My GFR was 63 in January, 2016 and bloodwork done in the last 2 weeks show my GFR has dropped to 56 (I am a 56 yr old white female). My father’s GFR is now 15( he will be starting peritoneal dialysis in the next few months). My family doctor is recommending we do labs again in 6-9 months, but given my dad’s history, I am feeling like I should see his kidney specialist. I have been extremely exhausted all summer and my frequency in urination has increased. Am I worrying for nothing?

In order to make a diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD) you need an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) to be less than 60 milliliters per minute per 1.73 meters squared for greater than 3 months.  I do recommend that you have urine testing for blood, protein and infection as this could lead to a diagnosis of CKD as well.  With your family history of CKD, you are at increased risk, but treatment needs to be focused on the underlying CKD.  You should continue to consult with your physician and have a specific diagnosis of your CKD.  The specific diagnosis will lead to proper treatment of the underlying CKD.

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