AS and Kidneys

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Lil Sis
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   Posted 8/24/2006 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I ususally lurk in the CD and UC forums, but I have a question about my husband who has AS.
His doctor is monitoring his Creatinine levels at the moment which I understand can indicate problems with the kidneys.
How common is kidney disease with AS or other arthritic conditions??
Is NSAID use a nono with him too?
Any comments would be appreciated :)

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   Posted 8/25/2006 7:04 AM (GMT -7)   
hey Liz,
what pops into my brain 1st is that the creatinine levels are being monitored because your hubby is on some antirheumatic medications or nsaids or some kind of drug for AS. so we have frequent labs in order to check mainly for the biggies: kidney & liver damage.
so i would think that this is routine...which it is, routine, for everybody. the doc will most likely have these levels checked at every blood draw.
for example, i have to have my kidney & liver panels checked every 3 it's routine, but it's good because you catch increased levels quickly this way. so keep those appointments!
take good care,
Active/Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns. AS. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. Partial complex seizures. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung & Heart. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg Q 4 days; Prednisone 20mg; Pentasa 4G daily; Imuran 50mg; Dilaudid 4mg; Diazepam 5mg; Avinza 60mg; Reglan; Antivert 25mg tid; LidoDerm; MiraLax & too many others.

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   Posted 8/25/2006 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   

erin is right..b/c of the meds we have to take to help with the pain it affects the major organs like the liver and kidneys. tylenol is harmful if taken over long term for both, i have been on 650 mg ( vicodin) daily of tylenol for over 3 yrs now. i had my panels drawn in april and all looked ok so far, i often wonder how long can i realistically stay on this stuff b/4 it  eats out my insides, i have a neighbor who had AS his whole life ( from 18) and is now in  his 70's and after being on all the meds he is now on dialysis 3x's aweek has a bad ticker and spine has been fused all the way for years, he says after the spine fuses some of the pain lets up....he said it is from the nasiad use over the course of his life. but the disease also can affect your eyes, heart, kidneys, and bones AND GI tract which i am having a VERY hard time with this over the last 1.5 yrs now. i am constantly battleing c-dif from being on AX which usually doesnt bother other peeps but i have to take daily acidpholis pearls to help my intestines, plus now i am due for my 4th course of flagly and then difulcan.

AS is a very hard illness to live with b/c it makes you tired from all the inflamation, mine is in my spine and bones. plus now my spine is kyphosis so i look hunched over also which many peeps look at me like iwas the hunch back of notre dame ( not my face though) actually it is not that bad but it is hunched over.

I have also noticed that many of the meds that i have tried to take last year have aged out on me this year or is ineffective, ie, provigil for wakefulness, vicoden, low levels but doc will not go up on it, lyrica  prozac, cymbalta, etc.

soon i will be left with not many meds i can take which scares me....

9-02 crash w/ C-5-6-7 anterior/posterior fusion in neck w/11 screws and 4 metal plates. multilevel HNP at T & L section. FMS, PA in dec 05. on SSDI after 2.5 yr wait. sezuires, CTS, IBS ( C & D). norco, xanax, predisone shots. i dont know what else is wrong with me and neither does anyone else!!!

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