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I have a colonoscopy scheduled for next week. As you know I have to drink a gallon of laxatives but am only supposed to have a quart and a half of liquid per day. What do I do ?
The liquid that you will drink for the colonoscopy will not be absorbed into your blood stream and hence does not count as true fluid intake. 85 more words
I am a 74 year old male with some recent lab results: Urine Microalbumin 17 Urine Creatinine 191 Um. Alb/ Creatine Ratio 9. Do any of the above numbers suggest problems with my kidneys?
I am set up for a CT scan Thursday and I have had an allergic reaction to contrast dye in the past. I had face swelling, hives, blisters, arms swelled, throat swelling etc. Is it safe for them to do this procedure? They are giving me medications for three days to help but I am still concerned. I had my gallbladder removed in July and still having pain in my right back under my ribs. I am Type 2 diabetic also. I am not sure if all this is safe.
My husband is on dialysis. This is his 7th week. He is scheduled for a heart cath next week. I'm told that the dye they use during this cath will kill his kidneys for good. Do you know of anything we can do to prevent this? He still has some kidney function and we don't want to do further damage. Please answer asap.
Heart catheterization contrast (dye) does result in a loss of residual kidney function in patients who are on dialysis. This should be discussed with your husband’s nephrologist and cardiologist. 36 more words
I saw my family doctor for my regular complete check up and also because I had been having some abdominal pains. He sent me for an ultrasound and, although it did not explain the reason why I was feeling pain in the area. My doctor thought it may have been my bowel. The results are as follows: Findings: "The kidneys both demonstrate thinning of the renal cortices. Small 8 mm simple cyst in the upper to mid pole of the right kidney. Small 3 mm echogenic focus in the upper to mid pole of the left kidney suspicious for a non-obstructing calculus. No hydronephrosis. No ascites." Impression: "Bilateral symmetric renal cortical thinning" I asked my doctor what it meant that my kidneys were "thinning" and he basically said that the urine and blood tests came back fine so he wasn't sure what to make of it. It could be the start of a type of kidney disease and we should repeat the blood, urine and ultrasound test in about 6 months. At the time of my check up appt and the ultrasound, I was not feeling pain in my back/kidney area, although I have been in the past week or so. My first question is, how quickly can kidney stones grow or do they change location and could that be why I am feeling some pain now in my kidney area when I wasn't before? I was not completely satisfied with the conclusion to repeat the tests in 6 months, especially as my doctor stated that he wasn't sure what to make of the kidneys thinning. Are you able to advise on any further information or would your recommendation also be to repeat the kidney tests in 6 months?
I am not able to provide a specific diagnosis based on the information that you provide. An ultrasound test can be misleading if the technician is not careful about how the testing is performed. 64 more words
In your opinion, should one be fasting when having blood work done for kidney disease. I am in early stage 4; no dialysis. Fasting important or not necessary?
The only fasting blood work that I tend to order while fasting is a lipid panel that includes triglycerides and cholesterol levels. Blood sugars may, occasionally need to be fasting. 13 more words