Chronic Kidney Disease
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a long-term condition where the kidneys become damaged and can’t function properly. This can limit the body’s ability to properly filter your blood, leading to a range of symptoms.
- High blood pressure
- Certain medications
- Exposure to toxins or heavy metals
- Genetic factors
- Other medical conditions that can affect the kidney
Symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease:
In the early stages, CKD may not cause any noticeable symptoms.
As the condition progresses, you may begin to experience symptoms such as:
- Fatigue or weakness
- Swelling in the legs, ankles, or feet
- Decreased appetite.
- Nausea or vomiting
- Changes in urine output or color
- Difficulty sleeping
- Muscle cramps or twitches
Treatment for Chronic Kidney Disease:
CKD is typically diagnosed through a combination of medical history, physical exam, and diagnostic tests. These tests may include:
- Blood tests to check kidney function
- Urine tests to check for protein or other abnormalities
- Imaging tests
Treatment for CKD typically focuses on managing the underlying causes of the condition and preventing complications. This may include medications to control blood pressure, blood sugar, or other medical conditions that can affect the kidneys. If left untreated, kidney disease can lead to a need for long-term dialysis.
Things you can do:
- Eating a healthy, low salt diet.
- Getting regular exercise
- Quitting smoking
- Managing stress
Upperline Plus providers can develop a CKD management plan that works for you. They can also help you understand your medications and provide additional resources and support including, dieticians, pharmacists, social workers, and mental health services.
Contact one of our Upperline Health convenient clinics to get your Chronic Kidney Disease treatment started.