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  • What to Expect Family in ESRD Awaiting Transplant

    Hello Everyone, I am new here and desperately need to gain a better understanding of the typical disease progression process. I am well educated in the text book process but my father seems to be an overachiever in this disease. It would help me a great deal to know if our experiences are beyond what is normal. A little background. My father was referred to the transplant team and is being worked up for eligibility. His GFR is 12. His last hemoglobin was 11 but that is per his report. His BUN is....
  • 12 days ago

    Kidney Cyst at 26? (former alchool abuser)

    Hello guys, I'm 26 years old. Pretty healthy but not terribly healthy (cholesterol 188, blood pressure 120/80, 5' 10' 220) I know I need to lose weight and I am working on it. For six years, I was a daily alcohol abuser. I drank around 6-10 beers every other day and sometimes daily. Recently, I quit and had some tests done to ensure I am healthy. My bloodwork and liver enzymes all came as normal (surprisingly). I had an EKG done to test for damage which was normal. However, I had an abdominal....
  • 14 days ago

    Lifelong chronic symptoms rapidly reduced after taking potassium. Unknown cause. Would appreciate any theories or ideas!

    I’m very interested in your theories for my undiagnosed condition. I’m a 30 year old male that has suffered from a long list of chronic severe symptoms for most of my life. Dozens of specialists consultations and different tests and treatments have yielded no results. Recently, I tried a potassium gluconate supplement. I experienced rapid and dramatic reduction in all of my symptoms. This effect has been repeatable for 2 months. If I stop the supplementation, the symptoms return within a day. Severe....
  • 14 days ago

    urine smell

    there’s a distinct ammonia smell when i pee. i’ve been tested and i don’t have a uti or any std’s. i’m 30 now, but have had a bad kidney infection when i was really young, like 6. my gynecologist told me nothing was wrong but do i go see my regular doctor or a urologist or just chug all the water? according to the internet, i think i have a bladder or kidney stone but also people think i’m crazy. anyone else experience this?
  • 15 days ago

    Peeing blood

    Hello My name is JP and I am 21 years old and I have been peeing blood irregulary. This began 6 months ago and I peed blood about once a week for a month. After that, it disappeared until this week. I don't have any pain while peeing. I also recently noticed red flakes in my pee. I took an urinalysis and they ruled out infection and stds. Unfortunately I do not have insurance and the exams will cost me around a grand. I'm in college and do not have the funds. I know I will need to conduct....
  • 20 days ago

    After kidney transplant care

    Can you please tell me any information on pets after a transplant? I have 2 parrots and dogs. From what I understand I can not be in contact with the birds nor clean their cages. I also understand I should not clean dog poop nor let them lick my face. Thank you
  • 21 days ago

    Lifelong chronic symptoms rapidly resolved after taking potassium. Unknown cause. Appreciate any theories or ideas.

    I’m very interested in your theories for my undiagnosed condition. I’m a 30 year old male that has suffered from a long list of chronic severe symptoms for most of my life. Dozens of specialists consultations and different tests and treatments have yielded no results. Recently, I tried a potassium gluconate supplement. I experienced rapid and dramatic reduction in all of my symptoms. This effect has been repeatable for 5 weeks. If I stop the supplementation, the symptoms return within a day. Severe....
  • 22 days ago

    Plausible Injuries for Story

    Hi! I don't quite have a question that relates to me, but I am writing a story where a character is in a car crash of great severity (they are a pedestrian). I need my main character to donate something to save them, but I can't find something to match what I need. I suppose what I'm asking, do you have any injury reccomendations that fit these requirements, or would a kidney transplant be appropriate in this situation? Thanks for any answers to help out a struggling writer!!!
  • 27 days ago

    Back Pain

    Hello, I'm not really sure what is happening so I thought i'd ask. This morning around 5:30 am I woke up to pretty sever back pain, just below my ribs on both sides. It woke me up and I was unable to get the pain to a tolerable level until I took a warm bath. I have also been very nauseous and dizzy. This morning after my second bath around 8 i threw up a few times. I think i might be dehydrated because I didn't drink much water yesterday and my urine was pretty yellow this morning. Its....