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Few years ago, I had a history of kidney infection which caused my right kidney to shrink. I underwent medical treatment and it went well.

Recently, I had a routine check-up in China and they couldn't find my right kidney, which got me worrying.

Since I still haven't gone to any kidney specialists here in Manila, I just did my laboratory tests. Here are the results of my tests (which shows high creatinine):
BUN: 5.03
Sodium: 144.60
Potassium: 5.11
Creatinine: 121.09

Anyone who can help me? Suggestions?:confused:
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  • junketjunket Member PExer
    that is high my dear, you need to have dialysis na. i have a friend who had a kidney transplant and she is doing so well, PM kita details
  • cutejulieangcutejulieang Member PExer
    ask a urologist they might be requiring you to conduct an ultrasound of your both kidney.
  • bluemoon5303bluemoon5303 Member PExer
    Your creatinine is a quite on the upper normal limit but I'm also concerned that the sonologist failed to detect your right kidney. Kindly seek consult with a nephrologist so your kidney/renal function could be properly assessed. Personally, I don't think you need to undergo dialysis - your other labs tell me that your kidneys seem to function well.
  • ketchup_margieketchup_margie Resident PExer
    Few years ago, I had a history of kidney infection which caused my right kidney to shrink. I underwent medical treatment and it went well.

    Recently, I had a routine check-up in China and they couldn't find my right kidney, which got me worrying.

    Since I still haven't gone to any kidney specialists here in Manila, I just did my laboratory tests. Here are the results of my tests (which shows high creatinine):
    BUN: 5.03
    Sodium: 144.60
    Potassium: 5.11
    Creatinine: 121.09

    Anyone who can help me? Suggestions?:confused:

    Privatesinger, normal lab values are
    BUN: 3.0-8.2 mg/dL
    Sodium:135-147 mEq/L
    Potassium: 3.5-5.0 mEq/L
    Creatinine: 97-137 ml/min

    As you can see, your potassium is above limit while your creatinine is still within normal range.

    How did your doctor in china find that your right kidney is missing? Did he do a KUB ultrasound?

    Do you feel any symptoms like no urine flow, right flank pain, vomiting or itchiness?

    I suggest that you see a nephrologist you that you can be assessed well. Bring your old medical records or laboratories so your doctor could assess you well. Or you can do the KUB ultrasound before going to your doctor to save time.

    As of now, there is no need to have a dialysis since you still have your left kidney and your laboratory results doesn't warrant.

    *okay*
  • sugar2578sugar2578 kpop adik! PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    consult a nephrologist para ma-check nya ang kidney mo and mabigyan ka ng tamang diet para ma-protect ang kidney mo...

    go on a renal diet, which is less in sodium, potassium... eat only chicken, vegetable and white fish (bangus, tilapya, dalagang bukid, etc.)... and wag kumain ng mamantika...

    kung nag-smoke ka, iwasan mo na rin yan pati drinking alcohol...
  • Ask ko lang kung may trace of albumin sa urinalysis? Anong dapat gawin?
  • susmariosepsusmariosep Member PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Have anyone heard about people on dialysis discovering the restoration of their kidney function so that they stopped dialysis and are now still doing very well, living a normal life?

    I like to talk with these people.


    Susmariosep
  • marblesmarbles Member PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Ask ko lang kung may trace of albumin sa urinalysis? Anong dapat gawin?

    Lab results are always correlated with clinical presentation.
    Do you have other symptoms?
  • susmariosepsusmariosep Member PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    What are the pros and cons for peritoneal dialysis compared to hemodialysis?

    Peritoneal dialysis seems to be preferable because the patient can do it himself at home without a machine, and the cost is therefore lesser.


    Anyway, let's hear from the doctors and also from people who themselves have had both kinds of dialysis and are now exclusively or most of the times into one or the other.


    Susmariosep
  • susmariosepsusmariosep Member PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Well, I guess no doctors here and anyone else here know about dialysis and the difference between peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis.



    Susmariosep!
  • polgas_007polgas_007 agent PExer
    I think mas ok ang hemo kesa sa peritoneal. Almost 11 months din ako nag hemodialysis before na transplant.
  • neo_red_1neo_red_1 Member PExer
    Hello I've had experience with both peritoneal dialysis and hemo dialysis.

    I would say that peritoneal dialysis would be better if the patient is going to school or work. This is because it can be done at night. The downside is it should be done everyday and, as mentioned by matulis, there is the risk of infection. This is because the catheter is connected to the stomach.

    In hemodialysis, it costs around 3k - 4k per session and done twice or three times a week depending on the patient's condition. Each session is for 4 hours. The good side with this is there is no catheter connected to the patient, only at the beginning at the neck. A fistula will be made on the patient's arm and this will be the access for the hemodialysis eventually.
  • stuckstuck Member PExer
    how much is it to undergo dialysis these days? which hospitals in manila charge minimally?
  • BLue{}FairYBLue{}FairY I Hates You! PExer
    Have anyone heard about people on dialysis discovering the restoration of their kidney function so that they stopped dialysis and are now still doing very well, living a normal life?

    I like to talk with these people.


    Susmariosep

    Is it possible ba? Sobrang naghihirap na kasi kami sa twice a week na dialysis ng mother ko, Lalo pa't average lang ang kinikita naming magkakapatid sa trabaho.... Natapos na ang libreng session namin kay Mayor Lim at bago pa man matapos yun nilakad na namin sa city hall at naipasa na sa ospital ng sampaloc, 3 months na kaming nag aantay at nagpa-follow up but until now wala pa rin.... Minsan nakakapanghina na ng loob sa tuwing iisipin mo kung san na naman kami kukuha ng pang dialysis nya para sa susunod na schedule.... hhhhaaayyy... :(
  • K_r_a_mK_r_a_m nerd PExer
    ^^ unfortunately, there's no better alternative for hemodialysis. Cases like chronic kidney disease is a lifetime illness that can only be restored by doing a kidney transplant.
  • the_mobthe_mob the Mobster PExer
    i have kidney stones.. mild pa lang .. any tips so i can get them our naturally...
  • my husband had lithrospy done..his stones are big na kasi...check with your doctor...he can give you some medications para matunaw yan if it's not that big pa. he takes sambong tablets at acalca now to prevent new stones from forming..
  • cuddly_9cuddly_9 Member PExer
    ok yang lab results mo though your creatinine is in the high side lang. many factors affect one having high crea like infection, stress or eating too much meat.
    1. you really have to correlate it with what you are experiencing like are there any decreasing urine output from 6 months ago?
    2. do you have any HPN, DM or kidney stone problems?
    3. I suggest you do a urinalysis collected midstream (pang-gitnang ihi), repeat crea and bun.
  • the_mobthe_mob the Mobster PExer
    my husband had lithrospy done..his stones are big na kasi...check with your doctor...he can give you some medications para matunaw yan if it's not that big pa. he takes sambong tablets at acalca now to prevent new stones from forming..

    Thanks geraldine
  • beachangelbabybeachangelbaby Member PExer
    Hi! Ive been trying to find a venue for renal patients and their families to talk about their experiences and learning. Ive seen sites about centers and government funded groups as well but id like to hear from the patients themselves as well as their loved ones.

    Let me start...
    My mom has ESRD and is undergoing dialysis 3x a day. Before all this, i didnt even know what causes renal failure. Not even that there are different treatments for this let alone the effects of each treatment. I worked hard to understand what she's going through. After thousands of searches, websites and inquiries i only found a handful of links focusing on Renal Patients in the philippines. So here's a start for all those out there in search for understanding.

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