked that no research be done on him and the doctors continued anyway.i took him to the hospital for an infusion and the wanted to admit him but could not give me a reason why,so i signed him out of the hospital and took him to a hospital in atlanta that had a nephrologist on call.three days later dhr was at my door and took him due to medical neglect.i thought i had the right to sign him out if i was not satisfied with the care he was recieving.it has been a year and four months since then and he is still in foster care.what can i do?

    • ANSWER:
      Please don't quote me, as I'm not a lawyer, but just giving general advice based on what I have learned.

      While you do have the right to seek medical care for your son that is satisfactory to you, your son's health comes before your satisfaction as far as the state is concerned. It is possible that the doctors at the hospital that you signed him out of assumed that you hadn't taken him elsewhere for treatment, and instead just decided to forgo treatment, in which case they would have called the state with a complaint of neglect. That to me seems the most likely possibility. It is also possible that the state decided that wherever you took your son wasn't giving him a quality level of treatment.

      The best thing you can do is to consult with a lawyer if you haven't already. There are many lawyers who won't charge you unless they take the case and go to court, and some still that will only charge you if you win your case. If you can't find a lawyer who will help you, ask one for a reference to someone who can.

      I wish you the best of luck, and hope you get this issue resolved.

  23. QUESTION:
    Adult children with cerebral palsy having renal disease complications...?
    My 23 year old son with cerebral palsy and severe developmental delays was recently diagnosed with stage III renal disease of both kidneys, according to the lab work and all their numbers. However, he shows no outward symptoms and had I not known there was anything wrong with his kidneys, I wouldn't be extremely concerned. The nephrologist told me that in chronic kidney disease, there are no symptoms when it first starts, but Monday, she called me to tell me that he is in acute renal disease with only 16% functioning, which I find very difficult to believe as he seems fine -- no swelling, no loss of appetite, no lethargy, normal muscle control, no whining, no paleness, etc. so we repeated the blood work yesterday. I pray that the results are much, much improved!

    Does anyone know of this happening with people with CP and developmental delay?

    • ANSWER:
      My husband is a type 2 diabetic. We were told 2 years ago that his numbers were close to those of your sons. With diet, meds and luck he was able to keep his numbers there. Three weeks ago he had what his MD. thought was an upper respiratory infection. After 2 days of antibiotics he was getting worse and his B/P was high. To make a long story short, he had none of the symptoms that you listed and that we were looking for. But his kidneys were failing. And this not a week after his neph told him that they were mysteriously improving! He is now on dialysis and still has no symptoms. His output is like it always was. And he is having no problems with the dialysis that we were told to look for.
      I have since learned that it is not the amount of urine but the quality of urine that is put out. So my point is that the symptoms are not always there. The numbers from the blood tests are what shows how well the kidney’s are functioning. We are doing dialysis in center right now but will begin to train to do what they call PD at home in a week.
      I have been doing research and looking for support groups online. I would be happy to pass these on to you. There are a couple with medical experts as well as a caregiver site that would help you as well. Please email me if you are interested. I hope this helps.

  24. 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.

  25. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a child with Steroid dependent, frequent relapsing, steroid responsive Nephrotic Syndrome?
    If so please answer i'd like to talk to other parents or young adults who have this rare form of Kidney disease.

    DO NOT answer if you are going to be cruel or silly as i will report you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      my nephew had it when he was younger but it went away, he was always in the hospital! He was on prednisone and a bunch of other meds! I was young when he had it but I remember the doctors always saying to watch his diet! He would swell up so much before he would get sick again!! I think he was about 9 or 10 when he out-grew it! Sorry I can't be more help! I know how stressful this disease can be! My thoughts and prayers are with you and family!
      I read that Demi Moore had it as a kid!

  26. QUESTION:
    i need help on my biology project..?
    i'm doing a project on plycistic kidney disease and i need to know a few things i can't seem to figure out. i need to know a lot about the inheritance pattern.
    - describe the genetics of the disease
    - how the disease is inherited (autosomal recessive, autosomal dominant, or sex linked)
    - how does a parent pass the disease to a child
    - identify thge chromosome associated with the disorder

    - if the disorder occurs by a non-disjunction
    - identify the chromosome
    - discuss the specific problem associated with the chromosome

    and also any frequently asked questions.
    hope someone can answer this :)

    • ANSWER:
      I think this site will answer most of the technical questions you have:
      http://www.answers.com/topic/polycystic-kidney-disease-causes-and-symptoms

      Here's a pretty comprehensive site:
      http://www.pkdcure.org/AboutPKD/AtoZGuidetoPKD/tabid/79/Default.aspx

      Here's an FAQ page:
      http://www.pkdcure.org/tabid/590/Default.aspx

  27. QUESTION:
    If you had a life threatening disease that you could pass on to your children would you still procreate?
    My significant other and I have been together for a while now, I know that he really wants to have a child. He has one from a previous marriage, but only have custody of the child 50% of the time. I know that he longs to have a child that can live with him 24/7. I am not one who ever longed for children, but I'm not 100% opposed to it, and knowing how happy it would make him, and what a good father he would be, and how happy my parents would be since I am a only child, it would be something I could see myself doing in the future.
    However, my partner, was recently diagnosed with kidney disease, his mother, aunts, and various cousins have it. They all needed to have a transplant. Sometimes with this disease you will not need a transplant, but in his family they all seem to get it to that level. Even if you don't need a transplant you still have to take medication daily.
    It is a sometimes painful disease that leaves you feeling run down and tired, medications used to slow the disease block out adrenalin and you can't feel excitement and other enjoyable emotions. While on the wait for a transplant, you need to go on dialysis, sometimes everyday, depending on how bad your condition is.
    Seeing what he goes through, and what others in his family have had to go through, makes me never want to pass that on to a child. The odds are 50% ...so they say, but with the number of people in his family that have it, I get worried. I can not imagine having to see my child go through these things, it usually comes out in the late 30's but is something you have your whole life.
    So my question is, if you had a disease like this, or any other life threatening disease, and there was a high chance of passing it on to a child, would you?
    He says, that he doesn't think he should let the disease control him, and that there is still a 50% chance the child won't get it, and that is a risk you have to take, and that there is still a chance with having a child with a problem even if you don't have one. Which I know is true, but when you know you have one, and know how hard it is to live with I don't understand being comfortable with the high possibility of passing it on to a child.
    ...Please share your thoughts, thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I would still have children. Its something that might happen, but not something that will definitely happen. You might get hit by bus driving in your car, but that doesn't stop you from driving does it? Just because a person has a disease, it doesn't make life not worth living does it? If his parents had made the same decision, he wouldn't be here.

  28. QUESTION:
    If they have children, what fraction do you expect to not be susceptible to polycystic kidney disease?
    A man and a woman both have the dominant and autosomally inherited trait of familial polycystic kidney disease. Both the man and woman are heterozygous for the disease and normal alleles. If they have children, what fraction do you expect to not be susceptible to polycystic kidney disease?

    Does this mean that if you have the dominant trait you will have the disease?

    So if you set H=disease h=normal and you do the pedigree, you get:

    HH | Hh
    --------------
    Hh | hh

    So three are dominant (one is homo, other is hetero), so these will be diseased while the recessive (hh) is normal.

    Is that correct?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes =]

  29. QUESTION:
    IS THIS A CHILD SUPPORT CASE? Help!!!!?
    My mom is disabled she has (END STAGE RENAL DISEASE, kidney failure), she has not worked since 2007. My dad made ends meets... few months ago my grandma died so my dad went back to his country for her funeral... while over there he had a heart attack, he has been very ill since then and is trying to come back as soon as he is well enough to. It has been about 4 months... I am 29 years old and I dropped out of college. I work alot to try and support my mom and 3 younger siblings... it has been hard. I needed extra help so i went down to the department of family services and applied for Food stamps and Temporary assistance for needy families. We have been receiving help from them since April. Today I open the mail and I see 2 letters from the child support division summoning both of my parents to court on on June 23. I thought child support was if theres a divorce or if the parents are separated. I don't really know what to do, im trying to get an appointment with my caseworker but she is so hard to get a hold of. I even went down to see her today and she said she was busy and to leave her my phone number she would call back. Both of my parents have worked over 10 years have paid their taxes on time... and never have asked for any type of help, they did with what they had. However, it was very difficult and we needed this help temporarily, no matter how much i worked it wasn't enough. Did i get my parents in a bigger mess? Or is this whats suppose to happen in this situation? Is this even a child support case? If you have any advice or have had a similar experience please help, I would appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      If you applied for assistance on behalf of your younger siblings and they are still minors, the state may consider your parents to be obligated to them for child support. What should have happened is that your father should have applied for disability or for assistance based on his inability to work. What you have done (apparently) if you applied for the assistance in your own name and listed them all as your dependants is to say to the state that you are providing all support to the minors in your household, and they are trying to get your parents to reimburse them for the support they're providing. Consult a lawyer and see what you can do to get it all straightened out.

  30. QUESTION:
    HELP! IS THIS EVEN A CHILD SUPPORT CASE?
    My mom is disabled she has (END STAGE RENAL DISEASE, kidney failure), she has not worked since 2007. My dad made ends meets... few months ago my grandma died so my dad went back to his country for her funeral... while over there he had a heart attack, he has been very ill since then and is trying to come back as soon as he is well enough to. It has been about 4 months... I am 29 years old and I dropped out of college. I work alot to try and support my mom and 3 younger siblings... it has been hard. I needed extra help so i went down to the department of family services and applied for Food stamps and Temporary assistance for needy families. We have been receiving help from them since April. Today I open the mail and I see 2 letters from the child support division summoning both of my parents to court on on June 23. I thought child support was if theres a divorce or if the parents are separated. I don't really know what to do, im trying to get an appointment with my caseworker but she is so hard to get a hold of. I even went down to see her today and she said she was busy and to leave her my phone number she would call back. Both of my parents have worked over 10 years have paid their taxes on time... and never have asked for any type of help, they did with what they had. However, it was very difficult and we needed this help temporarily, no matter how much i worked it wasn't enough. Did i get my parents in a bigger mess? Or is this whats suppose to happen in this situation? Is this even a child support case? If you have any advice or have had a similar experience please help, I would appreciate it.
    Thank you for all the help... let me clarify a little bit, I DID NOT APPLY FOR MY SIBLINGS... I went with my mom to help fill out the forms. Both my parents are married and are the guardians of my siblings.

    • ANSWER:
      This is a child support case if you claimed to be supporting their minor children. Child support is not just for divorced couples, whoever has custody of those kids is entitled to support.

      At this point your parents need to repay the state for the support given to you, this is also how single mothers receiving support works, the state goes after dad.

      If you do not have custody, but your mother does YOU are in trouble for welfare fraud.

      Your parents need to show up at the court and prove they are unable to repay the state for the welfare payments you received for their children.

  31. QUESTION:
    Can you still have a baby if you have taken cellcept beofre?
    I have taken cellcept for about 5 years i havnt been on it going on 4 years, i have also taken prednisone on and off for 13 years. I was born with a kidney disease and im wanting to know if i can still have a child in the future or has any of this medication done something to my body? Because prednisone did stunt my growth when i was little.

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible, although difficult. It is usually more difficult, sometimes requiring intervention to become pregnant and maintain pregnancy. I would also take your age into some consideration.
      I have heard of stories on both sides, yes were able, no were not able to.
      I would recommend logging onto a forum for Lupus (I choose that one because they can typically come off the drug, as to wear kidney transplant patients do not) or one for your specific disease that has long time users of this drug. They should have a pregnancy section, whose members will be able to give you a play by play of their stories.
      Good Luck!
      Oh you can call the drug company, sometimes they keep a registry of women who have been pregnant and the outcomes. It is not a formal study, but sometimes they keep a general list. However, I would expect the list to be on women who were on cellcept during pregnancy and not future mommies whose PMH involved Cellcept.

  32. QUESTION:
    I'm 29 w/ chronic kidney disease for 4yrs, tylenol induced liver disease 3yrs. Wil I get kidney failure?
    I recently had another kidney infection and I was wondering if I take care of myself if I will get kidney failure eventually. My infection was about 3 weeks ago and my urologist think I still may have it. If you have any exp on this please let me know. I'm a single mother of 3 children and have been very weak, tired and have lost over 50 pounds in 11 months. My last urine tests are below perhaps if you know anything about them as well.. it'd be helpful. I was also peeing blood clots brown and stringy (yucky I know). But I go next week to get an ultrasound and ct scan on my kidneys. How likely is it that I die from kidney or liver disease?

    spec gravity 1.005
    ph 8
    leukocytes 1+
    nitrates neg
    protein trace
    glucose neg
    ketones neg
    urobillnogin neg
    billirubin 1+
    blood trace

    assement 599.0

    Thanks for your help any information would be greatly appreciated.
    I recently had another kidney infection and I was wondering if I take care of myself if I will get kidney failure eventually. My infection was about 3 weeks ago and my urologist think I still may have it. If you have any exp on this please let me know. I'm a single mother of 3 children and have been very weak, tired and have lost over 50 pounds in 11 months. My last urine tests are below perhaps if you know anything about them as well.. it'd be helpful. I was also peeing blood clots brown and stringy (yucky I know). But I go next week to get an ultrasound and ct scan on my kidneys. How likely is it that I die from kidney or liver disease?

    spec gravity 1.005
    ph 8
    leukocytes 1+
    nitrates neg
    protein trace
    glucose neg
    ketones neg
    urobillnogin neg
    billirubin 1+
    blood trace

    assement 599.0

    Thanks for your help any information would be greatly appreciated.

    Okay I have had kidney disease for 4 years it was diagnosed 5/?/04. I had a kidney infection but have the disease.

    • ANSWER:
      When you said you had "chronic kidney disease for 4yrs", do you mean recurrent kidney infections? Or something else -- like being told by your doctor that you have proteins in your urine, or that your kidneys are not functioning at 100%?

      Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is actually a medical entity with a very specific set of definitions: http://www.kidney.org/professionals/kdoqi/guidelines_ckd/p4_class_g1.htm
      On the other hand, people can have recurrent urinary infections without ANY kidney disease -- their infections stay in the bladder, and never involve the kidneys themselves.

      To know whether your infections have actually done damage to the kidneys, you need blood tests (such as "creatinine" and "blood urea nitrogen") in addition to urine tests. For example, kidney failure (medically known as End-Stage Renal Disease) usually does not occur until the creatinine goes above 4 or 5 (normal being around 1). It will be very helpful if you have your blood test results.

      Finally, your urine test is consistent with a urinary tract infection, but it does not tell us whether the infection is only in the bladder, or in the kidney(s) as well.

      The ultrasound and CT scan will look at the sizes of your kidneys (kidneys damaged by severe CKD tend to be smaller), but also see if the tubes connecting the kidneys to the bladder (ureters) are stretched by stagnant urine flow.

      I'm sure you will have more questions after the scans are done. Feel free to ask more questions then.

      Good luck.

  33. QUESTION:
    My dog has Kidney Disease...any advice?
    I have just found out my four yr old choc lab has Kidney Disease, I'm heartbroken does anyone know what I could give him extra to eat on top of his KD hills food. A safe treat, something to improve his condition I just wish there was something I could do to help him, hes like my child and I'm in bits :(
    Thankyou for all the advice, my info was a little misleading my dog most probably has a tumor on his left kidney it is three times the size it should be, it is so sad because he is so young. Thanks again.

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of this depends on the staging of the renal insufficiency and any associated health problems. K/D is a good start, the lower protein levels put less stress on the kidneys.

      This articles has fantastic information on kidney disease. There is a menu on the right side that has links to any specific conditions that may be secondary to the renal problems:
      http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=572

      With proper maintenance, a good diet and attention to blood work kidney problems can be managed well for long periods of time. It's a tough diagnosis to get, but it is not longer the rapid death sentence that it was a few years ago.

      Just a note: Yes, many people have anecdotal evidence that raw diets help with a variety of problems. However, prescription diets have research to back them up. No, I don't support Hills food for a healthy pet. Prescription diets are an entirely different story. I'll go with peer reviewed science over word of mouth any day.

  34. QUESTION:
    Should We Adopt A Child?
    My husband and I have been married for two years and we have a wonderful daughter who is six months old. We are both 22 and my husband is joining the Airforce. I want to have more children but we recently found out that i have a genetic disease called polycystic Kidney disease apparently my grandmother gave it to my father who just had a transplant so i got checked out and found out there is a 50% chance that i passed it on to my daughter. My husband is very concerned about passing the disease on and so am I so we have been discussing adoption. My only concern with adoption though is that is will be stressfull for all people involved and it might be hard for my husband to connect with an adopted child while he is in the military and goes on active duty constantly. Plus I will most likely be left alone for alot of the time with the new child as well so I will have to adjust by myself on how to raise two children instead of just one with out my husbands help.
    Not to mention if we do adopt we want to adopt someone around the age of 4 so there will be more of a attachment needed for the childs adjustment.
    Does anyone think that it sounds like a good idea for our family to adopt and if so how would i apply the attention needed to my new child without depriving my daughter.

    • ANSWER:
      No. Most adopted children have special emotional needs and you should NOT adopt out of birth order. Concentrate on being a healthy Mom for your daughter. It wouldnt be fair to an adoptive child if you got sick, especially if your husband is always gone. Not a good idea at all.

  35. QUESTION:
    Medically neccesary to have my tubes tied, what are the risks and what should I know?
    I am 23 and pregnant with my 2nd child. Now and even in my 1st pregnancy I am high risk. A combination of Severe High Blood Pressure and Kidney Disease caused me to have an emergency C-section 6 weeks early with my 1st. Now I am facing the same ill symptoms and test levels as I did before. Becuase these are health conditions that are present when not pregnant it is not sfe for me to take any kinds of birth control. So not only did I want but my doctor suggested getting my tubes tied. I dont know much about this procedure and every appointment I have its always so busy testing my levels and worring about my conditions and the baby there isnt enough time to talk about this procedure. Anyone who has information on the procedure, risks, and other info on it please help me.

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor is right in advising you against further pregnancies as the problems you have can put your life in real danger during, before or after a childbirth.

      However, if you do not wish to go in for tubal ligation, then what about your partner/husband? Can he help you by getting his vasectomy done, which is an easier procedure and less complicated.

  36. QUESTION:
    HELP!! Blue cross blue shield unfairly denied my child?
    I applied for health coverage for my 5 year old daughter. She has had some urinary tract infections over the last year. She has had probably 5-6 infections and prescribed antibiotics to clear them up. She went to see a urologist who COMPLETELY cleared her of any abnormalities of her kidneys or bladder. He said it was normal for girls her age to get them and probably due to hygiene. She had medicaid at this time and now we do not qualify for medicaid or chips. I applied for health insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and she was denied for her urinary tract infections. She is NOT SICK! nor does she have any disorder or disease. She is a perfectly healthy child. Is this unfair and wrong or is her denial normal? I want to file a complaint against them....how would i go about doing that? Please help me, my daughter cannot go without health insurance because children get sick.

    • ANSWER:
      If she had 5-6 urinary tract infections within a year, I'm not surprised that BCBS would question that during the underwriting process.

      Did you or the urologist send a copy of her medical records for BCBS to review? If not, then you may want to inquire whether the underwriting department will review her medical records and reconsider their decision. (Does not guarantee that they will take her this time, of course...just that they might review medical documentation from the urologist, if none was provided to them initially.)

      However, if BCBS has already reviewed her medical records from the urologist, then there isn't much you can do. They based their underwriting decision based on the information provided by the doctor, and apparently your daughter didn't meet their criteria.

      The insurance company does have the right to turn her down for an individual policy, based on information in her medical history.

      You can check with other insurers, who might have more relaxed criteria for acceptance on an individual policy. Keep in mind that you'll likely pay a higher premium due to her recent history of UTIs.

      Also, if you get a job that comes with medical benefits, they would have to accept her. Group health insurance policies through an employer cannot use medical history to deny an otherwise eligible dependent. (There are different rules and regulations for employer/group policies vs. policies that you would purchase on your own.)

  37. QUESTION:
    To all Christians, if you truly believe that we are all born into sin at birth then why have children?
    I mean seriously if we are the worthless sinners that you say we are and we are all doomed then why would you bring a child onto this earth? You have no way of knowing if that child will grow up to be a Christian, he/she could grow up to be atheist or Buddhist. It's not like you have to populate the earth as it is over populated. Why not adopt or feed the children of the world that are already here? If you truly believe what you preach then why bring innocent children into a life of sin?

    I had a co-worker who believed this way and also had a genetic kidney disease. He not only had children but sentenced then to a life of kidney replacements and anti-rejection drugs. They all died young. When I asked him how he could live with himself he told me it was God's will.

    • ANSWER:
      Sin is imperfection. Nobody is perfect. Love is unconditional.

  38. QUESTION:
    Is this emotional child abuse and what can I do about it?
    My son has a chronic illness. He has kidney disease. Because of his symptoms, renal bleeding, fevers, kidney infections, and severe pain, he has missed alot of school. Within the last few months, we have been visited about a dozen times by a local truant officer. She has also pulled my son away from class at school, pulled him away from his lunch. Threatened him with having CFS taking him away from us, threatening him with his parents going to jail, also telling him that he is not sick, that he is faking everything and tried to get him to sign a paper stating that. She has also told him that it is his fault that she is getting in trouble with her boss, and that his mom suffers from Muchausen by proxy and needs to be institutuionalized. Also the day after he came home from the hospital after actually going into kidney failure, this truant officer shows up at the door and demands he be at school, again accusing him of faking it.Can I have her charged with emotional child abuse.
    We met with the school officials before we moved here. They assured us that they would work with us. We have given documentation, letters from the doctors etc... They have never even offered tutors, programs or anything. The principal is well awarfe of what is going on. He actually has even defended her actions. We have gone through hell and are trying to use the system but it seems to be failing us. The only other solution we think now is possibly the court system. I have talked with her supervisor who claims we are the first to complain, yet, we have spoken to at least a dozen other parents who have also had similar problems. she is employed by the county, it is called an "attendance assistance program"for the schools. It cares nothing for the sick choildren or their education. It's only purpose is to get kids in the classroom so the schools can collect their state money.

    • ANSWER:
      something isn't right here. a friend of mine has a child with a disability and misses a lot of school....this never happens to her child. how can this happen if your son is sick? report this person. if your child is this sick, this is all documented by the school....i just don't see how this is happening.

  39. QUESTION:
    what are my chances of having kidney disease?
    I have type 1 diabetes for 20 years, with a history of hyperglycemias (400s and 500s),
    history of UTIs as a child and even in the past 4 years a few bladder infections,
    past 2 years with other microvascular problems (advanced retinopathy),
    high blood pressure about 2 years ago (nearly on-going for a year) but not currently.

    Just because I have (had) these risk factors, could there still be a good chance that I have NO kidney damage? Or am I most likely soon, if not now, to expect a diagnosis of kidney malfunction? I've been very obsessed with this idea lately, and am doind everything I can to prevent it. (My blood test results should be revealed this week, so that should indicate whether or not, though I do want to hear what other people think)

    • ANSWER:
      Since you have had microvascular changes in your retina then there is a good chance similar changes are occurring throughout your body not just in your kidney. I would wait since only your blood tests are going to be factual.

  40. QUESTION:
    Is it illegal to send a bulk email genuinly asking for a bill due to horrible financial status?
    Ok, I am in a horrible financial bind right now. I just lost my job and literally am close to being homeless. I just received my first eviction notice from the sheriff due to not being able to make last months rent. I have only been out of work 60 days but lived paycheck to paycheck anyway. I have no family to help me out, already asked two friends for help, which was so horribly embarrassing. But, like myself and millions of others in the world, they are lucky to be surviving as well. To top it off I lost my health insurance which scares me more than a roof over my head due to having crohns disease. My question is this, is it illegal to send a sincere email to as many people I can, probably bulk emails, I don't know, asking for a .00 donation. I am not lying about anything in return but my appreciation. Im not going to die if I don't get the money for a heart transplant, kidney, child's surgery, funds to help pay for trying to find a kidnapped child, or any other fraud chain letter. Im not feeling sorry for myself, cause I know how many others have it worse. I will continue to look for work everyday, all day, until i find it. Bottom line is, what do I have to lose by just asking. I just don't want to do something that is illegal or considered a scam or fraud. Hell, odds are no one will send me a penny and I will most likely get more harassing emails than anything. Please help me out with the answer to this question. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Listen, Billyboy, I know times are hard and I am sorry you lost your job.
      But, come on, think about this.
      Yes, if you send out unsolicited mail to people who do not want it and did not ask for it, you are sending out spam. That is not good, and in many places it IS illegal. Asking for money is hardly the way you want people to see you no matter how low you are, and it IS embarrassing and demoralizing. I think your time can be MUCH better spent off the computer, and actually pounding the pavement looking for a job, any job at all. Even one you think does not pay well. Just a little money is SO MUCH better than NO money! And making a little money while you continue to look for a better paying job should help you to stay in a place with a roof over your head. Go do it!

  41. QUESTION:
    Web Designer Needed, Pro or Amature?
    PLEASE HELP. There is a family at my son's school who have two young children with a life threatening kidney disease. The oldest (8) is the most seriously ill. She will need a kidney (donated by mom) very soon. The other child will eventually need one as well (from dad). They will both need 2-3 kidneys in a lifetime b/c it uncurable. The family has recently been evicted and is on medicaid. Parents & the church have donated time & money to help them. They do have 1 thing that will keep them going, a boutique in a tourist area, its only open a couple of time a week b/c they are in the hospital 4 days a week for treatment. They were hoping to get a webpage for the store & a fundraiser to bring in some sales to raise money for the transplant (,000 each). I was hoping a web designer would donate there time and help this family. It would be greatly appreciated!! See link to news article. Please email if willing.
    http://www.gtowntimes.com/Search/Article/Gabriella-needs-a-kidney2008-03-03T07-27-33

    • ANSWER:
      I know a site that might be what you are looking for. I might even be able to do it, but I can't make any guarantees. Check out the e-mail address on my profile if you want help. I also doubt we can meet face to face. This is the site I was talking about in the first place:
      http://www.hyperlinkz.com/
      The owner of this site is also on answers some of the time. He gave me some good advice.

  42. QUESTION:
    Landlord's legal right to limiting personal property purchases in California (Disabled child involved)?
    My husband and I moved into a very large home with my daughter and her husband 3 years ago because my grandson (age 6) was born with kidney disease and has a need for lots of care. He also has immune deficiency so he is home schooled and we limit his contact with the public. We chose the house we are in because it was more than enough to accommodate two families under one roof and it sits on nearly an acre lot which provides are little guy lots of room in the outdoors. He doesn't have the luxury of playground play with friends, parks, etc so this was a perfect setting.

    We have been perfect tenants~ always pay our rent on time, have made many improvements to the delight of our landlord.

    We lived here for 3 years and had a trampoline. The trampoline was provided for my grandson mainly to help him get maintain good muscle tone and his doctors said it was working. With the exception of some cousins, no other children visit. But the landlord asked us to remove it because the insurance company made a spot check and excluded trampolines. I understood, so we promptly removed it and promised our little guy something in it's place.

    My husband put up a basketball hoop. She wanted it down because it was affixed to the house. We told her we would putty and repaint but she was adamant. We didn't fight her and agreed agreeably.

    So we thought about a free standing basketball set-up but in our looking, we ended speaking with a Manager at Home Depot who had heard of our little guy's issue's and they want to donate him a complete swing set with slide and a "look out" platform as well as install it safely with rubber bark and such. We were very excited but our landlord once again has taken the wind out of our sail. Even Home Depot promised that when we moved, they would donate the lawn to repair the "site".

    It has nothing to do with her insurance company, just her. She is concerned about the grass and "what if he falls and hurts himself?" I told her that since the trampoline was removed, he has reverted to the "trees" of which he can fall out of and really hurt himself. At least safety measures were going to be installed under the play set. And the yard isn't a well groomed "yard" by any means. It is more "field".

    He is cooped up at home most of his life with the exception of hospital stays, sometimes a month at a time. Even though I know we can't fight her on this even if she isn't with in her rights (because she would make life difficult) I just want to know what our rights are. I don't need anyone's rude remarks. I already received several on my other post in a different area of this forum.

    So can landlords dictate personal property purchases if there are no CC&R's in place?

    Thank you for a thoughtful answer. I have never rented before.

    To the one who told me on a previous post to go "buy my own house":
    I would love to buy my own property. But we sold our home so we could pay for medical expenses and the continued share of cost of 0K+ annual medical bills instead of relying on tax payer dollars. So kudo's to you and your inconsiderate answer.

    To the ones who read into this that I am a free babysitter, as did the person on my previous post:
    What is wrong with you people? This child is on a feeding machine and must be tended to every 2 hours. Family should be available before bringing in state paid nursing. Family should be caring for family as no stranger can do. Do you people lack family obligation? Thanks for your inconsiderate answer too.
    I did read my lease. There is no mention of "anything" regarding trampoline's or play equipment, basketball hoops, etc. It only states we cannot make modification to the structure- painting, etc without permission. We agreed to the trampoline take down only because it was an insurance issue and we understood. So that is why I am confused.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, what we have here is the result of the greedy people in our country
      suing other people, companies etc etc for every little thing to make "free money".
      Your landlord is PARANOID.
      I see it all the time. Everyone who owns anything in this country is a target for getting sued.
      My boss constantly does( because he owns many properties).

      Although your not the type to do this, your a victim( and the little guy) of our system and the people
      who ruined it for the innocent.

      This is why Europe and the rest of the world, laugh at our judicial system. We can sue anyone for anything.
      Unreal!

      Hope it all works out for you. I wouldn't fight it and cause more grief, but I would keep trying to talk to them. Maybe a contract saying there would be no law suit if something happens due to a fall from anything you put in the yard?
      maybe they would do that?

      Good luck, I think you'll overcome whatever gets thrown your way.What else could go wrong?
      so sad(-:

  43. QUESTION:
    How long can my 2 yr. old pitbull live with Kidney Disease?
    I just found out my pitbull Ralphie has kidney damage. His BUN was 111 now its 72 and that's after one month of Hills K/D. I'm actually making his meals now with rice, veggies and k/d wet mixed in. He is only 2 yrs. old but was a rescue. I just would like to know if I can plan on him being around eight or more years. I will do whatever it takes for him to be happy and healthy, he is my whole world. Do you think my diet for him will work?? I found out his Hills dry food was 12% protein and that seems too high. Please help, he is my child and would like him to get better. Thanks
    Yes he has been going to my veterinarian. His energy is great and he is not vomiting or having diarrhea. His Creatinine is at 9.0 and from my understanding is supposed to be between .4 and 1.4. His phosphorus is 9.7 and should be between 2.1 and 6.8. So both are way too high.

    • ANSWER:
      Well the BUN is going down and that's a good thing. Are the Creatinine and Phosphorus decreasing as well? Both of those numbers are more indicative of kidney function than the BUN. Many times the BUN will be increased in dogs that are fed really high protein diets. So you need to look at the rest of the blood work.

      Lifespan depends on several factors. Renal disease in young animals can is usually from congenital factors or environmental factors. If it is caused from congenital factors then the lifespan will most likely be decreased. In this is an environmental factor cause, then the renal disease will get better as long as the cause is removed and the dog is treated properly. However the kidney damage is already there. Kidneys do not regenerate like the liver does. Once there is kidney damage there will always be kidney damage. By feeding a low (but high quality) protein diet and sometimes medication will help the kidneys work more efficiently which will decrease further damage. Hill's K/D and other therapeutic diets have been specially formulated for renal failure. They really do a good job keeping the damage in check.

      Your dog should have routine blood work and urinalysis to check the progression of the damage. Sometimes x-rays and ultrasound will be recommended.

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

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

  45. QUESTION:
    do you have to stay in hospital with a kidney infection?
    If someone had a kidney infection and was in a great deal of pain, and they have had one before as a child, would they have to stay in hospital over night, or would they be discharged with antibiotics?
    Also, with a family history of kidney diseases.

    • ANSWER:
      A simple urinary tract infection can be treated with oral antibiotics. But if a UTI is left untreated, or if it is not treated correctly, the infection could spread to the kidneys. Kidney infections are more dangerous, more difficult to treat, and often require hospitalization and IV antibiotics.

  46. QUESTION:
    My child suffers from Anxiety, bipolar, depression, panic attacks, suicide attempt. Help please?
    I have a 20 year old daughter who lives with me. She can not provide for herself. Her situation has been severe for going on 6 years. She suffers from anxiety, depression, panic attacks, fainting spells, loss of time, bipolar disorder, thinks people are staring at her when i tell her they are not, does not want to go places, "social bloopers", nonexistent social life, yells and blows up about small things, faints when she gets too mad/sad etc, says things that are inappropriate, sleeps about only 2 hours a day, she is bright and intelligent! but all these things happen over and over. She says she hates herself and hates living but does not want to kill herself because she knows we (her family) will be sad. She attempted suicide (took a bottle of pills) 2 years ago, i feel like a bad mother because at the hospital they tried to send her to another city to put her in some locked away hospital but i convinced them not to take her she is my daughter she is my baby i told them i would take care of it but now 2 years later is has only gotten worse and now since december i notice now when she gets slightly bothered about something & i pass by her room i hear thumping noises i ask is everything okay and she says yeah. i come in and she's just sitting on the bed. i have been hearing the thumping noises it its very hollow but loud. So the last time instead of warning her/ asking is everything okay i just threw the door open when i hear the noises and she is sitting on the bed with her teeth clenches, fists balled tight and hitting herself on the sides of her head. I could have passed out from sadness and hurt from seeing her do this to herself. there are random days when she is extremely tough and things she is the best in the worlds then will go search for a job, get the jobs then quits after 3 hours, or gets it but soon after does not knows if she was fired then i look into it and people at her job tells me that her boss told her she is not firing her but he thinks she should leave, its so weird. Everything is weird. Her behavior is weird. She takes 4 different medicines, 1 is for medicine.

    My first question is: why has not things changed even though i make sure she takes her medicine daily. Her behavior is still the same and she still also only sleeps from 8am to 11am.

    My second question is: I take her to an office in are city that handles mental cases but is there a type of "specialist" for her case? Is there a name of a type of person who helps with things like her case.

    My third question is: i applied her for social security disability on her behalf at the beginning of the year. Then on august 4th she went to some pre-sheduled appointment for a mental exam. How long before they make a denial or approval for her disability claim?

    My fourth question is: I only go to work for a few hours, im on limited income because of my kidney disease. I was wondering if she gets approved since i am her mother do i have the right to take some of the money to hire a specialist for her situation or does the disability office do that?

    Last question: Could there be a mis diagnosis, another diagnosis or a known reason for head banding, or something i can do for the head banging she has been doing for the past 8 or more months?

    I am exhausted but hopeful, I read stories all the time of people that get through this and get well. I want her to finish college and be happy most of all, but i am just not getting any answers and the place she goes do now only switches medicines and i am fed up. And this is my niece's yahoo account but you can email her with any suggestions she will tell me.

    I live in Georgia by the way.
    i meant she is on 4 medicines and one of them is for sleeping
    Some times i try to force her to eat but she will not and will loose around 15 to 20 pounds. Sometimes she does eat but it is only chocolate/cookies candies and she will gain it back. It is DRAMATIC weight loss and weight gain. Sometimes she weigh around 120 sometimes around 150 it is always different. she can gain 15 pounds in 2 weeks. then loose it all right back off.

    • ANSWER:
      "why has things not changed even though I make sure she takes her medicine daily?"

      Sounds like she needs to be re-evaluated. She is not on the right medication. It is very likely that she is being misdiagnosed, or not treated for all of her illnesses. You need to schedule an appointment with a different psychiatrist & have her re-evaluated.

      "I take he to an office in our city that handles mental cases, but is ther a type pf specialist for her case?"

      She should see a psychiatrist who can evaluate her & give her the needed tests to evaluate whatever disorders she may have. tell them about you giving her the medicatio & it's not helping her. be sure to inform the doctor of all of the behaviors that you've listed here.

      "I applied for her social security disability on her behalf at the beginning of the year. How long before they make a denial or approval for her disability claim?"

      The time it takes to get approved/disapproved varies. It took me one month, but it could take somebody else longer. They have to evaluate her history, contact her docotrs, & evaluate the seriousness of her disability. (based on my experience she will be appproved) Keep in mind she will get pain sine the time she applied, & will get full medical benefits.

      "Do I have the right to take some of the money to hire a specialist for her situation or does disability office do that?"

      You can be her power of attorney if she is unable to make an informed decision. Yes, you do have the right to take some of the money to help support her, as well as for her care. Just inform the SSA of this. You won't need money to pay for a specialist though as she will get full medical in which you could have it covered.

      "Could there be a misdiagnosis, another diagnosis, or a known reason for head banding, or something I can do for the head banging she has been doing for the past 8 or more months?"

      I had a friend who was bipolar that use to hit himself until he passed out. The psychiatrist will evaluate her & determine if she has any other disorder or misdiagnosis. but, it's important for you to take her for a second opinion. She may need treatment in a hospital or facility at some point to get her on the proper medication, and to get a proper diagnosis. If you feel as though you can't deal with it anymore, or you just don't know how to help her, ask the psychiatrist what they would recommend. if she becomes a danger to herself or others she really needs a higher level of care than what you can give her.

      Well, I hope all of this helps. feel free to e-mail me if you have any further questions. I will do what I can to help. I have a child that is on disability for mental illness, so I can relate. Goodluck to you both!

  47. QUESTION:
    Re:Chronic Kidney Disease?
    About a week ago I asked questions about Chronic Kidney Disease. I get the urine results back and it did test positive for Urinary tract, having to do with Kidney's...Chronic Kidney Disease still a possibility. Here is my past question: I am 14 years old. I have been researching Chronic Kidney Disease on WedMd and I've had some of the symptoms. Such as lots of headaches, not feel hungry, nauseated.....I've been to the doctors twice. Only one of them a urine sample was taken. There has been some often occuring Urinary sicknesses on and off. Very uncomfortable. Anyone know anything useful. My mom says that it's nothing, and has been putting it off. We don't have insurance...so? The doctor suggested Texas Children's hospital to get some tests done such as Ultrasound. If you have any information, or other diseases with such Symptoms, please answer this question, thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Honey I'm a nurse and kidney infections are very common. Especially if your sexually active. When the urine test came back what did it reveal? There must be a free clinic somewhere where you live. Your mother has to be able to get you insurance threw the state If you are unable to get on one or your parents. Get a full physical including a pap test and blood work w/ a CBC w/ Diff. I'm sure your just fine.

  48. QUESTION:
    Chronic Kidney Disease?
    I am 14 years old. I have been researching Chronic Kidney Disease on WedMd and I've had some of the symptooms. Such as lots of headaches, not feel hungry, nauseated.....I've been to the doctors twice. Only one of them a urine sample was taken. There has been some often occuring Urinary sicknesses on and off. Very unconfortable. Anyone know anything useful. My mom says that it's nothing, and has been putting it off. We don't have insurance...so? The doctor suggested Texas Children's hospital to get some tests done such as Ultrasound. If you have any information, or other diseases with such Symptoms, please answer this question, thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I have Polycystic Kidney Disease and I am on dialysis. You are very young and your doctor should be checking your protein levels because you say you have headaches and don't feel hungry at times. You are nauseous because your kidneys are possibly shutting down since they are not able to rid your body of toxins. Taking a urine sample does not tell the whole story. You may need a complete CT scan to see what's going on with your kidneys. If you do indeed have a kidney problem, Medicaid will be able to assist you. Kidney disease has a lot of other symptoms, but because you have headaches, you may want to check your blood pressure more frequently, since high blood pressure is a side effect of kidneys not working properly. Go to a good urologist. Don't hesitate. In the meantime, eat cranberries or drink the juice.

  49. QUESTION:
    My poop won't come out?
    I know this question is a little stupid and this is some what embarrassing for me but I really don't know what else to do.

