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Symptoms and Side Effects

I have CKD and sometimes I cough up. I don’t cough up food or drink. I cough up what looks like silvery liquid. What looks like trapped clear liquid fluid that sometimes needs to come out. I cough up a little bit of it when it happens. What’s wrong with me?

I am unable to provide a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present.  I do not recognize your symptoms as something related to chronic kidney disease (CKD).  I suggest you consult with your physician.  

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I am a 51 yr. old woman. They say I have stage 5 kidney disease. I urinate 1,300 to 1,500no per day. When I started dialysis, I felt better, but now I feel very sick. I’ll get on the machine, blood pressure is at 137/75. An hour or two in, my blood pressure is 179/92. They prescribed more high blood pressure meds. I would always feel like I was on fire inside my body. Legs cramping while sleeping,(Charlie horse), blurred vision, dried mouth, numbness in legs, hand stiffness and when I urinate it hurts. Now I have crackling when I breath. I feel bloated. Muscle pain. Joint pain. Weakness. I tell my team but they say I’m not getting enough dialysis and prescribe more meds. I think they forget that I still urinate normally. Someone has to take under consideration that I still urinate. Please help me. I feel like I’m dying. They said I was suppose to feel better but I am worse. I think we need to reevaluate my situation.

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you provide. I do agree with you, that you need to be re-evaluated.  I suggest that you ask to meet with your nephrologist and you may have … 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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Hi Doctor, My partner was diagnosed 5 years ago, at the age of 26, with a rare Kidney disease called mesangial capillary glomerulonephritis. He has been on steroid treatment and also cholesterol, blood pressure and other pills. He has suffered with many side effects including depression, mood swings, frequency of urination, dizziness, blurred vision and most recently the beginnings of osteoporosis. I have heard of Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy and read about some studies on www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov and it seems very effective in treating patients with IgA nephropathy. I was wondering if you think this might work for my partner too? and whether it could be used in conjunction with his current medications? My second question is how likely do you think it would be for us to pass this disease down to a child? Thank you for any help you might give us… I worry about our future family and hope that someone will find a cure soon.

Mesangiocapillary glomerulonephritis (MCGN) is an uncommon kidney disease.  There are many different forms of MCGN that have been described.  Chinese medical osmotherapy is of no benefit in any kidney disease that I am aware. I cannot comment on whether you … Continue reading

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Are blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes common side effects of dialysis?

Cardiovascular disease including stroke and heart disease are the most common cause of death in dialysis patients.  I would not call cardiovascular disease a complication of dialysis but rather patients who have kidney disease and are also on dialysis, have … Continue reading

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I am CKD Stage 4. I have high hypertension. I have toxin coming out in my pores as I itch all the time. The metallic taste is horrible. I have chosen to do peritoneal. I don’t heal very well. So I’m begging my nephrologist to please have that installed. She just ignored me. My gorgeous is 22 and creatinine is 1.8. I stay sick all the time. My MD says she needs to get on the ball. Please any insight. Also other is 208 liver enzymes falling.

Your symptoms are consistent with kidney disease and you may benefit from dialysis.  I suggest that you visit with your nephrologist about whether you could benefit from starting dialysis treatments. For more information on dialysis click here:  

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Hi Doctor, I’m a 27 year old, Korean, healthy, female. My blood pressure is always very low and I’ve maintained good health for the most part. For more than a year, I have experienced kidney pain and tenderness the night of and day after I drink alcohol. I’ve always thought it was nothing to worry about since I had ingested alcohol and thought this was my body’s normal reaction. There was a time when I didn’t have these symptoms, but it’s been a long time. Recently, I went to my PCP because my kidney pain lasted a few days after I had drank alcohol. My doctor did a UA and my results came back as follows: GLUCOSE, UA Negative mg/dL; KETONES, UA 80 (2+) mg/dL; SPECIFIC GRAVITY, UA 1.027; UA HGB 0.03 (1+) mg/dL; PH, UA 5.0; PROTEIN, UA 30 (1+) mg/dL; NITRITE, UA Negative; LEUKOCYTE ESTERASE, UA Positive; UROBILINOGEN, UA, QL Negative; BILIRUBIN, UA Negative…. WBC’S, UA/HPF 6-10 HPF; RBC, URINE HPF 4-10 HPF; MUCOUS, UR SED, QL, AUTOMATED COUNT Present HPF; HYALINE CASTS, URINE SEDIMENT, AUTOMATED COUNT, QUAL 5-10 LPF. In July, my GFR was 86 mL and my Vitamin D levels were 16ng/mL. I have not repeated a blood test since July. When I spoke with my doctor regarding my results, she stated she ruled out a UTI and a Kidney Infection. She referred me to a Urologist and Radiology for an ultrasound. I have had a kidney infection previously in 2012. I can’t get into my urologist until April, so naturally – I’m scared. Do these results lean toward a kidney stone being present? Could it have been present for over a year and only agitate when I drink alcohol? Or do these seem to point toward diseased kidneys? I’ve lost about 12 pounds in the last couple months (108lbs, 5’3″) and have (in the last week) a decreased appetite. In the last four days, I have been experiencing a low grade fever and chronic, dull pain/heaviness in my kidneys. Since I have experienced a kidney infection before, I am reluctant to go to the ER to see a specialist sooner. Are these symptoms something I need to address sooner than April?

I am unable to provide a specific diagnosis based on the information that you provide.  I am a nephrologist and I cannot make a diagnosis of kidney disease based on the information that you describe.  I agree that you should … Continue reading

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My cardiologist said we have not done a nuclear stress test since before I was on dialysis 2011. Is it safe for me to take in the nuclear medicine being I am on dialysis and of course my kidneys don’t work?

A nuclear heart stress test can be safely done in a patient on dialysis.

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Good afternoon. I am retired military and my GFR is currently 64 and has been as low as 55. I saw a special on CBS about prolonged use of Prilosec and Kidney failure, I have been on Prilosec for over 10 years. I am concerned but my doctor says I have nothing to worry about. Should I seek another opinion?

The use of Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI’s) such as Omeprazole (Prilosec and others) has been associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD) in large groups of individuals.  This is known as epidemiological research.  Unfortunately, epidemiological research such as this cannot prove … Continue reading

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My loved one had surgery for peritoneal dialysis in 2015. He never had dialysis until they requested it in late 2016. His tube was blocked and had to have surgery. Since then we’ve been thru infections and what we feel is negligence from his surgeon doctor. He still is not on dialysis. Last instance is his cap came off and he went to hospital office to see surgeon and put tape around it and said when you go and get started on dialysis in 2 weeks they will replace cap. We’ve been trying to start training but the Center doesn’t want to start because they think he has an infection. But the hospital says he doesn’t. It’s a lot in between. Where do we go?

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present.  This sounds like a very complicated matter that must be guided by the nephrologist who is caring for your loved one.  I suggest consultation with … Continue reading

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