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a possible long term kidney infection.

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  • Posted By: sweettooth
  • June 18, 2008
  • 09:12 PM

:( poor concentration, poor memory, depression, tiredness. With LOW blood pressure. I have very dilute urine and very frequent urination including a few times per night. I drink a lot of water and take a lot of food supplements like eve. primrose oil and selenium ACE. I've stopped smoking but have smoking damaged lungs. I have low back pain, around the hips. I've recently had near leg cramps at night and daily rheumatism. I am a long term IBS sufferer and have recently found the best diet for it, avoiding allergenic foods.

I went to the GP about my rheumatism. I have pins and needles and near-cramps at night. Slightly sore knees and ankles. I'm 42 years old and going to have quite early menopause I believe. My periods are irregular as they always have been, and lighter than they used to be. I worry that period isn't going to start and I'm going to be in a long drawn out state for a week before it begins but if I relax and have reflexology or similar, it will start, tho' a bit hesitantly.

GP just sent me for blood tests in order to get initial assessment.

People keep commenting on my tan and I have hardly seen the sun. I think it's pigmentation from an adrenal gland problem. I wonder if I caught a urinary tract infection from a sexual partner I had 2 years ago and if it's been working it's way subtley into my kidneys ever since then? I have cloudy urine and it has white blood cells in it according to a test. I don't have blood in the urine. I never had cystitis but I had pain on passing water fairly often. Not so bad that I got very worried. However, I might have had a urinary tract infection all this time. I haven't been to the GP for over two years.

This morning I had blood tests for everything under the sun. We'll see if I'm diabetic or if I've got parathyroid disease or if I've got a urinary tract or kidney infection. I can't wait to find out. I get the results in two weeks time. I feel OK in the morning, although I only manage 5 or 6 hours sleep, and I'm relatively OK in the day. I get a lot done but with silly mistakes and poor concentration. Then in the evening I feel weak and like I could almost collapse and I am a bit worried that I'm going to get really ill and the worst will be true. However, I hope that I'm not that ill. If I've had a kidney infection for a really long time, then what is the worst that could be, and what is the result of this thing called "kidney damage"? I don't mean the worst possible ever, I mean the worst possible that could be true given my symptoms as outlined above? Anybody out there got a similar experience or know what I might have?