    Okay, so, I basically have to poop but it won't come out. At first, I sat on the toilet for like, an hour pushing to get it out but it just would not come out. A tiny bit would come out. And that was it. And all the pushing makes my legs feel insanely weak. My stool isn't very hard at all right now, it's actually a little watery(just a little).
    What do I do??!?!? I just want this log out of me already!!
    I have some powdered miralax with me but I read the drug facts on it and it said that I shouldn't use if I have kidney disease. Which kind of scared me cause I had a few problems with my kidney as a child. And honestly I just don't wanna take it, it smells horrible.

    Could it be what I've been eating the past week? Now that I think about it, I haven't been drinking much water at all. Mostly coke. Could this be a contributing factor?

    Please help me out in my time of need. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Stop drinking so much pop. It's awful for you and junk food does contribute to health issues.
      Take some fibre.

  50. QUESTION:
    I have severe Lupus SLE and Kidney disease, is there any programs that will dissolve my student loans?
    I was a teacher for eight years until I got sick with stage 2 of 4 kidney disease from my Lupus SLE. I had to leave that job that I loved because of so many reasons. Well I decided after my symptoms got under control some that I would find another profession that would allow me to help children. So for two years I have been earning a Masters in professional counseling, God willing I will graduate this fall. However I have debt still from my fist degree and now the masters. All I want to do is help children but with the degree I will have I will not be making much. Most of my money will go to health up keep. I don' even have a car or house anymore. I gave up my care and now share an apt with a roommate. My symptoms are worse at times and better others. However I am in so much debt with student loans I don't know what to do. If anyone has any ideas, or experience with this please let me know. It is hard I was a good student both times and will graduate in the fall with honors and a bill that I can not pay.
    For those who said I should have thought about this before I went into debt. I thought I was going to always be a teacher. Do you know what I got when I got sick, was so sorry, we have to take your health insurance because you have a preexisting disease. I used my money to help get my student what they needed and in return I was told I was an excellent teacher, but now that you have a chronic illness so sorry..... It so easy to tel some one to go get a job, or why did you do something when you are not in the situation. Kidney disease is not fun or easy. I have worked my whole life. Think before you speak, because it could be you who could be loosing everything, life does not recognize last names, race,or gender.

    • ANSWER:
      My sister has cerebral palsy and she attended college on and off for about 20 years( I guess she was bored). In that time she racked up about ,000 worth of school debt and was unable to pay it. She called her loan companies (the people who funded her tuition) and explained to them her situation and the sent her some papers to fill out, it think it's called a Permanent Disability Waiver. Her doctor also had to verify that she was disabled, so they have forgiven about ,000 of the debt but the only catch is that she is not supposed to work for the next 2 or 5 years (not sure). If she starts even a part-time job she will have to pay the money back. I pray this helps you and good luck, and get well!


Disease Kidneys Symptoms

Have you been diagnosed with a kidney disease? This can be a very difficult time for you and can be extremely depressing. When you are told you have kidney disease you are told that there is a good chance that you may have to go on dialysis and eventually look into a kidney transplant. Neigher of these options are something to look forward to and it seems at times like there is really nothing you can do about it.

I was just diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease at the beginning of december. I was also told that my kidneys had scar tissue on them as well. At the time my kidneys were operating at 30% and I had no symptoms of anything that was wrong. I am in my late 20's and honestly felt that I had no reason to constantly go to the doctor or get regular check ups.

The reason I found out I had a kidney issue is that I just wanted to have my blood pressure checked since its been years. It turns out my blood pressure was 236/120 and the doctors went crazy wondering how I was still alive! I again still had no symptoms and had no idea what the big fuss was about. They told me the level of blood pressure had enlarged my heart and after doing blood tests they noticed my kidneys were not operating as they should.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Kidney Disease questions?? Can the symptoms kidney disease be similar to mono symptoms?
    Can the symptoms kidney disease be similar to mono symptoms?
    Can is cause you to miss a period?
    Does it have some of the same symptoms of pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      Infectious mononucleosis is caused by epstein-Barr virus and usually you get fever, fatigue, etc. This type of symptoms are also associated with kidney failures as well. Also, anytime your body has a malfunction (an issue with an organ) or a change (such as pregnancy) often time you will get a fever. So, some of the symptoms associated with pregnancy mononucleosis can have the similar properties as kidney issues.

      If you get pain while you pee or if you have heavy cramps after a good night sleep (in the morning right out of the bed) I think you may have kidney issue. Also, you should pay attention to the color of your urine. For now drink a lot of water and DO NOT take a lot of pain medications such as Tylenol because it is bad for your kidney.

      If you are not feeling well and you think you may have kidney issues, please go a hospital as soon as possible. Sometimes when you act fast, docs can prevent further complications.

      Get well soon.

  2. QUESTION:
    kidneys, last summers fall cause symptoms of kidney disease?
    last summer i fell pretty hard on my side, i never went to the doctor directly for it, but thought i might of broke a rib or something and was in pain for a long time. I had a hard time breathing right after the fall. now I'm fatigued that area is bothering me again, my ankles swell and my body is very achy. could it be my kidneys or some kind of kidney disease

    • ANSWER:

  3. QUESTION:
    What are some symptoms of kidney disease?
    When should you decide to call a doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Changes in Urination
      Swelling in legs, ankles, feet, face, and/or hands.
      Fatigue
      Skin Rash/Itching
      Metallic Taste in Mouth/Ammonia Breath
      Nausea and Vomiting
      Shortness of Breath
      Feeling Cold
      Dizziness and Trouble Concentrating
      Leg/Flank Pain

      If you have 3 or more symptoms, that's when you should call a doctor.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of kidney disease and what are the thing or ways to prevent it?

    • ANSWER:
      Sympstoms
      1.Changes in Urination
      Kidneys make urine, so when the kidneys are failing, the urine may change. You may have to get up at night to urinate. Urine may be foamy or bubbly. You may urinate more often, or in greater amounts than usual, with pale urine.
      You may urinate less often, or in smaller amounts than usual with dark colored urine. Your urine may contain blood. You may feel pressure or have difficulty urinating.

      2: Swelling
      Failing kidneys don't remove extra fluid, which builds up in your body causing swelling in the legs, ankles, feet, face, and/or hands.

      3: Fatigue
      Healthy kidneys make a hormone called erythropoietin (a-rith'-ro-po'-uh-tin) that tells your body to make oxygen-carrying red blood cells. As the kidneys fail, they make less erythropoietin. With fewer red blood cells to carry oxygen, your muscles and brain become tired very quickly. This condition is called anemia, and it can be treated.

      Prevention:
      Keep your blood pressure below 130/80. Learn to check your blood pressure at home.
      If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar as close to normal as possible. Your doctor will want you to check your blood sugar several times each day.
      Maintain a healthy weight. This can help you prevent other diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
      Maintain healthy levels of fats (lipids), such as cholesterol and triglycerides.
      Do not smoke or use other tobacco products. Smoking can lead to atherosclerosis, which reduces blood flow to the kidneys and increases blood pressure.

  5. QUESTION:
    Kidney disease symptoms?
    I've been recently losing a lot of hair, is it possible that it's a symptom of kidney disease? I ask because I'm a type one diabetic, and I got testing a few weeks ago and my doctors think I could have kidney disease. So I was just wondering.

    • ANSWER:
      Changes in Urination
      Swelling
      Fatigue
      Skin Rash/Itching
      Metallic Taste in Mouth/Ammonia Breath
      Nausea and Vomiting
      Shortness of Breath
      Feeling Cold
      Dizziness and Trouble Concentrating
      Leg/Flank Pain

  6. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of kidney disease but not kidney disease?
    my father has all the symptoms for kidney disease like kidney stones however he has done all the test however the show no signs that he has this disease but he still has the symptoms what could be the cause of these symptoms. plz no jokes jus answer if you can't then plz do not say nothing. thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Saying all the symptoms of kidney disease probably won't be appropriate.
      He may be having Urinary Tract Infection or Prostatic hypertrophy. What is his age?
      All the best for your father!

  7. QUESTION:
    The symptoms of kidney disease?
    What are the symptoms that cause the necessary of dialysis or kidney transplant?
    A 25 male, had no particular symptoms of the disease until he went to hospital to do routine blood analysis.....etc and the doctors said that he had kidney failure.please help.

    • ANSWER:
      I am a 30yr old male who just was released from the hospital with acute renal failure (kidneyt failure)
      My kidneys failed completely, and for 3 weeks stayed that way. I was on dialysis, blood pressure medications.. etc. It was scary and painful (for me). -- Some say there is no pain involved. I tend to disagree, at least with acute kidney failure.

      Anyhow -- there are MANY symptoms.. I can tell you that you generally will not get even half of them. But I will tell you the main ones I experienced, and list others just to be thorough.

      Of course kidney failure is diagnosed from your creatinine levels rising. The move from 1.x to 2.x is crucial, and 2-4 is where big problems generally start occurring. Mine went to about 9 before the kidneys started to function again. (this was with dialysis).

      You can have what is referred to as "flank pain" -- Pain on your sides, lower back, in the general kidney area -- Just below the ribcage.

      I experienced some of this, but not alot.

      Edema or swelling is another sure sign of kidney failure. It is usually most pronounced in your ankles, hands, and in my case my face. (I had more swelling in my face, esp. around the eyes than any other place)

      The inability to urinate is a sure sign,.. or more likely urinating much less than normal. You can even have the urge to urinate much more frequently but not alot of volume.

      Discoloration of urine -- usually darker, but it can be pale as well. Confusing I know.

      With me, my output of urine was lower than it should be (I had I.V. fluids and a catheter.. they would then be able to measure exactly fluid intake vs. output). After most of the tubes were removed my urine output spiked, much more than normal, and after about a week of this my kidneys took the turn towards 'recovery'.

      Nausea is a big one, was for me. At the beginning I threw up , then was simply nauseated for days. After that passed some, my appetite was very low, and foods would increase the stomach pain and nausea. It passed with time.

      Dehydration is very common as well... as is dry mouth.

      Weight loss -- although you can gain an incredible amount of weight if your body is collecting fluid as well.

      Your electrolytes (the salts in your body) are regulated via the kidneys. Hence, with failure, these levels are not in balance. Which is dangerous. It can be so dangerous you can be on the verge of heart attack because of calcium/potassium imbalances, or simply have muscle cramps.

      Shortness of breath -- Or feeling the need to cough when you breath in deeply. This is fluid accumulating on the lungs. (Happened to me, and I used a spirometer religiously to keep from acquiring pneumonia.

      The following definitely occurred to me:

      # Feeling tired and/or weak
      # Memory problems
      # Difficulty concentrating
      # Dizziness

      These are usually because your red blood cells are not being produced in an adequate manner, yet another thing controlled by your kidneys via erythropoietin. Which causes Anemia.

      I was extremely tired and weak (and still am regaining strength) :) -- I had exaggerated memory problems, poor concentration, and just basic neurological and cognitive difficulties.

      Another symptom I had was low blood pressure in the beginning.. followed by a sudden (after about 4-5 days of onset of failure) - increase in blood pressure.

      Literally one day my blood pressure was 98/60 and the next it was 210/125. Scared me! I wasn't sure if the pressure would ever go back to normal.

      I had intense headaches, and was pumped full of every blood pressure medication they had (so it seemed) -- some Oral, some I.V.

      Funny thing is, none of the BP medication did anything to lower the insanely high Blood Pressure I had.

      I had this blood pressure for about a week and a half, and then just as it came.. overnight it switched back to normal. When it switched back to normal was when my Creatinine levels finally dropped for the first time on their own...without dialysis. -- From there the kidneys got better every day. For no rhyme or reason. They virtually act like they have an on/off switch.

      I learned the kidneys control SO much more than just filtering blood and producing Urine.

      The doctors most likely have determined some level of kidney failure from elevated Creatinine from your Blood work/labs.

      You are very young , as was I, to have this occur -- and I cannot say if yours is an acute or chronic type of failure. Though I do know constant high blood pressure or diabetes can cause slow and steady kidney failure.

      If you have none of these conditions, then perhaps it is an acute failure of some sort that can be resolved rather quickly.

      They generally start you on dialysis when it is evident that your kidneys aren't functioning enough to filter your blood adequately. The Nephrologists will determine this quickly.

      From there, depending on if it looks like a long-term, or short-term dialysis treatment schedul

  8. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      You may start to have symptoms only a few months after your kidneys begin to fail. But most people do not have symptoms early on. In fact, many do not have symptoms for as long as 30 years or more. This is called the "silent" phase of the disease.

      How well your kidneys work is called kidney function. As your kidney function gets worse, you may:

      Urinate less than normal.
      Have swelling from fluid buildup in your tissues. This is called edema.
      Feel very tired or sleepy.
      Not feel hungry, or you may lose weight without trying.
      Often feel sick to your stomach (nauseated) or vomit.
      Have trouble sleeping.
      Have headaches or trouble thinking clearly.

      If you are having this, you will need treatment.

      Treatment can be
      Hemo-dialysis,
      Peritoneal dialysis or even
      a kidney transplant.

      Talk to your healthcare provider.

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

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

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

  10. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of liver disease?
    What are the symptoms of liver disease? Is a liver disease can be treated i.e. is it possible to treat liver disease? What will happen if left untreated? Is this disease considered on of the biggest diseases like heart disease, kidney disease etc.

    • ANSWER:
      The symptoms of liver disease include:
      >jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin)
      >severe itching
      >dark urine
      >mental confusion or coma
      >vomiting of blood
      >easy bruising and tendency to bleed
      >gray or clay-colored stools
      >abnormal buildup of fluid in the abdomen.

      Time is of the essence for patients with liver disease because early intervention can often prevent life-threatening complications. Some patients with liver disease are asymptomatic, but their histories may reveal risk factors to justify liver analyte testing.

  11. QUESTION:
    kidney disease symptoms??
    could people please let me no what symptoms they no of?

    • ANSWER:
      From what I can see the most common symptoms are: fatigue and weakness, loss of apetite, nausea, vomiting, need to urinate frequently (especially at nighttime), swelling of legs and puffiness around the eyes, headaches, numbness in feet and hands, disturbed sleep, high blood pressure, chest pain, itchiness, easy bruising, pale skin, shortness of breath, bleeding, bone pain, and decreased sexual interest.....those are all of them that are common among several sources...

  12. QUESTION:
    symptoms of Kidney stone? or another disease? ?
    Hi I am Asian male my age 23 (single-virgin ) I fell like uncomfortable this days please help me my friends .
    Last Monday I had some symptoms in my urine…I don’t have diabetics I check its normal but im fat .

    1st day I feel like to go to restroom every 1hours but no problem in my pee its normal color. And I start to drink water lot ….
    2nd day same but I feel like not major pain little dull pain in my front kidney left side same right side of kidney but not like left side pain this pain not longer its 1or 2 minutes every 1 or 2 hours after I fell this pain .
    3rd day my privet area is pain normal time but when I go to pee little pain in inside in area burning little not much it’s like something block inside me and little back pain in my back near my back bone disk then I take my urine report and I went to doctor.
    My urine report:-
    Color - pale yellow / appearance clear /specific gravity 1.012 / pH 6.0 /
    Pus cells occasional / epithelial cells occasional / red cells, protein glucose etc all NIL ….

    DR (kidney specialist) told me my report is normal no problem in my urine he told me I had kidney stone it small. But he not scan my body he give a medicine to 1 week after it not stop u can take ultra scan. These are the medicine he gave to me
    Lasix 40mg / ciprofloxacin hydrochloride 500mg / buscopan .2 times a day

    Now I feel like pain near my urethra. (*O*) * This mark is my pain O is my urethra
    Last 2days, dull back pain and some pain in kidney area dull side not much but my urine going normal. No burning sensation

    This is my question:-
    What this disease? It s kidney stone how long it will take to cure?
    These symptoms are kidney stone or another disease symptom?
    Ultra scan good for this?
    Any way to cure this disease?
    These symptoms are good or bad my life?

    Please help me my friends I am student im in depression I cant study this month end I have an idea a go to UK for higher study I feel like this disease kill my future.
    Thanks my friends I prey for all this disease not come to anyone

    • ANSWER:
      I am not an expert in medicine: It could be that you have a second small stone to pass? Nothing serious my mother had this and she reached the age of 90th. Wish you good Luck and happy Study!

  13. QUESTION:
    "What are the symptoms of kidney disease?"?

    • ANSWER:
      •need to urinate frequently, especially at night (nocturia);

      •swelling of the legs and puffiness around the eyes (fluid retention);

      •high blood pressure;

      •fatigue and weakness (from anemia or accumulation of waste products in the body);

      •loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting;

      •itching, easy bruising, and pale skin (from anemia);
      •shortness of breath from fluid accumulation in the lungs;

      •headaches, numbness in the feet or hands (peripheral neuropathy), disturbed sleep, altered mental status (encephalopathy from the accumulation of waste products or uremic poisons), and restless legs syndrome;

      •chest pain due to pericarditis (inflammation around the heart);

      •bleeding (due to poor blood clotting);

      •bone pain and fractures; and

      •decreased sexual interest and erectile dysfunction

  14. QUESTION:
    Kidney disease renal failure symptoms question!?
    I know that symptoms of kidney disease don't show up until there's already been a lot of damage. I'm trying to find out what symptoms correlate with what degree of kidney function?
    Like, what symptoms would be present around 25%, and then around 15%, 10%, etc.
    Thanx to anyone who can help!

    • ANSWER:
      Some other syptoms include swelling of ankles (edema) and fatigue. But, the best indicator is through blood tests and uring analysis. Your doctor can check for protein (albumin) in the urine, and can test for creatininne levels in the blood. If you are diabetic, you should be followed closely by your physician, who should monitor for these signs periodically.

  15. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of early kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      10 Symptoms of Kidney Disease
      Many people who have chronic kidney disease don't know it, because the early signs can be very subtle. It can take many years to go from chronic kidney disease (CKD) to kidney failure. Some people with CKD live out their lives without ever reaching kidney failure.

      However, for people at any stage of kidney disease, knowledge is power. Knowing the symptoms of kidney disease can help you get the treatment you need to feel your best. If you or someone you know has one or more of the following symptoms of kidney disease, or you are worried about kidney problems, see a doctor for blood and urine tests. Remember, many of the symptoms can be due to reasons other than kidney disease. The only way to know the cause of your symptoms is to see your doctor.

      Symptom 1: Changes in Urination
      Kidneys make urine, so when the kidneys are failing, the urine may change. How?

      ■You may have to get up at night to urinate.
      ■Urine may be foamy or bubbly. You may urinate more often, or in greater amounts than usual, with pale urine.
      ■You may urinate less often, or in smaller amounts than usual with dark colored urine.
      ■Your urine may contain blood.
      ■You may feel pressure or have difficulty urinating.

      Symptom 2: Swelling
      Failing kidneys don't remove extra fluid, which builds up in your body causing swelling in the legs, ankles, feet, face, and/or hands.

      Symptom 3: Fatigue
      Healthy kidneys make a hormone called erythropoietin (a-rith'-ro-po'-uh-tin) that tells your body to make oxygen-carrying red blood cells. As the kidneys fail, they make less erythropoietin. With fewer red blood cells to carry oxygen, your muscles and brain become tired very quickly. This condition is called anemia, and it can be treated.

      Symptom 4: Skin Rash/Itching
      Kidneys remove wastes from the bloodstream. When the kidneys fail, the buildup of wastes in your blood can cause severe itching.

      Symptom 5: Metallic Taste in Mouth/Ammonia Breath
      A buildup of wastes in the blood (called uremia) can make food taste different and cause bad breath. You may also notice that you stop liking to eat meat, or that you are losing weight because you just don't feel like eating.

      Symptom 6: Nausea and Vomiting
      A severe buildup of wastes in the blood (uremia) can also cause nausea and vomiting. Loss of appetite can lead to weight loss.

      Symptom 7: Shortness of Breath
      Trouble catching your breath can be related to the kidneys in two ways. First, extra fluid in the body can build up in the lungs. And second, anemia (a shortage of oxygen-carrying red blood cells) can leave your body oxygen-starved and short of breath.

      Symptom 8: Feeling Cold
      Anemia can make you feel cold all the time, even in a warm room.

      Symptom 9: Dizziness and Trouble Concentrating
      Anemia related to kidney failure means that your brain is not getting enough oxygen. This can lead to memory problems, trouble with concentration, and dizziness.

      Symptom 10: Leg/Flank Pain
      Some people with kidney problems may have pain in the back or side related to the affected kidney. Polycystic kidney disease, which causes large, fluid-filled cysts on the kidneys and sometimes the liver, can cause pain.

  16. QUESTION:
    Put 6 yr old Persian cat down, are symptoms common with kidney disease or could this be passed 2 other cats?
    Symptoms:
    Slept in closet for one to two days.
    Doesn't usually speak but cried repeatedly today.
    Could not hold him self up to take a drink of water.
    Dehydrated
    Pale color
    Brown tongue with bad odor
    Recently treated this and other cats for flea infestation.

    Worried about other cats, I know Persians sometimes can suffer from Kidney failure and that there is no recovery for this. Worried that it might be from flea infestation and other cats that do not show symptoms may soon become ill. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Another disease you might look into is Feline Panleukopenia, also called Feline Distemper.

      Symptons of it are:
      Depression
      Loss of Appetite
      High Fever
      Lethargy
      Vomiting
      Severe Diarrhea
      Dehydration or Hanging over the water dish.

      Normally the sickness may go on for 3-4 days after the first elevation of body temperature. Fever will fluctuate furing the illness in some cats and abruptly fall to subnormal levels shortly before death.

  17. QUESTION:
    Can they detect kidney disease, failure in a urine test?
    I had blood tests done in January and my kidneys are normal. But lately I have been peeing a lot and I feel this pressure to pee. And those are one of the symptoms of kidney disease.

    • ANSWER:
      they usually preform blood test for kidney disease. on the other hand sometimes a urine test is done to detect other kidney ailments. if you are urinating a lot this may be a sign of a bladder infection or even a urinary tract infection you should get by a doctor to find out the exact problem drink plenty of water and try some cranberry.

  18. QUESTION:
    Can you explain what the symptoms are of progressed kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      When you click on the link below, go to the section called "What are the symptons of CKD?" (chronic kidney disease).

      Please note that they point out that these symotoms are not notable until the later stages of the disease. Chronic kidney disease is not the same as a kidney infection.

      The symptoms include poor appetite, trouble sleeping, and swollen feet and ankles, plus more. I had all of these symptoms.

      I would advise anyone with diabetes or high blood pressure to get checked at least once a year for their kidney function. Those are the 2 leading causes of kidney failure. If you don't have Type 2 diabetes, do whatever you can to avoid it. Kidney failure/dialysis is not an enjoyable lifestyle...

  19. QUESTION:
    what are the classic symptoms of kidney disease? what about itching and joint pain?

    • ANSWER:
      could be ,go get a blood test

  20. QUESTION:
    Do I have symptoms of kidney disease?
    I am 20 years old male. I was feeling really bad for about a year, I went to the Doctor Summer 2010, and told her I don't feel good. I feel weak, tired all the time, have high blood pressure. She did a routine blood test and saw an increase of WBC and invisible blood in my urine. She didn't pay attention to it and told me I am going through depression and I need to see a psychologist so they can give me anti depressants. My problems weren't emotional, I was sad because I didn't feel good all the time.

    I asked one of my firneds who is going to MED school that I was going to get my heart checked because of the high blood pressure. He told me that its probably your kidneys.

    Here are my signs why I think I have it:
    1. High Blood Pressure
    2. Sometimes I had trouble peeing and it hurt
    3. Had this weird taste in my mouth like IODINE and had cuts and open sores
    4. The invisible blood in urine - when i went to the DR to get checked out.

    I am going to the DR tomorrow to get a special blood test to check kidneys but I would like to know your opinion.

    been crying non stop :( andd I dont really have any firneds cuz they all left me :( sooo I would like some support :( I just wish I dont die there is so much I want to do :(

    • ANSWER:
      Oh my gosh.. I highly doubt you'll die, unless it's not treated, but it will be :)

      Have you been having pain on your lower back? If so, it's most likely something wrong with your kidney.
      And if you have trouble peeing, it can be anything - kidney problem, urine infection, std, etc..
      Do not get worried about what I have written.

      But to me it sounds like maybe a kidney infection or a urine infection.
      But you'll find out when you go to the doctors. :)

  21. QUESTION:
    Can these symptoms be associated with kidney disease?
    -Puffy eyes
    -foamy urine
    -lower back pain
    -and less urination

    • ANSWER:
      You need to go see a doctor or to a clinic to verify, and do it sooner than later.

      In the early stages of kidney disease, many people experience no symptoms at all. As kidney functioning deteriorates one may develop the following problems:

      * A decreased amount of urine
      * Urine that looks foamy or dark
      * Pain in the flanks
      * High blood pressure
      * Loss of appetite
      * Nausea and vomiting
      * Itchiness
      * Swollen face, hands or feet
      * Muscle cramps

  22. QUESTION:
    Are these symptoms of kidney disease 10 pts!?
    I have small red spots on my back and stomach they ARENT itchy,

    my skin feels a little sensitive on my back and hips

    I have a cough.

    I was feeling a little nauseous but not really anymore
    Feeling dizzy and light headed too.

    • ANSWER:
      How often (or how little) are you voiding?

      What color is your urine?

  23. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of Kidney Disease?
    Lately, I've been having Shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, and mostly frightening, less Urination. I could drink several bottles of Water and urinate only about half of it. I'm gonna have my Mom(I'm only 15) schedule an appointment, and see what's wrong with me. This has been happening for the last 2 days now. Does anyone have a clue what could it be? I'm hopping it's not some Kidney disease.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think that this would be a kidney disease. these complications may be due to extreme hot weather.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can these symptoms be associated with Kidney Disease?
    -Puffy eyes
    -foamy urine
    -lower back pain
    -and less urination

    • ANSWER:
      YES. Please see your doctor as soon as possible. Disease or infection.

  25. QUESTION:
    Kidney Disease.?
    I have been diagnosed with lupus for 3+ years, and I've recently started to have back pains where my kidneys are supposed to be. I got kicked off my parents health insurance plan when i turned 22 this summer, so at the moment I don't have health insurance. Is there any information you can give me about kidney disease symptoms or any other info, so i can make an education guess if i have it or not.

    • ANSWER:
      well there is the national kidney foundation.....
      ya need a urinalysis and cbc,cmp to see what your function is at now...........good luck

  26. QUESTION:
    what are the signs and symptoms of a kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, there aren't many. People have no symptoms until they reach end stage renal disease. Hypertension may start a little earlier. Other symptoms are: anemia, weakness, fatigue, bleeding due to platelet dysfunction, chest pain or shortness of breath from pleuritis or pericarditis and so on. All organ systems begin to be affected at the terminal stages.

  27. QUESTION:
    The disease that encompasses a group of symptoms that affect the kidney is?
    does anybody know?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't quite understand your question.
      Diabetes?
      End stage renal disease?

  28. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my kidneys? Kidney Disease?
    Hello,
    for some time now I have been exeperiencing alot of problems with my kidneys (currently getting investigated). They feel like they are inflamed quite often and I feel so exhausted. Sometime when I move in a certain direction a feel them twitch. I think I may have kidney disease? Does anyone have it? If so what are your symptoms and treatments etc? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Darren L, The first thing that doctors go is for kidney Stones the can get pretty big and somes times inpossible to pass, there will be test to determine how to take care of the problem. You will need a urologist but your insurancce may require a referral by your primary doctor. If you go to web md maybe your symptoms will lead you to the problem, either way you are gonna have to go for a check up for this the doctor can tell by a couple of things in your blood test results. Do not delay a doctor's visit. Feel Better Darren

  29. QUESTION:
    I was told that I may have Polycystic kidney disease - Does anyone have this? Symptoms/treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      my advice is to ask your doctor for symptoms,treatments,but my simple ,easy advice to drink a lot of water daily

  30. QUESTION:
    What is the symptom of kidney disease or kidney going bad?

    • ANSWER:
      There's a lot of different kidney diseases. Protein or blood in the urine and pain in your mid-lower back (location of kidneys) that won't go away with pain meds are usually an indicator. Try the link in the source, it had a lot of info on kidney diseases. When I had a kidney infection, it started with the back pain.

  31. QUESTION:
    Can fever be a symptom of kidney complication other than kidney infection? Possible sign of kidney disease?
    There is an argument right now between the kidney doctor and immunologist as to my son's diagnosis...just looking for any helpful answers or experiences. He has symptoms of both kidney complications (protein in urine) and immune disorder (recurrent fevers with no other symptoms)
    THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      to give you piece of mind ..go to a different doctor see what they say well good luck

  32. QUESTION:
    Could I have kidney disease/failure?
    I was looking up kidney disease symptoms and a lot of mine match (although I realize they may be somewhat vague symptoms possibly caused by other things.) I was wondering if anyone could help me out with what they think i might have. They are as follows:

    -extremely itchy and sensitive rash on chest and face for at least a week (cortisone cream had been only mildly helpful, if it all)
    -more frequent, stronger urges to go to the bathroom and yet i barely urinate at all once there (i thought it was a yeast infection but has not gone away with 1 a day pills to help such and there is no itch)
    -feeling of bloating or tightness in lower abdomen for at least 3-4 days that I thought was maybe constipation but has not passed with laxatives
    -as of tonight, I have a strong pain in my lower left side also reaching somewhat to my lower left back
    -lately i've felt like i have to breath deeper and my heart feels like it's beating extra fast or intensely
    -i have had chills as long as i can remember...they usually show up in quick spasms (also getting chills when i use the bathroom and nothing comes out)
    -i have not worked out in a couple days, but when i did last week a couple times, i felt disoriented (almost couldn't see straight) and overwhelmingly tired after cardio but have not been sore the next day

    As a note I also had pyelonephritis when i was 3 and am now 20. I am looking for more constructive help than 'go see a doctor' because that is an obvious observation.
    This is in response to Irving-
    I try to drink 64 oz of water a day so I'm not sure how to hydrate more, but I will definitely cut back on caffeine. I drink 1-2 cups of coffee a day so despite the withdrawal I will try it. I took a generic antacid earlier tonight (which I think is what tums is?) and it did not change a thing. Would something like pamprin help since it's for bloating and stuff or should I just steer clear of more meds?

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know where I can find information about Kidney disease & the relationship between having Diabetes?
    I have a history of polycytic kidney disease but do not have symptoms yet. I also have gestational diabetes . My doctor said that it is most likely that I will have type 2 diabetes after my pregnancy.
    I have polycystic kidney disease now.

    • ANSWER:
      Web MD. com. Best place for medical questions. Good luck.

  34. QUESTION:
    I'm pregnant and I'm trying to figure out if I have kidney disease. I don't have insurance right now...?
    (I'm working on getting insurance) otherwise I would just go to the doctor. So I was looking up the symptoms of kidney disease, and many of them seem to be things that are also associated with pregnancy. I have experienced many of them, but I thought it was just because I was pregnant. So out of the following list of kidney disease symptoms, are any NOT common during pregnancy also?

    * changes in urination habits - having to go but nothing is there
    * urine looks different - blood in urine
    * swelling in ankles/feet
    * sleeping habits change
    * dizziness/lack of concentration
    * nausea
    * food tastes different
    * always out of breath, even without exercise
    * pain in back or side

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Joy!

      Just as the other posters have said- the blood in the urine is the only red flag item. At one point or another I experienced everything but the blood in the urine during my pregnancy.

      Do you happen to have cash for a "doc in the box?" If not is there a county or state clinic you can go to? How about any free clinics? Can your church help?

      God bless you and protect you (and your little peanut!). :)

  35. QUESTION:
    Does it sound like my cat has Kidney Disease?
    My cat has recently been throwing up alot and I know that that is a symptom of Kidney disease. We took him to the vet about three weeks ago just for a check up and they took his blood work and found no problems at all. do you think he could have Kidney disease?
    He's throwing up what looks like clear liquid

    • ANSWER:
      The blood work tells how all the organs are functioning, so if you had a full panel IDEXX done and there were no signs, I'd say it's not kidneys. However throwing up very frequently is one of the signs of pancreatitis, which can develop in a few hours. Kidney disease is also something that includes a lot of water drinking by the cat, if that isn't happening, I'd suspect something else.

      What is the cat throwing up--clear, bile yellow, or brown partially digested food? Is there any hair involved? Some have very touchy stomachs, some can't handle certain foods, some may be chewing on cords or chemically treated things which would result in barfing.

      Clear liquid is either saliva or just drunk water from the bowl. Wash the water bowl out, there could be a bacteria build up in it. If the throw up was cold when it came out of the cat then it's the water. If the throw up is warm, it's been in him long enough to be heated up to body temperature and could be anything.

  36. QUESTION:
    what are the early symptoms of a person with kidney stone disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney stones often cause no pain while they are in the kidneys, but they can cause sudden, severe pain as they travel from the kidneys to the bladder.

      Call a doctor right away if you think you have kidney stones. Watch for severe pain in your side, belly, or groin or for urine that looks pink or red. You may also feel sick to your stomach (nausea) and may vomit.

  37. QUESTION:
    What's the worst that could happen if a kidney disease/infection isn't treated?
    I suspect I have something wrong with my kidneys. I have multiple symptoms, including back pain, abdominal pain, and now blood in my urine.

    I really hate going to the doctors office, and causes me to have panic attacks. Will I be ok if I don't see anyone about this?

    • ANSWER:
      Sepsis, followed by enough IV antibiotics in a hospital setting to float the Titanic, followed by renal failure, dialysis, total renal failure, death. I think that's the order I watched my spouse die in over an 8 month period of misery and pain. (Oh, yeah, the sepsis caused such a high fever he had brain damage from it. He was never the same.)

      Suggestion: Instead of the doctor's office, go to a hospital emergency room around 4:00 a.m. when they are not busy. They can do a full work up, and you don't have to wait. You need the medical attention, dear heart, so take deep breaths and put that anxiety in its place.

  38. QUESTION:
    how the disease symptoms arises due to alcohol?
    how do we know our kidney and liver function?Since i drink veryweekend 750 ml of rum ,how do i diagonse my status of health ..recommend me

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing to do is visit your doctor. Some signs of kidney trouble are pain in the lower back. Either on the left side or right or both. Another sign is if your urine is discolored and/or it is painful to urinate. This could be just a kidney infection, drink lots of water and cranberry juice to clear it up. If you drink heavily, you might notice yellowing in the whites of the eyes and in extreme kidney shut down, your skin with turn yellowish. If your a diabetic, you should not drink at all or not anymore then just socially. Diabetics have a higher risk of kidney problems. Best bet, is to see your doctor.

      Cheers!

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

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

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

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

  40. QUESTION:
    What kind of disease can these symptoms come from.?
    I have redness in the back of the throat, frequent break-out of hives, change in urinating habits: using the bathroom alot when trying to sleep, reduce to little to no wax in the ear, more than usual mucus build up in the eyes and weight lost. Note i've had an HIV and cancer test for the past 2yrs and both were negative. Check for kidney effection, throat culture, high sugar what have all negative. So what can this disease be???????

    • ANSWER:
      There is not enough information to diagnose. Age, weight, medical history, allergies, medications? Come on get real.

      Frequent break outs of hives indicates recurrent exposure to an allergen. What medication are you using to get rid of the hives? Mucous build up in the eyes is not normal at all so "more than usual"? Weight loss? Are you eating? How much weight loss? You say you had a "HIV and cancer test for the past 2 yrs?" How do you do that? You either had one 2 years ago or once a year for the past 2 years. And why would you be concerned about HIV? Do you have a lifestyle that is high risk? You sound like you have an eye infection, are allergic to something that you keep coming in contact with, and dehydration. It doesn't sound like you have a disease.

  41. QUESTION:
    early symptoms of kidney failure, from those who have been in renal failure?
    this question is for those only who have been in renal failure, please dont give me and copy/paste from webmd, i can do that.

    what were your first symptoms? did you have alot of nausea, and what finally made you decide to get checked out. im particularly interested in those who have polycystic kidney disease.

    thanks in advance, if you could share your story it would be greatly appreciated. if its more comfortable please email me, i need to know and would be so grateful for any experience you share.

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    Diabetes? Kidney Disease/failure? Proteinuria? Ovarian Cyst? Something else? Any information, symptoms? Thanks
    I've had bad pains in my lower left side since Feb. 08 and was told it was most likely an ovarian cyst (they run in my family) I finally got an ultrasound and got the results back today: All clear! (although that doesn't help or solve the pain!) Recently my pain has moved farther up and into my lower back at times. My doctor then informed me that I had a lot of protein in my urine and I had a lot in my urine for my Feb. 08 visit as well. She suggested I may have diabetes, kidney disease, or proteinuria and ordered blood and urine tests to be done and ordered me to stay out from work for the next week. While we're waiting to be able to get the tests completed I'm trying to research how serious any or all of this is and what the symptoms or warnings are for each. Also, What should I be on the lookout for in an emergency situation? I read up on ovarian cyst and I'm at a loss now that it's something completely different. How serious are these diseases? Anything is appreciated! Thanks!!
    Also, any information on what tests may be run and what to expect please let me know. I'm totally clueless on all of this and my doctor was not willing to answer many questions at all.

    • ANSWER:
      Most likely, the proteinuria was an incidental finding -- it was picked up "by accident" when your doctor did a urine dipstick test as part of the workup for the back pain.

      The kidneys (most of us are born with two) have no nerve endings, so they only cause pain when their outer covering (called the capsule) is stretched due to inflammation or swelling. That's why most kidney diseases are silent / asymptomatic until they become quite advanced.

      The kidneys' main function is filtering blood and getting rid of waste products (and excessive fluids) in the form of urine. Since most proteins are useful, normal-functioning kidneys will not let proteins go to waste in the urine.

      The presence of large amounts of protein in the urine (called proteinuria) is therefore a sign of kidney disease. Diabetes is the leading cause (by far) of kidney disease in North America, and can certainly cause proteinuria. However, just know that there are many other kinds of kidney diseases which also cause proteinuria.

      Sometimes even people with normal kidneys can spill proteins into the urine for a short amount of time (for example, after vigorous exercise), that's why your doctor wanted to repeat the urine test for protein -- to see if it was a one-time thing.

      More advanced tests can also be done on the urine to help determine the cause of kidney disease. For example, your doctor may want you to collect urine for 24 hours, or collect a sample after sleep while another after you've been up for a few hours.

      The blood tests can achieve a few things:
      1) Measure your kidney function: In moderate or severe kidney diseases, a test called "creatinine" becomes eleveated.
      2) Measure your blood sugars: People with diabetes will have high blood sugars, even after fasting overnight.
      3) Check consequences of kidney dysfunction: some minerals like potassium and phosphorus become out of balance with kidney failure
      4) Check for some specific causes of kidney diseases (although there are many many diseases with many many different tests, and often only kidney specialists called nephrologists know what test to order for which disease)

      Finally, how serious this is depends on how advanced the kidney disease is (if you have one at all). Since you haven't had much in the way of symptoms (again, your back pain is most likely NOT related to your kidney disease), chances are your kidney diseases are still mild, in stages 1 to 3. However, some kidney diseases can progress to End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), at which point dialysis becomes needed to sustain life.

      The test results will become available in a few days. If necessary, your doctor will refer you to a kidney specialist for further management. But for now, just sit tight -- no need to freak yourself out until the test results return.

      In case you are wondering, at least 10% of the population have some degree of chronic kidney disease (http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/298/17/2038), but many don't even know it. So you are not alone!

  43. QUESTION:
    does anybody have the kidney disease nephrotic syndrome and what are your symptoms and what are your?
    treatment for it

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms of nephrotic syndrome are frothy urine, anorexia, sick feeling, puffy eyelids, abdominal pain, wasting of the muscles, and edema (fluid retention). You can also develop fluid between the lungs and the chest wall. Treatment usually involves corticosteroid treatment (prednisone). MDs may also try ACE inhibitor drugs. Diet changes to include the right protein and potassium levels and low saturated fat levels and sodium. You will also need to slowly increase your exercise level.

