Published On: Sat, Jun 15th, 2019

Your Doctor Just Prescribed Kidney Failure Treatment – Now What?

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You’ve just been told that your kidneys are no longer working the way they need to be, and as such, you’re now in need of treatment to essentially keep you alive. The good news is that you have options, and the idea of kidney failure treatment proves to be a rather hopeful ray of light during an otherwise dark time in your life.

Oddly enough, it tends to be the psychological aspect of hearing bad news about your health that can weigh heavily on a patient & his or her family. How did this happen? When did it happen? Did I do this? Why is this happening to me/us? Questions abound, and without many answers, it is easy to see why so many patients facing kidney failure can sink into a lull if not a full depression.

Though better said than done, however, it’s important for the patient and his or her family to face the news with a plan. Answers to tough questions will come, but right now, you need to devise a way to move forward & seek treatment based on your doctor’s recommendations. In fact, what is needed is a decidedly strong-willed nature & a commitment to provide the best environment for your treatment.

Think about it. When you get sick with some sniffles and a little cough, depending on your mental approach to the symptoms, you can either feel a little “off” or absolutely out-for-the-count ill with no chance for recovery. Your mental strength plays an important role in your health, and as such, your kidney failure treatment requires the following from you and those around you:

– following your treatment schedule 
– following a special diet 
– taking any, and all, the medications prescribed for you

It must be stated, though, that you need to know what exactly is going on inside of you. It is important to maintain an open and honest relationship with your doctor. Before the treatment schedules, diets, and medications, ask your doctor to explain where you are based on stages of the progression of your kidney failure. By better understanding what it is your body is doing, you will be better able to grasp that your treatment is aimed at helping you maintain a productive life even while in the midst of major organ failure.

Your doctor will indicate that you will either need dialysis or an organ transplant. You should talk about the pros and cons of each treatment option with your family & with their input and the advice of your doctor, choose the option that fits best.

Though it is a bit of a darker way of looking at your prognosis, you need to keep in mind that even though you have treatment options, treatment does not mean a cure. There is work to be done on the horizon, but with that said, kidney failure treatment is a reason to feel optimistic about the road ahead for both you and your loved ones.

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