Sometimes, doctors and other medical professionals can forget that you didn't go to medical school to understand all of the medical jargon and lingo that they can use when talking to you. A lot of it can simply just go right over your head. Especially when you may be feeling overwhelmed by a new diagnosis such as chronic kidney disease, trying to interpret the doctor's health guidelines can be really discouraging.
The first thing you should know is that your doctor is there to help you. If you are having trouble understanding specific instructions from your doctor, you can and should ask your doctor or even a nurse to sit down and help you understand your treatment. Knowing about your disease and what you can do to treat it is how you are going to create the best outcome for yourself. So, the first step to interpreting your doctor's guidelines is to take responsibility for your own outcome by not being afraid to ask questions and do whatever you can to make sure you understand what is happening and what you should do.
Read All About It
Everyone learns in different ways. Some people learn by having someone, like their doctor, describe things to them. You might learn better by reading more about your condition.
The internet is full of information for you to read to your heart's content. The trick is making sure that you are looking only at legitimate and accredited websites. These sites are going to contain information that is directly from real professionals, such as the National Kidney Foundation, The United States Center for Disease Control, and other professional and proven institutions.
Aside from research about your condition itself, you can also find recipes and more to help you manage your kidney disease.
Know the Basics
What is kidney disease?
Kidney disease is a chronic condition marked by the loss of kidney function over time. As the kidneys are responsible for many jobs in the body, this can be very dangerous to your health. Although this is a chronic illness, there are many things that can be done to treat and manage kidney disease in such a way that you can stop the progression and avoid kidney failure.
What is the best way to treat kidney disease?
Although you may have appointments, tests, and medications to also treat kidney disease, the best thing you can do to manage your condition is to maintain a sensible diet that is specific to your needs.
What is a sensible kidney disease diet?
A sensible kidney disease diet is one that cuts out sodium and is low in potassium, phosphorus, and other ingredients that can be harmful to kidney function. Your doctor will likely give you a list of foods you should avoid, and foods you should eat more of.
Interpreting doctor's health guidelines can be extremely difficult, especially when it comes to complicated chronic conditions like chronic kidney disease. With just these few tips, however, you can understand everything you need to know so much easier. Understanding your disease and what you can do to manage it is the first step, after all, to managing chronic kidney disease.