Diminished kidney function

Posted by macarl @macarl, Oct 28, 2016

My doctor just informed me I have diminished kidney function. This was a complete surprise to me because I’m not aware of any symptoms. I had an ultrasound and the results were normal but my doctor still wants me to see a specialist. This is all making me feel very anxious. Has anyone else gone through similar circumstances? What can I expect at my appointment with the specialist? I’m 61 years old and have had a very, very stressful, anxiety-filled year. I am seeing a psychiatrist and a counselor at this time to deal with rhe issues.

@colleenyoung

So good to hear from you again @macarl. Please keep us apprised of your developments. What questions do you have for the specialist on Jan 9? Can we help you prepare?

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@rosemarya, For now, I’m going to deal with my kidney function issue. I will be going for my repeat blood test in about 2 weeks and hopefully by then my numbers will be back in the normal range. Then I’ll see if I want to go back to my primary doc to talk about my shaking. I hope there is another drug option because the shaking is very unpleasant.

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@colleenyoung

So good to hear from you again @macarl. Please keep us apprised of your developments. What questions do you have for the specialist on Jan 9? Can we help you prepare?

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@macarl, It sounds like a good plan to me! One more idea is for you to discuss the shaking with your nephrologist. Maybe he/she can suggest some medications that might be safer for you. Then he can communicate that to your primary care doc. I know that primary doc always welcomes the expertise offered by any of my specialists. Rosemary

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@colleenyoung

So good to hear from you again @macarl. Please keep us apprised of your developments. What questions do you have for the specialist on Jan 9? Can we help you prepare?

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Thanks, I will do that. Glad you suggested that.

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I saw my nephrologist today. He reported that my creatin level has come down since I stopped taking propranolol. Yeah! But it’s not at the normal level. I agreed to talk to my psychiatrist to see if I can eliminate or change any of the (3) medications I take for depression and anxiety since each have some impact on lowering my blood pressure. Most surprising? The doctor suggested I eat as many salty foods as I want since salt will increase my blood pressure. Weird since I have always tried (not always successfully) to avoid chips, etc. The doctor also explained that my numbers are not so out of whack now that he is worried about kidney damage. And if it is not ideal for me to change my medications at this time, I “could live with it.” I prefer to try to get my creatin level back to normal. I’ll see him again in six months.

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@macarl, Thanks for sharing this positive news. I hope that things continue to move forward for you. Good for you that your doctor is cooperating with your other doctors about your medications. And, yes, the salt thing sounds weird to me, too. It goes to show how different we all are, and how we all have different health needs.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you in 6 months – or before (please) !!!
Rosemary

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My kidney function has gone from 92% to 60% in 2 years. 3 months ago it was 70%. I was advised by our government medical site that a person should see about it even it is in the healthy range and goes down 10% a year and it means your body is doing this and it needs to be looked after. 3 months a go my kidneys stopped producing the hormone that makes hemoglobin and I was given a hormone replacement shot. I have not been tested since and have severe anemia on my last test at that time. I got all hospital records and am making a list of all blood tests I want done. I can not see a specialist as I can not see one till stage 4 under our medical program. I see a dietitian in 3 weeks for free.I am at stage 2. The last tests 3 months a go I got done at one hospital and 2 walk in clinics to get the results and all tests I wanted and to find out I have 3 blood clots in one lung as well. You sometimes have to see more then one Dr. to get what information you need. I see a pharmacy on some heart health tests in 3 weeks then will arrange for more recent blood tests.

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@macarl

I saw my nephrologist today. He reported that my creatin level has come down since I stopped taking propranolol. Yeah! But it’s not at the normal level. I agreed to talk to my psychiatrist to see if I can eliminate or change any of the (3) medications I take for depression and anxiety since each have some impact on lowering my blood pressure. Most surprising? The doctor suggested I eat as many salty foods as I want since salt will increase my blood pressure. Weird since I have always tried (not always successfully) to avoid chips, etc. The doctor also explained that my numbers are not so out of whack now that he is worried about kidney damage. And if it is not ideal for me to change my medications at this time, I “could live with it.” I prefer to try to get my creatin level back to normal. I’ll see him again in six months.

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I have low blood pressure 80/60 and Dr. advised me to add salt daily and it keeps it at 100/65 daily. If I do not exercise for 3 days it will go to 120 and back down the first time after I go to the gym. I am at stage 2,but 2 years ago was 92% function and 4 months a go 60%, 3 months a go 70%. I will see someone soon to find out the problem on my own. I have anemia because my kidneys stopped producing the hormone that makes hemoglobin,I was given a hormone replacement shot and do not know if it worked.

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