My creatnine is 1.3, eGFR is 43, I have FMD in my renal arteries (aneurysm removed and stents in both arteries) my ankles and legs have been swelling. My glucose is 101 and BUN 21. Should I be concerned?

If your kidney artery disease has been treated with stents, this should not result in swelling of your legs.  I suggest you consult with your physician.

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I have chronic kidney disease and am now suffering with sciatica. Is there anything to take for the pain that is not a NSAID?

I cannot recommend medical treatment without performing a complete history and physical examination on you.  There are other choices than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) but the exact medication needs to be recommended by someone who has examined you.

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Since I found out I have kidney disease, should I stop taking lithium carbonate?

In patients who have chronic kidney disease (CKD) and who take lithium, it is extremely important that lithium blood levels be very carefully monitored.  High levels of lithium can be harmful to the kidney.  You should consult with a kidney specialist (nephrologist) about whether it is safe for you to take lithium.  I cannot make such recommendations without performing a complete history and physical examination on you as well as perform more testing.

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My father, who is 61 years old, maintained on dialysis since June 2013 twice a week, but from the beginning of January 2014, he is on three times a week. The problem he has faced for a long time is nausea / vomiting 2 to 3 times per day. I consulted with many doctors but there is no relief. Is there any treatment or test you can suggest to me?

I cannot provide a specific diagnosis for your father based on the information you present.  Patients who are not getting sufficient amounts of dialysis may experience nausea and vomiting.  I can only suggest that your father consult with a gastroenterologist to see if further testing is required in order to treat his symptoms.

Posted in Dialysis, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Symptoms and Side Effects, Treatments

I have a fistula. With a fistula can I go on roller coasters? Is there any limitations I have to take if I go to an amusement park?

I do not know of any limitations in an amusement park for patients with a fistula.  You may want to leave your bandage and tapes on to avoid bleeding while on a roller coaster.

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My mother was just getting ready to be evaluated for transplant. Yesterday she was diagnosed with cancer, a tumor in her vaginal area. Can she still receive a transplant?

If she has cancer, she cannot get a kidney transplant until the cancer has been treated and there is no risk for spread (metastasis) of the cancer.  The cancer will have to be treated first and then a period of time must pass to make sure the cancer does not come back.  The waiting time is determined by the transplant center evaluating your mother.

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Can you get a kidney infection from sexual intercourse because at first my husband had it then I caught it?

Yes, kidney infections may follow sexual intercourse.  After having sexual relations, you should empty your bladder (pass urine) in order to decrease the likelihood of getting kidney and bladder infections after intercourse.  For more information about UTI’s please click here.

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I am diabetic patient since last 22 yrs. Age 52 and Male. Now my creatinine level going high day by day. Six months ago it was 1.8 but now 2.37. I have also heart problem with a blockage that has recovered after ring surgery last year. Now what can I do? Kidney transplant or dialysis or china herbal treatment. Please inform me?

I can only suggest that you consult with a nephrologist.  Your kidney function is declining but I cannot provide a specific diagnosis without seeing you and performing a complete history and physical examination.  You should consult with your nephrologist for proper treatment and counseling.  I would not advise Chinese herbal treatments.  

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My friend is normal weight, exercises regularly but has a creatinine level of 2.05, eGFR of 36, BUN of 12, no diabetes, total cholesterol 175, bp of 138/77. Age 52. Any ideas?

I cannot make a diagnosis based on the information that you provide.  In these circumstances it is commonly necessary to perform a kidney biopsy in order to make a specific diagnosis for the kidney disease.  I can only suggest that you consult with a nephrologist.  

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My husband lost a kidney to cancer Oct 9th, 2013. Now they are saying his remaining kidney isn’t working well. Currently he has a rash all over his body, arms, legs etc. They are saying it might be from that. I am so worried about that he hasn’t slept too good with the itching. I don’t know what to do to make him comfortable until we go to the kidney doctor Sept 30th.

I am unable to provide a specific diagnosis based on the information that you provide.  I cannot relate a body rash to the removal of one kidney.  I suggest you consult your primary care physician and see if there is another explanation for his rash.  

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