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Question: elevated creatine level

 hollyhock - Fri Feb 24, 2006 5:36 pm

I am a 61 year old female. I have had an elevated creatine level of 1.3 for 5-6 years. I have hypothyroidism, had hysteromectomy, gallbladder, apendix,tonsils, ruptured ovary. My thyroid level is "within range" but feel I need more synthroid. However, the question I have for you is the elevated creatine leve (I took lithium for a few years)l. I feel "sick" all the time, no energy, lack of appetite, dizzy, muscle weakness. The Dr.'s have dismissed this because the elevation is so low. I have been around the block with doc's and no answers. After so many years with this level could it be possible I should see a nephrologist?
I'm at the end of my rope. It seems the anti nausia medication has no effect. Please help. I take synthroid, premarin, efexor, atavan, seroquil, triliptal. Please, please give me an idea what to do. Family history, I come from a relatively healthy family, dad passed away from complications from parkinsons disease. Mom is 84 good health, 3 sisters doing well, two healthy sons.


     Dr. Anthony Solomon - Sat Mar 25, 2006 8:02 pm

    I am sure that what you are referring to is creatinine, a marker of renal function, and not creatine. If your level of creatinine is 1.3 mg/dL for the past 5 - 6 years, this should be regarded as within the normal range. Some laboratories have their normal ranges as 0.4 - 1.2mg/dL, 0.4 – 1.4mg/dL, or 0.6 - 1.5mg/dL.

    Creatinine estimation alone is not a perfect indicator of kidney function because of the following reasons:
    an individual's muscle mass or meat intake may increase the concentration;
    muscle damage may increase the level;
    certain drugs decrease excretion of creatinine, increasing the blood level and falsely indicating kidney dysfunction.

    For this reason, creatinine clearance and urea clearance are better indicators of renal function.

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    Dr Anthony Solomon
    Consultant Physician, Tropical & Genitourinary Medicine

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