Feeling Of Pressure In Kidneys

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

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

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, see your DOC.

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
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  5. QUESTION:
    Is the slight pressure I’m feeling related to appendicitis or kidney problems?
    I have slight pressure in my lower right abdomen. It’s not an excruciating, throbbing pain but just uncomfortable. It comes and goes and sometimes feels like it radiates or switches to my lower back on the right as well. Could this be a symptom of kidney or appendix problems?

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

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

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

  8. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what would cause pressure in the mid back on both sides right under the ribs?
    It feels like pressure… right around the kidney area I think. Right under the ribs, but above the waist. Usually on the right side , but sometimes both. It comes and goes and usually is worse when I am having lots of problems with allergies. I read something awhile back that said when you have asthma the pressure could be a symptom. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      That is exactly where the kidneys are. Best to see a doctor to get it checked. Other possible causes include heavy lifting, sitting posture, sports injury…

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

    • ANSWER:
      go to the doctor

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

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

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

  11. QUESTION:
    Lower back pain or Kidneys?
    Healthy 23 year old male here. Seems like I have lower back pain. its only on the right side really where “love handles” would be but more on the side to the back and its not a sharp pain it just feels pressure like strained or something, and a little pain below the arch in my back. Was out friday night dancing for hours. I drank quite a bit but I do not drink frequently. Cant remember lifiting anything heavy but It feels tight when i bend over to the left side. Does this sound like I strained my back dancing and stuff or more in the kidney or am I just overreacting lol. I am a bit of a hypochondriac.
    No I had one caffeine free diet coke about 4 days ago and that was the first time I had had a soda in Months. I maybe drink 10 sodas in a Year. I drink Water, Green Tea, Sweet Tea, Gatorade and Powerade
    I was looking at a picture on google and it is RIGHT where the Lattisimus Dori muscles are. Its not a big pain its more like a pull or a dull sensation with tightness.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s probably not your kidneys, those are not in the lower back. You may have lumbar stenosis (which is common and not life threatening) or maybe you just pulled something. Stretch your back by lying flat on the floor and slowly bring your knees to your chest, or as close you can get without it hurting, hold your knees for a count of 10-15 then slowly put your legs down straight. Do this a couple times a day when you’re feeling pain. If you do any heavy lifting, use your knees, not your back.

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

    • ANSWER:
      Likely not.

      It is much more likely that it has other causes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  14. QUESTION:
    Horrible pressure pain…….?
    ok so last night i was in ER with my grandbaby from 7:30 to 1:30. at about 11 i started gettin weird pressure down there. wasnt painful it almost felt like baby boy was REALLY low and just putting pressure on it. as time went on it got worse to the point where i couldnt even sit. by the time we got home i was in horrible pain, down there, lower abdomen, and left side of my lower back. and as weird as it sounds the ONLY thing that seemed to relieve it was sitting on the toilet. But then it seemed the more i sat on toilet the more pressure i felt. then i started freaking out thinking “OMG is he coming now??” is he gonna plop into toilet (lol). and as i panicked it got worse soo i basicly told my brain to “STOP IT” and talked myself down from panic and pain. just kept teling myself to relax and i would call the doc in the morning. the pain finally subsided and now i just have the pressure feeling. im thinking maybe its a bad UTI or possible kidney infection. I already have call into doc just waitin to hear back. have any of u experience any of this? This is my 4th preg and it has never happened to me before
    crap i forgot to say that im only 24 weeks :(

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      CHILL.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  21. QUESTION:
    Mild right lower back pain, day 32 no period, tubes tied, last week had pressure when I pee, What’s wrong?
    Ok, last week all the sudden I felt a pressure in my vagina, almost felt like something was hanging down inside. It did not hurt, it was just weird. As the night went on, The pressure bothered me and I felt as if I had to urinate, I’d sit on the toliet, but the pressure was there but I wasnt peeing, or much at all- This continued through the next day, and then bad lower right side back pain started. I never had pain or burning when I went pee. Just a pressure for 1 day- I had no fever- I went to the drugstore and found a AZO kit and took it- It came back positive(UTI test)-so, I drank lots of cranberry juice and water- The pain in my lower back was still there. I started to take an antibiotic(Cephalexin)(some left overs from a friend-yeah, I know bad!!! But, our health Ins. ran out and I don’t have any til Sept-due to my husbands new job)anyhow , the back pain is still mild and there- I am done with what antibiotic I had, I am on day 32 with no period yet- Which I can go 28 to 36 days normally- I had my tubes tied 5 years ago durning my C-section. I question if I could be pregnant? I thougtht maybe a Kidney infection, bladder infection? But, my symtomns were soo strange and not common to those I’ve read about! Anyone offer some help? I have a Dr appt schedules for Sept 8, I will then have health ins. But, in the mean time, I am concerned, I worry about cancers? HELP!!!

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like a pregnancy …. but i think the chances would be so slim.. thats how i felt when i got pregnant though… but then i had a stabbing like pain also..
      cancer is also very scary.. i guess the only way is to go to a doc.. hopefully you will get some answers on your appt. its just so far away. you cant see anyone sooner?
      check out this link….

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

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

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

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

    Been that sort of day.

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

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

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

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

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

  25. QUESTION:
    Im peeing a lot, Pain in my right lower back, right about where my kidney is, and pain/pressure in abdomen?
    I have been peeing a lot lately, every time i finish I still feel like I could pee and about 20 mins later ill pee again
    I also have been having pain in my right lower back where my kidney is I am thinking..that has been something that has been going on for a long time on and off
    and I have been pee tested for a uti and everything like that and got nothing…no UTI or anything like that and that was a couple months back
    and associated with the peeing ive been having a lot of lower abdominal pain twords the middle/left side..that kinda feels like pressure too more than it feels like pain but it does hurt…and
    I read something about it being a possible pregnancy….which worried me a little bit because of the way i’ve been eating lately (could also be stress)
    and ive had more discharge than usual lately…but ive had my period twice since the last time i had sex so….i dont really know what to think
    any ideas?

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank-you for reading and answering. :)

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

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

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

      Go down to the urinary system articles.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you all!

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

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

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    What can anyone tell me?

    Michelle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Good luck!

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Every woman is different especially when pregnant.

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

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

      Hope you are well

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

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

    HELP! thank youuu.

    • ANSWER:

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

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

    thanks!

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

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

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

    HELP! thank youuu.

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Shelly

  47. QUESTION:
    What was causing the pain in my lower back?
    Last night I had to leave work because I was developing a bad stomach ache and pain in the left of my lower back. I wondered if it was constipation at first but after a bowel movement the pain did not subside. It got worse as the night went on. I thought it might be gas but after I took gas x the pain continued to get worse. No matter how I stood, sat, or laid, the pain in my left lower back and stomach were unbearable. Around 3:30 in the morning I was in tears begging my parents to take me to the hospital because I thought I might have a kidney infection and I just wanted the pain to stop, but my mom gave me 4 advil and a heating pad to put on it and I finally got to sleep. It is the next morning now and I still feel pressure in my back. My mom thinks it was just gas but I am concerned. Should I call the doctor today to make sure it’s not my kidneys???

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

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

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  49. QUESTION:
    Having to pee A LOT!!!!!! Is this normal? SOMEBODY PLEASE ANSWER!?
    Ohkay soo I have to pee a lot. Like a lot more than I’ve ever had to in my life! I was thinking that I probably have a kidney infection or UTI but the wierd thing is that it doesn’t hurt or burn whatsoever whenever I pee. And my pees clear and doesn’t smell. Like this is getting ridicilous to the point where I can pee up to 4 times within the hour before I go to sleep. And if I even so happen wake up just to take a SIP of water I’m woken up within an hour having to pee again! And another thing is that it seems like it really only bothers me if I’m in a certain position. Like usually if I get up to walk I’ll have to pee. And if I lay on my right side I feel the urge to pee a lot more rather than if I lay on my back or left side?? Idk I just know that I feel like I’m dehydrating myself now because if how much I have to pee. And if I don’t pee I start to feel A TON of pressure in my pelvic area. Like not necessarily an urge to pee, but A TON OF PRESSURE! It’s more uncomfortable than anything. Is this normal?? Does this usually happen with UTI’s or kidney infections? I have other symptoms of a UTI or kidney infection. Like pressure in my abdomen, dull aches in my lower back, pressure and pains in my pelvic area and sometimes I can feel my kidneys hurt. And another thing sometimes AFTER I pee or make a bowel movement I feel a great deal of pressure in my pelvic area.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be anything from a Urinary Tract Infection or a kidney infection. I just recommend seeing a urologist or your doctor.
      Good luck and I hope you get better soon!

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

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Effect Of Blood Pressure On Kidneys

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

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      aldesterone
      adh
      angiotensin/renin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Any ideas on what could be causing this?

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

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

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

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

    Thanks for any help.

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

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

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

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

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

      Bless you all.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Too much salt is bad for everyone.

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

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

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

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

      Can’t stay on dialisis forever! Need transplant.

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

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

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

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

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

    http://himalayansalt.com.au/health.htm

    http://altmedangel.com/salt.htm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      btw, this is a very long copy&paste articles

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:

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

    William

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      me!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Kirkination rules

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:

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

    and

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

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

    • ANSWER:

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

    • ANSWER:
      I’m not sure about chronic liver disease, but…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:

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

    Or would he have consistently low blood pressure?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:


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?

    • ANSWER:

  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.
    Category
    Travel > Asia Pacific > Malaysia

    • 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)


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?

    • ANSWER:

  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?

    • ANSWER:


Diet For Kidneys In Dogs

Hills Prescription Diet dog food has been around for several years. As you might now, many “specialty” dog foods come and go. So why has Hills Prescription Diet continued to be popular? Simply because it is not a specialty “fad” dog food. Hills Prescription Diet dog food was designed by veterinarians to help dogs with aliments, medical conditions and so forth. The nutritional value and content that goes into each and every can and bag of their dog food is made with a particular aliment in mind as well as the nutritional needs of an ill dog.

For example, Hills Prescription Diet k/d was designed to improve kidney health of a dog. The formula that makes this particular dog food caters specifically to reestablishing kidney health and improving the overall health of a dog. A lot of time and research goes into each formula before it is considered for treating the dog.

It is important, as a dog owner, that you know and understand the importance of healthy kidney function. The kidneys are designed to be filters, if you will. They filter out the waste within the dog’s blood. They also help to keep the balance of minerals and fluid where they should be. Unfortunately, if kidney issues go unnoticed and untreated they can cause damage that can not be reversed.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. QUESTION:
    Kidney Diet for Dogs besides Science Diet and Purina ?
    Would like to know of a good kidney diet for my 10 year old dalmatian recently diagnosed w/kidney issues. She has tried Hills k/d and Purina n/f. I have heard Eukanuba/Iams makes one as well I might give a go. My other dog is on Pet Promise and sometimes Wellness (both no bi-products, etc) and when I look at the ingredients in some of these I hate to spend for a 15lb bag of fillers and bi products. Royal Canine has a canned food for kidneys and the first 3 ingredients include water sufficient for processing, by products, and more by products – ugh. and this costs a can on top of it! Any suggestions? Thanks!!
    forgot to add, she hates hills and purina and refuses to eat it – will go about 3 days before caving in. won’t eat w/canned food on it either. will eat if chicken and cottage cheese are mixed in.
    if it is a bag, you must be getting the 8 lb bag, either that or I need to be going to your vet :) I’m paying about for a 15-18 lb bag of Purina N/F that my dog hates.

    • ANSWER:
      Eukanuba does make one for that problem how ever it is also going to be expensive and not high quality ingredients.
      NONE of those presciption diets are good quality ingredients. I have no clue as to why no one makes one but they are all full of cheap fillers and by products.
      I wish someone would step up and make a better one.
      I have a cat on one of the Purina diets. She looks good and it has solved the problems but I hate to feed her junk.

  3. QUESTION:
    Has Science Diet been linked to cancer or organ failure in dogs?
    I heard about this before the recalls, but cannot seem to find any websites that support this.

    I don’t know what kind of cancer is was, liver or kidney failure, . . . etc. I don’t know. But I used to feed it until a veterinarian informed us (my family and I) about the negative long term side effects. That was over five years ago and the vet died in a car accident. He never recommended any Hill’s products and we are thankful he informed us about the company before it was too late for our ‘Angel’.

    Problem is, I don’t have anything to back it up. If he were still living I would be asking him. But he’s not.

    Any information about Hill’s Science Diet dog foods is welcome, but for the purpose of my question, please refrain from saying how great a food it is. I understand it can be, as I once fed it to my Golden for two years, but those are not answers I seek. I don’t mean to be rude, I just want to find the information I am looking for (or any leads) and do not care to scroll around trying to find appropriate answers through the many, “I love Science Diet” answers. Again, I know it helps many dogs with many health issues, but that is not what I am looking for.

    Endless pleases and thank yous!

    Have a wonderful day!!
    If you can supply websites or other sources that would be great! I need to back myself up with legit sources. I go to a school where they feed their rescue animals Hill’s Science Diet and I last week I informed my instructor (a lead veterinarian) of this.

    She doesn’t believe me and I would like to prove it to her. Even if she does know and doesn’t want to admit it, I can at least get the word out to my fellow technician students.

    Thanks:)

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t know about *causing* cancer, but studies are showing that cutting out carbohydrates can help to *treat* cancer.

      Science Diet is a very high carbohydrate food.

      http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/ketones-and-ketosis/carbohydrates-are-addictive/#more-1720

      http://dogaware.com/specific.html#cancer

      Last year my Rainbow was diagnosed with a splenic hemangiosarcoma and given a month to live. I immediately put her on a carb-free diet, she lived 4 months and was happy and active the whole time. When the time came to send her to the bridge the vet commented on what great shape she was in otherwise – she hadn’t lost weight or muscle mass and her coat was healthy and shiny.

  4. QUESTION:
    Is Hill’s Science Diet linked to organ failure and/or cancer in dogs?
    I am reposting this because no one supplied sources. I need to be able to support this. Any source is welcomed. Thank you.

    ~*~
    I heard about this before the recalls, but cannot seem to find any websites that support this.

    I don’t know what kind of cancer is was, liver or kidney failure, . . . etc. I don’t know. But I used to feed it until a veterinarian informed us (my family and I) about the negative long term side effects. That was over five years ago and the vet died in a car accident. He never recommended any Hill’s products and we are thankful he informed us about the company before it was too late for our ‘Angel’.

    Problem is, I don’t have anything to back it up. If he were still living I would be asking him. But he’s not.

    Any information about Hill’s Science Diet dog foods is welcome, but for the purpose of my question, please refrain from saying how great a food it is. I understand it can be, as I once fed it to my Golden for two years, but those are not answers I seek. I don’t mean to be rude, I just want to find the information I am looking for (or any leads) and do not care to scroll around trying to find appropriate answers through the many, “I love Science Diet” answers. Again, I know it helps many dogs with many health issues, but that is not what I am looking for.

    Endless pleases and thank yous!

    Have a wonderful day!!

    P.S. ~ If you can supply websites or other sources that would be great! I need to back myself up with legit sources. I go to a school where they feed their rescue animals Hill’s Science Diet and last week I informed my instructor (a lead veterinarian) of this.

    She doesn’t believe me and I would like to prove it to her. Even if she does know and doesn’t want to admit it, I can at least get the word out to my fellow technician students.

    Thanks:)

    This question is not about whether or not this company was linked or not to the recalls. I knew this information PRIOR to the recalls. It is something that has existed for a while. I just need sources.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Check out Snopes.com

      And no, it hasn’t been linked.

      http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/menu.asp

      This began when so many dog foods were contaminated over a year ago. All have been recalled, and problem solved. But they didn’t cause cancer. They caused kidney failure. But the Hill’s Science Diet was not one of the ones that caused kidney failure in dogs.

      Edit: I’m not a big believer in believing everything I read or hear. If I did, my dog wouldn’t be eating at all.

  5. QUESTION:
    Natural treatments and best diet for kidney failure in dogs?
    My GSD,Lulu,is 8 years old and the picture of health.She eats Merrick,Eagle Pack Holistic and several other premium foods. For the last several days,she has been urinating more frequently and has had two accidents in the house during the night.I took a urine sample to the vet today and her specific gravity was very low.The vet suspects kidney failure and Lulu is going in for bloodwork next week.She is otherwise acting fine – eating, active, good weight,etc. I have had dogs with renal failure before,and most of them were in their teens when diagnosed and did not last long. I did have a mixed breed called Lilac who was diagnosed at age 9 and lived to be 13,which is what I am hoping for Lulu.I really do not think I can bear to lose her right now. Lilac,( the mixed breeed) ate Hill’s KD and Cycle Senior ( this was back in the late ’80′s) and did well on them. I have been looking online for alternative treatments and diets and wonder if those of you who have had experience with canine renal failure can recommend any herbal/dietary treatments to help my dog should she have renal failure.Is there a dog food or homemade diet that you have had good results with? I am open to trying anything,because Lulu is so very special to me,she is just such a great dog and is so loyal and sweet;she is my shadow. Any advice will be appreciated and if you would star the question so that others who have had or do have dogs with renal failure can see it,I would appreciate it.Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      I’d suggest that you give your dog a natural supplement called Tripsy. It contains a powerful combination of herbal extracts proven to:

      Promote healthy kidney functioning
      Fight kidney infections
      Improve urinary flow
      Reduce the pain and discomfort of kidney stones

      Tripsy is high effective, yet is totally natural and 100% safe for long-term use.
      Here’s the link with more info: http://www.petwellbeing.com/dog-kidney-disease-p91.cfm

  6. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know the details of the “Fuzzer Diet” for oxalate kidney stones in dogs?
    The site on the internet that had the details has been removed.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you searching for treatment for stones, or for prevention? Calcium oxalate stones can not be treated through diet (struvite stones sometimes can be). Calcium oxalate stones usually require surgical removal. You may already be aware of this, but I wanted to stress that you can’t treat C.O. with diet.

      If you’re looking to prevent stones from re-forming, you may wish to check out the K-9 kidney group on yahoo: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/K9KidneyDiet/ where you will find someone willing to provide you with information on this diet.

  7. QUESTION:
    RAW/BARF Diet for dogs, how much offal?
    Hi,

    for all those who feed their dogs a raw diet, can you tell me how much offal is recommended a week, please?

