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Kidney Damage Signs And Symptoms
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
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
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
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
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:
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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?
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
Altered filtration.: The kidney normal has a complex filtering & absorption system that retains almost all of the protein in the blood to conserve it. When the cells that form the filter develop problems through inflammation or disease, they allow protein to the released in the urine detectable on urinalysis. An evaluation to assess the degree and to find the cause is important to limit any kidney damage. ...Read more
It can be a sign: Proteins are normally filtered through the kidney and sent back into the blood. If there is protein in the urine it means there are holes in the system that are allowing the protein to leak out. This leak can be caused by damage to the kidney. That is why physicians will check patient's urine for proteins as it is a sign of kidney damage. ...Read more
Nephron damage: Think of the kidney as a filter. This filter is intended to wash out the impurities in your blood, but designed to retain the proper nutrients, blood cells, proteins, etc your body requires. When there is damage to these filtration units (nephrons) in the kidneys, the filtration becomes less efficient and proteins are commonly lost into the urine. ...Read more
If dipstick urine test shows 15 mg of protein nearly evertime I test, it is a sign of kidney damage or disease?
My temp is normally 96.8. I'm not showing signs of fever, but my pee is hot. I have kidney damage. Should I be worried?
Here are some...: Is the feeling hot sporadic or consistent, new or recurrent? How long has it been? Without further detailed info on general/specific history + physical exam + testing as needed, no one can correctly deduce right answer. But, it is not that hard by following suggestion in articles listed in http://formefirst. Com/onDealSickness. Html. Best wish to health... ...Read more
Had CT with contrast this morning. Now my mid back is achy. Worried of kidney damage. Chances and symptoms? Anything I can do to help
No worries: We do a good job these days screening patients' kidney function before we give contrasts. Chance of the one dye administration causing kidney issues is very low and would not cause you back pain anyway. Your pain is probably musculoskeletal from laying on the test table. Avoid taking any NSAIDS for the pain but can use Tylenol (acetaminophen) and stay well hydrated. ...Read more
Possible: The IV contrast provides imaging of blood flow into kidneys and will detect blockages, aneurysms, asymmetric flow, mass, structural problems. Lab draw and renal panel provide functional information on how your kidneys are performing as filters. Your doc will want to follow up with you after all the studies are complete to give you results. The IV contrast itself can be damaging to your kidney. ...Read more
Can dehydration cause a buildup of potassium in electrolyte blood tests without any other signs of kidney damage in tests?
Dehydration: If you become dehydrated enough the blood flow to the kidneys can decrease and kidney failure can occur. If the kidney failure is bad enough and if one is on certain medications such as potassium, ACE inhibitors, ARBs, spironolactone high potassium can occur. With dehydration the kidneys are not damaged and will recover with hydration. ...Read more
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
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
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
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