Did you know your kidneys are not only in charge of keeping your blood stable and
filtered from waste accumulation, but also maintaining the right balance of salts
and minerals in your body? When these powerful chemical factories fail to perform
their life-sustaining job, your could be in serious danger.
Tiredness, change in urination, swelling, and fatigue are some of kidney failure
symptoms that can also be attributed to other conditions. These signs are often
nonspecific because your kidneys are highly adaptable and able to compensate for
their lost function.
“This is one of the reasons why only 10% of people with chronic kidney
disease know that they have it and why a person can lose up to 90% of their
kidney functions before experiencing any symptoms,” says Dr. Joseph
Vassalotti, Chief Medical Officer at the National Kidney Foundation.
If you’re at risk for kidney disease due to high blood pressure, diabetes, a family
history of kidney failure, or if you’re older than age 60, it’s important to get tested
with your doctor.
Many patients may not have any severe symptoms until their kidney disease is
advanced, such was the case of Ivan Chavez, Kidney transplant recipient, “my
urine was what I had started noticing, I was frequently having the urge to go to the
bathroom but nothing happened.”
While the only way to know if you have kidney disease is to gest tested, you may
notice the following symptoms:
1. Swollen Feet and Ankles
When kidneys are not functioning well, they will be unable to eliminate the extra
fluid from the body, this can cause swelling in joints and limbs.
2. Changes in Urination
Kidneys make urine, so when the kidneys are failing, the urine may present the
-Difficulty in urinating
-Need to exercise extra pressure while urinating
-Dark or pale colored urine
-Less-frequent and small amounts of urine
-Frequent urge to urinate at night
3. Skin rashes
Waste accumulation can be noticed through the texture and color of the skin. When
the kidneys fail, the build-up of wastes in your blood can cause severe itching.
4. Metallic taste in the mouth
When the body has excess waste, can make food taste different and cause bad
5. Poor concentration and dizziness
A severe decrease in kidney function can lead to an accumulation of toxins and
impurities in the blood. This can cause people to feel tired, weak and can make it
hard to concentrate.
If you feel dizzy and tired during the day, this may be a cause of a kidney problem.
Erythropoietin or EPO is a hormone that is produced in the kidney and controls the
secretion of red blood cells, so that, when they stop working, the production of the
same hormone is affected and causes fatigue and loss of energy.
Kidney failure in itself does not cause pain. However, the consequences of kidney
failure may cause pain and discomfort in different parts of the body. The kidneys in
the body are situated above your waist on the upper part of the back of the body. A
kidney failure may cause severe pain at this exact point.
8. Unexplained Shortness of Breath
If you are experience unexpected shortness of breath it may be because of the
unpurified blood results from malfunctioning of the kidneys and when this happens
the extra fluid in the body can build up in the lungs.