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Stomach cramps past 2 weeks solid and diahhreah mild kidney pain on left side not dehydrated pee is clear I don't know what's causin it worse in heat?

Stomach cramps past 2 weeks solid and diahhreah mild kidney pain on left side not dehydrated pee is clear I don't know what's causin it worse in heat?

See a doctor: These symptoms suggest a need for thorough evaluation. Make a list of all symptoms and the times in which they occur and any other factors you think may be involved, go see a pcp and get examined and tested as necessary. Good luck. ...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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Swollen glands, lower back pain, constantly dehydrated and fatigued. What could be the cause?

Swollen glands, lower back pain, constantly dehydrated and fatigued. What could be the cause?

You need to: See an internist for further examination there are many reasons you can have these symptoms. You may have a virus like mononucleosis. A doctor would be able to make a diagnosis after a thorough exam which may include bloodwork, throat culture etc. ...Read more

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Can dehydration cause kidney failure?

Can dehydration cause kidney failure?

Absolutely!!!: Always stay well hydrated, especially during warm summer months... ...Read more

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Can dehydration cause kidney pain?

Can dehydration cause kidney pain?

Dehydration: Dehydration alone does not. However if the dehydration causes a kidney stone then this can cause kidney pain. ...Read more

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Can intermittent kidney pain be caused by dehydration?

Can intermittent kidney pain be caused by dehydration?

No: Some other causes of flank pain should be sought, e.g., UTI. ...Read more

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Can dehydration cause a buildup of potassium in electrolyte blood tests without any other signs of kidney damage in tests?

Can dehydration cause a buildup of potassium in electrolyte blood tests without any other signs of kidney damage in tests?

Dehydration: If you become dehydrated enough the blood flow to the kidneys can decrease and kidney failure can occur. If the kidney failure is bad enough and if one is on certain medications such as potassium, ACE inhibitors, ARBs, spironolactone high potassium can occur. With dehydration the kidneys are not damaged and will recover with hydration. ...Read more

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Gfr 57. Potassium 5.4. Creatinine 1.1. Medications ruled out. No known kidney disease. Hypertension controlled with mess. Can dehydration cause this?

Gfr 57. Potassium 5.4. Creatinine 1.1. Medications ruled out. No known kidney disease. Hypertension controlled with mess. Can dehydration cause this?

Depends: It's hard to know with only a one-time reading. Your kidney function can fluctuate depending on your hydration status, how well controlled your blood pressure is (esp if it's too low for adequate renal perfusion) and if you're taking any medications that can affect gfr, ie nsaids, antibiotics like bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). You may have kidney disease if you have other creat that are similar. Talk to your pcp. ...Read more

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What is a dehydrated kidney and what can I do about it?

What is a dehydrated kidney and what can I do about it?

A vague term: The exact term is dehydrated body. The term means a body that is low on water. The term is used loosely. To be accurate, the sodium level should increase. Regardless, what you have probably heard suggests that the body needs more water intake to avoid slowing down kidney work. ...Read more

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Is there a danger to the body if you do a blood test while dehydrated? FYI kidneys hurt.

Is there a danger to the body if you do a blood test while dehydrated? FYI kidneys hurt.

Not really: The amount of blood taken is insignificant. Many blood tests can reflect subtle changed due to dehydration or be used to define the its type. (there are 3) Most blood studies wouldn't vary much if you are dry or overhydrated. ...Read more

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In short, would you say that people who tend to get kidney stones throughout life, are people who go around dehydrated alot?

In short, would you say that people who tend to get kidney stones throughout life, are people who go around dehydrated alot?

Yes and no: During the Vietnam war, the temperatures were very high, the water undrinkable, and about 10% of our soldiers passed a stone. Drinking plenty of water goes a long way to preventing most types of stones, but not everyone who passes low urine volumes will get a stone. So your idea is partly right -- I see you've had a stone & trust you'll keep your own urine clear. ...Read more

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My blood chem panel all normal ex low sodium. Kidney prob. Feel very dehydrated. Is this possible?

My blood chem panel all normal ex low sodium. Kidney prob. Feel very dehydrated. Is this possible?

Probably not: Dehydration usually raises sodium. If your sodium is only a bit outside the reference range, this isn't a cause for concern by itself -- ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside on either end. You list constipation as a problem -- do you drink plenty of water? If you find yourself urinating despite being thirsty, your physician can check your concentrating ability. ...Read more

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Creatinine was high on my last two labs. I'm going to see a kidney doctor for it. I'm always dehydrated, what are possibilities?

