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10 Early Symptoms of Kidney Disease and How to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy

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The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that are important for the elimination of wastes and in aiding other important functions of the body. Kidney disease is a serious medical issue. Research has shown that over 20 million individuals in the United States exhibit some level of dysfunction with their kidneys.  The key to avoiding severe kidney troubles is to recognize the early symptoms of kidney disease and to effectively act upon it; one should look out for the following symptoms:

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1. Urination Issues

 

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Foamy or bubbly urine, frequent urination urges, greater quantity of urine than normal, decreased quantity of urine than normal, urge but no urine flow, blood in the urine, increase in urine infections, and/or burning sensation during urination.

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2. Swelling/Puffiness

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Swelling or puffiness especially on the face, ankles, legs, feet and/or hands, due to inability of the kidneys to expel fluid from the body.

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3. Anemia/Tiredness

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Diminished renal function means lower production of hormone EPO (erythropoietin), the trigger for producing more oxygen-carrying RBCs. Low oxygen levels leave the muscles and other processes starved of vital oxygen leading to extreme fatigue and/or anemia.

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4. Rashes

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Excess accumulation of wastes, not disposed by the underactive kidney leads to skin eruptions and excessive itching.

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5. Bad Breath

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A metallic (iron like) taste due to accumulation of toxic wastes in the blood (called uremia) literally leaves a bad taste in the mouth, dwindling your appetite leading to weight loss.

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6. Brain Fog

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Lack of oxygen to the brain leads to multiple fallouts like memory loss, lack of concentration, and dizziness.

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7. Back Pain

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Though this can be noticed in rare cases, but Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) can cause pain in the upper back (near the kidneys) or on the same side as the affected kidney.

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8. Nausea

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Uremia leads to a feeling of nausea and bouts of vomiting.

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9. Breathlessness

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Both due to lowered oxygen-carrying RBCs and fluid retention in the lungs.

10. Chills

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The anemic condition causes a feeling of excessive cold and patients reporting chills even in hot conditions.

 

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CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.