Your doctor (most likely a kidney specialist called a nephrologist) and other members of your healthcare team are there to help you manage chronic kidney disease–associated pruritus (CKD-aP). Talking to them about your symptoms and how they affect you is the first step to helping you take control of your itch. Below are some tips to help you prepare for your next conversation with your healthcare team:
Write down your thoughts, questions, and symptoms. When life gets hectic, it’s easy to lose track of how you’re feeling day to day. Try keeping a daily or weekly log.
Know your symptoms. Doctors are learning about CKD-aP, too. Being able to tell them exactly what you’re feeling can impact your treatment.
Bring what you need. You might find it helpful to bring a list of medications you’re taking, a list of recent life changes, or even a friend or relative to help you remember what your doctor tells you.
Don’t be afraid to speak up. Whether you’re speaking to your doctor or another member of your healthcare team, you should feel confident asking questions and making sure you get all the info you need.
Keep learning about CKD-aP. Knowing the latest about your condition and treatments like KORSUVA can help you understand your condition and better manage it.
Don’t give up. Even if you’ve talked about your itch with your healthcare team before, keep talking about it! It will help them know how serious it is.
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