Cyst On Liver And Kidney

Detoxification or detox is the process of eliminating toxins from the body, which is mainly carried out by the liver and kidneys. Detoxifying these organs is critical because while they have their own detox process, the body is often exposed to many toxic elements that can build up in the liver and kidneys and may cause various illnesses. If you have been asking yourself “how do I detox my liver and kidneys?” then you are on the right track to achieving and maintaining good health.

How do I detox my liver and kidneys in a natural way?

There are many ways to perform a liver and kidney detoxification, one of which is to go on a detox diet wherein certain foods are eliminated and specific foods are combined that when consumed has the effect of stimulating the waste elimination process of the body. Another common way of cleansing the body is through fasting or abstaining from food. When you fast, you only take in liquids like water or natural juice. Fasting can be done over 1 to 2 days.

How do I detox my liver and kidneys through proper diet?

Changing what you eat is one of the best ways to help your liver and kidneys eliminate toxins. Foods high in antioxidants should be part of your daily diet. Some examples of foods good for detox include beets, which is high in beta-carotene, flavonoids, and carotenoids – substances that help the body restore health. Broccoli, spinach, tomatoes are good sources of essential vitamins including B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E and antioxidants like lycopene (tomatoes) and selenium.The powerful antioxidant beta-carotene as well as Vitamin C is also present in carrots, peppers, citrus fruits, papaya, guava and plantains. Some people undergo a rigid detox diet in addition to making permanent dietary changes to improve the function of their liver.

How do I detox my liver and kidneys using supplements?

Liver aid supplements are designed to assist your liver as it performs its filtering functions. At the same time, liver detox supplements contain ingredients like milk thistle that have properties that protect and restore the health of an overworked liver. There are many liver detox supplements and tonics available in the market and you can choose those that is appropriate for your need. You can use a liver detox supplement either as a preventive measure or as treatment.

How do I detox my liver and kidneys safely?

One of the best ways to ensure safety when undergoing a detox plan, whether you plan to go on a diet or take an herbal liver supplement, is to tell your doctor first about it because you might have medical conditions that could interact with the detoxification routine. There are many over-the-counter liver aid supplements. Again, consult your doctor about them. Read the labels and always take them as directed.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What kind of surgeon I should take my mom to review scan that found cyst on liver/ right kidney?
    Recently, my mom had a CT Scan in Puerto Rico and they found a cyst in her liver and right kidney. She was told to have the scan done in 6 months to check and see if it’s grown. I want to take her to a general surgeon in the states and have them review the results. I am not sure what type of surgeon she needs to see or if a general is ok. She doesn’t have health insurance so it’s not like she can just go to different doctors. Any help would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      Many people as they grow older develop cysts.
      Some of them are just fluid filled…yet, some
      are more complex. The doctors usually check
      with films to make sure that they don’t grow
      in size and press on anything that can cause
      damage. If they stay the same size then they
      “may “not do anything but observe her with
      these kinds of tests. These tests should show
      if there is a problem of the type of cyst.

      There are different doctors:
      A gastroenterologist (someone who deals
      with the entire digestive system) usually does not do surgery. Yet, they can give you an opinion on whether they believe she will need one. If you
      want a real specialist…then choose a
      hepatologist…they are liver specialists.

      Usually, these doctors will turn a patient over
      to a general surgeon for surgery unless they
      would need a liver transplant…then it is
      a transplant surgeon at a Transplant Center.

      With the kidney, doctors usually send
      their patients to a Urologist…many of them
      are also surgeons themselves. Urologist
      deal with the whole urinary system.
      A Nephrologist is one who specializes in
      the kidney.

      Hope this information is of some help to you.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is hypoechoic density in liver?
    I recently went to the emergency room for pain in both my lower right pelvic area and right abdominal. I also had lower back pain. The pain even went down into my right thigh at times. I also had a little discomfort on my left abdomen. They did a CT scan and found that I had a cyst on my right ovary and that was probably the reason for the pain. They said that sometimes after ovulation a cyst doesn’t go away. But they also told me I had a cyst in my kidney and one in my liver. I followed up with my doctor and was sent for both pelvic and abdominal ultrasounds. Now with those results, I have now been told that I have to see my gynecologist for the ovarian cyst, a urologist for the kidney cyst and a GI specialist for the liver cyst. They also told me that I had a Hypoechoic Density in my liver.

    The doctor at the emergency room told me that these cysts (kidney & liver) were common and not usually found until they scan for something else. Everything I have read so far supports that. But it’s still all a bit scary. Would the density be the cyst or a region of the liver? Also, my sister had ovarian cancer and hepatitis. She is fine now. My mother’s history in that area is unclear. Any thoughts? I have not see the specialists yet.

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  3. QUESTION:
    Has anyone been diagnosed with a mass or cyst in your liver?
    I had an mri from my neck down to knees and I never heard much back from it. I went to another doc for another problem. Se was on the computer so I asked if she could run off the report from the mri for me. Well, she started looking at it and said well there are many things but, then she said I think you need to contact your reg internest / family dr as I see a notation that you have a very large mass / cyst on your liver and it needs to be CT’d /determined. She could not give anymore info. I have heard people having a form of cancer with masses on their liver or kidney? Has anyone had this happen to them or someone they know? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m not sure why the Dr that ordered the MRI would not talk to you about the cyst/mass they found on the MRI or give you a copy of the radiologist’s summary. You have a right to a copy of the summary of findings from the MRI.

      Liver cysts are relatively common and are usually benign. Hopefully that is what you have going on. Here is an article where you can read up on the subject. Unless you are having symptoms of liver cancer (unexplained weight loss and fevers) I would not worry too much until you get a chance to speak to your family Dr. There is a good chance you have a benign liver cyst and that nothing bad will come from this.
      good luck

      http://www.emedicine.com/med/topic2716.htm

  4. QUESTION:
    I have gained 60 pounds in past 10 months. I am eating less than ever and exercising. What can be wrong?
    I have stretch marks. Doctor tested for Cushings prior to my developing these stretch marks and said it was negative. I also have upper right abdominal pain. I had ct scans which showed pouch in kidney, cyst on liver, and cysts in ovaries. I am barely eating anything but look like I am. Strangers ask me all the time when I am due. Please help.

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  5. QUESTION:
    hepatic cyst on kidney?
    Hubby just found out a CT scan shows he has a hepatic cyst on his kidney, and something called “scattered inguinal lymph nodes”. Can’t get hold of his doctor until next Monday. He has an ultrasound scheduled in 2 weeks. We are both basket cases. Can anyone shed any light on this? All I can find is info on hepatic cysts on the liver. Are these usually signs of cancer in the kidney? He is diabetic, therefore a prime candidate for kidney problems related to diabetes. Please, someone who KNOWS what they are talking about. I’m about a millimeter away from a major panic attack and won’t make it until we get the ultrasound results mid July unless I have more info on this. Please help!!!!!

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  6. QUESTION:
    Liver and kidney questions?
    In a recent CT scan, the following were noted: foci of hypervascularity within the liver (possibly due to perfusion defects) and hypodensities on the kidneys. What does this mean? What might it suggest? Note: The patient has been sick lately, but with gastrointestinal issues (constipation, pelvic pain, nausea) that don’t SEEM related…? She was also recently diagnosed with ovarian cysts.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to discuss these findings with the doctor that ordered the test.
      Hypervascularity can be a hemangioma (benign liver tumor), liver cancer, or metastasis.
      Hypodensities in the kidneys can be a cyst.

  7. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have a cyst in your kidney?I have one in each kidney and have had cancer before in the left.?
    I always have blood in my urine,protein,and most of the time i have kidney stones.I’ve also had kidney failure in the past but i no longer have to get that treatment.I’m just wondering if i should go back to the cancer doc.I’m always in pain from my kidneys and i’m only 27.My liver has also shut down on me before but i got that back 100%,i started having seizures in 2002 just out of no where.Please somebody help me i’ve been tested for lupus but thats always neg.I know it can take awhile to get a postive one if u have it but does anybody else have anything they can think of?Help would be wonderful. bren

    • ANSWER:
      NO IT IS NOT NORMAL YOU MAY HAVE TO GET IT SURGICIALLY REMOVED…PLZ SEE A DOCTOR

  8. QUESTION:
    Mild Caliectasis of the Kidney?
    In a CT scan checking for kidney stones they found Cysts on my liver, and stated I have Calietasis of the right kidney. I am concerned this is an early warning signal of cancer. My mom died at age 51 with stomach and liver cancer and now I have a brother (age 56) with a large rare carcinoma tumor that is in 90% of his liver, right kidney and lung. What can I do to be sure this isn’t happening to me?

