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Requiem
12-09-2008, 08:53 AM
Hey everyone,

I know I have some good friends here and while I spend more time at other forums, I figured I'd keep some of you up to date with issues regarding my health. Over the past few months I haven't been able to urinate and digest my fluids and food as well as I would have liked to. I also had signs of peripheral edema (in my legs, and it's pitting edema -- which means tight clothes or anything touching my legs cause indentations, etc.) -- and after a long battle of not being able to move around as much as I'd like and function properly, I went in this past Friday and yesterday to get some tests done.

After a CBC, multiple UA's (doing another 24 hour one today -- urine analysis), a metabolic panel, X-Ray's and a THS -- preliminary results showed that I suffer from Nephrotic Syndrome, which is the cause of all the aforementioned symptoms and is usually associated with kidney failure and disease.

Tomorrow I will complete my 24 hour urine analysis; and see the kidney specialist. Pending the results and further findings from the test, I may undergo a renal biopsy to help further diagnose which disease in my kidney's I'm suffering from. Diabetes has been ruled out, because my blood sugar levels are very good. The X-Ray's showed no swelling in my heart and lungs, and my thyroid is just fine too. That is the good news.

I just have to wait for further tests and results to understand the direct cause of my Nephrotic Syndrome; before I can be given any medicine to start treatment. The NP and Doctor said that they didn't want to put me on anything until they knew exactly what is wrong with me.

I have a lot of strength right now mentally, through the support of family and friends. I broke down yesterday, but after getting the love and care I needed from everyone, my spirits are up -- and I'm confident after a final diagnosis that I will be able to beat whatever is hurting me and live the most normal life I can.

Any well wishes my way would be greatly appreciated. This isn't going to stop me at all. I will finish my college career and I will continue giving my insight on the NFL Draft here at the Orange Mane!

Yes, it stinks to be 21 and have some crazy health disorder come up in me when I've been a healthy individual all my life -- but that's the breaks. A lot of people have it worse, and I'm lucky to have all the people I have in my life. I am blessed.

Just thought I'd let some of my friends here know.

Take care and go Broncos.

BlaK-Argentina
12-09-2008, 09:00 AM
Wow, it sucks to hear that but I'm glad you're handling it like a man. Keep your spirit up, I'm sure you'll be just fine. I was actually wondering why you hadn't been around much.

Keep us updated and get well soon!

24champ
12-09-2008, 09:02 AM
Hope the doctors can find out what it is and you can get better.

Also are you dealing with this and doing finals? I'm on about 8 Hours of sleep the last three days...


http://www.thefinalsprint.com/images/2007/04/5-hour-energy-drink.jpg
OH YEAH!

PRBronco
12-09-2008, 09:06 AM
Sorry to hear that you're sick Req, glad to hear you've got a good support network though, good luck I know you'll pull through!

Requiem
12-09-2008, 09:09 AM
Hope the doctors can find out what it is and you can get better.

Also are you dealing with this and doing finals? I'm on about 8 Hours of sleep the last three days...


http://www.thefinalsprint.com/images/2007/04/5-hour-energy-drink.jpg
OH YEAH!

Yes, I have two final tests and two final papers due by Wednesday of next week. I got an extension on one final to next week; but my goal is to keep doing the rest of the work and be done on time. I'm actually gonna finish one of my final papers today and just have it out the way.

Thanks guys, it means a lot.

Garcia Bronco
12-09-2008, 09:10 AM
Take it easy bro. Don't let the BS get to you and good luck

theAPAOps5
12-09-2008, 09:12 AM
Hang in there bro at least you are on track to get it resolved. That must be terrifying. Don't feel to down for feeling that way at age 21.

I found out a year ago my best friend from High School whom I had lost touch with had to have a Kidney donated from a family friend. He was 21 years old. He woke up one morning and couldn't stand on his right leg it hurt so bad. Now he is married and quite happy.

Not bringing up the transplant to scare you just pointing out that it happens to people at all ages.

The Joker
12-09-2008, 09:28 AM
Damn, really sorry to hear.

Was your posts over at Broncomania that brought the Mane to my attention, so I thank you for that. Always love reading your takes on the draft and the Broncos, hope to see them again more regularly one day.

Get well soon man, and keep your spirits up. :strong:

Dr. Broncenstein
12-09-2008, 09:30 AM
Req,

PM me if you have any questions. I'll be as much or as little help as you want. Get well.

HILife
12-09-2008, 09:34 AM
Take care. And keep your spirits up. I'll make sure to make a prayer for you.

cmhargrove
12-09-2008, 09:34 AM
I hope things get better, you always have some friends here.

My prayers with you and your family.

