Nephritis info please help!

  1. My mother in law has had nephritis for about 20 yrs. She in the last 6/8 mons. has started to have trouble with her memory & walking can't keep things straight. She is sleeping alot sometimes she seems fine and other times just lost. Her doctor says she has parkinson's disease. I am only a pre nursing student and know nothing but I have been doing reasearch on this. Is it possible that these symptoms are from the nephritis. She is being sent for other tests but I just wondered would this be a good place to start? Thanks to all of you for any input as we are very worried. She does have a gaited walk and is bent some what foward, but does nephritis also cause confusion and muscle weakness/ balance?
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  3. by   iiwdn
    Sounds scary. She is lucky to have a good daughter-in-law like you. Sure, infections, electrolyte imbalances, glucose idisturbance, dementia, etc-- sounds like you might need a good internist to review the whole scenario.
  4. by   MEL101
    Quote from crb613
    My mother in law has had nephritis for about 20 yrs. She in the last 6/8 mons. has started to have trouble with her memory & walking can't keep things straight. She is sleeping alot sometimes she seems fine and other times just lost. Her doctor says she has parkinson's disease. I am only a pre nursing student and know nothing but I have been doing reasearch on this. Is it possible that these symptoms are from the nephritis. She is being sent for other tests but I just wondered would this be a good place to start? Thanks to all of you for any input as we are very worried. She does have a gaited walk and is bent some what foward, but does nephritis also cause confusion and muscle weakness/ balance?
    Makes one wonder what her BUN level is...and electrolytes...What kind(s) of testing have been performed? and what are the results...what kind of meds is she on, if any? How far along is the Parkinsons? Was she recently DX'd w Parkinsons?...I hope she's being cared for by a specialist...Definitely ask the MD questions esp if Mom-in-law is unable...always appropriate to get 2nd opinion if situation dictates. The internet will certainly offer much info on this disease process...hope all is well w her...take care...
  5. by   crb613
    Quote from MEL101
    Makes one wonder what her BUN level is...and electrolytes...What kind(s) of testing have been performed? and what are the results...what kind of meds is she on, if any? How far along is the Parkinsons? Was she recently DX'd w Parkinsons?...I hope she's being cared for by a specialist...Definitely ask the MD questions esp if Mom-in-law is unable...always appropriate to get 2nd opinion if situation dictates. The internet will certainly offer much info on this disease process...hope all is well w her...take care...
    She is not on any meds except for blood pressure. Her Dr. says her kidneys cannot handle any meds. Just found out today that the Dr. thinks its Parkinsons. She is going to a kidney splist. asap. they will do a cat-scan 3/2/04. results from this Dr. says will tell us where to go from there. Could the Nephritis possibly be the problem not Parkinsons? Thanks for the replies!!
  6. by   MEL101
    Quote from crb613
    She is not on any meds except for blood pressure. Her Dr. says her kidneys cannot handle any meds. Just found out today that the Dr. thinks its Parkinsons. She is going to a kidney splist. asap. they will do a cat-scan 3/2/04. results from this Dr. says will tell us where to go from there. Could the Nephritis possibly be the problem not Parkinsons? Thanks for the replies!!
    Whew...Again I wonder what her BUN level is...ask her doc...all kinds of things to think about....to bad someone making you wait til 3/2/04 for scan...if it were my family I'd insist on scan yesterday...
  7. by   crb613
    Quote from MEL101
    Whew...Again I wonder what her BUN level is...ask her doc...all kinds of things to think about....to bad someone making you wait til 3/2/04 for scan...if it were my family I'd insist on scan yesterday...
    Mel101 like I said I'm pre nursing and know nothing. What are BUN levels? I am pushing for it to all be done yesterday but the sister-in-law is the one with all the say!!! know what I mean? she agrees but does little. Thank you for taking the time to help me.
  8. by   MEL101
    Quote from crb613
    Mel101 like I said I'm pre nursing and know nothing. What are BUN levels? I am pushing for it to all be done yesterday but the sister-in-law is the one with all the say!!! know what I mean? she agrees but does little. Thank you for taking the time to help me.
    Sorry crb16...BUN, Blood urea nitrogen....type of kidney function test that can indicate how well or not the kidney is working....tis a common test thats done by getting a blood speciman from a person....if you really want to get some specifics re: nephritis get on "google" and type in "nephritis".....you'll be up all night reading and learning...don't mean to cut you off but I just looked at the time....Wahhh! Its 2:30am and I have to be up at 8am! EEEKKKKK....got to sign off for the night....will catch up w you tomorrow....bless your heart for caring!
  9. by   crb613
    Quote from MEL101
    Sorry crb16...BUN, Blood urea nitrogen....type of kidney function test that can indicate how well or not the kidney is working....tis a common test thats done by getting a blood speciman from a person....if you really want to get some specifics re: nephritis get on "google" and type in "nephritis".....you'll be up all night reading and learning...don't mean to cut you off but I just looked at the time....Wahhh! Its 2:30am and I have to be up at 8am! EEEKKKKK....got to sign off for the night....will catch up w you tomorrow....bless your heart for caring!
    Mel101 Thanks I've been on google and thats why I'm still up. Its 3:46am here!! I'm learning alot and have printed out alot of stuff to show sister in law. Stop Wahhing and start ZZZZing!! Thanks again and have a great day.
  10. by   EastCoast
    Nephritis is more acute. the question is does she have progressive nephrosis ? Why?? Are her kidneys failing or not? If they say no B/P meds because of her kidneys than more than likely her creatinine is too high or she has some degree of renal failure or renal artery stenosis.
    Basic things to do now...Assess if she makes urine. What color is it foamy/clear/hazy etc. More than a BUN she needs a creatinine drawn. This is the most accurate measurement of renal function over the long term. A 24 hour urine for creatinine clearance can be done starting today and then the nephro guy will have it on hand when she visits. A renal ultra sound will give you quick info regarding kidney size and if there is blockage. Remember a simple 'kidney stone' can cause significant renal failure by creating an obstruction. And despite what you may read that stones cause a lot pain...sometimes they don't. Espeiccally if the mental state is altered.

