Daily Archives: October 8, 2019

My husband–75–has been diagnosed with stage 4 kidney disease. His potassium levels, sodium, etc. are normal. His red blood counts are low and he is taking iron. His gfr is 23. When I read on the internet it sounds like he is in serious trouble, but his doctor is not doing much in my opinion. I have been reading about a program called the Blood Pressure Solution. Wondering if you are familiar with it and what is your opinion? He also has some heart issues. Two stents, but blood pressure is under control. Cholesterol levels good. He is on blood thinner. Should we find another doctor?

I have no experience or knowledge about the “Blood Pressure Solution”.  I am not able to make a specific diagnosis as to the cause of your husband’s chronic kidney disease (CKD).  He appears to have risk factors for CKD that … Continue reading

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

I had severe cerebral malaria faliciparum last year with acute kidney injury (at one point below 10%). The last time I had my kidneys checked they were within the normal range for both creatinine and glomerular filtration rate. What is your advice for continued follow-up and prevention for future kidney injuries? By the way, I was very strict about my kidney diet and did not have any other morbidities so I think that helped me.Thanks!

Malaria causes acute kidney injury by causing breakage of blood cells and clogging of the kidney filters with damaged red blood cell products and clogging of the kidney arteries with damage red blood cell products. In most cases, if you … Continue reading

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

I’m a 45 y/o female, probation/parole officer w/ regular periods that has just been diagnosed as having an aneurysm on each renal artery. Dr. wants to recheck in 6 mos., but I feel like they’re ticking time bombs. Dr. said they’re 1.8cm. Should I get a 2nd opinion or am I just worrying. There’s so little information out there.

The most important aspect of managing aneurysms of the kidney arteries is to keep your blood pressure under very tight control.  I have generally kept blood pressures under 120/80 and tried to keep heart rates under 80 beats per minute. … Continue reading

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