When your kidneys are healthy, they clean your blood. They also make hormones that keep your bones strong and your blood healthy. When your kidneys fail, you need treatment to replace the work your kidneys used to do. Unless you have a kidney transplant, you will need a treatment called dialysis.
There are two main types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Both types filter your blood to rid your body of harmful wastes, extra salt and water. Hemodialysis does that with a machine. Peritoneal dialysis uses the lining of your abdomen, called the peritoneal membrane, to filter your blood. Each type has both risks and benefits. They also require that you follow a special diet. Your doctor can help you decide the best type of dialysis for you.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
if someone needs a kidney I'm available to be a donor I live in modesto ca. attention this is only for people in really need of one no for business I want to be helpful in my life for once if someone knows anybody just email me with their information.the only think is I would not travel out of the usa it has to be in the usa only due to security reazons.I'm healthy no smoker no alcohol ploblems and so far no other health issues.hope to be helpful for a good person
Resolved Question: I'm a biomedical engineering student and have a question about what types of jobs are out there.?
I am currently working an internship at a hospital nearby where I live. I've been working there for about 12 weeks. All I have been doing is really basic tech work. Like this sort of work I wouldn't need a bachelors degree for it. It would be ok for a starting job but I want something that is more of an "engineering" job.
So my question is. Are there biomedical engineering jobs or clinical engineering jobs that are just basic biomed tech jobs? If so what are some options that you can go into that are more challenging and are considered more of an "engineering" job?
Resolved Question: What are some good jobs to have for a person who has Epilepsy and gets seizures almost daily?
I get them almost daily (once or twice every 2-3 days). I want to have a career though or at least a job I can work and won't get killed or fired from if I have a seizure while on the job. Any suggestions? I'm 21 by the way. I'm good at managing money so I won't have an issue with that. I'll save up my paychecks. I just need a good/safe job for someone who has almost daily seizures due to Epilepsy.
Resolved Question: I'm upset with myself...How do I back out gracefully?
I feel like a real phoney now, am being judgmental and I have no right to be, BUT how do I back out now?
I have a new neighbor whom I don't know real well at all and she is on dialysis for her kidney's. She's needing a new kidney. I'm a caring person, or feel I am and I talked to her about putting an ad in the paper for a transplant donor. I told her I would hepl get it all going. Well, further into the conversation, she's telling me how she loves drinking and hanging at the bars. This is where my judgmentalness came into play....WHY help someone who isn't worrying about what someone else could be giving up to her IF she abuses the new kidney? I have no idea if the doctors would even take a donor if they know she enjoys her booze, but if they do.....I just don't feel right helping her now. I don't know how to back out of my saying I'd love to help! HOW do I back out?
Resolved Question: What do biomedical engineers do?
Ok see now I am a dialysis patient from past 4 years and I am chronic kidney disease patient from age of 5 years and now I am 20 years old. I am very slim and my head is bigger than my body. My friend tease me sometimes and I am somewhat embarrassed.I don't know what to do.I am 5.5 inches tall but I don't look like I am tall unless some person of same height is standing next to me.pls help I don't know what to do .sometimes I feel like committing suicide . My body also is very thin and my shoulders are not broad like my friends . Nowadays. I am riding bicycle alternate days for half an hour so that I can grow a little bit tall. And my age is 20 by the way. Help me pls
I have a habit of eating non dust eraser from past 3 years and I can't stop it. I am a hemodialysis patient from 5 years and nothing happened till now. I don't know how to stop eating erasers. Will I get any health problems if I Continue eating? Pls help me. And also I go for dialysis 3 times a week 4 hrs .my age is 20.
Resolved Question: What happens if I don't get my last hep shot?
Okay so just recently, I've been noticing strange things about my health/body.. Here's what I've found:
-I've recently come out in a massive breakout over my face.. But I'm 18 and have had clear skin all my life, even through puberty.
-I've discovered random pea sized purple bruises all over my thighs, but they don't hurt and I haven't bumped my legs.
-I have almost brown urine. :S
-And recently (warning:this may make me sound like a weirdo) on almost three occasions over the last week, I've felt like my legs were vibrating.. Kinda like the bone inside was buzzing. And it's nothing to do with pins and needles, this has happened when I've been sat on a chair.. But for about 10 minutes they feel sensitive, like I can't stand up because my legs just won't take it.
