Unchecked kidney problems can cause higher risks to your overall health and lead to permanent kidney damage.
People usually do not experience symptoms until they become very ill or develop high blood pressure, diabetes or worse a chronic kidney disease.
Early detection is crucial, so it’s vital to recognize the signs that something is not right with your kidneys.
Here are 10 signs your kidney is crying for help and that it’s time for you to visit a doctor – a Nephrologist:
1. Always Tired
One common sign is fatigue. Kidneys filter waste from your blood and move it out in your urine. A decrease in kidney function can lead to a buildup of toxins in your blood, which causes people to feel tired, weak and have trouble concentrating.
Other kidney diseases like anemia also cause weakness and fatigue.
2. Can’t Sleep
Studies show a link between sleep apnea and chronic disease. Sleep apnea is more common with those who have chronic kidney disease.
When your blood is full of toxins, this causes you to feel ill, stressed and uncomfortable at night.
3. Dry & Itchy Skin
Over time, if your kidneys are no longer functioning well, they will not balance the minerals and nutrients in your body. These nutrients help keep bones strong, heal wounds faster and skin looking radiant. Kidney failure can affect changes in sweat and oil glands, which causes dry skin.
4. Bad Breath
Toxins in your bloodstream like urea creates a foul odor. Urea is one of the primary components of urine. If kidneys can’t do their job well, they will not filter out all toxins which then affects your overall oral health.
5. Urinating More Often
Going to the toilet more often to urine especially at night can be a sign of kidney disease, urinary infection or enlarged prostate in men. Remember, kidneys make urine. So, when kidneys are failing this results in urinary bladder problems too.
6. Swollen Face, Ankles & Feet
Kidneys work together with other organs like the heart and liver. When body water, sodium content and other bodily fluids are reabsorbed by the kidneys and it can’t control the processes and actions it needs to do to serve the body, then fluids build up in your body leading to puffy hands, feet, ankles, legs and puffiness around your eyes.
7. Foamy Urine
If you notice bubbles in your urine or foamy like you see when scrambling eggs, this is usually protein leaking out into your urine. Which means, it is a signal of a major kidney problem. Urine can be a window into your overall health and you should consult a physician to take a closer look.
8. Low or Poor Appetite
People with chronic kidney disease (CKD) usually experience poor appetite which could lead to malnutrition.
When you have kidney disease, you could feel nausea or vomiting or have an upset stomach. All these reasons to leave you NOT craving for food.
9. Blood in Your Urine
Healthy kidneys keep blood cells in the body when filtering toxins and wastes from the blood to create urine. If your kidneys have problems filtering, these blood cells can start to leak out into the urine. Blood in your urine also can be caused by kidney stones, tumors or an infection.
10. Shortness of Breath
Difficulty in breathing can be related to the kidneys.
Because extra fluid in the body can build up in the lungs and another reason is anemia, which can leave your body oxygen-starved and cause shortness of breath.