Help with surviving a kidney infection

By melissarose Latest Reply 2012-04-17 14:47:16 -0500
Started 2012-03-15 16:43:47 -0500

Well guys, I finally made it to the Dr. Said I have a really bad kidney infection. I'm in so much pain. He gave me a mega dose of antibiotics in the office then more for two weeks. I see him again tomorrow, and said if I'm not improving to go to the ER.

Also he said that last Friday when my BG was so high, just like all of you said, I should have gone straight to the ER, and that they would have given my emergency insurance.

Can anyone please share if you have gone through this. That way I don't feel so alone.

7 replies

restlessdiabetic 2012-03-15 22:25:06 -0500 Report

I have had kidney infections that caused me to go into kidney failure twice already. It's so painful. Being that I am on metformin,actos, and glucotrol does anyone think my kidney problems are linked to any of these meds?

TamiR 2012-04-17 14:47:16 -0500 Report

Wow sorry you are going through all this. I wish you the best and if you find out it's the meds please let me know. I don't like taking meds in the first place. Well have a good day and hope you are feeling find.

melissarose 2012-03-15 18:03:36 -0500 Report

Wow James! Hard times. No I have never taken metforman. Went straight onto insulin.

jayabee52 2012-03-15 18:24:55 -0500 Report

I had thought about stopping dialysis treatments and letting the poisons in my body kill me. But I didn't want to give my sons the wrong example of giving up when the going got tough.

It was the precursor to a fantastic time in my life. Because of my diagnosis of ESRD I was fast-tracked to Disability income and Medicare, and then during another hospitalization in July 2007 I learned I no longer needed to return to dialysis. In Nov 2007 I was contacted by a lady on the Dating4Disabled website, I replied and long story short, we fell in love and I moved there to marry her.

I was married to her from Nov 2008 till July 2010 when she passed away due to one or more of her "medical challenges" (her words for her troubles - usually uttered in a laughing manner).

My kidney infection lead me to much better times in my life, which even with "jem's" passing I am not downhearted like I had been before her. Now I guess I am a "glutton for punishment" and am beginning a potential relationship with a lady from Dating4Disabled who has cerebral palsy.

I have a sense of wellbeing that I had never had before in my first 55 years of life (I'm 60 now), even with all my "medical challenges".

I pray the links I sent you below are useful to you!


jayabee52 2012-03-15 17:32:52 -0500 Report

Melissa, I have gone though that in 2006. Only I ended up semi-comatose on my bedroom floor for 5 days and nights and when my son came to find me, he took me to the ER. At the ER I was informed that an infection had completely shut down my kidneys and I'd need to go on hemodialysis. From the ER I went to the operating room to have a catheter tube inserted into one of my blood vessels and then I was hooked up to a dialysis machine. I spent about 2.5 weeks in the intensive care unit and then a few days on the hospital medical floor.

I am not trying to scare you, nor am I playing "can you top this". There are a lot of folks here who have various stages of Chronic Kidney Disease. Yes it happens!

>> One thing I need to ask, have you been on Metformin? And are you still on it now? If you are, I would talk to your Dr ASAP and ask for a different medication to manage your diabetes. I believe my metformin use (11 yrs) weakened my kidneys. I would refuse to take it again.

I was on hemodialysis for 10 months (off of it July 2007). But now I am teetering on the brink of going back on hemodialysis now for about 1 year.

Here are some resources I have found useful for kidney issues

There are other resources I could share with you, but I don't want to overwhelm you. Following the meal plans listed will help your kidneys to function better when the infection is over. I suspect your kidneys will be weakened from now on. Follow the recommendations for a Kidney meal plan, and any progression in decline of kidney function will be slowed.

Blessings to you and yours

James Baker

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