It is vital that those with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) become aware of what is normal for their own body, so that they can recognize when something goes wrong. With constant doctor's visits, a consistent treatment plan, and a full healthcare team it can be easy to forget that you are your own best gauge of your overall health. Your body is programmed for survival so heeding early warnings will help you avert any uncomfortable symptoms, ensure the effectiveness of your medication, minimize infections, and improve your health.
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You should honor your body's messages instead of just discounting them. Simple and prompt action is often all it takes to remain at your personal peak condition. This may require some adjustment of how you think about health and your role as a CKD patient. Most people are trained to function as an order taker from their Nephrologist, Specialist or healthcare team. KidneyBuzz.com suggests that you re-orient yourself and adhere to your body's messages. Being aware of your body can open up your intuition and you can better focus on your physicality and personal well being. This may mean noticing the early signs, trusting your gut or taking charge of your treatment team because individuals with CKD cannot afford to ignore life-informing signals from their bodies.
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We all have aches and pains, but you must be aware when there is something unusual or different about your body. Periodically pause and take stock of your health and how you are feeling. Do you feel more tired than usual? Are you feeling at all depressed? Have you gained any weight? Have you noticed your heart beating more rapidly? If you're tired, rest. If you're hungry, eat. If you're stressed, relax. There is no price to listening to your body, but to ignore it can be dangerous and costly because you can miss something big.
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Always value the professional background of your healthcare team but if you sense anything is awry with your body, call your doctor immediately. Explain your situation, and try to solve the problem over the phone or get an appointment as soon as possible to get the issue resolved. Do not procrastinate!
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