In the early 90's when I learned of the IgAN I was asked to be a part in testing fish oil as a treatment for it. (The FDA is now attempting to control the sale of fish oil since it works). I was given some review information, read it and agreed. I was in the high yield group, meaning I was on the max end of the test, to see what the body limit was. At one point I was taking several thousands of mg a day. As the testing went on, it was discovered that the max an IgAN patient needs is about 1,000mg. I was lowered to that after about 8 years. Step x step. But the damage was done. It did not cause damage to my kidney's or any other part, and if I do not take it at all, I suffer no ill effects. But the course of taking it does cause some life changes in our family. You would not think taking fish oil would be such a major decision. My wife and I considered it for several days, taking it will mean the following
1) Increased energy
2) Increased kidney function
3) Increased wellbeing
4) A feeling of feeling better
5) And an increase in the possibility to stay in stage 3/4 possible to a stinky old age.
But not without some change of life cost. After talking it over, for days, we choose to return to the fish oil. I do feel a great deal better, but the changes will take time to adjust, and I am sure after about 20 years we will still be adjusting. But we feel it was the better choice.
So I hope no one minds me sticking around a bit?