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Can You Reverse Kidney Damage
Not exactly: The main idea is to prevent damage to kidneys from medicines and other causes. However, medicines are used to treat a specific cause. So, depending on cause we choose medicine. No medicine can be given a blanket statement of being good for kidney function. Not even drinking lots of water. Even liberal water could cause overload problems in patients with kidney, liver, or heart disease.
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
See below: There are many causes of kidney damage/injury. Some are reversible and some are not. If its an allergic reaction to a medication, this injury is generally reversible. If its damage to the kidney from a disease called diabetic nephropathy, it may be progressive injury and irreversible.See 1 more doctor answer
Many possible causes: Medical conditions such as diabetes, long-standing hypertension, glomerulonephritis--i.e. inflammation of the filtering units of the kidneys often leads to kidney damage. Certain medications (e.g. anti-inflammatory meds, certain antibiotics (aminoglycosides), certain chemicals, prolonged obstruction of urine flow and prolonged dehydration or poor blood flow can cause kidney damage as well.
Unfortunately...: It is not hard to damage the kidneys. High blood pressure, diabetes, atherosclerosis, cancer, infections, medications & stones are a few of the many potential threats. The kidney has a great deal of reserve function, which is protective to us, but allows kidney damage to occur silently without symptoms. Once they fail, dialysis can sustain us for awhile, but a kidney transplant becomes necessary.
Kidney damage signs: There are two simple tests to see if you have kidney problems. One is an urine analysis. If you have protein or red blood cells in your urine, there may be a problem with your kidneys. The other way is to have a blood test to see what the BUN and creatinine levels are. If they are elevated, you should see a nephrologist to find out why and what can be done about it. Goo luck.
See below: Depends on the extent of damage and calculation of gfr. If GFR is lesss than 10 you may need dialysis.Anything above that value, may produce symptoms of fatigue, anorexia, nausea. Other signs as kidneys fail include anemia, bone damage, high blood pressure, and acid build up in blood. These usually occur in stages. Bone "damage" andanemia can occur below 40-50 gfr. Other symptoms generally below 20.
Varies widely.: The symptoms & signs of kidney failure vary widely. It depends on the degree of kidney underfunction, the onset, the cause, & the duration. If gradual, there may be no initial symptoms. Sometimes there is blood in the urine & flank pain. Ultimately, hypertension, swelling & uremia results: anorexia, nausea, vomiting, pericarditis, peripheral neuropathy, and central nervous system abnormalities.
Good question: You should be concerned and seek medical help if you have diminished urine output, you are swelling and gaining weight, you have headaches due to high blood pressure, visual changes, have blood in the urine or difficulty urinating, foul smelling urine, pain in your sides etc. The list is longer, but these are the most common symptoms.
I'm 33 and I've been taking several daily meds for the last 11 years. My levels remain at a great balance but I worry about kidney damage as I age.
LONG-TERM MEDICATION: It depends on the medications you are currently taking, the dosages and any underlying health problems i.e. Diabetes. You need to have close follow up with your doctor with frequent lab testing every 4-6 mths. Normally you will have symptoms if a medication is causing problems. IE liver irritation from Lamisil (terbinafine) can cause itching and jaundice. It is critical to follow up and be monitored.See 1 more doctor answer
Probably not: Unless UR prone to certain types of kidney stones. Wonder why UR taking 10 times recommended dose? 1000 units daily should plenty. Save your money.See 1 more doctor answer
Kidney damage is a condition that may be due to damage to the blood vessels connected to the kidney or injuries from causes such as tumors and certain medications. Symptoms may include blood in the urine, an inability to urinate, and pain in the back of the upper abdomen on either ...Read more
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