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My mom's creatinine was climbing and gfr declining. She also had AFIB for the first time. I just couldn't figure which symptoms were connected to which illness. Maybe they were the drugs (amiodarone? predinosone?). Maybe it was her polymyalgia rheumatica? I took her to an ENT to ask if he knew why her voice deepened. He noticed her rotund tummy and face swelling... and ordered labs. TSH came back at 6. The moral of the story? Don't just assume that all symptoms are tied to your diagnosed ilness. Her nephrologist just chalked up these symptoms to her kidney failure. There could be another cause. Her dr. now says there is hope that she will feel more lively, her voice will improve, and perhaps, even her kidney function will improve -- all with her new thyroid medication.
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