Human kidneys are one of the most important organs of the body. It filters waste from the blood, produces red blood cells and strengthens bones. Despite its many important roles, it can be difficult to determine when these organs are not functioning properly, especially in the early stages of some kidney problems. According to Cynthia Smith, a nurse with Renal Consultants, one in three Americans is at risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD) and only less than 50% of people with severe CKD know they have a problem.
Here are 20 typical signs and symptoms that indicate a kidney problem. If you have one, see your doctor as soon as possible. They are:
20 – Shortness of Breath:
This occurs when the blood does not filter sufficiently into the kidneys or when the excretion of fluids or waste is insufficient. According to the Urology Care Foundation, shortness of breath can occur, especially when fluid builds up in the lungs.
19 – Foamy Urine:
This often occurs when kidney function is impaired. The foam comes in the form of bubbles on the urine and does not burst even when flushed. This is what we observe when we scramble the eggs because of the presence of albumin in the eggs and urine.
18 – Loss of Appetite:
If you lose the urge to eat your favourite foods, this could be a sign of a kidney problem. This problem is caused by an accumulation of toxins resulting from a decrease in kidney function. That’s what the National Kidney Foundation said.
17 – Unintentional Weight Loss:
Losing weight is not always a good thing, especially if you don’t work on it. If you realize that you are losing several pounds for no reason, this may be due to a decrease in kidney function. A study of approximately six years of 3,933 33 IRC patients found that weight loss began in the early stages of IRC.
16 – Confusion:
If the details seem blurry and you are not mentally healthy, this could be a sign of a kidney problem. In a 2012 study conducted by Temple University, there is a strong link between decreased kidney function and memory/cognitive impairment. In addition, high levels of calcium in the body due to kidney cancer can cause confusion.
15 – Back Pain:
This is perhaps one of the most visible signs of a kidney problem. Because the kidneys are placed higher than the abdomen, under the rib cage, an infection could cause severe pain from the middle to the upper back. If it intensifies, it can extend to the abdomen and groin.
14 – Blood in the Urine :
This is another notable sign of kidney disease. If you see blood in your urine or notice a red or brown colour, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
13 – Chronic Nosebleeds:
Granulomatosis with polyangiitis or GPA is a disease whose symptoms are swelling of the blood vessels in the throat, kidneys, lungs, nose or sinuses. According to the U.S. Kidney Fund, the first sign of this disease is a runny nose or frequent nosebleeds. Although GPA does not only affect the kidneys, it can lead to chronic kidney disease or kidney failure (in severe cases). Talk to your doctor if you have these symptoms frequently.
12 – Side Pain:
Kidney stones are hard deposits of minerals and salt in the kidneys. They can be extremely painful when they pass through the ureter and bladder. According to a Los Angeles urologist, Dr. S. Adam Ramin, pain can be compared to childbirth. The way to distinguish pain is that it comes from your sides and back in waves. It looks like a kidney infection.
11 – Gum Disease:
Bad breath is not the only symptom of kidney disease in the mouth. These diseases can cause gum disease that can lead to cavities and tooth loss. A 2013 meta-analysis shows that most periodontal diseases such as dry mouth and invaded gums are caused by chronic kidney disease rather than other serious kidney problems.
10 – High Blood Sugar:
Diabetes has been shown to be the leading cause of kidney failure. It is responsible for about 44% of all cases. Diabetes causes a lot of damage to red blood cells in the kidneys and often leads to diabetic kidney disease that further reduces kidney function.
9 – Swollen Hands and Feet:
Because the kidneys oversaw the excessive filtering of water in the body, if they do not work properly, water can build up and cause swelling of the hands, ankles or feet. It’s a sign of heart failure, so don’t ignore it.
8 – Constipation:
Although kidney problems do not affect the urinary tract, they can cause intestinal problems. An oncologist, Przemyslaw Twardowski, said that kidney cancer can affect the body’s chemical balance by causing excessive calcium. This can cause constipation. If you suspect anything, consult a health care professional to check your calcium levels.
7 – Bad Breath:
When your kidneys are not filtering properly, the waste can end up in other places. Jennifer Schau’s website says that a foul odor from your mouth might be detected as kidney functionality reduces. This means you have bad breath. Advanced kidney diseases can negatively change the way you taste high-protein foods. These foods break into nitrogen and creatinine which are waste products that cannot be easily filtered out of the bloodstream.
6 – Nausea:
The movement of a kidney stone from the kidney to ureter can cause urine blockage. Most of the signs of this blockage are swelling, pain that can be associated with nausea and vomiting.
5 – Swelling Around the Eyes:
Kidney disease can cause excessive amounts of sodium and fluid to occur in the body. This can cause swelling in different areas of the body, especially the eyes when it is related to the kidneys. In the case of nephrotic syndrome, there is an excess of protein in the urine and swelling may occur due to low levels of albumin in the blood.
4 – Frequent Urination:
If you notice that you have a urge to urinate frequently, this could be a sign of kidney disease. If the kidney filters do not work properly, there is a urge to urinate frequently at night. This frequent urge to urinate can be caused by urinary tract infections and diabetes, see a doctor as soon as possible.
3 – Chronic Itching:
The presence of excess urea in the blood can cause severe itching that should not be ignored. This itch is often due to kidney dysfunction. An article published as part of the 2015 Nephrology Seminars showed that more than 40% of patients diagnosed with advanced kidney disease develop chronic itching or pruritus.
2 – Dizziness:
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, patients diagnosed with kidney failure develop anemia because there is a decrease in the production of erythropoietin or EPO, a hormone that triggers the production of red blood cells. A common symptom is dizziness, others are paleness, weakness, difficulty breathing and headaches.
1- Inability to eat meat and dairy
It is interesting to note that advanced kidney disease can give an absolutely terrible taste to protein-rich foods such as meat and dairy products. According to the Kidney and Urology Foundation of America, it is because these foods break down into nitrogen and creatinine, waste that the kidneys in poor health are unable to filter out of the bloodstream.
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