Now that you are in the later stages of CKD, it is especially important to carefully monitor the results of lab tests both to check your progress and to see how treatment is working.
If you are in Stage 4 CKD, you will need to visit your doctor at least every three months. Blood tests for BUN, creatinine, hemoglobin, sodium, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus levels will be drawn to see how well your kidneys are working. The doctor will also monitor other conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. These and other tests to measure effectiveness of treatment are standard for Stage 5.
Make sure to get copies of your lab work, and discuss lab results with your doctor. Ask your doctor to explain what the numbers mean and how often you should be tested. If your results are not in the normal range, ask how to improve them. Keep a health diary where you can keep track of your lab test results, and jot down any questions you may have.
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