I am a 35 year old woman who has a history of kidney problems as a teen, even spending a week in the hospital with what we thought was a "severe infection backing up toxins in my system". Also, I have somewhat of a family history of kidney disease with an aunt dieing at the age of 38 with what was called "Bright's Disease".
The last couple of years, my husband and I were trying to have a baby and I miscarried twice early (making this our third miscarriage). I was given a battery of test and it was found I had moderatly high Anticardiolipin Antibodies IgM of 30. I was diagnosed with Antiphospholipid syndrome. The hemotoloigist also ran a GFR test (using serum creatinine) which showed my GFR at 67 ml/1.73 sqm. A few months later we concieved and were able to carry the pregnancy to term using Lovenox 40 ml shots daily.
I haven't felt well since the delivery of our baby. I have had shortness of breath and am just tired a lot. Another eGFR test was done, using the same method and showed it to be 57 ml/1.73 sqm.
Soooo... I asked my GP to refer me to a Nephrologist and before she would, she ran a Creatinine Clearance test and checked my GFR that way. THAT test showed my GFR to be 65 ml/1.73 sqm. Since it is above 60, they arn't concerned.
My concern is, first of all, yes, my GFR is 65 (above 60) but I am 35 years old. Another concern is that, using the same method of testing, my GFR dropped 10 points in ONE year!
Should I insist on seeing a Nephrologist of just asked to be tested again next December?