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As I have mentioned in earlier posts, my regular nephrologist has referred me to a university medical center nephrology department. He says I should have much more renal function than I've got. My function plummeted to between 14-15% this past December. My nephrologist thinks this is due to severe, chronic dehydration related to sodium deficiency. He has me ingesting 3000 mg of sodium daily right now. I do feel better and, incredibly, am not having much trouble with fluid retention. But he's not sure what is causing this and so can't be sure how to treat it.
So, after a four month wait, I'll finally see the university nephrologist tomorrow, Wed, Aug 16th. My emotions are all over the place. But more than anything, I'm just hoping for some answers--even if that does mean dialysis.
Well, thanks for taking time to read this post. I have really appreciated your willingness to share what you've each learned as you have adjusted to living with chronic kidney disease. It has lowered my stress and given me hope. So, I will go to this appointment with much less stress.
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