(Closed) Any bees out there with one kidney? Kinda scared…

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 4
481 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I have a friend who had a kidney transplant as a child. I don’t know though whether she has one kidney or two. She was recently hospitalized with a kidney infection from drinking too many energy drinks, but as long as she doesn’t do that she is fine. She drinks copious amounts of alcohol and this doesn’t affect her at all really.

This is all I have!

Post # 5
2808 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My Mom had one of her kidneys removed 3 years ago (cancer) and is back to 100% kidney function with just one kidney! Since she’s much older than you, I can only imagine that you will do just fine 🙂

Post # 6
676 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@KJA00:  Sorry to hear this. I have had one kidney that is blocked almost completely, diagnosed at around 8 years old, but it was never fixed or removed… I’m not sure why. Anyway, any surgery can be scary, and being that it is right in your torso I am sure the recovery will be pretty uncomfortable, but you will pull through. People go through this sort of thing every day. Did they recommend any dietary changes to help minimize the chance of issues with the other side?

Post # 7
959 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I have a good friend of mine who had her kidney removed when she was a teen (probably 16). She needed it removed because it stopped working and she was prone to kidney infections and UTI. Years after her surgery she started having complications but nothing to the point where her other kidney needs to be removed. She still does get UTI and infections from time to time but that is about it. However, I must say this…. she consumed many things she shouldn’t consume which doesn’t help. 

The one thing I can suggest to you is to stay away from things which can harm your kidney. I had a terrible kidney infection which landed me in the hospital when I was 20 and I was instructed to lay off soda and drink lots and lots of water and cranberry juice. Also, I was told having large amounts of caffeine can produce kidney stones as well calcium phosphate which can be attributed to dehydration and excess protein in the diet. 

You will be fine 🙂

Post # 8
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My aunt was born with one kidney.  It’s never caused any health problems for her.

My Fiance went through kidney surgery.  His kidney was twisted and impacted causing stones.  He underwent major surgery and he goes in for the occational check up.

While it sucks now, you will feel so much better when it’s done.  Good luck!

Post # 10
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@KJA00:  I have a friend that has only 1 kidney, not sure how long it’s been, but he is a normal healthy, active 27 year old.

My concern more for you is your unhappiness with your Dr.  While he is off getting second opinions from his colleagues I think it might be a good idea for you to find another urologist and get your own second opinion.  Even if that Dr agrees you may feel more comfortable with them and their practice.  Best of luck to you!

Post # 11
5544 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

My dad has PKD, a genetic disease that destroyed his kidneys with cysts and had to remove them in 2001 and had a transplant in 2003, he was 100% until the transplanted kidney failed. That had to do with the transplant though, not the one kidney. You just need to be more aware about what you eat/drink if you just have one kidney but generally you can leave a totally normal life. The only other thing would be to make sure other docs know you only have one because they would need to be more careful with some nephrotoxic drugs and give you a renal (usually reduced) dose. 

Post # 12
8041 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@KJA00:  My mom has only one kidney and *knock on wood* she’s in perfectly good health, always has been.

She gets the occasional UTI as I think many of us do. No biggie.

Just make sure any problems like that are dealt w. quick!

Post # 13
676 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

No.. well its the ureter that is kinked, preventing the kidney from being able to empty to the bladder. They found this out when they were doing some dye tests to try to figure out why I was having incontinence issues (which, they said, was being caused by my bladder not signaling to my brain– whether that is a real thing or something they pulled out of their butts who knows… I was restricted from caffeine and instructed to empty my bladder every two hours regardless of lack of urge, which to me is more like trying to prevent symptoms than actually looking for a cause). I used to get very very sharp pains on that side in my back but luckily that has not happened in years.

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