• Talking to Your Doctor About Chronic Kidney Disease

    You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor or healthcare provider about your personal risk factors and experience with chronic kidney disease. By talking openly and regularly with your healthcare provider, you can take an active role in your care.

    General Tips for Gathering Information

    Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your healthcare provider:
    • Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
    • Write your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
    • Write down the answers you get. Make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
    • Don't be afraid to ask questions or ask where you can find more information. You have a right to know.

    Specific Questions to Ask Your Healthcare Provider

    About Chronic Kidney Disease
    • Do I have any signs of chronic kidney disease?
    • If so, how severe (what stage) is it?
    • Do I have any signs of complications, such as high blood pressure or anemia?
    • What caused my condition?
    About Your Risk of Developing Chronic Kidney Disease
    • What is the chance I will develop chronic kidney disease?
    • Should I be screened for chronic kidney disease?
    • Should my family members be screened?
    • How can I decrease the risk that I’ll develop chronic kidney disease?
    About Treatment Options
    • What treatments are available to me?
    • What medications are available to me?
      • What are the benefits/side effects of these medications?
      • Will these medications interact with the medications, over-the-counter products, or dietary or herbal supplements that I am already taking?
    About Lifestyle Changes
      What is my long-term outlook for:
      • Work?
      • Daily living activities?
      • Physical activity and exercise?
    • How will this affect my family?
    • Should I follow a special diet?
    • Are there any dietary changes I should make? Where do I start?
    • Should I begin an exercise program?
      • What kind of exercise is best?
      • How often should I exercise?
      • How do I get started exercising?
    • Should I stop drinking alcohol?
    • How can I get help to quit smoking?
    About Outlook
    • Can you recommend some support groups for myself and my family?
    • How will I know that my treatment has been effective?
    • What is my expected prognosis?
    • How often will I need check-ups?

    References

    Are you at increased risk for chronic kidney disease? National Kidney Foundation website. Available at: http://www.kidney.org/atoz/pdf/atriskckd.pdf . Published 2010. Accessed October 16, 2012.

    Chronic kidney disease. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed . Updated October 12, 2012. Accessed October 16, 2012.

    Chronic kidney disease. FamilyDoctor.org website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/common/kidney/832.html . Updated November 2010. Accessed October 17, 2012.

    Kidney disease basics. National Kidney Disease Education Program website. Available at: http://www.nkdep.nih.gov/patients/kidney%5Fdisease%5Finformation.htm . March 1, 2012. Accessed October 17, 2012.

    Revision Information

  • Join WellZones today.

    Make a Change For LifeLearn more

    Wellmont LiveWell is creating a new tradition of wellness in the mountains by providing individuals with tools and encouragement to live healthier lifestyles.

  • HeartSHAPE Spotlight

    HeartSHAPE® Test Learn more

    Fight heart disease early and prevent heart attacks with HeartSHAPE® - a painless, non-invasive test that takes pictures of your heart to scan for early-stage coronary disease.

  • Calories and Energy Needs

    Calorie NeedsLearn more

    How many calories do you need to eat each day to maintain your weight and fuel your physical activity? Enter a few of your stats into this calculator to find out.

  • Ideal Body Weight

    Ideal Body WeightLearn more

    Using body mass index as a reference, this calculator determines your ideal body weight range. All you need to do is enter your height.

  • Body Mass Index

    Body Mass IndexLearn more

    This tool considers your height and weight to assess your weight status.


  • Can we help answer your questions?

    Wellmont Nurse Connection is your resource for valuable health information any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Speak to a Nurse any time, day or night, at (423) 723-6877 or toll-free at 1-877-230-NURSE.