Kidney problems inspite of good BS control

By EJMac Latest Reply 2011-02-23 00:48:18 -0600
Started 2011-02-21 12:03:33 -0600

Have my first appt with a nephrologist tomorrow morning. Was dx with diabetes about 2007 after a whipple surgery for pancreatic cancer. I started taking glyburide, then metformin and for the past 2 months on Lantus and Humalog if over 150 before meals.(Haven't had to take the humalog) I believe my kidneys were damaged by the 2 courses of chemo and radiation that I had. My numbers have never been high for any length of time. My creatinine clearance was low at 44 instead of 100 which is why I was referred to the nephrologist. I've been very worried about what I will find out and it seems like it has been FOREVER that I have been waiting for this appt (actually 4 weeks). From what I have found out on the net, once there is damage it doesn't go away. Hopefully, a person can slow it down. Anyway, I would like to encourage people to control what they can to avoid the complications. I will finally find out my true situation tomorrow-thank God.

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jayabee52 2011-02-22 00:44:26 -0600 Report

I second your encouragement. I also have CKD. I got a kidney infection and had to go on dialysis, for life, I thought. Fortunately for me (praise God!), after 10 mos my infection was resolved and I no longer needed dialysis, but my kidneys were damaged. I do my best to follow my dietary restrictions and try to maintain what kidney function I have left.

I will be praying for a good meeting with your neprhologist tomorrow. Please check back here and update us with what has happened.

Blessings to you and yours, EJ!


EJMac 2011-02-22 21:50:33 -0600 Report

Well, I feel much better after my visit to the nephrologist. I was thinking the Dr. would tell me I only had so much time. I've been dealing with that thought from the cancer for years.
Basically she agreed with me. The chemo and radiation did the damage. It's like I am a person with one kidney. She felt that if I keep the diabetes in check it should pretty much stay at this level which is not too bad-45%. I had vision of dialysis and no way I could get a kidney transplant after all the cancer I've had. Now I can relax and just concentrate on keeping the diabetes in check.
Thanks for your reply. Good luck and God bless you. We have ANOTHER challenge, but we can do it!

Armourer 2011-02-23 00:48:18 -0600 Report

Best to you in this new battle for you, but after what you've been through shouldn't be bad. Drink lots of water, watch portions with meals, and curb those carbs!

CaliKo 2011-02-22 23:07:53 -0600 Report

I'm glad you got encouraging news today. You've been through so much, it's time you got a break! It seems like we don't just get one thing to deal with, it's several at one time. Why is that, I wonder. Good luck, you can control the diabetes.

jayabee52 2011-02-22 22:03:25 -0600 Report

My bride used to laughingly call them "medical challenges".

People have lived good and healthy lives on one kidney. Yes, keep your BG#s in check and follow your nephrology diet too, so you may be able to put off dialysis for a good long while. I think I have about 30 % kidney function left. Dialysis (if I remember correctly) is indicated at 15%.

Blessings !


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