Effects Of Blood Pressure On Kidneys

High blood pressure or hypertension increases your chances to get coronary heart disease (heart disease), kidney disease and stroke. Anyone can develop hypertension regardless of age, gender or race. It is estimated that one in four adults have hypertension. When hypertension occurs, usually stays for the remaining life of the patient. You can control or even prevent high blood pressure taking appropriate measures.

When we talk about blood pressure, mean pressure generated by the heart and promote blood into the arteries.images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSECvkYjr7-yIPEZ6fjJyq

Once the heart sends blood (systole), gives the systolic pressure (the great). The next time the heart relaxes and fills with blood (diastole). Then comes the diastolic pressure (the low). So both these two pressures are the heart and increases when it is equally harmful.

What is Blood Pressure?

Blood pressure is the force blood exerts on the arteries, and pumped around the body.

Blood pressure is variable and has fluctuated over the day. Physical activity, stress and excitement can cause a temporary increase in your stress – this is very normal and is different from a diagnosis of high blood pressure.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  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:
    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.”

  5. 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.

    • ANSWER:

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  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:
    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.

  12. 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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  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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:

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  21. QUESTION:
    Othe than the liver, does Alcohol effect the kidneys?
    My husband has been a heavy drinker for years, drinking over a fifth of vodka now with a fruit punch chaser. Over time he began wetting the bed when he was intoxicated most nights. Now that he cannot go a night without drinking, it has been an issue everynight. Unfortunately our relationship is suffering for it. Other than the well known effects on his liver, I’m concerned; what are the risks and effects that this severe drinking is having on his kidneys? A few weeks back he checked his blood pressure at a store we were shopping at and it informed us that his blood pressure was high above normal, 166/101 to be exact. He is very heavy (about 330lbs and 5’11) doesn’t have health insurance and he refuses to ever see a doctor, is there any information that could persuade him that he is at risk of harming his body? Currently I haven’t been able to research the right information myself and need some help in this department.
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  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:
    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.

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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.

  28. 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

  29. 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.)

  30. 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

  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:
    Methlyprednisolone Side Effects Help?
    My grandfather is 73 years old and suddenly stopped taking methylprednisolone about two weeks ago. His doctor prescribed it for a sprained tendon. He is a prostate cancer survivor. He has diabetes, high blood pressure, gout and decreased kidney function. Since discontinuing the medication on day 2, he has suffered from loss of appetite, a ten pound drop in weight, stomach cramps and restlessness. He also takes Clonidine, Enalapril, Nadalol, Amlodipine, Hydralazine, Tekturna (for high blood pressure); Baby Aspirin; Glimperide and Januvia (for diabetes); Colchicine (periodically) for gout; Furosemide, Lipitor and Ferrous Sulfate (for cholesterol, I think). His doctor advised him to discontinue the Baby Aspirin. His stools have been dark, almost black for about two months prior to taking the methylprednisolone.

    • ANSWER:
      Your Grandfathers symptoms are not typical of Medrol use or withdrawal 100%. Generally with Medrol use increase appetite is present, with this in mind perhaps the discontinuation of the medication decreased his appetite, a ten pound weight loss in 2 days is very significant and worrisome though. Abrupt stopping of Medrol can cause nausea, vomiting, joint pain, muscle aches, fatigue, headache, fever. Use of Medrol does have side effects of restlessness, increased energy, euphoria, which resolves after discontinuing the medication. Medrol can cause irritation to the stomach and along with Aspirin can cause gastrointestinal bleeding. Black stools can be indicative of old blood, however your Grandfather is also taking an Iron Supplement that can turn stools black (Ferrous Sulfate). So as you see, there is a lot of mixed symptoms that are not necessarily related at this point to taking the Medrol Pak. What is concerning is the weight loss and abdominal cramping, concerning enough to be evaluated especially with his extensive medical history, they will also be able to verify the presence of blood in his stool vs the blackness being secondary to Iron replacement.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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:

  36. 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.

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  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:
    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!

  44. QUESTION:
    How can the Saudi Health Ministry convince others that child marriage is harmful?
    The link:

    http://arabnews.com/?page=1&section=0&article=118866&d=4&m=2&y=2009

    The headline:
    Al-Manie responds to NSHR concern on child marriage

    The story:
    JEDDAH: Health Minister Hamad Al-Manie responded yesterday to a letter sent by the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) regarding child marriage by asserting that such practice could inflict physical and psychological damage to the young girls.

    The NSHR had sent a letter to the minister regarding the guidelines and procedures surrounding how premarital testing should be performed as related to marriages of young girls.

    In his response Al-Manie underscored the adverse health effects that pregnancy can have on young girls, including anemia, miscarriage and high blood pressure, which can lead to kidney failure, hemorrhaging, and seizures. He also mentioned that there is a significant increase in cesarean sections and mortality resulting from complications during childbirth by girls.

    In addition, to these health effects, other consequences of underage marriage also can have detrimental effects on the unborn children of underage spouses. Citing the same report, Al-Manie also said that suffocation of the fetus within the mother’s womb could occur from intense restriction of blood necessary in feeding the unborn child.

    ___________

    Follow up question:

    How does the government convince people to not emulate the Prophet Mohammed in this one aspect?

    • ANSWER:
      You have all totally missed the point of this question.

      Its not who has a better system to deal with young pregnancies either inside or outside marriage. Its not which group of girls get into sexual activities BY THEIR OWN CHOICE at a young age.

      This is totally about the health risks incurred by very young teenage (and younger) pregnancies, which is not only condoned by the Islamic states but actively encouraged by their ruling theocracies. Actually often the clerics are the worst ones at taking exceptionally young girls as a wife..

      In many parts of the islamic world, marriage as young as possible is encouraged and condoned and it is quite common to find child wives and mothers at the age of 9 and 10. In the West, this is not only vigorously discouraged, but steps would be taken to prevent this happening to the point of instituting serious legal codes to protect the child.

      I once worked with a middle eastern woman who was a grandmother at 22. She was virtually sold as a bride to a much older man by her father (mum had no say). She had absolutely no say in her marriage and what happened to her during it. She said she was forced into sex constantly and against her will but learned to just keep her mouth shut to avoid beatings. She had her first child in marriage at the age of 10. When her own daughter turned 11, she too was ”sold” or traded to one of her husband’s friends in exchange for the friends young daughter, (7 year old) who became this woman’s husbands second wife. The woman’s daughter gave birth and as both the woman and her daughter said ‘Thankfully it was a boy, so no more girls to go through the agony we’ve been through’.

      The woman and her daughter were both so physically damaged by childbirth at such a young age that neither of them were capable of having further children. The young 7 year old second wife suffered several years of rape by her husband before she finally matured enough to become pregnant and died due to complications during the pregnancy.

      When I met this woman, she and her daughter had both been discarded by their husbands who had gone on to take several more very, very young brides.

      Under Islamic law, the mother has no rights to her children and if she is divorced, her husband can and will take the children from her and with no provisions to see her children again. She can also be tossed out of the family home with nothing more than the clothes she stands up in and enough money to feed herself for a couple of weeks (if she is lucky). This is why there is a very high but very hidden prostitution rate in Islamic countries. These women, often 12-14 year olds, have been married, had a child or two, been tossed out by the husband for a younger model, and left to their own devices. Sometimes their families will take them back, but it is regarded as a huge disgrace and so the parents (read – father) won’t have them back. If they are ‘lucky’ they will be sold again to someone as a third or fourth wife but this time they will be hard used as house workers and child minders whilst the husband enjoys his younger first and second wives, or as farm labourers or money earners of some description. In effect, not much better off than a slave.

      They had both managed somehow to leave their countries (illegally) and had made their way to the west.

      They have both had the physical and internal damage done to them repaired to where they can lead a normal life and both lead very quiet lives. Both are working unskilled factory jobs in the same company and live together. Neither of them will remarry or have kids and both of them have left islam.

  45. 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:

  46. 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.

  47. 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:

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. QUESTION:
    General Concerns And Questions About Mother With Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) In Intensive Care?
    Very Very Very Longggg Story Made Short:
    My Mom A 46 Year Old Legally Blind, Over Weight, Type Two Diabetic, With High And Low Blood Pressure And Arthritis, Fell On Her Left Abdomen. She Went To The ER And They Prescribed Her Percosets. A Week Later (On The 17th) She Called An Ambulance And An Emergency Appendicitis Was Performed.
    Three Days After Surgery, She Was Taken Out Of Intensive Care, Because They Didn’t Find The Need To Keep Her There. And That’s When It All Started To Go To Hell From There.
    The First Day She Was Fine. She Had Very Little Appetite, And Could Not Use The Bathroom On Her Own.
    The Second Day They Gave Her Oxygen Because She Had Trouble Breathing.
    The Third Day, They Suspected She Had Pneumonia So They Gave Her The Widest Spectrum Antibiotic Available.
    The Fourth Day She Was Back In Intensive Care Hooked Up To A Mechanical Ventilator.
    Once In Intensive Care (ICU) They Started Giving Her Dialysis Because Her Kidneys Were Slow Due To Her Diabetes.
    It Wasn’t Until The 29th I Found Out She Had ARDS.
    Her Condition Keeps Changing. Sometimes She Gets Better And Sometimes She Gets Worse. One Step Forward, Two Steps Backwards. Three Steps Forwards, One Step Backwards, And So On.
    Every Time She Takes A Step Backwards The Nurses Give Her Cisatracurium, To Completely Paralyze Her Muscles, And Keep Her From Fighting The Ventilator And Risking Trauma.

    I Need Professional Help On This. I Am On Leave From Iraq And My Time Is Expiring Pretty Soon. I’ve Been Fighting To Get An Extension, But It Seem Unlikely At This Point.

    I Want To Know All The Different Things That Cause ARDS, And Is It Negligence From The Hospital? Is This Something That Just Happens Or Could It Have Been Prevented?
    What Are The Different Treatments Available?
    Could The Surgery Have Caused Complications To Her Kidneys?
    Can Cisatracurium Cause Adverse Effects Such As Paralysis?

    Anything You Guys Might Want To Add?

    The Reason I’m Asking Is Because The Nurses Keep Giving Me The “She’s Gonna Be Okay” Answer Or The “It’s Hard To Say” Answer. Something Smells Fishy.

    • ANSWER:
      go to this site:www.pulmonologychannel.com/ards/causes
      in most people ards is due to a severe trauma to the lung (or lungs) like your mom had fallen hard.
      also, in many people there is an underlying problem,like an infection or high blood pressure.
      she must be on the ventilator,as she cannot breathe well on her own to get enough oxygen to all her organs,and she can end up with brain damage or organ damage/failure.
      the drs must find out what caused the ards,they are probably still doing tests:could your mom have had a pulmonary embolism?(a clot)


Does Cranberry Juice Help Kidneys

We often read that cranberry juice can cure kidney stones. Cranberry juice and kidney stones have been associated with each other for generations.

A study made by the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center in Dallas revealed that levels of calcium and oxalate increased when cranberry juice was taken by the subjects. The results gave rise to the discovery of a rare kidney stone disease called brushite stones.

However, it disclosed that it can reduce uric acid levels and prevent urinary tract infection (UTI). but did not elaborate any course of action for people with tendencies to have kidney stones.

Kidney stones form when calcium and oxalate crystallize as they are supposed to be dissolved in the urine. Hence, cranberry juice may not be the right cure for kidney stones but can be used as a prevention to lower the uric acid level, based on the study.

In a similar study at the University of Cape Town made by Prof. Allan Rodgers provided scientific evidence that cranberry juice is effective in the cure of kidney stones.

The study claimed that calcium oxalate, citrate concentration and oxalate and phosphate were altered by the cranberry juice. Thereby concluding the effectiveness since they are part of the components that causes kidney stones.
The observations made by Prof. Rogers is contrary to the findings of the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center in Dallas.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does Cranberry Juice help malfunctioning kidneys caused by adult onset Diabetes?
    I have received conflicting advice from the Medical Profession.
    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      No.

      Once your kidneys have begun to malfunction, there is usually very little that can be done. Damage from Diabetes is almost always permanent. Damage is caused from scar tissue left over from the damaging effects of sugar molecule attached to red blood cells (this is called GLYCATING, and is what the A1C test measures).

      the only thing that can be done is to take proper care of yourself, and do everything medically possible to prevent the disease from getting worse.

      ASK the doctor that is treating your diabetes to refer you to a Nephrologist (kidney specialist). The nephrologist should take a Creatinine and BUN reading, and from that should be able to get you a Glomular Filtration Rate reading, which is based on your age, sex, ethnicity, and Creatinine reading. Keep that GFR as high as possible, and definitely above 50% !!

      Cranberry juice probably won’t hurt anything, but if you expect it to improve the situation, or repair the damage, you are wasting money.

  2. QUESTION:
    How does cranberry juice help kidney infections?
    Everytime I hear about a kidney infection, they are told to drink cranberry juice… how does it help?

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn’t help kidney infections, an infected kidney is very serious. It can help prevent bladder infections because a component of cranberry juice makes it more difficult for bacteria to stick to the bladder.

      Cranberry juice will only help to prevent a bladder infection, if you have an infection it doesn’t help at all — you need an antibiotic from your doctor to treat a bladder infection.

  3. QUESTION:
    Does cranberry juice help to keep the kidneys healthy?
    I had a friend tell me that her urologist told her cranberry juice does not help the kidneys at all.

    • ANSWER:
      I think it is the antioxidants that help I drink it when ever I get a bladder infection! :)

  4. QUESTION:
    Cranberry Juice – how does it help the kidneys?
    What does cranberry juice do t othe kidneys? how does it help the kidneys?

    • ANSWER:
      The kidneys (one on each side of the spine just above the waist) make urine, which consists of about 95 percent water and 5 percent urea and various salts. This urine exits the kidney via long, thin tubes called ureters. The ureters (one from each kidney) drain into the bladder, a small round organ that acts as a holding tank. When the bladder fills, you get a signal that it is time to urinate. The urine passes out of your body through a canal called the urethra.

      Anything that interferes with this flow may cause the urine to back up and stagnate in the bladder. The urinary tract then becomes a sitting duck for disease. Women often experience urinary tract infections. More than 60 percent of women experience a urinary tract infection sometime during their lives. For many women, infection is a chronic problem.
      These infections are caused by the introduction of bacteria into the urinary tract. Once inside, they thrive in the warm, moist environment. Ultimately, they begin to affect urine production and the function of the bladder, resulting in significant pain.

      Any reduction in kidney efficiency can have a drastic and immediate impact on our health. Even a partial reduction in the kidney’s ability to filter the blood will lead to the rapid buildup of deadly toxins in the bloodstream. In severe cases, patients may require a kidney dialysis machine to artificially filter blood. Although this equipment does prevent the deadly buildup of urea and ammonia in the bloodstream, it is not as effective as the kidneys.

      How do cranberries help? When a cranberry is in its juvenile state, it is green and bitter, making it unpalatable to most animals. At this early stage, the cranberry produces a certain class of molecules known as flavonoids, substances that have been investigated for their nutritional benefits and antibacterial activity. Studies have shown that the particular flavonoids produced by the cranberry have a strong antibacterial effect.

      But this is only part of the story. As the berry matures, it benefits the plant if a bird or other animal eats the cranberry so that its seeds will be spread to new areas where it will propagate and grow. To ensure that this happens, the plant transforms the flavonoids that contribute to the fruit’s bitter taste.

      The plant removes part of the flavonoid molecule and replaces it with a sugar molecule. This has the effect of sweetening the fruit, making it more palatable as a food-and helping to ensure that the plant continues to produce offspring.

      This sugar molecule makes cranberry effective as a nutrient within the urinary tract. In the human body, different cells have unique receptor sites. These sites can be thought of as a lock in a door requiring a unique key to open it. The sugar attached to the cranberry flavonoid seeks out an acceptable receptor site to attach itself. In cranberries, the sugar unlocks a receptor site on the walls of the urinary tract.

      This explains cranberries’ unique benefits. Cranberries contain a type of flavonoid that is capable of defeating the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections, and this flavonoid is attached to a sugar that seeks out the cells that line the urinary tract.

      Research recommends making cranberries part of your diet if you are prone to recurrent urinary infections. A 1994 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that cranberry might reduce the levels of bacteria in urine. A report in the Journal of Psychiatric Nursing suggests that anyone troubled by urinary incontinence incorporate cranberries into their diet to reduce the embarrassing odor of this problem.

  5. QUESTION:
    why is cranberry juice good for kidneys stones and how does it work?
    hi i think i got kidney stones because my back hurts just above my hips it can be very painful at times im been told to drink cranberry juice so i am its helped with the pain loads,

    but why does it work please tell me what cranberry juice does????

    there must be a scientific biological explanation as its apparently a well known treatment for it
    but its actually stopped the pain i havent took nothing else im going to the doctors today abot it i hope the pain dont come back its really painful some days i just wanna cry

    • ANSWER:
      It’s not.

      It doesn’t.

  6. QUESTION:
    does cranberry juice help dog kidneys?

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    does cranberry juice help flush out the kidneys if you have a urinary tract infection?

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t think so, but drink cranberry juice anyways cuz its soooo good!

  8. QUESTION:
    does cranberry juice help with kidney stones or help with infections in the kidney?
    or does it help with both?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi A.P

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Kidney stones are more common during the summer, possibly due to concentrated urine caused by increased sweating and insufficient fluid intake. In general, mild chronic dehydration can play a role in the development of kidney stones. Chronic stress can also play a role.

      Kidney stones that are high in calcium may be a signal of hyperparathyroidism (excessive secretion of parathyroid hormone). In serious cases of kidney stones an ultrasound that fractionalizes and breaks down the stones may be advised. See your medical doctor for more information about this.
      ——————————…

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Hyssop and juniper essential oils can be helpful.

      Ayurveda: Cumin, coriander, and fennel tea. Drink one cup three times a day.

      Diet: Diet alone cannot get rid of the stones. Higher-than-normal levels of oxalate related to a diet high in oxalic containing foods, such as rhubarb, spinach, leafy vegetables, and coffee, can promote kidney stone formation. High levels of dietary refined carbohydrates can also cause kidney stones. Sugar stimulates the pancreas to release insulin, causing increased calcium excretion through the urine. Other dietary factors that cause increased calcium excretion in the urine and promote stone formation are increased intakes of coffee, colas, acid-forming diets (such as high protein and grains), insufficient water intake, and excessive salt consumption. Soft drinks containing phosphoric acid can also encourage the formation of kidney stones and should be completely eliminated.

      The most important dietary actions are to increase your intake of pure filtered water, fiber, and green vegetables, and reduce refined sugar consumption. Foods that are helpful in decreasing kidney stone formation include cranberries, black cherries, rice bran, kombucha tea. In addition to avoiding sugar, also avoid or reduce your intake of salt, dairy products, caffeine, alcohol, refined carbohydrates, nuts, chocolate, pepper, and animal proteins.

      Herbs: Combine the tinctures of gravel root, cornsilk, wild yam, and blackhaw in equal parts and take one teaspoon of this mixture three times a day. Or drink one cup of an infusion of nettle three times a day. Other useful herbs include uva ursi, horsetail, and dandelion root.

      Homeopathy: Berberis, and Sarsaparilla are both useful homeopathic remedies.

      Juice Therapy: The following juices can help stimulate the overall health of the urinary tract and potentially flush out the stones: Organic lemon juice; carrot, beet, and cucumber juice with a dash of garlic and/or horseradish; and/or Organic cranberry and watermelon juice.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Helpful nutrients include: magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin C (keep your total daily intake below 6 grams to avoid increasing oxalate formation), vitamin A, proteolytic enzymes (away from meals), raw kidney glandulars, fat-soluble chlorophyll, lipoic acid, and the amino acids glutamic acid, lysine, and methionine.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating kidney stones: Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Detoxification Therapy, Reflexology, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Ultrasound.

      Best of health to you

  9. QUESTION:
    Why does cranberry juice help with kidney infections?
    My doctor told me on top of taking my antibiotics that I should drink plenty of clear liquids, but that cranberry juice would be best, and everyone who knows I am sick has said “Drink lots of cranberry juice.” What makes cranberry better than other juices or water?
    Actually, Answerer # 1…its not “simple”, or I wouldnt have asked the question. Thanks for that though…

    • ANSWER:
      It kills the bacteria and cleans your bladder.You can also take cranberry pills.I used to get tons of infections,Since I started taking cranberry pills daily i havent had one in the past year.I suffered for 20 years.Its not hype. it really works.

  10. QUESTION:
    Does drinking cranberry juice help kidney…………?
    i heard drinking cranberry juice help kidney stones go away or at least have less of them is it true?

    I really need help my grandmother has em

    PLEASE HELP!
    thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      yes it does help but it CAN NOT be juice or from juice concentrate, it contains too much sugar and can make it worse. Most of the time you can find it in the organic section from the store. It helps my dad when he had his kidney stones.

  11. QUESTION:
    how does cranberry juice help kidney stones?

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn’t. Cranberry juice creates acidic urine which can help prevent urinary tract infections, but it also contains oxalates, which are associated with a higher risk for calcium oxalate stones. The best preventative measure is drinking 8-10 glasses of fluids a day, preferably mostly water. Studies have found that moderate alcohol intake, coffee and tea can lower the risk of kidney stones.

  12. QUESTION:
    does cranberry juice help pass kidney stones?

    • ANSWER:
      it might …once you have the stone they recommend drinking a lot of water…2-3 quarts a day…you can add cranberry juice to the water or trade off but in order to pass it you have to flush it out…

      good luck….

  13. QUESTION:
    Does drinking cranberry juice really help prevent getting kidney stones?

    • ANSWER:
      yes

  14. QUESTION:
    Is Garpe Juice good for the kidneys?
    I know cranberry juice is, but my god its awfull, does grape juice have any kidney cleaning effects? (Not for a drug test, I wanna know if it can help lower levels of protein in the urine)

    • ANSWER:
      Make sure you’re drinking straight grape or cranberry juice and not something with sugar added. Only “real” juices are good for the kidneys. Straight cranberry juice has been proven to help with urinary tract infections.

  15. QUESTION:
    Does Cranberry Juice good for diabetic person?
    My mom have type 2 diabetes and she also have a swollen kidney right now due to kidney stones… she is now confine in hospital, So I want to help her to drink some nutritious food or drinks…

    Does cranberry juice can help?

    • ANSWER:
      Normal cranberry juice is very high in carbs (sugars). But if you can find diet cranberry juice that is low in carbs, that would be OK.

  16. QUESTION:
    my kidneys hurt and I have no health insurance. Any Home cures other than cranberry juice and burnt toast?
    does anyone know of anything else that I can do to help myself at home with out the aide of a doctor, I can not afford one period.

    • ANSWER:
      Go see a doctor, if it’s an infection then delay in treating it is VERY serious.

  17. QUESTION:
    does anyone know of any remedies,old or new to help with kidney pain?i know of cranberry juice.any more?
    besides the doctor,i cant stand doctors. all they want is $$$$$$$and more of it. any help would be appriciated. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Lemonade, not the powdered stuff, but either fresh squeezed or from concentrate.

      If you have an infection, then you need antibiotics. The infection will not go away on it’s own.

      If you are having spasms or pain when you urinate, there are over the counter meds to help that. Uristat is a good one. There are also cranberry pills. Don’t know how effective those are though.

  18. QUESTION:
    When are you supposed to eat with all that you have to drink?
    If you are supposed to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water and then have a glass of orange juice for vitamin c, a glass of milk for calcium, a glass of cranberry juice for your kidneys, prune juice to keep you regular, V8 for nutrients, grapefuit to help you burn calories,and apple juice for whatever the reason may be, …when do you actually get to eat? and how many glasses a day would you need to drink of all that just to get your daily requirements?

    • ANSWER:
      Eat only when hungry and not more than thrice a day. Nothing other than water in between. Include plenty of uncooked vegetables and fruits in each meal, preferably 50%. Chew each morsel at least 32 times to activate ur body to generate signals of hunger/fullness. Obey these signals.

      Take light exercises and brisk walks regularly preferably twice a day.

      U will achieve what u have not even dreamt and that too in a reasonable time. Do not be in a hurry.

      The total liquid intake shud be 8-10 glasses including milk and juice etc.

  19. QUESTION:
    does anyone know what prevents kidney stones?
    does anyone know how to prevent kidney stones. I thought cranberry juice did but was told that that had not been proven. It might help but has not been proven. what has been proven to prevent kidney stones. All natural.
    I work for a doctor and just found out today. the first two were the wrong answer those have not been proven by science. I am just looking to see if someone does have the right answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney stones are the result of calcific deposits clustering int he kidneys. Best thing to do is maintain a constant flow of water (8-12 glasses per day), and decrease your mineral intake slightly. Cut down on salt, potassium, and slightly on calcium.

  20. QUESTION:
    Cranberry Juice?
    What does cranberry juice do that makes people say that it can help in dissolving kidney stones?

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney stone brings discomfort and excruciating pain due to the formation of calcium oxalate crystals in the urine and then progress through the urinary tract. Studies have found Cranberry to be an effective remedy because the juice alters three key urinary risk factors: it lowers the concentration of oxalate and phosphate, it increases the citrate concentration and it dilutes the concentration of calcium oxalate in the urine. The same studies also concluded that cranberry juice had some anti- bacterial properties which can treat the infections resulting or attached to calcium oxalate crystals and stone-promoting bacteria to the epithelial cells in the renal tubes.

  21. QUESTION:
    Kidney problems, i drank alot of cranberry juice but?
    Nothing came out, ive had over 6-7 glass’s of it, regular sized ones, and i havent had the urge to pee, is it maybe cause my body needs it? I dont eat very healthy food this is my first in awhile so did my body just up and keep it? im worried help, is something wrong with me? ive had to use the bathroom to poop but not alot came out… idk whats going on or what to do… dont suggest doctor… im poor

    • ANSWER:
      If you feel a knife-like pain near your kidney, jump around and shake (it’ll hurt. You might vomit from pain.). If you don’t get that pain, then you should be fine as long as it doesn’t go longer than a couple days.

  22. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any new FDA-approved treatments or things that help deal with kidney stones?
    My dad has been fighting kidney stones for over thirty years. He has one now that is really bothering him. He has been to numerous doctors throughout the years, adapted his diet,and other things, but they stones keep coming back. Cranberry juice and/or pills don’t seem to help. He watches his calcium intake, and has even had the stones sonically blasted apart. He didn’t care for braking up the stones however. He said he’d rather just pass a couple of stones than a bunch of pieces of them. I just would like to help him I live in Dallas if anyone knows of a specialist. Any suggestion is a great suggestion, please tell me what you know about kidney stones and helping with the discomfort from them. I appreciate your time.

    • ANSWER:
      Uriflow – Advanced Kidney Stone Supplement For Dissolve & Flush Action

      Prevent harm to your kidneys and ease the passage of the stone with safe & natural therapy.

      Uriflow is the first clinically proven product that eliminates stones by disintegrating them into gravel and cleansing out all urinary tracts painlessly. Once your kidneys resume normal function you will find permanent relief from pain and prevent stones from forming again.

      Scientists have now shown that the best way to eliminate and prevent kidney stones is by introducing natural substances in your urine that help breakdown the stone’s chemical composition. These substances are called lithontriptic agents and have remarkable scientific evidence proving they work

      Based on this research scientists have developed the first natural kidney stone supplement that works immediately to dissolve and flush stones.

      Uriflow – Advanced Kidney Stone Supplement For Dissolve & Flush Action
      Uriflow is the only product that has over 20 independent clinical studies supporting its effectiveness. Unlike aggressive kidney stone procedures it protects your kidney tissue from damage by naturally reversing the stone formation process. Once the stone begins to disintegrate it quickly moves out the urinary tracts without causing pain or tissue damage.

      To effectively treat kidney stones
      you need to target 4 important issues:

      Disintegrate the stone at a microscopic level -so that stone material completely breaks down and is able to move out easily.

      Completely flush out all dissolved particles painlessly -to make sure all urinary tracts are thoroughly cleansed and free from blockages.

      Prevent bacteria from collecting in the urinary tracts -to prevent urinary infections that are common during and after kidney stones pass.

      Keep kidneys from forming stones again -by resuming kidney function and allowing them to naturally keep minerals dissolved in urine.

      Uriflow is the only scientifically supported product that accomplishes all 4 important aspects of kidney stone treatment. After being featured in several news articles and medical conventions Uriflow has been recognized as the most complete kidney stone therapy available.

  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:
    My dad has type II diabetes and is getting tested soon..?
    How can he reduce the level of sugar in his URINE, not blood/kidneys? Will cranberry juice flush it out? And does anyone know of anything else that will help him before he gets the test done? Please help!!!! =]

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, the sugar level in your urine is not separate from the sugar level in your blood. If one is high, the other will be high as well. It’s not something that can be flushed out of the system like alcohol or drugs; the only thing that can lower his blood sugar is insulin.

      What is he being tested for? Since you say he already has a diagnosis of Type II diabetes, I assume you mean he’s going in for his A1C test. That test measures average blood sugar over the last three months, so his blood sugar on the day of the test is not going to make any difference. He should be taking his medication or his insulin as prescribed by his doctor, or following a strict diet and exercise plan, or both. That is the only way to lower his blood sugar.

      Finally, cranberry juice is FULL OF SUGAR and will RAISE his blood sugar if he drinks it. I actually use it for hypoglycemia because it is so sugary.

  25. QUESTION:
    back pain for over a week. Pregnancy? Gallbladder? Kidneys? Please help.?
    Hubby and I have been ttc. I’m due for my next period this coming Friday (it’s Tuesday night here right now). For the past 8 or so days, I’ve been having very bad lower back pain all across my lower back. I was thinking kidneys so I drank cranberry juice all week which didn’t help anything. I’m afraid that it is my gallbladder, but I really hope it’s a pregnancy that is causing this pain. The pain is almost constant which makes me think it’s not my gallbladder because everything I’ve read says that it comes in spells lasting about 30 mins to an hour. My back pain is almost always there. I’ve got a 6 month old son, and I had back pain very early in pregnancy with him. Do you think this could be another pregnancy or is it too early to be getting back pain for pregnancy. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    Why do I keep getting kidney infections?
    This is my third kidney infection in two months. I am in so much pain. I am wondering why this keeps happening. I am drinking a lot of water and cranberry juice. Everytime this happens I have to get iv meds . Can anyone help me . Does this mean my kidneys are messed up?

    • ANSWER:
      hiya

      sorry to hear this. I had a similar experience.
      Firstly – i recommend going to see a urinologist . They will be able to run certain tests.
      Its possible than when you took the antibiotics there were a few cells with the infection left which were not killed off. Also, bear in mind that you need to treat the kidneys with a lot of care because once they’ve been treated with an infection.. they are still very sensitive (even if you are no longer in pain) and very prone to infection so you would need to continue drinking plenty of water for over a month.

      The urinologist might be able to prescribe you a disinfectant antibiotic for the kidney. Which may help to kill off any reminents of the infection (as it usually a longer term course of drugs) . Also get the std tests done. It could be something that is causing this, like a certain bacteria which needs treating.

      wish you luck , and hope you feel better soon
      take care

  27. QUESTION:
    please help me I am to young to be going through all of this bladder and kidney problem?
    okay i am 19 years old female and over the summer one night i starting having serious lower left abdominal pain so i ended up going to ER that night then the doctor told me I had UTI which was my 3rd time getting that he also said i had an bladder infection and kidney stones, he gave my antibiotics and told me to drink a whole lot of water and cranberry juice and the kidney stones would work its way out, its been almost 2 months and the stones are still not out and im starting to feel the same abdominal pain? some people said maybe the stone dissolved or its just getting bigger? and i been urinating a lot. what should i do?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      Most of the stones are passed out by using these methods, but sometimes they don’t pass through the urethra. You can consult your doctor and use calcium channel blockers (like nifedipine) and alpha blockers (like tamsulosin), which hasten the process of voiding the renal stones. You can take painkillers/ antispasmodics for pain relief. In some cases lithotripsy may be required where shock waves are used to break up the larger stones to smaller ones. It is advised to consult a urologist for the same. Hope the information is useful. Good luck. For details visit-

  28. QUESTION:
    Does dandelion dissolve kidney stones?
    I know cranberry juice is good for the bladder, but some people say it actually can make kidney stones worse. What about dandelion? There are specific claims that it can dissolve kidney stones. Has anyone had any experience with this, or passing kidney stones? Please help, I’m in a lot of pain.

    • ANSWER:
      see the link below. it is very detailed, but right to the point. Re: your question, the paragraph may be found under the title, “oxylate”.

  29. QUESTION:
    My MIL just told me to drink a beer to flush my kidneys out…?
    I’m starting to get a kidney infection.
    Will this do more harm than good?
    Or will it really flush them out?
    I’m trying to drink tons of water and cranberry juice, but she suggested that, and I was like Okay!
    So, will it help?

    • ANSWER:
      It is a diaretic, so yes, it should help. A couple should help more in that respect. Save the kidneys! Kill the Liver!!!

  30. QUESTION:
    what does it mean f my lower right side of my back hurts(I think my kidney)and the same side on my stomach?
    what seems to be my kidney hurting, it burns and sometimes sharp pains. On my stomach, it’s a sharp pain. Both seem to hurt more if I eat sugar and/or spicy food. Cranberry juice helps. Help!!

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    My guinea pig won’t eat!!! Help!?
    She won’t eat, and it’s going to only be a matter of time till she dies. All she does is sit in her igloo all day.

    She’s really sweet. All my friends love her to bits. I think she has something wrong with her kidneys- my brother suggested cranberry juice.

    Any other suggestions—like home remedies? (my dad won’t tke her 2 the vet just so they’ll say that her kidneys r bad, he’s a doctor)

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry for you and your piggy.

      Are there any other symptoms besides the not eating and lethargy? Like blood in the urine, excessive drinking, diahrrea?
      Why do you think it is a kidney problem?

      Have you tried to syringe feed her to give her strength?
      If you can get some Russel rabbit science recovery or use her pellets, crush and soak them in water. Get a syringe or eye dropper and fill it with the paste solution. Wrap your pig up in a towel and hold her face so you can put some of the paste in her mouth. After about 2 mouth fulls, give her some water and help her eat. go slow so you don’t suffocate her. Will this help her or will it cause her too much pain?

      Cranberry juice, not cranberry cocktail, with a 50 split with water will help if it is a urinary tract infection, but it it is a cyst or a GI problem, I am not sure.

      It won’t hurt to put the diluted juice in a bowl in the cage next to the water source so it has a choice. I wish there were more I could suggest.

  32. QUESTION:
    Why does my kidney hurt?
    i went vegetarian about 4 months, and once a week or so, my kidneys hurt, i get pains and my lower back hurts, I drink plenty of cranberry juice and water, i pee fine, but i have no idea whats wrong with me!It always happens at 4 or 5 in the morning at night, and once i wake up, i can’t go back to sleep!!!I have to stay up beacause the pain hurts soo bad!!!I eat seafood though and soymilk !Could that be why i have these problems!??help me!~

    • ANSWER:
      you could have an internal kidney infection. It’s like an internal urinary tract infection except it doesn’t burn when you pee. Same thing happened to me. Go to the doc and get anibiotics and it will go away in a few days. You need to make sure you keep butt germs away from where yu pee. Sorry it’s gross but that’s what causes most infections.

  33. QUESTION:
    Doctors? Husband’s urine is cranberry colored and has kidney problems…?
    I had to take my husband to the ER yesterday. He had been dignosed previously with polycystic kidney disease. He woke up yesterday morning and his urine was the color of cranberry juice! The doctors did a CT scan and found a large mass in his left kidney which explains the pain in his side. We are waiting for an appointment with the urologist and a biopsy of the mass. We are scared, has anyone else gone through this? He was prescribed Ciprol antibiotic. Will they take his kidney? What if it’s cancer! And the bloody urine had not subsided. Any info would be of great help. Thank You. He is 31 and otherwise healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      i by no mean know whats wrong with your husband, as i am not a doctor..but i do have(pkd) polycystic kidney disease and i do know that blood in urine is a common thing and cysts will burst, he needs to have a nephrologist if he doesnt already have one this is important.there is alot to this disease alone..if you dont know much about it i would suggest reading it online..goin to the support groups and reading all you can…this is one of those things you have to manage , when the doctors dont. good luck

  34. QUESTION:
    My kidneys really hurt help?
    It’s both of them, and they have been hurting about a week so far. My mom bought me some more cranberry juice today and i’ve been drinking that and water. Also, when I use the bathroom my urine is so yellow. What should I do? What could be wrong? UTI? Stones? Infection? help :) thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your doctor Kidneys are not something you should ignor!

  35. QUESTION:
    Why does it hurt when i pee?
    Well first i had kidney pain, but with some medication the pain was gone, then i started using a medication called UROMICINA and after that the pain started, i had drinked white cranberry juice, but no changed, but i was told to drink coconut water, and i was wondering, would that help me???

    • ANSWER:
      you could have urinary tract symptoms because you said you have pain when you pee, you should go to the doctors to get an examination because it can get worse if left untreated, try antibiotics if you have some at home it reduces the infection if you have urinary tract infection

  36. QUESTION:
    how do i clean out my blood system of marijuana?
    ok i have a blood test at the end of the month ..
    i know it takes 6 months for it to get out of ur blood system (i dont have a month)
    and i know it gets stored in fat cells in the body and organs of certain tissues.. dont worry i did my research
    ok so ive heard.. garlic cleans out ur blood system and cranberries clean out your urinary system ..
    ok so what if i take

     ex: oxy elite pro, d4 themal shock
    they increase ur temperature so u sweat more and burn fat,
    so what if i take these suppliments and i work out i work out and run alot so it could burn these fat cells more easily ?
    and i drink alot of water and cranberry juice
    theory behind water and cranberry juice:: water is in ur blood system im not in anatomy but isnt water the base for ur blood? and cranberry juice to clean out my kidneys so theres none left for my body to rely on. and i know oxygen can help clean out toxins so what if i buy protein with createin to dialate my blood vessels for oxygen and blood do flow more easily .. does it sound like a good plan idk i need advice and a miracle

    • ANSWER:
      If its going to take you 6 months to get clean, you must be one very heavy smoker. Even most daily users wont be able to detect traces after 4-6 weeks of abstaining.

      Burning fat will actually cause you to release the thc metabolites stored in your fat. If you are burning fat, you need to pack fat back on the few days before the test.

      Detoxes are only giving you a flush allowing you to dilute the urine sample. They dont actually detox all the thc metabolites out of your fat. And it wont do anything for a blood test.

      All the drinking isnt really going to make a difference. Thc metabolites arent stored in the blood or food or kidneys, its stored in the fat.

      If this test is for your personal doctors, then you should skip the detox charade and just be honest with them.

      Most employers are not going to tell you exactly when they are going to give the only test that truly measures actual blood content.

      Whats this test for?

  37. QUESTION:
    How do i clean out my blood system of marijuana?
    How do i clean out my blood system of marijuana?
    ok i have a blood test at the end of the month ..
    i know it takes 6 months for it to get out of ur blood system (i dont have a month)
    and i know it gets stored in fat cells in the body and organs of certain tissues.. dont worry i did my research
    ok so ive heard.. garlic cleans out ur blood system and cranberries clean out your urinary system ..
    ok so what if i take

     ex: oxy elite pro, d4 themal shock
    they increase ur temperature so u sweat more and burn fat,
    so what if i take these suppliments and i work out i work out and run alot so it could burn these fat cells more easily ?
    and i drink alot of water and cranberry juice
    theory behind water and cranberry juice:: water is in ur blood system im not in anatomy but isnt water the base for ur blood? and cranberry juice to clean out my kidneys so theres none left for my body to rely on. and i know oxygen can help clean out toxins so what if i buy protein with createin to dialate my blood vessels for oxygen and blood do flow more easily .. does it sound like a good plan idk i need advice and a miracle
    ive already quit smoking for the last month and a half after i broke up with my gf.. i did it because she did it .. i know im stupid but plz help

    • ANSWER:
      There is no way to clear out your blood system of marijuana. The only possible way known to man is just waiting and letting the human body take care of the job for you. It'll work. I'm 100% sure. All you have to do is wait and let your body take care of the job. The time that will take varies because every human body is different. Glad I could help.

  38. QUESTION:
    Why does it burn?
    I am a 19 year old female. Today, I noticed that I always feel like I have to pee, even after I just went. I go to the bathroom, but nothing comes out. Then, I went to the bathroom and it began to burn. Also, there is a little blood in my urine. It is not from my period because I already had it at the beginning of the month. I am sexually active with my boyfriend of thirteen months and he always uses condoms. We are very careful. I am sure neither of us have any sexually transmitted diseases because we were each other's first people we slept with. Could this be a bladder, kidney or urinary tract infection? I heard that drinking cranberry juice sometimes helps this. If you think it is an infection, are they serious? Please tell me what you think so I know if I should go the doctor or not. Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to be seen by your family doctor, or a urologist. You definitely have some type of infection with your urinary system. If left untreated these type of infections can do serious damage to your kidneys. You may even have kidney stones. But you won't know unless you go to the doctor. Hopefully your ailment can be cured with an antibiotic.

  39. QUESTION:
    When you have kidney stones and/or kidney infection, does it exhaust you?
    made an app. w/the doctor, and it feels like I have a combo of 'something' going on w/my left kidney and possibly even an infection [or it could be a bladder infection]
    MADE AN APP> w/my doctor however.
    anyway does this type of stuff REALLY EXHAUST one when going thru it??
    I am SO tired!!! just really beat.
    Plus I have this huge black rotten tooth that I'm getting extracted this friday. It doesn't hurt, but then again, I don't really get a lot of tooth pain [for some reason]. Not sure if all this is connecting now I'm worried, will I survive all this crap?
    Well am taking a lot of different vitamins, drinking tons of spring water, cranberry juice, cranberry capsules, + olive leaf supplements. Trying to "remedy" all this UNTIL all my doctors app. later this week.
    Of course I am going to the doctor
    but back to original ques. lol
    going back to bed now.
    help!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it does. At least it did for me. I just went through kidney infection, kidney stones and hydronephrosis (spelling may be wrong) a couple of weeks ago. I was exhausted but I was also in a lot of pain and just absolutely felt like I had no energy what so ever to do anything. Hope that helps.

  40. QUESTION:
    Kidney Infection or just UTI?
    Well Ive gotten about 2 UTI's so far in the last 5 months of me being sexually active and well as symptoms of UTIs I have (burning sensation when I pass urine, little bits of pinkish blood afterwards) and now Im having lower back pains and aches which I read can be kidney infection. Does drinking lots of water and cranberry juice ALSO get rid of kidney infection or obly UTIs? Please help. Thanks (:

    • ANSWER:
      Because of the back pain, a kidney infection is a possibility. The infection may have originally been just UTI that spread to the kidney(s).

      Once you have a UTI or a kidney infection, water and cranberry juice won't really have an effect. Cranberries make the environment in your bladder acidic so that bacteria can't survive, but you're past that stage. Right now you need a urinalysis and antibiotics.

      If you want to prevent UTIs, urinate after having sex. You can also take a cranberry supplement every day.

  41. QUESTION:
    What can I do about a bladder or kidney infection?
    Besides going to the Dr, what can I do? They say to eat yogart and drink cranberry juice and water will help. What did you women do about a bladder or kidney infection?

    • ANSWER:
      You have to go to the docs. I had a kidney infection and didn't know it. It caused me to go into early labor...thankfully I got to the hospital in time for them to stop it from happening. The dr. told me that an infection can make you have real contractions...go to the docs!

  42. QUESTION:
    Is my back pain from my kidneys? or somewhere else...help!?
    Well I hust recently had a 'uti'...not even, didnt have the burning pee...but anyway that has subsided with the help of tons of cranberry juice/supplements and so on. Well I just go back pain today, I am thinking it is from where I work, I am a housekeeper and I do about 13 rooms a day with mopping, laundry, sweeping, garbage..and I am a Personal Care Assistant every weekday..... last friday to sunday I worked 25 hrs with no more than 11 hrs of sleep... Anyway, do you think this is from my kidneys? or from all the bending over and labor work...this is a diagram of where if hurts exactly...I just want your opinion
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/quacka/untitled-1.jpg the red dot

    • ANSWER:
      Do you have any burning, frequency of urination? Blood in the urine?
      Nausea, fever? Does it hurt when you hit your middle back with your fist(not hard) You say you were on supplements and cranberry juice. They will not cure a uti. You need antibiotics. I would see a doctor and have your urine checked, you don't want a kidney infection.

  43. QUESTION:
    Im 33 weeks pregnant, and have 4 kidney stones, any remedies that might help me get them out?
    i have 1 on my right and 3 on my left, i've drank cranberry juice but i can barely keep it down, it makes me feel sick. Does drinking lots and lots of water help?

    • ANSWER:
      In Herbs of the Earth by Mary Carse, she lists under stones and gravel in the urinary system pertaining to kidneys and the bladder, that these are rare where apple cider or vinegar are a staple of the diet. (I note that this reference does not state whether the vinegar needs to be apple cider vinegar, but the brands in the health food aisle are less processed.

      The woman I work for now, says her daughter passed a kidney stone (identified by a doctor) after taking apple cider vinegar. The Braggs brand found in the health food aisle suggests to take 2 teaspoons in water with honey 3 times daily and there is another organic brand called Spectrum.

      +++++++++++++++++++++++++

      In In Apple Cider Vinegar Health System by the Braggs 1985 or 34th printing, it states on p 21:

      A large number of kidney stones are of the type that can be dissolved with cider vinegar.

      Use cider vinegar freely on salads consisting of cabbage, carrots, celery, beet root, tomatoes, green onions, parsley, cucumbers. Eat prunes, raisins, apples, at the same meal with the cider vinegar on the salad.

      +++++++++++++++++++++

      Note that neither citation above guarantees that this will work for you, but it may.

      Mistoday

  44. QUESTION:
    Is there anything you can do to help with kidney stones?
    Hello,
    I am wondering if there is anything I can do to prevent/help with my kidney stones. I have one that the Dr. said won't pass and I'm trying to avoid it coming to that point as he said he has no idea when this one will pass. Is there anything I can do to prevent it passing? I really want to avoid the laser surgery, it seems like it would be painful lol :/ Also does cranberry juice really help? Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Watermelons! Watermelons help dissolve kidney stones and if you consume them regularly you will never have the stones return. An occasional one day fast of consuming nothing but watermelons and/or watermelon juice will help cleanse your kidneys and the rest of your system as well.

      "Chicken Bone Grass" herb, dried red dates and water. This is an ancient remedy from China that works very well on kidney stones. Simmer all ingredients in three cups of water until reduced to only one cup of water. Drink it twice a day and repeat for 10 days. The kidney stone should be dissolved and reportedly should never grow back. "Chicken Bone Grass" is a common herb which can be found in Chinese herb shops. This remedy also works on gallstones. A variation of this remedy is to make a tea out of HB Abrus frutus losus, dried red dates and water and drink twice a day for three weeks. Also listed as a remedy for gallstones.

      Another good item for dissolving kidney stones is the product called Stone Breaker formulated by noted alternative health figure Jon Barron.

      Cranberry juice (pure and unsweetened) is good for the kidneys but does little to dissolve kidney stones.

  45. 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.

  46. QUESTION:
    Anyone have some medical expertise with regards to Kidneys in women?
    So, she has had kidney problems before as well as cysts in the cervical area (pardon my uneducated medical Eubonics) that have had to be removed. Also she has had (minor - in and out of hospital same day) cervical cancer relating to those cysts. One time she went into septic shock and had to be rushed to the hospital. Keep in mind this is over a period of years. Obviously I'm concerned.

    Also, she has moved from out of state to be with me and reported no problems before she arrived. Going back to where she was is not really an option. The day she arrived they began to hurt and it's been 8 days now. She reports back pain (lower if my memory serves), ocasional headaches, and has a small bump or cyst in her armpit area. She's drinking water and cranberry juice and that hasn't helped much. She is very active and works out every day doing tons of cardio. It's important to note she has drank alcohol over that span to a moderate degree (i.e. daily), and smokes about a half a pack a day of marlboro medium 100's. So, we think it's a Kidney Infection but she is very resistant to getting medical care. She doesn't have health insurance. I have Kaiser but she is not on my plan and we are not married.

    She has said she wants to wait until Tuesday and if it is bad we will go to the hospital then and pay what we have to. Is it safe to wait? Based on the limited info I have given what is her status, what actions should I take here? Is she in mortal danger and what options are there for people who have no medical insurance? We are in the Bay Area, California near Pleasant Hill/Walnut Creek/ Concord/Martinez area. Also are there any in home remedies that I should consider, and what steps can she take to reduce her pain? Will not smoking or drinking help? She is getting lots of rest as well. She tells me not to worry, but alas....I am concerned and have decided to take this situation in hand. Help.

    This is the first time I have encountered a situation where me or my loved one is unable to go to the hospital to seek care because of financial concerns. Is it possible that this will just go away? We have been sexually active, although we are abstaining due to her issues. I have been tested for std's and am clean and so is she.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like she has a kidney infection. No, it will not go away on its own, it will only get worse and then be more expensive to treat. That's why you should go TODAY or TOMORROW to a clinic. It's a pretty easy thing to treat, there's no reason for her to suffer. The costs will be Dr. visit (maybe -), lab test (?) to see what kind of bacteria it is, and then a charge for the drugs (). But don't go to a hospital, they'll charge you a whole lot more--there are cheaper options out there. There are cheap clinics. I went to one in Berkeley. Here are a few in the bay area:

      http://www.afterhourshealth.com/?gclid=COvAmJDb26YCFQqAgwodTQec0w

      http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=3944

      http://www.berkeleyfreeclinic.org/

  47. QUESTION:
    Does this have anything to do with my kidney???
    About a week ago I started having a really sharp pain in my left, lower back. After a few days it kept getting worse, to the point where it hurt to move, cough or even touch that area. I've had this same problem before and the ER told me it was a dermoid cyst on my ovary (right side though). Turns out it was a severe kidney infection PLUS e-coli. I got some heavy duty meds and it went away. I'm not sure if this is the same thing, but it sure feels like it. I've been drinking lots of cranberry juice but it doesn't seem to be helping. And then the other day I started to feel like I had a really bad case of the flu too. I took some extra strength flu medicine and miraculously all the pain and ickyness went away. But the pain has unfortunately come back. It doesn't hurt when I go to the bathroom, which a lot of people are asking. And I have absolutely no appetite. Any help???

    • ANSWER:
      If you are diagnosed with kidney problems (or any for that matter), seek out a good naturopath (one who uses natural healing). You've GOT to take care of your kidneys, and the natural approach will give you better results. Don't dismiss natural remedies until you've worked with a dependable person. This is not the same as going to a chain store and buying an herb. Help is out there- but you have to find someone who knows what they are doing. good luck!

  48. QUESTION:
    Does my mom have a urinary tract infection?
    I overheard my mom saying that when she pees it hurts REALLY REALLY bad, and I also heard her say her pee is a little pinkish. She looked it up online and said she has almost every one of the symptoms. I looked up kidney infection and it does state peeing blood, but she isn't peeing pure blood. Is she supposed to drink a lot of cranberry juice, and does it help? Thanks!
    Can't be bladder because she checked the symptoms and no match.
    I over-exhadurated on the "REALLY REALLY BAD" part, she says it hurts really bad.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like a UTI to me. At this point cranberry juice will not help. She needs to go see a Dr. and get on some medication to get rid of it.

  49. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my kidneys?
    I wake up in the night with dull throbbing pains, which occur throughout the day also. I always drink a lot of water, but in the morning my abdomen feels like it is bloated there is so much fluid to eliminate. I have had some swelling in my feet from time to time. My doctor just tells me there is nothing wrong with me and doesn't order any tests. Says I am fine. He also said that cranberry juice won't help either. What should I do? I know a lot about the medical field and that I have had UTI's in the past, but there is nothing that can describe how I feel now. My vision has been fuzzy also.
    My thyroid meds were also changed...at first not enough meds, then too much, and I am on a new dose currently. I am so frustrated!
    My thyroid meds were also changed...at first not enough meds, then too much, and I am on a new dose currently. I am so frustrated!

    • ANSWER:
      If your doctor said there's nothing wrong with your kidneys, then your symptoms could be due to side effects from the medicines you're taking. I would speak to the doctor again, and telling him how you're feeling. Sometimes meds have to be changed a number of times until the right dosage is found.