Creatinine was high on my last two labs. I'm going to see a kidney doctor for it. I'm always dehydrated, what are possibilities?

Elevated creatinine: Creatinine comes from muscle. Some very muscular men will have some elevated creatinine with normal kidney functions. Otherwise, you need an evaluation with urine testing for protein and red blood cells, a kidney ultrasound, and blood pressure check. ...Read more

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Kidney infection & dehydrated at 22 weeks pregnant, what will happen?

Kidney infection & dehydrated at 22 weeks pregnant, what will happen?

Get treatment: You should be treated for both if that is the case. If you have no nausea or vomiting, you can be treated with water intake and antibiotics by mouth- otherwise or if it is severe you will need IV fluids and antibiotics. ...Read more

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I didn't drink water for two days. Could I be severe dehydrated? Could I get kidney failure? My urine wasn't real dark just yellow.

I didn't drink water for two days. Could I be severe dehydrated? Could I get kidney failure? My urine wasn't real dark just yellow.

Yes: Yes you can get kidney failure from not drinking for a longtime. But right now I think you are just dehydrated. There is no way for me to ask you why you have not had water in 2 days but if you have decided not to, it is not a good idea and I hope you are taking other liquids. If you are not, and you just don, t feel like, get evaluated. Keep hydrated. ...Read more

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If you found an elderly, but otherwise healthy woman dehydrated with swollen feet and kidneys starting to fail, what would you think first?

If you found an elderly, but otherwise healthy woman dehydrated with swollen feet and kidneys starting to fail, what would you think first?

Lots: I would need to examine for chf, test for protein levels and check for kidney function and protein loss. Labs and chest xray would be helpful. It would be important to make sure medications such as CCB are not contrtibuting. ...Read more

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My sister in law's baby died in utero around 16w. No amniotic fluid but she didn't have leaking. They said fetus was dehydrated. How so? Kidney issue?

My sister in law's baby died in utero around 16w. No amniotic fluid but she didn't have leaking. They said fetus was dehydrated. How so? Kidney issue?

Could be: Amniotic fluid includes urine made by the fetus during pregnancy.Those that have poorly formed or no kidneys or a severe blockage to their urine outflow, will not create enough amniotic fluid. The fetus remains so tightly shrinked wrapped, that they also can have poor lung growth (no room).These can survive pregnancy but die soon after birth. A loss early in pregnancy may indicate another issue. ...Read more

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Is dark urine only a sign of dehydrated kidneys or could it be a sign of liver toxicity? Have been taking more muscle relaxers than usual & worried.

Is dark urine only a sign of dehydrated kidneys or could it be a sign of liver toxicity? Have been taking more muscle relaxers than usual & worried.

Dark urine could be: A sign of many possible y defying conditions. It seems as if you need to have some basic blood work to check liver and kidney function first. Also you may want to ease up on the muscle relaxers and try physical therapy. ...Read more

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What is best antibiotic to treat 4th ecoli UTI in 90 year old with slight kidney problem (elevated bun when dehydrated)? Is cipro (ciprofloxacin) ok?

What is best antibiotic to treat 4th ecoli UTI in 90 year old with slight kidney problem (elevated bun when dehydrated)? Is cipro (ciprofloxacin) ok?

Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is OK: Bacteria have to be sensitive to the antibiotic used or the medication will be ineffective. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) will be fine if the bacteria are sensitive to it, this can be checked by getting a culture and sensitivity test. Your 90 year old should also be hydrated. She hopefully is not retaining urine, or having an indwelling catheter, both of which would make UTI elimination very difficult. ...Read more

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Kidney stones I pass kidney stones every year. Urology takes samples but never finds anything wrong. They tell me to stay away from anything containing caffeine. I'm not a pop or coffee drinker. I am always dehydrated and I don't drink a lot of water.

Kidney stones I pass kidney stones every year. Urology takes samples but never finds anything wrong. They tell me to stay away from anything containing caffeine. I'm not a pop or coffee drinker. I am always dehydrated and I don't drink a lot of water.

See answer: Dehydration a factor, if urine is dark yellow try drinking to make it more clear. If you pass stones every year it isadvisable to have stone metabolic workup. Not enough space here for details of blood and urine tests to arrive at aplan which may include special diet and possible meds. Have you had stone analysis? If your urologist not helpful call Univ. Of Mich. Urol. Dpt.&make appt. W stone specialist ...Read more

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Sore muscles and joints but no apparent reason for them. Kidneys hurt a little. Could I just be dehydrated? Or is it something more?

