If any of you remember, the first nephrologist I saw scared me to death. When I asked if diet would slow my progression of ckd and he coldly said nothing would help because my kidneys were shrinking, it was irreversible and progressive.
I saw a younger nephrologist yesterday and even though he said diet would not slow progression, he said I had a low risk of progression, about 3%. He did say to eat a low sodium diet which I have been doing these past couple of months. He said I did not need a renal dietician, for all my labs were perfect except for a slight rise in creatinine and decrease in GFR which surprised me being I have been on a very low sodium diet, drinking more water, I've lost 13 lbs., and my ankle and leg swelling is nearly normal. Also, my systolic b/p was 109!
My sister and friend keep harassing me about my low sodium diet and tell me to enjoy life and eat what I want, etc. Why, after receiving all the health benefits listed above, why would I jeopardize what I've accomplished? At first, I was hungry most of the day and now, it doesn't bother me and I stay under 2,000 mg. of sodium a day. My sodium used to be high and now it is only one point above the low average. I am feeling so much better since the weight loss and decrease in swelling.
The dr. ordered bilateral ultrasounds to see the size of my kidneys being my gallbladder US said I had cortical thinning, but he did not seem to worried.
Hopefully, I will receive good news. Thank you, everyone, for answering all my many questions since I was diagnosed!