Also if it helps, I'm mega pale, but I have been for a few years now so I don't think that'll affect anything haha. :)
But I just wanna know, if any of you have an inkling as to what this could be, please tell me. I don't wanna go to the doctor over nothing, but I'm kinda freaking out a little. :) x
Resolved Question: Question on Social Security Benefits?
can you get social security benefits for having only 1 kidney. i had it removed when i was 5 and im now 18. its was removed do to covered in cyst when i was born only on 1 was do to have surgery immediatly but the doctors sonogrammed my twin sister instead. so it never got done until i was 5 years old when i couldnt urinate and started to swell. my mother immediatly got the medical records and figured it out and we seen a doctor to have things checked. well the cyst moved to the other kidney and covered half. when did surgery the removed 1 kidney and rebuilt the half from the other. my mother always said that they gave her the paper when i was younger ( 5) to fill it out for Social Security Benefits but she never did she told me because she was unsure if i would want to work or not as i got older. but am i still eligible to do so and qualify for benefits. ive been to the doctor and had it sonograms last month they said the kidney i have is enlarged now but is doing fine.
any help or suggestions please let me know thanks.
Resolved Question: What can you do with a bachelors in biomedical?
What specific jobs can one have with a bachelors in biomedical. My school offeres it, but to lessen the confusion, it's not biomedical engineering, just biomedical.
I know one can go to med school, but if one want to go straight to work after graduation, what kind of jobs can one expect to get? Also, please be as specific as possible with job titles, I don't want anything like , "of you can work at a hospital."
so im thinking on doing a two day cleansing . I just want to know peoples experience with this and how they felt and the benefits of this. Also do you lose any weight while doing this? THANKS!
Resolved Question: How much weight will u lose with a colon cleanse?
Ok, so I have been getting alot, and I MEAN ALOT!!! Of cramps in my foot and I loose control of my big toe or my pinki toe and it hurts so bad. I cant feel the toe and It goes off into the side and becomes hard! It sometimes makes me cry! What is this?
Resolved Question: Is a PhD in Biomedical Engineering worth it?
I'm 18 and completely FED up with not losing the last 10 pounds I want to lose. I have tried dieting since January. I just can't stick with it... I end up binging on crap. So, I thought I'd go on this diet to detox my body, empty it of chemicals or whatever and start fresh afterwards and continue to eat healthily with normal, healthy food.
I used to eat SO healthy about half a year ago. I ate perfectly, no sweets at all or anything. Then I had a really bad relationship and break up... I turned to food, I gained ten pounds and now eat really crappily. I need to change so I can be 110 by the summer, about one to two months.
Will the apple detox help jump start this??
I exercise every day, run or walk. But with this I may just limit it to light walking.
Any tips from experience are welcome!'
Hi. Can I please have some advice. My family are at our wits end :-(
Our little yorkshire terrier Jack is 13. He was diagnosed with renal failure September 2012. He has his bad days but on the whole has totally surprised us and has been great for having the disease. We thought he would go at around christmas time but its now April and he is still with us.
On being diagnosed we changed his food to special renal food. He doesnt eat everyday and their are times I know he is starving. We have tried everything food wise that has been recommended for dogs with renal failure. There are times though he does eat and seems okay however sometimes when he does eat, he throws up.
The last week he hasnt been himself. Normally if he has a few bad days he comes round again (which I know is normal with renal failure) We took him to the vets and his readings were:
Urea : 40
When he was diagnosed his levels were: Urea - 20 & Creatanine 194
The vet said when his levels reached Urea - 60 and Creatanine 300 that was him ready to go.
He has been extremley lethargic - more so than usual, sleeps most of the day. Sometimes though he takes himself off and doesnt want to be bothered. Most of the time he wants constant cuddles. I am extremley concerned as he has started whimpering a little and his teeth have started chattering the odd time (which has never happened before). The vet said he is either in pain or hungry. We have now started feeding him anything just to get him to eat (which i feel guilty about as its making his condition worse but the flip side is we would be starving him if we didnt) He also threw up a little bile the other night, I dont know whether this was to do with hunger. He is drinking plenty of water so hes not dehydrated (Although, I know this is part of renal failure). The vet said his temperature was fine.
Lastnight he sat in his travel box and wouldnt come out, whimpering a little. This broke my heart. Sometimes I feel like he's trying to tell me something.
The vet basically said we had these options:
1) Put him on a drip/dialysis/cathator. He would need taken in for 48 hours (I am not keen on this idea. We done this when he was diagnosed and I wouldnt put him through it again)
2)Arrange for a few weeks time to have him put to sleep and make him comfortable for those few weeks (I just dont know if nows the right time)
3) Let him go as long as he can and feed him anything (which in my opinion is cruel and you would basically be killing him anyway by feeding him all the wrong stuff which ultimately makes his disease worse)
Can anyone please advise. Its a hard call because sometimes he is okay. If he pulls round from this episode, is it fair to keep him going until the next one?
