Hi all, I'm wondering if I can get a bit of advice.
I'm a 51 year old female. I don't drink or smoke and eat healthily. I have a low/average BMI and exercise regularly. I don't have diabetes or any other long term problems, except mild asthma.
About 5 years ago my kidney function dropped (GFR around 49) for no apparent reason. It was found during routine blood tests and, although I had investigations, it was concluded that I was fine and no further action was taken. Eventually my GFR went back up to 60 with normal creatinine levels and has stayed there.
However in the last year I've been feeling rubbish. Very tired all the time, cold, loss of libido, mouth ulcers, aches and pains, dry nails/skin/hair. Various blood tests showed ferritin deficiency, iron deficiency anaemia, folic acid deficiency and low range B12. My thyroid function was not brilliant but still within range. My GFR was still 60 but creatinine was at the top of acceptable.
The doctor sent to me to a gastroenterologist to check for bowel cancer but he deemed I was very low risk. I also convinced the doc to do thyroid investigations but nothing came of that.
Since then I've been taking iron, folic acid and b12 supplements and have been feeling loads better, except the aches and pains especially in my hands. So she sent me for X-rays and further blood tests to see how I was doing.
The anaemia has gone but I got the bloods today and my GFR is now 53 and my creatinine is 97 (range 45-84). I now have swollen feet in the heat and am going to the loo at lot less often. The doc has requested to see me and has written CKD? On my test results. Unfortunately I can't see her for another month as she's fully booked and am just wondering what advice anyone can give me i.e.
- should I insist on seeing someone earlier?
- is there anything I can do to help myself in the meantime?
- what should I expect or insist on that the doctor does?
Thanks so much in advance!!