  44. QUESTION:
    Tourette like symptoms from a reaction to medication. How to get it under control?
    Hi, I have been diagnosed with stage 1 chronic kidney disease and I also have some lupus symptoms. I take a ton of medication and I believe I'm having a very bad reaction due to them. Here are my symptoms...

    - Jerking, involuntary movement
    - Very detailed oriented when I speak (I explain everything even for the simplest sentences.)
    - Easily upset
    - involuntary movement of my mouth

    Does anyone know what type of reaction this is called?

    • ANSWER:
      This sounds like tardive dyskinesia...a disorder that causes involuntary muscle contractions that can result in involuntary movements and postures in various parts of the body, particularly chewing or lip-smacking movements of the mouth, jaw and face.

      It can be caused by dopamine agonists-- which include psychiatric drugs, and some anti-nausea drugs.

      You need to talk to your doctor about this. the involuntary movements can become permanent.

      How do I know? I have tardive dyskinesia myself, though mine effects my entire body, which makes it impossible for me to walk.

      You need to talk to your doctor about this, ASAP. You don't want to ignore this. It needs to be adressed before it gets worse...or possibly permanent.

  45. QUESTION:
    Sharp pains in both kidneys?
    I have been experiencing very sharp pains in my sides under lower ribcage (kidney area?) It never seems to last longer than ten minutes, and it can dissapear for weeks, but sometimes it comes on so strong it makes me clasp my side and crouch down. I would have thought kidney stones only as I say, it is on both sides. I am Diabetic and get checked regularly for symptoms of kidney disease so should be no issue there either. Any ideas anyone?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Call your Dr. and ask him. When Diabetes is involved there can always be something a little more complicated involved. Make a note to check the color of your urine, look to see if it is cloudy or has an odor of any kind and report that to your Dr. too. I hope you feel better soon. Dawn

  46. QUESTION:
    Can Kidney problems be associated wt Lyme disease?
    I've recently been diagnosed wt Lyme disease and i am now seeing the symptoms of kidney problems. I was wondering is it likely for humans to have kidney problems wt Lyme disease?

    • ANSWER:
      uh huh

  47. QUESTION:
    Can a kidney infection turn into something more serious like chronic kidney disease?
    I have a kidney infection. Well my doctor diagnosed me with a UTI but I have the symptoms of a kidney infection any how, I have never had any problem like this before and I am really scared. I took antibiotics and am drinking cranberry juice and taking cranberry pills like crazy. I am very healthy I exercise and eat right and I dont even drink soda. I just need to know if this can get worse and how long dose it take to get rid of a kidney infection? Please Help!

    • ANSWER:
      Make sure you see a doctor for a follow up to make sure this kidney infection is gone! I went to school for nutrition, and we did major work in a dialysis center, and several patients there had low grade kidney infections that started with one simple kidney infection, and it never went away fully, although they thought it did. This wears down the kidneys over a lifetime, and can end in kidney failure (end stage renal disease). When the antibiotics that were prescribed for you are gone, I would call the doctor and tell him you want a follow up to ensure that your infection is cleared up. Thats not to say that all kidney infections end up as renal disease, this is just to remind you that kidney infections aren't something to play around with, so make sure you get it properly taken care of! (Which is sounds like you are).

  48. QUESTION:
    Dogs with Kidney disease & acne?
    My 4 year old Doberman was diagnosed with kidney disease when he was 1 year old, when he was finally diagnosed the x-ray and ultrasound showed his kidneys were so far gone the vet had told us he was living on borrowed time so , appreciate him well we have him.. He dose well with some bouts of weight loss and fatigue. Over the last few years he started getting acne just on his chin and as long as I kept it clean it stayed under control but, now his acne has gotten much worse it has spread to his lips, his snout and even a few sore inside his mouth and it looks painful.
    I imagine this is a symptom of the kidney disease due to a weak immune system but, what can I do?
    Has anyone else had/have a dog with kidney disease and theses symptoms?
    Thanks any help would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      I suspect you are right about the excessive chin acne being related to his weak kidney function.. Dobermans are noted for commonly having the chin acne. However, the 'exterior' acne can be treated with human acne OTC medications. Wiping his chin frequently with the acne pads. However, Dogs may be sensitive to gels or shampoos containing greater than 2.5% benzoyl peroxide.
      Also, washing his bowl between EACH feeding. Plastic bowls hold the oily residue, so its important to use stainless steel, or glass/ceramic bowls for food and water. ( I am former Doberman breeder)

      Here are several case study discussions concerning kidney failure, that I am sure will be of interest to you> http://www.vetinfo.com/drenal.html

  49. QUESTION:
    Is pain felt in kidneys when renal insufficiency develops?
    I kinda have been feeling very mild pain in my kidney areas (on both sides of my spine at the lower back level) for the last several moths. I researched renal diseases on the internet, and kidney pain is not really mentioned as a symptom. Can something be wrong with my kidneys? The pain is very mild and it doesn't interfere with my daily activities; I forget about it most of the time. I know you will tell me go see a doctor, but I would appreciate if medical professionals or people with kidney disease could give me some insight here.
    I don't have blood in my urine.

    • ANSWER:
      The pain that you refer is more likely due to low back pain. Usually renal insufficiency is a severe disease that can be easily rule out with some basic blood test done by your physician.
      The only disease related to the kidneys that your sort of pain might reflect could be a urinary infection, that gives other symptoms as well.
      In case that you are thinking about an specifically disease that you observed within your family, then just go to your doctor and explain your doubts. A few urinary and blood test are going to ease your mind faster than trying to fish information on Internet.
      From the information you give, the frequency that happens and the long term mild pain, it is more reasonable to think in low back pain, due mostly to muscular causes, bad position or simply stress.
      The best you can do is to rule out a severe disease if you are already doubting, at least is what I would do if I were in your place.

  50. QUESTION:
    Liver Disease and your imput...?
    My mom died 10 years ago due to several different health problems, it all started off with bad blood, she had one thing wrong with the next, liver, kidney, you name it. She suffered for 19 years, and I was told I have alot of her symptoms, kidney disease, thyroid, and now liver damage. I am so tired of one doctor to the next, it seems they are never sure what I have definatly.
    My question is I was recently told that my liver looked bad, but not for sure that it is damaged as of yet, I go for more test in a few days. DOES drinking make it worse? Am I suppose to totally stop all together, and besides medication through the years and drinking, is there any other way that I got this? What is your advise on whether you think drinking is going to make it worse or not, and is there something I can do to keep me healthier like does excerise even help or taking vitamians, cause I am SO tired of finding horrible doctors that never know whats going on anymore!

    • ANSWER:
      There are some hereditary liver diseases. Sounds like you need to thouroughly understand which one yours is. Drinking DEFINETLY should be off your 'to do' list. It always will make liver disease worse, no matter the cause.
      Be careful of vitamins too, some of those are harmful
      Is there any way you can bring someone with you to your docs appt.? Sometimes, having someone there with you will help you later understand all they said. Also, if that's not possible, write down all your questions first, and bring the list with you. Some questions I would ask:
      1)specific diagnosis (then you can look it up later for more info)
      2)drugs and OTC to avoid (so you don't cause more damage)
      3)Any thing more can be done to help (any studies, experimental drugs, anything new going on to treat this?)
      4)Any other opinions? (search for the latest info on your diagnosis)
      Good luck, I hope you get to the bottom of this and feel better soon. Be proactive in your health, information will help you understand what you can do for yourself!


Diet For Kidneys Problem

Does your cat have a kidney problem? Then you are not only going to need to learn more cat information in general so that you can comprehend the animal better but as well you are going to need to produce a proper feline kidney diet.

Changing to a feline kidney diet will help in a number of ways; it is going to make certain that your cat is receiving all the nutrition they require to strive. A feline kidney diet needs to include special vitamins and minerals than you do not generally get in a regular feline diet because there are kidney problems.

Where to begin

To understand what is going to help your cat and what dietary changes it will require you need to understand the cat. Cats are naturally carnivores, and the greatest way to formulate a feline kidney diet plan is to make sure to comprise foods that the cats would eat out in the wild, as this is where they initially come from.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does my Cat have a UTI, stones, or other kidney problem? if so... what diet?
    My cat's pee has a little blood in it, i noticed it outside of her litter box. she was frequently urinating, and only producing a small amount each time, I suspected UTI. the blood was only a little bit in the begining, now it's just urine

    i took her to the vet, and they put her on Clavamox (broad spectrum anti-biotic) for an infection. they also want to do a urinealysis & bladder scan for stones/bacteria. Yet when i inquired about this they told me change of diet is appropirate. my question is...What should a kitty with this be eating?

    I have not done the testing yet, due to financial reasons. the vet bill alone was 0.

    she seems better today, but she is a little fatigued. does any know if this is a side effects of this antibiotic? or if this is a sign of something more serious than i thought.

    hope someone can help.

    -Thanks

    p.s. her pee patteren is normal now, she is not constantly going potty, but she is producing, but i'm worried she is a little tired.

    • ANSWER:
      You do not want to feed the vet's diet. You want to stop feeding dry foods. The system needs water.
      http://www.catinfo.org/#Common_Feline_Health_Problems_and_Their_Ties_to_Diet_
      More nutrtiuonal info

      Nutrition since there are so many bad things out there is very important to your cat’s health
      Contrary to what you may have heard; dry foods are not a great thing to feed a cat.
      Please read the label on what you are feeding? What are the ingredients? Do you know what they mean? Is the first ingrdiant a muscle meat like chicken or meal or other things?
      http://www.catinfo.org/#Learn_How_To_Read_a_Pet_Food_Ingredient_Label
      Dry foods are the number 1 cause of diabetes in cats as well as being a huge contributing factor to kidney disease, obesity, crystals, u.t.i’s and a host of other problems. Food allergies are very common when feeding dry foods. Rashes, scabs behind the tail and on the chin are all symptoms
      The problems associated with Dry food is that they are loaded with carbohydrates which many cats (carnivores) cannot process them. Also, Most of the moisture a cat needs is suppose to be in the food but in
      Dry, 95% of it is zapped out of dry foods in the processing. Another thing, most use horrible ingredients and don't use a muscle meat as the primary ingredient and use vegetable based protein versus animal. Not good for an animal that has to eat meat to survive.
      You want to pick a canned food w/o gravy (gravy=carbs) that uses a muscle meat as the first ingredient and doesn't have corn at least in the first 3 ingredients if at all. Fancy feast is a middle grade food with 9lives, friskies whiskas lower grade canned and wellness and merrick upper grade human quality foods. Also, dry food is not proven to be better for teeth. Does a hard pretzel clean your teeth or do pieces of it get stuck? http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/bpo_ch4a.php

      Please read about cat nutrition.
      http://www.newdestiny.us/nutritionbasics.html
      http://www.catinfo.org/feline_obesity.htm
      http://maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm#Dry_Food_vs_Canned_Food.__Which_is_reall

  2. QUESTION:
    I need to prepare a balanced diet for someone with kidney problems.?
    List of food that can be eaten by someone who has symptoms of kidney trouble.

    • ANSWER:
      ask this person's doctor to arrange a meeting with a dietican or nutrionrist, this professional can give you exact and useful information for you to use in preparing and planing menus for your friend...do not take advice from just anyone, it is worth the time to meet with a professional, this is life threatening if not eating properly...

  3. QUESTION:
    I want to thank you for the chart on cholesterol. I am trying to plan a diet for kidney problems or failure.?
    Maybe you know what sea foods are best for that.

    • ANSWER:
      Cholesterol/ kidney failure and sea food ??
      What are u trying to convey my friend -
      Kidney failure ?
      why sea food for it -

      barley water, jeera water, Fresh grey ground - juice at empty stomach, like that lot of diet - herbal and naturpathic methods are there to cure a failuing kidney

      You can try homoeopathic medicine

  4. QUESTION:
    Bone problem and kidney problem in dog's diet?
    So... I ran out of all one whatsoever. I have no drumsticks, necks, anything! All I have is an egg... so, I was planning on giving him egg for dinner- 2 raw egg shells instead of bone. I will go searching tomorrow for bone. I also no longer have any kidney left... the only two organs I have left are liver and gizzards- he ate gizzards as a meat this morning and also liver. Can I just make him eat his 10% organ liver and the 10% bone egg shell?

    PS The eggs I bought were on sale and had stamps on them, can my dog eat the ink?

    PS My dog is a pug.

    • ANSWER:
      Avoid the ink.

      Eggs and shells are fine.

      Most people who feed raw if they need a calcium supplement use ground eggshels.

      You do not have to be balanced every day, balance over time is fine.

      k9kitchen@yahoo groups dot com.

  5. QUESTION:
    What's the best diet for a person with kidney problem? Low blood albumin and excreting it in urine...?

    • ANSWER:
      A vegan diet:
      http://www.drmcdougall.com
      http://www.phifoundation.org

  6. QUESTION:
    i need to know the dietary for kidney problem and high blood pressure.?
    hi, my dad is 53 now and having kidney problem and high blood pressure. as i know the medicines that he ate for high blood pressure and diabetic cause the kidney problem but due to his previous diet his diabetic back to normal. the thing is i don't understand what kind of food should he eat but i know that he couldn't eat seafood and meats. the doctor said he should eat rice and vegetables (but some vegetables he couldn't eat) in order to control his health and no juicy fruits. doing exercise won't help to overcome his health. high blood pressure is genetic but how to control it? cause as i know worry, angry and eating salty food can lead to the problem but when my dad is in a good mood the blood pressure is still high, why is that happen? is anyone know the best diet for these problem?

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    is catnip safe for cats with kidney problems?
    is catnip safe for cats with kidney problems?
    my 12 year old cat has been on a special prescription diet for renal problems for a couple of years (hill's k/d). Thankfully he has no symptoms and seems healthy in spite of his compromised kidneys. Anyway.. like most cats, he loves catnip. Does anyone know if cats with kidney disease have problems processing catnip/ excreting it? Is it ok to keep giving it to him? thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      As far as I know cats don't eat catnip, they just like the aroma so you probably don't need to worry.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is Innova a good cat food or is it too high protein?
    I got a new cat @ the shelter and I want to switch her onto a good quality food. I researched and Innova among other names came up. I heard, however, that feeding too high protein diet gives cats kidney problems??? I know it is high protein. My cat is a spayed female, age 2. Please advise the best food choices for her. I lost my beloved cat about a month ago and do not want this new cat to get sick! Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      That's absolutely not true that it "gives them kidney problems". Cats are obligate carnivores and the more protein, the better.

      Evo is an excellent - one of the best on the market. It's not always easy to find, though. One I use that's far easier to find and quite comparable is Blue Buffalo Wilderness. It's grain free, 45% meat protein and easily found at PetSmart and Petco.

      Also give your cat canned food daily as well. Read some of the articles at http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=library Really great info about cat nutrition and what cats should - and shouldn't - be eating.

  9. QUESTION:
    Do potassium compounds in foods count as potassium?
    I'm on a low potassium diet because of kidney problems. Normally, mg of potassium are listed in the nutrition facts, but sometimes, regardless of whether or not potassium is listed in the nutrition facts, various potassium compounds are listed as ingredients (potassium bisulfate for example). Are these compounds harmful to my kidneys in the same way that (elemental, i assume (K on the periodic table)) potassium is? If so, how can i make an informed decision if the amount is not listed?

    • ANSWER:
      You have to avoid certain food in your diet such as bananas and tomatoes, they WILL increase serum potassium levels!

  10. QUESTION:
    What's a good diet for a dog with kidney disease?
    My sister's 14yr old blind border collie has been drinking water excessively. (She went blind very young..about 4yrs old) We took the dog to the vet and found she has kidney disease. Only 25% kidney function. (I'm working on second hand info, as I wasn't there when the vet explained it.) We had been feeding her Kirkland Signature dog food for much of her life, but within the past year or so, we switched her to Acana (The fish flavor) because of allergies. What she's allergic to, we don't know. (could be chicken, corn, grains, etc)

    The border collie has anxiety, but we've had to restrict her 24/7 to an outdoor enclosure/kennel because she pees and poops all over the house without alerting anyone she has to go. We've tried blocking her in a room at night, but she just chews up the walls, and messes all over the floor (pee and poo). I feel bad for the dog, as she barks all day (extremely high-pitched and ear-piercing) and sometimes all night, desperate for human companionship.

    We're willing to spend the money on a good diet and meds, but we don't have a lot of time for home-made dog food. We're taking care of the dog for my sister, as she couldn't take her when she moved.

    We're also taking care of an old Japanese Chin we inherited. He doesn't seem to be exhibiting the same problems. He does pee/poop everywhere, but that's always been a problem. (He was never properly potty trained.) We keep him outside with my sister's dog during the day, but bring him in at night.

    They share food. Assuming the Japanese Chin doesn't have kidney problems, is there a diet out there that will work for both dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes there are specific brands that are for dogs with kidney problems. Science diet KD is one popular one. Basically you are wanting to reduce the workload on the kidneys. Most of these types of foods have reduced levels of protein, phosphorus and sodium. Some things to look for.are also increased levels of b vitamins, & antioxidants. Fish oil is a good source of omega fatty acids as well.

  11. QUESTION:
    My golden has kidney problems (IAMS canned) I need a low protein diet for her. Any good suggestions?
    I took her to the vet after the recall. She has been drinking lots of water and was not herself.
    I can't afford the expensive vet brands but will do it for her.
    She loves treats.
    She has lost weight so I want to fatten her up a little.

    • ANSWER:
      In all cases, you will want to reduce the level of phosphurus rather than protein to minimize the progression of kidney disease.

      Protein reduction is important once a dog is at the tail end of kidney failure, not before as previously thought. Research this on the internet.

      You need to give your dog more protein to fatten her up, otherwise, she will loose even more weight.

      If she is categorized with early renal deficiency, then Science Diet foods are ideal (i.e. such as their Adult Chicken and Rice kibble and canned foods.) They contain around 150 to 170 mg of phosphurus per 100 kcal. Science diet has some fillers that I wish they did not use, but all in all, it is a good food. Note that this food has normal levels of protein. Also, Senior foods tend to have lower phosphurous levels, but many are not as low as Science Diet Adult foods. Senior foods also have less protein.

      If she is categorized with late renal deficiency, you will want to reduce phosphurous down to 50-75 mg per 100 kcal. This means you will need to get a precription from your Vet to purchase special renal formulations for dog food. These foods may have reduced protein.

      Remember, it is better to give canned food as it contains moisture rather than dry kibble, which makes the kidneys work harder. One can always add water or low-sodium chicken broth to dry kibble to entice the dog to eat.

      Avoid sodium (salt), Vitamin A and D supplements. Add Omega 3 (not 6) whenever possible.

      Drinking a lot of water and seeing significant weight loss may imply that your dog is in the late renal deficiency stage. A Protein:Creatine urine test will let the Vet know what stage she is in.

      Talk to your Vet for his/her recommendation on feeding.

      Good luck!

  12. QUESTION:
    Can I eat fish even if I have Kidney Problem?
    I'm on diet and decide to eat Fish instead of Meat. Or what other foods can I eat if Fish is not recommended for me?

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    Here is my problem.I have 3 adult cats and all eat the same dry food.?
    One of the cats has diabetes and the other now has to eat low protein canned food due to a mild kidney disorder. The cat with the diabetes must have high protein food and the one with kidney issues should have a lower protein diet and i am just crazy trying to keep these foods separate. Is there any ideas on a dry food that would work for both? Neither of their illnesses at at the critical stage.
    Our cat with the kidney problem hates the canned Hills Science KD diet. Would love to hear from anyone who has had this problem.

    • ANSWER:
      Your best solution is to feed the cats separately in different rooms where you can close doors.
      You are going to have to get them on a schedule so that when you put the food down, they know it's time to eat.
      Free feeding is not the best way to feed animals. They tend to graze and that can lead to weight issues.
      It can be difficult in the beginning to get the cats on a schedule, but with persistence and patience it can be done.

      I am not going to debate the dry vs canned food issue at this point. Although I will say that as a retired Certified Veterinary Technician I have no faith in the Hills Science Diet prescription foods. I dealt with that myself and my cat.

  14. QUESTION:
    Yogurt - It is Ok for person with kidney problem to eat yogurt? And how mach, is there any dosage?
    Because the yogurt having a live bacteria, is it OK, to be included in a daily diet for a person that is not supposed to have a lot of oxalates per day?

    • ANSWER:

  15. QUESTION:
    My dog has kidney problems the vet put her on a diet..?
    The vet recommended k/d dry and canned dog food. She hates the canned dog food and she won't eat her dry dog food without something in there. Can anyone recommend any store brand canned dog food good for dog's kidneys? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Try a home made recipe for your dog to add in with the dry food.. it is good for kidney problems as well as bladder stones. I used this before when my pomeranian had bladder stones many years ago. (actually dissolved all the stones, vet was impressed and amazed) He lived to be almost 17 years old so it worked great for him!

      Brown rice (follow recipe on box for 2 cups cooked) while water comes to a boil add in one beaten egg, stir well. Add 1 cup of cooked chopped chicken (you can also use lean hamburger)

      Also add in 1 teaspoon honey
      1/2 cup shredded carrot
      1 cup canned kidney beans
      1/4 cup finely chopped parsley

      After everything is added put lid on cooking pan and turn off the heat. let it set till rice it done.

  16. QUESTION:
    diet for persons with kidney problems(initial stage)?

    • ANSWER:
      If your nephrologist or dietician have not directed you to diet then I would not worry too much about it at this point.

      I would pay very careful attention to your sodium, protein and phospate intake.

      Good Luck!! I wish you well!

  17. QUESTION:
    Kidney diet food for dogs? ?
    My dog has developed a kidney problem and has to eat special dog food for it. But it's very expensive. Does any one know of foods I can use to make my own dog food for her to eat?

    • ANSWER:
      This might help:
      http://www.preciouspets.org/newsletters/articles/kidney-failure-diet.htm

  18. QUESTION:
    apple cider and vinegar diet!!?
    i am really curious to this diet, i have some kidney problems and was informed that the diet of apple cider vinegar and water once a day can be good for you. does anyone know how much ACV is used and the quantity of water as i would like to give this a try to see if it would possibly make any difference for me, also is cider vinegar the same, or does it specifically have to say apple cider vinegar, any suggestions would be much appreciated, much thanks xx

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  19. QUESTION:
    Cat Nutrition and Health: Raw Feeders...?
    I was on here half hour ago and was asking about if Kidney Disease and Kidney Problems Naturally occur in some breeds of cats. Which they claim it does!
    If you are afraid your cat could develp kidney prob. in the future why not try to wart if off early by feeding it a diet for kidney problems. I do not understand this. ???
    Why would this be such a bad idea? I would just be trying to help the future health of my cat.
    Yes, raw is high in Protein naturally, correct.
    There are by the way- Kidney diets out there, I do Not know if they are raw diets thou. ???
    Bad Idea then??? I'm Realllllly Confused.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes very very bad idea.What cat lady meant by there being no fooods for bad kidneys is that they are low proteiun diets that are meant to ease the kidneys work but not help repair anything. Those are horrioble diets for cats as cats need protein and those diets are low protein, very poor quality.
      Most people feed dry food which is species inapproppiate and that is what causes a good many problems. If you feed a quality raw grainfree diet, you are doing the best you can to keep your cat healthy

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

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

  21. QUESTION:
    Is the South Beach Diet good for my health?
    I've been using the SBD to cook dinners lately, but it seems like I am eating a lot of meat. Is this okay? Am I going to get heart disease or have kidney problems when I get older?

    Dinners
    Fish - 7 times/month
    Shellfish - 1/month
    Red meat - 5/month
    Chicken - 6/month
    Turkey - 1/month
    Pork - 3/month
    Eggs - 4/month
    Tofu - 1/month

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Meat isn't bad for you.

      Saturated Animal Fats Cause Heart Disease and Cancer.

      This myth is so widespread and often repeated that it is believed by most people without question. However, a quick review of the health and diet of people in 1900 easily shows they ate a very high level of saturated fat from meat, butter and lard but had virtually no heart disease or cancer. Proponents will site a study which shows an increase in saturated fat in the diet will raise the blood cholesterol level, a claimed precursor to heart disease. Other studies claim saturated fats increase the risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women. These studies always include a large portion of carbohydrates which are never blamed. They will site studies which show some country that eats a higher amount of saturated fat than another country and has a greater incidence of some form of cancer while ignoring a vast amount of other differences between the two countries. These are big fat lies backed by slick schemes to distort the truth. They call a study of France a "paradox" because the people of France ate a diet very high in saturated fat but had a heart disease rate only one third that of the United States. The French people have a much lower intake of carbohydrates and a higher intake of saturated fats which are the true reasons for their superior health. The French are noted for the high amount of cheese in their diet. Cheese has no carbohydrates but is high in saturated fats. Cheese is a perfectly healthy food as the French have proven.

      (snipped from this webpage)http://www.biblelife.org/myths.htm

  22. QUESTION:
    strained kidneys what does it mean?
    hey ive just added a question in diet about my obesional eating disorder how im undergoing help and hoping to get back on the reoad to recovery by eating more calories . My doctor did a routine blood test on me last week and she told me that my kidneys are showing strain so ive got to be kept an eye on, what does this mean exactly she did say it may be the weight loss but can losing so much weight have damaged my kidneys. i am urinating alot aswell the last month has been terrible i have been up in the night and if i dont go i feel like i will wee my self, im passing alot of water too. Is this a sign of a kidney problem ?, i drink alot of water and diet squashes so i cant understand why my kidneys would be dehydrated?. im a bit scared as im only 19 so im just wondering what does strain on the kidneys mean and what are the symptons?, i was also found to have a very low immune system anyways in which i can higher this
    thanks for your advice it really helps
    xx
    thanks i am just wondering so upping my calorie intake gradually is going to help them? and hopefully recover yes? what about my need to urinate is this a sign? im just so worried and mad with my self for causing the damage i just have this phobia of gaining weight x

    • ANSWER:
      Your kidneys have to remain In balance to work properly. They are not a muscle, minerals, water, and other factors have to remain In balance. Your eating disorder has taken away that balance and caused the kidneys to become stressed and hence damaged to some degree. The good news Is that If yu take care of yourself some of the dame can be ameliorated over time. Good luck and I'm glad that you are receiving help.

  23. QUESTION:
    Is diet ocean spray cranberry 10 ounce bottles just as good for urinart tract infections as regular ocean spra?
    The ocean spray diet cranberry from concentrate as effective as cranberry juice for urinary tract infections and kidney problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Water, cranberry juice, and over-the-counter medications such as AZO can all help alleviate the pain and discomfort of a urinary tract infection but none will effectively "cure" an active infection, especially if it involves the kidneys.

      If you have a urinary tract infection/pain in the kidneys, etc. you need to see a doctor and get a proper course of antibiotics to treat the problem.

      Drinking plenty of water and adding cranberry juice to your diet can help ward off future infections but if you already have one, see your doctor before the problem worsens, this can be dangerous if left untreated.

  24. QUESTION:
    My vet placed my cat on a veterinary diet food. Is there a place who sells this cheaply? Or late at night even?
    Not sure how big of an emergency it is. Running low on this expensive stuff and night time is the most easiest time to shop. Is it life or death if I give him something else to eat for a few hours? He's got kidney problems with diabetes. You would think that if this is an important item it will be more available in stores. Even at a 24 hour drug store if need be.

    • ANSWER:
      Prescription food is available only at the vet. Give him a food that doesn't contain junk ingredients like corn, wheat, soy, or meat by-products. Grains are going to overload him on carbs which will elevate his sugar. Feed only wet food and avoid fish flavors as they contain higher amounts of magnesium and phosphates, which contribute to kidney problems. Some good brands are Wellness, Blue Buffalo, and Merrick. These foods can be found at Petsmart, Petco, or other specialty pet stores. Nothing at WalMart or the grocery store is going to be suitable. For an emergency feeding tonight, you can feed him some plain boiled chicken or lean sandwich meat. No tuna.

  25. QUESTION:
    General Dog Questions (food, crate)?
    Hi,

    I will soon be bringing home my two year old Labrador Retriever from a reputable breeder. The breeder is very helpful and she is only selling the lab because she is slightly too small (still a very large dog, just a little small compared to breed standard), she's around the 55 pound point (or should be).

    She is already crate trained and I just have a few questions about it?

    1. Where is the best place to put the crate?
    In a busy area like the kitchen or in a quiter area like a small, tiled "doggy room" (we call it the doggie room because it has a dog "spa" in there) so she can have her privacy? Or in my bed room?

    2. Should the crate always be in the same place or...
    could it be moved to a different room at night? If the crate should be in a busier area, I was thinking of keeping it there and then moving it to my bed room at night, would this cause too much confusion?

    The breeder feeds Royal Canin Labrador Retriever 30, but I am not a big fan of it. I am planning to slowly switch her to Orijen or Acana after she has adjusted to her new life.

    3. Do you recommend I switch from Royal Canin to Orijen or Acana?

    Also she is around 6 pounds over weight (which I was also very concerned about but she is losing weight). Even though she is only two years old I was considering switching her to a senior diet (Orijen doesn't have a formula for overweight dogs, but Acana does so if I decide on Orijen I want to know if it's okay to have her on a senior diet). I have heard of a three year old husky on a senior formula for the same reason as mine.

    4. What do you think about a Senior Formula?

    5. Do you recommend Orijen and Acana dog food?

    6. I know they are made by the same company but what do you prefer?

    7. What do you think about the saying "High protein diets cause kidney problems"?

    Thank you very much. If you want best answer please try to answer ALL seven questions (preferably number your answers it just makes it easier). Most thourough, helpful and informative answer will get best answer. Thanks again!

    Cheers!

    • ANSWER:
      How wonderful that you're putting so much thought into this.

      1.) I think it depends on her temperament. You can ask the breeder about this, or you can just observe her yourself for a few days when you get her. She'd probably prefer to be in your bedroom; most dogs prefer to be near their humans. There are some dogs that are more independent and prefer a safe, out-of-the-way haven for their crate location. I think it's more likely that she'll prefer the crate being in your bedroom (or in another room that's commonly used), but there is a chance that she'll prefer her "own" room.

      2.) There might be some confusion, but she should catch on to the pattern pretty quickly. It's up to you. If you want to have two locations for the crate, why don't you invest in an extra crate? I know at least one person who does this, and it works out fine. They have one upstairs (just outside the bedroom) and one downstairs (in the living room). Again, though, this is a preference thing, I think.

      3.) Yes. Royal Canin is pretty low quality, so that'd be a good switch. When you do switch, make sure you do so gradually over a period of two weeks to help prevent digestive upset, though. Also, keep in mind that some individual dogs don't do quite so well on such rich diets. Give her system a few months to stabilize, but if her poop still hasn't firmed up after three months, then these formulas may be a bit too much for her stomach, if it's sensitive.

      4.) Hm.. I suppose it's all right. The Orijen Senior formula AAFCO-approved for all life stages, although it's too high in calcium for the proper joint development of a large or giant breed puppy.. Since she's two, her growth plates have closed, so it seems safe to feed this food. Actually, overall, the formula is really similar to the regular Adult formula -- the most obvious difference is simply that the Senior formula has something like 55 fewer calories per cup. Besides that, the ingredients and guaranteed analysis are quite comparable, so I do think that this may actually be appropriate for your new girl.

      5.) Yeah. They're not appropriate for every dog (e.g., large and giant breed puppies, dogs with very sensitive stomachs), but in general, yeah, they're very good.

      6.) Hm.. I suppose Orijen. Acana's a little lighter on the meat content.

      7.) I don't think it's true. Protein studies that indicate that low protein diets are better for dogs were generally done on rats, and rats.. aren't dogs. How much protein does the best rat food, Harlan Teklad (which has been renamed something like Native Earth, I think), have? 18% in their common formula. How much protein do the best dog foods have, such as Orijen? Like 40%. These foods are considered the best for a reason: they're formulated to best meet the needs of their respective species.. Anyway, here are some pages you might want to read concerning the topic:
      http://www.wysong.net/learn/entry/84/
      http://www.dogaware.com/health/kidneyprotein.html
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=protein_myth

  26. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to see results?
    I had a baby in November via c-section. I've dropped all but about 4-5 pounds of my baby weight. I can fit in my old clothes, I just have a few pounds lingering in different areas. Anyway, I just started working out at the gym. I go with my hubby and we are doing legs 3 days, abs 3 days, and then cardio and arms 1 day. We also do 30 min of cardio every day after the leg/ab workout. Anyway, I can't really eat too much healthier cause I'm on a different diet for kidney problems which makes dieting hard. I am planning to go to Texas for the summer at the begining of May and I'm just wondering if I will be showing any muscle improvement by then? Or have lost the 4 pounds. I eat about 1300 calories a day...I don't wanna be super muscley or anything, just healthier and bikini ready. : ) Thanks ahead of time.
    trace...boy oh boy did that answer help! Thanks SOO much....
    ..and my tummy is flat...no saggy skin anywhere or anything...I just want it toned.

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    Diabetes and Dialyses - diet when you have both?
    I'm having an old friend over for dinner who is diabetic and has severe kidney problems. He is on dialysis and while I have very good knowlegde of what it means to cook for someone with diabetes, I'm completely clueless when it comes to food for people on dialysis.

    What do I need to watch out for? I was already told that fresh fruit is out due to the juice, what about other things I cannot serve?
    Does that mean that I need to serve mostly dry things? What about a joghurt cream or similar? Would this be good or bad?

    • ANSWER:
      People on dialysis are on whats called a renal diet. They are allowed a certain amount of flds a day..so any liquids they have add up on there fluid count. the big thing when cooking is no procssed foods. Renal diets can have no processed foods. So just remember that and they follow a strict fluid intake when making your dinner.

  28. QUESTION:
    Has anyone heard if Innovative Veterinary Diet foods is on the pet food recall list?
    My dog had an allergy problem. He was on a special diet that was formulated for his allergies. The name of the maker of the food is Innovative Veterinary Diets better known in the industry as IVD.

    Elmo, my pet Jack Russell Terrier, developed kidney failure. He had to be euthanized within two weeks of the onset of the problem. The only food Elmo was ever fed was IVD.

    I find it to be very suspicious that he died from kidney failure just as a massive pet food recall was announced. Prior to the onset of kidney failure, he never had any problems with his kidneys. If any of you followers of Answers has had a pet die from kidney failure while eating IVD, please contact the corporate offices of IVD to let them know.

    I wrote to them via email four days ago. They haven't answered my inquiry yet. Please help me to get IVD added to the recall list. I don't want any more pets to die from their negligence. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Only the foods on the recall list were affected as they were the only ones that got their wheat gluten from the infected supplyer.

      If you suspect that there is a kidney problem, go to the vet asap and bring a sample of the food. The vet will test it to see if it was in fact the food.

      Kidney Failure can be caused by a number of thigns and it was probably coincidence.

      Please do not go around accusing companys before you know for sure.

      www.menufoods.com has a full list of all companies that are affected.

  29. QUESTION:
    What is the best diet for my housecats?
    i have three cats who are not very active.

    one of the cats was put on hills prescription diet after having problems with kidney stones but this food is so expensive!

    i have thought a lot lately about whats the ideal food for my cats.

    i thought about buying chicken/fish/red meat, boiling it in water ad mixing with rice. this could be fed to them twice a day and i can put the hills prescription (dry food) out overnight.

    whats your thoughts on this. if its a good idea, what types of meat/fish are best (low in salt for example).

    thankyou in advance to all those that answer. im especially interested if there are any vets on here?

    • ANSWER:
      There are no vets out here. There are some vet techs and some fake ones too.

      I am not really up on kidney problems with cats so I don't have a great suggestion for you. What I do recommend is looking for Yahoo groups for cats with kidney problems. Join them and you'll learn more from experienced owners.

      I can also tell you that Hills foods are garbage and it would be better to find another food for your cat. If your cat only had kidney stones, and is not suffering from any form of kidney failure, then I don't *think* there's any reason to keep him on that food.

      You're on the right track with the meat idea but you're not quite there. You can certainly make your own cat food but you must be sure that it's properly supplemented. There are recipes out there for cooked meats but I'm not familiar with any of them.

      I could point you to learn more about raw feeding which *might* be a good choice for all of your cats, or perhaps just for the ones without kidney problems.

      But in general, the best food for cats is a grainless wet food, whether that's raw meat or canned food.

  30. QUESTION:
    I need a diet low in fat low in salt and low in potassium. What can I eat?
    This diet is for my 83 year old mother who has had triple bypass and is now having kidney problems.

    • ANSWER:
      The National Kidney Foundation is a great source of information.
      http://www.kidney.org/atoz/atozTopic.cfm?topic=4 is a direct link to the nutrition/diet page.

  31. QUESTION:
    How can you tell if your puppy has a medical problem?
    Let's say your dog has a urinary problem and you've been taking him/her outdoors to do her duty as usual and for the last couple months, she's been urinating drops of blood but you don't know anything about it. The only way to find out if he/she is bleeding is if you actually see it with your own two eyes. If you had let your dog pee indoors, you may have figured out what's wrong with it a lot sooner.

    Here's why I'm bringing that situation up. I have a seven month old apricot pug. The past couple months she's been having kidney problems due to too much acid in her system so when she urinates, little drips of blood comes down. The first vet place we took her to ran a urinalysis and did some other tests but found that she has way too many crystals so they put her on a diet called Hills Prescription Diet. The people there thought it would be something she may grow out of over time, but I didn't buy their reasoning so we took my pug for a second opinion. There, they gave us a more detailed explanation on what was wrong with her so they put her on another diet with the same brand name diet but this one specializes on kidneys which seems to be working.

    Our current vet called this afternoon and told us that if you want your pug to live longer, she would have to go through surgery to correct this issue. They don't know if its a genetic thing or a fluke (I'm leaning towards genetic because I know we took a risk by buying a pug because of their health risks).

    We love our pug to death. We've been spoiling her like you wouldn't believe. We've done everything for her and I hope this surgery that she's going to have in one or two weeks will help correct this and I hope we don't have to go through this ever again.

    Sorry for the rant, I just felt like I need to talk about it somewhere.

    • ANSWER:
      I feel for you, both of my dogs went through something like that with blatter stones. Both of my dogs had surgery. I take them back about every 6 months for ph levels and other test to make sure they are doing okay. I didnt know that anything was wrong until I saw the blood as wel. Which it why I take them to get retested. So far that has been working. Hope things work out well for your Pug.

  32. QUESTION:
    diet pill thats not bad for you?
    I have kidney problems and i dont want a diet pill that will screw them up more....i exersize so plz dont tell me to go exersize

    • ANSWER:
      diet pills are bad even if they say their not they'll find something later saying that cause like heart murmurs or something crazy. my best advice is drink lots of water instead of soda u'll loose weight u'll pee our all ur waste. and drink orange juice and other acidic juice. herbal Green tea does wonder asian people are always skinny cuz they drink that plus it give u really nice skin. just alter ur diet not saying to eat less cuz i eat alot but i dont gain a pound.

  33. QUESTION:
    urinating outside of box--sign of cat hyperthyroidism?
    I took my 16 year old cat to the vet because he was urinating and defecating outside of his box and it wasn't a one time isolated incident. I moved his box to a more convenient place, put my cat in it, and he darted off to go urinate on the kitchen floor. I took him to the vet and they ran a bunch of tests. The blood test indicates that he has hyperthyroidism and one of his kidney values is elevated. My cat is going to start taking methimazole for the hyperthyroidism, and the vet recommended a special diet for the kidney problem. I'm definitely going to get the meds for him but I don't think I'm going to change his diet until the results of the urine test come back (it'll provide a clearer picture on his kidney functioning) and then I'll have a better idea how to proceed.

    Anyway, here's my question: once my cat gets treated for his thyroid problem, will he stop urinating and defecating on the floor? He is old, so it could be he's incontinent and the hyperthyroidism has little or nothing to do with it. I understand that it's going to take some time for his body to adjust to the meds, but when should the problematic behavior stop--a few days? weeks? months? At what point should I start to think that the behavior is caused by something other than the thyroid problem?

