Category Archives: Kidney-Related Health Questions

My boyfriend is 41 years old and was addicted to meth for about 6 or 8 months. He was injecting it. For about the past 3 weeks he has a rash on both of his sides and on both inner thighs. I was told that it could possibly be his kidneys shutting down. He doesn’t have foamy urine or blood or any discoloration of his urine. He said the rash doesn’t itch. It just feels like a sunburn. His back was hurting about a week and a half ago but doesn’t hurt now. I have been trying to find pictures of kidney failure but can’t please help me with this issue. Thank you for your time and consideration.

I am unable to provide a specific diagnosis based on the information that you provide.  Your boyfriend needs to be examined by a physician.  I cannot identify a specific kidney disease based on your description. For more information on CKD … Continue reading

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I just received my MRI results for my lower back. Included in the report a notation about cortical cysts on right kidney. I have had fatigue, raised blood pressure, currently on medication for diabetes and other related symptoms to PKD. I am the daughter of a positive hep c paternal father who infected my mother and carried to fetus. I have never been tested. I have had two surgeries to remove bladder cysts, they were benign but I was still given an interferon wash internally. In a previous sonogram I learned that I had an enlarged liver. Dr. did not seem alarmed at that time. I do not know where to begin first. I am very scared and lost.

I am unable to provide a specific diagnosis based on the information that you provide.  I suggest that you contact your primary care physician (PCP).  When there are a number of issues to deal with, I find it best to … Continue reading

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Hello Doctor, My query is for my Mom. She is around 55 yrs of age, having diabetes and BP. Recently we took CT scan, and we came to know that she is having kidney stone in her left side. The report says “39×28 mm sized large branching calculus is seen in left renal pelvis, extending into lower calyx. Upper and middle calyxes are dilated and clubbed.” My query is what type of treatment required to remove it? Is it possible to remove the stone using “Lithotripsy”? Pls comment on it. She is diabetic but due to a controlled diet she is having 128 value after 2 hrs of breakfast. Though sugar is under control, would like to avoid going to surgery or Tunnel Surgery (Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy). Advance thanks for your reply.

The question that you ask is a urological question.  I am a nephrologist and have no expertise in regards to the surgical treatment of kidney stone disease.  I suggest that you consult with a urologist, who is a surgeon. For … Continue reading

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When somebody has kidney disease, how is the feeling in the body?

In most cases, there are no symptoms of chronic kidney disease (CKD).  Most people will have no unusual feeling if they have CKD.  This is why it is important to have blood and urine testing for CKD.  You can learn … Continue reading

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I am a (20 year old) combined kidney pancreas transplant with 5.9 potassium level. Should I be worried?

A normal blood potassium level is between 3.5 and 5.5 milliequivalents per liter (mEq/L).  Hence, your level is high.  I suggest you review this with your physician.  

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My husband has been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in Dec 2016. He has been afib since 1992. When they diagnosed CHF, they added Oasis 40 2x daily along with his warfarin and lowered his digoxin too 125 mcg. He is restricted to 40 oz of fluids daily. How does this affect his kidneys?

I am not familiar with the drug “Oasis”.  Patients with heart disease also commonly have chronic kidney disease (CKD).  The doses of his medications will need to be adjusted for his kidney function and he will have to be monitored … Continue reading

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I see you recommended the DASH diet but that diet specifies the need for foods rich in potassium. I had understood that potassium, like sodium, are both to be kept low. Or does one only even have to think about that if blood tests suggest that the kidneys are not processing those minerals? CKD and diets seem to be a contradictory minefield. Does one need to adjust diet to prevent stressing the kidneys or does one only have to adjust if the kidneys have deteriorated to the point of not processing these minerals, as shown by blood test results? (My GFR was 46 at the most recent test.)

I recommend the DASH diet for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) Stage 1, 2 or 3.  In most cases, potassium is not a problem when the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) is greater than 30 milliliters per minute per … Continue reading

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Hello doctor. My brother had kidney transplant 2 year ago. He was totally fine, but from this week, he gets fever at night only, also peel his tongue so that he unable to eat anything, and if he eats something after few times, he vomits. We are so worried about him?

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present.  I suggest that your brother be evaluated by his physician and have further testing.  There are many diseases and problems that could be present, however, … Continue reading

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My father has diabetes but it is controlled now. His creatinine level was 5.4 four months ago. Now it is 4.2 after taking treatment. Is it a sign of improved kidney functioning than before? But this protein level is now 150 which was 52 before. Potassium level is 5.9 now. He is 57 years old. I want to know that is it possible to reverse this process to normal stage?

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present.  Your father should be carefully monitored by his physician.  There may be some room for improvement, but I cannot provide a prognosis based on the … Continue reading

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Does having ARF [Acute Renal Failure] at youth increase the odds for CKD at maturity and elder stages?

Acute kidney injury (AKI) or acute renal failure (ARF) can result in chronic kidney disease (CKD) later in life.  This is more commonly seen as we are able to treat AKI and allow patients to survive into adulthood.  

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