These are the symptoms of kidney disease that everyone needs to know

More than 26 million American adults are living with kidney disease. Most don’t know it — Over 90 percent of people with signs of kidney ...


More than 26 million American adults are living with kidney disease. Most don’t know it — Over 90 percent of people with signs of kidney disease are unaware of it. March is National Kidney Month, and one of the best ways to observe this health awareness month is by getting tested if you’re at risk for kidney disease. Major risk factors include high blood pressure, diabetes, a family history of kidney failure and being age 60 or older.

While the only way to know for sure if you have kidney disease is to get tested, there are a number of physical signs. Sometimes people attribute these physical symptoms of kidney disease to other conditions. This is because those with kidney disease tend not to experience symptoms until the very late stages, when the kidneys are failing or when there are large amounts of protein in the urine.

Here are the top 10 symptoms of kidney disease that you should be aware:

1. Swelling in the Body

- It is the responsibility of the kidneys to eliminate the waste and excess liquid from the body. When this situation did not actually happen, the excess fluid and water that was buildup will lead to swelling. This can be seen in the hands, feet, ankle joints, face and under the eyes.
2. Severe Fatigue and Weakness

- When both of the kidneys do not function correctly, there is a high risk of feeling fatigue most of the time. You may actually feel tired, exhausted, or completely lack of energy without any reason why. Two common reason of these symptoms are anemia and buildup of waste products inside the body.
3. Dizziness

- If kidney disease leads to anemia, you may undergo from numerous dizziness, which is a feeling of light-headedness and the instability or loss of balance. This happens because anemia can actually stop your brain from receiving enough oxygen that it needed.

4. Shortness of Breath

- Shortness of breath can also be one of the reason behind kidney disease. Poor kidney functioning can result to excessive fluid accumulation in the lungs. Shortness of breath can also be due to anemia that is often caused by kidney issues.

5. Feeling Cold Most of the time

- This one is another symptom of anemia that is caused by kidney disease. You may actually feel cold most of the time without any reason and even if you are in a warm environment. There are times that you may even suffer from fever with chills.

6. Skin Breakouts and Itching

- Unexpected skin breakouts, rashes, annoyance, and excessive itching are also symptoms of some kind of kidney problems. Incorrect kidney functioning ads up to the accumulation of waste products and toxins inside the body, which leads to several skin problems.

7. Unexplained Back Pain

- Unexplained aches and pains in the back and even in the sides of your abdomen can be one of the symptoms of un-diagnosed kidney disease. When both of your kidneys or one of it does not function correctly, you may suffer from pain, painfulness, and fluid in the joints.

8. Ammonia Breath

- Kidney disease can lead to a metallic taste in the mouth or also known as ammonia breath. This occurs due to poor kidney functioning that can result to an upsurge in the level of urea in the blood. Urea has been broken down to ammonia in the saliva, which cause urine-like bad breath that is called ammonia breath.

9. Nausea or Vomiting

- Nausea, vomiting and reduced appetite are one of the very common gastrointestinal symptoms among people who are experiencing kidney disease. Nausea and vomiting commonly happens when you wake up early in the morning. As the kidneys were not able to clean the dangerous toxins out of the blood which leads to a buildup of extra urea nitrogen in the bloodstream. This reason arouses the gastrointestinal mucosa and result to nausea and vomiting.

10. Changes in Urinary Function

- The first symptom of kidney disease is the sudden change in your urinary function. The change may be in the quantity and regularity of the urine that you usually pass. Other changes may include:

-Waking up during the night a few times just to urinate.
-Urge to urinate more often but not be able to do so while using the restroom.
-The color of the urine is darker than the usual.
-The urine seems to become foamy or bubbly.
-The urine contains blood.
-Having a hard time in urinating.
-There is a pain or a burning feeling while urinating.
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