    From what I've read, he has all the signs of thyroid dysfunction--weight loss (he weighs 7 pounds but isn't too thin; however, he has lost almost 3 pounds in a little over 2 years), he drinks tons of water, eats 1.5 to 2 cans of the regular-sized Friskies food each day, has been more vocal (cries/whines a lot for food), etc. It wasn't until the last several weeks that he started going to the bathroom on the floor and stopped going outside as much as he used to.

    • ANSWER:
      Hyperthyroidism can change a cats behavior so it could be that and not his age.

      Once his thyroid levels go back down into the normal range the inappropriate elimination might stop. But your cat is an individual so it is not possible predict.

      Wait until his thyroid has returned to normal and if the behavior doesn't stop then it may be age-related as you mention.

      Concerning the early CRF signs, I am not a veterinary professional but I do warn you NOT to put the cat on the low-protein Hill's Science Diet k/d crap the vet will prescribe. If the cat is already thin he will waste away to nothing on it if you can even get him to eat it.

      Do a lot of research instead on phosphate binding drugs and ask your vet to prescribe one.

      That a low-protein diet extends the life of CRF cats has never been proven and there is controversy about their use.

      The methimazole may upset your cat's stomach. Not what you want when you need the cat to put back some weight. Ask your vet if it wouldn't be a good idea to give the cat some Pepcid A/C (famitodine) along with the methimazole. Pepcid A/C is an over the counter human heartburn medication which is also sometimes used for cats.

      Sorry I can't give a better idea of whether the inappropriate elimination will stop. It isn't something that can be predicted.

      Do look into the phosphorus binders, the low-protein controversy, and the Pepcid A/C.

  34. QUESTION:
    What to feed a dog with kidney problems?
    My dog has “grit in her kidneys” consequently she is given “Urosept” 3 times a day. Unfortunately she is very thin and seems not to like her dry dog food. She gleefully eats vegetables when she can get her teeth into them although clearly this is not a sustainable diet for a dog.
    What sort of diet would be appropriate? Raw meat?

    • ANSWER:
      I would ask a professional, such as the vet. God bless you and your dog!

  35. QUESTION:
    What are some of the causes for kidney problems in females?
    The female in question has blood in her urine, and she has been overweight for the past 8 years. Her diet is not very healthy either, and she does not exercise.

    Her doctor told her that she is having a problem with her kidney, but she would not elaborate.

    Can I get some advice as to how this may have happened to her, PLEASE & THANK-YOU

    • ANSWER:
      I think You could find the answer at site of You and Your Kidney: http://allaboutkidney.blogspot.com
      ceck out...

  36. QUESTION:
    Where can I find recipes for a restricted diet?
    My mother is diabetic and also has problem with her kidneys. There are so many things she can't have. She is getting board with the limited meals she does have.

    She can't have tomatoes, beans, organ meat. Those are a main issue as most low fat recipes call for these. Also, she needs to have a lot of protein.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many good internet sites for diabetic recipies. Here are a few to get you started:

      http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/

      http://www.dlife.com/diabetes/diabetic-recipes/

      http://diabeticgourmet.com/recipes/

      Note: You will need to cut and paste since my links are not 'clickable' yet as I am new to this forum.

  37. QUESTION:
    Kidney problems? Bladder Problem? What the Hell! lol?
    I have been tested for all stds, they ran a urinanylisis,UTI test, checked for yeast all negative, pregancy test came back negative ok.. here are my symptoms
    *frequent urination
    *feelings of having to pee when i dont
    *small irritation of the uretha opening after urination
    *cloudy pee sometimes

    and this would come and go.. sometimes ill feel regular and other times ill randomly experience these symptoms
    i watch my diet and drink only water and cranberry juice.

    i had unprotected sex about 4 months ago and i have been tested for every STD there is this month! IM CLEAN..i started some birthcontrol in december and i had yeast infections becuase of it so i stopped it and since then i havent had anymore .. But then i thought i had a UTI but it isnt that.. My doc changed me to hypoallergenic soaps .. i dont douche, i dunno if its my kidneys or bladder or what! i heard of this thing called internal cystitis or somthing like tht n it sound like tht might be it. i dunno some one help me please.
    Pixi chick... what do i do to help this? is it stress related? I hadnt had sex for about a month when it first started to happen.. what could i do to get rid of this ?

    • ANSWER:
      Close...Interstitial Cystitis, yes this could be your problem. Put it in your browser and check it out.
      www.ictreatment.com Good site, look at other diagnosis listed in this site that can mimic your pain as well.

  38. QUESTION:
    My dog has kidney disease?
    My 14 - year - old mixed breed,Maura,has just been diagnosed with primary kidney disease ( early kidney failure.) her appettite had not been good for a few days,so I took her to the vet on Tuesday,only to find that she had lost 15 lbs. since her last visit in March.It wasn't apparent ,as she was chubby,and has a very heavy coat.My vet did bloodwork,and the kidney problem was found.Now,I have had dogs with this problem before,and special diets improved their symptoms and prolonged their lives,but Maura,a former chow -hound,refuses to eat ANYTHING,except for duck and rabbit jerky,and cooked chicken breast.She is NOT supposed to have all that protein.I bought Hill's k/d diet,both dry and canned,and some veggie dog biscuits,but she will have none of it.She is taking Tums as a phosphate binder,and Nutri -cal to try and stimulate her appetite and keep up her energy. She is also on amoxicillin.Does anyone have a good homemade diet for dogs with kidney disease that's highly palatable? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      try her with a little cooked rice, and boiled chicken breast. a little bowl of cornflakes with some milk. and if you could get her to eat some ice cream. my little dog had the same problem, and would only eat meat. sadly she died two years ago. she was my baby for fifteen years, hugs to you both.

  39. QUESTION:
    Do Kidneys regenerate/heal themselves?
    I think that I have damaged my kidneys by consuming excessive amounts of protein, I have clicking joints which is a sign of kidney problems (for reasons which I do not know).
    Do kidneys heal themselves if i was to reduce my protein intake? Are there anyways inwhich I could change my diet (ie. including certain foods) to promote healthy kidneys? How long before I start seeing results?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Kidneys have the ability to heal from some types of injuries - the main determinant is whether or not the injury caused scarring or some other condition that prevents regrowth of capillaries inside the kidney.

      You may be jumping to conclusions about your kidneys - clicking joints are a normal part of aging due to shrinkage, decreased elasticity, and moisture loss in cartilage. It is also caused by arthritic degeneration of joints, and mis-alignment of joints due to muscle tightness. No medical professional would ever attribute clicking joints to a kidney problem in the absence of other more obvious kidney problems. You can easily get your kidney functions checked through a blood test. Changing your diet won't do anything for your joints if the clicking isn't caused by the kidneys.

      Your best bet is to schedule a blood test and a urine test to evaluate kidney function, and schedule an appointment with the doctor a few days later so you can discuss the test results and have the doc look at your joints. The solution might be something as simple as a few exercises to stretch the muscles and build some additional strength.

  40. QUESTION:
    What are some good carb & protein free recipes for someone who has kidney problems?
    My husband and I want to make dinner for someone who is suffering from kidney failure & has heart problems as well. It's a very strict diet. He can't have pasta, breads, beans, fish, meat, nuts, dairy... you can see my dilemma. It's mostly a vegetable diet? Anybody know of some tasty meals I can make?

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend looking up raw recipes...if your friend can eat raw foods. I'm not sure if raw is easier or harder to digest for someone like this. If raw foods are off-limits, you can just cook them...no problem.

      You listed pasta and breads as off-limits. Is rice? If not, you can cook rice with vegetables and herbs, which help to season the water and add flavor. You can also season the rice with various seasonings.

      If all grains are off-limits, that's okay. You can create lovely soups made with tomatoes as the base and chopped vegetables. These will simmer and can be served over mashed cauliflower (some raw foodists use grated cauliflower instead of rice).

      Hope this helps, and good on you for being nice to your friend :)

  41. QUESTION:
    How do I lower protein levels N urine? The life of my kidneys depends on this!?
    Doc, does not seem to have any suggestions?

    (I need help, with a medication I can tolerate for crohn’s)

    (((I need an anti-inflammatory medication for inflammation of small intestine that does not contain mesalamine, which does not cost an arm and leg.

    {{{{{{ Previous medications have caused kidney problems. I now have the problem of too much protein in my urine.}}}}}}

    I am hopeful some may have suggestions for reducing protein in the urine, adjacent to the only information I have that is limited to diet changes, as this has proven unsuccessful.))) Can U help me pLz?

    • ANSWER:
      I think you probably need to see a nephrologist (kidney specialist) about this, not a urologist.

      I will also suggest that you ask on the message boards at this site:
      www.kidney.org (If they are working).
      There will be patients there with more experience than here.

  42. QUESTION:
    Advice about old cat who pees on floor & carpet?
    We have a 19 year old cat, female. We know she has kidney problems, but she's had that for years and is on a special diet for her kidneys. While really skinny, she otherwise is hanging in there.
    The problem is that her use of the litterbox is erratic. She had totally trashed the living room carpet, so I decided to confine her to one room. I tried out a bunch of litters and got the one she preferred. So now we keep her in that room except during the day, when she is outside.
    But I just went in the room, and while she has certainly
    used the litter box some, there are urine "deposits" in at least 5 other places in the room, and there are black stains now on the lovely hardwood floors.
    I am at my wit's end. Since it is now summer, I have thought of keeping her outside all the time, but she cries constantly to come in and I worry about annoying the neighbors. Also, she sneaks in any time you open the door.
    Any advice much appreciated. I am desperate!!!

    • ANSWER:
      i know you said the cat has kidney problems but some times it could also be a urinary infection. I'm pretty sure its just that they don't make it to the box in time because they can't control it.

  43. QUESTION:
    how to cure low oenophile in blood and diet?
    hi,
    my father is taking pill for his kidney stone in the name of celestone for about 30 years..one month back he stopped that..now he is having oedema in his legs and having fever also..then he went for all tests..now the results are like low amount of esonophile in blood avg 6.5..could u please tell me how to cure this problem throught diet???that could very usefull for me....thanks you so much if u replay for my questions...

    • ANSWER:
      you better contact a certified physician.....now

  44. QUESTION:
    Can i save my cat , he has kidney problems? & How long will he live by giving him Azodyl & Epatkin?
    My cat was diagnosed with kidney failure . He is about 14 years old.The vet asked me to think about putting him down . I refused & instead the vet has told me he must be given IV via needle 2 x a day for the rest of his life.I have added the medications Azodyl & Epatkin ,as well as changing his diet to healthier foods. How long should i expect him to live ,before other problems arise (& if ,what problems to expect )

    • ANSWER:
      Chronic renal failure is extremely tough on both the cat and the owner. It's going to be an expensive uphill battle, but if you're willing to do it, that's great. The treatments your cat is on are basically to minimize waste products that the kidney must filter, thereby lightening its load. Animals do not show signs of renal failure until the kidneys are up to 75% damaged, so by the time we find it they're already pretty far gone. This is, unforunately irreversible in the case of chronic failure. Properly cared for, a cat can live for months, even years before the kidney failure eventually gets the best of them. The keys are making sure his meds are regular and keeping him hydrated. He is going to lose a lot of fluid every time he urinates, so subcutaneous fluids are going to be key. Eventually he will get thin and have a hard time doing the things he loves. When you start to see this, you may have to consider euthanasia. As a veterinary student, I see euthanasia as one of the kindest things we can do for some of our patients. It should be used conservatively of course, and only if you know your cat is suffering. Unfortunately he is not going to get better, so the best thing you can do is make the time he has comfortable and recognize when he is suffering. Usually the biggest indicator is that they stop eating, so watch his appetite. Good luck with your cat, I know it's a difficult road but you can do it!

  45. QUESTION:
    Is there a problem with my kidneys?
    Hello, my name's Max (I'm a girl), and I am 14 years old.
    Today I woke up and experienced an excruciatingly sharp pain near my right kidney in my back. It has now been hurting for 5 hours. I drink tons of water, regularly exercise, and have a pretty healthy diet.I am 5'6 and weigh 125 pounds. I can barely even walk and I can't bend over because the pain is so bad. I also have been very itchy all over my body for a few weeks now, I don't really know if this even has any relevance. I also have been extremely tired for a long time, very fatigued. I sleep like 14-17 hours on an every day basis. I don't know if this has something to do with my chronic depression that I used to get treatment for, but I always just assumed that I was a hypersomniac.
    I've told my parents that I am in pain, and they just told me to drink water. They're not even doing anything about this even when I have calmly told them my symptoms.
    What is this and what can I do?
    Thanks for the help.

    • ANSWER:
      A sharp, stinging and stabbing pain in your kidney area could be kidney stones but the pain usually goes away when you drink a lot of water.

      Apple cider vinegar and cranberry juice are supposed to help for dissolving and flushing out kidney stones and you can find further information in a web search for "kidney stones" + dissolve.

      Sleeping more than 10 hours a day is too much and this can make you feel very weak and very tired. Depression and boredom often go together and that causes fatigue as well. Bored people often oversleep but busy people don't. Perhaps you need some new hobbies or interests to keep yourself busy.

      Dehydration and under eating are common causes of fatigue. Most people don't drink enough water.

  46. QUESTION:
    Getting cat pee smell out of heating vent?
    When my kitty was sick, she was peeing along the baseboard heater in my room, and apparently inside of it because when I turned the heat on tonight for the first time since the winter, it stunk up my whole house! We had cleaned along the carpet, but weren't aware it was actually in the baseboard heater! How can I clean the pee if it is several months old and in a baseboard? The part of the baseboard she peed in was not covered because we removed the cover to clean it and paint it.

    Yes, we got her help - antibiotics and a specialized diet for her kidney problems! She's still alive, happy, and healthy - its the old cat pee we are dealing with now!!

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    Question About Acute And Chronic Kidney Damage.?
    Ok, you have someone who has an enlarged prostate and it causes incontinence and he doesn't realize that his bladder is not emptying fully. He goes for about 1 year with this condition until he gets anemia and is admitted to the hospital to have his overly fully bladder emptied and his kidneys need to take a break since they are inflamed./damaged.

    The kidneys have sustained damage. Is this considered acute or chronic or acute/chronic?

    Why I am confused is that if the CAUSE of the kidney problem has been eliminated (prostate not letting bladder empty) does that mean that he will have continued PROGRESSION of kidney damage and will need dialysis in the future or is there HOPE that with a good kidney diet and management that there will be no more further kidney damage?

    I am hoping that since the cause has been eliminated then there is hope for no further destruction.

    Looking for any opinions.

    • ANSWER:
      The person you are talking about had acute post-renal failure due to the prostatic hypertrophy. Post-renal failure is usually fully reversible if treated within about 7 days. Obviously this is not the case for this person. The chance of him having chronic kidney disease depends on the amount of kidney damage he had over the past year. In order to determine if he does have chronic kidney disease, he needs to see a doctor. The doctor will be able to determine if he has chronic kidney disease based on blood concentrations of certain electrolytes, how much protein is found in the urine, and whether he is experiencing any signs and symptoms.

  48. QUESTION:
    What is the best diet for cat's in the very early stages of kidney problems (aka Chronic Renal Failure)?
    Our cat appears to be in the early stages of kidney failure. She is 9 years old and has started to drink a bit more water than usual. She has got slightly dilute urine (confirmed) and had blood tests done earlier this week, but I am struggling to get the vet to return my calls with the results of the blood test....and the weekend is coming up. I'd like to get the cat onto a diet asap which puts minimum strain onto the kidney. Any specific suggestions? She is presently on 'Senior' food from Iams, Whiskas etc.
    Thanks for the info so far. I guess it's possible to become more of a feline nuitrition expert than a general vet with lots of reading. In the first instance, I have gone out and bought some Hill Science Food (wet not dry) which had the lowest protein content in the whole pet shop (7.2%). Her dry food has been discarded (which I understand is around 35% protein). She has always been given dry and wet food, but generally eaten very very little dry food.

    BTW - Still not heard from the vet and the nurses won't give out information. I think I may be changing vets!
    Heard from the vet at last! Our cat is confirmed as early stage CRF. Creatin level is 199. She is also a bit anemic (figure quoted is 5.1 normal range is 5.5-10). Basically all the 'levels' are slightly up. He has prescribed a diet of 'Royal Canin' Renal and/or Hill's k/d. She also has to take 1 x Fortekor 2.5. Good news is that she ate the food and ate the tablet!

    • ANSWER:
      Keep off of tinned foods containing ash. Your vet will give you (SELL you!) some special dietary tinned stuff with which to feed your cat.

  49. QUESTION:
    high potassium liver with excessive enzymes and shrinked, hardened kidneys?
    what is the indication if the diagnosis is high potassium liver with excessive enzymes and shrinked, hardened kidneys? what is the necessary diet and treatment for such problem? thanks! God bless

    • ANSWER:
      There is no such condition such as High potassium liver. Excessive potassium may be found in blood. The body cells release potassium when there is burning.and trauma to the tissues.

  50. QUESTION:
    What is the way to find out presence of any chemical in the blood???
    A patient is oversleeping a day for 20 hours / day from a few days....what can be the cause of it?provided the patient is diabetic n has a kidney problem!
    its not due to side effects of ny medication!

    so is it possible to find out if anyone is introducing any type of chemical in her diet intentionally which 4rces the patient to sleep??

    URGENT HELP NEEDED!!!

    • ANSWER:
      It could be this :

      http://cancerweb.ncl.ac.uk/cgi-bin/omd?delta+sleep-inducing+peptide

      If it isn't : You could try making a centrifugation test in a lab and see if there are more than the normal substances in this persons blood.

      P.S. : I am not good at medicine, but I know some things about chemistry.


Diet For Kidneys Infection

Are you looking for the best kidney diet for humans?

Well, if you are human I would read this, because getting the best information for having a proper diet is of the up most importance for kidney disease. Fortunately, there are a lot of good books available that have an up to date plan.

What is the most popular diet for kidney disease?

Out of all the books available the one that stands out the most is Kidney Diet Secrets. It was written by a registered nurse named Racheal Gordon. She compiled one of the most thorough books for people who suffer from kidney disease. She has over 10 years experience in the subject of renal disease.

What is in the book Kidney Diet Secrets?

  • A full one week diet menu
  • Over 100 different recipes for people who suffer from this condition
  • How to battle the symptoms of fatigue, muscle cramps, and loss of appetite
  • How to get relief from nausea, itching, bruising, and poor breathing
  • Emergency techniques that every patient most know
  • How diabetes changes your approach to fighting the disease
  • What to do to battle anemia
  • How to manage pain

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    When is Mental & physical health education going to be updated in the R.O.I, (In relation to Tourist info)?
    The government should provide proper information on physical and mental health in the Republic Of Ireland.

    I am totally disgusted that they have not done this, especially with the great advances in science and social science at the moment.

    It would save the Government large amounts of money if they tacked these problems face on. It would also help lots of people who suffer from mental or physical illnesses.

    If you talk to people in the social industry they will tell you that there is a cure for most mental illness, if caught on time.

    As long as a person have a will and strong family& friend support anything is possible in my opinion.

    If you read snob articles then you would be well aware that the information is out there. It just needs to be applied properly and efficiently.

    Of course most people cannot read such articles, because they are plastered with stupid ridiculously large words and Technical jargon.

    How horrid that mostly only the privileged can read this information. Some people of course share their knowledge. Others do not.

    Anyway, most mental illness can be tackled if found on time.

    So why is it that they do not provide sufficient information to the people? It makes me sick to think that so many people get lost in our modern society.

    Even thing like dyslexia, which is a sign of creativity, is shown as a weakness here.

    The teachers try their best. But they simply do not have the Government support. Many good teachers have helped people with dyslexia and number blindness.
    Now with the cuts of late how will our society tackle these upcoming problems?

    Why does the Government let people suffer for no reason?
    These problems could be tackled and should be tackled.

    Also, things such as basic physical health are not being made aware.

    I.e.

    -for a women the importance of wearing the correct bra.
    -Looking after your teeth and basic diet.
    -Kidney infections
    -and so fort.

    Anyway, I think that if the government put a lot of money into these things, they would save money in the long run.

    They would also make our society a better place to live in.

    Why is there not enough information out there to tackle these upcoming major problems in our society? Surely people deserve to be Happy and not be mentally ripped to pieces.

    People deserve to know what is the best way to upkeep their physical health also.

    Cheers for the answers.

    • ANSWER:
      you are very correct CG with your analysis of the Irish governments attitude to our health.

      What I dont understand is that we have a state owned TV station which (as another asker pointed out, currently produces drivel) could be used as the medium for such info, but instead we wait years for the leaflet in the letterbox. Everyday most of our population sits in front of RTE for some time at least. Why not address the population directly? look us in the eye and say it like it is?

      I'm 42 and a workmate of mine is recovering from the removal of his prostate gland (cancer). I was stunned by how many of the lads in work are completely ignorant of the danger to them that prostate cancer poses, or actually even how to keep a regular check on their health. but they all watch TV!! They all could be educated in between their favorite shows (or on the show, perhaps). Instead the overdue leaflet goes into the green bin with all the rest of the spam.

      Time for CHANGE CG!!

  2. QUESTION:
    Is the special k diet good for your kidneys?
    Over the past year i have had issues with my kidneys, i have one that only works 20% and have been suffering from re-occuring infections. I have not had any infections for the past 3 months but since starting the special k two week challenge a week ago im having all of the symptoms! Could this be the reason? Should i stop this diet ?

    • ANSWER:
      The ONLY diet that's good for your kidneys is one that contains mostly raw, natural foods like fruits, nuts, whole grains, and vegetables. Man made foods don't even come close to providing the nutrition we need. How do I know this? I'm diabetic and found the solution in my grocer's produce section. I haven't taken any medication at all in over two months. My doctor can't believe my numbers. Cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose.... all normal. Who would have thought?

  3. QUESTION:
    i love sweet tea i drink it everyday even after i hot kidney infection...is it bad for me?
    i have been on and off kidney infections since i was like 4 or 5 im now 16 ive always drinked tea but last year i ended up in the hospital because of a kidney infection part of my diet was no caffeine but i cant live without tea i drink it everyday all day i love all types of sweet teas hot n cold but i think its too much caffeine n sugar i knw kidneys are important i dont wanna mess them up but im addicted to tea what should i do??

    • ANSWER:
      If you want healthy kidneys try drinking cranberry tea like traditional medicinals:

  4. QUESTION:
    The doctor put me on a light to liquid diet for the stomach flu, it may be a kidney infection, should I change
    I went to the doctor this morning because I had been throwing up since 4am. I was also very achy, but I did not have a fever at the time. I mentioned to my doctor that I was concerned about the possibility of it being a kidney infection, because that was exactly what it felt like the first time I had one. She ran a urinalysis and sad that it was a possibility, but they would need to do a culture to find out more; I won't know the results of that until Saturday, She technically diagnosed me with a stomach flu but gave me the Rx for the kidney infection just in case. At 11am she gave me a shot to kill the nausea, and put me on a 3 day light to liquid diet. I couldn't have anything for the 1st 6 hours and then just clear liquids and jello. Now I am no longer nauseas and I can keep down water, something I could not do before, but I feel more achy, tired, and a fever of 101. I called my doctor and she said I could start the Rx if I wanted, since previously she had not thought if was a...
    kidney infection because I did not have a fever. My husband is at the store filling my Rx right now, but my question is this:

    Since I believe it could be a kidney infection and I am no longer nauseas do I need to stay on the liquid diet? Its too late to call my doctor at this point. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      ok, since your on a liquid diet any way try and do things that are good for your kidneys. if its an infection your probably in need of flushing them out so drink lots, and since cranberry juice is good for your kidneys drink some of that. i recall when i was in the hospital for some urinary issues there was a diet on the menu for renal patients that can be found here
      http://www.peacehealth.org/kbase/topic/special/tv7852spec/sec1.htm
      hope this helps and that you feel better soon !!!! :)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  6. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies and diet tips for my cat's kidney disease?
    My cat, 6 yrs old, could possibly have kidney failure (it might be a bladder infection but I won't find out for another 2 weeks after antibiotics); he's still energetic and doesn't show any signs of illness. Ironically I have kidney disease as well and am using natural remedies like dandelion root tea and other herbs. Wheatgrass has also improved my health a lot. I am wondering these herbs would apply to cats as well?

    Does anyone have any suggestions for diet (should it be homemade)? I've been doing research and they all say low salt, but some sites say good high quality protein while others say low protein. And should I stop using the chemical Frontline (flea medicine) on my cat?

    Also, where on my cat are his kidneys located?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      First off...the kidneys are located just past the send of the rib cage on both sides...the right kidney is slightly closer to the front of the cat. Frontline Plus doesn't go into the animals system, so it will have no effects on the kidneys...so don't stop using it. I wouldn't reccomend any "natural remedies" without consulting your vet...cats and people can very different recations to plants...and a lot of plats can be nephrotoxic (toxic to the kidneys) in cats!

      A diet wont help kidney failure until bloodwork confirms Azotemia...this means the that BUN and CREATINIE are elevated. So unless this has been confirmed by your vet, changing the diet wont help. However, if Azotemia is confirmed, then a low protein/low phospherous diet is highly recomended. The protein that is in the kidney diets is a high quality one. Several brands make kidney diets.... Purina NF, Royal Canin/IVD modified....Hill's K/D..... Royal Canin Renal LP..... However, they are by prescription only, so you have to get them from your vet. If you are interested in making your own diet, you can contact UC Davis, and for a small fee, they will formulate a diet you can cook at home specificaly for your cats needs....

      I'm not sure why its going to take so long to confirm that your cat has kidney disease...a simple blood test should confirm if the kidney values are normal or not.

      Good Luck!

      http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=572

      http://www.felinecrf.com/

  7. QUESTION:
    Can I crash diet for a short amount of time, without damaging my kidneys?
    My mom has end-stage renal failure. She's on the transplant list, and I am her "potential" donor. To the doctors surprise I match six of the six genetic markers they look for and have no conflicting antibodies. This makes rejection very unlikely, as close to a perfect match as possible. I went in for testing and was found completely healthy enough for the surgery...except of course being a fat @$$, or in medical terms over-weight. Over the last year I have lost 50 pounds, and only have 15 more to be a healthy weight. But my mom has developed serious complications with her arm cath; blood is pooling in her hand, arm and chest due to scarring from the perm cath she had before and the restricting of the cath she has now. The arm and hand are in danger of infection and gangrene. The choices are to remove it and put in the perm cath again for more scarring close to the heart, with my mom's predisposition for blood clots; or getting a new kidney.
    I tried to get the last 15 lbs waved for medical expediency, but my "team" wouldn't budge. Now I know that that's why I have my own "team" as a donor, to look out for my own health. If I had been 30, I wouldn't be here and my mom would have a kidney; but I'm twenty and over-weight. So I am stuck between a rock and a hard place. I shouldn't have gotten myself into this position in the first place, but I'm here and working on it.
    So my question is if I crash diet for two weeks, will it cause serious damage to my kidneys? I know that crash diets are awful and shouldn't be tried at all, but I got to lose that 15. I've hit a plateau in my healthy diet and exercise program, and even if I hadn't it would take another two or three months.
    The doctors want to have that cath surgery done within the month, month and a half at the most. So I want to go on a crash diet and a rigorous exercise boot camp, but don't want to hand over a damaged kidney for my troubles. Will a two week crash diet land my organs in trouble, or is there a safer way to lose 15 pounds in a month? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    P.S. Yes I have talked to my "team" about this, but their prerogative is moi. They don't recommend it and say it is only possible that damage may occur and the weight gain after could make me lose all progress I have made with my weight. But it's my mom, and her need is greater than mine.

    • ANSWER:
      Crash dieting = starvation mode = no weight lose.

      Best to eat 1,200 calories and exercise for about an hour or two a day.

      Add in weights, for example, running with ankle weights.

      Eat 30% of your food from protein

      Keep carbs to 130 or LESS.

  8. QUESTION:
    Have you ever used ALLI the new diet pill, did it work?
    I took it for 5 months and didn't loose a single pound. I stopped taking them because it gave me a really bad kidney infection. Has anyone expierence this ?

    • ANSWER:
      alli has SO many things wrong with it.
      if its not taken EXACTLY directed including the work outs and diet plans NO CHEATING it will not work.
      it is VERY common to give people liver, kidney and ANAL problems.
      the most common is anal leakage.
      it doesnt work very well... even if people didnt have all these problems while taking it, they would have had more success just working out or cutting the sweets.

      im sorry this happend to you.
      i wanted to try alli but i did a lot of research on it and im glad i found out what i did because it really saved me a lot of problems.

  9. QUESTION:
    My friend is addicted to Diet Pepsi?
    Last summer she had to go to the hospital and they told her she had a kidney infection. She apparently didn't learn her lesson because she drinks as many cans as she can a day. Everybody (including me) keeps telling her to drinks less and drink some water, but she just gets mad and says she doesn't like water. Should I be worried for her health? Can anything major happen if she continues like this? Any good websites to convince her? Thank you so much.

    • ANSWER:
      Atleast she doesn't have a Coke problem.

  10. QUESTION:
    I was Diagnosed with a Kidney Infection when I went in complaining about my Knee?
    I went to see this chiropractor who was recommended by my parents coworkers(I'm only 15) and he ran some tests. He uses alternative Chinese medicine as well.

    He was pretty amazing. He was like putting pressure on my legs and at one point my ribcage. It hurt like crazy, but after all of it, my knees felt amazingly better.

    His diagnosis: a kidney infection requires the energy of the body, so it has caused weakened muscles overall and therefore, when your son tries to go running, he hurts kis knee(torn meniscus)

    He reocmmeded eating chicken feet, beef tendon(for the colagen), diet free of sugar(to fight off the kidney infection since apparently the bacteria feed on sugar)

    I'm not sure if this guy is crazy or correct..

    • ANSWER:

  11. QUESTION:
    Is diet ocean spray cranberry 10 ounce bottles just as good for urinart tract infections as regular ocean spra?
    The ocean spray diet cranberry from concentrate as effective as cranberry juice for urinary tract infections and kidney problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Water, cranberry juice, and over-the-counter medications such as AZO can all help alleviate the pain and discomfort of a urinary tract infection but none will effectively "cure" an active infection, especially if it involves the kidneys.

      If you have a urinary tract infection/pain in the kidneys, etc. you need to see a doctor and get a proper course of antibiotics to treat the problem.

      Drinking plenty of water and adding cranberry juice to your diet can help ward off future infections but if you already have one, see your doctor before the problem worsens, this can be dangerous if left untreated.

  12. QUESTION:
    Instead of Hills G/D Prescription Diet for my cats, what is the best cat food available @ reasonable cost?
    My cats were brought up on dry Science Diet. Then, one of my cats was placed on Nutro Weight Management and after a year had a kidney fail. The Vet put her on K/D Prescription diet then when she developed a bladder infection and other issues changed her to G/D Prescription diet. I'm not convinced that this is the right food for my cats. And I believe that they should have more protein! Thanks for any insight!

    • ANSWER:
      I made the HUGE MISTAKE of feeding all my pets Science Diet over the past 20 plus years too, I was so blind!! After coming on here and reading posts about cats and food and protein mainly from the KEN poster, I wised up, again do research with what you read here like I did, you will be come wiser and have healthier pets! I often wonder if my love kitty Alex wouldn't have suffered from Inflammatory Bowel Disease if I had feed her higher protein food!!? She has since passed I miss her so!! NOW my diabetic Cat's blood sugar went down over 200 points by a food change, it was hard and I had to balance her insulin and check her blood sugar 2-3 or more times a day but I am happy to say she is taking a LOT LESS insulin now, and that makes me happy. Her system just couldn't digest all those grains/carbs!! Anyway GOOD LUCK

  13. QUESTION:
    Pyrenees Mountain Dog, HUGE WEIGHT LOSS, possible kidney disease, best diet?
    Our Pyr is now 3 years old and we've had so many problems with him, bless him. We only had Benji for a few days when he started to have seizures. To cut a long story short after spending nigh on £7,000 at the local vets, vetinary hospital A&E and intensive care they still didn't know what was causing the seizures and other problems (anemic, irregular blood cells and so on). Anyway, after the first year and half of his life on medication he seemed to stabilise and as the seizures stopped he no longer required the medication. Benji was then a relatively "normal" Pyr (apart from aenimic and sensitive stomach).

    However, the last few months he's had dramatic weight loss and is now suspected of having kidney disease (still undergoing tests). He was never a big Pyr after all the problems he had when he was a puppy, but over the last few months he went from 41kg down to 32kg. With plenty of antibiotics and change of diet etc. he has gained a massive 5kg in the last month so he's back up to 37kg now. We're waiting for more test results so we know whether it is kidney failure of a severe infection. I asked the vet as to what dry food is the best for a dog like Benji with all his problems, and he didn't really give me a solid recommendation. Benji's always had a fairly sensitive stomach, so wet dog food isn't really an option as it causes chronic diareah and makes him even more lethergaic. We changed to Royal Canin (large adult) just before his weight gain which I think has helped.

    Would anyone recommend to keep on using this?

    Advice needed from a distressed and concerned Pyr owner :)

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  14. QUESTION:
    Good and Bad Dog Foods?
    I notice I get a lot of thumbs down when I tell about my bad experience with a high protein diet. My dog had a kidney infection that I didn't know about and months of high protein aggravated his ailing kidneys to the point of near renal failure.

    Now I know some people are huge advocates of *their* brand, but is it so bad that it just doesn't work out for some dogs? We all know not every food is good for every dog.

    On top of that, most people are quick to put down foods like Eukanuba and Purina, but I just have to add that some of the top show dogs in the US and Canada live and obviously THRIVE on brands of food that people here consider *bad*.

    Is a food BAD if a dog does wonderfully on it?
    My dogs are on Blue Buffalo.

    And yes the kidney infection went unnoticed because there were no symptoms. No pain, no smelly urine, nothing, until the high protein was added.

    I'm not saying EVO is bad for EVERYONE, but it didn't work for US.

    • ANSWER:
      no a food is not bad if a dog does good on it but brands like Purina one use chemically enhanced ingredients unlike wellness and blue, I would rather feed my dog blue or wellness because of the health factor and the ingredients, them foods all use real food for there ingredients instead of the chemically enhanced ingredients and my dog is not a show dog but looking at him you would think he was. And just because someone has a show dog does not mean they are feeding them the best food out there, a show dog is just that a show dog, judges don't care what food they are being feed so the people that do have show dogs should stop being so arrogant about it. And actually the best diet and food to feed and animal is the raw diet!.

  15. QUESTION:
    Hello. My cat Mickey has been on a hills k/d diet for early signs of kidney disease for a year.?
    Now his back legs are weak. We had a blood test done and all is normal except calcium his high. The vet thinks its cancer, actually she set on it being cancer. X-rays show no tumors, but bowels seem a little enlarged, he still has a healthy appetite and drinks plenty of water. Also he is currently being treated for a sinus infection. Should I get another test done and a second opinion. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I would get a second opinion. It cant hurt!

      Good Luck

  16. QUESTION:
    My sister kidney, one is got infection, need advice!?
    I need advice and maybe some answer, my sister (12) has a kidney infection and the doctor said that the kidney functions is about 24% / 70% (i don't really understand) and said it's ok to keep the kidney and as long she took the medication.

    What i want to ask is, what the drawback with only one kidney is fully functioning for the long term period? and what are the diet for the patient? coz i'm really really worried about her..... please give advise so i could take care my sister in correct way and hopefully the other kidney is ok!

    Regards,

    Ronald
    She is not feeling any pain, the infection just cause her to unable to control her pee when she is a sleep, and she is from the outside just look perfectly healthy 12 yo girl

    • ANSWER:
      The test is a renal function test which determines how the kidneys are working; if they are working. It should be 50% function for each kidney so this means that your sister's one kidney is doing most of the work. People can live healthy lives with one kidney without a problem. After the infection is cleared, it may work more efficiently and it may not. This may be something that she was born with and never knew about. She should be seeing a urologist if she has not already just to be sure there is nothing else causing this problem. There is no special diet. Girls run a higher risk of these type of infections because the urethra (the tube from which she urinates) is short in females and bacteria can get in there and travel into the bladder and up into the kidney. Some things she can do to prevent infections are: drink a fair amount of fluids (not necessarily ALL water but not all the SAME thing), avoid bubble baths (shower instead or plain water and not for an extended time), urinate often (every two to three hours). These suggestions are not a guarantee that she will never get infections again though as some people are just more prone to them (for a variety of reasons). If you want to know more about it in detail, you can e-mail me.

  17. QUESTION:
    Pro-biotics and an alkaline diet?
    I'm pregnant with a yeast, bladder and kidney infection. So my urine analysis has come back from the lab showing that my system is too acidic, to which my midwife attributes all my infections. So she has put me on an alkaline diet to balance my body's ph. For my yeast infection she has me on pro-biotics (acidophilus) which I just read about how they make an acidic environment in your digestive system. So aren't I defeating the pro-biotics with trying to eat only alkaline foods if it needs to make an acidic environment? It doesn't make sense. Is there anyone out there that knows more about this than me? I'm starving because I can't eat my favorite breads and meats. I can't seem to eat enough veggies and fruit to get full.

    I am on Bio-K (heavy duty acidophilus), cranberry pills, digestive enzymes, some homeopathic stuff for bladder infections and grapefruit seed extract and of course my regular prenatal vities and extra V-C.

    Can anyone help?
    Please don't say, "Just ask your doctor"

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know about the probiotics and needing an acidic environment - but I would assume unless you've been on an alkaline diet for many many years you won't have much in the way of "good bacteria" and the probiotics will be very beneficial to preventing future infections. I know, because I am VERY prone to exactly what you are going through, especially when I am pregnant - it's miserable!! Here are some good recipies for alkalinity. Do you have a good blender, or can obtain one (such as a Vita Mix)? That will help all those dark leafy greens and other veggies and fruits go down a LOT easier, and you will feel fuller... the worst is when you're pregnant and trying to eat healthy, because I don't know about you but having anything in my mouth too long was nauseating - I just wanted something I could swallow down quick and be done with it, and make me full!

      Try blending (and I know it sounds nasty, but it's not):
      3-7 leaves of kale - very alkalizing and high in calcium.
      25 strawberries (best deal is the frozen bag at Wal-Mart - .97).
      2 bananas
      1-2c water.
      Optional - avocado! This is creamy and makes it taste like yogurt!!

      "Mixed Berry" (12-16 oz. bag - again at Wal-Mart)
      1 banana
      1/2c water
      Can add greens to that too, but it's soooo delish plain

      Honeydew Melon - delicious and alkalizing - blend it and it makes a creamy delicious drink.

      Salad:
      Quinoa (an alkalizing grain)
      Cut up one tomato
      Cut up half a cucumber
      Can add vinegar and oil ... not sure if that defeats the alkaline purpose, but it's also good without the dressing.

      Check out www.living-foods.com in the Bulletin Boards under the recipies and juicing/blending forums for TONS of great recipies and ideas. The website is devoted to the vegan raw food diet, and those foods are alkaline. People there also offer great emotional support.

      Good luck sweetie!!

  18. QUESTION:
    Kidney infection/Alcohol ?
    I was treated with antibiotics for a suspected kidney infection ( had frequent painful urination, fever, back and side pain) After i finished my antibiotics i haven't experienced any of these symptoms. However iv recently been on a special k diet for 3 days, however was out last night and had a few drinks on an empty stomach i guess. Ever since then iv just been feeling nausea's, i was wondering if this could be related to my kidney infection or just a bad fix of food n alcohol, cause i consumed the alcohol over 30 hours ago n still feel like this. Im just worried because im going on holiday in two weeks and they're will be lots of alcohol consumed!!

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    Besides diet, what's the best natural way to get rid of kidney stones in a cat??
    My cat had magnesium crystals in his urine and a bad bladder infection. He was put on a very strict diet and two different antibiotics. Everything at this point for those troubles have thankfully cleared! He went to the vet the other day and come to find out he now has 3 small kidney stones. The vet says to keep him on the diet and the stones should eventually dissolve. However, I hate leaving him like this. Is there any natural things I could do to help him dispose of these kidney stones?? I know kidney stones are painful for humans and I would hate to think that he's in pain. My little buddy has been through alot these last few weeks and I want to do what's best for him and help him get better in any way I can. Please help. Thanks... For all to who responds and who responded to my other cat questions, thank you so very much. I really appreciate your feedback.

