Bit of a long winded question - sorry. Please bear with me.
Have been on Prednisolone since diagnosis of GCA in April 2012, starting on 80mg and reducing to 12mg by end of March this year. Had a couple of "iffy" kidney function blood tests in July and November last year when on 40mg and 15mg of Pred respectively. GP did query chronic kidney disease (mild) and suggested we keep eye on things.
Unfortunately, my ESR readings went from 15 to 27 at the end of April this year, and stayed high reaching 40 for no apparent reason (no GCA symptoms) but GP put me back up to 20mg at end of May, reducing to 15mg by end of June. ESR still high at 45 so back up to 25mg at end of July. I have now reduced to 15mg and last ESR reading was 16 so hopefully when I see GP next week we can reduce Pred again.
However, during all this up and down, my kidney function readings have still been unsatisfactory. I had an ultrascan on kidneys two weeks ago and was told "for a sixty six year old they are in good condition"!
So I guess it must be due to a tablet I'm on - I think it's the dreaded Pred. If it is then I guess there's not much I can do.
Am on Alendronic Acid & Vit D/calcium as well as those to control high blood pressure (have been taking these well before GCA diagnosed with no affect on kidneys).
Any feedback most appreciated. Thanks.