By Rich1956 Latest Reply 2012-01-08 04:43:42 -0600
Started 2012-01-01 19:17:19 -0600

Can anybody help me with this? Last month I was in the hospital because my kidneys shut down. I had no idea what was happening to me 5 days prior to this, I thought I was comming down with the flue. The only thing I remember is that I was getting weaker each day & not being able to get up to even take my sugar. I live alone & on the 5th day, my landlord just so happend to be checking apartments & mine was one. She found me on the couch past out. She called 911. At the hospital they told me that my sugar was over 900 & that if they didn't find me when they did, I would have died. Till this day, I don't know what caused this. Dose anybody know what causes a diabetic to have this kind of trouble with kidneys?? This never happended before.

Tags: information

15 replies

berrykins0 2012-01-02 11:40:41 -0600 Report

i take metforin don't have any problems some people do though. been taking it for 3 yrs not a problem for me.

Gemm 2012-01-02 10:44:18 -0600 Report

Hey Rich - a few days ago a post about Metformin peaked my interest as my husband takes it. I did some research and found several sites that told of side effects etc. The link to that post is:

I know I found a lot of really good information on several of the sites I found. I recommended to my husband to talk to our doc about his metformin as he has been having symptoms lately resembling a kidney stone but last x-ray test for one was negative. Now that I see what Met can do I am wondering if that may be the problem. He sees doc in a couple of days so hopefully we can see if that is a problem. Along with his met and insulin he is also on something else (can't remember what at the moment) that is supposed to help prevent or reduce any kidney damage. I had always thought it was just from his diabetes but now wonder if it isn't also the met.

Glad your landlady was checking apts and that you are still here. Hope you and your doc can work together and find a way to keep your bg better controlled. My husband's ex was a brittle diabetic and she didn't take good care of herself and the side-effects of that killed her about 3 yrs ago - she was only 43 and left 2 teenaged boys behind - my step-son and his younger half-brother.

HUGS to you.

Brinkalb 2012-01-02 10:00:03 -0600 Report

I have the same prob.
My doctor told me to start with MF. 500mg x 2. This was 2 years ago. I started going to a different Doc and he took me off MF because it will cause end stage kidney fail.

He said: any urologist will remove a person from MF. I am now in, in stage kidney fail.
I am 67 years and take Humalog insulin about 3 times a day, 8 to 15 units and am doing much better.

jigsaw 2012-01-02 12:19:16 -0600 Report

Sorry to hear about your kidney problem. Did you ever have any problems controlling your blood sugar, more specifically were you able to manage your diabetes adequately? Were you able to keep your a1c under 7?

Brinkalb 2012-01-02 15:18:58 -0600 Report

Did you ever have any problems controlling your blood sugar? Answer: I was doing ok controlling the BS on the MF. When I found out about the side effects of MF I started using insulin. a1c, around the 7 mark. Thanks for your interest, Allen.

jayabee52 2012-01-03 05:47:10 -0600 Report

Look down further in this discussion Brin I tell of my problems with Met. and my kidneys shutting down.

jigsaw 2012-01-01 22:22:05 -0600 Report

There could be a number of reasons that could cause a diabetics kidneys to shut down. High bg, especially with consistency and enough time will frequently and commonly damage kidneys. A bg of 900 is an extreme! I don't know if you are under a doctors care, taking meds, or watching your diet. These are crucial steps for a diabetic to maintain health and even survive. Have you been attempting to manage your diabetes with medical supervision? Do you stay on top of your a1c?

Rich1956 2012-01-02 09:08:51 -0600 Report

Thank you Jigsaw, I am under a doctors care. I'm clasified as a brittle diabetic so my sugar is up & down most everyday. My a1c I belive is 9.3 or something like that. I also was taking metformin on top of my insulin, but I'm still out of control. My primary Dr. told me to stop taking metformin because it wasn't good for my kidneys since they were damaged. This is very confusing for me. I sure don't want to go through that again. My normal weight is 135, when I went to the hospital I was 210 because of all the water. I was on Dialus 5 times, each time they took out 3 & 1/2 liters of fluid out of me, thank God, my kidneys came back to normal.

jayabee52 2012-01-01 21:31:49 -0600 Report

Howdy Rich!
Your situation sounds very much like the situation in which I was in the vicinity of 5 years ago. I was in the 55 or 56 age range too.

I had been divorced out of a 25 year marriage a couple years prior. I was renting a bedroom in a friend's house. I was disabled from continuing my Certified Nurse Aide work. I had started trying to date online and I loved to dance.

So, it was halloween weekend of 2006. On friday night one of the dating websites I had been using had a meet-n-greet party which included dancing. On Saturday night I had a regularly scheduled "Contra" dance (kinda like square dancing — and can be quite vigorous). I started feeling like I needed to upchuck (which was unusual), and I did. I just thought I was having one of my peripheral vertigo attacks, and went to lie down in my car when it wasn't going away (like usual). I hadn't been drinking alcochol. I went "home" and to bed.

