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Nothing is ever easy

It's been a few weeks now since I got those blood and urine test results back and things are starting to look grim. I had been hoping that the large amount of protein in my urine had been because of the Humira and that if I stopped taking it, the problem would abate. The easiest way to see if there's excess protein in the urine is the presence of bubbles, and I first started noticing an uptick right around the time I began injecting the Humira. There were also some annecdotal reports online and in a couple of research case studies about people suffering kidney damage on the drug and so I put 2 and 2 together and apparently got 5. I haven't taken the Humira in at least a month now and I'm not seeing a change. Of course, in that same time I've cut carbs out and have probably doubled my protein intake, which could only exacerbate the problem.

In the end, I think I'm pretty much screwed. It's like one of those cases where if my medical issues were a snake, it'd be eating its own tail and anything I try to do to fix one is likely to fuck with the next one down the line. The protein in the urine could be the start of chronic kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease could be caused by diabetes. Diabetes is exacerbated by sugar/carb intake. Not eating carbs helps me lose weight and keeps my blood sugar down but requires that I eat much more protein. A diet high in protein can stress the kidneys and cause more protein in the urine.

The thing that irritates me the most about this is that none of it even has anything to do with my main medical issues which while not in danger of actually being life threatening, has turned my quality of life into something repugnant. This would almost be farcical if I still had a sense of humor about any of it. All of it just makes me wonder what time is check-out.

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socarefully
Apr. 19th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry.

I have liver problems which get worse due to trying to correct other medical problems ~ then after a while I come off some medication for a week or so just to help my liver a bit.
henwy
Apr. 22nd, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
I wish that I could somehow travel around inside my own body like the Amazing Voyage. I would bring along a couple of machine guns and an entire bandoleer of grenades.
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