I'm here waiting for my next GP appointment (a week from now unfortunately) in agony due to drop in eGFR and increased of ACR from microalbuminuria to macroalbuminuria. I just want to get this off my chess because I'm just very down right now.
Jan 2020 (age 37): eGFR=101, blood-creatinine=85 umol/L, ACR=11.1 mg/mmol (Urine Cr 25.45 mmol/L) => MICROalbuminuria; My GP hush it, she said "maybe it's because of stress".
May 2021 (age 39): eGFR=96, blood-creatinine=87 umol/L, ACR=43.9 mg/mmol (Urine Cr 4.27 mmol/L) => MACROalbuminuria; 2 days after Covid19 vaccine if that matters...
- pandemic, WFH but still exercise,
- Dietary slightly change: less sugar, slightly more fat [chicken/beef/fish/egg/avocado] due to switch in exercise to endurance sport
- Blood tests showed the effect of dietary change: Hemo A1C went down from 5.8 to 5.6, Cholesterol (total) went up from 4.73 mmol/L to 5.22 mmol/L (above 5.19 mmol/L limit).
As a 39 years old dad with 2 kids and great wife, I can see more Dr. Appointment, and Nephrologist appointment (plus biopsy) coming my way and I'm scared. I'm not a "tough guy".
I'm just very down these past few weeks after I did more googling (I probably shouldn't). Dark mind encroach to
Last year in 2020 when a test result detected microscopic hematuria (I caught a cold/virus that made my pee slightly purplish), I had to go back and forth to multiple Dr appt and blood/urine test. I ended up going to Urologist that requested multiple Urine cytology and eventually ordered a lunch special called "cystoscopy". Last 2 blood+urine test showed no more microscopic hematuria. That "war" was over by Feb 2020 and then pandemic hits in Mar 2020.
In the past 2 weeks I had been in a roller coaster stress:
stress #1: finally got my covid19 vaccine appointment (first dose) but I caught a mild bug (mild sore-throat, mild runny nose) that warranted me to get covid19 test . The off to the race between hoping my bug healed before the covid19 vaccine. Stress still high due to few reports of vaccine post-effect (I have minor thalassemia).
stress #2: after covid19 vax, I monitored any symptoms for 1-2 days with slight anxiety. Opted for annual blood+urine test. Result came back the next day => BOOM, eGFR down by 5 points (though, between age of 37-39 2 years), ACR moved to another severe category.
2 years, 2 tests, both showed albuminuria. My GP downplayed my first test citing for "stress" (yes I was, but I don't think that caused the albumin). I think I'll push her for more tests + referral to Nephrologist before my eGFR tank like titanic.