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what is the link between chronic kidney disease and sex or sexual marriage life ?


one of my friend has a kidney failure disease, his kidney function is almost 21% ~ 25% and now he is worried about his sexual life that he is planning to getting marry so please suggest to guide him
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Tell him to go to his doctor, there are no doctors on this forum.   (+ info)

mother in hospistal, has congestive heart failure, and chronic kidney failure?


My 63 year old mother is in the hospital, she has both the conditions above, and many others, this is the 3rd time in a month that she has been to the hospital. She seems to get worse at the hospital than she is at home. i guess my question is: Has anyone out there been though this situation before? How long does she have? Is she just putting on a good show at home so that we think everything is ok?
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I'm sorry about your Mom. I think all of the above comments are good, I just wanted to add that how "worried" you should be depends in large part on how bad her CHF and CKF are. Do you know what her ejection fraction is? Do you know what her creatinine clearance is? CHF and CKF refer to a really wide range of heart and kidney function, from the first signs of problems to really dangerously low function. If she is in the hospital, she must be past the earliest stages but this doesn't necessairly mean it's a worse-case scenario. If her heart is the stronger of the two, for example, she may be able to live for quite a while on dialysis...stay informed the best you can and my best to you and your family.  (+ info)

How long does my father have, his kidneys are at 16%, he has chronic kidney failure?


My father has diabetes, and combined with his life style, now has chronic kidney failure. His kidneys are only functioning at 16%, and he refuses to go on dialysis. He is on the transplant list, and was told the wait is 3 years! I have considered giving him one of my kidneys, but am not sure yet.

My father is 60 years old, over weight(although I was surprised at the amount of weight he has lost the last time I saw him), a heavy smoker, diabetic and has problems with his knees and legs.

I'm just wondering how long does he have? He avoids talking about his illness as much as possible and is falling into depression. I'm trying to visit and call as much as I can so he isn't so alone. What can I expect to happen in the next few months, years? Any information is very much appreciated. I'm the type of person who researches things in order to calm myself and my fears. Please help me with this.

Thank you.
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You need to make an appointment to go and see his medical team.

At 16% he should either be on dialysis or preparing for it. His team should have spoken to him about the different sorts of dialysis available. Some of them you can do at home, and even overnight, so it's not a case of having to trudge to the dialysis centre three times a week.

Yes the wait for a kidney can be three years. But when a kidney becomes available, it goes to the person who is the best match for that kidney. So it's not like there's a queue and your dad's at the end of it. If a kidney which is a perfect match for him comes up tomorrow or next week - your dad will get that kidney, regardless of the fact other people have been waiting longer.

I waited over three years for my kidney. My mate at dialysis got one in six weeks. You just can't say when your kidney will appear.

If your father doesn't have dialysis he will decline very quickly. So much so that if a kidney becomes available for him, he may not be well enough to undergo the operation.

You see, there is an inconsistency here. You say that he is on the Transplant List, but that he doesn't want dialysis. He will die without dialysis, but he went on to the Transplant List, which suggests he doesn't want to die. He seems undecided.

You need to find a type of dialysis which he can cope with and will keep him comparatively well until a better solution comes up. Whether that is a cadaveric kidney, or a living donation from you or one of your family.

Talk to the medical team. Discuss his options with them. Take a big list of questions and write down the answers. Ask for clarification of anything you don't understand. They will be able to answer the "months or years" question for you. Ask direct questions and don't beat around the bush.

Kidney failure is a bit like bereavement. You go through the same emotions. First is denial (you think that they've got it wrong, or even that you don't have the same sort of kidney failure as everybody else - that's yours is a sort of "kidney failure Lite" - which is silly, because it isn't), then anger, then despair. Finally you get to acceptance - and you know what? Kidney dialysis isn't that bad. You do it until your transplant comes up and then you can live a normal life for a while without dialysis or fluid restrictions or dietary restrictions. You get your life back for a while and it's fantastic. Kidney patients are "lucky" in that sense. The people who get really horrible diseases, - they don't get this chance for a normal life - and I am ready to bet they would give their eye teeth for it. So whilst your dad is unlucky to get kidney failure, there are people dealing with MUCH worse.

They have told you that a kidney transplant doesn't last forever. It can last as little as a few months or as long as twenty years plus - and anywhere in between. At that point you go back on dialysis and wait for kidney number 2. I was in hospital with people on their third kidney.