    We’re thiking 1 or two liver a week, 1 or 2 kidneys a week, 1 or 2 giblets a week…haven’t been able to get our hand on anything else yet. Obviously this will also be with things like chicken carcasses/frames, chicken wings and legs, fish, beef and lamb bones etc…

    Just interested in how much offal.

    thanks gues

    • ANSWER:
      I feed offal twice a week as a rule, usually liver. Mine do get some prey feeding where I give them a whole rabbit so they get that offal too.
      Introduce liver carefully as it can upset them if they are not use to it. To start feed it with some bones so that they counteract each other.
      I feed a lot of tripe, from the abattoir, smelly but they love it, pigs heads, rabbit, lamb bones and chicken carcasses also ox heart.

  8. QUESTION:
    chronic kidney failure in Dogs?
    My Dog as just been diagnosed with chronic kidney failure & my vet advises me that there is nothing that can be done & thinks my dog as only a week left.
    It might be clutching at straws but as anybody been in the same boat & managed with a certain diet or remedy to give their dog an extended quality of life.
    He is on a low protein diet for dogs with renal failure but he’s off his food at the moment & is very tired & sleeping a lot.
    any advice would be appreciated as I want to give him the best chance instead of just putting him down.
    Thanks for reading this!

    • ANSWER:
      About the only thing you can do at this point is get another opinion just to be sure. Unfortunately, there is no coming back from chronic kidney failure :-( . Some vets will show you how to keep your dog hydrated and going for a while with I.V.’s you can do at home. But, you are only postponing the inevitable and I believe those heroic efforts are lost on the dogs. Be good to him for as long as he has left and make his last days comfortable. Don’t let him suffer – go with him when you say goodbye. Sorry I can’t offer you more. I lost a dear dog two years ago to kidney failure. Best of luck to you and your boy, hugs.

  9. QUESTION:
    Raw diet for dogs in Canada?
    Hi…
    I live in Niagara region and I just caluculated the price of feeding raw and its kinda expensive. I know it will pay off in the long run… but I want to know if its alright to do this.
    So when I start my dog on the raw diet he’ll be eating chicken daily for ten days. Then I’m adding in liver and kidney. Once thats done I was going to add a variety of meat but its a little expensive:
    Take a look… here is what I was going to do-
    Chicken legs
    Chicken wings and an organ (liver, kidney)
    Chicken feet and liver
    Chicken thigh, salmon (deboned with skin) and egg
    Tongue and liver
    Shoulder and
    kidney
    Pork and turkey necks
    Lung and chicken
    Heart and Turkey
    Pig feet and chicken thigh
    Kidney an wings
    Oxtail, chicken legs and boneless meat
    Poultry necks and liver
    Fish and chicken
    Shoulder and
    kidneys
    Lung and chicken legs
    Wings and liver
    Chicken legs and tongue
    Sardines (in water) and heart
    Chicken and liver
    Meaty beef ribs
    Chicken and kidney
    Liver and shoulder
    Tongue and kidney
    Poultry legs
    Chicken thigh and liver
    Chicken wings and lung
    Pork backs or beef ribs and tongue

    I was wondering, instead of adding a variety of so many meats… can I just use chicken legs, kidney, liver, etc? Here are the prices I did find
    Chicken legs: [FAQ-QUESTION].99/lb (Lococo’s)
    Chicken wings:
    Liver:
    Kidney:
    Chicken feet:
    Chicken thigh:
    Salmon (de-boned):
    Tongue:
    Shoulder: .00/lb (Lococo’s)
    Pork meat:
    Turkey necks:
    Lung:
    Chicken : .00/lb (Lococo’s)
    Turkey: .00/lb (Lakeshore Meats)
    Heart:
    Pig feet:
    Chicken wings: .00/lb (Lakeshore Meats)
    Turkey wings:
    Sardines: .00/tin in water (Commisso’s)
    Meaty beef ribs: .50/lb (Lococo’s)
    Pork back: .00/lb (Lakeshore Meats)
    I’ll throw in eggs everywhere as well. So say a carton of eggs a month: .00

    Please help with whether I should pay the extra money and add variety or not. And examples of the cheap ones.

    • ANSWER:
      Not sure were you recieved some of this information. Raw diets are not expenisve if your making your own. Why not do a group search on yahoo for raw cananda dogs. i know it’s popular there adn you could get in with a coop or a butcher.

      Here is some more information.

  10. QUESTION:
    High protein diet in dogs – pros and cons?
    My 2 dogs (a pug and a pug/french bulldog mix) currently eat Canidae for all life stages. I’m considering switching them to Innova EVO. All of a sudden I am hearing negative effects of high protein diets (more than 20 – 25%.. innova EVO is 42%). Such as increased aggression, kidney problems, etc. Have any of you heard this? Or have any experience with it?

    NOTE: My dogs are exercised to an average extent, but are not extremely active (not working dogs, etc. obviously). We have walks/playtimes during the week, and visits to the dog park for 2 – 3 hours every weekend. They keep each other very occupied and play for about 3 hours per day. but nothing extreme in the way of activity/exercise

    • ANSWER:
      Canidae is such a good food I wouldn’t switch especially if your dogs like it and are doing well on it.

      Your dogs sound like they get their exercise through their play & as long as they are not overweight then I wouldn’t worry.

  11. QUESTION:
    Does a dog have to loose it’s urine or bowels to be having a seizure?
    My Jack Russel Terrier is 8yrs old . The vet says he is just loosing oxygen to his brain!! HE just started this falling down all the sudden and not moving this year after falling. Now when he falls on his side he is in PAIN and crys and his body jerks!
    ISN’T THIS A SEIZUERE TYPE OF THING?
    He was put on a kidney dog food diet and did have whip worms which are treated. He had the BAD dog food that went around. THIS DOG WAS A PERFECT HEALTHY DOG!!! I have had him for FOUR years and ALL THE SUDDEN BOOM!!!
    The vet says if he is not loosing his bowels or urine then he is not having seizures? I can’t believe that for some reason..MY guts say that can’t be true! IS IT>? I have a lot of experience with animails of all sorts and have never seen one with something of this nature., I am taking him BACK to the vet and I have to challenge his answer about this . My heart and gut tells me there is MUCH more wrong than him getting to excited and loosing oxygen and its no big deal, not to worry?

    • ANSWER:
      no

  12. QUESTION:
    High Protein Dog Food Diet Linked To Kidney Failure Later In Life?
    I just have a question for any one who knows a lot of about dog nutrition and dog foods. I currently have my Basset Hound on Innova EVO red meat small bites dry dog food and varying types of high quality canned food. (EVO canned, Evanger’s, Mulligan Stew, Nature’s Choice etc.) I recently took my dog in to my veterinarian and he asked me what food I fed my dog. I of course said, “Innova EVO.” He had never heard of it, so I proceeded to tell him it was a high protein no filler diet. He then started rambling on and on about how I am going to make my dog have kidney failure later on in life as they cannot digest the high levels of protein blah blah blah. He then told me I should switch him to MediCal dog food. I looked this dog food up and it is full of fillers and cannot be anywhere near as close to EVO’s star quality. So what I am asking is are some vets “payed” to endorse certain veternarian approved dog food, or is this something that can actually happen to my dog over time? I have tried researching the topic online and many sources say this isn’t true, and there are sources that say it is. Any help with if this is fact or fiction would be great.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      This is true in herbivores or omnivores that rely mostly on vegetation. It is not true for carnivores which is what your dog is. High protein can cause problems in dogs with already compromised kidneys (or livers) but it’s yet to be proven that it causes problems in HEALTHY CANINES. Most studies are being done on rodents and then that is applied to a dog. That’s about the same as researching a fish and comparing it to a human. They’re just too different. There have been a couple studies done on canines and no evidence was found that high protein from meat based sources causes any problems. There was evidence that high protein from plant based sources could potentially cause problems but more research is still needed. You don’t need to worry about that particular study since EVO is meat based protein rather than plant based. There are plenty of good articles out there if you search high protein dog foods and kidney failure. The one below is a good start.

      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=protein_myth

      Oh, you might find it interesting that vet school only requires a few hours of study in nutrition and Science Diet (Hills) is the company that sends a representative to discuss it. Of course they have their own agenda and are going to push these upcoming vets to recommend foods that will profit their own companies. This is information I have directly from friends that are currently studying to be vets. Thankfully, my friends can think for themselves and do their own research but too many people just believe whatever they’re told is the gospel truth, especially if it is something they hear in college. :(

      EDIT – Curtis, my vet FLIPPED when she found out my dogs ate raw. She was fine with the high quality kibbles (Orijen or Taste of the Wild) but couldn’t handle actual raw meat going into them. She actually told me my new kitten would be dead within the month if I didn’t give her a good kibble. Took that kitten in at about 16 months to get spayed and that same vet now feeds her cat prey model raw. She was amazed at Autumn’s coat being so sleek and shiny with no dander or shed despite being a very very fluffy longcoat that NEVER got brushed (she’d remove my hand for that) plus her teeth were nice and white with no tartar at all. Always nice to see a vet eat their words and then conceed that they are not all-knowing. :)

  13. QUESTION:
    RAW Diet for dogs, have I cracked it?
    ok…so let me know your thoughts. I’ve contacted our butcher,they can get brisket bones in (RMB) for a few dollars, and beef scraps for a few dollars for 1/2 kilo. We’ve found somewhere that does beef tail. So we’re thinking our pups diet may consit of something like this:

    1/2 kilo beef divided between 2 meals a week,
    1/2 Kilo of RMB divided by 2 meals a week,
    Cows tail for 1 meal a week,
    2 small fish or one medium sized one for 1 meal a week,
    1 chicken carcas or 250g thighs/wings etc once a week
    One liver a week,
    One kidney a week,
    2 egg yolks and shell (powder) a week,
    A couple of giblets a week.

    The ocasional change if we see something different at our butchers/stores.

    Have I cracked it?

    I contacted the abatoirr that supplies for a local butcher, and they said they may be able to get green tripe to me. BUT only in 20kilo boxes for 0 (about just under 0 USD)…so no chance….

    What would you suggest to improving this RAW diet for our 6 month labrador weighing just under 13Kilo (between 28 and 29 lbs).

    Oh and if you’re wondering, we’re feeding her 4 % of her body weight a day which is about 500grams (daily in two feeding). she’s rather small and still quite puppy like for a 6 month old Lab. If she starts loosing her waist line we’ll reduce this to 2-3% of her body weight (260g – 390g).

    Thanks for your answers :)

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on how much bone is in the brisket, that may still be a lot of bone. The total quantity of bone should be around 10%.

      Watch the cow tail… give it in large pieces, since small pieces may be a choking hazard.

      Are you feeding this pup once a day? At her age, twice might be better.

      What kind of liver and kidney? You want organs to total about 10% of the diet, half liver and half something else. Most dogs will get EXPLOSIVE diarrhea if given whole meals of organs… better to feed a bit every day or every couple of days.

      You don’t have to pulverize the egg shell for her. Give her an egg and send her outside to figure it out. Some dogs eat the shell, and some don’t… either is O.K.

      Heart is usually an obtainable, cheap and nutritious meat… just a heads up!

      You should be able to get lamb and roo cheaply there, too, I would think.

      As for your abattoir… one of two things is going on. Either they mis-understood, and thought you wanted washed and bleached tripe for human consumption. Or, they just don’t want to deal with you. I would have some fun with this… I would go in and tell them that I would take a box of tripe… after their eyes bugged out, I would ask them what the REAL price is . Chances are, they are paying a renderer to haul it away as refuse… they’d be lucky to get fifty cents a pound for it! Tell them that you’ll bring your own container and that you will take one beef tripe (that’ll be about 20 kilos) and that you will collect it out behind the building and they won’t have to do anything except tell you the day they will be slaughtering. Bring a pick up truck… ain’t no way you’ll want this in your car! Wash it outside with the hose, whack it up, bag it up, and toss it in the freezer. You will really feel like you have accomplished something! It will be VERY disgusting and you might throw up… your dog will ADORE you LOL!

  14. QUESTION:
    The Raw Food diet for dogs (my day to day menu) if you feed raw to your dogs please voice an opinion!?
    Please tell me what you think of this Raw Food Weekly Menu i have some up with… please voice opinions good and bad on all our some of the days!

    Day 1 (Morning – beef, veg, codliver oil, salmon oil, egg, kelp/alfalfa)
    (Evening – chicken wings, backs etc)

    Day 2 (Morning – Liver, veg/fruit mix, salmon oil, kelp/alfalfa, vitamin E)
    (Evening – Lamb ribs)

    Day 3 (Morning – Chicken wings, backs)
    (Evening – Large bone and chicken wings)

    Day 4 – (Morning – Tinned fish, veg mix, salmon oil, vit E, kelp/alfalfa)
    (Evening – Lamb neck or sim’)

    Day 5 – (Morning – Beef with possibly heart?, flax/alfalfa, vit E, codliver oil, salmon oil)
    (Evening – Large bone, wings)

    Day 6 – (Morning – Turkey, veg, codliver oil, salmon oil, egg, vit E)
    (Evening – Chicken wings / necks)

    Day 7 – (Morning – Beef, veg/fruit, kidney, vit E, Primrose oil)
    (Evening – Lamb, pork necks)

    Thank you for having a look please voice any opinions.

    My dogs also compete in dog agility and do other stuff during the week (other work etc) so any other recommended food, supplements for energy?
    Thank to in advanced to all who answer :)

    • ANSWER:
      I would have to agree with the other poster, abit bone heavy with all of the neck, back, and wing. You know better than us because you can monitor his poo, but I would say more muscle meat in the diet. Also organ, 80% muscle meat, 10% bone, 10% organ. I don’t balance every meal, just balanced overtime. Backs, necks, and wings are very boney.

      I would recommend using chicken leg quarters, they are about 20% bone, in there somewhere. The more protein diversity the better. Pork ribs, green beef tripe, rabbit, and venison if you can find it. I don’t supplement really fish a couple of times a week for omega 3′s to balance out the 6′s from the redmeat and eggshell calcium if I feed ground meat to balance the phosphorus. I rarely feed veg maybe once of twice a month just because my male seems to be found of them. There is a great yahoo group called rawfeeding, with thousands of members where you can get alot of great advice. Good Luck!

  15. QUESTION:
    Which raw diet for dogs is better?
    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE If you feed raw I WOULD LOVE to see your calendar!!!!!!
    Here are two:
    The first one-
    M- Chicken leg
    T- lamb tongue
    W- Chicken feet and liver
    T- Chicken thigh
    F- beef kidney and turkey/chicken wings
    S- Beef/veal/lamb shoulder and beef heart
    S-pork meat and chicken/turkey necks
    Note: the ones with / please answer with the best one

    The second one:
    M- Poultry necks and egg
    T- Chicken carcass
    W- Beef Heart and chicken feet
    T- Pig feet, eeg and chicken thigh
    F- Salmon, egg and ox tail (not a lot, the rest will be used on Sunday)
    S- Poultry wings and liver
    S- oxtail and chicken legs

    I think I like the first one.
    Please specify which one is the healthiest and PLEASE say what you feed your dogs/ what to change in the menu
    Can substitute lamb tongue for salmon, egg and oxtail or something?
    Note: Salmon is deboned and skinless. That is why I add oxtail to match it up a bit. Could I add maybe chicken leg and salmon instead instead of oxtail?
    Can substitute lamb tongue for salmon, egg and oxtail or something?
    Note: Salmon is deboned and skinless. That is why I add oxtail to match it up a bit. Could I add maybe chicken leg and salmon instead instead of oxtail?

    • ANSWER:
      I actually feed my dog at random. If I see an egg, shes having an egg. That way she wont get bored of it. Though I like your schedules. Both are good. You don’t have to remove the skin off the Salmon. Just the bones. The skin is rich in protein. Your very lucky you can get ox tail. Where I live, Its very hard to get that. Both menus are very healthy and I wouldn’t change anything. Hmmm…This week, I fed my dog…
      M-1 full tilapia(fish) gutted and cleaned with 2 chicken wings.
      T-Cows tongue with a small piece of chicken liver
      W- Chicken thighs with a chicken hearts
      T- Cow ribs(approx. 8 ribs)
      F- Some eggs with cow tail and I decided to throw some veggies in there(optional)
      S- She hunts for herself on weekends. We own a 10 acre property and visit on weekend so today she has some wild rabbits and possibly fish from our pond.

      Best of luck!

  16. QUESTION:
    The Raw Food Diet for Dogs.. what does this sound like?
    Hi. I have been researching into the BARF diet and have come up with this as a basic Menu; please voice opinions!

    Every Morning feed Raw bones (using different meats daily)
    Evenings; Every day feed Meat (chicken, lamb, turkey, beef)
    about 5x a week with veg and a couple of times with fruit as well
    codliver oil added about 3 x a week
    salmon oil added about 5 x a week
    primrose oil added 1 x a week
    kelp/alfalfa added 3x a week
    vitamin E added 5 x a week
    Eggs 1-2x a week

    Feed kidney, liver once a week mixed in with the above…

    How does this sound? Please voice any opinion you have of what im feeding too much or too little off…. Thankyou.
    P.S. is there any food(s), supplements i should add that Support my dog thru Dog Agility and supply them with energy to be able to work thru out the day and make them feel energised? Thanks for any suggestions and opinions of what i will soon (hopefully!) be feeding.
    Sorry one more thing what do people think of adding natural probiotic yogurt and brown rice (only very occasionally) to the diet… Im thinking i should feed them rice at the weekends, as they compete in agility all weekend, to supply them with energy or would this not work? Thank you so much for any opinions on all of the above.

    • ANSWER:
      I think it sounds great! In the beginning, it is best to stick with one staple meat for the first 1-2 weeks, such as chicken or turkey. Don’t add in organs for the first couple of weeks.

      I serve my dog a whole chicken in the morning and in the evening I serve ground up meat (whichever meat I have for that day, venison, lamb, etc) with veggies and fruits mixed in. My dog prefers not to have the veggies, so if I don’t serve it this way, he won’t eat them.

      I cook a box of brown rice once a week and I daily add 1/2 cup of it to his evening meal.

      I am giving you some links that can go into more detail about the diet. I wish you the best and thank you for feeding your dogs the healthiest diet!

      The links I have prepared for you are ones that I have researched myself as well as ones that were sent to me when I joined the yahoo group for rawfeeding. I would suggest signing up for it. It is free to register, they don’t spam you and you can opt out at anytime. http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfe…

      Why I chose to feed my dog a raw food diet:

      I adopted my lab/pit mix at 1 year old. He had been a stray and was the most amazing dog I have ever met. It was love at first sight. When I brought him home, I fed him (quality) kibble. He had daily diarrhea, often several times a day. I felt horrible for him. We were at the vet twice in the first month for his bowel problems. My vet told me to feed Science Diet, Sensitive Stomach Formula. I knew that SD is crap food, but I was desperate to help my dog. It worked! Then I found out that not only is there no nutriton in SD, but they add stool hardeners! I was so mad. The food was only masking the problem.