  50. QUESTION:
    I am allergic to penacillin but have an urinary problem?
    i have a urinary infection and now my kidney is in pain. i have been given several medications but have reacted to all i am now allergic to penacilin and to several other medications given. cranberry juice has helped with the burning but the cramps are unbarebul the doc says he does not know what to give me, they think the best wayis to give me surgery. the problem is that im a belly dancer and i dont want any scares. please help me!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      There are other antibotics they can put you on since ur allergic to pcn. I am also allergic so I have had many other meds.


Disease Of The Kidneys Medical Term

Nephropathy due to diabetes is a kidney disease induced as a result of capillary dysfunction in kidney glomeruli. This diabetic condition discovered by Wilson and Kimmelsteil is also known by name Kimmelsteil-Wilson syndrome. If not diagnosed in earlier stages, disease may later induce the need for dialysis and kidney transplantation. Diabetic nephropathy is more frequently seen among diabetic men than in women. In some diabetic patients, disease may even result in chronic kidney failure and end-stage kidney disease. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetic patients are equally affected by this kidney trouble.

Do you know how detection is done for nephropathy? Detection of kidney diseases due to diabetes is done mainly by conducting urine test. Urine of patient with kidney disease will contain traces of albumin. Albumin is a plasma protein formed due to thickening of glomerulus. Medication is made depending on the intensity of albumin level in urine. Albumin concentration with less than 30 mg per day in urine is referred as microalbuminuria and those with albumin concentration greater than 300 mg per day in urine is referred as clinical albuminuria or macroalbuminuria. Growth of nephropathy increases albumin concentration in urine. Intensity of nephropathy can be checked by conducting kidney biopsy in patients.

Now let’s see various causes for the occurrence of nephropathy. Increase in blood sugar level is considered as the primary cause of nephropathy. Hyper tension, a factor of nephropathy effects normal renal function and creates an increase in plasma volume. Nephropathy acts as a silent killer in earlier stages and shows its symptoms only at later stages. Edema or swelling of body parts is one of the symptoms shown by nephropathy. Nephropathy may some times block normal blood circulation in patients causing arteriosclerosis. Vomiting, headache, itching, frequent hiccups and poor appetite or anorexia are some other symptoms shown by a patient with nephropathy.

Preventive measures for controlling nephropathy can be started by controlling blood sugar level. Do continuous blood sugar monitoring and plan diet according to glucose level in blood. Prepare a diabetic diet by seeking the help of your diabetic specialist. Make your meals special by including food items rich in protein. Soy beans, legumes, whole grains and legumes are some of food samples rich with protein concentration. Try to maintain cholesterol level and hypertension under control by proper medication.

Today, several antihypertensive drugs for reducing growth of nephropathy are easily available in market. Taking ACE inhibitors reduces the risk of diabetic nephropathy. Use of ACE inhibitors helps in reducing albumin concentration in urine. Studies say that ACE inhibitors contribute mainly to type 1 diabetic by retarding the growth of nephropathy. In case of type 2 diabetic patients, both ACE inhibitors and ARB are used for treatment. Patients should limit intake of food items with rich iodine concentration. Do not take non steroid anti-inflammatory drugs while taking treatment for nephropathy. Taking drugs like naproxen creates negative impact on patients. If not treated in earlier stage of disease, nephropathy even results in premature death of patient.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How can I make this possible?
    I am a 26-year-old female who is very seriously considering going the “Vegan route” in the near future. Here’s the problem: I am a peritoneal dialysis patient. (For those of you who are not familiar with the medical term/disease, I suffer from kidney failure and have to use a glucose-based solution to filter toxins from my body.) As a P.D. patient, my diet MUST consist of high protein, low phosphorus, and potassium rich foods. Could anyone suggest some possible menu items I could eat that with satisfy my dietary requirements? Any response you could provide will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
    JUST TO BE CLEAR, I AM IN NEED OF A PROTEIN AND POTASSIUM-RICH VEGAN DIET. I AM NOT ASKING FOR A DIALYSIS-BASED DIET. THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend that you get in touch with PCRM (Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine) as they did a research study on this a few years ago. I’m sure they’d have some good advice for you.

      Here is their contact info:

      202-686-2210, ext. 395; nutrition@pcrm.org

  2. QUESTION:
    Medical class help please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
    Fill in the blanks please:

    1. _________________ are found at the beginning of the word and describe, modify or limit the term.
    2. When the vowel “O” is placed after a word root, it becomes a __________________.
    3. The _______________ provides the basic meaning of the word.
    4. Placed at the end of the word, the _______________ changes the words meaning.
    5. The singular form of bacteria is ______________.
    6. The posterior part of bacteria is ______________.
    7. The bones of the body also function as a storage area for excess _______________.
    8. ______________- is a decreaase in the size of an organ or tissue.
    9. Two medical terms used for kidneys are ___________ and __________.
    10. A disease-causing agent would be called a _________.
    11. BMR is the abbreviation for ____________.
    12. IM is the abbreviation for _____________.
    13. ______________ is the study of skin and its diseases.
    14. If you suffered from cervicodynia, the pain would be in your ___________.

    Match the following:

    1. Neur A. A word root meaning nerve
    2. Tachy B. Combining form meaning nerve
    3. Pathy C. Suffix meaning excision or removal
    4. Leuk/o D. Out of bed
    5. Neur/o E. Suffix meaning disease condition
    6. Dia F. Do not resuscitate
    7. Contra G. Prefix meaning across or through
    8. OOB H. Prefix meaning against
    9. Ectomy I. Repeat as needed
    10. PRN, prn J. Descriptive term meaning fast
    11. DRN K. Prefix meaning thorough, complete
    12. Trans L. Word part for the color white
    This is for my sister, she wanted me to post this

    • ANSWER:
      Please tell me you’re only an undergrad student and that you didn’t actually somehow get into med school knowing this little.

      Anyway, this isn’t the Homework help section. Go there, or look in your book. Or search for the terms online.

  3. QUESTION:
    Medical Terminology test…PLEASE HELP?
    I have to get at least an 80% in this or I cant do my clinicals. PLEASE HELP! Thank you.

    4.
    The basic unit of the human body is the ____.
    (Points: 4)
    cell
    cytoplasm
    nucleus
    organelles

    5.
    Which body plane divides the body into left and right sections?
    (Points: 4)
    Coronal
    Frontal
    Mid-sagittal
    Transverse

    6.
    Which body cavity contains the spine?
    (Points: 4)
    Abdominal cavity
    Cranial cavity
    Dorsal cavity
    Thoracic cavity

    7.
    The supine position is described as:
    (Points: 4)
    standing with face forward
    laying down on belly
    facing up, lying on the back
    standing with back forward

    8.
    The combining form for ribs is:
    (Points: 4)
    oste/o
    cost/o
    my/o
    vertebr/o

    9.
    The combining form thromb/o refers to:
    (Points: 4)
    blood
    clot
    lymph
    vein

    10.
    When changing a singular word with the ending of -nx to a plural word you would change it to:
    (Points: 4)
    -es
    -nges
    -ices
    -ix

    11. An artificial part placed on the human body is a prosthesis (Points: 4)
    True
    False

    12. Before birth is (Points: 4)
    antigen
    antepartum
    postpartum
    neonatal

    13. Difficult, painful urination (Points: 4)
    urinalysis
    dysuria
    oligouria
    hematuria

    14. Two prefixes that mean “within” (Points: 4)
    ante-pro
    endo-intra
    hypo-sub
    extra-ec

    15. A membrane that surrounds the bone is (Points: 4)
    periosteum
    peritoneum
    perianal
    pericardial

    16. Two prefixes that mean beyond (Points: 4)
    tachy and brady
    pro and pre
    dys and mal
    ultra and meta

    17. Poly has a similar meaning to (Points: 4)
    hypo
    hyper
    syn
    re

    18. Endocrine glands that are above the kidney are (Points: 4)
    adrenal
    prostate
    parathyroid
    subcostal

    19. An abnormal collection of blood above the membrane covering the brain (Points: 4)
    subdural hematoma
    epidural hematoma
    hematoma
    thrombosis

    20. All medical terms have a prefix, suffix and root (Points: 4)
    True
    False

    21. A swollen gland is also known as lymphadenopathy (Points: 4)
    True
    False

    22. The term rhinorrhea means having runny eyes (Points: 4)
    True
    False

    23. When a disease leaves and comes back it is a prolapse (Points: 4)
    True
    False

    24. The term transurethral means pertaining to across the urethra (Points: 4)
    True
    False

    25. Having the condition tachypnea would mean that your heart is beating rapidly (Points: 4)
    True
    False

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t think i would want to be treated by a health care worker who has to ask and get the answers to a test to take care of me or my family.

      You need to know the answers yourself. Remember someones life might depend on it.

  4. 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.

  5. QUESTION:
    I have had IgA Nephropathy, are there ways to self-medicate, and is this disease serious or really incurable?
    I’ve been diagnosed since 12 and is under a gov doc since. I had my kidney biopsy done. Now I’m 17 and recently after researching, found out more about this disease though I don’t understand half of what all the websites are saying. Most of the websites have the same information though with all the medical terms I don’t comprehend them. I’m quite mad at my doctor for not explaining to me and my parents about it thus we have been misled into thinking its not serious.

    I’m unsure of how fast this disease progresses and if it’ll reach end-stage renal failure.

    Recently we’ve stopped going for my checkups and taking my hypertension medication as we hear it harms the liver at such a high dosage and I’m taking it for life. Are there other side effects? We tried asking the doctor about using fish oil but she turned us down thus we were upset with her. I feel like a experiment while she’s taking a “trial and error” approach to it.

    Will doing this affect the rate my disease progresses?

    • ANSWER:
      IgA nephropathy is deposition of IgA immune complexes in glomeruli, manifesting as slowly progressive hematuria, proteinuria, and, often, renal insufficiency. Diagnosis is based on urinalysis and renal biopsy. Prognosis is generally good. Treatment options include ACE inhibitors, corticosteroids, and ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids.
      Most cases of IgA nephropathy can’t be prevented. If you have a family history of IgA nephropathy, talk with your doctor to find out if there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing the disease.
      Controlling your blood pressure is one of the most important ways you can help slow kidney damage from IgA nephropathy. You doctor may recommend changes in your diet — such as limiting your salt intake — to help manage your blood pressure. A low-salt diet can also help minimize fluid retention and swelling. Other dietary changes, such as reducing the amount of protein you eat and taking steps to decrease your cholesterol levels, also may help slow the progression of IgA nephropathy. Talk with your doctor about what’s right for you.
      Coping with IgA nephropathy can be challenging. But, you don’t have to do it alone. If you have questions or would like guidance, talk with a member of your health care team. You may also benefit from joining a support group. Such a group can provide both sympathetic listening and useful information. To find out about support groups in your area that deal with kidney disease, ask your doctor. Or, contact your local chapter of the National Kidney Foundation by calling 800-622-9010.

  6. QUESTION:
    Do you know renal failure ?
    I would like to ask to those who are native English speakers.
    Do you understand the word RENAL instead of KIDNEY ?
    FAILURE instead of DISEASE ?
    INJURY instead of FAILURE ?
    I would like to ask these questions because in these days CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE and ACUTE RENAL FAILURE have become commonly used instead of CRF and ARF in medical field.
    I know the new definition about these disease. And I also know the purpose to propaganda these disease.
    I think RENAL might be a little difficult to understand than KIDNEY by people because it is rather medical terms.
    I don’t know the difference between FAILURE and DISEASE in understandability.

    I wonder what percentage native English speaker cannot understand the word RENAL or FAILURE which might be medical terms.
    ACUTE KIDNEY INJURY instead of ACUTE RENAL FAILURE is right.
    Or it doesn’t make sense.
    I’m sorry to put this question into this medical category.
    I should have put this into the category: Home>Education & Reference>Words & Wordplay.

    • ANSWER:
      a hell of a lot more people understand “renal” than understand “nephrology”

  7. QUESTION:
    Is medical marijuana legal in Ct? Does celiac sprue qualify, being so painful and deadly?
    In the medical field, especial in Ct., it is unusually difficult to be diagnosed for food allergens. Having already graduated med school, many physicians feel that they don’t need to re-educate. This is the sole reason I was left undiagnosed in thee longest recorded survived sprue, without diagnosis. While doing this I held a career in the soft field of drywall taping. The pains emanated by the sprue exceed that of passing kidney stones. I know. I was in full sprue for 22 years undiagnosed. I had every indicator and have all the records of the actual proof of sprue going back 5 years.Until last year, when an unexplained recurrence, barley devastated me financially to actually fight my way through the very simple diagnosis. Even the head of yale said he didn’t think me to be a celiac. I even fought there to have the simple blood test of the HLA DQ2 and the HLA DQ8 genetic modifier test. They even lost 2 of my 2 week times blood test. I went to a local hospital my wife worked in conjunction with, and the first time out and the first time back, my answer I had already knew was there. I was HLA DQ8 postive. The more active of the 2 modifiers in the New York area. This long term sprue left me with painful nerve damage that even the local doctors continue to deny it’s existence. They all seem to furious to even learn the things right in front of their faces. I am continuing to do drywall thanks to my own volitions. I have found the cures to the disease my own doctors almost refuse to acknowledge. I have heard med maryjane help pain and mood swing. Is this true and does high pain qualify me with my malfunction? California and even universities know of my disconfort.Do you think our government so kind is to allow the fibromialgia suffering drywaller a mean to help him make it through the day? Is the only means of relief through addictive pain medicines and mind shrinking antidepressents? Or is Montel Williams an American , where I am not?

    • ANSWER:
      I also have celiac. I also dignosed myself with the help of my husband.
      Are you on a gluten free diet? I do not know how you got the information that you are the longest survivor because many people are not dignosed until well into their 70′s.
      Anyway, it sounds like you need to get yourself to a celiac center go here:

      http://www.celiaccenter.org/

      here is a list of dieticians that specialize in celiac:

      http://glutenfreedietitian.com/newsletter/?page_id=14

      Here is another celiac center relatively close to you:

      http://www.celiacdiseasecenter.columbia.edu/G_Contact/G01-HOME.htm

      You need to get to a center to help you with your issues.

      from what I understand in Conneticut, medical Marijuana is still illegal due to the Gov’s. veto. If you really want to change this, get involved in this political issue.No one on yahoo can change the law for you personally.
      Montel WIllians has done what he can for the cause. You need to not make statements like that, go here:

      http://www.montelms.org/TakingAction

      I do hope that you feel better soon, but please get yourself to a celiac center as soon as possible.

  8. QUESTION:
    What do you think of this article?? truth or fiction…?
    FACTORY FARMED CHICKEN

    Almost all chicken meat in the United States is produced through the “factory farming” system, in which animals are closely crowded together in filthy, disease-ridden conditions. Because of these unhealthy conditions, many chickens die even before they get to the slaughterhouse. For example, in an operation with 100,000 broiler chickens, approximately 250 birds die per day. Before being caught for the trip to the slaughterhouse, food and water are withdrawn; at the slaughterhouse, birds wait in trucks another 1 to 9 hours to be killed, sometimes in very hot or very cold weather.

    Chicken is far worse than beef in terms of contamination and bacteria. The Atlanta Constitution reported in 1991: “Every week throughout the South, millions of chickens leaking yellow pus, stained by green feces, contaminated by harmful bacteria, or marred by lung and heart infections, cancerous tumors or skin conditions are shipped to consumers.” Salmonella is present in over one-third of all chickens, and many millions of Americans are infected each year. The symptoms of salmonella poisoning are very similar to the flu (though only occasionally fatal), and thus many who are infected may never even be aware of what they have. To prevent these problems, chickens are usually heavily dosed with antibiotics (more than half of all antibiotic use in the U. S. is on factory farms!), but this indiscriminate use of antibiotics in turn helps create resistant strains of salmonella and other disease-causing germs, decreasing the effectiveness of antibiotics to fight human infections.

    HEART DISEASE, CANCER, AND MEDICAL COSTS

    And even if bacterial contamination were eliminated, we still have the tremendous problems of heart disease and cancer, the leading causes of death in the United States. Repeated efforts to lower cholesterol levels through switching from beef to chicken have ended in failure. Chicken is somewhat lower in fat than beef, but it still contains quite a bit of fat and even more cholesterol per calorie than does beef or pork.

    Moreover, meat which is lower in fat is always higher in protein, and excess protein is damaging to health just as is excess fat. Chicken which has 29% of its calories as fat contains 71% of its calories as protein, while ground beef which has 49% of calories of fat has 51% of its calories as protein. In terms of excess protein consumption chicken is worse than beef or pork. Problems caused by or related to excess protein consumption include kidney stones, kidney disease, osteoporosis, bladder cancer, and lymphoma. Chicken meat also completely lacks fiber; lack of fiber is linked to a variety of digestive disorders ranging from constipation to colon cancer. The three basic problems with our American-style diet—too much fat, too much protein, and lack of fiber—are thus all made worse by chicken consumption. Those who switch from beef to chicken are at best trading one set of health hazards for a different set.

    Chicken has done little for the nation’s health. In the past twenty-five years, we have seen a huge increase in poultry consumption; but health care expenditures during the same period showed phenomenal growth, now costing us hundreds of billions of dollars each year in the United States. The “switch” from beef to chicken has evidently had little, if any, effect on rising medical costs.

    ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS

    Raising chickens affects the environment as well. Feeding grain to chicken may be somewhat less inefficient than feeding grain to cattle, but it is still wasteful—you must feed at least three times the amount of protein, calories, and other nutrients to the chickens in the form of plant foods than you retrieve in animal flesh at the end. Each year millions of children die due to malnutrition or starvation, and yet the Western countries continue to waste this grain by creating more and more chicken flesh.

    Moreover, chicken production results in incredible quantities of manure; a one-million hen complex produces 125 tons of wet manure each day. Animal agriculture in the U. S. produces many times more waste products than humans do. In many areas of the country livestock manure causes dangerous contamination of the drinking water due to nitrates. Even when used as a plant fertilizer, chicken manure can cause difficulties, as in Texas several years ago when cantaloupe fertilized with chicken manure caused sickness in human beings. The fault lay not with the cantaloupe but with the disease-ridden chicken manure.

    COMPASSION FOR ANIMALS

    And what about the effect of the “factory farming” system on the animals themselves? Over 7.5 billion birds are killed each year in the United States. We would probably like to believe that these animals at least lived fairly comfortable lives until they were taken to the slaughterhouse, and would also like to believe that chickens are then quickly and painlessly killed. Unfortunately, this is not true.

    Chickens are crowded together in cramped, windowless sheds, and must breathe concentrated excretory ammonia fumes which damage their eyes and lungs. They are mutilated by “debeaking”—the practice of cutting off most of the chicken’s beak when the chicken is young. The reason for “debeaking” is that without it, chickens in their cramped circumstances would peck each other and even attack and kill each other. Obviously, a chicken which needs to be “debeaked” in the first place is not a happy chicken; and the process of debeaking (akin to partial amputation of a human finger, without anesthesia) is quite painful in itself. Birds are deliberately bred to gain more weight than their legs and feet can support, leading to more pain.

    Turkey production is no better than chicken production. Turkeys, like chickens, are kept in intensely overcrowded quarters; they must be heavily dosed with antibiotics, are subject to many diseases, and have their beaks and their toes partially amputated (without anaesthetic, of course). Turkeys over the years have been bred to be fatter and fatter; today’s turkey is so overweight that it cannot mate and must be bred through artificial insemination.

    “Humanely raised” poultry avoids some of the worst abuses, such as debeaking and overcrowding. But chickens and turkeys are still killed long before their natural lifespan has elapsed, and it still is not a healthful food, as meat from any chicken or turkey—no matter how “humanely” raised—is going to be high in fat or protein (or both), and completely lacking in fiber.

    Chickens do not die easy deaths, either. The “humane slaughter” laws do not cover chicken or any other poultry. Slaughterhouses are operated as mechanical “disassembly” lines with as little human intervention as possible. Stunning devices are not required by law, and even where used only 1/3 of the chickens are effectively stunned. Some chickens have their throats slit and bleed to death while fully conscious. Millions of unfortunate chickens also escape the automatic knives that slit their throats, and thus go into the next stage—the scalding tank—alive and fully conscious.

    • ANSWER:
      It is truth. Another problem with buying chicken at the stores, is realizing that chicken parts are THERE, because, often, the other parts of THAT same chicken had cancer. Seriously, cancerous parts get cut out, and the other parts of the chicken do get sold as parts.
      I have seen turkey farms that did all those horrible things to the critters.
      I have raised my own chickens, and found that, although I was raising them for the eggs produced, that chickens are really filthy to raise in even small numbers. Trying to keep conditions clean for my own chickens was a full time job! I loved having the fresh eggs, they were delicious! I stopped raising my own, for the fresh eggs, when I just could not keep up with how much fecal matter there was to deal with. I only had a few chickens! I had a great house for them, and kept it nice. So, if I couldn’t stand just a few of them around, think what it must be like to do it for a living…….the more chickens you have, the more money you make. Dreadful problem.

  9. QUESTION:
    Kidney Infection Question…Please Help?
    Ok, so yesterday evening my mom started feeling really cold all of a sudden, and she was shivering. She went to the hospital, with a fever of 102. The doctors said she had kidney infection. She sounds all croaky this morning, and I was wondering if Kidney Infection was like a common disease or, maybe not so common, or life threatening? I looked somethings up, but I could understand a lot, of the medical terms cause I am only 11. But do you anything about it? Please help?
    Thank you…for your help, and I’m still waiting for some more answers. (By the way, yeah, she said the doctors gave her antibiotics)

    • ANSWER:
      Well kidney infections can be dangerous if not taken care of. Have her get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids. I know it is painful, but treated everything will be fine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    ~~~

    Tests Already Performed:

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

    ~~~~~~

    Thank you for reading all that.

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

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

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

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

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

  11. QUESTION:
    Is this grounds for an EEOC complaint, or ADA lawsuit?
    My girlfriend had been working for an engineering firm for about 2 years. About 6 months after she went to work there she was diagnosed with kidney disease and had to go on dialysis and. While on dialysis her employer allowed her to go on part-time status working only 24 hours per week. After 8 months on dialysis she recieved a kidney transplant and was out of work on long term disability for six months. Her boss knew she was on the transplant list and would be out six months after the surgery and indicated he was ok with this.

    She returned to work full-time exactly six months following the transplant. About three months later she developed complications and became ill while on a business trip and had to cancel the remainder of the trip and return home to see his doctor. She had to to be hospitalized several days for testing and a procedure to remove a kidney stone and insert a stent. The day after she returned to work following this hospitalization her boss called her into the office and told him her she was being “laid off due to lack of work”.

    This is a large multi-national firm with hundreds of employees and the company is doing VERY WELL having recently been awarded Federal contracts worth nearly half a billion dollars. The company kept two other less experienced employees in her office who did basicly the same job. One of these employees was a new hire right out of college with NO EXPERIENCE who had just started work there a month before my girlfriend was laid off. At the time my she was laid off the company had an opening for a position with a job description IDENTICAL to my girlfriend’s job posted on their corporate website. If she was laid off due to lack of work why were they advertising for new employees?
    They were also in the process of moving to a larger office because her boss said they were planning to expand the staff in that office and needed more space. I am pretty sure my girlfriend was targeted for layoff due to her medical problems because she was the only person in that office who was laid off and she was much more experienced and had been with the company longer than the two other employees in the same position that they kept.

    After she was laid off she contacted someone in HR to ask questions about benefits and this person apparently slipped up and told her that she was not let go due to “lack of work” as she was told but because of the quality of her work. She has had good performance reviews ever since she has been with the firm so she is not sure why they would say this. She contacted the regional manager (her boss’s boss) to clarify why he was laid off and these other less experienced employees were kept and they beat around the bush and told her that her education and job skills did not match up with the current work load they had, etc., etc. This is total BS because the other employees they kept have the EXACT SAME job description and she worked together with them on projects. When she pointed this out they they got very defenseive and a company attorney who was also in on the conversation told her they are an “at will employer” and added that “since Virginia is a right to work state they can legally terminate any employee at any time, for for any reason and don’t even have to give a reason.” Is this really true, I can’t believe this is legal?

    Fortunately, my girlfriend managed to get on disability due to her health problems but it only pays her about 1/7 of what she was earning as an engineer. She has a printout of the job posting that they had online the day she was laid off and also a bunch of newsletters and emails sent out by he CEO that document the financial status of the company as well as the new contracts they had just been awarded. Should she file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC since she still has several weeks before the deadline to file? Does she have grounds for an ADA lawsuit against this company?

    • ANSWER:
      She very possibly has a case. She needs to consult an attorney right away. It’s true that, in a right-to-work state, an employee can be terminated for no reason, but the circumstances surrounding the termination could cause legal issues.

  12. QUESTION:
    My mother is terminally ill and my brother isn’t speaking to me?
    To make a REALLY long story…well…long: My mother is 62 years old and dying of kidney disease. I spoke to her yesterday and she said that her doctor told her that “things might happen sooner rather than later”. I am planning on having her sign a waiver releasing her medical information to me so that I can learn why there isn’t anything being done to help her, such as dialysis. She is living in an assisted living facility 4 hours away from me and 10 hours away from my older brother, who is in the Army and has a wife and 2 kids (plus one on the way) in Texas. (I am in Kansas, my mother is in Missouri.) She is in this facility not only because of her kidney disease…she also has a myriad of other health problems, including many that are psychological, and she has been unable to completely care for herself for several years. I am 24 now, but when I was about 19, my brother started a life insurance policy for my mother and wanted me to pay for half of it every month. I tried to keep up but at that time my boyfriend (now fiance) and I could barely make ends meet, we lived in a dump and struggled to even feed ourselves. So needless to say, I wasn’t able to maintain my half of the payments and my brother decided that he couldn’t/wouldn’t pay for the entire policy himself. Since then we have barely spoken, and even though he has never come out and said that the insurance policy is the reason why, there’s no other reason I can think of for him to be angry with me. He is a very odd person. Extremely intelligent, but cold and soooo stubborn. Our childhood with my mother (his father has never been a part of his life and my own dad and my mom split when I was 5) was not ideal…in fact, it was rather traumatic as my mother was a severe alcholic. Sometimes I get the feeling that he would rather pretend he doesn’t have a sister, because it’s painful for him. I feel this way mainly because he moved away and really doesn’t keep in touch with anyone in our family but he has had “falling outs” with almost everyone because he’s just like that…can hold a grudge forever and isn’t very understanding or caring of anyone besides himself, his wife and their children. Since my mother’s health really started to fail about a year ago, my contact with him has been limited to me messaging his wife on Facebook whenever I learn something new. He calls our mother, but very rarely, and about 6 months ago my SIL got very upset with me for not relaying a piece of information to them immediately. I say, well, maybe if he would call her more than once every couple of months he could keep up with all of this himself. But, whatever, I will continue to let them know any developments as I learn them and am going to send my SIL a message later today…but I really want my brother to call me. I think this rift between us has been there long enough and that if my mother is truly dying, she would want us to be at least on speaking terms…if not completely emotionally reunited.

    How do I approach/confront him? I know it seems like it should be simple, “Call him” but as I said, he’s very sensitive but he disguises it as indifference and he’s likely to either not answer or deny having any issues, even though he has barely spoken to me in 5 years. I don’t know whether to write him a long letter, or if it would be better to keep things simple, or if I should let him come to me…it’s all so confusing, but something has got to give…

    If you’ve taken the time to read this, I truly thank you…I know it’s pretty heavy stuff, but I feel a little better just getting it out and I know people here give good advice.
    Why am I trailor trash? Because as an independent teenager I was poor? LOL I now own my own home (a house, not a trailor) and have ALWAYS been 100% self supporting financially so EAT IT TROLL.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s as simple as this – You cannot change who people are and/or how they’re going to react. If your brother is cold and closed-off (and clearly dealing – or not dealing – with his problems) there’s nothing you can do about that.

      However, you can change YOUR expectations about your brother and how YOU react to your brother. I can tell you now that even though the idea of being on speaking terms with your brother would be a nice wrap-up for your mom, it’s not going to happen. Or, it won’t happen on your terms and you’ll find yourself embroiled in your brother’s bad/absent behavior.

      And the whole life insurance policy is a red herring – it was his idea and you did the best you could to keep up. Life got in the way and you weren’t able to contribute like you could. So? Is that really a reason for your brother to shut you out? No, it’s not and it clearly signals his mental problems. Love shoudln’t be conditional, but it is for your brother.

      I’m sorry you’re in this situation, but I think all you can do is what you’ve been doing – keeping everyone posted as much as possible. But please – make decisions based on what YOU want. Don’t worry how it’s going to affect your brother – he’s going to be unhappy one way or another and that’s his problem/choice.

      I wish you the best.

  13. QUESTION:
    Why in Malaysia the doctor don’t allow us to take vitamin and supplement? What do you thinks about this?
    What are vitamins?
    Vitamins are substances that your body needs to work properly and keep you in good health. Most vitamins cannot be made by the body, so they have to be provided by your diet in small regular amounts.1
    Why do I need vitamins?
    Your body uses vitamins to do a number of things, including building and maintaining tissues and organs. Vitamins provide energy, boost the immune system, keep skin healthy and help keep the brain and nervous system in good working order.2
    Improve Overall Joint Health Without Using Pain Killers
    Reduces joint pain
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    Reduces inflammation and swelling
    • Uses potent, natural anti-inflammatory ingredients to reduce swelling
    Improves mobility
    • Improves blood circulation and reduces inflammation leading to increased mobility
    • Nourishes joints and speeds healing
    Safer for your liver, kidneys and stomach
    • A safe and effective alternative to traditional pain medications
    • Uses Boswellia – an herb with pain reducing benefits – as a safe and effective alternative to NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen)
    Buy Motion for your joint and muscle pain and inflammation
    ………………………………………………………………………………….
    DRUGS are chemicals that can prevent, prolong the life, treat other effects of a health condition, improve the quality of life, and/or cure ailments and diseases, or alter the function of any part or chemicals inside the body. These drugs have approved therapeutic claims.
    Drug Side Effects
    A side effect is usually regarded as an undesirable secondary effect which occurs in addition to the desired therapeutic effect of a drug or medication. Side effects may vary for each individual depending on the person’s disease state, age, weight, gender, ethnicity and general health.
    Side effects can occur when commencing, decreasing/increasing dosages, or ending a drug or medication regimen. Side effects may also lead to non-compliance with prescribed treatment.Medication
    A medication or medicine is a drug taken to cure and/or ameliorate any symptoms of an illness or medical condition, or may be used as preventive medicine that has future benefits but does not treat any existing or pre-existing diseases or symptoms.
    (Redirected from Adverse effect (medicine))
    In medicine, an adverse effect is a harmful and undesired effect resulting from a medication or other intervention such as surgery. An adverse effect may be termed a “side effect”, when judged to be secondary to a main or therapeutic effect, and may result from an unsuitable or incorrect dosage or procedure, which could be due to medical error. Adverse effects are sometimes referred to as “iatrogenic” because they are generated by a physician/treatment. Some adverse effects only occur only when starting, increasing or discontinuing a treatment. Using a drug or other medical intervention which is contraindicated may increase the risk of adverse effects. Adverse effects may cause medical complications of a disease or procedure and negatively affect its prognosis. They may also lead to non-compliance with a treatment regimen.
    The harmful outcome is usually indicated by some result such as morbidity, mortality, alteration in body weight, levels of enzymes, loss of function, or as a pathological change detected at the microscopic, macroscopic or physiological level. It may also be indicated by symptoms reported by a patient. Adverse effects may cause a reversible or irreversible change, including an increase or decrease in the susceptibility of the individual to other chemicals, foods, or procedures, such as drug interactions.
    ………………………………………………………………………………………
    Chemotherapy
    The overall impact of chemotherapy on cancer survival can be difficult to estimate, since improved cancer screening, prevention (e.g. anti-smoking campaigns), and detection all influence statistics on cancer incidence and mortality. In the United States, overall cancer incidence rates were stable from 1995 through 1999, while cancer death rates decreased steadily from 1993 through 1999.[1] Again, this likely reflects the combined impact of improved screening, prevention, and treatment. Nonetheless, cancer remains a major cause of illness and death, and conventional cytotoxic chemotherapy has proven unable to cure most cancers after they have metastasized.

    As is obvious from their origins, the above cancer chemotherapies are essentially poisons.

    Side-effects
    The treatment can be physically exhausting for the patient. Current chemotherapeutic techniques have a range of side effects mainly affecting the fast-dividing cells of the body. The most common side effects include (dependent on the agent):[citation needed]
    Pain, Erythema, Nausea, Diarrhea or constipation, Anemia,Malnutrition
    Hair loss, Memo
    relax…laa..red thin line…I don’t talk too much I type too much…so how can I shut down…. I only can off the lap top that’s means I sleep…

    • ANSWER:
      they want to keep people ill… so they can get continues income.

  14. QUESTION:
    why this anymal meat is bad for your helth,every one eat it ?
    WHY IS PORK FORBIDDEN IN ISLAM?

    Bob: Tell me why is it that a Muslim is very particular about the
    words Halaal and Haraam; what do they mean?

    Yunus: That which is permissible is termed Halaal and that which
    is not permissible is termed Haraam and it is the Quran which
    draws the distinction between the two.

    Bob: Can you give me an example?

    Yunus: Yes, Islam has prohibited blood of any type. You will agree
    that a chemical analysis of blood shows that it contains an
    abundance
    of uric acid, a chemical substance which can be injurious to human
    health.

    Bob: You’re right about the toxic nature of uric acid, in the
    humanbeing it is excreted as a waste product and in fact we are
    told that 98% of the body’s uric acid is extracted from the blood
    by the kidneys and removed through urination.

    Yunus: Now I think that you’ll appreciate the special prescribed
    method of animal slaughter in Islam.

    Bob: What do you mean?

    Yunus: You see, the wielder of the knife, whilst taking the name
    of the Almighty, makes an incision through the jugular veins,
    leaving all other veins and organs intact.

    Bob: I see, this causes the death of the animal by a total loss of
    blood from the! body, rather than an injury to any vital organ.

    Yunus: Yes, were the organs, example the heart, the liver, or the
    brain crippled or damaged, the animal could die immediately and
    its blood would congeal in its veins and would eventually permeate
    the flesh. This implies that the animal flesh would be permeated
    and contaminated with uric acid and therefore very poisonous; only
    today did our dietitians realize such a thing.

    Bob: Again, while on the topic of food; Why do Muslims condemn the
    eating of pork or ham or any foods related to pigs or swine.

    Yunus: Actually, apart from the Quran prohibiting the consumption
    of pork bacon (pig flesh); in fact the Bible too in Leviticus
    chapter 11,verse 8, regarding swine it says,

    “of their flesh (of the swine another name for pig)shall you not
    eat, and of their carcass you shall not touch; they are ” unclean
    to you.”

    Further, did you know that a pig cannot be slaughtered at the neck
    for it does not have a neck; that is according to its natural
    anatomy. A Muslim reasons that if the pig was to be slaughtered
    and fit for human consumption the Creator would have provided it
    with a neck.

    “Nonetheless, all that aside, I am sure you are well informed
    about the harmful effects of the consumption of pork, in any form,
    be it pork chops, ham, bacon.

    Bob: The medical science finds that there is a risk for various
    diseases as the pig is found to be a host for many parasites and
    potential diseases.

    Yunus: Yes, even apart from that, as we talked about uric acid
    content in the blood, it is important to note that the pig’s
    biochemistry excretes only 2% of its total uric acid content, the
    remaining 98% remains as an integral part of the body.

    Note: Islam forbids not only pork but meat of all those animals
    who eat their own or some one else’s body waste; the most commonly
    known animal in this category is pig or swine whose meat is
    commonly known as pork.

    • ANSWER:
      pork is forbidden simply because the old texts of the bible said so, that its not good to eat anything with a cloven hoof. oddly it seems sheep and goats are ok though, geese and chickens always eat their own waste, ive never met a pig that did. and ive raised both, lots of people eat meat. and mostly the disease they feared in pork is a worm that gets in the muscles and that is killed by cooking. so just forget your judgmental bull crap

  15. QUESTION:
    Help……!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
    I dont know how 2 do an essay & i need ur help to see if this good or not.

    Over one million American seek short cuts to larger muscles and greater endurance with anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing drugs. Steroids are drugs that act like chemical in the body. Most steroids are transformed into testosterone when they enter the body. Testosterone is a male growth hormone. While user may gain short-term results, they are seriously changing their health.

    Some of the ill effects of the drugs are damage to the kidneys and liver. A person can also alter the balance of the natural hormones. This can cause detrimental affects to the body. The effects of you natural hormones being out of balance can last several years after being off the drugs. Some male user form breasts due to the use of steroids. Because of the increase in testosterone, steroids can cause serious acne problems. When used by teens it can cause stunted growth. Other side effects include genital changes, water retention, yellow eyes, coronary artery disease, ligament injuries, high blood pressure, changes in cholesterol levels, sterility and liver disease. Some people fall into comas after injecting the drug, some may even die from the injection.

    Although steroids have many negative effects, they have many needed medical purposes. Androgens have many legitimate medical uses, such as the use for treatment of hypogonadal men to compensate for the lack of endogenous production. Anabolic steroids are also helpful for the treatment of certain adolescent diseases, some types of anemias, and for a relatively rare form of edema. Other clinical uses focus on the tissue building and anti-catabolic effects, such as in the treatment of burn victims, AIDS, or HIV positive patients. The most well known reason for people using steroids is for the quick muscle growth. At first they were hailed for their ability in improving strength and stamina but now they are condemned as unnatural and dangerous to the health of an athlete.

    In conclusion, I think that people shouldn’t use steroids because they can damage your body after only one use by shutting down hormones and hormone producing glands in the body.
    Shud i change something about it….or everything….???

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t want to read it all but make sure your essay follows these guide lines.

      http://depts.gallaudet.edu/englishworks/writing/template.html

      Seriously, this is what your teacher looks at and do not forget to say your thesis in the last paragraph!

  16. QUESTION:
    Marijuana versus Aspirin. If both were legal which would you choose?
    (All of this from an article written almost 2 years ago)

    When Bayer introduced aspirin in 1899, cannabis was America’s number one painkiller. Until marijuana prohibition began in 1937, the US Pharmacopoeia listed cannabis as the primary medicine for over 100 diseases. Cannabis was such an effective analgesic that the American Medical Association (AMA) argued against prohibition on behalf of medical progress. Since the herb is extremely potent and essentially non-toxic, the AMA considered it a potential wonder drug.

    Instead, the invention of aspirin gave birth to the modern pharmaceutical industry and Americans switched away from cannabis in the name of “progress.” But was it really progress? There can be no doubt that aspirin has a long history as the drug of choice for the self-treatment of migraines, arthritis, and other chronic pain. It is cheap and effective. But is it as safe as cannabis?

    History:

    -Marijuana has been used for over 5,000 years.
    -No one has ever overdosed on marijuana.
    -Aspirin has been used for 108 years.
    -Approximately 500 people die every year by taking aspirin

    The Law:

    -Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug, meaning the US government believes it is extremely dangerous, highly addictive, and of no medical value.
    -Aspirin is available for pennies and can be purchased by children at any drug, grocery, or convenience store. Often they are just handed out free by people with no medical education.

    Marijuana side effects and dangers:

    -The dangers of marijuana include possible respiratory problems caused by the deposition of burnt plant material on the lungs. This danger can be eliminated with alternate forms of consumption such as eating or vaporizing the medicine.
    -For two to four hours, marijuana causes short-term memory loss, a slight reduction in reaction time, and a reduction in cognitive ability. These conditions DO NOT persist after the herb wears off.
    -Hunger
    -Paranoia
    -Laughter
    -Introspection
    -Creative Impulse
    -Euphoria
    -Tiredness
    -Forgetfulness
    -0 Mortality Rate

    Aspirin side effects and dangers:

    -When taken with alcohol, aspirin can cause stomach bleeding.
    -Reye Syndrome in children: fat begins to develop around the liver and other organs of the child, eventually putting severe pressure on the brain. Death is common within a few days.
    -People with hemophilia can die.
    -People with hyperthyroidism suffer elevated T4 levels.
    -Stomach problems include dyspepsia, heartburn, upset stomach, stomach ulcers with gross bleeding, and internal bleeding leading to anemia.
    -Dizziness, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, vertigo, vision disturbances, and headaches.
    -Heavy sweating
    -Irreversible liver damage
    -Inflamation and gradual destruction of the kidneys
    -Nausea and vomiting
    -Abdominal pain
    -Lethargy
    -Hyperthermia
    -Dyspepsia: a gnawing or burning stomach pain accompanied by bloating, heartburn, nausea, vomiting and burping.
    -Tachypnea: Abnormally fast breathing
    -Respiratory Alkalosis: a condition where the amount of carbon dioxide found in the blood drops to a level below normal range brought on by abnormally fast breathing.
    -Cerebral Edema: Water accumulates on the brain. Symptoms include headaches, decreased level of consciousness, loss of eyesight, hallucinations, psychotic behavior, memory loss and coma. If left untreated, it can lead to death.
    -Hallucinations, confusion, and seizure.
    -Prolonged bleeding after operations or post-trauma for up to 10 days after last aspirin.
    -Aspirin can interact with some other drugs, such as diabetes medication. Aspirin changes the way the body handles these drugs and can lead to a drug overdose and death.
    -It is used as an analgesic to relieve minor aches and pains.
    -Used as an antipyretic to reduce fever.
    -Used as an anti-inflammatory medication.
    -Aspirin is used in long-term, low doses to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and blood clot formation in people at high risk for developing blood clots.
    -It has also been established that low doses of aspirin may be given immediately after a heart attack to reduce the risk of another heart attack or of the death of cardiac tissue.
    -For 50-year-old men, taking an aspirin every day to prevent heart disease and stroke carries a risk of 10.4 deaths per 100,000 men per year over and above their overall death risk.
    If you think that cannabis is actually safer than aspirin, you are not alone. In October 2000, Dr. Leslie Iversen of the Oxford University Department of Pharmacology said the same thing.
    In her book, ‘The Science of Marijuana,’ Dr. Iversen presents the scientific evidence that cannabis is, by-and-large, a safe drug. Dr. Iversen found cannabis had “an impressive record” when compared to tobacco, alcohol, or even aspirin.
    “Tetrahydrocannabinol is a very safe drug,” she said. “Even such apparently innocuous medicines as aspirin and related steroidal anti-inflammatory compunds are not safe.”

    So if safety is your concern, cannabis is clearly a much better choice than aspirin. If you eat it or vaporize it, it just might be the safest painkiller the world has ever known.
    A lie? No I don’t want to get high. I want Medical Marijuana. (No not Marijuana, MEDICAL MARIJAUANA) to be legal under Federal Law. Please prove to me how any of this is a lie and I will listen.

    • ANSWER:
      Everything in this post is pretty much the truth…

      Marijuana smokers rarely get brown lung, asthma, emphysema, and many of the other respiratory illnesses that tobacco smokers often get…

      You CANNOT overdose on marijuana. Even if its high grade, the amount you would have to smoke is physically impossible to ingest in the time period required (if i remember correctly, the amount to OD is something like a pound in around 15 minutes, im not absolutely positive on this, it may be even more than the above amount)

      people have been smoking the plant for over 5,000 years, and not one death can be directly attributed to its use…

      So in short, you can overdose on aspirin. Heck you can even overdose on caffeine. So i think marijuana use (health wise) is a lot less harmful for your body than aspirin…

  17. QUESTION:
    I’m going through some tough times – how to cope with stress? Long read please answer?
    I’ve been thinking about life a lot lately, a lot. My Mom’s in hospital for having fluid in her lungs, although that’s getting better, she’s got CCF. Heart failure. I’m 14 and my Mom’s got heart failure. Anyway – she also has HEP C,(a liver disease which will gradually kill you) from a needle-stick injury at work and Factor 5 Leiden (a blood clotting disorder passed down in your genes). She was diagnosed with Factor 5 Leiden and Hep C 7 years ago. My Mom doesn’t drink any alcohol whatsoever, so she wasn’t worried about the Hep C.

    *Sigh* Anyway, she went to the doctors about 12-18 months ago and they said that her Hep C was ‘active’. She was told to keep away from stress if possible…

    Well – last year our house burned down. My Mom was absolutely distraught. We weren’t insured and she turned pessimistic…We haven’t gone to therapy, or seen any doctors about our depression…

    We’re now living in my Dad’s co-workers dump. We’ve got garbage bags as curtains, a mattress on the floor as a lounge, and no furniture at all…Our TV is supported by a blanket box; something that’s meant to be in a bedroom :/

    Ehh – anyway…My Mom started to get really ill about 5-6 months ago. She must of picked up a virus and it didn’t go away…Well, she started having coughing fits a lot, and got out of breath very, very easily. I kind of thought that she was going to die…Her eyes and skin were yellow, she got really sick easily, she would get up at 3am every night to have pain relief…It was terrible.

    So my Father, Brother and I forced her into seeking medical help. (I thought she was going to die, but I didn’t know what was wrong – she had an ulcer on her leg that was very sore, and that’s why we forced her into going to the hospital).

    It turns out, she was very ill. The fluid in her lungs was apparently ‘very bad’. She was put on a pill that makes excess fluid in her body drain; (so she’ll be on the toilet a lot). She’s still waiting for an echo X-ray (Sorry – I’m not too sure what it’s called..) of her heart. She’s going to see a cardiac doctor *hopefully* soon.

    Today while I was in the hospital with her, a doctor came in and asked about her Hep C. She said it would be highly recommended if she were to seek treatment. My Mom’s going to see a liver professional soon…The doctor’s are still trying to find out why she’s got CCF.

    I’m just really scared that, because of the Hep C, Factor 5, and CCF all gathered together, I’ll loose my Mom at an early age. Since she’s been in hospital, I’ve been bending over backwards doing laundry, the dishes, taking clothes on & off the clothesline, putting clothes away, etc etc. It’s kind of hard trying to look after all of my family at once, while visiting my Mom in hospital… But it’s just out of respect, you know?

    Well yeah…I’m so happy if you’re still reading this…I’m just extremely paranoid that my Mom will have a tumor or extensive damage to her liver, kidney’s or heart. I’m scared that she’ll be given a life expectancy…

    My Brother’s also very scared because he looked up the long-term affects of having CCF, and it said that almost 70% of people who are diagnosed with CCF (congestive cardiac failure) will only live 5-10 years after their diagnosis. I’m hella scared, man…

    I’ve been crying all the time, I haven’t eaten properly for 3 days…Even my Dad’s scared about my well being…I’m just so stressed out…please give me some strategies to cope with stress and depression? Thanks in advance, woo! You read the entire question!!

    • ANSWER:
      I know how you feel. My father passed away 7 days after I turned 11. At least you have your brother and your father. My mom and dad divorced when I was little. Spend time with your family and have open lines of communications. It always hurts when you think you’re about to lose someone you love, and unfortunately there’s no real way to get rid of the pain. Make sure you talk to your family about what you’re feeling. Tell your mom you love and appreciate her. Talk to a counselor if you can get a hold of one.

      The best thing you can do is talk. I know it must hurt a lot, but try to stay optimistic and make sure everyone keeps talking to each other. Don’t hide anything from each other. It might be uncomfortable telling your family certain personal issues you may have, but remember they’re your family and they love you. You’ll feel a lot better getting everything off of your chest.

      I sincerely hope your mom gets better. Take care.

  18. QUESTION:
    how to pursue an interest in medicine?
    for most of my life i NEVER wanted to become a doctor. funny things is i dealt with kidney failure since 14 yrs old. ive seen the good and bad. i receive my first kidney in 2000. it went bad in 2008. now at the age of 23, for the FIRST time of my life im actually interested in the human body and medicine. last year i took a medical leave from school. this is where my interest begun. i would watch medical educational show regulary and house(lol). while watching the shows i would literally(im a geek) have a medical dictionary beside a look up terms i didnt understand. i been through a lot medical. i have had all types of exams and test. i’ve had hip surger, nephrectomy, kidneytransplant, blood transfussion, aggressive immunosuppressive drug therapy twice and im on dialysis for a second time waiting for another kidney. i’ve also had tried the donor process it didnt work out. so i been thru the ups and downs. i love how the body works and how the organ systems are connected. currently im a junior in college with no time to go back and take science classes. but i do have some classes at my local community college. i was wandering would it be a good idea to take science classes to at least explore medicine. and if i like it use it as preparation for the mcat. i also know doctors and surgeon in the field. they all like me because i was always inquisitive about my disease and really wanted to know the technical aspects of my condition. i love to learn, and “look up things(research).

    • ANSWER:
      It’s probably too late. You don’t have the background and study habits of competitive medical school candidates. With a great deal of effort, you might make yourself competitive for one of the ancillary medical professions: Physician Assistant, Audiologist, RN (NP), Optician. Hearing Aid Dispensor.

  19. QUESTION:
    Do you understand the wisdom behind the prohibition on certain foods in Islam??
    Wisdom Behind Dietary Restrictions in Islam

    Bob: Tell me why is it that a Muslim is very particular about the words Halaal and Haraam; what do they mean?

    Yunus: That which is permissible is termed Halaal and that which is not permissible is termed Haraam and it is the Qur’an which draws the distinction between the two

    Bob: Can you give me an example?

    Yunus: Yes, Islam has prohibited consuming blood of any type. You will agree that a chemical analysis of blood shows that it contains an abundance of uric acid, a chemical substance which can be injurious to human health

    Bob: You’re right about the toxic nature of uric acid, in the human being it is excreted as a waste product and in fact we are told that 98% of
    the body’s uric acid is extracted from the blood by the kidneys and removed through urination

    Yunus: Now I think that you’ll appreciate the special prescribed method of animal slaughter in Islam.

    Bob: What do you mean?

    Yunus: You see, the wielder of the knife, whilst taking the name of the Almighty’, makes an incision through the jugular veins, leaving all other veins and organs intact.

    Bob: I see, this causes the death of the animal by a total loss of blood from the body, rather than an injury to any vital organ.

    Yunus: Yes, were the organs, example the heart, the liver, or the brain crippled or damaged, the animal could die immediately and its blood would congeal in its veins and would eventually permeate the flesh. This implies that the animal flesh would be permeated and contaminated with uric acid and therefore very poisonous; only today did our dieticians realize such a thing

    Bob: Again, while on the topic of food; why do Muslims condemn the eating of pork or ham or any foods related to pigs or swine.

    Yunus: Actually, apart from the Qur’an prohibiting the consumption of pork, bacon (pig flesh); in fact the Bible too in Leviticus chapter 11, verse 8, regarding swine it says, “Of their flesh (of the swine another name for pig) shall you not eat, and of their carcass you shall not touch; they are unclean to you.” Further, did you know that a pig cannot be slaughtered at the neck for it does not have a neck; that is according to its natural anatomy? A Muslim reasons that if the pig was to be slaughtered and fit for human consumption the Creator would have provided it with a neck. Nonetheless, all that aside, I am sure you are well informed about the harmful effects of the consumption of pork, in any form, be it pork chops, ham, bacon.

    Bob: The medical science finds that there is a risk for various diseases as the pig is found to be a host for many parasites and potential diseases.

    Yunus: Yes, even apart from that, as we talked about uric acid content in the blood, it is important to note that the pig’s biochemistry excretes only 2% of its total uric acid content, the remaining 98% remains as an integral part of the body.

    http://discover.islamway.com/articles.php?article_id=39&lang=1

    To ‘Faz’:

    There is nothing in Qur’an or Sunnah that prohibits eating birds with webbed feet. The only birds that are forbidden are those with talons (Birds of Prey) such as Hawks and Eagles.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not sure about the ban on foods in islam, but in christianity the ban on certain foods and the cleansing rituals kept the jews healthy during the black death. So many survivors of the black plague were jews that england to this day looks down on them because they believed in that day that the jews had cursed them.