Is it possible your dad is still in denial?. He mustn't be - because the consequences of refusing treatment are very real and serious.

If you decide to give your father a kidney, they have to make sure that yours matches his. This is just a series of blood tests, the results of which will tell you whether there is a match. There are various procedures to go through but it can all be done in about twelve weeks.

Ring up the medical team and get an appointment to speak to someone in charge of his case. You need more information than you have right now, if you are going to talk to your dad and reason with him. If you think he needs help or counselling for depression, ask the hospital to make it available for him.

I would suggest that if you can find a dialysis regime which suits him - give him all the support and love you can, and just wait for that phone call.

Also, for all your dads health problems, they have put him on the Transplant List. This is a good sign. Going on to the list isn't automatic - if they don't think you will be well enough to have the operation they won't put you on the list. They must think he's got a good chance.

Stay positive Princess, because one of you has to.

I am sorry this is all a bit rambly but I hope it helps. I wish you all the best.

If I can help further, let me know and I will arrange to send you my details.  (+ info)

my dad is 71 he has chronic kidney failure,co-pd n mrsa in blood.whats the success rate?


All can be managed but as you already suspect he can go any time with a flare up of any of those problems.  (+ info)

kidney failure?


I'm a diabetic and I was wondering if anyone knows how to tell if your kidney's are failing without going to your doctor? I have beenhaving some problems with breathing and going to the bathroom,and I just need some help. My mom is on dialias and she has been for 2 years or more,but I don't really know anything about kidney failure.If anyone can help me I would really appreciate it.GOD BLESS YOU ALL !!!!!
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Tell your Mom that I can sympathize w/her! I started dialysis in 1998 for 13 months and had a kidney/pancreas transplant in 1999. I had trouble breathing when I laid down-the fluid was collecting around my heart because I was in kidney failure (from diabetes). My kidneys would not do their job of filtering and removing the excess fluid. I could still pee-in fact, I had no problems there! But having to sit up to sleep worried me. Please do not wait-it could be something very minor. But, PLEASE go get checked out NOW! The sooner the better. Best of luck to you and your Mom...my prayers are with you both. And, by the way, the transplant was awesome! I am so very blessed to have received two organs from a cadiver donor. I will be forever grateful. If anybody reading this is an organ donor, THANK YOU!! If not, please consider it. People like me have been given another chance @ life because of someone else's gift.  (+ info)

if you are using a juicer whats the best tonic to treat diabetes or chronic kidney disease?


what can a person do for a diet or herbal remedy for kidney failure before going to dialysis..whaherbs and veges lower blood sugar.
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Natural Home remedies for the treatment of Chronic Kidney Disease

Orange: Taking one or two oranges before breakfast in the morning followed by a glass of hot water or taking orange juice cures kidney problems or protects one from kidney ailments. Oranges keep the kidneys clean. Apples and grapes are also equally beneficial. Fruit juices keep the kidneys healthy if taken in the morning before breakfast.

The use of honey is beneficial in kidney problems.

Carrots: Boil 2 tsp. of carrot seeds in a glass of water and drink it. It will increase the flow of urine.

Radish: Taking half a glass of radish juice provides relief from burning sensation and pain at the time of urination.

Bathua : It is beneficial in kidney problems. It relieves hesitancy and strangury micturition and restores the flow.

Arbi : Eating the vegetable of arbi is beneficial in kidney diseases. It makes the kidneys strong.

Water-melon: Eating water-melon is beneficial in Nephrites.

Long cucumber: Taking mixed juice of carrots and long cucumber or carrots and turnips cures kidney diseases.

Potato: A patient suffering from kidney problem should eat potatoes. It contains lots of sodium and very little of potassium. Too much of potassium causes excessive secretion of salt from the kidneys.

Mango: Mango is shaped like a kidney. Eating mangoes regularly strengthens kidneys.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are everywhere we look this time of year. Potassium is found in all foods, especially vegetables and fruit, so it is easy to eat more than your body requires.

Potassium Levels: Normal blood potassium levels for adults are 3.5 to 5.0mmol/L. Critical levels for people on dialysis are 5.5mmol/L or greater.

Here are some tips to keep your potassium level in the normal range:

* Choose 4-5 servings of low and medium potassium foods per day (ask your dietitian for a list of these foods).