    • ANSWER:
      Sheila,
      Caliectasis is a kidney condition characterized by dilation of the calices – structures situated inside the kidney pelvis which divide into two wide, cup-shaped major renal calices, with each major calix subdivided into 7 to 14 minor calices. Urine empties into a minor calix from collecting tubules, then passes through the major calix, renal pelvis, and ureter to enter the urinary bladder. Once in the ureter, fluid can be moved into the bladder and periodically eliminated through the urethra once enough fluid builds up. In individuals with caliectasis, fluid backs up in the kidneys and the calices become distended. Patients diagnosed with this condition are usually treated by a nephrologist/urologist, a doctor who specializes in the care of the kidneys/urinary tract. One reason for caliectasis to develop is a urinary tract obstruction. Stones, growths, and other obstructions can make it difficult for fluid to drain from the renal pelvis. As it builds up, it puts pressure on the calices and they start to expand. This causes caliectasis. Likewise, infections in the urinary tract can cause similar problems. Caliectasis (and pelviectasis) means dilatation of calyx (and pelvis) of the kidney and is usually due to obstruction of urine flow. The dilatation of urinary space of the kidney could be in one – as in your case – or both kidneys depending on the cause of obstruction. The obstruction can be due to kidney stones, blood clot, [prostate enlargement in men], or cancer either within the bladder or cancer compressing from outside compressing on the ureter/bladder/urethra. Obstruction to urine flow at times can lead to irreversible kidney failure if the obstruction is for a long period of time – a few weeks. In the wording of your question you explain that this has been discovered on a CT scan. You make no mention of any further examinations, tests or treatment. It is not usual for there to be no follow-up after this type of discovery. If you have had no future appointments for any of these, you would be advised to ask your doctor/urologist/nephrologist about your future case management. It is very important that you be evaluated immediately by your doctor/urologist/nephrologist to know the reason for the obstruction and the treatment for it. If this is not possible, for any reason, you should report to your nearest emergency room with any reports or paper-work that you may have regarding this matter, plus details of your family history of cancer, which I hope, your doctors/specialists are aware of.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. – MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  9. QUESTION:
    Questions about a cyst? whats the difference between a cyst and a tumor?
    A couple of days ago I had a bunch of pain in my pelvic area and my stomach was hurting real bad, WELL I went to the doctor and they wanted me to get a CT scan and blood work done, so I did the next morning the nurse called me from the doctors office and tells me I have about a 3 cm cyst on my left ovary, and they scheduled an ultra sound so they can get a better look at it then today she called me back and told me my blood work came back great and my liver, kidneys, appendix, and spleen are just fine also…should I be worried? (she never mentioned cancer) but I dont really know the difference or what a cyst really is.. hmmm lol help

    • ANSWER:
      A cyst is just a fluid filled sac – almost always benign. Especially on your ovaries – cysts are normal and part of the physiological process of ovulation. Usually up to 1 or 2 cm they are considered “follicles” and above that they are considered cysts. It is no biggie but can cause discomfort/pain.

      A tumor is typically solid and would have been differentiated from a cyst by the ultrasound. A tumor can be either benign or malignant and would have to be biopsied to know for certain.

  10. QUESTION:
    Major side pain with high BP? Could it be ovarian cyst?
    My friend is having major pain in her left side. She had an ovarian cyst a few years back. She has cramping and numbness all down her left side. She went to the ER Tuesday night and they didn’t do an xray but referred her to another doctor. They kept her there longer to get her BP down because it was too high. Gave her a script for the pain and sent her home. She then went to the referral the ER gave her and all that doc did was draw blood and gave her another referral for her BP problem. On her left side down to her foot, she gets a tingly numbness. The referral doctor wants to do an ekg, kidney, liver test and etc. Does anyone know what this could be, she doesn’t seem to be getting the answers she needs.

    • ANSWER:
      That is exasperrating! The BP problem seems to have been taken are of, if indeed they intend to have her come back in a month and have it rechecked. High blood pressure can also be generated by pain…which you say she is in.
      Something is causing the cramping in her left side, and frankly the numbness and tingling are of a real concern. She needs a good internist who will examine her head to foot, and address this issue.
      Perhaps wait till the blood tests come back, and let’s see what they say. If there isn’t anything definitive in them to explain her symptoms, it’s time or another doctor. The tingling can be from
      spinal problem (disc) which is impingin on the sciatic nerve…but then again there are a whole host of other things it could be. Don’t sit on this…be proactive!

  11. QUESTION:
    Enlarged liver – what does this mean?
    Before I begin my little story here’s some info about me
    22 y/o female, moderate drinker on the weekends, diagnosed as hypoglycemic at 17 (no explanation as to why), meds: birth control and paxil, 20 mg

    On Wednesday I was admitted to the ER with severe stomach cramps. The cramps were worse on Tuesday night but I promised my bf I’d get it checked out the next day if I still felt crampy. Long story short, the nurses at my college didn’t think it was anything severe but the pain in my lower right abdominal area couldn’t be ignored. They wanted to make sure I didn’t have appendicits. A CT scan of my abdomen showed a possible liver cyst, so they sent me in for a ultrasound to check it out. That turned up a small cyst on my right kidney (not surprising since I had nasty recurrent UTIs) and a slightly enlarged right lobe of my liver (normal = 15-17 cm, mine = 18.6 cm).
    My questions for any medical professionals out there is … what in the world does this mean? I have a follow up with a physician at my school for some bloodwork. My original bloodwork at the ER turned up normal, although my urinalysis showed some ketones (80). The kidney cyst should clear up but I have no idea what would cause a slightly enlarged liver (although I’ve heard Paxil can be deterimental). Any ideas??
    Also, my stomach pain has cleared up and I have no other symptoms (no swelling, fever, jaundice, etc).

    • ANSWER:
      kidney problems from diabetes? Avoid sugar. get the a1c test.

  12. QUESTION:
    alcohol, kidney and live problems, and paranoia help with father?
    My dad is drinking a 32 oz. bottle of Budweiser and i think a bottle of jack Daniels and he has a cancer cyst on his kidney. The doctor says that they would need to remove the whole entire kidney to avoid the cancer from spreading through the body, and the liver is messed up due to a motorcycle accident 2 years ago 33% of the liver is messed up. And I don’t want him drinking under the conditions my dad is a paranoia schizophrenia and i think he is very paranoid about him dyeing cause he says that he will die but I doubt he will cause the cancer has not spread through the body. If any of you can help me out with trying to get mny dad to stop drinking and suggestions and give me more facts about the kidney and the liver would be more helpful also any information will be appreciated thanks.

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  13. QUESTION:
    Im 15 . Help me please ?
    Im 15 amd i have to type this really quick so stuff may be mispelled , i have a dr appt on tuesday with my speacialist for my fatty liver and 12cm kidney cyst . To help solve this problem im supposed to use portion control , excersie and heAlthy eating . So i go to this dr every 6 months , i get into solving it with these things thE first 4-6 weeks , then i see no result or help and i stop because i feel like it doesnt work , how do i tell my dr , please and thanks .

    • ANSWER:
      It’s not that hard. Just let your doctor know that his/her recommendation for you isn’t working. Ask him/her if there’s any other recommendations for you. Let him/her know you see no improvements so you lose motivation to continue to exercise, eat healthy, and use portion control. Your doctor won’t be offended

  14. QUESTION:
    what is the end stages of alcoholism?swelling legs,multiple gallstones and a cyst was found on the kidney?
    My x-husband is a drinker. Only God knows when his time is up but I have two girls I need to prepair. If anyone has gone through this please help…he has multiple gallstones now and they will not take the gallbladder out because they said his liver is to bad. The surgery would be at high risk to do. He is swelling up exspecially his legs. My daughter also noticed his nose was bleeding alittle too. When does the body start to shut down? What are some signs? Thank You!

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like it. I’m so sorry for your girls. Watching someone die from alcoholism is NOT pretty.

      This will give you facts on all the stages:

      http://ezinearticles.com/?Alcoholism-Stages—3-Stages-of-Alcoholism-You-Should-Know&id=129201

  15. QUESTION:
    I have had an ultrasound probably kidney stones and possible bladder calculus?
    Then I had a CAT scan with Contrast–PYELOGRAM. It showed no kidney stones and no bladder stones. Only a small cyst on the liver. I still have symptoms though. Is there a need for a cystoscopy to view the bladder? Could this CAT scan miss cancer which is what the doctor is looking for due to my symptoms and the shadowing in the bladder they could not identify on the original ultrasound.

    • ANSWER:
      As you have symptoms you need first simple urine examination to rule out infection.
      Ie it shows blood then cystoscopy is needed to see and asses.

  16. QUESTION:
    How do I know if a cyst burst on one of my ovaries?
    I was experiencing pain a few weeks ago that caused bloating and other gastrointestinal related symptoms. I was first sent in for an ultrasound because my doctor thought that I may have gall stones. Nothing came back with my gallbladder, liver or kidneys. I recently went to another doctor and he suggested that a cyst had burst on one of my ovaries (I have PCOS). I am due for another ultrasound in the next few weeks.

    I have been dragging a bit today and while showering this evening I experienced a sharp pain in my lower left abdomen. It has subsided, but I feel tired and sore all over. Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like it. Burst ovarian cysts hurt a lot…I’ve had more than a few over the years. Call your doctor.

      EMT

  17. QUESTION:
    is this a joke or what? cancer question?
    Every time I have CT, X-RAy, MRI and/or Ultrasound, I get different results and seems that no one knows what they are talking about. Can you tell me or give me an idea using simple words. (please do not tell me to ask my Doctor or give me any non-sense answer)

    Here I go: Mosaic Perfusion, Mosaic Attenuation, Hypoechoic Nodules of Liver, Complex Cyst w/protenaceous liq., Cystadenoma of Biliary, echogenic liver, echogenic kidney, fat infultration, infiltrated liver, benign cyst, 45mm hypoechoic nodules of liver.

