Daily Archives: June 19, 2017

I’m 20 and had my kidney transplant back in 2008. I deal with chronic pain/anxiety and depression. I heard about hemp cbd oil Charlotte’s Web and was wondering what the effects could possibly be if any? I read that it has no affect on the liver kidney or stomach but want to be 100% sure. I’ve had surgery for my chronic pain, tried physical therapy and nothing has worked. I heard so many great things about hemp cbd oil and really want to try it.

I have no personal experience with CBD hemp oil.  CBD oil can also be made from marijuana.  I have no information on what this would do to your transplant medication.  The biggest risk is that this medication could change the … Continue reading

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

I was working with a solvent tricholorethylene. Now I lost my right kidney and am waiting for chemo or radiation treatment. Which is less dangerous?

I am a nephrologist and have no expertise with kidney cancer.  I suggest that you consult with a urologist or an oncologist in order to know what to do with kidney cancer.  Kidney cancer is very difficult to treat unless … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Cancer, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Urological Issues

I have so far been to a cardiologist and endocrinologist with all the symptoms of pheochromocytoma, but through tests and imaging, that has been ruled out. I do have 2 masses in my kidneys, one about a cm, the other about 3 cm. Could it be causing these symptoms or could it be a paraganglioma somewhere else in my endocrine system they’re missing? The worst symptoms are the secondary hypertension episodes and the bad taste at the back of my throat. The episodes are debilitating.

I am not able to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present.  Episodic hypertension can be seen in other situations than pheochromocytoma.  For example, ischemic heart disease can present with episodes of hypertension.  We also see … Continue reading

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

I have kidney disease and I had my right kidney removed from failure 5 years ago. My creatinine level is 1.45. Is that bad? The ER said I am not too good. I keep gaining weight. I don’t feel good. Just like I was feeling when I lost my other kidney. What is making my stomach feel like a baby kicking me inside and how can I tell if I’m in failure again?

You must consult with your physician.  I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present.  You will need to have further testing done including blood and urine testing for kidney disease and possibly a … Continue reading

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

I have recently been told I have an issue with my kidney but they have done tests and cannot seem to know why the kidneys are decreasing in function. They do, however, see a small blockage on the right side causing some issues, but no answer as to why the left side is also decreasing. I have not been diagnosed with kidney disease and there are no additional veins blocking the ureter junction that may cause the current blockage. They ruled that out to as well as kidney stones so if its not congenital, not kidney disease, no other areas seem to have any other damage, including the spleen and pancreas. So my question is, what else could cause such a freak random thing to occur?

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present.  The blockage on the right kidney is obviously an area to be examined.  I am a nephrologist and have no expertise in blockage of the … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Nephrologist, Symptoms and Side Effects, Urological Issues

When my kidney transplant failed recently after 22 yrs, I lost a lot of muscle mass within a few days. I am on now on dialysis. If I try to gain my muscle mass back by eating high protein diet and exercising, how can I tell if the weight gain is due to fluid or due to muscle mass gain?

This is a complex question and involves many variables.  In general, your nephrologist or nephrology nurse must evaluate your blood pressure, your weight gain between dialysis sessions, the amount of swelling that you have, and examine your heart and lungs. … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Hypertension/High Blood Pressure, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Nephrologist, Symptoms and Side Effects