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  • I will be interested in your results. I belive you have parathyroid disease.:confused:
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  • I have extreme fatigue along with a multitude of other symptoms that just don't seem to fit any medical diagnosis that my General physician and a whole lot of specialists have come up with. I have digestion and bowel problems. I fluctuate from constant diarrhea at times to total constipation for days. I have been told I have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). My skin itches to the point where I scratch it off! I've been told that is called folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicles) and dermatitis (dry itchy skin). I have issues with my sinuses and several common allergies. I can't heal my acne no matter what treatment I try! I feel like a high school kid! I have major anxiety, which I never had before, and I have no energy/desire to do things that I once enjoyed. My vision gets blurry at times and I am prone to migraine headaches. My heart palpitates and I am often short of breath. I have constant muscle aches and cramps. My feet and elbows are always dry. I have an under active thyroid and have been told I am now pre-diabetic! As a result I have become depressed and am on medication (Wellbutrin XL). I have chronic urinary tract and yeast infections. You are not alone! There are many of us suffering from autoimmune disorders that seem to be slowly breaking us down. Don't give up on a prognosis. I often have my doctor screen me for all kinds of random rare diseases. He laughs and tells me to stay off the internet, but he does test for whatever I ask him to. Think positive and let us know what the outcome is.
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  • :) I'm pleased to say that my blood tests came back NORMAL. That includes calcium and iron levels. Also, hormones for the part of the cycle that I was in, were normal, so I'm not YET menopausal. The low calcium shows that I haven't got parathyroid disease, although that was one of my suspicions. Also, I'm not diabetic. Also, after a few more weeks I got back a urine test result and found out that my urine is normal and I don't have a urine or kidney infection!! Amazing!! You might say there's nothing to worry about except for the fact that I don't feel well?!! There was one area that was a little dodgy and that is iron uptake. My serum TIBC was low. However, the GP said this doesn't matter and she doesn't know why they measure TIBC which is something to do with the RBCs. But then I noticed that my iron levels are low although they're within normal range. I quirkily have narrow blood vessels which can't be gotten into with a needle and when I give blood they have to use a paediatric needle. I'm wondering about a connection which no doctor would bother about, between narrow vessels and small RBCs. Meanwhile I have LOW blood pressure, which goes hand in hand with DILATED vessels, so in my case I have LOW B.P. but constricted or naturally narrow vessels and this fits with a lot of poor circulation symptoms including the result of poor circulation to particular organs - namely kidneys and the spleen. Low B.P. is probably the result of psychological state because I don't have any other condition that would lead to LOW B.P. So, if I work on relaxation and improving from a state of exhaustion to one of action and go-get-it-ness, then my B.P. should go up. Then I want to dilate my vessels with herbal supplements in order to improve my circulation. I may use ginkgo biloba or cayenne pepper or ginseng or garlic or ginger or yarrow or for blood flow to the spleen and a stomach tonic, goldenseal. I believe that this circulatory disorder, if that's what it is, began because of smoking and the need for extra RBCs to make the most of whatever Oxygen was actually getting breathed in, and to make the most of the healthy bits of membrane in the alveoli which is the interface with the lungs where Oxygen enters the body and gets taken up by the RBCs, so the circulatory system adapted to the lack of lung power at the time. Now I have trouble getting blood to everywhere it's supposed to go. Any names of diseases that I'm overlooking here?! (Emphysema might be one, but I would only say I've got chronic bronchitis). I need tea to sort my lungs out as well.
    sweettooth 10 Replies
    • August 24, 2008
    • 07:12 PM
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  • I found this- might be useful: TIBC is typically measured along with serum iron to evaluate people suspected of having either iron deficiency or iron overload. The iron concentration divided by TIBC gives the transferrin saturation, which is a more useful indicator of iron status than iron or TIBC alone. In healthy people, about 20-50% of available sites in transferrin are used to transport iron. In iron deficiency, iron is low, but TIBC is increased, and transferrin saturation becomes very low. In iron overload states such as hemochromatosis, iron will be high and TIBC will be low or normal, causing the transferrin saturation to increase. It is customary to test for transferrin (instead of TIBC) when evaluating a patient's nutritional status or liver function. Because it is made in the liver, transferrin will be low with liver disease. Transferrin levels also drop when there is not enough protein in the diet, so this test can be used to monitor nutrition.For more info on this see: http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/tibc/test.html
    dizzy lizzie 192 Replies
    • August 25, 2008
    • 07:52 PM
