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Hi I am a 55 year old white female, never smoked, did drugs or drank alchohol. My blood pressure is until control with meds and I am taking statins for high cholestrol. I went in to get an MRI on my neck and found out my GFR is 40. This was in May and I have had three blood test since then and GFR has been in the 40s. Serum creatinine varies between 1.03 and 1.1. All other lab tests are normal. I have a very bad taste like drinking ocean water and have dark pigmentation on the tops of my lower arms. Other than that no other symptoms. I was diagnosed with MRSA in July and I do not know how long I've had it, maybe since last year. I was on bactrim for three weeks which seemed to have taken care of the problem. But now I'm wondering if the MRSA infection some how damaged my kidneys? I can't seem to find a connection between the two online anywhere, and my GP doesn't think the two are related. Please help thanks
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replied July 31st, 2017

Welcome to e health forum.

MRSA is not related to reduction of your renal functions.

The medical test results need to be assessed along with consideration of your clinical examination findings and other medical issues that you might have.

Although many forms of kidney disease do not produce symptoms until late in the course of the disease, there are six warning signs of kidney disease:

1. High blood pressure.

2. Blood and/or protein in the urine.

3. A creatinine and Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) blood test, outside the normal range. (BUN and creatinine are waste that build up in your blood when your kidney function is reduced).

4. A glomerular filtration rate (GFR) less than 60. GFR is a measure of kidney function.

5. More frequent urination, particularly at night; difficult or painful urination.

6. Puffiness around eyes, swelling of hands and feet.

The normal GFR is one that is > 90 ml .

GFR of 60 - 90 - is stage 1 /2 Chronic kidney disease

GFR of 30- 59 - is Stage 3 CKD and

GFR < 30 is - stage 4 /5 of CKD.

Consult a nephrologist who can evaluate your condition and then provide a specific medical opinion.

I hope this helps.

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