    It is driving me crazy not knowing what is going on. Of course I have symptoms (chest pain, lower and mid abdomen, lower back, under armpit and under ribcage)

    Please just give me your opinion. (can it be cancer? how serious can it be? it is commum symptoms and diagnosis? why radiology use terms that makes things so confused?

    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      On the reports they have to use the medically correct terms. I dont know everything that they are saying, but you should b e able to google each word or look in a medical dictionary to learn its meaning. Then put together what all that means.

      The first person is right though, its a lil complicated. But going this way you will learn a lot and hopefully come to a conclusion about what they are saying.

  18. QUESTION:
    What causes a cyst to develop in your stomach? Can one get rid of it? If so, how?
    My doctors found a cyst on the right side of my stomach. They run all sorts of tests – ultrasound, kidney, gallbladder, liver, etc. All came negative. However, they said that the cyst is nothing to worry about and that I will just have to live with it for the rest of my life. It doesn’t hurt, but I sometimes feel someone had just kicked me on my stomach (tightness). So, should I just accept what the doctors said and just ignore it?

    • ANSWER:
      Cysts can be removed surgically, but often doctors will wait to see if they grow larger. My niece has one in her abdomin that is huge and the doctor asked her why she waited so long to come in and be seen. Cysts should be removed when they get too large because they can burst. I think you may want to get a second opinion. Good luck to you.

  19. QUESTION:
    Should I be friends with her even though she smokes…?
    Okai, my friend (Tasha) and me had a conversation a while ago about if either of us started smoking we would totally ditch them.

    I caught her smoking today and she tried to hide it from me but I knew. She is overweight and is just adding to her problems. I cant hang out at lunch with her ’cause she smokes and not in gym ’cause she can’t run (overweight and smokes…). I have a series of health problems that run in my family and cancer is one of them. Also, this disease that is hereditary where cysts (tumors without cancer) grow on your liver, kidney and other organs. I don’t want to weaken my lungs, in case I have this. I dont want her tar in my lungs!!

    Now my other friend is mad at me ’cause she thinks this is a stupid reason. I am not changing my beliefs for either of them. I pick life over them (sorry).
    Should I just get over it and try or should I stick to what I STRONGLY believe in? I have other friends that agree with me and are better friends than both of them.

    • ANSWER:
      I would say lose her. It doesn’t sound like you guys are that close to begin with, and she has a lot of problems. You don’t need somebody who is going to be a negative influence in your life. I don’t smoke either, and I choose close friends who don’t smoke. I have other friends who do, I just make it known that I would rather they didn’t smoke near me (it makes me nauseous).
      And in my experience, most smokers don’t give a damn what you think. They’re going to smoke regardless. So just take yourself away from the situation. Or compromise, and ask her not to smoke when you’re together.

  20. QUESTION:
    RUQ PAIN with on and off diarrhea?
    I had my appendix with peritonitis removed in1980 ,
    I had my gallbladder removed in 2002
    since 2008 I have been suffering RUQ pain with on and off Diarrhea,
    I had a ct of the abdomen, mrcp, ultrasound,showing a right kidney cyst and slight liver enlargement.
    My blood work shows mild anemia,low rbc,hct,hgb and elevated rdw.WBC normal
    My ast and alt were slightly elevated.
    had colonoscope, normal

    still in pain but no answers from the doctors, anyone have an idea as what might be wrong?
    could this be sphincter of Oddi dysfunction ?

    • ANSWER:
      Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction associates problems with common bile duct dilation and episodes of pancreatitis. You did not mention having episodes of pancreatitis.

      I would suggest postcholecystectomy syndrome (PCS).
      The term postcholecystectomy syndrome (PCS) describes the presence of symptoms after cholecystectomy. These symptoms can represent either the continuation of symptoms thought to be caused by the gallbladder or the development of new symptoms normally attributed to the gallbladder. PCS also includes the development of symptoms caused by removal of the gallbladder.

      Removal of the reservoir function of the gallbladder alters bile flow and the enterohepatic circulation of bile.
      Bile is thought to be the cause of PCS in patients with mild gastroduodenal symptoms or diarrhea.
      It causes diarrhea and colicky lower abdominal pain

  21. QUESTION:
    What pain killers can be legally perscribed in the US besides opiates(like codine)?
    I have a friend with a painful kidney disease(Polycystic Kidney Disease), that is allergic to opiate based pain killers. He is not supposed to take advil, aspirin, aleve, or other NSAIDS because of the cysts on his liver and kidneys. He is allowed occasionally to take Tylenol, but again he can’t take it often due to how it is processed by the liver. He does not want to use anything illegal. What other pain meds are legally able to be prescribed in the US?

    • ANSWER:
      Prescription medications almost always have opiates. Just so you’re aware of what’s out there I made a list of the most common prescription pain killers and their active ingredient or ingredients.

      Brand Name – active ingredient(s)
      ————————————————
      Celebrex – celecoxib (COX-2 inhibitor)
      Ultram – tramadol
      Demerol – meperidine HCl
      Lorcet – hydrocodone and acetaminophen
      Vicodin – hydrocodone and acetaminophen
      Lorcet Plus – hydrocodone and acetaminophen
      Vicodin ES – hydrocodone and acetaminophen
      Norco – hydrocodone-APAP, and acetaminophen
      Lortab – hydrocodone and acetaminophen
      Vicodin HP – hydrocodone and acetaminophen
      Percocet – oxycodone HCl with acetaminophen
      Percodan – oxycodone HCl, oxycodone terephthalate, and aspirin
      Oxycontin 40 – oxycodone HCl
      RMS MS Contin – morphine sulfate
      Duragesic Fentora Actiq – fentanyl
      Dilaudid (tabs); Palladone (caps) – hydromorphone hydrochloride AKA dihydromorphinone
      Opana; Opana ER – oxymorphone & extended release

      To answer your question: All but one of these is an opiate. Celebrex is the only one outside the opiate family but it’s derived from NSAID meds. It’s a COX-2 inhibitor. Other NSAIDS inhibit COX-1&2. It’s been suggested that most of the negative effects of NSAIDs come from inhibiting COX-1 and the painkilling effects come from inhibiting COX-2. Another non-NSAID non-opioid is rofecoxib (brand name Vioxx), however in Sept. 2004 it was voluntarily withdrawn from the market due to a discovered risk of serious cardiovascular events, including heart attacks and strokes, among study patients taking Vioxx compared to patients receiving placebo. Celebrex (celecoxib) has similar risks but has been kept on the market.

      If you’re not dead set on a prescription drug and you’d be open to natural alternatives like ginger and other powerful herbs I’d recommend talking with a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

      Other alternatives to consider: Acupuncture, Cognitive and behavioral therapy, Biofeedback, Hypnosis, and Physiatry.

      Good luck and I think it’s wonderful you are trying to help your friend get some pain relief!

  22. QUESTION:
    Ok my doctor has tried everything…secondary amenorrhea. sucess stories please!?
    Befor january i didn’t get my period for a year so she did all kinds of tests such as my pituitary, prolactin, thyroid, liver/kidney function, LH and FSH ect and everything was perfect. The only thing is I have a slight hyper thyroid but not enough for treatment and i have high glucos levels i think she said it was but i am not certain..Anyways she diagnosed me with secondary amenorrhea and told me the only thing to treat it would be birth control, so she proscribed me provera (tablets) to take every month for 4 months to see if that helps regulate my periods however i don’t really want to get on birth control, my husband and i would like to have a child..
    She is ordering an ultrasound for me to check for possible cysts however PCOS has been ruled out by my blood tests and she is also wanting to check for HIV and hepatitis just because of my weight i am 5’3 104lbs. however much i eat ect i still cannot gain weight only loose it..BC the only option? how well will it work?

    • ANSWER:
      I have a very similar situation. My Husband and I have been TTC for a year now. I didnt have a period for 6 months, so my Gyno put me on Provera, its works great!!! I would advise you to try it for a couple of cycles to regulate yourself. I also had every test known to man, and everything was totally fine. So its just a waiting game now…. but get your body back on track, and dont be scared to take the provera, it really works, and will not build up in your system, so you can still totally get pregnant. Ask your Dr. to give you a 5 day dose instead of a 10 day dose. (which is the normal) and your period should come within 10 days after stopping the last pill. So good luck with everything, and Baby Dust to you!!!

  23. QUESTION:
    My husband had a CT scan last week to qualify him to be a kidney donor.?
    They found a cyst on his liver and want to do further testing, should we be concerned?

    • ANSWER:
      If the cyst is just fluid filled and has not changed in
      size…they usually just use ultrasound or a Ct scan
      to keep an eye on them.

      If, for some reason, the cyst does enlarge in size,
      they will then decide if it is just fluid filled, a complex
      cyst (has substance inside of it) or has cancer.
      Cancer is rare in a cyst. When it enlarges in size,
      then it can start to cause damage to the liver cells
      around it. They will check to see if this may start to
      happen and then may say that they have to go in
      and remove a section of the cyst to drain it. The
      fluid will be absorbed into the body then. They
      usually have to take a section, because if they just
      remove the fluid by a needle…it may just build up
      again inside the walls of the cysts.

