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Kidney Disease And Memory Loss
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
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
Have Kidney Disease Stage 2, Still Appetite is Ok but having Unintentional weight loss 12kg in 4 months, It is due to kidney disease or else?
For 57+ F does serum creatinine 1.0 mg/dL along with 5-10% weight loss in 6-12 months, Hb 10.6 & Pt 1.2 L indicate early/mid stage kidney disease ?
RENAL DISEASE??: HELLO~ this show mild platelet reduction and anemia (HB10.2) You should see ur doctor to place on record its from menorrhagia,. or if not, find the cause and treat with iron after further tests. You need a CREATININE CLEARANCE to diagnose kidney disease and creatinine of 1.0 is within normal range. You would need massive wt loss to make Cr rise. thanks ...Read more
My gran has dementia kidney disease , she admitted to hospital for UTI , loss of mobility weak , been IV fluid and antibiotic 48 hours what's wrong?
See explanation.: Do you mean she has dementia and kidney disease? A UTI can cause behavioral problems in people with dementia and they can get dehydrated. And become very weak.Once hydrated and antibiotics are given the behavioral problems resolve. Sometimes minor tranquilizers are utilized to control the behavioral problems for the patient's safety and weaned off after the UTI is treated. ...Read more
My husband has loss of appetite along with burning sensation in stomach. He's feeling very weak because of it. He has also chronic kidney disease. Wha?
Be checked soon...: Sorry to hear that your husband seems having suffered from chronic illnesses, which require a comprehensive evaluation with detailed history stressing sequence of events of all symptoms + physical exam + tests as needed so to deduce diagnosis and to lay out the priority of medical necessity and professional possibilities of care & treatment, which is beyond what a 400-letter space can do. ...Read more
Vague: Kidney failure is notorious for causing very vague nebulous symptoms sometimes like, fatigue, insomnia, nausea, decreased appetite, metallic taste in the mouth, etc. I have a more comprehensive list on my blog at http://www.Kidneydoctorbradenton.Org/2013/04/what-are-signs-and-symptoms-of-ckd.Html. ...Read more
Indirectly: Garlic tends to lower body cholesterol and inflammation, thus blood flow to kidneys may improve slightly by keeping arteries to kidneys somewhat cleaner. May also reduce any inflammatory swelling in kidneys as in pyelonephritis. Otherwise, in itself does not dieectly treat kidney disease. ...Read more
Heavy Metals: The extent of kidney damage caused by heavy metals depends on the dose, route and duration of exposure. Cadmium (Cd), mercury (Hg), lead (Pb), platinum (Pt), and Chromium (Cr) and they can cause heavy metal nephropathy and the severity could range from tubular dysfunction to renal failure/death. ...Read more
Asymptomatic: It depends on the cause of the kidney disease.Some may present with swelling of the legs, face, others with blood tinged urine, however most often, early kidney disease are asymptomatic. Protein in the urine is one of the earliset signs of kidney disease followed by increase in serum creatinine on blood tests. If you suspect, please see your doctor to get the blood and urine tests. ...Read more
None: No known herbs for kidney disease. Based on your baseline kidney function anything such as a mega dose of vitamin C or a large dose of Mg or phosphate containing laxative could be dangerous for remaining kidney health. There is an increase incidence of Chinese herbal nephropathy. Before using anything checks your kidney function and check with your doctor. ...Read more
Blood and urine: Urinalysis with tests for protein, glucose, blood, bilirubin, pH and specific gravity, blood tests for na, k, cl, creatinine, urea, bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) are a good starting point. Many other tests may be needed depending on these chemistry tests as well as hematology and urine microscopy, ultrasound and serologic testing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No herbs: There is no sufficient evidence by research studies to recommend any herbs to prevent or cure kidney disease.However there are studies showing herbs can cause kidney disease. It is best to show the herbal supplements to your doctor to advise you.In my opinion, no herbal product is safe as there are no safety studies with many of the herbal products. ...Read more
See below: Mpgn is short for membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis.This is a pattern of kidney injury seen on kidney biopsy.High blood pressure, swelling of legs all whole body and loss of kidney function with more symptoms like anorexia, nausea depending on stage of kidney function loss. ...Read more
Tylenol (acetaminophen): If you have kidney disease, nsaids like alleve and Advil can further worsen your kidney disease or increase your blood pressure. Therefore these medicines should be avoided in patients with ckd. If you have pain, tylenol (acetaminophen) would be your safest option. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There are many: The list is as long as your arm. In general kidney disease is something your were born with-congenital, or was acquired later in life. Hypertension and diabetes are the two systemic diseases that most affect the kidneys. Infections, stones, obstructions, trauma, and inflammations--glomerulonephritis are also common causes of kidney disease. ...Read more
Serum Creatinine: The serum creatinine is used to estimate kidney function. This information is present on all labs identified as the eGFR. Normal is >90, Stage 1 >90 with urine protein present, Stage 2 60-90, Stage 3 30-59, Stage 4 15-29, Stage 5 <15, Stage 6 on dialysis. The eGFR is an estimate and the real function is generally +/- 50% of the number. Example eGFR 30 could really be anywhere from 15-45. ...Read more
Often no syptoms: Most often it is asymptomatic.Symptoms depends on the cause of kidney and severity of kidney disease. Common symptoms are leg and facial swelling, fatigue, changes in appetite, shortness of breath etc. Docs often want to diagnose chronic kidney disaese in early reversible stages before symptoms develop. Please consult your doc ...Read more
CKD causes: There are many causes of chronic kidney disease (ckd). Among them are diabetes, types 1 and 2, hypertension, exposure to drugs that harm the kidney, obstruction of the urinary outflow tract, amyeloid, glomerular diseases of the kidney and HIV to name several. See a nephrologist for more information about the cause of ckd in your case. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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