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  • :) That's interesting. Thank you for sending that info. on. They did measure my transferrin although it's called serum ferritin on what they've given me. I hope it's the same thing. It's within the normal range but could be twice as high as it is and still be within range. Is there a disease of naturally constricting blood vessels. Nothing to do with them getting coated with anything. Just a nervous or hormonal reaction which leads to skeletal vessels as well as peripheral vessels being narrow? Thanks!
    sweettooth 10 Replies
    • August 29, 2008
    • 03:30 PM
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  • :) That's interesting. Thank you for sending that info. on. They did measure my transferrin although it's called serum ferritin on what they've given me. I hope it's the same thing. It's within the normal range but could be twice as high as it is and still be within range. Is there a disease of naturally constricting blood vessels. Nothing to do with them getting coated with anything. Just a nervous or hormonal reaction which leads to skeletal vessels as well as peripheral vessels being narrow? Thanks! Sorry but I don't know. Anyone?
    dizzy lizzie 192 Replies
    • August 29, 2008
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  • to be more precise, in reply to the information you give: My serum iron level is 15.2 umol/L and normal range is 11 - 36. My serum TIBC is low at 46.5 umol/L and normal range is 53 - 85 and my Serum ferritin is 70 ug/L and normal range is 14 - 148. Therefore, I don't fit either of the conditions you suggest because iron is low and ferritin is also low. I've been a lot better as far as cramps and joint pain is concerned but worse as far as overactive adrenals is concerned, with unconscious stress keeping me awake at night; just adrenaline or cortisol pulsing through me (not anything to do with my thoughts but no doubt to do with general state of mind which hasn't been enough PLAY and things that interest me) and a lot of tension around kidney area, as though I can feel my kidneys and a whole aura around them. A hot one. Very annoying because I wake up at 3.00 or 4.00 am without fail, and don't fall back to sleep. Possibly I can go back to sleep at 9.00 am. Not very useful. I'm finding an alternative practitioner with a supplement that helps overactive adrenals from Right For Your Type. I've found that there's a second problem causing insomnia which is the poor circulation. I'm actually conscious of it now. I have to take myself to deep relaxation before things feel right. It's quite hard to describe, but I feel like I'm being pushed into a tense state in which I'll never fall asleep by my lungs and kidneys not working well because of the blood not getting to them, and I have to relax to mellow and chill before the blood will flow and I'll be able to fall asleep. :confused:
    sweettooth 10 Replies
    • September 7, 2008
    • 10:11 AM
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  • to be more precise, in reply to the information you give: My serum iron level is 15.2 umol/L and normal range is 11 - 36. My serum TIBC is low at 46.5 umol/L and normal range is 53 - 85 and my Serum ferritin is 70 ug/L and normal range is 14 - 148. Therefore, I don't fit either of the conditions you suggest because iron is low and ferritin is also low. I've been a lot better as far as cramps and joint pain is concerned but worse as far as overactive adrenals is concerned, with unconscious stress keeping me awake at night; just adrenaline or cortisol pulsing through me (not anything to do with my thoughts but no doubt to do with general state of mind which hasn't been enough PLAY and things that interest me) and a lot of tension around kidney area, as though I can feel my kidneys and a whole aura around them. A hot one. Very annoying because I wake up at 3.00 or 4.00 am without fail, and don't fall back to sleep. Possibly I can go back to sleep at 9.00 am. Not very useful. I'm finding an alternative practitioner with a supplement that helps overactive adrenals from Right For Your Type. I've found that there's a second problem causing insomnia which is the poor circulation. I'm actually conscious of it now. I have to take myself to deep relaxation before things feel right. It's quite hard to describe, but I feel like I'm being pushed into a tense state in which I'll never fall asleep by my lungs and kidneys not working well because of the blood not getting to them, and I have to relax to mellow and chill before the blood will flow and I'll be able to fall asleep. :confused:I'm sorry I don't have anything more useful to tell you. Have you seen a Hematologist? They might have an idea as to what would cause both iron and ferritin to be low.
    dizzy lizzie 192 Replies
    • September 8, 2008
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  • News is, I went to see a Nutritionist / Herbalist Right For Your Type Practitioner. One of only 7 in England. She did Flow therapy; checking my metabolism in every way. My blood was so abnormal she was knocked for six. Abnormal because it's completely full of my white blood cells. The army is out and cannot be called up for an emergency, it's already fighting food particles due to leaky gut syndrome, as well as bacteria and parasites that have been there long term and inflammation caused by allergy which is in turn caused by imbalance of bacteria with the dominant bacteria causing food allergies so that the gut wall becomes inflamed. I am suffering a bunch of auto-immune disorders and am now fighting it with DIET. NO WHEAT or SUGAR or COW's DAIRY. Spelt flour is OK (the original wheat before modern processing which increases the gluten content seven fold) and all that stuff... you know. I have got so many supplements to take, it's amazing. The only reason it's not like having AIDS is that there's hope, a good prognosis, I could get completely better really soon and it's not a virus and can't be transmitted from person to person. It's simply the consequence of taking anti-biotics 23 years ago and having had IBS all of this time, which is an inflamed gut wall and the imbalance of bacteria causing food allergy which makes it inflamed. The inflammation leads to gaps between cells in the microvilli of the small intestine and undigested food gets through. This is responded to by the immune system as pathogens and when they attack, they apparently confuse new food particles with different body tissues, hence the huge number of various illnesses that can arise from having auto-immune probs.
