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How long can an eldery man live if he is blind, diabetic, has kidney failure and has shingles?

How long can an eldery man live if he is blind, diabetic, has kidney failure and has shingles?

Elderly: 50 is not old by any means. How long have you been blind? How long have you had diabetes? How bad is your kidney failure? These are all important and I do emphasize with your concerns. You need to keep up with your nephrologist - they are great - and some counselling might be helpful. I have cared for patients with blindness and others who are deaf. It is a joy to see how they are coping. ...Read more

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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I'm a 37 yr old female. 13 months ago i had a kidney stone, now shingles! is this a sign of cancer? Should i be looking for something wrong with me

I'm a 37 yr old female.  13 months ago i had a kidney stone, now shingles!  is this a sign of cancer?  Should i be looking for something wrong with me

NO: Kidney stone formation is often diet related with uric acid and calcium as the primary components. Herpes zoster that causes shingles is a virus and is not a predisposition to cancer. As we progress through "life" ailments are a requiste for "passage" for stones and life. See a md regularly so that life for you will not be a "four letter word.". ...Read more

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Is it necessary to take valacyclovir 3 grams daily for shingles? I'm afraid of the dangerous side effects on kidneys as kidney disease runs in my fam.

Is it necessary to take valacyclovir 3 grams daily for shingles? I'm afraid of the dangerous side effects on kidneys as kidney disease runs in my fam.

That's your business: The medicine is safe. Even the crystal nephropathy that a few people get is expected to heal right up. Drink plenty of water. You owe it to yourself and those to whom you have responsibilities to be treated effectively for shingles -- it can be disabling. ...Read more

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Is Neurontin (gabapentin) treating shingles pain dangerous to the kidneys for 55 yr. Old man w/chronic renal insufficiency secondary to chemo 14 yrs. Ago for aml?

Is Neurontin (gabapentin) treating shingles pain dangerous to the kidneys for 55 yr. Old man w/chronic renal insufficiency secondary to chemo 14 yrs. Ago for aml?

Potentially yes: Because blood levels can climb quickly as creatinine clearance decreases. This must be taken into account by the prescribing physician so as to avoid toxic build-up of the medication in your body. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Urgency to pee, back ache. Negative Uti. Ct scan show no kidney stones but some lyph node swelling. Dr didnt seem concerned. Could it be shingles?

Urgency to pee, back ache. Negative Uti. Ct scan show no kidney stones but some lyph node swelling. Dr didnt seem concerned. Could it be shingles?

Shingles and bladder: Not likely at all: zoster will create a rash; will not create urgency; lymph node enlargement should be followed - what is reason? is there inflammation nearby? ...Read more

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My son is 20. He has epilepsy and ME/CFS. He now has shingles and is in a lot of pain. The red welt around the singles is turning into a purple bruise?

My son is 20. He has epilepsy and ME/CFS. He now has shingles and is in a lot of pain. The red welt around the singles is turning into a purple bruise?

Needs evaluation: He needs to have a follow-up with his current physician who is familiar with his chronic issues and will be able to assess the rash and offer treatment to provide faster resolution as well as pain reduction until healing can take place. ...Read more

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Recurrent shingles with Post-Herpetic Neuralgia between outbreaks? There is a lot more to it but not enough space here.....?

Recurrent shingles with Post-Herpetic Neuralgia between outbreaks? There is a lot more to it but not enough space here.....?

Why get off Valtrex (valacyclovir)?: You said that "every time the Valtrex (valacyclovir) left my system"implying that you stop taking the Valtrex (valacyclovir).Don"t stop taking Valtrex (valacyclovir) and continuously suppress the shingles.No more outbreaks , rashes, or pain. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a bruise kidney?

What are symptoms of a bruise kidney?

Flank pain: Usual complaint is of flank pain initially. Also there may be blood in the urine, but this may be a small amt and would only be detected on microscopic exam. Best to see your DR, have exam, and labs done. ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is a painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more