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Renal Insufficiency Causes
What tests can cousin do to know if his serum cretanine that came 1.4 is due to renal insufficiency caused by diabetes.Takes meds for last 15 yrs.
Descriptor only: Renal insufficiency is a descriptor that your kidney function is not 100% of normal. Usually providers call a function between 60-99% insufficiency. The cause could be anything from incorrect lab ( the calculated function is an estimate only), taking Ibuprofen regularly, recurrent kidney infections, hypertension, diabetes and glomerulonephritis( kidney filter inflammation). See your provider. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Renal failure: Renal insufficiency is often asymptomatic initially. However as renal function deteriorates, you get a build up of toxin in the blood which cause nausea, vomiting, fatigue, shortness of breath, tremor/twitching, daytime somnolence, food can begin to taste bad....This is usually after the kidney function is less than 30% (often less than 15%). ...Read more
Vague: Kidney failure is notorious for causing very vague nebulous symptoms sometimes like, fatigue, insomnia, nausea, decreased appetite, metallic taste in the mouth, etc. I have a more comprehensive list on my blog at http://www.Kidneydoctorbradenton.Org/2013/04/what-are-signs-and-symptoms-of-ckd.Html. ...Read more
Renal insufficency: Renal insufficiency is now called chronic kidney disease (ckd). There are very few symptoms, if any in stages 1 and 2 of ckd. When people progress on to higher stages of ckd, there ares some blood labs that turn abnormal. Patients are symptom free, until their gfr. ...Read more
Interchangeable term: They are all used interchangeably. They all suggest kidney disease (the reasons for which can be many). ...Read more
Kidney disease stage: You need to see a nephrologist to get a 24 hour urine for creatinine clearance and protein. This will give you your renal function and put you into a stage of chronic kidney disease (ckd). You may feel no symptoms until stage 5 ckd where you may have some anorexia or reversal of day-night sleeping patterns. Patients with ckd in stages 3-4 may have anemia and with high parathyroid hormone levels. ...Read more
Symptoms of CKD.: You may not be able to distinguish symptoms of early chronic kidney disease (ckd). Most patients in stage 3 have few, if any symptoms. You need to see a nephrologist (n) to see if you have any signs of advanced ckd. Among them are, low calcium and hemoglobin levels. Other signs are high parathyroid hormone and phosphorus levels. See a n early to effectively treat any problems that may develop. ...Read more
Watch the salt. : Generally, dietary sodium restriction to < 2000mg daily helps control blood pressure which will help protect kidneys. Depending on the severity of kidney disease or medications that are prescribed, other diet restrictions may be necessary. Certain kidney disorders benefit from avoiding excessive protein. Diabetics need other restrictions, so talk to your doctor who knows your history and labs. ...Read more
Varies widely. : The symptoms & signs of renal insufficiency vary widely. It depends on the degree of kidney underfunction, the onset, the cause, & the duration. If gradual, there may be no initial symptoms. Sometimes there is blood in the urine & flank pain. Ultimately, hypertension, swelling & uremia results: anorexia, nausea, vomiting, pericarditis, peripheral neuropathy, & central nervous system abnormalities. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Depends on the cause of renal insufficiency. ...Read more
Acute renal failure: Failure means kidneys stopped completely. Insufficiency not completely gone but not normal. ...Read more
Terminology: Many physicians including nephrologists will use the terms chronic renal failure, chronic renal insufficiency, and chronic kidney disease interchangeably. Some will use the term "insufficiency" when the chronicity or the severity of the renal disease is not clear but in most instances, they are synonymous. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
OK: Fish oil capsules are ok in the setting of kidney disease. There is data in IgA nephropathy that fish lil slows the loss of kidney function. For other diseases the data is lacking. Mercury poisoning potentially could occur if more than recommended doses are used. I would recommend a large commercial brand since quality control has plagued fish oil formulations for years. ...Read more
Is Neurontin (gabapentin) treating shingles pain dangerous to the kidneys for 55 yr. Old man w/chronic renal insufficiency secondary to chemo 14 yrs. Ago for aml?
I have mild renal insufficiency due to diabetes (serum creatinine 1.41). I have started taking melatonin every night. It works well but is it safe?
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