Dear Doctor, I am aged 54 and have had a lot of pain on one side since last year. Whenever I go to hospital, I am only given painkillers. Recently, an eye specialist recommended kidney and thyroid function tests.
The thyriod test was okay, but the kidney test revealed I have a lot of sodium and chloride in my blood, as well as low urea. I was advised to reduce my salt intake and drink a lot of water.
But despite adhering to the advice, I still experience a lot of pain, which sometimes makes lying down difficult. What should I do?
As you have explained, side pain usually denotes kidneys failure, but that alone is not proof that you have kidney problems. When you consult a doctor, he may be able to perform some physical examinations that may point to kidney problems.
You cannot rely on the presence of sodium and chloride in your blood as a single test for kidney function. Have you had an ultrasound scan?
You need to first see a doctor to carry out some tests and diagnose your condition before he can prescribe treatment.