      Hope this helps at least a little

  20. QUESTION:
    can anyone prove me wrong about these facts?
    ok i found this topic about why its hameful to eat pig or any other pig products
    plz read it till the end

    WHY IS PORK FORBIDDEN IN ISLAM?
    Bob: Tell me why is it that a Muslim is very particular about the words Halaal and Haraam; what do they mean?
    Yunus: That which is permissible is termed Halaal and that which is not permissible is termed Haraam and it is the Quran which draws the distinction between the two.
    Bob: Can you give me an example?
    Yunus: Yes, Islam has prohibited consumption of blood of any type. You
    will agree that a chemical analysis of blood shows that it contains an
    abundance of uric acid, a chemical substance which can be injurious to
    human health.
    Bob: You’re right about the toxic nature of uric acid, in the
    human being. It is excreted as a waste product and in fact we are told that
    98% of the body’s uric acid is extracted from the blood by the
    kidneys and removed through urination.
    Yunus: Now I think that you’ll appreciate the specially prescribed
    method of animal slaughter in Islam.
    Bob: What do you mean?
    Yunus: You see, the wielder of the knife, whilst taking the name of
    the Almighty, makes an incision through the jugular veins, leaving all
    other veins and organs intact.
    Bob: I see, this causes the death of the animal by a total loss of
    blood from the body, rather than an injury to any vital organ. ”
    Yunus: Yes, if the organs, example the heart, the liver, or the brain
    crippled or damaged, the animal could die immediately and its blood would
    congeal in its veins and would eventually permeate the flesh. This implies
    that the animal flesh would be permeated and contaminated with uric acid
    and therefore very poisonous; only today did our dietitians realize such a
    thing.
    Bob: Again, while on the topic of food; Why do Muslims condemn the
    eating of pork or ham or any foods related to pigs or swine.
    Yunus: Actually, apart from the Quran prohibiting the consumption of
    pork bacon (pig flesh); in fact the Bible too in Leviticus chapter 11,verse
    8, regarding swine it says,
    “of their flesh (of the swine another name for pig)shall you not eat,
    and of their carcass you shall not touch; they are ” unclean to you.”
    Further, did you know that a pig cannot be slaughtered at the neck for
    it does not have a neck; that is according to its natural anatomy. A
    Muslim reasons that if the pig was to be slaughtered and fit for human
    consumption the Creator would have provided it with a neck.
    “Nonetheless, all that aside, I am sure you are well informed about
    the harmful effects of the consumption of pork, in any form, be it pork
    chops, ham, bacon.
    Bob: The medical science finds that there is a risk for various
    diseases as the pig is found to be a host for many parasites and potential
    diseases.
    Yunus: Yes, even apart from that, as we talked about uric acid content
    in the blood, it is important to note that the pig’s biochemistry excretes
    only 2% of its total uric acid content, the remaining 98% remains as an
    integral part of the body.
    Note: Islam forbids not only pork but meat of all those animals who
    eat their own or some one else’s body waste; the most commonly known animal
    in this category is pig or swine whose meat is commonly known as pork.
    Please forward to others…………it may answer some of their
    questions.

    • ANSWER:
      too long

      who needs the theory of evolution when you have:

      ” A Muslim reasons that if the pig was to be slaughtered and fit for human consumption the Creator would have provided it with a neck. ”

  21. QUESTION:
    Why do some people believe that the handicap are nothing more than a burden and should be terminated?
    Apologies for this long post, but after I saw one poster’s suggestion that we all should kill people with varying degrees of disability, I was just…stunned!

    I have to say something in my defense on this issue and I just want those people to see what I have to go through being handicapped–so they will know that it’s not an easy thing.

    I was born a preemie with cerebral palsy; weighed in at 2 pounds 8 ounces.

    When I as a teenager, I diagnosed with a bi-polar disorder and ADD/ADHD.

    In the past 8 years?

    It’s COPD, Vitamin D Deficiency Syndrome, Recurrent Calcium Stone Disease, Factor Five Leiden, an optic nerve degeneration disorder, and sleep apnea–among other things.

    My entire life from the get go was nothing but hardships, challenges, and failure.

    I didn’t just stand by and let the world roll me over a good one. I eventually stood up for myself, I fought the good fight, and made something of my life–even though I still suffer from failing health. (Not as bad as Dennis Hopper’s though.)

    And while I may not be a *major* contributor to our all important capitalist system of free market principles, I still have some value and importance in people’s lives.

    Just not in terms of material wealth and money.

    But no matter how different we are born, or are saddled with either physical or mental problems, it doesn’t mean that we should just be cast aside or want to see those afflicted killed out of social ignorance–because some people see people like me as a “burden”, or fail to understand just what it is that makes people like myself wholly dependent on medical and government assistance.

    I just wish these same types would walk in my shoes for a day and see what I have to go through just to survive.

    What’s it is like to have to use inhalers–because you can’t breathe normally–or have to take blood-thinners because you have a malfunctioning clotting factor, or any of the other types of medications which regulates your high blood pressure, asthma, depression, and keeps the nerve sheaths in both eyes from disintegrating prematurely. (Though this will lead to eventual blindness–for now, I am lucky to still have my sight.)

    And to top it all off? A half dozen or more doctor appointments to deal with all these issues:

    Having to run all over town to get poked, prodded, scanned and blood drawn on time, or wired up like a guinea pig for a sleep study, x-rayed like crazy, BP checked on a monthly, vitals checked to make sure I’m still alive, weight checked to see if I’ve lost any more weight, and twice a year laser lithotripsy procedure for kidney stones–so the doctor in question can stick a stent up inside and give me all those wonderful pain pills afterward–leaving me without worries or fear.

    The pain, the suffering, *everything* that I have to go through. It’s because I don’t have many other choices.

    And it’s no picnic neither.

    But even through all this, I keep going with a sense of humor because it’s easier to look at my problems through a different window and realize how lucky I am to be cared for by so many people, than just be negative about my situation and blame others for things clearly out of my control.

    I couldn’t been born normally like my two brothers, but I wasn’t.

    And that’s what makes me so special.

    Thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes my dear Sky that theory is the cornerstone of eugenics

      and i am not a follower of that in any way shape or form but some people are and they are mainly libs

      EDIT:Keep on fightin, no one here has walked in your shoes
      we all have problems and we would be lying if we said we didnt.

      No one is perfect

  22. QUESTION:
    What do you think of this new info about cats that *p* out side of their box?
    From Dr. Jon
    This is a common scenario. A cat urinates outside the litter box – maybe on the bed, on the carpet or somewhere else in the house. This is a frequent and frustrating problem amongst cat owners. Inappropriate urination is the most common reason cats are given up to shelters, put “outside” and a common behavioral problem for which cats are euthanize.

    I receive so many emails about this topic that I want to discuss it today.

    First, let me define what I mean by inappropriate urination. In simple terms, inappropriate urination is the act of going outside of the litter box. So … the first question is, “Why do cats do that?”

    Well, there are several reasons cats can have inappropriate urination. It can be either a medical problem or a behavioral problem, but nothing the cat does while inappropriately urinating will tell you which type of problem it is.

    One thing that I’ve learned the hard way is that you NEVER want to assume which type of problem it is. That can be disastrous.

    Since there are a variety of behavioral problems as well as medical problems that can cause the exact same behavior, how can you tell the difference? The safest and very best thing to do is to have your cat examined by a veterinarian to determine if it is medical or behavioral. Your vet will most likely do a test on the urine, called a urinalysis, which will look for underlying medical abnormalities. They may also want to do blood work to determine kidney function and overall health.

    So what’s the bottom line? If your cat is going outside of the litter box, don’t assume the problem is behavioral. Cats can get several different urinary tract diseases that can cause them to go outside of the litter box.

    I’ve had many clients who assumed their cat had a behavioral problem causing inappropriate urination. After becoming fed up with the situation, they wanted to discuss extreme measures (such as euthanasia!). I talked them into a medical examination and found underlying urinary tract problems such as infections or bladder stones. Once those conditions were cleared up, the cat urinated appropriately inside the litter box.

    This poor cat was blamed, punished for months for inappropriate urination and the poor thing had a medical problem that they didn’t bother to look for. So the moral of the story is…look for medical causes first. If there are none, then you can begin to look for other reasons for the behavior.

    If your cat is urinating outside the box, do your cat a favor and schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.

    Until next time,

    Dr. Jon

    • ANSWER:
      I agree that that’s not m=new info but I think that there are other reasons why cat misbehave and stops using the cat box the one that happens most is that the owner does not keep it clean. Cats are very clean and some of them just refuse o step in a
      litter that’s to dirty. A new pet in the house will also make them act out their jealousy
      cats are very very possessive and jealous.and new comers to the household will
      for sure disrupt the peace for awhile. And if none of this is the culprit of the change of behavior look for the health ones. A cat when they are in pain will isolate himself and lay in some corner alone, or start to be around you all the time, they cross your path almost making you fall, lay really close to you and yes cry all the time. One way or another they will call your attention to them, some time even negatively.
      so pay a little attention and you will find out whats wrong. Now pay close attention because the urination thing is no doubt a sign and a blocked urinary tract can kill in
      a very short time.

  23. 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:
      I am not Muslim but I do follow your writings and thank you for posting here. You are very informative. Some might grumble about your posts because it’d be a stretch to call them questions but I do believe (and hope) most would agree that it’s all ok.

      Best wishes to you.

  24. 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:
      Studies conducted on Ramadan-type fasting (RTF) have shown that fasting affects human biochemistry. Such fasting results in an increase in serum lipids and uric acid, though the latter has no adverse health effects. Long term effects, such as an increase in HDL cholesterol and a decrease in LDL cholesterol, have been observed with Ramadan fasting.

      A decrease in blood glucose, actate and pyruvate, has also been observed, possibly indicating alterations in metabolic activities. Basal metabolism also slows down, and fat is used more efficiently during such fasting. During fasting, the liver responds with adaptive changes in metabolic activities. The increased activities of enzymes involved in the degradation as well as the production of glucose suggest that RTF enhances nutrition and energy metabolism. There is no conclusive evidence whether the weight of an individual is affected positively or negatively by Ramadan style fasting.


Disease Of The Kidneys In Children

It is probably one of the leading causes of death in older dogs. There are two forms in which the disease can manifest itself, acute or chronic. The acute form can happen so quickly and suddenly, while the chronic form begins slowly and progresses over time. Sadly for the owner, news of either form of disease is upsetting.

This disease causes a loss of approximately seventy percent of normal kidney function and it is these organs that act as the body’s filtration system. If these do not work properly, toxins and waste products slowly build up in the blood. This can lead to a variety of problems, and sadly, eventual death. This unfortunately is the harsh reality of canine kidney disease.

The ability of a dog’s body to properly function is stopped by kidney failure. A number of symptoms and warning signs will likely become obvious when the toxins begin to build up in their bodies. The acute time form usually appears more quickly even though both these chronic diseases show different symptoms. Dogs that suffer with this form of kidney disease can become dehydrated. Gently pull the skin on your dog’s stomach to test them for hydration. The skin should spring back. There is a real possibility that your dog is dehydrated if it does not.

Your dog may have noticeable trouble passing urine or produce no urine as all. Your pet may be a victim of acute kidney disease if they have this warning sign. You may see your animal moving with an arched back or stiff legs and your dog can have extreme pain in the kidneys. Any dog owner should be sure to watch for these signs of kidney disease.

There are different symptoms shown with chronic kidney disease. Where they would usually gulp food they may begin to show signs of a decrease in appetite so drastic they do not want to eat. They could even stop eating all together. Weight loss will occur in time. An increase in thirst and the amount of water they drink will increase which is one of the first warning signs that the disease has begun. This signs are common with the condition. There may be an increase in the frequency of urination as the dog can lose bladder control. In some cases urination can become painful and often impossible with blood showing up in the urine. Any signs of urine symptoms, vomiting, lethargic or depressed in your pet should be treated as a warning sign and you should call your vet immediately since canine kidney disease is serious and can be deadly. It could be possible to get control over the disease if it is caught soon enough.

The treatment that a vet will start, for this very serious ailment, is typically four staged. The first step is to carry out a physical check up to eliminate other reasons for the symptoms. Next is the verification from the owner regarding the history and symptoms of this disorder. Then there will be tests – a blood test and finally a urine test to confirm the prognosis.

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

    • ANSWER:

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.!!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. QUESTION:
    Is there any government program that helps people w/housing that don’t have children, but can’t work?
    My sister is 45. She used to draw Social Security disability. She quit going to her doctor appointments & did’nt update her info to the SS board, so she lost her social security a few years back. She’s been living off of me for years. She can get up & move around, but she has some kind of kidney disease & says she hurts a lot & can’t work. She’s draining me dry, not to mention stealing off of me. She’s using me, ruining my life. She’s too lazy to even go back to the doctors & SS office, to try to get her check back. But even if she did, she still wouldn’t help with bills. She lived w/me before she lost it & never paid bills then either. She’s taking advantage of my good nature & using me, stealing off of me, pretty much taking away my life. But being kind hearted, I can’t kick her out on the street. She had her children taken away from her & can’t get “public” housing. Is there any othr place that helps people get places to live? I live in TN. Who could I contact to get more info?

    • ANSWER:
      Call your local welfare office. They should have the number to your local housing athority. There is low income housing available. Your sister needs to get out of your house in order to save your relationship. Some times you have to give tough love in order for loved ones to take care of them selves.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. QUESTION:
    How do I react to news that my young dog has kidney disease?
    Two weeks ago we adopted a 2 year old Border Collie-Pit Bull mix from the Humane Society. She is a total sweetie and we fell in love with her right away! She’s active, playful, and great with our two young children. The only problem was that she was frequently urinating in small amounts in the house. As this is our first doggie, I followed the advice of friends with dogs and took her to the vet to check for a urinary tract infection, and it turns out, she has kidney disease. I was hoping somebody could give me some insight on what to expect as far as her quality of life, life expectancy, etc., especially since she is still a baby at only 2 years old.

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    Entertaining Children in Hospital?
    Hi I have a Kidney disease these days so i’m likely to spend a lot of time in the hospital in the future. I’d like to take my guitar and do something for the children there whilst i’m there and my question is this; would I be allowed or has the world become to fearful of peadophiles that they would not let me spend time with children. Needless to say I don’t fancy kids…

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  19. QUESTION:
    Where can i go for help? Things have NEVER been this bad.?
    my husband broke his leg 9/23 of this yr. And can not return to work until 12/1 if we are lucky. i do not work because our children have health issues. (kidney disease). and i receive states insurance for them because no insurance company will pick them up do to preexisting conditions. We just bought our house last Oct, so all our extra money has gone into home repairs, not a whole lot in savings. Well we are now broke. his 550 every 2 weeks for industrial isn’t covering the bills. I have borrowed all i can from my mom, she has been helping us. Christmas is approaching very fast and there is Absolutely no money for presents for the kids. I know it isn’t about what you get as long as you have family. Well yesterday my husband was trying to get the furnace going, when it combusted and his hand was inside. he received 1st and 2nd degree burns on his hand arm and fingers.we now have no heat. we don’t have credit cards, and savings is shot. they think there is a gas leak because there shouldn’t of been that much gas in that compartment. They say when it rains it pours, well i think im flooded. Where can i go for help?

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  20. QUESTION:
    Should I get the H1N1 vaccine or not?
    I am 35 weeks and 2 days pregnant. I have a day care in my home and have 3 children of my own. I also have crohns disease, hypothyroidism and kidney stones. I was wondering if I should get the vaccine once it is available at my dr’s office or if I should just go without it.

    • ANSWER:
      Here’s an article with good basic information on the vaccine:

      http://thefastertimes.com/clinicalupdate/2009/09/18/faqs-about-the-h1n1-vaccine/

      The CDC’s web site, which is very helpful and I suggest you check it out and consider some of the information on it. http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/public/vaccination_qa_pub.htm

      Someone else said the vaccine has mercury in it, but there is a thimerosol/preservative-free version of the vaccine that does not have any mercury in it. The unique flu from the late 1970s did have more risks and complications and was linked to Guillain Barre Syndrome, but the current flu vaccines are made vastly different than that one and are not as likely to cause it and one of the above articles addresses that.

      In terms of H1N1, the majority of those who have been hospitalized because of it have been those with asthma (they are most hospitalized) followed by pregnant women. The reason pregnant women are at high risk for complications is because of the baby’s weaker immune system (when you get sick your body tries to help the baby and then you could begin to lack the proper nutrition and antibodies to fight it). Also, pregnant women have decreased lung function because of the baby. (This info is from the Fairfax County health dept. in Northern Virginia http://www.FairfaxCounty.gov./hd/flu/)

      Also, babies younger than 6 months cannot get the vaccine so to protect them from becoming ill from it doctor’s suggest vaccinating the people who are in constant contact with the infant.

      Again, it’s up to you to decide what is best for you and your family. Good luck this flu season! Like Cal said, just make sure to wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. It’s your greatest protection against becoming sick.

  21. 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.

  22. 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/

  23. 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.

  24. QUESTION:
    urinary disease for anatomy?
    Jessica Mattin
    5/13/09

    Urinary Disease
    Most urinary tract infections in children are caused by bacteria that enter the urethra and travel up the urinary tract. Bacteria that normally live in the large intestine and are present in stool are the most common cause of infection. Occasionally bacteria traveling through the blood or lymphatic system to the urinary tract are the cause of kidney or bladder infections. Also, constipation or not completely emptying the bladder can cause bacteria to build up in urine. Problems with the structure or function of the urinary tract commonly contribute to UTI in infants and young children. Problems that limit the body’s ability to eliminate urine completely include structural problems of the bladder, obstruction, such as kidney stone, or other abnormalities. A large variety of symptoms include those such as pain or burning during urination, loss of bladder control, frequent urination, among others. To treat a UTI you must see a doctor who will most likely take a urine sample and prescribe antibiotics.

    http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/utiadult/

    • ANSWER:
      I am in the Medical Field

      Please tell me how this is a question?

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

  28. QUESTION:
    I need some help with tuition and medical expense while in school I am not begging any thing anyone can do!?
    I am 22 yrs old in 2004 I was diagnosed with focal glomerular sclerosis. Which is a rare kidney disease, unsure when my kidneys will just stop working hahaha jk. Um I got married in 2005 and more than anything my husband and I want to have children. My mom has gotten a job as a dispatcher at an airline company and has great benefits, she spoke to her boss and if I can get the funding for school they will hire me. With the kidney disease I have to have ins, so I am asking anyone to help with the tuition which is 3900 dollars and then an extra 4,000.00 to help with medical and living expense while I am in school. This would be such a great oppurtunity for me and my husband and enable us to have children because due to my disease I would be a high risk pregnancy and unable to work the 9months. This job oppurtunity garuntees m y job and I would have continued medical benefits the 9mo I was out of work. The job I am at now can not even garuntee I would still have a job.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are serious about going to school, apply for aid through your fafsa form, try getting grants as well. Don’t have kids. You can’t even afford yourselves let alone a good lifestyle for you and your children. Its not worth it right now.

  29. QUESTION:
    My mother is ill. I’m the only one of 5 children that takes care of…..?
    My mother is 62. She has heart disease and only one kidney remaining. She’s in the hospital now. She has been in the hosp. at least 20 times in the last 3 years. This time they did surg. on her neck on Friday, and tomorrow they will roto-rooter her kidney and heart on an out patient basis.
    Now my problem is that I have 2 older sisters, and 2 younger brothers, my father is dead. They have never once helped me in taking care of her. I raised my sisters 2 children, and I have 3 kids, 9,6,4 years old. This time I asked, no, begged for my sister to drive down and help at the hospital because I just couldnt do it this time. I was scheduled to go on a vacation, alone w/my husband on Tue. My family thinks I’m the one being selfish!
    Question: Is it wrong of me to still go on this vacation?
    I’v decided that once I get back I am moving my mother in with me. That is the only way to keep her healthy because she won’t take of herself. And I’m seriously considering suspending all ties with my family. I’m 35 and my life has been consumed with THEIR wants and needs. I know it sounds alwful, I just wanted to make sure that I wasn’t really being selfish. Thanks All.

    • ANSWER:
      Everybody needs a break, including you. Go on the vacation. Your siblings are manipulating you.

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. QUESTION:
    My newborn tested positive for cocaine. I don’t use drugs. What are ways for that to happen besides amoxicilli
    CPS took my daughter from me because of the test result. I swear I’ve never touched cocaine before. The other sites I’ve been on say amoxicillin, liver disease, kidney disease, and diabetes can cause a false positive result. None of those apply to me. During my pregnancy I had 4 drug tests which came out negative. They won’t believe the no drug use theory. Somebody please help figure this out!! I would never endanger my child in this way. Isn’t there anything else that could create a false positive result?

    • ANSWER:
      I actually heard about this on the news. I dont know if it was you.What about the baby’s father? Do you think he could have had anything to do with it?I suggest you have an independent lab do a comprehensive blood,urine,and hair sample drug tests on you to prove you did not do drugs. Think about everything your child could come in contact with. You may not have given the child cocaine but someone else may have. See if they can do any other tests on the child in case the first test was contaminated or inaccurate.

  33. QUESTION:
    I was admitted in Children’s Hospital for 9 days, – i think i may have caught something while being treated…?
    Well i was admitted in Children’s hospital for 9 days for
    kidney problems ( Possible infection/stone ) I was given
    a I.V. Antibiotic every 12 hours, As well as other I.V. medications
    for other problems and pain. I was released two days ago,
    at my 7th day at the hospital i began to start a fever – 99.8
    8th day 99.6 – 9th day 99.8. they still however, released me.
    Well now i’m still having a fever (goes up to 101.8) headache, swollen
    glands in my neck mostly on the right side **I have had the gland on the right side
    surgically drained due to cat scratch fever disease a few years back.** My sinuses are fine-not stuffed up. My throat hurts – hurts like hell when i swallow.
    i noticed tonight there are these little lines up and down in the back of my throat. ( i do not have my tonsils. ) Also i have a bad cough (loud barking sound, last for a few minutes, i gasp for air during the coughing fits.) i cough up Brown/Rusty colored stuff (in big amounts) i have no wheezing. Vomiting (ive threw up 4 times today.) My parents are now starting to get my symptoms.
    What is this? I was on antibiotics while in the hospital but is there
    still a chance i caught something from being around other sick children?
    P.S. THE DOCTORS SAID MY KIDNEYS ARE FINE NOW AND
    THERE WAS NO INFECTION WHEN I LEFT – AND THEY SAID
    THEY DIDNT SEEM TO CATCH ANY STONES BUT THEY STILL
    PUT ON MY RECORD POSSIBLE STONE THAN A INFECTION

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like u have the kissing disease, aka Mono.

  34. 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.

  35. QUESTION:
    How To Keep From Feeling Despair Over Possible Terminal Illness?
    Pardon how long this is, perhaps I need to just VENT. But, there is a question in here somewhere…. (see end for questions…..)
    In early June, I developed a very rare disease known as HS Purpura. Before this, I had been a healthy, active, 32 year old male with no known health problems. I worked full time as a nurse, I own my own home, I was independent in every way and loving life.
    The Purpura is a rare disease, it typically only affects children, and generally is cured without treatment in a matter of a week or two. As with one out of 100 cases of HSP, mine is severe – even rarer, the disease spread to my kidneys, and I’m now in kidney failure. I receive dialysis three days a week, I’m taking immunosuppressant drugs, as well as multiple other meds due to the HSP and kidney failure, as well as anti-anxiety meds because I’ve been having severe panic attacks, brought on as a side affect one of the meds.
    Over the course of my illness, I’ve become despondent. I have no hope for the future. I see no happiness ahead for me. Every waking minute has become an agonizing sorrowful burden. Due to weakness, pain, and edema, I spend most of my time in bed. As someone who formerly went to the gym to work out every day of the week, I now am exhausted just by walking 20 feet. I have no appetite at all, the thought of eating anything makes me nauseated. Because of the kidney failure and dialysis, I am encouraged to keep my fluid intake below 1500cc per day – I find it difficult to drink more than 1000cc. Despite hardly eating, I’ve gained 50 lbs of water weight in the last 50 days. I have nightmares every night, and I rarely get more than 3 or 4 hours of sleep per night.
    The doctors have little hope of saving my kidneys, and still aren’t sure if the medicines are going to cure my Purpura permanently. Even if everything works out for the best, it’ll probably take a year for me to get back to my old self again.
    And, in the meantime, I feel like my whole life is crumbling around me, and because of the disease, I’m helpless/have no control over anything. I am NOT suicidal, but I just wish I could either get back to life the way it was before, or just die NOW. I don’t want to go on for the next 6 months or a year, suffering as I am, only to die in the end anyway. And my doctors, it seems, are clueless. I have some of the best doctors on the East Coast of the USA, yet they tell me, “There is little literature on your disease, and any and all treatments that we do are experimental.” They tell me to pray. You know that when a scientific mind is telling you to pray, the outcome generally isn’t percieved as being a good one.
    Because of my illness, I can’t work. I’ve taken an FMLA from my job as a nurse, but that only lasts until September…and then, what? I have no income coming in. I’ve had to move back in with my “baby boomer” parents, and it’s evident that my poor health is taking a toll on them already. I do have some savings, but with hospital bills, and household bills, and medical bills, and car insurance, and student loans, and mortgage payments, etc, etc, I’m afraid I’m going to lose everything that I’m so proud to have achieved over the last year before I got sick. I bought my first house at the beginning of this year, and I barely lived in it for 2 months before I got sick. After spending a month in the hospital, I’m now, as I said before, living with my parents and dependent on them for everything.
    How do other people with (possible) terminal illnesses keep from being despondent about their illnesses? How can I stop feeling so helpless? How can I create optimism in my life? How do I deal with the NOT knowing if I’m going to live or die? How do I find hope and faith again?

    • ANSWER:
      I am so sorry to hear about all you are going through…You are probably tired of getting advice but maybe you should seek 2nd, 3rd, 4th opinions from other doctors. Ask how many cases of purpura in adults they have treated. Also consult a holistic health doctor, they can give you advice on how things like your diet can contribute or hinder the healing process. Anti inflammatory foods come to mind, since what you have is an inflammation of the blood vessels. These include: Kelp, Salmon, Cinammon, Turmeric, sweet potatos, shiitake mushrooms, blueberries, green tea, papaya, olive oil and broccoli.

      Aside from medical advice (which you didn’t ask for, sorry)….You asked,
      How do other people with (possible) terminal illnesses keep from being despondent about their illnesses?
      You are dealing with an unexpected change in your identity and maybe you feel like you can’t trust the world anymore, everything you knew changed so dramatically in a short period of time. They is very traumatic. It’s normal to feel depressed/despondent. To overcome it you have to accept your situation. You have to accept that you live with your parents, that you can’t do the things you used to, in short, that you are now in poor health. If you accept it, you can begin to find optimism by looking at what you HAVE (loving parents, a place to live). Find hope in small successes (if you have a day where you eat and drink enough, which you said is hard for you, be proud of yourself and treat it as a successful event).
      You asked: How can I stop feeling so helpless?
      Take control of what you CAN. Keep your Dr. appts. Follow their instructions, etc. Just do whatever you can for yourself, even if that just means eating right or resting when you need to. With how sick you are right now, doing these things (I think) is just as admirable as buying your own house. Why? Because in either situation you are taking responsibility for yourself.

      We are all going to die. I might die in a car accident on my way home tonight. It doesn’t mean that what I do between then and now isn’t worth doing. Believe that you will get well and do what you can to get yourself there. Enjoy what you have now and accept your situation. It might be hard to believe it right now but it can be worse and it is worse for some people. The time you have, whether it’s a few years or decades, is YOURS. It is your time.

      Your life is beautiful. I know it’s not what you expected. I hope you will get better! I wish all the best for you.

  36. QUESTION:
    Personal Experiences with an IUD and Depo-Provera?
    I’ve been on Depo-Provera for over a year (I’ve received 6 shots) and it makes me extremely moody and I’ve gained alot of weight. I’ve talked to my gynecologist about the problems and she recommended an IUD. Here’s the problem. I’m 19 and have already had kidney disease, a bilateral nephrectomy, and a kidney transplant. I don’t really want children and it’s unsafe for me to be pregnant because of all the other medication I’m on. However, getting my tubes tied, so to speak, isn’t really an option either and I realize that IUDs can cause infections. I also can’t be on any other type of birth control because of estrogen or potassium and the way it would interact with my medication. I’m in a committed relationship which is another reason why my physician recommended it. I was just wondering if you could offer insight or personal experiences with Depo-Provera or the IUD to help me make an informed decision because I’m finding it to be very difficult. Thanks for your help.
    Oh, and I forgot to mention that I’m allergic to latex so I can’t use condoms. I know that there are other types of condoms but they don’t adequately protect against STDs. Not to worry though, my guy was tested before we did anything and he’s the only one I’ve been with.

    • ANSWER:
      Being that you don’t want to have children at all Depo Provera is the best birth control you can consider. Although it has minor side effects, the risk of pregnancy is almost like zero. I wouldnt really recommend the IUD for sanitary reasons and you dont want to risk getting a infection. Some girls have complained that the IUD moves sometimes during intercourse. That could cause a pregnancy. Your best bet is to stick with the Depo Provera. Good Luck.

  37. QUESTION:
    Which organelle or structure has been affected? Biology Help…?
    For the following medical conditions, describe the likely cellular organelle or structure that has been affected in such a way as to cause the condition (note: there may be more than one organelle or structure involved)

    a. the sperm of a man cannot swim, thus rendering him infertile.

    b. a child experiences kidney failure due to Fabry’s disease where the cells lining the inside of the kidney tubule accumulate abnormally large amounts of glycolipids that are usually degraded by enzymes.

    c. a person dies within minutes after ingesting cyanide because ATP is no longer being synthesized.

    Please describe each thoroughly!

    • ANSWER:
      a. flagellum (An example of a eukaryotic flagellated cell is the sperm cell, which uses its flagellum to propel itself toward and through the female reproductive tract.)

      b. lysosome (Fabry’s disease is a rare lysosomal storage disorder that results from a failure of a defective Alpha-galactosidase to catabolize alpha-D-galactosyl glycolipid moieties.)

      c. mitochondrion (The majority of ATP production by a non-photosynthetic aerobic eukaryote takes place in the mitochondria, which can make up nearly 25% of the total volume of a typical cell.)

  38. QUESTION:
    I have to have an abortion..How do I deal with this?
    My unborn baby has been diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney disease and I have been told by 2 seperate doctors that this baby will no live and the best bet would be for me to abort it. I have dealt with this before..Feb.2005 with another baby. My son had the same disease and died in my arms after 1 hr 50 minutes. That was the worst and best moments of my life, but do not feel that I could handle that again. I am already feeling anxiety about this procedure which is scheduled for Thurs 16th. What should I do to cope with my grief and emotional instability? I feel that this is the only way for me, so, please do not judge me..Please. I am a very active Pro-life person…..But i do not want to give birth to my baby and watch it suffer, as my other child did.
    I already have two beautiful little boys. A 4 year old and a 10 month old.
    You know…to G I ….. your response greatly disturbs me. What is it any of your buisness as to how close I have my children. The doctors told me before I got pregnant, that this is a very random disease, and it would not happen again.. Well, you know..their not perfect. My husband and I had agreed to have another child, therefore, we got pregnant. I am asking for opinions on how to deal with my situation, not be “dogged” on about how my children are too close..

    • ANSWER:
      I too had a baby die at birth and I don’t think that I could emotionally go through that again. I am so sorry that this is happening to you. I, like you, am a pro-life supporter but there is a drastic difference from aborting because of medical reasons and doing it because you did not want to have a baby. Keep your head high, you have nothing to be ashamed of. As far as dealing with the emotions, just try to remember you did it so your child would not suffer. I applaud your courage. Good luck

  39. QUESTION:
    What can cause kidney damage or failure in a 22 year old?
    After seeing a regular doctor and kidney specialist we have found that my kidneys are not functioning properly. There is protein and blood in urine and a low creatinine clearance level in urine. I don’t know the results of the blood yet. Symptoms are mainly frequent urination, frequent hunger and thirst, headaches, weight loss, fatigue and slight to moderate kidney / lower back pain. We have already ruled out diabetes.

    I am an otherwise healthy 22 year old woman with two children. Never had any major abnormal test results in my life. The major diseases that pop up (besides diabetes) are polycystic kidney disease and lupus.

    The kidney specialist is ordering an ultrasound and biopsy of my kidneys within the next 2 months. I had a CT scan done but she kind of avoided my question when I asked if she found anything. All she said was there were no stones found. I go back and see her next week.

    What the heck can possibly be wrong?
    I am very petite but have never had any eating disorders. I take Tylenol once a month, if that. I am not an alcoholic lol.

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    When does a human life have value?
    I’ve been directed to this:

    Size: Yes, embryos are smaller than newborns and adults, but why is that relevant? Do we really want to say that large people are more valuable than small ones? Men are generally larger than women, but that doesn’t mean that they deserve more rights. Size doesn’t equal value.

    Level of development: True, embryos and fetuses are less developed than you and I. But again, why is this relevant? Four year-old girls are less developed than 14 year-old ones. Should older children have more rights than their younger siblings? Some people say that self-awareness makes one valuable. But if that is true, newborns do not qualify as valuable human beings. Six-week old infants lack the immediate capacity for performing human mental functions, as do the reversibly comatose, the sleeping, and those with Alzheimer’s Disease.

    Environment: Where you are has no bearing on who you are. Does your value change when you cross the street or roll over in bed? If not, how can a journey of eight inches down the birth-canal suddenly change the essential nature of the unborn from non-valuable tissue mass to valuable human being? If the unborn are not already human and valuable, merely changing their location can’t make them so.

    Degree of Dependency: If viability bestows human value, then all those who depend on insulin or kidney medication are not valuable and we may kill them. Conjoined twins who share blood type and bodily systems also have no right to life.

    Your response..?

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    am i wrong for feeling the way i do?
    I have fsgs, secondary idiopathic kidney disease, and i feel guilty for feeling depressed and stressed and worried about it because its slowly destroying my kidneys and my husband and i cant have children because of this and i have become very anti-social, and all i can think of are the cancer/aids/emphysema patients who are in pain/suffering and have to undergo kemo and what not, and i dont have to worry about that yet. i just have to take a bunch of pills at the moment. is it wrong of me to feel this way or is it natural??

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    Sharp spleen pain, kidney pain & stomach aches?
    I’ve been on the high protein diet for just under a month & a week ago my kidneys started hurting. Then tonight a very sharp stabbing pain showed up about where my spleen is. Also last week I had the feeling of my stomach being tied in a knot & 3 days of unbearable diarreah, though I get those spells typically at least once a year. I have a spleenalrenal shunt as well as polycystic kidney disease. The stomach aches have been happening since I was a child but I’ve had countless endoscopy and colonoscopyssaying verything is normal. Any idea what is causing this, are they related, and does my diet effect this at all? Also I have never had mono & am not otherwise sick so I know it’s not mono. Thanks so much for your help everyone

    • ANSWER:
      i think your high protein diet may also be high fat and your pancreas or gallbladder is not coping well:have you had it checked for any stones?
      also:talk to your Dr,as high protein diet is not good for kidney disease/disorders.
      i had my gallbladder removed several years ago:i cant eat high protein/or high fat food and forget high fiber also.When i give in to temptation, i get horrible diarrhea and pains on the left and right abdomen and my upper back(like rib pain)
      to check liver function is a blood test, to check pancreas function also a blood test.

  43. QUESTION:
    Depressed elderly parent in retirement home – how to cope?
    I hope someone can give me some kind of help on this one because my sister and I have been wrestling with this issue for years and we cannot make sense of it. I’m at the end of my rope trying to understand – if I can understand, I can cope with the whole thing so much better.

    Here’s the problem: My mother is 79 yr old widow with severe health problems – massive heart disease, kidney disease, bladder cancer, diabetes just for starters. My sister and I and our children and husbands cared for her as long as we could in her own home but she was so weak that it took a team of five or six of us to rotate round the clock – she fell repeatedly and called 911, she was too weak to crawl from bathroom to bedroom, she was too weak to pull herself up from her chair to the pottychair which was right beside her-one of us would run from work to go pick her up from the floor or to the potty or from the potty back to bed. We did this for almost a year and a half — more —-
    until it became evident that it was creating alot of resentment between family members….

    At this point we started looking at retirement homes. She didn’t want to go but we knew we had to come up with some other arrangement.

    We visited different homes, and finally found a nice one not too far from the dupex she rented from my sister. She naturally did not want to go to the home but knew there was no alternative and accepted it.

    Since she has been there, her diabetes is under control because her food is prepared by a dietician and the staff is caring and very efficient. One daughter takes her to church and lunch out every Sunday and the other daughter takes her out every Wed to go shopping and any errands. She has her hair cut at the home, her nails done once a week, an array of activities like bingo, quiltmaking, art, three or four activities a day to choose from, and once or twice a week she is taken on a day trip with some of the other seniors….more…..
    for trips to the library to museum trips or to the local schools to read to the children and even things like pier fishing and berry picking in good weather….

    Of course she hates it. She complains about everything and everybody. No one does anything right to suit her. She refuses to go to new doctors so we take her back and forth to her original doctors which can run up to a half a tank of gas once a week.

    I show up at the home with stringy hair that I haven’t had colored in weaks, no more acrylic nails because I don’t have the time or money to get them done anymore, I haven’t even been to the dentist because I’m too busy running Mom around to the doctors. Since she’s been in the home, she’s had three different surgeries – every day she gives me a list of things she needs to have – as soon as I buy them, alot of times she doesn’t EVEN use them….but has another long list of TO DO things….

    I can’t get my life back. I feel guilty to say no. ….more……
    Most other family members have RUN not walked away from her since she went into the home…..so it is up to my sister and I to take care of her needs and as crazy as this sounds we are two grown women being run around like little girls to keep this woman happy….and no matter what is done, she finds fault with it and wants more….

    HELP! I’m so torn by sorrow for her that she’s ended up in a nursing home – that I can hardly cope myself anymore….

    Can anyone help me to understand what is going on? I’m like a train wreck waiting to happen….

    Thank you to anyone who can stand to read all this and has a clue what kind of situation is going on here….I’m 55 years old, raised two children, have a wonderful career, and cannot seem to get control of this situation…..

    • ANSWER:
      you have a spoiled brat on your hands — my niece is the director of nurses at the the local nurses home and we have long discussion on how certain patent’s play their children == first have her doctor recommend a doctor closer to the home so he can response to emergency at the home — next you and your sister have to start treating her like the spoil brat she has become and put her in her place!!! it is just a game to her but the game is killing you!!!!

  44. QUESTION:
    Please help! medical question… Please please please help?
    Which of the following groups have the highest rate of noncompliance in immunizations?
    a. babies
    b. preschool children
    c. school-age children
    d. teenagers
    e. adults

    The common side effect(s) of immunizations is (are)
    a. rashes
    b. soreness at the site of the injection
    c. fever
    d. all of the above
    e. all except a

    The agency that determines immunization schedules and the immunization needs for a specific locale is the
    a. health department
    b. FDA
    c. BNDD
    d. CDC

    Which of the following is true of active immunity?
    a. It is produced from having the disease or immunization.
    b. It never requires a booster dose of immunization.
    c. It is long lasting.
    d. all of the above
    e. all except b

    Which of the following is true of active immunity?
    a. It is produced from having the disease or immunization.
    b. It never requires a booster dose of immunization.
    c. It is long lasting.
    d. all of the above
    e. all except b

    If a person is leaving the United States to travel in foreign countries, who can he or she call for a list of needed immunizations?
    a. local health department
    b. local emergency room
    c. CDC
    d. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    Antibacterial medications include
    a. penicillins and cephalosporins
    b. macrolides and aminoglycosides
    c. sulfonamides
    d. tetracyclines
    e. all but c

    Antiseptics, disinfectants, and germicides
    a. may require a prescription
    b. may be bought over the counter
    c. are used to sanitize animate and inanimate objects
    d. all of the above
    e. all except a

    Which of the following are particularly susceptible to antibiotics and antimicrobials?
    a. infants and small children
    b. the elderly
    c. persons with liver and kidney diseases
    d. pregnant and lactating women
    e. all except d

    Which of the following is NOT true about tetracyclines?
    a. They should be given with milk products.
    b. They may be recognized by the suffix “cycline.”
    c. They cannot be given to children or pregnant women owing to the danger of staining teeth.
    d. They cause photosensitivity.
    e. They are dangerous for use after expiration date.

    Which of the following is NOT true of sulfonamides?
    a. Sulfonamides are true antibiotics.
    b. Sulfonamides are used to treat areas where fluids can flush infection.
    c. Sulfonamides are categorized by duration of action.
    d. Sulfonamides are often used for urinary tract infections.
    e. Sulfonamides have common adverse reactions of kidney damage, acidosis, and gastrointestinal symptoms.

    Which of the following is NOT true of urinary tract anti-infectants?
    a. They are used to treat urinary tract infections.
    b. They do not achieve effective concentrations in blood and tissues to be antibacterial.
    c. They do not discolor urine.
    d. They have frequent adverse reactions in the gastrointestinal tract.
    e. They may be given with milk or milk products

    • ANSWER:
      1. e
      2.b
      3.a
      4.e
      5.e
      6.a
      7.e
      8.d
      9.d
      10.a
      11.a
      12.c

  45. 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.

  46. QUESTION:
    I dont want to hurt the kids so close to Christmas, but If i dont change I dont know what good we will all be?
    I have been begging and begging to get marriage councling. He refuses to go, and tells me that I am the one with issues. Do I have issues? YES! I have a ton, but a lot would be elevated if he helped me out with the kids. I do love him.We’ve been through a bunch, I ve been with him for 12 yr and married 8 yrs yesterday. He became ticked at me yesterday because I broke my foot, and couldn’t go “out”. His “out” was so romantical..it was to his mom’s so he could drink I dont drink. wow how fun. I do not work, because i stay at home with our children. one has cerebral palsy and the other has kidney disease. We ended up needing a loan, to cover expenses because our furnace went out completely.I will be recieveing financial aide for my next semester of school the 18th of January, so he expects me to pay it back in full. Which i will. It is my house, my kids needed the heat. ( my 80 yr old grandma put a ,000 down payment on it) We needed to spend our christmas money buying a new one. He deposited his paycheck into our account, but has yet to deposit this “loan” monies into our account.He is constantly misunderstanding how bills work. i have to pay them every week and he thinks im out blowing it or something. So when i told him to deposit this loan money, he told me NO. that i am to use what is on our card first and he will deposit more money, as he sees fit. That he needs to keep track of the money. WTF! i show him every EF FIN month our bills, how much we owe, and how much we pay. My parents have bought the kids their presents because we didn’t have money. I can not do this anymore. I try to explain it to him and he tells me that he is tired of hearing it, and that im not the victim. EGHH. he has no compassion at all, My foot is in a full leg splint, and im laying on the couch as he yells for me to come to the bed room. When i get there, he asks me for a freaking glass of water!!!! What do i do what would you do. How do i not sound like the victim?
    Sorry that is what happens when i multi task. My question is. Am i wrong for being pis*ed that he wont deposit this “loan” we aquired? I feel that he is trying to say I am distrustful? I think I should leave because will councling really help? or is it too far gone?

    • ANSWER:
      Tell him he needs to either pay the bills with the loan money as intended, and hand him the stack of bills, or use the loan money to repay the loan. One or the other.

      Go on strike. You are not his slave to get him water even if you didn’t have a broken foot. Cook for yourself and the kids. Do laundry for yourself and the kids. Don’t pay any bills. He has the money and the means to pay them.

      Who does he think he is to pocket the loan money and expect YOU to pay it back? You need to draw a line in the sand and let him know what is likely to happen if he crosses it. Who does he think he is to “Yell for you”? You don’t need to put up with that.

      Remind him he is a father and a husband, not a king of some small country. Your children are already being hurt by seeing how you are treated. You don’t want them to grow up thinking that’s how a loving husband treats his wife.

      Counseling MAY help but you each have to be willing to look at your own behavior. Not him looking at his behavior and you looking at his behavior.

  47. QUESTION:
    I ready to walk out of my marriage, I cant take it anymore?
    I have been begging and begging to get marriage concluding. He refuses to go, and tells me that I am the one with issues. Do I have issues? YES! I have a ton, but a lot would be elevated if he helped me out with the kids. I do love him. I ve been with him for 12 yr and married 8 yrs yesterday. He became ticked at me yesterday because I broke my foot, and couldn’t go “out”. His out was so romantically..it was to his mom’s so he could drink. wow how fun. I do not work, because i stay at home with our children. one has cerebral palsy and the other has kidney disease. We ended up needing a loan, to cover expenses because our furnace went out completely. We needed to spend our christmas money buying a new one. He deposited his paycheck into our account, but has yet to deposit this “loan” monies into our account.He is constantly misunderstanding how bills work. i have to pay them every week and he thinks im out blowing it or something. So when i told him to deposit this loan money, he told me NO. that i am to use what is on our card first and he will deposit more money, as he sees fit. That he needs to keep track of the money. WTF! i show him every EF FIN month our bills, how much we owe, and how much we pay. My parents have bought the kids their presents because we didn’t have money. I can not do this anymore. I try to explain it to him and he tells me that he is tired of hearing it, and that im not the victim. EGHH. he has no compassion at all, My foot is in a full leg splint, and im laying on the couch as he yells for me to come to the bed room. When i get there, he asks me for a freaking glass of water!!!! What do i do what would you do. How do i not sound like the victim?
    I dont know if i was clear. I spent Christmas money and bill money to buy a new furnace for our home. It was 16.54. The loan was so i could pay this months bills and buy christmas

    • ANSWER:
      What you’ve described is a drunken, selfish pig whose mom feeds him delusion juice and probably tells him you’re blowing the money in online poker tournaments.

      Seriously, in most states, failing to have sufficient heat for children is considered criminal child neglect. I’m not sh&tting you! I don’t know where you live, but if the furnace is out and its cold, then its a real issue.

      I know I deal with it all the time, and I keep getting mediation summaries from Juvenile now telling me that the state’s putting kids in foster homes because the parents won’t get the furnace fixed or get current with their gas bills to turn the heat back on.

      Please for God’s sake dump his stupid butt, go on AFDC, get food stamps; get a HUD section 8 certificate for special needs kids — but please do not let him walk on you like his personal doormat.

  48. QUESTION:
    I’m self employed, seasonal, and my job requires me to travel a lot and I have just returned to school.?
    My father has passed and my mother, 82 years young in May, lives with me. She has Alzheimer’s and as expected it’s progressing. Lately there are problems leaving her home alone. I have a nephew whom assist some/very little even though I offer to what I can but he is unreliable. Private care runs any where from – per hour and I can’t afford that. But the alternative looks as though I will have to dropout of school. Of course, the alternative would be to put her in a home, which I deplore. Some many children grow up and become self absorbed and ungrateful, I just don’t want to be that! My parents took care of there parents when that time came. Generally, in the past, black people always did take care of their own, if not for personal reasons, for financial ones, so I know this is common place, it just the mental hardship and sacrifice that comes with this. How do I cope? And where do I get help? Brother and sister older but worthless, both mentally and financially. They make no contribution to me or the world. Brother on drugs, sister crazy. Other family members unreliable. Most of the support I have are in denial of the disease and ignorant of the many other medical conditions she has, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, arthritis, ulcers, chronic back pain because of deteriorating disk, and refuse to pay attention when I try to explain, so when they do give me a so called break, when problems arise they have to call me long distance for help. That is because I don’t live near and family except my nephew. After getting the calls, then I am worried, so in affect I get no break or rest! what do I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Get on the phone.
      There are agencies that help provide payment for elderly home care.
      Call your local department of social services.
      Call local nursing homes and ask to speak to a social worker.
      There is help out there.
      You need and deserve breaks.
      GOOD LUCK and God Bless.

  49. QUESTION:
    Can Diabetics get the Swine Flu vaccine?
    I am 13 years old. I have had Diabetes for about 2 and a half years. I am unsure about the vaccine. What with my group being in high risk of that flu and all cause of our immune system.
    A lot of people are saying we diabetics SHOULD get it but today in school we got a permission slip and it said the following:
    2009 H1N1 LAIV should not be given to the following groups:
    -Children younger than 2 and adults 50 years and older
    -Pregnant women
    -anyone with a weakened immune system
    -anyone with a long term health problem: heart disease,lung disease, kidney or liver disease, asthma, DIABETES, etc.

    • ANSWER:
      You cannot get the nasal spray, the live attenuated intranasal vaccine (LAIV).

      You can get the shot

  50. QUESTION:
    What can I do to heal my kidney?
    I have had hydronephrosis since I was a child and it has been worsening over years I am 18 now. The kidney has very low functionality. I do not want to get any kind of surgery, I believe in alternative medicine. I have heard people recovering from horrible disease the non-invasive way.

    What can I do to try to naturaly heal my kindey?
    Any special diet? Vitamins? Anything else?

    • ANSWER:


Disease Of The Kidneys And The Lungs

Nephropathy due to diabetes is a kidney disease induced as a result of capillary dysfunction in kidney glomeruli. This diabetic condition discovered by Wilson and Kimmelsteil is also known by name Kimmelsteil-Wilson syndrome. If not diagnosed in earlier stages, disease may later induce the need for dialysis and kidney transplantation. Diabetic nephropathy is more frequently seen among diabetic men than in women. In some diabetic patients, disease may even result in chronic kidney failure and end-stage kidney disease. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetic patients are equally affected by this kidney trouble.

Do you know how detection is done for nephropathy? Detection of kidney diseases due to diabetes is done mainly by conducting urine test. Urine of patient with kidney disease will contain traces of albumin. Albumin is a plasma protein formed due to thickening of glomerulus. Medication is made depending on the intensity of albumin level in urine. Albumin concentration with less than 30 mg per day in urine is referred as microalbuminuria and those with albumin concentration greater than 300 mg per day in urine is referred as clinical albuminuria or macroalbuminuria. Growth of nephropathy increases albumin concentration in urine. Intensity of nephropathy can be checked by conducting kidney biopsy in patients.

Now let’s see various causes for the occurrence of nephropathy. Increase in blood sugar level is considered as the primary cause of nephropathy. Hyper tension, a factor of nephropathy effects normal renal function and creates an increase in plasma volume. Nephropathy acts as a silent killer in earlier stages and shows its symptoms only at later stages. Edema or swelling of body parts is one of the symptoms shown by nephropathy. Nephropathy may some times block normal blood circulation in patients causing arteriosclerosis. Vomiting, headache, itching, frequent hiccups and poor appetite or anorexia are some other symptoms shown by a patient with nephropathy.

Preventive measures for controlling nephropathy can be started by controlling blood sugar level. Do continuous blood sugar monitoring and plan diet according to glucose level in blood. Prepare a diabetic diet by seeking the help of your diabetic specialist. Make your meals special by including food items rich in protein. Soy beans, legumes, whole grains and legumes are some of food samples rich with protein concentration. Try to maintain cholesterol level and hypertension under control by proper medication.

Today, several antihypertensive drugs for reducing growth of nephropathy are easily available in market. Taking ACE inhibitors reduces the risk of diabetic nephropathy. Use of ACE inhibitors helps in reducing albumin concentration in urine. Studies say that ACE inhibitors contribute mainly to type 1 diabetic by retarding the growth of nephropathy. In case of type 2 diabetic patients, both ACE inhibitors and ARB are used for treatment. Patients should limit intake of food items with rich iodine concentration. Do not take non steroid anti-inflammatory drugs while taking treatment for nephropathy. Taking drugs like naproxen creates negative impact on patients. If not treated in earlier stage of disease, nephropathy even results in premature death of patient.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Has anyone adopted a special needs pet?
    I would love to hear anyone’s stories about their pet. They are the most special, appreciative, grateful pets to ever get. I had a special needs dog for 23 months. He was about 7 years old and had heartworm, a tumor, and lyme disease. As the months went by, we cured the heartworm, but never knew what damaging effects it would have. He developed heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, and pulmonary hypertension. He was saved by his doctors and lived 50 more days after he collapsed and was in heart failure. It is the saddest thing to witness your loved one dealing with such obstacles, but my dog was the best thing that ever happened to me. Without a doubt, I would adopt another special needs pet. I am not saying they are the most deserving of a home, but they are looked down upon because no one wants to deal with the medical stress and emotional stress. I am willing to deal with all of that again to save an animals life. My dog would’ve died in the shelter if we didn’t adopt him. The shelter was extremely grateful for us adopting him and after all the thousands of pets that go through their shelter, they remembered my dog and knew how special he was. When he was in the hospital of heart failure, all of the staff at the shelter came up to us and told us how special he was and how he touched their hearts.

    Does anyone else have an “special” stories about their pet? I would love to hear any stories.

