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21 Symptoms Of Kidney Disease Many People Always Ignore That Could Lead To Kidney Failure

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Chronic kidney disease is the gradual loss of kidney function, which eventually leads to permanent kidney failure. Kidney-related issues are more common that we are aware of, and they often go undiagnosed since their symptoms are not easy to detect.

As the kidney failure advances, and the function of the kidney is impaired, fluid and waste accumulate in the body, so the aim of the treatment is to slow down this progression.

The American Kidney Fund explains:

“If your kidneys stop working suddenly (acute kidney failure), you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal (belly) pain
  • Back pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Nosebleeds
  • Rash
  • Vomiting

Having one or more of any of the symptoms above may be a sign of serious kidney problems. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should contact your doctor right away.”

If one of the kidneys stops functioning, the other can perform its normal function, but this usually occurs when the disease is well advanced, and the damage is irreversible.

Therefore, early detection is essential in the prevention of serious kidney disease. These are the most common symptoms and signs of chronic kidney disease:

  • more frequent urination, especially at night
  • panting (shortness of breath)
  • protein in urine
  • a sudden change in body weight
  • anemia
  • blood in urine
  • dark urine
  • Poor mental alertness
  • Reduced urine output
  • male inability to get or maintain an erection (erectile dysfunction)
  • nausea
  • edema – swollen feet, hands, and ankles
  • fatigue and/or trouble sleeping
  • muscle cramps
  • muscle twitches
  • hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • insomnia
  • itchy skin
  • loss of appetite
  • pain on the side or mid to lower back
  • unexplained headaches

Chronic Kidney Disease Causes:

The role of the kidneys is to filter or blood from excess waste and fluids and excrete them from the body. According to Web MD:

“Healthy kidneys:

  • Keep a balance of water and minerals (such as sodium, potassium, and phosphorus) in your blood
  • Remove waste from your blood after digestion, muscle activity, and exposure to chemicals or medications
  • Make renin, which your body uses to help manage your blood pressure
  • Make a chemical called erythropoietin, which prompts your body to make red blood cells
  • Make an active form of vitamin D, needed for bone health and other things”

In case the blood flow to the kidneys is somehow impaired, if the urine outflow is obstructed, or one suffers from some disease or damage, they cannot function normally, and this causes serious issues.

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