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Can stomach bloating be a sign of kidney failure

By Anonymous April 24, 2018 - 9:49pm
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My husband was diagnosed in October with stage 3 chronic kidney disease (moderate )and has not yet been seen by kidney doctor I was not aware of his chronic kidney disease because his doctor never discussed it with me he went to his doctor on March the 20th and I didn't realize he had chronic kidney disease until around March the 27th when I called about his blood work and that's when they told me he was diagnosed in October we went on April the 20th 2018 for blood work at the kidney doctor he has an appointment on May 3rd for the results of his blood work but he keeps talking about hurting it in his stomach both sides underneath his rib cage he had a colonoscopy done

on the 18th of April 2018 and it came back good but now he's not having a bowel movement since his colonoscopy and he's been taking fiber vitamin and Miralax and still nothing has happened for the last five days what could be causing this , he was also diagnosed with Lewy Body dementia August 8th 2017thank you

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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing.

Your husband has a lot going on with his health - I'm sure it's affecting you too so I wish you both well.
A colonoscopy is a bit of a shock to the body - the digestive system can take some time to get back to normal. Your husband needs to keep taking supplements for regularity but since it has been 5 days and his tract was completely cleared out in preparation for this procedure, he shouldn't be backed up too much. However, bloating can happen within 5 days so this could be the cause.

Regarding his kidney disease, is your husband in dialysis? If so, his bloating needs to be reported straight away. Is he on medication? This could also be a cause of the bloating - but this does need to be reported as bloating with kidney disease can be serious. Some kidney patients get edema all over the body, including the abdomen. Please call his doctor. With all he has going on, his doctors will need to pinpoint the actual cause.


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