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If a pt with CHF, kidney failure & sepsis who is nil by mouth has a random glucose that is 5.8 mmol/L & the next day is 3.1 mmol/L, does this matter?

If a pt with CHF, kidney failure & sepsis who is nil by mouth has a random glucose that is 5.8 mmol/L & the next day is 3.1 mmol/L, does this matter?

Sepsis- it matters: Criteria for blood glucose levels to "matter", isn't based on just numbers. However, the pt is described having CHF, kidney failure, & sepsis- the pt is unlikely to be clinically improving since 3.1 (about 56 mg/dl) is below the range of normal. Infections will typically cause dysglycemia (hard to control blood sugar levels). When levels return to normal range, it signals clinical improveme ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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How come when felt sick went to doctors and all said it was in all in the head, not until went to hospital with kidney failure, was i believed?

How come when felt sick went to doctors and all said it was in all in the head, not until went to hospital with kidney failure, was i believed?

Family practice : I hope you are doing better. To answer your question i thought how i would feel if i rushed through an exam an missed the diagnosis. It would be horrible and no excuse for it. Physicians need to listen be compassionate and give proper treatment. If they are unable to get the answer seek help. Never say its all in your head. I am glad you finally received help. ...Read more

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Does your tongue swell during acute kidney failure?

Does your tongue swell during acute kidney failure?

Swollen tongue: If your tongue is swollen and you have kidney problems or other health issues, you should discuss this with your own physician who is treating you, knows your complete medical history, medications, etc. And can actually examine you. Are you under the care of a dentist? If not, see both. ...Read more

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Is it true that swelling of the tongue and muscle cramps signs of kidney failure?

Is it true that swelling of the tongue and muscle cramps signs of kidney failure?

See below: Not likely, sound more like a allergic reaction, and possible electrolyte disorder. It is possible some kidney disorders cause electrolyte disturbances which lead to muscle cramps. ...Read more

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Do swelling of the tongue and muscle cramps indicate kidney failure?

Do swelling of the tongue and muscle cramps indicate kidney failure?

No: Tongue swelling nor muscle cramps indicate renal disease. Renal disease may be present if you have swelling in your legs, have a decrease in appetite or see a decrease in urination. ...Read more

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How will a 23 year old get chronic kidney disease who is not diabetic, when diagnised was having high BP and metalic taste in mouth and vomiting?

How will a 23 year old get chronic kidney disease who is not diabetic, when diagnised was having high BP and metalic taste in mouth and vomiting?

Is it real?: Based on a fad for overinterpreting spot creatinine levels, every young man who's well-muscled is now being diagnosed with "chronic kidney disease", much to the chagrin of both the lab medicine and nephrology communities. Demand a proper diagnosis before you get turned into a kidney patient. ...Read more

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What bad habits can lead to kidney failure?

What bad habits can lead to kidney failure?

Two major causes...: Since kidney failure is most likely the result of diabetes or high blood pressure, look at the "bad habits" related to these entities. Here are several: being overweight or obese, being inactive, eating too much salt, smoking. You get the idea: live a healthier lifestyle, and your kidneys will fare better. LGromko MD ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are bad habits that could lead to kidney failure?

Could you tell me what are bad habits that could lead to kidney failure?

Kidney failure: Two things that can lead to kidney failure (esrd) are poorly controlled hypertension and diabetes. If you have those problems make sure you have your BP well controlled and if you are diabetic, make sure you are under the care of an endocrinologist. If you are obese, try to lose weight and, if you have a high cholesterol level, take steps with your doctor to control it. ...Read more

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What can I do if I have kidney failure, and I have really bad menstural cramps.?

What can I do if I have kidney failure, and I have really bad menstural cramps.?

Ibuprofen: Although nsaids such as ibuprofen, advil, alleve are to be avoided in kidney disease however short term use for few days every month should not pose any problem. Try with Ibuprofen 200 which is the lowest possible dosing. Some antispasmodics such as Carisoprodol (soma) or cyclobenzaprine (flexiril) are also safe for use in kidney failure and have been reported by women to improve symptoms. ...Read more

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My dad is having bad back pain in his lower back , and he can barely move , its been going on for about a week now , we think it we think its kidney failure , do you know what it could be ?

My dad is having bad back pain in his lower back , and he can barely move , its been going on for about a week now , we think it we think its kidney failure , do you know what it could be ?

