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  1. #1
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    New Here and Very Confused

    Iím a 67 year old causation female. I do not have diabetes or high blood pressure. I recently had my blood tested and noticed that my creatinine was out of range at 1.12. My GRF is 50. My BUN is 26. All other numbers are normal. I asked my PCP about it and he asked if I wanted to see a nephrologist. I noticed the problem, not my doctor. He seemed surprised when I said yes. After seeing the nep, he concluded that because of my age that I did NOT have CKD. He did run some other tests that I havenít received yet Ė an ultrasound, more blood work and a 24 hour urine test. However, he did tell me over the phone that these tests did not show anything abnormal. I have begun drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, stopped taking any OTC pain medications, and have cut down on protein. Other than that, I donít know what to do. I want to be proactive and at least try to keep my kidney numbers where they are or perhaps work on making them better. What is your advice to me?

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    Hi and welcome to the forum. You are doing all the right things. Our kidney function naturally declines with age and that's why your Dr. was not alarmed. It's good you followed up with a Neph. just to make sure and for peace of mind. I would keep copies of your labs but don't worry if the numbers fluctuate which is normal. If you are still concerned, ask your GP to repeat your bloodwork in 3 months. I'm sure you will outlive your kidneys.

    Take care.
    May you always have Love to share, Health to spare, and Friends that care


    Acute Kidney Function Loss 12/07 - GFR 39
    Current GFR 46 - Stage 3 - Controlled HBP

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    Just diagnosed with stage 3 kidney disease. I'm frightened, confused

    Yes, talk about things being scary - my last Doctor said there was nothing wrong with me, when I knew I was feeling terrible. Long story short - I was just diagnosed with stage 3 kidney disease. Next week, I meet with a renal specialist. I met with the dietician yesterday, and learned so much, but am unsure of terms such as GFR, etc. The dietician said a low sodium, low protein, especially low phosphorus diet was the diet to go by. My potassium is okay, so I am fortunate there. If anyone can give me any advice, I'd greatly appreciate it.
    I know how scary this is to me, and all newly diagnosed kidney disease patients - so thank you in advance!

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    Hi there! It can definitely be scary, but you're in the right place. I hope this community will serve as a great resource and support to you, and the DaVita.com website is a great resource as well. Once you meet with your renal specialist, they will be able to give you guidance, so that's a great first step.

    Attending a Kidney Smart class would be a great next step as well, especially since you are in Stage 3 of Kidney Disease. The classes are offered free-of-cost and provide you with in-depth knowledge of the kidney diet, treatment options, etc. You can find one near you here: http://bit.ly/Y9gWI8

    In the meantime, you can find out what GFR stands for and why it's important here: http://bit.ly/1x73ljH

    Hope you're having a great week!

    Caitlyn

    Quote Originally Posted by valnieboer65 View Post
    Yes, talk about things being scary - my last Doctor said there was nothing wrong with me, when I knew I was feeling terrible. Long story short - I was just diagnosed with stage 3 kidney disease. Next week, I meet with a renal specialist. I met with the dietician yesterday, and learned so much, but am unsure of terms such as GFR, etc. The dietician said a low sodium, low protein, especially low phosphorus diet was the diet to go by. My potassium is okay, so I am fortunate there. If anyone can give me any advice, I'd greatly appreciate it.
    I know how scary this is to me, and all newly diagnosed kidney disease patients - so thank you in advance!

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    I attended one of the Kidney Smart Classes that Caitlyn is talking about....very informative...I an newly diagnosed with Stage 3 CKD and just attended last week answered all of my questions and then some....you can find a class near you on this site...

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