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Is my autoimmune disease causing chronic kidney failure?

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  • Posted By: keanhe
  • November 3, 2010
  • 08:13 AM

I'm looking for some input from anyone who might know a thing or two about chronic kidney failure.

20 years of age, male, 5' 11", 155-160 lbs, Straight, No drug use

After a bad infection with Clostridium Difficile , I developed more debilitating symptoms about 3 weeks after treatment. I've recently been diagnosed with Reiter's Syndrome as a result . As my internal medicine doc was wrapping up the other tests to double check his diagnosis, he discovered that I was deficient in Vitamin D, specifically the 25(OH)D version, with a score of 20 .

Upon this, he ordered a PTH, Serum Calcium, and a 1,25(OH)2D test. The PTH and calcium came back normal, but the 1,25(OH)2D came back with a score of 24, which is also low .

Only in the most severe cases of Vitamin D deficiency would it actually affect the 1,25(OH)2D levels, which I obviously don't have. In addition, if 1,25(OH)2D is decreased, it is either from hypoparathyroidism or the early stages of kidney failure. Since my PTH results came back normal, I do not have hypoparathyroidism. That leaves only one thing left.

Another interesting thing I should mention. He ordered a hepatitis B 5 panel test, and my titers came back as positive for antibodies and suggested that I actually had it, and beat it. I was given all 3 hepatitis b vaccines, 2 in 1996 and one in 2002. I had a prince albert piercing done in 2008, but the studio had a very high reputation, was pristine, and the procedure went well.

I've been reading into literature, and one possible cause of chronic kidney failure in Reiter's Syndrome is IGA nephropathy, or Berger's Disease. This disease actually causes false positives on hepatitis b tests.

I've only had one incident of passing blood in my urine, and it was while I had clostridium difficile, though I'm not sure how that could have happened.

I feel like crap most of the time, have proximal weakness in both legs, have cognitive difficulties that are still lingering after my first attack of R.S. , a constant headache since January, lost 40 pounds from C Diff and have lost an addition 5 since, feel nauseous quite a bit, am always thirsty, sleep pattern has been changing and getting worse, and of course suffer from most of the symptoms of R.S.

In addition, my blood pressure will now not go below 140/90 , and this is not normal for me.

Am I beginning to experience chronic kidney failure?

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