Houston Nephrologist, Dr. Elson Thomas, Held a Q & A Session at Dialyspa Dialysis Center for Kidney & Dialysis Support Group

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Kidney & Dialysis Support Group asked important questions of what to ask when discussing kidney health with a doctor.

At the latest Kidney and Dialysis Support Group hosted at Dialyspa Medical Center, a Houston based dialysis center, participants had an hour to visit with Houston nephrologist, Dr. Elson Thomas. Dr. Thomas held an open Question and Answer session. Everyone attending agreed that being informed and being a self-advocate is important to maintaining or regaining kidney health. Partnering with a doctor is the key to understanding what is needed to stay healthy.

During the group, a variety of questions were asked that covered all stages of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). “It was a great opportunity for patients to talk to a kidney doctor. To be able to sit for an hour with a nephrologist and have that time is a gift,” says Dialyspa social worker, Fauna Robinson.

Kidney disease is known as a ‘silent’ disease. Those suffering from it often have no prior warning until it has progressed to advanced and dangerous stages. Knowing what to routinely ask a doctor about kidney health is import so that the disease can be detected early.

The Kidney and Dialysis support group asked these questions that should be asked when discussing kidney health with a doctor:
1.    What is my GFR?
2.    What is my kidney function right now?
3.    If I have kidney failure, what is causing it?
4.    If I have diabetes, high blood pressure or another condition that is damaging my kidneys, what can I do to manage it?
5.    At my current level of kidney function, is there a recommended daily fluid intake restriction? If so, how much?
6.    Can we review all my medications to make sure they will not damage my kidneys?
7.    What dietary guidelines can you give me to help me at my current stage of kidney health?
8.    What level of exercise do you recommend?
9.    Would I be a candidate for a kidney transplant?
10.    If I need dialysis, what are all my dialysis options?

Started by two dialysis patients who saw a need to gather and share information about Chronic Kidney Disease and dialysis, the Kidney and Dialysis support groups are open to all who are interested in kidney and dialysis issues.

Kidney and Dialysis support groups meet monthly at all three Dialyspa dialysis centers. “I often hear from patients starting dialysis treatments that they have no idea what to expect from dialysis,” states Robinson. “Being a part of a support group lets patients and their loved ones know they are not alone. It also helps them to learn what type of questions to ask. This helps kidney and dialysis patients make the most of their time with their own doctor.”

There is no charge to join the support groups hosted in the Medical Center, Woodlands and Willowbrook area. Registration is not necessary, but contacting Dialyspa to verify dates and times is encouraged, as dates and times are subject to change.

Dialyspa Medical Center, LLC
2453 South Braeswood, Suite 201
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-218-6500
Fax: 713-218-6508

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