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Chronic Kidney Disease

Merit Health Care, P.C.

Nephrologists located in Sylacauga, AL & Talladega, AL

An estimated 37 million adults in the United States have chronic Chronic Kidney Disease. At Merit Health Care, PC, board-certified nephrologist Ghayas Habach, MD, MPH, takes a multidisciplinary approach to managing Chronic Kidney Disease. The team provides on-site diagnostic testing services to identify kidney issues in the earliest stages and tailors a treatment plan to your individual needs and symptoms. To schedule a Chronic Kidney Disease consultation, call the office in Talladega or Sylacauga, Alabama, today or book an appointment online.


Chronic Kidney Disease Q & A

What is Chronic Kidney Disease?

Your kidneys are bean-shaped organs that filter excess water and waste out of your blood. They produce urine to eliminate this waste from your body.

When you have Chronic Kidney Disease, it means your kidneys aren’t functioning as they should and may not be filtering your blood efficiently. Over time, Chronic Kidney Disease can become chronic and increase your risk for kidney failure.

What are the symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease?

In the earliest stages of Chronic Kidney Disease, you may not have any symptoms. Over time, the condition can progress and cause a buildup of fluids in your body, leading to edema (swelling) in your hands, feet, legs, and ankles.

You can also develop symptoms like:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Increased urination
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dry, itchy skin

Chronic Kidney Disease can also lead to high blood pressure that’s difficult to treat and can lead to a worsening of your kidney dysfunction. If fluids build up in your lungs, you may experience shortness of breath and chest pain.

If you have any of these symptoms, you should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Merit Health Care, PC. The team offers physical exams, blood tests, urine tests, and diagnostic imaging tests to assess the health and function of your kidneys.

How is Chronic Kidney Disease treated?

Your treatment for Chronic Kidney Disease depends on what’s causing it. Typically, there’s no cure for chronic Chronic Kidney Disease, but Dr. Habach can customize a care plan to help you manage it.

If you have high blood pressure or other medical conditions that cause Chronic Kidney Disease, you may need medications or other therapies to treat it and preserve the function of your kidneys.

When your Chronic Kidney Disease worsens into end-stage kidney failure, you need dialysis. Dialysis uses equipment to mimic the function of your kidneys to filter your blood and remove waste.

Merit Health Care, PC, offers peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis for in-office dialysis treatments and home dialysis. You will need dialysis for the rest of your life, unless you receive a kidney transplant.

If you have symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease, call the office of Merit Health Care, PC, nearest to you today to schedule a diagnostic evaluation or book an appointment online.