How long does a person live for with one and are on antidepressants and arthritis. How will I know when it get to the point when its end stage failure whats the symptoms.
MICHELE; good idea to have the doctor aware of this but this does not mean because you have or have had problems it well shorten you life span any more than mine or anyone. but here are some symptoms but the really do a blood test. if they think your having problems because normally the pain is real bad. chuck1957 Here is a list but many are from all kinds of other things too remember that. chuck.
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Symptoms of Kidney Problems – Early Signs and Causes
Posted by Dr. Chris
The kidneys filters the blood to remove wastes, balance the electrolytes in the bloodstream and manages fluid volume in the body. If the kidney function is disturbed either by intrinsic or extrinsic factors, certain early signs and symptoms may become evident. With time this can progress to more generalized signs and symptoms as kidney functioning diminishes due to disease progression.
The kidney does not exist in isolation within the body. Other systems impact upon kidney (renal) functioning and the kidneys are also dependent on the rest of the urinary tract to excrete urine efficiently in order to continue with its activities. Any disruption may result in acute renal failure.
Generalized Signs and Symptoms
These signs and symptoms may not always be indicative of a kidney problem and some are more likely to occur over time rather than in the early stages.
Edema – swelling in the legs, arms, face, abdomen or throughout the entire body
Itchy skin and skin rashes
Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
Nausea and vomiting
Flank or loin pain
Changes in blood pressure
Changes in heart rate
Metallic taste in the mouth
I have one kidney functioning. I had pyelonephritis a few times in my 20s.
It took 1/2 of my left kidney.
The other half deteriorated from the breast cancer scanning and treatment.
I'll tell you what's important :
- Find a nephrologist to follow regularly. He will do specific labs that are not done with Primary docs.
- Make sure you keep your BP under control. I cannot tell you how important it is.
- Be very aware of CT scans WITH Infusions. It's the dye that is hard on the kidneys. They need to check your levels prior to doing the CT. They can still use Infusions but they use a different solution.
- Avoid salt.
-Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day.
You should not have any problems because the other kidney takes over. You just need to take good care of that one.
Follow the nephrologist instructions and you will be able to relax knowing you are doing everything right.
You can't just go on assumptions when it comes to your health... I was going to the Dr getting blood work done thinking that everything is going as well as it could in my situation anyway... until I had to change Dr's & the new visit blood work there basically saved my life... in my eyes anyway. It showed that my kidney function was down but I didn't know that I had a problem... I go a lot & to me more often than others but I drink more than most. My new Dr sent me to a nephrologist who let me know that I have kidney disease & that they're only functioning 50% & they're small in size. So please go get some blood drawn... it really is that simple. Your health... YOUR LIFE IS WORTH IT! Prayers & God bless
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