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How do I know if I have kidney problems?

How do I know if I have kidney problems?

Asymptomatic: Apart from kidney stones or sources of bleeding, kidney disease is largely asymptomatic. You can ask your doctor to screen you for diabetes, hypertension, check your blood chemistry, and spot urine albumin/creatinine ratio for an initial line of evaluation. ...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


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I think I have kidney problems, from symptoms I've seen. How can I get my kidneys healthier?

I think I have kidney problems, from symptoms I've seen.  How can I get my kidneys healthier?

What problems: There can be a multitude of problems and you have not described any. The kidneys are a pretty strong organ and can take a lot. You need to see your doc and describe what these problems are. The way to make your kidneys more healthy is to drink enough water daily and avoid strong drink and any "drugs" . Depending what you put in your body will help determine how things turn out. ...Read more

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Do I have kidney problems or just period cramps?

Do I have kidney problems or just period cramps?

Eval: This would require evaluation by your physician. There is not enough information provided to even venture a guess. ...Read more

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I have a 99 efgr rating on a kidney blood test. What does this mean for me. Do I have kidney problems and what over-the-counter meds can I take?

Normal: I am assuming the estimated GFR is 99 ml/min. While i join other pathologists and nephrologists who has little use for subscientific estimates of glomerular filtration rates from spot creatinines, this suggests to me that your serum creatinine was normal, and that your personal physician is not concerned either. I'm sorry you got a scare and glad you're taking a proactive approach. ...Read more

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Hi when i take a pee noticed that my urine is foamy and it take time for the bubbles to disappear. Do I have kidney problems?

Usually not...: Foamy urine appears in the patients with diabetic kidney disease(diabetic nephropathy), inherent kidney(nephrotic syndrome), or drugs such as televancin . Otherwise, occasional occurrence is ok as long as urinalysis is normal, there is no uti, and kidney function is good as tested. But, detailing? Ask your doctor. Best... ...Read more

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Side pain and foamy urine as the only symptoms. (No fever) Does this mean i have kidney problems?

Not necessarily: Foamy urine can be caused by forceful urination, dehydration or some other rare and more serious conditions. Make sure that you are drinking 60-80 oz of water daily and avoid alcohol and caffeine. Urinate when you first feel the urge, don't wait until your bladder is over full. If the pain and foamy urine continue see a doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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How medically sound is the diagnosis of an acupuncturist? If i'm informed I have kidney problems (and more) is it worth bringing up with a doctor?

How medically sound is the diagnosis of an acupuncturist? If i'm informed I have kidney problems (and more) is it worth bringing up with a doctor?

Sound within context: The diagnosis of a competent acupuncturist is sound within the context chinese medicine but not western medicine. In other words, when an acupuncturist says you have "kidney yin deficiency" for example, this refers to the concept of the kidney meridian. It's likely that a western doctor would find no measurable problem with your kidneys but this does not mean the acupuncturist is wrong.See comment:. ...Read more

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What diet is for kidney problems?

What diet is for kidney problems?

Depends on problem: Diet restriction depends on the problem. Chronic kidney disease- usually sodium, potassium, and some protein restriction; possibly phosphorus restriction. Stone disease usually increased water intake. Always check with your doctor and may be nephrologist before making any changes in the diet. ...Read more

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Can small children have kidney problems?

Can small children have kidney problems?

Very much so: Children can be born with congenital kidney problems of various dgerees of severity & can develop kiney problems as small children. Children can have polycystic, multicystic or dysplastic kidneys. Horseshoe or ectopic kidneys. Hydronephrotic obstructed kidneys either in single or one segment or both segments of a duplex kidney. Pyelonephritis, glomerulonephtitis, hemolytic- uremic syndrome, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. George Klauber
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Kidney Problems (Definition)

Kidney problems are clinical findings that are likely due to kidney issues and include mid-back pain on one side, pain with urination, decreased urination, bubbly ...Read more