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how does alcoholism affect my kidneys?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Alcohol and Kidneys: Interesting, alcohol can adversely effect every organ in the body except one, you guessed it, the kidneys. Alcohol has no adverse effects on one's kidneys. It does decrease something called anti-diuretic hormone and as a consequence, increases urination.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Good answer! The lungs are also spared -- until at the end, the alcoholic chokes to death. But what good are kidneys when the brain's been so damaged that no one wants to be your friend? For the sake of those who love you -- if alcohol's controlling your life, get help with it now. You've already proven you're brave by contacting HealthTap -- if there's another step you must take, why not now?
Sep 6, 2012
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Addiction Medicine 43 years experience
Toxic to all organs: Consider attending a meeting of alcoholics anonymous.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Can a renal function lab test detect if a kidney stone is developing?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
No: A renal function lab would be unlikely to show a developing kidney stones. Most kidney stones are diagnosed because of severe pain in the flank radiating down to the groin. They can be seen on xray, CT scan or sometimes ultrasound. Blood tests are usually normal.
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What is kidney failure and how is it treated?

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Dr. Rajesh Boorgu
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Low kidney function: Kidney failure can be caused by many things but in United States it is primarily diabetes and hypertension. Thus treatment is focused on effective control of the underlying problem. Primary kidney diseases such as glomerulonephritis have to be treated by a nephrologist.
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How do I get a kidney transplant?

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
Need a Tx Center: You need to be evaluated by the transplant team at an approved transplant center. They will go over the process and describe what is required to be wait listed for a kidney. One early suggestion, avoid any blood transfusions until you are evaluated. If you become sensitized from an elective blood transfusion, you may wait years or never receive a kidney.
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Which types of kidney diseases are associated with family history?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Examples include: Poly cystic kidney disease and fabry's disease. Also, many heritable illnesses like diabetes and hypertension and high cholesterol could precipitate kidney disease. Also, bad habits running in families e.g. Unhealthy eating habits will cause obesity and increase the risk of kidney disease.
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A 33-year-old male asked:

I have a consistent pain in my lower back on the left side. Hurts the most when changing positions from sitting to standing. Meds don't work. Help?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Musculoskeletal: The symptoms are seen most often with a musculoskeletal strain. You may have done something to overwork those muscles recently. Kidney stones can also cause problems as can herniation of the disc in the back. If the symptoms do not improve after several days then you should see your dr. There are many other causes of pain and that should be evaluated if it doesn't resolve.

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