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Monday, December 9, 2013
I was just told by my doctor that I am leaking a not so good amount of protein from my kidneys. He is a family doctor, not a specialist. I have done some reserch on my own. I`d like to know if there is a time frame for things to happen (kidney failure). I do know it won`t be exact, but can you tell me any kind of time for the 5 stages of kidney failure?
There are many types of kidney disease and many causes of protein leakage. Some types of kidney disease are very serious and progress quickly toward a need for dialysis, while others are less serious and progress slowly or not at all. If you can provide the following information about yourself, I may possibly be able to give you a better idea of what to expect:
- How old are you?
- Are you male or female?
- Are you diabetic?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- What medications do you take?
- Do you smoke?
- Do you have anyone in your family with kidney disease?
- How much protein do you have in your urine? (can you provide any numbers from your lab tests?)
- Have you been told that your blood tests (BUN and creatinine) are abnormal? If so, what are the numbers?
Below, please see the link to a NetWellness article on some very basic information about chronic kidney disease. In the meantime, you should definitely be under the care of a nephrologist (kidney specialist), in addition to your family doctor. Please ask your doctor to refer you to one as soon as possible.
Mildred Lam, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University