Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease, or CKD, is a slow progressing disease over months and years. Its last stage is called end-stage renal disease, during which the kidneys are unable to remove enough wastes and excess fluids from the body. High blood pressure and diabetes are the two most common causes.

Our team of nephrologists are here to work with you in treating your chronic kidney disease and managing your symptoms so that you can continue to live the life you want.

What are common symptoms?

Symptoms of early-stage chronic kidney disease include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Itching and dry skin
  • Nausea
  • Unexpected weight loss

As the disease progresses, other symptoms may include:

  • Bad breath
  • Blood in the stool
  • Bruising
  • Drowsiness
  • Numbness or swelling in the hands and feet

What are my treatment options?

While there is no cure for chronic kidney disease, controlling your blood pressure will help slow the progression of the disease. Your doctor may also recommend medicine and lifestyle changes like eating healthier and exercising. When your kidneys can no longer work properly, your doctor will discuss the options of dialysis and kidney transplantation.

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