Daily Archives: January 30, 2017

Hello.I am a 40-year-old male.About six months ago I had an ultrasound test of my kidneys, the reason for ultrasound was hematuria. My physician prescribed a capsule, Rowatinex, a herbal drop and a powder to solve in water made of a K (potassium ) salt. I took them for about two months. Ten days ago I had another ultrasound test. There was no discernible stone but based on radiologist report there are several (multiple) tiny bilateral cysts with the milk of calcium. I am so concerned and nervous about these cysts. What are these and what can I do? Are these cysts dangerous? The prostate and bladder are ok. Regards.

I am unable make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present.  I suggest that you discuss this with your physician.  From your description, you could have something called nephrocalcinosis and you may need to see a nephrologist. … Continue reading

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My husband began dialysis in January 2015. It all started when he was rushed to the hospital with an infection that spread throughout his whole body, causing him to have open heart surgery replacing his aortic valve along with end stage renal disease which was just a few of many problems. After two years of dialysis today was his last dialysis treatment. They said his numbers are good and is no longer in need of dialysis. Though I am so happy I am so worried at the same time. Is this possible. We have seen so many miracles in his recovery. They nicknamed him miracle man because of everything he has overcome. Can this be another miracle? Is this possible to regain kidney function where dialysis is no longer needed? I am a firm believer in prayer but I need reassurance that he will be safe coming off dialysis. Any input?

Patients with acute kidney injury may recover kidney function with time.  Recovery at 2 years is very unusual, but still possible.  If there was a 24 hour urine collection and your husband is still making urine, then he may be … Continue reading

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My mother has been on dialysis for over 2 years. She has always had loose stools after eating and now is having diarrhea stools daily. Never constipation. Will Probiotics help? And if so, what do I look for? Can she take any anti-diarrhea meds?

I cannot recommend treatments without performing a complete history and physical examination.  Probiotics are generally regarded as safe for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).  I suggest that you discuss this with mother’s physician.  

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Medication and Kidney Disease, Medication and Kidney Function, Treatments

My father recently has started hemodialysis. He went into hospital with CHF exacerbation and hypoxia. Did not react to IV medication, kidneys started to fail. So now dialysis. It’s been day three, he feels the same, so tired and just no energy. When will he start feeling better? So far they have taken a total of 10 liters over the past three days.

I am unable to offer a prognosis without examining your father.  I suggest that you discuss your father’s prognosis with the physicians who are caring for your father.  It is common for new dialysis patients to take several weeks before … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney Failure, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Treatments

Dr. Spry I usually drink 3 glasses a day of lemon flavored seltzer water. I am in stage 3b kidney disease. Is there any problem in drinking seltzer water?

Seltzer water may contain higher amounts of sodium or salt that regular tap water and may be a problem with a salt restricted diet.  I suggest that you look at the label and determine how much salt or sodium that … Continue reading

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My father is 93 years old. Due to his age, his kidneys are not functioning as they use to. My question pertains to a bitter taste that my father has developed. The taste is so bad that it prevents him from eating. Is there something I can do or his physician can do to relieve this taste so that he can eat small meals?

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) frequently results in loss of appetite and abnormal tastes and smells, especially in the elderly.  I am unable to recommend treatment without performing a complete history and physical examination on your father.  I suggest consultation with … Continue reading

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My wife had acute kidney failure 12 years ago that was directly related to taking too much ibuprofen. She was taking 800 mg every 4-6 hours for pain post surgery with a minimal amount of water. She did this for about 3-5 days until the pain became unbearable (presumably from her kidneys shutting down and urine retention). Upon admission, she had a creatinine of 8.0. After irrigating her kidneys and “restarting” them to say, her bun/creat and creatinine clearance reverted back to normal. To date, her bun/creat levels have remained at a steady “normal” level, about 18/0.9 respectively. The question I have is can she start taking ibuprofen again as long as she has an adequate amount of water, about 60 oz a day?

I would not recommend that she take ibuprofen if she has had previous experience with kidney failure related to ibuprofen.  There are many different mechanisms whereby ibuprofen can result in kidney failure.  I suggest that you discuss this with her … Continue reading

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My father is 96 and his cystatin c is 1.7 his creatinine is 1.6 so how do I make sense of this?

I suggest that you discuss these results with the physician who is caring for your father.  These tests suggest there may be some mild kidney disease but I cannot provide a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present. … Continue reading

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My son is 2.5 years old and we are in Romania. I am American and my husband is British. My son is being treated here for Nephrotic Syndrome but we would like to take him to England or America for further treatment. Do you have advice about traveling by plane. Perhaps you need to know more about his condition but if you have general advice it would still be helpful.

Traveling by airplane should not pose a risk to anyone with nephrotic syndrome.  The long travel time in an airplane with inactivity could result in blood clots in the legs.  Forming blood clots in the legs of patients with chronic … Continue reading

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I have stage 3 kidney disease (gfr50). I would like to use a foot bath to which I would add Epson salts. Since it contains magnesium, do you think one could absorb enough to perhaps be detrimental to the kidneys?

Magnesium does not absorb through the skin and the bath should be safe for you to use.  

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