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canuckgirl
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   Posted 3/24/2007 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Day everyone,
 
Can those of you who have kidney involement or know of someone who does tell me what are the symptoms of it? When I had my last urine test in Feb the dr told me I had no protein and no kidney involvement. I have no real swelling and never really did even with all the joint pain.  I am feeling pretty good with the plaq it's only been two weeks though so still have some mild side affects. However for the past two days I have had this bad lower back pain right above where my pants sit it's hard to bend over. I am kind of scared could that be my kidneys I thought it was just back pain like joint pain then my mom had to go and say "what if it's kidney problems now" THanks! My urinary habits have not changed or anything but I was not sure what you are suppossed to look for with possible kidney problems.


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Bsime
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   Posted 3/24/2007 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Does not sound like you have kidney problems.  The most common symptom as I understand it is edema.  Your tests showed no protein in your urine ( if you had it the condition is called proteinuria) and nothing else has changed so it sounds like your kidney function is good.
 
If your pains continue you should mention it to your doctor.  Pain could be indicative of kidney stones if your kidneys are the source of the pain.  Don't ignore pain and see your doctor again.
 
Bill
 
 
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hippimom2
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   Posted 3/25/2007 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Bill about calling your doc if the pain doesn't go away. Like he said, it could be kidney stones or possible kidney infection. Everything I have read about kidney involvement with lupus is that there is no pain with it - it is very silent. I went through an almost 9 month period where I was spilling protein in my urine. All I can tell you is that I had no pain, but I was in one continual bad flare and was exhausted beyond belief. I think that's why it's important when you are flaring to get your urine checked. For me, ever since I have been on prednisone I haven't had anymore protein in my urine, but I am still monitored and checked everytime I have a rheumy appointment. Another thing to look for is foamy urine and like Bill said, swelling in your feet/ankels/legs.

I hope you get some answers as to what is causing your pain and that you get some relief from it.

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Bsime
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   Posted 3/25/2007 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Forgot about the frothy/foamy urine.  Thought my doctor was kidding but it noticeable when you now what to look for.  It is usually a sign of proteinuria.
 
 
Bill
Mixed connective tissue disease (systemic lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis), Raynauds phenomena, Hypertension, Barrett's syndrome.
 
Meds: prednisone (9mg & tapering), 150mg imuran, lisinopril 40mg, maxide 37.5/25mg, norvasc 5 mg, folic acid, potassium, aciphex 20mg, multi vitamins.
 
Maintain your optimism and you can beat the odds.
 
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it."  Helen Keller
 
 


applesk82
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   Posted 3/25/2007 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
my doc told me especially now with the new kidney that i should only worry about pain if it is a constant pain that does not go away, if the pain comes and goes and doesnt always stick around she said that more than likely mine is either from the scar or some muscular pain. before the transplant and stuff i never really felt any pain in my kidneys or surrounding area, the only reason we knew that i had kidney involvement was the edema in my legs and the protein in my urine also from the blood work that they did. hope you get the answers that you need.
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~Suzanne~
 
diagnosed in May '95 with lupus, nephritis, hypertension,hypothyroidism, avascular necrosis (knee) '98, kidney transplant April '06, pseudo-cerebral tumor '07
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Bitzi
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   Posted 3/26/2007 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   

Canu,

I get this dull pain in my kidneys sometimes.  I have had several kidney infections and it feels like the start of one coming on.  Once the doc found no results in my urine and another time there was protein.  So I don't know if it is lupus related or not but I certainly don't want another kidney infection cuz that is miserable.  I would give your doc a call and he will probably want you to pee in cup.

hope you feels better :-)

B


 
Bitzi


Mogaly
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   Posted 4/13/2007 4:38 AM (GMT -7)   
When I first found out my kidneys were involved, I had no idea!  No pain or discomfort or infection - my urine tests said it all.......
~Jen~

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