HILife
12-09-2008, 09:37 AM
prayer done. :thumbs:

JCMElway
12-09-2008, 09:38 AM
Req,

Take care, and I'll definitely be sending positive thoughts and energy your way to get this thing figured out!

ND Bronco Fan
12-09-2008, 09:39 AM
Way to stand up and take it like and man and kick whatever in the ass is keeping you down. It sounds like you have all kinds of strength and a great support network........here is hoping for a complete and quick diagnosis so you can have a happy holiday season.

SoDak Bronco
12-09-2008, 09:41 AM
Hey Req, Keep on keeping on, we love your insight and what you bring to the Mane. Best of luck :)

Spider
12-09-2008, 09:43 AM
sorry to hear that req ......... best wishes from me to you

BroncoInferno
12-09-2008, 09:47 AM
Sorry to hear this. What is the long term prognosis of someone with Nephrotic Syndrome? I am not a praying man, but you will certainly be in my thoughts, and I hope you have a speedy recovery.

hades
12-09-2008, 09:50 AM
Good luck and best wishes on a full and speedy recovery!

rugbythug
12-09-2008, 09:53 AM
I will pray for you.

chaz
12-09-2008, 10:24 AM
sorry to hear it req, keep your head up and believe. I'll say a prayer for you

SouthStndJunkie
12-09-2008, 11:15 AM
Best of luck....keep a positive attitude.

Meck77
12-09-2008, 11:19 AM
I wish you the best Req.

backup qb
12-09-2008, 11:22 AM
Good luck with everything. Keep your spirits and faith up.

ludo21
12-09-2008, 11:30 AM
best of luck Req, on Finals too.

My Finals week will be tough, but nothing compared to what you are going to have to do.

Paladin
12-09-2008, 11:32 AM
Best wishes, Req. Hope they can get a handle on it and get the therapy going for you.....

Requiem
12-09-2008, 11:36 AM
Sorry to hear this. What is the long term prognosis of someone with Nephrotic Syndrome? I am not a praying man, but you will certainly be in my thoughts, and I hope you have a speedy recovery.

I'm not exactly sure. Maybe Dr. Bronc can come in here and talk about some stuff, but right now I'm having trouble going to the bathroom and the edema I have makes it hard for me to go anywhere without the swelling. It's just a bunch of symptoms, and I believe the underlying cause is some sort of kidney ailment (infection or disease) -- I might be wrong.

I'm not big on medical stuff, despite takin' a lot of Bio-Anthro like courses.

I just leave it to the Doc's.

Thanks once again guys. I go into the clinic tomorrow to meet the Urologist and probably will have a biopsy. I hope it all goes well.

Steve Prefontaine
12-09-2008, 11:38 AM
Wow, sorry to hear that Req. Take care of yourself and good luck going forward.

rbackfactory80
12-09-2008, 11:42 AM
Way to stay strong, very impressive. The role of the mind on whatever is going on is huge so staying mentally tough is necessary. I will send some prayers.

summerdenver
12-09-2008, 11:52 AM
Very sorry hear about your health problems Req. Best wishes to you for a full recovery.

Dr. Broncenstein
12-09-2008, 11:56 AM
I'm not exactly sure. Maybe Dr. Bronc can come in here and talk about some stuff, but right now I'm having trouble going to the bathroom and the edema I have makes it hard for me to go anywhere without the swelling. It's just a bunch of symptoms, and I believe the underlying cause is some sort of kidney ailment (infection or disease) -- I might be wrong.

I'm not big on medical stuff, despite takin' a lot of Bio-Anthro like courses.

I just leave it to the Doc's.

Thanks once again guys. I go into the clinic tomorrow to meet the Urologist and probably will have a biopsy. I hope it all goes well.

This is a patient info site:

http://www.uptodate.com/patients/content/topic.do?topicKey=kidn_dis/7378

This is a more detailed site:

http://www.emedicine.com/MED/topic1612.htm

Req,

If I could give you any advice, it's to be your own advocate. Read as much about your disease, especially when you have your biopsy results..... so that you are as informed as possible. Every treatment has risks and benifits, and ultimately the choices in treatment should be yours (with consideration of the advice given by your physician). Best wishes to you.

snowspot66
12-09-2008, 12:26 PM
As somebody who's been in a similar situation (age, unexpected illness) you'll learn to listen to your body. Like Doc said, be your own advocate. If something isn't right keep calling until they do something to figure it out. If they give up find somebody else. The only answer to never accept is no.

Orange_Beard
12-09-2008, 12:30 PM
Best wishes. Get well soon.

Crushaholic
12-09-2008, 12:39 PM
Take care, Req. You DO have youth on your side, so that will hopefully give you the energy to fight this thing...

cabronco
12-09-2008, 01:14 PM
Hang in there & best wishes..

