6 Symptoms Signaling That Something is Wrong with Your Kidneys

Kidney issues are very common for many people all around the world. As per the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), 5 to 10% of the French population experiences some kind of kidney issue which can lead to kidney failure with terminal consequences for the body.

Kidneys have the shape of beansaccountable for filtering and removing waste while keeping the body’s water balance. Likewise, they are in charge ofproducing hormones, vitamins and enzymes vital for the proper functionof the body. Therefore, we need to protect them so that we maintain overall good health and well-being.

If the kidney issue is detected on time, more serious complications can be prevented. Therefore, we need to learn the early symptoms of a kidney disease and thus act making sure to take some necessary precautions.

Here are some of the symptoms on which you should pay a special attention to it.

6 Symptoms Signaling that Something is Wrong with Your Kidneys:

  1. Lower back pain

Kidneys are located in the lumbar region, and if they are damaged they can cause lumbar pain. Severe lower back pain with urinary issues and fever may be caused by kidney infection or kidney stones.

  1. Rashes

When the function of the kidneys is impeded the kidneys cannot properly filter out the toxins and wastes in the body. These toxins buildup in the blood and can cause rashes and itching. You should report these skin issues to your doctor, so that he prescribes the proper treatment. In this case the proper body hydration cannot solve this skin issue as the root of the problem lies deep in the body.

  1. Shortness of breath

Due to the improper function of the kidneys the production of red blood cells is being impeded and the oxygen transport through the blood is not done properly. As a result of that the affected person may experience shortness of breath without making any physical effort. Plus, pulmonary edema leads to shortness of breath which can be manifested by the buildup of fluid in the body caused by kidney dysfunction.

  1. Swelling

As mentioned before kidneys maintain the water balance in the body, and when the kidneys experience certain failure this function is being hampered which results in a reduction in the elimination of urine and water retention. As a result of that, conditions like swelling, or edema, can occur which is mostly reflected in the legs, ankles and hands.

  1. A metallic taste in the mouth

The toxins and wastes are not longer properly removed from the body in the case of kidney dysfunction, which start to buildup in the blood thus causing bad breath and a feeling of metallic taste in the mouth.

  1. Persistent fatigue and anemia

When the body is being faced with organ weakening, the affected person experiences persistent fatigue. In the case of damaged kidneys, the fatigue is even more present. Kidneys have the role to produce a hormone known as erythropoietin (EPO) which stimulates the production of red blood cells. When they are damaged the hemoglobin level decreases thus causing anemia and persistent fatigue.

There are also other symptoms of kidney failure very similar to the ones of a urinary disorder, including pale or very dark urine, foamy urine, problems with urination, less frequent urination, pressure during urination, and more frequent urination at night.

Note that you should visit a doctor if you experience some of the mentioned symptoms so that he determines the right cause and administrate a proper treatment.

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