There : There are many conditions that can lead to debilitating back pain. He could have problems with a disk in his spine. Perhapss nerve roots that are compressed. The pain could be from muscles or ligaments. He could have arthritis. Maybe the pain is from underlying organs such as problems with his kidney. The list of what could be possible causes for severe back pain is very long. I recommend that due to the severity of his pain and that it is apparently not resolving that he contact his doctor to be evaluated. ...Read more

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How long can a 70 year old survive with stage 3 kidney failure and a bad heart that is not taking meds and recently had a stroke ?

How long can a 70 year old survive with stage 3 kidney failure and a bad heart that is not taking meds and recently had a stroke ?

Possibly years: Chronic kidney disease stage 3 is unfortunately very common. Even without medications if eating a healthy diet and by activity is able to control blood pressure and sugar levels may be able to slghtly delay progression. A bad heart and stroke however does increase dramatically the risk of a acute crisis developing that can be fatal or rapid progression to end-stage heart failure or kidney disease. ...Read more

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92 yr old dad was very ill with CHF and 3rd stage kidney failure and now he is so much better and can't stop eating! a good sign or bad omen?

92 yr old dad was very ill with CHF and 3rd stage kidney failure and now he is so much better and can't stop eating! a good sign or bad omen?

Probably good: Many times if someone is ill and in the hospital, their appetite is quite suppressed. If he feels well enough to resume eating, one would presume that would be a positive indicator. Given his CHF and kidney condition, he will need to watch what types of foods he takes, so he does not relapse into one or the other. ...Read more

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How bad is kidney failure that is 35?

How bad is kidney failure that is 35?

Kidney Failure: I am not certain how to answer this. If your creatinine were 35 that would be phenomenally bad and not likley to be compatible with life. If your BUN was 35, i would say that this can happen in a normal person. So help me out and tell me what the 35 refers to - bun, creatinine, something else? ...Read more

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My mother went into kidney failure. She has come out of it, and is off dialysis, but has lost her sense of taste and smell. Is there a way heal that?

My mother went into kidney failure.  She has come out of it, and is off dialysis, but has lost her sense of taste and smell.  Is there a way heal that?

Here are some...: Glad to hear your mom has come out of dialysis, but the kidney function likely still remains marginal. The care for such clinical situation should focus on kidney-damaging drugs, adequate hydration, quality lifestyle without overindulgence, and following medical advice from the medical team. As to curing the kidney damage, it's virtually impossible to conform: Life is a one-way street of ... ...Read more

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Billy has stage 4 liver disease on dialysis for kidney failure acites so bad hes in bad pain . why wont his doc give him pain pills ?

Billy has stage 4 liver disease on dialysis for kidney failure acites so bad hes in bad pain . why wont his doc give him pain pills ?

Pain pills: If the doctor won't give Billy pain pills why aren't liquid meds prescribed? Please don't be shy about asking, and I would appreciate hearing from you about this. ...Read more

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Legs have been swollen for two weeks I have dibeates and hypertension i was recently dignoised with chronic kidney failure. For the past two weeks my legs and ankles have been swollen really bad, after i soak them or get up from laying down they burn but

Legs have been swollen for two weeks I have dibeates and hypertension i was recently dignoised with chronic kidney failure. For the past two weeks my legs and ankles have been swollen really bad, after i soak them or get up from laying down they burn but

Swollen legs: What stage of chronic kidney disease (ckd) are you in? See a nephrologist and get a 24 hour urine for creatinine clearance and protein. If you have ckd 1 or 2, you will likely need to see a cardiologist to evaluate your heart's ejection fraction, as ckd of this degree is not normally associated with swelling. If you have a high protein in your collection, that could be the cause of your edema. ...Read more

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My nephew who is one has chronic kidney disease and a transplant is in his near future, just noticed his tongue is yellowish??? Any idea why?

My nephew who is one has chronic kidney disease and a transplant is in his near future, just noticed his tongue is yellowish??? Any idea why?

Yellow: Yellowish discoloration would be quite significant if were present in the skin and In the white of the eyes as that is where jaundice shows up. Dark urine and light stools are other common findings with jaundice and certain liver and blood disorders. Without these other findings the tongue discoloration may be due to digestive factors. Discuss this with a physician if it persists. ...Read more

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Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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Kidney Failure (Definition)

A condition in which your kidneys suddenly stop working normally. Since your kidneys remove waste products and help balance water and salt and other minerals (electrolytes) in your blood, when your kidneys stop working, waste products, fluids, and electrolytes build up in your body. This can cause problems ...Read more