Question: I’m a 32 year old female and was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome. For the past 2 years, my limbs were swelling and it was one of it that started swelling, but then this year they both swelled, but 1 swelled more than the other. My question is, is this disease treatable? What are the healthy habits that I can practice to speed up my recovery?
Answer: From what you said, I think you do not only have Nephrotic Syndrome, but also other diseases. If you are only with Nephrotic Syndrome, the swelling in legs will be equal. Besides leg swelling, do you have other symptoms such as shortness of breath? If so, you may have cardiovascular disease, thrombus of lower extremity veins, etc. Therefore, you had better do some tests to find out what on earth causes your leg swelling. As to Nephrotic Syndrome, it is incurable, but it can be treated well.
Here l list some healthy habits you should follow to speed up recovery.
1. To reduce salt intake
Too much salt intake can retain water in body so as to worsen your swelling, so you had better follow a low salt diet.
2. To eat protein moderately
For Nephrotic Syndrome patients, swelling usually results from massive protein leakage. Therefore, to relieve swelling, it is necessary for you to take moderate protein to recover plasma colloid osmotic pressure. But remember that too much protein intake can put extra stress on kidneys and speed up kidney damage.
3. To have a good rest
Now you have severe swelling, so you had better have a good rest at bed. Do not walk or stand for a long time. When your disease is stable, you can do some exercises to help you improve condition.
4. To give up bad habits
Smoking, drinking alcohol, staying up and so on are all bad for your health, so you should stop them to protect your kidneys.
What are the healthy habits that I can practice to speed up my recovery from Nephrotic Syndrome? Hope the above information is helpful for you. For more information on Nephrotic Syndrome, please leave a message below or contact online doctor.