Solitary kidney health

Posted by azkidney57 @azkidney57, Oct 16, 2019

I had a nephrectomy May 2019. Anyone notice any changes physically having a sole kidney? My energy level isn’t what it once was before my surgery. I occasionally have a drink with friends, not often, but I notice alcohol seems to disagree with me. I seem to have ill effects like headaches and more of a “hung over” feeling. I never drink more than 1-2 drinks. Also I notice if I don’t drink enough water I tend to feel more tired and I get a headache. My kidney function is normal. Everyone tells me people can live quite well with only one kidney. I told my PCP about my symptoms and he told me I should be fine with the single kidney as long as my labs are OK. Anyone else have any “symptoms” having a sole kidney? My surgery was 5 months ago.

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I don't really know what it's like to live with 2 kidneys. I had a nephrectomy at the age of 4 (currently 39). I have lived a very normal healthy life. I do watch my labs closely, every 6 months checking levels. And in the last few years I've had a UPJ obstruction that has caused some havok. I am awaiting a surgery in January at Mayo to repair the ureter. I do notice I tire more easily than others, I just attributed that to my poor diet choices, but it could be the single kidney as well.

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I don't really know what it's like to live with 2 kidneys. I had a nephrectomy at the age of 4 (currently 39). I have lived a very normal healthy life. I do watch my labs closely, every 6 months checking levels. And in the last few years I've had a UPJ obstruction that has caused some havok. I am awaiting a surgery in January at Mayo to repair the ureter. I do notice I tire more easily than others, I just attributed that to my poor diet choices, but it could be the single kidney as well.

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@therberger You are literally living proof of living with one kidney. Good for you for keeping tabs with your one kidney. Would you care to share the reason for the nephrectomy at such an early age? What if any precautions were advised by doctors in your growing years? No motocross riding, no contact sports, etc? Has your current medical team made any comment about your tiring more easily?
Ginger

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