      I knew there had to be a better way. I was heavily reading everything I could about canine nutrition. I had my dog tested for allergies. (dogs can be sensititve to something without being allergic) I changed food every few weeks trying to fnd something nutritious that wouldn’t make his bowels expode.

      I started cooking boiled chicken and rice for him and only feeding him that because that was the only way he’d stop having diarrhea and I could actually know exactly what he was eating. There had to be a better way.

      I had heard of raw feeing but it sounded crazy to me. I mean, feeding your dog bones? That’s insane! They could choke! Well, after careful research and consulting with my vet, I decided that I had tried everything else and this was worth a shot. It turns out raw bones are GOOD for them! They don’t splinter like cooked bones. They clean the dogs teeth. This is what a dog’s digestive system was meant to eat!

      Aside from the diarrhea, my dog suffered frequent ear infections, UTIs, and anal gland infections. He had gas, bad breath and the frequent diarrhea. All of that is now gone! He is so healthy and his immune system fights off everything on his own. There are no more monthly trips to the vet (so costly!) and he has so much energy.

      I always suggest everyone should at least look into raw feeding, even if their dog is already healthy. Keep him that way, right?

      My dog is almost 80lbs and he eats 2.5 lbs of raw a day. He gets half of a chicken in the morning and his evening meal varies including eggs, veggies, duck, venison, bison, beef, turkey, fish, organs, etc. He loves it! There is nothing more satisfying than hearing him crunch on those bones because I know it makes him so healthy and happy.

      Keep in mind, you have to be careful with bone/meat ratio (explained in links) and what kinds of raw you are feeding. (example, too many organs or weight bearing bones can be bad)

      Links:

      http://www.rawfed.com/

      http://www.rawlearning.com/

      http://rawfeddogs.net/

      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/ http://rawfed.com/myths/preymodel.html

      http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html

      I wish you the best and if I think of anything else, I will edit!

      Add: I feed him a tablespoon of yogurt a day – I put plops of yogurt on a freezer safe Tupperware and stick it in the freezer. I give him one a day as a treat. I don’t believe it is necessary, but he hasn’t had any digestive problems since I’ve been doing it.

  17. QUESTION:
    What’s a good diet for a dog with kidney disease?
    My sister’s 14yr old blind border collie has been drinking water excessively. (She went blind very young..about 4yrs old) We took the dog to the vet and found she has kidney disease. Only 25% kidney function. (I’m working on second hand info, as I wasn’t there when the vet explained it.) We had been feeding her Kirkland Signature dog food for much of her life, but within the past year or so, we switched her to Acana (The fish flavor) because of allergies. What she’s allergic to, we don’t know. (could be chicken, corn, grains, etc)

    The border collie has anxiety, but we’ve had to restrict her 24/7 to an outdoor enclosure/kennel because she pees and poops all over the house without alerting anyone she has to go. We’ve tried blocking her in a room at night, but she just chews up the walls, and messes all over the floor (pee and poo). I feel bad for the dog, as she barks all day (extremely high-pitched and ear-piercing) and sometimes all night, desperate for human companionship.

    We’re willing to spend the money on a good diet and meds, but we don’t have a lot of time for home-made dog food. We’re taking care of the dog for my sister, as she couldn’t take her when she moved.

    We’re also taking care of an old Japanese Chin we inherited. He doesn’t seem to be exhibiting the same problems. He does pee/poop everywhere, but that’s always been a problem. (He was never properly potty trained.) We keep him outside with my sister’s dog during the day, but bring him in at night.

    They share food. Assuming the Japanese Chin doesn’t have kidney problems, is there a diet out there that will work for both dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes there are specific brands that are for dogs with kidney problems. Science diet KD is one popular one. Basically you are wanting to reduce the workload on the kidneys. Most of these types of foods have reduced levels of protein, phosphorus and sodium. Some things to look for.are also increased levels of b vitamins, & antioxidants. Fish oil is a good source of omega fatty acids as well.

  18. QUESTION:
    Is there an alternative natural diet for a dog with kidney disease?
    My 15 yr old female bearded collie has just been diagnosed with kidney disease managable with an expensive pre prepared prescription diet food(I have been advised a low protein/salt diet-white fish/chicken). I do not begrudge the cost at all,but it will be difficult on a low budget and I am not considering euthanasia as she is not in pain and I love her too much.
    has anyone managed this condition successfully with adapting ‘human’ food etc which will be easy on her kidneys?Perhaps to combine with pre-prepared specialised dog food,to spread the costs. I am despererately seeking alternative options to prolong and improve her quality of life.
    I am hoping some experienced dog owners may be able to help.
    any suggestions welcome.
    PS I am in the UK .

    • ANSWER:
      Shop around. The prescription diet is not the only low protein one out there. Natural Balance has a vegetarian diet that’s 18% protein for the dry food. Their wet Duck & Potato is only 5% protein.

      http://naturalbalanceinc.com/dogformulas/UPDCanned.html#F

      http://naturalbalanceinc.com/dogformulas/Vegetarian.html

      The NF (prescription) diet is silghtly less, but you are pretty close there.

      You can absolutely use a raw based diet, but this takes a lot of time and work to get all the proportions right. If you are up to it, start research it. Personally, I would contact an holistic vet that is familar with both the medical condition and raw diets and have them help me.

      I’ve also seen some studies that state that a low-protein diet only helps so much. Research, Research, Research.

      And good luck to both of you. : )

  19. QUESTION:
    What to feed a dog with kidney problems?
    My dog has “grit in her kidneys” consequently she is given “Urosept” 3 times a day. Unfortunately she is very thin and seems not to like her dry dog food. She gleefully eats vegetables when she can get her teeth into them although clearly this is not a sustainable diet for a dog.
    What sort of diet would be appropriate? Raw meat?

    • ANSWER:
      I would ask a professional, such as the vet. God bless you and your dog!

  20. QUESTION:
    Have you considered feeding you dog a Healthy Natural Diet like BARF?
    The most important thing you can do is to feed you dog well from the earliest age possible.. Forget any processed foods and try feeding a natural food diet like BARF. If you want a healthier long lived pet then you can never start too early! Remember that most processed dog food canned or dry is rubbish (bordering on poison!)

    My dogs diet is as follows:
    (ALL HUMAN GRADE FOOD – NOT PET GRADE!)
    chicken frames minced
    beef mince
    minced lamb liver/ beef hearts/ kidneys/tongue

    some soaked ‘vets all natural complete mix’ supplement to mix with the meats.

    http://www.vetsallnatural.com.au/Completemix.html

    I weigh it into a serving per bag it and freeze them individually
    - then it is as convenient as a can of food only healthy.

    For Breakfast I also give the dogs:
    lamb briskit bones
    chicken frames / carcasses
    fresh/frozen sardines
    fruit & veg – oranges / apples/ carrots/ zucchini/ berries/ blueberry/raspberry/strawberry)

    Make breakfast bones/chicken frames and
    for dinner the special mix from the freezer

    Before I feed them I also mix in some:
    Pet Pep Up probiotic supplement
    GreenPet Complete supplement
    Omega 3 blend of Oils

    (I defrost a couple of bags in the bottom of the fridge and replace them as they are used – that way you always have fresh food ready to go!)

    Feeding you dog this diet will save you money on vet bills and keep your pup healthy for the longest time possible. Bonus you also have a dog that has fresh breath / good teeth / less f*rting :)

    I know others will say that pet food is fine – but keep in mind most pet food is made by the same companies that make dog pharmiceuticals and it is in their best interest for you dog NOT to be healthy! That way they can sell you the drugs to make it better.. It is up to you!

    For more info http://www.barfworld.com/main.shtml

    I am interested in others ideas on this kind of feeding regime and hoping to inspire others into feeding their dogs better.

    All the meats listed are RAW

    It is based on the BARF Diet
    BARF = Bones And Raw Food
    I have 2 Dobermanns both are show dogs.

    The cost of the meat is .20 (AU) per Kg. – I have to buy it in 10Kg lots so I do a 30kg mix and then freeze it for the month.. It works out much cheaper than most of those fancy dry foods.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m a college student, working a part time job (possibly switching to full time soon), and have both a dog and a ferret to care for. To be blunt- I don’t have the time and/or money to work through the BARF diet.
      I’ve found finding information that seems reliable to be quite hard, time devotion is a bit more than I can handle at the moment, my dog is allergic to half the stuff generally on the food lists (Chicken being one of the top ones), and bluntly I’m not 100% convinced it’s healthier for my dog than good quality kibble.
      I feed TimberWolf Organics- It’s worked well, I feel good about it, and it’s the best I can do. I don’t feel any guilt over that.

  21. QUESTION:
    My new Vet insisted I feed Hills/Science p/d diet to my dogs. Do you think it’s good food?
    Is this some kind of joke? I’m a breeder and feed my dogs and puppies excellent human-grade food. The Vet himself told me my current litter is beautiful and so healthy then he turns and asks me what I feed the mother. I told him and he went on to tell me that I should be feeding Hills p/d because it has everything a nursing dog or puppy needs.

    He didn’t know the brand of food I feed and asked what it was. I said it was high in protein. He then went on to tell me that dogs don’t need a high protein diet and that high protein can even cause kidney damage. (oh yeah all the wolves out there have kidney damage…did you know?)

    I asked what Hills had that my girl needed? He said it was high in protein… LOL.. yes, and high in calcium. I looked at the ingredients. Here they are:

    Hills p/d Ingredients:
    Ground Whole Grain Corn,
    Chicken By-Product Meal,
    Pork Fat,
    Corn Gluten Meal,
    Dried Beet Pulp,
    Brewers Rice,
    Chicken Liver FLAVOR,

    WHY would I want to feed my nursing dog and then puppies that?!!
    He knocks the food I’m feeding, and goes on to tell me how Hills and Iams and Eukanuba are the only companies that do true research on dog foods.

    Is he on drugs or something? I know that corn, by products, and no meat is NOT good for dogs.

    So do you think Vets really believe what they tell us when they tell us to buy the food they sell? Or is it just to make the 40% profit off Hills??
    LOL Kevin.

    Add:
    I sometimes feed raw, when I can afford it. Imagine if I told the Vet that?

    • ANSWER:
      LMAO at least 40%. Seems all Vets are in the dog food business these days.
      I also find it funny the first ingredient listed is CORN. Ya, you do see a lot of
      wolf packs hanging out in the corn fields of Iowa just munching down on some good
      ole ears of corn. I wonder if the prefer it on the cob or like to have it cut away so it
      doesn’t get stuck inbetween their teeth. I assume the Beet pulp and Liver FLAVOR
      or kinda like desert after of course getting rid of all that corn. Funny humans
      don’t digest corn all that well either

  22. QUESTION:
    My dog has kidney disease?
    My 14 – year – old mixed breed,Maura,has just been diagnosed with primary kidney disease ( early kidney failure.) her appettite had not been good for a few days,so I took her to the vet on Tuesday,only to find that she had lost 15 lbs. since her last visit in March.It wasn’t apparent ,as she was chubby,and has a very heavy coat.My vet did bloodwork,and the kidney problem was found.Now,I have had dogs with this problem before,and special diets improved their symptoms and prolonged their lives,but Maura,a former chow -hound,refuses to eat ANYTHING,except for duck and rabbit jerky,and cooked chicken breast.She is NOT supposed to have all that protein.I bought Hill’s k/d diet,both dry and canned,and some veggie dog biscuits,but she will have none of it.She is taking Tums as a phosphate binder,and Nutri -cal to try and stimulate her appetite and keep up her energy. She is also on amoxicillin.Does anyone have a good homemade diet for dogs with kidney disease that’s highly palatable? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      try her with a little cooked rice, and boiled chicken breast. a little bowl of cornflakes with some milk. and if you could get her to eat some ice cream. my little dog had the same problem, and would only eat meat. sadly she died two years ago. she was my baby for fifteen years, hugs to you both.

  23. QUESTION:
    Dieting Dogs???
    OK I have a 12 year old Schnauzer. I took him in for a check up on Friday. His back legs were bothering him. Had a prostate test, Pancreas test, liver and kidney test and red and white blood cell test. Everything is perfect. He has arthritis and he is 10 to 15 lbs. overweight. He has always gone in for check up and shots. This is the first mention of his “weight problem”. He weighs 30.6lbs. He has to lose at least 9lbs. the vet said. He said his weight is making the arthritis worse. Which makes sense. Here is my question. I was told that dogs can have fresh vegetables for a snack, except lettuce and he can have fruits except peaches and grapes. Is this info correct?? Is there any other nutritious snacks you know of?

    • ANSWER:
      Apples and carrots are OK in moderation, and certainly preferable to other treats. It’s true that grapes and peaches should be avoided.

      What food are you giving him? The type of food is usually the major issue with weight loss in animals, with many types of food reducng the amount a lot doesn’t work and just makes the animal hungry.

      Chalice

  24. QUESTION:
    Do dogs need grain in their diet?
    I have a four month old Schnauzer and am going to switch her to a good dog food. The debate out there is do they need grains or is it just filler/carbs they don’t need? My vet said that it is OK for cats to be on a high protein diet but that it is too hard on dogs and it hurts their kidneys. I am torn about the information out there and going against my vets advice.
    Our cat was on Evo and it worked great for her, so I was thinking of going with the Evo puppy. Please settle this once and for all for me (and everyone else out there)!!!

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    Beef Kidney, Beef Liver, Beef Heart for dogs?
    I want to feed my dogs a homemade diet and have read that they should get beef kidney, liver and heart in their diet

    Does anyone cook for their dogs and add these three things. How much do you give your dogs, how often and how do you go about preparing it.

    Thank you so much

    • ANSWER:
      I too cook for my dog … he gets a variety of meats and vegetables

      I use organic beef liver …. for the liver is the cleasing organ of the body

      beef liver and beef kidney are organ meats
      make it 1/10 of their diet

      I cook it up in a very small amount of water, put it in the food processor … grind it up and then measure out the amount in small bags and freeze it. My dog gets a small package of either kidney or beef liver in his food every day twice a day

      the beef heart is a muscle meat and my dog get his normal portion of food using this. He eats 1 cup of food twice a day with ground up vegetables. He gets beef heart twice a week

      I cook up the beef heart and then grind it up in the food processor and measure out his normal portion of food

      good luck

  26. QUESTION:
    Good and Bad Dog Foods?
    I notice I get a lot of thumbs down when I tell about my bad experience with a high protein diet. My dog had a kidney infection that I didn’t know about and months of high protein aggravated his ailing kidneys to the point of near renal failure.

    Now I know some people are huge advocates of *their* brand, but is it so bad that it just doesn’t work out for some dogs? We all know not every food is good for every dog.

    On top of that, most people are quick to put down foods like Eukanuba and Purina, but I just have to add that some of the top show dogs in the US and Canada live and obviously THRIVE on brands of food that people here consider *bad*.

    Is a food BAD if a dog does wonderfully on it?
    My dogs are on Blue Buffalo.

    And yes the kidney infection went unnoticed because there were no symptoms. No pain, no smelly urine, nothing, until the high protein was added.

    I’m not saying EVO is bad for EVERYONE, but it didn’t work for US.

    • ANSWER:
      no a food is not bad if a dog does good on it but brands like Purina one use chemically enhanced ingredients unlike wellness and blue, I would rather feed my dog blue or wellness because of the health factor and the ingredients, them foods all use real food for there ingredients instead of the chemically enhanced ingredients and my dog is not a show dog but looking at him you would think he was. And just because someone has a show dog does not mean they are feeding them the best food out there, a show dog is just that a show dog, judges don’t care what food they are being feed so the people that do have show dogs should stop being so arrogant about it. And actually the best diet and food to feed and animal is the raw diet!.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is the Yahoo group for dogs with Kidney Disease still in action? If so how do I contact them?
    I found this group a few months ago, when my Yorkie had crystals in her urine. I put her on the Fuzzer diet, followed all their guidelines, and she has improved to the point where she no longer has the crystals in her urine. I really would like to get in touch with them to say Thank You.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s k-9 kidney diet group

  28. QUESTION:
    What home foods are safe for a Mini Schnauzer with renal dysplasia?
    My dog eats “Royal Canine” renal diet dog food for better kidney function but he also loves to have some of what ever he thinks I’m having, he likes everything… meats, fruits, veggies, ((like apples, oranges, melon, tomatoes, carrots, peas green beans, potatoes, corn etc (no sugar or salt added)) I give him a spoonful in his dry food twice a day plus a couple of baby carrots or slice of apple for a snack in between meals.
    I’d like to give him more variety of safe foods, any recipes for homemade renal diet would be helpful!
    Thank you for any ideas
    (I know that chocolate, raisins, grapes, and onions are toxic, and potatoes must be cooked)

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    How to cook medium grain rice?
    I need to cook medium grain rice for my dog’s kidney diet and I’ve tried it once according to the package instructions, 1 cup rice in 2 cups water. It became a solid block, won’t mix with the other ingredients, and is difficult for the dog to eat and even I wouldn’t eat it. I’m really tired and don’t want to try gradually reducing the water until I get it right so would greatly appreciate anyone’s help. Can you ever get it to the point that it won’t all glom together? Long grain mixes very well but the medium has less phosphorous, which is better for him.

    • ANSWER:
      Just boil 2 1/2 cup water and 1 cup rice Keep lid on pot ajar just a tad. ypically if you were cooking for a person you would not want to remove lid, to let it steam. But in this case you want it mushy so you can feed it to your dog..

  30. QUESTION:
    Does anyone feed Ziwipeak?
    Does this sound like a good diet? My dog is currently on a BARF diet, but now that she’s older I want to cut down on the raw meats as her immune system might not be up to be par to handle it.

    ZiwiPeak Dog Food is a complete natural diet, for daily vitality, prepared with care beneath the Bay of Plenty’s celebrated peak, Mt Maunganui.