I know deep down the dog is fighting for us and thats why he has gone as long as he has. His spirit is unbelivable. I just dont know what to do. Please help.
Thanks so much to everyone who has already responded
Resolved Question: Flavored Water and Kidney Health?
I am diabetic and leaking protein into my kidneys. My doctor says that while my sugar levels and A1C tests look good I'm dehydrated and need to drink 60-64oz of water daily to keep my kidneys healthy and to help flush them because of all the medications I'm on to control blood pressure and diabetes. My problem is -- I can never get more than 32oz of water down in a day. That's only half of what I need according to my doctor.
I went on the hunt for flavored water and found this 32oz bottle for only 1.99 at a local dollar store. I looked on the bottle and it has zero calories, zero sugars, zero aspartame, zero sodium, zero carbs, zero artificial coloring. It tastes great and it only lightly sparkles to give it some fizz. I could easily drink 2 bottles of this a day to get a full 64oz of water.
The only problem is I haven't had a chance to show my doctor the bottle and have her read over it to give it the clear. I know they say nothing is better for you than plain water, but if you get nauseous just making yourself down plain water isn't the colorless flavored water I found just as effective as plain water? I hate the taste of just lemon juice in my water so that doesn't work to entice me to drink more. I don't want to end up on dialysis but after a solid month of trying to train myself to drink more plain water I'm having no luck.
So, will this new flavored water I found be okay?
Resolved Question: Can my husband's ex-wife keep me from picking up his son?
I need some help quickly with the answer to a question. My husband and his ex-wife have joint custody of his son (my stepson) with our time being every weekend and every other school vacation during the school year and every other week during the summer. My husband had kidney re-flux as a child and as a result he is on dialysis after two failed kidney transplants. Of course this means from time to time he experiences medical issues. Last week, he went into the hospital after not feeling well for a few days. They admitted him with a blood infection. He is receiving antibiotics and dialysis until everything is under control. He may not be released in time for his scheduled pick up this Friday. His ex is telling us that she will not allow me to pick up his son and she doesn't want him at the hospital even for a short amount of time. His son is 6, and well aware of dad's medical issues. I say that as a licensed, insured driver who has a great relationship with my stepson she has no right to keep me from picking him up. She also has no right to say that he can't visit with his father in the hospital as long as he isn't made to spend an extensive amount of time there. He is with me and my husband and my two children every weekend with no problems. This has never been an issue until now and I don't know why she is being so difficult. Do we have any grounds to stand on? Court order does not specify a party for pickup, just the days/times.
Resolved Question: What are my friend's chances of living?
I don't know much about medical or health. I know most of you aren't doctors, but maybe you could share some experience. I have a friend who is in his late 20's. He is a diabetic (not sure which type, but he isn't overweight). On Friday night, he started having his first seizure and he stopped breathing. His fiancé is my friend and she's been keeping me updated. The doctors said he got an infection and they don't know what it is or where it came from. He is in a coma and spiked a fever of 106, which caused some brain damage. Saturday, his temperature had gone back to normal, he was responding to pain and moving his arms a little (although in a coma). Yesterday, my friend/his fiancé said that he hadn't moved all day, he wasn't responding to anything and that his kidneys were failing. Today, she said his kidneys are worse & they are going to start dialysis & he also had his EEG, but we don't know the results yet. I read somewhere that kidney failure doesn't automatically mean a death sentence. What chances does my friend have of surviving this?
ok so we live in michigan
my mother is going to have surgery on her feet and hands and will need someone to take care of her soon
she is 55
i am 26
im willing to move in and help her
iv heard that i can get paid compensation from medicare/medicaid for not being able to work/being her full time caregiver.
what all do i need to do
what does she need to do
every thing iv been able to find is for people over the age of 65
and all this stuff is crazy trying to figure it all out
1) hopefully it is only going to be short term disability but in reality she has extreme arthritis, and several other things going on. its gotten to the point the tendons are worn out to nothing and bones are curving and what not. so i think she may have long term/ perm disability.
2) she is currently not on ssi/ssdi/ or medicaid. she is currently employed full time for now but the surgery's being done will change that depending on the true extent of the damages
3)assist's: she has a car, shes renting an apt, and i do not think she has anything else
4) what does "qualified" mean ie: classes, licences, degree's, experience
Resolved Question: Is dating a woman with kidney disease a bad choice?
