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Dr. Tarek Naguib
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Kidney Failure (Overview)

A condition in which your kidneys suddenly stop working normally. Since your kidneys remove waste products and help balance water and salt and other minerals (electrolytes) in your blood, when your kidneys stop working, waste products, fluids, and electrolytes build up in your body. This can cause problems that can be deadly.


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How does kidney failure cause nausea?

How does kidney failure cause nausea?

Complex: Anemia (low blood cell count) commonly occurs in kidney failure and can cause nausea.

More commonly, the uremic toxins (that the kidney normally filters), accumulate which suppresses appetite, causes, nausea, and can also cause confusion. ...Read more

Dr. Tarek Naguib
600 Doctors shared insights

Kidney Failure (Overview)

A condition in which your kidneys suddenly stop working normally. Since your kidneys remove waste products and help balance water and salt and other minerals (electrolytes) in your blood, when your kidneys stop working, waste products, fluids, and electrolytes build up in your body. This can cause problems that can be deadly.


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Is change in urine an early symptom of kidney failure?

Is change in urine an early symptom of kidney failure?

Not reliable: Your urine color/odor changes throughout the day--do you notice that couple of hours after consuming coffe you pee smell differently? Or after eating asparagus? Use of some meds/vitamin can change color of urine. So this is not reliable. If u have causes for concern for kidney disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure, lupus/arthritis, chronic med use etc...Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Kidney failure (Tip)

Do any of my medications need to be adjusted or stopped because of my kidney failure? ...See more

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Managing Mild Kidney Failure (Checklist)

Make certain that your blood pressure is at the low prescribed target
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Make certain that your cholesterol has been monitored and treated
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Make certain that your blood sugars are well managed
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Minimize your weight gain, and lose weight if you are overweight
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What are early symptoms of kidney failure?

What are early symptoms of kidney failure?

RENAL FAILURE: There are very few symptoms until the kidney reserve function has been depleted. Tiredness, sometimes excessive voiding, sometimes much less to not voiding at all, thirst, confusion comes in the end. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms or signs of kidney failure?

What are some of the symptoms or signs of kidney failure?

Subtle: More often than not they are mild and easy to miss as just having a "flu" and being under the weather.
They include: fatigue, poor appetite, increasing need to sleep but not waking up refreshed, nausea in the morning, lack of libido, muscle cramping and ultimately swelling, shortness of breath and low urine output. ...Read more

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Kidney failure (Tip)

If fasting labs show kidney failure, ask to recheck them when you're well-hydrated. ...See more

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How do you know if you're experiencing kidney failure?

How do you know if you're experiencing kidney failure?

See below: A very low urine volume less than 400 ml/day, but generally speaking a blood test with an elevated creatinine level and a low calculated gfr, informs you that the kidney is not capable of getting rid of all the waste and you may still pass urine, however the kidneyis not all eliminating the waste. This is called uremia. ...Read more

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How does a kidney doctor diagnose kidney failure?

How does a kidney doctor diagnose kidney failure?

Lab tests: Although there are clinical signs of kidney failure including swelling, high blood pressure, and other signs including loss of appetite, the most reliable diagnosis of kidney failure requires laboratory testing. Specifically the blood is tested for blood urea nitrogen and creatinine levels. The urine may also be tested for abnormal proteins and the presence of red or white blood cells. ...Read more

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Kidney failure (Tip)

Do - keep diabetes under control with your doctor's help. It is a risk factor for kidney failure. ...See more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily, and alert your doctor if your weight increases
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Take your medications as they are prescribed
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Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
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Kidney failure (Tip)

Myth: kidney pain is uncommon and most patients with kidney failure never have discomfort in back. ...See more

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call your doctor if you have a fever or back pain
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated and to help flush the infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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What causes kidney failure?

What causes kidney failure?

Many things: Kidney failure can be from problems before, within and after the kidneys (pre-, intrinsic, post-renal failure).Dehydration or poor blood flow from heart problems, blockage from prostate or urinary flow problems, and many things within the kidney. Infection can do it, too. Diseases such as diabetes and hypertension are main causes, as are medications. ...Read more

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Does a low phoshorus level and low complement C3 but normal bun and creatin level mean kidney failure?

Does a low phoshorus level and low complement C3 but normal bun and creatin level mean kidney failure?

No: Kidney failure is defined by changes in bun/cr and more correctly GFR (glomerular filtration rate) over time. A normal BUN and cr is reassuring. Usually the phosphorus is high with kidney failure. A low complement (c3) level relates to the immune system and a possible deficiency there. ...Read more

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Kidney failure (Tip)

Serious condition; prevent kidney failure; control BP diabetes. ...See more

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Treating Kidney Stones (Checklist)

Drink two to three quarts of water every day
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Use over-the-counter naproxen or ibuprofen for pain relief
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Let your doctor know if you have a fever or can't hold down food
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What are my options to treat kidney failure?

What are my options to treat kidney failure?

Dialysis/ transplant: Dialysis is in-center i.e. Hemodialysis (blood dialysis)
dialysis at home usually peritoneal via abdominal catheter
transplant (living-related, cadaveric, or living-unrelated)
or a combination of all the above in sequence. ...Read more

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What is kidney failure and how is it treated?

What is kidney failure and how is it treated?

Kidneys're losing...: A wide range of diseases such as infection, inflammation, stone, blockage, diabetes, hypertension, shock, drugs, etc. May damage the filtering and concentrating ability of kidneys resulting in poor managing fluid, electrolytes, and acidity. Its course may be acute or chronic.

Its treatment may highly vary depending on it cause and pace. For detail, talk with experts.

Best wish... ...Read more

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Kidney failure (Tip)

What caused my kidney failure? Is my kidney failure chronic? Is kidney function stable? ...See more

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Managing Kidney Dialysis (Checklist)

Do not misss your dialysis sessions
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Eat low-phosphorus foods
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Eat a low-potassium diet
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What is the treatment for acute kidney failure?

What is the treatment for acute kidney failure?

Treating the cause: Causes are a wide array of possibilities. Based on the diagnosis the doctor will treat the cause. Also, the kidneys will sometimes need support with dialysis until the case recovers. Otherwise, the doctor will fill in for the kidneys in their relative absence from the job e.g. Adjusts electrolytes, hemoglobin, acidosis, blood pressure, edema until the kidneys return to duty and take over. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for chronic kidney failure?

What are some treatments for chronic kidney failure?

DIALYSIS: Chronic kidney failure means that the kidney function is in the range of less than 10-15% depending on the patients general condition and presence of absence of diabetes. There is no actual treatment that makes the kidneys better. So dialysis needs to be initiated to assist in removing the waste that the failing kidneys could not remove. ...Read more

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Kidney failure (Tip)

If you are heading into kidney failure, ask now about living donor kidney transplants. ...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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What are the best natural meds to cure kidney failure?

None, really.: Kidney failure can be acute or chronic, and can be related to innumerable potential causes. Specific treatment is guided by identifying the specific cause of kidney failure. Natural remedies are not well-studied and there could be potential downsides (some herbal remedies can be toxic to kidneys!) the best recommendation would be referral to a licensed nephrologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms and how to prevent getting kidney failure if I have diabetes?

Protein, sugar, bp: Symptoms- you may not have any symptoms in early kidney disease- get your urine checked for protein, as this is the earliest sign of kidney disease. Late stages of kidney disease- some of the common symptoms are swelling of the feet, shortness of breath, fatigue, poor appetite.This list is not complete. Prevention- control diabetes, check for high bp, check with your doctor before starting any med. ...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


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