Ray Finkle
12-09-2008, 02:46 PM
Hey everyone,

I know I have some good friends here and while I spend more time at other forums, I figured I'd keep some of you up to date with issues regarding my health. Over the past few months I haven't been able to urinate and digest my fluids and food as well as I would have liked to. I also had signs of peripheral edema (in my legs, and it's pitting edema -- which means tight clothes or anything touching my legs cause indentations, etc.) -- and after a long battle of not being able to move around as much as I'd like and function properly, I went in this past Friday and yesterday to get some tests done.

After a CBC, multiple UA's (doing another 24 hour one today -- urine analysis), a metabolic panel, X-Ray's and a THS -- preliminary results showed that I suffer from Nephrotic Syndrome, which is the cause of all the aforementioned symptoms and is usually associated with kidney failure and disease.

Tomorrow I will complete my 24 hour urine analysis; and see the kidney specialist. Pending the results and further findings from the test, I may undergo a renal biopsy to help further diagnose which disease in my kidney's I'm suffering from. Diabetes has been ruled out, because my blood sugar levels are very good. The X-Ray's showed no swelling in my heart and lungs, and my thyroid is just fine too. That is the good news.

I just have to wait for further tests and results to understand the direct cause of my Nephrotic Syndrome; before I can be given any medicine to start treatment. The NP and Doctor said that they didn't want to put me on anything until they knew exactly what is wrong with me.

I have a lot of strength right now mentally, through the support of family and friends. I broke down yesterday, but after getting the love and care I needed from everyone, my spirits are up -- and I'm confident after a final diagnosis that I will be able to beat whatever is hurting me and live the most normal life I can.

Any well wishes my way would be greatly appreciated. This isn't going to stop me at all. I will finish my college career and I will continue giving my insight on the NFL Draft here at the Orange Mane!

Yes, it stinks to be 21 and have some crazy health disorder come up in me when I've been a healthy individual all my life -- but that's the breaks. A lot of people have it worse, and I'm lucky to have all the people I have in my life. I am blessed.

Just thought I'd let some of my friends here know.

Take care and go Broncos.

Wow Req,
If there is anything we can do...please let us know.

Requiem
12-09-2008, 03:09 PM
The well wishes are all I need guys. I'm just so blessed to have insurance (federal insurance from my dad, but it's over when I'm 22 -- which sucks, but hey -- at least I got it until April!) and a great set of family and friends, and my online community family to help me out.

Believe me, the prayers and wishes you're sending my way give me strength and really help my attitude. I was down yesterday after the news, but being surrounded by good people and just getting to laugh (I've even laughed about what's going on with me!) and smile has been the best medicine in the world.

Thank you all -- and I promise to keep you up to date as much as I can!

SureShot
12-09-2008, 03:32 PM
Thoughts and prayers Req.

HEAV
12-09-2008, 03:47 PM
Good luck bro! Stay positive!

Taco John
12-09-2008, 04:11 PM
Keep your head up Requiem. Thoughts and prayers are going out.

watermock
12-09-2008, 05:21 PM
You SO young for this. Make sure they check for something toxic, u may of been exposed to something...Thats what it sounds like to me.

Hogan11
12-09-2008, 06:35 PM
That's terrible, best wishes Req.

TheReverend
12-09-2008, 06:54 PM
Best of luck and keep your head up. Hopefully you've just got mono or some odd reaction to chlamydia or something much simpler... you get the picture I hope.

Get well soon.

SoCalBronco
12-09-2008, 09:01 PM
Hey everyone,

I know I have some good friends here and while I spend more time at other forums, I figured I'd keep some of you up to date with issues regarding my health. Over the past few months I haven't been able to urinate and digest my fluids and food as well as I would have liked to. I also had signs of peripheral edema (in my legs, and it's pitting edema -- which means tight clothes or anything touching my legs cause indentations, etc.) -- and after a long battle of not being able to move around as much as I'd like and function properly, I went in this past Friday and yesterday to get some tests done.

After a CBC, multiple UA's (doing another 24 hour one today -- urine analysis), a metabolic panel, X-Ray's and a THS -- preliminary results showed that I suffer from Nephrotic Syndrome, which is the cause of all the aforementioned symptoms and is usually associated with kidney failure and disease.

Tomorrow I will complete my 24 hour urine analysis; and see the kidney specialist. Pending the results and further findings from the test, I may undergo a renal biopsy to help further diagnose which disease in my kidney's I'm suffering from. Diabetes has been ruled out, because my blood sugar levels are very good. The X-Ray's showed no swelling in my heart and lungs, and my thyroid is just fine too. That is the good news.

I just have to wait for further tests and results to understand the direct cause of my Nephrotic Syndrome; before I can be given any medicine to start treatment. The NP and Doctor said that they didn't want to put me on anything until they knew exactly what is wrong with me.

