When you were first diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD) several questions probably came to mind such as:
Is CKD a terminal condition?
Why are my kidneys important?
How will this disease effect the quality of my life?
Is this disease reversible?
Let’s begin by addressing what probably is your greatest fear about living with kidney disease. This is not a death sentence! Yes, your style of life will have some considerable changes, but with the proper medical support and care, patients can thrive and live life as productive members of their communities.
Your kidneys are important as they cleanse your blood by removing waste and excess fluid from your body, maintaining the balance of salt and minerals in your blood and helping to regulate your blood pressure. When your kidneys become damaged, waste products and fluid can build up in the body, causing swelling in your ankles, vomiting, weakness, poor sleep, and shortness of breath. If left untreated or poorly treated, diseased kidneys may eventually stop functioning totally. That’s what makes kidney disease a serious and potentially fatal condition.
Your quality of life does not have to suffer when living with CKD. Advances in technology, care and enhanced training of CKS medical professionals allow patients to integrate their treatment into their daily life schedules. By offering extended hours for medical care and alternate home treatment options, patients can continue to work, travel, and study or participate in active lifestyles.
While irreversible, kidney disease does not have to be permanent. If receiving a kidney transplant is your desire, this is an option.