Creatine Serum: HIGH for 5 years - no action taken

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   Posted 10/14/2017 3:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I went back and looked at my Lab/Blood tests for the last 5 years. Every year, my tests come back with my Creatine Serum level in the HIGH range. I asked my PCP about this and she said "Well, your BUN is fine."

Has anybody started with simple "high creatine serum levels" that progressed to kidney dysfunction/failure? I am wondering what the next step should be other than just shrugging my shoulders and leaving until the 6th year results are also "high."

Suggestions, advice?

Thank you!

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   Posted 10/14/2017 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
PCP's know a little about a lot of stuff. They're great resources to have. But if you have a concern and need to dig deeper into a subject, PCP's just don't cut it. I'm fortunate that I have a PCP that knows what he knows, but isn't afraid to refer me to a specialist if he is not certain about something. I had microscopic traces of blood in my urine at a routine blood test. My PCP ordered a CT scan, assuming it would come back that I had a kidney stone. It came back as suspicious for kidney cancer. He immediately got me a referral to a wonderful urologic oncologist. I got it taken care of when it was extremely small and the surgeon said I should have no recurrence.

That's a long, convoluted story, but the moral of the story is if you're concerned about the creatinine level, have your PCP get you a referral to a good urologist.

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   Posted 10/14/2017 11:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Bay Area Guy, Thank you for your reply.

I am going to schedule an appointment. I have had different PCP's over the 5 year period but these blood tests go back to 2013. PCP's treat you like nothing is wrong with you that 'they" did not test for / discover. I had a complete hysterectomy in Aug. 2013 for Ovarian Cancer. I am 4 years surviving. I have also had "bladder" infections. In fact, I had a bladder infection at the time of my surgery!!!!!!
Just because the BUN is in the normal range is not enough to satisfy me. I will be getting a referral to a Specialist pronto! Better safe than sorry! I hope you are recovering well.

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   Posted 11/5/2017 12:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kelly - what is the exact number of your creatinine?
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