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Old 11-01-2004, 11:28 PM   #1
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Dark circles under eyes and quick weight loss

Hi All,

My son has had Kidney problems for about 3 years now and has been monitored by a specialist over this time. He had really severe fluid retention - The name of what he had was called Nephritis.

Over the past month I have noticed dark circles under his eyes that don't go away even when he is resting well.

Does anyone know if dark circles under your eyes is a sign that something is seriously wrong with your kidney. He has been losing quite a bit of weight over the past month as well (he is 14 and has been going through a growth spirt - but I don't think the amount of weight he has lost is a result of this).

He has an appointment on the 8th of November with his specialist again, but I am feeling really concerned - if there is anyone out there that could shed some light on this it would be much appreciated!!!!

Cheers
Karen

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Old 11-05-2004, 07:02 AM   #2
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Re: Dark circles under eyes and quick weight loss

My daughter, who is 9, has had kidney stones since she was 7 and is being medicated with clorthalidone and potassium citrate. I don't know what medications your son is taking but the chlorthalidone my daughter takes make her extremely dehydrated and that is why she takes the potassium citrate which is supposed to hydrate her. She has to drink 60 oz. of water a day. If she does not drink all of her water she gets those circles and starts looking really thin. She already is very thin but when she gets dehydrated she looks so sickly. She has actually been hospitalized for the dehydration last year when she got the flu. What would take someone normally a week without water took my daughter only 10 hours of not being able to drink and throwing up what she did. This is because of the medication. She was able to keep down her very tiny pill which is the one that dehydrates but threw up the 3 huge pills that were supposed to hydrate her. She was so dehydrated her hands and arm actually locked up in a clenched position against her chest. She had lost all the fluid her muscles needed to function.

I think your son may be getting dehydrated. I suggest giving him lots of juices and water and popcicles and jello, all good at hydrating the body. My kids always hates pedialyte but if you can get your son to drink it, it may help. The kidneys are the culprits for swelling the body with fluid, edema, and the medication to help treat the kidneys often causes too much of the opposite effect, dehydration. Talk to your sons nephrologist and please keep us posted.

 
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Old 11-06-2004, 02:33 PM   #3
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Re: Dark circles under eyes and quick weight loss

Thank you for the infomation you posted - I did not think of kidney stones, he does not seem in any pain though and I have asked him. He is definitely not dehydrated, he looks hydrated and he does drink quite alot.

He is looking pale and still has bags under his eyes though.

We are due to go to the specialist on Monday so we will see what the specialist has to say about it.

Cheers
Karen

 
Old 11-21-2004, 01:53 PM   #4
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Re: Dark circles under eyes and quick weight loss

I took my son to see his specialist and the specialist said, the darkness under his eyes can be caused by many illnesses. He did not think it was a sign of anything wrong with his kidneys.

Cheers
Karen

 
Old 12-01-2004, 05:25 PM   #5
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Re: Dark circles under eyes and quick weight loss

Which type of nephritis did he have? Did he have problems with high blood pressure? How did they treat the nephritis? Did he have blood and/or protein in the urine?

 
Old 12-04-2004, 12:53 PM   #6
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Re: Dark circles under eyes and quick weight loss

Hi Butterflytrans,

He had blood and protein in his urine but the protein cleared up early on, but the blood only cleared up about 2 years after the diagnosis.

I did not know there were different types of nephritis. The first sign we saw there was something wrong was fluid retention - he started blowing up like a balloon and he was not going to the toilet often at all.

The way we have worked through all of this with him was through his diet, he had to lower his salt intake.

The specialist gave him the all clear at the last appointment, we do not have to go back anymore.

cheers

Karen

 
Old 12-05-2004, 03:07 PM   #7
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Re: Dark circles under eyes and quick weight loss

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Originally Posted by KSaan
Hi Butterflytrans,

He had blood and protein in his urine but the protein cleared up early on, but the blood only cleared up about 2 years after the diagnosis.

I did not know there were different types of nephritis. The first sign we saw there was something wrong was fluid retention - he started blowing up like a balloon and he was not going to the toilet often at all.

The way we have worked through all of this with him was through his diet, he had to lower his salt intake.

The specialist gave him the all clear at the last appointment, we do not have to go back anymore.

cheers

Karen
The specialist gave him an "all clear"? That's strange. A person who has had nephritis should at least be followed for a few years to make sure it doesn't recur. By any chance was your son's kidney problem that happened a week or two after a throat infection?

 
Old 12-08-2004, 12:12 AM   #8
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Re: Dark circles under eyes and quick weight loss

Hi ButterflyTrans,

He had been monitored for about 2.5 years - it was just that recently he really did not look well with the dark circles under his eyes and he lost a lot of weight very quickly.

But he is very well now - the dark circles have gone and he has put back on some of the weight he lost.

cheers
Karen

 
Old 12-08-2004, 05:07 AM   #9
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Re: Dark circles under eyes and quick weight loss

I see I see, but what were the circumstances of your son getting sick 2.5 years ago? The reason I'm asking is, when your son got sick two years ago, it wasn't like you looked at him and said, "Gee, I think he has nephritis." What were the symptoms and signs that brought you to the conclusion he needs to go to the doctor?

 
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