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Random flank spasm: is it really my hamstrings?

You are neither my doctor nor my trainer. But for the past week and a half I've had random transitory (<1 second) spasming pains (3/10) in my right flank/kidney area. My trainer says it's just tight hamstrings and is working with me to stretch them. Should I adopt a wait and see attitude to see if it really is my hamstrings, or should I be calling the doctor? [more inside]
posted by Somnambulista on Apr 28, 2016 - 3 answers

Help us set expectations for our cat with kidney failure

One of our cats was diagnosed with early stage IV renal failure about six weeks ago, and it's advanced very quickly. We're now weighing the decision to try to treat it further in the hopes of getting him some relief at the end of life, or to accept that this is the end. Details below. [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Mar 28, 2016 - 16 answers

Dog diagnosed with kidney disease

My 14-year-old Pekingese was diagnosed with kidney disease. We're at Stage 1 now and besides frequent urination and some chronic itching (which may or may not be related), she's not showing outward symptoms yet. I need some practical advice moving forward. [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on Feb 19, 2016 - 9 answers

Kidneys failed in dog

I need a sanity check regarding making the right decision for our 12 year old dog who is diagnosed with kidney failure yesterday. [more inside]
posted by stepup on Jan 30, 2016 - 32 answers

Kidney stone removal questions.

Kidney stone removal and having a stent put in, will I be okay to work the next day? [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Oct 14, 2015 - 15 answers

Source for prescription kitteh food?

Kitteh is 17 and going strong, except that he's lost three pounds in the past several months. His vet has prescribed special food. I bought samples of two brands from the vet to see if he'd eat them and he likes them both (good kitty!) Now I need to find the best source to buy them from in bulk. [more inside]
posted by caryatid on Mar 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Undescended kidney stones: Surgical removal, "wait and see", or...?

I’m a male in my late 40s. I’ve had two acute kidney stone attacks in the last three years. I recently requested copies of earlier CT scans, and I was shocked to learn that I have multiple kidney stones (of various sizes) remaining in both kidneys. My former urologist had somehow neglected to tell me about those remaining stones. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Sep 29, 2014 - 10 answers

Kidney stone or ureteral stone?

I know you aren't my doctor. I'm not sure what the problem is. Potentially NSFW. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Feb 14, 2014 - 29 answers

Kidney stone and no insurance...What can I do?

I don't have insurance and I seem to have collected a kidney stone. Already seen a doctor, but what more should I do? [more inside]
posted by zinful on May 8, 2013 - 16 answers

My cat may have been misdiagnosed. Time to find a new vet?

Back in July, my 11 year old cat was tentatively diagnosed with possible early renal failure. This past Saturday, however, she had another round of bloodwork and urinalysis...the results of which indicated her kidneys are probably fine! Needless to say, I'm very happy about this. But the more I think about it, the more it seems like the clinic folks jumped to conclusions way too quickly based on too little information. Am I off-base here, or is it perhaps really time to explore other local veterinary options? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Nov 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me understand Polycystic Kidney Disease

Polycystic kidney disease - what should I be asking my consultant as a newly diagnosed patient? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2012 - 5 answers

What's the recovery time on transplant surgery?

I'm starting a master's course soon. My mother is giving my brother a kidney a month later. Am I going to be needed at home? [more inside]
posted by Fen on Aug 22, 2012 - 6 answers

What does a low glomerular filtration rate mean

Medical professionals, please tell me the possible significance of my glomerular filtration rate [more inside]
posted by davisnot on May 31, 2012 - 7 answers

How can I get my cat to eat his prescription kidney food

My cat has to eat a special kidney friendly diet. How can I encourage him to eat? [more inside]
posted by davisnot on May 10, 2012 - 21 answers

Can a man with a kidney transplant safely have a vasectomy?

My partner received a kidney transplant 8 years ago because of a congenital condition affecting only his kidneys. He is now 32, healthy and gets regularly checked by his nephrologist. Before even bringing up the idea of a vasectomy up to my partner to get his thoughts, I want to know if the idea is even safe.
posted by AONeal79 on Mar 4, 2012 - 6 answers

The Mystery of the Cold Kidneys.

What could be the reason behind cold kidneys in an otherwise healthy person? Mr. Origami has cold kidneys, and has all his life, so has never given it much thought. He can be warm all over, but place a hand over the kidney area and it feels icy cold--and that's really the only time he notices it, when a normally warm hand or belly covers the area, or if he sits in a hot tub, and he's flushed with warmth. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Jul 10, 2011 - 21 answers

I remember when I lost my mind

My health, both physical and mental has been on a roller coaster over the past 3 months. I have undergone many tests and the doctors have said, quantitatively, I am the picture of health; therefore the very real physical symptoms I am experiencing must be due to anxiety. I am open to that possibility, but need more convincing... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2011 - 14 answers

YANAD/YANMD – Was I mis-diagnosed?

Last Thursday and Friday I had really bad pain in my back on the right side, in the middle – just about where the ribcage ends. I had a low-grade fever on Friday evening. On Saturday morning I decided that the pain was bad enough to necessitate a trip to an Urgent Care facility, as my doctor does not have weekend hours. [more inside]
posted by sleepykitties on Apr 26, 2011 - 11 answers

What's it like to donate your kidney?

