12 Signs That Your Kidneys Need Help

14 Aug 2021

12 Signs That Your Kidneys Need Help
1. Weakness:
A severe decrease in kidney function can lead to a buildup of toxins and impurities in the blood.
Early fatigability is almost always a universal symptom of kidney disease. As renal dysfunction progresses, this symptom becomes more and more prominent. One may feel more tired or exhausted than on normal days and will be unable to perform more strenuous activities, thus requiring rest more often. This is largely due to the accumulation of toxins and impurities in the blood, resulting from poor kidney function. Being a non-specific symptom, it is often ignored by most people and not thoroughly investigated.
2. Dry or itchy skin
Itching of the skin with a desire to scratch (also called uraemic pruritus) is common in people with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD).
Dry and itchy skin can be a sign of the mineral and bone disease that often accompanies advanced kidney diseases when the kidneys are no longer able to keep the right balance of minerals and nutrients in your blood.
Itching is very common. It affects around half of the people with advanced kidney disease and almost everyone with kidney failure who is receiving dialysis or conservative care. You may find that you get itchier as your kidney function gets worse.
3. Shortness of breath.
Shortness of breath occurs when your kidneys aren't properly filtering and excreting waste products and fluid.
When you have kidney disease, your organs don’t make enough of a hormone called erythropoietin.
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.
When you start facing difficulties in breathing it could be the sign of a major or minor kidney failure.

4. Swollen hands and feet
Edema is swelling that is caused by fluid trapped in your body's tissues. Edema happens most often in the feet, ankles, and legs, but can affect other parts of the body, such as the face, hands, and abdomen. It can also involve the entire body.

When your kidneys can’t get rid of sodium well, fluids build up in your body, causing swelling in your feet and ankles or a puffy face. Swelling in the lower extremities can also be a sign of heart disease, liver disease, and chronic leg vein problems.
Since the kidneys are responsible for filtering excess water from the body, when they aren't performing this function properly, that excess fluid can redistribute, particularly in your extremities.
Swelling of your legs, ankles, and feet may be a sign that the kidney is not removing excess fluids or sodium from the body. When the kidneys leak too much protein into the urine, swelling may result.
5. Poor appetite:
A decreased appetite occurs when you have a reduced desire to eat. It may also be known as a poor appetite or loss of appetite. The medical term for this is anorexia. A wide variety of conditions can cause your appetite to decrease. These range between mental and physical illnesses. If you develop loss of appetite, you may also have related symptoms, such as weight loss
In addition to the accumulation of toxins like urea, creatinine, acids, the appetite of an individual is suppressed. Also, as kidney disease advances, there is a change of taste, often described as metallic by the patients.
There are other psychological causes for a decreased appetite, like when you’re sad, depressed, grieving, or anxious. Stress and boredom have also been linked to a decreased appetite. If your favorite foods have suddenly lost all appeal, that could be a sign of serious kidney problems.

6. Puffiness around your eyes
Periorbital Edema or swelling or puffiness around the eyes is caused by the accumulation of fluid in the tissues or cells. Failing kidneys don't remove extra fluid, which builds up in your body causing swelling in the face.
It is one of the earliest signs of a kidney disorder. It is especially prominent in individuals where there is a leakage of a significant amount of protein via the kidney. Loss of protein from the body decreases the intravascular oncotic pressure and leads to extravascular accumulation of fluid in various sites like around the eyes.
7. Foamy urine or blood in the urine
8. Sleep disorder.
9. Frequent urination
11. weight loss
12. Nausea.
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