Originally Posted by sydskind
Answers--no not on medicaid but in HMO that regulates care. my blood creatinine is currently NORMAL--that is what they are going on to state "you are only in stage 2 not stage 3" would you agree. I do not know my curent BUN in blood. It was last tested in MAY 2012 and it was normal--and normal 6 mos prior. However LYRICA created kidne ystones this summer--several ER trips for stones--i am OFF that drug--but have had sand since. I do NOT have Diabetes, I do not have High BP. I have many other risk factors--I am on multiple medications they told me that effect renal function and I cannot live off those medications--including an anti-inflammatory. I have COD, 5 heart stents, autonomic dysfunction. I do not smoke or drink. not sure what other risk factors would be other than medications I am on and being told a)do not drink any beverage with Sodium phosphate (coke) and stay away from Potassium foods and watch red meat whic h ido. What is "dispositive": result mean--you mean it might not be all that important a reading--protein 3x range in report? I have no edema...but YES--I have about 12 of 15 symptoms of renal failure--I looked them up..no joke. (chronic fatigure, vision changes, itching, flank pain (they are dismissing it since it is on the sides and not in the "back" ) and more imprtantly I measured urine output this week and I am at 940 ml in 24 hours..i would say thats not very good. Yes i am drinking. They are refusing to do any other tests. What other tests other than 24 hour stone analysis and blood work can be done?
ALARMING to me--My FACE is WHITE--I had a photo take nof me in May 2012 anf it was actually tyhe first photo I have had taken in over a year--and my face--is bout 3X whiter than 3 years ago--one of the clear indicators of renmal failure is PALE WHITE facial complexion. I notice a major change. Also have had multiple pain injections with steroid..wonder if that steroid could have caoused daamge-i d onot knwo which specific was used but i have had many injections-several hundred over years.
No one knows one's body better than one's self. I had a Multiple blood panel today, including tests for my thyroid and anemia, the latter of which is associated with kidney failure. If my kidney test values have gotten a little worse and, if I test anemic, there will be little doubt that I am suffering progressive kidney disease.
I have had many of the symptoms that you have right now, but this can also be attributable to possible thyroid issues. You mention an inflammatory condition, and ongoing treatment for same. Many inflammatory diseases, i.e., autoimmune disorders, can give rise to kidney diseases.
The thing with diagnosing and gaining control over your kidney ailment, if such is the case, is to keep track of trends over the long haul. You seem to have made some good choices so far, but with your other health issues, and necessary medications, it is likely that your kidneys have been stressed. Please keep us abreast of developments. Good luck!