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Posted by: Lynton | 2007/04/11

Kidney help

Hi Doc, I'm trying to find out as much as I can about living the rest of my life with kidney problems. Things like: what foods I should start eating, medicine I could take etc. I've recently discovered that I have a horse shoe kidney and my left one is larger than my right one. I discovered this after I went to the hospital after experiencing pains in my left side and blood pressure of 220/139. I'm a 26 year old male, don't have medical aid, and am dealing with a goverment hospital and could only get an appoinment for their renal clinic in a months time! I still need to go for a "sonar" on monday and hopefully I'll find out more then. I've been told by a doctor that I might need a transplant and would like to avoid that at all costs...if possible? As I say though, I'm trying to find out as much as I can. Please could you help or point me in the right direction?

Best Regards
Brad

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Dear Brad
See the following articles:
http://www.emedicinehealth.com/chronic_kidney_disease/article_em.htm
http://kidneydiseases.about.com/od/livingwithkidneydisease/Living_With_Kidney_Disease.htm

Golden rules:
follow a healthy diet, avoid too much salt, avoid too much proteien, take in at least 1,5 litre of water per day unless you get water retention, avoid unnecessary medication, especially pain medication and certain antibiotics, have your kidney function tested at least once per year with a bloodtest ( UKE test).

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