    • ANSWER:
      You are very lucky to have caught it, most cat owners don't find out until it's too late to do anything about the stones.

      You can increase fluid intake which will help the stones pass by feeding him canned food (please follow the diet as the vet suggests) or pouring the liquid from the canned meal into the water to flavor it, as a result making your cat drink more water because of the taste.

      There is a litter additive that detects any blood when your cat goes in his box, this will help you and your vet judge his recovery/health status. You can only get this from your vet. I don't know the price, but your vet should be able to tell you.

      Good luck!

  20. QUESTION:
    How can to know if I have kidney stones or a kidney infection? Or something else?
    Okay for the last couple days I've been feeling really weird. The first thing I noticed was a difference in my pee. It has become really cloudy and has a terrible smell that it has never had before. I didn't change my diet and I have been drinking a lot of water, so I know it can't be because of that. The next thing was that I started having a really sharp pain in my lower back on the left side. It came and went, hurting a lot at some point in the day, and hardly at all during other parts so I just thought that it was back pains or something. But now not only does my back hurt but my lower abdomen does as well. It started out as a managible pain but every day it gets a little worse and now I don't even want to move or walk around to much because it hurts. My stomach also has been making some funny sounds and when I push on the lower left part of my abdomen I can hear like a little swishy sort of noise.

    I know that something is not right, and I've made a doctors appointment for tomorrow, but I'm just kind of curious to what the real reason might be. I've researched it and I think it's probably either kidney stones or a kidney infection, because my symptoms match both of these. I was just wondering if any one has any idea to what it could be or if any one has any similar stories that they'd like to share with me

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney stones often give you a sharp, stinging and stabbing pain in your lower back but after you drink plenty of water the pain goes away within about half an hour or so or perhaps a bit later as kidney stones absolutely love water.

      Cloudy urine plus a burning sensation when you pee suggests a UTI (urinary tract infection) and that usually requires an antibiotic. Drinking a lot of cranberry juice does not necessarily help.

  21. QUESTION:
    Could I be pregnant, or have an infection?
    Hello.
    I am having some issues with my body, that have left me a little confused. I'm going to explain the complexity of my issue, and hope someone knows or has been through this and might be able to offer me some advice.

    See About two months ago, whoa missed my period! So i took a first response, and checked a week after I was late... but the test came back negative.
    Soon after that, my lymph node got terribly swollen in my throat, and the pain was really intense. I at first thought, oh lord I'm pregnant. I did a lot of searching, and did not find that swollen lymph nodes are ever a sign of pregnancy, but still I was skeptical. I didn't feel pregnant, and my intuitions pretty stellar. I looked up what my symptoms could have been and my only answer really lead to an inner body infection, or the mumps. Which I was vaccinated for, so I thought no way! The fail rate on the vaccine is like 1, in every million or something, and mumps are pretty much unheard of now, but I guess its still a possibility.
    It took a week of eating well, and sleep for it to go away. But it went away, my fever went down, and my period was missed. I read it was normal for woman to miss because of stress. A swollen lymph node because of stress? I dont think thats to common. I know you can worry yourself sick, but that is a little silly. I assumed I would get my period the next month, but still nothing. I took another test two weeks ago, which would of been... 45 days after my missed period. I was really nervous, but WHAMMO came back negatory. I made sure that I followed th e instructions very thoroughly.

    As of recent, I have new symptoms on top of my missed periods.

    I have alot of abdominal pain around my ovaries, and lower stomach by like where my bladder, and uterus are. I am sexually active, and love my partner alot. We take care of each other, and are cleanly and have both only been with a virgin a piece, and have no stds. We clean ourselves normally before and after sex. At the beggining of last month we had sex, and the entire time it hurt. I just assumed it was because it was rougher then normal, but that's just not the case, I was being delusional and I knew it. After we had sex the one time, I began to get such bad cramping that I was debilitated and couldn't even move the pain was so bad, not even an exaggeration. I never experienced anything like that, not even when I had my period. I assumed it was because I had my period at the time, but It just didn't feel normal. Im scared to death of doctors so I figured "oh! Ill change my diet a little" so I started drinking more water, and eating healthier for two weeks, but I only seemed to get worse. I started getting pain in my ovaries, and my vagina had a distinct scent kind of like onions? Or garlic? Idk I cant identify it, but its pretty offensive to me. And my urine is like Dark orange. I'm assuming that inst healthy.
    I was getting back cramps, and I guess weird flutters in my stomache.
    When I move certian ways the pain in my ovaries twinges and Its effecting the way i eat. It burns a little bitwhen I use the bathroom, but as common with a yeast infection, there isnt any itching, or cottage cheese like discharge.
    I have a good amount of white ish discharge but I don't know.
    I havnt experienced blood or spotting, and I havnt been getting wierd food cravings, or morning sickness.
    I also have to urinate like every damn minute. It's getting annoying. When i try to go, some comes out, then my whole inner pelvis hurts like hell, and I have to go again, and its in long, to short bursts. Its like I can't make up my mind. My urine has a strange smell too, Its almost like cinnamon mixed with ammonia? I am not sure though if a typical urinary tract infection, kidney infection, or bladder infection though will be enough to make you skip your period twice.
    I obviously need to make a doctor appointment asap, I'm just a little scared, and want to see if the signs lead up to pregnancy or if they lead to an infection? I know a lot of these signs are the same and its confusing, the cramping and urine scent and discharge, and cramps and fluttering and back pain are all signs of infections and pregnancy.
    Oh and the missed periods a big contributor too.
    I personally feel like I have an infection, but pregnancy is a possibility as well. Im more worried about pregnancy then I am infection. I am really rough and tumble, and kind if klutzy. I have fallen down the stairs, and ran into things, and roughhoused, more then enough to hurt the baby. I am making a doctor apointment right now too, heres hoping someone reads this before then :/

    If It is an infection, what type do you think it is based on exp, and my symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      I am not a doctor, but I am sure anyone would tell you that it seems that you have an infection rather than pregnancy. None of the symptoms you listed like the abdominal pain and foul odor and discharge are pregnancy symptoms. You should really see a doctor very soon so that what ever you have contracted can be treated promptly.

  22. QUESTION:
    Whats My Problem?? std/bladder/kidney infection?
    i think i had what they call systitus about 6 months ago because for about a 6 days in one month. random days though. i would go for a piss and id have hardly anything come out and then for the next 3+ hours id have to go to the toilet 20+ times but nothing would come out. after drinking loads of water it would eventally go. it wasnt painfull just very very anoying!. like i said this was atleast a good 4 months since this last happend. But this morning ive gone for a piss and towards the end was a bit of blood discharge nothing major but enough for me to worry. ive been worried about my diet recently fizzy drinks and alot of carbohydrates. ive always had an idea in the back of my head that i might have had an std for a couple of years now though. i have been to the doctors for the systitus but it was more because i felt a lump on my testicle. i had a urine test at doctors and the booked a scan at the hospital. the scan was all fine and the doctors never got back to me about the piss test so i didnt worry. this was about 3 months ago. please help.

    • ANSWER:
      From what you say I dont think you have an STD (but obviously without testing cant be sure!! - obviously!!) From what you say it sounds like you have a UTI - Urinary Tract Infection or cystitis....Is there burning or is it painful to pass urine ?? - If there is blood in the urine it sounds as if you need to start on a course of abs like trimethroprim asap....as its sunday here contact your gp who will have a message on their phone for you to call out of hours - they will then test your urine and probably give you anti biotics....good luck

  23. QUESTION:
    frequent headaches due to lack of caffeine I think?
    I had been drinking diet mountain dew for about thepast year or so. Recently I had been getting a pain and having to pee more often. My boyfriend suggested I may be getting a kidney infection, so I dropped the mountain dew and now I drink nothing but water and sometimes juice. Everything went back to normal except now I get headaches everyday. I assume its because I am not getting any caffeine now.
    I have been taking Excedrin which contains caffeine, and my headaches seem to go away quickly. I don't want to have to keep taking them though. How long til I get through this detox period?

    • ANSWER:
      The headaches are from caffeine withdrawal. By taking the Excedrin, you are actually making the headaches last longer.... your body is getting a smaller amount of caffeine and keeping it from detoxing the last of it out of your system, so the withdrawal symptoms continue.

      The only real way to stop those headaches is to stop ALL sources of caffeine for at least a few days so your system can get rid of everything including the addiction, but there are a few things that can help speed that detox along in addition. Drinking water will help to detox (so you're on the right path there), and taking some supplements that work as cleansers may help as well. Specifically, Apple Cider Vinegar, Green Tea (decaffeinated), Chlorophyll (fantastic cleanser), and even good amounts of fiber and water helps some people (although it's not very comfortable for the lower level of detoxification you get).

      All that being said, it's likely that the symptoms should stop relatively shortly after your last bit of caffeine. Your neurotransmitters don't take too terribly long to scream for something they are addicted to after you stop.
      Also, make sure you aren't drinking any caffeine in your coffee, tea, or other "natural drinks" or energy drinks you may have (some of the herbal drinks add caffeine). Good luck!

  24. QUESTION:
    Paralyzed Intestines, Fatty Liver, Liquid Diet, Swollen Stomach, Upper GI tomorrow. Any encouragement?
    Okay, last Saturday night (8 days ago), I went to my local ER because I was violently vomiting. I had not eaten much that day and had vomited all of that up. After seeing the triage, I started having to run into the ER bathroom and was vomiting up (what I later found out was) BILE. It was oily and green colored. Anyway, they gave me fluids and kept me overnight for observation. I didn't throw up again after being on the fluids. In the last few hours of being in the hospital I had diariah once and started running a low grade fever. They let me go anyway and said it was just a stomach virus going around.
    The following day, I started having the weirdest diariah it was almost all liquid, tan colored and 'frothy' if that makes any sense. I didn't have a since solid movement all week. Friday morning, my boss looked at my stomach and noticed it was POKING out, sent me to the doctor. They did an xray, said my intestines were paralyzed & I had a kidney infection and sent me straight over to the ER again. I've now been here since Friday morning (it's now Sunday night). They did an ultrasound on me today and said I had fat on my liver. I've only had a little food and still no solid movement. They're doing an upper gi tomorrow, but I'm really scared about what they might say.
    My gallbaldder had been removed in 2005 after I was notified of my gallstones my OB saw during one of my last ultrasounds. It was taken out a few days after the birth of my son.
    I'm just hoping someone out there might have been thru what I'm going thru. I've tried to 'google' for help but there's so much 'junk' out there.
    anything would be appreciated
    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    Is there anything else I can do to help my cat?
    My cat has a bladder infection, kidney infection, and some kind of urethral plug. I've taken him to the vet and they put him on Science Diet S/D canned food. The vet said in about 3 days if he isn't peeing then he has to be hospitalized. So far I see no improvement and he isn't wanting to eat. I CAN'T AFFORD TO HOSPITALIZE HIM!!! Is there anything else I can give him or do for him to help this?

    • ANSWER:
      Cats generally will NOT eat the s/d food. Get some baby food from the grocery store. It must have NO onion or garlic powder added. I believe Gerber's Stage 2 chicken or lamb is "pure".

      He will be in more serious trouble if he does not eat so that is the first priority. You can use the baby food for about three days, then you must switch to a food such as Wellness chicken or turkey to get the taurine he needs (baby food has no taurine). You can add a teaspoon of filtered water to the canned cat food - the baby food is quite moist.

      See if you can get methionine from a health food store and add a teaspoon of that to the canned food. It is what is added to the s/d to acidify the urine.

      Infection is another deal alltogether and your cat should have some antibiotic from the original vet for that.

      If your cat does not eat, does not urinate he will lose his life! You must be prepared to hospitalize him if that happens.

  26. QUESTION:
    Pain in the Left and Right Kidneys and Shoulder blades... Please help!
    I am a 24 year old female. Since beginning of July I’ve been having pains in my LEFT kidney. It was nothing terrible just a faint numbness. I just rubbed it and slept on my right side and it would usually go away. A week ago the pain in my LEFT kidney radiates to my LEFT shoulder blade and the faint pain stays there. Plus the pain got worse. Yesterday I got a pain on my RIGHT ovary… that pain for the most part went away. TODAY I have pain on my RIGHT kidney and the pain radiates to my RIGHT shoulder blade. NOW both sides are hurting. It’s a faint numbness that gets to a sharp pain for a few seconds. If I take a deep breath I feel the pain in my back. Today I am also getting acid reflux with it. FYI my pee is normal. I’m going to the doctor tomorrow but people are telling me it’s my kidneys, gallbladder, stones, ovary infection, mini heart attacks or just bad gas. What do I believe??? I know I will get an answer tomorrow but I’m scared as hell now and want a better educated idea on what might be going wrong here. I take vitamins every morning, drink lots of water, and don’t have a bad diet (I’ve actually lost a lot of weight recently). Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      I'd go for urinary track infection spread to the kidneys. Your kinda young for kidney stones. Could be a bacteria infection of other kind. Ovary infections hurt too.

  27. QUESTION:
    Doctors: Upper respiratory infection and treatment?
    Hi there, me and my husband temporarily moved to the South for work and he has become very sick, he has developed a kidney stone and currently has an upper respiratory infection. I fed him very healthy and organic foods when we lived in NY, but since we've moved here and it's all about fried foods and alcohol, he's kinda gone nuts and only been consuming that. We have seen 2 doctors here about the kidney stones and the infection, he was given antibiotics for his infection (which haven't helped at all, it's going on almost 2 weeks of his sickness) and both doctors have said kidney stones have absolutely nothing to do with his diet and have offered no further advice other than refer us to someone to break it up and make it easier to pass when he refused surgery. I work in sales, I don't know a thing about medicine, but I did research and upper respiratory infections are usually viral I thought? Also, I have been reading that kidney stones can result from diet/lack of water/alcohol consumption! The education level in the South is too often criticized(hope I'm not offending anyone), I'm wondering if we just got unlucky with doctors and they are just idiots. Or maybe I am the idiot and they are right? I know there is no way to break up the stone naturally, but I just need some advice on prevention/diet or what foods to avoid since these two knew nothing sadly and I don't believe them that it has nothing to do with diet and alcohol. Any advice I appreciate! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Anyone who tells you that a crappy diet and alcohol have nothing to do with ill health of any kind is a twit. Dehydration can facilitate kidney stone formation. That's a no brainer to someone who knows something about orthomolecular medicine (the study of nutrition on health). Sad fact is that MD's get little or no training in nutrition. Their job is to prescribe drugs and refer to specialists and surgeons. No help there.
      Kidney stones CAN be dissolved and eliminated naturally.
      http://www.howtodothings.com/health-fitness/how-to-get-rid-of-kidney-stones-painlessly
      Some people swear by 2 tbsp. of olive oil mixed with 2 tbsp. of lime juice (follwed by a large glass of water).
      Sometimes just drinking organic apple cider vinegar (1tbsp)mixed in a cup of hot water and inhaling the vapour can knock out an upper respiratory infection/bronchitis. High doses of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) work wonders (around 10,000mg/day in divided doses).
      Hint: it's not you who's the idiot.

  28. QUESTION:
    Can eating bananas trigger Kidney problems?
    I'm a 34 year old female who has a family history of Kidney Disease. The members of my family that had Kidney Disease also abused drugs and alcohol, so who's to say if the drugs and alcohol caused their Kidney Disease. I have never used or tried drugs or alcohol and yet I've suffered chronic kidney infections for years, especially after having children. Now yesterday I ate a banana and started to have back pain (kidney area), and my urine had a very foul salty kind of odor, my blood pressure seemed high and my heart was beating really fast. I do know that if you have Kidney Disease, your diet cannot contain potassium because the kidneys cannot filter properly therefore causing the same symptoms I just explained. I ate another banana today just to see if the same thing happened, and it did. Should I bring this to the attention of my physician? Should I worry? Has anyone else experienced any such thing, or similiar to what I have explained?
    Do you think my kidneys are showing signs of failure? I didn't have these symptoms in the past, but because of my family history of Renal Failure I was wondering if this could be the beginning.

    • ANSWER:
      You should definitely bring this to the attention of your doctor. Potassium, sodium, calcium, phosphorus and other minerals are critical for the proper function of your kidneys and their ability to keep the water balance of your blood, as well as their ability to remove toxins. If you have kidney problems and you eat too much of any of these substances, you can can cause permanent damage to your body. A high level of potassium in the blood can lead to heart rhythm problems, and if left untreated can even lead to death. Please see your doctor ASAP and educate yourself on the proper diet for your body! Good luck!

  29. QUESTION:
    Need help on Home transcription?
    I was medical representative for 4 years then suffered from kidney failure for 1 and half year i was on dialysis and now got transplanted a year ago, in between took training for MT. Due to post transplant medication i cannot go out in a group environment coz im more prone to infections and diet restrictions. Ihave have very low experience any company need good quality. I just want to know is there any company which offer HT as trainee and offer job.

    • ANSWER:
      Learn to create wealth from home

      http://www.brightnetjobs.com

  30. QUESTION:
    Special diet cat food?
    My cat has been diagnosed with kidney stones and bladder infection and the vet says he needs to eat special food. The problem is we have other cats in the house so they all have to be on it to avoid the one with a problem getting other food. I bought a 20lb bag of Hills Science Diet from the vet and it was . This is a bit steep for us feeding all of the cats. Is there any other brands you could suggest that is just as good but a bit eaiser on the wallet? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There is no other less expensive food that will dissolve stones. There are some other urinary tract care foods you can find at the pet stores. But often times the cat with problems will end up back at the vet with another big bill after feeding something else. I realize it is expensive to feed the food suggested, but it should help pay for itself in the long run. A lot of cats gain weight on it, so you won't need to feed nearly as much as you did other foods. The cats may think they are being deprived, but they won't NEED as much.

  31. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know if protein in Urine is serious?Does anyone know a proteinuria diet?
    I have had protein in my urine since I can remember. My new dr had me do a 24 hr sample and my protein was 19 points high. He is sending me to a nephrologist.
    Would being a vegeterian help this? I have heard that light exercise is good but not running and aerobics?
    I have had drs tell me I should see a specialist before but there are times I don't have any protein or light protein. I hope this isn't serious. My endocrinologist ask that my dr refer me to a specialist after blood and urine tests taken for my thyroid. My stomach, legs,ankles,feet and sometimes hands and face swell. I have a lot of kidney infections and every now and then I have calcium, liver enzymes, blood, and keytones but 95% of the time at least a little protein but the amout really varies.
    I had a large number of calcium in my urine a few weeks ago and then I went to er with so much pain. They said they saw a ruptured ovarian cyst but I really think I may have passed a stone because a wk later I didnt have the calcium in my urine?
    I'm not sure what all of this mean?

    • ANSWER:
      Your kidneys act like filters for your blood. The stuff that passes through the filter is what makes up urine. It's not normal for protein to be found in the urine, because the holes in the filter are not large enough for proteins to pass through.

      High levels of protein in the urine indicate there is something wrong with the filter, and therefore something wrong with the kidneys. You could have kidney damage from the kidney infections. A low-protein diet is sometimes recommended for people with renal disease, but if your doctor didn't mention this, your case might not be severe enough to warrant that yet.

  32. QUESTION:
    Does my Cat have a UTI, stones, or other kidney problem? if so... what diet?
    My cat's pee has a little blood in it, i noticed it outside of her litter box. she was frequently urinating, and only producing a small amount each time, I suspected UTI. the blood was only a little bit in the begining, now it's just urine

    i took her to the vet, and they put her on Clavamox (broad spectrum anti-biotic) for an infection. they also want to do a urinealysis & bladder scan for stones/bacteria. Yet when i inquired about this they told me change of diet is appropirate. my question is...What should a kitty with this be eating?

    I have not done the testing yet, due to financial reasons. the vet bill alone was 0.

    she seems better today, but she is a little fatigued. does any know if this is a side effects of this antibiotic? or if this is a sign of something more serious than i thought.

    hope someone can help.

    -Thanks

    p.s. her pee patteren is normal now, she is not constantly going potty, but she is producing, but i'm worried she is a little tired.

    • ANSWER:
      You do not want to feed the vet's diet. You want to stop feeding dry foods. The system needs water.
      http://www.catinfo.org/#Common_Feline_Health_Problems_and_Their_Ties_to_Diet_
      More nutrtiuonal info

      Nutrition since there are so many bad things out there is very important to your cat’s health
      Contrary to what you may have heard; dry foods are not a great thing to feed a cat.
      Please read the label on what you are feeding? What are the ingredients? Do you know what they mean? Is the first ingrdiant a muscle meat like chicken or meal or other things?
      http://www.catinfo.org/#Learn_How_To_Read_a_Pet_Food_Ingredient_Label
      Dry foods are the number 1 cause of diabetes in cats as well as being a huge contributing factor to kidney disease, obesity, crystals, u.t.i’s and a host of other problems. Food allergies are very common when feeding dry foods. Rashes, scabs behind the tail and on the chin are all symptoms
      The problems associated with Dry food is that they are loaded with carbohydrates which many cats (carnivores) cannot process them. Also, Most of the moisture a cat needs is suppose to be in the food but in
      Dry, 95% of it is zapped out of dry foods in the processing. Another thing, most use horrible ingredients and don't use a muscle meat as the primary ingredient and use vegetable based protein versus animal. Not good for an animal that has to eat meat to survive.
      You want to pick a canned food w/o gravy (gravy=carbs) that uses a muscle meat as the first ingredient and doesn't have corn at least in the first 3 ingredients if at all. Fancy feast is a middle grade food with 9lives, friskies whiskas lower grade canned and wellness and merrick upper grade human quality foods. Also, dry food is not proven to be better for teeth. Does a hard pretzel clean your teeth or do pieces of it get stuck? http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/bpo_ch4a.php

      Please read about cat nutrition.
      http://www.newdestiny.us/nutritionbasics.html
      http://www.catinfo.org/feline_obesity.htm
      http://maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm#Dry_Food_vs_Canned_Food.__Which_is_reall

  33. QUESTION:
    Rubbed my penis on her vagina, could she be pregnant?
    So me and my girlfriend were fooling around a little she took off her panties and I had my boxers on and I kinda touched her there with my penis which wasn't even wet just a little moist, she was very wet though. I did that for just a minute and didn't ejaculate. It was a few days after her period and she's still a virgin. Then she got sick got kidney infection and had to change her diet and all and she spotted for two days which scared me very much, but wanted to wait to see if she gets her period. Well it's the 25th and she should've gotten it yesterday and she didn't get it yet. Could she be pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      if you are very certain you didn't ejaculate then no shes not pregnant however pregnancy tests can't hurt to try and her periods a day late? us girls don't get them dead on time in fact most of the time they are a couple of days late or early your panicking a bit too much just try to think this logically

      hope this helps ;)

  34. QUESTION:
    do you know anyone who has had worst luck with pets? do tell...?
    i have had 6 pets in my adult life...30 years old, got started at 19.

    cat 1: Poops~n~Bites : died of cancer at age 6 (after surgeries, cryogenics, chemo). She crapped on the carpet every day of her life UNTIL one month before she died. And although a lover she would bite you when she felt she was done being petted. We euthanized her, but probably waited too long because it was really hard to do.

    cat 2: Trixie (followed 6 months later) died at age 6 also, from a heart attack from the vacuum-no joke!!

    cat 3: Ninja (four years later) died AGAIN at age 6 from kidney failure (after lots of visits, home IV fluids, change if diet). it came on strong and from the time the symptoms were present we only had about 2 weeks with her. we had gotten her levels back to a good level from a few days stay at the vet ($$$) but she was in a LOT of pain a few days later and we put her down.

    Cat 4 : Guadalupe "Lupe" 4 years old ALIVE!! However, Lupe was diagnosed with a heart murmur at age one: 1 or 2 on a scale 1-6, 6 being worst. a cardiogram showed half her heart was solid hard from heart disease at age 2, and also was rated 4-5 on scale. without meds she was given 6mos to live at age 2. we give her 2 pills a day and seems like she is great although we know her time is limited. we know a day will come that she will exhibit signs of suffocation (cardiac arrest) and we will immediately bring her in to be put down. they said it's very painful (CA). also, they want us to give her cardiograms every 6 mos but they are 0+ and WE ARE BROKE. the only one in the house with health insurance is the DOG.

    DOG 1: willis!!! the million dollar dog (insured!) status: ALIVE AND EXPENSIVE!!! (and i love him with allllllll of my heart, soul and credit cards)

    YEAR ONE:
    *multiple bladder infections
    *lots of diarehea (changed diet)
    *multiple eye infections
    *massive loss of hair (related to allergies)
    *severe allergies (food and insects)
    *puppy strangles disease
    *benign hystiocytoma #1
    *extreme infection from absess from removal of 1st hystiocytoma. the vet wasn't able to test it. he thought it may be a tumor & i tried to be pro-active, since it looked like Poops~N~Bites' mass cell growths and i was told boxers are tumor factories. the result was a few days after surgery we ended up taking him to the vet 4x in 24hrs (was seen at reg. vet 2x & er vet 2x, both places by multiple vets). the last time we brought him in (to ER less than 2hrs after reg. vet visit) they told us he probably wouldn't make it (infection had spread all over his body-he was FILLED w/ fluid and pus). they did an aggressive surgery and put lots of drainage tubes in and removed tons of gangreen skin. they weren't able to tell me if he was going to make it for 2 days!! he wasn't able to exercise or play for one month after that, but recovered.

    YEAR TWO
    *pneumonia
    *got "the flu" or ate poison outside again (we live in the city)
    *hystiocytoma #2 (left untouched since first was benign and it went away eventually)
    *flu (or ate poison outside)
    *ate a half of a CD, as well as dvd cases, hair brushes and mutliple ink pens....
    *LOTS AND LOTS of yeast infections in ears and between toes resulting in many, many expensive shampoos, medicated pads, ear cleaners, epsom salt baths (5m 2x a day). did i mention my husband and i both work 1-2 FT jobs each and were in school FT??? (we had doggie day care and opposite schedules so he wasn't neglected and we also walked him at the minimum 2hrs a day)
    *funky stinky penis infection (mild, but disgusting)

    YEAR THREE
    *benign hystiocytoma (2 of them... one got gruesome, both went away)
    *ate chocolate, raisins & a btl. of neosporin.
    *Bloat
    *Tumor (grade 2-1) we had removed.

    DOG 2 : Shakey Jake
    a one year old boxer we rescued 4 months ago. i found him on craigslist and adopted him because he was in a really tiny crate and he was 7months old. the owner told me he was in there 12-13 hrs a DAY!!! because of work and commute. it broke my heart, esp knowing how much exercise and socialization these dogs need. she promised me he was up to date on shots, totally healthy and mostly house broken. turns out, she lied. i brought him to the vet 12 hrs later...he had ear mites, worms, skin infections, broken tail in 2 parts and was malnourished. he didn't respond to our voices (i thought he was deaf-no just ignored). he bit us (not maliciously just playing, but OUCH) and was totally crazy. it took 2 months to house train him. he's still hyper but all of his health stuff got cleared up with shots, meds, bandages and love!!!

    he had one 0 flu-like experience but besides that is seemingly healthy. he was fine after he got rehydrated.

    about my boxer eating choc/raisins/neosporin/cds/pens/etc PLEASE DO NOT JUDGE ME!!!!!! all times were extreme accidents (or in part from them climbing on the counters that we thought they couldn't reach). my husband cut off part of his thumb at work and left the neosporin on the table

    • ANSWER:
      I know how you feel we have been through so many dogs and cats i can't keep track of them all we have moved around a lot and some have gotten sick and chewers and everything, hubby about ready to give up on having pets, we have chaweenie right now, she is a chewer and has gotten sick twice because of it, has eaten my kids clothes underwear from all members of the family. So we have been through the same thing some of them had worse problems then we could afford. My Hubby is the same way.

  35. QUESTION:
    kidney problems?
    My dog has a kidney infection & she needs to be put on a diet that has low amounts of protein in high quality.
    Do you know of a dog food that I could give to her that would fulfill these requirements?
    My vet has prescription dog foods, but they're really expensive and she suggested that I look around for something cheaper.

    • ANSWER:
      An entire list devoted to this topic...
      http://pets.groups.yahoo. com/group/K9KidneyDiet/

      Take the space between yahoo. and com out

  36. QUESTION:
    SlimQuick and kidney problems?
    My friend wants to add Slimquick (the diet pill) to her diet and exercises routine but she has chronic kidney infections, so I have been trying to find out if Slimquick would be safe for her. Does anyone know if Slimquick would affect her kidneys?

    Before you start judging:
    1- She is an adult,
    2- Her doctor told her she needs to lose weight,
    3- She WILL be discussing this with her doctor, we are just trying to gather as much information on our own as possible
    4- She DOES exercise and eats healthy

    I JUST WANT TO KNOW ABOUT SLMIQUICK AND THE POSSIBLE EFFECTS IT MIGHT HAVE ON HER KIDNEYS!
    It's just the regular Slimquick, not the Hoddia or Cleanse

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    sudden High blood pressure few weeks after sinus infection has gone?
    After having a big sinus infection which was got rid of with antibiotics and having a normal and good blood pressure reading, a few weeks later i went back to doctors feeling dizzy ,he said i have high blood pressure.I have now had some tests on kidneys ,urine which i am waiting results for and ecg (which was normal) and I am on medication which has lowered it.But I am just wondering what could have caused this,could it be to do with the sinuses?The antibiotics?stress?my diet ,which was full of junk at one point ,genetics? or me stopping smoking few months back?Maybe no one has the answers,but it would be interesting to know if anyone else has gone through similar or knows of anyone who has?

    • ANSWER:
      Totally unrelated to the sinuses and abx. Blood pressure readings normally vary throughout the day, but sometimes your bp can drop when you have an infection- so it's possible that your first reading was a false low.
      I doubt it was sudden- chances are that it just became high enough to have symptoms. High bp is called the silent killer because while your heart, kidneys, vessels & eyes are being damaged- you may not have a single indication that something is wrong.
      Quitting smoking is GREAT, and staying a non-smoker is one of the best things you can do for your bp. If you are overweight, shedding a few pounds will help.
      As far as risk factors- they are divided into modifiable (things you can do like not smoke and eat bacon cheeseburgs everyday) and non-modifiable such as genetics. HBP is most common black males over 30. it's just a fact. genetics also play a part.
      just work on the things you have control over and take your meds- if side effects are intolerable- ask for something else- there are a million meds for high bp (anti-hypertensives)
      There are alot of dietary factors, but that is a whole different question!

      take care!

  38. QUESTION:
    6 year old girl with foul smelling urine?
    i checked this site http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/urine-odor/AN00958 and it said foul smelling urine is usually due to an infection of the kidneys or bladder. but i have been smelling this awful smell in the bathroom for weeks now and finally figured out it was my youngest daughter's urine so i cant believe it could be an infection or she would have been very ill by now. she says there has not been any itching or burning and she has not had any fever. she doesnt eat asparagus and there have not been any changes in her diet so i am very perplexed about this. i am going to make a doctor's appt on monday.
    the question is, what ELSE could it be? is there a disease or condition that i missed that also causes this that i missed?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be due to a variety of things. Infection is high on the list, and your daughter might not realize she is having painful urination if this has been going on a long time (she may think that's the way it is now). Another is diabetes, which would also predispose her to infection and smelly urine (because the sugar in the urine would feed naturally occuring bacteria). Another is genetic diseases of amino acid metabolism, but these are likely to have been diagnosed at an earlier age.

      It is important to get her in to see a doctor as soon as possible, and I am glad you will do this Monday. She will need blood and urine samples to diagnose any of these possibilities. She should go into these tests in a fasting state, so if you get an appointment early in the morning, don't let her eat breakfast so you can get the tests done then. If you go in after 10:00, do the test the next day (at 7:00-8:00 am).

      Meanwhile, make sure she drinks plenty of water. Check her urine to see if you can get it to lighten up (should be nearly clear) and reduce the odor with greater fluid intake. And good luck Monday.

  39. QUESTION:
    Is there not enough fibre in my diet?
    Hello. (:
    I really need some help. For the past few weeks, whenever I go to the toilet (I know, not a nice topic, but I really need some help,) I'm almost literally howling in pain. I think I may have a tear, but whenever I do go, I bleed, and it takes me a long time before I'm finished. I also know it's not good to strain, but I'm having to at the moment to get it out. I'm pretty sure I've had this before, and I think it was because I wasn't getting enough fibre.
    I get a lot of problems, like cystitis, kidney/water infections....and so on. But I'm pretty sure this has just got to do with the fact I don't get enough fibre. I'm 15, and I'm also a demi-vegetarian (I only eat white meat and fish, and if you don't believe this is real, Google it,) as I refuse to eat red meat. Is there any way that my fibre levels may be linked to this? If not, what can I eat that will boost my fibre levels?
    I'm sorry to ask such a question, but I need some help, as it's really uncomfortable. No stupid/horrible answers please, as I tend to suffer with these sort of things quite a lot.
    I really appreciate your help with this. (:

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Kellie, I wouldn't have realy thought that any flavor of vegetarian would have a problem with fibre seeing as you diet primarily consists of many of the best sources of fibre available.

      My first thought is you are not drinking enough water. Are you doing long duration exercise or sport in which you sweat a lot? In this case you may need to drink even more water than you are having now. The recommendations are that the people drink approx 8 x 8oz glasses of water per day, possilby more if vigorous activity occurs.

      If you think your water intake is adequate then I think a trip to the doctor would be the best idea as well.

  40. QUESTION:
    No ejaculation, no pentration, pregnancy?
    Me and my girlfriend were fooling around a little, I rubbed my penis on her vagina I wore boxers, and I was nowhere close to coming and didn't even feel any pre-cum, by the way I hadn't masturbated for a week. We've never done it she's still a virgin. Next week she got very sick (kidney infection) and took antibiotics and changed her diet and she was spotting for two days. She also missed her period, but she felt like she's going to have it but nothing came. And she's also very horny after her missed period. It's been over a month now since we've fooled around and she has no other symptoms, but she's missed her period for about 13 days now. Could she be pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      No. You didn't have sex. Sperm has to enter the vagina to get pregnant. Being sick can cause her cycle to be off. Don't worry she is NOT pregnant.

  41. QUESTION:
    Fooling around but no penetration, pregnancy?
    Me and my girlfriend were fooling around a little, I rubbed my penis on her vagina I wore boxers, and I was nowhere close to coming and didn't even feel any pre-***, by the way I hadn't masturbated for a week. We've never done it she's still a virgin. Next week she got very sick (kidney infection) and took antibiotics and changed her diet and she was spotting for two days. She also missed her period, but she felt like she's going to have it but nothing came. And she's also very horny after her missed period. It's been over a month now since we've fooled around and she has no other symptoms, but she's missed her period for about 13 days now. Could she be pregnant?

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    Im 21 in august , my urine has been dark and smells , could I have cancer?
    I'm a female, and I've been having dark disgusting smelling urine for about 3 years , when I was younger I used to hold it a lot and got a tract infection at 15, when it first really started I thought it was due to soda intake, then someone told me eating beef will make it smell, I don't drink much soda now and I just don't know why this is still going on, even drinking water only ....helps a little. Today I have a sore pain on my lower back off to the side, like an ache, I'm wondering if there could be something wrong with my kidneys....opinions?diet suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      If it's been dark for years, it ain't kidney failure... Go to the dr. Until then drink cranberry juice, 100%, nothing added. I very rarely have had uti problems, but when I felt something coming on, I would buy 2 gallons of the juice and drink it all in 2 days. Never had to go to the dr except before I knew about the juice. The sulfa drug they put me on, I'm allergic too. Dark pee is either dehydration or the supplements you may be taking.

      Well you didn't say what color your dark urine is, so check this site out and it goes through all the colors and probably causes: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/urine-color/DS01026/DSECTION=causes

      The most common cause of dark AND smelly urine is dehydration...

  43. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with me!!?!!?!!?!!?
    Ok, so. I am extremely tired. Like, all the time. It's been like this for about four days, and I slept all day Saturday and all day Sunday. I am vegetarian but I have a well balanced diet. I eat right, I exercises. I have some medical problems, my kidneys really suck. But, it doesn't feel like my kidney it feels like the area right next to my hip bone on my tummy, on the left side, Hurts just like a kidney infection. I just feel weak and tired, Extremely tired.

    What could be wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a doctor. asap

  44. QUESTION:
    Is a raw food diet safe for my 3 cats with medical issues?
    I have 5 cats but it is only 3 I am worried about. 5 year old male with a history of urinary blockages controlled with Hills Prescription Diet c/d. 13 year old male in mild kidney failure. He has had 2 flare ups requiring us to give subcuteaneous fluids but is fine currently. 9 month old male adopted 2 months ago who had severe coccidia infection when we brought him home. After two days he started leaking diarrhea all the time. We did several weeks of prednisone and flaggyl which have cleared up the coccidia. After resolving the coccidia he still had leakage and a mucusy discharge so vet suspected IBS and put him on Hills Prescription Diet d/d which is a rabbit and pea based food. We haven't had any leakage in a couple of weeks now so she said to stay on this food.

    I looked into the raw food diet before but my vet recommended against it for fear of salmonella, etc. I still would like to give it a try but would love to hear from others using a raw diet with ill cats.
    I should have been more specific as to the treatment of the coccidia. He tested positive for coccidia which was treated with Albon(?sp) and Prednisone. We did three rounds of this with no improvement. At that point the vet said that it could be IBS and put him on Flaggyl for two weeks and the HIlls food. Her explanation for the IBS was that he was allergic to the protein source (chicken) and that the HIlls uses rabbit. I thought this to be odd just because it seemed more logical to me that it was the corn and other grains that would be the problem since cats are carnivores. She said that it is normally not the case. I asked her about the raw diets I have seen (Feline Futures, Feline Instincts, and one off the catnutrition.com site). Her opion was that it wasn't safe due to the risk of salmonella, etc. I thank those who have responed and would love to hear from more raw feeders.

    • ANSWER:
      I can't help you much, I'm afraid, but I'm answering because I hate seeing all the ignorance out there about raw meat diets.

      I'm sorry to say you have more sense than your vet. Or should I be sorry? LOL Whatever, you know more than she does.

      Yes, the prescription diets work. But why sentence a cat to a lifetime of crappy, inferior foods? You're right to consider alternatives. Yay you!

      The kidney/protein thing is being rethought, but I don't know enough to advise you.

      What I can recommend is this - find a raw friendly vet in your area. Perhaps this will be a holistic vet - most of them seem to have a clue when it comes to proper nutrition. This way you can get one-on-one advice about the best diets for your problem kids.

      It may cost more at least up front, but I do believe it's worthwhile. I just recently switched vets. I took one cat to a good cat specialist, although I was sad to see Science Diet, Eukanuba and Royal Canin being sold. I took my problem child (weight, digestive issues) to a holistic vet and it was a religious experience! I got personalized advice that I would have paid any price for. But it only cost me 0, and that included a few items I bought.

      If nothing else, I suggest you join the Yahoo group Whole Cat Health. It's a fantastic group and the moderator probably knows everything there is to know about cats. If she or other members can't advise you, they can at least point you in the right direction.

      In the meantime, feel secure leaving your cats eating the overpriced, but somehow effective, prescription food. They'll hang in there until you've had time to do some research.

      Good luck!

  45. QUESTION:
    Cloudy urine... Too much caffeine and lack of water, or something more serious?
    So I just went to the bathroom, and the urine was pretty cloudy... I'm a bit worried about a Kidney infection, or dysfunction. You see about a month ago, I took a pretty hefty amount of clonazepam, shamefully, for recreational purposes, and ended up taking between 12-18mg of the stuff. (I was out of it, so I didn't really know what I was doing...) I'm thinking that could have very well done some damage to my liver and/or kidneys, and might be the explanation! I'm sixteen, and a pretty massive guy, weighing 276 pounds and 6' 1", so I don't think that one Clonazepam binge would've caused too many issues.

