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    Blue_gray13 posted:
    Hello,
    My father was resently diagnosed with have 3rd stage kidney disease. And I just dont understand what this means? How many stages are there? Is the 3rd stage the worst and the final stage? what is the life expectancy of someone with 3rd stage kidney disease? What can I expect? These are all things that have been running throuhg my head over the last week. Everytime I go to look it up, I come up empty handed in the answers department. I would just like to know what is to come. I understand that each persons case is different, but even to just know that basic on what is ahead would give me some kind of peace of mind. I mean at the moment I am thinking the worst, jsut because I dont know what to think. Please help!
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    john-skpt responded:
    I hate the use of the "stages" by physicians who are not really kidney specialists. There are several sets of definitions for the stages, some end at 5, some end at 4, others count up to 4 End Stage.

    In any case, there is a lot of room for variance in level of residual renal function within a "stage."

    Looking at the actual lab values on which the "stage" is based is a LOT more informative. Get the most recent blood test results from his doctor.
     
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    sil1254 responded:
    Want to know what it means when you have Stage 3 kidney disease
     
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    john-skpt replied to sil1254's response:
    As mentioned, there are different systems of classifying 'stages'. Most consider #3 to be "moderate" damage with some loss of function, but not dramatic loss of function. GFR of somewhere between 30 and 59 ml/min.

    Some patients feel tired at this point, others dfo not. Some retain fluid, others don't. Elevated blood pressure is common, but not universal. Some become slightly anemic.

    At this point, the goal of treatment is to control blood pressure, and to identify the underlying causes, then treat those causes. Diabetes is the most common cause in the US, but there are dozens of other causes.


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