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Chronic Kidney Disease

Kingwood Kidney Associates

Board Certified Internal Medicine & Nephrology located in Humble, TX

An estimated 37 million people in the United States have chronic kidney disease, which means their kidneys aren’t functioning as they should, increasing the risk of health problems. Without proper care, chronic kidney disease may result in kidney failure. At Kingwood Kidney Associates in Kingwood Texas, board-certified Nephrologist, Sowmya Puthalapattu, MD, specialize in the diagnosis and management of chronic kidney disease and develop personalized plans focused on preserving kidney function. To schedule a consultation, call or use the online booking tool.

Chronic Kidney Disease Q & A

What is chronic kidney disease?

Chronic kidney disease is a condition that indicates a gradual loss of kidney function because of organ damage. 

Your kidneys perform many functions, including making hormones and balancing blood mineral levels. However, the primary job is to remove waste and fluid from your blood to create urine.

When your kidneys aren’t functioning as they should, they may not be able to clear the waste and fluid from your blood, which may lead to other health problems. 

Chronic kidney disease develops slowly over time, but an early diagnosis and treatment plan may help stop the progression of kidney damage. 

You may be at risk of developing chronic kidney disease if you have:

 

Your risk of chronic kidney disease also increases as you get older. 

What are chronic kidney disease symptoms?

During the early stages of chronic kidney disease, you may not experience any symptoms. However, as the disease progresses and your body isn’t able to eliminate the waste and fluids, you may begin to experience edema or swelling. 

With advanced chronic kidney disease, your symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Itchy skin
  • Muscle cramps
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches
  • Weight loss

 

If not diagnosed and treated, chronic kidney disease may lead to other health complications such as anemia, heart disease, and bone and mineral problems

How is chronic kidney disease diagnosed?

Your primary care physician may diagnose chronic kidney disease with a blood and urine test. 

To assess the severity of your kidney damage, they perform comprehensive evaluations that include a review of your symptoms and medical history, as well as a physical and blood and urine tests. They may also request diagnostic imaging or a kidney biopsy. 

How is chronic kidney disease treated?

The team at Kingwood Kidney Associates is dedicated to the preservation of kidney function and develops personalized and comprehensive treatment plans for the prevention and management of your kidney disease. 

Your treatment plan may include:

  • Medication to manage the underlying cause of your kidney damage
  • Following a kidney-friendly diet 
  • Medication to manage symptoms
  • Medication to reduce the risk of other health problems

 

The team schedules regular follow-ups to monitor kidney function and adjust your treatment plan as needed. For the management of kidney failure, Kingwood Kidney Associates offers at-home and on-site dialysis support if needed. 

For expert care of your chronic kidney disease from a team dedicated to preserving kidney function, call Kingwood Kidney Associates or request an appointment online today.