    The peak health of dogs depends on the sustenance they get from meat. ZiwiPeak Dog Food is formulated on the same balance of meat ingredients, that dogs would find by hunting in the wild. ZiwiPeak Dog Food allows you to feed your dog the diet nature intended with the nutritional excellence of a healthy, meat diet containing essential vitamins and minerals. ZiwiPeak Dog Food ingredients are ranch-raised (free of antibiotics and hormones) on New Zealand’s green fields and fished from its clear blue waters. With no colors, preservatives, fillers or grains, ZiwiPeak Dog Food is suitable to feed your dog at any stage of life – from puppy to mature adult. Most importantly, they love the taste!
    ZiwiPeak Dog Food Benefits
    - Gently air-dried meat jerky style pieces
    Offer better nutrient quality than kibble which is cooked at high-heat and formed at high-pressure.
    - Matches your dog’s digestive system
    Over the centuries dogs have evolved their own anatomical specialization, especially in relation to digestion. It is evident in the ratio of gastrointestinal tract to total body length which is considerably lower than the omnivorous pig or the herbivorous sheep. This specialization particularly suits a diet high in protein and fat and low in carbohydrates.
    - Avoids weight control difficulties
    Recent studies in the United States reveal that as many as 40% of the nation’s dogs may be obese. The most common (but not only) reason is that they are eating over-large portions of higher carbohydrate foods and not getting the exercise they need to burn off the calories. Nutritionally sound, meat-based diets require less food intake by dogs.
    - Fully complies with regulatory standards
    ZiwiPeak Dog Food is formulated by animal health professionals to ensure it fully complies with industry requirements (AAFCO) as a nutritious diet for dogs.
    - Reduces flatulence and stool volume
    Unlike grain-based diets, dogs can more fully digest ZiwiPeak food, thereby reducing the flatulence and stool volume associated with high carbohydrate diets. This is particularly advantageous for dog owners living in more confined urban environments such as apartments.
    - Free of any preservatives, fillers or grains
    A good number of cheaper dog foods contain high levels of carbohydrates in the form of low quality grains and grain by-products. Add to this the popular use of preservatives, various colorings and a rich assortment of fillers and you have a large line-up of commercial foods that are more likely to be hindering, rather than helping, your dog to achieve optimum energy and health.
    - Provides readily usable essential vitamins
    Dogs are unable to produce minerals and can only produce some vitamins. They cannot, for example, synthesis sufficient Vitamin D to meet their requirements, so this vitamin needs to be incorporated into their diet. This is achieved by including foods in the diet that are rich in Vitamin D, such as liver and fish oil.
    - Contains valuable ingredients
    Joint problems are more evident in some breeds of dogs than others. Ingredients like New Zealand mussel, and venison connective tissue (which provides digestible levels of Chondroitin and Glucosamine) are included in ZiwiPeak ‘Cuisine’ products to nutritionally support long-term joint health.
    - Offers your dog wider nutritional benefits
    As dogs hunting in the wild would eat virtually the whole animal, and derive the nutritional benefits of consuming items like the liver, heart, kidneys and stomach lining (tripe), these should also form a small part of a naturally healthy diet as they do with ZiwiPeak Dog Food.
    - Retains the original nutritional value
    For dogs to derive the most benefit from their food, it is important to retain as much as possible of the original nutritional value during the processing of the dog food. Air-drying the product to reduce the moisture (and thereby naturally preserving it), then sealing it in an airtight package, is an effective way of retaining the nutritional value of the protein and vitamins for your dog.
    - Mirrors a ‘wild’ hunting diet
    Despite parting evolutionary company with wolves over 10,000 years ago, dogs still thrive on the sort of natural, predominantly meat diet they would ingest if they were hunting in the wild. A diet that stimulates optimum energy and good health. Highly processed foods and high levels of carbohydrates, on the other hand, cannot be easily metabolized by dogs. ZiwiPeak Dog Food Details

    ZiwiPeak LAMB Dog Food
    The ranch-raised lamb used in ZiwiPeak Dog Food is a pure source of high quality protein and fats. Lamb provides these essential proteins and fats that dogs

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve fed Venison and Lamb ziwipeak to my dogs when we were traveling and weren’t able to prepare their normal RAW meals for them. One of my dogs has severe allergies and it’s difficult to find kibble for him, which is why we started the dogs on RAW and feed them dehydrated raw when necessary. They did well on it and really enjoyed it, but the food is much too expensive for me to feed it to them regularly. If you can afford it then go right on ahead.

  31. QUESTION:
    Bone problem and kidney problem in dog’s diet?
    So… I ran out of all one whatsoever. I have no drumsticks, necks, anything! All I have is an egg… so, I was planning on giving him egg for dinner- 2 raw egg shells instead of bone. I will go searching tomorrow for bone. I also no longer have any kidney left… the only two organs I have left are liver and gizzards- he ate gizzards as a meat this morning and also liver. Can I just make him eat his 10% organ liver and the 10% bone egg shell?

    PS The eggs I bought were on sale and had stamps on them, can my dog eat the ink?

    PS My dog is a pug.

    • ANSWER:
      Avoid the ink.

      Eggs and shells are fine.

      Most people who feed raw if they need a calcium supplement use ground eggshels.

      You do not have to be balanced every day, balance over time is fine.

      k9kitchen@yahoo groups dot com.

  32. QUESTION:
    No Protein diet for ill dog?
    My Vet has advised no protein for my dog who has a major kidney problem. He wanted me to buy a prescribed food but it’s just not in my budget and I couldn’t feed myself or other dogs. The vet alone was over 0. Please help me come up with a diet for him. He’s a very large baby whose loved very much and 10 plus yrs old. Thanks for any advise
    I didn’t know there were so many folks who loved animals as much as I do. All of the answers are so good I am now looking closely at each one and will choose tomorrow. Thanks to all! My dog is in last stage, I assume by the numbers and I am contacting the Vet again to discuss some of what I’ve learned from you nice people.

    • ANSWER:
      I had a dog with congenital kidney disease. You don’t mention blood testing – your dog must be regularly tested for BUN, Creatinine and one other (memory – I cannot remember).

      Anyway, its more complicated than just food. If the BUN and Creatinine levels are extremely high, he is unable to filter toxins from his system.

      To be specific on food: I will state I know of NO perons that would advocate a complete removal of protein – for dogs, or people. A dog must have protein – or it will die.

      My own dog was fed high quality (raw hamburger) protein with rice or baked yams, and veggies (steamed). Its important that the dog get protein that his body requires the least amount of energy to digest.

      I did that along with drainage therapy using homeopathic – this worked better than sub q infusions.

      However the dog still died at 3 years. Its not a cure. If your dog is 10, than it sounds more of a geriatric problem.

      Below is a link to a book that might help you. You have to buy the book to get all the info. He has special kidney diets in there.

      http://books.google.ca/books?id=YSKQngJJBcMC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Pitcairns&source=bl&ots=lKQCWVW0iH&sig=Rjv7ZpU59FN7WoiO1lJ67vQr4Ag&hl=en&ei=753vTMmmB4_wngeZsOSCCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=13&ved=0CGwQ6AEwDA#v=onepage&q=Pitcairns&f=false

      Edit: I should add that for whatever reason, my dog wanted to eat all the meat and leave the rice or yams. (Ironic isnt it). Anyway, it was for that reason I chose raw hamburger, because I could mix it in with the rice in such a way he couldn’t pick it out. I chose lean and didn’t cook it.

      One of the problems with special diets that you don’t really learn until you have a sick dog is – the dog doesn’t know whats good for him and I had a hard time finding foods that he would eat and that wouldn’t make him sick.

      Good luck

  33. QUESTION:
    Is a dog ok living with one kidney?
    Our dog went in to be spayed four days ago. The veterinarian made a mistake while performing the operation and three surgeries later, one of her kidneys had to be removed today. Is there anyone out there that knows about tips (diet/care) for owners of dogs living with one kidney?

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    My dog has kidney problems the vet put her on a diet..?
    The vet recommended k/d dry and canned dog food. She hates the canned dog food and she won’t eat her dry dog food without something in there. Can anyone recommend any store brand canned dog food good for dog’s kidneys? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Try a home made recipe for your dog to add in with the dry food.. it is good for kidney problems as well as bladder stones. I used this before when my pomeranian had bladder stones many years ago. (actually dissolved all the stones, vet was impressed and amazed) He lived to be almost 17 years old so it worked great for him!

      Brown rice (follow recipe on box for 2 cups cooked) while water comes to a boil add in one beaten egg, stir well. Add 1 cup of cooked chopped chicken (you can also use lean hamburger)

      Also add in 1 teaspoon honey
      1/2 cup shredded carrot
      1 cup canned kidney beans
      1/4 cup finely chopped parsley

      After everything is added put lid on cooking pan and turn off the heat. let it set till rice it done.

  35. QUESTION:
    Want to know what NOT to feed a dog?
    ~Bones~ of any kind.They can splinter & puncture the trake or intestines or stomach or colon etc & can be fatal.Rawhide chewies are best but not for older dogs because they are harder to digest.
    ~Salt ~especially older dogs.Some dogfoods do not contain salt.We use Nutro senior.
    ~Chocolate~Is toxic & fatal,,can cause heart attack,,bad for nervous system,,liver & kidneys
    ~Grapes~ are toxic & can be fatal as is,,
    ~Raisins~&
    ~Onions~
    ~Dairy products~including milk cannot be digested as in humans
    ~No Spicey Foods~
    ~No Tomatos~ too acidy
    ~No Sugar~ can cause diabetes (including cookies & ice cream etc)
    ~No Bread~ turns into sugar
    ~Fruit ~ has no nutricianal value to a dog
    ~Small amount of potatoe occationally is ok
    ~Rice,,cooked veggies & boiled boneless beef/liver or chicken is good.Cool Completely.This is a good diet with a dog multi vitamin daily.

    • ANSWER:
      The reason many dogs have had trouble with the digestion of bones is because today’s commercial dog food do not support a dogs digestive system to function properly and they can no longer form the proper concentration of acids and enzymes to effectively digest their food. Rawhide is absolute crap for dogs, old or young. while many of the other things you listed are not good or even toxic to dogs, the reason for tomatoes is wrong, along with a few others. Also be careful with feeding live, as it can cause vitamin A toxicity, especially when giving vitamin supplements. Check this site; http://mooreshaven.com/pets/dogs/safety/badfoodslist.html

  36. QUESTION:
    Switching dog to raw diet?
    My dog has some kidney issues and we have talked to a couple of other professionals and the suggested raw diets. I was wondering what some of the best ways were to feed a raw diet or some great websites that can help me create meals. We own a dairy farm and meat would actually be really easy for us to get so I think this would be a great option and would help my dog out a lot. What is hurting him is undigestible protiens in dog food, if I fed him raw then I would know what he was getting. Information would be great. I am going to the vet on wednesday and will talk to my vet more about this. He is a 10 yr old border collie. We also have a year old australian shepherd and we would switch her over also to better her health. Thanks for your help.
    He does not have kidney disease yet he just has to much urea in his blood as a result of his kidneys not being able to process undigestible protien. Also what is the link to the yahoo group. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      kidney disease is a progressive illness, and feeding them a low protein, low calcium, low phosphorus and low sodium diet is really the best. Unfortunately only 3 companies make prescription food for kidney disease(that i know of..) 1. Hills (aka science diet) 2. Purina and 3. Royal Canin
      There is also another food for kidney disease that is really only recommended in the end stages.
      The dogs dont really find this food palpable, but it can make a difference in slowing down the progression of this illness. Any protein will harm the kidneys now, more digestible or not.
      A BARF diet is healthy for healthy dogs but not for dogs with kidney disease it is too much protein. (but studies have shown in dogs with no kidney disease, a high protein diet is not going to increase their chances of getting kidney disease or cause it)
      The best thing for your dog with kidney disease, is fluids, lots and lots of fluids, that will flush out the toxins in the kidneys that can not work to do it all. Your vet can give IV fluids, or you can give sub-q fluids at home. My kidney disease dog was also on 2 kidney medications, Azodyl and calcitrical, plus a blood pressure medication since kidney disease causes high BP.

      Edit: oops sorry i went off on a soapbox there. I thought he had kidney disease already. I guess now you just need to worry about low phosphorus. I just know at holistic pet stores they have frozen raw diets already supplemented.But since you have the meat right there, then thats certainly cheaper and more convenient.

      http://www.barfworld.com/

  37. 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?

  38. QUESTION:
    This should be a great dog raw diet, is it?
    I’ve been working really hard on finding a great diet for my dog. This should be great, if I do need to make a couple changes, please say. Most days will be 80% one thing and 20% organ unless it seems that there needs to be more or less of something then, once again, please say.
    Chicken legs
    Chicken wings and an organ (liver, kidney)
    Chicken feet and liver
    Chicken thigh, salmon (deboned with skin) and egg
    Tongue and liver
    Shoulder and
    kidney
    Pork and turkey necks
    Lung and chicken
    Heart and chicken heart
    Pig feet and chicken thigh
    Kidney an wings
    Oxtail, chicken legs and boneless meat
    Poultry necks and liver
    Fish and chicken
    Shoulder and
    kidneys
    Lung and chicken legs
    Wings and liver
    Turkey wings and tongue
    Sardines (in water) and heart
    Chicken and liver
    Meaty beef ribs
    Chicken and kidney
    Liver and shoulder
    Tongue and kidney
    Poultry legs
    Chicken thigh and liver
    Chicken wings and lung
    Pork backs and tongue
    (This would be a calendar so imagine it in a calendar.)
    He gets vegetables, fruits and high quality dog kibble as training treats etc.
    It is okay to give a dog raw bones and the raw diet is WAY better than a kibble diet!!!!
    I forgot to mention that I will be just adding in eggs everywhere randomly! :)

    • ANSWER:
      “Bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sources Can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system.”

      WRONG. Fowl are great RMBS. Cooing them cause a chemical reaction that causes them to be brittle, as a RAW meaty bone they are soft and very easy for the dogs to chew. Hell I can snap them.

      “Fat trimmings Can cause pancreatitis.”
      Dogs process fat differently than we do.

      “Raw meat May contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.”
      So does kibble.

      “Raw eggs Contain an enzyme called avidin, which decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin). This can lead to skin and hair ”
      You would have to feed like 12 eggs without yoke to experience this. The yoke has biotin so it balances itself out.

      Anyway, to answer your Q it looks balanced and varied to me. =D

  39. QUESTION:
    Is this a good diet for a dog?
    I’m taking care of a dog while his owner is deployed for a couple of months. The dog eats a mixture of home cooked and dog food. I only feed my dog Blue Buffalo dog food so I don’t know much about home cooked food. The owner said that he’s trying to transition to RAW, but the dog so far only likes lightly cooked meat. Is this a good diet?

    Home cooked in the morning. Some ZiwiPeak dog food in the evening.

    The home cooked menu changes every day. The dog eats chicken or beef 4 times a week, Fish (canned salmon or sardines) the other 3 days. 2-3 times a week a whole egg is added to the meal. A small portion of organ meat (heart, kidneys, mostly liver) in every meal along with some crushed eggshells if the dog isn’t already eating an egg that day. 2-3 times a week the dog is given cottage cheese or plain yogurt. The owner said that he sometimes gives the dog leftover veggies, but purees it first. Veggies aren’t a regular part of the dog’s diet and the dog is never fed grain. The dog is also given some multi-vitamin/digestive enzyme powder thing every once in a while.

    The dog is very healthy. Lean and very active with a soft glossy coat and the stools are firm and small considering his size. I guess the food is working for him right now, but is there anything missing from his diet that he needs?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds really good to me. If only more people would use fresh feeding. I fresh feed mine a similar diet. I don’t know ZiwiPeak, but if it is grain free and has no byproducts it would be good. I do add Salmon oil to my dog’s food, I think it is important for the omega oils.

  40. QUESTION:
    Protein levels in dog food…how much is too much?
    Hi there, please read my whole question before answering, thanks.

    I have a Shiba Inu/Rat Terrier mix and he is 21-22 pounds. I feed him 1 cup a day of Nature’s Variety Instinct (Turkey and Duck Meal and Rabbit Meal mixed). It is 35% protein. I like the quality of the food, he likes the food’s taste, and he seems to have no issues with it…prior to having him on the Instinct, I had him on Taste of the Wild (I like to switch it up for his benefit of health and taste).

    I have been doing some research on here, not too much, but enough to be led to believe that too much protein COULD be bad? Now, I understand MANY dog food nutritionists have stated that it is a complete myth that there is a such thing as too much protein for a healthy dog, but I have read horror stories about high protein diets as well….enough to make me second guess my dog’s diet. I understand dogs are carnivores and that meat protein is far better than vegetable protein (and his diet being grain free, has meat named products in the first 3 ingredients, so I am not too worried about the SOURCE of protein), He has no kidney issues that I am aware of (no excessive thirst drive/frequent urinations or anything). I’ve heard and read many veterinarians say “too much protein is bad for a dog and it’s setting yourself up for a dog with kidney failure in the future!”…..eh, I don’t know what to believe anymore (my vet after all wanted him to be on Iams rather than Nature’s Variety or any other Holistic food – how much can we really trust the veterinarian anymore when it comes to proper nutrition?….a vet recommending a food that is far less quality than my choice?? please. how naive do they think some of us are? Which is why I have a real hard time believing them about what they say about high protein diets)

    I have also read that dogs that need that 35% or more protein levels are sled dogs, agility dogs, etc, etc….Well my dog is a common house dog, he is half couch potato, but other than that I play some fetch with him and take him for a walk daily, but all in all he is not a real active dog. On a scale of 1-10, his energy is about a 5. He is a perfect weight and everything as well.

    If I decide that these grain free foods (although high quality) have too much protein for him, it wouldn’t be an issue for me to switch him to something with high quality grains such as wellness, natural balance, Fromm, Canidae, Holistic Select, etc.

    If any of you have good facts to back up your thoughts/opinions on the protein levels for dog foods, I would appreciate it to hear them…thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I have to agree SLIGHTLY with Shelter. There are some dogs who need a lower protein diet based on their genetic predispositions. Take my pit mix for example. He is prone, like most pits, to UTIs and Kidney infections (these are not caused by the food, but genetics), and he has to be on Natural Balance which is a limited ingredient dog food with a lower protein count.
      If your dog doesn’t have a predisposition, documented condition, etc. Then the protein levels in these foods are fine. They have been approved, and are safe, good for the dog.
      I don’t know what research you’ve been doing, but I’d check your sources. Natural Balance is a grain free food, at least the one I feed my boys because along with my pit needing low protein, my shepherd mix is allergic to just about everything, and needs grain free foods. Blue Buffalo also has a formula called their Wilderness formula that is grain free as well. We sell these dog foods in the store I work. We also sell Instinct, Legacy, and Merrick, among other high quality dog foods. I’ve had to be educated in canine/feline nutrition, and even though there is much debate on the different ways you can feed your pets…ie, raw, no grain, low/high protein, etc. there are tons of “sources” that are not reputable and will feed you a bunch of crap.
      If your dog is happy, healthy, and looking good. The dog is doing great on the food you have him on, and you shouldn’t worry about switching. If he starts to gain weight, Natural Balance would be a good food since it is grain free, high quality, and the limited ingredients are great for dogs with weight problems and dogs with allergies.
      I know I haven’t really delved into the debate, but I’m tired…lol. Its late where I am.

