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Im 57 female diabetic and have 1 kidney....Donated 1 to my brother. I feel a kind of tingling n strange sensation in my toes. What to do?
Foot tingling: Diabetics are prone to diabetic neuropathy, which can manifest in tingling. You will need to have your doc examine you and find the reason for your tingling. One interesting fact found recently is B12 deficiency caused by metformin. I find a lot of my patients of your age especially with diabetes to be B12 deficient. ...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
Horseshoe kidney means you have only one kidney due to the fusion of normally two separate kidneys, so you cannot donate one. Well you could, but it would entail more risk as the horseshoe kidney would need to be divided to remove one half.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
Can i still get weight loss surgery if I am missing a kidney? I donated a kidney. Am i able to get weight loss surgery?
Bariatric surgeon: There are multiple questions to qualify for obesity surgery. Obesity itself will harm your only kidney. Obesity increases risks for joint disease, heart disease, and possibly diabetes. A bariatric surgeon can talk to you and probably has a weight control specialist who will want to help you even if you cannot have the surgery. You will benefit from the evaluation. ...Read more
Kidney transplant: Survival after a kidney transplant is excellent for most people. The transplant team does extensive tests to make sure a patient is able to tolerate the procedure. The long term outcomes are dependent on compliance with medicines and follow up and the cause of renal failure in the patient. Some types of kidney disease recur in patients after transplant. ...Read more
I slightly felt a sharp kind of pain near my donated kidney... Maybe the kidney itself... What does it mean? It's gone now but what if it comes back?
Pain: When were you transplanted ? Was the surgery recent? Also did you miss any of meds? And do you have any pain on movement or pain while passing urine. In some patients recent surgery can cause some pain due to nerve injury. This is assuming many variables. Best optic is to see your transplant doc. Call them and see them. Most patients can feel some pain weeks post transplant. Best of luck ...Read more
In case of kidney transplant due to chronic kidney failure, which donated kidney is preferred: living related or living unrelated kidney?
Hello doctor. I want to donate kidney to my father.Tell me if there is any kind of risk to my health in future after donating kidney. I am 26 yrs old.
Possible later risk: Most healthy patients who donate a kidney see no difference in their health throughout their life. However, after donation, you have given away half of your functional kidney mass. As you age, you have less back up as your remaining kidney naturally loses function. If your father developed renal failure, you may also have a similar risk (genetically) and may be more likely to end up on dialysis. ...Read more
My dad has chronic kidney disease. If there's a chance can I (19yr old girl) donate kidney to him. He is around 63 years?
My dad (62 years) has a stage IV chronic kidney disease.If there is a chance of kidney transplant can I (girl 19 years) donate kidney to him?
You can ask: Kidney donation depends both on your own basic health & the suitability of the tissue match. At 19 most states would give you the power of consent. You would undergo an evaluation to be sure you had two healthy kidneys. The rest is up to the team & sorting out all the family issues that give us all headaches. Good luck. ...Read more
Unusual question.: You would need to have a kidney transplant in the unlikely event that you had an accident, developed a large kidney tumor or kidney disease resulting in loss or loss of function in your remaining kidney. The transplant would be from a cadaver or a new live donor. No one would ever return your original kidney. ...Read more
NSAIDS: Sold over-the-counter, and used commonly for pain control, the group of medications called nsaids- non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs include aspirin, Naproxen and Ibuprofen (motrin or advil). They can be quite harmful to kidney function, which is why the label instructions must always be followed. Routine, daily use is probably unwise for anyone. Donors should generally avoid these drugs. ...Read more
Can't always tell: Need to have routine follow up with your primary care provider. You need to make sure BP is normal and no other illnesses surface like diabetes or obesity. Some symptoms of kidney disease include swelling and high bp, decreased urine. Notice, these symptoms may present late in disease. Although, you may live healthy for long bec you were cleared by docs pre transplant, you need routine follow up. ...Read more
If healthy zero: If you are healthy ( ie no diabetes, no hypertension, no kidney disease, no cancer history....) you risk is almost zero. Usually kidney donors are healthier then the general population and are followed by physician closely. Hypertension and protein in the urine happen rarely. A donor usually undergoes an extensive workup before being considered to donate. ...Read more
Certain restrictions: If you mean living donors. Those with abnormal kidneys, or conditions that would put them at future risk for kidney disease. Those with other problems that make elective surgery unsafe, or can transmit a disease to the recipient. Those who can not demonstrate that their decision to donate is made with informed consent and free of undue coercion from others. Those that are being paid to donate. ...Read more
16 year old donor: Speak with a transplant center in your city. Different states have different laws regarding organ donation. If you can donate a kidney at 16, where you are, people at the center can tell you so. If you can do so with parental permission, they will tell you that as well. ...Read more
Interesting question: A horseshoe kidney would be created by the material that failed to separate & form two separate ones. You certainly couldn't do so while alive (you would die). I doubt that they could use one as a organ donation at death because of the abnormal blood supply and other hookups. ...Read more
See below: It is generally very safe , and you can survive on one kidney. You need to be evaluated for donating a kidney and make sure you have no health problems and you yourself have normal kidney function. ...Read more
18 yrs: Adulthood, typically defined as age 18, is the usual parameter used to define eligibility for living kidney donation. I can imagine other situations--e.g. An underage mother or father donating to their child-- but most programs use age 18. ...Read more
Low if done right: In order to donate your kidneys, the transplant center should screen you extensively to make sure there is very little risk of you developing kidney disease and ending up on dialysis. There is a slight risk your blood pressure may be higher in the future. However, if there are unexpected medical problems (like trauma or blockage to the one kidney), you have no reserve so more unexpected risk. ...Read more
No.: Although different transplant centers may have their own policies and ethical guidelines, the age of consent in the us is 18. Get drafted, military service, vote, state by state. However, the very young are scrutinized very closely to be sure they understand what they are doing, and they are giving true informed consent without coercion from others. ...Read more
Very little change: In order to donate your kidneys, the transplant center should screen you extensively to make sure there is very little risk of you developing kidney disease and ending up on dialysis. There is a slight risk your blood pressure may be higher in the future. You may feel better about yourself helping another. Otherwise, should be little change other than having only one kidney left. ...Read more
Transplant center: It depends on the transplant center. On an average, it takes about 3 months if all the tests for both donor and the recipient are done expeditiously.However, it can take upto 6 months, if the recipient has to be prepared for the surgery. It is best to call the transplant centers and speak to transplant coordinator who can outline their process in that center, . ...Read more
Detailed work up: Put very simply the donor needs two normal kidneys with good function and no systemic disease or condition which can affect kidney function in future such as diabetes and high blood pressure. However donors have a full medical examination to make sure they have no other reason, including psych- social which can preclude donation. ...Read more