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Old 05-16-2013, 10:17 PM   #1
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Referred to a Nephrologist... now what?


I'm new to these boards and have come here in hopes of finding some reassurance and answers. My PCP just referred me to a nephrologist, but didn't say anything on what she thought could be causing blood/proteins in my urine or if I should be worried.

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I'm 26 years old, eat healthy, exercise regularly... And was diagnosed with high BP about 8 months ago. My doc wanted to d blood/urine tests on me as a precaution and I initially had an egfr of 58. She had me do a kidney ultrasound and a urine/blood test all which came back normal. On a recent followup she did a blood/urine as precaution and stated everything looked good except blood/protein in my urine. My creatinine is at 1and my egfr was in the normal range.

Does it seem as if she is reffering me as a precaution? Is there anything I need to do to prepare for this kind of appointment? I'm a little nervous and don't know what to expect.

Thanks for listening to my nervous rant, any experience/suggestions would be appreciated!

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Old 05-22-2013, 11:53 AM   #2
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I went to my first nephrologist on May 2 and this past Friday (May 17th) had a biopsy done on my right kidney. Believe you me there is nothin to be scared of from the doctor point of view. I admit I am a wimp when it comes to procedure as I am petrified of needles. Just make sure you like him or her and know they are there to help you. Based upon your information it seems your normal doc is doing this more as a precaution. Also if your worried about your creatinine being a 1, mine is a 3.3 which calucates to a GFR of 21. Just make sure you drink plenty of fluids and try to relax. Everything will be ok

Old 05-23-2013, 04:31 AM   #3
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Re: Referred to a Nephrologist... now what?

I'm in a similar situation to yourself albeit it slightly older, I am 43. But I have an eFGR of 53, I'm fit, healthy, no high blood pressure etc

I saw a kidney specialist yesterday and he was very confident that my body just runs with a low filteration rate - I do not have any other signs of CKD such as blood/protien in my urine.

He is sending me for some more tests just to get some more accurate readings as the eFGR is just an estimate, but I am feeling quietly confident that my GFR rate will stay around 53 mark for some time to come.

I hope you get a similar response from your nephrologists visit.

Good luck


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