Resources

Eugene-Springfield Nephrology Associates wants all patients to be educated about kidney disease. Our providers strive to provide informational resources about specific disorders, issues, treatments, and nutrition information. On this page, we provide a variety of resources for patients, but if you have specific questions consult with your nephrologist.


MORE INFORMATION ABOUT NEPHROLOGY

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse
kidney.niddk.nih.gov

National Kidney Foundation
kidney.org

American Association of Kidney Patients
aakp.org

Kidney Times
ikidney.com


KIDNEY STONES

It is estimated that one in ten people will get a kidney stone in their lives. Learn more about the symptoms, causes, and treatment of kidney stones.


DIABETES AND KIDNEY DISEASE

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, one out of four people with diabetes will develop kidney disease.


POLYCYSTIC KIDNEY DISEASE

Polycystic Kidney Disease is a form of chronic kidney disease that is a genetic disorder where cysts grow in your kidneys. These cysts can change the shape of your kidney and also make your kidney grow in size.


VASCULAR ACCESS FOR HEMODIALYSIS


NUTRITION INFORMATION

Maintaining a healthy diet is essential to prevention and improvement of kidney health. Ensuring the body is healthy and eradicating the body of harmful wastes and excess fluids. Much like dialysis is a treatment to prevent your kidney disease from worsening, diet is also an important aspect of your treatment plan.

Consult with your nephrologist if you have questions about what diet is right for you.


DASH DIET

The DASH Diet is often recommended by nephrologists as a way to lower blood pressure. It is rich in low-calorie foods like fruits and vegetables.


HYPERTENSION DIETS

What you eat is often impacts your high blood pressure.e.  Following a specific hypertension diet can both reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure and lower a blood pressure that is already too high.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the causes of chronic kidney disease?

Diabetes and high blood pressure are the two main causes of chronic kidney disease. Diabetic kidney disease is also called DKD, chronic kidney disease, CKD, kidney disease of diabetes or diabetic nephropathy.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms often develop over time and increase as kidney function diminishes. Common symptoms include fatigue, problems sleeping, changes in frequency of urination, cramping, swelling in feet and ankles, high blood pressure (hypertension), nausea and vomiting and itching.

How is chronic kidney disease diagnosed?

For chronic kidney disease diagnosis, a doctor may recommend blood pressure measurement, tests for protein in the urine, tests for blood creatinine and/or a kidney biopsy to help determine what is causing kidney problems.

How is kidney failure treated?

Kidney failure can be treated with medication, dialysis, or kidney transplantation.

What is dialysis?

Dialysis is a treatment that removes waste, salt and extra water from the body. Dialysis helps maintain appropriate levels of certain chemicals in the blood while controlling blood pressure. Dialysis mimics the job of a normal functioning kidney. There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis

When is dialysis needed?

Dialysis is needed when a patient loses 85-90 percent of kidney function, which is during the end stage of kidney failure.

Where can patients receive dialysis?

Dialysis can be done in a hospital or in a dialysis unit that is not part of a hospital. You and your doctor will decide which place is best, based on your medical condition.

Is dialysis uncomfortable?

You may have some discomfort when the needles are put into your fistula or graft, but most patients have no other problems. The dialysis treatment itself is painless. However, some patients may have a drop in their blood pressure. If this happens, you may feel sick to your stomach, vomit, have a headache or cramps.

Do dialysis patients feel normal?

Many patients live normal lives except for the time needed for treatments. Dialysis usually makes you feel better because it helps many of the problems caused by kidney failure. You and your family may experience a time of transition as dialysis treatments become part of your routine, but this is common for dialysis patients.

Will dialysis help cure the kidney disease?

No. Dialysis does some of the work of healthy kidneys, but it does not cure your kidney disease. You will need to have dialysis treatments for your whole life unless you are able to get a kidney transplant.

Is there a cure for chronic kidney disease?

Damage to the kidney tends to be permanent, which is why early detection is very important. Kidney disease cannot be cured, but treatment through dialysis or kidney transplantation is an effective way to improve kidney health. Some kinds of acute kidney failure get better after treatment. In some cases of acute kidney failure, dialysis may only be needed for a short time until the kidneys get better. In chronic or end-stage kidney failure, your kidneys do not get better and you will need dialysis for the rest of your life. If your doctor says you are a candidate, you may choose to be placed on a waiting list for a new kidney.

What can a person do to help fight kidney disease

To fight kidney disease, it is recommended to: Control high blood pressure, get checked for diabetes, monitor blood glucose levels if you do have diabetes, stop smoking, exercise, drink water, and maintain healthy weight.

Can I keep my kidney disease from getting worse?

The goal of your treatment is to slow or prevent your kidney disease from getting worse. Your doctor may consult with a specialist to develop a treatment plan specific to your kidney disease. How well your treatment can achieve this goal depends on: 1. Your stage of kidney disease at the time you are diagnosed and begin your treatment. 2. Your glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is the best test to measure your kidney function and determine your stage of kidney disease. 3. The earlier kidney disease is detected, the better the chance of slowing or stopping its progression. 4. Learn all you can about chronic kidney disease and its treatment, and make sure to follow all the steps of your treatment plan safely. It’s important to know your numbers; ask your doctor for your test results and keep track of your glomerular filtration rate, so you know your stage of kidney disease. 5. The cause of your kidney disease. Some diseases are more difficult to control and may require different methods of treatment.