It was reported that in 2021 that 1 in 7 adults suffered from chronic kidney disease. The kidneys filter waste and excess fluid from the blood. As kidneys fail, waste builds up. Symptoms develop slowly and aren’t specific to the disease. Some people have no symptoms at all and are diagnosed by a lab test. You or someone you know may be suffering from kidney disease and don’t even know it. Your body could also be telling you, but you may think it’s something else. Below are 6 potential warning signs of kidney problems.
Always Tired and Can’t Sleep
Kidneys filter waste from your blood and ship it out in your pee. When your kidneys don’t work right, toxins can build up. One common tipoff is fatigue. Kidneys make a hormone that tells your body to create red blood cells. If you have fewer of them, your blood can’t deliver as much oxygen to your muscles and brain as they need. You also may experience trouble sleeping also. There has been studies that link sleep apnea and chronic kidney disease. Over time, chronic kidney disease can damage your organs and lead to kidney failure. Chronic Kidney Disease could lead to the narrowing of your throat and toxin buildup.
Skin Is Itchy
Your skin becomes itchy if your kidney can’t flush out toxins. Those toxins will begin to build up in your blood. When that happens rashes begin to appear and make your skin itch all over. The kidneys may not be able to balance the minerals and nutrients in your body. This can lead to mineral and bone disease, which can make your skin dry and itchy.
Face and Feet Swollen
When your kidneys can’t get rid of sodium well, fluids build up in your body. That may lead to puffy hands, feet, ankles, legs, or a puffy face. You might notice swelling especially in your feet and ankles. And protein leaking out in your urine can show up as puffiness around your eyes.
Muscles Cramping and Shortness of Breath
Do you cramp in your legs a lot? Does those cramps occur anywhere else in your body? If so, that could be a sign of poor kidney function. Imbalance in the levels of sodium, calcium, potassium, or other electrolytes can interrupt how your muscles and nerves work. When you have kidney disease, your organs don’t make enough of a hormone called erythropoietin. The hormones signal your body to make red blood cells. Without it, you can get anemia and feel short of breath. You might have a hard time catching your breath. In serious cases, lying down may make you feel like you’re drowning.
Little to No Appetite
Many people don’t realize that kidney disease affects your stomach. You can become nauseous and even develop an upset stomach. That may leave you with little craving for food. That sometimes may lead to weight loss.
Bad Breath and Issues With Urine
Last and definitely not least, you may notice you begin to have bad breath. When your kidneys can’t filter out waste, it can cause a condition called uremia. That can make your mouth smell. Also, toxins in your bloodstream can give food a metallic or off taste. Bubbly pee could be a sign of too much protein called albumin. That can result from kidney issues. So can brownish or very pale urine. Faulty kidney function also may let blood leak into your bladder. Blood in your urine also can be caused by kidney stones, tumors, or an infection.