If I remember correctly they told me not to lift anything heavier than 2 pounds for the first week, then something like 5 pounds for the next week or two. It got less restrictive as time went by, but each case would vary with the doc evaluating rate of healing, exact placement, blood pressure, etc.
Sorry, but it was 20 years ago, and I was quite ill at the time, so my memory is rather vague.View Thread
I'd ask the nephrologist, AND the vascular surgeon who is going to do the work about covering/protecting the incision and the soon-to-be fistula itself.
You certainly don't want to restrict blood flow and blood pressure, otherwise the venous fistula will not enlarge from the arterial pressures newly applied to it. And that's the whole idea of doing this procedure.View Thread
Less than 20 ml/min and diabetic fits the general recommendation for dialysis; but docs use that guideline as a very general framework for treatment. A lot of other factors enter in: general health, symptoms like fatigue, mental confusion, inability to sleep well, fluid retention, and also lab numbers like calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium.
I tend to round creatinine numbers off to X.x and forget the second decimal place. The accuracy of the test has limits, and the difference between 1.70 and 1.75 isn't significant.
The question about the drug is hard to answer without knowing exactly what is in the medication. But a lot of NSAID pain relievers can eventually cause some damage, especially at higher doses.
If the ultrasound was not a doppler, specifically looking at renal blood flow, then doing one might be a good idea. (It probably was not doppler if they were looking at causes for the back pain.) You'll have to ask.
I can't really guess at a change from 2.7 to 1.7, unless some degree of dehydration was involved in the higher number. That's a really big drop, so I'd wonder about possible errors in the 2.7 test.View Thread
There aren't physical symptoms until things get really serious (fatigue, nausea, changes in skin color, mental confusion). But 1.4 mg/dL is just barely above the normal range.
Ask your doc. The advice will probably be to keep watching it over a couple of years just to be sure it isn't increasing rapidly. Slight increases with every decade above 30 or 40 years is not unusual. Blood testing is the best way to spot early signs of renal damage.
That said, numbness in the legs and slight creatinine increases could both be due to poor circulation, but they aren't really related to each other, except for having a similar cause.View Thread