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I've had IgA nephropathy, are there methods to self-medicate, and is this disease serious or really incurable?

I've had IgA nephropathy, are there methods to self-medicate, and is this disease serious or really incurable?

Fishoil, fishoil: So far no other options to self medicate. It is usually incurable. Some people do better spontaneously or with fishoil. Others do worse and may need dialysis in the future and/or transplant. People tend to ignore f/u since there is no proven treatment. F/u will save you bad surprises also new treatments may develop.Blood pressure is ideal. Aggressive salt restriction under 2000mg/day if high bp. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for proteinuria in IgA nephropathy?

What is the treatment for proteinuria in IgA nephropathy?

Proteinuria IgAN: Good question. Conventional approach is to commence an ACE Inhibitor and then titrate the dose upward slowly while measuring urine protein. Goal is to reduce proteinuria by at least 50%. Your BP program may require modification. Prednisone is also occasionally used for a flare of IgAN. ...Read more

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Living with Addison's Disease (Checklist)

Wear a medic alert
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Take additional hydrocortisone/prednisone for fever or injury
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Is IGA Nephropathy genetic/hereditary?

Is IGA Nephropathy genetic/hereditary?

IgA neph: Data have shown a genetic clustering for IgA nephropathy - however its genetic nature is not certain - ...Read more

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How many people are suffering from IgA nephropathy disease in Canada? (%) Thank you for your time. :)

How many people are suffering from IgA nephropathy disease in Canada? (%) Thank you for your time. :)

Hard to tell: There are some incidence reports for several countries, but didn't see a report for Canada. Canada may be in the low end of the range of about 15-40 new cases per million people per year. That would be ~525 new cases per year, for Canada's 35 million people. The prevalence number is the number of total living patients with it, not just the annual new cases (Ministry of Health may know the number). ...Read more

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I've had IgA nephropathy, are there methods to self-medicate, and is this disease serious or really incurable?

Fishoil, fishoil: So far no other options to self medicate. It is usually incurable. Some people do better spontaneously or with fishoil. Others do worse and may need dialysis in the future and/or transplant. People tend to ignore f/u since there is no proven treatment. F/u will save you bad surprises also new treatments may develop.Blood pressure is ideal. Aggressive salt restriction under 2000mg/day if high bp. ...Read more

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What are IgA nephropathy or thin basement membrane disease?

What are IgA nephropathy or thin basement membrane disease?

IgA: Primary IgA nephropathy is the most common glomerulitis in the us. Most cases follow a slow path to renal compromise but many are more benign. Iga deposits are oalso seen secodnay to lupus, othe connective tissue disease, ankylosing spondylitis, henoch schonlein disease. ...Read more

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Treating Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Checklist)

Ask your doctor for further STD testing
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Ask your partner to get tested for STDs
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Take all of your medication exactly as prescribed
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Use condoms when having intercourse to prevent STD transmission
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My 9 yr old son has strep throat and a kidney disease called IgA nephropathy it's a kidney disorder started when he was 5. Kidney biopsy?

My 9 yr old son has strep throat and a kidney disease called IgA nephropathy it's a kidney disorder started when he was 5. Kidney biopsy?

Confusing question: Although some strep strains can cause kidney problems, early treatment usually avoids them. If the kid has a pre-existing kidney problem, the need for a biopsy is best determined by the docs who know him best. A recent strep infection would not require such an invasive procedure, but a significant change in kidney function might. ...Read more

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What are major symptoms of IgA nephropathy?

What are major symptoms of IgA nephropathy?

Blood in the urine: Iga nephropathy usually does not present with any noticable symptoms. However when you see your doctor, the doctor may notice blood in your urine. Also the doctor may notice protein in your urine. In some occassions, you may develop swelling in your feet. ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take medications as prescribed
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Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
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Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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Is a biopsy necessary for IgA nephropathy?

Is a biopsy necessary for IgA nephropathy?

IgA Nephropathy: Urine and blood tests can be done but the only way for your doctor to confirm a diagnosis of IgA nephropathy is with a kidney biopsy. ...Read more

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Is IGA Nephropathy genetic/hereditary?

IgA neph: Data have shown a genetic clustering for IgA nephropathy - however its genetic nature is not certain - ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure that your risk factors, such as blood pressure and cholesterol, are addressed
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Inspect your feet daily, and call your medical doctor if you experience any wounds
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What is the treatment for proteinuria in IgA nephropathy?