I have a lot of strength right now mentally, through the support of family and friends. I broke down yesterday, but after getting the love and care I needed from everyone, my spirits are up -- and I'm confident after a final diagnosis that I will be able to beat whatever is hurting me and live the most normal life I can.

Any well wishes my way would be greatly appreciated. This isn't going to stop me at all. I will finish my college career and I will continue giving my insight on the NFL Draft here at the Orange Mane!

Yes, it stinks to be 21 and have some crazy health disorder come up in me when I've been a healthy individual all my life -- but that's the breaks. A lot of people have it worse, and I'm lucky to have all the people I have in my life. I am blessed.

Just thought I'd let some of my friends here know.

Take care and go Broncos.

Wow....I am floored. I am praying HARD for you, Req. Hopefully the tests come back well and they can find the proper medicine for you to control this. You'll be fine. I am definitely praying for you....all will turn out well, Chris.

Keep your head up.

:thumbsup:

PatsWin2002
12-10-2008, 08:55 AM
Get well, man. I didn't know you were such a young whippersnapper. :)

Let us know if we can help.

Requiem
12-10-2008, 01:36 PM
Went to the Nephrology department and talked with the Doc and I'll undergo my renal biopsy on my kidney tomorrow morning at 8:30 AM. I am anxious and worried at the same time. I haven't ever had a procedure like this, heck any medical procedure for that matter -- and I ask once again for some well wishes and prayers for me at this moment.

I am in debt to everyone of you and am thankful that those who have responded are here for me.

Thank you so damn much.

Natedogg
12-10-2008, 03:00 PM
Keep you chin up. (not that you wouldn't)


It will be water under the bridge in no time.

Requiem
12-11-2008, 06:02 AM
Just a few minutes from going to MeritCare to get this underway. Had a lot of swelling last night, because I was dumb and ate salty foods because I knew it'd be a last time to really do it. I know I'll have to make major life changes after this. Still have a lot of swelling, even in my face which makes me look like a fat turd.

I'm nervous right now, my hands are shaking -- but I'm thinking of the people I love and a lot of good memories. It will help me get by. I hope to be discharged by noon today. I pray that everything goes all right.

I'll let you guys know what happens.

rugbythug
12-11-2008, 07:35 AM
Still in my Prayers

Requiem
12-11-2008, 01:57 PM
Well, getting a biopsy is completely harmless. They supposedly gave me some drugs to sedate me, but I didn't even feel anything. Spent more time waiting to get checked in that the whole procedure took. Watching a **** ton of TV, and called in the hot nurses that had to take care of me. 90% of the younger women in hospitals are fine. When I got taken back to wait before I went into the CT before the biopsy, this short haired little cutie and I hit it off.

She told me cute guys like me should have health problems more often, cause she's used to seeing the older dudes back there. At that point in time I wanted her to take the IV out of me and just go hog wild on top. . . but then they strolled me away. . .

I'll find the results out Monday when I make an appointment with the specialist who will analyze my results, hopefully everything will be figured out and I can start the treatment.

I actually liked being there today. Got my blood going. Hehe.

For real guys, I think the results are going to be good and I'm gonna tear this crap apart.

Thanks again.

theAPAOps5
12-11-2008, 02:05 PM
You know she says that to all the ugly sick guys right Req? HEY OH ;)

I hope it comes back in the clear.

Requiem
12-11-2008, 02:50 PM
Don't tear down my artificial high, Apa. I was thinking for once I wasn't hideous. :D

theAPAOps5
12-11-2008, 02:56 PM
Don't tear down my artificial high, Apa. I was thinking for once I wasn't hideous. :D

No way man you have a face for radio.......... ;)

Just giving you some grief!

Sassy
12-11-2008, 05:47 PM
Best of luck, Req!

Requiem
12-12-2008, 06:16 PM
Here's a little bit from my Facebook Blog, it's the update I have -- and here it is for you.

Hello everyone. First and foremost, a big thanks to all those who have expressed their shares and concerns, along with well wishes and prayers. I cannot explain how thankful I am for all of that, and cannot tell you how blessed I am to have the family, friends and support that I do. It means the world to me that you are here in this time for me.

This evening I talked with my doctor and I was diagnosed with Minimal Change Disease. To sum it up, this is what is causing my Nephrotic Syndrome. Great news though -- it's very, very, very treatable! I will be taking a steroid Prednisone for about two months (8 weeks) to fight this off. Two tablets a day, twice a day. On the other hand, relapse sometimes does happen -- but if I keep steady with it, I should be just fine.

Doc said I'd probably get some acne, which sucks cause I never had that problem -- but who cares!? Insomnia is probably likely, along with some weight gain. Not a big deal either, because when I'm all better I'll be working out for sure. He also said depression is common, but guess what? I have all of you here for me so I'm not going to be depressed at all.

