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Board: Diabetes 08-05-2016, 03:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 254
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Husband & Diabetes

Do you mean he has low blood sugar? And not a heart attack? Alcohol inhibits your liver's ability to keep your glucose up. so if one of his meds is something that forces his pancreas to produce...
Board: Kidney Disorders 08-04-2016, 09:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 140
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Any efficient way to do urine detection

Again, what are you looking for? There's a ton of stuff in urine that either should, or shouldn't be there. Glucose? White blood cells? Protein? Blood? Creatinine? Electrolytes? Bilirubin? Ph?...
Board: Kidney Disorders 08-04-2016, 07:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 140
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Any efficient way to do urine detection

What are you looking for? There are a variety of pee-on-them test strips to look for various things, but that could get very expensive. Do you have specific concerns?
Board: Kidney Disorders 08-03-2016, 05:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 269
Posted By Cora1003
Re: help for vomiting

When I was at that stage and had stomach problems, I found that nexium helped me and also monitoring more closely my potassium and phosphorus intake. Too much P would make me feel sick.

Hope this...
Board: Kidney Disorders 08-03-2016, 05:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 223
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Highly anxious about abrupt GFR drop

My kidney issues predate the use of the eGFR. And the "e" stands for "estimated". It is a calculated value and makes all sorts of assumptions about you (and is extremely unreliable in women,...
Board: Kidney Disorders 07-21-2016, 10:58 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 311
Posted By Cora1003
Re: EXTREMELY Concerned about kidney function,advice?, can I improve GFR?

Answered your other post - but one additional thing. Keep in mind that GFR is actually eGFR and the "e" stands for "estimated". It's especially unreliable in women. Just watch your labs over time and...
Board: Kidney Disorders 07-21-2016, 10:56 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 161
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Kidney Transplant, abnormal labs on new kidney, what can I do to improve function

Diane, while some people get "normal" labs post transplant, many of us never have. What you need to do is to watch your labwork over a period of time (6 months or so). In the meantime, be sure to...
Board: Kidney Disorders 07-17-2016, 12:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 230
Posted By Cora1003
Re: GSF is decreasing

You will be fine until you can talk to the doc. What did it drop from and to? There's a world of difference in dropping from 97 to 80, versus from 30 to 13. And keep in mind that eGFR is an estimated...
Board: Kidney Disorders 07-04-2016, 08:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 396
Posted By Cora1003
Re: kidney disease due to mega ureters

I'm so sorry that I can't help. Your issues are outside of my wheelhouse. I wish you the best of luck.
Board: Kidney Disorders 06-17-2016, 09:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 595
Posted By Cora1003
Re: CKD stage 2

There are all kinds of kidney diseases out there, most of which have an unknown origin. Keep in mind too, that many things can affect your blood results including being only a tiny bit dehydrated....
Board: Diabetes 06-15-2016, 03:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 425
Posted By Cora1003
Re: What happens when a diabetic 2 is ill?

Yup! Jello is another good thing. And the sugar free is quite tasty. Don't be afraid to experiment - find what works and do the best you can until you feel better. Diverticulitus is nothing to take...
Board: Diabetes 06-14-2016, 11:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 425
Posted By Cora1003
Re: What happens when a diabetic 2 is ill?

Generally, illness of any kind (in any diabetic) will cause your blood sugar to go up. So you will most likely be better off drinking sugar-free stuff. Sugar free popsicles were a favorite of a...
Board: Kidney Disorders 06-05-2016, 07:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 395
Posted By Cora1003
Re: What do you think it is please help..

Maybe a small kidney stone trying to pass? Pain can move around like that when you have a stone. Just a thought.
Board: Diabetes 06-04-2016, 12:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 571
Posted By Cora1003
Re: A1c 12.6 - non compliant diabetic

For the first time in decades, some docs (and a few other people too) are finally acknowledging that diabetes is not only tough to deal with in practice, it's extremely difficult emotionally as well....
Board: Kidney Disorders 06-04-2016, 11:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 491
Posted By Cora1003
Re: CKD Stage 3

First of all, most labs consider any eGFR (and the "e" stands for estimated) above 60 to be "normal". Now did a doctor tell you that you are stage 3? Or did you calculate this yourself with the help...
Board: Diabetes 05-30-2016, 02:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 392
Posted By Cora1003
Re: How often do you cheat?

I have a visceral reaction to the word "cheat". It comes from growing up as a type 1 diabetic (since the age of 2) and being ragged on by nurses as a "cheater". It was really emotional abuse. Have I...
Board: Kidney Disorders 05-15-2016, 11:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 459
Posted By Cora1003
Re: come one now - 100 views and not a single response?

