When To Call a Doctor
Call 911 or other emergency services if you have
chronic kidney disease and you develop:
- A very slow heart rate (less than 50 beats a
- A very rapid heart rate (more than 120 beats a
- Chest pain or severe shortness of
- Severe muscle weakness.
To check your heart rate, see the
taking a pulse .
Call your doctor immediately
- Have symptoms of
uremic syndrome, such as increasing fatigue, nausea
and vomiting, loss of appetite, or inability to sleep.
- Vomit blood
or have blood in your stools.
Call your doctor if you:
- Are feeling more tired or
- Have swelling of the arms or
- Bruise often or
easily or have unusual bleeding.
- Are being treated with
dialysis and you:
- Have belly pain while you are being treated with peritoneal
signs of infection at your catheter or
dialysis access site, such as pus draining from the
- Have any other problem that your dialysis instruction manual
or nurse's instructions say you should call about.
If you have uncontrolled weight loss, discuss this with
your doctor during your next visit.
A wait-and-see approach is not a good idea if
you could have chronic kidney disease. See your doctor. If you have been
diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, follow your treatment plan. And call
your doctor if you notice any new symptoms.
Who to see
Health professionals who can diagnose and treat
chronic kidney disease include:
If you are diagnosed with chronic kidney
disease, you will likely be referred to a nephrologist for treatment.
You may also be referred to
- Surgeon, if you need a
dialysis access site or if you are being
considered for a kidney transplant.
- Dietitian, who can help you with meal
planning and choosing foods that are best for people with this disease.
- Psychologist or
social worker, who can help you and your family with
emotional stress or financial issues.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.