    • ANSWER:
      I have had 9 cats in my life. This is a sad story but one close to my heart. One of my many foster cats, Chanel, hadn’t been looking so good. After weeks, we were sure she was sick with something, but we didn’t know what it was. So we took her to the veterinarian down the street and he checked her. It turns out she had been abused, shot. When I heard the news I cried for a long time. We ended up having to put the cat to sleep. I miss my little Chanel!

  2. QUESTION:
    Can Diabetics get the Swine Flu vaccine?
    I am 13 years old. I have had Diabetes for about 2 and a half years. I am unsure about the vaccine. What with my group being in high risk of that flu and all cause of our immune system.
    A lot of people are saying we diabetics SHOULD get it but today in school we got a permission slip and it said the following:
    2009 H1N1 LAIV should not be given to the following groups:
    -Children younger than 2 and adults 50 years and older
    -Pregnant women
    -anyone with a weakened immune system
    -anyone with a long term health problem: heart disease,lung disease, kidney or liver disease, asthma, DIABETES, etc.

    • ANSWER:
      You cannot get the nasal spray, the live attenuated intranasal vaccine (LAIV).

      You can get the shot

  3. QUESTION:
    OMG OMG shocking news. Is this true??
    Heavy metal poisoning has become an increasingly major health problem, especially since the industrial revolution. Heavy metals are in the water we drink, the foods we eat, the air we breathe, our daily household cleaners, our cookware and our other daily tools. A heavy metal has a density at least 5 times that of water and cannot be metabolized by the body, therefore accumulating in the body. Heavy metal toxicity can cause our mental functions, energy, nervous system, kidneys, lungs and other organ functions to decline. Learning where these metals can be found and decreasing one’s exposure is vital to staying healthy. For the person who wonders if they have heavy metal poisoning, testing is essential. If a person has heavy metal toxicity then interventional natural medicine procedures need to be performed.

    I remember someone, once said tap waters are healthy, GTFO you lying fool

    Sources: Tap water, fungicides, marijuana, processed meat, rubber, seafood (cod, haddock, oyster, tuna), sewage, tobacco, colas (especially from vending machines), tools, welding material, evaporated milk, airborne industrial contaminants, batteries, instant coffee, incineration of tires/rubber/plastic, refined grains, soft water, galvanized pipes, dental alloys, candy, ceramics, electroplating fertilizers, paints, motor oil and motor exhaust.

    Symptoms and DIseases: Alopecia, anemia, arthritis, cancer, lung disease, cerebral hemorrhage, cirrhosis of the liver, enlarged heart, diabetes, emphysema, hypoglycemia, hypertension, impotence, infertility, kidney disease, learning disorders, migraines, inflammation, renal disease, osteoporosis, schizophrenia, strokes, vascular disease, high cholesterol, growth is impaired, cardiovascular disease,

    Also, does nickle engenders kidney failure?

    There’s the link, http://www.heart-disease-bypass-surgery.com/data/articles/141.htm

    • ANSWER:
      It is true that our environment is polluted there are people who will be affected just as many animals have been affected by the same pollutants. So we see many fish today which are born with malformed genitalia, deformed fins, extra fins, etc., because they are poisoned by the hormones from the female contraceptive pills which are discharged with the sewage into rivers and sea.

      But it is equally true, if the evolutionist are right, that some who are the “fitter” will adapt to the heavy metals, radio-nuclides, hormones, dioxin, poisons, etc., in our environment and go on to produce stronger and fitter stock. e.g. humans with extra fingers, bigger (or smaller) brain, bisexuals who can cope better in our liberal society, etc.

      So there is really no need to worry. In the long run, evolution will sort it out as it has always been doing. Volcanoes, for example, spewed out poisons and killed off many life forms, but some survive and after millions of years these repopulated the earth. Meteors and comets smashing into our earth brought their heavy metals and other life forms (viruses and bacteria) and probably killed off many earth life, but at the same time brought enduring mutations. The process keeps going on and it gets sorted out. Even global hotification.

  4. QUESTION:
    my sister was diaganosed with wagner’s disease of the lung and kidneys would like to kmow what it is,?

    • ANSWER:
      check www.webmd.com

  5. QUESTION:
    Has anyone experienced the difficult decision of placing their parent in a nursing home?
    My Mother is going on 85 years old. She lives with my husband and me. She has dementia and heart, lung and kidney disease. Our doctor feels it’s time to place her in a facility that offers more care than we can give her at home. Currently, she is in the hospital with a back problem, that has taken away most of her mobility. Common sense tells me he is absolutely correct. But, my heart is breaking over this decision…. Has anyone experienced this situation? If so how did you get through it? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You must ask yourself this question, ” Can I take good care of mom.” If the answer is no, find a place for her to get that care. Don’t let your guilt get in the way.
      If you are worried about her care at a facility. Visit at odd hours. Middle of the night, first thing in the morning, (6 AM ).
      Call the state division of aging and ask about facility that you are considering.

  6. QUESTION:
    Having trouble handling husbands sickness?
    I have been married to my hubby for 16 years. The past 2 years he has become very sick. He has a lung disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, 7 blown disc’s in his back and a glandular lumbar tear in his back also. He takes about 30 different types of meds a day. He goes to work everyday and gives it his all. He’s a wonderful husband and father to our 3 children. The outlook doesnt look very promising for him. In my opinion, I’ll be surprised if he lives another year. This past week the doctor found another mass in his “good” lung. We dont know what it is yet. My delema is this..its getting harder and harder to keep a “happy face” around him knowing whats to come. I have nobaody to talk to about this. I try to keep a positive attitude especially around our kids. My in-laws are so very worried about him so I dont like to talk about it much around them. Is there some place or something I can do to release all this hurt and sadness? I dont go to church.

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe a counselor would help. Many work on a sliding fee according to your income. It would give you someone to talk to and maybe an outlet for your stress.
      You may also look into online support groups.

  7. QUESTION:
    What is the name of that disease that..?
    debilitating disease which affects the lungs, kidneys, blood, intestines and immune system.

    • ANSWER:
      Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

  8. QUESTION:
    What kind of country allows this? speaking to Americans?
    Since 1973, there have been over 47,000,000 abortions in the United States.
    That’s 1,300,000 babies every year
    That’s 108,333 babies every month
    That’s 27,083 babies every week
    That’s 3,735 babies every day
    That’s 155 babies every hour
    That’s 2.6 babies every minute
    That’s 1 baby every 25 seconds
    (Source: Alan Guttmacher Institute)

    The total number of US abortions is equal to…
    …7 times the number of Jews murdered in WWII concentration camps.
    …15,151 times the number of people who died in the 9/11 attacks.
    …17,478 times the number of deaths at the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

    Abortion is the #1 cause of death annually in the United States…
    …more than heart disease and cancer deaths combined.
    …more than stroke, lung disease, accidents, pneumonia, suicide, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease and HIV combined.
    …88 times the number of homicides.
    (Source: Centers for Disease Control)

    God forgive us.
    what’s a human life worth D.M.?
    Joe Joe Dancer: yep, facts are so annoying aren’t they? You cannot ignore, twist, or sugarcoat facts.
    curious1: I believe that mass sterilization for whoever wants it would be a good idea. Also, as to what I would do, I wish I could adopt them all. Yes, there is a God, and there are christian organizations that God uses to reach those who are in trouble. I’ve contributed to such organizations, as that is the best I can do for the world’s children. My entire point is, in the USA where we have so much access to birth control, medicaid giving free medical care, and knowledge, we still allow this to happen. In many cases, the mother just doesn’t want to be inconvenienced. Yes, it’s your body and it IS your choice to have sex or not, but if you choose to have sex, then you choose the consequences, and that baby is NOT part of your body, it’s a new body that needs your body for nourishment and safety. Yes, rape is a different case, but if I was raped, I would not, could not take the life of my child (that is half me by the way) and make that child pay for the father’s sins.
    Akkita: I AM an American, and I am aware that other countries do this and it’s just as sad that they do it too. As for being “self righteous”-what is self righteous for pointing out something I strongly disagree with?

    • ANSWER:
      Sanctity for human life (and all life) is a reflection of the character of a society. I have a suggestion for Mr. Dancer and those who share his view on “mistakes”: If you’re not willing to accept the possible result of your self- indulgence, or worse yet, so negligent that you almost insure it, abort the impulse. I think we could all support that “abortion”.

  9. QUESTION:
    risk for anesthetic complications in an elderly patient being put under for about a 20min. surgery?
    My grandmother is 78 and is going in for a blockage in her lung catheter tube, she has one on each side because of excess fluid in her lung wall, she just had a triple bypass in December and has kidney and lung disease also diabetes and a few minor conditions. Please tell me the risks of being put under for this minor surgery

    • ANSWER:
      As with any surgery there are risks. The risks increase with anesthesia. Make sure that ALL meds she is taking (I would also include meds in the past 2 weeks) including over the counter are known. Also make sure that total health history is giving since many older people see more than one doctor. Make sure to let them know about any drug problems in the past no matter how minor. The more info the anesthesiologist has the better for grandma. The anesthesiologist will take her meds, health, and age all into consideration to do what they feel is best for grandma.

  10. 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.

  11. QUESTION:
    please help: hospital seems to be hiding something about the death of my girlfriends dad.?
    My girlfriends dad passed away last saturday and it was very sudden you see he had diabieties and his foot got infected so he went in on friday to have surgery and every thing went fine he was supposed to be picked up on saturday he even called her brother at 12:30PM and her brother said he sounded fine then he died at 1:00PM and never even got a chance to push the call nurse button the really weird thing was it took the hospital 5hrs after they found out to call and let any one know now thier saying that it will take 6months to complete an autopsy on him and in the mean time they keep trying to put on his death certificate that he died from kidney or lung disease wich we keep telling them he never had it just seems like were getting the run around and like thier trying to cover something up so please if anyone has any suggestions please tell us what would be the best thing to do.
    And he did smoke even when the doctor told him to stop smoking but he never listen to anybody.

    • ANSWER:
      the 6 month autopsy sounds a little weird I must say. Diabetes is a very difficult disease to deal with. most people that die from diabetes don’t actually die from the diabetes it self but from other factors that were caused by having diabetes. for ex. people that die from AIDS usually die from pneumonia or some other kind of illness due to their immune system being compromised by having AIDS but they didn’t actually die from the AIDS it self. I hope that makes sense. now for your situation, diabetes can cause a lot of bodily organs to malfunction including the kidneys. kidney failure could have happened but wouldn’t have killed someone in 30 min. if the disease was known for a while then it’s not to far fetched. did he just stop breathing? did he go into cardiac arrest? that’s usually the cause of death. the kidney and diabetes just complicated things. the only real thing that may sound off is the 6 month to do an autopsy. that’s usually done within a few days after the death.

  12. QUESTION:
    My cat seems very thirsty on L-Lysine amino acid, is this normal?
    My one year old healthy spaded cat caught an upper respiratory infection and I had to put her on L-Lysine which is an amino acid to strengthen her immune system. Since she has been up L-Lysine the last 3 days, her intake of water has increased greatly.

    Before being on L-Lysine she would drink a normal dose of water a day. She has been examined by a vet and tested negative for diabetes and other diseases. Kidneys, heart and lungs are fine. Has anyone else has a cat on L-Lysine with increased water intake? I tried googling it and can’t find any results on this. Thanks if you can help or have answers to this?

    • ANSWER:
      Side effects are pretty uncommon and the ones that usually show up are diarrhea or stomach upset. If overdosed, kidney issues can be a problem but I see you ruled those out. I would look elsewhere. To be sure, stop the Lysine and see if it improves. If it does, perhaps you could use half the dose and see if it helps without causing excessive thirst.

  13. QUESTION:
    My life is hard and I’m finding it hard. please help…?
    I can’t deal with this anymore. I’m 15. My little sister is 7 years old, she has lung disease, brital ashma, kidney problems. She has a wheel chair and in my house we have a stair lift. She can walk but she gets out of breath and stops breathing. (She has been resusitated 4 times) She has been ill ever since she was born and basically lives in hospital. She has had soo many operations and tests done but they still can’t sure her. I hate hospitals and she always crys for me to be their when she is canualted (put on a drip) she has had to be put in special care (in a coma) for a few weeks because she couldn’t breath for herself, she’s always soo poorly. My household is always at the hospital so I wake up for school home alone, go to school, come home and no one is home and then I go to bed when I’m home alone. It gets too much to handle. My brother was in a really bad car crash a year ago and the hospital thought he was dead. He was in a hospital about 3 hours away from home for about 7 months. He was really poorly. My dad has a problem where he has prequent strokes. And now I’m in the scare of maybe being pregnant, I think I just want someone to love and take care of (I know it sounds silly but I can’t do that with my family as I don’t get no attention off of them) with my boyfriend, he’s really supportive over the pregnancy thing as we both work. I dunno what to do anymore

    • ANSWER:
      If you are pregnant then you might want to consider if you will be able to care for it once it is born. How old is your boyfriend, and will he be able to help you? These questions are important, and if you think that after answering these questions you want to continue, then tell you should be open to your family. that is if you are pregnant, and you probably won’t know until you are tested or your next period. Hope I helped..

  14. QUESTION:
    I can’t cope anymore?
    I can’t deal with this anymore. I’m 15. My little sister is 7 years old, she has lung disease, brital ashma, kidney problems. She has a wheel chair and in my house we have a stair lift. She can walk but she gets out of breath and stops breathing. (She has been resusitated 4 times) She has been ill ever since she was born and basically lives in hospital. She has had soo many operations and tests done but they still can’t sure her. I hate hospitals and she always crys for me to be their when she is canualted (put on a drip) she has had to be put in special care (in a coma) for a few weeks because she couldn’t breath for herself, she’s always soo poorly. My household is always at the hospital so I wake up for school home alone, go to school, come home and no one is home and then I go to bed when I’m home alone. It gets too much to handle. My brother was in a really bad car crash a year ago and the hospital thought he was dead. He was in a hospital about 3 hours away from home for about 7 months. He was really poorly. My dad has a problem where he has prequent strokes. And now I’m in the scare of maybe being pregnant. I dunno what to do anymore

    • ANSWER:
      God is always with you. When you don’t know what to do ..talk to god. He is the only one that can help with such extreme measures. You’re fifteen and you might be pregnant?! This is something you need to take care of for yourself. It’s extremely important you take care of yourself and your body. Your body is a treasure and should only be shared with one who you love..When you are ready for responsibilitys. Don’t let anyone take advantage of you. As for everything else .. If I were you I would pray. Goodness comes to those who have strength and who wait. All you can do is be strong for your family and Pray.

      God Bless you.
      You’re in my Prayers.

  15. QUESTION:
    Can a physically fit person die from alzheimer’s disease?
    My aunt is 85 yrs old and has been declared physically fit, heart lungs kidneys etc all in good health; yet she is suffering from the onset of Azheimer’s and is suffering from unsteadiness when walking. She becomes disoriented and has word finding problems. She is currently in rehab for treatment of Vertigo.

    • ANSWER:
      Alzheimer is deterioration of the brain the physically fit body has nothing to do with it. The are meds that can be given to slow the progression of this disease.

  16. QUESTION:
    what can i have?!?!(girl)?
    ok months before i had an pneumonia and my left side of my back was so much pain on my upper back my doc gave me some antibiotics i was suppose to take for 10 days and the neubilizer, but i took only one antibiotic and did not use the neubilizer…months passed and i started having this pain again in my back but wheres my kidneys and lungs and it hurts so bad, then i got sick im congested runny nose headaches and a little fever and coughing…weeks later the bad headaches and fevers were gone but im still alittle congested and still with the pain in my back and also coughing…what do i have is it lung disease or its pneumonia again idk plese help..
    im 15 by the way

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    state assistance?
    my mother has just been home a week from a month stay in the hospital for a heart attack. She is also diabetic, kidney failure and lung disease. She is unalbe to have any surgery due to her condition. So, basilcally she is home to wait and see what happens next. In the meantime she cannot walk and needs help with cooking, laundry and taking a shower and help with going potty in her commode. My father forgets to sometimes give her her insulin and meds get mixed up if me and my daughter do not check daily. My father is to old and forgetful to take care of her on a fulltime basis. My question is my daughter is six months pregnet and not working and I work fulltime and my vacation and sick leave is used up due to taking it off when she was in the hospital. I cannot afford to take off any more work but I heard the state can help with wages and I just wondered if I could split the care of my mother with my daughter and get some help? Does anyone know how to go about it for us?

    • ANSWER:
      You didn’t mention what state you live in…but there is a federal program called the Family Medical Leave Act. I believe it includes parents in the criteria.
      I suggest you contact your congressman in your area. You can find that phone number in your government pages of the phone book. Or call information (411) and ask for it.
      Depending on what state you live in, they may have state programs that can help too. For that you will want to contact your state senator’s office which you can find also in the phone book.

      Good luck. I just went through this with my father last year. It was a very tough thing to live through.

  18. QUESTION:
    cadmium exposure? is this significant?
    I am volunteering at a local nature center doing water nitrate testing. Part of the process involves mixing water with a cadium based powder (7% cadnium) Its in a little glass vial, and i take a tiny scooper and drop some in. I can usually smell the cadnium faintly when i open the tube, but close the lid as soon as im finished using it. however, cadnium is known to cause cancer, kidney failure, and lung disease, so im worried about the exposure. I’ll be doing this once a week for the next few months….. is this dangerous?
    only answer if you know what your talking about!

    • ANSWER:
      I will admit i’m not an expert but from what I remember from my environmental chem course cadmium is extremely toxic and a lethal dose for an average person is around 1g. I’m also pretty sure it has a long half life and remains in your body for decades.

      I would seriously look into the effects of cadmium in more detail and take adequate precautions.

  19. QUESTION:
    CADNIUM EXPOSURE: NEED CHEMIST!?
    I am volunteering at a local nature center doing water nitrate testing. Part of the process involves mixing water with a cadium based powder (7% cadnium) Its in a little glass vial, and i take a tiny scooper and drop some in. I can usually smell the cadnium faintly when i open the tube, but close the lid as soon as im finished using it. however, cadnium is known to cause cancer, kidney failure, and lung disease, so im worried about the exposure. I’ll be doing this once a week for the next few months….. is this dangerous?
    only answer if you know what your talking about!

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    Breathing in cadnium, get cancer?
    I am volunteering at a local nature center doing water nitrate testing. Part of the process involves mixing water with a cadium based powder (7% cadnium) Its in a little glass vial, and i take a tiny scooper and drop some in. I can usually smell the cadnium faintly when i open the tube, but close the lid as soon as im finished using it. however, cadnium is known to cause cancer, kidney failure, and lung disease, so im worried about the exposure. I’ll be doing this once a week for the next few months….. is this dangerous?
    only answer if you know what your talking about!

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    cadmium exposure? need a chemist? ONLY KNOWLEDGABLE?
    I am volunteering at a local nature center doing water nitrate testing. Part of the process involves mixing water with a cadium based powder (7% cadnium) Its in a little glass vial, and i take a tiny scooper and drop some in. I can usually smell the cadnium faintly when i open the tube, but close the lid as soon as im finished using it. however, cadnium is known to cause cancer, kidney failure, and lung disease, so im worried about the exposure. I’ll be doing this once a week for the next few months….. is this dangerous?
    only answer if you know what your talking about!

    • ANSWER:
      I am not much familiar with the nitrate method of analysis using Cadmium, the General Chemistry lab text I have discusses the reverse, the use of nitrate in the analysis of Cadmium.

      Inhaled Cadmium is easily absorbed and chronic exposure promotes emphysema. Cigarette smoking is a common source of cadmium.

      I don’t know what the mixture your using contains. Either the smell you smell is from inhaled dust that would certainly contain cadmium or there is some volitile substance that has no cadmium in it that is evaporating.

      You probably should protect yourself with a high quality dust mask or hold your breath while doing the procedure. Use a paper towel turn on the water faucet and let water run any invisible contamination off your hands. I would not do the procedure in an area of high traffic that promoted air currents to blow the dust into the air. A fume hood would seem more ideal. You would not do the procedure and then later go to lunch eating a sandwich with cadmium dust on your fingers.

      The tricky thing about treating cadmium toxicity is that chelating agents used for heavy metal poisoning by making the metals more soluble for excrection into the urine are toxic to the kidney. Therefore its best to avoid exposure in the first place.

      You might try to get some other method of nitrate analysis that avoids cadmium to be done in your lab or try to get the lab to send out this test for analysis. Tact is needed to keep your job.

      Goodman and Gilman’s Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, 6th edition(1980), pages 1632-1633 is my source on cadmium toxicity, the newer editions might not cover it.

  22. QUESTION:
    is this significant cadmium exposure?
    is this a significant cause for concern? this much cadmium exposure?
    I am volunteering at a local nature center doing water nitrate testing. Part of the process involves mixing water with a cadium based powder (7% cadnium) Its in a little glass vial, and i take a tiny scooper and drop some in. I can usually smell the cadnium faintly when i open the tube, but close the lid as soon as im finished using it. however, cadnium is known to cause cancer, kidney failure, and lung disease, so i amworried about the exposure, and if its dangerous. I’ll be doing this once a week for the next few months….. is this dangerous?
    please only answer if you know what your talking about, not “o yes its bad” or “no its illegal to do something bad”

    • ANSWER:
      Cadmium and several cadmium-containing compounds are known carcinogens and can induce many types of cancer.

      Research has found that cadmium toxicity may be carried into the body by zinc binding proteins; in particular, proteins that contain zinc finger protein structures. Zinc and cadmium are in the same group on the periodic table, contain the same common oxidation state (+2), and when ionized are almost the same size. Due to these similarities, cadmium can replace zinc in many biological systems. Cadmium can bind up to ten times more strongly than zinc in certain biological systems, and is notoriously difficult to remove.

      Tobacco smoking is the most important single source of cadmium exposure in the general population. It has been estimated that about 10% of the cadmium content of a cigarette is inhaled through smoking. The absorption of cadmium from the lungs is much more effective than that from the gut, and as much as 50% of the cadmium inhaled via cigarette smoke may be absorbed.

      On average, smokers have 4-5 times higher blood cadmium concentrations and 2-3 times higher kidney cadmium concentrations than non-smokers. Despite the high cadmium content in cigarette smoke, there seems to be little exposure to cadmium from passive smoking. No significant effect on blood cadmium concentrations could be detected in children exposed to environmental tobacco smoke.

      But if you’re worried and would like to err on the side of caution, I would wear a nose mask or ventilator…especially since you said you can smell the cadmium.

  23. QUESTION:
    Should I leave the Adventist Church? Prefer Adventist Answer but Open to Anyone?
    Hey everyone! I’m currently an Adventist and have been so since birth. I’ve believed my entire life that the Adventist have the most accurate interpretation of bible.

    Recently I decided to research more on Ellen G. White (one of the main founders of our church who’s writings are considered God Inspired to most people in the church, and who is considered an end time prophetess by some) just for the heck of it and was startled by what I had found.

    I found that she was accused of Plagiarism in some of her works, including, “The Great Controversy” and was accused of making testimonies or claims that was “God Inspired’ that didn’t come true (e.g False Prophecy).

    I didn’t believe it of course, because people come under criticism all the time, especially God’s people. But then I found more…

    I found a quote in which White said that masterbation causes “affection of the liver and lungs, neuralgia, rheumatism, affection of the spine, diseased kidneys, and cancerous humors”(told it came from Ellen G. White (1870). Solemn Appeal)

    I found that claim to be absurd and was hoping that Ellen White never said such a thing. While searching for answers, I found an online posting of a book entitled “Life of Mrs. E.G. White — Her Claims Refuted” by Dudley M. Canright (who worked with Ellen White for years and had later left the Adventist Church).

    By the way, the link for the online version is here : http://members.tripod.com/~Help_for_SDAs/LifeofEGWHerClaimsRefutedCanright.html

    While reading the online version on his book. Canright had established several examples in which Ellen White had plagiarized, and he supplied quotes showing the comparison. Also he established a long list of arguments based on quotes from her own books in showing that she was wrong on a lot issues and had given several prophecies that didn’t come to pass in her time(not including the 1844 prediction that Christ will return).

    I hope that there are any Adventist that can effectively counter every reasonable argument that D.M Canright made against Ellen White but the evidence(in which he showed through quotes of some of her early writings) against her being ‘inspired by god’ is quite strong.

    Right now I’m in a dilemma, as an Adventist, I personally believe that only the teachings of the bible are sufficient in understanding God and getting to know him and I know other Adventist in my church who feel the same way(I know alot of nice godly Adventist who mean the best, so no personal bashing please). But I’m not sure if I can ignore the fact that the person who founded our church might have been a fraud (no matter how well intentions might have been or how inspring or helpful their books are). Also, I’ve noticed that a lot of her teachings are quoted in church study lessons and in some sermons so I can’t sit in church an ignore that.

    Should I leave the Adventist Church? Thanks!

    Thanks for the Questions so far, for those who might be curious, I do not read the Clear Word Bible, as do most adventist in my church and I personally still believe that we should at least remember the Sabbath day and rest and keep it holy (I believe the definition of ‘rest’ and keeping it ‘holy’ should be left for people individually, through study of the bible to define, not the church)
    Again, thanks for all of your answers/adivce so far, I respect and appreciate everyone’s opinion and it is greatly appreciated.

    Just to answer a question that was asked, I really meant that I’ve grown up in the Adventist Church and in an Adventist home since birth, but I was officially baptized when i was 10.

    • ANSWER:
      Hard decision. Leaving a church is like leaving a family, but in your case it’s just not because your upset with the song selection or the way the leadership spends money. You’re questioning the basic foundations and principles of your church. Is it good to question? Yes. In fact, I think that the research like you’ve been doing is how all of us grow closer to ‘Truth.’ Keep searching. Keep looking at the Bible as your source of Truth and God will guide you. At my first reading of your question, I notice that you found inconsistencies with what your faith has said in the past. In the Bible there are many places where God / Jesus talks about false prophets as being those who claim to know God’s direction, but the facts and outcomes don’t line up. It says to not listen to them because there is the risk of getting caught going in a direction or belief that God wouldn’t want you to. Hope that helps.

  24. QUESTION:
    Disability vs VA comp?
    I am currently in the process of being medically retired from the
    federal govt(civil service) and i do qualify for disability payments. I
    also receive 80% from the VA for my illness/injuries i received while
    in the military. My question is, does either one conflict with the
    other. Will one be reduced because of the other, and if so i will be
    soon getting 100% because i will be on dialysis also. Now my question
    also is, if they conflict then when i become disability retired, why
    dont they conflict while i am working now…I am medically going out
    for Lung disease under the job disability, and under the VA system i
    am being compensated for kidney/heart/ liver diseases, because the VA
    fails to admit to the lung
    condition… THANKS… .Tony…rigged2@ yahoo.com

    • ANSWER:
      No sir, sounds like you are good to go. The only outside compensation that can affect your VA disability pension is a military retirement. You are extra safe in that the VA hasn’t rated your lung condition and your disability is due to a condition they consider unrelated.

      Your VA payments won’t change at all, disability payments don’t affect VA payments even for the same conditions. I receive VA payments for the same conditions I am out on employer disability for. Military retirement is the only influence that can affect you. You might want to re-open your case witht he VA about your issues as it sounds like they have gotten worse. That will get you a higher rating, and then you can keep your disability payments on top of that. Good luck and thank you for your service.

  25. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know anything about Goodpastor’s disease and ANCA?
    A family member of mine has been diagnosed with both Goodpastor’s disease and ANCA. Does anyone know anything about these? All I know is that they are medical conditions that affect the lungs, kidneys, and immune system. Anything you could tell me about the treatment and potential prognosis would be much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I believe you are referring to “Goodpasture’s Syndrome.” Go to this web site for information on Goodpasture’s disease. This one is most informative. Since the disease is complicated, this forum does not provide enough space to discuss it adequately.

      http://renux.dmed.ed.ac.uk/edren/EdRenINFObits/GoodpastureLong.html

      Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCAs) are a group of mainly IgG antibodies against antigens in the cytoplasm of neutrophil granulocytes (the most common type of white blood cell) and monocytes. They are detected as a blood test in a number of autoimmune disorders, but are particularly associated with systemic vasculitis. While this disease is thought to be genetic in nature, it is usually secondary to some other autoimmune disorder. Since your family member has Goodpasture’s Syndrome, it is likely that ANCA is associated with that.

      Treatment of ANCA is dependent upon the cause. Treatment of patients with microscopic polyangiitis and Wegener’s granulomatosis has three phases: (1) induction of remission, (2) maintenance of remission, and (3) treatment of relapse. Current induction therapy often consists of cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan) and corticosteroids. For aggressive disease, use of high-dose intravenous methylprednisolone for three days is recommended, combined with intravenous or oral cyclophosphamide. Tapering doses of prednisone should follow, along with cyclophosphamide maintenance for 12 to 18 months. The lowest dosage of steroids that controls the disease should be used, and infection should be considered if the symptoms appear to exacerbate. For patients in sustained remission at 12 months, the use of all medications may be gradually discontinued. Patients whose symptoms are under good control must, nevertheless, be closely followed at six-month intervals for signs and symptoms of relapse. During treatment with these agents, complete blood counts and liver function tests should be performed periodically.

      Other treatment regimens that may be of benefit include methotrexate, azathioprine (Imuran), trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra), plasma exchange, cyclosporine (Sandimmune), intravenous immunoglobulin, and monoclonal antibodies.

      During the use of potentially ulcerogenic immunosuppressive therapy, patients may be given H2-blockers or proton-pump inhibitors. Prophylactic treatment with fluconazole (Diflucan) orally for fungal infection may be considered, as well as trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (480 mg) three times weekly for prophylactic treatment of patients with pneumocystis carinii prophylaxis.

      Patients with Churg-Strauss syndrome usually respond to high-dose corticosteroid therapy alone, although some cases may require the addition of cytotoxic drugs.

      Comorbid conditions that accelerate vascular damage, such as hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, and smoking should be appropriately controlled.

      In drug-induced vasculitis, the offending agent should be stopped. Antihistamines and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs help alleviate skin discomfort and reduce associated arthralgias and myalgias. Severe cutaneous disease may warrant oral corticosteroid therapy

  26. QUESTION:
    Neuropathy, and Kidney disease?
    I have chronic kidney failure and also Periphal Neuropathy. I also on immunosuppressants, and steroids because of my lung transplant. My diabetes doctor say that i am diabetic but i dont take the meds because my levels go down fast, and they say its because of my steroids that cause it, however my Kidney doctor say that i have not been diabetic long enough for the neuropathy to be caused by diabetes. My question is does my kidney failure have anything to do with my neuropathy. The kidney doctor seems to believe more that ts the kidney thats causeing it. I am asking this because i filed with the Vet Affairs and they say no way. That it is the steroids that cause it and they wont acknowledge the problem. Any suggestions or help, answers would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney failure can cause neuropathy with or without diabetes. I agree with your doctor. I have loads of patients with no diabetes that suffers from restless leg syndrome especially at night time. There is a medication to help with this symptom. I also agree with the doctor that you were not a diabetic that long to experience neuropathy. I think you should get a certification from your nephrologist that your neuropathy is caused by the kidney damage and not the steroids.

  27. QUESTION:
    Can you become a living organ donor without a drivers license?
    I’m 16, and I haven’t had time to study for the driving test. Too much homework. Also, because of my age, if my parents consent can I donate my liver/intestine/lung/bone marrow? I can’t donate my kidney or pancreas since I have a risk for kidney disease.
    I’m in Canada, BC.
    I’m in Canada, BC.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t know about Canada, but imagine it is probably the same. In the U.S., you must be 18 years old. Nobody can consent for you. It has to be YOUR decision. The organ donor question on your license is asking whether or not you would like to donate should you die. It has nothing to do with making a conscious decision while you are awake and well. Even if you would say yes to being a donor, your family would still have to give their approval for anyone to remove your organs once you die. This goes for anyone at any age, not just because you are a minor.

  28. QUESTION:
    What underlying autoimmune conditions do you think I have? Physicians/Nurses/MD’s, I’m desperate for help?
    Hi may name is Jeb, I’m 22 and live in Ontario, Canada, I’m presenting my case to all of you in the hope you can name some disorders, syndromes, diseases, that go along with my medical history and issues.

    Please read what I wrote carefully and help me find out whats wrong with me. I have been going to doctors for 6 years trying to find out what is truly wrong. and lately everything is getting worse. My health is declining and I want to get better and live a normal life, have kits, a wife, work.. I am so ashamed I can’t even work.

    I have a very rare bleeding disorder called ITP, my disease is chronic and refractory. So, all of the treatments have failed. I have been on Testosterone, Danocrine (which is a modified testosterone), Dexamethasone (a very potent glucocorticoid type of steroid) Prednisone (glucocorticoid steroid), Methylprednisone, which is also a glucocorticoid steroid.

    I have tried IVig which is immunoglobulin. It’s a blood product, 1 bottle contains donations from thousands of people. So i’ve had the immunoglobulin of more than 5000 people put in me multiple times.

    I ended up having a reaction to it and developed “Aseptic Meningitis” which was extremely painful, as well as rigors, which basically means I was shaking badly. The headache was like nothing you could imagine.

    I became desperate after years of having a pretty stable platelet count of 20.

    If you have less than a 20 platelet count you are supposed to be hospitalized although here in Canada this won’t happen because of lack of beds and overcrowded hospitals.

    So, if you have less than 20 a bump to the head could kill you. A punch to the stomach would cause internal bleeding. A punch in the face could and likely would kill you. I bruise extremely easy.

    A normal human being has a count of 140 to 400. So at 20 even I am very likely to be injured severely.

    I have had multiple bleeds, mostly internally but farely superficial and not involving organs with exception of my lungs.

    I cough up blood regularly and it scares me very much.

    Having a low platelet count like this really was hard to deal with so I joined a clinical trial. The drug I was on in the trial ended up giving me a pulmonary embolism, actually more than 1…..3 in both lungs.

    I was in the hospital for a month. My lungs are left scarred and unable to expand properly because of the scarring. I get about 60-70% expansion of my chest. I noticed immediately after the blood clots I could no longer inhale like I used to.

    It has become very stressful fighting for every breath. It’s almost like breathing through a straw. I also have bad asthma which doesnt help.

    I’ve had over 20 CT scans in the past 2.5 years looking for clots because every month I have problems where my lungs hurt more and feel like a clot, and I start coughing up large amounts of blood, not just bloody sputum, the blood is coming out of my lungs into my throat when I cough to expel it.

    The radiologist from my last scan said I had scarring of my lungs and pleural cavity. He said it looked like I have severe lung disease and it’s very serious.

    So I have been pumped full of xrays from the CT scan, and also filled with Contrast Dye so they can see the veins and arteries better when they use the diagnostic imaging (CT SCAN). It’s very hard on my kidneys. And they are worn out, I have problems with them now. I’ve also got more than 50 xrays.

    My left arm is not fully useable, I broke the end of the shoulder bone. The round ball like part of the bone that fits into the socket. I could not get surgery to correct it because of my blood disorder. The surgeon would not do even though the bone didn’t set properly and is more than 1 cm out of place.

    Doesn’t sound like much but the area that broke/fractured is the area all your muscle, ligaments and tendons rest on and over, so now my arm is very stiff and painful. Writing with a pencil hurts very much. Lifting things hurts.

    My doctor wants me to get my spleen taken out but I’m worried it could go wrong because I have no platelets. I will be transfused as they do the surgery but I still worry very much. My doctor is amazing but she is not a surgeon. How can I trust someone I don’t really know to cut me up. How can I find out how many patients have died in his care during surgery. I would love to know the information because I could choose the doctor who was better a keeping people alive and not killing them accidentally during surgery.

    I’m afraid.

    I have also had new symptoms in the past few months, frequent urination, extreme urge to urinate.

    Loss of bladder function, I wet my bed 3 times in the last 2 months. I’m 24, and never have wet the bed before except as a very young child maybe 4-5 y/o.

    I have a patch on my back which is numb and has no feeling and this is a new manifestation of whatever is going on.

    I have been havin
    I’ve been having Vertigo, exactly 5 times this month, where I have days where I become dizzy and nauseas and when I tilt my head my eyes start rollin and moving in strange directions very quickly, and I get the urge to vomit.

    It’s when I tilt my head I get the problem with my eyes going whacky totally out of my control.

    It’s very very debilitating. I have to lay down. Walking is almost impossible and I become so unstable I have almost fallen down the stairs.

    Thanks for helping me I appreciate it very much…….Even if you just have ideas of what could be wrong with me it is good, I need ideas because i don’t know what could be wrong.
    I’ve been having Vertigo, exactly 5 times this month, where I have days where I become dizzy and nauseas and when I tilt my head my eyes start rollin and moving in strange directions very quickly, and I get the urge to vomit.

    It’s when I tilt my head I get the problem with my eyes going whacky totally out of my control.

    It’s very very debilitating. I have to lay down. Walking is almost impossible and I become so unstable I have almost fallen down the stairs.

    Thanks for helping me I appreciate it very much…….Even if you just have ideas of what could be wrong with me it is good, I need ideas because i don’t know what could be wrong.

    • ANSWER:
      ….and you figure a bunch of strangers can diagnose you over the computer? you need to pursue this with a medical professional.

  29. QUESTION:
    is there anybody here who has the blood transfusion done before?
    I want to know if it is life-threatening for a patient to have the blood transfusion to be done if he/she has kidney failure or other lung diseases?

    Usually, how long does it take for the recipient to be completely recovered after the blood transfusion is done? Do patients normally need to be hospitalized? Or they can go home right after?

    In addition, how many percent of recipients had die after the blood transfusion? What are the factors that cause the death?

    Can anyone help me and please provide me as much information as possible?

    I look through many websites already but I am still really worried about someone that I really cares. I am so helpless, I don’t know what else I can do.

    Does anybody ever had the blood transfusion done that can inform me more about it please?? I really need this help!

    • ANSWER:
      Never had a transfusion but I’ve administered them. I can answer your questions and probably better than someone who’s been on the receiving end.

      Question #1: Transfusions are not normally life-threatening no matter what medical condition is present. They are life-saving.

      Question #2: There’s no real recovery time involved. It’s not an illness or surgery. We type and crossmatch you for the correct blood type. We monitor vital signs at specific times throughout the transfusion and pre-medicate against possible reaction.

      Question #3a & b: No hospitalization is required. This is an outpatient procedure. A transfusion of packed red blood cells (PRBC) usually takes about 2-4 hours & transfusions of blood components takes about 15-30 minutes. You’d be advised to watch for possible reactions after you get home but you can resume your usual activities.

      Question #4a & b: Deaths are extremely rare. That would be very unusual indeed. I’m afraid I don’t have statistics at hand. The only factor would be receiving the wrong blood type but there are checks and balances before the blood ever reaches you to prevent that. Allergic reactions are rarely life-threatening and your nurse makes his/her presence known often throughout the procedure, especially during the first hour. I’ve never lost a patient to a transfusion.

      Question #5: If you contact me by e-mail, I can help you with whatever you wish to know. Look in my profile for my e-address.

      Question #6: I can inform you and make you comfortable about transfusions but you’ll need to contact me. We’ll also talk about the one you care about. Okay?

  30. QUESTION:
    I have questions about blood transfusion that have to be answered ASAP, can anyone help me please?
    I want to know if it is life-threatening for a patient to have the blood transfusion to be done if he/she has kidney failure or other lung diseases?

    Usually, how long does it take for the recipient to be completely recovered after the blood transfusion is done? Do patients normally need to be hospitalized? Or they can go home right after?

    In addition, how many percent of recipients had die after the blood transfusion? What are the factors that cause the death?

    Can anyone help me and please provide me as much information as possible?

    I look through many websites already but I am still really worried about someone that I really cares. I am so helpless, I don’t know what else I can do.

    • ANSWER:
      Getting a blood transfusion isn’t really life-threatening.

      The big risk is you might catch a disease from the blood donor.

      The recovery time from the transfusion is usually short, but it might take a while to recover from whatever condition made you lose enough blood to need a transfusion in the first place,

      Why does whoever it is need a blood transfusion?

      Kidney failure is waaay more life threatening than a blood disease.

      As for what you can do…are you healthy? Offer to donate your own blood.

  31. QUESTION:
    I don’t get it..?
    Cigarettes can cause chronic lung disease, coronary heart disease, and stroke, as well as cancer of the lungs, larynx, esophagus, mouth, and bladder. Smoking is also known to contribute to cancer of the cervix, pancreas, and kidneys.

    And Alcohol Can cause;
    • permanent damage to vital organs
    • several different types of cancer
    • gastrointestinal irritations, such as nausea, diarrhea, and ulcers
    • malnutrition and nutritional deficiencies
    • sexual dysfunctions
    • high blood pressure
    • lowered resistance to disease
    And lets not forget all those killed by drunk drivers and Angry drunks.

    Weed only puts you in a happy place, and rarely causes cancer.

    So why is Alcohol and cigarettes legal, tho they not only kill you but they harm others around you, but the least harmful one of them is legal.

    http://www.gdcada.org/statistics/tobacco.htm

    http://www.gdcada.org/statistics/alcohol.htm

    http://www.gdcada.org/statistics/marijuana.htm

    Put in wrong category, My bad.
    Nothing against smokers,
    I’m just wondering why they make weed illegal when It’s least harmful then stuff you can buy from a local grocery store.

    • ANSWER:
      i agree with u 100%.
      legalise it!!! lol!

  32. QUESTION:
    how to bring to media that i am refused medical aid worldwide – dying of heart and kidney disease?
    my cardiologist advised me, with a witness present, that my cardiac issues had increased, worsening heart, abnormalities on all his tests He then denied this in my records and for five years I have escalating heart issues. All ambulance attendants and private medics tell me of serious cardiac conerns. Always denied at hospitals and by all doctors.
    Denied three times at U.S. Hospitals – John Hopkins – Baltimore asked me for identifiecation and discharged me with no explanation I have never been charged for the visit or the tests
    Cleveland Heart Hospital Nov 15, 2005 told me of Acute Ischaemic Heart, Acute pectoris heart and Acute Angina – then discharged me – three doctors tearfully apologized as i was leaving Cleveland will not answer my phone calls or letters to them Will not give itemized bill or copies of tests.
    Used alias twice in Toronto -have hand written note – URGENT CARDIAC PATIENT – OTHER – GET TO EMERGENCY HEART. LUNG AND ESOPHAGUS ISSUES STILL REFUS

    • ANSWER:
      Well if you are in Toronto you can call City TV to ask for Silverman Helps- he does just that- he helps people with their problems when the government or whoever is not helping them.
      Here is the contact info.

      Q: How do I get in touch with “Silverman Helps” and get some help?
      A: To help you with your problem, we need specific and concrete information. We require a detailed letter outlining the complaint and a photocopy of your documentation before any assessment can be made as to whether we can get actively involved. This process does take at least 8 weeks; our apologies, we receive thousands of complaints. Please be sure to include your complete mailing address and a phone number where you can be reached during the day.
      This information may be faxed, emailed or snail mailed in to us …

      Address:
      Silverman Helps c/o
      299 Queen Street West
      Toronto, Ontario
      M5V 2Z5

      Silverman Helps Hotline:
      (416) 591-7400 ext 2192
      email:helps@pulse24.com
      Fax: (416) 591-0292

  33. QUESTION:
    URGENT!!!!!!!! can someone please help me with what else i can put in my paper???? sorry its a little long =/?
    i dont want anyone to write my paper for me…dont worry…but i need some ideas on some more things to put into it- i still need about a page…please help! sorry its a little long…thanks in advance!

    According to The Centers for Disease and Control Prevention or The CDC, each year there is an estimated amount of 438,000 Americans who die as a result of smoking or even just second-hand smoke. In addition, for each American who dies, there are 20 Americans living with an illness that has been caused by smoking or the exposure to second-hand smoke. There is an exceeding cost of 7 billion dollars a year that is paid for smoking-related medical expenses. This amount shows just how many health and medical issues smokers have to deal with from the time they start smoking until death.
    There are tremendous amounts of health issues smokers have to deal with, such as cancer, heart disease and stroke, and respiratory health. It is astounding the amounts of different types of cancer that can be caused by these “cancer sticks”. According to the CDC, the types of cancer that are caused are cancer of the lip, oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, larynx or voice box, lungs, uterine cervix, urinary bladder, and kidneys.
    The leading cause of death in the United States is coronary heart disease and smokers are up to 4 times more likely to develop this disease than non-smokers are. Cigarette smoke also doubles a person’s chance of having a stroke. Not only does this happen to smokers, but it is just as bad to those who breathe in second-hand smoke. Also according to the CDC, second-hand smoke causes heart disease and lung cancer. It actually increases the risk of heart disease by 25 to 30 percent and increases the risk of lung cancer by 20 to 30 percent. These statistics are only for those who have been exposed to second-hand smoke.
    Just think about this for a minute, think about children in a car with parents who smoke. Those children are going to be at a very high risk for lung cancer and heart disease. They are, for the most part, always sick with a cold. My older sister, sarah, smokes and she has two children, searah and katriese. Whenever I see those girls, they always have stuffy noses and are constantly coughing up a storm. If I were sarah, I would feel horrible putting my children in that situation. I would also try to think about how the cigarettes are affecting my life and how it is shortening by every puff taken.
    its an opinion editorial so im supposed to have some personal stuff…

    • ANSWER:
      How the habit of smoking occurs?

  34. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever heard of or can help??
    I have a 7 year old husky, about 2 years back she was diagnoised with chronic lung disease.. The only thing we can have her on is prednison, and albuteral, well is has gotten worse on us. She sounds so uncomfortable when she sleep’s her breathing is bad, she has lost her appetite, her energy and so on. And now that she has been on pred for so long its affecting her kidneys.. We have the bloodwork and urine tests and x-rays done, but what i want to know is has anyone ever has this diagnoises, and have any other options. It is just getting worse, and it does become financial, and im sorry but dont tell me lower income people shouldnt have pets.. I am trying my hardest but her comfort is my main concern, when do you say enough is enough? And the vet has not been able to come up with any other meds to help her. And it seems like the warmer the better she does, and with winter coming, im dreading the affect it is gonna have on her. If anyone has any useful info for me i would appreciate it
    i have had her to, two vets so far, and have heard the same thing, we can make her comfortable, but cant make it go away> oh and she still has the beautiful husky coat she always had,
    all my pets are on good quality dog food, they eat better then me, it is hurting me so much because i cant do more. And she does not seem herself anymore, i dont want the vet to frown on me for making this decsion, whatever it may be, but i thank all of you whom have been so comforting this is really hard on me.
    sorry i keep adding im trying to explain to some of the answers: Its not so much being warm, as in humidity outside, she is a indoor baby, but when the weather changes it gets worse.. Like the colder it gets the worse she is, then if it is a little humid out it seems better, and as fair as reading all these sites im sure the 2 different clinics i went to could come up with something, pred is the only thing to ease her coughing, her lungs look like they have donuts in there all over, so the anti-inflammatory helps, anti-biotics have not done anything>< and albuteral to eas the coughing

    • ANSWER:
      First let me say am truly sorry
      Now please don’t get m the wrong way but I believe you are keeping her alive for yourself. As you said it’s just meds to keep her comfotable, she will never get better and just get worse. YOu said seh isn’t really wanting to live I think from what you have written you know what the true answer is let me give this poem to you and you decide.
      I have worked in vets offices and as a nurses aide and seen so many animals suffer and suffer

      PUT ME TO REST

      Time to let me go my friend,
      Because my life no-one can mend,
      Its better to let me go this way,
      Than watch me suffer night and day.

      I’m happy to go, my time has come,
      My quality of life is no longer fun,
      Ive been so ill, so its not a bad thing,
      To let me go forever resting.

      Stay with me till I drift away,
      Fast asleep forever I pray,
      To relieve me from suffering and pain,
      What more can I ask from my best friend.

      Don’t be sad, I’ll be free from pain,
      Never to be ill ever again,
      I know you’ll miss me being there,
      But all the memories you have to share.

      Thankyou for being my best friend,
      And all my needs that you did tend,
      Try not to be sad, try not to cry,
      Now’s the time to say GOODBYE

  35. QUESTION:
    Why do parents freak out more over marijuana than tobacco and alcohol?
    I am a parent of a 12-year boy and a 15-year old girl.

    Tobacco – All kinds of cancer, heart/lung disease, stained teeth.
    Alcohol – Damages the liver, brain and kidneys.
    Marijuana – Happiness, high self esteem.

    I wouldn’t care if my kids smoked weed but if they touched alcohol or tobacco I would be so mad. I never smoke or drink; I do use weed every Friday night; I even let my kids have a toke with me; I would NEVER give them tobacco or alcohol though.

    • ANSWER:
      Judging by the post, marijuana leads to brain damage and low IQ. It’s also against the law. Giving it to kids is illegal too. See, brain dead.

  36. QUESTION:
    Medical Help? In need of diagnousis.?
    Hey, I’m 17, a guy. I woke up this morning to pain in my crotch area left corner (above the..) get it? I suspected it was a razor cut, but after inspection, I think I have a hernia. I checked online just to make sure and had the lump, the discomfort, and can see a vein.. (But don’t have the serious sypmtoms as of vomiting, consipation, etc) To me it seems as if I have a hernia, but having no openings at the doctor’s office till tommorrow, so all I can do is wait. I have read that I will have surgrey (which I’m hopeing I don’t because I will miss to many days for school and have to take semester tests) but also I have heard that it can also just lay low and it will heal. Do you know may the treatment or just an observation?
    As for the causes, they don’t match..:
    improper heavy weight lifting X (Haven’t Lifted since Augest)
    hard coughing bouts X
    sharp blows to the abdomen X
    tight clothing and incorrect posture X
    obesity X (Im in shape and run frequently)
    straining during a bowel movement urination X
    chronic lung disease X
    fluid in the abdominal cavity X
    poor nutrition X
    smoking X
    overexertion X
    (From Wikipedia)
    Also lately I have had bad back aches and have had a kidney stone and I have Von Willebrand disease (only mild).
    Help is greatly appericated, Thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    I am 53 yr old male, post double lung transplant 2 years ago?
    Suffered severe complications post transplant, causing lost of oxygen to the brain, also suffered stroke…damage to left side and severe brain damage/memory loss, cognitive damage. Then suffered severely enlarged spleen, underwent splenectomy, other complications: Immunoglobulin deficiency requires bi-weekly IVIG Infusioins, now have early Cirrhosis of Liver (confirmed on open liver biopsy), and now suffer GFR Level IV Kidney disease…the good news is my lungs are working fairly well! Suffer daily with nausea and intermittent vomiting (perhaps from kidney disease?) Also latest blood work shows increased CO2 levels and increasing BUN levels. I guess i knew going into the lung transplant that the avg life expectancy was about 3-5 years….but with all the complicaitons I’ve had I can’t help but wonder if my expectancy has been shortened?

    • ANSWER:
      Even though your quality of life is probably not that great from what you say you have beaten the odds so far Maybe you will be one of those patients that baffle doctors & live longer than they expect you to. Remember they are only going by the book & not the person itself.

  38. QUESTION:
    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa?
    a. Allergy
    b. Carbon dioxide
    c. ATP
    d. Kidney
    e. Sweat gland
    f. Ureter
    g. Urine
    h. Epidermis
    i. Larynx
    j. Mole
    k. Pneumonia
    l. Urethra
    m. Virus
    n. Dermis
    Question 1:
    A mixture of water, urea, and salts.

    Question 2:
    Waste substance removed by the lungs.

    Question 3:
    Inner layer of the skin.

    Question 4:
    Condition caused by a reaction to a specific protein.

    Question 5:
    Cause of the common cold.

    Question 6:
    Molecule that supplies energy for life.

    Question 7:
    Pigmented overgrowth of skin cells.

    Question 8:
    Structure in which vocal cords are located.

    Question 9:
    Organ that functions to remove wastes.

    Question 10:
    Tube leading from the kidney to the bladder.

    Question 11:
    Skin structure that regulates body heat.

    Question 12:
    Tube that connects the bladder to the outside of the body.

    Question 13:
    Lung disease that sometimes follows influenza.

    Question 14:
    Outer layer of the skin.

