There are numerous steps a physician will take before diagnosing someone with chronic kidney disease. It all starts with a candid conversation about your personal and family medical history. The doctor will also give you a physical and neurological exam. From there, you can expect some specialized procedures to be done.
You will go through blood and urine tests, which look at the levels of urea and creatinine while also checking for any abnormalities that are common with kidney disease. You may also need an ultrasound, this is done to gauge the size and structure of your kidneys. In some cases, a kidney biopsy is done using local anesthesia. This allows a lab to test for what is causing your problem.
Many of the above-mentioned procedures can be done from the privacy of your home by a licensed home physician. Primary Medical Group offers many diagnostic tests and ultrasounds without requiring you to leave your home. We are also happy to network with other medical providers to ensure all of your health needs are taken into account.
There are five stages of kidney function with stage 1 offering normal function and state 5 being every severe failure. Stage 2 involves slightly reduced function, which may require observation and control of blood pressure. In stage 3, the kidneys are more reduced in function, although treatment is similar to stage 2. Stage four offers highly reduced kidney function and treatment included planning for renal failure. At stage 5, the problems are very severe.
Seeing a doctor on a regular basis is crucial for managing chronic kidney disease. Choosing a home care doctor allows you to be seen without being required to make a long trip or wait in an office all day. We can be there as often as needed, at a time that works for you.