Hi Jason. Sorry for taking so long to get back to you.

First off, a question for you. Are you very muscular? Men with a lot of muscles tend to have higher creatinine. And to be honest, the...
Board: Diabetes 05-13-2016, 05:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 334
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Greatly reducing steroids after decades of use. How will this effect my Diabetes

I think even among docs it's a bit of a guessing game as to how much the adrenals are affected when it comes to different steroids being taken for different reasons. I know they have become more...
Board: Diabetes 05-11-2016, 05:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 341
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Help!Blood sugar same before breakfast and after lunch.

There's nothing wrong, so try to relax. You are still quite new to diabetes and it will take some time for things to settle and for you to learn as much as you can about yourself.

First off,...
Board: Diabetes 05-09-2016, 03:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 421
Posted By Cora1003
Re: A1C? Can this be tested at home?

Don't get too wrapped up in the A1c. It's a great tool, but the way to get your a1c down, is to do individual testing - after meals. There really is no one size fits all diet for diabetes. Only the...
Board: Diabetes 05-08-2016, 04:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 421
Posted By Cora1003
Re: A1C? Can this be tested at home?

You can get home a1c kits (doesn't involve a lot of blood), but I've only used it once and it wasn't that accurate. I've heard from others that the accuracy is not that great either. I'd stick with...
Board: Kidney Disorders 05-08-2016, 04:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 533
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Urgent

Pete, I'm so sorry for your loss.
Board: Diabetes 05-07-2016, 11:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 336
Posted By Cora1003
Re: New Diabetic 2

Morning numbers are often higher due to the dawn phenomenon. This happens in all people (diabetic and non-d alike) where you body, in preparation for the day, releases stored glucose so that you will...
Board: Kidney Disorders 05-06-2016, 03:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 533
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Urgent

Mg2121 is correct. Lots of people have lots of other medical issues when doing dialysis. Dialysis nurses are some of the best trained nurses out there, and the docs know a lot more than most other...
Board: Kidney Disorders 05-04-2016, 09:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 533
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Urgent

You can have dialysis when you have low bp, but that's too vague a description to really generalize. The odds of low BP when you have fluid build up due to kidneys not working is very small. The...
Board: Diabetes 05-04-2016, 09:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 346
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Eat carbs then protien?

I'm not sure what you mean by "too late". Too late for what? Your stomach can take up to an hour or two to empty, so separating foods by a few minutes (or even half an hour), won't actually separate...
Board: Kidney Disorders 05-02-2016, 01:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 296
Posted By Cora1003
Re: How long to stop take Creatine before Creatinine test?

Creatine ( a protein) is not the same thing as Creatinine (which is a byproduct of muscle metabolism). So the harder you work your muscles, the higher your creatinine might be. This is why creatinine...
Board: Kidney Disorders 04-29-2016, 12:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 456
Posted By Cora1003
Re: CKD stage 3b

My strongest suggestion to you is to see a good nephrologist. As they specialize in kidneys (and the problems of kidneys) you will get the most up to date info. My GP is great, but I don't let her...
Board: Kidney Disorders 04-24-2016, 01:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 472
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Stage 3 CKD

Hi Molly. First off, labs typically go up and down on a regular basis, so the changes that you see are completely normal. Secondly, given your labs, you have just inched over the line into CKD...
Board: Kidney Disorders 04-22-2016, 01:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 438
Posted By Cora1003
Re: What to make of these test results

The BUN normal range is 7 - 20 for most laboratories, so being at 21 it could be simply a bit of dehydration or a lab error or eating a bit extra protein before the tests. Just off by a tiny bit. And...
Board: Diabetes 04-08-2016, 12:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 339
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Blood Glucose Fasting- Ate a mint

There's only 2g of carbohydrate in an altoid, so it's not going to affect your blood sugar hardly, if at all. Even in the first hour or so. If you ate it 3 hours before, I doubt if it would have...
Board: Diabetes 04-01-2016, 04:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 405
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Infection and very high blood sugar

Yes, infections (starting, on going, or recovering from) can cause your blood sugar to rise dramatically even if you don't eat anything. Those of us on insulin sometimes end up taking double our...
Board: Kidney Disorders 03-28-2016, 01:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 668
Posted By Cora1003
Re: creatinine level changes

Hi there an dcongratulations. I don't mean to scare you, but you are only 4 months post transplants so your numbers are going to be all over the place. You drug dosages will continue to change over...
Board: Diabetes 03-19-2016, 01:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,279
Posted By Cora1003
Re: statins and diabetes