  41. QUESTION:
    How do I go about feeding a raw diet?
    so ive been feeding my dog a prepackaged raw diet. ive heard many bad things about prepackaged raw food, so now i want to know how to give it to her myself. also, i will be moving to a different country pretty soon and i doubt they have quality kibble like the ones there are here in the States. also, i doubt they have prepackaged raw food. i was doing some research online about it but i am totally confused. i saw a picture of a dog eating a pig’s head. and i was wondering if that would be enough for the whole day or should it be eaten over the course of several days? there was a rottie on the pics also eating a whole oxtail and there was a dog eating a whole turkey leg, and i was wondering if the turkey leg would be enough for one meal or for the whole day? i always give my dog two separate feedings: one in the morning and one at night. so if anyone who feeds their dog a raw diet and/ or has very good knowledge about it, please give me a hand. the website where i saw these photos is http://rawfeddogs.net.

    also, my email is mg_alva@ymail.com if it would be much easier to email me helpful hints. i really want my dog on the best, and i know raw is the way to go.

    ADD: i saw dogs eating a whole rabbit. i dont mind at all having raw meat on my floors, but what i am a little hesitant about is the organs and organ digest. that really seemed pretty gross to me. do i HAVE to feed my dog the organs (by organs i mean stomach and the digest, not heart or kidneys) or can i skip that part?
    i dont want to hear that feeding raw is dangerous. i have fed my dog raw for a long time now, and ive heard of many good situations of dogs being fed raw. i know you have to properly handle the food so please no comments on raw being bad.
    and my dog is a 45 lb. American Staffordshire Terrier (a.k.a. Pit Bull)

    • ANSWER:
      I have lost all confidence in the commercial dog food industry since the melamine contamination; I’ve switched my dog to her species’ natural diet: raw meat on the bones.

      I feed raw/prey model; my 50-pound shar-pei mix gets about 12oz a day, but when I have a gorge meal for her, like a turkey carcass that will take her 4-5 hours to eat, she won’t be hungry or interested in food for 2-3 days. In general, a dog is fed 2-3% of the ideal body weight each day. A puppy gets 2-3% of the ideal anticipated adult weight each day, divided into 4 meals.

      The ideal diet should consist of approximately 80% raw meat, 10% raw edible bone, 5% raw liver, 5% other raw organs, the occasional egg, shell and all, raw. Puppies start off with chicken breast, since it has the most accessible edible bone.

      NO veggies, NO fruit. Dogs cannot digest vegetables or fruits; they lack the enzyme necessary to break down cellulose. Look at cows: they have the enzyme, and they still need four stomachs and they have to eat the cellulose twice. Dogs have one stomach and a straight-and-simple digestive tract. So fruit tastes good, but it’s nutritionally null for your dog.

      They also don’t have flat-topped grinding molars: the dog’s back teeth are carnassials, designed to scissor through meat and bone, to break up prey animal carcasses into chunks small enough to swallow. This is something every dog has to learn; sometimes they have to hork some pieces back up, shear off a piece, and try again. Totally normal.

      NO grains; again, dogs can’t digest cellulose, and the other ingredients are the primary cause of allergies and diabetes in dogs.

      NO dairy; dogs are lactose intolerant: another digestive enzyme they don’t have.

      NO supplements other than a spoonful of deepsea fish body oil for the Omega-3 that corn-finished meat does not contain.

      Chewing up raw meat takes work, as does chomping through the incidental bones. The exercise involved in handling Big Complicated Food (several days’ worth), and in breaking up bones into swallowable chunks, keeps dogs teeth clean and satisfies a part of their brain that nothing else touches. These dogs are less hyper, friendlier and a bit more calm and satisfied.

      http://www.rawmeatybones.com

      http://www.rawfed.com

      http://rawfeddogs.net

      http://www.rawlearning.com

      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfeeding/

      This is the whole prey model diet; if you can provide whole animals, let the dog have the whole animal. My dog has developed the habit of eating outside. In the summer I was putting her bowl outside on a particular rock. Once we got snow, it seemed silly… and we discovered that she likes to go out for long passes, so I stand at the back door and toss her chunks of pork or chicken parts. She buries them and eats them the next day. I have no idea why she does this, but she does. She’s happy and healthy, so it’s all good.

      Many people have had good luck feeding their dogs in their crates, or on some kind of placemat to keep the mess under control. My dog wasn’t interested in that idea; she wanted to be outside. But people have used shower curtain liners, bath towels, anything easily wiped down or tossed into the washer. Be creative.

      As a general rule, raw feeding takes much longer for the dog to eat. Feeding a dog it’s entire day’s ration at breakfast might, given the opportunity to offer Big Complicated Food, keep the dog happily occuppied most of the rest of the day. My dog only eats about 5 times a week; that’s her choice.

      Join the list below; it’s full of terrific anecdotes, including one lady with Great Danes who had an arrangement with her local sheriff’s deputies to bring her any road-killed deer. One day the deputy brought her a big one and she had no ambition. So he helped her toss the whole carcass over the fence and she dragged it out into the middle of her back yard. It took her three Danes all week to eat it, and every time she looked outside she said it reminded her of nature films of lions on the Serengeti. :)

      The biggest thing I’ve ever given my 45-pound shelter mix is the carcass of a 25-pound turkey. I’d jointed it; each drumstick was one meal, each wing was a meal, each thigh was two meals, and I’d hacked off most of the breast meat into boneless meals. Then I gave her the carcass. It took her three days to eat it. She spent four hours straight nibbling off all the meat. Then she spend another hour cleaning herself up. She came inside, drank a lot of water, and slept for 16 hours. When she went outside the next day she started eating the bones. More water, another long nap. Next day, repeat. On the fourth day she wanted me to feed her again, and she got boneless meals for a week.

      Join the list, lurk for a while. Ask a question if you have one. Feed your dog. Each of us has a dog that has it’s own preferences, and we each have things we won’t do. We all negotiate this and the dogs win: they eat a nat

  42. QUESTION:
    My Dog is Sick and Vets Can’t Figure It Out?
    Spayed female about 8 years old. Has a little blood in her urine, leaks urine when she sleeps and now a little when she’s awake, she walks all hunched up and stands like a bear with her head lower than her shoulders (she shivers and looks like she’s freezing but it’s warm outside), she drinks a lot and just seems really unhappy and uncomfortable. She has to go to the bathroom often.

    What’s normal: her temp, her appetite.

    Vet suspected a urinary tract or kidney infection, and put her on antibiotics. She was tested for Von Willibrand’s Disease, but she is negative for that. They just don’t know.

    She’s really fat since she was spayed and she’s lumpy but I have to admit that I can’t tell if the lumpiness is fat or something else. She eats almost nothing (smaller portion that prescribed of diet dog food and NO treats) but stays REALLY fat. People think we overfeed her! We take her for a walk daily (about 45 minutes) but she doens’t enjoy it now — she drags behind now. HELP!
    You are all so kind — here’s what I’ll add. She is a Doberman. And they have done blood tests and they said nothing was out of sorts other than that she did have a small amount of blood in her urine. We have been to 2 vet clinics, but the one that we use the most has 5 vets in there that work together.

    After reading your feedback, I have more questions and I’m taking her back to the vet today.

    I’ll keep you posted. And, I’m afraid of the comment that one of you wrote about it being cancer or something. That’s why I’m really afraid to take her in today, but I know I need to.

    Thanks for your feedback. I appreciate it more than you know.
    Visited the vet today and he prescribed another round of antibiotics (stronger) and pain medication. He still thinks a chronic urinary tract/kidney infection may be to blame, but he’s worried enough to suggest that we either do a MRI (which he said is 00) or take an x-ray or do exploratory surgery. Tomorrow morning, we’re doing an x-ray, and see if that shows anything. He suspects either: kidney stones, cancer/tumors, or the chronic infection without any serious complications.

    I’m going to ask him about hypothyroidism because ALL of the symptoms match this poor dog. She IS a “heat seaking missile” as I can hardly get her to move 6 inches from the blazing wood stove! Thanks for that suggestion!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Has any one taken X-Ray for stones or done an ultrasound for tumors? This is what I would do, but also sounds like she’s still got a bladder infection and possible urinary incontinence. I would find another vet for another opinion. Best of luck to her, poor thing:(

      Keep an eye on her “private area” to make sure she doesn’t get urine scald.

  43. QUESTION:
    Rx dog food w/organic ingredients?
    I have been feeding my Terrier an organic raw diet for dogs who suffer from allergies. Recently, my vet allerted me to a potential kidney problem after doing blood work & urinalisys and suggested I change her food to a Rx kidney friendly food. (She’s 10 and otherwise healthy.) He was aware of 2 brands: Purina NF & Science Diet KD. Both are made with corn, which is a big allergen for her.
    I would love to find an organic, corn free kibble that is formulated to be gentle on the kidneys. (Especially in light of the recent Menu foods horror.)
    We travel a lot & I’m not ready to start cooking for her.
    Does anyone have any ideas about alternative pet food companies that can give me what I’m looking for?
    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      I can relate. I have an older dog that shows some kidney problems from lab work and my vet wants me to feed Science Diet KD. It’s really junk food, like all of the Science Diet products, but it does seem to work. A friend of mine’s dog had a very high BUN and after just 2 months on this food, his values were normal. Since my dog’s labs were only slightly evalated, I did some research and found that if the food is low in phosphorus and lower in protein, it is easier on the kidneys. Many of the premium senior foods qualify. I used Senior Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover and 3 months later, when my dog had labs redone, they were normal. This dog is now 15 and his kidney values are still normal! I have also fed Canidae Platinum and his values remained normal. I have also read that canned premium food rather than kibble may be better for a dog with kidney issues, so maybe try the canned Canidae or Wellness, or Chicken Soup or any senior premium canned food.
      Hope this helps

  44. QUESTION:
    Any suggestions for natural or holistic supplements for a dog with kidney failure?
    Our dog was just diagnosed with kidney failure a couple of weeks ago. We’ve changed to a prescription diet with phosphorus binder added to it. He seemed to be doing well with the change (after a 3 night stay on iv fluids in the vet hospital) but when he was in for a re-check, his Creat and BUN levels have increased again. Any suggestions for a natural or holistic remedy that can help heal his kidneys?

    • ANSWER:
      Though a lot of natural remedies are very safe, since your dog’s health is quite delicate right now, I suggest you go to a holistic vet, to make sure you get exactly the right thing for him. Just to be on the safe side.

  45. QUESTION:
    Raw Feeders: would you say this is healthy?
    I’ve checked many times over but I want to ask if anyone sees something missing perhaps.

    my dogs diet I follow prey model raw.

    i buy in bulk…so for 3 months I feed 80% of almost all the same meat..like beef trachea/gullet..or beef tripe..or beef rump. it’s from steer from a local farm that didn’t use any chemicals and were free ranged (really free ranged)

    I started feeding these steers in the spring. before that i fed bison but the price went up alot to /lb.

    anyway, so that beef is the main meat. I also feed 10% organs a mix of liver, kidneys, spleen and pancreas from those steers.

    for RMBs I feed a mix of whole chickens, pork parts (like shoulder, tails), veal or lamb ribs. Rarely i feed rabbit. the pork is pretty meaty too. but i feed 10% bone. sometimes they get smelt or sardines. the pork is from the grocery store, the fish are too but i buy wild caught, and the chickens are from a farm and free range.

    then recently I’ve added the supplement Nupro, omega 3, milk thistle, probiotics, and colostrum (for WBCs) And I feed a cup to each dog of cooked organic squash once a week. I experimented feeding plain oatmeal but they both had superpoops.

    what do you think of this diet? to me it doesn’t look bad right? can you see anything wrong? thanks
    i forgot, they also eat a raw egg almost every day i put that in their vitamin mix
    they have skin problems so i just want to make sure it’s not deficient. but i did check the numbers before. i’ll cut back on the eggs thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I feed an egg 3 times a week….the biotin argument is stupid because the yolk is one of the richest sources of natural biotin there is.

      You’re doing good, I see no holes. The squash is a bit useless…and milk thistle is a new one for me.

  46. QUESTION:
    I have a 1 yr old Shih Tzu that has been diagnosed with kidney disease and skin allergies. What diet?
    Maizie is a foster dog with New Beginnings ShihTzu Rescue and the three applicants that were lining up for her all dropped her when her diagnoses came down. I need to know what diet to pass on to anyone interested in adopting this little girl.

    My vet recommended a kibble loaded with corn. Because of the severe skin allergy she cannot tolerate the corn or wheat in diets I have been offered. She will not eat the canned KD either. The info about the proper diet for the kidney disease is confusing. Some people say protein doesn’t matter and others say it does. Low potassium is important, but not listed on the food containers, or the lists I am finding on the net. Can anyone help clarify all of this information for me?

    • ANSWER:
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      Therefore, taking 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 glass of water taken about twice a day should notice some relief in the kidney problems.

      It takes two weeks to notice some improvement. In case of my own aunt who had kidney failure pending a surgical removal it took her 3 days of taking about this same amount or a bit more like 1 teaspoon of baking soda twice a day plus 1/2 glass of water for 3 days before the doctors decided her kidney was completely normal.

      Kidney failure can have all kinds of causes, but the most common problem I do see is excess acidity of the urine.

      If you are a perfectionist, a urinary pH precisely at 7 or as high as 7.34 is a pH that is unlikely to be acid to begin with, so it at least will give a chance for the kidney to recover.

      An exception is that in case the kidney failure is of a diabetes complication, then it would appear treatment of avoiding strict no sugar diets to be very important to reduce that first along with the usual baking soda needed to raise urinary pH to at least 7.0, being neutral is the best figure I can imagine where there is practically speaking no acid that can destroy the kidneys.

      There are other causes of kidney failure, but the information you supply me is lacking in details. I am therefor giving you a general ones that had worked for me the best. Ted”

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  47. QUESTION:
    Why do People Say Purina Beneful is so bad for dogs?
    Okay so i have a 4 month old puppy Lab/mix, he is an extremely Picky eater, has been switched from Purina One because he threw up 3 days straight in a row, so the Petsmart clerks recommended i try Blue Buffalo a much better Nutrient Rich food which yes i purely agreed just by looking at it’s ingredients. My dog wouldn’t eat touch the Blue Buffalo even with starving him for 1 whole day he was loosing lots of weight and or such a young dog i was concerned so we switched him to Nutro Lamb and Rice Large Breed puppy food, also hated it won’t eat it dry at all, and was beginning to be picky about even trying the canned foods they provided, so we then switched him to Nutro Ultra Holistic Large Breed Puppy food, which is even better and is basically a twin of Blue Buffalo nutrient wise. This dog won’t even eat this kibble dry and began to eat the canned food mixed with the dry to try and get him to begin eating it and will but id say maybe less then a can per day and possibly less then a half a cup of the dry if even per day. He needs to be eating about 3-4 times per day at this age so this was not working for him either so i think” at least. Today i buy a very small bag of Purina Beneful and a few Beneful Prepared meals, he eats the kibble dry and loves it! and eats the prepared meal within about 2 hrs time. And i know people say this is a terrible food and by far i surely does not compare ingredient wise to the other brands hes been on and refuses to eat such as Blue or Nutro but im not sure what to do, if he likes the beneful should i just keep him on it? Now mind you this puppy does have Allergy problems so im not sure because of the high corn amounts in Beneful if this will even make it worse or not, he’s currently on pills provided by his Vet to help with all the itching and hair loss, I told him about his feeding habits and he just suggested we switch his food until we find “Something” he’ll eat. So please some one with experience on beneful, ive read such nasty things about this food, dogs getting kidney failure, dogs peeing uncontrollably indoors, dogs dieing even! after eating beneful, this all seemed a bit extreme, if they had such a terrible animal kill out in the market wouldn’t they have recalled it by now??

    I need help! I was considering the RAW Diet but until now am a bit skeptical to do so because of the fear of feeding my pup Bacteria and Salmonella, Id rather give him corn over risking that…Really!

    Any ideas on what we should do?
    Add on for Jack – Thank you for your post, but asyou already read we have tried the more expensive brands reaching .00USD per 30lb bag with no success, it seems this dog would rather eat Mcdonalds then a high class meal ;/.
    This was a tough question to ask and have answered obviously so ill let the Voters decide, its going to be a bit difficult choosing a best answer on this one unfortunantely.

    • ANSWER:
      All I’m going to do is mention this: Chemical colorings, cancer causing chemical preservatives, added SUGAR, added salt. Also, VERY low meat content.

      If you’re looking for inexpensive foods that are not junk, look at Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul (a very good food at a good price- for 35 pounds where I live), Healthwise, Diamond Naturals (quite inexpensive-around for a large bag), NutriSource, even the regular Diamond is much better than Beneful. If you live near CostCo, their Kirkland brand is also good.

      As far as why he prefers the cheap food: They spray it with rancid fat to make it appealing. Beneful adds sugar and salt to make it palatable, too…it’s simply not healthy. Give the dog the food YOU choose, and he will quickly learn to live with it IF you stop offering him other choices. He may go several days without eating, but he (like EVERY other dog) will not starve himself, he’ll accept it, and he’ll start to eat a decent food if you don’t give him another option. Wouldn’t we all like to eat Hershey bars and potato chips every day? Why don’t we? Because we know that bad nutrition=bad health.

      ONE day without food won’t hurt the dog. He could go a week without eating before he decides to start eating what you provide. He’ll be fine. Give him good food and prove to him that you have more willpower than he does. Offer only ONE food (cut out the “prepared” meals and canned food) offer a bowl of dry food to him twice a day for 15 minutes at a time and then remove it. He’ll come to wait for that bowl to come down so he can eat.

  48. QUESTION:
    Is my dog ok with one kidney?
    My dog went in to be spayed four days ago and is still at the vets clinic. The veterinarian made a “mistake” and three surgeries later, she has now had one kidney removed. She is a cockapoo and is seven months old. I am looking for tips on diet/care for a dog living with one kidney.

    • ANSWER:
      O-M-G Well, it’s a little late, but the first thing I’d do is find a different vet, and I would do some research on the new ones rep before I took my dog in. Online, look for a dog group that focuses on this issue (I’m sure there’s one out there; there’s one for everything else). You have lots of resources on successful care all in one spot.

      I do know that dry food is not good for canine kidney patients, or felines at all. I have a little male Chi that has damaged kidneys from the melamine in the food a couple of years ago. I gave him powdered kidney caps and herbs that help kidney function (and continue to do this). He survived and is doing alright (the vet also had me give him milk thistle, and I include that a couple of times a week on his food as well).