      Here are some links to sites about liver cysts,
      that you can click on:

      http://www.ecureme.com/emyhealth/data/Liver_Cyst.asp

      http://my.clevelandclinic.org/disorders/gs_liver_disease/gs_liver_cysts_tumors.aspx

      http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/190818-overview

      Here is a very good site about kidney transplant and
      a couple about the kidney itself (like diseases, dialysis,
      about the transplant, etc)

      http://www.kidney.org/atoz/index.cfm

      http://www.usckidneytransplant.org/patientguide/

      http://www.kidneyschool.org/

      I hope this information has been of some help to you.

  24. QUESTION:
    I feel like I am dying. Am I?
    I have a cyst in a kidney. I have a stone in the other one. I have a spot on my spleen. I have a lesion on my liver. And my kidneys have been infected for 3 plus years. I have haert issues. From a car accidnet I lost most of my stomach. The doctor wants to remove the rest of it And my esphagus needs to be repaired I my ending up eating mush through a feeding tube. I am a chronic intestional bleeder. Fibromyalgia
    Anxiety disorder. Post traumatic Stress syndrom.
    I have a very bad spine. Sometimes I have no idea of why I am still alive
    help?

    • ANSWER:
      I have sympathy and all my best wishes for you.
      I pray to God to bless you with patience, courage and tolerance to deal with so many problems.
      Now, your question, why you are alive.
      There will be many situations when you can do something for someone. It is God’s work that He wants you to do. Then, you may write – articles, stories, novels, anything. You may start with writing diary. Go out, be close to nature, paint, listen to music, play some instrument, sing, find a place you can do charity work. There are so many things you can do, help someone, make someone happy!
      All my best wishes!

  25. QUESTION:
    What are my liver cysts from?. Prognosis?
    I am a 52 year old male recently diagnosed with Bacterimia /Septicemia. After 8 days in the hospital I was released and I am still taking Cipro and Flagel. During my stay in the hospital I received a triple thoracic CT scan a Gallium scan. It was determined that I have over 100 small cysts spread through out my liver and a small polyp in my bile duct. They also mentioned an abcsess in the Liver lateral to the gallbladder and “uptake” into both lungs. There was no mention or concern of cysts in the Kidneys or any where else. The diagnosis at that time was that the cysts resulted from the infection. After a months treatment of antibiotics I had a MRI of the Liver. The Liver MRI shows no sign of change in the number of cysts or size. My doctors now believe that the cysts were not caused by my infection and another pathology may be present.

    I am going to see my doctor for more consultations and lots more tests but it will be almost two weeks before I get the results from the next round of tests. I know that they want to look at my entire gastrointestinal tract. Recent colonoscopy and endoscopy showed no problems I have a slightly enlarged prostate and three cases of prostatitus in the last 7 years.

    What I would like to know is what tests may be indicated and what possible diagnoses and treatments I may expect. I know I can’t be diagnosed on line but want to prepare myself for whatever is coming.

    Please help.
    Thanks for your time..
    Blood tests for my liver are normal. Parasitic infections have been ruled out.
    Thank you for your answer. Shortly after I got your answer I received an MRI report that has the same diagnosis on it. If you are willing I would love to communicate with you to get a better idea of what I could expect and what resources are available. May God bless you and the person under your care.

    • ANSWER:
      You have a polycystic liver. Poly means many.
      Cysts can be fluid filled or complex. Fluid
      filled doesn’t usually cause a problem…the
      complex ones can mean they have particules
      in them or even, rarely, cancer.

      It is good that they are not increasing in size.
      If they do start to increase, they could cause
      damage to the surrounding cells in the liver.
      If this takes place, it would be best to
      discuss with the doctor about being
      evaluated for placement on the transplant
      list.
      The abscess in the liver can be drained by
      placing a tubing that comes from the abscess
      to the outside skin and then to a bag, on the
      outside of the body, to collect the contents.

      It would be very important to notify the
      doctor immediately if you develop even
      a mind fever.

      If the cells become damaged in the liver,
      the immune system will respond to this
      and cause inflammation to develop inside
      the liver, also. This usually causes the
      liver to enlarge in size. An ultrasound or
      Ct scan would show this enlargement.

      I do know that people can inherit polycystic
      kidney disease, but I’m not sure about
      the liver having this. You may want to
      talk to others in your family about whether
      they had liver problems of any sort.

      They sometimes do a liver biopsy in
      people who have cell damage…but I’m
      not sure they would do it to someone that
      has cysts there or not…I think more likely
      not.

      Wish I could be of more help…this is
      about all I can give you on this.
      Best wishes

  26. QUESTION:
    sulfamethoxazole/bactrim for acne, your experience?
    I just got prescribe sulfamethoxazole for my cystic acne. Its not BAD but i get two to three cyst a month. What was your experience on it? i heard good and bad things about it. how long would have to take it to affect my kidney/liver?? ( i am very iffy on taking this medication )

    • ANSWER:
      My niece had very good results with it.

  27. QUESTION:
    Right side pains that come and go..is that due to my cysts?
    Right side pains that come and go..is that due to my cysts?
    Hello everyone. I asked this in Pains etc..but I think this is where this question should be asked.
    A few months ago I started feeling a numb like back pain. From there I started having upper abdominal pains and nausea. Now I have pains in my right side ranging from any where on top to bottom and even back right side.
    I have cysts on my ovaries and the last doctor I’ve been seeing hasn’t done a thing but give me provera! This was about 7 months ago.
    Sorry…back to current status.
    I constantly feel bloated; I have bowel movements very often these last couple weeks.
    I feel like I don’t digest my food properly and I don’t have a regular period. (Irregular since 18)
    The pain isn’t unbearable but it’s extremely uncomfortable as I feel a sharp sting on my right side. It comes and goes and I’m just sick and tired of being concerned.
    Last time I saw my doctor I wasn’t having these pains…I did however tell her my husband and I are preparing to start a family. (reason for her proscribing prover)
    My mom had cysts…she couldn’t have children till they were surgically removed. I asked my doc and she said NO SERGURY WOULD BE PERFOMED UNLESS IT’S LIFE THREATNING.

    I guess what I’m looking for is has anyone experienced what I’m going through? Is it possible I have a ruptured cyst? What type of symptoms did you have?
    I’m also stressed what I’m experiencing may not even be linked to my cysts…what if it’s my liver or kidney or even gallbladder!
    I’m really stressed and just looking for any sort of information I can get.

    Thank you for reading.

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    Whats wrong with me?
    I have been having off and on stomach problems for the past year and a half. I started goin to the doctor and had an upper and lower GI scope and they biopsied and found nothing. Then I had a hida scan done and showed a slow emptying gallbladder, so I had it removed. I was ok for about two months then I got salmonella good poisoning. I am having more trouble now than ever. I have had Ct scans, xrays, blood tests, and the only thing they found was mesenteric adenitis which is swelling of the lymph nodes. It is usually only found in children but I have been on meds for a month now and it hasnt got any better and the pain is still there and I am having, diarhea, nausea, vomiting, extremely dry skin, dizzyness and severe abdominal and pelvic pains. The Ct scan also showed a cyst on my liver and left kidney and both ovaries. But the doctors have tried several meds and still nothing is better. I have lost 8 lbs in the past month and have been eating soup and crackers. What Is wrong with me?
    When I had my gallbladder out the dr looked at my appendix and said it looked fine. Also when i had the ct scan it said my appendix was filled with gas but nothing else and that it looked normal. I also lead a very healthy lifestyle usually. I do cardio for 30-45 min 5 days a week and i do light weight training 6 days a week and I eat very healthy and well balanced. I have moved to a new dr and he wants to do all the same tests over again.
    I also have severe bloating. I can wake up in the morning and have a flat stomach and I can eat breakfast and my stomach will look as if im a few months pregnant.
    I went to a GI specialist yesterday for an Upper GI scope and I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia and Gastroparesis. I go back in a few days for a colonoscopy to find out what is causing the lower abdominal pain and diarhea and weight loss.

    • ANSWER:
      Only a Dr. can tell you what’s wrong with you. I read that if your Dr. can’t find the problem it’s time to go to some other Dr. Keep looking for the right one. Sooner or later you will find one that can diagnos what the problem is. Don’t wait too long.

  29. QUESTION:
    Pelvic pain, please help!?
    I have had ovarian cysts which was cuased a great deal of pain for six months now. As all woman get them every month these are not in the norm and stay around for 3-4 months get big then rupture. Sometimes multiple on each ovary. The past few months a new pain has stared. I would best describe it as pelvic pain severe somedays others just painful. Now and then I can fee my ovarys ache (same pain with the cysts) but this new pain is centered around the uterus and pelvic area. ALSO I have along with this pain dull ache in my thighs and lower back. This was never present with the cyst issue.

    The ob/gyn has give me “ponstel” for pain which does not even put a dent into the pain I am having. Next she has suggested I get on “loestrin” which is birth control to see if this regulates the cysts and helps. It has done nothing and I have been on it a week or so.

