An update on my kidneys… and the rest of me

It was one year ago yesterday that I posted about some problems with my kidneys where my blood tests showed signs of kidney failure.  I was advised to stop taking anti-inflammatory drugs for the DJD (Degenerative Joint Disease) as those drugs could be causing the kidney problems.  I was given a prescription for Tylenol with Codeine to use if needed.

 I’m happy to report that I have only taken the Tylenol with Codeine a couple of times in the last year.  Some days I ache more than others but it hasn’t been nearly as bad as I thought it might be.  I do take regular Tylenol a few times a week for headaches but not really for my joint problems.

My blood tests have been pretty good since then.  I go back for my next 6-month blood work-up next month.  I have gained about 10 or 12 pounds in the last few months and now weigh right at 200 pounds.  The most I’ve ever weighed is 207, so I need to eat a little better and start exercising.  Getting motivated to do that is hard though especially when you’re achy.




5 thoughts on “An update on my kidneys… and the rest of me

  1. Yay kidneys 🙂
    Boo weight 🙁

    Some helpful info (in calories / hr based on a 175lb. man)
    3500 = to burn 1 lb. of fat
    460 = swimming leisurely
    385 = gardening
    310 = bicycling leisurely
    310 = brisk walking
    270 = cleaning the house actively
    190 = cooking
    115 = eating
    90 = sitting & typing & reading
    75 = sitting & watching tv
    70 = sleeping
    * these numbers are general estimates and vary depending on sex, age, weight, height, and muscle mass. (Muscle burns more calories in a resting state than fat). JUst google ‘calorie calculator’ for your own numbers.

    Losing weight isn’t difficult – it’s mostly math. Figure out how many calories you burn in a typical day. Example:
    + sitting & reading = 90 x 8 hr
    + cooking = 190 x 1.5 hr
    + eating = 115 x 1.5 hr
    + watching tv = 75 x 4 hr
    + brisk walking = 310 x 0.5 hr
    + cleaning the house = 270 x 0.5 hr
    + sleeping = 70 x 8 hr
    total ~ 2300 calories/day <— eat this much / day and you'll stay the same weight. Eat more = gain weight. Eat less = slowly lose weight (referred to as caloric deficit). So if you want to comfortably lose 10 lbs over 3 months:
    10 lbs = 35000 cal
    35000 / 90 days = 388 cal / day
    If you maintain your current level of activity and just eat 400 calories less / day you'll lose 10 lbs. in 3 months. In the example that would be 2300 – 400 = 1900 cal/day.

    * When you lose weight by caloric deficit, you lose fat AND muscle. To lose fat but keep muscle you have to do muscular based exercises in conjunction with watching your calorie intake.

    P.S. – Your comment box needs a scroll bar. It breaks page formatting with long replies. 😀

  2. Friend of mine has had the same NSAID problem with her Kidney’s. The doctor told her to take Tylenol ES (extra-strength / 500mg) or Tylenol Arthritis (650mg tabs). The doctor also advised her to take a Turmeric capsule daily along with a peppercorn. The pepper helps the Turmeric work.

    She says it seems to be helping, but the skeptic in me says it sounds homeopathic and maybe more of a placebo.

    You could try it and see.

    • I take a Turmeric capsule every day on the advice of a friend. Haven’t heard of the peppercorn thing. And the only Tylenol I have are the extra-strength
      500mg capsules.


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