I started dating a woman who has kidney disease.She received a kidney transplant from her mom when she was 20.She is now 26 with 23% function and will more likely have to undergo dialysis.She's everything I would want a woman,She's beautiful,caring,and simply a good person.She also has 2 successful businesses and does very well for herself.She cares about me and has made it clear I'm the first man she hasn't pushed away since having her illness.I like her very much but have to face the fact that she more then likely can't have children (which is something I want), could become ill, or die.Is it better to end it now even though I'll really hurt her? Am I being selfish?
Resolved Question: Why is it important that American Indians/Alaska Natives receive an influenza shot?
On the CDC's website, it is recommended that this specific group should receive the influenza vaccine annually. I am writing an essay about the influenza and I must state why it is important that the natives should receive the vaccine. Are there any websites that can help me with why it is is important for this group to receive vaccinations?
Resolved Question: How do you win a social security case?
Okay let me give you a little info about myself. My mom and dad are not divorced but have been separated for about 4 years. I live with my mother. My father lives with his mom and his step dad. They aren't in good health. My grandfather on my mother's side is on dialysis and isn't in very good health. My Uncle on my mother's side lives in a different state and is going to build a new house and is offering to me and my mother to rent a house he will buy and live down there closer to him, after my mother's father dies. I am in 6th grade and many grownups I'm very mature for my age and I really wanna do that. I haven't told my dad about any of this. He has quite a temper and I know he most likely be happy about this. I was wondering could he do anything about this in legal matters?
I live in a house with two parents who are carriers for Hep C. I had a test done at the end of 2011 confirming I had not been exposed to the illness after 21 years of living at the same home as them. However, I have recently developed mysophobia (germaphobia), or a fear of contamination and germs.
My Mom knicked her hand on a broken piece of glass yesterday. Not a very big cut at all. Minimal bleeding (barely any), and afterwards she washed it up and bandaged the scratch.
Thing is, she rolls cigarettes for the family to save us money. I am worried that some of the virus may be left on her fingertips from where it bled and then transferred to the filter/lip of the cigarette. My worry was that I'd then contract it through oral exposure.
Am I being completely irrational? I feel like I am. It'd be nice to hear from a medical professional. Really need something to ease my nerves :\
Resolved Question: Anyone here FOR the master cleanse not against it?
I am 16 years old and I'm 4'9' i weigh 140lbs and i want to loose this fat fast and so does my mom so we both want to do the lemon master cleanse for 10days but is it safe for me? a lot of people say that its not because I'm too young and not fully grown and i don't have enough toxins or whatever but i do i eat soo unhealthy im sure i have some toxins to get out. Do you think teens should be able to do this cleanse? how many days should i do it for? and what were your results? thank you.
I have rheumatoid arthritis and once my medicine wears off (prednisone) at night, my fingers get swollen, and muscles in my legs, shoulders, and elbows start to hurt and it becomes difficult to move around and get out of bed. I love having the fan on or window opened at night but it makes the pain UNBEARABLE! I take 800 mg ibuprofen and have tried drinking greeen tea all day but i feel like there is something better out there that is more effective and longer lasting. Please help!!!! Any suggestions are welcome
Resolved Question: Can someone give me some recipes?
My boyfriend has kidney problems and is currently on dialysis. I know there's a very restricted diet for such things but I'd really like to cook for him on occasion. I know things like "low potassium" and lean meats but I'd really just like some simple recipes that are especially for dialysis patients.
Thanks for the help in advance!!
Resolved Question: about kidney and heart discease?
I have CAD and CHF with Diabetes and Asthma and Sleep Apnea and some more issues and my doctors told me that i was in a catch 22, because kidneys r also going bad. My heart is so weak, that i wouldn't b able to take dialysis, for i wouldn't make it alive. I have edema so hard in ankles and around legs and thighs. I want to go to the hosp. Dr doesn't want me to go yet. I feel like i am drowning. What would u do??? I going to the hospital anyway. I about to leave right now....
Resolved Question: What's the survival rate of someone in a coma after a over dose?
Ok so I'm just after finding out my boyfriend who I love dearly took an overdose and is now in a coma and his liver and kidneys failed and he is on a dialysis machine he was not found for over 24 hours before he was brought to the hospital he is also on a life support machine and has been just 4 days now but am seriously panicking doctors aren't telling me much cos I'm not technically family his bro said he tot he felt him squeeze his hand yesterday and saw a tear n his eye is this normal or would it be progress ??? Could somebody please be able to tell me what his survival rate mite be :(
Hi there, one of my family members suffers from type 2 diabetes for about 6 months now.
