How to identify the signs, symptoms of kidney disease
HOUSTON – When Elizabeth Dravis suddenly felt tired, she didn’t think about it. It was during the holidays, plus she’s a very busy mom. So she said to herself, who in her place wouldn’t be tired?
However, in her case, it was a sign that she had kidney disease.
Here’s what she wants others to know:
Minimal change disease
Dravis’ diagnosis was minimal change disease, a type of kidney disease that primarily affects children.
“As a result, the filter becomes too permeable to protein and can ultimately lead to kidney-damaging protein,” said Dr. Donald Molony of UT Health Houston and Memorial Hermann.
Dravis is considered lucky because her illness was able to be treated with medication. A lot of people don’t go away so easily.
“Sometimes they are not reversible and lead to kidney failure, requiring treatment with dialysis or a kidney transplant,” Dr. Molony said.
Elizabeth is in remission and may never have another episode. However, she wants more weight given to some blood tests she had earlier this year which showed abnormal levels. Blood tests, coupled with his fatigue, might have been enough to identify the problem before he was hospitalized.
“Nephrology says, ‘You really should have been sent to us sooner because you had evidence that something was going on here,'” Dravis explained.
Kidney disease prevention
Although Dravis’ case could not be avoided, others can maintain healthy kidneys by controlling diabetes and high blood pressure.
“If someone has never had high blood pressure and develops high blood pressure, they should consider that it may be kidney-related,” Dr. Moloney said. “In addition, routine urinalysis, which can be performed in a primary care physician’s office, will often be able to identify underlying causes of kidney disease and early signs of disease. kidney.”
Annual exams may be able to detect small changes, such as those found in urine and blood tests, indicating that organs like your kidneys are in distress.
According to Dr. Moloney, new drugs available recently could benefit patients at risk for kidney disease and can reduce kidney failure by up to 80%.
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