    Now, I'm almost sure that the cloudiness has to do with this:

    For the past week, I've been drinking a big cup of coffee EVERY day, usually shortly after I wake up. I've also been drinking waaaay too many diet colas, which I haven't done in a while. It's also been a fairly long time since I've had coffee, and I can't recall ever drinking it as often as I am now. I pretty much haven't had ANY water in two weeks, and I'm a smoker, though I have been smoking a lot less. (Because I have to smoke outside at our new house.)

    I'm really not sure what's wrong, but I'm thinking that it's most likely all of the excess caffeine, and severe lack of pure water.

    Anyone here think I have a Kidney Infection, or a Urinary Tract Infection? I'm going to lay off the caffeine and sodas, and start drinking ONLY water for a while, and if I'm still having the same problem in two days, I will definitely visit my doctor about it!

    Your opinion about this would be greatly appreciated, and wish me luck!

    God bless.
    I did have my thyroid checked. YEARS ago. I have hypothryoidism and take Synthroid 88MCG once daily for it. I do have insulin resistance but it's under control.
    I have been having this pain in my back, but I think it has to do with my new bed, because I wake up with it at it's worst, and my neck also gets really sore when I sleep. It doesn't feel any different than usual when I use the restroom.
    Oh, and I do drink A LOT of milk!

    • ANSWER:
      Yea that is probably the problem. If you are not in pain you probably don't have any infections yet, but you could be on your way to one if you don't lay off the bad for you drinks. You are completly right about the lack of water thing though. You have to much acid and/or sugar in your urine that makes it like that and yes that can lead to an infection. So you have the right idea, lay off the other stuff and just drink water. I would recomend not drinking that stuff altogether, It is really bad for you. Coffee has some benefits (with out all the sugar) but sodas and such do not. Even diet sodas are really bad for you, they have fake sugar in them. Horrible for your body. And you should strive to drink a gallon of water a day, your body needs it to work right. We are made mostly of water you know. Having enough water makes everything run right, it makes your skin look better, your kidneys work easier, you get less muscle cramps (potassium like in banana's helps with this to) etc.

  46. QUESTION:
    Why am I having back pains at 15?
    I have been having really bad back pains for a couple weeks now that occur in my lower back, like right under my ribs and it is on both sides most of the times, but mainly on my right. It will get worse when I am sitting for a while in a weird position, like with my feet to the side or something. Also, if I'm laying on my side in bed it gets really bad and it makes it hard to sleep at times. My mom had mentioned something about my kidneys but I haven't had any pain with urination, it has been a little less than normal but that's the only change. Another thing that had crossed my mind is that I haven't had my period for 2 months now, it has done that before (last time the gap was 4 months). In September will make it a year for having my periods so I thought it might still be irregular and never really thought any more about it. But I haven't had any change in my diet, I eat just like I always do, I never FEEL fevered or nauseous. I have been trying to drink more than normal because I'm always bad for not drinking much but that hasn't seemed to help any. One thing I was worried about is my mom always gets UTIs and I was wondering if that might be what it was or even a kidney infection. Does anyone have any idea what this pain might be from??
    By the way, I'm not sure if this matters but someone put diabetis as a kidney problem cause but I'm hypoglycemic so I don't think I'm all of a sudden a diabetic over 4 months.

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    Are you interested in a report on Cancer from the Johns Hopkins Hospital?
    Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins :

    1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer
    cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have
    multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients
    that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after
    treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the
    cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable
    size.

    2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a
    person's lifetime.

    3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer
    cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and
    forming tumors.

    4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has
    nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic,
    but also to environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

    5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing
    diet to eat more adequately and healthy, 4-5 times/day
    and by including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

    6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing
    cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells
    in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can
    cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

    7.. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars
    and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

    8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often
    reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of
    chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor
    destruction.

    9. When the body has too much toxic burden from
    chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either
    compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb
    to various kinds of infections and complications.

    10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to
    mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy.
    Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other
    sites.

    *CANCER CELLS FEED ON:

    a. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made
    with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute
    would be Manuka honey or molasses, but only in very small
    amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in
    color Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.

    B. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the
    gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting
    off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer
    cells are being starved.

    c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based
    diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little other meat,
    like chicken. Meat also contains livestock
    antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all
    harmful, especially to people with cancer.

    d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole
    grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into
    an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked
    food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live
    enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to
    cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance
    growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building
    healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most
    vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw
    vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at
    temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C)..

    e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high
    caffeine Green tea is a better alternative e and has cancer
    fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or
    filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap
    water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

    12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of
    digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the
    intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic
    buildup.

    13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By
    refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes
    to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the
    body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

    14. Some supplements build up the immune system
    (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals,
    EFAs etc.) to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy
    cancer cells.. Other supplements like vitamin E are known
    to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's
    normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or
    unneeded cells.

    15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit.
    I know it's a bit long, but I think it's worth the time it takes to read it.
    I know it's a bit long, but I think it's worth the time it takes to read it.

    • ANSWER:
      I wonder how much it cost for the John Hopkins Hospital to finally discover and publish what holistic health practitioners have been saying for decades.

      So this brings us to the question: Are we striving for longevity, or are we just trying to have some control over what method the grim reamer uses to finally take us? That question has to be thought about for a while.

  48. QUESTION:
    What diet changes can we make to help our dog disolve a bladder stone?
    We took her to the vet on Sat because we thought she had a urinary tract infection and they found a bladder stone (not a kidney stone).
    I got a call with the urinalysis results today (Mon) and she does have a UTI (we started her on Abx on Sat) they are sending the urine for culture
    On Sat the vet said something about changing her diet or possibly surgery for the stone.
    Today a different vet called the UA results to us and said she would talk to the vet that saw our dog on Sat and call us back on Thurs with culture results
    I asked about changing the diet and she said wait til we talk on Thurs
    Why should we wait?
    I want to help my dog ASAP!
    What diet changes should we make?
    She is currently eating Dick VanPatten's Natural Ballance vegetarian Formula

    • ANSWER:
      Awww, I'm very sorry about what your baby is going through! One of my Siberian Huskies had struvite stones and was looking at needing surgery, but I was able to change his diet, while prepping to schedule his surgery. He was on IAMS and Eukanuba food (I hate that I trusted those brands) and we switched him to human grade food & I started cooking for my babies & his struvite crystals did end up going away & he no longer needed surgery. I did a lot of homemade chicken soup for him too which had high content chicken fat (left skin on while boiling), along with (lots of) fresh parsley; celery, carrots & red potatoes, along with sea salt and herbs like thyme, savory, ginger...I made it very brothy and fed it to him whenever he wanted it, 1 cup at a time. This helped flush out toxins & also get his urine ph factor more balanced. High fat and salt is helpful for struvite bladder stones. http://www.marvistavet.com/html/canine_struvite_bladder_stones.html

      We also purchased ph strips from Solid Gold. These were helpful to use to test his urine (and our other 2) to see if he was on track. It's funny trying to collect urine from 3 male dogs, but a dixie cup did just fine and we didn't get peed on "catching it" with the cup.

      Unfortunately, if she doesn't have struvite..especially if they are oxalate bladder stones, (since oxalate stones can't disolve with a special diet), she will need surgery. http://www.marvistavet.com/html/canine_struvite_bladder_stones.html Even with struvite stones, they must be caught when small enough to pass, to possibly find relief w/out need for surgery. You have her on a pretty good food. Did her vet prescribe? Maybe ask her vet about the Honest Kitchen foods. When I don't home prepare our huskies food, I'll use The Honest Kitchen Force or Embark foods, but they have 5 different ones to choose from. http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/index.shtml They have grain free formulas and the meat used has no organ meats. Or ask if you can make the chicken soup? Most likely, she will need a surgery, but possibly a change of diet and trying to get her to drink more water might help, especially if the stones are struvite. Unless your vet recommends it, don't give her any additional vitamins or minerals.

      I'm sorry I'm not of the most help, but I know having some kind of reading material, to learn more can be of some help. You can print out all the information you find useful and discuss it with your baby's vet. With something like this, you do want to go over it with the vet. There are several types of bladder stones and the net only gets into struvite and oxalate stones.

      I wish you and your furry one the best of luck!

  49. QUESTION:
    why does my vision get blury when my glucose level is high?
    I want to know the scientific reason.

    also, I'm 19 years old. I'm 5'2 and weigh 110.
    I was diagnosed over a year ago, my doctor at the time said it could be controlled with diet and exercise. But right now i have a kidney infection, and my glucose level is 421, i have not had anything to eat that i am not supposed to. I can not get to my md for a while. and my insurance runs out next month. I feel bad all the time always tired, thirsty, irritable, burred vision, and dizziness. even when i have fasted and when i wake up in the morning my levels are always above 200.
    I also want to know why a person my age, who is not over weight could have type 2 diabetes.
    And what can i do to help it since i will no longer be able to pay for medical expenses?

    Sorry I know that's a lot of questions.
    I'm very concerned
    Thank you.

    I'm sorry for asking again, it seems like i'll get more answers now.
    I don't qualify for low income health care.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to be on medications for your blood sugar. above 200 average is bad . See if you can find a low income clinic in your area, and apply to the drug company for free drugs . My drug from walmart is only abut a month .

      I believe blurred vision is from an increase in sugar , and higher pressure in the eye , but I could be wrong.

      Diabetes may be caused by a virus that damages cells in the pancreas that make insulin.

      any illness can throw your blood sugars off. At a 421 level you need to see a Doctor , or emergency room , and get an insulin shot to get that down .

  50. QUESTION:
    Maybe contracting a UTI Urine Infection? First time urinating in 24 hrs before & now feeling the need to pee?
    Hi there,

    I just urinated the first time in 24 hours, I know it was very stupid of me to wait that long.

    I'm on a quiet restricted diet at the moment and stupidly found myself 'too busy' today to drink water. I know that's not an excuse. Usually I drink about 2 litres a day, but today I found myself saying "I will later"..

    Now, for the first time i went to pee, and everything was fine, now 2 minutes later i feel that same kind of needing to pee when you have a urine infection. I get UTI often as I have had kidney problems since i was born. It feels exactly like it, not AS bad, but it also did NOT burn when I peed.

    Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it sounds like you might be getting a UTI. Sometimes in the early stages, it doesn't burn yet.

      Drink as much water as you can, sometimes you can flush it out before it gets too bad and turns into a full blown UTI. You should also drink cranberry juice or take cranberry concentrate pills (the pills are amazing for people with UTI/kidney problems- I used to get UTIs every few weeks and since I started taking 1 cranberry pill a day, I haven't had any)


Diet For Kidneys Cats

Oral health is important in order to keep your pets healthy. Oral health is not only about brushing your cat's teeth. In this article you will see how proper nutrition with Hills prescription diet t/d cat food can help improve your cat's oral health.

Oral health can also improve by feeding your cat with Hills prescription diet t/d cat food. Most cat owners ignore the importance of oral health in their felines. You might think that you cat's teeth do not play a huge role in his or her overall health, this is entirely not true. Studies have shown that poor oral health can be associated with kidney diseases and heart problems in your cats. The effect of poor oral health is more systemic rather than localized. This is also the reason why veterinarians are encouraging cat owners to take good care of their cat's teeth and gums. For your cat's optimum oral health feed him with Hills cat food.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

    • ANSWER:
      Is it k/d? Cause I know A LOT of cats that refuse to eat k/d. There are definitely a few renal diets out there (Purina makes one, Eukanuba makes one - check out felinecrf.com for tons of info) but I recommend Royal Canin Modified Formula. Until about two weeks ago I could have honestly said that I never knew a cat that turned it down, but of course there had to be that one who would make me not be able to ever say that again. But not much can be said for her taste as she chose to eat the k/d over this magical food. Seriously, that's what we call it at my practice, "Magical Modified" because (almost) every cat will eat it. It has mackerel in it which I think the cats can really taste and LOVE. Plus, you can always add a little chicken broth to any canned food to increase water intake and make the food a little tastier for our finicky friends.
      I prefer most Royal Canin therapeutic diets over the Hill's RX diets anyway. I think they are much more palatable and have higher quality ingredients with less by-products and preservatives. I actually have my cats on the Calorie Control diet.
      OK, I'll stop going on about the RC therapeutic foods, but seriously, try it! You don't need a prescription for it like you do for the Hill's foods but you do have to buy it from a veterinarian. If your vet doesn't carry it, call around to other vets in the area or call Royal Canin and ask them where the closet place is where you can buy their products. (800) 592-6687. If there is a bigger emergency hospital in your area they should carry it. I don't know where you live so I can't really help you out with that part, but good luck and I hope she likes it!
      http://www.royalcanin.us/products/productdetail.aspx?ID=104

      Oh, there is also another Royal Canin renal diet called LP but I don't think that goes over any better than the k/d chicken as far as flavor. But it does come in pouches so it's more of the chunks and gravy deal than the regular mushy food so if your cat is into that sort of thing, they may prefer LP & you might want to try that.
      http://www.royalcanin.us/products/productdetail.aspx?ID=105

  2. QUESTION:
    Information on wet food diet for cats?
    We've recently lost our 13 year old cat, Indy, to liver and kidney failure. I have tried and failed to get our surviving cat, Callie (approx. 7 years old), on a raw diet (she absolutely refuses--she's a VERY finicky eater) After doing some more research, I've found that between dry and wet food, that wet food is best for cats. Does any one know some high quality wet food brands? And does anyone have any advice for successfully switching her to a new, wet food diet?

    Help would be greatly appreciated!
    Thank you, Scott B :) That's exactly what I was looking for!
    Thanks, everyone!
    And as to dry food, my experience has been that it doesn't really *do* anything for dental health...maybe that's just been my animals, and not anyone else's. But I am hoping that if I can get her to eat a wet food diet, then I can encourage her to crunch on some bones when she gets adjusted to the change :)

    • ANSWER:
      Good for you! Wet food is MUCH better for cats. Dry food is filled with grains, has too low of a water content and too high carbs for cats, which are obligate carnivores. Dry food for cats is a species inappropriate diet.

      Most of the answers to your questions (and a lot more) can be found at Dr Lisa's site:

      http://www.catinfo.org/

  3. QUESTION:
    How does Hill's Prescription Diet k/d for Cats help a cat with kidney failure?
    Our vet has recommended that our 16 year old cat be put on k/d, saying that he's starting to show signs of kidney failure. How does this food work to help his condition? We have another elderly cat, age 17, who is not experiencing kidney failure. Would it be harmful to her to ingest the other cat's k/d food? I doubt I would be able to completely segregate them from getting into each other's food, so we'd like to just switch both of them over. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      KD food is not the answer. it is very poor quality food that is very low in protein which is the reason your vet is recommending it. Most of the newer thinking is that it is not high protein but the quality of protein that is fed that makes the difference. Many dry foods use horrible stuff and a vegetable based protein instead of animal. You would want to feed your cats canned foods that are low in phosperous which would be appropiate for both of them. (no fish)
      here is a link to a post I made earlier to someone with crf that has alot more info in it
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Ahk2HGVWwjH72HN2UuYhk9fsy6IX?qid=20070715092103AAI4KW3&show=7#profile-info-AA10232166

  4. QUESTION:
    What are some good sites/brands for feline renal diet cat food? My cat needs a wide variety & eats only dry?
    My cat has chronic renal (kidney) failure and often gets sick of his food. It's really important that he eats. Any good sites that have a wide variety of renal diet cat food? I would buy a bunch of different kinds and keep switching it around. He won't eat canned, only dry.

    If you don't know any sites can you tell me what brand you've personally given to your cat? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get him off the dry food. It's like pouring gasoline on a fire to feed him that. My cat also has CRF. When we first found out, the vet gave him Hill's K/D. He hated the food and I hated the fact it was so low in protein. I decided to feed him better protein instead of less so I tried Wellness. It worked wonders. I now do a rotation of Wellness, EVO, and Blue Buffalo. He has made remarkable improvements with it.

  5. QUESTION:
    Where can I get a flavouring to make renal diet cat food tasty?
    needs to be
    - safe for a cat with reduced kidney function, ie. low salt, low phosphorous
    - available in the uk

    • ANSWER:
      My cat was diagnosed with kidney disease 2 weeks ago. She cannot have salt, phosphorous, etc., just like your cat. She is a little bit more severe though. She will not eat the dry/wet prescription food from the vet either. So, I went to the grocery and bought tuna fish that has the low sodium on the front of the can and mix that in with her wet and dry food. Only a very little is all it takes.

      She eats it now.

  6. QUESTION:
    Is Innova a good cat food or is it too high protein?
    I got a new cat @ the shelter and I want to switch her onto a good quality food. I researched and Innova among other names came up. I heard, however, that feeding too high protein diet gives cats kidney problems??? I know it is high protein. My cat is a spayed female, age 2. Please advise the best food choices for her. I lost my beloved cat about a month ago and do not want this new cat to get sick! Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      That's absolutely not true that it "gives them kidney problems". Cats are obligate carnivores and the more protein, the better.

      Evo is an excellent - one of the best on the market. It's not always easy to find, though. One I use that's far easier to find and quite comparable is Blue Buffalo Wilderness. It's grain free, 45% meat protein and easily found at PetSmart and Petco.

      Also give your cat canned food daily as well. Read some of the articles at http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=library Really great info about cat nutrition and what cats should - and shouldn't - be eating.

  7. QUESTION:
    13 yr old cat with poor kidneys on KD diet now is urinating outside the box and staying downstairs so whY?
    for 11/2 yrs after diagnosed with l failed kidney and l on the decline I have been feeding KD diet and keeping indoors..except he wanted to get outside desperately these
    past 2 weeks..now he only sleeps downstairs and acts very nervous

    • ANSWER:
      At thirteen years old, I'm sure you can add arthritis to your cat's may illnesses. That's probably why he wants to stay downstairs, so he doesn't have to climb the stairs, which would be painful for him. Is he shakey? Is that what makes you think he is nervous? I'm thinking that is probably a weakening of the cat in general. Please take him to the vet for further treatment/diagnosis. Good luck.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies and diet tips for my cat's kidney disease?
    My cat, 6 yrs old, could possibly have kidney failure (it might be a bladder infection but I won't find out for another 2 weeks after antibiotics); he's still energetic and doesn't show any signs of illness. Ironically I have kidney disease as well and am using natural remedies like dandelion root tea and other herbs. Wheatgrass has also improved my health a lot. I am wondering these herbs would apply to cats as well?

    Does anyone have any suggestions for diet (should it be homemade)? I've been doing research and they all say low salt, but some sites say good high quality protein while others say low protein. And should I stop using the chemical Frontline (flea medicine) on my cat?

    Also, where on my cat are his kidneys located?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      First off...the kidneys are located just past the send of the rib cage on both sides...the right kidney is slightly closer to the front of the cat. Frontline Plus doesn't go into the animals system, so it will have no effects on the kidneys...so don't stop using it. I wouldn't reccomend any "natural remedies" without consulting your vet...cats and people can very different recations to plants...and a lot of plats can be nephrotoxic (toxic to the kidneys) in cats!

      A diet wont help kidney failure until bloodwork confirms Azotemia...this means the that BUN and CREATINIE are elevated. So unless this has been confirmed by your vet, changing the diet wont help. However, if Azotemia is confirmed, then a low protein/low phospherous diet is highly recomended. The protein that is in the kidney diets is a high quality one. Several brands make kidney diets.... Purina NF, Royal Canin/IVD modified....Hill's K/D..... Royal Canin Renal LP..... However, they are by prescription only, so you have to get them from your vet. If you are interested in making your own diet, you can contact UC Davis, and for a small fee, they will formulate a diet you can cook at home specificaly for your cats needs....

      I'm not sure why its going to take so long to confirm that your cat has kidney disease...a simple blood test should confirm if the kidney values are normal or not.

      Good Luck!

      http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=572

      http://www.felinecrf.com/

  9. QUESTION:
    Instead of Hills G/D Prescription Diet for my cats, what is the best cat food available @ reasonable cost?
    My cats were brought up on dry Science Diet. Then, one of my cats was placed on Nutro Weight Management and after a year had a kidney fail. The Vet put her on K/D Prescription diet then when she developed a bladder infection and other issues changed her to G/D Prescription diet. I'm not convinced that this is the right food for my cats. And I believe that they should have more protein! Thanks for any insight!

    • ANSWER:
      I made the HUGE MISTAKE of feeding all my pets Science Diet over the past 20 plus years too, I was so blind!! After coming on here and reading posts about cats and food and protein mainly from the KEN poster, I wised up, again do research with what you read here like I did, you will be come wiser and have healthier pets! I often wonder if my love kitty Alex wouldn't have suffered from Inflammatory Bowel Disease if I had feed her higher protein food!!? She has since passed I miss her so!! NOW my diabetic Cat's blood sugar went down over 200 points by a food change, it was hard and I had to balance her insulin and check her blood sugar 2-3 or more times a day but I am happy to say she is taking a LOT LESS insulin now, and that makes me happy. Her system just couldn't digest all those grains/carbs!! Anyway GOOD LUCK

  10. QUESTION:
    Need ideas for low-protein cat diet.?
    I have a 15-year old cat whose kidneys are failing. I've read he needs a low protein diet, but have no clue what to feed a carnivore who won't eat veggies. He's not digesting his food right because of the protein in his food not going thru the kidneys right, and he's basically a walking, furry bag of bones. I realize soon he'll probably have to be put to sleep, but he still seems happy and purrs, so at this point I'd just like to put some weight on him. So far all I can get him to eat without meat or fish is mashed potatoes and cream gravy (from a mix, no real meat or milk in it). Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
    Low-protein, not no-protein, he's a cat, a carnivore, he can't survive without some protein, which is why he's still eating cat food. I'm just trying to put some weight on with the potatoes & gravy since his body isn't processing the protein correctly. His kidneys still work, they just get overloaded with a regular cat diet, so he needs less protein.

    • ANSWER:
      Does high protein cause kidney disease?
      No. This myth probably started because, in the past, patients with kidney disease were commonly placed on low-protein (and thus low-nitrogen) diets. Today, we often put them on a diet that is not necessarily very low in protein, but instead contains protein that is more digestible (therefore producing fewer nitrogen by-products). These diet changes are made merely because damaged kidneys may not be able to handle the excess nitrogen efficiently. In pets with existing kidney problems, nitrogen can become too high in the bloodstream which can harm other tissues.

      Unless your veterinarian has told you your pet has a kidney problem that is severe enough to adjust the protein intake, you can feed your pet a normal amount of protein without worrying about "damaging" or "stressing" your pet's kidneys. Also, keep in mind the fact that you are not "saving" your pet's kidneys by feeding a low-protein diet.

      Generally, purchasing a reputable, quality brand of cat food that fits your cat's activity level will be just fine. However if your cat has special protein needs, or you want to find the best possible food for your budget, then you must interpret the often-confusing label.

      Keep in mind that the protein level shown on the bag or can does not indicate the percentage of digestible protein, just the overall protein content. To roughly determine the amount of digestible protein, read the ingredients and note the order in which they appear. Ingredients are listed in order of weight. Chicken, beef, fish and lamb are very digestible, and if they are listed as the first ingredient on the label, you can assume the food is a good quality protein source. In addition to digestibility, the amino acid content is important. Most grains are low in one or more amino acids, and need to be combined with other sources to provide all of the essential amino acids.

      It is a good idea to follow this general rule: try to find a food in the upper to middle price range. And keep in mind the highest-priced foods are not necessarily the best foods, and the lowest-priced foods are not always of poor quality.

  11. QUESTION:
    Special diet cat food?
    My cat has been diagnosed with kidney stones and bladder infection and the vet says he needs to eat special food. The problem is we have other cats in the house so they all have to be on it to avoid the one with a problem getting other food. I bought a 20lb bag of Hills Science Diet from the vet and it was . This is a bit steep for us feeding all of the cats. Is there any other brands you could suggest that is just as good but a bit eaiser on the wallet? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There is no other less expensive food that will dissolve stones. There are some other urinary tract care foods you can find at the pet stores. But often times the cat with problems will end up back at the vet with another big bill after feeding something else. I realize it is expensive to feed the food suggested, but it should help pay for itself in the long run. A lot of cats gain weight on it, so you won't need to feed nearly as much as you did other foods. The cats may think they are being deprived, but they won't NEED as much.

  12. QUESTION:
    What are some good sites for discount (or not discount) cat foods on renal diets? My cat needs a wide variety?
    My cat has chronic renal (kidney) failure and often gets sick of his food. It's really important that he eats. Any good sites that have a wide variety of renal diet cat food? He won't eat canned, only dry....thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Try adding "Nuri-Cal " to his diet.

      "Energize your dog or cat with this palatable high calorie and vitamin dietary supplement. For dogs and cats who will not eat or need an added source of energy. Great for sporting and working dogs. Excellent for pregnant or ill dogs and cats. Especially helpful with the picky eater."

      -"Brand Name
      Nutri-Cal (Tomlyn)
      -Active Ingredient(s):
      (per 6 gm teaspoon) Vitamin E (5 IU), Vitamin B1 (1.7mg), Vitamin B2 (0.2 mg), Vitamin B6 ( 0.8 mg), Vitamin B12 (1.9 mcg), Folic Acid (0.2 mg), Niacin (1.9 mg), d-Pantothenic Acid (0.9 mg). Also contains Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, EPA, DHA, Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
      -What is this product used for:
      Nutri-Cal is a high calorie palatable dietary supplement used to provide supplemental caloric and nutritional intake in dogs and cats. It is also used to provide an added source of energy in hunting and working dogs. Calorie content is 338 Cal/100g (20 Cal/6g)
      -Availability:
      Nutri-Cal is a non-prescription (OTC) product.
      -How this product should be used:
      For supplemental use when animal is eating properly give 1 and ½ teaspoonfuls per 10 lbs of body weight daily. When animal is not consuming full feed ration, give 3 teaspoonfuls (1 tablespoonful) per 10 lbs of body weight daily.
      -What are the side effects:
      There are no reported side effects"
      ~~~
      "Your veterinarian may prescribe a low protein/low salt/low phosphorus diet for your CRF cat. This diet is designed to reduce the amount of waste materials in the system that must be filtered out by the kidneys. The low salt and low phosphorous help control the electrolyte imbalances that are common with CRF. While there is no cure for CRF, this diet may slow the progression of the disease.* CRF cats sometimes have a difficult time eating any foods because they tend to secrete excess stomach acids. Since these foods are often less palatable than the commercial foods, you must be patient and persistent in your efforts to get your cat to eat the prescribed diet.

      Some cats may eat some or all of these foods, but many cats absolutely refuse to eat any. DO NOT starve the cat. If a cat doesn't want to eat, it WON'T. Remember that it's most important for them to keep food intake and body weight up. When introducing a new low protein diet, start by gradually increasing the new food and decreasing the old. This procedure could take anywhere from a week to a month depending on how finicky your cat is. If your cat doesn't like a dry version of the new diet, try the canned and vice versa. "

  13. QUESTION:
    Diet for cat with kidney issues?
    I have been feeding my cat Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul, which gets very high ratings as a good quality food with few artificial ingredients. My elderly cat, however, is starting to show early signs of kidney disease, and I think the food may have too much protein for her. My vet has recommended Hills K/D for her, but I swear I'm convinced that vets get some sort of kickback from Hills because they recommend their food for one thing or another everytime I'm in there. Does anyone know anything about pet nutrition and what a good food for a cat with burgeoning kidney issues would be ? (BESIDES Hills ?....unless you can give me a good argument of why they really would be the best food. I've heard their foods really aren't very good from an overall nutrition standpoint)
    Wow, great answers so far. I expected a lot of "opinions" but it sounds like a lot of you have experience and/or have done your research. Thank you so much !

    • ANSWER:
      The original thought was that low protein diets helped the cat deal with kidney stress. Hills K/D was developed for this--however cats don't want to eat it.

      CURRENT thought, due to new research, shows high protein diets are best, with a high water intake for the cats so their kidneys are helped in their function. You need to keep the cats hydrated, that's the biggie. Canned food is best, it has higher moisture content.

      Mine is CRF, showing kidney disease (he's 19 after all) but he's been stable for 4 years with this. I put out extra water bowls and he's on a canned diet, good quality food.

      There are very good CRF sites online (Chronic Renal Failure) in regards to cats, just go to google.com and type in 'feline CRF' and read the basics. There are also feline kidney issue groups over on YahooGroups for cat owners as well, and you can discuss the disease with other owners who are treating their cats. Even the Handicats group has talked about kidney issues, so there's plenty of places to go for help.

  14. QUESTION:
    BARF diet for Cats...anyone?
    I have a male adult cat who has been troubled by a horrible illness called Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) I was told by the vet he'd end up with cancer in the colon. Yes, he had chronic colitis, a problem in the large intestine which was causing my pet bleed through the rectum and horrible, nonstop diarrhea. My kitty was getting weary of his suffering and I was getting so, so tired of throwing away bed sheets, cleaning after him every day sometimes 2 times a day. I could not sleep well just thinking of what else I could have possibly found dirty in the house. He never went outside the box, but all that blood, with colon mucose coming out he could not control. My cat got to a point where he could not sit down comfortably, and there was bloody diarrhea in his tail, kitchen counter, tables, furniture etc ALL THE TIME.

    I did not want to watch my cat give up and not do anything, so I did some research and finally switched him to a species appropriate diet: cooked or raw meat with bones, organs and probiotics and digestive enzymes. I now am keeping all my cats on the BARF diet, always making sure I get fresh food from animals which were not cured or injected with substances to keep the meat fresh. I also make sure to keep the phosphorus-calcium ratio right, and it's been a year now since I have not seen signs of IBD. My cat’s stools are formed and healthy. My vet says my cat looks incredibly fine.

    So, I just wanted to see how many follow this diet and what you think of it. I am aware of the risks, like toxoplasmosis, but my cat was dying in front of my eyes on Science Diet, Purina, Iams, Prescription foods like Hill's z/d etc, and many, many more expensive commercial foods and not one helped my poor feline. He was on antibiotics and prednisone all the time and nothing ever worked! So, I learned that cats are obligate carnivores and need to eat other animals to live a better life. I have noticed too many cases of IBD, Diabetes, Obesity, UTI, Kidney Disease, and cancer, all because we're feeding species inappropriate foods to our precious pets. The number of sick ones keeps increasing, and we are responsible.

    Anyone trying out this diet? I'd love to hear some of your experiences.
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    • ANSWER:
      When I first was investigating the raw diets I was on groups where people reported that many cats would be "cured" of IBD within 48 hours. I have had no experience of that with my cats so I'm happy to hear another testimonial to the efficacy of a raw meat diet for cat health.

      I too only do a 50% raw diet. Right now I am down to my last frozen "muffin" of raw chicken. No hearts at the store today. When I called the market where I get my turkey parts last week they had just cleaned out the turkeys and thrown away the hearts and livers to use with the turkey.

      Also, having acquired two kittens this summer I am going through the raw meat mixture at double the speed I am used to.

      I do think the diet has extraordinary benefits for cat health.

  15. QUESTION:
    needing some help with my cats' diet?
    please read whole question before answering, thanks.

    I've always had my one cat (2 years old) on Fromm four star salmon dry food, which she loves and seems to do very well on it. My 5 month old kitten loves it too, but I just mixed some in with her dry wellness kitten food.

    So after some research, I saw the wet food vs. dry food debate and have read the pros and cons on each. Yes i know canned cat food is more like what they would eat in the wild, and it contains more moisture and is easier for the kidneys and can prevent obesity and diabetes since it has less carbs than dry food, so please spare me the details on why wet food is better, because I know.

    My problem is, I did decide to try them on wet food, and I've tried everything that my pet store carries (wellness, chix soup, eagle holistic, natural balance, evolve, instinct, fromm, and others), but both of my girls really do not like canned food! Doesn't matter the flavor, whether it's loaf form or chunks in gravy -- they turn their noses up and both LOVE the fromm four star dry food. I will not feed iams, euk, or science diet because I do not like the quality of those foods, so i'm not even gonna try those. There is ONE brand called weruva and it's great food, and they will eat that - but it's 3 dollars a can, and sorry - but I can't afford that in the long run being that each cat gets a can of food for a day. So a months worth of cans is too expensive.

    Now, can I just keep them on the dry food since they like it more? I mean it's high quality and they enjoy it, and they drink plenty of water as well. I am careful as to how much to feed them so they do not become over weight. Growing up, my parents had always had their cats on dry kibble (not even good quality kibble!) and many of the cats lived to be 15+ years so I don't know. Would it be all that bad if I just put them back on the dry food? Or do I just keep looking for some other canned food if dry food really is that bad? Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      I would keep looking for a canned food they would enjoy. I have also recently done the research and would never feed dry again, due to the reasons you described above. I understand your issue with them not liking anything else, it's sometimes hard to convince the cats about what is healthy for them (just like children who only want mcdonalds and candy :-) )

      Here is a good article on transitioning kibble junkies to wet food, maybe you will find some advice there: http://www.catinfo.org/docs/TipsforTransitioningPDF12-18-09.pdf

      Yes, some cats make it with dry food only, but 10 years ago, there was not much attention paid to why the cats died eventually, so the food could have contributed. 15 is a medium life span, but a lot of cats live up to 20. And sometimes there are exceptions, just like heavy smokers living past 100. That doesn't mean that majority of them won't die much earlier.

      One thing though: I would avoid gravy in wet food, gravy means there are more carbs, which contribute to obesity and diabetes. Some other brands to try would be Merrick, Nature's Variety, EVO, Blue Buffalo Wilderness. If your store doesn't carry them, you can get them online, which is often cheaper.

      If your cats won't absolutely take up wet food, you may also consider raw feeding. I supplement my cats canned diet with raw meat with good results, and I'm thinking of eventually going all raw. My cat is slowly taking up to that and I feel that is even more healthy than canned, even though it takes a little more work.

      I hope you will find what you're looking for, and I think you are doing a great job at trying to give your cats the best!

      Good luck!

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

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

  17. QUESTION:
    is catnip safe for cats with kidney problems?
    is catnip safe for cats with kidney problems?
    my 12 year old cat has been on a special prescription diet for renal problems for a couple of years (hill's k/d). Thankfully he has no symptoms and seems healthy in spite of his compromised kidneys. Anyway.. like most cats, he loves catnip. Does anyone know if cats with kidney disease have problems processing catnip/ excreting it? Is it ok to keep giving it to him? thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      As far as I know cats don't eat catnip, they just like the aroma so you probably don't need to worry.

  18. QUESTION:
    What alternative low protein diet is there to prescription foods for Kidney Disease cats?
    Hi, I was advised yesterday by my Vet that my 17 year old cat has kidney disease. I have been told that she will need monthly anabolic steroid injection, along with prescribed daily tablets and I have to put her on a low protein diet such as Hills k/d or Royal Canin Renal Food. I have been horrified at the cost of these two prescribed diets and wonder if there is a cheaper alternative. Thanking you.
    The vet has said my cat has to have an anabolic steroid injection monthly to help maintain her weight.

    • ANSWER:
      why is your vet giving steroids. Steroids are not part of treatement for the standard cases of renal failure.
      the prescription diets are ideal, however if you cannot afford them, tell your vet and find the food in the store with the lowest protien (probally a senior diet)
      Many animals with renal issues get regualr tretments of subcutaneous fluids-often the owner is trained to do this at home.

  19. QUESTION:
    Just got back from the veterinarian - kidney failure dilemma?
    Last night my 9yr. old male cat, Harvey, was going to the litterbox every few minutes - been through this before. He's on low-pH food, had UTIs and struvite crystals. So I took him in to the vet. this morning after he ate breakfast. No red or white blood cells in the urine, no crystals, no sugar - everything looks normal except that his urine is too dilute. Well, the thing is, I put about 3 tablespoons of water in his wet food at each meal, so that might be the source of the dilute urine.

    The vet. looks at it and says it might be an indication of early kidney failure - so early that it would not show up in blood work. She suggested putting the cat on a low-protein diet for cats with kidney failure, because it might spare the kidneys enough for him to have several more good years. Bu if he's got healthy kidneys and the wacky numbers are just from the water I put in his food, what are the dangers of a low-protein diet in an otherwise healthy cat?

    • ANSWER:
      Short answer: NO, I would NOTput your cat on a low protein diet; but research the alternatives and discuss with the vet.

      VERY LONG answer (not even cut and pasted! Sorry for Length!) :
      Fortunately it sounds like if Harvey does have kidney trouble it is still very mild. Did they test for microalbuminuria? ( a test developed in the last several yrs, an early indicator of compromised kidney function). In combination with the dilute urine, that would be more significant.

      About the food: I myself have had 2 cats with CRF, (years ago,) and if, God forbid, another cat of mine should some day have CRF<, I will NEVER again put them on an all low-protein diet like Hills k/d - and I would not DREAM of doing that to your cat this early . Over time a low protein diet causes serious problems that can be as miserable as the disease itself - -including anemia, muscle wasting, weakness, and inappetance (low protein is not very appetizing to a cat, and it is SO important to keep their weight up with this disease ). I saw all these problems with my CRF cats on low protein diets.

      Many vets today - -including those at the cat-only clinic we go to- -now believe that it is important to focus more on the quality of the protein than the quantity, and to limit phosphorus....the vet I talked to told me that he now believes that even in late stage CRF it is better to feed a high quality MEDIUM protein diet (not the high protein that is optimal for a healthy cat, but not low protein which is terrible for a cat) . Right now you might not need to feed decreased protein at all, but focus rather on source of protein & the phosph. So you should research this issue more and discuss it with your vet.

      Your first stop should be (as others mentioned) the Feline CRF Information Center. http://wwwfelinecrf.com . This is a super resource. There is also an online discussion list that will give you info and much support, there's probably more than one now, but yrs ago I found it through that site.

      For general kidney and urinary function, it is best to feed a wet diet, very little or no fish, and I would add a little warm water to the food- - as it sounds like you are doing.. But for more great info on feline nutrition, go to Dr. Lisa Pierson's site at http://www.catinfo.org

      http://www.geocities.com/jmpeerson/index.html
      the Janet & Binky canned cat food chart, which will give you nutrition info on many different foods. You want medium protein and low phosphorus.
      You'll need to get several litter boxes and put them around the house so he doesn't have to go far, because if he does have kidney disease, he will pee a lot and may not make it there if it's only one in the basement or something.

      Don't be afraid to do research and share it with your vet. A good vet will not resent you bringing to them info on serious veterinary research . Vets have to have such a broad spectrum of knowledge that there is no way they can keep up with the latest research in every subject for every species and still have any time to see patients. (Still, feline CRF is SO common that I wish more vets knew that low-protein is no longer considered the only way to go.)

      PS: i noticed another answerer who mentioned diabetes and diet unfortunately was misinformed. It is dry food that is much higher in carbs that can't be processed by cats and can lead to diabetes. ( I have a diabetic cat and have done a a great deal of research on this from reliable veterinary sources....if you're interested see Dr. Pierson's site or the link on her site to the article from JAVMA by Dr.Zoran.).

      Good luck, I'm glad Harvey (cute name!) has someone like you who takes good care of him and is keeping informed!

  20. QUESTION:
    Is a raw food diet safe for my 3 cats with medical issues?
    I have 5 cats but it is only 3 I am worried about. 5 year old male with a history of urinary blockages controlled with Hills Prescription Diet c/d. 13 year old male in mild kidney failure. He has had 2 flare ups requiring us to give subcuteaneous fluids but is fine currently. 9 month old male adopted 2 months ago who had severe coccidia infection when we brought him home. After two days he started leaking diarrhea all the time. We did several weeks of prednisone and flaggyl which have cleared up the coccidia. After resolving the coccidia he still had leakage and a mucusy discharge so vet suspected IBS and put him on Hills Prescription Diet d/d which is a rabbit and pea based food. We haven't had any leakage in a couple of weeks now so she said to stay on this food.