Guess it doesn't look like I'll be playing in the NFL though -- since steroids are a no-no, so one of my childhood dreams has been shot down!

At any case, I'm starting treatment tonight and will have about a whole month of time off through the treatment so I'll be under little stress and around the people that I love.

With all my heart and strength, I will beat the pants off of this Minimal Change Disease and Nephrotic System and be my regular self within no time.

Hugs and high fives for all of you who are in this with me. You're a source of hope and inspiration, and I am in debt to you all for your sincerity and gratitude.

Much love and thanks,

Christopher D. Hart

elsid13
12-12-2008, 06:23 PM
great news Req. You have three days to celebrate, then we will send Spider to give you a throat punch for scaring us. (;D)

bronco0608
12-12-2008, 09:58 PM
Man, life is box of chocolates isn't it? Why.

I feel bad for everyonewho suffers. Some people deal with health problems, others deal with money problems, and most of deal with social problems.

Count your blessings. I don't know, but just do.

Get well, req. You gonna come out good and strong from all this bs.

watermock
12-12-2008, 10:24 PM
Does this just mean you were stuck in puberty?

You'll have hair on your back in no time!

Los Broncos
12-12-2008, 11:15 PM
I didn't realize you were having health problems, guess I didn't venture over here.

Just hang tough man, I'll be thinking of ya on the 28th.

Broncobiv
12-13-2008, 12:52 AM
I will be taking a steroid Prednisone for about two months (8 weeks) to fight this off. Two tablets a day, twice a day.
Whoa! My dog has lupus and the vet prescribed Prednisone for him. Weird coincidence!

And of course I hope you feel better soon! :sunshine:

chickennob2
12-13-2008, 02:53 PM
You're one of my favorite posters here, and as Dream. Get well soon.

SouthStndJunkie
12-13-2008, 05:31 PM
That is good news....best of luck in your treatment.

Sodak
12-13-2008, 09:25 PM
Awesome news. Good luck.

crazyhorse
12-14-2008, 04:12 AM
Here's a little bit from my Facebook Blog, it's the update I have -- and here it is for you.

Hello everyone. First and foremost, a big thanks to all those who have expressed their shares and concerns, along with well wishes and prayers. I cannot explain how thankful I am for all of that, and cannot tell you how blessed I am to have the family, friends and support that I do. It means the world to me that you are here in this time for me.

This evening I talked with my doctor and I was diagnosed with Minimal Change Disease. To sum it up, this is what is causing my Nephrotic Syndrome. Great news though -- it's very, very, very treatable! I will be taking a steroid Prednisone for about two months (8 weeks) to fight this off. Two tablets a day, twice a day. On the other hand, relapse sometimes does happen -- but if I keep steady with it, I should be just fine.

Doc said I'd probably get some acne, which sucks cause I never had that problem -- but who cares!? Insomnia is probably likely, along with some weight gain. Not a big deal either, because when I'm all better I'll be working out for sure. He also said depression is common, but guess what? I have all of you here for me so I'm not going to be depressed at all.

Guess it doesn't look like I'll be playing in the NFL though -- since steroids are a no-no, so one of my childhood dreams has been shot down!

At any case, I'm starting treatment tonight and will have about a whole month of time off through the treatment so I'll be under little stress and around the people that I love.

With all my heart and strength, I will beat the pants off of this Minimal Change Disease and Nephrotic System and be my regular self within no time.

Hugs and high fives for all of you who are in this with me. You're a source of hope and inspiration, and I am in debt to you all for your sincerity and gratitude.

Much love and thanks,

Christopher D. Hart

Good to hear that you are treatable. I am taking prednisone too. 3 tabs a day (60mg.) Been taking it for about 3 months, so they are stepping me down to 40mg for 4 weeks then 30 then 20 then 10. Staying on prednisone has it's side effects. Weight gain is certainly one of them. Bone density loss is another. Your sex drive will take a hit too. I've always had a strong drive, but I probably have 40% of what I had before I started taking the steroids. Your immune sysytem will also be non existent. Be careful. You dont have to shake everybodys hand. Stay away from sick people. If you are married, sleep on the couch if the wife is sick. If you get sick it's tough to get well again.

Your allergies are gone on prednisone. I have always had allergies. Sinus drainage, lung congestion..........GONE! In that way, I breath better than I ever have. That was the single biggest benefit for me in taking the steroid. It gave be back a small percentage of lung capacity that my lung disease had taken from me.

You will have increased energy, appetite, and will have increased intensity in your emotions. When you are sad, you'll be pretty sad. When happy, you'll be happier than normal. Dont let these increases get you too down.

