Jan 02, 2013 - 8:45 am
Happy New Year to all!
I have a question about high blood pressure. I was a little hesitant to post my question, because it seems trivial when placed along side some of the struggles I read about on this site. But this site has been so helpful to me and I was hoping to ease my concerns.
My radical nephrectomy was done in late August. Right kidney removed. Stage 1 RCC, clear margins.
I had my 3 month checkup (labwork and chest xray) and the urology doctor says all looks good.
My question is this... I go this month for more blood work that will be sent to my nephrologist. If all looks good I don't have to see nephrologist again until April.
In my initial appointment with the nephrologist, I was told to watch my blood pressure. I was told that it should be maintained at 120/60 with low protein or 130/60 with protein. I am on blood pressure medicine that has kept it within these margins. But in the past few weeks, my blood pressure has been creeping up... for the most part hanging out around 158/66. I'm not sure if I should worry about this or leave it alone. If I understood right, high blood pressure is hard on my remaining kidney. But I don't know when to be concerned about "how high".
There are some very experienced people on the board and I was wondering if you could let me know if I should even be concerned.
Thanks in advance for your help.