    • ANSWER:
      1. urine
      2. carbon dioxide
      3. dermis
      4. allergy
      5. virus
      6. ATP
      7. mole
      8. larynx
      9. kidney
      10. ureter
      11. sweat glands
      12. urethra
      13. pneumonia
      14. epidermis

  39. QUESTION:
    DISABILITY again?
    Try to be short with this. I was diagnosed in June 2002 that i had Pulmonary Fibrosis and that i would need a double lung transplant. At this time i went on portable oxygen tanks to help me breathe. Feb 2003 i was transplanted for the lungs. March 27 i was released from the hospital. June 1 2003 i went back to work. From that date on i have had numerouse problems freom the transplant as well as other organ damage because of the medicines. I have chronic kidney failure which according to all my doctors is whats causing all the other ailments i am having because my kidneys arent working like they should. They have cause me to have neuropathy in my hands and feet but i am NOT eligible for a kidney transplant because the doctors say my lungs wont hold up for any type of major suregery, plus they have stated that there is no way they will re-transplant me at all because my body is basically torn up from the meds i am taking. ANYWAY i am currently still working for the fed govt but i have to go out this year on med disability because there is no way i can now perform my job because of my lungs and kidney and heart disease. What i want to know is: do i or did i qualify for ANY type of disability from any agency during that time frame. I am still considered to be disabled according to the doctors because of the health problems now, plus i use oxygen again as a result of my lungs failing again, this time its called “broncholitis obliterans” and there is no cure for it except the transplant that i cant have. I was told by some outsiders that i still would or should be qualified for some form of social security from the very first day until now june 2002 until present even though i still work. One of my wifes co-workers had a kidney transplant and the ssa recognized it and they pay her TODAY a monthly check and she is working full time. They told me that lungs were not recognized in the medicare or social security guides or rules. Now am i entitled to any thing at all while i am still working…THANKS…Tony

    • ANSWER:
      yo Tony you sound fricked up… for one, SS has there own definition of who is disabled no matter if your doctors state otherwise… even if you are blind or a paraplegic you still may not meet their definition of disabled. I can tell you that if you are working while you are applying for disability you might as well forget your effort. You definately will not be eligible for disability benefits if you are able to do some type of work… and they do not care if you have no legs because in their eyes you can be productive by stuffing envelopes to get by since your arms would be in working order. You have to convince them that your quality of life is getting worse every day… not better. You will also need at least 3 witnesses to back your story up… family members are just fine. You definately have to prove that your afflictions keep you from even tying your own shoes because the kidney pain is too much even on pain relievers. Also you probably are eligible for MEDICAID… not Medicare, Medicaid. If they find you disabled your medical bills and medications will be covered 100%… unlike the Medicare programs which include monies out of your assets. Also never say that anyone is giving you any money or loans… only that you owe freinds and family for your room & board & food &… you get the picture. A plus side is that SS usually will OK your claim for benefits if Medicaid has approved your application for benefits…good luck and be persitant because you will be denied the first time for sure. If it comes to the point that SS wants you to come to a hearing you might want to hire a lawyer… they work on contingency… meaning they will not charge you for their representation unless they win for you. Good luck done this road because it will not happen overnight… just stick with it and you should prevail~~~

  40. QUESTION:
    14 year old girl being sent to cardiologist?
    today i took my 14 year old daughter to the doctors to get her physical filled out. she has recently been having some breathing issues and the doctor put her on a “test run” asthma inhaler for when her symptoms were flaring up, it was working well. today when i took her back, the doctor said it was sensitive lung disease (or something like that). but the doctor was also concerned with the fact that last year she has 6 kidney stones, and they couldn’t figure out why she had them. The doctor was then listening to her lungs and her heart and asked the routine questions, and when the one question about getting ill in heat came up and my daughter told the doctor that she gets weak, sick, and tired in the sun, the doctor looked very concerned and recommended that we see a cardiologist, because she thinks that her breathing problems might also be caused by her heart, along with getting sick in the heat. The doctor said that she wants a echo and a EKG done.

    should i be worried? what kind of things could possible wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      I know that news like this can be quite stressful. Im surprised that your primary care physician didn’t go into more detail as to why he wanted her to be seen by a cardiologist. I am 21 years old and have been under the care of a cardiologist since the age of 6. I had breathing problems as well as frequent syncope (passing out) especially in the heat or during exercise. I had many tests done thoughout my life: echo, EKG, stress test, tilt table. I was diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse, a heart murmer and neurogenic syncope. My bicuspid valve in my heart doesnt pump blood properly. I am a normal, healthy adult who just needs to take precautions in intense heat or exercise. Now, i am not saying that your daughter has this condition, but rest assure that whatever it is, she is going to get the care she needs, just as I did. The best thing my mom did for me is to remain calm when I was scared. She tells me now that it was terrible for her to see me hooked up to all those testing machines, not knowing for sure what was wrong, but she always put on a brave face and that always reassured me that no matter what, everything was going to be ok.

      Good luck and best wishes for your daughter

  41. QUESTION:
    Why are sex educators teaching our grandchildren that solitary vice is a harmless activity?
    We should be instructing them to turn away from the vices of this age and to seek all things holy.

    “I have been shown that children who practice self-indulgence previous to puberty, or the period of merging into manhood and womanhood, must pay the penalty of nature’s violated laws at that critical period. Many sink into an early grave, while others have sufficient force of constitution to pass this ordeal. If the practice is continued from the ages of fifteen and upward, nature will protest against the abuse she has suffered, and continues to suffer, and will make them pay the penalty for the transgression of her laws, especially from the ages of thirty to forty-five, by numerous pains in the system, and various diseases, such as affection of the liver and lungs, neuralgia, rheumatism, affection of the spine, diseased kidneys, and cancerous humors. Some of nature’s fine machinery gives way, leaving a heavier task for the remaining to perform, which disorders nature’s fine arrangement, and there is often a sudden breaking down of the constitution, and death is the result.”
    -Ellen G. White “An Appeal to Mothers” (1864)

    • ANSWER:
      Because sex educators and academics at large do not fully understand the impact of thought (and emotion) forms which invariably impact material health. As a result they view it as a normal biological process/phase by assuming, erroneously, solitary vice remains relegated to the material level.

      In short, sex “educators” are unaware of the psychical and noetical implications that give rise to ailments in the physical body.

      The same goes for any “vice”…anger, envy, jealousy, desire, obsession, and other elements of the ego-tism which plague our present-day personality.

  42. QUESTION:
    Disability?
    Try to be short with this. I was diagnosed in June 2002 that i had Pulmonary Fibrosis and that i would need a double lung transplant. At this time i went on portable oxygen tanks to help me breathe. Feb 2003 i was transplanted for the lungs. March 27 i was released from the hospital. June 1 2003 i went back to work. From that date on i have had numerouse problems freom the transplant as well as other organ damage because of the medicines. I have chronic kidney failure which according to all my doctors is whats causing all the other ailments i am having because my kidneys arent working like they should. They have cause me to have neuropathy in my hands and feet but i am NOT eligible for a kidney transplant because the doctors say my lungs wont hold up for any type of major suregery, plus they have stated that there is no way they will re-transplant me at all because my body is basically torn up from the meds i am taking. ANYWAY i am currently still working for the fed govt but i have to go out this year on med disability because there is no way i can now perform my job because of my lungs and kidney and heart disease. What i want to know is: do i or did i qualify for ANY type of disability from any agency during that time frame. I am still considered to be disabled according to the doctors because of the health problems now, plus i use oxygen again as a result of my lungs failing again, this time its called “broncholitis obliterans” and there is no cure for it except the transplant that i cant have. I was told by some outsiders that i still would or should be qualified for some form of social security from the very first day until now june 2002 until present even though i still work. One of my wifes co-workers had a kidney transplant and the ssa recognized it and they pay her TODAY a monthly check and she is working full time. They told me that lungs were not recognized in the medicare or social security guides or rules. Now am i entitled to any thing at all while i am still working…THANKS…Tony

    • ANSWER:
      Glad you kept it short.

  43. QUESTION:
    Where do I go next? Mystery illness needs a diagnosis.?
    I need some help. I have some helth problems and no one can tell me what is wrong. I am overweight, 33 years old, female, 4 kids, celiac disease, low thyroid and thyroid nodules (benign), history of recurrent kidney stones, sleep apnea (treated with cpap that maintians O2 levels at 97%).
    Here are my symptoms:
    Shortness of breath on exertion,
    racing heart,
    occasional heart palpitations,
    pitting edema,
    edema in my upper abdominal area that causes pain,
    extreme fatigue,
    forgetfulness,
    can’t sleep flat – even with cpap on (have to sleep propped up),
    muscles become extremely weak and tired after minimal use, including jaw muscles when I chew, cheek muscles when I smile, and muscles around eyes when I squint.

    I have an increased sed rate with no explanation. Lupus, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, lung disease, heart disease have all been ruled out. I recently had an abnormal stress test that showed: “mild worsening in the mid anterior wall on stress imaging when compared with rest imaging. . . . appears to be significant fixed defect with at least mild ischemia of the mid anterior wall present.” An angiogram was performed with completely normal results. They said my arteries looked “perfect.”

    My question is, where do I go from here? I just don’t know what kind of dr to go see. I am so frustrated. My PCP doesn’t even know what to do anymore. I am being treated with so many medicines that it’s pathetic. I am tired of “living” like this (it sure doesn’t feel like living, more like just surviving). I want answers and I want it fixed. Any ideas of what I can do and where I can go?

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    Enlarged heart and fluid in the lungs?
    Over the holidays, my collie (age 10-12 possibly) began having some problems breathing. She is still eating great, as active as a senior dog with arthritis can be and is still going to the bathroom fine. I took her to the vets where they ran several blood tests and took x-rays of her lungs and heart. Her liver and kidneys are working well and her heartbeat was steady and strong, but the x-rays showed some fluid in her lungs and a slightly rounded (enlarged) heart. They gave her Lasix to reduce the fluid retention and sent the x-rays to Ohio State veterinary hospital. The Lasix is working, but after not taking it for a few days has labored breathing again. While I am still waiting on the results, I was wondering besides heart disease, could anything else cause this? Also, she is now on an all natural, corn and wheat free diet as well as eating plain, unsweetened yogurt with flax seed oil and a good probiotic but is their anything else I could give her to help make her stronger.

    • ANSWER:
      That is a good diet you have chosen for her. Make sure she has plenty of water.

      A slightly rounded (enlarged) heart) can be caused by “Valvular defects, tumors, heartworms, heart beat abnormalities, and damaged to the muscle itself” It tends to occur in older large breed dogs.

      The Lasix should continue for as long as the Vet recommends. As for the yogurt, not too much. In general the recommendation is no more than around a tablespoon full per day. Some folks give yogurt as a treat every couple of days.

      “Some veterinarians administer coenzymeQ (30mg tid) because of its beneficial effects in people with dilated cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease)”

      Note: tid = three times a day

      The only other thing I can think of is to give her a lot of love and attention. A happier dog is a stronger dog. Good luck

  45. QUESTION:
    Athiest, what do you think of this?
    Why is this medication prescribed?
    Alprazolam is used to treat anxiety disorders and panic attacks. Alprazolam is in a class of medications called benzodiazepines. It works by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain.

    How should this medicine be used?
    Alprazolam comes as a tablet and a concentrated solution (liquid) to take by mouth. It usually is taken two to four times a day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take alprazolam exactly as directed.

    To take the concentrated liquid, use only the dropper that came with your prescription. Draw into the dropper the amount prescribed for one dose. Squeeze the dropper contents into a liquid or semi-solid food such as water, juice, soda, applesauce, or pudding. Stir the liquid or food gently for a few seconds. The concentrated liquid will blend completely with the food. Drink or eat the entire mixture immediately. Do not store for future use.

    Your doctor will probably start you on a low dose of alprazolam and gradually increase your dose, not more than once every 3 or 4 days.

    Alprazolam can be habit-forming. Do not take a larger dose or take it more often or for a longer time than your doctor tells you to. Do not stop taking alprazolam without talking to your doctor. Suddenly stopping to take alprazolam may worsen your condition and cause withdrawal symptoms (anxiousness, sleeplessness, irritability, and seizures). Withdrawal symptoms may be worse if you take more than 4 mg of alprazolam every day. Your doctor will decrease your dose gradually.

    Other uses for this medicine
    Alprazolam also is used sometimes to treat depression, fear of open spaces (agoraphobia), and premenstrual syndrome. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this medication for your condition.

    This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

    What special precautions should I follow?
    Before taking alprazolam,

    tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to alprazolam, chlordiazepoxide (Librium, Librax), clonazepam (Klonopin), clorazepate (Tranxene), diazepam (Valium), estazolam (ProSom), flurazepam (Dalmane), halazepam (Paxipam), lorazepam (Ativan), oxazepam (Serax), prazepam (Centrax), quazepam (Doral), temazepam (Restoril), triazolam (Halcion), or any other medications.

    tell your doctor if you are taking itraconazole (Sporanox) or ketoconazole (Nizoral). Your doctor willl probably tell you not to take alprazolam.

    tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking. Be sure to mention any of the following: amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone); antidepressants (‘mood elevators’) such as desipramine (Norpramin), imipramine (Tofranil), and nefazodone (Serzone); antifungals such as fluconazole (Diflucan); antihistamines; cimetidine (Tagamet); clarithromycin (Biaxin); cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune); diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor, Tiazac); ergotamine (Cafatine, Cafergot, Wigraine, others); erythromycin (E.E.S., E-Mycin, Erythrocin); isoniazid (INH, Nydrazid); medications for mental illness and seizures; nicardipine (Cardene); nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia); oral contraceptives (birth control pills); propoxyphene (Darvon); selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil), and sertraline (Zoloft); sedatives; sleeping pills; and tranquilizers. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.

    tell your doctor if you have or have ever had glaucoma; depression; or lung, kidney, or liver disease.

    tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking alprazolam, call your doctor immediately.

    talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking this medication if you are 65 years of age or older. Older adults should receive low doses of alprazolam because higher doses may not work better and may cause serious side effects.

    if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking alprazolam.

    you should know that alprazolam may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you.

    talk to your doctor about the safe use of alcohol while you are taking this medication. Alcohol can make the side effects of alprazolam worse.
    I just love that one of the suggested categories is R&S LOL.

    Social Science > Psychology
    Society & Culture > Cultures & Groups > Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered
    Society & Culture > Religion & Spirituality
    Society & Culture > Cultures & Groups > Other – Cultures & Groups
    Entertainment & Music > Polls & Surveys
    Not at all, Jabber Wock! Why would you think that? :D
    (((U.P.!!))))
    ((((RazzmaTaz))))))!! Luvz you, babe :D

    • ANSWER:
      Might all of that tl;dr be an indirect reference to posts like this?

      http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AvlW0o0HGsTrE1JxurXe2hdYT31G;_ylv=3?qid=20100820034322AAIGRWo

      LOL!

  46. QUESTION:
    WHY WHY WHY lets ALL STOP SMOKING !!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D?
    it REALLY CAUSES :

    Men:affects teeth to 30% in color

    heart attacks
    blood diseases
    impotence

    Female: hurts pregnancy FOR GOD SAKE AND YOUR CHILDREN SAKE TOO!

    WHAT THE hell

    Most people know that smoking can cause lung cancer, but it can also cause many other cancers and illnesses.

    Smoking kills around 114,000 people in the UK each year.

    Of these deaths, about 42,800 are from smoking-related cancers, 30,600 from cardiovascular disease and 29,100 die slowly from emphysema and other chronic lung diseases

    Cigarettes contain more than 4000 chemical compounds and at least 400 toxic substances.

    When you inhale, a cigarette burns at 700°C at the tip and around 60°C in the core. This heat breaks down the tobacco to produce various toxins.

    As a cigarette burns, the residues are concentrated towards the butt.

    The products that are most damaging are:

    tar, a carcinogen (substance that causes cancer)
    nicotine is addictive and increases cholesterol levels in your body
    carbon monoxide reduces oxygen in the body
    components of the gas and particulate phases cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD).
    The damage caused by smoking is influenced by:

    the number of cigarettes smoked
    whether the cigarette has a filter
    how the tobacco has been prepared.

    Of the 300 people who die every day in the UK as a result of smoking, many are comparatively young smokers.

    The number of people under the age of 70 who die from smoking-related diseases exceeds the total figure for deaths caused by breast cancer, AIDS, traffic accidents and drug addiction.

    Non-smokers and ex-smokers can also look forward to a healthier old age than smokers.

    Cardiovascular disease
    Cardiovascular disease is the main cause of death due to smoking.

    Hardening of the arteries is a process that develops over years, when cholesterol and other fats deposit in the arteries, leaving them narrow, blocked or rigid. When the arteries narrow (atherosclerosis), blood clots are likely to form.

    Smoking accelerates the hardening and narrowing process in your arteries: it starts earlier and blood clots are two to four times more likely.

    Cardiovasular disease can take many forms depending on which blood vessels are involved, and all of them are more common in people who smoke

    Coronary thrombosis: a blood clot in the arteries supplying the heart, which can lead to a heart attack. Around 30 per cent are caused by smoking.
    Cerebral thrombosis: the vessels to the brain can become blocked, which can lead to collapse, stroke and paralysis.
    If the kidney arteries are affected, then high blood pressure or kidney failure results.
    Blockage to the vascular supply to the legs may lead to gangrene and amputation.
    Smokers tend to develop coronary thrombosis 10 years earlier than non-smokers, and make up 9 out of 10 heart bypass patients.

    Cancer
    Smokers are more likely to get cancer than non-smokers. This is particularly true of lung cancer, throat cancer and mouth cancer, which hardly ever affect non-smokers.

    The link between smoking and lung cancer is clear.

    Ninety percent of lung cancer cases are due to smoking.
    If no-one smoked, lung cancer would be a rare diagnosis – only 0.5 per cent of people who’ve never touched a cigarette develop lung cancer.
    One in ten moderate smokers and almost one in five heavy smokers (more than 15 cigarettes a day) will die of lung cancer.
    The more cigarettes you smoke in a day, and the longer you’ve smoked, the higher your risk of lung cancer. Similarly, the risk rises the deeper you inhale and the earlier in life you started smoking.

    For ex-smokers, it takes approximately 15 years before the risk of lung cancer drops to the same as that of a non-smoker.

    If you smoke, the risk of contracting mouth cancer is four times higher than for a non-smoker. Cancer can start in many areas of the mouth, with the most common being on or underneath the tongue, or on the lips.

    Other types of cancer that are more common in smokers are:

    bladder cancer
    cancer of the oesophagus
    cancer of the kidneys
    cancer of the pancreas
    cervical cancer

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a collective term for a group of conditions that block airflow and make breathing more difficult, such as:

    emphysema – breathlessness caused by damage to the air sacs (alveoli)
    chronic bronchitis – coughing with a lot of mucus that continues for at least three months.
    Smoking is the most common cause of COPD and is responsible for 80 per cent of cases.

    It’s estimated that 94 per cent of 20-a-day smokers have some emphysema when the lungs are examined after death, while more than 90 per cent of non-smokers have little or none.

    COPD typically starts between the ages of 35 and 45 when lung function starts to decline anyway.

    In smokers, the rate of decline in lung function can be three times the usual rate. As lung function declines, breathlessn
    tell me if the question is useful and tell mE IF U STOPED SMOKING AT THE MOMENT U READ THIS THANKS!:D

    • ANSWER:
      Most smokers are not capable of quitting or even interested in quitting.

      They are mainly interested in today and although they are well aware of the health dangers they choose to ignore them.

      All your useful information is likely to fall on mostly deaf ears but hopefully you have provided some people with the motivation to quit. Hopefully all your good work will help some smokers to quit.

  47. QUESTION:
    What are the treatment options and recovery chances for a patient with Goodpasture’s Syndrome?
    A friend of mine has been hospitalized with Goodpasture’s Syndrome. I’m having trouble finding out what the treatment options and chances of full recovery are for this disease.

    What can you tell me about the disease besides that it’s an autoimmune disorder that targets the lungs and kidneys?
    This is the first time he’s been hospitalized. He’s had issues with anemia for years. He was originally hospitalized for pneumonia in both lungs. I’ve been estranged from this particular friend and his family for several years, and I guess I’m trying to find out how serious it before I decide what action (if any) is appropriate on my part.

    • ANSWER:
      Your friend and the family will have been informed of this and if you know the family well enough, you might ask them.

      Goodpasture’s is a chronic, relapsing pulmonary (lungs) hemosiderosis (increased iron deposits in tissue) and is usually associated with glomerulonephritis (an inflammation of the glomerulus of the kidney). There is usually a cough with hemoptysis (bloody cough), dyspnea (difficulty breathing), anemia, and progressive renal (kidney) failure.

      Mild forms may respond to corticosteroids or immunosuppressive drugs. Severe recurrent cases have a poor prognosis and hemodialysis and kidney transplant are the only treatments. I have no way to know the severity of your friend’s situation and you have not stated this. You may not know. Is this the first time for hospitalization?

      Despite what another has told you, there is no homeopathic “cure” for this disorder. I’m so very sorry.

  48. QUESTION:
    smoking….interesting…?
    WHAT HAPPENS TO MY BODY WHEN I SMOKE?

    When you smoke, you can become addicted to, or not able to function without nicotine. By definition: nicotine is a colorless, poisonous alkaloid, derived from the tobacco plant and used as an insecticide. It is the substance in tobacco in which smokers can become addicted. Nicotine is as habit-forming as the drugs heroin and cocaine. Over time, you may have problems with your teeth and gums; staining on your teeth, fingers, and fingernails; bad breath; and wrinkling skin. There are also other, more serious health problems caused by smoking, such as:

    · Lung cancer and other lung diseases, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis

    · Other kinds of cancer, such as cancer of the throat, mouth, esophagus (food pipe), pancreas, kidney, bladder, and cervix (opening to the uterus or womb)

    · Atherosclerosis – clogged and narrowed arteries

    · Heart disease

    · Heart attack

    · Stroke

    · Early menopause – the stopping of menstrual periods

    · Osteoporosis – the thinning and weakening of bones

    · Infertility – problems getting pregnant

    · Problems during pregnancy like miscarriage, early or premature birth, having an infant born with low birth weight, stillbirth, and even infant death

    SMOKING is a habit. Is it good or bad, allowed (halaal) or prohibited (haraam)? Let us see the ruling of Allah Almighty and what medicine said about it, this “evil weed, cancer stick, coffin nails.”

    “Spend your wealth for the way of Allah, and do not throw yourselves with your own hands into destruction. and do good; indeed Allah loves the doers of good ” surah 2 verse#195

    by

    Hamadi Al-Aslani

    THATS ISLAM….the perfect religion.
    @harry : dont take it as a joke..u could have a heart attack….would u think about menopause when u are in the hospital discovering and crying if had u cancer?? dont take life a joke…look at ppl arround u, at the ppl who u love, so dont waste ur life for menopause…..
    just be careful and stop smoking girl.
    ALLAH(swt) knows best.
    @jake: i respect u a looot.
    @wondertwit: ur welcome..thank u for ur politeness.
    @the cat: i doubt that sick ppl with desease bcz of smoking say the same word: cool….i think they are thinking of ‘regret’ more.

    ALLAH(swt) knows best.
    @RK: very interesting..thanks a lot for ur note…im sorry for ur father.
    i ask ALLAH(swt) to protect us all from smoking and these desease.
    again thank u a lot for ur answer.

    • ANSWER:
      mashAllah, great advice sis! smoking is harmful for the body so it’s good that we advice the people to quit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  50. QUESTION:
    im freaking out! any help would be appreciated?
    a long winded question but here we go,

    right ive been having a big urge to push (frontal area) im finding it painful to have a wee and i still feel like i need to wee even after i have, ive been having pain in my kidney area (and no its not an STI me and my fiancee have had tests before we got together and have only been with eachother and we are both clean) i have also been experiencing intense pain shooting up my left breast down my left arm, i have also been experiencing pain shooting through my ribs so intense that it makes me gasp for breath, i am seeing a gynaecologist for pains down there but im not scheduled to see her until the end of the month about this new issue thats come up. i have a tilted womb so i dont know if that is any help but my mum seems to think it may be kidney stones.

    if this helps i have the following but i dont know if this can be tied in with whats happening now

    - asthma
    - anemia
    - tilted womb
    - abnormally thick cervix
    - extrinsic allergic alveolitus (lung disease)

    i just want to know your opinions and what you think it may be? i also get big bloating after i eat and severe pain after i eat and when i go to toilet and have had a bit of blood in my poo before.

    thankyou

    • ANSWER:
      I think if the pain gets any worse, you should go to the emergency room. If you can wait, go to the doctor later next week. I hope you feel better.


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 12×12 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 Treatment

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The kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs that lie on either side of the spine in the lower middle of the back. Each kidney weighs about pound and contains approximately one million filtering units called nephrons. Each nephron is made of a glomerulus and a tubule. The glomerulus is a miniature filtering or sieving device while the tubule is a tiny tube like structure attached to the glomerulus.

The kidneys are connected to the urinary bladder by tubes called ureters. Urine is stored in the urinary bladder until the bladder is emptied by urinating. The bladder is connected to the outside of the body by another tube like structure called the urethra.

Chronic kidney disease is identified by a blood test for creatinine. Higher levels of creatinine indicate a falling glomerular filtration rate and as a result a decreased capability of the kidneys to excrete waste products. Creatinine levels may be normal in the early stages of CKD, and the condition is discovered if urinalysis (testing of a urine sample) shows that the kidney is allowing the loss of protein or red blood cells into the urine.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Holistic treatment for kidney disease in dogs?
    Are there any holistic treatments, diets, minerals, etc. that would work in conjunction with medicine in order to help a dog diagnosed with the start of kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Raw food – a raw meaty bones or prey model diet based around whole carcasses, raw meat, meaty bones and organs.

      I would suggest you join one of the raw feeding groups – RawMeatyBones or rawfeeding are two good ones.

      holistic means treating the ‘whole’ rather than just the symptoms – not necessarily homoeopathic or ‘herbal’ – surely a species appropriate diet is the first step in this?

  2. QUESTION:
    is there any treatment for kidney disease which do not need to operate and needle?
    my student got kidney disease, she is 15yrs. can she still study in school?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Hammard,

      You are a responsible teacher!

      I’ m David Wong from Shijiazhuang Kidney Disease Hospital, specilizing in kidney disease treatment.

      We developed Micro chinese medicine osmotherapy (mcmo) after years of exploration. This theraputic method adopts external administration to treat internal disease, without operation and needle.
      Moreover, it resolve the side effect of western medicine,bad absorption of oral medicine.
      Many patients have attained pleasant curative effect and prognosis.

      According to my professinal experience, your student must go to see the doctor and do some regular checks, like urine routine check, blood examination and kidney function test. To ascertain the pathological agent and disease status are the top priority.

      Anyway, encourage your student to keep a good mental status, cheerful and optimistic attitude is helpful to improve our immunity. And if you hope to know more about our therapy, just email me.

      Best Regards!
      David Wong
      Shijiazhuang Kidney Disease Hospital, No. 5, Feiyi Rd, Xinhua Dist. SJZ, Hebei, China
      email: cnsjzdoctor@yahoo.com

  3. QUESTION:
    stage 4 kidney disease, without treatment what things can we exspect to happen.?
    Our 87 year old friend refuses treatment for his kidney disease, he accepts that he will die from it. we want to know what signs to look for as it gets worse.

    • ANSWER:
      Blood pressure increase, bringing a greater risk of hypertension or congestive heart failure.

      Urea accumulation, leading to azotemia and eventually uremia. Uremia symptoms may range from lethargy to pericarditis and encephalopathy.

      Potassium accumulation in the blood (hyperkalemia). Symptoms of hyperkalemia range from malaise to cardiac arrhythmias.

      Decrease in erythropoietin synthesis, which may lead to anemia, and symptoms including fatigue.

      Fluid volume overload, with symptoms rangin from mild edema to life-threatening pulmonary edema. Edema was formerly known as dropsy or hydropsy.

      Decrease in phosphate excretion, leading to hyperphosphatemia.

  4. QUESTION:
    Is there anyone who got treatment in ShiJiaZhuang Kidney Disease Hospital?
    I need to have some idea about their treatment.

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food for a dog with kidney disease?
    Well, my newly adopted dog was just diagnosed with kidney disease. They said it’s not bad yet, but that I should feed her some special kidney disease food. I take her to the vet in Petsmart (Banfield), so she recommended Hills K/D (the only kind they sell there).

    Anyway, I was wondering what anyone thinks is the best dog food for kidney disease “treatment”. Thanks for any suggestions!! :)
    ps: it’s chronic kidney disease, in case it matters. And she’s only 3 years old. Thanks again!

    • ANSWER:
      The veterinarian I work for always recommends Hill’s K/D for kidney problems. Don’t get it confused with C/D. It helps bladder problems. Oh, and don’t feed her table scraps. Human food can damage the kidneys and liver.

  7. QUESTION:
    You do know that kidney disease in the US has been funded by “socialized medicine” since 1973?
    but did you also know that it is one of the few medical problems that Americans come out behind other nations in longevity? Why, when the US fairs so much better in other cancers and diseases is the US so behind in Kidney treatment? Could it be the failure of the socialized kidney disease treatment program:

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-08-23-dialysis_N.htm

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    Our vet told us that diet treatment is the best and only method to treat feline kidney disease. Is this true?
    She just told us to keep feeding our cat Hill’s KD food, and that there was really no other option that would treat the condition just as well. Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      No it is not and you should go to the group linked below this post. That food is just asking for more trouble.
      Treatment of Chronic Renal Failure

      If your cat is not in final stages, this is not want you want to do. You do not want to put your cat on the
      Vets low protein diet. There are simply so many better options out there than to hand the poor cat a low amount of poor quality protein – which often results in a poor appetite and muscle wasting since the body is now robbing its own muscle mass to feed itself a decent quality and amount of protein.
      . There are new thoughts on this and the thinking is it is not the amount of protein but the quality of protein that matters.
      The Merck veterinary manual [www.merckvetmanual.com] says that cats need “4 g of protein of high biologic value per kg body wt/day”. That’s about 7 calories from protein per pound body weight per day. If a cat isn’t a good eater and consumes, say, 20 calories per pound per day, then 7/20 = 35% of calories can safely be from protein. It must be high quality protein, which means meat, fish, milk, and eggs, and not grain or soy.

      I am under the assumption that you have been feeding mostly dry foods. Many use a vegetable based protein instead of animal and that is part of the problem.. Your cat needs protein as it is a carnivore and cutting down on it will lead to other health issues and may cause faster degeneration.
      You want to cut down on phosphorous (no fish allowed now)

      The best way to do this is with a raw diet which you can make yourself or buy. (Making yourself is better) link provided at the bottom
      If you are unwilling to do that then something like the non fish flavors of Wellness or Merrick with NO grains are good alternatives. Wysong is also a good canned choice. This list gives a breakdown. Remember you want low phosphorous

      http://webpages.charter.net/katkarma/can…

      You should be giviung sub-q fluids as needed

      You also will want to look into phosphorous binders. Something like aluminum hydroxide
      Ask your vet or look into calcitrol

      You may want to talk to the vet about having injectable Pepcid AC on hand or you can buy it in pill form (ac not plain pepcid) and give 1/4 tab for stomach upset which happens a lot in crf cats due to acid in the stomach.
      I hope this stuff helps, here are many links for you
      Making cat food

      http://www.catinfo.org/makingcatfood.htm

      other links. Read, read, read!!!!

      http://www.felineoutreach.org/EducationD…

      http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_chr…

      http://www.felinecrf.org/

      http://www.felinecrf.com/

      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Felin…

      About that vets diet. This report is for dogs but applies to cats

      http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Opera/21…

  9. QUESTION:
    when will medicine be able to use stem cell therapy for kidney disease?
    i’ve read a lot about some of the research. i was wandering will medicine be able to use this as a treatment options for kidney disease. im interested in becoming a kidney specialist.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s probably already being tested, give it a few years. They are already using stem cells to help people with arthritis.

  10. QUESTION:
    Treatment for cat with “critical” kidney disease?
    My 4 year old cat was diagnosed a few hours ago with kidney disease. At this moment, he is receiving an IV. My vet was very surprised at how high his numbers were and spent a lot of time with me discussing my options but said that once they flush his system and his numbers don’t increase– I need to start thinking about putting him down.

    • ANSWER:
      Don’t give up on him just yet. CRF cats can live for a long time with proper treatment. My cat was diagnosed last summer and is doing very well on his diet. I don’t use the prescription food the vet recommended. I feed him Wellness wet food. It’s actually much better than the prescription stuff. Here’s a great website on kidney disease in cats that will help alot. Print off some of the articles and go over them with your vet. Good luck to to your kitty.

      http://www.felineoutreach.org/Education/Kidney.html

  11. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy cheaper Lactated Rigers for my dog who has Kidney Disease?
    My dog has recently been diagnosed with Kidney Disease. He is supposed to get subcutaneous fluid injections to help his kidneys deal with the problem. But my Vet charges per bag of fluid, which only lasts for 3 treatments! I cant afford that, but dont want to put my dog down when there is a treatment so readily available. Is there someplace I can get these bags of fluid for cheaper (hopefully much cheaper)? Im not even real sure which type I should be looking for- what the vet gave us is NDC 0409-7953-09 made by Hospira, 1000 ML. I am willing to buy by the case, either locally or online if anyone can point me in the right direction!

    • ANSWER:
      There are many companies that sell it online, you just have to have your vet send them a prescription for it. The last link has a case of 12 for .99 a bag plus free shipping, which is the cheapest that I have found. Also, I have ordered from Valley Vet (the last link) before, and I really thought they had great service. Just FYI: there is no difference between LRS for farm animals and for pets, they are just marketed different.

      http://www.entirelypets.com/lari.html

      http://www.allivet.com/Lactated-Ringers-Solution-Rx-p/25211.htm

      http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.html?PGGUID=30e072f0-7b6a-11d5-a192-00b0d0204ae5

  12. 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

  13. QUESTION:
    why has the scientific community failed to develop a prevention treatment for PKD (polycystic kidney disease)?
    since it affects so many americans, and any prophylactic treatment would likely be administered for the rest of a patient’s life, it would be extremely profitable for big pharm.
    additionally, we also know the gene mutation that is responsible for PKD…

    so what are the difficulties in trying to design a treatment strategy for PKD?

    is the recent boom in genomics and recombinant DNA techniques likely to lead to a breakthrough?

    what about increases in access to totipotent human cells for research or therapy? would this likely lead to advances in finding a treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      till genetic engineering becomes a reality there can not be much that can be done for this condition.

  14. QUESTION:
    For my cat with kidney disease also has a heart condition is the sub-Q therapy/liquid the only choice she has?
    I dont want my severe kidney disease suffering cat to receive the subcutaneous fluid therapy (sub-Q) because it would be too painful for her and she is 15 years old and suffers a heart murmur (a sort of heart condition). I’ve been told cats who suffer from a heart condition shouldn’t receive this sub-Q treatment because it’s dangerous. I need to know what other options are out there instead of the subcutaneous fluid therapy/liquid (sub-q), there has to be other options. The vet i’m taking her with isn’t very helpful he offered that option, and I really need to know what to do so her kidneys get better fast, right now she doesn’t have a treatment or an adequate diet:-( I need urgent speedy help to find a better vet (preferably holistic) in Chicago. If anyone knows please let me know i’d really appreciate it. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      There’s not a lot you can do about this. Normally they’ll try to “restart” the kidneys with an IV of fluids, but with your cat having heart problems, and I would imagine that this is congestive heart failure (CHF)…besides her heart murmur, you’re vet is giving her IV fluids sub q so she’s not overloaded quickly with fluids. I hate to say this…but you need to consider that the time for your loved cat is just about over. If she continues to go down, then you really need to consider euthanasia. I wish you only the best of luck.

  15. QUESTION:
    I have questions about kidney disease?
    There are people that live in the hospital because their kidneys need to be cleaned 3 times a day. Their bodies are monitored every minute. They are weak all the time, but sometimes, they feel OK? What kind of kidney disease do they have? Is it that serious? What causes it and all the bowel problems that go along? What kind of treatment is necessary? What is the procedure?

    They need someone to donate a kidney to them immediately or else How Long Will They Stay Alive?

    • ANSWER:
      There are several kidney dysfunctions, one of them is uremia and this usually leads to dialysis, a process of “cleansing” the kidneys. This is needed to excrete metabolic waste products from the body. In time kidney transplant has to be done to prolong life.

  16. QUESTION:
    is there any authentic treatment to cure or to slowdown progress of poly-cystic kidney disease.?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Medicines & Treatment for diseases of kidney like Urinary Tract Infection, Renal Calculi, Kidney Failure, Gloerulonephritis, Nephritis etc.

      #Arsenicum Album. [Ars]
      This remedy corresponds to all stages of Bright’s disease, bearing a closer resemblance than any other remedy. It comes in later in the disease where there is dropsy, pale skin, waxen appearance, watery diarrhoea and great thirst. The urine is dark, casts are abdundant, and it contains much albumen. There are attacks of dyspnoea when lying down in the evening and after midnight, relieved by an expectoration of mucus. It may come in immediately after Aconite in many cases. Dr. Pope found Arsenicum 3X efficient in acute nephritis. ” Blood boils ” make a special indication for this remedy. Baehr, Millard and Hale question the usefulness of Arsenicum in kidney affections. However, it seems a simile to the large white kidney; in fact, one could hardly wish for a closer correspondence. Hughes considers it a favorite with anxiety and sinking of vital forces will call for Arsenicum. Calcarea arsenica has been used in the anaemia, progressive emaciation and debility of this disease with success.

      #Apis mellifica. [Apis]
      Apis is not so much a remedy for chronic Bright’s disease as for the acuter forms. There are oedematous swellings of the face and extremities, paleness, ascites, oedema pulmonum, pains in the head, back and limbs. Albuminuria following scarlatina. It may be of use in any form of Bright’s disease when there are dull pains in the kidneys, scanty urine and frequent Micturition. The urine is heavily charged with albumen and contains blood corpuscles. The oedema appears quickly, there is general dropsy and suppression of urine and perhaps an eruption of the skin like a nettle rash. The patient is drowsy , apathetic and has a bruised feeling all over. Apis in such cases acts best in trituration; do not depend on the tincture or dilutions. Hepar is recommended by Kafka in Bright’s disease following scarlatina. A valuable symptom for Apis is the following of suffocation. He does not see how he is get another breath.

      #Mercurius corrosivus. [Merc]
      This remedy corresponds to the large white kidney. There is an albuminous, scanty and red urine; pale waxen color of the body; there are lumbar pains, great dyspnoea and excessive strangury. It takes the first rank among all the mercurials for nephritis, and it comes in the later stages. Syphilitic complication further indicate it. There is an expression of uneasiness of uneasiness on the face. Dr. Ludlam considers it our best remedy for the albuminous nephritis of pregnancy and Baehr lauds it in suppurative nephritis. Kali chloricum. This remedy is said to be the most homoeopathic of all remedies in Bright’s disease. It has scanty, dark, albuminous urine containing casts. It excites a violent nephritis.

      #Terebinth.
      One of our reliable and most frequently indicated remedies in the early stages of renal diseases when congestion is prominent, when there is much pain in the back of a dull character extending along the ureters. The great characteristic of dark smoky urine will be present. There is anasarca,and , of course, the urine is bloody and albuminous. It is recommended in post scarlatinal renal affections. The prostration is not accompanied by the restlessness of Arsenicum. Cantharis. This remedy pictures nephritis with cutting pains in the lumbar region; the urine is passed in drops and is mixed with blood, with much urging. Post scarlatinal and post diphtheric kidney diseases with dropsy may indicate Cantharis. If renal congestions arise from Spanish fly blisters, give Camphor as an antidote. The prostration of Terebinth lacks the restless anguish of Arsenicum.

      #Digitalis. [Dig]
      This remedy has an irritant action on the kidneys. It is homoeopathic to granular degeneration. Heart symptoms, feeble pulse, scanty, dark, turbid urine, faintness at the stomach,rheumatic pains will indicate it. It is especially useful when the circulation is weak. Rheumatic pains, pulmonary catarrh with profuse expectoration are marked symptoms. Glonoine has albuminous urine and will sometimes be found useful in acute and haemorrhagic nephritis.

      #Plumbum. [Plum]
      Granular degenerations of the kidneys, with tendency to uraemic convulsion. Dropsy, sallow face, emaciation, oedema about the ankles. It seems to corresponds to the contracted or cirrhotic form of nephritis, holding the same relation here that Arsenic and Mercury do in chronic nephritis. Royal emphasizes this remedy saying that it arrested the progress in many cases and permanently cured not few for him. He never used it below the 30th potency. Cuprum arsenicum is also useful in uraemic conditions and is praised highly by Goodno. Cuprum is a valuable remedy for uraemic eclampsia. Aurum muriaticum. Morbus Brightii from gout, suppurations or syphilis. Interstitial nephritis in its incipiency with digestive and nervous phenomena, hypochondriasis, irritability and vertigo.

      #Phosphorus. [Phos]
      Phosphorus produces as marked a nephritis as any drug. It is one of the most important remedies in Bright’s disease; the characteristic symptoms are: lassitude of the whole body, hands and feet icy cold, sleepiness. The fatigue is greatest in the morning, and there is heat in the body without thirst, especially in the evening. The patient is indisposed to work, is giddy, forgetful and has a heavy headache , particularly in the forehead; there is oedema of the upper eyelids, a mist before the eye, a yellowish fray complexion, a sickly oedema of the face, want of appetite, pressure and burning in the stomach, and a light colored painless diarrhoea which is very weakening. It suits well fatty or waxy casts, is dark brown, scanty and albuminous , or covered with an iridescent film. Pulmonary complications will call for Phosphorus; and inability to lie on the left side is a prominent symptom in these cases. Vomiting and gastric symptoms are usually present. A small dose of Phosphorus will act much safer and better in eclampsia than a large dose of Morphine.

      #Belladonna. [Bell]
      Simple albuminuria, here it seems to occupy a place midway between Aconite and Arsenicum. Belladonna is of the greatest service in inflammation of the kidneys with piercing burning pains in the lumbar region, returning periodically with increased severity. Aconite. Incipient stage of post scarlatinal nephritis, pain in lions, scanty urine without blood. Convallaria. Nephritis from heart disorders. It affords relief when there is extreme rapid and irregular action of the heart,and in general anasarca and ascites from mitral insufficiency. Apocynum. Palliative in dropsical conditions where the urine is scanty. Also useful for comma and convulsions in the nephritis of pregnancy.

      Tha above has been taken from :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/kidneys-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp

      I hope and pray that the provided information is helpful for you.

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  17. QUESTION:
    has anyone ever treated their cat’s kidney disease with holistic treatments?
    if so, what did you do? how did it work? I want to do this in addition to fluid treatments the vet said he needs. my cat is 5 and was just diagnosed. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      How was your cat diagnosed, and what sort of kidney disease does he have? Kidney disease is usually something associated with an elderly cat, and not one his age. Having said that, bad kidneys have been bred into many cats by unscrupulous breeders. I have a male Siamese who was diagnosed with bad kidneys at age 3. His was a birth defect called uremic dysplasia – his kidneys are too small. He’s 11 now!

      Holistic treatment is best for kidney issues. The cat needs to be kept hydrated, and they need maximum, high quality nutrition to avoid the weight loss and muscle wasting associated with kidney disease. My elderly cat with CRF (he’s 16) and my 11 year old male both get premium high-protein canned food, per my vet. The canned food keeps them hydrated, and the high-quality protein is what their bodies need. Choose a canned food free of grains, and by-products. The by-products are a low-quality protein source, and may be harder for the kidneys to process. Low protein diets aren’t suitable for cats unless they are in the very end stages of renal failure. Cats for one won’t eat them, and they need to eat to keep their weight up. And they also contribute to the muscle wasting that you see in so many cats with kidney issues. My two are doing great on this diet, and I won’t switch them to the kidney one (nor does my vet want me to).

      If you’ve got a holistic vet (as in a real one) in your area, by all means get a second opinion there.

  18. QUESTION:
    has anyone heard of NHV Tripsy for cats with kidney disease?
    i have a 15 year old cat in the early stages of kidney disease. i like my vet, but he doesn’t know about any holistic treatments. i see this stuff on the web NHV Tripsy, and their product reviews are great, but i don’t know anything about it. if you have 1st hand experience with this or other holistric treatments for cats with kidney problems, please let me know. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry I don’t know what you are talking about.

  19. QUESTION:
    Anyone Aware about the Treatment given in Deepam Hospital?
    My Mom is Suffering with chrinic Kidney Disease, Is Deepam Hospital good at its treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      I dont know

  20. QUESTION:
    What is the treatment for lead poisoning ?
    I was shot with a shotgun in 2005, now my doctor says I have elevated lead levels. My spine and kidneys are full of buckshot. Will treatment for lead poisoning have to be continuous ? What are the risk for me during the treatment. I have copd & heart disease

    • ANSWER:
      The person best qualified to answer your question is your doctor (or he can refer you to someone who can answer your question). People on YA have no way of knowing how serious your condition is. Many of us are not doctors.

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

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

      I’m not sure you’re wording this question correctly — “What are the homeostatic mechanisms involved in chronic kidney disease?” — Kidney disease doesn’t implement homeostatic mechanisms…it interferes with homeostasis..

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

      “What is the cause and what is the effect on homeostatic mechanisms” — Like I said…

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

  22. QUESTION:
    where can i find info on kidney disease and what dialysis does?
    How is kidney dialysis done; is it very uncomfortable and do you feel better after a treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to kidney school http://www.kidneyschool.org/

      “Kidney School is an interactive, web-based learning program in 20-minute modules. It was designed to help people learn what they need to know to understand kidney disease and its treatment, adjust to kidney disease, make good medical choices, and live as fully as possible. You decide which modules to visit and when––so what you learn is entirely up to you.”

  23. QUESTION:
    Treatment for Crohn’s Disease?
    My boyfriend’s mother has crohn’s disease and she has had some problems with it. She recently took a vacation to visit us (12 hrs away), and the day she got back home she went to the hospital for chemotherapy treatments. She told my b/f that it was nothing to worry about that it was just treatment for her crohn’s. I don’t know much about crohn’s/treatments, but I have never heard of chemotherapy as a form of treatment for this disease. She has lied to him once before when she was having renal failure and she told him that it was just a simple kidney infection. Is chemotherapy a treatment used for crohn’s disease?

    • ANSWER:
      i think so. theorpy means cure.

  24. QUESTION:
    What is the life expectancy of a 62 year old with end stage kidney disease?
    When there are apparently no treatment options (such as a transplant or dialysis) available?

    • ANSWER:
      In theory, “end stage renal disease” should mean that kidney disease has progressed to a point where the patient will not be able to survive for any considerable length of time without renal replacement therapy (i.e., dialysis or a transplant). In practice, it is difficult to know with certainty when that point is reached; the goal is not to wait to start dialysis until the patient is at the door of death. So, some patients who “need dialysis” could actually live for months–in exceptional cases even a few years–without it. Occasionally, even patients who have been on dialysis for years decide to stop, but nevertheless survive for a while without it!

      So, the simple answer is that the answer varies from person to person. However, it’s fair to say that life expectancy in an untreated patient with ESRD usually measures in months to a couple of years. It can be as short as days to weeks.

      BTW, dialysis is almost invariably an option. About the only patients who are not candidates for any form of dialysis are critically ill people with extremely low blood pressure who can’t tolerate even the slowest and gentlest forms of dialysis (hemofiltration); this is usually a situation where death is imminent. In other cases, dialysis is considered a futile option due to a multitude of other medical problems that are expected to be rapidly terminal.

      A much more common scenario is that patients are not interested in a form of dialysis for which they are a candidate; for example, hemodialysis in a center three times per week.

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    dear collegues,my sis is suffering from a disease can u guide me 4 her treatment,giving her details…?
    ashwini 20 yrs,ocassionaly weakness and fatigue.
    investigations-
    BUN(blood urea nitrogen) 63mg/dl
    SERUM CREATININ 5mg/dl,(11mg/dl before hemodialysis)
    HEAMOGLOBIN 6gm/dl
    ANTI NUCLEAR ANTIBODY POSITIVE
    ANTI HISTONE ANTIBODY POSITIVE
    ANTI DNA ANTIBODY POSITIVE, BUT NOT SLE.
    RENAL BIOPSY-END STAGE RENAL DISEASE INVOLVING BOTH KIDNEYS.
    X-Ray chest cardiomegaly.

    history and present condition-
    she was alright 4 yrs back when her doctor sister noticed her pale and investigated.physically well built & a university player.
    SHE IS NOW ON DIALYSIS every 8-10 days.
    FAMILY HISTORY-HER MOTHER(38),SISTER(22) DIED OF SAME PATHOLOGY FEW YRS BEFORE.
    PRESENT MEDICATION-high doses of steroids,erythropoietin.
    we r considering for renal transplant,but surgeons deny it cuase of antibodies present.
    she is having one more sist and a brother,
    PLS GUIDE ME FOR HER MANAGEMENT TO A GOOD PHYSICIAN.WILL B VERY THANKFUL 4 U.
    arunmoregsa@rediffmail.com, arun_sups@yahoo.com
    Dr Arun,India.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m a nurse here in the U.S.

      I’m sorry to hear about your sister’s illness. Given the lab values you cited..this definitely sounds like an autoimmune process going on. I have SLE and this sure sounds familiar. I spent several years of going to different doctors and being diagnosed with various “strange” diseases before I found my current physician who figured out it was SLE all along. SLE is the great imposter. It can mimic many diseases. Are you certain it’s not SLE?

      Your sister needs a good rheumatologist. There is a very good one in Denver, Colorado at National Jewish Medical Center. His name is Dr. Richard Meehan. Here is the website for National Jewish. Perhaps you can contact him or one of his colleagues through this site.

      www.nationaljewish.org

      Best of luck to you, and prayers for your sister’s health.

  28. QUESTION:
    Why is my cat up meowing at night after going to the vet for treatment?
    She was treated for a urinary tract infection yesterday. I know she was lethargic and drinking a lot of water, so we’ll have to wait and see if she has beginning stages of kidney disease. She’ll be fine, but I won’t. I am pooped. She was up 3 separate times meowing last night. I think she’s happy. Maybe she was in pain for a while and is now relieved the pain went away. Have you folks ever dealt with something like this? Normally she goes to sleep with me. It was weird.
    She was at home and didn’t stay overnight at the vet. I was trying to sleep. The twit kept waking me up. When I tried to get her to stop, she seemed like she just wanted to play.
    Yes, they did a ton of blood work. Three hundred bucks worth and now I have to put her on pricier food from them for cats with kidney issues. My other cat’s a mut and dang—she NEVER has any problems.

    • ANSWER:
      just probably happy she isnt in pain

  29. QUESTION:
    Which army regulation covers disqualifying conditions for deployment pertaining to Polycystic kidney disease?
    My unit is currently on orders for deployment. I’m not afraid to go, I knew there was a chance when I enlisted. I have Autosomol Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD). I’m just wandering what kind of treatment will be available in Iraq? I was diagnosed with it in 2000. My mom and her siblings have it. My Aunt and Uncle are currently undergoing dyalisys for their ADKPD.

    • ANSWER:
      You will have to ask the Army medical staff – if you remind them that you have it they can look up the regs.

      It might not disqualify you at all if it’s not severe or if the treatment is not complicated.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  33. QUESTION:
    What are the treatment options and recovery chances for a patient with Goodpasture’s Syndrome?
    A friend of mine has been hospitalized with Goodpasture’s Syndrome. I’m having trouble finding out what the treatment options and chances of full recovery are for this disease.

    What can you tell me about the disease besides that it’s an autoimmune disorder that targets the lungs and kidneys?
    This is the first time he’s been hospitalized. He’s had issues with anemia for years. He was originally hospitalized for pneumonia in both lungs. I’ve been estranged from this particular friend and his family for several years, and I guess I’m trying to find out how serious it before I decide what action (if any) is appropriate on my part.

    • ANSWER:
      Your friend and the family will have been informed of this and if you know the family well enough, you might ask them.

      Goodpasture’s is a chronic, relapsing pulmonary (lungs) hemosiderosis (increased iron deposits in tissue) and is usually associated with glomerulonephritis (an inflammation of the glomerulus of the kidney). There is usually a cough with hemoptysis (bloody cough), dyspnea (difficulty breathing), anemia, and progressive renal (kidney) failure.

