Chronic Kidney Disease Symptoms Stage 5 KIDNEY FAILURE treatment and ESRD renal diet
Episode 43: Chronic Kidney Disease Symptoms for Stage 5 Kidney Failure - what you need to know about symptoms, treatment, and ESRD renal diet. For those just diagnosed with CKD stage 5 (ESRD), this video gives an overview of how your kidney function is determined and then dives deeper into the common chronic kidney disease stage 5 (ESRD) symptoms you may experience. The CKD treatment outcomes highlight what the goals for treatment typically are for ESRD Stage 5. Your kidney diet (renal diet) is extremely important to slow down, stop, or reverse your kidney disease and I cover some of the common diet changes recommended with Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 5 (ESRD).
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A person with stage 5 chronic kidney disease (CKD) has end stage renal disease (ESRD) with a glomerular filtration rate (GFR) of 15 ml/min or less. At this advanced stage of kidney disease, the kidneys have lost nearly all their ability to do their job effectively, and eventually, dialysis or a kidney transplant is needed to live.
CKD Symptoms Stage 5 (ESRD)
Symptoms that can occur in stage 5 chronic kidney disease include:
• Loss of appetite
• Nausea or vomiting
• Being tired
• Being unable to concentrate
• Swelling, especially around the eyes and ankles
• Muscle cramps
• Tingling in hands or feet
• Changes in skin color
• Increased skin pigmentation
Because the kidneys are no longer able to remove waste and fluids from the body, toxins build up in the blood, causing an overall ill-feeling. Kidneys also have other functions they are no longer able to perform such as regulating blood pressure, producing the hormone that helps make red blood cells and activating vitamin D for healthy bones.
If you are diagnosed with stage 5 CKD, you will need to see a nephrologist immediately. This is a doctor who is trained in kidney disease, kidney dialysis, and transplant. The doctor will help you decide which treatment is best for you—hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis (PD) or a kidney transplant—and will recommend an access for dialysis. Your nephrologist will develop your overall care plan and manage your healthcare team.
Dialysis treatments for people with stage 5 Kidney Disease (ESRD)
Most people report feeling much better once they begin dialysis. As the toxins are removed from the blood medicines replace the functions the kidneys can no longer perform, they find they can enjoy a good quality of life. There are two types of dialysis treatments for people with stage 5 kidney disease.
1. Hemodialysis: This treatment can be done in a center or in a patient’s home with assistance from a care partner. A dialysis machine removes a small amount of a patient’s blood through a man-made membrane called a dialyzer, or artificial kidney, to clean out toxins that the kidneys can no longer remove. The filtered blood is then returned to the body.
2. Peritoneal dialysis (PD): Unlike hemodialysis, PD is a needle-free treatment and a care partner is not required to help assist during treatment.
Kidney transplant is another kidney failure treatment option
If you wish to have a kidney transplant, tell your nephrologist. Your nephrologist will explain the process of how to get on a waiting list for a cadaverous kidney or how to find a living donor.
When at stage 5 CKD (ESRD), either dialysis or a kidney transplant is necessary to continue living if you are unable to improve your kidney function through diet and lifestyle changes.
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IMPORTANT: I AM NOT A DOCTOR. Patients should always be under the care of a physician and defer to their physician for any and all treatment decisions. This video is not meant to replace a physician’s advice, supervision, and counsel. No information in the video should be construed as medical advice. All medical decisions should be made by the patient and a qualified physician. This video is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE.
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