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Question: Several Potential Indicators of Kidney Disease


 Frank026 - Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:05 am

I am a 32 year old male, weight 145 lbs. (lost 20 lbs. in over a year), height 6' 0" and have some concern about some tests I have had recently. My creatinine level has fluctuated between 1.2 and 1.3 mg/dl for the past 10 months - no baseline level before this to judge any increase. BUN has been pretty consistent around 12. Magnesium at 2.3 mg/dl (high normal). Have had an abdominal ultrasound with no abnormal findings, several urinalysis with no abnormal findings, but pretty consistent foam in my urine. My concern is the creatinine level compared to my weight and the fact that I am not very muscular and some fairly consistent back pain even after voiding. Urologist and Internal Medicine Physicians are not concerned, but I am. Thank you in advance for your time and help.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Tue Aug 21, 2007 11:13 pm

User avatar Hi Frank026,

A normal creatinine is generally considered to be around 1. 1.2 and 1.3 are really very minimally elevated. I would not be particularly concerned about this.

The foamy urine can sometimes indicate protein in the urine. Protein should have showed up on the urinalysis.

There are several reasons that you may be having your back pain. My best advise for you is to continue to follow up with your doctor to discuss your symptoms. My experience has been that eventually the cause of these illnesses presents itself.

Best wishes.

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