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Can your gfr stay stable
An_257443 posted:
Hello, unfortunately I am new to this website. My husbands GFR is 22. If he really watches everything he eats etc can it stay at 22? Does anyone have experience with your gfr staying that way? He is diabetic as well. Other than being tired, but not excessive he seems ok . If he gets a fistula he will not be able to work as I hear you can't lift weight and he is in construction. Do you qualify for disability then? He is self employed thank you
john-skpt responded:
In theory, the GFR can stabilize. However, when it is declining significantly, there is generally a slow decline, sometimes over years, sometimes over decades. And with diabetes as a co-factor, a slow decline is almost sure to happen eventually.

Regardless of GFR, if the doc classifies his condition as 'ESRD', then he would almost definitely qualify as 'disabled', if not through a group health plan, then through a special sub-section of Medicare law covering ESRD, regardless of his age. There are a lot of paperwork hoops to jump through with Medicare, and it can take quite a while to get this set up and approved, but it is available.

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