Kidney Trouble as a Patient with IPF: Can You Relate?
This forum tends to be a wealth of information about idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and the pesky symptoms that come as a result of living with this life-threatening illness. So naturally, I am turning to those utilizing this platform to ask: has anyone had troubles with their kidneys throughout their journey with IPF/PF?
This past Monday I had a standard follow-up appointment with my doctor who discovered a minor fever. After a ton of questions, all of which I answered without trouble, he asked to take a few samples; blood, urine…fun stuff like that without getting too detailed. I am obviously used to this by now so it was fine by me. Apparently those samples indicated an infection, which my doctor seems to think is in my kidneys per a physical examination. I am now on antibiotics and was stunned with this news. I’ve not had trouble with my kidneys, nor did I have any indication that I might be dealing with a kidney infection especially because I thought they were painful, and I have no pain in my abdomen.
After asking the doctor what causes these, his answer was very vague as there can be so many causes. That said, with a quick review of my medication list for IPF and other issues; he suspects it is simply from my kidneys trying to filter “so many” medications. Compared to others, I don’t believe I am on an excessive amount of medications but apparently my kidneys tell a different story. I am a bit stumped, because the doctor also couldn’t identify which drug I should be taken off of to help my kidneys recover, and if it is a collective problem (due to all the meds combined) then I don’t know what a solution would be.
Have any of you been told something similar by your doctor?
Were you treated with antibiotics and then just monitored for repeat issues going forward?
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