Chronic kidney disease is just a long, usually slow process where your kidneys gradually lose function. At first you might not notice any symptoms. Blood tests such as the BUN, creatinine and glomerular filtration rate or GFR are the most accurate ways to find out when you have chronic kidney disease and where stage.
You will find five stages of chronic kidney disease, with stage 1 normal kidney function.
The disease will take years to go from below normal kidney function (chronic kidney disease stage 1) to finish stage kidney failure at stage 5 where you will need dialysis or kidney transplant.
The chronic form is permanent kidney damage due to diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), various kidney tissue infections (glomerulonephritis) and excessive usage of some medications that may reduce long-term kidney function.
Since it could be possible to decelerate the progression of the illness in early stages, it is critical to get an early on diagnosis and to work closely along with your doctor to find the correct treatment.