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  •  Thank you... I've been getting lax about taking (21+ / 0-)

    care of my diabetes.  I don't have the excuse of lack of insurance (right now, anyway) - just getting sloppy.  Seeing this brought home what can happen if I don't get serious.  I know your intent was to focus on a bigger point, but you've just made a big difference to one individual.

    Again, thank you for the wake up call.

    They only call it Class War when we fight back.

    by lineatus on Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 06:24:43 AM PDT

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    •  I'm glad it helped (6+ / 0-)

      Hugs, and thanks for letting me know; that helped me a great deal.

      Back to the machine...

      Want to be a living kidney donor? I need one from someone with a bloodtype of B or O. Drop a note at riverheart.livejournal.com.

      by Kitsap River on Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 06:56:05 AM PDT

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    •  you DEFINITELY do not want your kidneys to fail (6+ / 0-)

      not only is dialysis a hard reality, but the renal failure diet and fluid restriction is a bitch.

      please take care of yourself, lineatus!  we need you for the long haul.

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      President Obama. Still a thrill to see that in print.

      by TrueBlueMajority on Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 07:52:59 AM PDT

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    •  It's not just kidneys (6+ / 0-)

      My late wife was blind from diabetes.  She had circulatory problems.  Her entire digestive system was a mess.

      Get your sugar under control.  As you have insurance, insist on an A1C test and work to better it.

      Too late for her.  Not too late for you.

      The Shrub Has Been Uprooted. Time to plant anew.

      by Randomfactor on Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 08:46:21 AM PDT

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    •  Don't get lax.... (2+ / 0-)

      I am not diabetic...yet...I am prediabetic and have moderately high blood pressure.

      In spite of seeing an internist every year, being on blood pressure medication (diuretic), my bloodwork went from almost perfect (except for blood sugar) to having a creatinine level that is slightly to high, which my doctor says puts me at state 3 kidney failure.

      We don't know if it was the diuretic, NSAIDS, or the fact that the blood pressure medication wasn't controlling my bp as well.  The creatinine level has stabilized so I am still somewhat hopeful, that they will continue to stay stable or even reverse, (I've been off the diuretic for less than two months).  Or its possible that treating the recently diagnosed hypothyroidism my reverse the creatinine level.

      But what I've learned is that it doesn't take much to damage the kidneys, and no one ever told me that diuretics or NSAIDS could cause kidney damage.

      •  No, they don't tell you (1+ / 0-)
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        I took too many NSAIDs for a couple of years because of the constant pain caused by the stenosis in my neck. That didn't help my kidneys any at all.

        Good luck to you. You can reverse kidney damage at the stage you're in, with careful management, good luck, excellent medical care, and super-strict compliance. It isn't always possible but it is possible in an awful lot of cases. I hope yours is one of them! You can do this.

        Remember that the exercise component of treating type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes is hugely significant. You will reduce and moderate blood sugar levels that way. You may even reduce or eliminate any need for diabetes medication. (Do they have you on anything now? You probably ought to be on metformin.) And watch out for those diuretics! I have had to take lasix, too, and diuretics are rotten, but there is little that can be done for edema like you get with end stage renal disease or close to it other than diuretics, and by that time, you know you're going to wind up on dialysis sooner rather than later anyway.

        My doc pulled my partner off hydrochlorothiazide some time ago. I hope that medication didn't damage his kidneys. So far so good.

        Want to be a living kidney donor? I need one from someone with a bloodtype of B or O. Drop a note at riverheart.livejournal.com.

        by Kitsap River on Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 04:54:02 PM PDT

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