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Old 09-28-2006, 06:56 PM   #1
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what can I do to improve kidney function?

Have been to nephrologist and am going to another tomorrow for a second opinion. My creatinine clearance levels aren't good and my protein in urine is plus 3 or 4. I'm wondering if I should be drinking a lot of water. I am trying very hard to lose the 15 lbs. I have gained in the past few months, but I seem to be gaining even more, though slowly/ The doctor has put me on demedex every other day and taken away my weaker diretic. What more should I do? Could all the meds I am taking be causing me to gain weight? I'm at my wits end trying to lose it.
I am also anemic and that is why I am getting a second opinion. The first doc wants me on procrit which is a strong hormone to make more red blood cells. I thought I could just take iron pills, but I notice that my iron levels are fine.
I will do the procrit if the second doctor agrees this is the right way.

Any ideas? Thanks.

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Old 09-29-2006, 06:19 AM   #2
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Re: what can I do to improve kidney function?

The amount of iron in your system won't matter if you are missing the hormone to create red blood cells. That is what the procrit is for and it is an excellent drug. Studies have shown that treatment of anemia dramatically improves the status of the patient. Please don't worry about the procrit. It is a good drug and almost nobody has side effects. You will feel so much better within a few weeks of taking it.

It is possible that because of the anemia, you are moving and exercising less and that is why you have gained some weight.

While you are still producing urine, it is a very good idea to keep yourself well hydrated (lots of water and non-caffeinated beverages). This will help take some of the strain off your kidneys. Also, lowering the protein in your diet will help too. Try to get as much exercise as you can because it will improve your general health.

Don't hesitate to post with more questions.

Cora (kidney damage starting in 1979, dialysis in 2001, transplant in 2002)
Dxd T1 1966, 2001 dialysis, 2002 kidney transplant, 2003 insulin pump, 2008 pancreas transplant

Old 09-29-2006, 08:14 PM   #3
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Re: what can I do to improve kidney function?

Hi again Cora. The new nephro I went to today was fantastic. He explained things in detail and said he could help me. He had a file on me because he had been called in last year when I had bypass surgery and had a low sodium level in my blood.
He was very concerned because I was at a 60% kidney function then and now I am at 30%. So he is doing a mir to see if possibly the renal arteries are blocked which could explain all the increase in protein.
He also spoke about a kidney transplant if it was ever needed. Now that is scary, very. I tried to ask him how much time I would have but he had no idea/ He has decided to try me on slow release iron pills for awhile before Provrit but will give me the injections if needed. He adjusted my meds/ and will start me on other ones slowly.
At last I feel very confident that I have the best care and that is good to know.

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