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Dear Dr. Abby, 3 Physicians are already aware of this situation since the elevated potassium levels were generated by 3 blood tests in an attempt to get them within parameters for a cataract operation due this Monday. The anesthetist is loathe to do her job. The upper end of normal is 5.6 and I've read 5.9 all 3 times. My family doctor knows me for 15 years or so and has told the ophthalmologist to go ahead with the procedure. She told me yesterday that she will convince the anesthetist before Monday. I take metoprolol, thyroid, finasteride, nizeral, topiramate, tylenol #4, I get IGG infusions every 4 weeks for hypogammaglobulinemia. I also have celiac disease and scrupulously avoid gluten. I am in a hiatus for a statin drug. I stopped zocor when I suspected it was causing my diarrhea and low abdominal pains (at my doctors advice). This was about a month ago. Sorry, for all this, but you asked.
Dear Dr. Abby,
My family doctor has made an appointment for me with a kidney specialist, who I see in two weeks or so, but there have always been kind of cryptic elevated numbers on my tests that have been ignored, it seems to me. And I think they're kidney numbers that have always been somewhat out of whack! I'm sorry I don't have them memorized, 'creatinine' is one that is always a bit high, and something like 'cfr' is also high. One depends on one's physician for these things and sometimes takes things for granted.
They were never terribly far out of range, so I figured they weren't so bad.