Category Archives: Chronic Kidney Disease

Doc, Three years ago I had kidney failure. My creatinine level was 10. I had no pain or illness, just out of my mind. Kidney Doc determined use of NSAIDs, Aleve, metformin, lisinopril made a perfect storm. Since, my creatinine levels have remained 1.0-1.04. No higher. I’m a 58 yo male, 5’9” 150 pounds. I’ve haven’t taken anything NSAIDs, metformin, and only 5mg lisinopril daily. I’m Type 2 diabetic. I have to take morphine sulfate 15mg x 3 and 10mg Oxycodone x 2 daily for chronic pain due to combat injuries. My kidney doc stated he moved me to stage 2 two years ago only because he couldn’t just move me from 3 to 1 automatically. Can I be considered cured? I long to drink a cold beer on a hot day.

After an episode of acute kidney injury, there is often residual kidney damage that has been done. I cannot determine if your kidney function is back to normal based on the information that you present. I suggest that you continue … Continue reading

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I am a mother of a son with kidney disease. He is at Stage 3. His GFR is 30 – 59. Blood Pressure ranges between 120/70 and 130/80 and is on medication Nabathothol (hope spelling is accurate enough). He takes 2 in morning and 2 at night. My question is what risk (he also need hip replacement) is there in getting this surgery in relation to his kidney problem? Will anesthesia given him cause and danger or risk to create a reaction to the kidney disease? Where can I go to get some help and support to become more knowledgeable of his condition. He is incarcerated and in a different state. The distance does not allow me to visit him too often.

I am not familiar with the drug “Nabathothol”. I am unable to make any specific diagnosis based on the information that you present. I am unable to comment on any risks or prognosis for your son without performing a complete … Continue reading

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My mother passed away in the middle of dialysis. I have been in stage 3 kidney failure for some time. The only reason I know this is from my tests results. Last test done June 28 shows creatine 1.36 and GFR 39. None of my doctors have addressed my kidney function with me and I am wondering why? I have HBP with congestive heart failure, emphysema and type 2 diabetes. Shouldn’t I be on some kind of program to help stop the loss of kidney function?

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present. In most cases, it is not possible to completely stop the loss of kidney function.  There is a normal loss of kidney function that occurs … Continue reading

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Is carbonated water harmful to CKD? How much water (regular or carbonated) is too much? I am stage 3b. I weigh 190 lbs, and I am a 66 year old female. Does excess weight contribute to kidney disease? Thank you.

Yes, carrying excess weight or obesity is a risk factor for chronic kidney disease (CKD). Exercising and losing the excess weight will decrease the risk of CKD. Carbonated water or plain water are both ways of maintaining hydration and would … Continue reading

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Hi doctor. I want to ask you about my mom. She has kidney problem for the last 2 years. She also has heart problem and diabetes. She is taking medicines regularly for kidney. She is taking revlamar 800 in India. Her recent test results are: creatinine 5.1, hgb 9.00, phosphorus 5.00, cholesterol 150.00. sugar fasting 72 fasting, blood urea 150.00, blood urea nitrogen 70.00, sodium 130.00, chloride 90.00. I need your advice for her. She is 62 yrs old. She does not want to do dialysis. I am eagerly waiting of your reply. Thanks.

I am unable to provide a specific diagnosis regarding your mother’s kidney disease. Heart diseases, high blood pressure and diabetes are the three most common associations with chronic kidney disease (CKD). I am not able to give medical advice without … Continue reading

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I am 60 yrs old and had my right kidney removed 4 yrs ago due to cancer. My kidney function since then has been lower than normal, creatinine ranging from 1.5 to 1.7. Having a prostate MRI next week and I was told to take one Fleet enema the night before and another the morning of the MRI. I’ve read warnings that this is risky for someone over 55 with reduced kidney function, due to sodium phosphate content, yet my nephrologist tells me I have enough kidney function to safely take the enemas. The radiologist says I must use the Fleet, as opposed to what I use for colonoscopy prep like miralax. Am I worried for no good reason? Thanks.

I generally do not encourage the use of Fleets Phosphasoda enema in any patient with chronic kidney disease (CKD). There is at least some risk of kidney injury because of the high concentrations of sodium phosphate in the enema. If … Continue reading

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I have stage 4 CKD due to severe dehydration several years ago. I take a daily iron tablet and give blood every 2 months and my iron stays around 12.5 -13. Is it OK to continue donating blood? Thank you in advance.

Many patients with Stage 4 chronic kidney disease (CKD) are anemic. If your blood counts remain normal, then donating blood should not pose a problem for you. You may want to consult with your physician regarding blood donation.

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My nephrologist doctor told me I have stage 3 kidney disease. I checked all my blood work levels from 2013 to present paying close attention to the test that reveals kidney disease. I completed all my figures in to averages and my results are as follows: UREA NITROGER 25.46 CREATININE 1.309 GFR 56.77. My age is 65 and weight is 190 lbs. Is this actually stage 3 kidney disease and should I be concerned from these numbers?

According to the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) staging criteria, if you have an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) of less than 60 milliliters per minute per 1.73 meters squared and this has been present for more than 3 months, then … Continue reading

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Hi. I am 56 and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 7. Latest creatinine was 2.4 and eGFR was 22. What does this mean in reference to my CKD which was at stage 3b last year? I am very anemic and just had blood transfusion a week before these labs were drawn?

Stage 3b chronic kidney disease (CKD) means that your estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) was between 30 and 45 milliliters per minute per 1.73 meters squared and was so for at least three months. If your eGFR is now between … Continue reading

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I’m a kidney patient. Do kidney issues have lower back pain?

Back pain is a very uncommon presentation for kidney disease. Back pain can be associated with kidney stones, infection or blockage of the kidney, but it is not common in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).

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