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Feb 13, 2017 · Diminished kidney function in Kidney & Bladder

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.

Jan 27, 2017 · Diminished kidney function in Kidney & Bladder

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

Jan 25, 2017 · Diminished kidney function in Kidney & Bladder

@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.

Jan 21, 2017 · Itchy skin in Kidney & Bladder

He didn’t perform any tests. He just examined my skin as I recall. Perhaps he was simply working on a hunch and followed the easiest and least expensive course of action to see if that would alleviate my symptoms. The antihistamine he prescribed was Amitriptyline. I found relief rather quickly.

Jan 21, 2017 · Diminished kidney function in Kidney & Bladder

Thanks, Rosemary. I did feel much better after meting with the specialist. Of course now that I’ve topped taking the Propranolol , my hands are shaking like before. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

Jan 21, 2017 · Diminished kidney function in Kidney & Bladder

Thank you for your message. I agree we should keep in touch.

Jan 21, 2017 · Itchy skin in Kidney & Bladder

I get crazy itchy skin at times. The first time this occurred my primary physician just wrote it off as dry skin. I knew that was not the answer so I went to a dermatologist. He told me my histamines were out of whack and then prescribed a low-dose antihistamine. It was amazing what a difference it made! It did make me a little doozy so I took it at night and eventually I started cutting the pill in half in half in then in quarters. I was then able to stop taking it altogether. I hope you find a solution too. Good luck.

Jan 21, 2017 · Diminished kidney function in Kidney & Bladder

Update: I saw the Nephrologist and after reviewing my blood test results and my list of medications, he noted that a couple of the drugs I am taking has an impact on my blood pressure. One in particular, Propranolol, has a more significant effect than others. I took this medication because I have a bit of a tremor in my hands. The doctor asked me to stop taking the Propranolol and we’ll redo the blood test in a month to see how my numbers look. Apparently, low blood pressure can affect how well your kidneys work. So with the combination of my other meds that also effect on my blood pressure, he believes that caused my decline in kidney function. My doctor does not think any permanent damage has occurred.