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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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