Daily Archives: January 24, 2017

Is E COLI in bloodstream contagious?

Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a gram negative bacteria that can cause blood stream infections.  Patients who have E. coli in the blood cannot spread it to other individuals.  Hence, it is not contagious.   Advertisements

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing

I was a live donor for my ex-husband and so my kidney functions are checked regularly. About three months ago my creatinine level through blood test was .52. My last test a week ago was 1.06. It’s more than doubled in just three months! What can I ingest that will have a positive impact on my kidney function and hopefully bring this level back down? I have already stopped drinking tap water, which is full of chlorine and other toxins, and switched to spring water bottled at the source. No pork ever. I eat mostly fruit and vegetables. I recently stopped eating these out of the can, just in case of chemicals, and switched to fresh. About the only meat I eat is lean boneless, skinless chicken breast grown organically and flash frozen. I think if I don’t put poisons in my body to begin with, my kidney won’t have to work so hard. At 61 years old is there any other ideas you may have?

A serum creatinine test of 0.52 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl) seems a bit low for someone with only one kidney.  I suspect that this test may have been in error.  The level of 1.06 seems more believable.  The goal of … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Living Donation, Medication and Kidney Function, Serum Creatinine, Symptoms and Side Effects

I have been diagnosed with Minimal change disorder at 39. Back in late October 2016, started having the symptoms, fluid retention in the lower extremities, foam in the urine, etc. My PCP was doing nothing but pill after pill until finally I went to the hospital. Blood tests, urine samples, hospital stay and kidney biopsy all came back with Nephrotic Syndrome, MCD. I am on steroid therapy, which is working. No auto immune disorder can be tied to my condition. No family history either. I have read up that in adults, an allergic reaction could cause MCD. I have asked my Nephrologist if running blood allergy tests could help narrow down the cause so I have something to work with after remission but he doesn’t think it would do any good. What are your thoughts and should I seek a second opinion? Thank you for any insight you give me.

Minimal Change Disease (MCD) also called “nil” disease is a common cause of sudden nephrotic syndrome and will cause sudden swelling with loss of protein in the urine (proteinuria).  The cause has never been determined.  It is thought to be … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Minimal Change Disease, Nephrotic Syndrome, Treatments

How long does it take if a person is in need, just find out the kidney is failing, and needs a transplant from a family member?

If you have kidney failure, then you must first be evaluated by a kidney transplant center to determine if you are eligible for listing on the kidney transplant list.  Once you are on the list, then family members can be … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Kidney Failure, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Transplantation

I was diagnosed last year with stage 3 kidney disease due to overuse of nasties. This diagnosis came after I tried for five years and four doctors to look carefully at my blood work which all but the last one said were fine even though my GFR was as low as 35 one time. I am overweight but since my diagnosis have lost 46 lbs, cut out all sodas, most cookies two a week, all chips, all salt, all cakes and most of the fatty food I ate. My GFR was 52 in April, 45 in August and last week was 42. I was hoping it would level out and my cholesterol went from 151 to 182. My doctors don’t seem concerned but I am worried because I really thought they would level out and stay even I also don’t use any nasties at all any more. Do you have any ideas?

I am unable to provide a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present.  I applaud you for your weight loss and your improved diet.  You appear to have Stage 3 chronic kidney disease (CKD) but I cannot tell … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Diet/Nutrition, GFR, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Symptoms and Side Effects

Hello, I am 40 yrs old and have had only 1 functioning kidney since birth. Over the last 7 months, I have been experiencing pain, somewhat unbearable at times, on my left side which is the non-developed kidney. The local hospital said it was pulled muscle in my lower back. There is no other area on my back that is sore. But, the only time it is really sore is when I have to pee early in morning, or sometimes if I have to hold it a little longer, I will get sore. I have never had any other issues with my kidney. Can you help or point me in the right direction. My family doctor has just recently taken blood work also. I know my body and I know that something doesn’t feel right.

I am unable to provide a specific diagnosis based on the symptoms that you describe.  Pain is a very unusual symptom of chronic kidney disease and should not cause pain on the side of a missing kidney.  I suggest that … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Nephrectomy / One kidney, Symptoms and Side Effects

I have stage 3 kidney disease, can I safely take fish oil for inflammation?

Fish oils are generally safe for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).  As with all supplements, you should check with your physician to make sure that these supplements do not interfere with other drugs that you are taking. For more … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Herbal Supplements in Kidney Disease/Failure, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Treatments

Could deaf and dumb people be a living donor for kidney?

Yes, a person who cannot speak and cannot hear could be considered as a kidney donor. For more information on living donation click here:

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Living Donation

My question is Renal Nutrition therapy? and also what are the renal common diseases?

Nutrition treatment is very much dependent on the Stage of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and also on the blood chemistries that are present.  Hence, there is no single diet that is suitable for all patients with CKD.  I suggest that … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Hypertension/High Blood Pressure, Kidney-Related Health Questions

My father is on dialysis since 8 years. He has HCV virus and as per doctors, the virus needs to be treated before transplant. His age is 52 years. So, is it good to go for transplant as he has been on dialysis since long time? Also, curing HCV is not easy, many patients trying to cure are facing health issues. What is your recommendation? He is not diabetic but has High Blood Pressure.

Current treatment of Hepatitis C virus is much more effective and easier that it used to be.  I would recommend that you follow the advice of his doctors.  With current treatments, his prognosis is much better with a kidney transplant … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Transplantation