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Stage 4 Kidney Disease
I just found out my father has stage 4 chronic kidney disease. Can you please tell me what that means and how I can help my father?
Renal failure: Stage 4 kidney disease means that there is not enough kidney function for normal health and patient needs dialysis or kidney transplant. See the site below for details. Your father will appreciate your support. http://www.kidney.org/patients/peers/stage4.cfm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more
CKD stage 4: Stage 4 chronic kidney disease means that the person's glomerular filtration rate is between 15-29 ml/min. This indicates the person has severely compromised kidney function and the person does not have to start some sort of renal replacement therapy. Have the person see a nephrologist to treat any anemia or problems with high parathyroid hormone levels. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
40grams protein diet: And low phosphrus diet (no cola, chocolate, hard beans, and dairy) also, low salt diet at 2000 mg sodium or less/ 24hrs and control calories per instructions if diabetes is present. Of course this patient sees a nephrologist and you can get more details from him or her or a dietitian. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need to find cause: Staging is meant for chronic kidney disease, means that the kidney functions have been stable for 3 months during which time there are no ongoing acute medical problems. It is based on GFR calculation which is an estimate of kidney function. I certainly suggest to see a nephrologist who will do necessary work up to find the cause, stage appropriately, and improve whenever possible. ...Read more
Can stage 4 kidney disease be cured? If levels are stable, how can I tell if getting worse. What symptoms should I look for?
Kidney Disease Cure: You should ask the doctor who told you that you had stage 4 kidney disease to refer you to a nephrologist and to tell you what caused it. It can be caused by diabetes, high bp, medicines, obstruction and diseases of the kidney. See a nephrologist for other tests and be followed by him. Symptoms of kidney failure may include weakness, nausea, itching, a bitter taste in your mouth among others. ...Read more
Stage 4 kidney dz: Stage 4 chronic kidney disease ( kidney function of 15-30%) occurs for many reasons. People with stable stage 4 disease can live fairly normal lives. However, if the kidney disease is progressing rapidly, it can be associated with more complications (anemia, bone disease, end stage renal disease with dialysis). It is important to follow closely with a nephrologist. ...Read more
Possibly many years: Life expectancy depends on the rate of progression (many factors including medical and lifestyle interventions that might slow down the progression) and decisions on whether to pursue renal replacement therapy once reaches end-stage (that decision may depend on overall health, functional status, ability to tolerate various interventions, etc). Overall shorter than the average public lifespans. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Due to excessive stress issues, my dr put me on Paxil (paroxetine) to try. 10 mg. Will this have a bad effect on stage 4 kidney disease?.
ADJUST DOSE: Will have to adjust the dose as levels are higher. Monitor sodium. ...Read more
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