It's not just lipitor that can raise your blood sugar. It's all statins. So if you were on a different one before, then you should probably be just fine. And keep in mind, that they don't have this...
Board: Diabetes 03-14-2016, 12:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 578
Posted By Cora1003
Re: worried

I'm sorry to tell you that with an a1c of 6.7, you are diabetic. And if you were to gain the weight back and go back to eating what you did before, your blood sugars would be up that high again (a1c...
Board: Diabetes 03-03-2016, 06:08 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 355
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Toe Injury - UK advice needed

To be perfectly honest with you, in your shoes (ha ha) I would do the same thing. What's most important is that you keep an eye on it. And keep a close watch on your blood sugars as well. Any...
Board: Kidney Disorders 02-23-2016, 04:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 544
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Iron deficiency

JenGen has a great point. It's especially good to have a hematologist monitoring this in conjunction with the neph. It's a complex issue. Not only the balance between epo, iron infusions, etc, but...
Board: Kidney Disorders 02-18-2016, 11:24 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 419
Posted By Cora1003
Re: What is size of a kidney for a dialysis patient?

Kidneys typically start to shrivel up a bit when they are not functional. I don't know what a "normal" size is, and since your Dad is already on dialysis, it doesn't really matter. The only time...
Board: Kidney Disorders 02-11-2016, 03:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 753
Posted By Cora1003
Re: eGFR dropped nearly 10 in 2 years?

Since you went to different labs, those values are (for all practical purposes) identical. I know that in my creatinine alone, the difference between my lab at home and my transplant lab (in another...
Board: Kidney Disorders 02-10-2016, 06:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 753
Posted By Cora1003
Re: eGFR dropped nearly 10 in 2 years?

eGFR (and the "e" stands for estimated as this is a calculated value) varies so much due to all sorts of things (like slight changes in hydration from one labwork to the next) that it's really not...
Board: Kidney Disorders 02-10-2016, 09:29 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 607
Posted By Cora1003
Re: GFR in the 50s

Hi Worrier. Sorry it's taken me so long to reply. Are you seeing a nephrologist? From what I understand, the eGFR is not a very reliable (calculated) measure. Especially in women as it assumes a...
Board: Kidney Disorders 02-06-2016, 10:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 544
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Iron deficiency

Sorry, but your doc is correct. There is something about kidney disease that prevents the body from absorbing iron. I even took a supplement that was allegedly more easily absorbed by us, but it...
Board: Kidney Disorders 01-20-2016, 03:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 600
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Creatinine 1.5 to 1.66 in two years

You're not kidding there's lost of scary stuff out there. Let me put it this way. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1966, had protein in my urine in the mid/late 70s, had to stop work in the...
Board: Kidney Disorders 01-19-2016, 12:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 600
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Creatinine 1.5 to 1.66 in two years

Hi Mike. I apologize in advance if I sound like I'm not taking you serious, but right now your creatinine is still just barely out of the normal range. I didn't go on dialysis until I hit about 11 or...
Board: Diabetes 01-02-2016, 12:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 602
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Metformin

My husband was started on 500mg, but we cut the pills in half and gradually upped them. I think he took 1/2 a tab for about 3 or 4 days, and then increased. Metformin can (in some people) take 4 - 6...
Board: Diabetes 11-05-2015, 08:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 555
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Diabetes rehab centers, good idea?

The Joslin Center has both in and out patient teaching facilities.
Board: Kidney Disorders 11-02-2015, 08:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 666
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Kidney disease question

Hi there. I'm not a doc, but have some experience with diabetic nephropathy (kidney disease). As the kidney function decreases, sometimes (but not consistently) you will get more mileage out of your...
Board: Kidney Disorders 10-20-2015, 03:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 969
Posted By Cora1003
Re: 37 year old husband has eGFR of 75-worried about future

JenGen has nailed it. Many labs don't even say anything other than greater than 60 is "normal". From the looks of things, your husband's eGFR (and the "e" stands for "estimated") is steady. Because...
Board: Kidney Disorders 10-11-2015, 03:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 770
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Renal Cysts Doctor

I'm so sorry you are being bounced around. I'm no stranger myself to having to see lots of docs. I've only ever had to consult a urologist for a surgical type issue, and many of my other issues have...
Board: Kidney Disorders 10-11-2015, 01:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 770
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Renal Cysts Doctor

Typically, a urologist deals with the urinary tract, while a nephrologist deals with kidneys. If it's stones, then either works quite often, but I suspect that for cysts, you'd be better off with a...
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