One of the issues with nephropathy is the fact that there are absolutely not symptoms in the early stages. One outward sign you can look for in your clients is swelling of the body, especially the lower extremities, the feet and legs. This swelling is caused because their kidneys are less likely to be doing their job.
The only way to truly detect kidney damage early on though is to repeatedly take your clients in for urine tests. The lab work done will be able to help detect any signs of early kidney damage. Just make certain that the tests ordered include whatever coding it takes to ensure it is the correct test. If you do, be assured that early kidney damage can be reversed in your client – no matter the age (unless of course there are other complications adding to the disease!).
When the lab technician runs the urine, they should conduct a simple test that checks for a protein called albumin. Since urine doesn’t typically contain protein, sometimes in the early stages of kidney damage, before any symptoms come to light, this protein may be found in your client’s urine simply because their kidneys were not able to filter it out the way they are meant to do due to the damage caused to them.
You can definitely show your clients that With Age Comes Respect by simply keeping an eye on them and taking them to see their physician to have their urine tested. Over the next few days, I will relay information about how you can help your clients if their symptoms become worse.