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Chronic Kidney Disease

Nephrology Consultants in Huntsville, Alabama is your destination for unparalleled chronic kidney disease treatment, offering a holistic approach centered on comprehensive and individualized care.

Our team of experienced providers is dedicated to guiding you through every step of your treatment journey with expertise and compassion. Through our leading-edge partnership with Evergreen Nephrology(opens in a new tab), we make gold-standard chronic kidney disease management accessible to more patients.

Experience a new standard of care that prioritizes patient education and outcomes optimization at Nephrology Consultants.


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Chronic Kidney Disease Treatment for Tennessee & Alabama

Compassionate Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Treatment

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a prevalent condition characterized by the gradual loss of kidney function over time. At Nephrology Consultants, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive care and support for individuals facing this challenging diagnosis, with a focus on early detection and proactive management.

Common examples of CKD include:

  • Diabetic Nephropathy: Kidney damage caused by diabetes.
  • Hypertensive Nephrosclerosis: Kidney damage due to high blood pressure.
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease: Inherited disorder leading to cyst formation in the kidneys.
  • Glomerulonephritis: Inflammation of the kidney's filtering units.

Some of the management options we offer include:

  • Medication Therapy: Tailored medications to manage symptoms and slow disease progression.
  • Dietary Modifications: Adjustments to diet to reduce strain on the kidneys.
  • Hemodialysis or Peritoneal Dialysis: Treatment options for advanced stages of CKD.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the five chronic kidney disease stages?

The five stages of chronic kidney disease are defined using the acronym "GFR," which stands for glomerular filtration rate. This is a measure of how well your kidneys are able to filter waste and fluid from your blood.

The stages are as follows:

  • Stage 1: GFR greater than or equal to 90 mL/min - In this stage, there may be slight kidney damage but it is still functioning normally.
  • Stage 2: GFR between 60-89 mL/min - Mild kidney damage is present in this stage, but there are usually no symptoms.
  • Stage 3: GFR between 30-59 mL/min - Moderate kidney damage is present and some symptoms may start to appear, such as fatigue and changes in urination. Stage 3 CKD treatment is focused on managing these symptoms and slowing the progression of the disease.
  • Stage 4: GFR between 15-29 mL/min - Severe kidney damage is present and symptoms become more noticeable, such as swelling in the legs and feet, nausea, and difficulty concentrating.
  • Stage 5: GFR less than 15 mL/min - This is considered end-stage renal disease (ESRD), where the kidneys have lost almost all of their function. At this stage, a person will need dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive.

It's important to note that these stages are based on the glomerular filtration rate alone and do not take into account other factors such as age, overall health, and any underlying conditions. Your doctor will use a variety of tests and evaluations to determine your specific stage of kidney disease.

How do I recognize chronic kidney disease symptoms in myself or others?

Chronic kidney disease symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Swelling
  • Changes in urination
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath

If you notice these signs in yourself or others, contact a provider at Nephrology Consultants for evaluation and guidance.

Can your practice prescribe chronic kidney disease medication?

Yes, our practice is well-equipped to prescribe and manage chronic kidney disease medication. Our experienced providers will work closely with you to determine the best course of treatment for your specific case, taking into account your overall health and any other conditions you may have. We also provide ongoing monitoring and adjustments as needed to ensure the medication is effective and safe for you.

How can I get started with a nephrology specialist near me?

The team at Nephrology Consultants is passionate about making the appointment process as easy as possible. Just use our online scheduling tool or give our office a call.

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