There are five stages of kidney disease. Your treatment options will depend on what stage your kidney disease is at.
- Early stages (1-2). During these early stages, most people feel normal. It's important to talk to your doctor before you take any new medicines, even natural or herbal ones, as they may have an impact on your kidney health.
- Middle stages (3-4). It's more common for people to discover they have chronic kidney disease in these stages, as they often begin to feel unwell. They may also notice a change in how often they urinate, and a raise in blood pressure.
- Later stages/end stage kidney disease (4-5). Sometimes, even with management and treatment, kidney disease gets to the final stage, also known as kidney failure. People in this stage will need dialysis or an organ transplant. They can also opt to enter comprehensive conservative kidney care.