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Dr. Patrick Sweet III
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Kidney Damage (Overview)

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 side of the spine.


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What are the sympotms of kidney damage?

What are the sympotms of kidney damage?

Mostly no symptoms: Chronic kidney disease may not have any symptoms until late stage. Acute kidney injury- decreased urine output. ...Read more

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Dr. Patrick Sweet III
158 doctors shared insights

Kidney Damage (Overview)

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 side of the spine.


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I don't think they ever checked my kidneys though. What would be some signs that I have any kidney damage?

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

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Tip)

Treating a Kidney Infection

Often patients are unnecessarily treated for a kidney infection when it's a bladder infection. ...See more

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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
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Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
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Is kidney damage reversible ?

Is kidney damage reversible ?

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

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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.

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 can cause itching and jaundice. It is critical to follow up and be monitored. ...Read more

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Managing Mild Kidney Failure (Checklist)

Make certain your blood pressure is at the low prescribed target
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Make certain your cholesterol has been monitored and treated
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Make certain your blood sugars are well managed
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Minimize weight gain and lose weight if you are overweight.
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Is there any way to recover from kidney damage?

Is there any way to recover from kidney damage?

Depends on your age : Depends what caused the kidney damage and your age. Some blood tests will indicate the degree of any damage. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms and signs of kidney damage?

What are the symptoms and signs of kidney damage?

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

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