Specialists

What specialists do you see besides your nephrologist? What do they do for you that your neph does not do?

I see a skin specialist every four months to check for skin cancers.

Having had a mispent youth lying around on surfboards for hours in the blazing sun with the hole in the ozone layer getting bigger over Australia all the time :? and then being on immuno suppressants for several years to slow down my kidney disease I ended up with a melanoma and a pile of skin cancers. Lots of chopping off of pieces of skin!

Funny though, I would not have missed doing all that surf and sun stuff for anything… 8)

Heart investigations seem to be a frequent occurrence in many dialysis patients’ lives, and even if there is no heart problem, being on the transplant waiting list usually involves a heart work-up every couple of years. Accordingly, the cardiologist is one specialist many of use see relatively often. That’s certainly the case with me. After that, probably gastro specialist, and in my case, a yearly appointment with the allergist.
Pierre

I see gastro, oncologist, hematologist, and have regular tests for the nocturnal study. My most un-favourite being the sleep study!

can you explain what is involved in a sleep study?

Here’s information about how a sleep study is done. Many people have sleep studies to find out if they have sleep apnea which is a condition in which people stop breathing for 10 seconds or longer multiple times during a night’s sleep. Sleep apnea disturbs sleep and can cause other complications such as heart disease, high blood pressure, memory problems, accidents, etc. There are treatments for sleep apnea once it’s diagnosed.

http://www.sleepfoundation.org/hottopics/index.php?secid=9&id=260

I see my pcp and obgyn… go for pap tests, mammograms and now need a bone density test. I have to get a script to go to a cardiologist for followup as I was in hospital last season for five days with heart arrhythmia, and having tests for my leaky aortic heart valve; will need to have that repaired so I guess add surgeon to my list. Lin.

As nocturnal dialysis is only a study here, we have sleep studies every 3 months. Its voluntary. Basically you stay in hospital overnight with electrodes on your head, and the worst part is a nasogastric tube is inserted as well. You have things on your nose too. Its not real easy to sleep with all that on either. I found I had mild sleep apnea, but no treatment is needed. It has improved after being on nocturnal.