      Mild forms may respond to corticosteroids or immunosuppressive drugs. Severe recurrent cases have a poor prognosis and hemodialysis and kidney transplant are the only treatments. I have no way to know the severity of your friend’s situation and you have not stated this. You may not know. Is this the first time for hospitalization?

      Despite what another has told you, there is no homeopathic “cure” for this disorder. I’m so very sorry.

  34. QUESTION:
    Kidney Disease??? Please help.?
    I randomly get this pain around the area where my left kidney would be…maybe once a month or once every two months. I tried researching what it could be and it seems like there is more of a possibility of it being kidney disease than a kidney stone. Are there treatments for kidney disease or will it have to be removed? Also, does anyone know what tests they’ll have to run to find out if I even have kidney disease? PLEASE help.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Mm..if the disease is related to kidney,then you wouldn’t feel the pain at your front area,but at the back of your kidney.It may be something else.I also get that pain(exactly like yours).But usually,i’ll have A LOT of ‘white fluid’(i dunno the english words for it)while,before,and after the pain.But i’m not sure if this related to the pain coz we have our ovary at the right,not at the left.So,that’s is all i know.Meet your doctor,it would be better.

  35. QUESTION:
    I have questions on kidneys diseases. Please answer only if you know.?
    There are people that live in the hospital because their kidneys need to be cleaned 3 times a day. Their bodies are monitored every minute. They are weak all the time, but sometimes, they feel OK? What kind of kidney disease do they have? Is it that serious? What causes it and all the bowel problems that go along? What kind of treatment is necessary? What is the procedure?

    • ANSWER:
      The procedure that you are referring to is called hemodialysis. (“Hemo” means blood; “dialysis” means to clean) Hemodialysis is a medical procedure that is given to End-Stage Renal Disease patients. Hemodialysis is needed when the kidneys have been severely damaged and can no longer remove waste products and extra fluids from the body. Depending on the size and/or how compliant the patient is, treatment time can range from 3 1/2 to 5 hours, and usually takes place three times a week. Hemodialysis can be extremely hard on the body, which explains why patients that receive this particular treatment often suffer from fatigue.

      During treatment, patients are connected to the dialysis machine via catheter, through a large artificial blood vessel called a graft, or through an enlarged blood vessel called a fistula, both of which are usually located in the arm or leg. Using a plastic line and needle, small amounts of the patient’s blood is transferred from the body into an artificial kidney, or dialyzer, which filters waste products, extra fluids, and water from the body. As mentioned before, this procedure can takes place for 3 1/2 to 5 hours.

      Though hemodialysis is the most common form of treatment for ESRD patients, it is worthy to note that it is not the only form of treatment out there. Patients can also receive peritoneal dialysis treatments, which uses a glucose-based solution to cleanse the body of toxins and excess water, as well as a kidney transplant.

  36. QUESTION:
    Graves Disease/Hyperthyroidism and I-141 Treatment?
    In the last 2 months I found out that I have Graves Disease. I recently underwent the I-131 treatment to kill my thyroid. I missed about 12 days of work from this because it just wore me out completely.

    Has anyone had this treatment before? If so what were some of your side effects of the treatment? I am on completely unchartered territory and my doctor isn’t too helpful.

    Also, I am developing kidney or flank pain on my left side. I am nto sure this is related but I have a feeling that it could be since the radiation does such a number on your system.

    I’d appreciate any thing that can be offered.

    • ANSWER:
      My co-worker is currently undergoing treatment for graves, and my best friend had it about 10 years ago. The radiation therapy will make you very tired as your body needs to repair itself. Also, since your thyroid is going from Hyper to Hypo, you will feel sluggish, depressed and pretty much blah until they get your replacement meds right.

      It’s not surprising your doctor is unhelpful, most know very little about graves. My friend Chris was mis-diagnosed for almost 2 years before they figured out what it was. Just hang in there and you will get better, it’s just going to take a little time.

  37. QUESTION:
    my GFR was 82, Do i have kidney disease?
    on every chart, GFR of 82 is 2nd stage kidney disease, But ive seen 4 doctors and they all said my kidneys are fine and don’t need treatment or diet change. anybody know ? i’m confused

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    Can someone with Wegener’s disease live a normal healthy life?
    A friend of mine (age 21) was just diagnosed with Wegener’s disease. Doctors were saying that the kidneys were in danger of failing, but after tests and biopsy they found out that her kidneys were fine and all her major organs were healthy. She is going to go in for chemo therapy and other treatments, will it be possible for her to live a normal healthy life after this? Is her life significantly shortened?

    • ANSWER:
      Anything can happen to your friend at this point, but it looks pretty favorable for her. This disease can be fatal when it is not diagnosed until significant damage has already occurred. When it is treated before damage occur, the disease can sometimes be permanently eliminated with no lasting health effects. Sometimes the disease is stopped with treatment, but it later reappears, and sometimes the treatments don’t work. Hopefully, she will respond well to the treatments and never have a problem again!

  39. QUESTION:
    Complications in diabetes treatment?
    1.
    “Even with successful treatment, diabetes survivors are at risk of serious complications, such as CV disease, kidney failure, and blindness”

    2.
    “Truly successful treatment minimizes complications by narrowing the gap between a healthy glucose homeostasis pattern and that derived from therapeutic treatment”
    -Matching basal and post-prandial glucose and insulin levels to those of healthy individuals.
    -Individuals have different levels of dysfunction.

    What’s the second point trying to say?
    And what’s it mean by basal and post-pranial glucose/insulin levels?

    • ANSWER:
      The 2nd to me is saying that Diabetics if they follow the patterns of a healthy Ind. glucose pattern, on what the Non-Diabetics blood glucose levels are before a meal, after a meal, while sleeping, etc. they will have less health problems.

      Basal rate, as it relates to Diabetics is calculated by how much insulin a normal pancreas secretes to keep a persons blood sugars in normal range or in a Diabetics case with the help of an insulin pump; it allows a Diabetic (insulin dependent) to set the appropriate basal rate or amount of insulin to pump every hour to maintain their blood glucose levels to the similar levels of a non-diabetic (ex. 0.65 per hour basal rate)

      Post-prandial not 100% sure but have a strong feeling it means After Eating glucose levels which should be checked two hours after eating to ensure that your basal rate or as I call it fasting (no food) glucose level versus what my blood sugar is after I eat. Which determines if a Diabetic is taking to little or too much insulin over a period of time and if monitored closely a Diabetic can come close to the blood sugar levels of a non-diabetics basal and post prandial glucose levels and in the end have fewer complications.

      Hope this helps a little, even I got a bit confused by this wording and pretty knowledgable about diabeties treatment and slang.

  40. QUESTION:
    What is the safest treatment for hyperthyroidism in cats?
    Our cat was just diagnosed with hyperactive thyroid & my parents want to do the methimazole treatment. I heard that there are lots of side effects including liver & kidney damage. I prefer the radioactive iodine cause I heard it’s a cure for the disease.

    Anyway, if you have a cat with hyperthyroidism, what course of action did you take? Which do you recommend if safest method?

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry I can’t help specifically, but wanted to suggest another source for info that might be helpful to you. Although I haven’t joined any for feline hyperthyroid, I do know from first-hand experience (feline cancer group) that these specialized groups typically have a lot of information about the conditions, treatments, etc. and the folks are very friendly and helpful. These three Yahoo Groups specifically mention feline hyperthyroid, the first is dedicated to that specific condition:

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/feline-hyperT

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Feline_Hypertension

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FelineDiabetics

      Hope this helps & best of luck to you and your cat!!

  41. QUESTION:
    Diet for K9 with Kidney Disease?
    My poor dog that I’ve had since I was 19 (Im currently 31) has failing kidneys. The Vet said that if she were a person she would be on dialasis. Anyhow, she is currently getting liquid treatment under her skin every day and her she is still eating, but not nearly what she used to. I have been giving her people food as she has been staying away from regular canned dog food (which she used to love). Now I give her some canned salmon, rice, carrots, sometimes a scrambelled egg or two. But what she REALLY LOVES is canned vienna sausages and hot dogs. I have been giving her alot of these just so she will take in more calories. I would put her down, alothough it breaks my heart except she is still pretty playful and happy…although not as much as she use to be. My question is what do you think about giving her hot dogs and such as primary meals?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a great yahoo group for dogs with kidney failure. The members there have a lot of great advice and tricks to keep your dog with you as long as possible. Please join and seek their advice.http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/K9KidneyDiet/

  42. QUESTION:
    If alcoholism is a disease, why don’t we treat it as such?
    If you have kidney disease you get dialysis, they don’t throw you in treatment. If you want to quit smoking they give you patches, pills and an 800 # to call. Why is it so complicated to quit drinking? Why do we call it a disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Its is treated as a disease. Try looking at places such as the koala center, the mayo clinic , betty ford clinicetc…. It is complicated to quit b/c there are so many reasons why people drink. Some started socially and can’t stop others drink to kill the pain etc.. I believe that it is a disease and a genetic one at that. They put you in treatment b/c there are seriuos w/drawl symptoms , such as d.t.s associated with detox. This treatment should be followed by counseling. And alos, drinking is a social activity – it is hard to quit when the people around you are drinking. You may want to find some new hobbies that are healthier.

  43. 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

  44. QUESTION:
    Can a physically fit person die from alzheimer’s disease?
    My aunt is 85 yrs old and has been declared physically fit, heart lungs kidneys etc all in good health; yet she is suffering from the onset of Azheimer’s and is suffering from unsteadiness when walking. She becomes disoriented and has word finding problems. She is currently in rehab for treatment of Vertigo.

    • ANSWER:
      Alzheimer is deterioration of the brain the physically fit body has nothing to do with it. The are meds that can be given to slow the progression of this disease.

  45. QUESTION:
    HOMEOPATHY: IS HOMEOPATHY GOOD FOR KIDNEY DISEASE?
    MY FATHER IS SUFFERING FROM POLY CYSTIC KINDEY DISEASE. PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOMEOPATHY TREATMENT WILL BE EFFECTIVE ORNOT?

    • ANSWER:
      HOMEOPATHY Is a Scam.

  46. QUESTION:
    Dog has early kidney disease?
    The vet just diagnosed my rescue chihuahua as being in the early stages of kidney disease. She give my dog 14 days worth of antibiotics, however told me to give her 7 days worth, cease for 10 days and then continue antibiotics for 7 days. Anyone understand what the 10 day period of no antibiotics in the middle of her treatment is about?
    Thanks in advance for your serious answers.

    • ANSWER:
      Which antibiotic are you using?

      Some antibiotics have effects other than their primary antibiotic effect, which might be what we’re chasing after here.

      The only other thing I can think of, is that there might be problems giving the drug for 14 days straight (due to side effects of the drug), and there might be enough residual activity left to keep working for a while (carry you through the 10 day break), and then you start back up again once the system has had a chance to equilibrate.

      Best thing to do though, is talk to the vet directly. I’d be quite curious to know what they say (I’ll check back on this question later, or you can e-mail me directly).

  47. QUESTION:
    My brother suffering frm Nephrotic syndrome(disease of kidney) i need sugesstion plz help?
    My brother (15 year old) is suffering frm Nephrotic Syndrome.So, i want to know that which country is best for its treatment.his disease started in 2004.He was started on steroid and develop multiple relapses.During his illness he recieved course of levamisole,course of cellcept,then was kept on cyclosporine since 2005.While on cyclosporine he continued to have multiple relapses.In doha his treatment is contimued but I and my family is not satisfied so, plz help.

    • ANSWER:
      I am NOT a doctor but I have been reading a lot of information that is health related recently and may be able to point you in the right direction.

      The first thing I would recommend is to find yourself a good nutritionist or Natuopathic Physician. Medical doctors are great [when you find a good one] for diagnosing a condition but they are pretty much trained ONLY in drug therapy and know very little or nothing about treating the body with natural treatments. (And even if they did – it is unlawful in the USA to claim that anything other than a drug can cure or treat a disease.) You have to remember that the text books used in medical schools are provided by drug companies.

      There are a few things that I would recommend. The first one is to add at least 6 ounces of seafood to your brother’s diet every day. The reason for this is that ONLY seafood contains the 72 trace elements that are missing from all other food. Seafood will likely not produce immediate results. It can take up to 90 days or more for the trace elements to build up in the body to get the maximum benefits. However, you should not try to rush this by taking a supplement that contains the trace elements unless you take ONLY the recommended amount of the supplement daily. The heavier trace elements can be toxic if overdosed. Eating as much seafood as one wants is okay, however. Avoid the larger fish like tuna and swordfish and shark due to mercury content. Also eat only wild salmon and not farm-raised. If you have a garden do not use commercial fertilizer but instead use fertilizer or mulch from seaweed and this will put the trace elements into the vegetables you grow. For information on this see the first link posted below. Note: If seafood is out of the question due to sodium intake concerns then a trace element formula would be recommended. Try Concentrace tablets. These are recommended at www.truehealth.org and the tablet form is recommended instead of the liquid for reasons mentioned there.

      Second, and since this is a kidney related problem, I would recommend a bowel and kidney cleansing program be started immediately. There are numerous products available from different companies. Personally I would recommend Dr. Schulze’s 30 day detox which consist of 2 bowel cleanses, a kidney cleanse and a liver cleanse. My wife and I have both used this regimen even though it cost 0 (Use 3rd link below and then click on “Life-Changing 30 Day Detox). Regarding the bowel cleanse: It consist of 2 formulas: #1 & #2. Take formula #1 by taking one capsule per directions in the evening and if that doesn’t give the desired effect [bowel movement the next morning] then take 2 capsules the next evening – if that doesn’t give the desired effect take 3 capsules the next evening etc. Once you obtain the desired effect begin taking formula #2 per directions while continuing to take formula #1 each evening [increased by one capsule and held at that level for the duration of taking formula #2]. Any questions contact me or the websites featuring the various products or protocols.

      Third: Particularly since reading the information at the 4th link posted below and it’s indication that nephrotic syndrome is often associated with inflammatory conditions, I would recommend investigating the use of the enzyme serrapeptase [links 5 & 6]. While I have not yet used this supplement I have just placed an order for it for myself, my wife and my father. Please note that serrapeptase can be found on the web under various names such as serratiopeptidase, serraphase and arthrozyme and others. It is important that the supplement you choose be enterically coated. If it isn’t one would have to take twice as much to get the same benefit.

      Another enzyme called nattokinase is useful for preventing blood clots and may help treat the clotting tendency associated with nephrotic syndrome but if your brother’s doctor has him on blood thinning drugs it would be advised to check with the doctor before adding nattokinase to the regimen. Nattokinase can be taken as a supplement or as food called Natto. Natto is a traditional Japanese food and is commonly eaten for breakfast in Japan. See the last link below.

      The only other thing I can add is to eliminate all processed foods and meats containing hormones or antibiotics. In other words eat as healthy as possible. .. Organic when possible. if not organic then “Natural” and fresh foods rather than canned and boxed. You may have success without doing this but the more you can do in the way of eating healthy, the better.

      Hope this helps. If you try this and it works after a couple months please let me know. I would be most interested in the results either way.

      jkrmn@bigfoot.com

  48. QUESTION:
    kidney disease questions?
    1.What is the name of the disease? What is the origin of the name of the disease?
    2.Is the disease communicable or non-communicable? What is communicable / non-communicable?
    3.Historical background of the disease. Give a TIMELINE of the disease (beginning to present).
    4.Date the disease was first discovered.
    5.Name of person responsible for the discovery.
    6.How did it/does it affect society, in general and from the standpoint of treatment cost and care?
    7.Were/Are any historical figures affected by the disease (if no historical figures, who is affected)?
    8.How does the disease spread / progress? Both outside and inside the body.
    9.What are the symptoms and how is the body (body systems) affected by the disease?
    10.What are the causes of the disease? What is the incubation of the disease?
    11.How is the disease diagnosed? What tests are used?
    12.What are the treatments for the disease? Is there a cure for the disease? What medications or vaccination?
    13.How many people die/affected from the disease (month/year/ever) and what is the average age of onset?
    14.What and Where research was or is currently being done to find a cure or treat the disease?
    15.What role has research played on the discovery, treatment, and/or cure of this disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Try doing your report on Glomerulonephritis :)
      Sorry, I’m not going to do your work for you, so thats all I can offer.

  49. QUESTION:
    what is the life span of end stage renal disease with one kidney dead other less than 10% no dialysis/transpnt
    also the person has diabetes, skin cancer, breast cancer, shingles, is on methadone, and 20 other pills from blood pressure, capapril? pacsil, and many others, also was on perocet, fentenal, now on methodone, doctors gave her 5 years to live from cancer going on 11 yrs. doctors also gave her 2 months to live with refusing treatment for kidneys, been 2 months, she also gets sick a lot, throws up blood sometimes, she is my boyfriend’s mother, she refuses home nurses, free care, etc. some web sites say 6 months tops others says many years, how longs before the toxins build up in her system, also she only eats once every three days, refuses food, sick, when she eats its deep fried egg rolls or fried eggs, milk, bread, and she drinks approx. 15-20 cups of instant reg. coffee a day, smokes 5 cartons of ciggs. a month, sometimes she is out of her mind, some days fine, how long is her lifespan? she is 62yr. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I would say “death is iminent”, but sometimes the body defies all the plans, numbers, and statistics that the medical fields can come up with.

  50. QUESTION:
    Is a chlorine dioxide dental treatment safe for cats with early renal disease?
    My beloved kitty is almost 12 yrs old and has declining renal function. She also has some dental problems. She is scheduled to undergo a dental cleaning and exam, but I came across some products that advertised that they would help make the cleaning easier and would help prevent against tartar/plaque build up afterwards. While I am skeptical of how much good they will really do, my main concern is that it might be harmful to her kidneys. I couldn’t really find much evidence either way. Anyone with any knowledge on the subject? Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      Bless you and you “kitty”.Our old girl had renal failure and i had 2 put her on iv 2 help flush out her system.She lived a good 4 years and was full of life,But we had 2 be very careful of anything she was given.I would really talk 2 your vet before proceeding 2 give her this product.May she have many more wonderful healthy years.


Disease Kidneys Prevent

Kidney disease in dogs can develop gradually, often with symptoms that are easily overlooked. Springing from a variety of causes, kidney disease can be detected by a simple blood exam that a veterinarian can administer once a month. Symptoms of kidney disease in dogs vary depending on the type of complication present, such as viral infections, poisoning, or even cancer.

Keeping a close eye on your dog can be one of the best ways to detect kidney failure, but nothing beats a physical exam done once a month. Here are some things you need to know about kidney disease in dogs, and the steps you need to take for treatment and medication.

1. Kidney disease in dogsis of two types, acute renal failure, and chronic renal failure. The former is caused by ingesting poisonous materials. If you have a couple of poisonous components lying around your house such as rat poison or anti-freeze, your dog may have accidentally ingested them. Chronic renal failure, on the other hand, is insidious and hard to determine in their early stages. Caused by a number of underlying complications such as congenial abnormalities, leptospirosis or even cancer, chronic renal failure mostly affects young dogs and old aged ones.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    how’s the best way to prevent kidney disease and Urinary tract disease?? ?
    I just want to hear some answers as to how to prevent these problems in cats so they can live long healthy life’s. like what foods to feed them and what foods not to feed them. .

    • ANSWER:
      Very simple answer to a great question Feed proper food for the species. That means no kitty crack aka dry food, Canned foods with no grains or a raw food diet is what is best for your carnivores

      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 ingrediant a muscle meat like chicken or meal or other things?

      http://www.catinfo.org/#Learn_How_To_Read_a_Pet_Food_Ingredient_Label

      http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/Spring04/Perhach/PetFood/InterpretingLabels.htm

      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 grains and carbohydrates which many cats (carnivores) cannot process. 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.

      http://www.catinfo.org/#My_Cat_is_Doing_Just_Fine_on_Dry_Food

      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.
      THE BEST CAT FOODS CONTAIN NO GRAINS NO BYPOODUCTS NO MEAL
      Cats are meat eaters not cereal or rice eaters
      Fancy feast is a middle grade food with 9lives, friskies whiskas lower grade canned and wellness and merrick upper grade human quality foods. I would rather feed a middle grade canned food then the top of the line dry food.
      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.catinfo.org/

      http://www.catinfo.org/feline_obesity.htm

      http://maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm#Dry_Food_vs_Canned_Food.__Which_is_reall

      Vetinarian diets The reason your vet thinks so highly of the pet food they sell probably has more to do with money than nutrition. In vet school, the only classes offered on nutrition usually last a few weeks, and are taught by representatives from the pet food companies. Vet students may also receive free food for their own dogs and cats at home. They could get an Iams notebook, a Purina purse and some free pizza. http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/Spring04/Perhach/PetFood/Vets.htm

  2. QUESTION:
    Steps you can take to prevent kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:

  3. 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.

  4. QUESTION:
    how to prevent chronic kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      drink lots of water and no soda or alcohol

  5. QUESTION:
    how to prevent miminal change disease of the kidney?

    • ANSWER:
      Causes-
      Minimal change disease can be associated with food allergies, medications, or hematologic malignancies, or it can occur idiopathically.
      If cause is known, it should be avoided. Unfortunately in many cases cause is not known.
      Hope it helps.
      Good luck!

  6. QUESTION:
    how people prevent or protect themselves from chronic kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      I couldn’t prevent it…. I have a hereditary kidney disease that both parents had and passed to me! UGH!

  7. QUESTION:
    How do I start a support group, for minorities with diabetes.?
    Basically, what I would like to do is sit down with a small group and talk open and honestly about our lives with diabetes.
    How to manage it and not it managing us.
    Also make it fun, and engaging with incentives for participating. But mainly letting them know how they can prevent kidney disease, amputation, and the various other dangerous complications.

    • ANSWER:
      Minorities are more likely to get diabetes than their white counterparts so I do understand why you would want to start something like that. You’d have to do a LOT of research and to set up a meeting where everybody feels comfortable, you might wanna go to a local school, YMCA, community center and churches are very accommodating as well.
      Free food is always an incentive and you could make the participants prepare healthy food instead of junky food so they can go home with a tool to help them fight diabetes. good luck =)

  8. QUESTION:
    Preventing Kidney disease/Renal failure?
    Hi, my cat is almost 15 years old, and the older she gets, the more worried I have become about kidney problems. What are the best ways to help prevent renal failure in cats? I have heard increasing protein and reducing phosphorus are key, but how exactly is this done? What foods are best for this? Currently she eats Purina Healthful Life (dry food) and drinks regular tap water (which is what we drink also…) any suggestions?
    She definitely likes wet food, and we fed it to her for a long time, but she got to where it upset her stomach and often made her vomit. She doesn’t seem to have this problem with the dry food…

    • ANSWER:
      You can’t increase protein and reduce phosphorus – it doesn’t work that way. What they usually do is reduce the quality of the protein (like to a plant source rather than from an animal source) to reduce the phosphorus, but this isn’t good for a cat.

      Cats require high quality protein. Wet food generally contains better quality protein than dry foods. But your best choice is a high quality canned food (like Wellness) that has a minimal amount of fillers, grains and additives. These substances are known to cause low level inflammation of the kidneys which results in damage to the kidneys over long periods of time. Since dry food is practically devoid of any water, it tends to keep a cat in a continual state of borderline dehydration, which causes the kidneys to work harder and accelerates damage.

      You cannot reverse this kidney damage, but you can minimize any further damage by reducing or eliminating the ingestion of poor quality food ingredients and environmental toxins.

      BTW, the feline distemper vaccine is suspected of contributing to kidney failure also.

  9. QUESTION:
    Diseases / Disorders which prevents the Kidneys to retain albumin from the blood into the urine?

    • ANSWER:
      In general they are called Nephroses or Nephrotic Syndrome. Here is the list-
      diabetic nephropathy
      membranous nephropathy
      in older adults, the most common cause is amyloidosis.
      Hope it helps, Good luck!

  10. QUESTION:
    how can kidney disease be prevented?

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve actually had a kidney disease a couple years ago and was hospitalized. My doctor thought I had the stomach flu, but it was actually a kidney failure. I don’t think there is a possible way to prevent a kidney disease, even if you eat healthy and exercise. The way my kidney failed was because I had a sore throat, and the white cells attacking the germs in my throat had started to attack my kidney instead, mistaking my kidney for the enemy… but I thank God everyday for healing it, and so I didn’t need a transplant. But the doctors advised me not to eat too much salty foods, and if you have any questions, just email me at optimisticgrl01@yahoo.com.

  11. QUESTION:
    I have stage 2 Kidney Disease. Is my sudden weight loss a sign of something serious?
    I’ve always been thin but I’ve recently droped to under 84 pounds, having shed ten pounds just this past month. I’ve been eating more in an attempt to prevent this from happening but to no avail I really havent had an appetite though.
    I’m tired all of the time, dizzy, and have been having episodes where breathing is difficult. I dont know if this is *normal* thing in regards to Kidney Disease as I was just diagnosed with it less than a year ago. I haven’t gone back to the doctor as I do not have health insurance. SO If this isn’t a sign of something serious, then I’m not going to put myself in debt with medical bills. Therefore I was wondering if anyone had any helpful advice or experience with kidney disease?
    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Do you live near a free clinic? You really need to see a doctor. Are you just planning to let the disease take its course or are you going to seek treatment? I’m sure there’s a local hospice that can help you.

  12. QUESTION:
    what are the causes of kidney diseases, prevention and cure?
    I need to know what are the various causes of kidney disease, how to prevent it as well as the cure for it

    • ANSWER:
      Nephropathy refers to damage to or disease of the kidney.
      * One cause of nephropathy is the long term usage of analgesics. The pain medicines which can cause kidney problems include aspirin, acetaminophen, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs.
      * A second possible cause of nephropathy is due to decreased function of xanthine oxidase in the purine degradation pathway.
      * Diabetic nephropathy is kidney disease or damage that results as a complication of diabetes.
      * High blood pressure makes the heart work harder and, over time, can damage blood vessels throughout the body. If the blood vessels in the kidneys are damaged, they may stop removing wastes and extra fluid from the body. The extra fluid in the blood vessels may then raise blood pressure even more. It’s a dangerous cycle.
      * The main components of the urinary tract are kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Any part of the urinary system may become infected and this is generally referred to as urinary tract infection (UTI).
      # Lower urinary tract infection involves the urethra, the bladder, and, in men, the prostate gland.
      # Upper urinary tract infection refers to infection of the kidneys.
      # Infection of the kidneys is also known as pyelonephritis.
      * A kidney stone is a hard, crystalline mineral material formed within the kidney or urinary tract. Kidney stones are a common cause of blood in the urine (hematuria) and often severe pain in the abdomen, flank, or groin. Kidney stones are sometimes called renal calculi.
      * Hydronephrosis describes the situation where the urine collecting system of the kidney is dilated. This may be a normal variant or it may be due to an underlying illness or medical condition.
      I am sorry that the reply can not be furnished in detail due to limitation of space.

  13. QUESTION:
    What are the symtoms of kidney disease?How con it be prevented or cured/?
    kidney failure is becoming rampant nowadays,

    • ANSWER:
      Seems you are intrested in this subject.

      A doctor who specializes in kidney problems is a Nephrologist. Here’s an interesting web site for you.

  14. QUESTION:
    i’m 27 and i found out about a year that i have polycystic kidney disease. Is it ok for me to workout?
    I know that sooner or later my abdomen will be enlarged. Is there any way at all to prevent or slow it down?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s always good to work out, but you might want to do low impact, make sure to lift weights, build muscle, it will only make you stronger. Drink plenty of water and when you are having sypmtoms, don’t push yourself or overexert yourself ever. Just make sure to keep hydrated.

  15. QUESTION:
    What are the benefits of eating bananas?
    Bananas possess iron, potassium, calcium and fibers. They prevent cancer, kidney diseases and promote our health immensely.

    • ANSWER:
      14 Banana Health Benefits You Might Not Know About
      The Health Benefits Of Bananas Are Numerous

      Banana health benefits are comparable to any other type of fruit. In fact, bananas have several positive benefits that many other fruits do not have. These yellow-skinned fruits are ideal for health because they have a sweet taste that most people enjoy. Because of this, it is easy to implement bananas into a daily diet.

      Bananas are also convenient because you can carry them with you whenever you are in a hurry. Knowing the banana health benefits and the other positive things that bananas can be used for will likely give you a new appreciation for this popular fruit.

      A Banana a Day…
      Instead of eating an apple each day for optimum health, the adage should state that a banana each day keeps the doctor away. The banana health benefits far outweigh those of the apple because it has many more vitamins and nutrients than their round counterparts.

      Bananas have two times as many carbohydrates as an apple, five times as much Vitamin A and iron and three times as much phosphorus. In addition, bananas are also rich in potassium and natural sugars. All of these factors combined make the banana a “super food” that is an integral part of a healthy daily regimen.

      Bananas Provide Energy
      Because of the abundance of vitamins and minerals, bananas are a great source of natural energy. Eating only two bananas will give you enough energy to exercise or workout for an hour and a half. Bananas are also ideal for eating during that midday lull when you feel tired and sluggish.

      Instead of drinking caffeine or having a sugary snack, bananas provide a level of energy that lasts longer without the dramatic crash caused by caffeine.

      Potassium is Vital for Performance
      Because they are rich in potassium, bananas help the body’s circulatory system deliver oxygen to the brain. This also helps maintain a regular heartbeat and a proper balance of water in the body. Potassium is also helpful for reducing strokes and regulating blood pressure because of the way it promotes circulatory health.

      Bananas Promote Bowel Health
      One of the banana health benefits is that they can help stop constipation. Bananas have a certain type of fiber that helps to restore and maintain regular bowel functions. Instead of using laxatives that might have chemicals or other synthetic substances, bananas are a natural source for lessening the effects of constipation without causing other bowel problems such as diarrhea.

      Bananas Can Lift Your Spirits
      Bananas have a chemical called tryptophan – the same chemical that turkey contains. This mood regulating substance contains a level of protein that helps the mind relax so you feel happier. According to Bananasaver.com, people suffering from depression often report feeling better after eating a banana.

      Eat a Banana during Your Monthly Visitor
      Instead of taking pills designed to reduce your menstrual pains, bananas can be a great help. As stated on Bananasaver.com, bananas have a level of vitamin B6 that helps to regulate blood glucose level and help your overall mood.

      Increase Your Brain Power with Bananas
      In addition to banana health benefits, they can also help you with your mind. Bananasaver.com discusses a study with 200 students who were asked to eat one banana three times a day – breakfast, recess and lunchtime – along with their normal meals. What they found was that the potassium in the bananas boosted their brainpower and made them more alert during their classes while they followed the regimen.

      Eat Bananas after a Night of Partying
      The natural ingredients in bananas and their ability to replenish the body’s vitamins make them an ideal way to reduce the effects of a hangover. Put a couple bananas in the blender with some plain yogurt and add some honey to sweeten the taste. The fruit tends to calm the stomach and the honey helps to restore the blood sugar levels to normal.

      Similarly, bananas can help people who are trying to quit smoking. The B vitamins and other minerals that they contain reduce the physical and psychological effects of nicotine withdrawal.

      Bananas are Great for Pregnant Women
      Because of their calming properties, pregnant women often eat bananas to combat their morning sickness. In addition, they also help to replenish the body and restore a healthy blood glucose level. In addition, they also help regulate a pregnant woman’s temperature, although this is mostly used in other cultures that rely more heavily on natural cures.

      Rub the Peel on Mosquito Bites
      Before you throw those peels away, rubbing the inside of it along a mosquito bite will help reduce the itching and swelling that is normally associated with these types of bites. You might even find that it works better than the creams or medications you find at the drugstore.

      Bananas Help Soothe Ulcers
      As a way to prevent and treat ulcers, bananas help to reduce the acidity that some food

  16. QUESTION:
    renal kidney disease and pregnancy…?
    i have polysistic kidney disease i was diagnosed at age 8 ..my kidneys failed and i have had a kidney transplant 5years ago, since the transplant i have had very irregular periods.. i take kidney antirejection medicine on a daily basis. does having a kidney disease and taking these type of medicines prevent me from being able to get pregnant? or is it more difficult to become pregnant after a kidney transplant?

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    Polycystic Kidney Disease?
    I have polycystic kidney disease and am prone to getting kidney infections. Does anyone have any pointers on how to avoid getting them…for example foods to avoid, good foods to eat, maybe herbal vitamins….etc… Other than the obvious drink a lot of water to flush your system out. I have not been to see a specialist because I have no health insurance and can not afford to go see someone. So for the time being, I would like any advice that I can use to help prevent the kidney infections I have been getting so much lately.

    I do drink a lot of water, do not drink dark sodas, I take cranberry pills at the onset of a kidney infection as I can somehow feel one coming on. I have noticed that when I take caffeine pills when I need a pick me up at work, I feel the pain start. I don’t know if it is just a coincidence?

    Again, any advice will be much appreciated. Thank you in advance for taking the time to help :)

    • ANSWER:
      Be sure that when you go to the bathroom that you are wiping from front to back to avoid bringing BM germs forward to the urethral/vaginal area. Or at least be careful to only reach back half way with the toilet paper to wipe. Also make sure you change underwear regularly and make sure the bathtub is clean when you get in it for a tub bath.

      If you have diabetes you might be more prone to infections. Make sure you don’t have diabetes or if you do, make sure to monitor your blood sugar levels and keep them under control.

      Caffeine is like a water pill. It can dehydrate you if you get too much and drink too little water. Dehydration can make more concentrated urine, which can lead to infections. Some caffeine is ok, just don’t overdo it. Caffeine can also lead to heart palpitations (racing) if you overdo it.

      In general an acidic diet (high protein, high sugar) feeds bacteria that lead to infections in general.A basic or non-acidic diet would be low protein and low sugar (ie vegetables and grains…fruit has some fruit sugar and milk has protein and milk sugar).

  18. QUESTION:
    Doctor told me I have too much protein in urine. How do i prevent this from turning into something serious?
    18, no history of kidney diseases, too much protein all of a sudden from my doctor. Any ways to fix this from getting serious?

    • ANSWER:
      did you ask your doctor this? There could be many causes and it could already be serious. Your doctor should have spoken with you on this.

  19. QUESTION:
    kidney disease?……………?
    Does anyone know about kidney disease or have it?

    I started noticing that around my kidney area (on both sides) are aching…..
    just worried a little bit because someone in my family had their kidneys and liver fail….
    I don’t have insurance so it’s not like i can go to the doctors….just curious if there are ways to prevent stuff and to better help the kidneys!

    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I have had a complete kidney failure from unknown etiology, however full function was restored after 3 weeks in the hospital.

      Renal failure is nothing to ‘self-medicate’.. if you think you have problems and it runs in the family DO get a cursory exam by your family practitioner. You say you can’t go to the doctors because of lack of insurance — Sure you can. A routine visit should run about 60-80$ (you can call to various doctors/clinics for pricing) — and the most basic of tests for kidney function might bring that number a bit over 0.00 — But nothing drastic. Call around, explain your situation and insurance, that it runs in the family and you have a problem with funding. Lots of clinics will operate on a sliding scale (basically giving you a substantial discount, based on what you can afford).

      Pain in the kidney area is generally not the first indicator of kidney failure, but it is still something that needs attention.

      Please make an appointment asap.

      Get some Vitamin-D3 supplement pills from the grocery/pharmacy and take from 500-1000iu’s per day, that has been proven to aid in kidney function. Try to reduce the amount of sodium (salt) in your diet as well, as it is particular rough on the kidneys. Though, your function is probably just fine and such measures are probably not necessary.

      Kidney and organ failure are not generally things that occur on their own (without cause).. other than in isolated cases such as my own where acute nephritis occurred and spontaneously reversed itself. Usually diabetes or other pathological illness , over time, cause the organ problems. So you might want to ask about what disease runs in the family, that has caused the kidney and liver failure.

      A 100$ might seem like a lot of money, but it is well worth the assurance you are ‘ok’.. health has no price tag, I assure you. Besides, when was the last time you had a general health exam? Surely won’t hurt.

      All the best,

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

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

  21. QUESTION:
    My grandma is hospitlized for kidneys problems could this onset alzheimer’s?
    Currently my grandmother is being hospitalized to prevent kidney failure, I was wanting to know if something like this could onset alzheimer’s. Her mother had it, and for a while now she’s been forgetting things here and there. Nothing huge, but it all seems to mimic the road my great grandmother took. And right now my grandma dosn’t seem to be completly in touch with whats going on around her, I thought that it was from the med’s she’s hooked up to, but my mom said she’s been like this for a few days and she’s not 100% mentaly because of the poisin in her body from her kidneys not working right. I was just woundering if that could be true and my grandma will be back in a matter of time, or could the sickness she has now cause her body to push itself into a disease.

    • ANSWER:
      renal faliure is associated with uraemia and mental confusion is common in any sickness in the elderly ,it doesnt trigger alzheimer but if she is old she might been gradually having senile dementia for a while

  22. QUESTION:
    i have kidney disease and i think its getting worse.?
    I have kidney disease and i lost my insurance coverage so i havent been able to go to my specialist since early august and i thought i was doing fine until today when i started peeing large amounts of blood. could this mean that i am going into kidney failure, which is what we were trying to prevent? or does it mean that its just getting worse? i dont know what to do because i really cannot afford medical bills especially with no insurance. what do u think i should do?
    i cannot afford to pay the bill though, i am 19 and trying to get into med school, i cant find a job in my town this time of year because i live in a tourist town and we are in the off season. so basically i have absolutely no income.
    Glomerulonephritis is what the nephrologist thinks it is but doesnt know for sure, i lose high amounts of blood and protein through my urine, but this is the first time i have been able to see it.

    • ANSWER:
      plz email me— i have to ask u some questions..i have kidney failure –getting worse too……storm_juanita_bonita@hotmail.com

  23. QUESTION:
    i have severe leg pain. with kidney disease….?
    i have had kidney disease for a year and a month. i used to take cell cept and steroids but then the cell cept didn’t work for me at all after a while. so i switched to a pill called neoral. now i take steroids every other day and neoral everyday at the same time, but everyday i take the steroids, i hurt like CRAZY!!!!! please tell me if i should contact my doctor about this or what i can do to prevent this from happening every other night

    • ANSWER:
      If your experiencing severe leg pain yes you need to contact your doctor because it could be something that could cause your condition to worsen. You have kidney disease and need to pay attention to your health. When you feel pain it’s the body’s way of saying something is definitely wrong.

  24. QUESTION:
    i have kidney disease. is it possible to get rid of it? how?
    i have had kidney disease since i was 3. and im 12 going on 13. and i have had 2 biopsey’s.

    im wanting to know if anybody that has it,if you have got rid of it or how? but for the past year i have not had any trouble with it. is it possible it could of mirically went away? but then is it preventing me of not starting my period yet ,because i havnt. help me please?
    im not taking medicane now.

    • ANSWER:
      Well I have heard of people that have had kidney disease and if it is caught early enough that their kidneys might heal.But they took lots of medicine.And it is not a guarantee that it wont come back again.But with the right diet and medications you might be one of the lucky ones….My husband has kidney disease and he had to have dialysis and just recently had a kidney transplant.but he is on anti rejection drugs now until his new kidney fails……. As for your monthly cycle don’t worry it should eventually come unless the medications you are on are hindering it from coming.Talk to your doctor they really should know best about you.

  25. QUESTION:
    Can anyone relate or give any advice for my kidney stone problems?
    I am 31 years old and have suffered from urinary tract infections all of my life. At the age of 18 I had my first kidney stone. Since that time I have been hospitalized dozens of times including during 1 of my 2 pregnancies in order to preform stent placement, lithotripsy, basket retrieval for removal of stones. I pass many stones at home but have had many that are too large to pass (6-12mm). I have had 2 urologists treat me and I have been diagnosed with Medullary Sponge Kidney disease. I go through bouts for up to a few months which require multiple trips to the er for pain management or surgeries and then I may go for a few months with hardly and problems. For an example of my history- last December (2005) I went to the er and was admitted for a 8mm stone removal- discharged just to return 2 days later and was admitted for 2 new stones which had fallen from my kidney and causing obstruction. A 6mm and 10mm stone which had to once again be removed via lithotripsy. August of 2006 admitted for another 8mm stone removal, December 2006 admitted to have another large stone removed by lithotripsy. This is the quality of my life- in the hospital or at home with pain more often than not. I have been told by my urologists that due to the disease and the fact that both of my kidneys are full of stones there is really nothing I can do to treat or prevent them but just continue to have the surgeries to remove them or treat the pain for the passable stones. I am very frustrated and looking for any other answers or advice. Thank You.
    I take pain meds- like vicodin or go to the er if the pain is extreme enough. I have been to the er 2 times in the last 2 weeks, its embarassing because they know me at the er I go to but I can’t help it- luckily they are very helpfull because they know my history. I don’t like taking the meds but I have to and my urologist isnt very sympathetic and I often am not perscribed enough to last long. I only take the perscribed amount and have been told by many nurses that see the stones I pass that most patients they have treated are screaming in pain for smaller stones. I don’t know what else to do but take pain meds at home or go to the er for stronger treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      I talked to a women who has practiced medicine her whole life and is now retired and she told me of a tea that breaks down the stones and is good for preventing it. I forgot the name of it but I am sure a health food store would have it. See a naturapathic doctor to try and eleminate the problem through your diet! Your doctor is just going to treat the symptoms not prevent the problem. I believe there are a lot of different foods to help prevent them and foods that create them. I think your diet would be the most important aspect. Of course remember to drink tons of water. I would definately see a naturapathic doctor. Good luck

  26. QUESTION:
    How can I keep my Persian kitten healthy?
    I just read that Persians are prone to a number of health problems including Polycystic kidney disease. I’m really worried that my kitten might be affected so is there anything I can do to prevent health problems? Also, how often should I take him to the vet for check ups?

    • ANSWER:
      A cat of any breed should see a vet a least once a year for shots and a checkup and taken to one whenever ill or injured. Kittens can be altered as young as eight weeks and definitely before four months. Don’t wait till six months or you may end up with a pregnant kitten.

      Persians are only “prone” to PKD if they are born PKD+. Did you buy this kitten from a TICA, CFA or ACFA registered, reputable breeder? If so, the breeder most likely tested the adult cats before breeding them. It’s a simple cheek swab DNA test that can detect the gene for PKD. The breeder should have given you medical records to prove the kitten tested negative and/or its parents were negative.

      But if this wasn’t a reputable breeder – some backyard breeder that sold you a Persian without papers and/or didn’t mention anything about PKD you very well could have a PKD+ kitten. Contact the breeder and ask if this kitten was tested and proof that it’s PKD-. Backyard breeders don’t bother testing because they could care less if your cat drops dead as young as four years old.

      You can order the test for PKD yourself and take it to your vet and have them do it for you then you just send in the cells for testing. Here’s hoping your kitten isn’t PKD+ but again – another reason to always deal with REPUTABLE breeders! I adopted a four year old Persian several years ago who died just eight months later. It was absolutely horrible. I then tested my other adopted Persian and thankfully he was PKD-. I also tested my adopted Exotic Shorthair that I adopted shortly after losing the PKD+ Persian and she was negative as well. Exotics and Himalayans are both breeds that came from the Persian so they’re genetically predisposed to this disease as well.

      PKD test – http://www.catdnatest.org/DNA-tests.html

      edit: Cheetah – these comments are absolutely FALSE “By doing so you will reproduce all desired features of the breed (which are based on the genome) while unwanted features (such as polycystic kidney disease) could not be eliminated since that requires fresh blood which could not be found within the pure breed animals.” Breeders ARE able to breed PKD out of their lines but never breeding PKD+ animals. Yes – sometimes a parent is bred to a kitten if there’s a certain trait they want to carry but if either were PKD they would NEVER be bred – unless, of course, we’re talking about backyard breeders who like I mentioned, could give a crap if the cats they’ve sold end up dropping dead at just a few years old.

  27. QUESTION:
    If I have had Lyme disease can I donate my kidney?
    I had Lyme when I was a child and I know once you get it,it’s for life. My dad needs a kidney and I am wondering if I could donate or if this will prevent me from being able to help him. Any information would be appreciated.

    Thank you-

    • ANSWER:

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

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

  29. QUESTION:
    Is there a way to prevent this?
    Kidney stones. I hold my pee… Almost every time I have to pee. I know this is bad but it feels good. I read up on it and I heard you can get all kinds of medical cases from this. I plan on stopping, but is there a way I can prevent anything else from happening? I’m scared. Too young for this. And I don’t drink water nearly enough! Haven’t had any water in about 2 weeks now. Just milk and juice. I should start drinking more water shouldn’t I? And should I let my doctor check for this? I don’t like her looking at my private part, though. Please help as much as you can! I don’t want a fatal kidney disease!

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    Hyperthyroid Cat! Any hope?
    My cat was diagnosed with Hyperthyroid. His level is 7. Not quite sure what that means other than that it’s very high for a cat! I’ve been giving him morning and night pills everyday to tame the side affects and take care of the disease. Although, the vet said that the medication will cause kidney disease but keep him alive longer than without. My question is if there is anything that could prevent the kidney disease as well? I’m sure my vet is correct that there isn’t a solution but i’m just looking for a little hope???

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, it’s untreated hyperthyroidism that leads to kidney disease in heart disease in cats, according to my vets! They thyroid is one of the ‘master glands’ in the body and regulates many things. When it’s not working properly the organs do not work properly. As long as his T4 levels can be brought to normal by the medication (methimazole) his life span should not be shortened. Being hyperthyroid is very common in older cats. My 14 year old foster cat is hyperthyroid, as is my own 15 year old cat (who’s got perfect kidney levels for BUN and creatine, by the way).

      A close friend also has had many elderly cats over the years who were hyperthyroid. None of them had shortened life spans, and her dear Hope recently passed away at 20+ years old.

  31. 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.

  32. QUESTION:
    What branch of medicine focuses on ties between infectious disease (ecoli) and inherited ones? (diabetes)?
    Have you ever seen the movie, The Princess Bride? In it, the Hero, Wesley outsmarts Vasilli by spending years acclimating his body to trace amounts of a deadly poison. When Vassilli drugs his drink with the poison he is not killed because he has built up a resistance. Both Ecoli and Diabetes attack the kidneys. are there treatments that are not working for Ecoli that might work in trace amounts over a longer period of time to prevent onset of Type II diabetes.?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi
      This is a great website for diabetics. You can post your Question there too

      http://www.diabetesforums.com/

  33. QUESTION:
    Why is ketosis bad for you?
    I know there is a lot of ideology that ketosis puts strain on your kidneys and liver. However, there is also a lot of overwhelming evidence that it is good for your heart in the long run, and helps prevent from a large group of diseases later in life, including diabetes, metabolic syndrome (syndrome x), and hypertension/cardiovascular disease. There is even some theories as to how your naturally decreased levels of insulin prevent growth of cancerous tumors and prevent forms of dementia, namely Alzheimer’s. Thanks for the help
    Thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      A ketogenic low carbohydrate diet is a high fat diet. The protein should only be a little higher than adequate. Dietary fat doesn’t put a strain on kidneys, only excessive protein on damaged kidneys. Although it is completely possible to live on a fat/protein only diet for long term (as proven by research done in a hospital setting) it becomes boring fairly quickly. Luckily many vegetables & some fruits, nuts & seeds are low in carbs and greatly expand the diet. Most long term low carbers eat as many, if not more non starchy vegetables than vegetarians.

      There is no better way to bring the body to the state of optimal health than with a low carb way of eating. Low carb doesn’t cause high blood pressure, high blood sugar or high cholesterol, it cures it. It is actually dangerous to take meds that lower these levels and do low carb at the same time because the levels will become dangerously low. Simple carbohydrates trigger insulin. High insulin levels unbalance other hormones. Anything less that 9 grams of carbs per hour controls insulin and is considered low carb (up to 144 grams per day).

      U.S. government guidelines were changed 35 years ago to suggest we lower our fat intake & increase our carb intake. American society followed these recommendations & lowered their fat intake by 11% & increased their carb consumption. In this same time frame obesity, diabetes, heart disease are all at epidemic levels.

      Glucose is the bodies preferred fuel (if you want to get technical, it actually burns alcohol most efficiently, but that doesn’t make it any healthier for the body than carbs), the body can convert 100% of carbs, 58% of protein & 10% of dietary fat into glucose. The body can also be fueled by fat (dietary fat & fat cells) but only in the absence of carbs. Your brain actually prefers* to be fueled by ketones (part of the fat burning process), it does require glucose also, but glucose can be easily converted from excess protein if needed or dietary fat.

      Plaque build up in the arteries is more attributable to carb consumption than dietary fats, which seems to be the conclusion of the following study. Carb consumption raises triglycerides & VLDL (bad cholesterol). Fats raise the HDL (good cholesterol). High triglyceride levels & low HDL levels are an indicator of plaque & glycation – the precursors to a heart attack & heart disease.

      http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/after-eating-effects-carbohydrates-vs.html

      study from the Oxford group examining the postprandial (after-eating) effects of a low-fat vs. low-carbohydrate diet. (Roberts R et al, 2008)

      Postprandial lipoproteins, you’d think, would be plentiful after ingesting a large quantity of fat, since fat must be absorbed via chylomicrons into the bloodstream. But it’s carbohydrates that figure most prominently in determining the pattern and magnitude of postprandial triglycerides and lipoproteins. Much of this effect develops by way of de novo lipogenesis, the generation of new lipoproteins like VLDL after carbohydrate ingestion.

      Gary Taubes who wrote “Good Calories, Bad Calories” spent 7 years going through all the studies over the last century & dividing up the real science from the faulty science & concluded that low carb was the best way to control insulin levels which balances out other hormones & allows the body to function properly.

      His main points are:

      1. Dietary fat, whether saturated or not, is not a cause of obesity, heart disease or any other chronic disease.

      2. The problem is refined carbs in diet, their effect on insulin secretion & the hormonal regulation of homeostasis.

      3. Sugars – sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup specifically – are particularly harmful, the combination of fructose & glucose simultaneously elevates insulin levels & overload liver with carbs.

      4. Through their direct effects on insulin and blood sugar, refined carbs, starches, sugars are the dietary cause of coronary heart disease & diabetes. They are likely dietary causes of cancer, Alzheimer’s & other diseases.

      5. Obesity is a disorder of excess fat accumulation, not overeating.

      6. Consuming excess calories does not cause us to grow fatter.

      7. Fattening & obesity are caused by an imbalance in the hormonal regulation of adipose tissue & fat metabolism.

      8. Insulin is the primary regulator of fat storage. When insulin levels fall, we release fat from fat tissue.

      9. By stimulating insulin secretion, carbs make us fat.

      10. By driving fat accumulation, carbs also increase hunger & decrease the amount of energy we expend in metabolism & physical activity.

      REASONS TO EAT MORE SATURATED FAT -

      1) Improved cardiovascular risk factors

      The only means of lowering Lp(a) – that correlates with risk for heart disease – is eating saturated fat. Eating fats raises the level of HDL, the so-called good cholesterol.

      2) Stronger bones

      Saturated fat is required for calcium to be incorporated into bone – According to Mary Enig, Ph.D., as much as 50 percent of the fats in the diet.

      3) Improved liver health

      Saturated fat has been shown to protect the liver from the toxic insults of alcohol & medications and even to reverse the damage.

      4) Healthy lungs

      The fat content of lung surfactant is 100 percent saturated fatty acids. Replacement of these critical fats by other types of fat makes faulty surfactant & potentially causes breathing difficulties, collapse of the airspaces & respiratory distress.

      5) Healthy brain

      The brain needs saturated fats to function optimally.

      6) Proper nerve signaling

      Fats, found in butter, lard, coconut oil, & palm oil, function directly as signaling messengers that influence the metabolism as well as organs & glands.

      7) Strong immune system

      Fats in butter & coconut oil (myristic acid & lauric acid) play key roles in immune health & have potent germ-killing ability. Loss of saturated fatty acids in the white blood cells hampers their ability to recognize & destroy viruses, bacteria, & fungi.

      http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2009/06/06/saturated-fat/

  34. QUESTION:
    could some one tell me in english what chushings disease is in a dog?
    i have a young 9 yr old shihtzu who is being monitored for cushings disease. what causes this and how do i prevent it. right now all she is doing is drinking alot and laying around alot. but she has been like this for about 5 yrs . also she gains 1 pound a yr, so she is a bit over weight. the vet is monitoring her every 3 months starting now. i don’t quite understand it but many mention is a tumour in her brain or her adrenal kidneys area.

