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    Old 07-20-2009, 02:33 PM   #1
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    Thubbard HB User
    Unhappy Lupus, low GFR, help please.

    So about 2 years ago I was tentively dx'd with Lupus. I haven't had any flares for about a year now. Recently, I had the stomach flu and had some blood work done. My GFR came back at 51 and my labs say that is Stage 3 Kidney Disease. I know that Lupus can effect the kidneys, and now I am scared. I have had lower back pain for about 2 months now and it seems to be getting progressively worse.

    I got these labs done at the walk-in and I got the letter in the mail with no call from the Dr. I called her office and just got a call back from her nurse saying (if you are still having diarrhea to come back for more labs to see if I still have a stomach bug) I am extremely confused as I called regarding my low GFR. I haven't seen my rheum since I switched insurances (need referrel now) and my primary apparently isn't taken this seriously, as she is ordering no follow-up labs / ultra sound or anything . Can someone please let me know if you think I should be pursuing this further? Thank you in advance, any advice is much appriciated!

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    Old 07-21-2009, 11:23 AM   #2
    Angel MJ
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    Hi Thubbard welcome to the message board.
    sorry you are in this patch right now.
    not sure how you are tentatively dx and then future labwork is *ignored*

    i would make an appt. with your primary and discuss this with him and ask him to explain the blood results and ask when the *red flag* goes up, also get a referal, if not now then for going forward.

    rather go to a rheumy and let it be *an infection* and it clears up than ignore the back pain and not go and then the damage is more severe ... i tend to err on the side of caution, especially when it comes to organ involvement ... if you are not comfortable with your dx then go for a second opinion! sometimes we need to push for answers or even change doctors!

    Good luck ***hugs*** and keep us posted!

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