Renal disease refers to chronic kidney disease. The bottom line with this impairment is that doctors use a chronic kidney disease scale to rate the severity of the kidney disease. In order to present a proper case to the Social Security Administration, laboratory reports showing the GFR number must be presented. Many times people with this impairment complain of fatigue, shortness of breath, abdominal pain, fever, neuropathy, convulsions, muscle twitches, cramps, anemia, itching, nausea, vomiting, swollen joints, and heart problems. If you have chronic kidney disease and your doctor has mentioned dialysis as a treatment possibility, then the Social Security Administration will probably not fight the case. Also please keep in mind that the actual chronic kidney disease may have been caused by other health problems, such as untreated high blood pressure or diabetes. These other health problems should also be analyzed along with the chronic kidney disease.
The most important lab report number is the glomerular filtration rate (GFR):
|stage 1||Normal GFR > 90 ml/min|
|Stage 2||Mild GFR = 60-89 ml/min|
|Stage 3||Moderate GFR = 30-59 ml/min|
|Stage 4||Severe GFR = 15 -29 ml/min|
|Stage 5||Kidney Failure GFR < 15 ml/min|