Nephrology Q & A
What is nephrology?
Nephrology is the medical specialty area that focuses on kidney disease management. Dr. Raman completed a nephrology fellowship and spent over 12 years practicing nephrology. She’s incredibly knowledgeable about kidney diseases and their effects on your overall health.
In addition to diagnosing and treating kidney disease, she also offers integrative therapies and advice to improve your kidney function and prevent future kidney problems.
Some common types of kidney disease care provided includes:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Kidney stones or infections
- Electrolyte imbalances
- Interstitial nephritis (kidney inflammation)
- Diabetic kidney disease or polycystic kidney disease
- Genetically inherited kidney disease
- Optimizing blood pressure control and etiologies
With her integrative approach to health care, Dr. Raman also diagnoses and treats conditions that contribute to kidney disease like high blood pressure, diabetes, and autoimmune conditions and an unhealthy lifestyle. Her goal is to optimize your overall health while also managing kidney diseases.
What are the signs of kidney problems?
Your kidneys perform a critical role in your overall health, and if they’re not working correctly, you can experience widespread symptoms.
For example, you may find that you aren’t feeling well or suffering from fatigue. You may also feel short of breath or have frequent falls or difficulty to control blood pressure. Additionally, your skin might feel dry and itchy, and you might have swelling in your feet, ankles, or face.
Kidney problems also affect your urine. You might notice that you have blood in your urine, or that it looks foamy or smells abnormal. It’s also common for the frequency of your urination to change and become more frequent.
How are kidney problems diagnosed?
At Excel Health MD, Dr. Raman provides patient-focused integrative care, which includes extensive consultations, physical exams, and focused testing. This thorough approach allows her to develop a comprehensive understanding of your health, including your kidney function.
Dr. Raman orders blood tests to check your kidney function and electrolytes and urinalysis to test for protein leakage. She might also recommend an ultrasound or CT scan to obtain diagnostic images of your kidneys.
How are kidney diseases treated?
Dr. Raman provides customized treatment plans combining the best of conventional and alternative therapies for kidney problems.
Many kidney diseases don’t have specific cures, and optimizing your overall health is the best way to manage your condition. For example, Dr. Raman might recommend therapies and lifestyle modifications, including:
- Safe medical weight loss
- Limiting alcohol
- A low carb, low-salt diet
- Avoiding tobacco
- Nutritional or botanical supplements
- Increasing physical activity or reducing stress
Additionally, if you have a condition like high blood pressure or diabetes, which can affect your kidney function, Dr. Raman can help you manage those conditions as well as optimize your overall health.
If you’re concerned about kidney disease or need a nephrology expert, call Excel Health MD or make an appointment online today to meet with Dr. Raman.
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