Hes male, 47 and is very obese (23 stone apox) he suffers from sleep apnea, high blood p, high cholesterol and all the other things that come with obesity. He eats fatty, sugary foods and doesn't not care that he is diabetic. He does not check his sugar levels & he drinks beer about 3/4 days a week and drinks apox 8 beers sometimes more. He smokes around 15 fags a day. He does not care about his health and truly believes nothing will ever happen to him. He suffers from acid reflux, he has history of bowel problems. He looks pale white most of the time! I'm very worried can somebody tell me the problems that can arise from this and how serious this is if he does not change. Please don't write silly comments I really need a decent opinion! Thanks.
Resolved Question: How long would it take THC to exit my system if i weigh about 80 lbs and am using Sonnes #7 detoxicant ?
Hi!(: I've been really wanting to both detox and lose weight, I know detoxing is known for jump starting weight loss. Either way I'm going on the master cleanse detox, but would it be harmful to my health to exercise in my sauna suit at the same time? I want to lose weight and cleanse my body in a healthy way. I'm a recovering anorexic, and I really just want to look amazing and still have all my organs in tact!(: if not should I do the cleanse then while easing myself into a normal diet, wear the sauna suit? I wish to keep the weight off, I know this isn't a fast answer, I'm willing to put in the effort. And if you have any suggestions I'm all open ears!(:
Resolved Question: body cleanse to make u lose weight !?
I think the reason I'm so worried about it is because my anxiety and I'm a hypochondriac.
Like, would I absolutely know if I had it?
Details: I haven't gotten my period this month, so for the past 3 days I've been wearing regular tampons (changing them frequently and wearing them only during school hours [so about 6-8 hours, but changed constantly]) simply because my period is heavy when it does start and I didn't want it to leak through my clothes at school.
So, would I know if I had TSS? Would I be vomiting and sick right of the bat? I talked to my mom about it and she thinks I'm fine because she's slept with a tampon in for 11 hours before because she forgot about it.
Is TSS curable?
For about the past three months I've also had very dry skin around where my legs meet my crotch area, the skin is just dry and slightly itchy. What could that be? I do shave down there.
Resolved Question: Perceived lack of empathy/love from family/colleagues has hurt me psychologically during trying times?
I'm a 26 year old male in medical school. My father has been in dialysis for 2 years, he lost a limb and doctors are saying he will lose the other limb. I have been hesitant to talk about what's happening with him with colleagues and friends. A few months ago I mentioned something to a colleague and she told other people in the school and the matter became public. I was tremendously upset about this, but decided to bite the bullet and try to move on. However, this changed how I saw this particualr colleague, it seemed to me that telling this private information was a harmful act on her part. Going to the hospital to visit my father started taking a toll on me physically, emotionally and academically. At one point, I thought I was loosing my mind. A few colleagues have been recently very good to me and that has helped. I am angry at the fact that people's insensitivity has caused me so much mental pain. During this time, as I was not receiving the help that I wanted/needed I thought that perhaps I didn't do enough for my colleagues and friends. The perceived lack of fairness in my situation, I suppose, has been the most painful part of all.
I guess I am looking for advice from someone that understands where I am coming from. I want to get back my strength and carry on with my studies and life.
I have tried this cleanse before for 2 days and lost like 2 or 3 pounds. But my mom made me stop because I was only like 12 or 13. But I'm turning 16 in a couple of months and I would like to lose at least 30 - 40 pounds so I could where a bikini and have fun during the summer. Anyways have anyone done this diet before and if so I have a couple of questions to ask. Where did you lose weight the most at? Did you lose weight in your butt? Can I put Truvia in it to make it taste better? And does it matter what maple syrup I use? Will I feel any different than I did before I started it? That's about it. If anyone wants to add anything else, go ahead and help yourself.
Resolved Question: What is a good Detox diet for an ectomorph body type?
I am 20 years old and have been having digestion problems and a few health problem. Yes, I have seen a doctor about it and everything seems to have rational and easily fixed by medication. It was suggested to me that I do a detox diet just to try to clear out some of the bad stuff in my system. But its hard trying to find a diet I can actually do.
I am about 5'1" and 105lbs. I have a naturally high metabolism and physically need protein though out the day and sustenance or I become ill, light headed, nauseous and irritable. I want to find a detox diet that won't require me to just drink a veggie/fruit juice. My body can't handle just those in a day.
Any thoughts or suggestions?
Resolved Question: Dr.oz detox cleanse, how many calories?
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