    If her creatinine was 1.2 and it has gone to 1.6 that is significant. Renal failure can most definitely make someone have change in MS and be 'uremic". Have her try to hold her hands out straight (like frankstein). Can she do it? I wouldn't buy 'parkinsons' as the answer before she had a full set of labs. As someone mentioned electrolytes can make someone very sick. If a sodium or chloride is too low or high their will be a neurologcial response a lot of the time...especially if it is acute.
    Good luck.
  11. by   crb613
    Quote from EastCoast
    Nephritis is more acute. the question is does she have progressive nephrosis ? Why?? Are her kidneys failing or not? If they say no B/P meds because of her kidneys than more than likely her creatinine is too high or she has some degree of renal failure or renal artery stenosis.
    Basic things to do now...Assess if she makes urine. What color is it foamy/clear/hazy etc. More than a BUN she needs a creatinine drawn. This is the most accurate measurement of renal function over the long term. A 24 hour urine for creatinine clearance can be done starting today and then the nephro guy will have it on hand when she visits. A renal ultra sound will give you quick info regarding kidney size and if there is blockage. Remember a simple 'kidney stone' can cause significant renal failure by creating an obstruction. And despite what you may read that stones cause a lot pain...sometimes they don't. Espeiccally if the mental state is altered.

    If her creatinine was 1.2 and it has gone to 1.6 that is significant. Renal failure can most definitely make someone have change in MS and be 'uremic". Have her try to hold her hands out straight (like frankstein). Can she do it? I wouldn't buy 'parkinsons' as the answer before she had a full set of labs. As someone mentioned electrolytes can make someone very sick. If a sodium or chloride is too low or high their will be a neurologcial response a lot of the time...especially if it is acute.
    Good luck.
    Thank You, I will push to see these things are done. It means alot to be able to go to a place to ask questions, gather information and know ya'll care enough to respond. I hope one day to be able to help others with the same kindness and wisdom you have given to me. I just get so frustrated with the sister-in-law because in my mind she just moves too slow. This is not to say either one of us is right or wrong I just want my mother-in-law to get some attention before it's too late!! Thanks Again

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