Hello, and thank you for requesting me.
The eGFR (non -African American) is a test that is ordered to check for early kidney damage and to monitor kidney function. It is usually ordered along with several other test when the kidney status is evaluated. When a person has either diabetes or hypertension or there is other reason to monitor the kidneys, it is usually ordered.
Signs of kidney disease is puffiness around the eyes or in the face, wrist, abdomen, thighs or ankles, urine that is foamy, bloody, or coffee-colored, decreased urine amounts, increased urination at night. In more severe kidney disease there may be a feeling of itchy skin, tiredness, loss of appetite and nausea, swelling in hands and feet and numbness, darkened skin, and muscle cramps.
For more details on the test, and my reference, see:
Let me know if you have more questions regarding this test or topic.
Actually a low eGFR can indicate damage. Do you have the actual results of your test? I can provide you better information if you have the results.
Thank you for waiting for my reply. Thank you as well for the information you have provided. If I continue to work with you from time to time in the future it will be helpful to know these details.
If the lab your doctor's office uses is the same as the following results (ml/min) which it probably is, then it appears you have mild to barely moderate decrease in glomeruler filtration rate, and this puts you in the kidney damage stage of 3 (but close to 2). 1 is normal, and 5 is the worst, or kidney failure. So how this would effect you is that you want to be sure and be careful when taking strong antibiotics or other medications that can effect the kidneys. This means taking plenty of water when taking these types of medications so that it is not hard on your kidneys to process the chemicals. It also means that you do want to maintain a normal blood pressure reading, as elevated BP, even slightly elevated BP over time, is one of the biggest causes of kidney damage. Of course even a person with healthy or stage 1 kidney function should do these things, but you want to be even more careful, since you are now aware that there is very slight damage. It would also be a good idea to have this test run every so often, just to monitor your kidney function. Here is the table that explains what the eGFR results mean. It is taken from the website I referenced in my last reply to you:
Please feel free to reply with any questions you may have.