My Chronic Kidney cb | Blue Heron Health News quality
Finding out I had chronic kidney disease – CKD – was only the start of it.
Realizing that CKD is really difficult to treat… and that it inevitably gets worse was shocking.
I faced ending up on a dialysis machine. Hoping and praying for a suitable kidney donor.
And losing years off the end of my life because with CKD… there’s no way out.
As my doctor showed me, all this has now changed. CKD is not the life sentence it once was.
And as I found out myself, he was absolutely right. Today chronic kidney disease for me is a distant memory..!
Take a look at this and I’ll explain.
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I used to believe that once you had chronic kidney disease then that was it… you were pretty much stuck for life.
I thought there was not much you could do – except tweak it as best you can and hope to goodness that it didn’t get worse.
Maybe you’ve heard the same.
I really believed it too.
But I don’t any more.
Because of something my doctor showed me I now know there’s an awful lot you can do to manage CKD – and what you can do turned out to be literally life-changing.
CKD isn’t a life-sentence
I was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease – CKD – just over 2 years ago.
My doctor explained that there is a number of reasons why we get CKD. But it was always caused by something else that was already going wrong in the body.
Diabetes, heart disease, various cardiovascular diseases, being very overweight and so on. They can all cause CKD.
High blood pressure was the cause of my CKD.
Your CKD may have a different cause. But the result is the same.
My doctor told me that chronic kidney disease can’t be tackled directly. Instead, doctors address the diseases that cause it in the first place.
Which, for me, meant tackling my blood pressure problem.
It might be a different fight for you depending on what’s causing your own CKD.
But whatever the cause, the strategy is the same: alleviate the problems of the CKD itself while addressing the underlying disease that is causing the CKD in the first place.
Unfortunately, using standard methods CKD can – and often does – get progressively worse. As it gets worse it becomes a significantly more threatening disease.
There was no way I could just accept that. No way.
Fortunately, I didn’t have to accept it. I did something else instead.
Which has meant that these days I can’t remember what CKD even feels like anymore.
But before I jump ahead of myself, let me make this important point.
My doctor taught me something very worrying about CKD.
The disease has 5 stages. Stage 1 is the mildest.
Stage 5 is as serious as it gets.
Stage 5 can shorten a person’s life by many, many years.
You do not want to reach stage 5.
My CKD was at stage 3 when it was discovered. Most of us only discover our CKD when it’s already well underway.
The danger here is that CKD gets progressively worse. Doctors find it very difficult to halt CKD’s progress into stages 4 and then 5.
At stage 5 you are plugged into a dialysis machine. You hope and pray for a suitable kidney donor so that you can squeeze some more years out of life… before finally succumbing.
Dialysis machines and kidney transplants were not for me.
I didn’t care that other people coped with being strapped to a dialysis machine for hours on end four or five times a week.
That’s them. It’s not me.
And I didn’t care that, for people lucky enough to find kidney donors, better transplant techniques meant that they weren’t dying so quickly afterwards.
As far as I was concerned… once you reach the…
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