My oncologist said my kidney function has been up and down, since I started MM treatment. He said to drink more water. Frankly, I think it's from something else because water is almost the only thing I drink.
However, I haven't kept track of how much I drink..I should. He suggested 2qts. a day. Since the subject did come up, I will work out of a gallon container daily and measure my intake. I attempted to do this in the past, but stopped because I didn't think I had a kidney issue
Since the monoclonal cancerous plasma cells are larger in size then the normal blood cells, they will damage the filtration mechanism in your kidneys. The amount damage they’ve caused, depend on how early your MM was discovered, and what stage you were in when it was discovered. I have a 24 hr urine done every three months, and I see a nephrologist regularly. I caught my MM early during an annual exam. My GFR is about 60-65, which means I have mild kidney damage, and the kidneys still work well. GFR will typically go down as you get older. Staying hydrated is paramount in keeping the kidneys in good working order.
Keeping track of water intake is hard. I know I should drink more water. I think if I drink 4 16 oz water bottles I should be ok. The MM did not affect my kidneys but its good practice especially since I receive Intravenous chemo. Best luck to all of us who have to deal with this disease and the ups and downs of the disease progression 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Hi Kat, I have the same problem. My oncologist wants me to drink the same amount you are supposed to. Its hard to get used to and I don't always succeed. He said I need it yo flush my system and keep my kidneys healthy. Urine shouldn't be dark yellow. Good luck.
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On the routine blood test the BUN and Creatinine are elevated.
The GFR (glomeruli filtration Rate should be not less than 20.
You should check with your nephrologist . Sometimes they also collect 24hr urine to check your creatinine clearance.
Best wishes to you and your treatment
There is a careful balance between enough water and too much. Too little and your kidneys could be affected. Too much and it’s bad for the heart. If you’re thirsty drink. Remember some liquids are diuretics,such as coffee, I do believe. I was hospitalized several times til I got some good teaching on this . That was back in NY. Perhaps you could do some research on that. Blessings
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