    Pelvic pain is the same its daily. Causes me to loose sleep and almost in tears at the peaks of the pain. I can compare to contractions as it comes on suddenly and reaches height and slowly goes away then comes back. Not the same pain as a cyst rupturing at all. PLease anyone who has any suggestions or exp share. I am at my wits end with this.

    Test I have had done already:

    blood work to rule out things are blood work to r/o ulcer
    physical exam to r/o appendictis
    ultra sound to check on kidney, liver, ovarys, uterus
    pelvic exam-normal
    pap smear-normal

    • ANSWER:
      If you are having this much pain I would suggest talking to your gyno about possible surgery to remove the cysts therefore while they are in there they can look at your ovaries pelvic appendix etc. I have had a patient recently in who had this problem she got the surgery and is better now. Talk to others in your famly to see if this might be genetic. Please don’t hesitate to email me I would love to answer your questions
      alainajohns@yahoo.com

  30. QUESTION:
    spot on liver, what is it?
    My mum had a ct scan last wk and they’ve found a 15mm spot on the centre of her liver, she did have kidney cancer 12 months and her right kidney removed, and was given the all clear after a ct scan in Nov 2008.

    She has had a MRI on mon and they said it was inconclusive what does that mean, and also would the MRI of ruled out certain things eg infection or cysts. Its 3 wks till we see the consulatant and its driving me mad, is it looking more like cancer if they are saying its inconclusive, as I thought the MRI would be able to tell if it was just a cyst.

    • ANSWER:
      MRIs are not infallible. Although your mother had the right nephrectomy and was given the all clear, cancer cells can remain behind. When cancer spreads to other locations or organs, it called metastasis. (meh-TASS-tis-sis). It’s possible that the cancer had already metasticized to her liver before the nephrectomy and this is a secondary cancer.

      Inconclusive means exactly that. No conclusion can be reached. It doesn’t mean it is but it doesn’t mean it isn’t. MRIs can rule out certain conditions, meaning that if they can show what is, this in turn shows what isn’t. That’s what ruling out is. She may need a biopsy to determine the exact nature of the spot.

      There are options for her such as RFA (radio frequency ablation) and chemo liver perfusion and chemo may be considered. If this turns out be malignant, her oncologist will go over her options with her. In the meantime, during this difficult wait, give her the emotional support she needs and try to keep her and yourself focused on other things.

  31. QUESTION:
    “vibrating” sensation in neck, severe sudden unilateral headaches (feels like !@#$#$ stroke, spasms&twitching?
    I’ve had some crazy symptoms but my doctor never listens. So, does anyone have any idea what this could be???

    PLEASE READ the whole thing

    Symptoms:
    -I’ve lose ~30lbs over last few months
    -”vibrating” sensation in neck, like blood is flowing too fast???
    -heart palpitations from inexplicable low potassium that comes and goes
    -severe sudden unilateral headaches (feels like !@#$#$ stroke): It makes me lightheaded and literally put me on my hands and knees. Always in same spot. At first I’d get the same feeling of lightheadedness, but over the last month the “stroke like” feeling comes along with pain. If I lay down feels like blood stays on one side of head and I need to move. I also twitch more, especially my eyes.
    - Sometimes it feels like I can’t hear as well on right side… And only recently was I diagnosed with APD
    -spasms&twitching, worse at night
    - I feel dumber and can’t concentrate or remember things
    - Fibrocystic/lumpy breasts
    - Swollen lymph nodes, some times painful other times not an neck, clavical, behind and in front of right ear (these are firm and don’t hurt), really painful ones under arms/armpits
    - thyroiditis that comes and goes sometimes it hurts other times it doesn’t
    - mood swings
    - random cysts
    - sometimes it feels like something is pushing on the tips of my (left hand) fingers
    - hair loss
    -sometimes my tendons feel tight and painful for some inexplicable reason
    - arms and legs fall asleep way easier than they used to
    - Joints really hurt sometimes, especially my TMJ
    - severe pain on right side near ribs… feel a bump/cyst like thing there (kidneys OK, Liver OK)
    - I experience sudden muscle weakness and fatigue and sweat a lot (could be due to jacked up potassium???)
    - Sharp pains in right side of neck
    - started to develop panic attacks from headache and palpitations scaring the Sh*t out of me.
    - I feel off balance and disoriented at times
    - mild night sweats
    - Early on there would be popping sounds in my ear at night.
    - recently bad pressure like feeling and headache when I stand up
    - I’ve always had irregular periods
    - vision in my right eye worse than left– this is new and I sometimes have double vision if I don’t wear my glasses. developed over few months

    - Lyme Disease negative
    - No thyroid antibodies, but TSH and T4 levels change a lot
    -Consistently Low WBC with High lymphocyte %, but not way off charts, other things also H and L, but I don’t remember what they were.
    - mono negative
    - no UTI
    - not associated with PMS

    I’m 20-25yrs old. All of this developed over ~4months, got way worse after a flu shot, I had a sore develop on my lip and low grade fever after the shot.

    Any ideas??? My doc did refer me to endo but I don’t see him for 3 months! Symptoms come and go so doctor thinks I’m nuts…
    Is this just stress? Am I freaking out over nothing? I feel like a hypochondriac because my doctor says I’m fine and that some symptoms, like potassium, were probably due to “an infection of some sort.” and the rest is stress.
    I usually have low BP around 100-110/50-70, but at times it sky rockets when I start freaking out over my symptoms.
    I actually get lightheaded easily
    Oh, AND, never had I experienced panic attacks and palpitations until recently. My doc prescribed me a benzo, which helped with my so called “panic” (I still have my doubts I was actually panicking) but I still have the other strange symptoms.
    ALSO, I’ve never had headaches like the ones I’m getting now. They hurt more than anything I’ve ever felt in my head
    My ears and around my ears always twitching

    • ANSWER:
      where you checked for lyme by a good lad

      the elisa test most dr use is a joke..it said i was negative is well

      you sound like u could have lyme. u need to see an LLMD (Lyme literate medical doctor) ASAP

      Some help here

      http://www.curelymedisease.com/resources/

  32. QUESTION:
    Please guide – liver cancer ?
    My father , 56 y, is suffering from Hep. B and is on Adefovir (Hepsera) , recently he had undergone MRI which reported as under :

    ” The study shows ultered signal intensity of lvier parenchyma. Focal Lesion measuring 24×21 mm is seen in Seg. 6 of right lobe of liver appearing Hypointense in T1W & hyperintense in T2WI with tiny hyper intense focus in T1WI. The lesion shows heterogenous enhancement post contrast study with small non-enhancing areas within. The intra hepatic biliary radicals are not dialated. The prota hepatis is normal, the spleen is normal ”

    The reports for other organs revealved normal except a small cyst on right kidney.

    IMP. THING 1m AGO ALSO HE HAD UNDERGONE A SONOGRAPHY WHICH REVEALED EVERYTHING IS NORMAL IN LIVER AND THE VIRAL COUNT FOR HEP. B WAS ALSO UNDER NORMAL RANGE. BUT IN 1m VIRAL COUNT HAS ALSO INCREASED TO 5.82 AND THE MRI REVEALED AS ABOVE.

    HIS CHILD PUGH SCORE IS 10.

    Pl. guide to go for transplant/rfapi and whether in 1m this can hap.

    • ANSWER:
      liver tumour or hepato-cellular carcinoma is grave thing to happen to someone. There are various modalities for treatment. including tumour resection , chemotherapy , laser ablation of tumour and percutaneous alcohol injections. your report indicates that it is still confined to one segment of liver which can be resected and you can achieve good 5 year survival rates. So u better hurry and show it to a good hepato-biliary surgeon to get desired results.

  33. QUESTION:
    SOMEBODY ON THE BOARDER OF STAGE 4 CLOSE TO JUMP TO DIALYSIS??
    How long does it take approx. to jump to dialysis, just an average. I have multicystic liver and kidneys, I’m 55, they are grown with cysts. I won’t accept to be hooked to a machine so I will reject dialysis. I wish I knew how long approximately I have before I jump. Doctors won’t tell me. According to your experiences with yourselves or others, what could be the estimated time?

    • ANSWER:
      What percentage of function do you have?

      My father-in-law teetered at 12% for years before he finally went on hemo in June (he went down to 9%) He had known for a very long time he would end up on dialysis.

      I can understand why you don’t want to be hooked up to a machine, I wouldn’t either. If I ever had to do dialysis, I would do peritoneal dialysis. Has your doctor discussed it with you?

      With PD, you are hooked up to a machine, usually at night, but it can be during the day and if you did it during the day, you’d only be hooked up every few hours for maybe 10-15 minutes. PD can allow you to be more liberal with your diet and fluid intake and will help you maintain more normal blood chemistries. Many people on PD can still have active lifestyles and continue to work.

      But to answer your question, there really is no time to predict how long it will be. It will depend on your remaining kidney function. Some people will wake up feeling bad one day and find out they have almost no kidney function left. Others, like my father-in-law, knew the day was coming. You can’t make the progession stop, but you can adhere to the diet, that might buy you some time, although no one can know how much.

