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Nov 8, 2014 · I am a 63/yr w/f. I have had pain in the left kidney area since last Friday. in Kidney & Bladder

Home remedies are okay for UTIs, especially if you cannot afford to go to the doctor. A UTI is listed in my recent medical notes I read after I got home from a 3 day very long trip, and not a single doctor has mentioned it or talked to me. Considering all of the expensive tests that were run, and the fact that my insurance is paying them well over $100,000.00 for this visit, I would think that they could have extended the courtesy of mentioning my UTI, and given me a prescription to clear it up. Maybe they consider a UTI insignificant in the scheme of things, but this is no way to do business, in my opinion.

Nov 8, 2014 · I am a 63/yr w/f. I have had pain in the left kidney area since last Friday. in Kidney & Bladder

I am sorry to hear about the way you have been treated, and I hope you can get the help you need soon. I just got back from a 3 day trip to Mayo. I have lupus, sjogrens, reynauds, and recently unable to urinate significant amounts. 8 items in my blood and urine tests were out of the normal range, and when I got home I read one of the tests showed I have a UTI, yet none of the doctors I saw addressed this. I would think that even if they feel a UTI is no big deal, they should still have addressed it and given me medication to clear it up. Now I have to go to my PCP. For the amount of money that was paid by my insurance for all of the tests that were run, it is very concerning that none of abnormal test results were addressed, no plan is in force to manage my kidney issues, and I now also have to go to another kidney doctor who is able to interpret the results of my tests (3 MRIs, blood, and urine) in some meaningful way, and maybe do additional testing to find out what is wrong. I agree with you that there is a problem with the degree of patient care being given. More has to be done than going through the motions of giving tests. Medical management plans need to be made from the results of the tests. Tests with no interpretations or follow up are useless and driving up the costs of insurance.

Nov 8, 2014 · Too old for a kidney transplant? Am also diabetic in Transplants

Hi Rick, My kidney doctor also told me my kidney issues were the result of old age, and I just need to accept being unable to urinate and having wild water retention fluctuations of 10-30 lbs. I’m 5’6″ and my base weight is 125 and I am only 56 years old. I refuse to accept this woman’s opinion that my kidney issues are do to “old age.” The idea that we are being labeled as old is ridiculous. I too am getting a second opinion. I hope all goes well for you, and please believe that being in our fifties is not “too old” for anything!