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Excessive use of alcohol can lead to liver damage that can cause worsening kidney disease. Alcohol in excess also causes worsening of high blood pressure and can lead to an acceleration of kidney disease. Excessive alcohol is more than two … Continue reading →
How does smoking affect the kidneys? In terms of legal cannabis and tobacco? Is there any difference? How do these affect kidneys and their function?
Tobacco smoking is associated with more rapid loss of kidney function in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). I am not aware of any study of cannabis in patients with CKD. Smoking of any kind is associated with progressive lung … Continue reading →
In 2017 I have undergone 2 surgeries I.e stone in my right kidney and implant of pacemaker in my heart. What type of life style & precautions should I have to follow? Please kindly advise me.
I recommend the DASH diet. You can review the DASH diet at: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/dash-eating-plan I recommend that you do not smoke. You should eat a low salt healthy diet and maintain a healthy body weight. I would recommend that you avoid … Continue reading →
I am a Vietnam Veteran who had a right kidney nephrectomy in December of 2007. I had an acute exposure (immersion) to Agent Orange, patrolling through contaminated waterways in a totally defoliated area in the Mekong Delta in January 1967. I have submitted a claim to the Veterans Administration for service connected disability for the loss of the kidney. The VA has rejected my claim. Are there nephrologists and/or oncologists who are familiar with the effects of dioxin exposure on kidney function and might be able to help me with my claim. I am asymptomatic, but need an advocate with credentials in dealing with Veterans previously exposed to Agent Orange.
I do not know of any experts in Agent Orange exposure outside of the Veteran’s Administration (VA). I am familiar with the benefits policy decisions by the VA and you can access their web site at: https://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/claims-postservice-agent_orange.asp In addition, the … Continue reading →
The main risk factors for kidney disease are high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, smoking, heart disease, age over 65, use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) over a long course of time, and physical inactivity. A family history of kidney disease … Continue reading →
I’m a 74 year-old woman who was diagnosed with CKD 2 1/2 years ago. During that time my GFR decreased from 61 to 50. I have no significant protein in my urine. I have no symptoms. An ultrasound showed that my kidneys are normal. However, I have paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, which is almost 100% controlled by taking 150mg of slow release Flecainide a day (I have no more than 3 episodes of less than 1/2 hour’s duration p.a.) and I am not on anti-coagulants. I also take anti-hypertensive drugs and my BP is around 130/80. I read that Afibbers are more likely to progress to end-stage kidney disease. However, is this even the case since my Afib is under control? And are there any drugs or indeed a diet which can slow down the progression?
Heart disease and chronic kidney disease (CKD) often co-exist in the same patient. It is true that chronic atrial fibrillation is a risk factor for progression to end-stage kidney disease. The most important thing to do is to carefully control … Continue reading →
My sister gets dialysis at a kidney center and has been hospitalized many times for chest infections. I have noticed also that her cough is full of phlegm and she coughs frequently especially after eating or drinking. The stroke was 9-10 years ago but I think that she has dysphagia. Are there any exercises that she can do to strengthen the muscles or the swallowing? Studies show that those getting dialysis from centers tend to have this cough. Very concerned.
If your sister has had a stroke, it may be that she has problems with aspiration and cough. Your sister needs a specific diagnosis to be made. I suggest that you discuss your concerns with your sister’s primary care physician … Continue reading →
It is about my cousin sisters. The elder one 22 years of age who was diagnosed as kidney failure and her kidney transplant has been done in 2015. Now few months ago, her younger sister was having some kidney problem. KFT done every month shows creatinine of 2.6 round about. USG shows raised echo pattern with lost CMD B/l few renal cortical cysts. The large 19×22 with wall calcification on left side. Doctors have done some genetic test that was negative. What is problem?
I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present. It may some form of familial kidney disease, however the fastest way to make a diagnosis may be to perform a kidney biopsy. I suggest … Continue reading →
Is it safe to soak in bath with “Dead Sea Salts”? These contain magnesium, potassium and sodium. These soaks really help itchy skin from CKD, Stage 3.
Soaking the skin in these salts should not pose any problem for your kidneys. I have no personal experience with use of these salts.
Good morning Doc. I’m from the Philippines. My mom has renal kidney failure. She is on hemodialysis since April of last year. She is now 54 y/o. She was suffering a heavy cough and it is worse when it’s evening. She has difficultly breathing and has back pain. As a daughter, I’m very worried about her especially when I always see her like that. As per her doctor, she has water in her lungs and she needs to undergo dialysis 3x’s a week. I just want to ask what is this kind of disease and if this can worsen her situation? What are the things or causes of it? and how do you treat it?
I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present. She appears to have end stage kidney disease and is on dialysis. There are many causes of kidney failure including high blood pressure and diabetes. … Continue reading →