new to this just found out kidney isnt functioning properly

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This discussion has been locked due to a period of inactivity. Start a new discussion a year ago i developed excruciating right flank pain,which would leave me in tears and vomiting.

went to see gp and after many tests discovered the tube coming from right kidney to bladder was damaged. isotope test showed left kidney at 60% and right kidney at 34%. had an op in november.isotope test repeated last week.results show surgery succesful ,left kidney still60% but right now 30%. there is no explanation as to why and now im waiting to see what my gp wants to do next. obviously ive googled this and so any advice going forward if im just goin to be monitored what should i be doing to help myself?

im female 36yrs old,no other medical conditions.well within my bmi etc.

i dont want to lose any more function of my kidney. thanks

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    Sorry to hear about your kidney. I suffered with right side flank pain for years and the tests that I had all missed the hydronephrosis of my right kidney so by the time they did find it I lost all function and had it removed January of 2015. I had a bad kink in it but it wasn't from a stone idea what it was from but I lost it anyway.

    The good news is you still have some function left. It's hard to say if you will gain anymore function back in it then what you have already but you shouldn't lose anymore if it was corrected. I wouldn't worry about the percentage being a few off those tests are never 100% accurate. Kidney function can change and fluctuate constantly. My isotope of my left kidney was 84% when I left the hospital after having my nephrectomy. My blood tests are now showing gfr 71% and just a few months ago it went as low as 48% but now is back up to 74% they told me to stay very hydrated and watch my protein intake. You should ask your doctor if there is anything you can do to keep your kidneys the most stable diet wise. Everyone's situation is different. My guess is they will monitor you but I think you are completely fine. Don't obsess about the numbers they can constantly change. Make sure you are staying hydrated.

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    seyhan, although I'm sorry to hear of the problems you've had leading up to surgery, it's such good news to hear that the surgery was successful.

    ​As far as your left kidney functioning at 60% and your right at 30% is concerned, I'm sure you will now be well monitored, mainly to ensure that your kidney function stabilises.  It does in fact sound as though your left kidney function is stable as it hasn't reduced in the last year if I have understood correctly.  If that left kidney is stabilised at 60%, then I feel sure you will be fine.  Many people have only one kdney which means that they have reduced function, but they continue to lead a normal life with that one kidney taking over the work of the other.  If either your GP or you are concerned then I'm sure he will refer you to a renal consultant for reassurance.

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    Sorry to hear this Seyhan.  It sounds like there was a stone blocking your tube.  I hope your kidney function will slowly improve.
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      Hi lynQ it was a birth defect damage to kidney pelvis and the tube as it comes away from the kidney,not stones. I was tested after the operation then four month later in which time it's dropped four percent

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