Daily Archives: June 12, 2019

My mother has Chronic Kidney disease. Her hypertension was uncontrolled and caused CKD; but she has it under control now with medication. She gets colds and viruses easy and often now. She is 79 yo and was told she can’t drink orange juice or take Vitamin C. Is that true? If she can take a daily Vitamin C because she doesn’t eat enough fruit, what is a safe dosage? She also has Gouty Arthritis. So what is a safe gout medication? Thanks!

In patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD), I recommend no more than 500 milligrams of Vitamin C per day. Higher doses have been associated with kidney stones in patients with CKD. In the case of gout, I am unable … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Gout, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions

I’m a 29 year old female. I’ve had dull flank pain for a week now most of which is on the left side. I’ve previously passed a 5mm stone out of that left kidney back in March of this year. After going to the doctor they reported trace of blood in urine and cloudiness, no infection, and no other stones coming out. My flank pain also presented with severe nausea and dizziness along with frequent urination (20x in 24 hrs). The doctors I’ve seen still don’t know what is causing my symptoms. They put me on a short course of antibiotics even though tests said otherwise. Any ideas of what could be going on here?

The problem that you pose suggests that you could have kidney stone disease but there are many other causes of pain in the flanks. I am a nephrologist and do not have any surgical expertise. Kidney stone disease, as it … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrologist, Urological Issues