* Remember, serving size counts…even if the food is low in potassium, you still need to watch how much you eat. Generally, a 1/2 cup is an appropriate serving size.

* When treating yourself to a high potassium food, only buy enough of the food to make one or two servings. This way, you can't over do it!

* Cooking some foods, such as potatoes, in large amounts of water allows potassium to move out of the food and into the water. Peel vegetables and cut into small pieces. Boil in a large pot of water. Drain the water after cooking (ask your dietitian about soaking potatoes to further decrease the potassium).

Fresh fruits and vegetables are everywhere we look this time of year. Potassium is found in all foods, especially vegetables and fruit, so it is easy to eat more than your body requires.

Potassium Levels: Normal blood potassium levels for adults are 3.5 to 5.0mmol/L. Critical levels for people on dialysis are 5.5mmol/L or greater.

Here are some tips to keep your potassium level in the normal range:

* Choose 4-5 servings of low and medium potassium foods per day (ask your dietitian for a list of these foods).
* Remember, serving size counts…even if the food is low in potassium, you still need to watch how much you eat. Generally, a 1/2 cup is an appropriate serving size.
* When treating yourself to a high potassium food, only buy enough of the food to make one or two servings. This way, you can't over do it!
* Cooking some foods, such as potatoes, in large amounts of water allows potassium to move out of the food and into the water. Peel vegetables and cut into small pieces. Boil in a large pot of water. Drain the water after cooking (ask your dietitian about soaking potatoes to further decrease the potassium).

Healthy Eating for People on Dialysis

Adding healthy snacks to your day's intake can give you extra energy and help you get all the nutrients you need to stay healthy on dialysis. Eating several smaller snack-size meals during the day can be helpful during those times when your appetite is poor. It can also help people with diabetes with their blood sugar control.

Remember to keep your dialysis diet guidelines in mind when planning your snacks ; eat more protein, less salt, potassium, phosphorous and fluid.

Here are a few tips and snack ideas to help you out:

Try a high protein snack to help meet your higher protein needs. Remember to take your phosphorous binder with these snacks.

* Leftover roast meat on a bun
* Hard cheese (1oz.) or peanut butter (1 tbsp.) and unsalted crackers
* Cream cheese on a bagel

Lower potassium fresh fruit or vegetables:

* Grapes
* Apples
* Berries (blueberries, strawberries etc.)
* Cucumber or celery sticks

Choose low salt snacks to help control fluid intake. Salty snacks and foods make you feel thirsty and may cause you to drink more.

* Unsalted popcorn or lower salt tortillas or pretzels
* Rice Krispie squares
* Graham wafers, vanilla wafers
* For more snack ideas and suggestions, ask your Renal Dietitian
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Kidney Failure?


I might know someone who has kidney Failure and there age is 69. Can u die from it? And what are the bad things that could happen?
They have diabetes and also could they I donate a kidney to them?
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It really depends on what stage of kidney failure this person is. Most old people will have this disease because almost all of their organs are packing up including the kidneys. Kidney failure is alleviated with maintenance dialysis or kidney transplant.

If your grandparent have kidney failure and diabetes, a spontaneous pancreas and kidney transplant can be done. It also depends if your grandparent is suitable for transplant. If you want to donate an organ, you need to be tested first. You will have a full physical assessment including blood tests such as tissue typing.  (+ info)

I'm 29 w/ chronic kidney disease for 4yrs, tylenol induced liver disease 3yrs. Wil I get kidney failure?


I recently had another kidney infection and I was wondering if I take care of myself if I will get kidney failure eventually. My infection was about 3 weeks ago and my urologist think I still may have it. If you have any exp on this please let me know. I'm a single mother of 3 children and have been very weak, tired and have lost over 50 pounds in 11 months. My last urine tests are below perhaps if you know anything about them as well.. it'd be helpful. I was also peeing blood clots brown and stringy (yucky I know). But I go next week to get an ultrasound and ct scan on my kidneys. How likely is it that I die from kidney or liver disease?

