This is how my nephrologist explained it to me:
My creatinine may be reading stage 1 (normal readings) - but I still have chronic kidney disease.. my kidney function is what I am maintaining, while I have this disease that has no cure and no treatment.
The other important thing he told me: as long as my creatinine numbers keep changing - even if they stay in the same stage - I have chronic kidney disease (CKD).
I do not know if this makes sense to you - but it makes sense to me.
I used to fight with my primary doctor all the time about my kidney disease - I changed doctors and explained to my new doctor exactly how I maintain my CKD - if they have an issue giving me my referral to see my nephrologist please tell me NOW so I can find a supportive doctor who understands that I am maintaining my CKD - not that I do not have the disease.
I live to maintain my kidney funtion in stage 1 - I do not care who believes I have it or who doesnt. I am DONE fighting with doctors who look at my creatinine, GFR, and other numbers and say I DO NOT Have it! Because when I do not take the steps to maintain it - my numbers fall back into stage 2 or 3.
Take care of you!
Edited by: LIFE-FAITH at: 6/17/2013 (18:35)
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