On Sun. Nov 1 I was up early because I sang in the choir for both the 8:15 and 11 AM worship services since it was "Reformation Sunday". I spent the rest of the day in the library on the computer and went to my regularly scheduled Dance class where we learned the East Coast swing. (moderately vigorous). I felt a little queasy toward the end of the class, but made it home OK and went to bed.

Sometime during that night/morning I fell on the floor. I was in a semi-comatose state, slipping into and out of consicousness. I thought I should get up on the bed but couldn't summon the strength to move and get back into bed. Sometime during the night/morning my landlady called into my room asking if I was alright. I answered I was OK She said she hadn't seen me around (didn't surprise me, because I had been out a lot that weekend). Sometime later she asked the same question again, and for some reason that irritated me a bit. I remember giving her the same answer but a little irritation had crept into my voice. Neither time did she open my door to look in on me. But she must have felt there was something wrong so she went out at about 4 AM found my son's house (he was 18 or 19 but living with his mother at the time) and woke him, asking him to come check on me.

I had rallied enough to stand up and get back on the bed. My son (Jon) called later and told me he was coming, and so I was up and about by the time he got there. He said it was his birthday. I didn't connect the dots at that time, but did so in later days: I went to bed on the night of Nov 1. His birthday was Nov 7. I had lost about 5 days while laying on the floor!

Jon wanted me to go to the ER, and was willing to take me.

But I felt fine, I protested! I didn't need to go to the ER! (as it turns out I wasn't thinking ALL that clearly – and wouldn't be for quite a while longer)

Jon persisted. And eventually I agreed to go. I didn't feel like I needed to do it but if it would make him happy, OK, I'll go. But in getting ready to go I discovered that sometime during that “night” I had soiled my underwear, and needed to take a shower, so after a shower and change of clothes we went to the ER.

After being escorted to the exam room and the tests came back the Drs told us that my kidneys had shut down, and I was going to need dialysis. After giving permission for treatment I was wheeled down to the OR and had a tube implanted in my chest, through which they drew the blood into the dialysis machine and returned it clean into my body. Being wheeled down to he OR was the last thing I remembered. I woke up later in the ICU, not knowing how long I had been out or had been there. Hours? Days? I don't remember, even today.

I was in the ICU for about 1 or 2 weeks. I got hemodialysis treatments every other day. When visited by my pastors I discovered something else, I couldn't say words that I was thinking ( I think it is called “lacunae”) I tried, but couldn't get them out of my mouth. So frustrating!

Well Rich, that is my story of my kidneys shutting down. There is more to my story however.

I went into hemodialysis thinking that it would be for the rest of my life or until a transplant. I also went into a terrible funk, thinking that I was a “dead man walking” and that perhaps it would be better if I would choose to stop treatments and just die. I chose to continue treatments. I am glad I did, for about 10 mo later, I was told I could discontinue dialysis treatments. I had in the meantime gotten disability income (“Automatic” due to my ESRD —- I had lost my ability to work in Dec 2005) and in Nov 2007 a new lady found me and we fell in love and eventually we married.

I didn't in my wildest dreams think all this would have been possible when I was at the lowest point in my life. But God makes the seemingly impossible possible.

I am wondering Rich, if you are on some kind of dialysis now? How are you doing?

Blessings to you in this new year!

James Baker

PS If you need some resources on Kidney disease, I'd be happy to share what I've found over the years. I could shoot you the links in this discussion, or via your inbox. I have found these to be quite useful.

jayabee52 2012-01-02 00:47:28 -0600 Report

One thing I forgot in all the above, I had been on Metformin and when I was in the hospital I was changed to low dosage NPH insulin

Rich1956 2012-01-03 19:17:08 -0600 Report

Hi jayabee, sounds like you went through hell too. I knew people who were on dialysis but I never understood what it was all about until I had to do it. I remember the doctor comming in and told me that this machine is your kidney. I still had know idea what they were talking about until the tec told me what the machine dose. Like I said, Thank God my kidneys came back. I couldn't see myself on a machine the rest of my life.

jayabee52 2012-01-04 00:16:55 -0600 Report

Just be VERY careful with your kidney care and hopefully you won't have to be on that machine any more for the rest of your life.

I didn't take good enough care of mine and now I am almost back on dialysis. I am trying to eat a menu plan supposedly to revitalize my kidneys. But if I do have to go back on my fistula is ready to use. I have maintained it in good working order.

Yep I hit a really rough patch for a while

pandalays 2012-01-07 06:12:36 -0600 Report

I am stunned to read your story.Wharever happens if God wills you are protected.OMG unconcious for 5 to 6 days all alone and you here to discuss things…The sole protector is with you!!!

jayabee52 2012-01-08 04:43:42 -0600 Report

Whatever comes, I think I am ready for leaving this life for the eternal life that Jesus promises and provides for me (and everyone who believes in Christ as savior) I am also ready to take on new challenges in this life, and at least for now posting here seems to be one of those challenges. Maybe a new lady friend (someone I met on DC) may be another of those challenges