I was diegnosede with type 2 Diabetic with keton's and Kidney damage

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I was diegnosede with type 2 Diabetic with keton's and Kidney damage 2 year ago. That was all i was told as if I knew what the hell was going on

so I have been trolling sites like this to find out a bit more and what I see scares the s**t out of me,

I am on 500ng of Metformin 3 times a day and still no 1 told me a thing about the Keton's and kidney damage

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    Right first things first Billy I am not a medically qualified person. However I am married to a kidney failure sufferer and have been by her side through the stages which have been very short and sweet for her. Just unlucky I guess. 

    Secondly stop scaring yourself by reading all the medical sites your not doing yourself a favour.

    Every person is different for a start.

    Kidney failure is numbered on a scale 1 to 5

    My wife when we first became aware of her situation was assessed as stage 4 in hindsight I would have said at that stage she was more a 5 than 4.

    5 is the last stage dialysis / transplant. Usually at 10 to 12% function.

    At 20% you automatically go on to the transplant list.

    So that should ease your worries.

    No the hard part if your a shy person that tends avoid conflict you need ( I hate to use this cliche) man up!

    Go back to your GP meterforically beat him or her over the head and demand and I mean demand a proper explanation if not ask to be re-referred to a kidney specialist if your not still under one. If your not I would be quite shocked!!

    Both should run through with you your illness and potential future.normally they monitor you for 12 months to see how stable your kidneys are. Sometimes of your one of the lucky few they are stable and will just need monitoring every couple of months to keep and eye on kidney function.

    Lay off the beer and reduce your fluid intake is the usual  format. 

    My wife attends leicester general renal unit and they have been brilliant!

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    After note you need to keep on top of your diabetes that may be the source of your kidney trouble.

    There's no easy answer as to why hundreds of things can cause kidney damage and potentially lead to failure.

    Also forgot to say kidney  failure doesn't  necessarily  mean it will lead to kidney failure. Only regular kidney function testing will tell you where you are regards to this.

    Key to this issue is the steps I told you in the previous post.

    Kick the GP / Specialist up the arse!

    Gp's and specialist need to wake up and improve they 're bed side manner!

    Having said that some at every good.

    Puts were on the ball once problems were suspected.  

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    Meant to say kidney damage doesn't necessarily lead to kidney failure... Doh!
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    I would assume that the kidney damage is mild if the GP hasn't referred you to a renal consultant.  It sounds as though you were suffering from diabetes a long time before it was diagnosed, which probably led to the kidney damage.  However, perhaps that damage has now lessened due to you being on the Metformin, but I'm not a medic so that's just a thought.  

    I have just one kidney (the other removed when I was a teenage more years ago than I care to remember!).  I have Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 3, with the current eGFR reading being 47.  I'm assuming that you are having routine blood tests every 6 months or so - ask your GP what your eGFR is - normal is considered to be 60 and above.  If you do happen to have disease as opposed to "damage", then ask him/her to refer you to a renal consultant for your peace of mind - importantly try not to worry about it as the stress won't help.

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    Billy / Mrs O

    Regardless the GP should refer you to a renal unit the GP is exactly that they are not, repeat not experts in renal matters.

    Your situation should be assessed by a specialist and monitored by a specialist. Potentially it saved my wife as she was only within a year from not knowing she had a problem to relying on dialysis.

    The purpose of monitoring is partly to determine whether things have stabilised or getting worse.

    The GP should not be going it alone.

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      I do agree.   I'm sorry to hear about your wife having kidney problems, and am interested to hear of whatever intervention her consultant took to halt the disease process which I'm assuming is what you mean when saying "Potentially it saved my wife as she was only within a year from not knowing she had a problem to relying on dialysis".
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    Thanks for the info, I'll have a chat with my Doc about the renal consultant

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