Understand the basics behind this surprisingly common health problem.
Your kidneys are the two bean-shaped structures that flank the spine at your lower back (just below the rib cage). The kidneys are incredibly important for many of the body’s most important functions, including:
- Filtering waste and excess fluid from the body
- Regulating blood pressure
- Promoting healthy bones
- Stimulating red blood cell production
- Controlling pH levels
Unfortunately, there are many conditions and diseases that can damage the kidneys and affect their ability to function properly. One condition is chronic kidney disease, which is a set of conditions that not only damages the kidneys but also affects how the kidneys do their job. Chronic kidney disease requires immediate medical attention from a qualified nephrologist here in El Paso to prevent serious and potentially life-threatening complications. Contact Kidney Consultants of El Paso, P.A. at our two offices in El Paso TX.
Early Detection Is Key
As with most chronic conditions, catching chronic kidney disease early offers patients the best prognosis. While many people won’t even experience symptoms of kidney disease until the more advanced stages, it’s important that if you have a family history of kidney disease, if you lead an unhealthy lifestyle, or if you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure or diabetes that you schedule routine checkups once or twice a year with an El Paso area kidney doctor.
As kidney disease progresses you may start to experience these symptoms:
- Loss of energy
- Feeling tired all the time
- Poor concentration
- Muscle cramps (often at night)
- Poor appetite
- Sleep problems
- Swelling in the ankles and feet
- Itchy skin
- Increased urination (particularly at night)
This condition can affect anyone, regardless of age, so if you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms you must schedule an appointment with our El Paso team to find out what’s going on.
How Is Chronic Kidney Disease Managed?
Since damage to the kidneys cannot be reversed, our goal is to stop the progression of the disease to prevent further damage. This is done through medication and a healthy lifestyle. If caught early on, we may even be able to prevent kidney failure.
37 million people in the US are living with chronic kidney disease. It’s important to protect the health of your kidneys and to prevent kidney failure. If you or a loved one is concerned about chronic kidney disease call Kidney Consultants of El Paso P.A. at (915) 544-7767 to reach both our office locations in El Paso TX.