Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is divided into five stages based on the efficiency of the kidneys in filtering blood. In stage 4 kidney disease, your kidneys are damaged severely. How long you can live with stage 4 kidney disease depends on variables.
Stage 4 kidney disease is compatible with life. One can live for as long as decades, but may die in a very short time. If the following factors are met, the patients can enjoy a long life span.
1. Treatment plays the most important role in prolonging the life span of the patients with stage 4 kidney disease. If one takes effective treatment to preserve the left kidney function, the disease will not progress into stage 5.
2. One follows the dietary restrictions to avoid overburdening the failing kidneys. For example, if the patients eat too much high-potassium foods, it will cause irregular heartbeat and even cause heart to stop.
The above are two major factors which can affect how long you can live with stage 4 Kidney Disease.
There are many treatment options existing for stage 4 kidney disease. For example, anemia can be treated with synthetic EPO. High phosphate can be treated with calcium pills.Acidosis can be partially treated with bicarbonate or citrate pills. These treatments mainly aim at treating the symptoms of kidney disease, but enough to stop it from developing into next stage.
In stage 4 kidney disease, the kidneys are damaged badly. To prolong the life span, the key treatment goal is to restore the impaired kidney structure and improve renal function.
Except Kidney Transplant, no other treatment can help the patients recover normal renal function. However, certain treatments can help stop stage 4 kidney disease from developing into stage 5 and improve renal function. If so, you will be able to live longer.
It is not possible to predict the accurate number of your life span, but how long you can live with stage 4 kidney disease can be estimated on your conditions.