Question: I’ve been seeing a new doctor about some symptoms that are causing me to not be able to return to work. I was wondering if you might be able to tell if it might be my CKD progressing to ESRD. Nausea, short of breath, uncontrollable muscle spasms, muscle weakness, dry mouth, loss of concentration, and extreme fatigue are seen. Not sure about creatinine but she just till me my potassium is really high and iron is low but not low enough to be considered anemia.
Answer: In clinic, Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is divided into five stages, according to the GFR (glomerular filtration rate) and creatinine level. End Stage Renal Disease means the final stage (stage 5) CKD, which is characterized by GFR below 15 ml/min.
As for symptoms, there is no clear boundaries between the two contiguous stages. Patients with different stages may have same symptoms. In general, ESRD patients may have the following symptoms such as: extreme fatigue, decrease in urine output, inability to urinate, unexplained weight loss, pale skin, bone pain, confusion and difficulty concentrating, etc.
However, diagnosis should always be based on the test result. As for your condition, you are likely to have developed into End Stage Renal Disease. No matter which stage you are, immediate treatment is needed.
The goal of treatment is to control symptoms and to protect remaining kidney function. I recommend you to take natural Traditional Chinese Medicine. We have great successful experience in this field. You can trust us.