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What could be causing my problems: female issues, kidneys, or other?

By Anonymous April 25, 2011 - 6:55pm
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I am 40 years old. I have been having abnormal uterine bleeding for 4 months. Nothing was found on the ultrasound. I have had several blood tests- no anemia. I also have a big piece (quarter size) of something-tissue or discharge- in the toilet almost every time I go to the bathroom. It looks tissuey-if that makes sense. I have nausea, headaches, lightheadedness, and dizziness a lot. I had my ears checked-everything was fine. Recently I got a blood test back that said my creatinine level was 1.15 and GFR was 52. So I am wondering if those symptoms could be caused by one of my issues or if it is something totally different. I'm not sure where to start-I have so many different things going on!

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Do you know why you have lab results for your kidneys, when you are experiencing symptoms related to uterine bleeding? What have your doctor(s) discussed as your next steps regarding your abnormal uterine bleeding? Further testing or diagnostic screening? Treatment options that are recommended?

Here is a great informational site that discusses the lab results related to your kidney function: http://www.kidney.org/kidneydisease/ckd/knowgfr.cfm. According to this website, if the GFR falls below 15, this can indicate a problem, and from your description, this may not relate to your situation. However, if you do not understand any test results, you need to call your doctor and ask what the numbers indicate, what you should be concerned about and/or what you should do to prevent any values from falling out of "normal" range.

Please know that you need to talk with your doctor about your specific test results, as each lab differs with specific "normal ranges", and most often it is the combined results that need to be examined...not only one or two individual numbers.

Are you experiencing any kidney or other urinary tract symptoms?

If you are experiencing uterine bleeding, I am unclear why more testing is not being conducted on your reproductive system. Has your doctor indicated why testing is being done on your kidney function?

Please find these answers through your doctor, as it is specific to each individual person. We can then provide further explanation, information and resources based on your unique situation.

April 26, 2011 - 9:47am
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

I am supposed to have a D and C/hysteroscopy next week. All the blood tests for the uterine bleeding came back fine. In the meantime, I had a blood test done at a health fair. I guess I forgot to mention this. In that test, the kidney results came back. So I was just wondering if anyone knew if there could be any sort of connection since your kidneys are connected to so many body functions. I didn't have them tested specifically, just showed up in a random test. Thanks so much for your information.

April 26, 2011 - 3:04pm
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You are right---there are so many connections within our body, and something as seemingly insignficiant as one hormone that is an elevated level could cause many various symptoms, in many of our bodily functions and systems.

Did anyone discuss your blood test results with you at the health fair? If not, it would be helpful to be re-tested through your doctor's office, so they can look at the entire picture. You can also take your test results to your doctor, and ask for his/her recommendation. From your description, it did not sound like any levels were abnormally out-of-range, but since each lab differs slightly with their range of what is "normal", it would be important to talk with your doctor about follow-up testing if needed.

I am not aware of any kidney function directly leading to abnormal uterine bleeding, however, but we will continue researching to find if there are any known links. Be sure to ask your doctor next week, too!

Please keep us updated!

April 26, 2011 - 8:04pm
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