One of the discussions we were having got me thinking and here is the result:
This will be a permanent 'STICKY' topic, a sort of 'sub-topic' of our regular library, and I'm starting it to be a quick reference point for all of us on the different stages of kidney disease. I'm starting with the GFR, since that is the summary number we all need to deal with that determines our stage. I've been keeping my own lab test records for a few years now, and will work on compiling data on PacLab's other 'normal ranges' for things like creatinine, BUN, etc. (PacLab is the one used by Franciscan Health Group) If any of you have this kind of info you'd like to share, here is the place. Let's try to stay on subject, though, so it's easier for newbies to find what they need, okay? It's SO easy to get distracted...LOL
Here are the stages of Chronic Kidney Disease as given by AAKP:
"The glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) is one of the best methods for measuring your kidney function. A GFR tells your doctor how well your kidneys are working. GFR is calculated from your blood creatinine, age, body size and gender."
Stage 1: GFR more than 90, may be slight kidney damage with normal or increased GFR.
Stage 2: GFR 60-90, mild decrease in kidney function.
Stage 3: GFR 30-60, moderate decrease in kidney function.
Stage 4: GFR 15-30, severe decrease in kidney function.
Stage 5: GFR less that 15, kidney failure. Dialysis or transplant is the necessary treatment
The AAKP suggests keeping a notebook specifically for dealing with medical issues. In this notebook they suggest writing down your GFR each time you see your doctor, as well as writing down all your questions for each visit, and leaving room to take notes for the answers, thus building your own personal reference material. Knowledge of your own body and its needs is key to your successful health journey.
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