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Old 12-09-2008, 08:53 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:00 AM   #2
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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!
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:02 AM   #3
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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...



OH YEAH!
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:09 AM   #4
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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...



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.
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:06 AM   #5
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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!
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:10 AM   #6
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Take it easy bro. Don't let the BS get to you and good luck
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:12 AM   #7
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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.
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:28 AM   #8
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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.
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:34 AM   #9
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Take care. And keep your spirits up. I'll make sure to make a prayer for you.
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:37 AM   #10
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:34 AM   #11
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I hope things get better, you always have some friends here.

My prayers with you and your family.
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:30 AM   #12
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PM me if you have any questions. I'll be as much or as little help as you want. Get well.
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:38 AM   #13
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Take care, and I'll definitely be sending positive thoughts and energy your way to get this thing figured out!
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:39 AM   #14
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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.
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:41 AM   #15
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Hey Req, Keep on keeping on, we love your insight and what you bring to the Mane. Best of luck
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:43 AM   #16
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sorry to hear that req ......... best wishes from me to you
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:47 AM   #17
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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.
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:50 AM   #18
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Good luck and best wishes on a full and speedy recovery!
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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.
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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/con...=kidn_dis/7378

This is a more detailed site:

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

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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.

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Old 12-09-2008, 12:26 PM   #21
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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.
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Old 12-09-2008, 12:39 PM   #22
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Take care, Req. You DO have youth on your side, so that will hopefully give you the energy to fight this thing...
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:53 AM   #23
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Old 12-09-2008, 10:24 AM   #24
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sorry to hear it req, keep your head up and believe. I'll say a prayer for you
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