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I'm confused...I thought kidney failure was having little to no urine. If I pee alot...How could this be related to kidney failure then?

I'm confused...I thought kidney failure was having little to no urine. If I pee alot...How could this be related to kidney failure then?

Kidney failure?: Kidney failure is not just based on urine volume. Do you have any idea of what the person's you are talking about bun, creatinine and potassium levels are? If you give more information, the answers you get would be more valid. ...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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Very confused my egfr was 79 according to my lab it says normal but on internet it says 100 is normal and I w ok would be stage two chronic kidney disease?

Very confused my egfr was 79 according to my lab it says normal but on internet it says 100 is normal and I w ok would be stage two chronic kidney disease?

Not accurate: This is not an accurate measure of kidney function. If you have some underlying medical condition which makes kidney disease likely, an accurate measurement of GFR by 24 hour urine collection and other measurements would be advisable. ...Read more

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I get sharp pains in bladder/ureter when I have shortness of breath/mental confusion/tingling of skin? Can kidney/ureter/bladder stones cause this?

I get sharp pains in bladder/ureter when I have shortness of breath/mental confusion/tingling of skin? Can kidney/ureter/bladder stones cause this?

Something is Wrong: This question sounds like two or three different questions. It does not come together to one specific or obvious problem. But, the symptoms are not to be ignored and I would recommend a full evaluation in person with your trusted medical advisor. ...Read more

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What does having leg pain, leg weakness, lower back stiffness, weightloss, and mental unclearity or confusion/spaciness mean?

What does having leg pain, leg weakness, lower back stiffness, weightloss, and mental unclearity or confusion/spaciness mean?

Weakness: A combination of those generalized symptoms in a young person, deserves immediate attention. Please find a local physician as soon as possible, and have a proper work up done. It most likely will require physical examination, lab work, and possible advanced imaging studies. Please seek help soon! ...Read more

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I have one kidney, and I'm going through renal failure I'm confused what does this mean for me?

I have one kidney, and I'm going through renal failure I'm confused what does this mean for me?

Get good help: If you are going down this road that means eventual dialysis or kidney transplant. Good luck. ...Read more

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My wife had sepsis in February this year. It started as a urinary tract infection and then into the kidney. Her fever got to 106 the first night in ICU. Since then she still has not gained her strength back and can't stay focused and has confusion. Could

My wife had sepsis in February this year. It started as a urinary tract infection and then into the kidney. Her fever got to 106 the first night in ICU. Since then she still has not gained her strength back and can't stay focused and has confusion. Could

Infection: Sounds like she had pylonephritis. A prolonged infectious state can deplete muscle and energy in patients. Usually being bed bound for a week one can lose up to 7 pounds of muscle. If the infection severe even at a faster rate. Prolonged ICU stays can also cause ICU delerium, confusion and this can last months per research. Some people can have chronic anxiety, PTSD, even months after. ...Read more

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Why do kidney infections cause people to become confused?

Why do kidney infections cause people to become confused?

Encephalopathy: I think what you are asking about is uremic encephalopathy which develops as patients begin to experience renal failure. This is not necessarily due to a kidney infection, nor do all kidney infections result in this condition. The buildup of various substances that would normally be regulated by the kidney leads to symptoms. ...Read more

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Confused my creatinine is low 0.28 but my bun cr ratio is high 28.6. I'm concern about my kidneys since I've been type 2 diabetic 22 yrs. Pls advise?

Confused my creatinine is low 0.28 but my bun cr ratio is high 28.6. I'm concern about my kidneys since I've been type 2 diabetic 22 yrs. Pls advise?

Dehydration: Creatinine is more sensitive than BUN in terms of assessing kidney function, although, the most sensitive would be GFR (glomerular filtration rate). Sometimes the high ration is seen in people who are dehydrated or have urea production increase such as liver cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Kidney transplant needed. Confused about plasma exchange?

Kidney transplant needed. Confused about plasma exchange?

Removes antibodies: Plasma exchange or plasmapheresis is designed to remove antibodies (proteins) from the plasma fraction of the blood, which is then replaced with other plasma or albumin. It is done when the recipient has antibodies targeting the hla antigens in the donor. It may be done before or after the transplant; and is useful to prevent or treat rejections. ...Read more

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I formed 4 kidney stones in 3 months. 22 & I've had over 15 stones. I've done everything I've been told. I'm so tired & confused. What else can I do?

I formed 4 kidney stones in 3 months. 22 & I've had over 15 stones. I've done everything I've been told. I'm so tired & confused. What else can I do?

Metabolic work up: I am sorry you have suffered thru 15 stones. Did you ever get any of the stones tested for the type? Have you had a 24 hour urine collection? Have you had blood work done including PTH, calcium etc tested. Have you seen a kidney doc and the dietitian and kept a food dairy? Also you need to drink at least 2 L of water in 24 hours. Need extensive metabolic stone work up in a large teaching hospital. ...Read more

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Is it normal for an elderly person with a chronic kidney infection to be confused and talking jibberish?

Is it normal for an elderly person with a chronic kidney infection to be confused and talking jibberish?

No: It's never normal for a person to be confused and talking gibberish. The question is why, and it usually takes a medical examination to find out. Kidney failure or fever from infection can cause delirium, but there are many other possible causes too. If it's a new problem, the person should see a doctor right away. If it's not new, it may be due to a permanent disability such as stroke. ...Read more

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What is increased echo-sinus of kidney due to crystalization but no kidney stones. Result of my ultrasound. Pls explain coz im confused. Thanks?

