Hver, Is there any truth to Stress placed on the Kidneys through something such as the excessive use of creatine or protein could also negatively impact the adrenals? Due to their sitting directly atop the Kidneys I wasn't sure if there was any direct relationship between the two. There are some opinions on CZ that there is and I wanted your take.
If there is kidney failure due to a decrease in blood flow then definitely it can affect the adrenals. Diabetes and congestive heart failure both increase the risk of kidney failure. The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, etc.) and naproxen (Aleve) to name a few can also cause kidney failure even with a single recommended dose. Again people with kidney perfusion such as diabetics and those with congestive heart failure are at the greatest risk of single dose failure of the kidneys.
No. Diabetes, uncontrolled high blood pressure, infection, uric acid damage, trauma to the kidney, severe electrolyte imbalances, and vascular insufficiency from disease, blood clots or medications are common causes though.
What would be the main symptoms a person would start experiencing if their kidneys were beginning to mal-function for lack of a better word?
That list can be quite long. Here, this link has a list:
The other year I had severe deep pain right around where my kidneys should be located in my mid back area and it had me doubled over in pain for several minutes but then abruptly stopped, it happened a couple other times and then stopped & hasn't happened since. I figured it might be my kidneys because it was isolated to those 2 spots alone, although this was also during the time when I was suffering from my worse fatigue & adrenal issues, so if its possible to have pain in the adrenals that could have been it.
It sounds like you were likely passing a small stone.