Posted at 01:12h
Well I went today to see a Nephrologist in Seattle. I had some more blood tests among some other things, and got to spend quite a bit of time with him. Based on my medical history and the tests thus far, here are today's conclusions:
I have been diagnosed with two things. One is what is called "thin basement membrane disease". This disease allows blood to leak into my kidneys, and is mostly benign with a small percentage of people having progressing problems from there. My other "possible" problem is "iGa Nephrothapy " - this is a kidney disorder that occurs when IgA—a protein that helps the body fight infections—settles in the kidneys. After many years, the IgA deposits may cause the kidneys to leak blood and sometimes protein in the urine. While 25% of adults with iGa develop end-stage renal failure, if this is what I have, I increase the percentage due to the fact the TBMD is leaking blood and protein into the kidneys too. If you wonder what these things are, or want more information, you can google it (been talking about it all day...kinda don't want to anymore).