If you’ve just been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), you’re likely feeling overwhelmed by how your life might change and unsure of what your future looks like. At the Nephrology Associates of Greater Cincinnati, we empower our patients to take an active role in their kidney health from day one. There will be much to learn on this journey, but it’s never too early to start taking control of your health. Here are four things you can do after receiving a CKD diagnosis.
Develop a good relationship with your nephrologist
As a CKD patient, you’ll be working closely with your nephrologist to manage your health. It’s important to find a nephrologist you feel comfortable with and confident in, as this person will invite you to make modifications to your lifestyle and diet to slow the progression of kidney disease. You’ll also need to be honest with your nephrologist about your habits and health so they can make personalized recommendations.
Learn the lingo
The lexicon of CKD can add another dimension of confusion and uncertainty to a new diagnosis. Your Nephrology Associates of Greater Cincinnati care team will make every effort to explain these words to you, but familiarizing yourself with some of the terminology used to talk about your lab results and kidney function can help you be a more active participant in your care. Check out our starter list of kidney disease terms.
Identify your support system
With any new health complication, there will be triumphs and obstacles along the way. Finding individuals who can celebrate these wins with you and provide encouragement at the low points is critical to sticking with the routines your kidney care team recommends. You might find support from friends, family, or CKD support groups.
Monitor your mental health
It’s normal to feel a range of emotions after a diagnosis of CKD. Check in with yourself on a regular basis to determine what you need. For some, regular contact with their support system can be life giving. Others might want to talk with a mental health professional. Your kidney care team can help connect you to the mental health resources you need.
At the Nephrology Associates of Greater Cincinnati, we strongly believe in providing personalized, compassionate kidney care to all our patients. Your kidney care team is available to answer questions about your diagnosis and next steps.