      Check out this website to find out about other options besides hemodialysis. You might find PD to be something you’ll consider.

      http://www.kidney.org/

  34. QUESTION:
    I don’t know what to do?
    I have been having pain in my lower left side of my abdomen for about 4 weeks. My other symptoms are…

    *I really don’t have much of an appetite anymore
    *When I do eat, I don’t like to eat much before I feel incredibly full (1/2 of a sandwich)
    *I am constantly tired
    *Sometimes it feels like someone is pressing on my pelvis, it just feels like pressure.
    *I have been urinating more than normal.

    I went to my doctor 4 weeks ago when the pain started. He has been running tests for my kidneys, liver, and spleen. All of them have come back negative. So, he sent me for a CT scan yesterday and the doctor who looked at it called my doctor and said the discovered an “abnormal growth” on my left ovary. My doctor said to not worry about it because it was probably just a cyst. He gave me some antibiotics because he thinks I may just have an infection.

    I just have trouble believing him. I don’t know what to do.
    My doctor hasn’t told me to do anything. I’m going to go see a gynecologist next week because I think they can do more for me than the doctor right now. What should ask? I’m 19 so there is a good chance it may not be serious, but I want to be sure. Thank you sooo much.

    • ANSWER:
      I hope You get well soon.. I’m doing my best to help every1 to cure their illness including you.. with my Islam Prayers.. You don`t have to vote me for the best answer.. im doing this for free.. I only hopping we all get bless & Cure from Allah the most Mercyfull..Loveing & Careing.. See the improvement result.

  35. QUESTION:
    This is long, plz sum1 giv me ur thoughts. Young mum scared for her life :(?
    i had a baby 6 minths ago. I hard a tough 3rd trimester so once he was born i wasnt well. i didnt eat properly or sleep properly. Now for the past 4 months ive felt really sick, at the start it wasnt to bad but now my whole body aches. I have anxiety now cos my doctors dont help me so i try and self diagnose and it just makes things worse.
    Ive had lots of blood tests, full blood counts, thryroid check, liver and kidney fuction and everything is normal besides having a little low vitamin d which i had since the pregnancy. But im taking ostelin and the level is going back up now. Ive had a chest xray, 5ecgs, ct scan on my urinary tract, urinalysis, upper abdominal scan, pelvic ultrasound, pap smear and pelvic exam, so yes lots of tests, some in hospitala nd some reffered by my gp.

    Since i had my pap smear ive had blood in my urine on and off, no infection can be found, i had a ct scan and no masses are seen or obstruction of my oragns. They think it may be from alot of exercise, bladder inflammation ( i dnt go as soona s i get theh urge) or because i was taking ibprofen for 2 months.
    All my muscles aches, ive lost weight cos i only have an appetite at night time, i get mild headaches, my ribs feel tender at times and i get pains in my stoamch which i take pariet and tums for, i also have swollen glands in the back of my neck, i can also feel balls deep in my armpits ( seen 3 docs and they say its cos im skinny)
    I had a blood test to see if id ever had glandular fever (mono) and i have, although i dont have it now.

    Could this all be dragging on symptoms?? Im worried sick all the time, im scared im dying, i know thats my anxiety but how can i stay calm when ihave all these things wrong with me. Even today i noticed another ball down my neck but more closer to the shoulder, it moves around like a cyst that i have behind my ear..
    Doctors are getting sick of me, i just want answers.
    If i had a dealdy disease like lymphoma or something, would one of the scans or blood tests seen this or gave the doctors some sort of indication.

    Im so scared, im only 18. I dont want my baby to grow up without a mum and plain and simple im not ready to die.
    So anyone gotten sick after having there baby, and anyone with mono, how long did ur glands stay swollen for.

    My guess, I caught it back in septemebr or it could have been earlier and the symptoms look longer to show.

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    last stages of cirrosis of the liver?
    is this the end? is this persons liver shutting down? Anyone seen a person die from this? His legs are very swellin and is having nose bleeds. He has multiple gallstones and a cyst on his right kidney. The doctor controlled his ammonia level which was at 500. Is this the end stage. I need to know for the sake of my young daughter about their Dad. Thank You

    • ANSWER:
      It could be , depends on the person. My mom died from drinking and cirrohsis, so I feel for you. It was a long time coming . The doctor had told us several different times we should come in to say goodbye, but she kept pulling thru till the last time when I didn’t go in. I’m sorry Mom. Make your peace with him. Find the book “The Fall of Freddy the Leaf” for your daughter and you.

  37. QUESTION:
    How long is the average life span of a male with PKD? Am I going to be widowed by 70?
    Okay first I know that each case of PKD is different than the next…but I tried to do a search of the average life span of someone with it, to see if it means an earlier death, say by age 60? Or something… my fiance is 22, doesn’t smoke or drink, watches his food intake some, but doesn’t get enough exercise… has a history of brain anyeurisms on his mom’s side, but she smoked etc… and he doesn’t. He also is borderline hyptertension already? But I’m just thinking here, if he takes care of himself and his mom’s kidneys hadn’t failed her in her forties yet, does that mean it might be genetically likely that he won’t need a transplant until his 40s or 50s? And once he gets a kidney transplant, shouldn’t that aspect of his life be under control somewhat? So he can live a long time? He also gets cysts in his liver, though neither in his kidneys or liver are often… I guess this is a long drawn out question, but maybe someone knows something? Thanks : )

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    Ladies with PCOS?
    Hi all,
    I recently had a test done to test out my hormones as I am trying to concieve. My insulin, cholesterol, kidneys, liver etc are all fine, my estrogen is also fine. I have a BMI of 18.7, and do not have any trouble controlling my weight. The hormone that is associated with PCOS is higher than normal, so the doctor said that it is possible that I have it. I had a pelvic ultrasound about 2 months ago to make sure nothing was left from a D&C I had and then it said my ovaries looked normal (there was one tubal/adnexl cyst on the left ovary, but that is not associated with PCOS), so if I had lots of PCOS cysts on them shouldn’t they have picked that up? I’m worried that if I get pregnant again I will miscarry because I might have PCOS. How many people have PCOS and have healthy babies? Was it easy or hard to get pregnant? Are there any natural therapies for it? I would love to hear anyone’s experiences. Thank you very much
    Congratulations Lisa and Catherine L! Thats great! It’s good to hear that you are victims of PCOS and are still toddling along your pregnancies nicely! So Catherine, I don’t know if you’ll see this, but you’re not on any treatments for it at the moment?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey! I have about the same body type as you and was recently diagnosed with PCOS. I finally found a doctor that knows his stuff!!

      A little about me…
      I went off the pill last December…my period never came…and never came…and I wasn’t pregant. I finally went to the doctor in Feb. he ran some tests and said that based on my hormone levels he “thought” that I might have PCOS. I gave me Prometrium to shed my lining…and since I started tracking things I noticed that I ovulated. We didn’t really time things that month so the next month I ovulated a little later…but I did ovulate and ended up having a positive hpt! We were SO excited….I had my progesterone checked and my doctor had me on injections because they were low. I had an ultrasound at six weeks and then again at eight weeks. (I was leaving for a trip and a little worried since I felt a little too normal!) Everything turned out fine at the eight week appointment and he assured me that I was worrying for nothing. The baby had a strong heartbeat.

      Four weeks later…at my 12 week appointment…there was no longer a heartbeat=( Four days later I had a D&C. Unfortunately it sounds like you’ve been through a similar situation.

      Well, my period never came back after my D&C. UGH!! Very frustrating! I moved to Indiana and was searching for a new doctor. I came across this super informative website from a fertilty clinic in Indianapolis. It SPECIFICALLY notes THIN women PCOS. This is the first and only research I’ve seen and it totally makes sense. If you read it you’ll notice that women with “thin” women PCOS usually only have irregular ovulation with none of those other awful symptoms.

      http://jarrettfertility.com/PCOS%20patient%20handout.pdf

      I made the appointment and also made an appointment with a local OB/GYN in town. I had such a good experience with my local OB/GYN that I cancelled the appointment with the specialist.

      THe doctor told me that just by looking at my hormone results, history, and looking at me…he was sure that I had it. I fit under the category of “thin” women PCOS…with no other symptoms besides the lack of ovulation. He said that his wife has the same thing….although they went through three years of a specialist and failed invitro. As a last resort they tried Metformin…because they had “nothing else to lose”. Three months later they were pregnant. Now they have two healthy little girls.

      He had me start Metformin that day. I tracked BBT and noticed that I ovulated that same day. Two weeks later I had a positive HPT (Exactly three months after my D&C). I’m now 12 weeks pregnant, have had several ultrasounds and things are looking wonderful.

      I have no idea if I had cysts or not. I took the word from this doctor since he has personal experience with thin women PCOS. (I’ve never known to have cysts before) It certainly sounds like you have the same type of PCOS. I would HIGHLY=) suggest that you start Metformin right away.

      I think my body had been ready to release that egg for awhile. I couldn’t believe that I ovulated right away. I still don’t know if it was the Metformin that did it or it was just a coincidence….but that would be an huge coincidence if it were.

      As you’ll read on this website those with PCOS have a higher risk of miscarriage. (Which we both unfortunatlely had to find out the hard way.) Metformin greatly reduces this risk. My doctor had me stay on Metformin (500 mg…three times a day) until 11 weeks. (he said the placenta takes over at 9/10 weeks.) I also took Prometrium as a suppository every night at bedtime and stopped at 11 weeks as well. He said he usually just uses Metformin alone…but he gave me Prometrium to make me feel better…and just as a precaution.

