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Do I have to go on dialysis if my kidneys fail?

Do I have to go on dialysis if my kidneys fail?

Probably: Whether you have to start dialysis depends on how bad your kidneys are failing as well as other medical problems you have. The worst kidney failure is called stagev chronic kidney disease and indicates less than 15% kidney function. Most times a patient will be started on dialysis if the function falls below 10%, sometimes at a higher or lower level, depending on symptoms. Ask your nephrologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Definition)

Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more


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How much kidney failure do you have had in order to have go on dialysis?

How much kidney failure do you have had in order to have go on dialysis?

Starting dialysis : The need for dialysis is not easily quantified by how much kidney failure you have, other than none. That is because of the multiple kinds of damage a kidney can have, and also on other illnesses you may have, like heart disease, the kind of diet you eat, and even your goal for dialysis (buying time or getting back to work). In general though, kidney function below about 5 ml per minute is a limit. ...Read more

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What to do if I have hydronephrosis in my only working kideny how long before it fails?

What to do if I have hydronephrosis in my only working kideny how long before it fails?

Hydronephrosis: See a urologist, if you have a hydronephrosis (H). Depending on the time you had it, resolving the H may allow your working kidney to recover its baseline function. If you do not get a diagnosis of the H's cause and treatment for it, you may lose the function of that kidney which would be a shame. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can I do if i can't pee and don't have the money to get check out?

What can I do if i can't pee and don't have the money to get check out?

Go to ER: If you absolutely can't urinate and you are not dehydrated you need to go to the er. You could have an obstruction such as kidney stone or you could have something more serious such as kidney failure. Do not delay in checking this out. ...Read more

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Can repeated uti's damage your kidneys? When i get them i don't notice them til they reach my kidneys and its always my left kidney that hurts.

Can repeated uti's damage your kidneys? When i get them i don't notice them til they reach my kidneys and its always my left kidney that hurts.

Chronic UTI are bad: Chronic uti's can cause something bad called interstial cystitis , which is worse. Go see your doc. You may need a referral to a urologist to help guard against it. ...Read more

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2years ago doctor take out my one kidney due to not working since my birth now I have one kidney what precautions i need and can I do any heavy work ?

2years ago doctor take out my one kidney due to not working since my birth now I have one kidney what precautions i need and can I do any heavy work ?

ONE KIDNEY: It is likely that kidney was in peril from birth and that you have one remaining that has gotten bigger than a typical kidney. If it was an acute issue we start with about 4x the function needed to grow old and grey. Either way there are no restrictions physical activity with one kidney. Some rec. Rib protectors for contact sports. ...Read more

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Have urinary retention & to do self cathing cuz i can't urinate. Is this something i'm going to have to do forever or will I have to do dialysis?

See advice: You are too young to have to do self-cath who advised you that ? What is your diagnosis? Is that a recommendation of a urologist? This has nothing to do with dialysis. I need a good background history please consult with a good med. Ctr. ...Read more

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When do I know i definitely need to get my dad's kidneys checked? Can i afford to wait a few days to see if it gets better? Is kidney stones curable?

When do I know i definitely need to get my dad's kidneys checked? Can i afford to wait a few days to see if it gets better? Is kidney stones curable?

Check kidneys?: To get a meaningful answer to your question, ask the physician(s) (p) involved in his care your questions. His p knows him better than any one else, so go and give them a call. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been taking antibiotics for few months, will it cause my kidneys to fail overtime?

What to do if I have been taking antibiotics for few months, will it cause my kidneys to fail overtime?

Antibiotics: It is possible to acquire kidney injury from medications, yes. It depends upon the medication. Some antibiotics are more likely to injure kidneys that others. ...Read more

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I have a 1cm kidney stone on my right kidney.What should I do to relieve the pain and to get it out of my kidney.It hurt so bad.

I have a 1cm kidney stone on my right kidney.What should I do to relieve the pain and to get it out of my kidney.It hurt so bad.

Need a urologist: To pass a jj stent (tiny tube) cystoscopically between kidney ; bladder, this will relieve pain by decompressing your kidney obstructed by stone. You will then likely be a candidate for extra-corporal shock-wave lithotripsy, eswl. Suggest you call a/your urologist or go to your local hospital emergency room right now for relief. You certainly need pain medication without delay. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hello i have kidney stones and gallstones and the pain gettin worse but i dont have time to go the doctor these days how to cure it home ?

Hello i have kidney stones and gallstones and the pain gettin worse but i dont have time to go the doctor these days how to cure it home 
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No home cure.: Unfortunately there's no home remedy for kidney stones or gallstones. If your kidney stones are small enough, you may pass them on your own, but outside of that there's nothing you can take or do that will make them go away. ...Read more

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I have a leaky heart valve, they say my heart is to weak to do surgery. So I have been taking meds. Do i need to watch what i do. ?

I have a leaky heart valve, they say my heart is to weak to do surgery. So I have been taking meds. Do i need to watch what i do. ?

Absolutely: You should talk to your doctor about the limitations of your physical activity, level of exercise, as well as your diet. And make sure you take your medication reguarly on time. ...Read more

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What to do if i used metformin to get pregnant. Do i go back on metformin for the rest of my life?

What to do if i used metformin to get pregnant. Do i go back on metformin for the rest of my life?

No usually: The major reason metformin is used is to control your blood sugars in diabetes. If you are not diabetic you will not need the metformin. It has been shown that metformin does help and maintain pregnancy but, again you will only use this medication if you want to become pregnant again. ...Read more

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How do I tell my parents that i might have overdosed on acetaminophen and i need to go to the hospital?

How do I tell my parents that i might have overdosed on acetaminophen and i need to go to the hospital?

Frankly: An acetominophen overdose can be very dangerous. Tell your parents immediately and candidly so that you can be transported to an emergency room now. ...Read more

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I keep getting kidney infections, I have a stone on my left side, what should I do to stop this? Antibiotics don't work by mouth.

I keep getting kidney infections, I have a stone on my left side, what should I do to stop this? Antibiotics don't work by mouth.

See a urologist: Stones can be a source of recurrent urinary infection, and if all other causes for infection are ruled out, the stone should be removed. ...Read more

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What do if I have ran out of my insulin and don't have money to buy more?

What do if I have ran out of my insulin and don't have money to buy more?

Insulin: Please contact your doctor. In your circumstance the doctor may be able to help you get some insulin without cost. Can't promise but you must try. You must also take good care of your eating and exercise habits! ...Read more

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I have been holding in my waste since i was in day care.i waite 2 or 3 days and then i go what can happen to me if i continue to do this?

I have been holding in my waste since i was in day care.i waite 2 or 3 days and then i go what can happen to me if i continue to do this?

STRETCH=MALFUNCTION: Hold your poo long enough and the large intestine balloons. The muscles in the wall stretch thin and become less capable of efficient emptying. This can be reversed if a normal pattern is pushed by scheduled emptying.If not, this leads to a lifetime of chronic bowel malfunction.Intermittent constipation and bowel leakage. Similar things happen with the bladder wall, but are less common. ...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