Pain Management for Those who have Kidney Disease

Pain can pose a significant challenge to those with kidney disease. Stephanie Johnstone is a lead social worker and consultant for the Clinical Innovations Team at Fresenius Medical Care North America. She sits down with Lori Hartwell to discuss the difficult time patients and physicians are having due to recent changes in pain management. Because opioid misuse has become a public health emergency, very careful consideration is now being made before any drug is prescribed. This can have a hard-hitting effect on those experiencing significant pain due to kidney disease. Listen in to this show to learn how to communicate with your care team to achieve the best pain management results, as well as other ways to manage pain without medication.

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Hosted By Lori Hartwell

Lori Hartwell is the Founder & President of Renal Support Network (RSN) and the host of KidneyTalk®, a radio podcast show. Lori was diagnosed with kidney disease at the age of two. In 1993 she founded RSN to instill “health, happiness and hope” into the lives of those affected by chronic kidney disease. Lori is also the author of the inspirational book Chronically Happy: Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness and is a four-time kidney transplant recipient.

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