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  • #31
    Hi everyone I'm new to the feeling of being lost about kidney disease. I am 68 years old and pretty upset by just finding out.
    I just found out I was at stage 3, Gfr was 43 a month ago and seems to bounce back and forth.
    I have checked back for five years on all blood work. Seems that the doctors all knew I had chronic kidney disease. But not one doctor suggested I see a specialist.
    I have had high blood pressure for years, of which was not controlled the way it should have been by some doctors. Then five years ago my heart Doctor finally got my blood pressure controlled. Now my new heart doctor says its to controlled.
    I do believe it's why my kidneys are in the shape their in. Meaning the doctors not controlling the blood pressure correctly years back.
    Beside in 2008 I had to have ACL surgery and the pain medications hadn't helped either.
    Right now I'm trying to cut the sodium, potassium and phosphorus from my diet, I drink plenty of water. I don't drink coffee, haven't for years.
    I'm just worried that it will get worse. Frankly I'm scared about the whole thing.
    Last edited by Pcampbell47; 08-15-2016, 10:37 PM.

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    • #32
      You don't really need to cut phosphorous or potassium unless your bloodwork says you need to at this point.

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      • #33
        [QUOTE=Pcampbell47;n101628]Hi everyone I'm new to the feeling of being lost about kidney disease. I am 68 years old and pretty upset by just finding out.
        I just found out I was at stage 3, Gfr was 43 a month ago and seems to bounce back and forth.
        I have checked back for five years on all blood work. Seems that the doctors all knew I had chronic kidney disease. But not one doctor suggested I see a specialist.
        I have had high blood pressure for years, of which was not controlled the way it should have been by some doctors. Then five years ago my heart Doctor finally got my blood pressure controlled. Now my new heart doctor says its to controlled.
        I do believe it's why my kidneys are in the shape their in. Meaning the doctors not controlling the blood pressure correctly years back.
        Beside in 2008 I had to have ACL surgery and the pain medications hadn't helped either.
        Right now I'm trying to cut the sodium, potassium and phosphorus from my diet, I drink plenty of water. I don't drink coffee, haven't for years.
        I'm just worried that it will get worse. Frankly I'm scared about the whole thing.[/QUOTE

        ​Hi Pcampbell47, welcome to myDaVita! I'm very sorry to hear about your recent diagnosis. i understand that you're going through an overwhelming time, however, you're in a good place to learn as much as possible about kidney disease. Have you considered attending a no-cost Kidney Smart class? It's another great opportunity to learn more about the disease, treatment options, a kidney-friendly diet and more. It's also a great time to ask expert educators your questions. You can find one near you here: http://bit.ly/2axNzHn.

        We do wish you the best and please let me know if you have any myDaVita questions moving forward. Have a nice day!

        Kelsey

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        • #34
          I'm also just DX with stage 3 kidney disease ready u all post is very helpful Mary

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          • #35
            I am 62 and scared and feeling so overwhelmed. I was told my kidney function was not good at stage 3 and to go to the Internet and find a ckd diet. I was diagnosed with diabetes 7 years ago and pretty much have it controlled. Last A1C 6.0. In December 2012 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. 8 chemo treatments for 16 weeks, 1 lumpectomy and within 2 weeks was under the knife again for a bi lateral mastectomy, followed by 33 radiation treatments. I have severe anxiety and panic attacks, which attacks my coping skills. I gave this history to say this, I am so totally overwhelmed by trying to eat a diet that is suitable for these problems. My blood pressure is controlled and after a 2 night stay in the hospital I now know my heart is free of blockages, which I arrived at the hospital with chest pains and difficulty breathing. The cardiac work up relieved my panic of heart attack but did not address the difficulty breathing. I noticed my breathing trouble that came slowly. I have a high BMI and I attributed the breathing trouble with that and the fact I was tapered off klonapin being off for almost a month. I also have lost about 11-12 # in the last 4-6 weeks most definitely from cutting way back on food portions and choices. I have a very stressful job, 911 dispatcher for 17 years, and need to keep working as long as possible for financial reasons. I feel I am fighting a losing battle. It is very hard to find a diet plan that covers all the illnesses decreasing my food choices. Sorry this is so long, but am desperately seeking some advice and knowing I am not alone in this season in my life journey, but I really don't know where to go from here. Just need some reassurance that I can handle this if I set my mind that I can do this. Thanks

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            • #36
              I'm a 73 (almost 74) year old woman, dealing with hypertension for as long as I can remember. It wasn't properly controlled for many years. I'm currently on 3 meds that control it quite well. My cardiologist of 45 years never mentioned kidney damage previously, and didn't do blood work within the last few years and I foolishly never asked.

              3 months ago my cardio changed medical affiliations and advised me he no longer accepts my health plan. My new cardio did an EKG, ECHO and blood work on my first visit in July.

              I was shocked to learn that I have stage 3b kidney disease, high cholesterol, I was borderline diabetic, dehydrated and obese (178 lbs/5 foot 4 inches). My dad had kidney disease, was getting peritoneal dialysis and chose to end his life 30 years ago.

              My new cardio told me to drink a lot of water for the dehydration and have another blood test done in a week to check kidney function. Since I had spent the last year eating nothing but junk food (pizza, Chinese food, lots of egg rolls, tons of desserts) because I was caring for a sick pet and didn't care about myself at that point) I asked the doctor to give me a month. She agreed.

              The next day (July 14) I started a whole food plant-based diet and haven't deviated off the diet once. I began adding grilled chicken or some fish every day or every other day, because I became extremely dizzy and unable to walk when I cut out all animal protein. The same thing happened years ago when I tried wfpb with zero animal protein.

              On August 13 I went for another blood test. In July my GFR was 40 and creatinine 1.49. The August test showed a weight loss of 5 lbs, my GFR improved 2 points to 42 and my creatinine dropped to 1.42.

              I'm scheduled to see a nephrologist on September 27.

              My 6 month goal is to lose 25 more lbs (5 lbs a month) and for each 5 lbs increase my GFR 2 points and decrease my creatinine 7 points.

              The final result by end of December will be:
              Weight - 149
              GFR - 52
              Creatinine - 1.07

              I'm extremely motivation and need all the help, support and advice I can get to reach my goal.

              So sorry for this long post and thank you for listening.
              Last edited by wfpbnewbie101; 08-24-2021, 12:46 AM.

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