Good luck with your treatment. As always, the longer you are on treatement the less discipline we tend to have later in our teatement. Stay on course and do what you are supposed to do. The best chance for success is to do everything you can to succeed. Not just what's convenient.

Take care.

TheReverend
12-14-2008, 08:11 AM
Congratulations on the good news, Req. Be vigilant with the doctors orders and get better as soon as possible.

Ray Finkle
12-14-2008, 08:49 AM
Good news Req, keep us up to date.

Requiem
12-14-2008, 09:39 AM
Thank you guys so much. CrazyHorse, is there anything to combat the weight gain? I am going to exercise and be on a treadmill and bike back home as much as possible and obviously limit my sodium intake and eat healthier, but does that even do the trick?

theAPAOps5
12-14-2008, 10:03 AM
Whoa! My dog has lupus and the vet prescribed Prednisone for him. Weird coincidence!

And of course I hope you feel better soon! :sunshine:

HA my dog has Lupus TOO! I choose not to go with Prednisone as its not an issue right now.

My other dog that passed away a year ago had lymphoma cancer and they had him on that until he died.

Its kind of a cure all steroid they gave it to my boss for her bronchitis and coughing spells.

crazyhorse
12-15-2008, 05:19 AM
Thank you guys so much. CrazyHorse, is there anything to combat the weight gain? I am going to exercise and be on a treadmill and bike back home as much as possible and obviously limit my sodium intake and eat healthier, but does that even do the trick?


The weight gain is a tough thing to fight due to water weight. The appetite increase is tough to fight as well. From what I understand from others I've talked to, you will lose the weight when you come off the prednisone. The doc told me that everyone gains weight. You also get what they call a moon face. Your face will fill out and become somewhat round. What that means is, your neck will fill out.

All those things you mentioned will help. I also asked for a water pill recently to help combat water retention. In the end, I have gained 13 lbs. I was told that many gain as much as 30 to 40 lbs. So in that light, I have done well. But I have always been a weight lifter and disciplined in my diet. So wieght control is something I have been very good at.

I expect I will lose the weight once I come off the prednisone for a bit.

Requiem
12-15-2008, 07:57 AM
Thanks so much CH. I hope things continue to go well for you.

Requiem
12-19-2008, 07:11 AM
It's been almost a week since I've updated, so I thought I'd give ya'll a whirl.

Treatment is going well it seems. Yes, my appetite has increased (greatly, but I think it's good in a way because I am eating good foods, normal foods and back to a normal Chris diet after eating crap mostly all at school) due to the Prednisone, but other than that there haven't been that many crazy side effects. I've been very positive and happy; and the Doc said that euphoric increases are common -- and it's good I'm happy because if I was sad I'd be a lot more sad. So -- that's positive.

My legs still have swelling (and will probably until I'm completely in remission) but they're looking skinny again and I have a lot more mobility. In fact, my whole body looks different. I haven't ever been the cut-ab kid, but I can't even tell you how much water weight it looks like I've lost. I don't like going on scales because I'm self-conscious in that respect -- but my legs look to be half of what they were, even areas around my hips and mid-section seem to have been drained of fluids in some way because I'm a lot smaller.

Let's put it this way: My grandpa gave me a pair of of some super cool VFW large sweats (and I'm gonna order some too, with a fleece cause they're badass) when I got here and they were a little tight because of the swelling. I woke up to urinate this morning and they were already falling off my butt a little bit.

I feel better, I look better and honestly I haven't felt this sexy in a while. It's just a huge confidence booster to get better mobility back and to look better. This is all making me really positive and I couldn't be more thrilled with how things are going.

Looks like I might get some stria (more stretch marks) because I probably am going to fluctuate in weight (gain some, lose some from water weight, etc) -- but who cares. It's sort of silly to me, but I've always had delicate skin and some of those anyway. I have a little joint pain, but I think that could be due to all the changes I'm going through. Other than that, really no complaints. I kinda dig the insomnia, hyperactivity and stuff.

I don't know guys, this post is probably all over the place and seem really antsy but I'm super stoked about how things are going. I can't thank you all enough for the prayers, well wishes and continued support. It's been awesome and I look forward to keep on treatin' myself to a good lifestyle while I'm back home.

Thank you once again, bless you all and I hope all your finals went well and that you have safe trips home and a ballin' Holiday season.

Warmest regards,

Christopher D. Hart -- aka C-Rock, aka Gingersnap, aka Da Ginge Cringe, aka Da Lion

crazyhorse
12-19-2008, 10:43 AM
It's been almost a week since I've updated, so I thought I'd give ya'll a whirl.

