How is high kidney function treated?
Depending on the underlying cause, some types of kidney disease can be treated. Often, though, chronic kidney disease has no cure.
Treatment usually consists of measures to help control signs and symptoms, reduce complications, and slow progression of the disease. If your kidneys become severely damaged, you may need treatment for end-stage kidney disease.
High kidney function
Increased kidney function occurs as a result of the high level of creatinine in the body, and creatinine is a waste product of creatine that the body uses to supply muscles with energy.
When muscles use energy, the tissues that make up these muscles break down, causing more creatinine to be released into the bloodstream.
Normally, creatinine is filtered from the blood by the kidneys and excreted from the body in the urine, but if your kidneys are not working properly, this will cause elevated levels of creatinine in your blood, which is known as elevated kidney function.
Symptoms of high kidney function
People with high kidney function may suffer from different symptoms depending on the main cause of infection, and the symptoms are usually as follows:
- fever or chills;
- Pain in the back, side, groin, or chest.
- cloudy, dark, bloody, or foul-smelling urine
- Pain during urination and increased frequency of urination.
- Irregular heartbeat and high blood pressure.
- Increased thirst and appetite.
- blurry vision
- Fluid retention in the body.
- Feeling of weakness or general tiredness.
- Shortness of breath.
- slow wound healing
- Numbness or tingling in the hands and feet.
Causes of high kidney function
Any problem in the kidneys may cause an increase in the level of creatinine in the blood, especially in cases of kidney failure. The most common causes of chronic kidney disease in adults are the following: high blood pressure, and diabetes .
Here are other causes of increased kidney function:
- Eating a large portion of dietary meat may cause creatinine level to rise, so nutrition may play a role in elevating kidney function.
- Certain other medical conditions, such as kidney infection, rhabdomyolysis, and urinary tract obstruction, may cause elevated creatinine levels.
Diagnosis of high kidney function
High kidney function can be diagnosed by performing a creatinine level test in these ways:
1. Blood test for creatinine level
The doctor takes a sample of blood from a vein in your arm using a small needle.
You may feel slight pain when the needle is inserted or removed, and this usually takes less than five minutes.
2. Urine test for creatinine level
Your doctor will ask you for a urine sample in a medicine bottle over a 24-hour period.
It is worth noting that if the creatinine level is higher than the normal range, the doctor may consider it to be an increase in kidney function. The normal level of creatinine is:
- 0.7 – 1.2 mg/dL for men.
- 0.5 – 1.0 mg/dL for women.
Treating high kidney function
Treatment for elevated kidney function can vary from person to person, depending on the cause.
Medications may help reduce creatinine levels in the body, such as: antibiotics to treat kidney infection or medications that contribute to controlling high blood pressure. In the case of kidney failure, treatment options may be as follows:
- hemodialysis ;
- Medicines contribute to the purification of blood from toxins and waste.
- A kidney transplant, this option may be necessary in severe cases.