Hi and welcome. Not sure what you mean by what are the symptoms. Do you mean the symptoms leading up to the requirement for a kidney transplant? The would depend on what you kidney function is, what type of dialysis you end up on, and a host of other things.
As for the transplant itself, it is like any other surgery. They give you pain meds, but there are some physical limitations for a while after because it is a fairly large surgery. As for other stuff, most everyone is different. Most of us, though, begin to feel much better, very quickly, than we did on dialysis. Some of the drugs have side effects, but it depends on which drugs your transplant center prescribes, at what dose, and how the dose changes over the first year.
If you wouldn't mind passing on a few more details, I'd be more than happy to tell you what I found with my transplant. Best of luck.
I am curious what is the criteria for someone to go onto the transplant list. Here is my situation. I was born with 1 kidney. My right kidney is functioning at only 30%. My creatine level is 2.3. Over the past 5 years or so my creatine level has been running 2.0 to 2.5 or so.
The doctor feels that for now the kidney issue is caused by the fact that I was born with 1 kidney. Hypertension for years problably causing the damag.e
I do have diabetes for 7 years, but the doctor doesnt feel the kidney issue is a result of the diabetes. He says it takes a looooong time for dieabes to affect the kidney.
So at what level does the creatine have to be and what level of kidney funciont. Again my kidney is at 30%.
What other criteria is there for a person to be put on the transplant list?
I'll give you a quick answer and then search around because this question has come up on this board a couple of times. I'll be lazy and do some cutting and pasting rather than typing it all out again. As for getting onto the transplant list, different centers have different protocols. Basically, you need to be healthy enough to undergo the surgery. They check your heart (diabetics of more than 25 years often require an angiogram), the blood flow in your legs (because they attach the kidney to the femoral artery and vein), women require all their specific check ups (mammogram etc) because you can't go into the surgery with cancer (immunosuppression would make it worse). There is also extensive blood work to check your antibodies and tissue types. I also had to have a TB test and other things that I really can't remember.
The good news is that most people pass with flying colors and those that don't a significant number of those can have the problems "fixed".
As for when to go on dialysis, like I said, I'll do some searching. Basically it boils down to a combination of how you feel, your blood work, and your level of fluid retention (and whether or not you are urinating). I think it took me over 10 years to get from roughly where you are now to needing dialysis.
Are you seeing a nephrologist? Is he associated with a transplant center? You can get some good information packages from a center near you.