What is increased echo-sinus of kidney due to crystalization but no kidney stones. Result of my ultrasound. Pls explain coz im confused. Thanks?

Here are some...: Kidney sinus is the anatomical area where arteries and veins as well as the kidney pelvis and ureter converge to join kidney solid tissues. Among these described tubing structures, some fatty tissues of wide variable degree may intersperse, pack, and become more echogenic. Such finding carries no clinical significance as long as no obstruction, stone, or kidney infection. Etc. More? Ask Doc. ...Read more

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I had ct scan of my kidney last week and after I came to know that I m pregnant of two weeks. Will ct scan affect my fetus. Confused. Help me?

I had ct scan of my kidney last week and after I came to know that I m pregnant of two weeks. Will ct scan affect my fetus. Confused. Help me?

Don't make a habit.: The radiation dose from a single CT scan (1) causes effects which can't be undone, so there's no point in worrying about it, & (2) isn't likely high enuf 2 affect the fetus. That being said, don't make a habit out of getting CT scans. Understand the reasons & ask 4 alternatives. Radiation is different than medicine in that the dose is LIFETIME CUMULATIVE (it's like a medicine that never leaves). ...Read more

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Stage IV patient, lungs cancer after kidney tumor.2months after diagnosis, weight gain & good appetite, always hungry. No symptoms as doc said. Confused?

Stage IV patient, lungs cancer after kidney tumor.2months after diagnosis, weight gain & good appetite, always hungry. No symptoms as doc said. Confused?

Unclear: If the diagnosis of stage 4 long cancer is correct, this may be the calm before the storm. If the diagnosis is not correct, that could be the reason there are no other symptoms. The issue is really more complex than be sorted put on this forum. Need lots more info. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What can it be: mental confusion of past things, but not for the present?

Head injury dementia: What is your age? Any head injury? Depending onyour age could be early stages of dementia? Check with your pcp. ...Read more

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Is there any illness that leads to psychological problems like mental confusion?

Yes: There are a myriad of physical illnesses that can lead to confusion. The best way to determine this is through a comprehensive medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Has anyone had mental confusion while on tarceva (erlotinib)?

Has anyone had mental confusion while on tarceva (erlotinib)?

Uncommon but yes: Reported to occur in about 0.5% of cases, so that it is uncommon. In lung cancer patients there are several other things to consider first before this medication. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause mental confusion and memory problems?

Yes.: An overactive thyroid might cause all of that, but anxiety alone certainly can. Both are treatable, so consult a physician. ...Read more

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I have symptoms of confusion and I feel like I'm losing my mind. My lower back hurts and concerned?

I have symptoms of confusion and I feel like I'm losing my mind. My lower back hurts and concerned?

Ok: Your symptoms are not specific for one definitive condition, and you need to be seen and evaluated asap by a dr. To start a diagnostic work up on why you are confused, etc. Confusion can be form a viral infection, to underlying chemical imbalances, to stress, to having a type of stroke, so as stated it is important you get in to see the Dr asap. Best wishes. ...Read more

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88-yr old grandma has first-time gout attack and creatinine is 1.8. Now showing signs of slight mental confusion. Something else going on? Thank you!

88-yr old grandma has first-time gout attack and creatinine is 1.8. Now showing signs of slight mental confusion. Something else going on? Thank you!

Check urea: Urea derived from catabolic liver pathways which in failure can cause hepatic encephalopathy which at first manifest in euphoric confusion mental status changes. She must see a doctor to analyze blood chemistries. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm so sick of this mental confusion?

See details: Have the issue evaluated. There be an underlying medical issue causing this problem. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: mental confusion?

Mental Confusion: Being bewildered or unclear in your mind, such as in delirium, where there's altered level of consciousness & orientation. ...Read more

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Please explain mental confusion symptoms of peri-menopause?

Please explain mental confusion symptoms of peri-menopause?

Estrogen drop: As estrogen levels drop, a message is sent through the blood stream back to the pitiuitary gland which hangs down under a part of the brain called the hypothalamus. Because of that connection memory and some "brain functions" are often afffected including "moods". ...Read more

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Why does hypoglycemia cause mental confusion in diabetes?

Why does hypoglycemia cause mental confusion in diabetes?

Brain cells stop: Most cells can use several sources for energy needs; brain cells can only use glucose. When there is not enough glucose in the fluid around the brain, the brain cells lack the energy to function normally and so stop working properly, and confusion results. ...Read more

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Can tarceva (erlotinib) cause someone to have mental confusion?

Yes but uncommon: The best way to find out would be to stop the tarceva (erlotinib). The complicated thing is that patients who are on tarceva (erlotinib) often have other reasons they can be confused, so this person needs to have a workup! Tell them to call their doctor! ...Read more

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My husband has cirrhosis and now he is showing mental confusion, what should I do?

Go To the Doctor: Please take your husband to his physician urgently. If you are more worried or have no ability to do this then please get him to a medical center where he can be admitted for alcohol detox.
If you are giving him alcohol or purchasing alcohol for him you must stop. I would recommend that if this is indeed the case that you need al-anon urgently. He needs to stop drinking. ...Read more

Dr. Tarek Naguib
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Kidney Failure (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
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Mental Confusion (Definition)

Being bewildered or unclear in your mind, such as in delirium, where there's altered level ...Read more