I went along for about 5 years at stage 3 and pretty much changed nothing in my life style. About 4 months ago I began having some breathing problems so I quit smoking. My blood pressure went up and my medication stopped working as well as it had been.
I ended up in the hospital with congestive heart failure due to fluid build up which was what actually caused my breathing problems. While in the hospital, they took about 20 lbs off of me and I have lost 20 more lbs since. Loss of 40 lbs altogether. I would like to loose 20 more lbs but I seem to have hit a plateau.
My GFR when coming out of the hospital was 18 and a week after my follow up number is also 18. Stage 4. That was about a month ago.
Since my hospital visit I have been eating like a monk and doing my very best to limit my salt, potassium and phosperos. I am smoke free for 4 months now and I no longer drink Colas or dark drinks of any kind. I am walking 30 minutes almost every morning and the distance I walk has doubled because my strength and stamina has improved quite a bit. My blood pressure seems to be fairly well controlled with the new medication usually in the low 130's over mid 70's range.
While in the hospital, my cardiologist did a heart cath procedure and did not apply a stint or balloon treatment. He says I have only a small bit of blockage in the right side of my heart and is treating it with medication. Although my nephrologist is somewhat discouraging my cardiologist says keeping my blood pressure controlled and improving my heart function may improve my kidney function.
So here is my question, is it possible for my GFR to improve if I continue to stick to this program or am I doomed to eventual stage 5 failure. Age. 55
Thanks to this web-site for all of the diet info. I think I am eating right and I have maintained my weight loss even tough I would like to loose more.
Thank for any information you can provide.