  49. QUESTION:
    Should I feed my dog left over baby formula?
    It sounds like a bad idea but my initial research indicates that it may actually be quite useful.

    I’ve got some left over powder that accumulated over time (my kids were breastfed). I could throw it out or I could potentially use this as a supplement to my dog’s food. Obviously I could only feed a tiny supplemental amount at a time.

    Some of the concerns are:

    Lactose intolerance of dogs/puppies older than weaning age — while my dog very well may prove a lactose intolerance, he may not in which case there is no reason not to try it and see. The lactose in this baby formula is most likely easier to digest than raw cows milk and I’m only considering feeding a small amount at a time.

    Whey as a protein source — this is either the main benefit of the idea or the main problem depending on who’s opinion is considered. The pet food industry sees whey protein as a high quality protein that is becoming a more popular ingredient in dog chows. Hitherto, corn gluten meal has been preferred simply because it is cheaper. Greg Aldrich, Ph.D wrote for Pet Food Industry.com, “As an ingredient, whey represents a quality, high protein component with nutritional and functional properties.” http://www.petfoodindustry.com/ViewArticle.aspx?id=18144 Whey protein is also the key ingredient in a lot of supplements sold as performance boosters for working dogs — http://k9performance.com/ While human body builders debate endlessly about whether whey protein isolate or casein is better for building muscle, research is more conclusive that whey protein is better for furred animals: http://www.atlargenutrition.com/wheyprotein.php

    Calcium/Phosphorous ratio — the formula should have an appropriate ratio for a growing mammal. The ratio in the formula is probably better regulated than that of any pet food.

    Iron toxicity or effect on phosphorous uptake – Advice from Drs. Foster & Smith is against human supplements that contain iron for dogs because of potential iron toxicity: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1+1411&aid=2244

    However, if you read their article on iron requirements — http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1659+1662&aid=676 — they admit that “Iron toxicity, itself, is extremely rare; however, too much iron in the diet can interfere with the absorption of phosphorous” Since the formula contains phosphorous, it should have minimal effect. Going back to the calcium/phosphorous issue already visited, I am not concerned about a calcium excess because my dog is not allowed to overeat. Even though he is a large breed dog and still growing, his growth rate is kept slower because I don’t overfeed him. Drs. Foster & Smith don’t support the claims of lower-calcium large breed puppy formula makers.

    High protein. My dog’s diet is already high protein: about 47% or more. But Champion Pet Foods, who make kibbles with over 40% protein like “Orijen” brand, has a number of studies published about the myths against high protein diets, including a study on large breeds in particular: http://files.championpetfoods.com/High_Protein_and_Large%20Breed_Study.pdf The conclusion is that there’s nothing wrong with it. Yes my dog pees a lot of nitrogen and my lawn suffers terrible burns but it doesn’t hurt his kidneys and it doesn’t cause bad bone growth. The extra protein from the formula won’t hurt.

    Upset of my dog’s “Balanced” diet — my dog’s diet isn’t balanced at every meal, neither is mine, and I doubt yours is either. I balance my dog’s diet over time, not in every bowel. Although I don’t see any imbalances the formula would create that I haven’t already addressed.

    • ANSWER:
      Looks like you already did the research…I think that you should stick with dog food.

  50. QUESTION:
    Are most dog foods really that bad?
    After reading a lot of review about the ingredients in dog foods, it seems that there are so many that are terrible. I understand they are dogs, but a lot of the ingredients in most dog food are things that dogs wouldn’t normally be eating unless fed by humans and some are even bad for dogs.

    I’m seeing a lot or corn or corn meal. When do dogs eat corn? That’s not a natural part of a dog diet and it’s know to be difficult for dogs to digest and can cause allergies.

    Cane molassas. Why would they add sugar to dog food?

    Beet pulp. Another by-product. They claim it’s a source of fiber, but it’s actually added to slow down the transition of rancid animal fats and causing stress to kidney and liver in the process. There are other products that provide fiber, why not just use those instead. I guess Beet pulp must be the cheapest and easiest to use.

    Then there are preservatives like BHA added that are known to be carcinogenic. Why in the world would you feed your dog this unless you didn’t know what it was, or just don’t care what you feed your dog?

    I’m not trying to promote this website, but they excellent reviews of almost every dog food there is. If you care about your dog, take a look at what you are feeding them and take a look at what else is available for your dog. http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs have been fed grain products since medieval times (royal family’s hunting dogs often got brom bread, which was a higher quality than most people at the time got). The more modern concept of dog food was originally produced as a cheap way to both use up leftover products from people food and make feeding an animal like a dog easier. Hence the use of things like by-products and cheap corn. Animal nutrition wasn’t understood (or cared about) nearly as much as it is now.

      Now that we know better about animal nutrition, people are starting to look for foods that actually take care of their animals. Unfortunately, though, the well-established companies don’t really change their formulas. If a company like Purina started making their food higher quality, they’d become more expensive, and people would stop buying them. The solution is heavy marketing. Take a look at how much cheap, crappy foods like Kibbles N’ Bits, Meow Mix, and Friskies are pushed in ads or grocery stores more than ones that actually contain better ingredients. They’re already so widely known that people buy them just for brand recognition, but the strong marketing makes it even better for them.

      Anyone who has a pet needs to research into that specific animals’ needs and not fall into all the hype. It’s not much different than having to ignore all the heavy marketing of human food that’s bad for you (like fast food) and look for healthier alternatives.


Diet For Kidneys

Kidney stones are a painful condition and passing one is an extremely difficult trial that nobody ever wants to go through. People who suffer from kidney stones usually find themselves forced to eliminate a large variety of foods from their diet for different kidney stone related reasons. Many foods go to chopping block because they contain substances which help in the formation of these very painful kidney stones, with the minerals calcium and oxalate being the two main culprits. Both of these minerals are found in many different foods and both need to be reduced to prevent further suffering. Other foods, such as those that are high in protein, put strain on the kidneys and should also be reduced .

Here are some kidney stone diet tips aimed at helping you pass kidney stones and also to prevent more kidney stones from forming.

Protein and calcium

A diet that is high in protein tends to put considerable strain on the kidneys, which is why bodybuilders who partake in a very high protein diet oftentimes develop kidney infections. If you have any type of kidney disorder, a diet high in protein should be avoided. Kidney stones are formed in part by calcium so foods that contain should also be limited. Dairy products which are both high and protein and calcium should definitely be avoided as should supplements that contain high amounts of calcium and calcium based antacids. Protein and calcium, however, should not be completely eliminated from your diet since your body does need both of them in order to function properly. They just need to be cut back.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is the special k diet good for your kidneys?
    Over the past year i have had issues with my kidneys, i have one that only works 20% and have been suffering from re-occuring infections. I have not had any infections for the past 3 months but since starting the special k two week challenge a week ago im having all of the symptoms! Could this be the reason? Should i stop this diet ?

    • ANSWER:
      The ONLY diet that’s good for your kidneys is one that contains mostly raw, natural foods like fruits, nuts, whole grains, and vegetables. Man made foods don’t even come close to providing the nutrition we need. How do I know this? I’m diabetic and found the solution in my grocer’s produce section. I haven’t taken any medication at all in over two months. My doctor can’t believe my numbers. Cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose…. all normal. Who would have thought?

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the most favorite tastiest kidney diet cat food that cats will eat and where can I buy it immediately?
    My cat refuses to eat the canned kidney diet food that
    the vet sells and I am looking for alternatives

    • ANSWER:
      Is it k/d? Cause I know A LOT of cats that refuse to eat k/d. There are definitely a few renal diets out there (Purina makes one, Eukanuba makes one – check out felinecrf.com for tons of info) but I recommend Royal Canin Modified Formula. Until about two weeks ago I could have honestly said that I never knew a cat that turned it down, but of course there had to be that one who would make me not be able to ever say that again. But not much can be said for her taste as she chose to eat the k/d over this magical food. Seriously, that’s what we call it at my practice, “Magical Modified” because (almost) every cat will eat it. It has mackerel in it which I think the cats can really taste and LOVE. Plus, you can always add a little chicken broth to any canned food to increase water intake and make the food a little tastier for our finicky friends.
      I prefer most Royal Canin therapeutic diets over the Hill’s RX diets anyway. I think they are much more palatable and have higher quality ingredients with less by-products and preservatives. I actually have my cats on the Calorie Control diet.
      OK, I’ll stop going on about the RC therapeutic foods, but seriously, try it! You don’t need a prescription for it like you do for the Hill’s foods but you do have to buy it from a veterinarian. If your vet doesn’t carry it, call around to other vets in the area or call Royal Canin and ask them where the closet place is where you can buy their products. (800) 592-6687. If there is a bigger emergency hospital in your area they should carry it. I don’t know where you live so I can’t really help you out with that part, but good luck and I hope she likes it!

      http://www.royalcanin.us/products/productdetail.aspx?ID=104

      Oh, there is also another Royal Canin renal diet called LP but I don’t think that goes over any better than the k/d chicken as far as flavor. But it does come in pouches so it’s more of the chunks and gravy deal than the regular mushy food so if your cat is into that sort of thing, they may prefer LP & you might want to try that.

      http://www.royalcanin.us/products/productdetail.aspx?ID=105

  3. QUESTION:
    13 yr old cat with poor kidneys on KD diet now is urinating outside the box and staying downstairs so whY?
    for 11/2 yrs after diagnosed with l failed kidney and l on the decline I have been feeding KD diet and keeping indoors..except he wanted to get outside desperately these
    past 2 weeks..now he only sleeps downstairs and acts very nervous

    • ANSWER:
      At thirteen years old, I’m sure you can add arthritis to your cat’s may illnesses. That’s probably why he wants to stay downstairs, so he doesn’t have to climb the stairs, which would be painful for him. Is he shakey? Is that what makes you think he is nervous? I’m thinking that is probably a weakening of the cat in general. Please take him to the vet for further treatment/diagnosis. Good luck.

  4. QUESTION:
    How to make Chutney for Dialysis Diet or Kidney Failure People?
    Hi! I’m going under dialysis so as per nutritional diet can anyone help me how to make chutney for me.. As i always use to eat boring food and now need some extra… And also can anyone tell me is Lemon, Lime, cilantro, mint is allowed in this diet…!!

    • ANSWER:
      These appear to be an excellent website for dialysis patients – one even has chutney recipes.

      http://www.apexkidneycare.com/kidney_vegi_recipies.asp

      http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/Kudiseases/pubs/eatright/

      http://www.davita.com/diethelper/

      http://www.davita.com/recipes/Meats_and_seafood/a/3540

  5. QUESTION:
    How can high protein diets hurt kidneys?
    is it a myth or is it ture? waht are the signs or symptoms? what should i watch for? how does ti work and waht exactly does the protein do? what is fomeome is building muscle or excersizuing alot?

    if someone eats alot of protein (but not more than normal ammount of colaries) for a month or so, could they gain muscle mass without working out, just living life notmally with more protein?

    • ANSWER:
      High-protein diets are generally well tolerated by healthy adults. But a dramatic increase in protein-rich foods may be dangerous for people with liver or kidney disease because they lack the ability to get rid of the waste products of protein metabolism.
      Your body can’t store excess protein. During digestion and metabolism, protein is broken down into amino acids — the building blocks of protein. Your body uses these amino acids to make enzymes and other proteins. But any “extra” amino acids are stripped of nitrogen. The non-nitrogen parts of amino acids are used for energy or converted into fat, and the remaining nitrogen is eventually excreted by your kidneys and liver. These waste products have been shown to cause kidney injury, and in the presence of liver disease, excess nitrogen can cause further problems. High-protein diets may also increase the risk of kidney stones and osteoporosis

  6. QUESTION:
    My Vet Prescribed PRESCRIPTION DIET for my 11 yr old Senior Cat…isn’t this unheathy?
    I read that it has some sort of meat-by product on the ingredients and corn meal something too. Is this cat food bad for him, hes my first pet i ever had and want to make sure he lives a long and healthy life. I bought his food their at the clinic yesterday, its for Kidney Diet. What is you’lls opnion? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      My sympathy’s! It’s so hard when you find out your best friend is very ill.

      Here is a list of info I found on the web for you to help you make the best decisions for your kitty. Knowledge is power!

      I put a * by the felinecrf.com site. It’s basically the site for feline kidney disease. It has a dietary information pg that does list many foods & info about them. Prescription diet is not one of the listed foods.

      That does not mean it’s not a good food for your kitty. Vet’s usually love animals enough to devote their lives to caring for them, so I would most likely lump your vet in this category. He/she might have very good luck with this food. The reviews support this.

      No matter what your decision, good luck to you & your kitty!

  7. QUESTION:
    Pig kidneys as part of raw diet for dogs?
    Ive started feeding one of mine raw again as i think i have enough different supplies to balance things out, but ive never fed pig kidneys before, and got a couple of them along with sheep hearts from butcher.

    Any reason why not?
    Thanks, i thought they would be good for him, just thought i would double check as never fed them before.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes absolutely fine — why would you think they wouldn’t be.

      I feed pig livers / kidneys, trotters, rib, and anything else the butcher can get for me.

      They are fine.

  8. QUESTION:
    what is recommended diet for kidney stones? What are the avoidable foods.?
    Recently I got stomach pain and rushed to hospital and there it revealed that I have three stones in my left kidney. I am taking medicines. I want to know what are the recommended food for the kidney stones discease and which foods are avoidable. Also let me know if taking liquor is dangerous ?

    • ANSWER:
      liquor is probably not a good idea

      and i would suggest a diet low in meats (which some people say causes kidney stones or make them worse)

      but your best bet is to ask your doctor!

  9. QUESTION:
    I am looking for information on a renal (as in kidney) diet, low in sodium and potassium.?
    I am in stage four chronic kidney disease and I am a type II diabetic. Does anyone know of a website that will provide me with some type of sample diet?

    • ANSWER:
      go to http://www.ika.ie/diet.html
      they have some good receipes. You can check out a book store like Barnes and Noble or any other book store to find recipes.
      It’s not as hard to find as you may think. I had to do it as well. I looked at local book stores. And asked my doctor if he knew anything to start me out on.

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

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

  11. QUESTION:
    Can high amounts of protein in your diet do something bad to your kidneys?
    i’m 16, a guy and i weigh 124, i eat lots of meat during the day. I take Muscle Milk, 32 Grams per serving (two servings of the muscle milk, so that makes it 64 grams of protein. On top of that i drink this other drink called Ensure (just once a day) for extra protein and that has 8 Grams of protein in it. I also eat a lot of meat/ foods with good amounts of protein during the day and i also drink good ole milk for even more protein. I was just wondering if this is too much protein for me and if protein in a high enough amount can do something bad to your kidneys.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, you haven’t told us how much protein you actually take. But, yes, large amounts of protein are not good for your kidneys. Most people who lift really weights don’t seem to care, however.

  12. QUESTION:
    Can my kitten eat Hills K/D (kidney diet)?
    My older cat needs to eat K/D because of her kidneys, but the kitten is constantly in her food. Is it ok for the kitten to eat it? The older cat eats her wet k/d food throughout the day, and I’d rather she ate it all at once to deter the kitten. How do I get her to eat it in one fell swoop, so the kitten isn’t eating it all?

    • ANSWER:
      The K/D does not contain sufficient protein for a growing kitten, so NO – it is not a healthy diet for her. I would suggest feeding them in two separate rooms, behind closed doors. Your adult cat will soon learn to eat her food more quickly. There isn’t much else you can do when cats need to be fed two such totally different things.

      Re. the low protein debate for cats with compromised kidneys – it’s not just an internet ‘hoax’ that K/D may not be an appropriate food for cats with kidney issues (unless they are in late-stage kidney failure). Many vets now believe it’s the QUALITY of the protein, not the QUANTITY that is important, along with low levels of phosphorus, and lots of water. What that translates into is a canned diet free of by-products and crap, (these are hard on the kidneys). The other big contributor to renal disease is bad teeth – peridontal disease pours bacteria into the system, which overloads the kidneys. Aggressive teeth cleaning and feeding a high-quality canned diet CAN keep a cat with compromised kidneys healthy. That is what I do for my kidney-compromised cat, with my vet’s blessing. There are alternatives to K/D, but not all vets are willing to go to the advanced seminars, etc that discuss alternatives to feeding the prescription diets. My elderly cat eats a high-protein canned diet as well, and gets dentals as needed. His kidney numbers are better than many a younger cat.

  13. QUESTION:
    How is diet coke bad for the kidneys?

    • ANSWER:
      Colas are generally bad for kidneys. Diet 7 up actually helps prevent kidney stones from forming. check web md.

  14. QUESTION:
    vegetarian diet for kidney transplant patient to maintain same weight?

    • ANSWER:
      You shouldn’t be a vegetarian if you just had a kidney transplant. Your body needs nutrition and protein, not plants and pasta.

  15. QUESTION:
    What is the recommended diet for dogs with kidney disease?
    My beloved Binney was diagnosed with kidney disease just yesterday. The doc said she has less than a couple of months to live. I’m devastated and would like to make her remaining days easier on her – and her kidneys. Is there some sort of specialized diet I can provide? I would prefer something natural and organic.

    Please I’m desperate and if there is something in the local farmer market that helps, include that too!

    • ANSWER:
      I’m so sry to hear this. Make sure she drinks lots of water. There is a science diet food that is good for kidney issues I believe it is A/d or maybe i/d or it could be u/d. Petsmart carries it and you will be able to tell which one it is because it should say it on the bag or can. Good Luck and may god bless you and your dog in this time of need.

  16. QUESTION:
    What should be the Diet plan for kidney patients?
    I want to know a diet plan for CKD patients.

    • ANSWER:
      A daily diet containing the following mineral ingredients should be strictly maintained:

      Potassium:
      Around 90% of the potassium consumed through our diet is removed by the kidney. The normal level of potassium intake is 3.5-5.0 mEq/L so anything higher than that must be avoided. But in the patients having stage 5 CKD, it becomes difficult to remove the potassium from the body as kidney loses its functions altogether. So, controlling potassium is very important. Mostly, we consume potassium through milk, yogurt; fruits like avocado, kiwis, oranges, papayas, banana, cantaloupe; Legumes – nuts; vegetables like beans, potatoes, tomatoes, spinach and fellow leafy vegetables, sweet potato and animal protein. Potassium-based salt products, winter vegetable juices and squash should also be strictly avoided.

      Sodium:
      Kidney diseases and salt are almost synonymous. Higher the salt intake, higher the risk of the CKD, high blood pressure and heart disease. Hence a large amount of sodium intake must be restricted. Canned food, pickles, smoked meat, some frozen foods, processed cheese, packed chips, junk food and crackers must also be avoided. Develop a habit of reading the labels to get to know the level of sodium in the products we are consuming. Less than 5 mg sodium per serving is sufficient to stay healthy.