Treatment is going well it seems. Yes, my appetite has increased (greatly, but I think it's good in a way because I am eating good foods, normal foods and back to a normal Chris diet after eating crap mostly all at school) due to the Prednisone, but other than that there haven't been that many crazy side effects. I've been very positive and happy; and the Doc said that euphoric increases are common -- and it's good I'm happy because if I was sad I'd be a lot more sad. So -- that's positive.

My legs still have swelling (and will probably until I'm completely in remission) but they're looking skinny again and I have a lot more mobility. In fact, my whole body looks different. I haven't ever been the cut-ab kid, but I can't even tell you how much water weight it looks like I've lost. I don't like going on scales because I'm self-conscious in that respect -- but my legs look to be half of what they were, even areas around my hips and mid-section seem to have been drained of fluids in some way because I'm a lot smaller.

Let's put it this way: My grandpa gave me a pair of of some super cool VFW large sweats (and I'm gonna order some too, with a fleece cause they're badass) when I got here and they were a little tight because of the swelling. I woke up to urinate this morning and they were already falling off my butt a little bit.

I feel better, I look better and honestly I haven't felt this sexy in a while. It's just a huge confidence booster to get better mobility back and to look better. This is all making me really positive and I couldn't be more thrilled with how things are going.

Looks like I might get some stria (more stretch marks) because I probably am going to fluctuate in weight (gain some, lose some from water weight, etc) -- but who cares. It's sort of silly to me, but I've always had delicate skin and some of those anyway. I have a little joint pain, but I think that could be due to all the changes I'm going through. Other than that, really no complaints. I kinda dig the insomnia, hyperactivity and stuff.

I don't know guys, this post is probably all over the place and seem really antsy but I'm super stoked about how things are going. I can't thank you all enough for the prayers, well wishes and continued support. It's been awesome and I look forward to keep on treatin' myself to a good lifestyle while I'm back home.

Thank you once again, bless you all and I hope all your finals went well and that you have safe trips home and a ballin' Holiday season.

Warmest regards,

Christopher D. Hart -- aka C-Rock, aka Gingersnap, aka Da Ginge Cringe, aka Da Lion

Good to hear, man!

Yeah, it sounds like that prednisone is kicking in. LOL. Now go get something around the house done with your new found energy.

DomCasual
12-19-2008, 12:38 PM
Good luck, man. Glad you're feeling sexy again! :)

24champ
12-19-2008, 12:44 PM
It's been almost a week since I've updated, so I thought I'd give ya'll a whirl.

Treatment is going well it seems. Yes, my appetite has increased (greatly, but I think it's good in a way because I am eating good foods, normal foods and back to a normal Chris diet after eating crap mostly all at school) due to the Prednisone, but other than that there haven't been that many crazy side effects. I've been very positive and happy; and the Doc said that euphoric increases are common -- and it's good I'm happy because if I was sad I'd be a lot more sad. So -- that's positive.

My legs still have swelling (and will probably until I'm completely in remission) but they're looking skinny again and I have a lot more mobility. In fact, my whole body looks different. I haven't ever been the cut-ab kid, but I can't even tell you how much water weight it looks like I've lost. I don't like going on scales because I'm self-conscious in that respect -- but my legs look to be half of what they were, even areas around my hips and mid-section seem to have been drained of fluids in some way because I'm a lot smaller.

Let's put it this way: My grandpa gave me a pair of of some super cool VFW large sweats (and I'm gonna order some too, with a fleece cause they're badass) when I got here and they were a little tight because of the swelling. I woke up to urinate this morning and they were already falling off my butt a little bit.

I feel better, I look better and honestly I haven't felt this sexy in a while. It's just a huge confidence booster to get better mobility back and to look better. This is all making me really positive and I couldn't be more thrilled with how things are going.

Looks like I might get some stria (more stretch marks) because I probably am going to fluctuate in weight (gain some, lose some from water weight, etc) -- but who cares. It's sort of silly to me, but I've always had delicate skin and some of those anyway. I have a little joint pain, but I think that could be due to all the changes I'm going through. Other than that, really no complaints. I kinda dig the insomnia, hyperactivity and stuff.

I don't know guys, this post is probably all over the place and seem really antsy but I'm super stoked about how things are going. I can't thank you all enough for the prayers, well wishes and continued support. It's been awesome and I look forward to keep on treatin' myself to a good lifestyle while I'm back home.

Thank you once again, bless you all and I hope all your finals went well and that you have safe trips home and a ballin' Holiday season.

Warmest regards,

Christopher D. Hart -- aka C-Rock, aka Gingersnap, aka Da Ginge Cringe, aka Da Lion

Yeah so... what happened with the hot nurse?;D

Glad your getting better and finals went pretty good on this end. Hope you did well on that too.

Requiem
12-19-2008, 04:59 PM
Thanks guys, and yeah ALF -- it looks like I might make honor roll (3.5+) in college this semester. Surprised by an A I got in a course I wasn't expecting. So, I'm happy. I'll try and update as much as possible. Bless you all once again.

