Chronic kidney disease (CKD) causes fatigue, muscle cramps, frequent urination, and sleep problems. With a few simple tests, Dr. Suzanne Austin can diagnose CKD and help you take the necessary steps to regain your health. Visit Austin Powers Medical Group in San Jose, California, for compassionate, personalized care. To get started, click to schedule an appointment or call the office today.
While anyone can develop chronic kidney disease (CKD), the condition is most common in people who have diabetes or high blood pressure. Other factors that might increase your risk for CKD include:
Other conditions that affect the kidneys might also raise the risk for CKD, such as lupus or polycystic kidney disease.
The conditions tend to worsen slowly over time. Some people may not experience any symptoms until there is extreme damage to the kidneys. In the earlier stages of chronic kidney disease, you might notice:
CKD can also cause gout, a type of inflammatory arthritis.
If your kidneys suddenly fail entirely, you may get more serious symptoms, like fever, nosebleeds, or vomiting. Get treatment from a urologist right away if you suspect you have CKD, as the condition can be life-threatening.
Since there are usually other conditions that cause or result from CKD, treatment depends on the individual. This might involve managing hypertension, diabetes, or high cholesterol with medication. People with kidney disease can also benefit from a low-protein, low-salt diet.
Dr. Austin might address other complications of CKD — like bone health, swelling, or anemia — with specific medications.
The goal of treatment for chronic kidney disease is to slow the progression of the condition and reduce further damage to the body.
While kidney damage is usually permanent, if you catch CKD early enough, there is hope. Along with medication and dietary changes, you can improve your health by:
Dr. Austin is highly skilled in diagnosing and treating chronic kidney disease, so contact the office today if you’re experiencing symptoms. Click to book or call to speak with a team member.