when your kidneys stop working slowly, over a long time
kidney function which is less than normal and will never get better. This condition might be mild and might only need to be watched by your doctor(usually stage 1 or stage 2). Or it might be slowly getting worse and will need to be watched more carefully to avoid symptoms and complications. Stage 5 CKD is also called end-stage renal disease (ESRD), end stage kidney disease or end stage kidney failure. This is when you need dialysis or a transplant to continue to live.