Jan 19, 2011 - 12:16 am
Well I did as my wife instucted and I had my first appointment with a nephrologist. I am on medicare so I did not have to have a referral and both my GP and Urologist said that while they did not think I needed to see a nephrologist they would not stop me from doing so. While my remaining Kidney is functioning ok under the circumstances after 8 and 1/2 years he (the nephrologist) is most concerned about my high blood pressure over the years which is treated by medication and gout which recently flared up. He is more concerned that if the kidney does not stay functioning well that it will much more likely lead to heart rather than kidney problems. He was not concerned with the kidney cancer returning as 8 and 1/2 years have passed. So far I think it was a positive move. I do not want to get into blood tests or medications as what might be appropriate or diagnosed for me may not be for others. Has anyone gone this route(seeing a nephrologist) and if so has it been helpful.