Questions and Answers on Bladder and Kidney Problems

Bladder problems encompass a wide range of disorders, some of which cause pain, urinary incontinence or other complications that affect quality of life.  Problems in the urinary system can be caused by aging, illness or injury.  As a person gets older, changes in the kidneys’ structure cause them to lose some of their ability to remove wastes from the blood.  Also, the muscles in the ureters, bladder and urethra tend to lose some of their strength.  Urinary infections often occur because the bladder muscles do not tighten enough to empty the bladder completely.  A decrease in the strength of the muscles of the sphincters and the pelvis can cause incontinence (unwanted leakage of urine).

Illness or injury can also prevent the kidneys from filtering the blood completely or block the passage of urine.  The main cause of impaired kidney (renal) function is diabetes. It can lead to acute, chronic or end-stage renal failure.  Other renal conditions include kidney infections, kidney stones, nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and polycystic kidney disease.

09/10/2011 - Questions and Answers
Gallstones after removal of your gallbladder?

Gallstones, Gall Bladder and Pain: Can you still have gallstones after gallbladder removal?

The gall bladder is an organ that does not really have a vital function, but that does not mean that it can not cause any problems. Very simply, gall bladder pain is typically caused by gallstones. The gallbladder pain is experienced when the gallstones become large and travel to the ducts where they then block them. Read more

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05/10/2010 - Questions and Answers
Potassium Levels: What are normal potassium levels?

Potassium Levels: What are normal potassium levels?

Potassium is a mineral available in several fruits and vegetables (potatoes, oranges, dried fruits, bananas amongst others). High potassium levels may have an effect on the heart rhythm. Low potassium levels (hypokalemia) is hardly ever a trouble for people with advanced kidney failure. A blood tests are run to assist the doctor assess potassium levels. Read more

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01/12/2010 - Questions and Answers

What food should be included in a diet after gall bladder removal?

After gallbladder removal, it is important to pay close attention to what you are eating and drinking to avoid complications and side effects such as gas, bloating, and diarrhea. Make sure to drink enough liquid, eat fruits and vegetables, and consume smaller more frequent meals. Avoid alcohol and avoid high-fat foods because they require more bile to digest. Read more

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12/22/2009 - Questions and Answers

High Serum Potassium

My 77-year-old grandmother is suffering from a high serum potassium level since she had gallbladder surgery. What causes this and what can keep it from getting too high? Read more

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08/25/2009 - Questions and Answers

Bladder training for men

Question Where can I get self-help on bladder retraining, please? I find that I leak urine occasionally, and it's embarrassing and unhygienic. I'm male, aged 64, and my doctor tells me my prostate is normal. Read more

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06/15/2009 - Questions and Answers

Hormones for urinary incontinence?

Question My mother has incontinence. She tends to leak urine at embarrassing moments. Her doctor has prescribed hormone therapy, but it doesn't seem to be helping much. Read more

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06/15/2009 - Questions and Answers

Incontinence post Prostatectomy

Question Since my prostatectomy for an enlarged prostate I've had trouble holding my urine. It's very embarrassing at times. Is there something that can be done? Read more

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06/12/2009 - Questions and Answers

How can I help prevent having frequent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) ?

Question I am a 33 yr old women with continual bladder infections. They happen all the time, and time and time again and the doctor gives me antibiotics. There is frequently occurring blood in my urine, and I feel most uncomfortable with the pain. How can I help to prevent these Urinary Tract Infections? or is it possible I could be getting or have bladder cancer? Read more

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06/12/2009 - Questions and Answers

How to perform Self Catheterization

Question I am a 42 year old male need to find some information on how to use a catheter. I've just been told that I need to learn how it's used so I just want to find out for myself beforehand. Read more

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11/03/2003 - Questions and Answers

Incontinence after alcohol

I am a 38-year-old woman, and was a bed-wetter until I was 13. Since I had a child 18 years ago, when I drink alcohol I lose control of my bladder - both awake and when sleeping. Naturally this is a difficult thing to deal with in a relationship. Do you have any guidance? Read more

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