    I looked into the raw food diet before but my vet recommended against it for fear of salmonella, etc. I still would like to give it a try but would love to hear from others using a raw diet with ill cats.
    I should have been more specific as to the treatment of the coccidia. He tested positive for coccidia which was treated with Albon(?sp) and Prednisone. We did three rounds of this with no improvement. At that point the vet said that it could be IBS and put him on Flaggyl for two weeks and the HIlls food. Her explanation for the IBS was that he was allergic to the protein source (chicken) and that the HIlls uses rabbit. I thought this to be odd just because it seemed more logical to me that it was the corn and other grains that would be the problem since cats are carnivores. She said that it is normally not the case. I asked her about the raw diets I have seen (Feline Futures, Feline Instincts, and one off the catnutrition.com site). Her opion was that it wasn't safe due to the risk of salmonella, etc. I thank those who have responed and would love to hear from more raw feeders.

    • ANSWER:
      I can't help you much, I'm afraid, but I'm answering because I hate seeing all the ignorance out there about raw meat diets.

      I'm sorry to say you have more sense than your vet. Or should I be sorry? LOL Whatever, you know more than she does.

      Yes, the prescription diets work. But why sentence a cat to a lifetime of crappy, inferior foods? You're right to consider alternatives. Yay you!

      The kidney/protein thing is being rethought, but I don't know enough to advise you.

      What I can recommend is this - find a raw friendly vet in your area. Perhaps this will be a holistic vet - most of them seem to have a clue when it comes to proper nutrition. This way you can get one-on-one advice about the best diets for your problem kids.

      It may cost more at least up front, but I do believe it's worthwhile. I just recently switched vets. I took one cat to a good cat specialist, although I was sad to see Science Diet, Eukanuba and Royal Canin being sold. I took my problem child (weight, digestive issues) to a holistic vet and it was a religious experience! I got personalized advice that I would have paid any price for. But it only cost me 0, and that included a few items I bought.

      If nothing else, I suggest you join the Yahoo group Whole Cat Health. It's a fantastic group and the moderator probably knows everything there is to know about cats. If she or other members can't advise you, they can at least point you in the right direction.

      In the meantime, feel secure leaving your cats eating the overpriced, but somehow effective, prescription food. They'll hang in there until you've had time to do some research.

      Good luck!

  21. QUESTION:
    raw diet recipe for cats -- critique please!!!?
    Okay, so last week I was experimenting with different foods that my cat would eat -- I wanted to make sure he would eat organ, bone, skin, and meat of various sources. He eats beef heart, beef kidney, beef liver, chicken gizzards, chicken hearts, chicken thigh & wing MEAT (no bone), and a little fresh sardines (with bone).

    And this week I would like to give 100% raw meals to my cat.

    My question is, can someone check this recipe and see if it's balanced for my cat??? I worry about him not eating enough bone (calcium) because he won't gnaw on bones, so I either have to grind them up really fine (like dust) in a grinder or, what does anyone think about supplementing with calcium supplements??? Or is that a no for cats??? How about crushed eggshells? Can that be used for long term though?

    I find such conflicting information online about how much calcium/phosphorus is in what, and the P:Ca ratio is soooo important for cats!!! As is TAURINE. How can I be sure my cat is getting enough? A few sources say beef heart is great taurine -- but how can I make sure my cat is getting enough? Do ya'll supplement taurine???

    My cat eats twice a day and weighs 12.5 lbs (healthy).

    ANYWAY, here is the recipe to make 7 meals (enough for a week) -- PLEASE tell me if this requires any supplementation or tweaking and if so, what!:

    2.5 lbs (40 oz.) chicken wing & thigh (with bone & skin) - put through a grinder once to smash up the bones and chunk up the meat. I do not finely grind the meat as my cat will eat small chunks of meat.

    1 raw egg yolk

    2 crushed eggshells

    1.5 oz. of unsalted, fresh sardines (with bone)

    4 oz. raw beef heart (chunked)

    4 oz. raw beef liver (chunked)

    1 cup water

    I just worry my cat wouldn't get the right amount of everything he needs daily with this diet, as the chunks don't distribute evenly when separated into individual meal containers and since he doesn't eat bone. Would adding a 600 mg calcium & 1000 mg taurine supplement to each daily meal container be harmful or beneficial? Also, if my cat gets too much calcium or too much phosphorous one day, but it balances out over the course of a week, will it harm his insides?

    • ANSWER:
      I will try to return to this question later in the day. By then hopefully, you'll have gotten more answers.

      As I understand it taurine is present in all animal tissues but is heat-sensitive so coking destroys much of it. Therefore, if feeding raw, it should not be an issue.

      With the calcium, cats do have a massively high requirement compared with humans. I believe it is 10 times higher based on body weight.

      The issue with most calcium sources is that they are associated with high magnesium levels as well. And if not, as with many human dietary supplements, they are the wrong form of calcium.

      The best form of calcium for your cat is calcium hydroxyapitite. This is the calcium in bone. So I suggest a human grade dietary supplement bone meal. One brand that comes in loose powder form is Kal.

      I am resuming feeding my cats a part raw diet within a day. I just got this product I ordered. All I'm missing is the meat.

      http://www.felinefuture.com/

      I had some difficulty with raw before because balancing/supplementing was a lot of work. And I'm not the most organized person so I gave up. Looks like it will be easier this time.

      Hope this has helped for now.

  22. QUESTION:
    Low protein cat diet?
    My cat was recently diagnosed with kidney failure. I cannot get him to eat the low protein prescription diet food that my vets have recommended (Science Diet KD, Royal Canin Renal L, Royal Canin Modified). He would rather starve then eat these. I've been going to a holistic pet store and been told that it is more important to feed high quality but low quantity protein, not low protein. He really likes Weruva and Tiki Cat canned foods which are natural and holistic. I'm trying to reduce the quantity I give him by mixing half a can with rice and broth for breakfast and then doing the same with the 2nd half at dinner. Thus I'm only giving him one can of high quality protein canned food a day but supplementing the rest with rice and sometimes veggies. He seems to be taking to this diet okay but I'm concerned if this is healthy or not and is this method considered 'low protein' since I'm essentially giving him less of it. Any advice? Thanks to all.

    • ANSWER:
      Well he needs to eat, so I'd feed him what he will eat. Not many cats will eat the prescription diets for renal failure. This is an excellent site about CRF which I strongly recommend. It can be a bit overwhelming at first, but it is full of useful information. It also has lists of foods (prescription and non prescription) with their protein, phosphorus etc content.

      http://www.felinecrf.org/

      The idea of giving cats with CRF low protein is actually a bit controversial, esp in the early stages. The idea is based on the fact that humans with kidney failure do best on lower protein, but humans are not carnivores like cats. The site above talks a bit about that.

  23. QUESTION:
    'Best diet for older cats"?
    My Cat is 17 and she has hyper-thyroidism, low kidney function, and arthritis.

    She only weights 6.5 lbs (lost one pound this last 6 months and has stopped eating as much.

    I have been giving her Baby food (meat only) for the last month and she really liked it for a while, but has now lost interest. I tried baby formula, but she (for the first time in her life) passed gas that was quite offensive.

    I'd like her to be as happy and strong in her old age as possible. So I"m looking for ideas. I'd like to stay away from conventional cat food if possible and provide her enjoyable alternatives (otherwise, she won't eat..)

    Thanks so much, Paula

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    Is it ok for a non CRF cat to sustain on a KD diet?
    My cat has kidney disease, and I'm considering taking in another cat who doesn't have the condition. I know it's more expensive, but this would be out of convenience so they don't need to be segregated.

    • ANSWER:
      It is not even right for a crf cat tp eat that stuff. Both need proper food for the species. Your cat most likelt got crf from eating dry foods Cats need protein to survive and KD is light on protein to let the kidneys work less. Proper food can do the same thing without causing harm

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

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

      The best way to do this is with a raw diet which you can make yourself or buy. (Making yourself is better) link provided at the bottom
      If you are unwilling to do that then something like the non fish flavors of Wellness or Merrick with NO grains are good alternatives. Wysong is also a good canned choice. This list gives a breakdown. Remember you want low phosphorous
      http://binkyspage.tripod.com/CanFoodOld.…
      http://binkyspage.tripod.com/CanFoodNew.…
      You should be giving sub-Q fluids as needed.

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

      You may want to talk to the vet about having injectable Pepcid AC on hand or you can buy it in pill form (ac not plain pepcid) and give 1/4 tab for stomach upset which happens a lot in crf cats due to acid in the stomach.
      I hope this stuff helps, here are many links for you
      Please read this about diet
      http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=library&act=show&item=003

      Making cat food
      http://www.catinfo.org/makingcatfood.htm
      other links. Read, read, read!!!!
      http://www.felineoutreach.org/EducationD…
      http://www.marvistavet.com/html/kidney_f…
      http://www.felinecrf.org/
      c

      About that vets diet. This report is for dogs but applies to cats
      http://mousabilities.com/nutrition/crf/b…
      http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Opera/21…

  25. QUESTION:
    Does anyone feed their cat Hi Tor Diet for kidney disease?
    Is this a good quality food like Hill's prescription k/d?

    • ANSWER:
      I've never heard of these so I looked them up. Their list of ingredients isn't overly impressive - beef is debatable as a steady diet, byproducts are debatable as well.

      I can't say whether or not these foods are any good or whether they do what they're supposed to, but if I were you I'd do some research into kidney disease in cats and see what foods others are feeding them.

      The Felo diet contains:
      Beef, Water Sufficient for Processing, Meat By-Products, Poultry By-Products, Liver, Chicken, Whole Egg, Guar Gum...

      Neo contains:
      Water sufficient for Processing, Meat By-Products, Chicken, Beef, Liver, Ocean Fish, Rice Flour, Guar Gum....

      And what do you know - I found an article.

      "Several nutritional supplements may be helpful for cats with kidney disease. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to be beneficial in CRF. Antioxidants are also important. Both of these are contained in the highly digestible algae, Biosuperfood. A nutritional supplement called "Renafood" from Standard Process, is a good renal detoxifier and helps to maximize kidney function in cats. Give one or two a day. Most cats eat them readily if they are crushed into the food. Call Standard Process at 1-800-558-8740 to find a distributor in your area. Remember, though, that the basic diet is the most important factor in your cat's health, and no supplement will make up for poor quality nutrition. For more info on feeding, choosing a good food, and switching to a better diet, see the many nutrition articles in our Library."

  26. QUESTION:
    why kidney failure is a leading cause of death for elderly cats eating a high-meat diet?
    plz help me with my science homework?? thanks u guys rock

    • ANSWER:
      I'll answer since someone else may find this question in a search, and just in case you feel like getting more creative and challenging the assertion you're supposed to be making here ( if you are supposed to argue the high meat diet as some sort of major causal factor in kidney disease)
      I disagree with that premise. Cats are obligate carnivores and need to eat meat. A diet high in meat does not cause kidney failure. I think some of the old thinking about this came from studies on rats and they extrapolated from that to dogs and cats but later studies have not entirely supported this. It's controversial and the veterinary thinking is evolving. .
      http://www.littlebigcat.com/health/kidney-disease-in-older-cats/
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9582959?dopt=Abstract
      I've seen some things about this in dogs, too - Here's a whole lot of stuff: http://www.dogaware.com/health/kidneyprotein.html

      The old way to treat chronic renal failure was to immediately put cats on a low protein diet. However this causes some serious side effects when used over months or years -- anemia, weakness, muscle wasting, and a lower protein diet is less appetizing which is bad since cats with kidney disease already have trouble with lower appetite and weight loss Cats burn protein at a steady rate whether or not they get enough in their diet. If they don't eat enough they break down their own body tissues for the protein, then their kidneys have to process that protein anyway!

      The more recent thinking is that important to focus on :
      * the quality of the protein --best being high quality easily digestible proteins - muscle meat from poultry or rabbit as opposed to fish and mystery meat byproducts.
      *phosphorus level -- that it's really the PHOSPHORUS in the meat that is the problem. So now if necessary vets recommend using phosphorus binders to prevent the kidneys having to deal with it.

      The vets at our feline specialty clinic no longer automatically recommend a low protein diet for cats diagnosed with chronic renal disease, until the end stage of the disease..

      Re causes of kidney failure in cats: some vets now suggest one contributing factor is chronic dehydration due to a diet lacking in moisture. Cats were made to get their moisture from their food (originally of course from bodies of prey). Being descended from wildcats from dry regions, they did not develop a strong drive to drink a lot of water. So if they don't get the moisture in their food, many cats do not drink enough to keep themselves properly hydrated. this is not good for the health of their kidneys / urinary tract.

  27. QUESTION:
    Cat Nutrition and Health: (Raw Feeders)?
    If Kidney Disease, kidney Failure tend to run in some breeds of cats, (for one the Siamese breed). If you want to try to prevent it in the first place, WHY? can't you feed your cat a kidney diet to begin with? Why, wait till symptoms appear. (it is usally too late by then). I'm talking about Raw Feeders here, Not commercial food feeders.
    Is it because the kidney diet would be too low of protein or etc... for a non kidney prob. cat?
    Thanks, God bless. Been pondering this for a while now.

    • ANSWER:
      What you are writing here is strange. Raw by nature is high protein and many vets now believe that it is not the amount of protein fed but the quality. People feeding dry food any ties are feeding vegetable based protein instead of animal
      Some crf patients are transitioning to a raw diet and any are having good success.
      If you are talking about feeding a low protein diet to prevent kidney disease, you are just asking for trouble. Cats are obligate carnivores and need animal based protein to thrive
      For quality for a carnivore, you want to feed a grain free diet as many cats have trouble with grains and the carbs that come from them. They haven't done any studies on cats about this but if you look at this study with dogs which are omnivores, yoiu would think this would apply to a carnivore
      This report is for dogs but applies to cats
      http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Opera/21...
      Also for health
      The Merck veterinary manual [www.merckvetmanual.com] says that cats need "4 g of protein of high biologic value per kg body wt/day". That's about 7 calories from protein per pound body weight per day. If a cat isn't a good eater and consumes, say, 20 calories per pound per day, then 7/20 = 35% of calories can safely be from protein. It must be high quality protein, which means meat, fish, milk, and eggs, and not grain or soy. Are you making your own raw?(I assue so) If you need links on making your own don't hesitate emailing

  28. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to feed a HEALTHY cat Special Renal Diet food?
    One of my kitties has renal failure and has been put on Hills Prescription k/d Diet kitty food...
    The other cat, who is 100% healthy and fat and is in no way kidney-impared, is BANANAS for this stuff....
    so he eats Kidney Kitty's food and SHE wants to eat what's in HIS bowl so...
    Is there any harm in letting the healthier one in on the renal diet?

    • ANSWER:
      The renal diet probably won't provide enough protein for your healthy cat. Read the label on the k/d food to see what it contains. A lot of times k/d foods will contain liver. If it's just a particular ingredient that your healthy cat really likes, you could try buying a regular food that contains that ingredient.

      Also, is your healthy cat eating a good quality food to begin with? If it's an inexpensive brand, your cat could be craving the new food b/c it might have other nutrients, etc. that he's been lacking.

      If you can't find anything else your health cat likes as much and you really want to just give him/her the renal food, at least call your vet first to make sure.

  29. QUESTION:
    Cats have hit a plateau on their raw diet. Help?
    My cats are fussy eaters (as most are). They are about a month and a half on the raw diet. when they began they looked great no shedding or dander. But now, they have stopped eating anything besides pork and chicken, and have started to shed again.

    We give them everything, kidneys, livers, gizzards, and hearts along with meat; chicken, pork and turkey. But they only want chicken meat and gizzards and pork meat. And not all three are eating it! one eats mostly pork while the other two go for poultry.

    One has started eating bones, but I am not sure what I can do at this point. I want them to be healthy and be sure they are all getting the necessary nutrients.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are properly preparing the diet then an all chicken diet is fine. I am not sure about an all pork diet. There is also rabbit that you can try. Are you grinding the bones?

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

  30. QUESTION:
    What is the best diet for cat's in the very early stages of kidney problems (aka Chronic Renal Failure)?
    Our cat appears to be in the early stages of kidney failure. She is 9 years old and has started to drink a bit more water than usual. She has got slightly dilute urine (confirmed) and had blood tests done earlier this week, but I am struggling to get the vet to return my calls with the results of the blood test....and the weekend is coming up. I'd like to get the cat onto a diet asap which puts minimum strain onto the kidney. Any specific suggestions? She is presently on 'Senior' food from Iams, Whiskas etc.
    Thanks for the info so far. I guess it's possible to become more of a feline nuitrition expert than a general vet with lots of reading. In the first instance, I have gone out and bought some Hill Science Food (wet not dry) which had the lowest protein content in the whole pet shop (7.2%). Her dry food has been discarded (which I understand is around 35% protein). She has always been given dry and wet food, but generally eaten very very little dry food.

    BTW - Still not heard from the vet and the nurses won't give out information. I think I may be changing vets!
    Heard from the vet at last! Our cat is confirmed as early stage CRF. Creatin level is 199. She is also a bit anemic (figure quoted is 5.1 normal range is 5.5-10). Basically all the 'levels' are slightly up. He has prescribed a diet of 'Royal Canin' Renal and/or Hill's k/d. She also has to take 1 x Fortekor 2.5. Good news is that she ate the food and ate the tablet!

    • ANSWER:
      Keep off of tinned foods containing ash. Your vet will give you (SELL you!) some special dietary tinned stuff with which to feed your cat.

  31. QUESTION:
    I heard mixed reviews on Holistic Cat Food and Natural Diets for cats, are they good or not?
    I've read that Natural brands of cat food can be high in magnesium and kill cats but, I've also read that cats that eat natural diets are at less risk for allergies, kidney problems, heart problems, or cancer. Indigo Moon Holistic Cat Food sounds good but, I'm not sure on its magnesium content or if anyone has had any serious problems when feeding their cat it. Is that brand as good as it claims? Here's the link to the cat food:
    http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/products/showproduct.php?id=90&code=90

    I'm just not sure if natural diets are as good as they claim. Thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      Let me share with you what I have learned about feline nutrition to help you make an informed decision on what diet you should feed your cat.

      Many brands of manufactured cat foods claiming to be "healthy" really are not. In fact they are made of the lowest ingredients possible. I'm not saying that a cat can't live off them... just the same as you could live off hot dogs and Mac and cheese forever, but better choices can and should be made for your feline friends. I would not venture to say that any manufactured food is "best" for a cat but a grain free organic wet food would be a good start. Feeding canned is certainly better than feeding dry in all cases.

      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.

      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.

      I personally feed a Raw Meat and Bones based diet to my cats and they are very healthy on it. I HIGHLY recommend it. Once I got the hang of it and felt comfortable with it it's a snap to prepare. It's something you might want to consider someday. Cats are obligate carnivores after all and must derive ALL their nutrients from meat based sources. They are unable to absorb them from any other source. Despite thousands of years of domestication they remain strictly carnivorous. True and honest meat eaters and that is what they need most. Protein from meat!

      If you are interested in feeding a raw diet (or just educating yourself about feline nutrition) a great place to start learning is www.catinfo.org .

      If you would like to try raw with your cats and don’t want to get all technical about it but want to try a trusted, time tested and balanced raw diet you can order from felinespride.com. I purchased this myself when I first started and my cats loved it! Another premade Raw you can try is Natures Varity. I personally have never used this but know many people that do and it’s pretty easy to find.

      If raw is not an option for you please be aware that there are three Categories of manufactured Pet Foods:

      -"Grocery store" foods – (Special Kitty, Friskies, Meow Mix, Generic Brands and Grocery brands) Those foods found in grocery stores and mass-market retailers are made with lower-quality, less-digestible, inexpensive ingredients and are therefore a cheaper alternative. While easy on the pocketbook, "grocery store" foods normally do not provide your cat with the healthiest, most nutrient-dense ingredients.

      -Premium foods – (Iams/Eukanuba, Purina One, Hills Science Diet, Nutro and such) Foods often found in grocery stores, pet stores, and veterinarian offices that contain higher-grade ingredients, but still include many elements of "grocery store" food, such as artificial colors, artificial flavors, chemical preservatives, and "filler" ingredients such as corn and wheat products, by-products and even animal digest. Yuck! Premium foods are usually more expensive than "grocery store" foods because their ingredients are sometimes of a higher quality, and are therefore somewhat more beneficial and digestible. But don’t be fooled, some of those same so called Premium brands are sometimes worse than grocery store foods, but they charge prices like they are better. They aren’t!

      -Healthy foods – (Wellness, Merrick, Eagle Pack, Drs Foster & Smith) The newest addition to the pet food market - provide pets with the highest quality, healthiest, and most nutritious ingredients. They are typically available for purchase online or direct from the manufacturer. Some better retailers are starting to carry them now. Complete Petmart carries a few healthy brand foods. Foods in the Healthy class contain nutrient-rich ingredients. Formulated to provide optimum health benefits for pets, these foods often use real meat as the primary protein source, carbohydrate-rich whole grains like brown rice and barley and whole, fresh fruits and vegetables. They should not contain artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors. They will almost always be fortified with additional vitamins and minerals, and will use the best natural sources for fatty acids to help build healthy skin and a beautiful coat. Because healthy foods use high quality ingredients, you should expect to pay a little more than you would for other types of pet food. Remember, though, with healthy foods you can feed less since healthy foods are more nutrient-dense than other types of food so it often evens out or cost’s les than feeding foods filled with cheap non-nutritional by-products fillers.

      With all that information in mind, when you are choosing a new cat food, study the ingredients. All ingredients on pet food labels are listed by weight. Meaning whatever ingredients are listed first on the list, there is more in there. The first ingredients listed should be whole meat ingredients, protein sources, such as Chicken or Turkey. NOT just the word “meat”! Who the heck knows what that is? The word Chicken Meal is ok, but it should be a secondary ingredient, not first. Meal is the meat dehydrated and ground into a powder.

      The ingredients also should NOT include any by-products or animal digest whatsoever. Those are disgusting left over animal parts that are scraped off the filthy floors of meat and poultry plants. They should just go into the trash but they put them into pet food instead. EW!!!! Also make sure there are no artificial colors or flavors. And make sure there is no BHA and BHT used preservatives. These preservatives have been shown to cause cancer in both cats and dogs. Bad Bad stuff and it’s in almost every cat treat on the market. :o (

      So, in summery of the ingredients… if you see the words by-products, Animal Digest, the word “meat” alone, Corn, Corn Gluten, Wheat Gluten, or BHA or BHT… stop reading, put down that product and move on to the next.

      Be aware that when switching to a Healthy, Holistic or Organic food, you will pay for what you get. Good foods are not cheap. They are pricey and will cost you more than cheaper products, just like steak costs more than hotdogs. But again, you will be feeding a better food and improving the over all health of your pet. This in turn leads to less vet visits for illness now and more importantly later in life in their geriatric years. You will also feed less of this food on a per animal basis because a smaller amount of food contains what your cat needs. Overall healthy wet foods are well worth it, if only for the piece of mind that the ingredients are better for your cat than cheap crap.

      You can start your research for a healthy cat food here if you are not ready to try feeding a Raw diet:
      onlynaturalpet.com

  32. QUESTION:
    Regarding W/D vet prescribed diet for cat?
    My 5 year old cat was recently put down due to kidney failure. He had been on W/D food for 4 years. I am asking if this food could have contributed to his kidney failure. I ask because I have another cat that is using this food. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      No, that is highly unlikely. W/D is made by Hill's, which is a very reputable company. It is a high fiber diet that is helpful for weight control and diabetic animals. Once a cat is diagnosed with kidney disease, there are other diets that may be better for them, and one made by Hill's is called K/D - it is low in protein and low in salt with added antioxidants to promote kidney health. If your vet has recommended W/D for your cats and you are concerned that it is not the best diet, just ask for another recommendation. Kidney disease is very common in cats.

  33. QUESTION:
    Since all the scare on kidney failure, have you changed your cat's diet?
    Have you changed brands? If so, which do you feel safe with? I have a Himalayin female, and had been feeding her Nutro Naturals...which thank goodness wasn't the particular dates on the list, but I'm still not comfortable giving it to her. I still have the dry food by Nutro. This is all so frustrating, as I thought I was buying one of the best foods for her, and now this! The breeder I got her from feeds her cats raw meat..along with dry food..I've never done that, any advice for that? Thanks for you help!
    Thanks so much for all the great advice. Basicaly, thanks for the chicken and rice idea. I can do that! RuneAmok, great info. You have all given great advice and info and I appreciate it so much. This whole ordeal is so frustrating to me!! ( since I found out today that rat poisening is the culprit...or the stuff that makes the poisen,,,hey, no matter, it's still poisen!) I have a case of the nutro naturals with lamb and rice,,,the dates/numbers don't show up on the recall, but I'm still VERY hesitant on giving it to her, even though it is canned and has no gravy. All these answers are so good, not sure if I can just pick ONE!! Thanks! (keep advice, suggestions coming!)
    Ok, yes I just realized I can't spell,,,poison...lol

    • ANSWER:
      This is a post that I gave to someone else but it appears that you might actually care what I'm telling you. I also used to feed my cats nutro because it was good and lower cost. But it was not the food itself that was bad, it was something in the preservative or something that is not made by the company. but a few things i'm found that my cats love are Solid Gold (ALL OF THESE WILL HAVE TO BE FOUND AND SPECIALTY STORES), Tikki Cat which is awesome because it has real whole fish in it, Merrik, and California natural. But here is the other info. All of the above food is Holistic and all Natural.

      Well if you are on a budget you could make the food yourself. Chicken and rice is a good thing to feed your cat. You could get a free range chicken and some organic rice and cook it up use some chicken juice to make a gravy and your cat shouldn't have any problem eating it. You could also go to your local fish guy and ask him for the bone of the fish after he fillets the fish, he shouldn't charge you too much if anything. But if you want to feed your cat dry food there are a bunch of good brands that are between 10-15 dollars that are all natural and REALLY good for your cat. the brands are California Natural, Serengetti, Wellness. but those are just a few, I really recommend the all natural brands because they are so much better for your cat and will save you lots of money in the long run when it comes to the Vet and the health of your cat. But if you can't afford those things and you don't want to make your own food, any wet food is better than crap dry food. because 3/4 of a can of wet food is water and usually has less carbos (which are REALLY bad for your cat because they can't metabolism them)...So i would only feed them food like friskies, whiskers, or things like that for as little time as you have to, but i would try some of the options before, you will have a much happier and healthier cat if you spend a little time preparing it. FYI make sure if you cook the chicken you feed your cat that you take the bones out, if your cat will eat raw chicken you can leave the bones in, it is REALLY good for their teeth! Hope this is helpful!

  34. QUESTION:
    CRF Diet for a cat?
    Thanks for everyone's support. My 16y/o cat was finally diagnosed with chronic renal failure yesterday (that's what I expected). Thankfully, we seemed to have caught it in the beginning stages. I've been doing a ton of online reading about it, and have a friend whose cat has been doing great after being diagnosed with CRF 2 years ago (and has worse kidneys) so I'm feeling ok so far.

    She will be getting fluids daily for starters and we'll spread that out as much as possible later. Vet also prescribed 1/4 pepcid 2x daily, to continue giving her laxatives, and sent me home with science diet k/d dry and wet. She won't eat the wet, she hates the sd brand. She is eating the dry, though. Prior, she was eating all canned diet of Fancy Feast after she rejected Wellness.

    In my reading, some things say low protein/phosphorus is the way to go, but others say that low protein is an outdated way of thinking for CRF cats, and that quality protein is ok. She's already skinny :
    So, can anyone supply clear articles that might help me understand the controversy about protein here? Any info on how to make this treatment cheaper/more convenient would help too. Any good info at all.

    My biggest concern is finding something that she will actually eat that will help her, because she's a picky eater to the extreme.

    Anyone who can share CRF experiences would help too :)

    Thanks everyone
    Oh yeah, PS, I can feed my 2 cats canned seperately, but I can't fathom a way to keep dry food seperate. If the other cat eats the k/d, is that alright? He is currently on an all canned diet of Wellness brand.

    • ANSWER:
      Your cat can live many, many healthy years if you support its system properly.

      I believe that the low protein/phosphorus is very outdated and in some research it has actually proved to quicken the kidney failure. Cats can only absorb nutrients from meat protien sources so feeding a low protien diet certainly inhibits the entire body from working properly.

      I also belive Science Diet is just about the worst thing vets offer as a solution to people with sick pets. And dry food is also terrible for a crf cat. You really need to keep a crf cat on a wet food diet.

      The following websites will help you in your search for education on how to care for your cat with CRF

      http://www.felinecrf.com/

      http://www.felinecrf.org/

      http://www.felineinstincts.com/articles/Felineinstinctsrenalfailureinformation.html

      http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/kidney_formula.php

  35. QUESTION:
    What should a cat eat?
    Please any cat nutritionsists out there: I would like to cook for my cat, especially with this story about cat foods that cause kidney failure. But also because fresh premium products that I buy for myself are definitely better that by-products and artificial flavourings put in cat foods. But I need to know what is required for a balanced diet. I know cats mostly eat proteins (meat, fish, chicken). But should I add any carbs, like rice, or egg, or some veg, carrots, etc?
    The recalled foods included brands like Hill's, Iams, Eucanuba, Nutro, etc, I mean good and expensive brands.
    Oh, and regarding the fact that cats must only eat cat food, and the human foods are not good for them, I think the fact that cats have survived for many centuries before cat food brands were invented shows that the cat food companies have persuaded us they know better than nature!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not a cat nutritionist, but I do know that cats require a certain amount of non-meat food, such as rice and veggies (or greenery of some sort) for the fiber if nothing else. I'm not sure it is realistic to only feed your cat something that you cook because they have such specific nutritional requirements, but I do understand your concern over the current cat food recall since I own cats as well. You might also want to talk to your vet, since he/she would know about any medical conditions that your cat might have that would need to be taken into account with a specialized diet, such as UTIs, age, etc. Good luck with it and I hope it works out for you.

  36. QUESTION:
    My mom wants to kill my cat on a dry cat food diet, she won't listen to me...?
    My cat is almost 11 years old and I don't want her to die prematurely of diabetes or kidney disease from the dried cat food. My mom feeds her Hill's Premium Cat food (the first ingredient is Brewers Rice - that should tell you how natural this is for a carnivore).

    She says she'll continue to feed her this because all the vets told her it's fine and she'd rather listen to them than crazy internet people. She also says our cat doesn't like wet food and has rejected it (I know there are tricks to make the conversion easier - but mom doesn't want to hear about them).

    What can I do? I want my cat to eat healthy canned food, and not premium Hill's veterinary approved poisonous cat food.

    • ANSWER:
      Buy your own cat food! Otherwise don't be picky. If the vet says it fine, what credentials do you or the crazy internet people have. The cat is not complaining.

  37. QUESTION:
    Here is my problem.I have 3 adult cats and all eat the same dry food.?
    One of the cats has diabetes and the other now has to eat low protein canned food due to a mild kidney disorder. The cat with the diabetes must have high protein food and the one with kidney issues should have a lower protein diet and i am just crazy trying to keep these foods separate. Is there any ideas on a dry food that would work for both? Neither of their illnesses at at the critical stage.
    Our cat with the kidney problem hates the canned Hills Science KD diet. Would love to hear from anyone who has had this problem.

    • ANSWER:
      Your best solution is to feed the cats separately in different rooms where you can close doors.
      You are going to have to get them on a schedule so that when you put the food down, they know it's time to eat.
      Free feeding is not the best way to feed animals. They tend to graze and that can lead to weight issues.
      It can be difficult in the beginning to get the cats on a schedule, but with persistence and patience it can be done.

      I am not going to debate the dry vs canned food issue at this point. Although I will say that as a retired Certified Veterinary Technician I have no faith in the Hills Science Diet prescription foods. I dealt with that myself and my cat.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  39. QUESTION:
    My cat is throwing up?
    Last week, I took my 13-year-old cat to the vet because he was acting subdued. At our second visit, the vet finally figured out that he needed an antibiotic, and he's been on the antibiotic course since Saturday morning. At first, he seemed to feel much better.

    He also has slightly elevated creatinine levels, The vet told me normal creatinine level is 30 or below; his is 34. She said we should be alarmed if it approaches 40. We started him on a diet specifically for cats with kidney problems. Since Saturday, he has been eating the special diet in canned food form although a dry food is available. The vet told me, "Watch him to make sure he's not throwing up." Well, he is. At first, he had a hairball, and the vet and I figured that must have been the cause, but he threw up again today and I think last night or very early this morning. He's eating pretty well, but he can't seem to keep the food down. I've begun feeding him quite small amounts.

    I'm going to call the vet first thing tomorrow. Could the new type of canned food be causing him to upchuck? He's still eating some of his former dry food in order to transition to the new diet gradually.

    Can anyone shed any light on this problem? I'm so worried about him. He's really a delightful and sassy cat, but lately he's wanted a lot of cuddling, which is kind of unusual for him because he's the alpha cat and has that personality.
    Thanks for your good wishes. Actually, I did state that he is on the course of the antibiotics and is eating the "new" diet.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds to me like you're doing everything you can to take care of your cat and that's good. But if I were you, I'd call the vet tonight instead of waiting until tomorrow morning. I'm not sure what's causing the vomiting, but since your vet seemed to think that would be a cause for concern, I don't think you should wait to have it taken care of. Vomiting can cause dehydration, which can wreak havoc on the kidneys (and other organs, too) and for a cat that's already appearing to have some kidney problems, I think the hazards are probably increased. I'm not a vet, though, and I don't know everything, and that's why I think the best answer to your question would come from your vet herself.

      Good luck with this! I hope your cat gets all better really soon!

  40. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used Hills Science Diet or SD/CD for cats with urethral obstruction?
    My 3 year old neutered tabby was taken into the emergency clinic last night for a urinary blockage. I'll find out from the vet what, if any, crystals were found in his urine, or if there are bladder/ kidney stones etc, and know better after that. But for now the recommended treatment is Hills SD veterinary prescription diet. The formulas would be SD (Stone dissolving) for 4-8 weeks, or until the active problem is under control, and cd as a long term maintenance diet.

    Since we just switched two weeks ago from free feeding dry Natural Balance to canned Wellness as long term therapy for a female with recurring bladder infections/utis, I'm assuming easy access to clean fresh water is not the source of the problem. Although I am also considering making it filtered or distilled water which is likely to have fewer minerals in it. How unusual a coincidence is that to have two of the three come down with urinary related problems ?? They've never been on low quality foods....

    So anyone have good luck with Hills Science Plan SD or CD..?
    It's gonna be expensive so I'm open to OTC alternatives if you're not convinced it's the right food....

    • ANSWER:
      Hi!,
      My cat had the same problem 2 years ago, he was catheterised by the vet to remove the crystals and is now on Royal Canin Urinary s/o dry food, which our vet has recommended we feed him for life, I don't find the food too expensive, it's around £14.00 for a bag which lasts a month, although we do supplement his diet with the odd pouch of wet food (although we have found since he has his struvite crystals this tends to make him sick) He just drinks normal tap water (out of a pint glass by the bed, or the toilet, or a puddle or basically anywhere that isn't the bottled water in his bowl!)
      We did have a slip up in a locum vet advising us to stop feeding him the urinary s/o food, which led to a huge infection and cystitis for the little fellow, so although it may be a little more expensive, i think it's best to keep the cat on a urinary food to avoid any future problems! hope this helps!

  41. QUESTION:
    raw diet supplements?
    I've been having a hard time finding any good information regarding a calcium supplement for the raw diet. My cat will eat ground meat, but I won't be able to get a hold of any whole ground meat with bone in it for another month. I'm not sure how much calcium needs to be added to the diet or if any other supplements need to be added because of lack of bone. I feed her prey model, and I already have meat, liver, kidney and heart so just need an idea of how to replace the bone with supplements for the next month.
    You shouldn't even bother stating that your a vet assistant....most vets I've met know nothing about the diet of a cat. Cats are CARNIVORES!!!!!! They aren't supposed to eat grain, or veggies....do some research and stop acting like you know better than everyone else just because you went to school. I've been researching the raw diet for dogs for over a year. My dog had horrible allergies and I tried tons of different foods, even homecooked. Raw was the only thing that fixed my problems. My cat is underweight and needs to gain some muscle, and in my opniion the raw diet is the best way to fix it.
    My cat refuses chunks meat of any kind. I tried chicken neck cut up, and pulverized with a hammer. She wont take it. Thats why I resorted to ground meat.
    actually my litter pan smells great! lol. the raw diet really cut down the stink, shows you how crappy most kibbles and wet foods are compared to real stuff.

    • ANSWER:
      I have the book "The Backyard Predator" from Feline Futures. I don't believe it is available any more. They published their "recipe" in it. To 700 g of raw muscle meat they add 2 Tbsp. bone meal.

      700 g raw muscle meat
      200 g raw heart (for the taurine)
      100 g raw liver (for vitamin A)
      2 raw egg yolks
      2 Tbsp. bone meal
      0.5 Tbsp each of powdered kelp & dulse
      2 tsp psyllium husks (can be powdered)
      1 tsp salmon oil
      2 tablets feeze dried glands
      300 IU vitamin E
      1 capsule of a 50 mg complex vitamin B supplement

  42. QUESTION:
    My vet says iams is good so my parents feed her it to her?
    -I have researched MANY pet foods.I have found out that commercial pet foods are unhealthy.Cats are carnivores there meant to have meat based diet.Thus Grains,by-products, Corn and soy are not good for cats.My parents also don't want to spend the money on high quality cat food.I have also talked to them about raw diet.They said no,to much money.We currently have my cat on Iams.She vomits on weekly basics and is over weight.Yet another problem,my parents don't want to feed her wet food.Recently dry foods have been linked to Urinary tract infection, Kidney failure, Diabetes etc...

    I very interesting in Orjien, Wellness core, New mans(canned food),Merrick, Evo,Natual balance ultra, Timber wolf, Felidae, Fromm, Chicken soup for the cat lovers soul, Castor and Pollix.Any organic Dry&Wet food.

    I also researched Freeze dried and raw diets.Which is the most healthy.Because it closely approximates the diet cats would get in the wild.." Cats eat a varied diet in the wild, including organs, brains, and occasionally, stomach and intestine contents;
    •mice and other rodents
    •small mammals
    •birds
    •fish
    •snakes and other reptiles
    •insects

    • ANSWER:
      If you are so concerned about giving it Iams, I suggest you let the cat outside to fend for itself. Iams is a high quality food and I doubt you are are willing to catch your cats food live so they can play with it, let it loose in your house, and maybe, if they feel like it, recatch it and eat it. If your cat is vomiting, she is probably eating too much at once and if she's overweight, you are feeding her too much.

  43. QUESTION:
    Kidney Failure in Cats?
    I just read an update on a cat I used to sponsor at a shelter. It said she has been diagnosed with kidney failure, has undergone blood testing, placed on fluids and a special diet...etc. Is kidney failure always fatal? If yes, how long can a feline survive upon diagnosis? This is just such a sad story. This beautiful Himalayan dumped in a parking lot of a shelter, found to have tumors. They have been caring for her in foster care for years and now this kidney failure diagnosis. This really saddens me.

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney failure is a frequent cause of death in cats if they do not succumb to other things first. Many cats have decreased kidney function as they reach the high teens and it does not cause death immediately.

      My cat lived to be 22+. Her kidney function slipped downhill for at least four years before she finally died from it and she did not "suffer" from it till the very end. Tumors are an entirely different type of diagnosis. Most tumors in elderly cats are cancerous.

  44. QUESTION:
    Your opinions? Cat with Kidney Failure and food.?
    My cat was diagnosed with kidney failure a little over a month ago and is in the early stage. They put her on the Science Diet K/d, she ate it at first but stopped eating it. At first I wasn't happy with feeding it to her because of the by-products and have read reviews about cats who started losing muscle because they weren't getting enough protein.

    I looked into a raw diet from the brand Bravo and Primal, no by-products, a little bit more protein than K/d but not as much as her old food though. I have read good things about raw diet and CRF cats. She chowed down on that a lot and loved it, she seemed more active and not sleeping all the time, going to the bathroom less and this is for cat that is about 17-18 years old.

