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get rid of the dark circles under my eyes (read all 6 entries…)
Dark Circles 3 - Rule Out More Serious Issues

I got my kidneys and liver function checked. If the racoon eyes are a symptom of a deeper underlying problem, I want that treated. My test results came out normal, but I’m still skeptical. I asked if there was a possibility that there was something wrong that didn’t show up on the tests and there was a non-committal but positive “possibly”.

So, at least there isn’t anything glaringly obviously wrong with me, but I have yet to tease out what to do and where to go from here.

Dark circles under the eyes can point to kidney and/or liver issues. I had to insist on having these tests done. My doctor wasn’t going to do anything because nothing was hurting, which is bullshit.

You don’t have to be in pain for something to be terribly wrong. As an example, the first sign of LDL cholesterol levels being too high is a heartattack or a stroke. I have more personal examples. I feel like I have to fight my doctors to get things investigated. And even if the first round of tests come out normal, I have to keep at it.

I’m only part of the way through this segment of the fight. It’s infuriating that I have to describe it as a “fight”, as though my doctors are my adversaries. And they shouldn’t be. They should be my teammates in the struggle to find out what’s wrong with me.

My next steps are to bring up Adrenal Exhaustion, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Procoagulant Syndrome.

I’m in the middle of a long winding road that seems to go on forever and has no end in sight. All I can do is keep googling, keep reading and keep switching doctors until someone believes me and cares about me.


redstar will miss you all. Thank you for all your support!

I work for a nephrologist part time, and according to him (and the patients that are constantly calling) any type of kidney ailment causes a trememndous amount of pain.
I remember reading somewhere that antihistimines and medicines containing decongestants can cause dark circles under the eyes.

Good luck diagnosing your condition.


Thanks =)

I do know that I don’t have serious kidney problems. However, I don’t believe that Western Medicine has nearly a complete picture of what “health” is.

From a Traditional Chinese Medicine point of view, not all illnesses and ailments manifest pain.

The kidneys are one of the 5 major storage organs and central to the TCM approach. The left is the Yin kidney and the right is the Yang kidney. Both of them actually do serve separate functions.

I know I have some sort of kidney issue that doesn’t come up in Western Medical tests.


redstar will miss you all. Thank you for all your support!


I would be interested in learning more about chinese medicine, your description of the kidneys was really interesting.




I usually go to this site as a reference –

This is their page on the Kidneys –


Kidney problems do *not* cause pain...

I’m way behind on this thread, but I feeled compelled to post that contrary to Redstar’s post, most kidney problems do not cause ” a tremendous amount of pain”... in fact, most chronic kidney problems cause NO PAIN and have very generalized symptoms, if any symptoms at all!!

I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Disease this year and never, ever have had any kind of pain. My situation is typical, and I know most people with CKD—even serious CKD—are never even diagnosed until they are in full on renal failure. (for the record, I’ve also had dark circles under my eyes for many years :)


Thanks for this. =)


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