      Protein:
      The limit on protein intake is 0.75g per kilogram of one’s total body weight, except for those suffering from haemodialysis. One must consume enough protein to keep oneself healthy but not in excess. Mainly meat, fish and dairy products are the sources of protein. Edibles such as eggs, beef, cheese, bran breads, nuts and vegetable also contain a high amount of protein.

      Phosphorus:
      Phosphorus consumption for normal people as well as for people with CKD non-dialysis is 2.7 to 4.6 mg/dL. For CKD dialysis patients the target range is 3.5 to 5.5 mg/dL. Anything more than that must be reduced. Poor maintenance of phosphorus can lead to not only total kidney failure but also to bone diseases and heart troubles. Dairy products, nuts and beans (the main sources of phosphorus) and drinks and beverages like cocoa, cold drinks and beer must be avoided.

      Fluids:
      Consumption of fluids is essential for normal people but for a patient of CKD, fluid intake must be watched. More than 48 fl oz (1.4 L) of fluids a day must be avoided. What are fluids? Edible things that are liquid at room temperature are known as fluids. e. g. soups, ice creams, Jell-O, etc. Over-consumption of such fluids can increase the level of phosphorus. Some fruits like apples, orange, grapes and vegetables like lettuce also contain a lot of water. So, avoid such fruits.

      Now what must one eat with such dietary limits or restrictions? Following are some useful tips to follow:
      •Vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, bean sprouts, cucumber, lettuce, asparagus, mustard greens, green beans, eggplant; white rice, corn cereals, popcorn and fish like tuna, catfish, swordfish, codfish, mahi fish should be consumed for a healthy diet.
      •Use phosphorus binders such as calcium acetate (PhosLo), calcium carbonate (Caltrate and Tums) or sevalemer hydrochloride (Renagel) when necessary. But with proper prescription from your doctor.
      •Never change any food pattern or your diet program without proper consultation with your doctor.
      •It’s important to have routine medical checkups and keeping a track of the recent changes that occur.
      •Proper medication and exercise is a must.
      •Smoking and alcohol consumption must be reduced, and preferably completely avoided.
      •No meals should be skipped. Avoid taking huge meals at a time and divide meals into a 4-times a day pattern.
      •Lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels must be maintained and observed time to time.
      •Last and most important, is keeping your mind healthy and motivated which has the greatest power to cure any disease.

      Tin

  17. QUESTION:
    Kidney Diet for Dogs besides Science Diet and Purina ?
    Would like to know of a good kidney diet for my 10 year old dalmatian recently diagnosed w/kidney issues. She has tried Hills k/d and Purina n/f. I have heard Eukanuba/Iams makes one as well I might give a go. My other dog is on Pet Promise and sometimes Wellness (both no bi-products, etc) and when I look at the ingredients in some of these I hate to spend for a 15lb bag of fillers and bi products. Royal Canine has a canned food for kidneys and the first 3 ingredients include water sufficient for processing, by products, and more by products – ugh. and this costs a can on top of it! Any suggestions? Thanks!!
    forgot to add, she hates hills and purina and refuses to eat it – will go about 3 days before caving in. won’t eat w/canned food on it either. will eat if chicken and cottage cheese are mixed in.
    if it is a bag, you must be getting the 8 lb bag, either that or I need to be going to your vet :) I’m paying about for a 15-18 lb bag of Purina N/F that my dog hates.

    • ANSWER:
      Eukanuba does make one for that problem how ever it is also going to be expensive and not high quality ingredients.
      NONE of those presciption diets are good quality ingredients. I have no clue as to why no one makes one but they are all full of cheap fillers and by products.
      I wish someone would step up and make a better one.
      I have a cat on one of the Purina diets. She looks good and it has solved the problems but I hate to feed her junk.

  18. QUESTION:
    is diet coke bad for the bladder or kidneys?
    every time I drink diet coke I feel the need to spend a penny straight away even if I only drink a mouthful. does this happen to anyone else out there ?

    • ANSWER:
      yes, it’s bad, it has carbonic, citric, and phosphoric acids and sugar substitutes.
      Coke is known to be good for cleaning toilets because of the acid effect .
      No kidding, see it yourself:

      http://www.wikihow.com/Clean-a-Toilet-With-Coke

  19. QUESTION:
    senior dog/and kidney diet?
    my vet told me that my dog’s kidneys were starting to fail because of old age and so he put him on the kidney diet. as some of you may know this food is pretty expensive since its prescribed. i have talked to many people of the vet i took him to and we all came to the same conclusion, this vet is overcharging and its all bout the money rather than the health of our dogs ( i already started looking for a new trustworthy vet) but for now im not sure what i should do re:the kidney diet. how well has it worked for your dog? should i just put him on a senior diet? im not sure so im going to take him to a new vet and have new blood work done but for now i wanted to hear your opinion and how well this food has worked for your dog if hes eating it and if not just want you think of my dilemma.

    • ANSWER:
      No matter who you speak with they will tell you that vets charge too much. We all know vet fees are expensive, as is prescription food.

      If your dog has failing kidneys I wouldn’t take the risk of changing his food. If he needs a kidney diet then that’s what he should have.

      If you’re going to take your dog to another vet you don’t need to repeat the blood work if its recently been done. Your current vet can forward the results to the new vet. Chances are if your dog is in kidney failure then the new vet will tell you exactly the same thing as your existing vet. The only difference is that you will have to pay again for the same diagnosis.

  20. QUESTION:
    Low Protein (kidney) diet for dogs?
    My two dogs german shepherd / lab mix, are two years old and they just finished treatment for antifreeze poisoning. I have never been through something so heart breaking, they Truly are my children. I have been advised to put them on a low protein diet because of their kidneys and I’m quite picky when it comes to what they eat. They have been fed since 6 months old or so Wellness dry food and homemade meals. They can’t have corn at all, but I would still prefer an all around grain free dog food. I haven’t had any luck finding anything online and was hoping someone might have some ideas on what to look at for dry dog food. The protein needs to be at 15% or less. They also are skin sensitive. My girls say thank-you!

    • ANSWER:
      You’re going to have a hard time finding any commercial food to fit this bill, and I doubt there is a single grain free food appropriate for this (I don’t know of one under 30% protein). Either use the prescription diet from the vet or ask your vet to refer you a specialist or nutritionist who can help you formulate an appropriate homemade diet for your dog. Canned foods tend to have lower protein levels on the label, but I don’t know if they would be appropriate for the dog-again, let your vet guide you on this one.

  21. QUESTION:
    i would like to find a diet for kidney failure?
    does anyone have info on what foods are good for kidney failure patients?

    • ANSWER:
      After kidney failure, various waste products can build up in the blood, and each kind can have different effects on your health.

      Salt can increase blood pressure, so you may be encouraged to reduce salt intake. (Salt also has the effect of increasing thirst, so it makes it more difficult for patients to restrict their fluid intake).

      Potassium is a mineral which is found in the cells of body tissue, and any excess would normally be removed by the kidneys. Too high a level of potassium is bad for the heart – in extreme case it may even cause it to stop.

      Phosphate is a substance that is widely found in foods. It works very closely with the mineral calcium, and the healthy body keeps these two substances in balance. High phosphate levels may be associated with itch and over the longterm can damage blood vessels.

      Protein is an essential nutrient that enables the body to build muscles. Low levels of protein can lead to fluid retention and to a reduction of the body’s ability to fight off infections.

      Some patients may need vitamin B and C supplements.
      Iron levels may drop and cause anaemia, this can be replaced with iron tablets.

  22. QUESTION:
    I am looking for a diet that is easy on the kidneys.?
    Trying to lose weight and need a diet that is easy on the kidneys, low sodium, low carb. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    I have a 1 yr old Shih Tzu that has been diagnosed with kidney disease and skin allergies. What diet?
    Maizie is a foster dog with New Beginnings ShihTzu Rescue and the three applicants that were lining up for her all dropped her when her diagnoses came down. I need to know what diet to pass on to anyone interested in adopting this little girl.

    My vet recommended a kibble loaded with corn. Because of the severe skin allergy she cannot tolerate the corn or wheat in diets I have been offered. She will not eat the canned KD either. The info about the proper diet for the kidney disease is confusing. Some people say protein doesn’t matter and others say it does. Low potassium is important, but not listed on the food containers, or the lists I am finding on the net. Can anyone help clarify all of this information for me?

    • ANSWER:
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      Therefore, taking 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 glass of water taken about twice a day should notice some relief in the kidney problems.

      It takes two weeks to notice some improvement. In case of my own aunt who had kidney failure pending a surgical removal it took her 3 days of taking about this same amount or a bit more like 1 teaspoon of baking soda twice a day plus 1/2 glass of water for 3 days before the doctors decided her kidney was completely normal.

      Kidney failure can have all kinds of causes, but the most common problem I do see is excess acidity of the urine.

      If you are a perfectionist, a urinary pH precisely at 7 or as high as 7.34 is a pH that is unlikely to be acid to begin with, so it at least will give a chance for the kidney to recover.

      An exception is that in case the kidney failure is of a diabetes complication, then it would appear treatment of avoiding strict no sugar diets to be very important to reduce that first along with the usual baking soda needed to raise urinary pH to at least 7.0, being neutral is the best figure I can imagine where there is practically speaking no acid that can destroy the kidneys.

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  24. QUESTION:
    What should be the diet for Chronic Kidney disease if in first stage ?
    After tests I have creatinine 2.6, potassium 6, Urea 75, sodium 134, Haemoglobin 9 with no albumin in urine, no sugar and almost accurate blood pressure.

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    Kidney Diet Recipes for people with kidney failure?
    can anyone recomend a kidney diet recipes for people with kidney failure??

    • ANSWER:
      In choosing kidney diet recipes, you have to remember that you must regulate your intake of the following – sodium, phosphorus, potassium, protein, and fluids.

      An ideal kidney diet for humans should control the intake of salt, protein, potassium, and phosphorus. A limit in the intake of fluids is also important.

      Phosphorus is another mineral that should be taken in with caution. It is highly concentrated in dairy products. Restrict your intake of dairy products (cheese, yogurt, milk, custard among others) to only one serving or less per day. Do not prepare recipes that have too much of cheese or yogurt.

      Another mineral that should be controlled if you have kidney disease is potassium, which is high in vegetables and fruits. The technique is to limit your intake of potassium to five servings per day in order to control it.

      Getting the best information on kidney diet recipes is no easy task nowadays.

      If you want to know more about kidney diet, go here: http://thekidneydietsecrets.blogspot.com/

  26. QUESTION:
    Will anything help a dog with kidney disease gain or maintain weight?
    My senior dog, Luigi, (exact age unknown as he is a rescue) has kidney disease and has lost a nearly 1/3 of his body weight. He is otherwise well, happy, and eating well (special kidney diet food) but has gone from 37 to just over 27 lbs. The vet just smiles but doesn’t seem to have any helpful suggestions. He is on Azodyl for kidney support.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with the previous answer–
      high carb
      low protein
      almost zero fat

      It is very difficult on the kidneys to digest fat and protein. You might also add some extra IV fluids to help him with the kidney failure. Your vet could let you do that at home simply by injecting fluid subQ.

  27. QUESTION:
    Does drinking sodas (regular or diet) is bad for kidneys?

    • ANSWER:
      too much of ANYthing is bad for you

  28. QUESTION:
    Is there anyone who upholds an anti oxalate kidney stone diet?
    Is there anyone who upholds an anti oxalate kidney stone diet (and who uses NO anti oxalate kidney stone medicine) for some years AND thereof gets significantly or substancialy less stones? (and is convinced about it.)

    If so, could you pm me the diet info?

    I already know chocolate, nuts and the like are suspected things, But even so, specific foods might be far less important then specific food combinations?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a patient with chronic renal failure i controlled his salt intake made him to avoid high protein diets avoid alot of mineral foods. He survived for 5 years when his local doctor said he wouldnt survive more than 6 months.

  29. QUESTION:
    What would be healthy recepies for Kidneys?
    Need a diet to help keep kidneys functioning that are already damaged.

    • ANSWER:
      Healthy kidneys get rid of the wastes that comes from food once the body has used all of the nutrition in it. When kidneys no longer work properly, it is often necessary to change the way a person eats.

      The diet needed for kidney failure depends on several things:

      * The kind of kidney disease
      * The stage of kidney failure-early, middle, or late
      * The kind of dialysis chosen
      * Whether or not diabetes is also present
      * Height and weight
      * Activity level
      * Amount of urine output

      A Dietitian is trained to evaluate all of these components and make the diet specific to each individual.
      Nutrients to Know

      Although every person needs their own specific diet, there are several nutrients that all renal diets include. Some nutrients are more or less important depending on whether you are a hemodialysis patient or PD patient. In general, there are less dietary restrictions for PD patients.

      The common nutrients are:

      * Calcium and phosphorus
      * Sodium
      * Fluid
      * Potassium
      * Protein
      * Calories

      Learning to read labels and knowing which foods contain the largest amounts of these nutrients will help you follow the renal diet. Here is a closer look at these nutrients.

      Calcium and phosphorus, in the right balance, work together in the body to keep your teeth and bones strong and a change in one can cause a change in the other. If the kidneys fail, phosphorus may build up in your blood. Less phosphorus must be eaten for meals and snacks. It is also usually necessary to take a phosphorus binder with meals and snacks. This is a medicine used to grab hold of the phosphorus in the food and keep it from getting into the blood. A high phosphorus level in the blood can cause many problems including itching, bone pain, brittle bones, muscle aches and heart damage. A calcium supplement may also be needed to keep your bones strong.

      Sodium is found in the diet, most commonly, as salt. Limiting salt helps control blood pressure and fluid buildup. In addition to the salt shaker, there are other sources of high sodium foods such as processed meats including bacon, sausage and luncheon meats. Snack foods, canned foods and frozen prepared meals also contain large amounts of salt.

      Fluids in the diet are beverages such as water, milk and juice as well as foods that melt at room temperature such as ice cream. Since the kidneys are making much less urine or no urine at all, fluids need to be limited. Limiting fluids helps control blood pressure and puts less strain on the heart, which has to pump that fluid throughout the body.

      Potassium is a mineral present in many fruits and vegetables as well as in meat and dairy products. If your kidneys do not work well, potassium can build up in the blood. Too much or too little potassium in the diet can affect the muscles in the body, particularly the heart.

      Protein is needed daily to build muscles, repair tissues, fight infection and replace the protein lost from dialysis. Protein is the nutrient most needed to prevent malnutrition. Protein is present in many food items, but the highest quality protein comes from beef, pork, poultry, seafood and eggs. Well-nourished patients do better on dialysis, get sick less often and live longer.

      Calories are needed to supply energy and to maintain weight. Calories come from all the foods you eat, including proteins, carbohydrates and fat. Calories are a concern if weight is too low or too high. Sometimes special liquid supplements are needed to provide enough calories to maintain weight or regain lost weight. Weight loss diets, in certain cases, are a consideration when being overweight is affecting your health.

      The renal diet can be challenging. Dietitians, with highly specialized training, are available to provide a personalized diet and give information on how to use this diet. For further information on the right diet for your individual needs, consult a Dietitian.

  30. QUESTION:
    need low carb diet for kidney dialysis patient?
    what is carb, in a diet

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    I need some homemade kidney diet recipes for my dog?
    My dog was recently diagnosed with early renal insufficently. Although his BUN level was still within the normal range (can’t remember the exact number but remember the vet telling me it was normal) and the Creatine level was still normal (1.3 with 1.6 being the high) buthe does have dilute urine. So I have started the Hills K/D dry and canned and I have a few recipes from my vet to make. He is doing well but the problem I have always had with him is that he gets bored with food. Thats why I am doing all three. I am looking for more recipes for his kidney diets. I do use different meats as my vet said I could do but I was wondering what kind of veggies he can have. I am basically doing meat and potatoes. I know that carbs are good for him but I don’t want him to get bored with this so I need to mix it up. Please help. I really appreciate it. My dog is doing so well with this diet and he feels good I just want to keep it up.
    I am doing the meat, potatoes calcium carbonate tablet and vitamin supplement for senior dogs (he is 15).

    • ANSWER:
      the myth of pets boredom with food is overrated.
      Dogs are not like humans, and do not think like a human.
      At his age and basically at ANY age,some days he will be more hungry, some days not.
      What your are doing is obviously okay because you just said he is doing fine so why change it?
      Dogs in the wild eat meat. Period.
      Domesticated dogs eat dog food. Period.
      The flavor changes are for the human owners, not the dogs and designed to sell dog food, not because someone determined that dogs get bored with food.
      How exactly do you know he gets bored with his food? He cannot tell you, you just assume.
      I certainly wouldn’t worry about a menu for him. WHat is important is the right nutrients to support his failing kidneys.
      Be very careful to follow the vets guidelines because not all veggies are allowed in human kidney diets and if dogs are the same in that respect you could be doing more harm than good.

  32. QUESTION:
    Which kidney diet appears to be the best?
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    Water, chicken by-products, meat by-products, corn flour, vegetable oil, chicken, corn starch, natural flavors, trace minerals (calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, zinc
    sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate), guar gum, taurine, vitamins (choline chloride, DL-alpha-tocopherol acetate [source of vitamin E], niacin, riboflavin [vitamin B2],
    thiamine mononitrate [vitamin B1], D-calcium pantothenate, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride [vitamin B6], folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement).

    ———————————————————————————-

    Purina Veterinary Diets® NF® brand feline formula
    Link: http://www.purinaveterinarydiets.com/FelineProductDetail.aspx?prod=235

    Ingredients (Canned)

    Water sufficient for processing, liver, beef, poultry by-products, trout, rice, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), ground yellow corn, animal digest, pea fiber, wheat flour, calcium carbonate, potassium citrate, fish oil, potassium chloride, magnesium citrate, taurine, choline chloride, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, biotin, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, menadione sodium bisulfite complex.

    My cat doesn’t like the Hills K/D, so hat’s why it’s not included.

    • ANSWER:
      Personally if my cat was diagnosed with kidney disease I would be feeding it Wysong. Hills, Purina and Royal Canin are full of corn and by-products, which I definitely don’t want to be feeding my cat. If you have to choose between the Purina and the Royal Canin, I would go with the Royal Canin as it is slightly better quality. I suggest you look into Wysong Rx diets as an alternative.

