I received some not-so-good news on my routine doctor visit on Tuesday of this past week. I had my blood drawn a few days before my visit. As I was sitting in the office waiting for the doctor to come in I was thinking, ‘I really feel good… no complaints where usually I have some minor issue to bring up, I had nothing. Why am I really here? I thought’. He came in with some rather bad news. Apparently, I have CKD – Stage 2 Kidney Disease. Here’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it…
Every six months for the last 15 or so years, I’ve have blood workup done because of what started out as high triglyceride counts 20+ years ago, heck, maybe it’s been 30 years. Triglycerides are fats in the blood system. My cholesterol numbers have always been pretty good. I also was diagnosed with DJD (degenerative joint disease) when I was in my twenties or thirties. That joint pain would come and go and I have occasionally used different anti-inflammatory drugs that helped minimize the pain.
When I learned I had high triglycerides I consulted with a dietician and changed my eating habits and cut back on fatty foods and generally ate much better. I even lost about 15 pounds. But I didn’t give up my “ice-cream every night” routine as I always told my grandkids.
I’ve been on various meds to control these issues and have done rather well with these drugs.
A few years ago I was having shoulder pain and had an MRI which showed I had a bulging disc in my neck which was pressing on nerves and causing the shoulder pain. So I went to therapy and got on anti-inflammatory meds pretty much full time. They worked wonders for me.
When I had my last colonoscopy in 2013 they found a couple of ulcers in my colon and advised me that the anti-inflammatory could be causing that and said I should probably avoid using them or at least get off them for a while. So I quit for a while and the pain came back. After consulting with my doctor he said I could take them if I really needed them and he’d monitor my blood tests. I tried taking them and skipping a day or two a week and that seemed to work. The pain pretty much went away but apparently it didn’t do well for my kidneys. That’s one of the reasons I was having blood workup twice a year along with checking cholesterol and other things.
So now I’m off of anti-inflammatory meds as of Tuesday. He gave me a Rx for Tylenol with codeine. I haven’t needed it yet but I don’t think that’ll work very well, but I’ll try it. It doesn’t affect the kidneys adversely like most anti-inflammatories and things like Advil, Ibuprofen, and other NSAIDS do.
Chronic Kidney disease can cause all types of other issues for the body. So far I don’t have many of those symptoms or issues. I really don’t want to develop any either and I hope not to report back anything about Stage 3. The scale only goes to Stage 5 which is pretty much complete failure.
So that’s my situation as of now. I will do another blood workup in 30 days and hopefully, the kidney situation will not deteriorate.