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    URGENT Creatinine 5.8!!
    cstaub92 posted:
    My father-in-law is in remission from Multiple Myeloma and is now having trouble with his kidneys. Two months ago his creatinine levels were at 4.8 and so for the past month he's been on a special low-sodium, low-potassium, low-phosphorous diet. He also completely cut out caffeine and has been exercising for at least 30 min a day. He also had knee replacement surgery five months ago. What can we do to help? His doctor hasn't told us anything other than to put him on this diet.
    john-skpt responded:
    First, he really needs to be seen by a nephrologist.

    What other health conditions are present? A jump to 5.8 is certainly significant, but even at 4.8 we need to understand the exact underlying cause. It might be some cardiovascular condition, it might be a metabolic condition like diabetes, it might be an autoimmune condition. One likely culprti is the paraprotein found with multiple myeloma, but you'd have to ask an oncologist or an immunologist about that.

    Staying well hydrated may help some, but don't overdo it to the point where it affects blood pressure or causes any swelling.
    henrycartegana replied to john-skpt's response:
    I agree with John-Skpt he really needs to go visit a nephrologist ASAP. You mentioned several issues that lead up to this level so its hard to pinpoint exactly.
    john-skpt replied to henrycartegana's response:
    Indeed, Henry, there are no 'general' guidelines for renal failure: every case is different. And what works for one case is the exact wrong thing to do for another. Only a qualified specialist can decide what is best for each individual.

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