Hi I went to the GPS today and they told me I have CKD stage 3 .Should I be seeing a renal doctor? What does this mean for me .
New to VKD diagnosed today: Hi I went to... - Early CKD Support
Yes you should . This means that your kidneys are not working properly as they should . The kidneys are not filtering blood out of toxins with the efficiency that is needed for your body . Therefore the body will accumulate toxins inside and you need the doctor to prescribe some medicines for your health and to avoid the progression of the CKD further . I am already Stage 3 as well .
Hi there, it depends on which country you are in. If you are in the U.K. You probably won't see a renal specialist unless you get to stage 4 (depending on the cause of your CKD), and you many never get to stage 4. CKD is managed by GPs at stage 3, you'll just get an annual blood test to monitor it. I wouldn't advocate medication for CKD at this stage unless it's medication to manage something that's causing your CKD, like high blood pressure. I have unexplained CKD and don't take any medication (in fact I avoid medication as a lot of drugs cause kidney problems like NSAIDs), and manage my condition with diet as do a lot people who are on this site. With diet alone I've managed to improve my GFR. My advice would be avoid salt, fizzy drinks and processed foods. Reduce dairy and red meat intake. Moderate alcohol and don't smoke. Drink plenty of water. Eat whole natural foods (think Mediterranean diet), exercise and relax and don't worry. That's the best medicine for CKD.
I agree with Julesboz. I was diagnosed at stage 3, and as I am in the USA, I was sent to a nephrologist. Only things he told me were to stop taking Celebrex, take blood pressure every day, and watch my salt intake. On my own, I educated myself regarding what I should eat. I watch intake of sodium, potassium, phosphorous and protein. I drink more than I used to, and exercise moderately. My GFR has gone up and my Creatinine has gone down, despite a 2nd nephrologist telling me that I did not need to watch my intake of s, p, p & p.