Symptoms of advanced CKD
- chest pain
- dry skin
- itching or numbness
- feeling tired
- increased or decreased urination
- loss of appetite
- muscle cramps
- shortness of breath
- sleep problems
- trouble concentrating
- weight loss
Does CKD cause other health problems?
Kidney disease can lead to other health problems, such as heart disease. If you have kidney disease, it increases your chances of having a stroke or heart attack.
High blood pressure can be both a cause and a result of kidney disease. High blood pressure damages your kidneys, and damaged kidneys don't work as well to help control your blood pressure.
If you have CKD, you also have a higher chance of having a sudden change in kidney function caused by illness, injury, or certain medicines. This is called acute kidney injury (AKI).
Essential Medical Documentation of CKD for Disability Benefits:
- How far can you walk?
- How long can you stand?
- How much can you lift and carry?
- Are you easily fatigued? What physical activity is your limit?
- How frequent and severe are symptoms of nausea, headaches, cramps?
- Have you had dialysis or are scheduled to have dialysis?
- Do you have difficulty with concentration and focusing?
SSA utilizes the term "Impairments" (and resulting "limitations" - why you cannot work) are the essential bits of information that must be clearly and consistently documented throughout your medical history by the treating sources (medical doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists).
SSA additionally utilizes the term "Residual Functional Capacity" (RFC); this is a key concept related to the resulting physical and/or mental impairments from conditions for which the disability claim is based upon and the impact upon ability to work.
SSA has its own forms that are used for Physical RFC here and for Mental RFC here. These forms can be filled out by the treating source who has the opportunity to examine the patient and understand the limitations which result from his/her condition and thereby document with specificity in the language of SSA disability.