Frequently Asked Questions
It is highly unlikely for a non hospitalized person to suddenly lose his kidney function. So you may not be able to diagnose a problem on your own, unless you specifically get yourself tested for kidney disease.
Kidneys are “scavenging“ organ of our body and are responsible for purifying our blood and removing all the “dirt” and impurities from our body in the form of urine. Also they are responsible for maintaining hemoglobin, in other words, making blood in our body. They also keep our bones strong and maintain the balance of all the electrolytes like sodium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium. The water balance in our body is also regulated by the kidneys.
If you are having diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of renal disease or kidney stones, you should consult a nephrologist to check the health of your kidneys.
There are no specific symptoms, but swelling on your face or feet, if your appetite is low lately, froth in your urine, passing blood in urine, vomiting, feeling weak all the time, uncontrolled high blood pressure, all these could be due to kidney disease.
Yes, there are certain conditions where timely nephrology consultation and treatment by a kidney expert can save your kidneys and help them recover. A nephrologist can guide you best after evaluating your problem in detail.
Consultation with a nephrologist will be the right step to get your kidney function checked, who will take your history and examine your problem to give you the right advice and treatment.
No, dialysis may or may not be a part of the treatment for your kidney problem. The nephrologist on doing a thorough check up of your kidneys can tell you if you need dialysis or not.
It is a myth that if dialysis is done once, you will need it for ever. Dialysis is a replacement therapy that is life saving. It does not stop your kidneys from working. Dialysis is adviced when the patient’s kidneys are incapable of working normally.
Dialysis improves the quality of life, encourages the body to restore the hemoglobin level, helps in controlling the blood pressure, improves the functioning of other organs of your body and allows the medicines that you take to work more efficiently. In short, it has more advantages than disadvantages. A nephrologist is the right person to guide you about this.
A nephrologist will tell you the number of times you should come for dialysis in a week. There is a scientific basis behind this advice. The more compliant you are in following the advice of your nephrologist, more benefits you can get from your dialysis sessions.
Yes, you can. A good quality of dialysis along with proper consultation with a nephrologist can help you in continuing with your job.
Kidney problems demand a proper treatment and a nephrologist is the doctor who can do that for you. Wasting precious time in following and believing hearsay can turn out to be dangerous.
Diet is important for all kidney patients and our nephrologist can guide you about this.