Daily Archives: September 15, 2016

Please help. I need to know if there is only one way to treat my situation. May of 2014, I had a partial nephrectomy of my left kidney due to RCC. Ever since they have found I have MSK, severe collections on both kidneys. As of now, I am aware I have an E. coli bacteria inside the stones of each kidney. I have just come home from yet another hospital stay, 4 days due to an extreme kidney infection. This occurs every several months, and I end up receiving IV antibiotics, INVANZ, for about 3-4 weeks. This I have been told will not long term help my kidneys, but they have said they don’t know what else to do. I am deperate for help. The pain and off and on fevers are the worse, and I haven’t been able to return to work since last year. I can travel and do whatever it takes if you can offer any other alternatives to this getting better?

There is no treatment for Medullary Sponge Kidney (MSK) disease.  This is a condition of the kidney that you were born with and is associated with abnormal pockets on the sides of kidney tubules that result in calcium deposits in … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Medullary Sponge Kidney, Nephrologist, Urological Issues

My GFR went from 64 to 30 in 4 years – no symptoms, negative MRI, etc. What is going on here? I learned that the lab values were recently changed. 73 y/o female in good health – no diabetes, hypertension, etc. Sleep apnea only but diminishing due to weight gain.

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you provide.  I suggest that you consult your physician and have a complete history and physical examination.  You may need further testing in order to determine the … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, GFR, Kidney-Related Health Questions

I am 56 years old. I have one kidney functioning normally. What is the maximum protein I can ingest on a daily basis?

Many people live a very normal life with a single kidney.  Protein restriction is not necessary with a single kidney, but you should not eat a high protein diet.  In general, I consider a high protein diet to be anything … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Diet/Nutrition, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrectomy / One kidney

I suddenly developed large amounts of urine dropping out. Could this be kidney disease?

I am unable to provide a specific diagnosis based on the information that you provide.  I suggest that you consult your physician for an examination.  Leaking of urine is commonly a urological problem, but you need an examination in order … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Treatments, Urological Issues

I am a very healthy person but I have high cholesterol which I took Lipitor for, my blood work was normal. The doctor did not do any blood work on me until 4 years later and I had to make the appointment that I should have my cholesterol checked and then I asked him if I need my blood work done? It came back that I had stage 4 CKD!!! How does that happen in 4 years? Obviously got a new doctor.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is commonly asymptomatic and cannot be diagnosed without performing blood and urine testing on a regular basis.  Patients with high cholesterol are at risk for hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) as a cause of kidney disease. … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, GFR