Fan In Exile
12-20-2008, 01:07 PM
Req I wish you all the best, glad to hear that you're doing well.

Requiem
12-23-2008, 04:22 AM
Have lost 20+ pounds since I came back to South Dakota on Wednesday. Looks like the medications are getting all that **** in me (swelling, water weight) and crap out. I feel like a new person. Still a long ways to go, but things are going pretty well.

I'm right now cause of the insomnia, but it aight.

gunns
12-23-2008, 06:03 AM
Sounds like good news Requiem. Merry Christmas!

24champ
12-23-2008, 09:47 AM
I want the nurse update Req!!!

:D

Requiem
12-27-2008, 12:17 PM
Went into the doctor yesterday to go another renal panel and UA. Will hopefully know the results soon. Officially down 29.5/30 pounds since December 17th. I'm the lightest I've been in a long time and will probably keep losing some weight. Getting able to exercise and feel pretty normal. Side effects from the medication are still there, but there is no doubt I'm on a fast track to recovery and doing much better. I'm feeling pretty great.

Nurse Update: Gettin' head from her regularly.

Inkana7
12-27-2008, 12:55 PM
Sounds like things are going according to plan, Req!

Requiem
12-27-2008, 04:21 PM
Definitely, maybe even ahead of schedule. The prayers and blessings from you all have undoubtedly helped and been a big morale booster for me. Thanks for that once again.

Requiem
01-03-2009, 04:09 PM
Haven't updated in a while! Got a call from the Nephrologist and while I'm not in remission, the results over a few weeks (about three) have been absolutely amazing. I am taking a reduced amount of my corticosteroid and the doctor believes that I should be in remission within a month. That will be awesome. I cannot wait!

I've been able to do a good cardio workout (one and a half hours a day) the past week and have never felt better. I weight about 175 pounds and am nearing 40 pounds of bad fluid and crappy fat loss. I suppose when I'm off the Prednisone, I'll lose some more weight because I've stabalized at my weight as of the past few days. (Doc said I'd probably lose more.)

Got my bill today and was amazed at how lucky I am to have unsurance. Saved 1,500+ and only owe like 200 for my biopsy and other stuff. So damn lucky.

Thank you all. You have helped so much. I'll keep you up to date more when I can!

SpringStein
01-03-2009, 05:31 PM
Great report, my friend!

Requiem
01-21-2009, 07:28 AM
Still haven't got a call, which is making me wonder if they got my last blood and UA results, so I am making the call myself today. Definitely seeing the side effects of everything a lot more now, which is why I think my dosage needs to go down. Never had any acne, now I do -- and I'm the kind of guy who buys facial **** and washes his face constantly because he tries to look decent. Moon face is just stupid, a lot of joint pain and all that. It is all bearable, but it definitely has set in.

Also gonna set up a payment plan with them so I can make monthly payments with all the bills, establish better credit and all that.

Otherwise, I'm still working out as much as I can and eating healthy and am keeping off all those pounds, gaining back weight from Prednisone is something I haven't seen yet -- and I hope I don't -- even though when I'm off of it I'm sure I'll be able to work it all off.

School just started, it is going pretty well -- I'm just glad that I was diagnosed and got to do half (or so) of my treatment over break so I can really focus hard this semester and be one (hopefully) away from graduation.

That's about all I know, when I know more about nearing remission and where things stand exactly, I'll toss it your way!

Broncos_OTM
01-25-2009, 07:03 PM
I have my own health issues myself bro. I really dont care to share but be a trooper and hold tight.

theAPAOps5
01-25-2009, 07:06 PM
Req how is it going? And how in the hell did you get a ban at BF's?

SoCalBronco
01-25-2009, 08:38 PM
Glad to see you are doing well, Req! :thumbsup:

24champ
01-25-2009, 08:53 PM
And how in the hell did you get a ban at BF's?

A bunch of monkeys run it, thats how.


Anyway Req hope all is well. Did you bleep that Nurse?

Los Broncos
01-25-2009, 09:00 PM
I hope you continue to feel better, nice nurse head rep.

Requiem
01-26-2009, 06:51 PM
Appointment coming up in a few days, I'll have results ASAP. Got busy with school and starting work, lobbying and the new semester again and things got all fugged up. Sorry for that. When I know, you'll know. I can still tell my albumin count is low because I have a little bit of edema in my legs, but hopefully that gets cleared up soon. It doesn't hurt or anything, it's just retarded.

Like I said many times, thanks so much for the well wishes. It means a lot.

I gotta be 100% healthy for the draft.

Malcontent
01-29-2009, 07:15 PM
Dont know ya..but wish you well Requiem!