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I am a male with lupus. How do I know if my kidney is involved with my disease?

Only blood tests organised by a doctor can demonstrate for certain whether or not your illness is attacking your kidneys. If it"s not doing so now, it"s still possible that it will do so in the future, so you should have these tests every few years. There are some other things you can watch out for which may indicate a problem, such as difficulty in passing urine, urine which is darker than normal or has a high specific gravity (your pharmacist may be able to give you a test kit for checking this at home), soreness in the lower back, nausea and dizziness. To look after your kidneys, always drink plenty of water and try to cut down your alcohol and caffeine consumption.

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