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Doctor Nightmare

PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 2:48 pm
by NormanD
I'm 73, male and live in the USA.

On January 5th, 2017 I visited my doctor and they took blood, several x-rays, EKG, urinalysis, and the doctor talked and examined me briefly.

I told him I was having bowel movements only about every 5 to 7 days and strongly suspected I had kidney problems because of steroids prescribed by a ear-nose-throat specialist a few months earlier.

This Monday it will be 11 days since my visit and I have not heard back from his office. But I picked-up a copy of my blood work a few days ago and researching it I'm fairly certain I have kidney disease.

I contacted a kidney/nephrology clinic and they were booked until April this year. But when I read them my blood work results they agreed to work me in after they received my records from my doctor and they decide I am in need of help right away. This was just a few days ago on Thursday.

So far the doctor's office has not forwarded the information to the clinic. But I continue to suffer mostly with stomach pain, nausea, and weakness. Somehow I suspect Monday will go by and the records will not have been forwarded.

Here is what the blood test showed as abnormal:

BUN = 31
BUN/ Creatinine = 25.1
Urine Microalbumin = < 5.0
Microalbumin/Creat Ratio = < 7.0
Creatinine, Ser = 1.28
eGFR If = 55
Red Blood Cells = 5.61

When I eat something bad I get sicker and colder. That's my only barometer.

I wish I knew what stage I'm in. That would help a little.

Other symptoms:

Trouble breathing while flat on my back (fluid in lungs?)
Feels like heart palpitations (occasional).
Chest pain.

Chest pain and headaches will all go away if I drink a lot of water.


Re: Doctor Nightmare

PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:23 pm
by rheaybou
The medical joke isn't that everything comes down to poop!

However, just a quick question. How old are you?

Re: Doctor Nightmare

PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:30 pm
by NormanD
rheaybou wrote:The medical joke isn't that everything comes down to poop!

However, just a quick question. How old are you?


Re: Doctor Nightmare

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:24 am
by rheaybou
Sorry I didn't see your age in the original post.

Now I am not a doctor but can tell you that with age the kidneys will drop function, this is why a large percentage od people in renal failure are in the later stages of life.

I take steroids every day as part of my transplant medication, so not sure if they will cause kidney failure?

Talk to your Dr, they only way to track/monitor any potential decline in kidney function is to perform additional blood tests over a period of months.