- CASE FILE
I have kidney failure at 27 years old. While I have a diagnosis I don't have an answer as to why this happened at my age except genetics.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
In June 2018 I was diagnosed with kidney failure. My symptoms started in February 2018 when I began hearing birds, even in the shower and parking garage. Sometimes it was so loud it was like I was in an aviary. In March, my tongue started to feel like I had burned it; that progressed into what seemed like a really bad case of acid reflux. In April, I started having cramps that started in my feet and moved up my legs to my hamstrings (that hurt the worst), then to my hands. I couldn't even hold a toothbrush it was so bad. The cramps moved to my shoulders and back to my knees. In May I started feeling "cold" all the time, but came to find out I wasn't cold at all but rather experiencing numbness and tingling from head to toe. By June I had no energy, and almost fainted six times in three days.
The symptom that got me to go to the hospital was the weirdest one, by far. I started hearing sirens. Granted, I lived in a big city at the time two minutes from the nearest hospital so hearing sirens wasn't uncommon. But I was hearing them once a minute and they all followed the same pattern. I woke up the following day and I was hearing a whole melody of sounds: sirens, car alarms, fire alarms, alarm clocks, video game music and kind of like club music (all of these sounds were pure hallucination).
As it turns out I was severely anemic and needed a transfusion (or three, in my case), and my kidneys were and still are functioning at only 4%. Kidney failure isn't an anomaly in itself, but there is normally a reason for it. The only reason I ever got was that it was probably congenital, or that I was born with small kidneys even if wasn't due to genetics, and they have also since atrophied so they're only 3 cm in diameter a piece and mostly scar tissue. Doctors sent blood work to get tested for several different autoimmune disorders and everything came back negative.
The good news is I'm getting my transplant in 15 days!