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What is the best way to treat type 3a kidney failure

By Anonymous June 14, 2017 - 6:32am
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Thank you for the prompt reply. I have one more question. What is the mortality rate and how many years will I live? I am changing my lifestyle totally but with kidney damage, it is not reversible, especially at my stage is what I understand. I would like to know because I need to start getting my affairs in order and add a Bucket List. Seriously, it feels like I have been slapped in the face. I've had high blood pressure for around 7 to 8 years (or been on meds for it). Thanks again.

June 14, 2017 - 9:37am
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Hello Anonymous,

Those are two questions best discussed with your physician.


June 14, 2017 - 9:47am

Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for reaching out to our community with your question.

Kidney disease is a chronic, progressive disease. As a result, there are specific symptoms associated with its progression.

Many symptoms are associated with what is known as the Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR). According to the Foundation for IgA Nephropathy, the GFR is the rate at which the kidneys filter waste and relates to a patient’s “kidney function.”

Stage 3 – Signs of moderate chronic renal insufficiency (where the GFR indicates 40% to 59% kidney function)

A person with stage 3 chronic kidney disease (CKD) has moderate kidney damage. This stage is broken up into two: a decrease in glomerular filtration rate (GFR) for Stage 3A is 45-59 mL/min and a decrease in GFR for Stage 3B is 30-44 mL/min. As kidney function declines waste products can build up in the blood causing a condition known as “uremia.” In stage 3 a person is more likely to develop complications of kidney disease such as high blood pressure, anemia (a shortage of red blood cells) and/or early bone disease.

Symptoms of stage 3 CKD

Symptoms may start to become present in stage 3:

Fluid retention, swelling (edema) of extremities and shortness of breath:
Urination changes (foamy; dark orange, brown, tea-colored or red if it contains blood; and urinating more or less than normal)
Kidney pain felt in their back
Sleep problems due to muscle cramps or restless legs

Individuals with stage 3 chronic kidney disease are treated with diet and medication.

Studies have shown that ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors and ARBs (angiotensin receptor blockers) help slow the progression of kidney disease even in people with diabetes who do not have high blood pressure.

It is best to speak with your primary care physician about the best treatment option.


June 14, 2017 - 8:39am
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