Common Kidney Disease Symptoms
If you are worried about chronic kidney disease, the first thing you may look for is a list of symptoms. The problem is that in the early stages, you may not display any symptoms at all. As kidney disease advances, there are several symptoms to watch out for, but they all can be caused by other health conditions that are not yet diagnosed. Here are some of the more common symptoms of kidney disease that, if you have them, you should go see your doctor for a definitive diagnosis.
Acute Kidney Injury vs. Chronic Kidney Disease
One of the first things you have probably heard as far as symptoms of kidney disease goes is pain in your back where your kidneys are located. This may be more likely to occur if you have kidney stones or acute infection rather than chronic (long-term and progressive) kidney disease.
Chronic Kidney Disease Symptoms
As chronic kidney disease progresses and fluid and waste build up in your blood, you may experience symptoms such as increasing blood pressure, swelling of your feet and ankle areas, increased levels of tiredness and weakness, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, twitching muscles, poor appetite, itching, problems with getting a good night's sleep, mental acuity issues, and changes in urine output. You may also begin to develop a metallic taste in your mouth or have foamy urine.
If you have any of these symptoms, you should make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible to find out the real causes of your symptoms that may not be kidney disease at all. Knowing about chronic kidney disease early is helpful as there are treatments to help extend or assist with remaining kidney function.
Telling your doctor about your concerns and any symptoms you are having will likely lead to a blood and urine test that will reveal any problems with your kidneys. Your doctor will likely check for microalbumin (protein) in a urine sample as well as your blood levels of creatinine and blood urea nitrogen. A computed glomerular filtration rate determined by your blood sample can indicate not only if you have kidney disease, but also the stage of chronic kidney disease you are at.
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