My Kidney Disease Diagnosis

2013 was a year I will never forget. As I stare at the date, I realize the number 13 is considered to be unlucky for most. For my ex-husband and I, that wasn’t the case. We always thought it to be our lucky number, and in this instance, it was no different. It’s important to remember we don’t always see the benefit to something at first, but if you are patient things will usually be revealed.

I have shared on this blog before that I feel I am a healthy individual. Other than dealing with migraines for most of my life, I am fit as a fiddle, as my grandma, Hazel, used to say. You can imagine my shock and horror when my doctor wanted to go over the results of my yearly blood tests. It’s never good news when they want to discuss the results in person. My doctor informed me I had Chronic Moderate Kidney Disease (Stage 3), and he was referring me to see a Nephrologist … what? I was devastated. I felt like my world was crashing in on me. My health was the one constant in my life, and now that was being taken away. 

At that moment, I was feeling alone. I was in the middle of my divorce. My mom lived out of state, and I didn’t want to scare my children with this news just yet. I made an appointment with the specialist and in the meantime, tried to keep myself from thinking the worst. I researched online as much as I could before my appointment, but one thing I know from being in the dental field is that not everything you read on the internet is accurate. 

When I met with the kidney doctor, we reviewed my health history and what could potentially be causing my diagnosis. I have no history of high blood pressure or diabetes, which is the leading cause of kidney disease. We then looked at all the medication I was taking. I am a massive proponent of vitamins and supplements, and of course, I had been taking medication for my migraines for many years. We reviewed my diet and physical activity.  After compiling all the information, my instructions were given. I was told to go off of certain vitamins such as calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium. He also wanted me to stop taking all NSAID pain relievers. My blood tests would be re-checked consistently. I was told not to worry too much because I did not have any determining factors. They would keep an eye on me. I, on the other hand, was not as satisfied. I told the doctor I was going to heal myself.

My next set of blood tests did not show any improvement, but the following year, they did. My Nephrologist could not believe what he had seen. My numbers had improved so much that he didn’t need to see me any longer. He said he had never seen numbers improve like mine. He felt if I kept up my progress, my regular doctor could monitor my numbers yearly.

I have to say that the months of not knowing, the blood tests, the change in my diet and medication was an eye-opener. I felt I was the most healthy person around, but the reality was that I was putting drugs into my body that was doing severe damage. Now I am more aware of what I take and how I deal with my migraines.

That time in my life was one of the hardest I have ever gone through, but I am grateful for 2013 for showing me how strong of a woman I am. I persevered through a tough time and came out on the other side, healthier, both mentally and physically.


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