    • ANSWER:
      After looking at the answer above, I absolutely cannot do better than this in explaining Cushings. My dog lived with Cushings for 6 years; she died at 15 – but not from Cushings.

      She had atypical Cushings, likely brought on by medication she had to take for degenerative joint disease. (I had to choose between the lesser of the 2 evils and she really needed the medication to walk pain-free). After much research, I chose not to put her on Lysodren or Deprenyl or any of the experimental drugs that were coming out, but that was my personal choice. She did not get that typical “pouchiness” or lose her hair but she was occasionally incontinent.

  35. QUESTION:
    Diabetic kidney problems, im so scared?
    i often worry about my type 1 diabetic boyfriend (diagnosed since he was 4), I have been reading up about kidney disease in diabetics which happens to 25% percent.

    I am petrified in the future my boyfriend will need a kidney transplant, im so scared, i love him so much and i am only starting to realise the seriousness of his condition.

    I keep worrying that he waits too long to inject himself after meals and his ‘screw this’ phase he went through at 14. H recently went to the docs and had liver function tests and kidney function tests and all was good. I just worry because i want to marry and have children with this man, i dont want to be an early widow, to make things worse i have a phobia of hospitals.

    Can anyone help me with these facts or know how common/safe kidney transplantation is? I also would like to know what to look out for in kidney disease and how to prevent it.

    • ANSWER:
      Your Boyfriend needs to keep a tighter grip on his Diabetes. In the long run the “Screw this syndrome” will cause major Diabetic Complications which include Kidney Failure.
      All in all your Boyfriend has a good chance of having Kidney use through out his life if he keeps the Blood Sugars under control. Type 1 or Juvenile Diabetes is a grow into Disease and has less tendencies of causing organ Failure then Type 2 Diabetes which is Onset and caused by overeating and obese conditions and lack of exercise. Good Luck in getting your Boyfriend to realize his Future Kidney use is his decision, and is maintained by proper Blood Sugars though his life. Test Blood Sugars for your Life and keep them in control. Keep Control or Die trying . Keep Records so you have something to fall back on when all else fails. Consult your Doctor for changes in your Diabetic Regiment and make sure you bring a copy of your records so he can understand what is working and what is not.
      Good Luck and May God Bless you and your Boyfriend.

  36. QUESTION:
    Fatigue and kidney disease?
    It is suspected that I have glomeruleonephritis, my kidney function, although not too bad at the moment is declining. Am waiting to have a biopsy as originally when I was diagnosed as having poor kidney function they decided it was just due to a previous kidney infection (even though I cant remember ever having one) yet now they think it is something else as my function is continuing to deteriorate. However the main problem that is affecting me is fatigue- it is often severe preventing me from doing things. When I first mentioned this to a doctor when I was 15 they thought I had anemia yet this was ruled out with a blood test-so they just said it was because I was a teenager. However it has continued and possibly even got worse, I don’t believe its normal for a 21 year old to often need 10 hours sleep a night and then have to have a 3 hour afternoon nap. I cannot function without this and am still tired, even walking up hills can be very challenging. Can poor kidney function cause extreme fatigue even when anemia is not present? I know that it isnt as I have had a blood test recently.
    Thanks for your help!! Sorry its long!!

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    How much of this is true about Aloe vera gel?
    This is what I found in an article, how much of it is true? :)

    • Halts the growth of cancer tumors.
    • Lowers high cholesterol.
    • Repairs “sludge blood” and reverses “sticky blood”.
    • Boosts the oxygenation of your blood.
    • Eases inflammation and soothes arthritis pain.
    • Protects the body from oxidative stress.
    • Prevents kidney stones and protects the body from oxalates in coffee and tea.
    • Alkalizes the body, helping to balance overly acidic dietary habits.
    • Cures ulcers, IBS, Crohn’s disease and other digestive disorders.
    • Reduces high blood pressure natural, by treating the cause, not just the symptoms.
    • Nourishes the body with minerals, vitamins, enzymes and glyconutrients.
    • Accelerates healing from physical burns and radiation burns.
    • Replaces dozens of first aid products, makes bandages and antibacterial sprays obsolete.
    • Halts colon cancer, heals the intestines and lubricates the digestive tract.
    • Ends constipation.
    • Stabilizes blood sugar and reduces triglycerides in diabetics.
    • Prevents and treats candida infections.
    • Protects the kidneys from disease.
    • Functions as nature’s own “sports drink” for electrolyte balance, making common sports drinks obsolete.
    • Boosts cardiovascular performance and physical endurance.
    • Speeds recovery from injury or physical exertion.
    • Hydrates the skin, accelerates skin repair.

    Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/021858.html#ixzz1JNw4jc88
    Only one??? Having all this components?

    Water
    • 20 minerals
    • 12 vitamins
    • 18 amino acids
    • 200 active plant compounds (phytonutrients), including:
    • Enzymes
    • Triterpenes (a phytonutrient that lowers blood sugar)
    • Glyconutrients & glycoproteins
    • Polysaccharides, including:
    • Acemannan, mannose-6-phosphate polymannans
    • Phenolic glycosides, including:
    • Dihydrocoumarins

    • ANSWER:
      it does work well on burns and skin irritation.
      the old ones used to have one growing in a pot on the kitchen window sill and use it whenever someone got burned. In fact my mother in law called it a burn plant and I never knew it was an aloe for years.
      AS to all the other stuff, I have my doubts.
      That other stuff sounds more like those wagon snake oil salesmen of the old west. Selling colored water “elixir” that supposedly cured everything.
      The one about “making sports drinks obsolete” is hilarious. Eating a banana and drinking a glass of water does the same thing….
      There is no way aloe gel can make bandages obsolete. IT does not morph into a bandage that will cover a wound. The gel inside the leaves is like snot and your skin absorbs it right away and leaves the injury open to dirt so that one isn’t true either.

  38. QUESTION:
    How do you feel about alcoholics who receive organ transplants?
    Specifically liver and kidney transplants due to their alcoholism damaging their organs? Is it fair that these people get placed in lists along with children who were born with defective organs or people who have illness that prevent normal healthy function of said body parts? Now some may claim that alcoholism is a disease but couldn’t you differentiate illness caused specifically by an individual’s lifestyle choices versus genetic abnormalities?

    • ANSWER:
      I believe in personal responsibility to go with personal freedom, so fuck ‘em.

  39. QUESTION:
    Birth control options for a 15 year old with degenerative kidney condition?
    First of all, I know that because of my age I’ll get “ABSTINENCE” replies. Thank you for your concern, but I won’t be practicing abstinence. I don’t see the problem in underage sex, as long as methods are used to prevent pregnancy and diseases. Which is why I’m asking this question…

    I had a pregnancy scare, which has claimed my trust in condom use alone without a backup. I’d really like to get on some form of birth control, but I’m not sure what I can use with my kidney problem. It’s not kidney disease, but a problem where my one kidney doesn’t function very well. I think some of the birth control pills could hurt that condition.

    From the research I’ve done on all forms of birth control, pills seem to the the preferable method.

    So does anybody know if there is pills that can be used in conjuction with my kidney condition?
    I would still use condoms, of course, along with a birth control method.

    I was looking into Nuvaring, and it seemed perfect. However, I found a site with 171 reviews, and 165 of the people there absolutely hated it and discontinued use.

    I don’t know where I’d “discuss my options” with a healthcare provider…

    Oh, and my mom is fully aware of me being sexually active and looking for a birth control method, by the way.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are going to go on the pill you need to have it prescribed by a doctor. They need to check your general health, blood pressure etc etc. The doctor will know what is compatible with your condition. Pharmacists can also help. You can talk to your regular general practitioner or go to a sexual health clinic or teen health service. If your mom is on board with all of this she could tell you who to see.

      It is good you are being proactive about birth control and looking after your health. And I agree, condoms are fantastic and everyone should use them but there is a reasonable failure rate – well, enough to be worried at 15! So a backup is a good idea. Unfortunately there still aren’t many options for women…someone needs to come up with some better ideas…and some more birth control options for men!

  40. QUESTION:
    Microbiology Question 3?
    Out of these diseases which ones could be prevented by vaccines or cured with drugs? Are there other ways besides bedside vaccines to prevent any of these?

    Heart disease
    Cancer
    Stroke
    Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease
    Accidents (Unintentional Injury)
    Diabetes
    Influenza and Pneumonia
    Alzheimer Disease
    Kidney Problems
    Septicemia (Bloodstream Infection)
    Respiratory Infection
    HIV/AIDS
    Diarrheal Disease
    Tuberculosis
    Malaria

    • ANSWER:
      tuberculosis: rifampin
      influenza: constant dietary supplement of vit c
      everything else: healthy diet, constant exercise

  41. QUESTION:
    Beer has antioxidants, what else?
    Richer beers like Guinness have more anti-oxidants, and wine is supposed to prevent kidney and liver diseases, but what about other alcoholic drinks?
    Is there one that is much healthier (well…less unhealthy) than others?
    I’d imagine sake is on there because it is just fermented rice.

    and I don’t mean just vodka and a power juice or something, I mean an actual fermented beverage.

    • ANSWER:
      Anything thats distilled will be fairly unhealthy as it strips all of the nutrients from it. I think wine is really going to be the best bet (in moderation) as far as a health concern is going.

  42. QUESTION:
    What’s the chances of me getting this?
    All of my nans sisters have died from polycistic kidney disease and it only seems to occur in the women, so far it has skipped my nan. I’m just worried that I may have the gene and I just want to know what my chances are or getting it and also, how can I prevent from getting it? Someone please help. I am only 16 but all of my nans sisters died before they were 60 because of it. No stupid answers please.

    • ANSWER:
      Even if you have the gene, then you only have a 50% chance of actually developing the disease. You shouldn’t worry about this until you have to. Really, you’re too young.

  43. QUESTION:
    Is a chlorine dioxide dental treatment safe for cats with early renal disease?
    My beloved kitty is almost 12 yrs old and has declining renal function. She also has some dental problems. She is scheduled to undergo a dental cleaning and exam, but I came across some products that advertised that they would help make the cleaning easier and would help prevent against tartar/plaque build up afterwards. While I am skeptical of how much good they will really do, my main concern is that it might be harmful to her kidneys. I couldn’t really find much evidence either way. Anyone with any knowledge on the subject? Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      Bless you and you “kitty”.Our old girl had renal failure and i had 2 put her on iv 2 help flush out her system.She lived a good 4 years and was full of life,But we had 2 be very careful of anything she was given.I would really talk 2 your vet before proceeding 2 give her this product.May she have many more wonderful healthy years.

  44. QUESTION:
    Can you answer any of these?
    any answers would help. thanks

    2. The body gains solutes from all of the following processes except ________.

    a.secretion by cells

    b. metabolism

    c. respiration

    d. sweating

    3. All of the following metabolic waste products are removed primarily by the urinary system except ________.

    a. carbon dioxide

    b. uric acid

    c. ammonia

    d. creatine

    4. The structure that carries filtrate from the kidney to the bladder is the ________.

    a. ureter

    b. urethra

    c. nephron

    d. distal tubule

    5. The kidney’s central cavity is called the ________.

    a. kidney medulla

    b. renal pelvis

    c. renal capsule

    d. kidney cortex

    6. The structure of the nephron which receives the substances filtered from blood is the ________.

    a. glomerulus

    b. Bowman’s capsule

    c. loop of Henle

    d. collecting duct

    7. In a nephron, the glomerulus is located between the ________ and the ________.

    a. Bowman’s capsule, loop of Henle

    b. afferent arteriole, efferent arteriole

    c. efferent arteriole, peritubular capillaries

    d. proximal tubule and distal tubule

    8.Which nephron structure is not correctly paired with its function?

    a. glomerular capillaries, filtration

    b. loop of Henle, urine concentration

    c. proximal tubule, secretion

    d. Bowman’s capsule, reabsorption

    9.Reabsorption returns all or most of the ________ in nephron tubules to the blood.

    a. water

    b. glucose

    c. amino acids

    d. all of the choices

    10.Urinary secretion maintains the body’s acid-base balance through secretion of excess ________.

    a.
    water

    b.
    hydrogen ions

    c.
    potassium ions

    d.
    urea

    11.In the nephron, cells of the ________ prevent water from escaping.

    a.
    peritubular capillaries

    b.
    proximal tubules

    c.
    descending loop of Henle

    d.
    distal tubules

    12. Which hormone produced in the brain increases water reabsorption in the distal tubules of the nephron?

    a.
    renin

    b.
    aldosterone

    c.
    ADH

    d.
    diuretic

    13. The “thirst center” in the brain monitors ________.

    a.
    the amount of saliva produced by salivary glands

    b.
    the juxtaglomerular apparatus

    c.
    blood pH levels

    d.
    blood volume

    14. The kidneys control the body’s acid-base balance by ________.

    a.
    excreting bicarbonate buffer

    b.
    forming new bicarbonate buffer and adding it to the blood

    c.
    excreting excess H+ ions

    d.
    all of the choices

    15. Kidneys excrete excess H+ ions by combining them with ________.

    a.
    phosphate ions

    b.
    ammonia (NH3)

    c.
    bicarbonate

    d.
    all of the choices

    16. Glucose in urine may be a sign of ________.

    a.
    hepatitis

    b.
    urinary tract infection

    c.
    diabetes

    d.
    hypertension

    17. Which disease affecting the urinary system is more frequent in women than in men?

    a.
    kidney stones

    b.
    polycystic kidney disease

    c.
    bladder infection

    d.
    glomerulonephritis

    18.Symptoms of kidney-function impairment include ________.

    a.
    nausea

    b.
    fatigue

    c.
    memory loss

    d.
    all of the choices

    19. A hemodialysis machine ________.

    a.
    selectively exchanges solutes across a membrane between the patient’s blood and a chemical solution

    b.
    replaces the patient’s blood with a balanced chemical solution

    c.
    adds a balanced chemical solution to the patient’s blood

    d.
    transfuses cross-matched blood to the patient

    • ANSWER:
      d
      a
      a
      a
      d
      b
      d
      a
      b
      no idea
      c
      either B or D
      not sure about 14
      or 15
      C
      C, bladder infections
      don’t know 18
      A

      P.S. You don’t learn anything from letting other people do your homework for you, but I like the challenge and did it anyway.

  45. QUESTION:
    My Cat Keeps Urinating Outside the Litter Box! Why?
    My 10 year old female indoor cat has recently taken to peeing on certain items–namely my bean bag chair or sometimes articles of clothing or blankets and sometimes pillows (but mostly the bean bag). I’m well aware that cats pee from “time to time” outside of the litter box but I’ve had her since she was 4 months old and this has only become a recentish problem. She doesn’t do this every day (thankfully) but maybe once or twice a month (some months are worse than others). It really only started happening after we got our younger female cat who is now 3 and who also used to urinate on various items of furniture but doesn’t anymore. Could my older cat have learned this from our younger one? Is this normal for elder cats?

    A few months ago, she sustained a slight leg injury in which I had to keep in her in a kennel for several weeks. Since then she has recovered nicely, but I was warned to move her litter box to a lower level (she had to jump to get to it before) to prevent her from reinjuring the leg. I keep it down below from where it was and this has worked just fine. At the time of the injury, they ran x-rays to see what exactly had happened. They found that this was actually a recurrent injury in her hind legs (probably from straining a muscle or tendon and then not letting it rest and heal properly which was confusing because I had never seen her limp once until this happened). They also found that she had a kidney stone that had caused some scarring in one of the kidneys. I was told that the kidney stone was old and that it would be even more dangerous to remove it now (I didn’t know that could happen). The vet wanted to do blood work for her to make sure she didnt’ have a kidney disease/infection/etc. Unfortunately, due to personal recent events I do not have the financial means to get this done as it cost nearly 0-350 to just get bloodwork done! I’ve been monitoring her litter box and there is no blood in her urine so that’s good. I watch her closely and she doesn’t seem to be uncomfortable or in pain when she “goes.” In fact, she seems like a perfectly happy cat. She loves to sun bathe (when the sun is actually out) and loves to cuddle and beg for attention. I never see her angry or upset unless of course our other cat is bugging her in which case she’ll solve it by taking a swipe at her or if it comes to it, chasing her.

    I’m no vet or true expert, but I do know this cat all too well. And if I could make an educated guess, I would think that this is more a behavioral issue rather than a medical one. My reason being is that she seems perfectly ok and happy. I could very well be wrong however. I know that she loves sleeping in that bean bag chair. I keep asking myself why would she pee on something she loves so much? There’s just as much possiblity that this is a medical issue, but if it’s behavioral, what could be the reason?

    ***Note: I have looked at other threads and sites that explain as to why a cat could be peeing outside the litter box, but since this cat has a different history (medically I mean) than the ones I’ve seen, I thought maybe it would just be best to ask my question for MY cat.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many reasons that a 10 year old cat would begin urinating outside of the litter box. First, pain is often an issue and it may be easier to urinate where she is than getting to the litter box. Research has indicated that most cats over 11 years of age have arthritis in one or more joints, so she could be in pain without you really knowing. In addition, if she has renal disease, you may not see blood in her urine, but she may be drinking more water and therefore need to urinate more frequently. This usually results in a litter box that is dirtier than usual and may be avoided by the cat. She also could have an endocrine imbalance that makes her drink more water and urinate more frequently as well. The best course of action would be to have some blood work done to assess her overall health. It also might help to place a litter box closer to where she spends her time so she can get to it easily.

  46. QUESTION:
    Antioxidants, Too Much?
    Im 20 years old and have bad anxiety, over the last year its caused me to turn into a health nut, trying to do all I can to stay healthy and prevent disease. I eat a good amount of vegetables and fruits, I also take cranberry supplements for kidneys and Acai berry Supplements. I thought I was doing well until I saw a study about how antioxidants can be bad (im assuming this is just another study to bring attention to the place that conducted it)… I cant see how fruits and veggies which people have lived off off since dawn of time and are here on earth naturally could possible even be considered something harmful.. I just wanted to see what other people think.. Its not like I eat too much of them, I just want to live as natural as possible.

    • ANSWER:
      Claims of “Antioxidants” is mostly marketing hype.

      For example, what’s the big benefit claims of green tea? or Acai berries? Antioxidants! And they charge you accordingly for this added “benefit”.

      Thing is, in order for a group of nutritional elements to be called a “vitamin”, they require antioxidants to be present. Since many of these foods and magical pills (acai) have little to no whole percentages of vitamins, they claim them to be a good source of “Antioxidants”. They aren’t being dishonest, but rather just stretching to truth to obscene levels.

      What’s more appealing to a consumer? Green tea with less then 1% of any vitamins… OR, green tea with antioxidants? Would you pay the high price for acai berries if you knew that they had the same nutritional value as a multivitamin and fiber supplement? Because that’s all it is. It’s a berry. A very well marketed berry, but nothing more.

      Bottom line, Yes you can have too many antioxidants, but the volume is based on its vitamin host.

  47. QUESTION:
    My husband doesn’t seem to care about my kidney damage?
    I suffer from PCOS, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Recently, I learned that I have early kidney disease. They ran a microalbumin test, which was over 112 (normal is below 30). My doctor said that if the damage continues, I will have to have dialysis soon. I’m on Diovan HCT, which I’ve been on for a couple of years, but he also put me on Altace to slow down the damage caused from my high blood pressure.
    It’s not caused from my diabetes as it has been under control. My Hemoglobin A1C tests are always normal.

    This has been very upsetting. I’ve been depressed since I found out a couple of days ago. Obviously, I’m probably going to end up on dialysis. At the very least, my life span will probably be shorter than normal. If you have high blood pressure, insist that they do a kidney function test. If they would have ran this test earlier and monitored my kidneys, this damage may have been prevented.

    Anyway, what I can’t understand is why my husband of 28 years whom I’m very close to and who’s also an RN who used to work on a dialysis ward, is acting like this news is unimportant. He said that I’m making much ado over nothing–that it’s certainly not time to sell the farm yet.

    I’m very hurt over his reaction. Does he just not care or is he unable to deal with the reality of the diagnosis? Or maybe, since he’s a nurse, he’s used to distancing himself from such things. I don’t know, but I now feel like I can’t talk to him about it. So on top of dealing with this diagnosis, I’m also having to deal with doubts about my husband’s sincerity. Any suggestions? I don’t know what to do.

    • ANSWER:
      You two may benefit from couples therapy or you can try therapy yourself to help deal with his insensitivity.
      I wish you the best.

  48. QUESTION:
    I want to get a flat stomach, but I have health problems?
    So I’m a 15 year old female that weighs 99 pounds and is 5’3″. I know I don’t weigh much but my lower stomach has a bulge. It’s visible too. So I just want to get rid of the bulge and nothing more. I get teased at school for it sometimes, especially afterschool when my drill team shares the gym with the dance team.

    I have scoliosis, Tietze’s disease and kidney stones. All of these prevent me from doing a hardcore workout or run. I could do it but afterwards the pain is too much. Also I get nauseous around food so I only eat when I feel really hungry.

    Basically I just need some easy excercises that won’t hurt my ribs too much. Also if it matters I do take birth control.

    • ANSWER:
      The bulge is only because you have no muscle holding your stomach in. Just do a regimen of some light sit-ups every day and you should eventually see some improvement :3

  49. 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

  50. QUESTION:
    When the great race for swine flu vaccine commences, will you remember you don’t need to get a vaccine if…?
    …you realize the whole invention of the “threat” has been overblown right from the start to make the public panic and believe a vaccine is mandatory to prevent contracting a new strain of influenza that is somehow more deadly than other types?

    The truth is H1N1 has already shown to be no more deadly, no more contageous, no more a threat, no more a pandemic than any other flu virus out there. Yet, you see the media keeps plugging stories, keeps confusing people about how deadly it is, misquotes so-called “experts,” keeps trying to predict a future disaster, etc. If someone thinks I’m wrong, and you have some form of information to the contrary, tell me how you know your source of information was not planted by the pharmaceutical company soon to sell millions of vials each containing what is supposed to be a “swine flu vaccine”–a product that if they do not sell will be profit down the drain.

    Even the Centers for Disease Control website has ridiculously conflicting info. From the CDC:

    “Are there human infections with novel H1N1 virus in the U.S.?
    Yes. Human infections with the new H1N1 virus are ongoing in the United States. Most people who have become ill with this new virus have recovered without requiring medical treatment. ”

    –Then they say:

    “While the disease seen in the current novel H1N1 flu outbreak has been mild for many people, it has been severe and even fatal for others. There is no way to predict with certainty what the outcome will be for an individual…”

    –getting scarier. Finally, they say this:

    “The information analyzed by CDC supports the conclusion that novel H1N1 flu has caused greater disease burden in people younger than 25 years of age than older people. At this time, there are few cases and few deaths reported in people older than 64 years old, WHICH IS UNUSUAL [my emphasis] when compared with seasonal flu. However, pregnancy and other previously recognized high risk medical conditions from seasonal influenza appear to be associated with increased risk of complications from this novel H1N1. These underlying conditions include asthma, diabetes, suppressed immune systems, heart disease, kidney disease, neurocognitive and neuromuscular disorders and pregnancy.”

    –that means ultimately there is only a small portion of the population truly “at risk” for deadly effects from influenza, and it’s not just “swine flu.” But this is nothing new. Before anyone started to panic about “swine flu” the CDC reveals, “Each year, in the United States, on average 36,000 people die from flu-related complications and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related causes…Over 90% of deaths and about 60 percent of hospitalization occur in people older than 65.” http://www.cdc.gov/H1N1flu/qa.htm

    So when the great race to get a swine flu vaccine commences, will you understand you more than likely don’t “need” it, and the whole invention of the “threat” has been overblown right from the start to make the public panic and believe a vaccine is somehow mandatory?

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t do vaccines. I got the flu shot once. instead of getting a tiny case of the flu, I got it full force. Bullshit. Just like the Cervical Cancer Vaccine, they don’t tell you that it gives you a higher risk for other cancers.

      I’m against vaccinations, except for what you must have to attend school (Hepatitis, etc).

      I agree, its just a media scare. Anything for attention and to get the channel more views.


Disease Kidneys Fail

Kidney failure is the sudden loss of your kidneys’ ability to perform their main function eliminates excess fluid and electrolytes as well as waste material from your blood. When your kidneys lose their filtering ability, dangerous levels of fluid, electrolytes and waste accumulate in your body.

Acute kidney failure is most common in people who are already hospitalized, particularly people who need intensive care. Acute kidney failure tends to occur after complicated surgery, after a severe injury or when blood flow to your kidneys is disrupted. If the kidney function fails, the waste products accumulate in the blood and the body. The term for this build-up is azotaemia.

Symptoms

In general, the symptoms of kidney failure are the result of a slow build-up of waste in the blood and the gradual failure of the kidneys’ regulatory functions.

Excess fluid builds up in the body because the failing kidneys are not producing enough urine. It can lead to a condition known as oedema.

Signs and symptoms may include some or many of the following:

  • High blood pressure
  • Decreased urine output or no urine output
  • Darkly colored urine
  • Anemia
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sudden weight change
  • A general sense of discomfort and unease (malaise)
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Headaches that seem unrelated to any other cause
  • Sleep problems
  • Decreased mental sharpness
  • Pain along your side or mid to lower back

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Due to chronic kidney disease ,both the kidneys of my friend failed and she is undergoing dialysis?
    twice a week. What are her chances of recovery.Her blood group is O+. She is not getting a donor among her blood relations .Can she get a donor elsewhere

    • ANSWER:
      She can definitely get a donor. In fact, more and more transplants are being done with non-related donors. What makes a transplant most likely to be successful is how genetically similar certain areas are that have to do with immune system regulation. Dialysis is much better nowadays than it used to be. People can survive on dialysis for years.

  2. QUESTION:
    i have Microalbuminurea for over 10yrs. Will my kidneys fail?
    Now aged 45 years. Been Type 1 Diabetic for over 30 years.Taking Lisinopril 40mg,Cardura 4mg,Simvastatin 40mg, Aspirin 0.75mg and a diuretic.10 years ago told by doctor have microalbuminurea, last year my result was result 57mg (24 hour urine test) told normal result <30. I read on internet that kidneys fail on average 17 years after initial diagnosis of Diabetic kidney disease.Is this true? What are the best and worst case scinarios. What about the likely timescale-Help!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I must be seeing things, Terry. I could have sworn that I’d seen this question earlier today, with quite a number of responses. Hence the reason I didn’t respond.

      Anyway, from what I’ve read, your microalbuminuria result of 57mg is not indicative that you’re anywhere near kidney failure, though you may well have kidney disease, at this stage.

      You don’t mention whether or not you’ve been tested for creatinine levels, which does give a better indication of when it’s time to refer you to a nephrologist (kidney specialist).

      The following page states: “If blood creatinine rises above 150 μmol/l referral to a nephrologist is recommended.”

      Take a look at the page. It gives you a better description of kidney disease, and the prognosis, than I could ever hope to achieve.

      Best of luck to you, sir.

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

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

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

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

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

  4. QUESTION:
    My 18 year old cat has kidney disease and if failing?
    This past week she is eating less, drinking more and while she uses her kitty litter box she seems to leak urine whereever
    she is sitting or laying. Smell isn’t bad since it is so diluted.
    Her back legs are weak and I am wondering if it time to let her go.

    • ANSWER:
      You should take your cat to the vet right away and find out what the deal is – whether it’s time to let her go due to the kidney disease or if it’s something like a UTI or something that’s sapped her strength, but can still be treated.

  5. QUESTION:
    Could I have kidney disease or could my kidneys be failing?
    Ok I will start from the beginning. I am 25 a mother of 3.I just currently had my 3rd baby 4 months ago. Anyway I also just had my gall bladder removed which had over 50 stones. I was feeling AMAZING for about 2 weeks, but now I am having the SAME awful pain, but its all over. Front both left and right (but more left) and also on the back both sides but more the left side. Also having a bit of groin pain. With this last pregnancy at almost every dr appt the protein in my urine was high. Well now i still have protein in my urine along with blood the past few dr visits. I went this morning and had a ct scan done. I’m tired all the time, my heart has been doing weird flip flops several times a day and This is my 5th kidney infection in a matter of a month. Any thoughts or opinions? I’m kind of worried.

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      yes i will : )

  7. QUESTION:
    Why did Hepatitis C caused Natalie Cole’s two kidneys to completely fail?
    Hepatitis C is known by most people as a type of disease that can cause liver complications which can reach end-stage status…meaning you need a liver transplant or you die. But why did the virus attack and destroy her kidneys and spare her liver, yet cause her kidneys permanent damage?

    We know that hypertension is the no. 2 cause of end-stage renal disease……

    • ANSWER:

  8. 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.

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

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

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

  10. QUESTION:
    Does any kind of kidney disease or kidney failure cause a sore back?
    My Mother has a failing kidney and complains of her back being sore. She thinks the soreness is from osteoporosis. I’ve read the soreness could be from a failing kidney.

    • ANSWER:

  11. QUESTION:
    What are some treats I could give my cat who cannot have protein?
    My cat who is 3 had her kidneys fail, so she is on a very low protein diet. The vet has been no help in recommending food other than the special diet kidney disease cat food. What are some things that a cat would like to eat that contain no protein?

    • ANSWER:
      A new toy with catnip in it. My cats love it when I bring home a new toy for them. They consider that a treat. I would think that if you give your kitty half of a regular treat every now and then wouldn’t hurt. But ask the vet first if it is o.k.

  12. QUESTION:
    Can you tell me which blood disease could cause this?
    My boyfriend has to do dialysis 3 times a week because of kidney failure.He has been transplanted in the past, but it failed. He told me that what caused the kidney failure was a blood disease and not a kidney disease, and that his kidneys wouldn’t filtrate the toxins, so they would go back to the blood. (it cause the glomerular basement membrane to widen its pores, i think)
    He couldn’t tell me more about his disease, but I am worried and I would like to know more about it.

    Does anyone know what blood disease could it be?

    • ANSWER:
      Could be IgA nephropathy, IgA is a protein (antibody in the blood) that helps the body fight infections. IgA nephropathy (Berger’s disease) occurs when too much of this protein is deposited in the kidneys. IgA builds up inside the small blood vessels of the kidney. Structures in the kidney called glomeruli become inflamed.

  13. QUESTION:
    Living with Kidney disease?
    Does anyone else have kidney disease? I am 21 and have been diagnosed at 15. Usually I forget I even have the disease but ever once and awhile I think about having a disease and become depressed. Currently I only suffer from minor symptoms but eventually I know that my kidneys will fail and dialysis, kidney transplant or both will be required. Anyone else experiencing a similar situation. How do you live with your disease. Any encouraging words?

    • ANSWER:
      My friend, there’s always beer.

  14. QUESTION:
    If one kidney got a diseases and eventually failed, is the other kidney will fail too?

    • ANSWER:
      No, not necessarily. It depends a lot on what the other kidney failed of. Cystic kidneys could get cysts in the other kidney. Diabetic kidneys could have circulation problems in the other kidney. On the other hand, a stone in one kidney doesn’t necessarily mean a stone in the other kidney, but it could be vaguely possible.

  15. QUESTION:
    Is a kidney degeneration disease fatal?
    I just found out my best friend was diagnosed. Don’t have all of the facts because I just found out a little about it yesterday. But basically the kidneys are failing. Can this cause him death?

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    renal kidney disease and pregnancy…?
    i have polysistic kidney disease i was diagnosed at age 8 ..my kidneys failed and i have had a kidney transplant 5years ago, since the transplant i have had very irregular periods.. i take kidney antirejection medicine on a daily basis. does having a kidney disease and taking these type of medicines prevent me from being able to get pregnant? or is it more difficult to become pregnant after a kidney transplant?

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    Dog randomly crying – has tick disease – what could be causing the crying? kidneys?
    My dog (a 1yo mutt) is being treated for a tick disease. i got him from a fraud rescue over the summer and the animals were kept in horrible conditions – the people with the “rescue” were arrested for animal abuse/neglect. My dog has been on this medicine for 3 weeks – it make him drink and pee 24/7. We have to take him outside every 20 minutes. I know the medicine is hard on his kidneys so we’re supposed to give him as much water as he wants. Yesterday he was standing in our living room and suddenly burst out whining and crying. I rushed over to him and he kept crying. I took him outside as he was crying and he went to the bathroom. After he peed, he didn’t cry anymore. i thought maybe he was in pain from needing to urinate. However, today he was following me around the house (i’m usually away at college during the week so i only see him on weekends. When I come home he follows me everywhere – he’s bonded with me the most. I think it’s just an insecurity thing that he’ll get over once he realizes no one is going to abuse him here). He was right on my heels, with his head against my leg as I walked, so I knelt down to pet him and show him some attention. He likes to be held – hugged – he even likes his head cradled. So I wrapped my arms around him while petting him and AGAIN he started whining and crying…. but this time I know it’s not beause he needs to go to the bathroom – I JUST took him out 10 minutes ago.
    Could his kidneys be failing? He’ll be going to the vet to get blood drawn for a platelet count check in 3 weeks. I don’t want to be the worried dog-mom who goes crazy at every bump and cry, but I don’t want him to be in pain either…. does anyone have experience with tick disease/this kind of stuff?
    So… take him to the vet and say “he cried twice”…?

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on the tick disease (they carry many!) and the medicine he’s on, this could be a symptom of illness or a major reaction to medicine.

      It is possible that his kidneys aren’t working, though, so you should consider this an emergency and take him to the vet ASAP. Better safe than sorry.

  18. QUESTION:
    How long does a person live with end stage liver disease?
    my husband has been in the hospital for the last three months and has just come home. He is living on lactulose and suffers from severe nausea. his kidneys failed but with dialysis they have opened up but are not functioning fully. His meld score is 17 does anyone know how long someone usually lives like this?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, first off here is some info on how I know the answer.
      My dad was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer in July 2007. It was metastatic (meaning it began somewhere else). At that point the doctors gave him 9 months to live… at the beginning of the 8th month he was having a hard time breathing… so we figured we would take him to the ER so that they could put him on oxygen… 3 days later he was returned home and passed away about 24 hours later…. This does not mean that your husband won’t live longer… all people are different…

      However, I believe that hospice killed my father from mercy killing…. after all…. he ONLY went to the ER because he couldn’t breathe normal (he could still breathe and had an oxygen lvl of 92). They gave him enormous amounts of morphine and ativan… so… I really don’t know how much longer he would have survived if it wasn’t for those IDIOTS on the cancer ward…. anyway… Good luck and God bless… you and your family will be in my prayers!!!!! If you have any other questions feel free to ask!

      Edit….
      Sorry I just went back and re-read your question… liver disease is probably different from cancer… I missed that part… so probably disregard my answer….

  19. QUESTION:
    If you have kidney disease or are failing, should you drink more or less liquids?

    • ANSWER:
      With kidney failure, patients are generally encouraged to decrease their fluid intake. During kidney failure, your kidneys can’t filter out the fluid that a healthy organ can, leading to fluid collecting in the body. You need to talk to your doctor to see what they suggest, as there are many different diseases as their are treatments!

  20. 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!

  21. QUESTION:
    If the doctors don’t know what is causing kidney disease…?
    Someone very close to me has a high creatitine reading of 4.0 which puts the kidney function at 17% and a biopsy was done and the rheumatologist was seen but lupus and vasculitis were ruled out and the nephrologist stated that this is a very unusual case and they cannot figure out what is causing this. I have the same blood type as this person but they won’t do a transplant yet since they have to know the cause first or they said the new kidney can also fail if that risk is taken (not knowing what caused kidney disease). An MRI has been scheduled and they are going to try blood thinners in the event there is a possible clot that is causing the blood not to flow well to the kidneys. What I am concerned with is that if this is not the case and they cannot still find out what is causing this, does that mean this person won’t survive despite dialysis until they let me donate my kidney?

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry your friend is dealing with this! However, even if the cause is not yet understood, there is no reason to suspect that the dialysis will not work. A healthy kidney is constantly cleaning/filtering the blood; dialysis is basically an artificial way of cleaning the blood when the kidney is not able to do it. The dialysis machine should be able to clean the blood whether or not the Dr’s understand why the kidneys are not working.
      Your friend is very lucky to have someone of the same blood type so willing to donate; however, please don’t forget that blood type is not the only criteria. If your friend does need a transplant, the Dr’s will need to do ’tissue typing’ to make sure that you are a good and safe match.

  22. QUESTION:
    Can someone with Wegener’s disease live a normal healthy life?
    A friend of mine (age 21) was just diagnosed with Wegener’s disease. Doctors were saying that the kidneys were in danger of failing, but after tests and biopsy they found out that her kidneys were fine and all her major organs were healthy. She is going to go in for chemo therapy and other treatments, will it be possible for her to live a normal healthy life after this? Is her life significantly shortened?

    • ANSWER:
      Anything can happen to your friend at this point, but it looks pretty favorable for her. This disease can be fatal when it is not diagnosed until significant damage has already occurred. When it is treated before damage occur, the disease can sometimes be permanently eliminated with no lasting health effects. Sometimes the disease is stopped with treatment, but it later reappears, and sometimes the treatments don’t work. Hopefully, she will respond well to the treatments and never have a problem again!

  23. QUESTION:
    Diet for K9 with Kidney Disease?
    My poor dog that I’ve had since I was 19 (Im currently 31) has failing kidneys. The Vet said that if she were a person she would be on dialasis. Anyhow, she is currently getting liquid treatment under her skin every day and her she is still eating, but not nearly what she used to. I have been giving her people food as she has been staying away from regular canned dog food (which she used to love). Now I give her some canned salmon, rice, carrots, sometimes a scrambelled egg or two. But what she REALLY LOVES is canned vienna sausages and hot dogs. I have been giving her alot of these just so she will take in more calories. I would put her down, alothough it breaks my heart except she is still pretty playful and happy…although not as much as she use to be. My question is what do you think about giving her hot dogs and such as primary meals?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a great yahoo group for dogs with kidney failure. The members there have a lot of great advice and tricks to keep your dog with you as long as possible. Please join and seek their advice.http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/K9KidneyDiet/

  24. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for my dog with gallbladder disease to urinate ALL the time?
    I have a 14 year old dachshund who was diagnosed last year with gallbladder disease. Because of her age and the mortality risk, the vet and I decided against surgery. She is being managed on a human med called Urisidol and she takes a vitamin called SAM-e to help the liver. Over the past few months she is constantly urinating! Accidents all the time :( she drinks alot of water too. Her kidneys were fine in her last ultrasound but that was months ago.

    My question(s) is…is this related to the gallbladder disease or just incontinence from her old age? Also, would the gallbladder disease cause her kidneys to fail at some point???

    Thanks for any help!!!

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    kidney disease?……………?
    Does anyone know about kidney disease or have it?

    I started noticing that around my kidney area (on both sides) are aching…..
    just worried a little bit because someone in my family had their kidneys and liver fail….
    I don’t have insurance so it’s not like i can go to the doctors….just curious if there are ways to prevent stuff and to better help the kidneys!

    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I have had a complete kidney failure from unknown etiology, however full function was restored after 3 weeks in the hospital.

      Renal failure is nothing to ‘self-medicate’.. if you think you have problems and it runs in the family DO get a cursory exam by your family practitioner. You say you can’t go to the doctors because of lack of insurance — Sure you can. A routine visit should run about 60-80$ (you can call to various doctors/clinics for pricing) — and the most basic of tests for kidney function might bring that number a bit over 0.00 — But nothing drastic. Call around, explain your situation and insurance, that it runs in the family and you have a problem with funding. Lots of clinics will operate on a sliding scale (basically giving you a substantial discount, based on what you can afford).

      Pain in the kidney area is generally not the first indicator of kidney failure, but it is still something that needs attention.

      Please make an appointment asap.

      Get some Vitamin-D3 supplement pills from the grocery/pharmacy and take from 500-1000iu’s per day, that has been proven to aid in kidney function. Try to reduce the amount of sodium (salt) in your diet as well, as it is particular rough on the kidneys. Though, your function is probably just fine and such measures are probably not necessary.

      Kidney and organ failure are not generally things that occur on their own (without cause).. other than in isolated cases such as my own where acute nephritis occurred and spontaneously reversed itself. Usually diabetes or other pathological illness , over time, cause the organ problems. So you might want to ask about what disease runs in the family, that has caused the kidney and liver failure.

      A 100$ might seem like a lot of money, but it is well worth the assurance you are ‘ok’.. health has no price tag, I assure you. Besides, when was the last time you had a general health exam? Surely won’t hurt.

      All the best,

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the most common thing for someone with end stage liver disease to die from?
    My father has been diagnosed with end stage liver failure since September 25, 2006 and just yesterday his doctor called me saying that i needed to bring him to the hospital his kidneys are failing and then today he had a heart-attack, his potassium levels are really high too, anyone have any idea how long i have left with my dad?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to speak with his doctors.
      They have all his medical records and also
      his test results. They can give you an
      estimate, based on all this, of how long your
      Dad may have.

      Let me explain what takes place in liver failure.
      There are many different causes of liver
      problems. These causes can damage the
      liver cells. When this happens, the immune
      system of the body responds to this damage and
      can cause inflammation to develop inside the
      liver which will cause the liver to enlarge in
      size. If the cause of the problem can be
      removed, and the inflammation treated…then
      the cells may heal. If this doesn’t take place…
      it can progress to death of the liver cells and
      scar tissue forming inside the liver that blocks
      the flow of blood to any healthy cells that are
      left and also block the flow of blood through
      the liver on its way back to the heart. This disease is then known as cirrhosis of the liver.
      It is progressive and there is no cure.

      The liver handles toxins that come into the
      body, to convert them to a non toxic form.
      The liver is no longer able to do this efficiently and the toxins build up in the blood. The
      kidneys then try to remove these toxins on
      top of the job they normally do. This puts
      added stress on the kidneys and they are next
      in line to go into failure after the liver does.

      With having end stage liver failure, the kidneys
      not functioning well, and the fact of having
      a heart attack…the prognosis is not very good.
      They can try to stablize him…putting him on
      a dialysis machine to help the kidneys function
      better…to bring the electrolytes into balance.
      It will depend on how far advanced he is in
      the end stage liver failure, kidney problems, and how his heart responds to therapy.

      Wish I could be more uplifting…

  27. QUESTION:
    What is the outlook for my aunt with Kidney disease?
    My Aunt is 94 living in assisted living. She recently has gone completely blind due to macular degeneration and has additional problem with her kidney. She has been on espogin for years having a shot once a month for anemia. Last week her creatine level is 2.6 and BUN was listed as higher than normal but I can’t remember the number. She has alot of trouble with edema in legs and she said the doctor this is normal. Her legs were swollen so much they were red like a bad sun burn. I was concerned about an infection but was told this is normal. My Aunt is miserable and the doctor told us he cannot increase her water pill due to kidney problems. One of the nurses told me she is starting to fail and we should tell the doctor to just make her comfortable. But when I asked the doctor how long someone can go on like this he told me people live for many many years like this.

    This is awful does anyone know what this sounds like. I told the nursing home my aunt want to die at home and my husband and I would like to take a leave so she can go home if she is failing. It seems like the assisted living is not really supporting us in this and doesn’t want us to pull her out.

    Does anyone know what signs I would see if she is failing from CHF or Kidney disease we can only get limited time off work on family leave for her care

    • ANSWER:
      This is not good at her age. The edema in the legs can be from Peripheral Vascular Disease, which comes from inactivity or resting, and not exercising, or getting the blood circulating. It is also water retention, and a partial gout. The red color, and often cracking is normal.

      If renal failure, some cortisones should be taken, but they produce more water in the long run.

      Bladder infection backs up through ureters into the kidneys. Again due to being bedridden.

      Kidney function is obviously an issue and they are failing gradually, leading to glomerulornephritis, and she eventually may require dialysis, if the edema doesn’t get her first, or move into her lungs, and chest cavity around the heart.

      She should get B12 shots, and some nutritional boost, but not weight-producing. Also, I hope that all bloodwork has ruled out liver failure, hepatitis forms, and too much uric acid.

      You ARE seeing sign of Kidney disease, glomerulonephritis. There is or was an infection at the kidneys which produced the damage, in addition to deterioration. She needs chemotherapy, same as cancer patients.

  28. QUESTION:
    Been told I have kidney disease?
    I have recently been told that my kidneys are failing. I’ve had all the urine tests and blood tests, plus ultra sounds and CT scans. My kidneys have dropped 5% in the last month from 31% to 26%. The nephrolist that I went to told me to eat nothing but baked fish and plain lettuce and drink nothing but a little water. This makes no sense to me since my protein was high in both my urine and blood and fish is high in protein. All my research says that at 26% I need to be on dialysis, but she said that won’t happen till my kidney function drops to 19%. Besides getting a second opinion, anybody got any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Dialysis

      Dialysis is a treatment that does some of the things done by healthy kidneys. It is needed when your own kidneys can no longer take care of your body’s needs.

      When is dialysis needed?

      You need dialysis when you develop end stage kidney failure –usually by the time you lose about 85 to 90 percent of your kidney function.
      What does dialysis do?

      Like healthy kidneys, dialysis keeps your body in balance. Dialysis does the following:

      * removes waste, salt and extra water to prevent them from building up in the body
      * keeps a safe level of certain chemicals in your blood, such as potassium, sodium and bicarbonate
      * helps to control blood pressure

      Why do I need different amounts of vitamins and minerals?

      Kidney disease changes your need for some nutrients. Some of the reasons are listed below:

      * The poisons that build up in your body each day can change the way your body uses vitamins and minerals.
      * Some of the medicines you take can also change the way your body uses certain vitamins and minerals.
      * Dialysis causes some vitamins to be lost during treatment.
      * Following a CKD diet can mean you miss certain vitamins and minerals from some food groups.
      * Some days you may not feel well enough to eat a healthy diet. You may not get enough vitamins and minerals that day.
      * When you have kidney disease, certain substances cannot be made by your kidneys anymore. Your need for certain vitamins and minerals changes.
      * Certain vitamins and minerals are affected by the loss of kidney function.

  29. QUESTION:
    Can a dog survive from kidney failure?
    Hello. My dog is a 6 year old shih-tzu and the veterinarian says his kidneys are failing. I know that shih-tzus are prone to kidney disease, so I’m just wondering if he can get over it. I’ve cried about a billion times this week and I don’t want to see him die. :(

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney failure is fatal but many people have dogs that live for 1-2 years by doing sq fliuds,special diets and medication.Check out the yahoo group k9 kidney diet

  30. QUESTION:
    I have kidney disease;?
    my history is;
    my right kidney failed before birth,
    removed at 1 month.
    then when I was 7 they operated on my left kidney,
    saying I’d only have 1 week to live,
    but miraculously my operation worked.

    Ok so now recently my doctor stopped my blood pressure
    medication and I noticed I’m having the same symptoms as age 7.
    dizziness, being at a high fever level, the need to vomit, and being cold with no matter layer of clothing.

    Is my left kidney failing again?
    what should I do?
    aw boomy I love you<3 .hugs tight.

    • ANSWER:
      Until they start talking about dialysis and transplantation I wouldn’t worry too much. Some hypertension meds (Central agonists) can cause anemia and last thing someone with a history of renal problems needs to become anemic. Also some blood pressure meds increase potassium levels as does renal disorders so maybe your potassium levels were getting sketchy. D you can ask him why he took you off the meds he has to tell you if you ask and if it is a matter of your mom not wanting you know than you can also ask him to speak to you without her in the room and once again he has respect your wishes. Just because you are a kid doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to know whats going on with your body.

      Have they been trying to find a match for you within your family? Are you on the UNOS list for a donor?

      Love and Huggs D. I hope you get better.

  31. QUESTION:
    i have polycystic kidney desease im 36 and i thinkmy kidneys are failing what am i suppossed to do?
    i dont have insurance im a single mom i feel like my life is over i have children to raise i have all the symptoms but no one seems to think im sick except my mother who has had a transplant i dont want to tell her what im going through because she already blames herself forme having this disease

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    How to do away with nausea caused by uremia and kidney disease?
    Very elderly(94) family member of mine eats very little because her kidneys are failing her and she has uremia as a result. Is there a way to stimulate her appetite or do away with the nausea? Is there anything that can be done about her uremia? She’s going to the doctor in a few days, but it seems there is very little he can do and my relative doesn’t want dialysis(she’s 94). She’s also very skinny, and continues to slowly lose weight.

    • ANSWER:
      1] the uremia/kidney failure is causing the nausea/lack of appetite
      2] dialysis is the only cure for the uremia
      3] there are very few meds that really help improve appetite – and they won’t do anything for nausea
      4] meds for nausea may or may not help appetite
      5] some of the drugs available are excreted in kidneys – so they could make her condition worse

  33. QUESTION:
    Can you live a long and healthy life up into old age with one kidney?
    and if the one kidney fails or become disease would you die quickly?

    • ANSWER:
      I hope so, as I’ve only got one. Actually your body can cope quite happily living with one kidney. I didn’t even find out until I was thirty and then it was by complete accident.
      And it is surprisingly common. It is estimated that one in 750 people are actually born with one kidney. Most of these people will happily live out their life in blissful ignorance of the fact. Which tells you how well a body can operate on one kidney.

  34. QUESTION:
    Can I join the army with a pre- existing condition?
    i have polysistic kidney disease, Ive had it since i was in the 4th grade, its 1 of those things that later in my life could be a problem, or may never cause me any harm.

    my dad has it and he didnt know he had joined the army and 15 years later when his kidneys failed, & it was all paid for.

    • ANSWER:
      I just love these questions, some questions only a recruiter can answer and sometimes they tell you not to tell anyone you have it…

  35. QUESTION:
    True or False, when you die your brain stops working?
    That thing in your head that gives consciousness — there is no need to have redundent systems (a soul for consciousness) when, as we see in nature, you don’t have different systems for any other organ. You don’t have 2 kidneys, and a kidney-soul to keep the job going when your kidneys fail.

    Neither do you have a heart-soul that pumps the blood when you die — or a memory soul that holds your memories in case you get alzheimers disease.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow. If you’re right, I don’t want to be wrong.

  36. QUESTION:
    Anyone familiar with elderly dogs with kidney failure/disease?
    My Old English Sheepdog is 15 years old, and for a few days he had diarrhea and no appetite, and this morning he started both having diarrhea and puking out blood sometimes. We thought for sure he was going to have to be put to sleep, but we asked the vet her opinion and she said she would do some blood work to see if his kidneys started failing. When the vet came back she said that was the problem, but since he was doing fine just a few days ago and he doesn’t really have any other health problems, the vet recommended we should put him on IV fluids for a few days and see what happens afterwards. She said a lot of dogs get better afterwards, and some don’t respond to the IV at all. I felt better afterwards knowing there’s still hope for him but I’m still worried. I was just wondering who’s dog has been through this or know someone else’s who has been through it and how well they felt after the treatments.

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

  38. QUESTION:
    Can i live a long normal life or is it just a matter of time before i have kidney failure?
    i have diabeates today i went to the doctor and she told me i have protein in my urine which kinda means my kidneys are gettin in bad shape…i know that the damage cannot be reversed but can i live on a normal long life without my kidneys failing on me or is it just a matter of time before they fail and i am on dyalisis…i’m very afraid of what is going on inside me but i guess i can only blame myself for not taking things serious enought to take care of my disease properly. i don’t know how long i have had this damage going on….and…..i don’t know how much damage my kidneys have had to them,

    • ANSWER:
      Myth: No matter what I do, I will get complications.
      Fact: Complications are not inevitable. The mechanisms that cause complications are not yet fully understood, and the extent to which they develop varies from person to person. Tight blood sugar control is the only method demonstrated to reduce the risk of developing complications, but their occurence remains unpredictable in any individual. Some individuals with type 1 diabetes may be genetically predisposed to develop complications (a critical issue being addressed by JDRF’s GoKinD and other studies to identify predisposing genes).

      You are at a bad point like me…i messed up when i was younger :(
      Hopefully nothing will get worse. goodluck!

  39. QUESTION:
    My dads health is horrible. the doctors say he may not make it 2 more months?
    my dad is dieing of different cancers.. he has lung cancer, liver cancer, his kidneys are failing, he has heart disease, he has stomach problems, ..and he is not expected to live more then two more months. wut do i do? i am so depressed about this. i am a daddys girl and i dont know wut i shud do!