      So…I hope this is helpful to you! Let me know if you have any further questions.

      Get on Metformin=) (My previous doctor told me not to take it unless I had to….since it was a “hard” drug to take.) The benefits are so worth it! It really wasn’t that bad. I started by taking one a day…then two a day…then three a day. I had to be sure and not take it with carbs…since it upsets your stomach. After a few weeks I could eat anything.

  39. QUESTION:
    Doctor isn’t sure but he’s put me on medication for IBS?
    Since August last year I’ve been getting abdominal pain, I didn’t do anything about it until January when I went to the doctor, I had blood tests which showed I’m amnemic and an ultrasound of my kidneys, liver, womb, ovaries which all came up clear. (I have PCOS but I’m all clear from cyst atm)

    Since January my condition has gotten worse, I’ve lost a lot of weight, I’m down to seven stone and my BMI is 16. I’ve also had bad heartburn, headaches and the pain in my abdomen is very bad. I’ve also become extremely tired and breathless, I find it hard to get up and do things.

    But today the doctor said he isn’t sure I have IBS but he told me try a dose of Mebeverine for a month and then to come back and see him.

    I don’t like the fact he’s trying me on medication when he isn’t sure if I have IBS. I’ve already been on two doses of amoxicillin and two doses of ibuprofen in the last 2 months and I’m also on iron tablets. I don’t feel comfortable taking medication just to see if ‘works’.

    Another thing when I first had my blood tests he said something about my celiac green numbers but I can’t remember how exactly he put it, does anyone know what this is?

    Do you think I should get a second opinion? Please give me your opinion as I’m really upset and I need some reassurance.I’m an 18 year old female btw.

    • ANSWER:
      You have no good bacteria in the gut by the sounds of it. Antibiotics kill all the good and bad bacteria in the gut. Eventually an overgrowth of bad bacteria causes problems and candida overgrowth, abdominal pain, IBS, intestinal problems start occuring. Good bacteria is essential for absorbing nutrients especially vitamin B12. Your iron anaemia does cause fatigue, breathlessness and weight loss. No good bacteria in the gut = abdominal pain, fatigue, headaches, intestinal upsets and weight loss. I would suggest purchasing probiotics from a chemist (make sure the supplement is coated in a enteric coating). Also, digestive enzymes are great for the digestive tract and preventing heartburn/acid reflux. As for celiac “green numbers”, i’ve never heard of it. Celiac disease causes your symptoms also. Always ask for all your blood results. Check out the links for more information:

      http://www.healingdaily.com/detoxification-diet/probiotics.htm

      http://allonhealth.com/digestive-enzymes.htm

      http://www.worldwidehealthcenter.net/articles-264.html

      http://www.ulcer-cure.com/Other_Disorders/dysbiosis.php?sl=7

      http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/

  40. QUESTION:
    I have had some symptoms that concern me about 3 months now and I have no health insurance.. They include….?
    I have had some symptoms that concern me about 3 months now and I have no health insurance.. They include….?
    Chronic Diarrhea that lasts a couple weeks and then disappears and reappears a couple days later. I also have dizziness. I dont mean to be too graphic but the diarrhea that I do get is yellow and looks like it has little white lines in it… They are very small lines (Looks like string) but you can see them with the naked eye. I had a double blood transfusion in March due to severe Anemia.. Any ideas on what this could be??? No fever or vomiting accompanied.

    I also had a CT Scan of my abdomen (When I had insurance) and the Dr. found that I had an enlarged liver and a Cyst on my Kidney.

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    The CONS of birth control pills (Yaz)?
    First off, I’d like to say that I’m 100% sexually inactive.
    Secondly, I’m the type of person who is very anti-medication & never takes Advil for a headache because it’s bad for your kidneys & liver.

    So, my gyno doctor perscribed me Yaz for a few small cysts outside of my ovaries. I told her I didn’t want to be on birth control medication because I was sexually inactive, and I’ve heard about some TERRIBLE side effects to birth control, such as birth defects in offspring after being taken off the pill, weight gain/loss, etc.
    She told me that Yaz didn’t come with those side effects.
    I kind of don’t know whether or not to believe her. But it’s not like I have a choice, because the only other option for removing my cysts is expensive surgery (or at least, that’s what she told me.)

    So aaaaanyway, all I need is a second opinion on the side effects of Yaz. I’ve tried Googlin’ it, but I can’t really find anything. My main concern is birth defects, ’cause I want to have kids someday.

    • ANSWER:
      First, don’t even worry about birth defects. When you’re off the pill, the effects don’t last long at all. You will have kids perfectly normal as any one else would’ve.

      Second, all birth control will affect every one differently. BUT, that being said, I personally have not heard good things about Yaz. I know a girl who was on it and she said it gave her absolutely terrible mood swings and depression. I also have read other similar stories online. At the same time I have read that some women claim it has helped their PMS symptoms and made them LESS moody. It’s really just hard to tell how it will affect some one.

      Ironically I was prescribed Yaz by my doctor not too long ago too. He just raved about how “great” it was, but after reading everything I did I just didn’t feel safe taking it. I’m the same way you are when it comes to medication – I’m very cautious, and I don’t like to medicate myself unless I absolutely have to. I am going back on birth control because my husband and I aren’t ready for more kids just yet. But I’m going to go back on the pill that I had tried for several years with no problems at all – for me that was Ortho Tricyclen Lo.

      Keep in mind too that if you start Yaz and don’t do well on it, there ARE other options. I’m not sure why she’s choosing to start you on this first, but perhaps because it is a low dose birth control. Just keep an eye out on any side effects you have and report them immediately if they are bad or debilitating.

      Good luck!! Try this site: http://www.wdxcyber.com/ncontr13.htm Tells you the differences in hormone levels in each type of pill

      Real patient ratings and reviews on different types of medications. I believe Yaz is in there: http://www.askapatient.com/rateyourmedicine.htm
      EDIT: Ok Yaz isn’t on this website but Yasmin is….Yaz is basically the exact same thing as Yasmin except it has lower hormones. Look at the Yasmin comments if you’re curious to see what it may do.

  42. QUESTION:
    Can anyone here read Ct Abdomen & Pelvis lab results?
    My labs come in & i have a few questions;
    Ct Abdomen & Pelvis,lung base=normal,Liver=Mild farry infiltration change. No discrete lesion. Spleen=Normal. Kidneys=Several small subcentimeter low densities in both kidneys. Probable cysts, no worrisome lesion is suspected. The ureters are not dilated. Peritoneum= No free air; Cholecystectomy clips.
    Bowel=No Obstruction. Appendix=normal, 16mm folicle on left ovary
    Findings=Multiple small low densities in both kidneys have the appearance of small cysts. This is more than we see in a patient this age. Recommend family history of possible cystic renal disease in family.
    Follow up tests showed=
    Right kidney=Mid one third of kidney is a echogentic density w/o definite acoustic shadowing could be a cyst or ectatic calix with some debris within it, non shadowing calculus. Superior Pole a sonolucent mass with echogentic posterior wall felt to represent a cyst about 8mm in diameter. The mid one third of kidney has another lesion with same characteristics constitent with a cyst that is about 8 to 10 mm in diameter & Left kidney= sonolucent mass consistant with a cyst, good shadowing, distally about 1.4×1.4x 1 cm in size. More low density lesions seen. Benefit to do follow up on these parent cysts. Both kidneys normal in size and contour. no evidence of hydronephrosis.
    I’m not really worried except the lab said i have to many cysts for my age. My family doctor told me i don’t. Is this to many cysts?
    Mild fatty not farry it’s late..
    It doesn’t say that you have polycystic kidney disease or other major pathology. One person I know has to talk to the ultrasound technician every time that a kidney ultrasound is done.
    >>>>>>>>>>>
    The tech told me i had to many my family doctor said i don’t it just made me confused a little. I have pain in my right side so much i can’t walk and it is very painful. I had so many tests but they are finding nothing. I guess i just want to stop hurting all the time.

    • ANSWER:
      There are multiple cysts described by the imaging studies, however in cases of polycystic kidney disease there are usually MANY MANY more cysts than the 3 or so you have.

      I think your family doctor is right and I don’t think you need to be investigated for polycystic kidney disease.

      It would, however, be prudent to keep an eye on the kidney function – to take a urine test and blood test from time to time (?annually) to keep an eye on things.

  43. QUESTION:
    ultrasound scan for adrenals reliable?
    i had a UltraSound scan recently on abdomen to investigate weight loss, hormones abnormalities etc

    Ultrasound showed my kidneys, liver, spleen, the sonographer said they were all normal. adrenal glands were not prominent which she said was a good thing and it looked all clear.

    she couldnt quite see the ovaries so i had to get a transvaginal one as she looked for pcos it confirmed cysts on ovaries.

    the doctor (endocrinologist) skimmed over the ultrasound result really and said it was normal but then as i was asking questions, at the end the doctor ordered an MRI scan, “just to show that its normal”, i felt he was just doing it to show that there was nothing as he said “in these cases nothing is found on the adrenals”

    i really dont want to go as ive heard bad stories about their effects and dont want to put my body through the powerful magentic rays.

    he’s requested it to test my adrenals glands, but if the ultrasound said everything including my liver, spleen, kidneys etc was clear and fine then im wondering why is it good enough for those organs?

    why do i need an MRI for adrenals and not to check these other organs, why cant it be taken it that they are all normal?

    help?

    im worried i really dont want to go i feel i will have to cancel and its tomorrow :0(

    would an adrenal mass in a person who had it not show upon an ultrasound?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no real evidence to suggest that being exposed to a high magnetic field during an MRI, poses any long term risk to health. They are quite safe.

