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26 year old male - 60 GFR - very concerned

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Old 04-16-2013, 08:58 PM   #1
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26 year old male - 60 GFR - very concerned

Hi all,

I am new here and was hoping someone might be able to lead me down the right path, as my doctor told me "not to lose sleep over it" for right now (which is a little hard).

I just discovered a few weeks ago that I have very high blood pressure. I am a 26 year old male with an average blood pressure of 140/100. My doctor has put me on a beta blocker to help solve this (which I start on tomorrow). My concern are my kidneys, as we've done a few blood tests, and both are very low GFRs for my age (from what I'm told?)

On my first blood test, my GFR was 69. I was a very heavy drinker and, thinking that this was the problem, I quit my 5-6 drinks per night and dropped it to 5-6 per week. We retested my blood today and my GFR was 60 (with creatinine at 1.23). My doctor has scheduled for me to do an ultrasound in a few weeks and then retest my blood in 4-6 weeks.

Should I be concerned? I'm very afraid that I have CKD and I'm not sure what I need to be doing other than living a healthy lifestyle. Could this be, maybe, because I was such a heavy drinker and hardly drank any water? I was extremely dehydrated and was only drinking, maybe, two bottles of water per week (16 ounce bottles). Now, as of two weeks ago, I've been drinking 4-6 bottles per day.

I'm really praying that perhaps it's just my dehydration that led to such a low GFR.

Also note that, two weeks ago when we discovered I had high blood pressure, my doctor put me on an anti-inflammitory for some ankle pain I've been experiencing (AFTER the 69 GFR reading), so I'm thinking that perhaps it was dehydration to begin with for such a low reading, and then the anti-inflammatory for the continued drop (she has now taken me off of this - so we'll see what happens).

Any help would be so greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-17-2013, 03:25 AM   #2
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Re: 26 year old male - 60 GFR - very concerned

I would ask for a referral to a nephrologist, which is a kidney specialist. A;though your GFR might seem high, if you are diligent with managing your blood pressure, and following a diet which will guard against further damage to your kidneys. You can go to the National Kidney Association for more information. You will want avoid high sodium foods, red meat, and fatty processed foods, to name a few. you can find the comprehensive list at the kidney website, plus other strategies to keep you kidneys healthy and in good shape.

'Finding out your kidneys have been damaged, is really a good thing, so you can work around it.

I found myself at 43, with a very grim situation with my kidneys. I had suffered four strokes simultaneously while I was snorkeling. The strokes were a result of years of unchecked blood pressure. As a result of the strokes and the previous years of HBP, I also suffered kidney failure. At that time, my gfr was low twenties, and during my recovery, I was able to gain back some kidney function, but it was still in the 20's. That was 10 years ago and I am proud to say I have kept it at that level all this time. With the threat of dialysis, I have had plenty of incentive to watch my diet and BP, as well as keep my nephrologist close. As long as you can now maintain the GFR at 60, you should be fine. You have a lot of room to go before it really hurts. Even in the low 20's, I feel fine. I have forgotten how I used to feel, so it is just part of my life. My feelings about my health have changed, from "It can never happen to me" to "I am so lucky to be alive". The new perspective has humbled me and made making the changes easy to live by, with a new respect for life and good health. While at any time, I may fall into the area where dialysis is required. Until then, I will try my best to follow the diet and enjoy my family and friends.

I honestly would love a GFR of 60 but do understand how you feel too. Awareness and education are the greatest of tools when fighting any health issues. I hope some of this will help you tolerate the influence of the kidney disorder. and remind you to make sure to keep your eye on the prize. While this is not the life you imagined, it is yours to live with. You can do this, because I have and many others have too.I will be watching for you.

Old 05-16-2013, 10:25 PM   #3
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Re: 26 year old male - 60 GFR - very concerned


I don't have a lot of experience with this, but I am also 26 and was diagnosed with high bp about 8 months ago. My egfr was 58, and since getting my bp under control my last test showed in the 70's range. My Dr didn't seem to concerned, but does have me doing routine blood and urine checks. Good luck :-)

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