What Symptoms Of Kidney Disease One Shouldn’t Ignore?

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Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Curejoy Expert Dr.Janardhana Hebbar Explains:

The kidney function is so integrated with other vital processes that symptoms may be ignored or perceived as coming from a different source. Most patients are diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) when they have reached the 3rd or 4th stage, as patients fail to notice the subtle symptoms or relate it with some other common ailments. Proactive self-diagnosis goes a long way in detecting the deterioration early and seeking prompt medical treatment. Considering the importance of the kidney in keeping us alive, every second is vital is preserving what we have, as kidney damage might not be reversible.

What is it that you need to be aware of? Pushing your doctor to run diagnostic tests on your renal function even for “silly” sounding symptoms might make you look like a hypochondriac (suffering from health phobia) but definitely mean the difference between life and death. Some of the possible triggers to look out for:

  • Urination issues: 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.
  • Swelling/Puffiness:  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.
  • Anemia/Tiredness: 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.
  • Rashes: Excess accumulation of wastes, not disposed by the underactive kidney leads to skin eruptions and excessive itching.
  • Bad breath: 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.
  • Brain Fog: Lack of oxygen to the brain leads to multiple fallouts like memory loss, lack of concentration, and dizziness.
  • Back Pain: 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.
  • Nausea: Uremia leads to a feeling of nausea and bouts of vomiting.
  • Breathlessness: Both due to lowered oxygen-carrying RBCs and fluid retention in the lungs.
  • Chills: The anemic condition causes a feeling of excessive cold and patients reporting chills even in hot conditions.


Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

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KevinBrowne 5pts

I was getting constant headaches and daily nausea... And then I heard my diagnosis - stage 3 kidney disease. I tried a lot of different medications that my doctor prescribed to stabilize my kidney function, but got no real results. However, one day I scrolled through facebook and accidentally found an alternative treatment method. It was an ebook created by former kidney disease sufferer. He claimed that he reversed his impaired kidney function and cured his kidney disease with only natural remedies. Of course, I was skeptical about it, but I had nothing to lose, so I gave it a go (by the way, you can find it here - http://healthykidneys.info/getreport ). After reading it, I didn't believe that some changes in my nutrition could help me to stabilize my kidney function, but I started to follow it... My doctor was surprised next time he saw my blood test results - they improved!! my kidney disease decreased to stage 2 and my kidneys are getting better every day :) After all I went through - I wish I tried alternative treatment methods earlier...

GonarajGraj 5pts

Please advise post kidney transplant care and deit..... Food style

Rishma Dossa
Rishma Dossa 5pts

please advice a ayurveda med for urine infection

Felix Perez
Felix Perez 5pts

Thank you I can take care my only kidney

Yvr Sai
Yvr Sai 5pts

the tips would surely work on...thanq for a very useful information...

Ayurveda 5pts

Kindly access the link from Firefox or Chrome browsers. Thank you :)

Abdur Rauf
Abdur Rauf 5pts

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Yogesh Vyas
Yogesh Vyas 5pts

Sometimes drink water with mix lemon juice. Its give vitamin c.

Yogesh Vyas
Yogesh Vyas 5pts

For kidney and kidney stones : Drink water every hour for cleaning kidney. Eat bitter melon for kidney stone Take 50gm of green Coriander and cut into small pieces and boil it in 1 glass water for 10 minutes then fliter it and drink it when it comes normal.

Shailaja Sejal S Singh
Shailaja Sejal S Singh 5pts

What are the causes of these kidney diseases? Y any one get these? How can v prevent or take precautions to have healthy kidneys

Sarah Edinboro
Sarah Edinboro 5pts

Claire I get all those and it true I was diagnosed with a kidney disease called ngpn type 2. I take meds just for the symptoms since its consider acute right now. Did you have it checked out?

Ayurveda 5pts

Hope you are doing well now, stay blessed :)

Sajjidah Usman
Sajjidah Usman 5pts

U search on Google will get list of it.i did too

Jamie Kelley
Jamie Kelley 5pts

I'm going to call my doctor tomorrow about my issues. I've been getting this edema a lot more lately but it usually goes away by now. .

Renato Pamoso
Renato Pamoso 5pts

Ha ha ha, stop this Sajjidah Usman, Christoper isvmaking fun of you. Lol

Sajjidah Usman
Sajjidah Usman 5pts

I said use fruit n vegetables with less protein and less potassium

Randy Richardson
Randy Richardson 5pts

Wow I never thought about these things having to die with kidneys

Sajjidah Usman
Sajjidah Usman 5pts

I been through kidney problem and I had kidney transplant .Eat only vegetables avoid meat all kind only fish .Avoid fruit only Apple .Fruits Veggi have too much Potassium which is not good .Lentil protein which is not good it high the uric acid because kidney is not functioning properly so the drain system is bad too

Christoper Lawrence Reyes Atchico
Christoper Lawrence Reyes Atchico 5pts

Whats is the side effect and also if u have chronic kidney deases what is your advise..and also what is good food to be eat if you have that kind of chronic kidney deases

Maria Ramos
Maria Ramos 5pts

I don't care how this world is going soon we might do t need Kidney

Ayurveda 5pts

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