      There is of course only so much an ultrasound can detect. Has he done an adrenal function test? Were your cortisol levels abnormal or something? He likely just wants to make sure nothing has been missed.

      No, tumours would likely not show up on the ultrasound as it would likely be quite tiny.

  44. QUESTION:
    ultrasound scan reliable?
    i had a UltraSound scan recently on abdomen to investigate weight loss, hormones abnormalities etc

    Ultrasound showed my kidneys, liver, spleen, the sonographer said they were all normal. adrenal glands were not prominent which she said was a good thing and it looked all clear.

    she couldnt quite see the ovaries so i had to get a transvaginal one as she looked for pcos it confirmed cysts on ovaries.

    the doctor (endocrinologist) skimmed over the ultrasound result really and said it was normal but then as i was asking questions, at the end the doctor ordered an MRI scan, “just to show that its normal”, i felt he was just doing it to show that there was nothing as he said “in these cases nothing is found on the adrenals”

    i really dont want to go as ive heard bad stories about their effects and dont want to put my body through the powerful magentic rays.

    he’s requested it to test my adrenals glands, but if the ultrasound said everything including my liver, spleen, kidneys etc was clear and fine then im wondering why is it good enough for those organs?

    why do i need an MRI for adrenals and not to check these other organs, why cant it be taken it that they are all normal?

    help?

    im worried i really dont want to go i feel i will have to cancel and its tomorrow :0(

    would an adrenal mass in a person who had it not show upon an ultrasound?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi darling,

      If you have been offered an MRI I would advise you to have it. It will not hurt and there will not be anywhere near enough magnetic rays to do any harm to you. It is like an ordinary X-ray, the only reason the staff wear protection is because they are doing it all day long. For you it is a one off and nothing will harm you.

      I do think you will be cross with yourself if you don’t go because you will be forever wondering. it is the most painless way to look at the ovaries I can assure you.

      good luck.

      Love mel.X

  45. QUESTION:
    My sister was just diagnosed with the early stages of liver cancer. What can we expect?
    My 40-year-old sister had female cancer several years back and had to have a total hysterectomy. She has been sick for a few weeks and just had a kidney stone surgically removed. They found two cysts on her liver, two spots on her lungs, two spots on her bowels and one of her eyelids is drooping terribly. She has been in a lot of pain but since the kidney stone was removed is feeling somewhat better. A doctor visit today revealed that she is in the early stages of liver cancer. Anyone have any experience with this? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Mimi – “Cysts” in the liver are more often benign while solid tumors are the opposite = filled with solid (white) areas on x-ray. If the liver spots are tumor, then they are possibly a spread of the original tumor in the uterus. There are mainly 2 different types of uterine cancer = squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix and adenocarcinoma of the lining of the body of the uterus. Each is different in its behavior. If her liver spots are cancer which has spread from the liver, there is a chance it has spread elsewhere. Further treatment and her remaining life can’t be determined until the type of cancer, if any, is determined by a possible biopsy which can help determine if future chemotherapy will be of value. It’s hard to know at this moment. Stay as positive as you can now while further evaluation continues. I pray you may be pleasantly surprised.

  46. QUESTION:
    health i can’t get answers?
    i have had 2 endoscopy and it showed suspicious for malt lymphoma it’s been a year and 1/2 now i was suppose to get repeated endoscopies,but because of lack of money i can’t i feel like i’m deteriorating.i have liver cysts i’ve had them for years, but now when i am sitting i feel like something is bloated on my right side i don’t know if it’s liver or pancreas ,kidneys eyes problems spite of glasses, thiegh spasms, hard to give blood hard for them to draw a trickle blood, i can’t afford to get a full workup. i can only go to a clinic and they only do so much.i have all these things going on with your body and they soon think you are a hypocondriac when that is clearly not the case. i feel so depressed and low.
    i live in state of south carolina as far as medicaid or medicare if you have a car or own anything that’s to much they want everything you can’t have a thing poor and destitute before you get help i don’t have insurance .i’m 47 yrs old

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry but you’ve lost me there – I dont know what your question is. you shoudn’t be worrying about people thinking you may be a hypochondriac. you really do need to go back to the clinic for another follow up.

      Malt lymphoma is usually very slowly progressive but occasionally if can turn into a more aggressive form. With all the symptoms you are having please go to get it checked out more thoroughly. Your health if far more important than money

  47. QUESTION:
    What can cause Pressure in Head and Miscellaneous Symptoms?
    Alright from the top: About a month ago I went into the ER because I had performed a self-examination and felt that one of the sides of my scrotum felt larger to me than the other and was therefore afraid that I had cancer. As a side note this intensified after I had worked out extra hard for the first time in about 6 months. They had diagnosed me with a Varicocele and had also noted what they called a benign cyst on the right side after performing an Ultrasound. Therefore, I was much relieved as I got a report of no cancer and my blood work came back normal along with the other normal tests (i.e. kidney, thyroid, liver, pancreas).

    However, since that time I have experienced the following symptoms both on an occasional and constant basis:

    Occasional

    Jabbing pain in armpit
    Pressure in Back of Head
    Pain in Shoulder Blade
    Pain in side
    Dull feeling in Groin
    Pelvic Pain
    Sweating at palms

    Constant

    Fatigue in legs
    No strong desire to eat – do so because I should
    Feel hot but no fever – actually temperature lower than 98.6 (i.e. 97.6)

    It just seems a little weird to me that all of these started. I was actually running on the treadmill about a week ago and I had to get off because the pressure in the back of my head had built up so much it felt like it was going to explode. My headaches are always in the back of my head now and they do not throb, they are just like a dull sensation. I have went to 5 doctors and they are telling me that I am fine and it is related to anxiety. However, I have not been sick in like 5 years and I know how to separate the mental from the physical. None of them have ordered a CT/MRI and therefore they are going off of the blood work and the ultrasound. However, I am still concerned and it is driving me crazy. Please provide me some guidance!

    • ANSWER:
      Your symptoms don’t fit into a category and that is the problem with doctors. Though it doesn’t mean you are not suffering. But if the ultrasound abdomen & pelvis, blood tests etc are normal, you shouldn’t stress over it. Eat healthy and go for daily exercises to keep fit. You may suggest your doc to get CT done on brain, just to rule out things. Have a second opinion.
      Good luck!

  48. QUESTION:
    Any risks for my 10 1/2 years old cat being neutered now?
    I have a 10 1/2 years old female cat. She has been an indoor cat and vaccinated regularly. Now the vet found a cyst on her belly (not mammary -fortunately) and he recommended to remove it. Since she will be under general anaesthetic, the vet says that he can neuter her at the same time if I want . Her blood results say that she has good kidney and liver functions and healthy. What will be the risks for a 10 1/2 years old cat to be neutered? I’m pretty worried about putting her under surgery. Is there any benefits for neutering her even at her old age?
    Thank you so much for your thoughts.

    • ANSWER:
      Cats can live up to 18 years or more. I would definitly go with the spay as long as she’s under to prevent uterine infections and any unwanted litters of kittens. (Yes, they can still get pregnant in their old age.) The spay is quick and easy, rarely are there any complications from it.

  49. QUESTION:
    Should I be concerned about probable simple liver cysts-ranging in size 2mm-2.5cm?
    Had a CT to r/o kidney stones. What was found was multiple masses, sizes 2mm-2.5cm, in the right and left hepatic lobes. The report says they appear to be benign cysts with smooth margins. I really don’t like the idea of this and would hate to find out 6 mths later that it was cancer and I should have done something about it. What do you suggest? Primary doc is not concerned. Should I push for further testing? I have no pain, but every once in a while I do feel a stinging like sensation on my abdomen area.

    • ANSWER:
      Liver cysts are very common; no worries.

  50. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my dad?
    My dad (72 years old) has been undergoing a lot of tests, ultrasound (liver, stomach, intestines,kidneys), CAT scans, colonoscopy and they showed some cysts on the liver, the colonoscopy showed a mark of 7 centimeters (which the doctor said was not alarming). He took all those tests to the specialist (he was referred to an oncologist), but for the last two weeks, this specialist hasn’t said much about a final diagnostic, He only sent him to the lab to have some vitamin IVs (he said it was for the liver) and some blood tests. M dad is going back to see him in two days. What in the world is going on?? And why is this doctor being silent and not saying much? My dad hasd never abused alchohol, has never smoked, no drugs of any kind and has always been very healthy. It’s just this problem with the pain he’s been having for the last year (oh, and the liver is a little enlarged too), he is now feeling very depressed and down, he is not eating right and I can feel he is scared
    Why is the doctor quiet ad not saying much? They only allowed my dad to go inside during the visit, no other family member was alowed to go with him. I am really worried.

    • ANSWER: