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Painful hip and abdominal area, normal cholesterol, blood pressure. Done Ultrasound of kidney. Help?

Hi, I am a healthy 45 year old female and I can't understand why my eGFR ranges from 50-59. I have always exercised alot, my blood pressure and cholesterol are great and my weight is good. Both of my parents are deceased, and I don't think there is a family history, but I'm not sure. I was given an ultrasound of the kidneys and bladder but it came back normal. . At times I do drink excess alchol and I wonder if that is the reason. When I was younger I would offen drink excessively. I also get sharp pains, mostly on my right side, just in line with the top of my hip and in a little. Once it was so intense I couldn't move for about 45 mins, but mostly its a niggering pain daily. My doctor does'nt seen concerned and said I dont need to go and see a specialist at this point. I don't want to wait until my kidneys decrease further until I find out the problem why this is happening. Do you think I should recieve other tests and do you think alchol could of caused this?
Asked On : Tue, 16 Apr 2013
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There are several causes of decreased eGFR. Considering that you have no obvious health problem, there is probably nothing much to worry about. However, it might be advisable to get a urine examination done. Also, a radionuclide test for kidney function maybe considered in consultation with your treating physician.

There have been several studies linking heavy alcohol consumption to chronic kidney disease. However, the exact mechanism by which these are related is not definitely known. However, it is probably advisable that you moderate your alcohol intake, not only to protect your kidneys but to avoid other health hazards related to alcohol consumption (liver problems, heart disease, etc).

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