I am considering living kidney donatioN and would appreciate some input from those who have actually donated a kidney. [more inside]
posted by tamitang on Jan 4, 2011 - 6 answers

full body cleanse detox

I have two weeks off for christmas and I would like to use that time to do a very effective liver, colon, kidney cleanse. Can someone please give me a detailed plan including which order to do the cleanses; I've heard to do kidneys before liver so you can properly flush. I'm interested in what my meals should look like (juice fast, master cleanse, raw foods) as well as what supplements are helpful to expel crap from my guts. My goal is not weightloss. I tend to breakout in rashes after meals and I plan to slowly reintroduce foods after the cleanse to gauge what foods I have negative reactions to. It might be relevant to mention that I eat fish and eggs and cheese but no other animal products. Thanks for all your help.
posted by madmamasmith on Dec 5, 2010 - 17 answers

You gotta be kidney me!

Lower achy back pain: something actually wrong with the spine or something with the kidneys? I know YANMD and I AM frantically trying to get an appointment, just...anyone else experienced this? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Oct 21, 2010 - 16 answers

Normal life on dialysis

My brother has kidney failure and has been on dialysis for about a year. What are the probabilities on being able to live independently/normally, and how to go about it? [more inside]
posted by Fen on Jul 19, 2010 - 11 answers

Chicken Guts: is there a snack in my future?

I just got our chicken share and it came with a bag of giblets, but it came with 5 bits I don't recognize. What part of the chicken is this? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Jul 4, 2010 - 24 answers

Living Kidney Donation Questions

I have some general questions about living, anonymous kidney donation. [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on May 14, 2010 - 14 answers

You gotta be kidney.

AmateurMedicalOpinionsFilter: I've been experiencing mild to moderate pain in my mid-back (and occasionally my right-lower-quadrant abdominal area) for four days now. It feels a bit like a bad backache. I'm worried that this may be a kidney issue, although I have no significant medical history. [more inside]
posted by speedgraphic on May 8, 2010 - 15 answers

Kidney stones and numbness in back?

I probably, but not definitely, passed a kidney stone at the hospital Wednesday night. Is that what's causing the numbness in my back? How long can I expect it to last? [more inside]
posted by amro on May 3, 2010 - 10 answers

What in god's name could be wrong with my kidney, bladder and urethra?! And what can I ask my GP to do to investigate it further?

I woke up in the middle of the night, five days ago, with a searing pain in my bladder. Over the next day this developed into stabbing pains in urethra, at the entrance and in the line leading toward my bladder. Stabbing pains in my kidney area followed and are now a dull constant ache. I also feel like I'm being stabbed in my urethra, constantly, and my bladder area and kidney are very tender to touch and ache constantly. UTI, right? Apparently not. More inside. [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Apr 27, 2009 - 18 answers

Lose a part, gain a part

I might be called upon to donate a kidney very soon to a family member. This may sound dim, but in my early-mid 30s, will I still be healthy enough to have a first baby?
posted by eatdonuts on Nov 13, 2008 - 7 answers

tea, calcium, stones

Will drinking 4 cups a day of green tea, and taking calcium supplements with it give me kidney stones? From what I understand, most kidney stones are caused by oxalate (some in green tea) and calcium combining. But there is much confusion on the nets on this topic.
posted by parallax7d on Nov 11, 2008 - 8 answers

flushing out a 4.5mm kidney stone?

4.5mm kidney stone - what can I do between now and the urologist's visit in two days to get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2008 - 11 answers

Is more than cipro needed for this UTI/kidney thing?

Starting to freak out about whether a UTI has spread to my kidney, and whether the antibiotics I have are enough. Supposed to be on a LONG plane ride in a day to a place where I don't speak the language and may not get good medical care. Help please? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 11, 2008 - 17 answers

The cancer drug Sutent, and side effects?

I have a question about the cancer drug Sutent, and it's side effects, if anyone has any experience with it. [more inside]
posted by annieb on Jan 21, 2008 - 5 answers


Did you donate your kidney? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 12, 2007 - 9 answers

How many people die each year waiting for kidney transplants?

How many people die each year waiting for kidney transplants? [more inside]
posted by JamesJD on Aug 25, 2007 - 5 answers

Should I see a doctor for my stones?

I seem to have had kidney stones continuously since January. Should I be going to my doctor? And how do you manage to collect them for analysis? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2007 - 8 answers

What is mid-grade cancer?

What is mid-grade cancer? [more inside]
posted by jasonspaceman on Jul 23, 2007 - 4 answers

Un-donate a kidney?

Can a kidney be un- or re-donated? A colleague donated a kidney to a friend today. If the friend's body rejects the kidney, can it be put back into its original owner? I'm guessing no, but I'm wondering why not.
posted by clh on Sep 21, 2005 - 7 answers

Narcotic (legal) advice.

Psst. Been on a Narcotic long? I could use your advice. [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Jul 23, 2005 - 13 answers

First-hand accounts requested for fibroid tumors

Fibroid tumours. I just went for a kidney scan, and while I was there the doctor told me he saw I have a fibroid tumour and need to have it checked out by a gynecologist. I have an appointment for a week from today, but in the meantime, if any of the ladies of metafilter have experience with this kind of tumour, it would be really comforting to me to get some first-hand accounts. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by hazyjane on Nov 19, 2004 - 8 answers

How/if to safely donate a kidney if you're overweight

I am thinking about donating my kidney but I'm about 100lbs overweight and probably a doctor would say I'm closer to 150lbs overweight. Does anyone know how fit one has to be (should be...) to donate a kindey and 1) the kidney be healthy, and 2) for me to remain healthy? Other thoughts to consider for being overweight and interested in being a donor would be appreciated too.
posted by pwb503 on Aug 12, 2004 - 12 answers

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