Early Warning Signs That Your Kidneys Aren't Working Well

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You know very well about the fact that kidneys are a vital part of the body and they are in charge of many essential processes.

Two of their major functions are cleansing and detoxification of the system, as they produce urine and filter the blood.

The kidneys are responsible for eliminating the excess fluid and waste, support bone health, increase the number of red blood cells, regulate the blood pressure and also balance the electrolytes in the body.

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If any one function of the kidney is compromised on, then the whole body will be at risk. Hence, it is very important to know how to recognize the symptoms of a kidney disorder. This article will let you know what are the early warning signs of a kidney failure that one must be aware of.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) refers to a form of progressive kidney disease, in which the kidneys tend to gradually decline in function. Many people who are in the early stages of CKD, do not know of it.

This disease is different from acute kidney failure, but the symptoms can be more or less similar.

Excess wastes and fluids also accumulate in the kidneys if these do not function properly. Hence, this can lead to several health complications.

Also Read:  Subtle Signs Of Kidney Cancer That You Need To Know Of

In this article, we have mentioned some of the top warning signs of kidney failure that you need to know of. Read further to know more about some of the early warning signs of kidney failure.

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1. Fatigue:

Healthy kidneys are known to produce a hormone called erythropoietin that increases the red blood cells number. Low number of red blood cells can lead to fatigue as well as problems with the brain and muscles.

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2. Pain:

Acute pain in the area surrounding the kidneys is a typical symptom of kidney stones or urinary tract infection, or other major kidney-related diseases. Hence, this pain must never be ignored.

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3. Dizziness And Poor Concentration:

Kidney failure can lead to insufficient oxygen flow to the brain. This is responsible for causing dizziness, memory problems and poor concentration. This is one of the early warning signs of kidney failure.

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4. Metallic Taste In The Mouth:

Due to the process of accumulation of waste in the blood, bad breath and changes in the taste of food occurs. Some of the other early warning signs of kidney failure include poor appetite and metallic taste in the mouth.

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5. Skin Rashes:

The waste accumulation can directly be associated with itching and skin rashes. Due to the accumulation of waste in the blood, the skin can get irritated and dry.

Trying out lotions or creams cannot solve this, as the problem lies internally.

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6. Shortness Of Breath:

The reduction in the amount of red blood cells can decrease the amount of oxygen in the body. Hence, this can lead to shortness of breath. This is often linked to kidney damage. This is one of the top symptoms of kidney failure that you must be careful of.

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7. Swelling:

If the kidneys aren't functioning properly, then excess fluids tend to be retained in the body. This can in turn lead to the swelling of joints, limbs and face.

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8. Urine Changes:

Some of the most common symptoms of this include dark urine (urinating in small amounts, less frequent urination), pale coloured urine ( urinating in large amounts, frequent urination), foamy urine, urge to urinate throughout the night, pressure while urinating and trouble during urination.

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Story first published: Monday, July 17, 2017, 12:05 [IST]
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