Question: Hi, I have IgA Nephropathy and to this point I've been manage on ACE inhibitors and statins but I had a blood test today and my PTH is 136 which I know is high. How high is dangerously high? Does this mean I will progress to chronic renal failure? Many thanks!
Answer: High PTH (Parathyroid Hormone) is one of the symptoms of Chronic Kidney Failure but not the indicator that your kidneys fail. As you say, you have IgA Nephropathy, a kidney disease caused by glomerular inflammation when immunoglobulin A lodges on the kidneys.
Damaged kidneys cannot maintain the balance of calcium and phosphorous levels. If the blood calcium level is too low, the parathyroid glands release more PTH. It is called Secondary Hyperparathyroidism in Chronic Kidney Failure patients.
When Kidney Failure, or ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) occurs, some symptoms will happen, such as: swelling in hand, legs or/and ankle, fatigue, foamy urine (proteinuria), blood in urine (hematuria), reduction of urine output, frequent and urgent urine at night, etc. Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR), a kidney function test, rather than PTH level is the accurate indicator of Kidney Failure.
You’d better take more test to check your kidney function. Then, your doctor can give you proper and timely treatment. You can also email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message below, so that our doctor on duty can help you. We mainly use traditional Chinese herbs which can treat IgA Nephropathy in a natural and effective way.