Nephrology is a familiar word to patients with disfunctioning kidneys
If you ever experienced kidney pain, you know that a toothache is for starters. Luckily enough, there’s nephrology that concerns the diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases such as chronic and acute renal failure, pyelonephritis, kidney stones etc.
Numbers never lie. Statistics shows, roughly 25 million Americans suffer from chronic kidney failure, 40 thousand patients in the UK are either on dialysis or have transplanted kidneys while in China only 10 thousand people out of 1,5 million needing a kidney transplant actually receive help.
Nephrologists are well aware that your kidney disease may be caused by:
- wearing light clothes in cold weather
- having an unhealthy lifestyle
- losing too much blood
- obstructing urine flow
These days kidney diseases are handled by means of medications such as steroids, DMARDs (disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs), and antihypertensives (many kidney diseases feature hypertension). Quite frequently erythropoietin and vitamin D treatment is required to substitute these two hormones, the production of which becomes idle in chronic kidney disease.
5 questions to ask your kidney specialist during your first appointment at an overseas clinic:
- What is the cause and description of my kidney problem?
- What type of treatment would you recommend trying first?
- What kinds of examinations and tests will be performed?
- What are the pros and cons associated with these tests?
- How will kidney disease affect my daily life?