You have two kidneys, each about the size of your fist. They are near the middle of your back, just below the rib cage. Inside each kidney there are about a million tiny structures called nephrons. They filter your blood. They remove wastes and extra water, which become urine. Most kidney diseases attack the nephrons. This damage may leave kidneys unable to remove wastes.
There are many types of kidney conditions. Kidney disease can lead to other health problems, including weak bones, nerve damage, and malnutrition.
Your doctor will tell you how often to have your kidneys tested. He or she may prescribe a blood pressure medication to slow the progression of kidney disease. You may also be prescribed medications to control cholesterol, relieve swelling, or treat anemia.
If your kidneys fail, you will need dialysis or a kidney transplant. Dialysis is a treatment that filters and purifies the blood using a machine. It can’t cure kidney disease, but it can prolong your life.
Managing Your Condition
When using nonprescription pain relievers, such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), follow the instructions on the package.
Maintain a healthy weight and eat a kidney-healthy diet.
If you have diseases or conditions that cause kidney damage, work with your doctor to control them.
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