Creatinine 14 and GFR 4: Should I Begin Dialysis
My creatinine level is now at 14 mg/dl and GFR declines to 4, but I haven’t begun dialysis. My doctor suggests me to start dialysis as soon as possible. Should I begin dialysis? Please, help me.
Even though creatinine level isn’t as effective as GFR to assess kidney function, both of them are commonly used to show how well kidneys are working. Generally, creatinine 8.0 mg/dl and GFR 15 ml/min means patients’ kidney disease has aggravated to end stage.
In end stage, kidneys can’t do their work optimally, resulting in more and more waste products deposing in the body. Then, creatinine level raises and GFR level declines along with. If creatinine level increases continuously, kidneys and other organs will be damaged more severely by the build up of waste products and toxins.
Therefore, when patients’ creatinine level is higher than 8mg/dl or their GFR is less than 15, doctors usually suggest patients to start dialysis as soon as possible, so as to prevent kidneys and other important organs from further damage.
If your kidney disease is caused by a history of diabetes or you have diabetes, you may need to accept dialysis immediately. This is because diabetes, compared with other primary causes, can cause damage to other organs and complications earlier, worse and more severely. Among them, cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death for kidney disease patients.
As for the exact time when patients should accept dialysis, it is determined by patients’ individual condition. If you are tested out creatinine 14 and GFR 4 but don’t have severe complications, dialysis is the treatment that can be delayed or even avoided.
Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy, with the essence of western medicines and herbal medicines, just gives patients a new hope. Firstly, this therapy has four basic benefits: extending blood vessels, anti-coagulation, anti-inflammation and degrading extracellular matrix. Finally, more creatinine and other wastes can be discharged from the body via blood circulation.
Now, we know dialysis is one therapy to help purify blood and eliminate waste products, but it should be the only solution for people with end-stage kidney disease. If you want to say goodbye to dialysis, you can leave a message or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can help you analyze whether it is possible.