"There's a myth that anyone who has a liver problem has brought it on themselves" This quote is from a Crohn's disease patient living with a blocked portal vein hoping for a liver transplant (Independent 31st Oct 2010)

Tuesday, 14 August 2012


While the Tenofovir was busy messing with my kidneys seems it was also tinkering with my immune system response.  Dentist has diagnosed an abscess under a crown I had fitted 6 months ago and which had been causing lots of pain since last week.  She reckoned that it had flared to coincide with the dip in kidney function, something they often see is a dental problem if the patient is a bit below par.

So today I have the abscess drained and packed and then Thursday a root canal filling, and then fingers crossed no more pain.

I hate the dentist, not personally(!) but I hate being treated at the dentist.

Monday, 6 August 2012


Got my latest kidney function result back today.  Improving again, back up to 73% and the creatine is reducing nicely.

It may be because I cut about 1/3 of the pill off before taking each day, reducing the dose.
It may be because I checked my water intake to make sure I wasnt dehydrated (I seem to manage about 1 3/4 litres a day which should be ok)
It may be because I'm drinking nettle tea, lol!

Whatever, I shall continue with the reduced dose of Tenofovir (which isnt protocol until you go down to an efGR of 50 - tut tut) and will risk a telling off by my hepatologist in September.  Decided I wasnt waiting til September and a crashing kidney function before any action was taken.