When you are in stage 5 renal failure, dialysis is often suggested by doctors to sustain you life. You may wonder how long you can live without dialysis. Honestly speaking, this is a question difficult to answer. The life expectancy with stage 5 renal failure without dialysis depends on the your current physical condition, the treatment you receive etc.
Life expectancy with stage 5 renal failure with dialysis
In stage 5 renal failure, the glomerular filtration rate is less than 15 percent and your kidneys failure to function properly to remove those wastes and toxins in the blood, resulting in a series of symptoms, such as nausea, vomit, muscle cramp, edema, proteinuria, high blood pressure, blood urine, infection etc. While dialysis is to replace the failed kidneys to work. Dialysis can prolong your life, but can not cure the kidney disease. And the longer you take dialysis, the weaker you are. Because dialysis has many side effects.
Generally speaking, patients in stage 5 renal failure with dialysis can live 4.25 years longer and about 23% patients can live as long as 10 years with dialysis.
Life expectancy with stage 5 renal failure without dialysis
In fact, dialysis is not the only way to treat renal failure. Without dialysis, patients can also live with stage 5 renal failure if they receive the correct treatment.
Patients can take some drugs that can control these discomfortable symptoms. For example, mild confusion and disorientation can be treated with tranquilizers and anti-anxiety drugs; Itch can be relieve with creams, massage, erythropoietin etc. If patients still have urine output, under such circumstance they may live for months; while patients with no urine output are likely to die within a week or two.
Kidney transplant is also a way to treat kidney disease. But sometimes a suitable kidney source is difficult to find. More than 80% of people who receive a kidney transplant live for at five years after their transplant surgery.
Chinese medicine treatment is also an alternative to dialysis, such as Acupuncture and Moxibustion, medicated bath, looping therapy, Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy etc. They have helped many patients get rid of dialysis. Now they live like a normal person.
Without dialysis, we can still live very well. If you want to know the exact life expectancy of yours, you can send your physical condition to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our doctors can help you.