What's REALLY Going on With Nick Cannon?


Nick CannonWord came yesterday that Nick Cannon was hospitalized for what Mariah Carey called "mild kidney failure" via Twitter We all have been sending out well wishes, thoughts, and prayers their way, but plenty of questions are arising as well.

First, they were "straaaaaanded in Aspen," but now he's been transferred back to a hospital in L.A. Does that mean he's better? What is mild kidney failure anyway, and is it even a real condition? The Los Angeles Times quoted Dr. Bryan Becker, past president of the National Kidney Foundation, who said no, it really isn't.

He speculated that instead Cannon may have had some decrease in kidney function that could have been caused by things like illness, dehydration, or taking an over-the-counter medication such as Motrin or Advil. "For someone to have it and to be hospitalized raises an extra level of concern," Becker told the paper.

Those close to Cannon are shocked that he's suffering from such problems. His friend DJ Irie told People:

Of all the people, he is healthy beyond belief. He does not drink, he eats healthy, and he works out regularly.

Dr. Michael Smith speculated on WebMd that one cause for such a condition could be the use of dietary supplements. That could make sense given his cut-up bod, but the truth is, we just don't know right now.

Nor do we know how long his recovery will be, or if he'll need dialysis. Dr. Becker said that would depend on the cause of the illness, but gave no time parameters. Hopefully, it's something minor that he can move on from quickly, but the kidneys are vital organs.

"Your kidneys help get rid of much of the waste that your body produces throughout the day," Smith said. "When they go bad, it has a serious impact on your entire system."

Earlier today Cannon tweeted a picture of himself getting his hair trimmed, with a caption that read "getting back to business." He's looking good, at least. Hopefully that's a good sign that he's feeling good as well, and that we'll see him fully recovered and out and about soon.

Have you ever suffered from kidney problems? Know anyone who has?

Image via Nick Step/Flickr


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mille... millerbunch

no i haven't..

but i wish him a speedy recovery!

lalas... lalasmama2007

My Grandmother suffered from kidney failure and was on dialysis for a long time.  It is not fun =(

ashja ashja

the words "mild" and (any organ) "failure" don't usually go together...

Ari. Ari.

I used to have kidney problems all the time from dehydration. The pain was comparable to labor. It was impossible to move without excrutiating pain and did not want food/water which did not help the lack of fluids. Now I drink at least 12 glasses of water a day, and I'm fine.

It can also be from an undetected/untreated bladder or urinary track infection, an STD, or poor hygeine/nutrition habits.

daerc... daerca574

never had any problems like that before. 

vamom08 vamom08

My stepfather had kidney failure he is on a dialysis machine 3 times a week his cause of kidney failure came from excessive drinking . He still is drinking they remove him from the donor list because he wouldnt stop drinking and thats why my mom left him because he chose the bottle over my mom.

elasmimi elasmimi

I do have a condition called chronic renal failure. It was initially caused by a blocked artery to my left kidney. Once it was repaired, the kidney began to function again, but the damage was done. It is a very slow progressing disease, and as long as I follow a few simple rules, I should be ok for a long time.

Madel... Madelaine

sounds horrible!

MamaB... MamaBear2cubs

None as bad as kidney failure. I hope he makes a full recovery!

ceciliam ceciliam

I hope he gets better soon.

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