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What To Expect At Stage 5 Kidney Disease
I am at stage 4 renal failure. How can I avoid going to stage 5 (end renal failure)? Thank you. Nancy
Stage 4 CKD: You have chronic kidney disease (ckd) and to avoid advancing toward dialysis, you need to treat the cause of your ckd effectively with the aid of a nephrologist (n). If you have hypertension (h), control it with medication. If you also have diabetes (d) with your h control your d and reduce any protein in your urine with medication. See a n to have your best chance of avoiding renal failure. ...Read more
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
Here are some...: On average, some 20-22% of the dialyzed will pass away in every each year so to live longer than 5 yrs is hard. But, young age + hope to get kidney transplant + willing to cope and live a healthy lifestyle + follow available good advice are your best possible hope. Nonetheless, do something within our control now and don't waste time & energy to think & worry about what beyond our control. Best... ...Read more
Dialysis diet: The answer to your question is too long for this space. Go to this link and learn about a diet for dialysis patients: http://www.davita.com/kidney-disease/diet-andnutrition/diet-basics/the-hemodialysis-diet/e/5314. It is best to ask the dietician at a dialysis center what diet should be followed, as diabetic patients' diets are different from those that are not diabetic. Good luck. ...Read more
Time before dialysis: It is very difficult to answer your question. That is because all kidney disease is different. If one has polycystic kidney disease, that acts differently from diabetic kidney disease. The time for end stage renal disease is also dependent on the age of the patient. Have the person ask a nephrologist for a more detailed and meaningful answer to your question. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my father takes sutent (sunitinib) for stage 4 kidney cancer & also has congestive heart failure.any meds he can take for it?
Be careful: Advanced cancer of the kidney is hard to deal with. There is little to do although the sutent (sunitinib) is sometimes helpful. It will not cure it but can slow it down. You however need to talk to the doctor who prescribed as this can exacerbate the heart failure. The pt may want to continue the drug despite the CHF. This has to be decided by pt and physician weighing the benefits. Diuretics and b blockers ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not Sure: Keinbocks disease is occurs for unknown reasons. It's severity is graded 1-4, but not everyone goes through all 4 phases. Sometimes it gets better on it's own or with some surgery. Stage 3 has a and b types with b being worse. Stage 4 is complete collapse of the lunate with associated wrist arthritis. You usually need some type of surgery to make this better. Get checked out by a hand surgeon. ...Read more
How many yrs can you live if your testis cancer is dignose and cure at early stage without need of surgery but with drug and chemotherapy?
Expect normal life: Hey big fellow -- Congratulations on successful treatment of testicular carcinoma, and keeping the testis. I trust your physicians practiced evidence-based medicine and that you've been tumor-free for the two years that usually means cure with testicular CA. I'm also sorry they didn't tell you to expect a normal, full-length life as are the odds for any other guy. Work hard to be happy. ...Read more
CKD prognosis: The prognosis for the progression of ckd would depend on the causes of ckd and how well controlled the underlyng conditions are. All cause mortality increases as kidney function worsens. The leading cause of death in patients with ckd is cardiovascular disease, regardless of whether there is progression to stage 4 and 5. It's important to minimize cardiovascular risks and avoid nephrotoxic drugs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Keinbocks disease : Does not follow a set timetable. It may never progress quickly or the effects of having it is what transforms the grade. Whether it is 3b or 4 its academic anyway and the key is to treat your symptoms now with an eye towards if you do that hopefully youll be better off regardless of what it is staged as. ...Read more
What is life expectancy for male in early 60s who is afflicted with end stage renal disease, diabetes, and chf?
What is the life expectancy for someone with stage 5 kidney failure? Dialysis and transplant are not options because the heart is to weak.
Egfr 72 (mdrd), age 45, controlled BP (ace), no protein in urine - how many years at this egfr can I expect to stay clear of end stage kidney failure?
Whoa: Estimated gfr's are subscientific. I see that you're hypertensive, but you can't possibly be in 'kidney failure', which you list, with an egfr of 72. They're based on creatinine which is a function of muscle, and (get this!) there's an adjustment of 25% for black people 'because african-americans are more muscular.' every gym dude is suddenly a kidney failure case, and most folks like you are ok. ...Read more
FIL has RCC Stage4, w/mets to head, liver& lungs. Has rt. Kidney only. Now diagnosed with stage 3 CKD. What does this mean and what can we expect ?
Sorry: Sorry to know this. I do not think you need me to tell you that the prognosis is quite guarded. Your doctors will discuss treatment options(targeted radiation,embolization,interleukin-2 and others) that may help but none will be curative. The main goal will be keeping him comfortable. Stay strong as much as possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many factors here!: Chronic kidney disease stage 5 - also called end stage renal failure - must be treated, or a person will die within a week or two. Treatments include kidney transplant and dialysis. There are two basic forms of dialysis (hemodialysis or kidney machine, & peritoneal dialysis). Longevity depends on one's overall condition. Read the book, "help - i need dialysis!" by agar & schatell. ...Read more
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