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Living With Kidney Failure
My son has severe gastroparesis and with no insurance. I'm scared he'll just quit living (kidney failure) because he suffers so much.
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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
In case of kidney transplant due to chronic kidney failure, which donated kidney is preferred: living related or living unrelated kidney?
What exactly does borderline kidney failure mean? & what can be done to keep them to get worse? Is ther e something im doing causing them to fail?
Kidney failure?: Two things that can lead to kidney failure (esrd) are poorly controlled hypertension and diabetes. If you have those problems make sure you have your BP well controlled and if you are diabetic, make sure you are under the care of an endocrinologist. See a nephrologist (n) and have a 24 hour urine collection to get your actual kidney function determined. After that the n can discuss your prognosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
E. coli: The so-called enterohemorrhagic e. Coli is linked to a particular form of kidney disease called hemolytic uremic syndrome. Type o157 is the most common but other o types can also cause this. Anti microbial agents not only do not prevent the kidney complication but clearly are linked to a higher risk of it. However, e.Coli sepsis of other types can cause kidney failure that may be prevented by rx. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Uremia: If you have renal failure and is unable to excrete toxins and excess electrolytes/water from your body, you are likely to have symptoms and signs of uremia. They include nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, inability to concentrate, diffuse itching, and lethargy in addition to having fluid retention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Often no early signs: The kidneys function is to excrete excess water, keep electrolytes like sodium and potassium in balance, stimulate red blood cell growth, and remove toxic byproducts from the body. Urine output may be increased or decreased, in which case there is often swelling of legs, and may cause some breathing issues. Lack of removal of wastes, causes nausea. See Kidney Failure: Signs, Symptoms, Causes & Stages - MedicineNet www.medicinenet.com/kidney_failure/article.htm ...Read more
Fatigue swelling etc: Weakness, fatigue, lethargy. Fluid retention & swelling. Shortness of breath. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/kidney-failure/basics/symptoms/con-20024029 & http://www.medicinenet.com/kidney_failure/article.htm. Go see your family doc for testing and possible referral to a nephrologist (kidney specialist) when appropriate. Control blood pressure & sugar (diabetes). ...Read more
Not necessarily: The shrinking of the kidney can lead to decreased kidney function (kidney failure) but there are two kidneys and if one decreased function the other kidney will step up to the task. It needs to be clear why one kidney shrank. This is a guide to the diagnosis and the therapy. Some illness actually cause both kidney to shrink. Your function will help clarify your diagnosis. ...Read more
Usually no symptoms: There may not be any symptoms. There may be symptoms related to the cause. Sometimes there may be so called uremic symptoms- like metallic taste, poor appetite, tiredness, shortness of breath, itching and others. It also depends on if kidney failure developing gradually or acutely. Ask your doctor if in doubt. ...Read more
Prevent/delay it!: If the kidneys have actually failed, you will need "renal replacement therapy:" hemodialysis (the kidney machine), peritoneal dialysis, or a kidney transplant. But if they are still working, ask your doctor about how you can maximize their function for as long as possible. Caring for diabetes and high blood pressure will help. Certain blood pressure meds may help more than others. Lgromkomd. ...Read more
Fatigue & swelling: Chronic kidney failure can sneak up on you but leads to anemia and poor energy. Build up of toxins makes you feel sick and look ill. Inadequate fluid excretion leads to swelling, high BP and difficulty breathing. Abnormal sleep pattern, metallic taste in the mouth are other symptoms. Most people feel better after a few dialysis sessions or a transplant. ...Read more
Many considerations: If you are on dialysis or heading for a transplant, you will have a renal dietician to help. Most people in renal failure will restrict salt, protein, phosphate, and potassium. Fluids will be limited also. Because ingredients like phosphorus and potassium are in virtually everything, your dietician will be a huge help. More frequent dialysis (as in home dialysis) allows more dietary flexibility. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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