Is This Kidney Disease?

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   Posted 8/26/2013 12:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, I'm 17. I was born with a kidney reflux(The one that starts with a V, I can't exactly spell it. XP) and had an operation to correct it at 9 months old. However. after years of complications and about three years in and out of hospitals because I was getting red flagged constantly over protein being in my urine and stuff like that, I finally healed and have lived a normal life since I was about 3. yeah (Happy dance dude.)
Anyways, onto my point. I just went to my doctor for a physical in May and for the first time in 14 years, I have protein in my urine again. My doctor said he'd monitor me, but this isn't the only problem. Before that diagnosis, and still to this day, I've been experiencing other problems. Here are some of my symptoms.
-Frequent headrushes (Blood pressure I think...)
-Dull back pain.
-Shortness of breath
-Sharp pains on both sides of my lower back (Just below the ribs)
-Very little appetite
-Urine colour inconsistencies (Usually clear urine or dark yellow)
-Urgency with going to the bathroom (Urinating often more than 8 times a day)
-Ridged Fingernails which ridge vertically
-Nausea sometimes, accompanied with dizziness
So, do any of you guys have these similar symptoms? Could this be some kind of kidney issue again? Or...what? Is this a returning reflux? What's going on with me? :P

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   Posted 8/26/2013 2:17 AM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to Healing Well.

Your symptoms can be from so many different things. Are you seeing a urologist or just your PCP?
The urine color can change due to hydration issues also. Do you play sports?

I would definitely voice your concerns to your parents and see about getting into a kidney doctor since you have a history of kidney problems. If only to make you feel more at ease. Teenagers have enough stress on their plates, you don't need to be wondering what is going on. Please get your parents to have you seen by a specialist.

Take care,
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   Posted 8/26/2013 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello hw142 .........
   What an overwhelming amount of information you're having to deal with. You're focusing on some very adult issues ... and I'm so sorry to here that. I do have some kidney issues of my own, but (and a big but mind you) they were facilitated by advanced Prostate Cancer ... not your situation!!!!!
   Prior to my going into the hospital last year twice for kidney failure, I had a few of the symptoms you've mentioned ... but no where near all of them. Please listen to the Forum Moderator ... talk to your parent if you haven't already and consider seeing a Kidney Specialist.
   Whatever you do ... please don't try to diagnose yourself. You sound like an incredibly intelligent person, and you owe it to yourself to use that for positive purposes in your life.
Best wishes to you.
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   Posted 8/26/2013 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with the others.

I am sitting here with many similar symptoms but have been tested and get results Friday.

Don't make yourself sicker with worry. Diagnose it with your doc and hit it head on-whatever it is.

I will remember you in my prayers-may you have a long healthy life

Love Mags
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