Jun 29, 2011 - 4:09 pm
Had my left kidney removed in Aug. 2010. Stage 1. Was lucky that they found it in a CAT scan for something else. Was just starting to feel comfortable that the kidney cancer was probably caught in time and has not spread. Now my bloodwork shows that my creatinine levels are climbing and, as a result, the GFR is getting lower: before surgery creatine was .8 - .9 in all my blood tests, making the GFR >60. After surgery creatine went immediately to 1.4, then 1.3 the next month, stayed at 1.3 several months later, went to 1.4 two months after that, and the most recent reading was 1.5 in June, making my last GFR reading 47. All those post-surgery readings are considered to be in the Stage 3 chronic kidney disease parameters. My urologist has been telling me the readings are normal for somebody with one kidney, but the nephrologist says it is not normal. I was told that my remaining kidney is not functioning up to par, probably a result of my history of high blood pressure, and that the GFR should be >60 with just one kidney too. Now I have this to worry about. I am only about 13 GFR points away from Stage 4, when serious talk about dialysis evidently starts and which is the stage before kidney failure (Stage 5). I don't want to spend the rest of my life on dialysis. I have an ultrasound coming up next week and more blood tests scheduled for the end of July. Does anybody have any insight into this situation? Thanks.