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A friend of mine who is well past the menopause transition recently let us know that she wasn't feeling good. She complained about a severe pain in her abdomen, eventually contacting her health care provider. Eventually, the pain went away and she now believes that she passed a kidney stone.
After doing a little research, I learned some that postmenopausal women do have issues with kidney stones. Current estimates are the kidney stones affect between 5-7 percent of U.S. postmenopausal women. And a 2010 study out of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found that the use of estrogen therapy by postmenopausal women might increase the risk of developing kidney stones by approximately 20 percent.
What Are Kidney Stones?
The Mayo Clinic reports that kidney stones are not linked to one definitive cause. They form when urine contains more crystal –forming substances (uric acid, calcium and oxalate) than the fluid in the urine can dilute. Furthermore, the ur...
Alternative Names Renal failure - end stage; Kidney failure - end stage; ESRD Symptoms Symptoms may include: General ill feeling and fatigue Generalized itching ( pruritus ) and dry skin Headaches Weight loss without trying Loss of appetite Nausea Other symptoms may develop, including: Abnormally dark or light skin and changes in nails Bone pain Brain and nervous system symptoms
Drowsiness and confusion Problems concentrating or thinking Numbness in the hands, feet, or other areas Muscle twitching or cramps Breath odor Easy bruising, nosebleeds, or blood in the stool Excessive thirst Frequent hiccups Low level of sexual interest and impotence Menstrual periods stop ( amenorrhea ) Sleep problems, such as insomnia , restless leg syndrome , or obstructive sleep apnea Swelling of the feet and hands ( edema ) Vomiting , especially in the morning Signs and tests High blood pressure almost always occurs during end-stage kidney disease. A brain and nervous system (neurologic) examination may show signs of nerve damage. The h...
Definition Injury to the kidney and ureter is damage to these organs of the upper urinary tract. Alternative Names Kidney damage; Toxic injury of the kidney; Kidney injury; Traumatic injury of the kidney; Fractured kidney; Inflammatory injury of the kidney; Bruised kidney; Ureteral injury Causes, incidence, and risk factors The kidneys are located in the flank (back of the upper abdomen at either side of the spinal column). They are deep in the abdomen and are protected by the spine, lower rib cage, and strong muscles of the back. This location protects the kidneys from many outside forces. The kidneys are well-padded for a reason -- they have a large blood supply. Injury can lead to severe bleeding. Kidneys may be injured by damage to the blood vessels that supply or drain them, including: Aneurysm Arterial blockage Arteriovenous fistula Renal vein thrombosis (clotting) Trauma Kidney injuries may also be caused by: Angiomyolipoma, a noncancerous tumor Autoimmune disorders Bladder outlet obstruction C...
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