There are some things patients can do if they want to replace opioids, says Dr. Samantha Taghva, Internal Medicine Physician with Baptist Health South Florida. In neuropathic pain, for example, Doctor Taghva mentions there are controlled medications which are not in the opioid family, that are going to work on the action of the nerves and try to relieve pain. She recognizes that people can be scary about certain opioids like morphine. “I think that their fears are correct. We, as physicians, have to look at other things," she affirms.
Urinating too frequently or not urinating enough, especially in elderly males, are symptoms of issues with the prostate, says Dr. Samantha Taghva, Internal Medicine Physician with Baptist Health South Florida. Those are two of the most common symptoms of kidney failure is looming, she says, and is it probably the patient's progress into the CKD (Chronic kidney disease). Dr. Juan Kusnir, Nephrologist at the same place, advises drinking a lot of water and staying hydrated, because the kidney looks for body equilibrium.
Dr. Samantha Taghva, Internal Medicine Physician with Baptist Health South Florida, describes what a hospitalist is. She says he is someone who has internal medicine training. “He doesnâ€™t follow patients out of the hospital, but he deals with them when theyâ€™re acutely sick and in the hospital," she adds. The doctor gives as an example the case of a patient who arrives at ER in a hospital in which he does not have a treating doctor. She explains that a hospitalist is going to take care of any patient, will come into his case and try to help him.
Dialysis is in essential an artificial kidney. People whose kidneys no longer work well enough need to be connected to a dialysis machine, says Dr. Juan Kusnir, Nephrologist with Baptist Health South Florida. The patient is connected to a dialysis machine and essentially does the job of the kidneys: cleans the blood, filters out all the toxins and regulates the electrolytes. Dr. Samantha Taghva, Internal Medicine Physician at the same place, considers dialysis affects the patient's emotional life, because it affects his quality of life and his happiness.
People who have diabetes, blood pressure and obesity will eventually have progression to CKD (Chronic kidney disease). Dr. Samantha Taghva, Internal Medicine Physician with Baptist Health South Florida, also says they could have a genetic predisposition to CKD. An early diagnostic and having under control any risk condition (diabetes, overweight, blood pressure) can slow progression into CKD, affirms Dr. Juan Kusnir, Nephrologist at the same place.