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Bri in ohio
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Date Joined Apr 2011
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   Posted 7/19/2013 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
After doing a 24 hour urine catch the doctor wants a kidney
biopsy. Has any one had one. Are they painful? Are there any
complications possible. I'm 31 with a history of high blood
pressure and over weight, since 18. Never had any problems
until a month ago when I went in for routine blood work
and creatine level was 2.6 had another 2weeks later and
it was 3.06 and  BUN was 20. Went to kidney doctor and
he changed blood pressure medicine. Did labs again with
24 hour urine catch. Creatine level was back done to 2.6
but now have protein in urine. Now Im being told I should
have had urine catch at least once a year but PC never did.
Don't know how long protein has  been in urine. I do know
that a year ago in June my creatine level was 1.8. Can
high blood pressure do this much damage in one year or
could I have been spilling protein long before the creatine
level went  up. Do they go hand in hand . There is no
kidney disease in the family so I assume that it has come
from the high blood pressure. I am also prediabetic.
glucose is at the highest 121. Thanks for any info.
Specialist is on vacation the new meds for high blood
pressure isn't working and I'm a nervous reck I also
have anxiety issues and take meds for that.
Shamed to say, falling apart.

Bri in ohio
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Date Joined Apr 2011
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   Posted 7/19/2013 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
 Bun level was 30.

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   Posted 7/20/2013 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   

Sorry to hear you are having such issues. I did have a slight increase while on BP meds a few years ago, but since it was changed all went back to normal. Never had a kidney biopsy, but can't imagine it would be much fun.

Take care,

Ps- Keep that anxiety under control and don't let the "what if" thinking come on.
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Bri in ohio
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Date Joined Apr 2011
Total Posts : 54
   Posted 7/20/2013 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone here have kidney problems due to hp.
What diet are you on. The only thing the doctor
said to avoid was sodium. But I read that with
kidney problems you need to also avoid
potassium? Does anyone have a good diet?
Since I'm loosing protein I would think you
would need to eat food high in protein but
I have read that protein is hard on the kidneys
So I'v been eating salads. But lettuce is high
in potassium. So is fruits. So what does a person

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   Posted 7/22/2013 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jason,

Having a kidney biopsy and seeing a Nephrologist will help answer your questions, there are so many things it could be (Dr. Google is scary!).

Definitely limit sodium I am supposed to be less than 1500mg a day and I try to do that and stay away from MSG and no soy sauce and no advil or aleve.

I had a biopsy and it was really easy (compared with a colonoscopy ; ) with any surgery there can be complications so they tell you everything that can go wrong. I just remember being a bit sore for a couple of days in my lower back but that was it. They will give you anasthesia and then you will wake up and then a week or so later you will go in for the test results.

I have minimal change disease aka nephrotic syndrome, likely from medication I was taking for 7 years. Most people with minimal change disease go into remission.

Good luck with everything, try to take it one step at a time. If you do have Minimal change disease then I'll be happy to share what I have learned from my experiences with you.

p.s. bring a notebook with you for your follow up appointment, there is so much information that its hard to remember everything they tell you. I just have a little 5x7 one (well a few of them by now).

Take care,
UC Pancolitis: dx'd 2000; Remicade since 4/25/11, every 8 weeks. Kidney Disease (Minimal Change Disease): dx'd 2007 caused by 5ASA's (thank you sulfsalazine, lialda and asacol). Current meds: Remicade & prenatal vitamin. I feel better than I have in years being off the ton of medication I was on before.
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