Kidney disease symptoms are usually silent and can develop slowly over time. In fact, you may not even notice any symptoms until it is critical.
According to the American Kidney Fund, kidney disease is the 9TH leading cause of death in the United States. An estimated 31 million people in the United States (10% of the adult population) have chronic kidney disease (CKD).
And 9 out of 10 people who have stage 3 CKD (moderately decreased kidney function) do not even know it! The leading cause of Kidney failure is having diabetes and high blood pressure.
A healthy kidney works by filtering waste products from the blood and assist in regulating your blood pressure, balance electrolytes and red blood cell production.
10 Critical Symptoms of Kidney Disease
Below are ten critical kidney disease symptoms to look for, before it’s too late.
1.) Foamy Urine
A person suffering from kidney disease might realize that his urine is foamy. This occurs when you have too much a protein, such as albumin, that is being leaked into your urine. It is called proteinuria and is a late sign of chronic kidney disease and you should contact your doctor immediately.
2.) Blood in the Urine
It’s very alarming to see blood in your urine. Common sense dictates that there is a HUGE problem. The presence of blood in your urine might be a sign that you are suffering from kidney disease. Be sure to contact your doctor immediately if you see an presence of blood in your urine.
3.) Nausea & Vomiting
As your kidney function declines, a severe waste build-up in the blood called “uremia” will cause nausea and vomiting. This usually occurs at stage 4 chronic kidney disease (CKD) so you will need to contact a nephrologist, a medical doctor who specializes in kidney care and treating diseases of the kidneys.
4.) Shortness of Breath
If you are suffering from kidney disease, you might find yourself gasping for air time and again. Increased gasps for air result when unabsorbed toxins and fluids get deposited in your lungs. You won’t be able to carry out any physical exercises without running out of breath or panting.
5.) Swelling or Oedema
Healthy kidneys help eliminate toxins from your body. In the event they fail, these toxins accumulate in one’s body tissues to the extent that they cause body swelling.
Swelling of this nature is a condition commonly referred to as oedema. In the event you notice swelling of the hands, feet and ankles, you are advised to seek a second opinion from a doctor for this might be kidney disease in its advanced stage.
6.) Skin Rashes & Itching
As ordinary as it seems, itching at times might be a sign of an underlying ailment. A common characteristic of kidney disease itching coupled by skin irritations. While suffering from this disease, toxins are not gotten rid of from the body as fast as they should.
The toxins end up getting deposited under your skin, causing a rash and severe itching. Many people usually mistake such a symptom for an allergy, which is (mostly) not the case.
7.) Feeling Cold All the Time
Continuous cold spells are a symptom characteristic of kidney disease. These cold spells come about due to anemia, a disease that affects the human body by lowering its overall temperature. Be sure not to misread this subtle sign of kidney disease.
8.) Changes in Your Urinary Function
The first symptom of kidney disease that you might notice is the number of times you pee in a day or a change in the amount you normally urinate. A healthy organ always tries to help the body reabsorb most of the water but reduce the number of toxins in it. However, a severe kidney does the opposite of this. It leaves toxins in the body and absorbs most of the body water and converts it to urine. Reduced reabsorption of water is the reason as to why most of the people suffering from kidney related ailments always feel the urge to relieve themselves.
9.) Dizziness & Inability To Concentrate
Low oxygen levels in the body caused by underproduction of erythropoietin hormone might also make you feel dizzy. In such times, your concentration levels get distorted. If these symptoms persist for long, you are always advised to contact your doctor immediately.
10.) Extreme Fatigue, Anemia & Weakness
Exhaustion, anemia and general body weakness is another symptom of kidney disease. In normal conditions, your kidney produces a hormone called erythropoietin that helps the red blood cells transport oxygen from the heart to the rest of the body.
Kidney disease prevents the production of erythropoietin hormone thus hindering oxygenation of body tissues on a regular basis. For this reason, exhaustion and general body weakness occur.
If you experience more than two of these kidney disease symptoms, you need to make an appointment with your doctor and get checked for kidney disease. Early detection and treatment will help ensure a quick and timely recovery.