Many people are afraid to learn that they have kidney disease because they think that all kidney disease leads to dialysis, which is treatment with a machine that helps the kidneys work. This is not the case. Kidney disease can be treated and managed. The goal of treatment is to prevent the disease from getting worse.
There are many things you can do to help protect your kidneys. For example:
You are an important member of your healthcare team. You will want to learn all you can about your condition so you are an active participant on your team. Keep an ongoing list of questions you want to ask your doctor, dietitian, or anyone else on your healthcare team. You may want to bring along a family member or friend when you visit the doctor or other specialist to help take notes. Here are some questions you may want to ask:
Do not hesitate to ask questions. It’s very important that you learn about your kidney disease so that you can be an active member of your healthcare team and make informed decisions.