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Healthy bones are constantly growing and changing. To keep your bones strong, your kidneys must keep the right balance of several important substances. These include phosphorus, calcium, parathyroid hormone, and vitamin D.
When you have chronic kidney disease, your body no longer keeps the right balance of these substances. This can lead to bone disease. When bone disease is caused by kidney problems, it is called renal bone disease.
Renal bone disease is called a "silent disease" because the bone changes begin long before symptoms occur. As renal bone disease gets worse, you may have:
By working with your doctor, you can take steps to reduce your chance of having weak or broken bones.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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