Should I ask my doctor about my kidney function? Data: 31 year old male; Blood panel 1 - Creatinine 1.4mg/dL, Protein 8.0 mg/dL, GFR 59.1. Blood panel 2 (~80 days later) - Creatinine 1.5, Protein not tested, GFR 54.6. I'm not a doc, but a quick look indicates that creatinine is high and GFR is low. I'm short of breath regularly (good PFT/no asthma). I also get periodic palpitations associated with tachycardia. I frequently have sleep problems (also have complex sleep apnea). Finally I urinate 7-8 times per day, occasional 1-2 times per night. My doc has been focusing on the breathing and palpitations separately but by pure chance I saw those blood test results yesterday and now I'm wondering if a kidney problem may be the root cause of everything.
Should I bring this up with my doc or am I just digging a hole? Thanks.
You should bring this up with your doctor. According to the National Kidney Foundation, normal results for GFR range from 90 - 120 mL/min/1.73 m2. Older people will have lower normal GFR levels, because GFR decreases with age. Levels below 60 mL/min/1.73 m2 for 3 or more months are a sign of chronic kidney disease.
For creatinine levels the normal ranges are 0.5 to 1.0 mg/dL (about 45-90 μmol/l) for women and 0.7 to 1.2 mg/dL (60-110 μmol/l) for men. So, please discuss this with your doctor.
Update: Talked to my doctor last Friday and he had another blood test done to as the last two were some time ago. Creatinine was back at 1.4mg/dL, Protein at 8.1g/dL and GFR was at 58.7 -- pretty much stable. I'm meeting with my doc soon. What else will need to be done to confirm kidney disease or is this pretty much it? I know that if that is the case, there will be more tests to determine why.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.