spec gravity 1.005
ph 8
leukocytes 1+
nitrates neg
protein trace
glucose neg
ketones neg
urobillnogin neg
billirubin 1+
blood trace

assement 599.0

Thanks for your help any information would be greatly appreciated.
I recently had another kidney infection and I was wondering if I take care of myself if I will get kidney failure eventually. My infection was about 3 weeks ago and my urologist think I still may have it. If you have any exp on this please let me know. I'm a single mother of 3 children and have been very weak, tired and have lost over 50 pounds in 11 months. My last urine tests are below perhaps if you know anything about them as well.. it'd be helpful. I was also peeing blood clots brown and stringy (yucky I know). But I go next week to get an ultrasound and ct scan on my kidneys. How likely is it that I die from kidney or liver disease?

spec gravity 1.005
ph 8
leukocytes 1+
nitrates neg
protein trace
glucose neg
ketones neg
urobillnogin neg
billirubin 1+
blood trace

assement 599.0

Thanks for your help any information would be greatly appreciated.


Okay I have had kidney disease for 4 years it was diagnosed 5/?/04. I had a kidney infection but have the disease.
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When you said you had "chronic kidney disease for 4yrs", do you mean recurrent kidney infections? Or something else -- like being told by your doctor that you have proteins in your urine, or that your kidneys are not functioning at 100%?

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is actually a medical entity with a very specific set of definitions: http://www.kidney.org/professionals/kdoqi/guidelines_ckd/p4_class_g1.htm
On the other hand, people can have recurrent urinary infections without ANY kidney disease -- their infections stay in the bladder, and never involve the kidneys themselves.

To know whether your infections have actually done damage to the kidneys, you need blood tests (such as "creatinine" and "blood urea nitrogen") in addition to urine tests. For example, kidney failure (medically known as End-Stage Renal Disease) usually does not occur until the creatinine goes above 4 or 5 (normal being around 1). It will be very helpful if you have your blood test results.

Finally, your urine test is consistent with a urinary tract infection, but it does not tell us whether the infection is only in the bladder, or in the kidney(s) as well.

The ultrasound and CT scan will look at the sizes of your kidneys (kidneys damaged by severe CKD tend to be smaller), but also see if the tubes connecting the kidneys to the bladder (ureters) are stretched by stagnant urine flow.

I'm sure you will have more questions after the scans are done. Feel free to ask more questions then.

Good luck.  (+ info)

Diabetes, congestive heart failure, and Chronic Kidney Disease?


Are all symptoms related? How about blood test results? Does anybody know what a normal Creatinine is? Hubby suffers with all 3. Doc is a morone.. Just can't seem to get any conclusive answers. Can anybody help me???
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To answer your question, YES they can all be interrelated. Diabetes causes an increased level of blood sugar. The blood sugar causes changes in the blood vessels everywhere in the body. Changes include hardening of the arteries, which may lead to hypertension (high blood pressure). High blood pressure may cause a strain in your heart which can lead to CHF or Congestive Heart Failure. Poor blood supply to the heart can also lead to CHF.

Chronic Kidney Disease can be a complication of diabetes. Not only the sugar attacks the vessels, but underlying hypertension can cause further damage in the blood supply, decreasing kidney blood flow and function.

Creatinine is a test of renal(kidney) function. Depends on the age/sex/laboratory reference values its usually up to 0-5- 1.4. Higher values mean a more decreased kidney function.

Diabetes may be the main factor for your husbands' problems.
He may also have some underlying disease that you havent mentioned, but more or less diabetes can cause heart failure and kidney failure.

Hope this helps. Hope your husband gets well. Im sure the doctors are doing the best that they can.  (+ info)

Kidney failure?


What is the best way to deal with kidney failure? Specifically, the loss of ability to do all I used to do, and the loss of a paycheck. It's a slow down-hill slide so far but now the weakness has gotten much worse and I am looking at starting dialysis soon. I'm trying to keep the spirit up, even though I see changes in me.
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First of all, My prayers are with you. I know what a tramatic event this can be. Second of all, find a support group through your local hospital. Surround yourself with friends, even volunteer at the local soup kitchen... just remeber that ever day is a gift, and how much you have left to give.
Lastly, I believe in the healing properties of *some* foods. Sometimes when modern medicine fails, we can hit the reset button on our bodies and can sometimes repair the damage already done to it. Try hacers.com. they use this old world style to heal folks of all kinds of diseases.. indeed I use it myself ( but I Am not trying to sell you anything!!) I find a great deal of pain relief from their system, and my Grandmother in law has healed cancer from her body SEVERAL times with the same kind of treatment. I hope that this helps!!  (+ info)

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