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    Old 04-03-2021, 10:38 AM   #1
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    Angry Nausea and Insomnia

    In early February 2021 I began feeling unwell. I visited my primary physician and some blood was drawn and tested. My GFR was flagged as “L” with a value of 81. I googled “Glomerular Filtration Rate” which indicated I have early stage kidney disease. Other readings flagged were Sodium 134, Anion Gap 9 which were just under the low limit.

    I have made dietary changes which included “Kidney Friendly Foods” No more frozen dinners, snacks or anything with high levels of Sodium, Protein, etc., Now mostly fruits, vegetables, and healthy shakes.

    My symptoms have since worsened and include poor appetite, low energy nausea and insomnia; I don’t sleep more than 4 hours a night. Each day I take 4mg of tablet of Ondansetron to control the nausea and it helps somewhat.

    Since February I have had additional blood draws with similar results. A urine test indicated nothing abnormal other than some bacteria.

    I am a 79 year old white male and both my primary Dr and a nephrologist told me my test results are normal for someone my age and are nothing to worry about. I have Barrett’s Esophagus and my primary Dr suggests my issues may be due to that.

    I have a kidney ultrasound scheduled later this month.

    Meanwhile, daily life is an ordeal. Can anyone else relate to this?

     
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    Old 05-13-2021, 08:11 AM   #2
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    Re: Nausea and Insomnia

    Have you had your B12 checked now that you're eating less protein? As people age they could have a problem with absorption.

    B12 could help boost your body's energy production, but I don't recommend taking a huge dose as that could put other B vitamins out of balance. I know doctors recommend very high doses but a pharmacist told me it's wrong to do so.

    I'm 80 and I take just 80 mcg. in liquid form.

    Several decades ago, I decided to try taking a daily dose of B complex and what I noticed is that it gave me a huge appetite. And I stopped taking it for that reason. :-) So that's something you might try to improve your appetite.

    Of course you should first check with your doctor.

     
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    Old 05-13-2021, 08:44 AM   #3
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    Re: Nausea and Insomnia

    I just remembered more:

    Exercise: It not only improves my appetite but helps me to get a good nights sleep. I do my own yard work and cooking etc. And if I go for a walk in the evening, I always sleep better.

    Another thing is hydration. Dehydration can make kidney issues worse. But it's not recommended to drink a lot of water all at one time. You can usually tell if you need more water when your urine is dark. It may sometimes be a bit darker after a meal. Then if you drink some water it should eventually become a pale yellow, and that's the way it should be. The best way to see the color is to urinate in an empty yogurt cup or other white container.

     
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