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Hi all, Sorry this is a long post... I hope someone will have some idea of what is happening to me! I am a 60 year old woman with no history of kidney trouble. I am not a diabetic, blood pressure normally fine, not overweight, no alcohol/smoking, healthy vegetarian diet all my adult life, daily exercise. I don't use NSAIDs at all, just paracetamol in moderation. I do have autoimmune Hashimotos thyroid disease (underactive thyroid), since about 9 yrs ago, and take the meds for that, but I still have problems with hypothyroid symptoms, and have been referred to a specialist for that. I also have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia several years ago. So the only meds I take are levothyroxine and paracetamol. Anyhow, that's my background.
My routine kidney function tests have always shown eGFR at >90. It was >90 in Feb 2016. The next test in Oct 2016 was 88. Then this year in Jan it was 75, then a little up in March at 77. Now, in June, it's down to 68. Creatinine has risen from 57 in Feb 16, to 81 now in June. With a GFR drop of 9 in just 10 weeks, I am worried that my next test will go below 60. The total drop is 22 in 18 months. Surely this is not OK? I know kidney function declines with age, but at this rate? I dont know what happened between Feb and Oct last year to injure my kidneys. I did have a bladder infection and a course of ciproflox in that time period. Could this have caused kidney damage?
I am to have another blood test in 6 weeks and have a urine test to do for blood, albumen and protein. I bought some urine dipsticks, and occasionally get a slight trace of protein indicated, other times nil. When I say slight trace, I mean the little green block gets a tinge of darker (trace) colour around the edges. Does anyone know what a decline like this represents? I wonder if I have some sort of autoimmune kidney problem related to the thyroid, but I guess I have a long time to wait to find out. Any comments/ideas greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.
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