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]
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]
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]
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]
Kidney stone removal and having a stent put in, will I be okay to work the next day? [more inside]
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]
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]
I know you aren't my doctor. I'm not sure what the problem is. Potentially NSFW. [more inside]
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]
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]
Polycystic kidney disease - what should I be asking my consultant as a newly diagnosed patient? [more inside]
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]
Medical professionals, please tell me the possible significance of my glomerular filtration rate [more inside]
My cat has to eat a special kidney friendly diet. How can I encourage him to eat? [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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]
I am considering living kidney donatioN and would appreciate some input from those who have actually donated a kidney. [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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]
I have some general questions about living, anonymous kidney donation. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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.
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]
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]
I have a question about the cancer drug Sutent, and it's side effects, if anyone has any experience with it. [more inside]
Did you donate your kidney? [more inside]
How many people die each year waiting for kidney transplants? [more inside]
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]
What is mid-grade cancer? [more inside]
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.
Psst. Been on a Narcotic long? I could use your advice. [more inside]
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]
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.