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Understanding GFR and kidney disease: What's normal?
I have been on linsinopril on and off for about four years. Fist 5mg then 10mg then off completely due to pressure way too low. Went back to 10mg then went to ,20mg in June. I still have spikes (160/85) I had one this week at 95/53! Go figure.
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Hi, @bugsowen, I take Amlodipine Besylate for high b.p. but was recently diagnosed with orthostatic-hypotension which is a sudden drop in b.p. Your readings of 160/85 and then drop to 95/53 makes me wonder if you also experienced dizzyness or faintness with the drop in yours? Have you talked with your doc about the drop? My cardiologist diagnosed my hypotension by doing the sitting,standing, lying down blood pressure test. This link might give you more info: http://www.healthline.com/health/orthostatic-hypotension. Also Mayo Connect has a blood pressure forum as well and the Mayo Clinic site is always my first "go-to" for medical questions about new diagnoses or treatments.
As for the chronic kidney disease diagnosis (ckd), I range from stage 3 to 2 and give a lot of credit for improved lab scores to my kidney diet, exercise and learning how to read and understand my kidney lab reports. The site http://www.kidneyschool.org was a great resource for me in learning how to read and understand my labs. Davita.com offers some good kidney meal prep guidance. Each person is different and each needs to follow doc. instructions however, getting to a good dietitian really helped me with my meal planning. Giving up red meat was very hard for me at first but now kidney friendly veggies fill much more of my plate and I rely heavily on plant protein, along with skinnned chicken breasts and some fish and seafood. It is quite a jolt first receiving a kidney problem diagnosis but becoming a self-advocate in learning and sharing through reputable sites like this and others and can make this new journey much more manageable. Looking forward to getting better acquainted and hope you feel free to post more about your journey.
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