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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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Sometimes none: If damage occurs in one kidney, usually no symptoms are noted. For instance a tumor or a non-painful stone (asymptomatic). Also, if damage is not severe, a person usually does not feel it. In severe damage, people usually complain of edema, fatigue, poor appetite, and vomiting. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Decreased urine output may or may not be seen, change in urine color possible, fatigue, swelling, chest pain. Depends on the severity of kidney problems. Please see a more comprehensive list here:
http://www. Kidneydoctorbradenton. Org/2013/04/what-are-signs-and-symptoms-of-ckd. Html. ...Read more
I don't think they ever checked my kidneys though. What would be some signs that I have any kidney damage?
Vague: Kidney failure is notorious for causing very vague nebulous symptoms sometimes like, fatigue, insomnia, nausea, decreased appetite, metallic taste in the mouth, etc. Unless someone looks at the blood test results, it might be hard to pin these non-specific symptoms on to kidney failure. I have a more comprehensive list on my blog at http://www. Kidneydoctorbradenton. Org/2013/04/what-are-signs-and-. ...Read more
What are classic early signs of kidney damage and what are common causes of kidney damage leading to failure?
Signs of kidney dama: There are no classic signs of kidney damage, kidney damage can occur silently. Recurrent uti's, specially pyelonephritis can lead to chronic kidney damage, long standing obstruction of the urinary tract, urinary reflux into the kidneys, congenital and hereditary abnormalities like polycystic kidneys, congenital obstruction (upj), glomerulonephritis. ...Read more
Sister just diagnosed with wegener's granulomatosis, she has much pain No kidney damage noted, what is her prognosis?
No kidney damage: Prognosis is favorable without kidneys being affected. But lungs should certainly be watched very closely. Treatment options are favorable. Please ask her to work on stress management. This is vital as stress-emotional/physical/situational-can make disease worse. This is not theoretical. This is fact. ...Read more
Should not: Ingestion of large amounts of protein (for example protein supplements) should not have any deleterious effects on kidney function if you have normal kidneys. Proteins are broken down and then removed through the kidneys. Therefore, high protein diets tend to make the kidneys work harder and should be avoided in patients with preexisting kidney disease. ...Read more
No: Not real-true kidney damage. If your BUN and creatinine were just a little high because you got dehydrated, you'll get them back to normal immediately if you drink adequate water. You'll also want to stay well-hydrated if you take medicines such as ibuprofen, as otherwise the kidneys can shut down temporarily. Best wishes. ...Read more
Probably not: Two of the best, most rigorously conducted and analyzed studies done in the last few years came to nearly identical conclusions: with normal kidney fxn to begin with modern iodine contrast agents used properly do not result in more kidney problems than is seen in the general population of patients who have medical imaging. In severe kidney disease pts some caution is still needed. ...Read more
Kidney disease: If one's urinalysis (U) shows protein (P), blood (B) or red blood cell casts (R), one may have kidney disease. If P is found, a 24 hour urine collection for creatinine clearance and protein needs to be done, along with blood work. If one has R, work up for a glomerulonephritis needs to be be done. If one has B, one needs to have a UTI ruled out and it is, a urologist needs to be consulted. ...Read more
Yes: A severe blood infection can cause damage to multiple organs including the kidney. The kidney damage is often caused by low blood pressure, and is typically temporary and improves after the infection is treated. But with severe infection, or prolonged low blood pressure, subsequent damage to the kidney may be permanent, or severe, requiring dialysis. ...Read more
Time, supportive med: If kidney disease is reversible then the diagnosis will guide the therapy, for example, contrast nephropathy resolves over time, lupus required steroids and immunosuppresion. Diabetics require glucose control, hypertension control and ace inhibitors. This all requires support of the patient with dialysis if needed while healing. Call your doctor to discuss. ...Read more
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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