Creatinine levels indicate the proportion of chemical waste molecules in your blood. The normal range for creatinine levels stands between 0.5 milligrams and 1.2 milligrams for each decilitre of blood. Men normally have higher creatinine levels than women. Those with only one kidney may have levels as high as 1.9 milligrams per decilitre, which would still fall within the normal range for this situation. High creatinine levels point to kidney malfunction, and the most common symptoms of this condition include weakness and fatigue, shortness of breath and an increased feeling of dehydration.
Ask your doctor for a comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) blood test. If your symptoms are severe or if you have a history of high creatinine levels or poor kidney function, visit the hospital's emergency ward for a faster CMP evaluation. This test will indicate the severity of your creatinine levels, as well as the underlying medical problems that may be causing chemical waste to build up in your system. This also may help your doctor determine the most effective treatment to bring your level back to the normal range.
Check for high blood pressure and begin taking prescribed hypertension medication if your doctor deems this necessary. You can get your blood pressure checked at your doctor's office or go to a pharmacy, which may have a testing station. Untreated hypertension may damage your kidneys over time and their ability to filter out chemical waste, leading to high creatinine levels. You must address conditions that hinder your kidney function in order to begin lowering your creatinine levels.
Begin hemodialysis treatment if your creatinine levels remain high and you show signs of kidney failure. Your doctor will determine whether this is necessary. Hemodialysis uses a special machine available in some clinics and hospitals to clean your blood of excess chemical waste, particularly creatinine. Hemodialysis also keeps your blood pressure under control, if hypertension medicines no longer work.
You cannot address high creatinine levels without first determining the level of damage to your kidneys and then improving your kidney function. High creatinine is a symptom of renal failure or severe kidney malfunction. Doctors require that you make changes to your diet and fluid intake if you begin hemodialysis.
Blood tests performed when evaluating creatinine levels may cause faintness or feelings of being lightheaded. Do not drive for at least 20 minutes after a blood test and preferably ask a friend or relative to accompany and drive you to the clinic or hospital.