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THE BASICS »

Questions to ask your doctor about kidney disease

When you find out you have chronic kidney disease (CKD), you will understandably have many questions. This is a guide to help you organize your thoughts and decide on questions to ask your doctor about kidney disease and get the answers you need to go forward.

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TREATMENTS »

What to expect at your first nephrologist visit

If you are having problems with your kidneys, you may be referred to a kidney doctor known as a nephrologist. A nephrologist has been trained in general internal medicine and specializes in disorders of the kidneys. Learn what you can expect on your first visit with a nephrologist.

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SYMPTOMS & DIAGNOSIS »

What are the symptoms of chronic kidney disease?

Symptoms of chronic kidney disease (CKD) may not be present when someone has early stage kidney disease. Kidney disease progresses over time and its symptoms usually appear when a person is in the later stages and needs dialysis. Find out about the symptoms of chronic kidney disease and the lab tests your doctor can use to detect it early.

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PREVENTION »

Kidney infections

When bacteria or other tiny organisms make their way into the kidneys, a kidney infection can develop. Talking to your doctor at the first sign of kidney problems is important so that a kidney infection does not permanently damage your kidneys and lead to chronic kidney disease. Discover ways to prevent kidney infection and how your doctor can treat a diagnosed infection.

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DIET & NUTRITION »

Sodium and early stage kidney disease

Sodium, sometimes known as salt, is a necessary mineral in a healthy diet. However, too much sodium can result in high blood pressure, the second leading cause of kidney disease. Reducing the salt in your diet is the first step to taking control of your early stage kidney disease. Learn about sodium, how it affects people with kidney disease and what a dietitian can do to help you learn about a low-sodium, kidney-friendly diet.

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