Proteinuria IgAN: Good question. Conventional approach is to commence an ACE Inhibitor and then titrate the dose upward slowly while measuring urine protein. Goal is to reduce proteinuria by at least 50%. Your BP program may require modification. Prednisone is also occasionally used for a flare of IgAN. ...Read more

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What diet one should take if IgA nephropathy?

What diet one should take if IgA nephropathy?

Low-protein & salt: Nephropathy, kidney disease, regardless of cause, generally dictates a diet lower in protein and in sodium (table salt). The degree of restriction depends on the degree of current kidney compromise, the expectation of future damage, & the presence of other contributory risk factors like diabetes or hypertension. ...Read more

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How would one go about getting IgA nephropathy?

How would one go about getting IgA nephropathy?

Sussceptibility: Iga nephropathy is a one of the most common glomerulonephritis ie a type of kidney disease in the world. The cause is not completely clear. Its a form of immunoglobulin ie a protein normally made in all of us, which gets deposited in the filter of the kidney, ie glomerulus and causes damage as it is slightly altered in those individuals. ...Read more

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What is a good diet for IgA nephropathy patients?

What is a good diet for IgA nephropathy patients?

Low antigen diet: Patients with IgAN have an immune problem. An Italian study by Ferri reported a marked reduction in proteinuria in IgAN patients put on a strict low-antigen diet (a diet free of foods likely to cause immune response- http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/8302454). Such diets are low in wheat, soy, food preservatives, and food coloring. Contact Claudio Ferri Univ L'Aquila Coppito, Italy for more info ...Read more

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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
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Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
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What diet should a patient of IgA nephropathy follow?

What diet should a patient of IgA nephropathy follow?

Low protein is wise: However, if renal function is perfectly normal and you only have moderate protein losses in urine you may not need to restrict your protein intake. Fish oil is useful for IgA nephropathy, but you will be getting this in capsules. ...Read more

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Can homeopathy cure IgA nephropathy?

Can homeopathy cure IgA nephropathy?

Not that is proven: No know therapy is shown to cure IgA nephropathy. ...Read more

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Coping with Disease Outbreaks (Checklist)

Wash hands
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Cover nose and mouth
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Avoid unnecessary contact
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Alert providers of contagion
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I have IgA nephropathy and have had back pain. What should I do?

I have IgA nephropathy and have had back pain. What should I do?

Supportive care: Igan can cause sig back/flank pain. This may be unrelated to severity of disease (you may have severe pain but normal kidney function); treatment is challenging. Narcotics are addictive and will make you sleepy; nsaids (like ibuprofen) are toxic to kidney; tyelenol is safe but may not help. Try exercise/yoga/acupuncture/gabapentin/tricyclic anti-depressants. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy after being diagnosed with IgA nephropathy?

What is the life expectancy after being diagnosed with IgA nephropathy?

Not short.: Iga nephropathy sometimes resolves spontaneously. Many cases have stable disease i.e. With no deterioration for long years. Severe cases however, will develop end-stage renal disease and require dialysis. They will be eligible for transplant that can be repeated if needed. Each transplant could give on the average 90%+ of 10-15 years renal graft survival. ...Read more

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Living with Sickle Cell Disease (Checklist)

Don't miss appointments with your doctor
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Go to lab appointments as necessary
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Keep your oxygen levels up by maintaining a healthy weight
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What is the difference between nephrotic syndrome and IgA nephropathy?

What is the difference between nephrotic syndrome and IgA nephropathy?

Kidney disease: In nephrotic syndrome the kidney excretes large amounts of protein. It can be caused by autoimmune diseases, but also by certain heavy metals, outdated medications and genetic diseases. Iga nephropathy is an autoimmune disease, actually glomerulonephritis that can lead to renal failure. It is frequently associated with a vasculitic rash, typically on legs and buttock (henoch-schoenlein purpura). ...Read more

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Can you tell me is there a link between IgA nephropathy and chronic pancreatitis?

Not directly: Iga nephropathy does not have a well established cause. It is associated with chronic liver disease, but not specifically pancreatitis. ...Read more

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Living with Celiac Disease (Checklist)

Schedule a visit with a dietitian
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When eating out, inform your waitstaff you are intolerant of gluten
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