Category Archives: Kidney-Related Health Questions

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. Advertisements

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

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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

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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

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I have done my kidney transplant. My creatinine is 2 and stable. Should I worry about it? I don’t have any other problem and have had my transplant for 3 months and my mother was my donor. Her age is 45 years and my age is 19 years. Why is my creatinine level not going down?

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis without performing a complete history and physical examination. There a number of reasons why your creatinine may not be falling or remaining at 2.0 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl). This may be all … Continue reading

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Can you tell me anything about the new treatment for ESRD, that is trying to get approval by the FDA? I have been on dialysis for 5 years, and sure hope there is an alternate soon. Also,how long does it usually take to get approval from FDA ?

I am not aware of any new treatment for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) that is being considered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If there is a new treatment before the FDA, the agency does not have a … Continue reading

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My mother is a polycystic kidney disease patient. I would be very grateful for advice as to whether Kyolic tablets contain far too high potassium levels? Kyolic tablets have given increased energy and initially lowered blood pressure, but she is concerned that it may now be causing heart rythm problems. This may be due to her total potassium intake, but it is vitale to know of Kyolic is too concentrated in potassium. Thank you.

I have no experience with Kyolic tablets. I am not aware of what is contained in Kyolic tablets, nor am I aware of the use of Kyolic in patients with chronic kidney disease. I suggest that she consult with her … Continue reading

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What reason would Sensipar be used for primary hyperparathyroidsim? I can give more information if needed, its kind of complicated.

Sensipar (cinacalcet) is used to treat primary hyperparathyroidism when someone is not a surgical candidate to remove the abnormal parathyroid gland or when the gland cannot be identified for surgical removal.  It is a way of treating the disease when … Continue reading

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What exactly is 100% kidney function? I was told that I had 52% in one kidney and 48% in another. Does the total of both kidneys always add up to 100% for functionality? In other words if both kidneys were functioning perfectly together each would provide 50% to get to 100%. If one kidney was having problems then one would give more than the other to always make up 100 % unless there were issues and both kidneys could not make up the 100%. For example both kidneys are giving 40% each. I wasn’t given my GRF.

When an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) is measured, this give the total function for all the kidney tissue that is present, even if you have one, two or more kidneys. There are some scanning techniques (such as nuclear medicine … Continue reading

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I have a stone in the left lower pole measuring 3.6cm in height and 1.4cm in width it fills the entire left lower pole and extends into the lower part of the renal pelvis. I have pain in this area when I am active working and exercising. I have been told that this pain is coming from my back not likely from my kidney. I feel like its coming from my kidney, what do you think?. Should I think about having this stone removed? I am a male 60 years old good health.

I am a nephrologist and have no surgical expertise. The problem that you describe is a urological problem and should be addressed to a urologist. A urologist is a surgeon and deals with stone disease of the kidney and questions … Continue reading

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