Hi All, new to this forum. I was born with 1 kidney. I am 54 years old. I have been seeing a nephrologist once a year for about 10 years now just to keep an eye on my kidney. I saw him on Tuesday, and for the first time he said I had stage 1 Chronic Kidney Disease. But he also said based on my my blood and urine work my kidney function has basically been the same for the past 10 years, and in fact the protein in my urine has improved a bit, probably because I reduced animal protein and milk from my diet.
Anyhow, he had never used the term "Chronic Kidney Disease" or "Stage 1" before. The next day I started thinking and worrying about it, and then looked up online, and the internet said stage 1 leads to stage 2, stage, 3, and eventually to kidney failure. So, I got very worried, told me wife, she and I agreed I should call my doc back. The doc's office calmed me down and said people who look up medical stuff on the internet often get things wrong. And that my stage 1 is simply a label for protein in my urine, and that stage 1 does not necessarily progress to stage 2, and stage 3, etc. They said I could maintain stage1 for as long as I live (hopefully assuming I will live a long life).
So, I feel much better after freaking out a bit. I just wanted to check this forum out and see if you all agree with the above? Thanks!