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I'm afraid I've damaged my kidneys by taking a lot of ibuprofen for head and muscle pain during the course of 8 weeks. I also had an MRI with contrast dye during this time. Three different doctors told me to take 600 mg. of ibuprofen every 6 to 8 hours for the head and body pain (1800 mg. daily). I usually took the medicine about every 7 to 8 hours. There were days I took less ibuprofen and some days I didn't need it at all. The fact remains that I took a lot of ibuprofen. The contrast dye probably didn't help matters either. In March and June of this year (I was not taking ibuprofen at the time) my creatine levels were within range, 0.9 with 1.0 being the high end. Both tests revealed that my EST GFR was greater than 60. I didn't pay attention to the fact that the results didn't give me an actual number. The lab I use doesn't give a specific number if the GFR comes back greater than 60. The result simply shows that the GFR > 60. I don't know how much greater than 60 my GFR was either time. Had I known then what I know now about kidney functioning, I would not have taken the ibuprofen nor allowed the technician to inject contrast dye during the MRI. I had lab work done in late August and found to my dismay that my creatine level exceeded the range. The level should be no greater than 1.0., mine was 1.1. My GFR had dropped to 50. My primary care physician didn't seem concerned. He told me to eat and drink more than I do. Recently, I've lost a lot of weight due to a variety of health problems. When I got home I started researching particulars about kidneys and was dismayed to find that my kidneys are only functioning at 50%. I have stopped taking ibuprofen. I've increased my water intake and am trying to eat a wider variety of healthier foods. Does anyone have experience like this? Can a GFR increase once the ibuprofen is out of the system? I can't help wondering if the contrast dye did some permanent damage as well. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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