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   Posted 10/19/2009 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm visiting from the fibromyalgia forum.  I was taking generic Voltaren for my osteoarthritis and fibro pain for 6 months.  My last 2 blood workups showed slightly elevated bun and creatinine and low eGFR.  My doctor said he thinks it is the Voltaren so I stopped that and am just using Tylenol till I see him next week. Of course it is not working too well.   Fasting blood test this Thursday.  What really concerns me I've notice the bubbly urine lately.  I have a son who had a kidney problem when he was young so I know this foamy urine is not good.  It's not all of the time and I have increased drinking water greatly.  I live in a very hot, dry climate and probably have not been drinking enough water.  I also do exercise a lot because it helps me manage the fibro pain.  But I have a been a nervous wreck about this.
I just wondered if anyone else has had a problem like this due to a medication and if the problem stopped when the meds were stopped.
Fibromyalgia, arthritis in spine and hips, IBS, Raynaud's syndrome, hypertension
On the eighth day God created Golden Retrievers.

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   Posted 10/20/2009 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Puppylover...  Welcome to the kidney forums.  I also visit the fibro forums for my husband.   Have you ever considered taking Ryzolt?  Its an extended release pain med that is not a control substance.  Its the first synthetic codene that is non narcotic.  I started taking it for my kidneys then talked with my husbands doctor.  He is now on Ryzolt.  Kidney issues do not go along with this new pain medication.  Hes also trying Savella again the first time he couldn't tolerate the side effects so he stopped. But he saw so much improvement he decided to try it again for 4 weeks to see if the side effects will go away.
Your doctor probaly felt with your history that your kidneys should be healthy.  I have heard of medications reacting with your kidneys.  Some meds myself and alot of us on this forum con't take due to kidney side effects.  While watching tv I see the adds of medications can cause kidney failure.
I just googled Voltaren its a NSAID.  I took one similar to what you took that my PCP prescibed and when my Kidney doctor found out he flipped out.  Yes it can effect your kidneys.
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to Voltaren, or if you have a history of allergic reaction to aspirin or other NSAIDs.

Before taking Voltaren, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

  • a history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot;

  • heart disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure;

  • a history of stomach ulcers or bleeding;

  • liver or kidney disease,
  • asthma;

  • polyps in your nose;

  • a bleeding or blood clotting disorder; or

  • if you smoke.

I was told it didn't matter if you had kidney disease that NSAIDS can effect the kidneys.

With this information look on the bright side.  More than likely your doc is right, get off the meds and the kidney issues should resolve.  God forbid this is the showing of kidney issues.  If you are showing issues at least they caught it fast enough.  Foaming urine is common with most of us.  Good catch!  Keep us updated.



Kidney Diseases and Disorders
39 yr young female with,
Chronic Kidney Stones, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), Chronic Kidney Failure, Severe Hypertension, Urological RSD

Also CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Sleep Apnea

Hopefully NO MORE........

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   Posted 10/20/2009 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Laurie.  Your reply has calmed me somewhat.  I am seeing my doctor next week to discuss the results of my blood tests and also to talk to him about my pain.  I have been feeling pretty rotten since I had to stop the Voltaren.  Hopefully whatever we come up with be safer than what I was on.
Thanks again.
Fibromyalgia, arthritis in spine and hips, IBS, Raynaud's syndrome, hypertension
On the eighth day God created Golden Retrievers.

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   Posted 10/20/2009 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Luck Puppylover. I hope you get your issues resolved quickly.
Dx'd with Crohns 1984
Polycystic kidney disease in 1996
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Asacol, Endocort, Prednisone, Imuran, Folic acid, and Enalapril.

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