Kidney Failure Symptoms: 19 Kidney Problem Signs Most People Will Miss
Episode 61: Kidney Failure Symptoms: 19 Kidney Problem Signs Most People Will Miss. Learn the 19 kidney problem symptoms you can not ignore which may indicate kidney failure or low kidney function. Detecting signs of kidney problems early can allow for changes to your diet, lifestyle, or treatment to slow the progression of chronic kidney disease, possibly allow you to prevent kidney failure and limit further kidney damage. Many of the signs and symptoms on this list can be caused by other health problems and only a doctor can determine the cause. The sooner you address any problems, the better your chance of preventing kidney failure or slowing the progression. If you are experiencing any of these kidney failure symptoms, consult with your doctor immediately.
Persistent Fatigue – being tired all of the time
Healthy kidneys make a hormone called erythropoietin that tells your body to make oxygen-carrying red blood cells. As the kidneys fail, they make less EPO. With fewer red blood cells to carry oxygen, your muscles and brain tire very quickly. This is anemia, and it can be treated often through diet. This symptom of kidney problems typically occurs at Stage 4 and 5.
Feeling cold – when others are warm
Anemia can make you feel cold all the time, even in a warm room. A lack of red blood cells not only means that enough oxygen is not being transported throughout the body but also that heat and other nutrients carried by the red blood cells are also not being delivered adequately.
Shortness of breath – after very little effort
Being short of breath can be related to the kidneys in two ways. First, extra fluid in the body can build up in the lungs. And second, anemia (a shortage of oxygen-carrying red blood cells) can leave your body oxygen-starved and short of breath.
Feeling faint, dizzy, or weak
Anemia related to kidney disease means that your brain is not getting enough oxygen. This can lead to feeling faint, dizzy, or weak.
Trouble thinking clearly
Anemia related to kidney disease means that your brain is not getting enough oxygen. This can lead to memory problems or trouble with concentration.
High Blood Pressure or difficult to manage blood pressure
When blood vessels in the kidneys become damaged, they do not filter blood well, and the kidneys lose their ability to regulate fluids, hormones, acids, and salts in the body.
Feeling very itchy
Kidneys remove wastes from the bloodstream. When the kidneys have problems, the build-up of wastes in your blood can cause severe itching.
Swelling in hands, legs, or feet
Damaged kidneys don't remove extra fluid, which builds up in your body causing swelling in the legs, ankles, feet, and/or hands.
Swollen or puffy face
Damaged kidneys don't remove extra fluid, which builds up in your body causing swelling in the face.
A build-up of wastes in the blood (uremia) can make food taste different and cause bad breath. You may also notice that you stop liking to eat meat, or that you are losing weight because you just don't feel like eating.
A build-up of wastes in the blood (uremia) can cause bad breath.
Upset stomach or nausea
A severe build-up of wastes in the blood (uremia) can also cause nausea. Loss of appetite can lead to weight loss.
Muscle cramps, especially in the legs can be a common problem for individuals with kidney disease. An imbalance in fluid or electrolyte levels can trigger these cramps as the metabolic waste builds up to higher levels in the blood.
Pain felt in the back or sides
Not everyone who suffers from kidney problems may experience it. Pain may be felt in the back where the kidneys are located or only on one side where the affected kidney is.
When the kidneys do not filter properly, toxins stay in the blood and cause uncomfortable symptoms like insomnia or restless leg syndrome.
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