Daily Archives: December 5, 2017

I have 1 kidney and it functions at about 50%, I have acid reflux. Is there any medication that I can take for this condition that won’t harm my remaining kidney?

Antacid liquid or tablets can be used for acid reflux on an as needed basis. For prevention and longer term use, use of such over-the-counter agents such as Pepcid, Zantac and Axid can be used and do not seem to … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Medication and Kidney Function, Nephrectomy / One kidney

While testing to be a living kidney donor my ultrasound showed I have PKD. I was testing to give my mom a kidney because she has PKD. I just had my blood work and urine work done and the results showed no sign of loss of kidney function or any other abnormalities. My question is how often do I need to have my blood tested and when should I make an appointment with a nephrologist?

I recommend that you have annual testing of blood and urine for your kidney disease. You should also have blood pressure checks regularly and treat any elevated high blood pressure. Your blood pressure should be less than 130/80. Your primary … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Hypertension/High Blood Pressure, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrologist

I’ve shrunk my kidneys by breathing in solvents by accident, not on purpose. Is there anything I can do?

I am not able to determine the type of solvents that you have been exposed to or the type of kidney damage that you have experienced. I suggest that you consult with a nephrologist for a complete history and physical … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrologist

Hello, My husband has been having severe headaches after dialysis. It is not letting him sleep. He can’t even talk or think straight. Is that normal?

Headaches as severe as you describe are not typical for patients on dialysis. I suggest that your husband confer with his nephrologist.

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrologist

I am a bit confused about analgesics. Are the following analgesics: aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, ketoprofen and naproxen sodium? My creatinine level is too high. Do I need to avoid these items? What can I take for headaches?

All of the compounds that you name are analgesics. That means that they relieve pain. Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) should avoid certain non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s). Of the drugs that you mention, ibuprofen, ketoprofen and naproxen should be … Continue reading

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

Hi, I am a 30 years old woman. I have been on dialysis for 4 years. The first year my weight was 55, the second year it was 45 and since the last two years my weight has been on the rise from 45 to now 61.5 kgs. Since the month of May this year, I have gone from 58.5 to 61.5 kgs (this is 3 kgs gain in 7 months). My problem and question is that I eat very little and have bouts of anorexia. Then why am I gaining weight? I have not changed my eating habits, in fact I have completely quit added sugar in my diet and have started exercising more. Can you please tell me if any chemicals used during dialysis can cause weight gain? Thank you

I am not able to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present. I would need to see you and examine for the cause of the weight changes. Your nephrologist should be able to provide you with … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Diet/Nutrition, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrologist

My father had a kidney transplantation before 10 years when his both kidneys went out failure. Now same condition is present. His kidney works very little. He doesn’t eat food or other things. His weight gone down from 60 kg to 38 kg in 6-7 months. What should I do?

Your father must consult with a nephrologist to determine the cause of the failure in the kidney transplant and if dialysis is necessary. If function in the kidney transplant cannot be recovered, then a return to dialysis with possible re-transplantation … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Dialysis, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrologist, Transplantation