    Well today my husband and I took her in for her check up, when we told the vet about the raw diet and that she stopped eating K/d, he looked at us like we were insane. Saying that it's a myth that it's good for cats, has all this bacteria that can make her sick and kill her and told us to stop. Gave us another brand to try, Purina NF. She did have a bladder infection at the same time which he says that's why she was so tired and less active but she was still like that long after we gave her the meds and when she finished the meds. She didn't show any change until we switched to raw diet.

    He talked to us like we were crazy and not taking care of her. I am no vet but I would think low quality food with by-products and fillers from grains would make the kidney work harder to flush all that crap out. The prescription food is grain protein based and from what i read, cats can't digest grains.

    I just right now don't know what to believe and it's scary. I just don't want to make the wrong choices and hurt my cat. In the end, I just want what is best for her.

    I would like to have other people's opinions.

    Thanks~
    @Valerie A: Thanks, I just joined that group. =)

    J C: Wonder why my vet still is believes that, maybe he is old fashioned or just wants the money from commission selling the prescription foods. =/ I did feed all my cats Wellness canned food once but they got picky and stopped eating it. I'll look into Blue.

    I did join CRF cats on Yahoo Groups and asked about the risks of the prescription food and talked about the things I read. I only got a reply form one person who seems to strongly enforce prescription food diet.

    I think I'll keep her with the raw diet look into more brands on the high quality canned food. I also am thinking of finding another vet. I want a vet that is more up to date and not trying to get all my money. I wish could find research on the internet to print out about low-protein diets not doing a thing and show them to my vet. Official scientific research.

    Thanks for your reply, it's very helpful

    • ANSWER:
      Many vets now believe that the low-protein diets don't do a thing for the cats, unless it's very end-stage. First, cats won't eat the low protein diets, they don't like them (or not most of them, anyway). it also does lead to muscle wasting as the body ends up taking protein from the muscles to fuel the need for protein. And you're correct - by-products are a low quality protein source, and can be extremely hard on the kidneys, as they are waste products and the kidneys now have to deal with that. My vet recommends a high-quality, no-by product canned food - commercial, not prescription. I have a kidney compromised cat (not CRF - uremic dysplasia, but the management is the same). He eats Wellness canned, Blue Buffalo Wilderness - and other grain free, by-product free, high protein foods - and does very well. Check out the Yahoo group for CRF cats and you'll find many people who feel the same way.

      Many vets are opposed to raw feeding - the risk is to the human who handles the raw food, and not to the cat. My cats all get raw in addition to the commercial canned.

      At this point you have two options - explain to your vet why you are NOT going to feed her the prescription food, and continue as you are doing, or find a vet who's a bit more 'up to date' on the latest research for CRF cats.

      My 17+ year old cat was fed the same canned diet I mentioned above. His kidney numbers were perfect - and there was no muscle wasting that you normally see with an aged cat. We lost him to a cancerous tumor in his throat - had nothing at all to do with his kidneys. He died a 'kidney healthy' cat - and that can be attributed to diet, I think.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Human Foods Which Are Poisonous to Cats

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

    Alcohol:

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

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

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

    Avocado:

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

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

    Citrus:

    May cause vomiting in cats.

    Cooked bones:

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

    Chocolate, Coffee & Tea

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

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

    Grapes & raisins:

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

    Macadamia nuts:

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

    Milk:

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

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

    Mushrooms:

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

    Fat:

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

    Liver:

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

    Onion & Garlic:

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

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

    Onion causes greater problems than garlic.

    Potato (green parts & eyes):

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

    Salt:

    Large quantities of salt can lead to an electrolyte imbalance.

    Tomato:

    See potatoes.

    Tuna:

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

    Yeast dough:

    This can expand in the stomach causing bloating & discomfort.

    Other foods which your cat shouldn't eat:

    Soy & Rice Bran

    Raisins

    Rhubarb

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

    Hops

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

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

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

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

  47. QUESTION:
    My vet placed my cat on a veterinary diet food. Is there a place who sells this cheaply? Or late at night even?
    Not sure how big of an emergency it is. Running low on this expensive stuff and night time is the most easiest time to shop. Is it life or death if I give him something else to eat for a few hours? He's got kidney problems with diabetes. You would think that if this is an important item it will be more available in stores. Even at a 24 hour drug store if need be.

    • ANSWER:
      Prescription food is available only at the vet. Give him a food that doesn't contain junk ingredients like corn, wheat, soy, or meat by-products. Grains are going to overload him on carbs which will elevate his sugar. Feed only wet food and avoid fish flavors as they contain higher amounts of magnesium and phosphates, which contribute to kidney problems. Some good brands are Wellness, Blue Buffalo, and Merrick. These foods can be found at Petsmart, Petco, or other specialty pet stores. Nothing at WalMart or the grocery store is going to be suitable. For an emergency feeding tonight, you can feed him some plain boiled chicken or lean sandwich meat. No tuna.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Best of luck.

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

  49. QUESTION:
    Is there an alternative to prescription food for a cat with Kidney Disease?
    I own two cats. One is 19 and has Kidney Disease. the other cat that is 8 and is healthy but overweight. I don't like feeding the prescription diet to my cat that isn't sick, but i can't feed them separately either. They are currently eating Purina NF and neither of them like it. They will eat it but not like they usually eat.

    Before all this they were eating Wellness cat food, which as an all natural holistic pet food.

    My question is:

    Is there a non-prescription cat food out there that would be OK for my sick kitty to eat. My vet won't even talk to me about it, she is just "No, he has to have this" and leaves it at that. If you have any alternative ideas, i'd really appreciate it!
    Ok I"m getting a lot of people talking about Science Diet. I have had 30 plus pets in my life and have never had one that will eat it. I looked into how it is made and saw the amount of yellow corn in the ingredient list. I only feed my pets holistic food. Not food from the grocery store and by all means not Science Diet. Thanks so for for you help. Keep it coming. I hope this clarifies things a little.
    Oh, and i am looking for wet food since it is better for a cat with kidney disease.
    He has Chronic Renal Failure not Polycystic Kidney Disease, sorry for the confusion.

    • ANSWER:
      The following websites will help you in your search for education on how to care for your cat with CRF.

      http://www.felinecrf.com/

      http://www.felinecrf.org/

      http://www.felineinstincts.com/articles/Felineinstinctsrenalfailureinformation.html

      http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/kidney_formula.php

  50. QUESTION:
    Changing my cat's diet, need advice!?
    So today my vet told me that I over feed my cat and that I need to feed him less. He always has a bowl of science plan dried food which I fill up once it's empty, then I give him a pouch of science plan wet food about every second day, maybe even every third. My vet seems to dislike the idea of feeding him dried food and he also said to feed him more real food like chicken and fish, so I'm thinking of taking away his dried food and giving him wet food only from now on. However, I can't give my cat only pouches of science plan food, it would be too expensive. And I know a lot of supermarket brands are unhealthy. What brands available in the UK and Ireland are the best for cats? I was thinking GoCat? And also in terms of "real food", what is healthy for a cat to eat? I have heard giving a cat fish isn't the best for their kidneys and such. All advice is appreciated! :)

    • ANSWER:


Diet For Kidneys

Kidney stones are a painful condition and passing one is an extremely difficult trial that nobody ever wants to go through. People who suffer from kidney stones usually find themselves forced to eliminate a large variety of foods from their diet for different kidney stone related reasons. Many foods go to chopping block because they contain substances which help in the formation of these very painful kidney stones, with the minerals calcium and oxalate being the two main culprits. Both of these minerals are found in many different foods and both need to be reduced to prevent further suffering. Other foods, such as those that are high in protein, put strain on the kidneys and should also be reduced .

Here are some kidney stone diet tips aimed at helping you pass kidney stones and also to prevent more kidney stones from forming.

Protein and calcium

A diet that is high in protein tends to put considerable strain on the kidneys, which is why bodybuilders who partake in a very high protein diet oftentimes develop kidney infections. If you have any type of kidney disorder, a diet high in protein should be avoided. Kidney stones are formed in part by calcium so foods that contain should also be limited. Dairy products which are both high and protein and calcium should definitely be avoided as should supplements that contain high amounts of calcium and calcium based antacids. Protein and calcium, however, should not be completely eliminated from your diet since your body does need both of them in order to function properly. They just need to be cut back.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is the special k diet good for your kidneys?
    Over the past year i have had issues with my kidneys, i have one that only works 20% and have been suffering from re-occuring infections. I have not had any infections for the past 3 months but since starting the special k two week challenge a week ago im having all of the symptoms! Could this be the reason? Should i stop this diet ?

    • ANSWER:
      The ONLY diet that's good for your kidneys is one that contains mostly raw, natural foods like fruits, nuts, whole grains, and vegetables. Man made foods don't even come close to providing the nutrition we need. How do I know this? I'm diabetic and found the solution in my grocer's produce section. I haven't taken any medication at all in over two months. My doctor can't believe my numbers. Cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose.... all normal. Who would have thought?

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

    • ANSWER:
      Is it k/d? Cause I know A LOT of cats that refuse to eat k/d. There are definitely a few renal diets out there (Purina makes one, Eukanuba makes one - check out felinecrf.com for tons of info) but I recommend Royal Canin Modified Formula. Until about two weeks ago I could have honestly said that I never knew a cat that turned it down, but of course there had to be that one who would make me not be able to ever say that again. But not much can be said for her taste as she chose to eat the k/d over this magical food. Seriously, that's what we call it at my practice, "Magical Modified" because (almost) every cat will eat it. It has mackerel in it which I think the cats can really taste and LOVE. Plus, you can always add a little chicken broth to any canned food to increase water intake and make the food a little tastier for our finicky friends.
      I prefer most Royal Canin therapeutic diets over the Hill's RX diets anyway. I think they are much more palatable and have higher quality ingredients with less by-products and preservatives. I actually have my cats on the Calorie Control diet.
      OK, I'll stop going on about the RC therapeutic foods, but seriously, try it! You don't need a prescription for it like you do for the Hill's foods but you do have to buy it from a veterinarian. If your vet doesn't carry it, call around to other vets in the area or call Royal Canin and ask them where the closet place is where you can buy their products. (800) 592-6687. If there is a bigger emergency hospital in your area they should carry it. I don't know where you live so I can't really help you out with that part, but good luck and I hope she likes it!
      http://www.royalcanin.us/products/productdetail.aspx?ID=104

      Oh, there is also another Royal Canin renal diet called LP but I don't think that goes over any better than the k/d chicken as far as flavor. But it does come in pouches so it's more of the chunks and gravy deal than the regular mushy food so if your cat is into that sort of thing, they may prefer LP & you might want to try that.
      http://www.royalcanin.us/products/productdetail.aspx?ID=105

  3. QUESTION:
    13 yr old cat with poor kidneys on KD diet now is urinating outside the box and staying downstairs so whY?
    for 11/2 yrs after diagnosed with l failed kidney and l on the decline I have been feeding KD diet and keeping indoors..except he wanted to get outside desperately these
    past 2 weeks..now he only sleeps downstairs and acts very nervous

    • ANSWER:
      At thirteen years old, I'm sure you can add arthritis to your cat's may illnesses. That's probably why he wants to stay downstairs, so he doesn't have to climb the stairs, which would be painful for him. Is he shakey? Is that what makes you think he is nervous? I'm thinking that is probably a weakening of the cat in general. Please take him to the vet for further treatment/diagnosis. Good luck.

  4. QUESTION:
    How to make Chutney for Dialysis Diet or Kidney Failure People?
    Hi! I'm going under dialysis so as per nutritional diet can anyone help me how to make chutney for me.. As i always use to eat boring food and now need some extra... And also can anyone tell me is Lemon, Lime, cilantro, mint is allowed in this diet...!!

    • ANSWER:
      These appear to be an excellent website for dialysis patients - one even has chutney recipes.

      http://www.apexkidneycare.com/kidney_vegi_recipies.asp

      http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/Kudiseases/pubs/eatright/

      http://www.davita.com/diethelper/

      http://www.davita.com/recipes/Meats_and_seafood/a/3540

  5. QUESTION:
    How can high protein diets hurt kidneys?
    is it a myth or is it ture? waht are the signs or symptoms? what should i watch for? how does ti work and waht exactly does the protein do? what is fomeome is building muscle or excersizuing alot?

    if someone eats alot of protein (but not more than normal ammount of colaries) for a month or so, could they gain muscle mass without working out, just living life notmally with more protein?

    • ANSWER:
      High-protein diets are generally well tolerated by healthy adults. But a dramatic increase in protein-rich foods may be dangerous for people with liver or kidney disease because they lack the ability to get rid of the waste products of protein metabolism.
      Your body can't store excess protein. During digestion and metabolism, protein is broken down into amino acids — the building blocks of protein. Your body uses these amino acids to make enzymes and other proteins. But any "extra" amino acids are stripped of nitrogen. The non-nitrogen parts of amino acids are used for energy or converted into fat, and the remaining nitrogen is eventually excreted by your kidneys and liver. These waste products have been shown to cause kidney injury, and in the presence of liver disease, excess nitrogen can cause further problems. High-protein diets may also increase the risk of kidney stones and osteoporosis

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

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

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

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

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

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

  7. QUESTION:
    Pig kidneys as part of raw diet for dogs?
    Ive started feeding one of mine raw again as i think i have enough different supplies to balance things out, but ive never fed pig kidneys before, and got a couple of them along with sheep hearts from butcher.

    Any reason why not?
    Thanks, i thought they would be good for him, just thought i would double check as never fed them before.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes absolutely fine -- why would you think they wouldn't be.

      I feed pig livers / kidneys, trotters, rib, and anything else the butcher can get for me.

      They are fine.

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

    • ANSWER:
      liquor is probably not a good idea

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

      but your best bet is to ask your doctor!

  9. QUESTION:
    I am looking for information on a renal (as in kidney) diet, low in sodium and potassium.?
    I am in stage four chronic kidney disease and I am a type II diabetic. Does anyone know of a website that will provide me with some type of sample diet?

    • ANSWER:
      go to http://www.ika.ie/diet.html
      they have some good receipes. You can check out a book store like Barnes and Noble or any other book store to find recipes.
      It's not as hard to find as you may think. I had to do it as well. I looked at local book stores. And asked my doctor if he knew anything to start me out on.

  10. 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

  11. QUESTION:
    Can high amounts of protein in your diet do something bad to your kidneys?
    i'm 16, a guy and i weigh 124, i eat lots of meat during the day. I take Muscle Milk, 32 Grams per serving (two servings of the muscle milk, so that makes it 64 grams of protein. On top of that i drink this other drink called Ensure (just once a day) for extra protein and that has 8 Grams of protein in it. I also eat a lot of meat/ foods with good amounts of protein during the day and i also drink good ole milk for even more protein. I was just wondering if this is too much protein for me and if protein in a high enough amount can do something bad to your kidneys.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, you haven't told us how much protein you actually take. But, yes, large amounts of protein are not good for your kidneys. Most people who lift really weights don't seem to care, however.

  12. QUESTION:
    Can my kitten eat Hills K/D (kidney diet)?
    My older cat needs to eat K/D because of her kidneys, but the kitten is constantly in her food. Is it ok for the kitten to eat it? The older cat eats her wet k/d food throughout the day, and I'd rather she ate it all at once to deter the kitten. How do I get her to eat it in one fell swoop, so the kitten isn't eating it all?

    • ANSWER:
      The K/D does not contain sufficient protein for a growing kitten, so NO - it is not a healthy diet for her. I would suggest feeding them in two separate rooms, behind closed doors. Your adult cat will soon learn to eat her food more quickly. There isn't much else you can do when cats need to be fed two such totally different things.

      Re. the low protein debate for cats with compromised kidneys - it's not just an internet 'hoax' that K/D may not be an appropriate food for cats with kidney issues (unless they are in late-stage kidney failure). Many vets now believe it's the QUALITY of the protein, not the QUANTITY that is important, along with low levels of phosphorus, and lots of water. What that translates into is a canned diet free of by-products and crap, (these are hard on the kidneys). The other big contributor to renal disease is bad teeth - peridontal disease pours bacteria into the system, which overloads the kidneys. Aggressive teeth cleaning and feeding a high-quality canned diet CAN keep a cat with compromised kidneys healthy. That is what I do for my kidney-compromised cat, with my vet's blessing. There are alternatives to K/D, but not all vets are willing to go to the advanced seminars, etc that discuss alternatives to feeding the prescription diets. My elderly cat eats a high-protein canned diet as well, and gets dentals as needed. His kidney numbers are better than many a younger cat.

  13. QUESTION:
    How is diet coke bad for the kidneys?

    • ANSWER:
      Colas are generally bad for kidneys. Diet 7 up actually helps prevent kidney stones from forming. check web md.

  14. QUESTION:
    vegetarian diet for kidney transplant patient to maintain same weight?

    • ANSWER:
      You shouldn't be a vegetarian if you just had a kidney transplant. Your body needs nutrition and protein, not plants and pasta.

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      I'm so sry to hear this. Make sure she drinks lots of water. There is a science diet food that is good for kidney issues I believe it is A/d or maybe i/d or it could be u/d. Petsmart carries it and you will be able to tell which one it is because it should say it on the bag or can. Good Luck and may god bless you and your dog in this time of need.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Tin

  17. QUESTION:
    Kidney Diet for Dogs besides Science Diet and Purina ?
    Would like to know of a good kidney diet for my 10 year old dalmatian recently diagnosed w/kidney issues. She has tried Hills k/d and Purina n/f. I have heard Eukanuba/Iams makes one as well I might give a go. My other dog is on Pet Promise and sometimes Wellness (both no bi-products, etc) and when I look at the ingredients in some of these I hate to spend for a 15lb bag of fillers and bi products. Royal Canine has a canned food for kidneys and the first 3 ingredients include water sufficient for processing, by products, and more by products - ugh. and this costs a can on top of it! Any suggestions? Thanks!!
    forgot to add, she hates hills and purina and refuses to eat it - will go about 3 days before caving in. won't eat w/canned food on it either. will eat if chicken and cottage cheese are mixed in.
    if it is a bag, you must be getting the 8 lb bag, either that or I need to be going to your vet :) I'm paying about for a 15-18 lb bag of Purina N/F that my dog hates.

    • ANSWER:
      Eukanuba does make one for that problem how ever it is also going to be expensive and not high quality ingredients.
      NONE of those presciption diets are good quality ingredients. I have no clue as to why no one makes one but they are all full of cheap fillers and by products.
      I wish someone would step up and make a better one.
      I have a cat on one of the Purina diets. She looks good and it has solved the problems but I hate to feed her junk.

  18. QUESTION:
    is diet coke bad for the bladder or kidneys?
    every time I drink diet coke I feel the need to spend a penny straight away even if I only drink a mouthful. does this happen to anyone else out there ?

    • ANSWER:
      yes, it's bad, it has carbonic, citric, and phosphoric acids and sugar substitutes.
      Coke is known to be good for cleaning toilets because of the acid effect .
      No kidding, see it yourself:
      http://www.wikihow.com/Clean-a-Toilet-With-Coke

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

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

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

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

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

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

  21. QUESTION:
    i would like to find a diet for kidney failure?
    does anyone have info on what foods are good for kidney failure patients?

    • ANSWER:
      After kidney failure, various waste products can build up in the blood, and each kind can have different effects on your health.

      Salt can increase blood pressure, so you may be encouraged to reduce salt intake. (Salt also has the effect of increasing thirst, so it makes it more difficult for patients to restrict their fluid intake).

      Potassium is a mineral which is found in the cells of body tissue, and any excess would normally be removed by the kidneys. Too high a level of potassium is bad for the heart - in extreme case it may even cause it to stop.

      Phosphate is a substance that is widely found in foods. It works very closely with the mineral calcium, and the healthy body keeps these two substances in balance. High phosphate levels may be associated with itch and over the longterm can damage blood vessels.

      Protein is an essential nutrient that enables the body to build muscles. Low levels of protein can lead to fluid retention and to a reduction of the body’s ability to fight off infections.

      Some patients may need vitamin B and C supplements.
      Iron levels may drop and cause anaemia, this can be replaced with iron tablets.

  22. QUESTION:
    I am looking for a diet that is easy on the kidneys.?
    Trying to lose weight and need a diet that is easy on the kidneys, low sodium, low carb. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    Kidney Diet Recipes for people with kidney failure?
    can anyone recomend a kidney diet recipes for people with kidney failure??

    • ANSWER:
      In choosing kidney diet recipes, you have to remember that you must regulate your intake of the following – sodium, phosphorus, potassium, protein, and fluids.

      An ideal kidney diet for humans should control the intake of salt, protein, potassium, and phosphorus. A limit in the intake of fluids is also important.

      Phosphorus is another mineral that should be taken in with caution. It is highly concentrated in dairy products. Restrict your intake of dairy products (cheese, yogurt, milk, custard among others) to only one serving or less per day. Do not prepare recipes that have too much of cheese or yogurt.

      Another mineral that should be controlled if you have kidney disease is potassium, which is high in vegetables and fruits. The technique is to limit your intake of potassium to five servings per day in order to control it.

      Getting the best information on kidney diet recipes is no easy task nowadays.

      If you want to know more about kidney diet, go here: http://thekidneydietsecrets.blogspot.com/

  26. QUESTION:
    Will anything help a dog with kidney disease gain or maintain weight?
    My senior dog, Luigi, (exact age unknown as he is a rescue) has kidney disease and has lost a nearly 1/3 of his body weight. He is otherwise well, happy, and eating well (special kidney diet food) but has gone from 37 to just over 27 lbs. The vet just smiles but doesn't seem to have any helpful suggestions. He is on Azodyl for kidney support.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with the previous answer--
      high carb
      low protein
      almost zero fat

      It is very difficult on the kidneys to digest fat and protein. You might also add some extra IV fluids to help him with the kidney failure. Your vet could let you do that at home simply by injecting fluid subQ.

  27. QUESTION:
    Does drinking sodas (regular or diet) is bad for kidneys?

    • ANSWER:
      too much of ANYthing is bad for you

  28. QUESTION:
    Is there anyone who upholds an anti oxalate kidney stone diet?
    Is there anyone who upholds an anti oxalate kidney stone diet (and who uses NO anti oxalate kidney stone medicine) for some years AND thereof gets significantly or substancialy less stones? (and is convinced about it.)

    If so, could you pm me the diet info?

    I already know chocolate, nuts and the like are suspected things, But even so, specific foods might be far less important then specific food combinations?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a patient with chronic renal failure i controlled his salt intake made him to avoid high protein diets avoid alot of mineral foods. He survived for 5 years when his local doctor said he wouldnt survive more than 6 months.

  29. QUESTION:
    What would be healthy recepies for Kidneys?
    Need a diet to help keep kidneys functioning that are already damaged.

    • ANSWER:
      Healthy kidneys get rid of the wastes that comes from food once the body has used all of the nutrition in it. When kidneys no longer work properly, it is often necessary to change the way a person eats.

      The diet needed for kidney failure depends on several things:

      * The kind of kidney disease
      * The stage of kidney failure-early, middle, or late
      * The kind of dialysis chosen
      * Whether or not diabetes is also present
      * Height and weight
      * Activity level
      * Amount of urine output

      A Dietitian is trained to evaluate all of these components and make the diet specific to each individual.
      Nutrients to Know

      Although every person needs their own specific diet, there are several nutrients that all renal diets include. Some nutrients are more or less important depending on whether you are a hemodialysis patient or PD patient. In general, there are less dietary restrictions for PD patients.

      The common nutrients are:

      * Calcium and phosphorus
      * Sodium
      * Fluid
      * Potassium
      * Protein
      * Calories

      Learning to read labels and knowing which foods contain the largest amounts of these nutrients will help you follow the renal diet. Here is a closer look at these nutrients.

      Calcium and phosphorus, in the right balance, work together in the body to keep your teeth and bones strong and a change in one can cause a change in the other. If the kidneys fail, phosphorus may build up in your blood. Less phosphorus must be eaten for meals and snacks. It is also usually necessary to take a phosphorus binder with meals and snacks. This is a medicine used to grab hold of the phosphorus in the food and keep it from getting into the blood. A high phosphorus level in the blood can cause many problems including itching, bone pain, brittle bones, muscle aches and heart damage. A calcium supplement may also be needed to keep your bones strong.

      Sodium is found in the diet, most commonly, as salt. Limiting salt helps control blood pressure and fluid buildup. In addition to the salt shaker, there are other sources of high sodium foods such as processed meats including bacon, sausage and luncheon meats. Snack foods, canned foods and frozen prepared meals also contain large amounts of salt.

      Fluids in the diet are beverages such as water, milk and juice as well as foods that melt at room temperature such as ice cream. Since the kidneys are making much less urine or no urine at all, fluids need to be limited. Limiting fluids helps control blood pressure and puts less strain on the heart, which has to pump that fluid throughout the body.

      Potassium is a mineral present in many fruits and vegetables as well as in meat and dairy products. If your kidneys do not work well, potassium can build up in the blood. Too much or too little potassium in the diet can affect the muscles in the body, particularly the heart.

      Protein is needed daily to build muscles, repair tissues, fight infection and replace the protein lost from dialysis. Protein is the nutrient most needed to prevent malnutrition. Protein is present in many food items, but the highest quality protein comes from beef, pork, poultry, seafood and eggs. Well-nourished patients do better on dialysis, get sick less often and live longer.

      Calories are needed to supply energy and to maintain weight. Calories come from all the foods you eat, including proteins, carbohydrates and fat. Calories are a concern if weight is too low or too high. Sometimes special liquid supplements are needed to provide enough calories to maintain weight or regain lost weight. Weight loss diets, in certain cases, are a consideration when being overweight is affecting your health.

      The renal diet can be challenging. Dietitians, with highly specialized training, are available to provide a personalized diet and give information on how to use this diet. For further information on the right diet for your individual needs, consult a Dietitian.

  30. QUESTION:
    need low carb diet for kidney dialysis patient?
    what is carb, in a diet

    • ANSWER:

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

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

  32. QUESTION:
    Which kidney diet appears to be the best?
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    Purina Veterinary Diets® NF® brand feline formula
    Link: http://www.purinaveterinarydiets.com/FelineProductDetail.aspx?prod=235

    Ingredients (Canned)

    Water sufficient for processing, liver, beef, poultry by-products, trout, rice, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), ground yellow corn, animal digest, pea fiber, wheat flour, calcium carbonate, potassium citrate, fish oil, potassium chloride, magnesium citrate, taurine, choline chloride, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, biotin, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, menadione sodium bisulfite complex.

    My cat doesn't like the Hills K/D, so hat's why it's not included.

    • ANSWER:
      Personally if my cat was diagnosed with kidney disease I would be feeding it Wysong. Hills, Purina and Royal Canin are full of corn and by-products, which I definitely don't want to be feeding my cat. If you have to choose between the Purina and the Royal Canin, I would go with the Royal Canin as it is slightly better quality. I suggest you look into Wysong Rx diets as an alternative.

  33. QUESTION:
    How to cook medium grain rice?
    I need to cook medium grain rice for my dog's kidney diet and I've tried it once according to the package instructions, 1 cup rice in 2 cups water. It became a solid block, won't mix with the other ingredients, and is difficult for the dog to eat and even I wouldn't eat it. I'm really tired and don't want to try gradually reducing the water until I get it right so would greatly appreciate anyone's help. Can you ever get it to the point that it won't all glom together? Long grain mixes very well but the medium has less phosphorous, which is better for him.

    • ANSWER:
      Just boil 2 1/2 cup water and 1 cup rice Keep lid on pot ajar just a tad. ypically if you were cooking for a person you would not want to remove lid, to let it steam. But in this case you want it mushy so you can feed it to your dog..

  34. QUESTION:
    Kidney diet food for dogs? ?
    My dog has developed a kidney problem and has to eat special dog food for it. But it's very expensive. Does any one know of foods I can use to make my own dog food for her to eat?

    • ANSWER:
      This might help:
      http://www.preciouspets.org/newsletters/articles/kidney-failure-diet.htm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  36. QUESTION:
    Does anyone feed their cat Hi Tor Diet for kidney disease?
    Is this a good quality food like Hill's prescription k/d?

    • ANSWER:
      I've never heard of these so I looked them up. Their list of ingredients isn't overly impressive - beef is debatable as a steady diet, byproducts are debatable as well.

      I can't say whether or not these foods are any good or whether they do what they're supposed to, but if I were you I'd do some research into kidney disease in cats and see what foods others are feeding them.

      The Felo diet contains:
      Beef, Water Sufficient for Processing, Meat By-Products, Poultry By-Products, Liver, Chicken, Whole Egg, Guar Gum...

      Neo contains:
      Water sufficient for Processing, Meat By-Products, Chicken, Beef, Liver, Ocean Fish, Rice Flour, Guar Gum....

      And what do you know - I found an article.

      "Several nutritional supplements may be helpful for cats with kidney disease. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to be beneficial in CRF. Antioxidants are also important. Both of these are contained in the highly digestible algae, Biosuperfood. A nutritional supplement called "Renafood" from Standard Process, is a good renal detoxifier and helps to maximize kidney function in cats. Give one or two a day. Most cats eat them readily if they are crushed into the food. Call Standard Process at 1-800-558-8740 to find a distributor in your area. Remember, though, that the basic diet is the most important factor in your cat's health, and no supplement will make up for poor quality nutrition. For more info on feeding, choosing a good food, and switching to a better diet, see the many nutrition articles in our Library."

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

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

  38. QUESTION:
    High protein diet + creatine = safe? for kidneys?
    I am about 121lb
    hello, i am 15.. i am not on a "diet" persay, but i am in taking alot of protein to gain muscle, maybe about i haven't counted but probably 100-200 grams daily, maybe on the lower side...and i have read that on high protein diets it overloads your kidneys, and my kidneys are already damaged i am currently not sure if i have any kidneys diseases or any thing i have not had any major tests, but i DO know that my kidneys are leaking protein.
    And also i may start taking micronized creatine monohydrate, i have researched all about creatine, and there being no side effects, other then being thirsty...but i have also read, to be unproven that if you don't drink enough if may damage your kidneys but i am just wondering if that is true, but if i do start to take it, i would be drinking lots of water.....i hate being thirsty =p
    My question got messed upp
    ;((((
    Soo my info stuff is in the addition info =p

    • ANSWER:
      Uh, SEE YOUR DOCTOR about your kidneys, and stop fooling around.

      You are a young skinny kid. When you are 22 you will have enough muscles, if you live that long. So just eat a normal diet, drink LOTS OF WATER now, and exercise moderately. You already get enough protein if you are eating meat or legumes or dairy.

      Yes, your kidneys are required to break down excess protein so it can be excreted in your urine. So don't give them a hard time. I suggest you read every word of the article below.

      I am being a little severe with you because I don't want your kldneys to fail as a result of your behaviour! So forgive my tone, but TAKE CARE!

  39. QUESTION:
    I need to prepare a balanced diet for someone with kidney problems.?
    List of food that can be eaten by someone who has symptoms of kidney trouble.

    • ANSWER:
      ask this person's doctor to arrange a meeting with a dietican or nutrionrist, this professional can give you exact and useful information for you to use in preparing and planing menus for your friend...do not take advice from just anyone, it is worth the time to meet with a professional, this is life threatening if not eating properly...

  40. QUESTION:
    what is a good renal diet, for a case where kidneys have failed (due to diabetis)?
    the patient is on dialysis

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.healthtouch.com/bin/EContent_HT/cnoteShowLfts.asp?fname=02027&title=DIALYSIS+DIET+&cid=HTHLTH
      try this eeb site. god bless you on dialysis i was on it for 3 years untiil i reieved my transplant. i will pray for the patient.

  41. QUESTION:
    a diet for kidney stones?
    my son is five and has kidney stones. is there a diet i can go by

    • ANSWER:
      Take him to a urologist if his pediatrician did not order further tests, treatment and possibly a diet.
      Poor baby. :(

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

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

  43. QUESTION:
    diet for kidney stone.....?
    anybody can sugget me about diet in kidney stone asi got stones in right side.thxxxxxxxx

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    Diet for preventing kidney stones ?
    I had a few kidney stones about a year ago and I'd like to hear from other people who know about them or who have had them as well. What diet are you on to prevent you from getting them again ? What are some foods that are good for people prone to kidney stones ?

    • ANSWER:
      The following are a general list of things to do related to diet in order to avoid any renal calculus formation.
      Taken from "Renal lithiasis and nutrition" located at http://www.nutritionj.com/content/5/1/23

      • Daily intake of a suitable liquid volume (minimum 2 L water/day)

      • Avoid strictly vegetarian diets

      • Avoid excessive animal protein diets

      • Avoid excessive salt (NaCl) consumption

      • Avoid excessive vitamin C and/or vitamin D consumption

      • Consume phytate-rich products (natural dietary bran, legumes and beans, whole cereals)

      • Avoid exposition to cytotoxic substances (i.e., analgesics abuse, residual pesticides, organic solvents and cytotoxic drugs)

  45. QUESTION:
    Diet for Kidney Disease, Gout, and High Blood Pressure?
    Yes I know. I'm falling apart. I'm a 37 year old male, used to be very active, gym 6 days a week, 2 hours a day...but not so much anymore although I'm trying to get back into the gym.

    Anyway, I'm looking for some suggestions, personal experience, websites, food for a Diet plan. I'm 5'7" about 173, probably 10 pounds overweight.

    I was diagnosed with Kidney Disease last year, about 36% functional.
    I also have Gout, flare ups affect my left big toe.
    I've had High Blood Pressure since I've been 18.
    I also have Acid Reflux.

    I'm trying to figure out a diet taking into consideration all of my "problems".

    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Reading this question, you have symptoms of taking PPI acid blocking drugs. A couple of the hundreds of side effects include high blood pressure and damage the kidneys which includes renal failure. Of course i am just guessing but if you are, there are major health risks from acid blocking drug. My mother took PPI's for many years, suffered dozens of severe side effects and almost died from it.

      If your high blood pressure is not from the acid blocker, then minimizing sugar and eliminating artificial flavours are very good for obtaining a relatively normal blood pressure. Replacing carbohydrates with healthy fats will also help control your blood pressure. For kidney disease, reducing salt in the diet is essential. Avoiding toxins is essential. Toxins are everywhere in a supermarket..food additives, preservatives, sodium nitrate...a long list. Check out the food additives to avoid and the kidney diet on the links below.

      I did a lot of research for my mother and found nearly everyone with acid reflux has LOW stomach acid. So taking acid blockers is worsening the situation by lowering already low stomach acid and preventing absorption of nutrients. Digestive enzymes supplements (from plants) with each meal are brillant...it's why my mother is still alive.

      Throwing away the acid blocker nexium, and taking digestive enzymes (with betaine hydrochloric acid for protein meals and without for non protein meals) saw her GERD and LPR vanish within 2 weeks (after 5 years), within 3 months blood pressure was, and still is, better than optimal and gastritis 80% better so far (after 25 years). Digestive enzymes break down food so acid problems don't occur. The betaine hydrochloric acid helps increase stomach acid and digest protein. As for gout, eat cherries, vitamin C and the herb devils claw...all help lower uric acid which causes gout.

      Digestive enzyme supplements for acid reflux:
      http://www.natural-indigestion-relief.com/acid-reflux-remedies-digestive-enzymes.html
      http://www.gillianmckeith.info/yourbody/health/digestivedisorders/gillianmckeithdigestiveenzymes.php

      Dangers of acid blockers:
      http://refluxdefense.com/heartburn_GERD_articles/side-effects-antacids-and-acid-blockers.html
      http://www.mmshealthyforlife.com/?p=4206

      Gout - how to get rid of it:
      http://www.articlesbase.com/diseases-and-conditions-articles/how-do-i-get-rid-of-uric-acid-that-causes-gout-2302915.html

      Blood pressure and how to lower it naturally:
      http://www.thepeopleschemist.com/view_learning.php?learning_id=6

      Diet for kidney disease:
      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002442.htm

      The deadly dozen additives to avoid:
      http://www.sixwise.com/newsletters/06/04/05/12-dangerous-food-additives-the-dirty-dozen-food-additives-you-really-need-to-be-aware-of.htm

  46. QUESTION:
    i need to start a healthy diet i donated a kidney.?
    just looking for a any ideas to where i should start shopping. i have a picky eatter for a daughter and I have one kidney and my husband is freaking and bout geting healthy but I have no idea where to start looking or shopping. WHole foods is way to expensive. We also live with the parents and mom my mom needs a better diet she's the one i gave the kidney to. THey eat old recipes that you know are good but not healthy in the least.

    • ANSWER:
      a general low calorie diet that's based on whole foods that are high in lean proteins and low GI carbs is what most should follow.

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

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

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

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

  48. QUESTION:
    Any special diet for kidney dialysis patients?
    Is there restriction on water and food intake? Any specific food that they should avoid? Any difference in diet for pertoneal dialysis or hemo patient?

    • ANSWER:
      I am a hemo patient and have to follow a strict diet. First you need to watch fluid intake (how much depends on your size and if you still have function left in your kidneys). For me I usually try to limit my fluid intake to 1.5 litres a day.
      You also really need to watch how much potassium you eat. This is by far the most dangerous since if your levels get too high it could stop your heart. You really need to watch eating things such as oranges, potatoes (you can soak the potatoes all day draining the water occasionally, or double boil them to get some of the potassium out), tomatoes, sport drinks etc.
      Also Phosphate is another thing you need to limit which is pretty much all dairy products. You can take a phosphate binder (calcium carbonate) during your meals to bind the phosphate.
      If you are currently on dialysis you should have access to a dietitian which could help you set up a healthy renal diet.
      I do believe that if you are on peritoneal dialysis the limitations are not as bad since you do the exchanges every night opposed to 3 times a week with hemo.
      Hope this helps.

  49. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies and diet tips for my cat's kidney disease?
    My cat, 6 yrs old, could possibly have kidney failure (it might be a bladder infection but I won't find out for another 2 weeks after antibiotics); he's still energetic and doesn't show any signs of illness. Ironically I have kidney disease as well and am using natural remedies like dandelion root tea and other herbs. Wheatgrass has also improved my health a lot. I am wondering these herbs would apply to cats as well?

    Does anyone have any suggestions for diet (should it be homemade)? I've been doing research and they all say low salt, but some sites say good high quality protein while others say low protein. And should I stop using the chemical Frontline (flea medicine) on my cat?

    Also, where on my cat are his kidneys located?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      First off...the kidneys are located just past the send of the rib cage on both sides...the right kidney is slightly closer to the front of the cat. Frontline Plus doesn't go into the animals system, so it will have no effects on the kidneys...so don't stop using it. I wouldn't reccomend any "natural remedies" without consulting your vet...cats and people can very different recations to plants...and a lot of plats can be nephrotoxic (toxic to the kidneys) in cats!

      A diet wont help kidney failure until bloodwork confirms Azotemia...this means the that BUN and CREATINIE are elevated. So unless this has been confirmed by your vet, changing the diet wont help. However, if Azotemia is confirmed, then a low protein/low phospherous diet is highly recomended. The protein that is in the kidney diets is a high quality one. Several brands make kidney diets.... Purina NF, Royal Canin/IVD modified....Hill's K/D..... Royal Canin Renal LP..... However, they are by prescription only, so you have to get them from your vet. If you are interested in making your own diet, you can contact UC Davis, and for a small fee, they will formulate a diet you can cook at home specificaly for your cats needs....

      I'm not sure why its going to take so long to confirm that your cat has kidney disease...a simple blood test should confirm if the kidney values are normal or not.

      Good Luck!

      http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=572

      http://www.felinecrf.com/

  50. QUESTION:
    can you suggest dog diet for pancreatitis kidney probs bladder stones?

    • ANSWER:
      No, no one should but a vet, and there are no vets on this site...

      please call your vet, it is the safest thing to do, he knows your dogs condition and will give the safest and best advice..

      good luck

      this is a dog with medical problems, so only a vet should be giving you advice on your dog


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??

    • ANSWER:

  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.

    • ANSWER:

  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.

    • ANSWER:

  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!

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  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.