Symptoms of Stage 3 CKD
Symptoms may start to become present in stage 3:
Fluid retention, swelling (edema) of extremities and shortness of breath:
Urination changes (foamy; dark orange, brown, tea-colored or red if it contains blood; and urinating more or less than normal)
Kidney pain felt in their back
Sleep problemsdue to muscle cramps or restless legs
Seeing a doctor when you have stage 3 CKD
Stage 3 of Chronic Kidney Disease
A person with stage 3 chronic kidney disease (CKD) has moderate kidney damage. This stage is broken up into two: a decrease in glomerular filtration rate (GFR) for Stage 3A is 45-59 mL/min and a decrease in GFR for Stage 3B is 30-44 mL/min. As kidney function declines waste products can build up in the blood causing a condition known as “uremia.” In stage 3 a person is more likely to develop complications of kidney disease such as high blood pressure, anemia (a shortage of red blood cells) and/or early bone disease.
As stage 3 progresses, a patient should see a nephrologist (a doctor who specializes in treating kidney disease). Nephrologists examine patients and perform lab tests so they can gather information about their condition to offer the best advice for treatment. The nephrologist’s goal is to help their patient keep their kidneys working as long as possible.
More ways to manage stage 3 CKD
In addition to eating right and taking prescribed medicines, exercising regularly and not smoking are helpful to prolonging kidney health. Patients should talk to their doctors about an exercise plan. Doctors can also provide tips on how to stop smoking.
Get help when you have stage 3 CKD
There is no cure for kidney disease, but it may be possible to stop its progress or at least slow down the damage. In many cases, the correct treatment and lifestyle changes can help keep a person and their kidneys healthier longer.
If you would like to see a nephrologist, you can use m.kidneyabc Find a Kidney Doctor tool to locate a kidney specialist in your area.
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