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 on: Today at 04:51:31 AM 
Started by Peasha - Last post by PrincessLeila
I've always thought that low BP levels can also be a threat but wasn't sure about my hunch. This article confirms this. Thanks for posting this. I wonder why low BP may also damage kidneys as well?

 on: Today at 03:18:20 AM 
Started by Peasha - Last post by obsidianom
Somehow the paragraph I wrote on Lithium got lost.
It is a great drug for depression and bipolar but it is quite toxic to kidneys and has to be very carefully monitered. That is why I mentioned Lamictal.
Now about Bipolar.  I get frustrated with the doctors who look for "classic" bipolar symptoms. Yes they exist but reality is that type , Bipolar 1 is not as common as Bipolar type 2 . Bipolar type 2 is a mixture of symptoms that have no pattern. It is less severe then type 1 but just as hard on the patient. The most common bipolar 2 is the patient who tries various antidepressants and keeps getting better then slidfes back into depression. In fact most of the time Bipolar 2 patients are either ok or depressed. They dont have classic manic episodes. They do get mixed states with irritibility and feel lousy overall. You need a doctor who tgreats bipolars a lot and understands this.
By the way many patients take mood stabilizers with anti depressants for "depression". These patients are undiagnosed bipolar type 2 s . 

 on: Today at 02:29:11 AM 
Started by Scuba Girl - Last post by refurb
Thanks for sharing Scubagirl.


 on: Today at 02:28:17 AM 
Started by kayleah - Last post by refurb
 My transplant will be 15 yrs in December. I still backslide on drinking enough. I too have to re-focus at times to get back on track with drinking enough as I know i'm so blessed to have this transplant and for so long. Some years my #'s creep up too but as scuba girl said don't panic.


 on: Today at 02:22:44 AM 
Started by refurb - Last post by refurb
Besides vitamin D and calcium I was always told no vitamins/ herbal supplements.
Does anyone take Magnesium and what are your doctors thoughts on it?


 on: Yesterday at 10:35:49 PM 
Started by PrincessLeila - Last post by BJ275
One of the highlights of a transplant in my family was seeing a youngster, about 5 who had a transplant, a kidney donated by his mom.  He was quite the inspiration for everyone on the transplant floor because he was up and walking around with a huge tummy!  The adult kidney was so big but I guess they shrink to adapt to the smaller body.  They loved his enthusiasm! 

Very sad when kids hurt! 

I guess you could say you hope his son will have a successful transplant.

Thanks for sharing.

 on: Yesterday at 10:28:05 PM 
Started by Peasha - Last post by BJ275

I guess if I was in your situation, I would be talking both to my nephrologist and psychiatrist about what you should do and not do.


Me, too.
And thanks for the part about Lithium being hard on kidneys, Getlife!

 on: Yesterday at 10:16:07 PM 
Started by PrincessLeila - Last post by BJ275
I hope you hear from him before you have to see him.  And that the new doctor works out. 

 on: Yesterday at 10:09:31 PM 
Started by Peasha - Last post by BJ275
I do know someone who has Sjorgens, she is a lot older than you.  I don't know her well enough to know all her symptoms but I know the dry mouth is quite difficult. 

 on: Yesterday at 10:05:20 PM 
Started by PrincessLeila - Last post by BJ275
Yes, indeed!

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