Elevated creatinine levels. Please help !!

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Elevated creatinine levels. Please help !!

Postby myogi » Wed May 26, 2004 9:22 pm

All, I am a new member here. I recently had a doctor's visit for back pain and high fever(102.6°F), and my blood pressure was 140/90. So she did a routine blood work. My creatinine level was 1.9 but rest everything including BUN was normal and in mid range. She found a trace of protien in my urine. She asked me to come back after a few days to get the creatinine checked again. I went back to the doctor after a couple of days, they have taken my blood again to check my creatinine and during this visit too, they found a trace of protein in my urine. Now how indicative is this of a kidney failure. Why was all my blood salt levels and BUN ok and only my creatinine was at 1.9...please help !!! :(
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Postby Carolyn in CA » Thu May 27, 2004 1:48 pm

It's hard to tell why your creatinine level is up. You may have to wait for you doctor's verdict. I know that sometimes creatinine can vary because of dehydration. Good luck to you and don't be afraid to ask lost of questions.
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Postby Hal » Thu May 27, 2004 3:06 pm

Hi Myogi,

As Carolyn advised, your creatinine could be up due to dehydration or other factors. It is impossible to measure the degree of kidney failure or what is causing it from one blood test. A series of blood tests will give a better idea and some further investigations should help.

I'm sure it will all resolve for you :)

Hal
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Thanks Carolyn and Hal

Postby myogi » Fri May 28, 2004 2:16 pm

:) Thanks for your advise. Its nice to know that someone out there listens to you. (In fact, I remember when my blood was taken, that I was dehydrated, in the sense that my mouth was feeling dry, but my salt levels were ok.) My bloodwork which was sent out for the second time came back normal. My blood creatine level was at 1.1. I still have a few symptoms that I am concerned about, like light-headedness at times and a slightly elevated BP. I will be visiting a nephrologist here in a few to make a complete determination. I lost my mom a year back, and she was a kidney transplant patient, and I would not want anyone to go through what she went through. Thanks again... :)
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Postby Hal » Sat May 29, 2004 1:44 pm

Good news it came back normal ... and yes good idea to follow things up to be sure and get your BP normal.

Best wishes,

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High Creatine/Potassium Levels

Postby simon baelz » Mon Jul 19, 2004 11:17 am

:( :?
I have joined because my wife is a kidney patient. She has just had the results of her latest blood test back and the creatin/protein levels have gone through the roof. She has only one kidney which when last checked was working at 18% efficiency. She has been told to make an emergency doctor's appointment for tomorrow. I am very worried
Advice please
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Hello Simon & family.

Postby Elaine » Mon Jul 19, 2004 3:01 pm

So sorry to read u post about u wifes increase in creatanine. I expect the Drs will discuss next steps etc with u both and how to help u wife with kidney failure. Yes it can be a very worrying time, but there are many many people from all around the world especiallyon this board who are in similar circumstances as uselves too. :?

My daughter is 16 and has been on dialysis 19 mnths now and has had such a rollecoaster ride, but there are people to help u and guide u such as Drs , multidisciplinary team members in renal units etc.At the time u really dont know how u will cope, but u do and take each day as it comes.

Maybe write down questions u wish to ask with Drs etc as sometimes its hard to remember wot u wants to ask in an appointment. :shock:


good luck 2 u and u family best wishes Elaine UK :wink:


Good luck 2 u and u family and
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Creatanine. Elaine. Thank you

Postby simon baelz » Wed Jul 21, 2004 6:58 am

Elaine,
thank you for your very supportive letter :) . We went to see our local GP yesterday to discuss the results of the latest blood test. He took one look at the numbers and said ' there's nothing wrong here, your figures are always this high!'. It appears that a locum did not check my wife's notes before sounding the alarm :lol:
So, we are back to our normal insane way of life.
Simon, Val, x2 daughters, x2 dogs, x1 goldfish and several resident sparrows and dunnocks. :)
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Postby virginia » Sat Jul 24, 2004 2:18 pm

It's amazing how often medical practitioners scare the pants off you unnecessarily. i can remember once my GP calling me on a Friday evening, when there was nothing much I could do about it anyway, after a 24-hour urine test to inform me that all was really really not good at all and I needed to see a nephrologist immediately. I was thinking dialysis..... transplant....years of pain..... 3 months later, when I FINALLY got an appointment with a nephrologist he says " ooo your kidney function is less than it was, but dialysis is another 20 years away" Not great, but certainly not worth the fuss my GP made about it all. For 3 months I was a basket case!
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high creatinine

Postby amanda in CA » Sat Jul 24, 2004 6:27 pm

For anyone else new to the board regarding creatinine. I had my blood tested years before my renal failure was diagnosed. My GP did urea and electrolytes but no creatinine clearance. Urea and electrolytes were fine. When I was finally diagnosed (a long-winded process which I won't go into) I mentioned this. the consultant said that in the early stages of renal failure urea and electrolytes are normal. Had a creatinine clearance been carried out at that stage, then the renal failure would probably have been diagnosed then. A serum creatinine does not tell you much, other than to indicate that something may be wrong, or it can be elevated if you have been excercising a lot or are dehydrated. Only a creatinine clearance truly gives an indication of renal function. Furthermore, all tests are subject to error either way so one test, even a creatinine clearance is not in any way conclusive evidence of anything. It is always necessary to get tests repeated before ANY conclusions can be made. Best wishes, to any one just starting out on this road in life. Amanda
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