In clinic, creatinine is an indicator to reflect which stage Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients are at. Creatinine 2.0 is a little high than normal range and means the kidneys are moderately damaged. FSGS patients are at Stage 3 CKD with creatinine 2.0.
Symptoms of FSGS patients with creatinine 2.0
FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis) means some or parts of glomeruli are damaged due to ischemia and anoxia. FSGS patients with creatinine 2.0 are likely to have some symptoms such as:
-Swelling around eyes or in hands, legs, feet and ankles.
-Urine changes. Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis patients may have foamy or bubbly urine, caused by proteinuria. About 2/3 FSGS patients have hematuria (blood in urine) that is only detected under microscopic.
-High blood pressure
-High cholesterol level
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Treatment for FSGS to lower creatinine 2.0
As long as FSGS patients with creatinine 2.0 can be treated timely and properly, they can avoid Kidney Failure that requires dialysis or kidney transplant. In general, treatment for Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis include:
They are required to reduce sodium intake and protein-rich foods. Meanwhile, calories and vitamins should be taken enough to provide the body with enough energy.
-Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs). These are blood pressure drugs that help control protein loss.
-Steroids such as prednisone or prednisolone and other immune system-suppressing drugs to reduce protein loss and improve kidney function
-Statins to control cholesterol
-Anticoagulants to prevent blood clots
-Diuretics, or water pills, to remove excess salt from the body; this reduces swelling.
● Herbal remedies
Traditional Chinese herbs can improve blood circulation so that kidneys can get enough blood volume and oxygen to repair the damaged renal tissues. This is to protect and enhance kidney function, which is the key to treat Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis. With these herbs, creatinine can be discharged naturally.