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Can someone please elaborate as to what is meant by Granulomatous Interstitial Nephritis? Is it reversible?

The doctor says the Kidney is 50% damaged and that it is not reversible .How long can the patient manage without dialysis is Blood Pressure is under control. serun Creatinine Level of the patienti s 2.5 and biopsy of the kidney has revealed that it is Granulomatous Interstitial Nephritis due to persistent high blood pressure that is the cause of Kidney Damage. Can other alternate medications like Homeopathy help. Please clarify my doubts. I would be indebted to you for your answers as I could not get much information about Granulomatous Interstitial Nephritis online except for some research papers and articles.
Please note that it has affected both the Kidneys

If the doctor says it is not reversible, it isn't.

You need to focus on preventing further damage by keeping blood pressure under control. Follow the advice of your doctors -- take your blood pressure medication and follow any diet or lifestyle advice the doctor gives you. Some pain relievers and other drugs can cause further kidney damage, check with your doctor before using any medication, prescribed or over the counter.

Alternate treatments like homeopathy will not help.  (+ info)

What are the long term prognoses for nephritis in conjunction with tonsillitis?

I had tonsillitis as a teenager and also developed nephritis with very dark brown urine. My doctor (now retired) was not specific with the type of nephritis dx, or with the long term effects. All he told me was that the type of nephritis I had is usually diagnosed in children 5-6 yrs of age and usually results in death to the child.

Post streptococcal acute glomerulonephritis generally has a good long term outlook. Total recovery from the initial episode is the rule. There is slightly higher risk for you of developing kidney problems as you get older (20-40 yrs) but the odds are in your favor. Your doctor should keep an eye out and any problems that may affect your kidneys should be aggressively treated(diabetes, hypertension.  (+ info)

Does lupus nephritis always lead to hypertension?

I'm just wondering if a person can have lupus nephritis without ever developing hypertension?
I know that lupus itself does not necessarily to hypertension, but if you have kidney involvement, does that always cause hypertension, or can you have kidney involvement with developing high blood pressure?

I can answer this question with a very high degree of accuracy. Lupus Nephritis will always cause hypertension, eventually. That is to say that a person who has initial onset of Lupus Nephritis may not start out with hypertension but as the kidney's worsen, hypertension will definately follow. It is a cause and effect...when the kidney's lose their function, hypertension sets in. If a person has been diagnosed with Lupus Nephritis but they still don't have hypertension it's becasue the kidney's haven't been severely damaged yet. As the disease progresses hypertension will ensue.  (+ info)

How can I tell the difference between a interstitial cystitis flare up and a bladder infection?

I had interstitial cystitis about a year ago, but now I am having similar symptoms again. I am taking Dyflucan for systematic candidiasis, whih I started taking recently. Medications can tend to flar up the IC, but I also had a bladder infection recently and this feels similar. Besides going to the doc, is there another way to distinguish between the two?

Many people suffer from different bladder conditions but it can be hard to tell if the difference between Interstitial Cystitis and a bladder infection. Often times, people are too quick to label the problem as a bladder infection without getting the proper diagnosis. Let’s take a look at the differences between IC and bladder infections, to help you better understand the problem you are having.

IC or Interstitial Cystitis is when the bladder becomes inflamed. This can be caused by an autoimmune disease such as lupus, scleroderma or fibromyalgia or it can be a stand alone condition with no known cause. Some of the symptoms that you may experience with Interstitial Cystitis (IC) include bladder frequency, very painful bladder spasms, low bladder capacity, and sometimes even incontinence. Many times people that suffer with IC often go miss-diagnosed. Many doctors diagnose the problems as a common bladder infection. Doctors have even diagnosed such symptoms as stemming from emotional problems.

Now let’s take a look at what a bladder infection is all about. A bladder infection is also known as a urinary tract infection or UTI. It's caused from bacteria and is a bacterial infection that affects any part or all of the urinary tract. Many get confused as urine contains many bi products of waste from our bodies but none of which is bacteria. Urine can contain many different fluids such as waste products, water and salt, all of which are bacteria free. When bacteria get into the bladder it multiplies fast in the urine and causes a bladder infection.

There are many different symptoms that come with a bladder infection. An urgent need to urinate is perhaps one of the main symptoms that characterize a bladder infection. The bladder will feel full and you will feel pressure as if you have to urinate immediately and quite frequently. Many also feel a pain or burning sensation when they empty their bladder and often times little to no urine actually come out. Some people may even be able to see the bacteria in the urine as the urine will appear cloudy and can have a foul odor. A fever may also be present.

Hope you feel better. : )  (+ info)

Are there any home remedies to relieve symptoms of interstitial cystitis?

Are there any home remedies to relieve symptoms of interstitial cystitis? A bladder condition that hurts like a bladder infection.

I've had pelvic floor pain misdiagnosed as IC. I know how really bad it is. I was off work for months until I got some relief and I am still slowly recovering. Work with your doctor to try all sorts of medications to relieve the pain. Don't rule out muscle relaxants and in my case Klonopin, an anti-anxiety drug that can relax the pelvic floor and reduce pain. Some of IC pain is the bladder but usually there is some pain from tight pelvic floor muscles too. Most urologists overlook this, stick you on Elmiron and hope you're one of the 20% it helps, or they do DMSO instillations. If your urologist is not working with you, find another. Mine was willing to try experimental treatments.

As for easy thing you can do at home - heat really helps. Get a rice or buckwheat heating pack for the microwave oven and use that.

