Well, I just got my test results back and the doctor said she was a bit worried about my kidney function but that she'd go ahead and do a re-test in 6 months. I got to looking at it this morning and I've been on the computer ever since.
I read the kidney function results and here they are:
Creatinine, Serum was 1.10mg/dL H = Limits are 0.57-1.00
Glom Filt Rate, Est was 57 mL/min/1.73 L = should be greater than 59
Okay, so I didn't think anything of this because she just said that we should keep a close eye on this.
under that it had a note that states:
NOTE: Persisten reduction for 3 months or more in an eGFR less than "60 mL/mi n/1.73 m2" defines CKD (Chronic Kidney Desease) Patients with eGFR values less than "" may also have CKD if protein is present. Additional information may be found at www.kdoqi.org
Okay, so I did have a high amount of protein in my urine, it was dark brown with traces of blood. They treated me for a UTI and told me to come back in 6 months.
Here's where I'm hoping I'm wrong. I took it upon myself to research the site and after much disbelief...and many, many phone calls to friends in the medical field. I found out (numbers don't lie right?) that I have CKD stage 3 (of 5 stages; stage 5 being dialysis) and should be on the transplant list...I'm freakin out here and don't know what to think!!!!! My friends (all in the medical field) say that first thing monday I need to call a kidney specialist and ask for a consultation, take in my results along with printed out information from the site.
My biggest fear is that I have no insurance and I just don't know what to think...I'm scared. And, to top this off, my daughter has been going to the doctors (kids have medicaid) for her 8th UTI in 7 months all of which had very high (over 25000) blood count in the urine and protien as high as they could go.
Does anyone know anything about CKD? Can anyone give me some pointers on what I should do next? Has anyone ever had to diagnose themselves because the doctors weren't really looking? My friend says that it's possible that the doctor I went to doesn't know that much about CKD and could have missinterpreted the numbers since the highest number there was 60/ being that I was 57, it didn't seem that low, but when I went to the site and realized that numbers should be above 130.
Am I over analyzing?
Am I going crazy?
If I sound like I'm rambling on, that's because I am...my mind is going 100000 miles an hour and I can't type that fast (LOL).
Thanks again, Barb :)