Sore muscles and joints but no apparent reason for them. Kidneys hurt a little. Could I just be dehydrated? Or is it something more?

Many causes: Without more history, I can only provide a differential diagnosis list: fibromyalgia, polymyalgia, prodrome of rheumatoid arthritis, and other inflammatory diseases such as takayasu's arteritis and other forms of vasculitis. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Sediment, Sandy looking in toilet bowl w/ urination. Happens occas. CBC, CMP nml 1 week ago. CT kidneys nml. Dehydrated? Don't drink a lot of water daily

Sediment, Sandy looking in toilet bowl w/ urination. Happens occas. CBC, CMP nml 1 week ago. CT kidneys nml. Dehydrated? Don't drink a lot of water daily

Probably all is OK: "Sediment" in urine, or cloudy urine, almost never indicates a health problem. It is mainly caused by changes in diet and fluid intake that alter vaginal pH (acid-base balance). When pH is higher, phosphate crystals form. To test it, add a few drops of acid (e.g. vinegar) to cloudy urine. Usually it will instantly turn clear. No worries! ...Read more

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3yo girl continuously swells on eyelids & upper lip when asleep. Not dehydrated, kidneys ok, no allergies to food or env. Any idea why or what to test4?

3yo girl continuously swells on eyelids & upper lip when asleep. Not dehydrated, kidneys ok, no allergies to food or env. Any idea why or what to test4?

See allergist: There are many causes for swelling of the eyelids and upper lip. You need to get her to an allergist to find out the cause. Hereditary angioedema is one condition which needs be checked although this usually occurs after the teens'. A drug reaction should also be considered. ...Read more

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1 kidney+long-severe orthostatic hypotension (~77/35)+low red blood cell count (~3)+hemoglbin (9.5)+dehydrated. Use Aranesp (2 so far).Shall stop Exforge (amlodipine and valsartan)?

1 kidney+long-severe orthostatic hypotension (~77/35)+low red blood cell count (~3)+hemoglbin (9.5)+dehydrated. Use Aranesp (2 so far).Shall stop Exforge (amlodipine and valsartan)?

Yes!: Orthostatic hypotension can be a sign of volume depletion ("dehydration"). You should see your doctor and hold off on exforge (amlodipine and valsartan) for the time being. Indication for Aranesp is not obvious. Suggest you consult nephrologist. ...Read more

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Preserved lv heart function, slight thickening of muscle. 65 yo female 2 heart, 1 kidney failure last month (cr 1.4 before fail). uti developed but hospital did not give ab. Test e.coli? Dehydrated and hgb drops on lasix (9.4)What is causing the chf?

Preserved lv heart function, slight thickening of muscle. 65 yo female 2 heart, 1 kidney failure last month (cr 1.4 before fail). uti developed but hospital did not give ab. Test e.coli? Dehydrated and hgb drops on lasix (9.4)What is causing the chf?

Complicated question: Wow, that is a tremendously complicated question for a brief text reply!! I would need to review the full history and studies performed so far to even begin to venture an answer. If you care to obtain copies of all studies to date, hospital records etc you can write to me and upload the records into your chart. This would best be done by an IN BOX Text consultation: http://bit. Ly/1OiIRcI ...Read more

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Tension headaches and everytime my head throbs, my lower back throbs at the exact same time. I'm not dehydrated. Please help?

Tension headaches and everytime my head throbs, my lower back throbs at the exact same time. I'm not dehydrated. Please help?

TTH: Tension-type headache (tth) is the most common primary headache disorder. The pain is typically described as dull, achy, nonpulsatile, pressing or tightening. The pain is of mild or moderate intensity, bilateral or unilateral in location, and does not worsen with routine physical activity. Rec. See headache or orofacial pain specialist. ...Read more

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After the food poisoning my lower back on my left side has been in pain a few times plus I think the reason my pee isn't clear is that I'm dehydrated?

See below: You could still be dehydrated so continue drinking fluids however there could be many reasons for the back pain and a examination by a doctor is necessary. ...Read more

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Could dehydration really damage kidneys?

Could dehydration really damage kidneys?

Possibly: If dehydration is severe enough, the blood flow to the kidney decreases and the nutrition brought by the blood to the kidney cells can be too poor to keep kidney cells healthy. Most cases of dehydration do not reach this severity, and a return to a better hydration status can produce both a short term, recoverable loss or more involved kidney damage. ...Read more

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Dehydration (Definition)

The excessive loss of body water, with an accompanying ...Read more