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Doctor insights on: Low Kidney Function Causes

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Does low kidney function cause low immune system with low WBC and platelets? Or would it be the other way around?

Does low kidney function cause low immune system with low WBC and platelets? Or would it be the other way around?

Kidney: Depends on how poorly the kidney function is. It can lead to anemia and sometimes low platelet count. Sounds like you have more going on and should continue seeing your doctor.

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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


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Doctor says I have low kidney function. What can cause this?

Doctor says I have low kidney function. What can cause this?

Diabetes, high BP: Common causes of kidney disease-diabetes, hypertension, kidney stones, blockage in the kidney and urinary system. Other disease- lupus, medications like painkillers (advil, aleve (naproxen) etc). First you have to find out the severity of kidney disease and look for cause. It may be reversible.

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How do I find out if I have rhabdomyolysis? I have continual decreased kidney function and low egfr 55. Could excessive exercise be the cause?

How do I find out if I have rhabdomyolysis? I have continual decreased kidney function and low egfr 55. Could excessive exercise be the cause?

Not likely: Rhabdomyolysis is a very specific condition associate with severe muscle pain or weakness leading to release of muscle protein in the blood stream so as to essentially clog the kidney channels. It causes acute kidney failure with brown urine and usally requires dialysis support or high rate IV fluids. It does not happen in a slow fashion with progressive damage. A blood test called CPK is high.

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My gyn noticed a "bump" in my creatine level and asked how my kidney function was. I was unawear. Could a low carb diet be the cause?

My gyn noticed a "bump" in my creatine level and asked how my kidney function was. I was unawear. Could a low carb diet be the cause?

NO: Creatinine levels can fluctuate and tend to increase to a certain degree with high protein diet, creatine supplements etc. If the creatinine increase is more than 30 % then you need evaluation by nephrologist. My advise is to recheck the creatinine level after adequate hydration first.

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Causes for low lymphs, mono, and kidney function, hi ast, mch, mchc, wbc, and, neuts, also big increase in alkaline phosphate but still normal?

Causes for low lymphs, mono, and kidney function, hi ast, mch, mchc, wbc, and, neuts, also big increase in alkaline phosphate but still normal?

WBC: This can be due from an infection or medication side effect and by themselves are not diagnostic, you have to interpret them with the clinical picture, please discuss your results with your doctor.

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I recently developed microalbuminaria with good kidney function and creatinine. I have low blood pressure and my weight is normal. I am not diabetic. Could low thyroid cause this?

I recently developed microalbuminaria with good kidney function and creatinine. I have low blood pressure and my weight is normal. I am not diabetic. Could low thyroid cause this?

Postural?: The first thing to rule out is orthostatic proteinuria. Void before going to bed; if the first-voided morning specimen is protein-free, perhaps you are just one of those folks who lose a little protein from standing up. In the absence of diabetes or renal dysfunction, microalbuminuria may not be a cause for concern.

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I was told I have low kidney function, should I be concerned?

I was told I have low kidney function, should I be concerned?

Low kidney function: It is not normal for someone your age to have low kidney function. More details are needed. Is this a chronic condition? Acute? Often medications, acute illness, dehydration, etc. Can cause acute decrease in renal function. You need to sit down and discuss this with your doctor and possible a nephrologist.

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What could cause a bad reaction to a mag3 kidney function test?

Reaction: There is always a possibility of an allergic reaction to the chemicals used in the test. Some mag3 scans use Captopril to look for renal artery stenosis and this can also cause a reaction.

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Can poor kidney function cause weird body odor?

Can poor kidney function cause weird body odor?

Yes, this can happen: At significantly low levels of kidney function. In addition, food and medication can also lead to abnormal odors.

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I have 36% kidney function, will alcohol cause more damage in moderation?

I have 36% kidney function, will alcohol cause more damage in moderation?

Not usually: Excessive alcohol consumption can adversely affect every organ in the body, even the skin. Remarkably, the kidneys are not affected by alcohol. That being said, if you have reduced kidney function, you should be careful. Often, alcoholics do not consume enough fluids in general and dehydration can damage kidneys. The medical specialist involved with kidneys is a nephrologist.

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A lot of fluid around body. Kidney function normal. Told to take Duiretics, is finding the cause important. Not salt as do not use it.

A lot of fluid around body. Kidney function normal. Told to take Duiretics, is finding the cause important. Not salt as do not use it.

Fluid retention: Do you mean the fluid is in your legs? Abdomen? fluid retention could be due to several reasons including heart failure, liver disease, losing protein in urine etc.

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Is opc3 safe for someone with lupus and low kidney function?

Is opc3 safe for someone with lupus and low kidney function?

Waste of money: Safe or not there is nothing in this product you need to be taking. If you are eating a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetable and lean meats you are getting all the antioxidants you need. As well this product contains a high amount of potassium, which could be dangerous for someone with kidney disease.

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My kidney function test show low levels of urea, 13.00 mg/dl.

My kidney function test show low levels of urea, 13.00 mg/dl.

Not a problem: The reference range for urea is the level for most folks who are not obviously sick. Low serum urea is never a problem. If you're obviously sick with something else, it may provide a clue -- but probably not. I hope you're not restricting dietary protein for some reason. "treat the person, not the numbers" -- but I'm glad you're asking and remaining proactive.

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Does prolonged use of metformin cause kidney function to decrease?

Does prolonged use of metformin cause kidney function to decrease?

Metformin kidney: No but poorly controlled DM does and is a leading cause of kidney failure and need to go on dialysis.

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My kidney function shows a low estimated GFR level. What should I do?

My kidney function shows a low estimated GFR level. What should I do?

See below: You should consult with a nephrologist to try and determine the cause. Low GFR means loss of kidneys ability to remove waste from the body, and there are many causes and possibility of reversibility or management of preventing further decrease in fucntion is important.

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My kidney function shows a low estimated GFR level. What should I do?

Low GFR level: You should ask your doctor to order a 24 hour urine for creatinine clearance and have blood taken when you drop off the urine at the lab. That is the way you will get an actual rather than an estimated gfr.

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My recent blood tests showed slightly low kidney function what does this mean?

My recent blood tests showed slightly low kidney function what does this mean?

Low: I am assuming you mean that your Creatinine is increased and the GFR is lower? Depending on the amount of reduction of your GFR, there needs to be followup and test done to determine what is the reason. Please remember I am assuming your question here. Urine test is key, and labs may be repeated and cause determined when possible and followed.

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