    • ANSWER:
      When I was 20 years old my Mom died and I do not think there was anything I could do to make it any easiler. It has been five years I think over the years it gets alittle better but there is a part of me missing.

      Tina
      I hope you the best and my heart goes out to you.

  40. QUESTION:
    PLEASE HELP my puppy is in pain and doesnt know what it is, Lyme disease maybe?
    i have a Bernese mountain dog, and i dont even think she is 1 year old yet.
    We know she has malformed/failing kidneys, and we thought yesterday was the end, we even made an appointment with the vet because she is usually happy, playful, trotting all over the house and totally fearless, i will list symptoms but because her tongue and gums are still very pink, and shes pretty responsive (especially when the vet came, she got up and even went down stairs), and she put her on prednisone
    But that was really good, because for the past three days she has been
    -fairly lethargic,
    -has extreme trouble standing, she trembles and shes and gives a look like shes in a lot of pain with big wide eyes
    -when she walks she walks with a hunched back, and limps kinda, but the vet couldn’t pinpoint a spot that pained her. it seems to me that all of her paws are more sensitive then usual, and maybe just overall muscle weakness, joint pain, or something in her legs
    -she lost her appetite we thought completely, but i had TGIFridays steak and rice on Monday that she ate, so today i bought chicken, ground beef and brown rice and put some rosemary and a dash of salt in it because i herd rosemary can be an anti inflammatory. (but no onion or garlic because i herd it can be really bad for them)
    -it looks like her hair is thinning, and she has a large and very dry dry flaky spot right on her hip bone. i also noticed a small bump on her skin right at the base of her tail
    -it seems like she salivating, panting a lot (ive been putting a small fan on her), and shes been laying down for the past couple days, and not getting up to pee, so when i hear her struggling, its been because shes peed right where she is lying. And she breathing kinda weird, like a hiccup breathing kind of
    i know this is a lot, and i think its possible its Lyme disease, but if she doesnt look better tomorrow morning then… its not good.. and shes too young, and i really dont want her to leave us, especially if its something fixable
    PLEASE HELP
    thank you all and the reason the vet came yesterday (5/31), was to put her down, but she said that because shes still pretty responsive and have pink gums and tongue, its not her kidneys, and that the kidney failure shouldn’t be very painful, and if it is something like Lyme disease or something else we want to know what it is, even if we can make her happy for just a few more months or weeks before her kidneys finally do fail her

    • ANSWER:
      Did the vet run blood tests after she came to the house? Do you have faith in this vet? Call her ASAP. If she can’t figure it out, find someone who can.

  41. QUESTION:
    Why do 70% of all anti-depressant medications eventually fail?
    It is my understanding with 70% of people on anti-depressants that eventually the medication no longer works. This is true with SSRIs, tricyclics, MAO’s, etc. Eventually they all fail to prevent depression. Why? Of these medications, the different classes all seem to prevent depression in differenet ways. Yet they all seem to fail in the same way. Why do SSRI’s eventually fail? Does the body or brain build up a resistance or tolerance to SSRI’s. It would appear that with all anti-depressant medication the body/brain builds up a tolerance to it or finds away around it.

    Some doctors have argued that depression is an auto-immune disease. Do people build up a tolerance to immune supressant medication? I.e., when people get a liver or kidney transplant and they give the patient immune suppressant medication, can the patient build up a tolerance to it? If depression is an auto-immune disease, the body might build up a tolerance to anti-depressant medication.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not aware that they all fail. Certainly there is some tolerance acquired, particulary among those who take ONE for a very long time, or those individuals who have an inherited gene for depression. For the latter group, the SSI’s all work a bit differently, and physicians tend to continue to work with patients who suffer from this. So, they will mix cocktails of it — Lorizapam (a tranq), say with Deseryl, or Welbutrin or with some other SSI. (MAO’s are not much used anymore, and the old standby, amytriptoline (Elivil) is just toooooo much of a downer. The patient isn’t really any longer depressed, but because of its affect, many patiets are not depressed, but not anything else either — they just don’t care….So they aren’t crying or suicidal, but they aren’t part of life either….) A shift all together from one to another appears to be helpful. What is NOT helpful is to take these with alcohol — any of them. Those individuals who are on these medications for only a relatively short period of time (say less than 2 years) seem to get the best results, tho the side effect, long term or short term are annoying to many — sexual, elimination problems, etc. They seem to just slow everything down). It may be that a tolerance is not acquired, but rather the patient wants to feel better and better, and when that does not happen, he informed the physician that the drug has stopped working. Depression is probably not auto-immume, but rather either an inherited gene, or situation-induced — death of a loved one, divorce, etc.

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

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

  43. QUESTION:
    My dad has water retention in his legs and feet. He does have diabetes.?
    And his kidneys only function at 20%, but they have been that way for about 10 years. The swelling appears worse lately. Basically, the question I am asking is, does worse water retention signal that his kidneys may be failing more? Or is this just a normal sign of diabetes and chronic kidney disease. I don’t want to over-worry myself….thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a sign that his kidneys are becoming worse. However, I would imagine that the doctors your dad sees would be checking his kidneys all the time because of his condition and would hopefully know if they were getting worse or not. Try not to worry. Just be supportive of your dad and all that he’s going through. Don’t show him that you’re scared, just show him that you love him. He’s probably worried enough for both of you!

  44. QUESTION:
    How do i go about getting a medical marijuana license in colorado state?
    I suffer from polysystec kidney disease and arthritus in my right knee due to a failed knee surgery. my doctors prescribe percocet for the pain but id rather have weed what do i do to get it legally in Colorado.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get an application from the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment. The address is:
      Medical Marijuana Registry
      HSVRD-MMP-AI
      4300 Cherry Creek Drive S.
      Denver 80246-1530
      Phone # is 303-692-2184
      Ask if the application form is available on-line.
      EDIT: There’s a lot of information if you google “medical marijuana conditions in Colorado”–that is the exact phrase I used. Chronic pain is a covered condition. I’m in New Mexico and our Dept of Health has 22 medical conditions as of last month that marijuana can be used to treat. SInce we’re neighboring states; since we both have medical marijuana; since the Obama administration is not going after the medical marijuana states–wonder if you can get it through NM if you have trouble in Colorado? Just a thought…

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

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    Need to know more about minimal change disease please?
    I’m a 30 year old female and I’ve been showing every symptom for minimal change disease from swelling in my legs to the protein in my urine. I’ve already seen a renal specialist and she says she’s almost 100% sure that’s what I have. I’m scheduled for a biopsy in a couple of weeks to make sure that’s what it is. My question is this, what happens if you leave minimal change disease untreated? Do you die? Do your kidneys end up failing? I know the websites I’ve visited mention it can lead to nephrotic syndrome, but that’s about it. I’m only asking because I’ve been researching the disease online and I keep reading how almost everyone that writes about this disease relapses and has all these horrible side effects from the medications. I think I’d almost rather deal with the swelling in my legs then have to deal with everything I’ll have to deal with just to MAYBE get better. I’m really scared and nervous and don’t have anyone in my family who understands what I’m going through. Someone please help. Thanks:)

    • ANSWER:
      Even in adults, Minimal Change Disease typically has a favorable prognosis. Over 90% of patients will respond to oral steroids, with most of these having a complete remission. However, more than 50% of the adults who go into remission will relapse at some point in their lives, and for these patients either another course of steroids or another form of chemotherapy entirely may be necessary.

      Although it is rare for Minimal Change Disease itself to lead to End Stage Renal Disease, some patients with MCD eventually develop another disease called Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). FSGS is generally seen as a more aggressive disease, with less treatment options and more of a tendency towards eventual renal failure.

      This is what I found. I have taken prednisone, a steroid several times,
      and haven’t experienced any bad side effects. I did have increased appetite and insomnia but these go away as they lower the dosage.
      Most chemo-therapies have improved and maybe by the time you’ll need them they will improve more. Remember new drugs and treatments become available all the time and there are meds that can minimize side effects. The prognosis looks positive so try to go into your treatment with a positive attitude. Generally people who have a good outlook have a better recovery rate.

      Of course you are worried and that is normal. Even knowing that the prognosis is good, I’d be worried, too. It’s human nature to worry about our health. Your family may be having a hard time realizing you are ill.
      It may be that you are only 30 so they think you can’t have anything seriously wrong because you are so young. Take someone with you when you go to the MD next time or when you have your biopsy so they can hear what the Md says.

  47. QUESTION:
    They are putting my dog to sleep.?
    we droped my dog off at the vet yesterday to get injections because her kidneys are failing. She is only 4 years old and with her kidney disease she was suppose to love to about 8. We thought she was going to be okay but the injections arn’t working and they are going to do it till tomorow. I am upset and have been crying but then I start to think about other stuff and I feel guility and I get bored I know adventually today I will have to stop but I feel so guility when I do.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m so very sorry. It’s never easy to put a dog to sleep when the time comes. I’ve been there.

      Please don’t’ blame yourself though. I know that this is easy for me to say, but it’s not your fault that your dog has kidney disease. Know that what you are doing when she goes to sleep is probably the kindest thing that can be done. You are saving your dog from any long term pain and suffering that she would go though.

      Again, I know that this is easy for me to say, but please try to remember the good times and happy memories you shared with during the 4 short years she was with you.

      Your dog will going to The Rainbow Bridge where she will again be healthy and waiting for you some day. For now, she will probably be having a good time playing with the dogs that I’ve had to say good-bye to and she will live forever in your heart.

      I’m going to give you some links that hopefully will help you through this difficult time. The first two links are for The Rainbow Bridge and the others are sites where you can place a free memorial for your dog.

      Again, I’m very sorry. You have my sincere condolences.

  48. QUESTION:
    im getting to a stage where i dont really care. i dunno whats the matter with me !!?
    Right,
    so im 15. and i have a type of kidney disease. i haven’t been to school full time in 7 months because iv been in hospital alot.
    The thing is im supposed to take tablets and drink 3 liters of water a day.
    i don’t, i pretend to drink more than i do to my parents. and i miss tablets alot. i have a lot of pain too and sometimes i take more than im supposed too. and obv dont tell anyone, the thing is, my kidneys will fail if i carry on like this. but, im not meaning this to be rude or unthoughtful to anyone that has had kidney failure. im sure its horrible ! :| . but about mee , i just dont care, i think its because i would rather have kidney failure than to carry on like i am. taking more that 10 pain killers a day, keep getting kidney infections bla bla. not going to school properly.

    of course my parents care and all i hear is “have you been drinking” but iv gone to being completely healthy to like this, in a year.

    My mum isn’t very sympathetic At ALL. im rolling around in agony and she would usually ignore me.

    i did hae 5 kidney stones (caused by the disease ) removed in november. and all i want now is another one. because i hoping if i get another one the pain will go. i sound like a nut case i no. LOL.

    But yeaa, i dont no what to do . im not going to be telling anyone anytime. i just cant, becasue i should care about what happens to me. but i dont. at the moment ,im more scared of living than dying. what do i doo ?! I have had psychology and stuff, and it didn’t help at all.

    thank you ! Sorry it was long.

    ps: my kidney function it alright at the moment.

    • ANSWER:
      It is most unfortunate to note Ur agony @ such a tender age. U’ve to restrict Ur diet and U may try to follow the following stipulated instructions for Ur Kidney Stones and renal colic. God bless U, my dear young heart.We want that U should live full 100 years with the best of Ur health.
      U may show this message to Ur parents and seek their assistance.

      ACUPRESSURE TECHNIQUES:

      With ur thumb, press ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while press9ng a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted/purged through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or after 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels.

      Renal Calculi: Kidney Stones

      1.Black Tea Therapy—Drink one cup of black tea, the first thing in the morning. In case of nausea, keep 2 cloves or little sugar in the mouth. After 15 minutes, regular breakfast can be taken.
      How to prepare Black Tea? Put 1 tea spoonful of leaf tea [any tea will do] in one cup of water. Boil till it becomes half cup. Filter it and add half cup of hot water. Drink it hot for 12 to 15 days.
      2. Diet Restrictions:
      Say NO to
      Palak or Chaulai,Tomatoes,Amla, Chckoo, Cashew Nuts, Cucumber, Black grapes, Cauliflower, Pumpkin, Mushroom, Brinjal.

      Say YES to
      Coconut water, Cornsilk Tea,Barley,Pineapple juice, Bananas,Almonds, Lemons, Carrots, Horse Gram, Karela [Bitter Gourd].

      :CANOVA DROPS;
      IT’S A NON-POISONOUS VEGETABLE PLANT EXTRACT OBTAINED FROM THE FORESTS OF JOHANNSBERG, SOUTH AFRICA. It is found to be, after extensive research for over a decade, effective for cancer, tumors, leukemia, HIV and AIDS. It is a good immune booster.
      To be taken sublingual — dosage – 10 drops t.d.s. not to eat anything 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. However, water can be taken.

      . Kidneypain— Renal Colic Same as Colic.
      256. Kidney— Stone in Mixture of NP 3x, NS 3x and S 12x.
      257. Kidney— Inflammation Mixture of FP 12x, KM 3x and NP 3x.
      China 200 in trituration (powder form) about 1 grain daily for 15 or 20 days in acute cases otherwise on alternate days. There is a plant called PERPATTA, take 2-1/2 leaves thereof, 5 pieces of KALI MIRCH (Black pepper) and drink daily in the morning. Take 1 Pao Kulthi, put in a ghara (earthen jar) of water heat and boil and strain and keep. Drink only that water as far as possible, cures in 10 days.

      92.Colic pain[inflammation of colon & renal colic]Severe gripping pain in bowels. MP-3x in very hot water every 5 or 10 minutes failing which mixture of CP-3x or 12x,FP 3x, KM 3x, KP 3x, MP 3x, NM 3x, KS 3x, NP 3x abd NS 3x failing which homoeopathis colosynth 6, one pill @ short intervals. Simply wonderful.
      Dosage 2 grains t.d.s.
      All these biochemic salts are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water. With best wishes

  49. QUESTION:
    I need help understanding/interpreting feline blood test results. No guessing please.?
    I took my 13 yr old cat to the vet last week because she is having labored breathing. She seems fine, not distressed, eating fine but her breathing sounds bad and her sides retract each time she breathes. She was breathing very quick shallow breaths. The vet said it was asthma but wanted to do xrays and blood tests to be sure. Her blood test results were as follows:

    Test Result Reference Range Indicator
    ALB = 3.1 g/dL 2.3-3.9 Normal
    ALKP = 36 U/L 14-111 Normal
    ALT < 10U/L 12-130 No graph shown
    AMYL = 573 U/L 500-1500 Normal (at the low end of normal)
    BUN = 16 mg/dL 16-36 Low (on the line for low/normal, vet says Low)
    Ca = 9.1 mg/dL 7.8-11.3 Normal
    CHOL = 126 mg/dL 65-225 Normal
    CREA = 2.3 mg/dL 0.8-2.4 High? (inside the "normal" box but towards high end,
    vet says "High")
    GLOB = 3.7 g/dL 2.8-5.1 Normal
    GLU = 155 mg/dL 71-159 High (line between normal/high, vet says not a
    concern, it's just high because she's scared
    or nervous)
    PHOS = 5.1 mg/dL 3.1-7.5 Normal
    TBIL < 0.1 mg/dL 0.0-0.9 No graph shown
    TP = 6.8 g/dL 5.7-8.9 Normal

    HCT = 37.9% 24.0-45.0 Normal
    HGB = 11.5 g/dL 8.0-15.0 Normal
    MCHC = 30.3 g/dL 30.0-36.9 Low (line between low/normal)
    WBC = 25.2 x10^9/L 5.0-18.9 High
    GRANS = 22.0 x10^9/L 2.5-12.5 High
    %GRANS =87%
    L/M =3.2 x10^9/L 1.5-7.8 Normal
    %L/M = 13%
    PLT = 46 x10^9/L 175-500 Low
    Retics ~ 0.6%

    Her vet said she has CRF/kidney disease and told me to start her on Hill's Prescription Diet or if she wouldn't eat that (said a lot of cats won't) a recipe she gave me that consisted of liver, calcium carbonate, eggs and vegetable oil immediately. She said based on her creatinine levels my cat was in the 3rd of 4 stages and her kidneys would fail quickly if I continued with her current diet. She made it clear that I needed to start feeding her the new diet immediately. My cat won't eat it, any of it. She's always been a very picky eater. I went back and asked for a can of the prescription food, the vet tech sold me a can of a/d critical care formula, she ate this. I went back to get more and the vet said it was not good for her kidneys :^/ That she has to eat the k/d formula. I bought this and she won't touch it. I even tried adding tuna juice and she won't touch it.

    While researching what else she can eat, I noticed that her blood test results don't seem to be consistent with CRF test results. ie: her BUN is low/normal not high, HCT is normal, PHOS is normal

    I am wondering if anyone that knows veterinary medicine can answer this for me. I'm extremely concerned because she was eating fine before the diet change even with the labored breathing, now she won't eat any of the k/d foods and not more than a bite or two of anything else. The vet says if she won't eat the kidney diet to add water and force feed it to her from a squeeze bottle. This seems counterproductive (and painful for me, she doesn't like being force-anything) if she isn't in kidney failure. If she is, then I would really appreciate suggestions on alternatives to the aforementioned k/d food (tried can and dry) and the k/d liver recipe that she won't eat.

    She has had antibiotic and steroid shots for the lung infection. Plus the vet prescribed liquid antibiotics and probiotic paste to take home. My cat would let me give her the antibiotics to begin with because she didn't have much "fight" in her. Now she has it back and is fighting me when I give her the antibiotic. She won't touch the probiotic or any food that I put it in, even tuna (the bribe food/her fave). I've also been putting her in a crate and giving her albuterol nebulizer treatments followed by percussions. Her breathing is better than it was. But her respirations while laying down/resting are 55-60 breaths per minute.
    Vet did xrays because she felt "lumps" in her hind legs. Turned out to be nothing. The xrays did show "something" in her lungs (two hazy spots, one at the top edge of right lung and one on the towards the edge of the left lung) but the doctor said with her age she doesn't recommend surgery to find out if it is something "bad" or not. Just do antibiotics/nebs/percussions
    JC: Thank you so much for your reply. I appreciate you taking the time to read my entire question and to give an informed answer. She is family. I've had her since she was a tiny kitten and she means the world to me. My gut told me that something wasn't right with her diagnosis. Especially when she was looking at the xrays. She went up to the light board and stared at it, then moved really close and stared again for a bit and then said "there's something here..and here" pointing at the very light hazy spots but didn't tell me what that meant until I asked for more information. So, no, she did not send them to a radiologist. I had taken her in because of the breathing and she also had a hard spot under one of her nipples. We got a dog last year, so for the past year she doesn't live in my lap like she always has. Needless to say, when I was holding her, I felt the "tough" spot on her tummy/under the nipple. The vet seemed somewhat unconcerned about the spot but said from feeling it that
    unconcerned about the spot but said from feeling it that it was a "mammary tumor" which seems like something to be concerned about. She said if it gets any bigger to bring her back, but that was that. Velvet has always been a very healthy fiesty girl (she's a Russian Blue) but in the last couple of years she developed a small lump over her front right shoulder, it looks/feels like fluid filled skin, I was told by everyone this is nothing to be concerned about especially since it doesn't hurt her in the least to touch it, press it, etc. The vet said it wasn't anything to worry about either, just due to her getting older. She did say that because of the lumps in her legs and the hard spot in her tummy we should do xrays to make sure it wasn't a tumor in her lungs causing the breathing problems. I asked about the legs, because she didn't even mention them when reviewing the xray. She said "it's nothing, if it was, I would have told you".

    I was terrified when I went in. She seems to have

    • ANSWER:
      Time to find a new vet.

      Those aren’t the kidney numbers of a CRF cat. A better predictor of kidney health is to test the specific gravity of the urine – if it’s concentrated, the kidneys are functioning properly, if it’s too dilute, they are starting to age. The reduced kidney function is one of aging, and not a disease. A cat’s body craves and needs protein – that is why she is instinctively rejecting the K/D. Very few vets will prescribe a low-protein diet for cats with aging kidneys – they 1) won’t eat it 2) it leads to muscle wasting (the body needs to get protein from somewhere!) and 3) it hasn’t been proven that low-protein slows down the progression of the CRF. What she needs is to eat – a high quality canned food free of by-products and chemical preservatives. That’s what my vet recommends, based on the latest research. The by-products are hard to digest, and the chemicals are tough on the kidneys. Good canned foods will keep her better hydrated, and slow down the aging of the kidneys.

      Did the vet send the xrays out for a ‘real’ radiologist to interpret? Cats with asthma – untreated – can get hard spots in their lungs, and those will show up on xrays. It takes a real radiologist to interpret an xray – the answer is NOT surgery to find out what it is, it’s to have a qualified person read and interpret the xray. Personal story – my rescue rex was coughing prior to his coming to me, and was taken to the vet who did a chest xray, and diagnosed severe hear disease and wanted to do ultrasounds, etc. I insisted that the xrays were to be sent to a radiologist – diagnosis was asthma. Quite a bit different than the vet’s diagnosis of an aorta ready to self destruct.

      CRF is not a death sentence. And yours isn’t there yet. Feeding her a food she can’t stand is counterproductive, and can lead to liver failure when she refuses to eat. Find another vet, and feed her a quality canned food so that the poor thing eats! At 13 – with that pretty good bloodwork – she should have some good quality years left to spend with you.

  50. QUESTION:
    why has the scientific community failed to develop a prevention treatment for PKD (polycystic kidney disease)?
    since it affects so many americans, and any prophylactic treatment would likely be administered for the rest of a patient’s life, it would be extremely profitable for big pharm.
    additionally, we also know the gene mutation that is responsible for PKD…

    so what are the difficulties in trying to design a treatment strategy for PKD?

    is the recent boom in genomics and recombinant DNA techniques likely to lead to a breakthrough?

    what about increases in access to totipotent human cells for research or therapy? would this likely lead to advances in finding a treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      till genetic engineering becomes a reality there can not be much that can be done for this condition.


Disease Kidneys

Did you know that you can loose a significant amount of weight without loosing much fat? You may be just be loosing excess water and also muscle tissue you desperately need to keep your metabolism rate high. This makes it harder for you to loose fat in the long run, because the muscle you are loosing requires more energy than fat you are keeping. The more muscle mass you have, the higher your metabolism. Muscle will burn energy even when you are sleeping. Loosing muscle mass during dieting can be prevented by maintaining sufficient protein intake and exercising. There are many factors you need to consider before you decide which diet program is right for you. It is important to be aware of the diet effects and what you want to accomplish. Crash dieting may cause your body to react like it is starving and pack excess fat as a response. This will not stop the day you stop dieting, and so you will gain the lost fat back very quickly, and even more than what you started with. The best diet will keep your metabolism rate high or normal at all times. Low carb diets restrict the amount of carbohydrates in the diet, because excess amounts of carbohydrates will cause the body to produce too much insulin. Insulin is a hormone telling the body to store rather than burn fat. Sure, lowering the blood sugar levels and the production of excessive insulin is a good thing usually, but there are some side effects you need to be aware of: -Restricted intake of carbohydrates often results to constipation if not supplemented, since fiber intake is also reduced significantly. Constipation can then lead to other digestive problems like diverticulitis. – A Low carb diet can also stress the renal system and increase the risk of arthritis. – High consumption of saturated fat and cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease. – Kidneys can become overworked on a low carb diet and the change in blood acidity can lead to bone loss. The strong smell of ammonia in urine is one of the telltale signs of a diet consisting on too little good fats and too much protein. -On a low carb diet you may be missing out on vital nutrients, if you don’t take dietary supplements. Low fat diets were popular for a long time. These diets are based on reducing fat intake and replacing it with carbohydrates. Low fat diets have created the misinformation that only fat makes you fat, and carbohydrates only give you energy. They ignored the importance of essential fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins. This led some people to eat higher amounts of low fat food with refined carbohydrates, and gain weight. Do I need to say more… Some diets recommend ingesting excessive amounts of vitamin and mineral supplements. Usually this is harmless, but you need to know which vitamins and minerals are dangerous if consumed in excess. Iron and fat-soluble vitamin A are toxic in large doses for example. Most people can get the nutrition they need from healthy food. Though there are some exceptions like vegans, who often need to supplement vitamin B-12. A once a day multivitamin usually does the trick for the majority of the population in western countries. Healthy, high fiber carbohydrate foods should be part of a well-balanced diet, especially those from fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Extreme diets may lead to nutrient deficiencies, and are less likely to be effective at long-term weight loss. The best diet is a life long change in eating habits, if the goal is to loose weight. The best diet is a normal balanced diet, which just comes with smaller portions and maybe some substitutions.About the author Copyright http://www.healthdietplan.com, Tarja Anchor; Kajava Therapist, Holistic Health Practitioner. More information about nutrition, healthy diet plan, food supplements, and healthy weight loss at Healthdietplan.comSource: http://www.articlesalley.com/article.detail.php/36064/61/Nutrition/Health/22/The_Best_Diet_To_Loose_Weight

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    My mom has a kidney infection, hence her kidneys are not functioning properly. Is it chronic kidney disease?
    My mom’s kidneys are infected. She takes regular blood tests and the doctor keeps track of the WBC, urea and creatinine level. There is fluctuations in her creatinine level but the doctor pays more attention to her WBC readings, which are normal. He says that as long as her WBC levels are normal, she has no infection and no need to worry about fluctuating creatinine levels. HOWEVER, the internet mentions about the importance of elevated creatinine levels and kidney damage. It says that high creatinine levels need dialysis ! It mentions about the importance of creatinine clearance in chronic kidney disease patient. My mom’s creatinine level is around 2.9, which is high. Does my mom has a chronic kidney disease too? Does she need dialysis? I am getting confused about this. Someone please help!

    • ANSWER:
      hello there! her nephrologist can only tell you that final analysis. if your mom ends up with ESRD (end stage renal disease) she will need dialysis 3 times a week. but here are some signs at home to monitor: SWOLLEN ANKLES, SHORTNESS OF BREATH, SHE CANNOT LAY FLAT IN BED, SHE LOSSES HER APPETITE, SHE COMPLAINS OF BACK PAIN, SHE HAS HEADACHES, CHANGED MOODS, CONFUSION. yes her level 2.9 is very high she must avoid high phosphorus foods and watch her potassium intake. no bananas, chocolate, sodas, avacado things that are high in potassium. do you have family history for renal failure? yes creatinine levels must be watched with her as well. i hope she doesn’t need dialysis but only her nephrologist can clear that up for you. if you have any questions about dialysis please feel free to contact me.

  2. QUESTION:
    Due to chronic kidney disease ,both the kidneys of my friend failed and she is undergoing dialysis?
    twice a week. What are her chances of recovery.Her blood group is O+. She is not getting a donor among her blood relations .Can she get a donor elsewhere

    • ANSWER:
      She can definitely get a donor. In fact, more and more transplants are being done with non-related donors. What makes a transplant most likely to be successful is how genetically similar certain areas are that have to do with immune system regulation. Dialysis is much better nowadays than it used to be. People can survive on dialysis for years.

  3. QUESTION:
    I have polycystic kidney disease and the pain that comes with it when the kidneys become enlarged.?
    I can not take NSAIDS, and dr’s give me non-specific narcotic pain meds. While these make my head feel loosy goosy doesn’t do much for my pain. I have read its basically nerve pain. is there meds for nerve pain?

    • ANSWER:
      I also suffered kidney disease,and have recieved a transplant,the pain you are suffering I feel for you- My Nephrologist didn’t have to prescribe me anything due to me having a herniated disc and degenertive spine disease-I was already seeing a pain management doc-If what you are getting isn’t working it will be hard to get it out of your Nephrologist due to you are not able to get meds out of your system that easy due to your failing kidneys,but anyway what should work for you is Roxicodone 5mg-these do not have any Tylenol or Asprin in them just a narcotic(Oxycodone-same as Percocet) if you are already on Percocet since you are not sure what it is-look at the bottle,and e-mail me,and I can tell you what may best suit you-you may also e-mail me from this site,and i will give you my real e-mail adress if you need to talk about any issues concerning your kidney failure-been there and I know it’s very hard and sometimes frustrating….Are you on Dyalisis yet???

  4. QUESTION:
    in glomerular disease how do the kidneys get damaged by an over stimulated immune system?
    I don’t understand how the immune system is connected to damaging the kidneys? can anyone explain it please?

    • ANSWER:
      Glomerulonephritis is inflammation of small blood vessels in the kidneys; an over stimulated immune system would cause an inflammatory response thus causing the inflammation causing the nephritis.

  5. QUESTION:
    my husband has been told by the hospital that he has chronic kidney disease and his kidneys are working at ?
    about60% instead of 100%….he is 56 years old and this has worried him…at each hospital visit his blood pressure is raised and we were told high blood pressure can contribute to his condition…but st home his blood pressure is normal…is he in real danger of kidney failure….and what can we do to improve the situation?

    • ANSWER:
      Sue, I am sorry to hear about your husbands kidneys and yes there are loads of things you do to help. My husband has just gone on to CAPD dialysis his kidneys are now working at 6%. He has been under the kidney unit for about 15 years. Diet is very important, absolutely no salt, don’t cook with salt, cut potatoes up into small pieces, rinse and rinse them. My husband eats very little dairy, no milk, occasionally a bit of cheese, no bacon, no crisps,no sausage all the things you like.Have a look at the NKF website start looking at things that you can do to help keep dialysis at bay.Is your husband having his blood pressure taken regularly, make sure he does.Find out as much as you can about diet, what to eat and what not too. Good Luck.

  6. 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

  7. QUESTION:
    Minimal change disease (kidneys) caused by smoking?
    I’ve had minimal change disease for a year and a half. So far medicine doesn’t seem to be working very well. I’ve tried prednisone and prograf. I smoke cigs lightly, one or two a day. Could smoking have an effect my kidney disease or the efficiency of the medicine? And by the way, my blood pressure is completely normal.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, smoking can affect your kidneys because they filter out all the body takes in, even toxins like cigarettes. Cigarettes do increase your heart rate and raise your blood pressure slightly. When your heart rate is increased, this may make you feel better, but actually, over time, it can increase you levels of cortisol. If you are already taking steroids, this would be a lot of unheathly steroids pumping around your system.

      Please quit smoking.
      Good luck to you.

  8. 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.

  9. QUESTION:
    How is IV fuilds helping a dog with kidney disease?
    I am curious about the process of injecting a dog that has kidney disease with IV fluids. I understand it helps, but how does the fluids make their way from under the skin to the blatter and flushes the kidneys in the meantime?

    • ANSWER:
      The fluids are given subcutaneous, which means the fluids are given under the skin. Then the body slowly absorbs the fluids and they get flushed out through the kidneys which help get rid of toxin build up in the kidneys. I did this with my cat for two years and it really helped.

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

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

  11. 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/

  12. QUESTION:
    Are parapelvic cysts a sign of polycystic kidney disease?
    I’ve been diagnosed with having multiple parapelvic cysts on both kidneys. Is this a form of polycystic kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Diagnostic criteria for PKD require two or more cysts in one kidney and at least one cyst in the contralateral kidney in young subjects, but four or more in subjects older than 60 years because of the increased frequency of benign simple cysts. Most often, the diagnosis is made from a positive family history and imaging studies showing large kidneys with multiple bilateral cysts and possibly liver cysts. Before the age of 30 years, CT scan or T2-weighted MRI is more sensitive for detecting presymptomatic disease because the sensitivity of ultrasound falls.
      Hope it helps.
      All the best!

  13. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy cheaper Lactated Rigers for my dog who has Kidney Disease?
    My dog has recently been diagnosed with Kidney Disease. He is supposed to get subcutaneous fluid injections to help his kidneys deal with the problem. But my Vet charges per bag of fluid, which only lasts for 3 treatments! I cant afford that, but dont want to put my dog down when there is a treatment so readily available. Is there someplace I can get these bags of fluid for cheaper (hopefully much cheaper)? Im not even real sure which type I should be looking for- what the vet gave us is NDC 0409-7953-09 made by Hospira, 1000 ML. I am willing to buy by the case, either locally or online if anyone can point me in the right direction!

    • ANSWER:
      There are many companies that sell it online, you just have to have your vet send them a prescription for it. The last link has a case of 12 for .99 a bag plus free shipping, which is the cheapest that I have found. Also, I have ordered from Valley Vet (the last link) before, and I really thought they had great service. Just FYI: there is no difference between LRS for farm animals and for pets, they are just marketed different.

      http://www.entirelypets.com/lari.html

      http://www.allivet.com/Lactated-Ringers-Solution-Rx-p/25211.htm

      http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.html?PGGUID=30e072f0-7b6a-11d5-a192-00b0d0204ae5

  14. QUESTION:
    Am i going to die from my kidney disease?
    I was born with polycystic kidney disease. Nobody else in my family has it, it was a mutated gene. I was diagnosed at age 3. I take medication for high blood pressure. I never really thought that it would be any trouble, but i keep hearing stories about how people are going into kidney failure. My cysts haven’t grown in a while and are on both kidneys. I am 16, almost 17.
    Resolution, like how?

    • ANSWER:
      Dont be afraid of death, be afraid of the unlived life

  15. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know about IGA Kidneys disease?
    Nick name Berger disease. MY son has just been told he has it and I want to find out from a personal veiw. I looked online and found out a lot. They want him to skip dialsis and go for a tranplant!

    • ANSWER:
      No I didn’t have IGA Kidney disease, but I have had a kidney transplant. If you have any questions about transplant, then I can answer them. My best to you and your son.

  16. QUESTION:
    I have a family history of Poly cysti Kidneys, when would it be advised for me to get checked for the disease?
    My mother and both of her brothers have the disease, as did their father, who recently died due to kidney failure and further problems caused by this. I am only 16, but was wondering when it would be best to get checked for the disease, and who I would contact about doing so?

    • ANSWER:
      Doctor, mother.

      I can’t be bothered to repeat “XYZ”‘s answer as it’s mind numbingly obvious and you should have done what he said already.

      You may, however, want to hide your concern from your family. I don’t understand why, but perhaps that is why you have turned to millions of uninformed strangers? In that case, contact NHS direct and they will be able to advise you of a confidential source of information.

  17. QUESTION:
    My uncle has said he has stage 4 kidney disease, it is true to limit your protein intake?
    I read online that you should limit your protein intake because your kidney filter protein but since your kidneys are not working properly now, it’s best to limit the amount you eat. Therefore, you should not eat any meat products and become a vegetarian. Is that true? What should a person with this disease eat?

    • ANSWER:
      He should become a vegetarian and get his proteins from nuts, beans, walnuts, etc. (no meat period). With stage 4 kidney, by eating animal proteins, his body digests them and releases “nitrogen products” or “waste products from protein metabolism” which are poisons that will remain in his body as his kidneys cannot eliminate them anymore.
      Other waste poisons will be removed by kidney dialysis so we must lower his waste products as much as possible.

  18. 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:

  19. QUESTION:
    What connection does deodorant have with kidney disease?
    On the back of my deodorant, it says “Ask before use if you have kidney disease.” My mom’s kinda paranoid about this now, because she has bad kidneys, as did her mother before her, and naturally, she’s assuming I do too. So exactly how is deodorant connected to kidney disease? Or kidneys in general?

    It’d be nice if you could list your source. :D

    • ANSWER:
      Here is what I found:

      CAN ANTIPERSPIRANT CAUSE KIDNEY DISEASE?
      No. Antiperspirants will not cause kidney disease.

      ——————————————————————————–

      IS ANTIPERSPIRANT SAFE TO USE IF I HAVE KIDNEY DISEASE?
      The FDA considers antiperspirants completely safe and effective. Otherwise, they would not allow them to be marketed. Aluminum is removed from the body primarily by the kidneys. Thus, people with kidney disease may not remove aluminum as effectively. The FDA issued a ruling that requires all U.S. antiperspirants to carry a warning statement to make consumers aware that exposure to aluminum from antiperspirants might need to be discussed with their doctor. If you have kidney disease, we suggest that you consult with your doctor about the warning statement. For perspective, aluminum is from the food and water we consume and the air we breathe. Daily aluminum intake from food and water is thought to be much greater than exposure from daily use of antiperspirants or other beauty care products.

  20. 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.

  21. QUESTION:
    If your spouse is dying of a kidney disease, would you be willing to offer him/her one of your kidneys?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes.

  22. QUESTION:
    Can you have kids with kidney disease?
    I have MPGN type 2. I have one but I want more eventually. Some doctors have told me yes, others no, but my parents have also said no. I have not reached kidney failure yet and eventually I will need a transplant. I’m going for a checkup apt. Tuesday and possibly discuss & schedule a biopsy and recieve test results.

    I realize right now I can’t have more kids, but in another year or two I may want more. I also know my fiance (my son’s father) wants more kids, but he doesnt want to put me at risk. He has said that although more kids would be nice, if I’m not able to he will be ok with that. They have said that maybe if my disease goes into remision I can, but only then.

    If i were to have more kids now there is a possibility that my kidneys can go into failure and me and the baby would die. So of course we are waiting and being safe.

    Is this reasonable or possible?Does anyone have any type of kidney disease? Do you have kids? Does anyone have any info. that might help?

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t have any kids but was told that a year and a half after transplant it would be ok. This was due mainly the high doses of certain meds that I was on. Good luck to you.

  23. QUESTION:
    On deodorant it tells you to ask your doctor if you have kidney disease?
    Like on all deodorant it says that

    What does your armpits have to do with your kidneys?

    can the deodorant hurt your kidneys if you have kidney disease?
    lol makes no sence
    oooh wow i dident know thatt :o

    • ANSWER:
      Antiperspirant and deodorant ingredients are not associated in any way with promoting kidney disease. The kidneys play an important role in allowing the body to rid itself of things it doesn’t need. A consequence of kidney disease can be that the body struggles in this function.

      One element that the body comes into contact with everyday is aluminium, which is naturally and abundantly present in food, drink and the environment generally. Generally speaking, aluminium is perfectly safe and is easily processed through the kidneys, but when someone has kidney disease their body can struggle to cope with it. It is for this reason that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforces labelling on products like oral antacids which contain large amounts of aluminium. Antiperspirant ingredients only contain a small amount of aluminium (less than 2.5% of the amount that people come into contact with every day) and as a way of raising awareness of the dangers faced by kidney disease sufferers, the FDA has recently suggested that people with kidney disease talk to their doctor before using an antiperspirant.

  24. QUESTION:
    How does kidney disease affect the immune system?
    I know a lot about kidney disease (renal failure), but can’t seem to find the answer to one question: how is the immune system affected by kidney disease? I would like to know if people with kidney disease are more likely to catch colds, flus, etc. than those without it? If anyone knows the answer to this question, I’d appreciate your answer! Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I just had my kidney transplant about 4 months ago and now that I am on tons of medicine to prevent rejection, my immune system is SO low. Before the transplant though I was never told my immune system was low, even while on dialysis. The only thing I had to watch was my diet, mostly sodium intake, but as for my immune system before the transplant, it was the same. Now though I have to be very careful around kids and anyone who even has a minor cold due to my medications effecting my immune system.

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

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

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food for a dog with kidney disease?
    Well, my newly adopted dog was just diagnosed with kidney disease. They said it’s not bad yet, but that I should feed her some special kidney disease food. I take her to the vet in Petsmart (Banfield), so she recommended Hills K/D (the only kind they sell there).

    Anyway, I was wondering what anyone thinks is the best dog food for kidney disease “treatment”. Thanks for any suggestions!! :)
    ps: it’s chronic kidney disease, in case it matters. And she’s only 3 years old. Thanks again!

    • ANSWER:
      The veterinarian I work for always recommends Hill’s K/D for kidney problems. Don’t get it confused with C/D. It helps bladder problems. Oh, and don’t feed her table scraps. Human food can damage the kidneys and liver.

  27. QUESTION:
    For my cat with kidney disease also has a heart condition is the sub-Q therapy/liquid the only choice she has?
    I dont want my severe kidney disease suffering cat to receive the subcutaneous fluid therapy (sub-Q) because it would be too painful for her and she is 15 years old and suffers a heart murmur (a sort of heart condition). I’ve been told cats who suffer from a heart condition shouldn’t receive this sub-Q treatment because it’s dangerous. I need to know what other options are out there instead of the subcutaneous fluid therapy/liquid (sub-q), there has to be other options. The vet i’m taking her with isn’t very helpful he offered that option, and I really need to know what to do so her kidneys get better fast, right now she doesn’t have a treatment or an adequate diet:-( I need urgent speedy help to find a better vet (preferably holistic) in Chicago. If anyone knows please let me know i’d really appreciate it. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      There’s not a lot you can do about this. Normally they’ll try to “restart” the kidneys with an IV of fluids, but with your cat having heart problems, and I would imagine that this is congestive heart failure (CHF)…besides her heart murmur, you’re vet is giving her IV fluids sub q so she’s not overloaded quickly with fluids. I hate to say this…but you need to consider that the time for your loved cat is just about over. If she continues to go down, then you really need to consider euthanasia. I wish you only the best of luck.

  28. QUESTION:
    Can kidney disease induced anemia be treated with iron supplements?
    Can taking iron supplements help overcome anemia caused by kidney disease/failure? And why does kidney disease/failure often cause nausea and loss of appetite? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Iron alone would not help as kidney failure results in too low levels of erythropoietin, a hormone the kidneys makes that induces the bone marrow to make RBCs.

      Iron often is given, but the levels have to be monitored, as iron overload can lead to serious toxicity, including liver toxcity.

      In all cases of anemia, iron levels have to be measured to justify iron supplementation.

      see:

      http://www.merck.com/mmpe/sec17/ch234/ch234e.html

  29. QUESTION:
    How long does a person with kidney disease live?
    Do you know someone who has/had kidney disease? If so how long did they live? How many kidney transplants did they receive, 1? 2? 3?
    Or are you a doctor who knows statistics. I would really like to know how long people usually live if they had kidney failure as a young child and had a transplant and now need another kidney transplant. How long can that person really expect to live?

    • ANSWER:
      Even if they don’t get a Kidney, there is dialysis. You can live to be quite old as long as you are dialysed and follow a strict diet, it is not easy, since traditional dialysis is 3 days a week for 3-4 hrs at a time and it can leave you quite weak; there is also peritoneal dialysis that is more under the control of the patient and hence has more freedom

  30. 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.

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

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

  32. QUESTION:
    How can you tell if you have kidney failure or chronic kidney disease?
    And some one was saying if you have kidney failure or chronic kidney disease there are foods you cannot eat is that true.

    How can you tell if you have chronic kidney disease .And why is it some foods make it worse.

    • ANSWER:
      You go to a doctor.

  33. QUESTION:
    can gorhams disease spread from chest too kidneys?
    daughter had surgery @ 16 yrs. old. Doctors removed bone growth from ribs. she’s 22 and says her kidneys hurt bad now.

    • ANSWER:
      It shouldn’t, Gorham’s disease targets only bone cells. However, diseases like that always have a way of causing other symptoms so you really never know. But it doesn’t matter, kidney pain is never a good thing and it could be something else. She should go to the doctor so they can run the appropriate test. Good luck
      Hope that helps

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

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

      I’m not sure you’re wording this question correctly — “What are the homeostatic mechanisms involved in chronic kidney disease?” — Kidney disease doesn’t implement homeostatic mechanisms…it interferes with homeostasis..

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

      “What is the cause and what is the effect on homeostatic mechanisms” — Like I said…

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

  35. QUESTION:
    What can’t I eat/drink if I have Polycystic Kidney Disease?
    I went to the ER with bad back pain and lower abdominal pain. They did a CT scan and found a couple of kidney stones and multiple cysts on both kidneys. The ER Doc and Radiologist both thought it was polycystic kidney disease, but I don’t have an appointment with the Urologist for another month and a half. Does anyone know of any guidelines I should follow in the meantime?

    • ANSWER:
      I googled it and got one site that said “low salt diet” (salt retains water and fluid is in the cysts).

      https://health.google.com/health/ref/Polycystic+kidney+disease

      I too, wonder why they didn’t fix you there or admit you to the hospital since you were having severe pain. Maybe you don’t have insurance so they just did as little as they could to help you? It is bad what hospitals are doing nowaday to people without insurance. I am glad Obama and congress got this new law passed to help everyone get insurance, even if it is not a perfect bill. I think you should get a lawyer and sue the hospital if you have an emergency with this before the urologist appointment. But if it gets bad, call the urologist and see if they can bump the appointment up sooner. Hopefully they gave you enough pain meds to last until your urologist appointment in one month. If not, I would call the ER and ask to speak to a supervisor and complain about the service you got and insist they give you enough pain meds to last until your appointment.

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

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

  37. QUESTION:
    kidney disease, weakened kidneys?
    can simple blood tests can determine whether a person has any sort of kidney disease or any sort of decreased kidney function?

    can simple blood tests determine if a person has renal failure?

    • ANSWER:
      yes. BUN and creatinine

  38. QUESTION:
    Why does creatinine remain in the bloodstream in kidney disease?
    I thought that with kidney disease, everything is excreted in the urine, such as proteins, blood, and other larger size molecules. If that is the case, what makes creatinine stay in the bloodstream as opposed to be excreted with the other molecules?

    • ANSWER:
      In kidney failure, the kidneys are unable to excrete waste products (such are creatinine) from the blood (not increased excretion as you say in the first sentence).

  39. QUESTION:
    Why would a person with kidney disease remove protein from the body?
    Hi, I’m doing my biology hw and one of the questions is
    why is there not protein in the waste of a healthy person, but in a person with kidney disease there is?
    I have no idea, I don’t think I’ve covered it yet.
    Thanks for any help.

    • ANSWER:
      The kidneys are like filters. Blood gets pushed through a part of the kidney called the glomerulus. In a healthy kidney, small molecules go through (like urea, sodium, or glucose), while larger molecules are held back (like red blood cells and protein). When kidney damage occurs, holes start to develop in the glomerulus, and the larger proteins will leak through.

  40. QUESTION:
    How would a person with Kidney disease be a Buddhist monk?
    I had a kidney transplant and I have a rare disease called cystinosis, in Buddhism it says to give up worldy possesions. I will eventually go and become a Monk when I am older, but I dont know how I will take my medications. Buddhists arent supposed to take anything with them so I want to ask for some answers

    • ANSWER:
      A monk is allowed to use medicines if they are offered in the same way as food. Once offered, neither food nor medicine should be handled again by a layperson, as that renders it no longer allowable. Medicines can be considered as those things that are specifically for illness; those things having tonic or reviving quality (such as tea or sugar); and certain items which have a nutritional value in times of debilitation, hunger or fatigue (such as cheese or non-dairy chocolate).

  41. QUESTION:
    How long can you live with chronic kidney disease and what is the percentage successful transplant?
    Chronic kidney disease alot of people of them but dont realize it how long can live with the disease of you slow the progression down and what is the successful transplant rate

    • ANSWER:
      Normal GFR is between 90 and 100. Over the age of 40, everybody’s GFR reduces by 1 point each year. When GFR gets below 15, a person receives dialysis. Kidney disease can be treated with careful attention to diet, usually a low protein diet. GFR can be improved by as much as 10 points by changing to a vegetarian diet. Soy protein is good for kidney function. There are many internet sites which provide information regarding vegetarian diets etc for kidney disease. There are also various natural supplements that improve kidney function, Co-enzyme Q10 for example. As to how long you can live with kidney disease, it depends what caused it in the first place. In some cases people can live for quite a number of years before needing dialysis or transplant.
      1 week ago
      Source(s):

      http://renux.dmed.ed.ac.uk/EdREN/EdRenIN…

      http://bastyrcenter.org/content/view/882…

      http://www.ksat.com/health/16833033/deta…

      http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0…

  42. QUESTION:
    can i get a medical marijuana card for a kidney disease?
    im 16 and i live in california but i take a lot of medication for my kidneys. i have a kidney disease called FSGS and would like to know if i could get a medical card for my pain. i also have a lot of depression because my mom passed away a couple of years ago and now i have to take lexapro which hardly even works.

    • ANSWER:
      Deal with your illness and your sorrow appropriately. Kidney’s filter waste, do you want your kidney’s worse off? More importantly to you want your brain worse off? Look for positive escapes, don’t you think your mother would wish this as well?
      Believe in you, despite the hand that has been dealt, not a full house, but you can always draw from the deck. Choose life, choose right from wrong, choose strength from weakness. Also look up on line…Marijuana and cyclic vomiting syndrome, it might change your mind for that escape route…many are seeing the light in other countries that have legalized Marijuana. It’s not the way to go. Fight for your mother, fight for yourself, be the person your mother dreamed you could be, she did have dreams for you…all mothers do.

  43. QUESTION:
    Are there any supplements for cat kidney disease that you would recommend me?
    Did you try them with your cat? Did you see any results? Any other advices for cat kidney disease?
    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve used Tripsy from Petwellbeing.com. It contains herbs that help proper kidney function, combats kidney infections, and overall helps cats feel better and relieves them of any pain. I give my cat 2 doses of Tripsy each day and since being on it he has gained weight and acting like a kitten again. Ensure that your cat is getting plenty of fresh water. A low sodium and reduced protein diet is often recommended as well. Good luck.

  44. QUESTION:
    I have questions about kidney disease?
    There are people that live in the hospital because their kidneys need to be cleaned 3 times a day. Their bodies are monitored every minute. They are weak all the time, but sometimes, they feel OK? What kind of kidney disease do they have? Is it that serious? What causes it and all the bowel problems that go along? What kind of treatment is necessary? What is the procedure?

    They need someone to donate a kidney to them immediately or else How Long Will They Stay Alive?

    • ANSWER:
      There are several kidney dysfunctions, one of them is uremia and this usually leads to dialysis, a process of “cleansing” the kidneys. This is needed to excrete metabolic waste products from the body. In time kidney transplant has to be done to prolong life.

  45. QUESTION:
    After a successful kidney transplant, would you still have kidney disease?
    I lost a kidney to diabetic kidney disease. I had a sucessfull transplant. Am I still suffering from kidney disease with the new kidney? My doctor could not answer this to my satisfaction.

    • ANSWER:
      That is a tricky question.

      I would say that no, you don’t have kidney disease, but you are being treated for any side effects you may have had from your previous diseased kidneys and the diabetes. Also, you are being treated for maintenance of the transplant kidney, such as any rejection episodes or side effects of the medication on your kidney.

      I had a kidney and pancreas transplant in 2005 after years with Type 1.

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

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  47. QUESTION:
    Can a dog with kidney disease have cooked egg?
    She’s 14 years old, and has a kidney disease can she have a hard boiled egg?

    • ANSWER:
      has your vet advised a specific diet for this dog? the protein might be too much. the white might have less, but how about finding another snack?

  48. QUESTION:
    How to know if chronic kidney disease is getting worse?
    I was recently diagnosed with stage 2 chronic kidney disease and see my nephrologist every 6 months for blood work and check-ups. She said to come back earlier (next appt. is in March 2010) if I start feeling worse, but I’m not exactly sure what that means. I have been more tired and urinating alot more lately, but I’m not sure if that is considered “feeling worse”?

    Is there any way that I can test my GFR at home first?

    • ANSWER:
      You are lucky to have caught this problem so early! First of all, for as much as doctor’s visits cost, your doctor should let you call in and ask her what exactly she meant by that. Hopefully she is a kind person and discusses this with you over teh phone. If not;

      You can’t really test your GFR at home since it requires Techetium-99m DTPA to be injected into your veins and then multiple blood draws. However, there are other things to watch for. For example, blood int eh urine is NEVER ok! If you ever see blood inyour urine it means that the permeability of your kidneys has increased enough to let in blood cells. This is very serious and you should call your doctor immediately.

      When you say you been urinating a lot more, this could be good. If it is more in volume then it is a good thing but it is only more in frequency (and not volume) then it is not good.

      So, any blood in your urine, pain when urinating, or cramps before or after urinating are signs that you shuold go in earlier.

  49. QUESTION:
    What side effects are there when you get a tattoo and have kidney disease?
    So I am wanting to get a tattoo, (I’m in my early 20′s) but I have stage 4 chronic kidney disease. I’m wondering if there is any complications with the ink, or any other things that I should worry about.

    Please Help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I think that as long as the equipment they use is sterile you shouldn’t have any problems.

  50. QUESTION:
    How is armpit deodorant associated with kidney disease?
    I’ve seen the label on the stick that says, “First consult a physician if you have kidney disease before using this product.” Why is that?

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