I was recently diagnosed with stage 3A CKD. No outward symptoms at all. Have had creatinine levels at 1.3-1.5 for the past 15 years and eGFR has been fluctuating between 45 and 65. Just saw a nephrologist yesterday. Said there was nothing he would do because I have been stable for over a decade so I should keep doing what I have been doing (which is nothing as I eat and drink in rather unhealthy ways and smoked for 40 years until I quit last year).
The only thing is that I have had microscopic trace of blood in my urine for at least the past 15-17 years (or longer but I no longer have older urine test results). My PCP told me to see a urologist and get a cystoscopy done. I said that if this was due to some kind of a cancer, I would be dead by now. To me, I deduce from my blood counts and other results that I could not have had cancer for 15+ years and it remained stable for that long. This must therefore be related to a benign reason, possibly my CKD. Nephrologist agreed with me but said why take the chance, even if it is one in a million, that it is something malignant.
I hate the idea of getting a cystoscopy. Any advice from anyone out there? THANKS!!