Try the IC diet - it did not work for me but it helps some people. And see if you can get a prescription for physical therapy for pelvic floor - THAT is what changed my life.

If you can, go see Dr. Jerome Weiss in SF - I flew there to see him. He is a world expert in this. I paid a lot of money to get there and see him but it changed everything. Worth every penny. He is very supportive and he really helped me.

Also check out the IC network: http://www.ic-network.com/

Be careful there - there is good advice - there are also desperate people who have not gotten control of their illness for whatever reason. I took what I could from there and moved on and did not let it suck me down.

The main thing is to never stop looking for answers. If hadn't, I would still be where I was two years ago - on the sofa, non-functional and in pain. I'm back at work and about 80% recovered now and have a good life again.  (+ info)

What does coarse interstitial prominence on a chest x-ray mean?

I had a chest x-ray on the 14th and it showed a small infiltrate with right middle lobe (pneumonia, I know), but it also says, "Coarse interstitial prominence seen bilaterally most likely related to a chronic process such as smoking."

The doctor didn't comment on this impression. He only notified me that I had pneumonia. Does that mean that this is part of the pneumonia, or what else is this?

Numerous conditions make up the group of disorders called interstitial lung disease. Most cause progressive scarring of lung tissue that eventually affects your ability to breathe and get enough oxygen into your bloodstream, but beyond this, the disorders vary greatly.

Although most cases of interstitial lung disease develop gradually, a few come on suddenly. Doctors can pinpoint why some cases of interstitial lung disease occur, but many have no known cause.

In all cases, lung scarring, once it occurs, is generally irreversible. Medications occasionally can slow the damage of interstitial lung disease, but many people never regain full use of their lungs. Researchers hope that newer drugs, many of them still experimental, may eventually prove more effective in treating interstitial lung disease.
- Hope this helps.  (+ info)

After treatment for interstitial cystitis, will my bladder capacity go back to normal?

I am 25yrs old and I was just diagnosed with interstitial cystitis. The doctor said I only have to take medication for a few months and I should be fine.

I have IC for 7 years now and I'm 24 years old. It took more than 6 months for the elmiron to start working for me, and I still have painful flareups. Are you on elmiron? But once it started working it felt A LOT better!

Staying on the IC diet helped me until the meds kicked in. Then I could gradually eat some of the things I wasn't supposed to, but I never went back to cranberry juice or soda. Those things always made it hurt worse.

A lot of times a person with IC also has pelvic floor muscle pain and that can be treated very easily with pelvic floor physical therapy.

I worry that your doctor isn't discussing all of your options with you but maybe he/she just wants to try the easy route first and take it form there. Do some research. There is a lot of information out there these days. I'll post some websites below.  (+ info)

How Long Can Someone Live With Lupus Nephritis?

My best friend has Lupus Nephritis, (kidney lupus). And everyone else in her family who has had lupus has lived for up to 2-3 years with it. She was diagnosed in around 2006 or 2007 I think. Can someone who is well educated help me answer this question?Thank you. And just to let you know, I'm 13 and so is she, and she means the world to me so I'm just trying to figure this out. Thanks again.

If talking to her parents about her disease was not satisfying to her, then she can google search it and find out information. However when one looks up such information, it is 'generalized' and all cases are different, because there are other factors that affects the course of disease with each individual. I suggest she speak to her doctor and ask him to hold nothing back and tell her what the 'medical facts' are if she is so concerned. I, personally, put my faith in God. For only he knows how long we have. Knowing the facts of the disease isn't always good for some. Sometimes the medical opinions prevent those people to continue to hope. One has to know the 'whole' person to make such a decision (meaning, their feelings, thoughts, their attitude...their spirit.  (+ info)

Does anyone you know suffer from Interstitial Cystitis?

I have "Interstitial Cystitis" bladder disease and was wondering what kind of treatment works for them?

I have it, and honestly, not much works. What DOES seem to work, however, is avoiding foods that seem to make a flare-up worse. For me it's anything green, cranberry juice, and soda that make it worse.

Medications, like a combination of ibueprofin and vicodin helped me.

A former teacher of mine who had it got a surgery that fixed it.  (+ info)

Does anyone out there have Interstitial Cystitis or have a loved one with this condition?

I'm just curious if anyone here has any experience at all with IC. I have found the websites for the Interstitial Cystitis Network and the Interstitial Cystits Association and both sites have been a huge help. Any personal experience or ideas would be much appreciated. :)

Here is my experience:
I've been diagnosed with this condition, Interstitial Cystitis or IC about 5 years ago. I went to many urologists over the years before that, and they all dismissed my problems or prescribed the wrong medications to treat my bladder. One prescribed Detrol, which I took twice a day for a couple of years with no results. So the doctor switched me to Detrol LA and it magnified my problem to the point that I couldn't pass urine.
So I quit taking anything. Then we moved and soon after I had a bladder infection, so I went to a new urologist, who happened to be a woman. I received a different examination and advice. She told me she suspected that I had IC and gave some pamphlets about the condition. She prescribed Elmiron which I took for about a year with no improvement. Then I found another woman urologist and she sent me for bladder instillations. It worked for about a year. So I went for another set of treatments and it worked for about a year again. However the third set of treatments didn't work at all. So I am back to start.
Diet is my only recourse, which I find difficult to follow. I love to eat fruit and vegetables, some which can cause problems. I gave up caffeine and diet sodas. I never smoked so that is not a problem. I always make sure I know where the rest room is located.
I am sure we can sympathize together.  (+ info)

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