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Need help Fm "Kidney-smart" people...eGFR?

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  • Posted By: mainesgem
  • December 7, 2006
  • 02:30 PM

Hi there. First I want to say thank God for these forums at wrongdiagnosis.com. They have helped me so much!!!!!

Here are some of the symptoms I have. Some I have had for years and
some I have had for months:

Migraines, menorrhagia (heavy periods), major, constant fatigue, tachycardia (I have 2 take cardiazam for it), periods of bradycardia, weight gain (I was always super thin all of my life until three years ago.), rare spells of complete weakness-feeling like I am going to die (My BP goes sky high, my HR goes high, and I shake badly.), I am thirsty all of the time-I probably drink over 2 gallons of water a day!, and really bad gas pains all the time up till very recently.

Now that you know my laundry list of complaints, I have a question.

I have been breathing down my MD's neck to figure out what is wrong with me. Anyway, one of the tests that the MD ordered was a "eGFR".
The result was: 77.1. Is this something to be concerned about???

I am really trying to tackle these health problems and make it "better" not just for me but my family too.

I have just started a gluten free diet and and am seeing results from this. Now, I gotta take care of the rest of the problems. I also had other abnormal results of blood tests. I can relay these to you if needed.

Thanks so much in advance for answering my question(s) and God Bless!
J.

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  • All the symptoms you described can be caused by the gluten intolerence. Your best bet is to go gently on your digestive system. Make sure your medications do not contain any gluten additives, and eat soft foods as often as possible (milkshakes are great unless you also have a milk problem). Look for foods in your diet that may contain trace amounts of undeclared gluten in ingredients such as "natural flavors" "binder" "broth" and many others. Fats and meats can be tough to process for now, especially if the intolerence has created liver/gallbladder complications. The healing period for gluten intolerence can be 1-5 years depending on the length it was undiagnosed, the severity of the intolerence, and the types of symptoms that present themselves (gluten-related skin discomfort is the longest timeframe, but its also a rare symptom - lucky me!). So, if you're feeling better from the diet, you may want to give your body a period to heal before you hound the doctors too much about what is wrong with you. Unless something is threatening your life in the short term (symptoms get worse, not better) anything you treat now could be on its way out in a few months w/o any interference anyway. At the same time, a weakened digestive/immune system will be more at risk from complications and side-effects from the treatments to what are essentially gluten-intolerence symptoms. I would advise you to listen to your body. You need the extra water because your body is now able to filter the old antibodies and waste materials it has collected for years instead of having to process and store new intakes of gluten every day. This can have a negative effect on your kidneys, even calfication or other diseases. Drink cranberry juice and avoid caffeine - don't over-medicate. Your body is weak now, but it probably still has the capacity to heal itself now if you're truly gluten-free. PS: Be VERY careful about what you eat. As many as 30% of people who think they are gluten-free are still eating enough gluten daily to freeze the healing process. Most pill-based OTC medications contain gluten, and many soaps, shampoos, and conditioners do too.
    Azaral 152 Replies
    • December 7, 2006
    • 03:49 PM
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  • Thnak you so much for your reply. But what I would like to know is ifI should be concerned about the eGFR test I had that came out @ 77.1. What I want to know is this something to be concerned about and if it is-what does it indicate??? BTW, the the excessive thirst started years ago-not since I have been eating gluten free. Thanks to anyone that can help with me this!J.
    mainesgem 2 Replies
    • December 7, 2006
    • 06:08 PM
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  • GFR is the glomelular filtration rate and is basically a measure of how speedy your kidneys filter the blood. It's basically used to categorize stage of kidney insufficiency. Normal is 90-100. So at 77, yours is off, but not bad. I'd consult with whatever doc ordered the test. There was most likely a reason for him/her ordering the test, he/she probably was trying to rule in or out a diagnosis. Hope I helped.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 14, 2006
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  • GFR is the glomelular filtration rate and is basically a measure of how speedy your kidneys filter the blood. It's basically used to categorize stage of kidney insufficiency. Normal is 90-100. So at 77, yours is off, but not bad. I'd consult with whatever doc ordered the test. There was most likely a reason for him/her ordering the test, he/she probably was trying to rule in or out a diagnosis. Hope I helped.Yes, you have helped! Thank you so much! God Bless!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 14, 2006
    • 01:19 PM
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  • To Mainsgem,Sure sounds like you could have Lyme Disease and Co-infections. All the symptoms you mentioned are within Lyme Disease. Whenever I hear that someone is trying to get their Doc to figure out what is wrong or seeing many doctors, by deduction Lyme Disease should be properly ruled out by a Lyme-literate medical doctor (LLMD). There is just as much Lyme on the east coast as on the west coast, except that on the west coast "designer labels" such as Lupus, MS, CFIDS, FMS and ADD are used (as these syndromes are mere umbrella/trash can terms).There is a major controversy about chronic, persistent Lyme. Follow the information from Columbia University and ILADS; run from anything espoused by Yale University and IDSA. Type in "Lots of Links on Lyme," where you will find over 12,000 peer-reviewed articles.Please note that a Lymedisagnosis does NOT have to consist of a tick bite, Bull's Eye rash, swollen knees, positive lab work, etc. It is not necessarly curable buy can be managed. So many people are misdiagnosed because very few doctor's fully understand the infection. Please research this further.You can always contact me at LILATI@aol.com. I will trr to help you. You may have to give me a recognizable subject line so that I won't think your E-mail respone is spam.Take care,Annie
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 25, 2007
    • 05:20 PM
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  • hi i am replying to all those people on here that i think might have what i have had please brows net and research candida (thrush) I AM TAKING 3LAC check with doc first ok to take ithope it works good luck xxxxx
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  • My GRF is 51 does anyone know what that means, I am swollen all over. I have always been in the small sizes, but after pen heart surgery I have gotten so pump and swollen I can no longer wear my clothes I went from 8 to 18 in just a few months. They have sent me for mmore blood test and referred me to a Clinic For Kidney Diseases, I go on May 15th, should I be prepared for anything? ANy help is appreciatedDiane
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