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First Sign Of Kidney 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
What is the norm in early signs of kidney disease or damage, is it creatnine in blood or is it protein in urine ? Which one usually happens first ?
Could be: Normal individuals excrete a small amount of protein (up to 100 mg for children, 150mg for adolescents, and 200 mg for adults in 24 hours). Significant proteinuria is associated with a whole host of kidney diseases, not necessarily serious though. Orthostatic proteinuria is an example of benign one. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dipstick shows 15 mg(?) of protein in my every morning urine test, but no trace found during days or nights. Is this sign of kidney disease or 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
Microalbumin: The first sign is the appearance of microalbumin in your urine. This is easily detected in a urine test and will tell your doctor to put you on a medication that will lower your blood pressure and "protect" your kidneys to reverse or prevent worsening of the kidney disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why would sometimes my GFR be normal and sometimes it be 54 i don't think I have any real signs of kidney disease?
Varying GFR: Your question would be better answered by asking the physician who told you your GFR was 54 ml/min. If it were an estimated gfr, it would have been derived from blood work and you can ask that physician (p) for an opinion as the p is most familiar with you. If you do not have a p, see a nephrologist for an evaluation of your renal function. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None: Diabetes can hurt the kidneys and not be detectable on urine or blood test. In fact, studies have been done on diabetes patients who have normal kidney test, yet biopsies of these patients show damage. Diabetic retinopathy correlates with diabetic nephropathy. Studies have shown ace inhibitors to be protective of kidneys on both normotensive and hypertensive patients. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if I have stage 2 kidney disease. Is my sudden weight loss a sign of something serious?
Yes: First of all, weight loss must be analyzed further. Some patients accumulate lot of fluid when they have kidney disease and excrete lot of protein in the urine. If they are placed on water pills( diuretics) , they lose weight quickly. This has to be differentiated from actual muscle mass loss. Some disease that cause kidney disease can lead to weight loss. This must be checked with your doctor. ...Read more
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