Chronic Kidney Disease Specialist

Austin Powers Medical Group

Internal Medicine Physicians & Nephrologist located in San Jose, CA

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.

Chronic Kidney Disease Q & A

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What causes chronic kidney disease?

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:

  • Heart disease
  • Family history of the condition
  • Kidney stones or tumors
  • Frequent urinary tract infections

Other conditions that affect the kidneys might also raise the risk for CKD, such as lupus or polycystic kidney disease.

What are the symptoms of chronic 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:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swelling in the feet and ankles
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trouble sleeping

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.

How is chronic kidney disease treated?

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.

What results can I expect?

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:

  • Exercising at least 30 minutes on most days
  • Staying at a healthy weight
  • Limiting alcohol consumption
  • Controlling your blood sugar and blood pressure


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.