Daily Archives: April 25, 2017

Dr. Spry, can Vitamin D help improve kidney function? Does Vitamin D help the kidneys?

Vitamin D is sometimes used to treat the complications of chronic kidney disease (CKD) such as secondary hyperparathyroidism with bone and mineral disease.  The vitamin D is not used to increase kidney function or treat the CKD.   Advertisements

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

A nephrologist says a person with a high risk of bleeding can’t have dialysis because they will bleed to death. Bleeding complications that leads to death. No treatment can stop it. In this case what does the CKD patient do?

I am unable to offer a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present.  I suggest that you ask the nephrologist for clarification as to why the bleeding is occurring and why dialysis is not an option.  

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Kidney Failure, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Treatments

I am concerned about my kidney function. I am a 56 years old, white male in seemingly good health. About three years ago the doctor measured my GFR at 93. A year ago, my GFR had dropped to 82. I also had a kidney stone removed at that time. My GFR is now at 83. I’m concerned that my creatine levels increased so abruptly. How concerned ought I be about this? Should I have more tests run? What should I do now? FYI: I am generally healthy, except for occasional bouts with constipation (especially on weekends and long holidays). All of my other serum levels are normal (see below). My doctor is tells me I’m healthy, but based on what I found here (looking up GFR), it looks like I have Stage 2 kidney disease. My diet is very similar to the DASH, except that my wife likes to cook with a little more salt than I wish. My weight is good (I’m 5’8″ and 135-145 lbs). Also, my GI doctor had me on Nexium for nearly 3 months for gastritis. Recent Serum levels: SODIUM 137 POTASSIUM 4.5 CHLORIDE 102 GLUCOSE 80 UREA NITROGEN 9 CREATININE 1.01

I do not identify any kidney disease based on the information that you present.  There is some variability to the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and the two levels that you mention are within the usual range of variability for … Continue reading

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

I am a kidney donor. I have pain in my upper right side. The doctor did a US abdomen. He says I have some kidney swelling. Would a CT (I’m allergic to iodine dye) or an MRI be a better exam for me.

I am unable to recommend medical testing or management without performing a complete history and physical examination.  Testing with computerized tomography (CT) scanning or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is done for specific reasons.  I suggest that you consult with your … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Living Donation, Symptoms and Side Effects, Treatments

Does dialysis warrant daily narcotic use? I am concerned for a dialysis patient that takes a minimum of 6 10mg hydrocodone and 400MG neurontin daily. ESRD, no other current medical issues.

Daily use of potent narcotics in patients who are on dialysis is not usually warranted.  I am unable to make any other specific diagnosis based on the information that you present.  I suggest that the dialysis patient make sure that … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Dialysis, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Medication and Kidney Function, Nephrologist, Treatments

I have recently been diagnosed with acute kidney disease. My GP has taken me off my anti-inflammatory Voltaren 75mg slow release. Before this I had been popping advil. I have a lot of arthritis and other inflammation going on and her offer of Tylenol does nothing for me. I have ordered a joint formula called Pro Flex by Naka, which does contain a form of curcumin. My doctor is not willing to discuss herbal therapy at all but a pharmacist told me I should stop taking the tumeric capsules I had started on. So I am kind of confused as to whether I can take this joint formula. I have been referred to a kidney specialist but it could take forever to get in. I also have high cholesterol but went off the drugs a couple years back due to muscle pain and cramps. Could high cholesterol cause elevated creatinine readings? I am finding it difficult without the anti-inflammatories and hope I can take this joint formula at least. Any advice would be appreciated.

Non-steroidal anti-infammatory drugs (NSAID’s) such as Advil and Votaren are associated with kidney disease and should be stopped.  Your kidney function may improve off of these NSAID’s and your physician likely wants to remeasure your kidney function off of all … Continue reading

Posted in Acute Kidney Injury, Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Medication and Kidney Disease, Medication and Kidney Function, Symptoms and Side Effects, Treatments