“My Kidneys, too?”

My kidneys, too?

You’ve got to be kidding! I’ve heard of everything, or at least I thought I had; but now I hear that lupus can affect my kidneys?

Yes, about 40% of lupus patients develop problems with their kidneys. Because lupus is an inflammatory disease, this inflammation can affect the blood vessels in the kidney called nephrons. This is called nephritis, or lupus nephritis.

As a result of this inflammation, the nephrons can’t adequately remove wastes and toxins from your bloodstream and abnormal levels of fluid aren’t filtered out through the kidneys resulting in edema.

If edema was the only side effect, lupus nephritis condition could be more easily managed. Unfortunately, the waste and toxins eventually build up in the bloodstream, causing elevated blood pressure increased and sometimes frothy urination, a sudden and unexplained increased edema in the extremities and also the eyelids. In very late stages, mental status changes are obvious and coma can result.

The increase in waste and toxins can be so great and alter the electrolyte balance in the body,  requiring artificial removal of the wastes and toxins is needed by dialysis.

With proper medical treatment, observation, and diagnostic tests though, however,  this can often be avoided. In addition, well discuss medications that are used to treat lupus nephritis in another post.

This is just one way in which lupus can affect the kidneys; another time, we’ll talk about other ways in which lupus can cause damage to our kidneys.

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8 Replies to ““My Kidneys, too?””

  1. My wife had Lupus but then it just kind of went silent. She had Progressive Supra Nuclear Palsy and after 5 or so years finally passed in May of 2010. Just my son and I here now and temporarily my grandson.
    Bob A.

    1. Bob, I’m so sorry to hear about your wife’w battle with lupus and SNP. That’s a tough road to hoe and a hard road for you, too. God Bless her soul and yours, too. As Forrest Gump said, “sometimes there aren’t enough rocks!”

        1. This is more reason to find a cure for chronic illnesses. They are not only physically devastating, but financially, emotionally, and in family dynamics-wise; just devastating and my ‘hat is off to you’ and yours.

  2. Annie,

    Good morning and peace and blessings to you.

    I look forward to your posts, especially in this instance. So many ailments are connected to our kidneys. Aaah, it just seems that it is one thing after another. In any event, watch your cretanine levels, very important.

    1. Thank you for reminding me; I probably should have included the creatinine levels in my post; but not having kidney issues, I wanted a post that was general in nature; about a VERY important topic. Next time!! Thanks, D.

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