Chronic Kidney Disease Symptoms Stage 4 overview, treatment, and renal diet info you NEED to know

Chronic Kidney Disease Symptoms Stage 4 overview, treatment, and renal diet info you NEED to know

Episode 42: Chronic Kidney Disease Symptoms Stage 4 overview, treatment strategy, and renal diet info you NEED to know. For those just diagnosed with CKD stage 4, this video gives an overview of how your kidney function is determined and then dives deeper into the common chronic kidney disease stage 4 symptoms you may experience. The CKD treatment outcomes highlight what the goals for treatment typically are for Stage 4. Your kidney diet (renal diet) is extremely important to slow down, stop, or reverse your kidney disease and I cover some of the common diet changes recommended with Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 4.

For More Kidney Disease Videos and Treatment Tips from a CKD Patient, watch:

Chronic Kidney Disease Treatment – How to Lower Potassium Levels and avoid Kidney Failure

Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 5 and Stage 4 Renal Diet – What I ate to improve my kidney function

Overcoming sleep issues with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), low kidney function, and kidney failure

Chronic Kidney Disease Treatment: How I increased my GFR & improved my kidney function Part 1


A person with stage 4 chronic kidney disease (CKD) has advanced kidney damage with a severe decrease in the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) to 15-30 ml/min. It is likely someone with stage 4 CKD will need dialysis or a kidney transplant in the near future.
As kidney function declines, waste products build up in the blood causing a condition known as uremia. In stage 4, a person is likely to develop complications of kidney disease such as high blood pressure, anemia (a shortage of red blood cells), bone disease, heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases.
Symptoms of stage 4 kidney disease
Symptoms that are experienced in stage 4 include:
• Fatigue
• Fluid retention, swelling (edema) of extremities and shortness of breath
• Urination changes (foamy; dark orange, brown, tea-colored or red if it contains blood; and urinating more or less than normal)
• Kidney pain felt in their back
• Sleep problems due to muscle cramps or restless legs
• Nausea and/or vomiting
• Taste changes, a metallic taste in the mouth
• Bad breath due to urea buildup in the blood
• Loss of appetite: People may not feel like eating, and some people report having a metallic taste in their mouth or bad breath.
• Difficulty in concentrating: Having trouble doing everyday things such as balancing a checkbook or focusing on reading the newspaper can occur.
• Nerve problems: Numbness or tingling in the toes or fingers is a symptom of CKD.
Seeing a doctor when you have stage 4 CKD
At stage 4, it’s necessary to see a nephrologist (a doctor who specializes in treating kidney disease). The nephrologist examines the patient and orders lab tests to gather information to recommend treatment.
People in stage 4 CKD will usually visit their doctor at least every three months. Blood tests for creatinine, hemoglobin, calcium and phosphorus levels will be done to see how well the kidneys are working. The doctor will also monitor other conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. In addition to helping the patient keep their kidneys working as long as possible, the nephrologist will also help prepare the patient for dialysis or a kidney transplant.

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IMPORTANT: I AM NOT A DOCTOR. Patients should always be under the care of a physician and defer to their physician for any and all treatment decisions. This video is not meant to replace a physician’s advice, supervision, and counsel. No information in the video should be construed as medical advice. All medical decisions should be made by the patient and a qualified physician. This video is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE.

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  1. Hello my new best friend 😊 just love watching these wonderful and informative videos. Thank you so much for taking out time and helping so many of those who are still new to CKD. I’m worried I might have CKD. Will be getting a blood test in 2 weeks time. At the moment I’m having Foamy Urine and that has given me much stress. I have been reading alot about CKD and watching alot of videos on it as well and I see that this is one of the symptoms. I don’t know how far I might be, only the doctor can let me know but I’m hoping to improve just like you. I have been T2 Diabetic for the last 10 years and High blood pressure as well. Taking tablets for both. Thanks

  2. Helo sir.. I’m 34 year old and 5 days ago I find my kidney is on stage 4… My gfr is 23.7.. I m felling very low but my urine clour is not brown or red and I have no swelling in my body parts.. I’m very disturb.. my creatinine is 2.8.. what I think is there any chance to recover from stage 4.. what can I do plz help me and reply if possible.. thnx

  3. Thank you so much for doing all you do and helping to educate me even more. I’m stage 4 and I really don’t have those symptoms . I’ve been told twice now (july1st) by my nephogohist. transplant coordinator and surgeon that out of all their patients they see on a daily bases that Im doing remarkably well and to keep doing what Im doing. I had my nuclear stress test done july 1st and I had all the side effects and then some it was pretty bad. I had to drink some mello yello the first time that I had had a drink since January they said I needed caffeine that would help me get better. The upside is that I passed the test. Hope you’re still doing well. Happy 4th of July!

  4. I was just graduated to stage 4. Your videos are most appreciated. I take notes from you and take to my doctor. I’m not trying to impress him, I just want to live as healthy as I can. I don’t think I’m going to do dialysis. I have other serious illnesses and I’m just plain tired. I mean really tired. My energy is at zero. Thanks for the great info. Really, thank you. 👈🙏😌✌

  5. I’m on stage 4, new subscriber here, I want to know more about my diet, I click your vlog to educate myself.

  6. where can i get a list of foods that are safe for me to eat not just the 10 or 15 that i have seen or who can i give a list of foods too that i currently eat to tell me if they are ok i eat very organic from the farm and i do not eat any of the foods that you showed in a package there are a lot of other organic foods i eat due to what is going on now i cannot get to a doctor and i do not shop at walmart at all i have all of the symptoms that you have listed for stage 4 and 5i am going to currently going to use my sympoms as guide lines to follow as to what i should or not be eating elaine

  7. I was told I have stage 4 kidney failure and I was told it’s nothing to help but dialiaysis and I’m scared and I don’t believe that that’s what I have to do

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