    sweettooth 10 Replies
    • September 15, 2008
    • 09:41 AM
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  • Hello again. It turns out that what's wrong with me is auto-immune. I have bad leaky gut and all of my WBCs are in my blood. They're fighting food particles and confusing them with body tissues. IBS is this: Antibiotic causes imbalance of bacteria in the gut. Dominant bacteria cause food allergy. Allergy causes inflammation of microvilli which are the wall of the small intestine. Inflammation causes gaps between cells. Gaps between cells allow food particles through. Food particles are treated as pathogens by the immune system. White blood cells increase and your immune system is overactive and unable to cope with new illnesses whilst actually attacking various parts of your body and causing new illnesses. I'm glad I have an answer. I am on the strictest diet ever and taking tons of food supplements. Bye for now!
    sweettooth 10 Replies
    • September 15, 2008
    • 09:57 AM
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  • Really glad you have an answer and are on the road to feeling better. Thanks for stopping in and posting the result which I'm sure will help others in the future. Here's to feeling good again.DLHello again. It turns out that what's wrong with me is auto-immune. I have bad leaky gut and all of my WBCs are in my blood. They're fighting food particles and confusing them with body tissues. IBS is this: Antibiotic causes imbalance of bacteria in the gut. Dominant bacteria cause food allergy. Allergy causes inflammation of microvilli which are the wall of the small intestine. Inflammation causes gaps between cells. Gaps between cells allow food particles through. Food particles are treated as pathogens by the immune system. White blood cells increase and your immune system is overactive and unable to cope with new illnesses whilst actually attacking various parts of your body and causing new illnesses. I'm glad I have an answer. I am on the strictest diet ever and taking tons of food supplements. Bye for now!
    dizzy lizzie 192 Replies
    • September 16, 2008
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  • Thank you Lizzie. I'm still sticking to the diet and have been on it for over a week. I want to keep it up for 8 weeks before I allow any chocolate to enter my mouth, for example. There has been the tiniest bit of wheat in what I eat, twice, as I've eaten a pasta sauce and a salad dressing, in small quantities that were made with some flour in the roux, and that is all. That didn't cause trouble. But I haven't had a single crumb of bread, biscuit or cake or wheat pasta. I like spelt which is a great substitute and is in fact, real and ancient wheat. I only resisted this obvious cure to IBS because I believed in the yeast theory so wholeheartedly for so many years because whenever I heard the yeast theory I heard my symptoms described accurately. However, exactly the same things can be caused by bacteria and other pathogens. No reason at all for it to be candida albicans. It has been a revelatory year for me.
    sweettooth 10 Replies
    • September 23, 2008
    • 10:20 AM
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  • I have extreme fatigue along with a multitude of other symptoms that just don't seem to fit any medical diagnosis that my General physician and a whole lot of specialists have come up with. I have digestion and bowel problems. I fluctuate from constant diarrhea at times to total constipation for days. I have been told I have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). My skin itches to the point where I scratch it off! I've been told that is called folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicles) and dermatitis (dry itchy skin). I have issues with my sinuses and several common allergies. I can't heal my acne no matter what treatment I try! I feel like a high school kid! I have major anxiety, which I never had before, and I have no energy/desire to do things that I once enjoyed. My vision gets blurry at times and I am prone to migraine headaches. My heart palpitates and I am often short of breath. I have constant muscle aches and cramps. My feet and elbows are always dry. I have an under active thyroid and have been told I am now pre-diabetic! As a result I have become depressed and am on medication (Wellbutrin XL). I have chronic urinary tract and yeast infections. You are not alone! There are many of us suffering from autoimmune disorders that seem to be slowly breaking us down. Don't give up on a prognosis. I often have my doctor screen me for all kinds of random rare diseases. He laughs and tells me to stay off the internet, but he does test for whatever I ask him to. Think positive and let us know what the outcome is. I had a few of the issues you had for 20 some years. This year we discovered it was all because I had a meat and fruit allergy causing asthma which untreated caused me frequent migraines. Have you tried completely no meat? For me I only needed to stop eating beef and bananas but I'm sure it could be different for you. Keep fighting! The doctors didn't help me figure it out- the Internet did!
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