Daily Archives: August 23, 2017

Hi, I have kidney infection and my reports says that I have 2mm stone in right kidney and cortical cyst in left kidney. Last week I started this problem ( nausea and upset stomach) and after that I am having high blood pressure.

You must see your physician to determine the type of infection that you have involving the kidney stone.  Once the type of infection is known, then proper treatment can be recommended.  In some cases, if the stone is infected, the … Continue reading

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

I have been diagnosed with CKD Level 2.0. That has been consistent for about a year now after my CKD level rose to over 3.0 in 2015 during serious back surgery. I live in Mexico in both one of the wealthiest and one of the poorest states down here – one state with highly reputable health care facilities and one state with, at best, questionable care. My nephrologists give me confusing advice. I am 76 years old and am, otherwise, in decent health but with heart arrhythmia quite a bit of which required hospitalization and electric shock treatment in 2015 which seems to have been successful so far. I am an alcholic and love to ingest a lot of straight booze. At 76, I’ll soon be checking out one way or the other. Actually, I’m surprised I am still here and feeling pretty fine overall. I am taking medication prescribed by one nephrologist in Guadalajara but disdained by another nephrologist in the same city. At my age and personal inclination, a kidney transplant is out of the question. May I continue to ingest copious amounts of alcoholic beverages in order to live to 85 or stop this ugly habit and check out earlier?

Excessive alcohol intake is not a good answer to any medical problem.  I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present.  I suggest that you consult with a trusted physician and follow his or … 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, Treatments

Is an 87 year old man with CKD and GFR of around 30 allowed to to engage in a religious fast. More precisely,what would be the danger in not drinking and/or eating for a 24 hour period?Would an individual in such a medical condition be allowed to abstain from food for 24hrs if he drank liquids?

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) with an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) of 30 milliliters per minute per 1.73 meters squared should be able to go without food and water for limited amounts of time.  This partially depends on other medical … Continue reading

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