  33. QUESTION:
    How to cook medium grain rice?
    I need to cook medium grain rice for my dog’s kidney diet and I’ve tried it once according to the package instructions, 1 cup rice in 2 cups water. It became a solid block, won’t mix with the other ingredients, and is difficult for the dog to eat and even I wouldn’t eat it. I’m really tired and don’t want to try gradually reducing the water until I get it right so would greatly appreciate anyone’s help. Can you ever get it to the point that it won’t all glom together? Long grain mixes very well but the medium has less phosphorous, which is better for him.

    • ANSWER:
      Just boil 2 1/2 cup water and 1 cup rice Keep lid on pot ajar just a tad. ypically if you were cooking for a person you would not want to remove lid, to let it steam. But in this case you want it mushy so you can feed it to your dog..

  34. QUESTION:
    Kidney diet food for dogs? ?
    My dog has developed a kidney problem and has to eat special dog food for it. But it’s very expensive. Does any one know of foods I can use to make my own dog food for her to eat?

    • ANSWER:
      This might help:

      http://www.preciouspets.org/newsletters/articles/kidney-failure-diet.htm

  35. QUESTION:
    Have you ever had a dog or cat on subcutaneous fluids for kidney failure?
    My friend has a dog who was diagnosed with kidney failure. They decided to put her on subcutaneous fluids–which, from what I understand, is sort of an old-fashioned dialysis.

    When they decided to try this, they knew it was just a life-prolonging method and not a cure. They asked several people how long the dog could be expected to survive on this protocol but never could get a straight answer.

    My question, then: If you have had a dog or cat on subcutaneous fluids, how long did they live? I realize that it will vary depending on the level of kidney damage, but they would be interested to know other people’s experiences.

    To communicate the same information to anyone else, my friends’ dog has been getting these fluids once a week for almost a year. Occasionally if she starts acting weird they’ll give it to her more often. She started with a kidney diet, but she hated it so much she now just eats regular dog food.
    Thank you for your answers, especially those of you who answered out of knowledge or experience.

    I have showed the responses to the dog’s owners. They have been working with their vet, who never said anything about the dog continuing to suffer. To me, she does not appear to be suffering and the owners agreed. However, I think they may mention this to their vet and continue to observe if her quality of life is deteriorating.

    I was hesitant to use the phrase “life-prolonging method” since I know it does hint at prolonging a suffering animal’s life for the owner’s peace of mind. However, I meant it in contrast to a cure–not as way of saying that the animal was suffering as its life was prolonged.

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve been through this with my elderly cat and my mother-in-law also went through it with her cat. Her cat tolerated the treatment better than mine and lived about 2 years. Mine hated the treatment and struggled and was also a bit older when treatment started. She lasted only about 6 weeks. So it depends. At one year, your friend’s dog is doing about as well as can be expected.

      My vet indicated that gradual kidney failure is not painful – and based on my experiences I agree with my vet – so I disagree with the first poster. The only problem I had was my cat hated the treatment because she did not like to be held in the first place. My mother-in-law’s cat considered it a social time and was fine with it.

  36. QUESTION:
    Does anyone feed their cat Hi Tor Diet for kidney disease?
    Is this a good quality food like Hill’s prescription k/d?

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve never heard of these so I looked them up. Their list of ingredients isn’t overly impressive – beef is debatable as a steady diet, byproducts are debatable as well.

      I can’t say whether or not these foods are any good or whether they do what they’re supposed to, but if I were you I’d do some research into kidney disease in cats and see what foods others are feeding them.

      The Felo diet contains:
      Beef, Water Sufficient for Processing, Meat By-Products, Poultry By-Products, Liver, Chicken, Whole Egg, Guar Gum…

      Neo contains:
      Water sufficient for Processing, Meat By-Products, Chicken, Beef, Liver, Ocean Fish, Rice Flour, Guar Gum….

      And what do you know – I found an article.

      “Several nutritional supplements may be helpful for cats with kidney disease. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to be beneficial in CRF. Antioxidants are also important. Both of these are contained in the highly digestible algae, Biosuperfood. A nutritional supplement called “Renafood” from Standard Process, is a good renal detoxifier and helps to maximize kidney function in cats. Give one or two a day. Most cats eat them readily if they are crushed into the food. Call Standard Process at 1-800-558-8740 to find a distributor in your area. Remember, though, that the basic diet is the most important factor in your cat’s health, and no supplement will make up for poor quality nutrition. For more info on feeding, choosing a good food, and switching to a better diet, see the many nutrition articles in our Library.”

  37. QUESTION:
    what is the best diet for kidney and liver failure?
    end statge kidney failure hep c

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your DR – a nurse NP might be able to help also

  38. QUESTION:
    High protein diet + creatine = safe? for kidneys?
    I am about 121lb
    hello, i am 15.. i am not on a “diet” persay, but i am in taking alot of protein to gain muscle, maybe about i haven’t counted but probably 100-200 grams daily, maybe on the lower side…and i have read that on high protein diets it overloads your kidneys, and my kidneys are already damaged i am currently not sure if i have any kidneys diseases or any thing i have not had any major tests, but i DO know that my kidneys are leaking protein.
    And also i may start taking micronized creatine monohydrate, i have researched all about creatine, and there being no side effects, other then being thirsty…but i have also read, to be unproven that if you don’t drink enough if may damage your kidneys but i am just wondering if that is true, but if i do start to take it, i would be drinking lots of water…..i hate being thirsty =p
    My question got messed upp
    ;((((
    Soo my info stuff is in the addition info =p

    • ANSWER:
      Uh, SEE YOUR DOCTOR about your kidneys, and stop fooling around.

      You are a young skinny kid. When you are 22 you will have enough muscles, if you live that long. So just eat a normal diet, drink LOTS OF WATER now, and exercise moderately. You already get enough protein if you are eating meat or legumes or dairy.

      Yes, your kidneys are required to break down excess protein so it can be excreted in your urine. So don’t give them a hard time. I suggest you read every word of the article below.

      I am being a little severe with you because I don’t want your kldneys to fail as a result of your behaviour! So forgive my tone, but TAKE CARE!

  39. QUESTION:
    I need to prepare a balanced diet for someone with kidney problems.?
    List of food that can be eaten by someone who has symptoms of kidney trouble.

    • ANSWER:
      ask this person’s doctor to arrange a meeting with a dietican or nutrionrist, this professional can give you exact and useful information for you to use in preparing and planing menus for your friend…do not take advice from just anyone, it is worth the time to meet with a professional, this is life threatening if not eating properly…

  40. QUESTION:
    what is a good renal diet, for a case where kidneys have failed (due to diabetis)?
    the patient is on dialysis

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.healthtouch.com/bin/EContent_HT/cnoteShowLfts.asp?fname=02027&title=DIALYSIS+DIET+&cid=HTHLTH

      try this eeb site. god bless you on dialysis i was on it for 3 years untiil i reieved my transplant. i will pray for the patient.

  41. QUESTION:
    a diet for kidney stones?
    my son is five and has kidney stones. is there a diet i can go by

    • ANSWER:
      Take him to a urologist if his pediatrician did not order further tests, treatment and possibly a diet.
      Poor baby. :(

  42. QUESTION:
    Is soy good for kidney diease some say it is and some say it is not what is the real answer?
    What is the best diet for kidney diease,soy is good right or no what else is a good low diet.

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.kidney.org/atoz/atozTopic.cfm?topic=4

  43. QUESTION:
    diet for kidney stone…..?
    anybody can sugget me about diet in kidney stone asi got stones in right side.thxxxxxxxx

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    Diet for preventing kidney stones ?
    I had a few kidney stones about a year ago and I’d like to hear from other people who know about them or who have had them as well. What diet are you on to prevent you from getting them again ? What are some foods that are good for people prone to kidney stones ?

    • ANSWER:
      The following are a general list of things to do related to diet in order to avoid any renal calculus formation.
      Taken from “Renal lithiasis and nutrition” located at http://www.nutritionj.com/content/5/1/23

      • Daily intake of a suitable liquid volume (minimum 2 L water/day)

      • Avoid strictly vegetarian diets

      • Avoid excessive animal protein diets

      • Avoid excessive salt (NaCl) consumption

      • Avoid excessive vitamin C and/or vitamin D consumption

      • Consume phytate-rich products (natural dietary bran, legumes and beans, whole cereals)

      • Avoid exposition to cytotoxic substances (i.e., analgesics abuse, residual pesticides, organic solvents and cytotoxic drugs)

  45. QUESTION:
    Diet for Kidney Disease, Gout, and High Blood Pressure?
    Yes I know. I’m falling apart. I’m a 37 year old male, used to be very active, gym 6 days a week, 2 hours a day…but not so much anymore although I’m trying to get back into the gym.

    Anyway, I’m looking for some suggestions, personal experience, websites, food for a Diet plan. I’m 5’7″ about 173, probably 10 pounds overweight.

    I was diagnosed with Kidney Disease last year, about 36% functional.
    I also have Gout, flare ups affect my left big toe.
    I’ve had High Blood Pressure since I’ve been 18.
    I also have Acid Reflux.

    I’m trying to figure out a diet taking into consideration all of my “problems”.

    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Reading this question, you have symptoms of taking PPI acid blocking drugs. A couple of the hundreds of side effects include high blood pressure and damage the kidneys which includes renal failure. Of course i am just guessing but if you are, there are major health risks from acid blocking drug. My mother took PPI’s for many years, suffered dozens of severe side effects and almost died from it.

      If your high blood pressure is not from the acid blocker, then minimizing sugar and eliminating artificial flavours are very good for obtaining a relatively normal blood pressure. Replacing carbohydrates with healthy fats will also help control your blood pressure. For kidney disease, reducing salt in the diet is essential. Avoiding toxins is essential. Toxins are everywhere in a supermarket..food additives, preservatives, sodium nitrate…a long list. Check out the food additives to avoid and the kidney diet on the links below.

      I did a lot of research for my mother and found nearly everyone with acid reflux has LOW stomach acid. So taking acid blockers is worsening the situation by lowering already low stomach acid and preventing absorption of nutrients. Digestive enzymes supplements (from plants) with each meal are brillant…it’s why my mother is still alive.

      Throwing away the acid blocker nexium, and taking digestive enzymes (with betaine hydrochloric acid for protein meals and without for non protein meals) saw her GERD and LPR vanish within 2 weeks (after 5 years), within 3 months blood pressure was, and still is, better than optimal and gastritis 80% better so far (after 25 years). Digestive enzymes break down food so acid problems don’t occur. The betaine hydrochloric acid helps increase stomach acid and digest protein. As for gout, eat cherries, vitamin C and the herb devils claw…all help lower uric acid which causes gout.

      Digestive enzyme supplements for acid reflux:

      http://www.natural-indigestion-relief.com/acid-reflux-remedies-digestive-enzymes.html

      http://www.gillianmckeith.info/yourbody/health/digestivedisorders/gillianmckeithdigestiveenzymes.php

      Dangers of acid blockers:

      http://refluxdefense.com/heartburn_GERD_articles/side-effects-antacids-and-acid-blockers.html

      http://www.mmshealthyforlife.com/?p=4206

      Gout – how to get rid of it:

      http://www.articlesbase.com/diseases-and-conditions-articles/how-do-i-get-rid-of-uric-acid-that-causes-gout-2302915.html

      Blood pressure and how to lower it naturally:

      http://www.thepeopleschemist.com/view_learning.php?learning_id=6

      Diet for kidney disease:

      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002442.htm

      The deadly dozen additives to avoid:

      http://www.sixwise.com/newsletters/06/04/05/12-dangerous-food-additives-the-dirty-dozen-food-additives-you-really-need-to-be-aware-of.htm

  46. QUESTION:
    i need to start a healthy diet i donated a kidney.?
    just looking for a any ideas to where i should start shopping. i have a picky eatter for a daughter and I have one kidney and my husband is freaking and bout geting healthy but I have no idea where to start looking or shopping. WHole foods is way to expensive. We also live with the parents and mom my mom needs a better diet she’s the one i gave the kidney to. THey eat old recipes that you know are good but not healthy in the least.

    • ANSWER:
      a general low calorie diet that’s based on whole foods that are high in lean proteins and low GI carbs is what most should follow.

  47. QUESTION:
    Natural treatments and best diet for kidney failure in dogs?
    My GSD,Lulu,is 8 years old and the picture of health.She eats Merrick,Eagle Pack Holistic and several other premium foods. For the last several days,she has been urinating more frequently and has had two accidents in the house during the night.I took a urine sample to the vet today and her specific gravity was very low.The vet suspects kidney failure and Lulu is going in for bloodwork next week.She is otherwise acting fine – eating, active, good weight,etc. I have had dogs with renal failure before,and most of them were in their teens when diagnosed and did not last long. I did have a mixed breed called Lilac who was diagnosed at age 9 and lived to be 13,which is what I am hoping for Lulu.I really do not think I can bear to lose her right now. Lilac,( the mixed breeed) ate Hill’s KD and Cycle Senior ( this was back in the late ’80′s) and did well on them. I have been looking online for alternative treatments and diets and wonder if those of you who have had experience with canine renal failure can recommend any herbal/dietary treatments to help my dog should she have renal failure.Is there a dog food or homemade diet that you have had good results with? I am open to trying anything,because Lulu is so very special to me,she is just such a great dog and is so loyal and sweet;she is my shadow. Any advice will be appreciated and if you would star the question so that others who have had or do have dogs with renal failure can see it,I would appreciate it.Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      I’d suggest that you give your dog a natural supplement called Tripsy. It contains a powerful combination of herbal extracts proven to:

      Promote healthy kidney functioning
      Fight kidney infections
      Improve urinary flow
      Reduce the pain and discomfort of kidney stones

      Tripsy is high effective, yet is totally natural and 100% safe for long-term use.
      Here’s the link with more info: http://www.petwellbeing.com/dog-kidney-disease-p91.cfm

  48. QUESTION:
    Any special diet for kidney dialysis patients?
    Is there restriction on water and food intake? Any specific food that they should avoid? Any difference in diet for pertoneal dialysis or hemo patient?

    • ANSWER:
      I am a hemo patient and have to follow a strict diet. First you need to watch fluid intake (how much depends on your size and if you still have function left in your kidneys). For me I usually try to limit my fluid intake to 1.5 litres a day.
      You also really need to watch how much potassium you eat. This is by far the most dangerous since if your levels get too high it could stop your heart. You really need to watch eating things such as oranges, potatoes (you can soak the potatoes all day draining the water occasionally, or double boil them to get some of the potassium out), tomatoes, sport drinks etc.
      Also Phosphate is another thing you need to limit which is pretty much all dairy products. You can take a phosphate binder (calcium carbonate) during your meals to bind the phosphate.
      If you are currently on dialysis you should have access to a dietitian which could help you set up a healthy renal diet.
      I do believe that if you are on peritoneal dialysis the limitations are not as bad since you do the exchanges every night opposed to 3 times a week with hemo.
      Hope this helps.

  49. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies and diet tips for my cat’s kidney disease?
    My cat, 6 yrs old, could possibly have kidney failure (it might be a bladder infection but I won’t find out for another 2 weeks after antibiotics); he’s still energetic and doesn’t show any signs of illness. Ironically I have kidney disease as well and am using natural remedies like dandelion root tea and other herbs. Wheatgrass has also improved my health a lot. I am wondering these herbs would apply to cats as well?

    Does anyone have any suggestions for diet (should it be homemade)? I’ve been doing research and they all say low salt, but some sites say good high quality protein while others say low protein. And should I stop using the chemical Frontline (flea medicine) on my cat?

    Also, where on my cat are his kidneys located?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      First off…the kidneys are located just past the send of the rib cage on both sides…the right kidney is slightly closer to the front of the cat. Frontline Plus doesn’t go into the animals system, so it will have no effects on the kidneys…so don’t stop using it. I wouldn’t reccomend any “natural remedies” without consulting your vet…cats and people can very different recations to plants…and a lot of plats can be nephrotoxic (toxic to the kidneys) in cats!

      A diet wont help kidney failure until bloodwork confirms Azotemia…this means the that BUN and CREATINIE are elevated. So unless this has been confirmed by your vet, changing the diet wont help. However, if Azotemia is confirmed, then a low protein/low phospherous diet is highly recomended. The protein that is in the kidney diets is a high quality one. Several brands make kidney diets…. Purina NF, Royal Canin/IVD modified….Hill’s K/D….. Royal Canin Renal LP….. However, they are by prescription only, so you have to get them from your vet. If you are interested in making your own diet, you can contact UC Davis, and for a small fee, they will formulate a diet you can cook at home specificaly for your cats needs….

      I’m not sure why its going to take so long to confirm that your cat has kidney disease…a simple blood test should confirm if the kidney values are normal or not.

      Good Luck!

      http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=572

      http://www.felinecrf.com/

  50. QUESTION:
    can you suggest dog diet for pancreatitis kidney probs bladder stones?

    • ANSWER:
      No, no one should but a vet, and there are no vets on this site…

      please call your vet, it is the safest thing to do, he knows your dogs condition and will give the safest and best advice..

      good luck

      this is a dog with medical problems, so only a vet should be giving you advice on your dog


Cystic Disease Of The Kidneys

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What Is Epididymal Cyst Removal?

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you for any help or guidance!

    SunnyD

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

      I hope this helps you out some. Good Luck.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    PLEASE FILL IN FOR ME!!!

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

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

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

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

    PLEASE FILL IN FOR ME!!!

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

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

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

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

    PLEASE FILL THIS OUT FOR ME!!!! PLEASE…

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

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

    PLEASE FILL IN FOR ME!!!

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

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

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

      You?? :P :P :P

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

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

    Bronchitis Cystic Fibrosis Emphysema Pertussis Pneumonia

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

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

    3. degenerative condition characterized by broken alveoli

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

    5. bacterial infection of lungs characterized by intense coughing.

    Colitis Dysentery Hepatitis Stenosis

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

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

    8. chronic inflammation of large intestines causing diarrhea or constipation

    9. a narrowing if the intestines

    Polycystic Kidney Disease Respiratory Acidosis Urinary Tract
    Infection

    10. caused by hypoventilation, body cannot remove enough CO2

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

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

    Chlamydia Endometriosis Gonorrhea Hydrocele Prostate
    Cancer

    13. endometrial tissue grows outside uterus causing extreme pain

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

    15. swelling of scrotum due to excess fluids

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

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

    Ectopic Pregnancy Placenta Previa Toxemia

    18. part of placenta tears away from uterine wall

    19. high blood pressure during pregnancy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Good luck on the rest of your homework…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      http://www.medicinenet.com/urine_infection/article.htm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    CT ABDOMEN AND PELVIS.

    CLINICAL INFO.

    Abdominal pain and fever.

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

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

    OPINION.

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

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

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

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

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

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