As important as your kidneys are to your health (including your bone health), the symptoms of their malfunction can be quite subtle. Early detection is crucial to preventing permanent kidney damage, so it is vital to recognize the signs that something is wrong with these detox organs.
In This Article We made a list of signs that tell you that your kidneys are not working properly. How many of these signals has your body sent you?
Here are 10 signs that show that your kidneys are not working properly
10. Trouble sleeping
When the kidneys are not working properly, it means that toxins cannot leave the body through the urine and remain in the blood. The higher level of toxins makes it difficult to fall asleep. That’s why when you sleep less, you increase the chances that kidney function will decline.
Warning: People with chronic kidney disease have sleep apnea more often. Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes one or more pauses in breathing when you sleep. These pauses can last from a couple of seconds to a minute. After each pause, normal breathing returns with a loud snort. Continuous heavy snoring indicates that it is time to see a doctor.
Here are other signs that show that your kidneys are not working properly
9. Headaches, fatigue, and general weakness
Healthy, properly functioning kidneys convert vitamin D in our bodies to maintain strong bones and produce a hormone called erythropoietin (EPO). This hormone plays an important role in the production of red blood cells. When the kidneys are not working properly, they make less EPO. The decrease in red blood cells (those that carry oxygen) results in rapid fatigue of the muscles and brain.
Warning: it is common for people with chronic kidney disease to have anemia. Anemia can begin to progress when someone has 20% to 50% of normal kidney function. If you are getting enough rest and sleep, but continue to experience feelings of tiredness, low energy levels, and general weakness, you should visit your doctor without delay.
8. Have dry and itchy skin
Healthy kidneys do a tremendous job of removing waste and excess fluid from the blood, helping to make red blood cells, and maintaining the proper amount of minerals in your body. Itching and dry skin indicate the failure of the kidneys to maintain the proper balance of minerals and nutrients that can lead to bone and kidney disease.
Warning: If you have dry, itchy skin, try to stay more hydrated. Remember, before taking any medication for itching you should consult your doctor. Certain medications have ingredients that can potentially harm your kidney function.
7. You experience bad breath and a metallic taste
When waste builds up in the blood, it changes the taste of food and leaves a metallic taste in the mouth. Bad breath is another sign of having too many toxins and pollution in your bloodstream. Also, you can stop wanting meat and lose your appetite in general, which can lead to unhealthy weight loss.
Warning: There are several reasons why food can taste metallic (from allergies to oral health problems). Normally, the metallic taste in the mouth should go away if the suspected cause has been treated. If the taste continues to appear, you should contact your doctor.
6. Difficulty breathing
The relationship between kidney disease and experiencing shortness of breath, especially after little exertion, is caused by two factors. First, the excess fluid in the body moves into the lungs when the kidneys are not working properly. Second, anemia deprives your body of oxygen and this results in shortness of breath.
Warning: there are several reasons for shortness of breath, from kidney failure to asthma to lung cancer or heart failure. If you notice that you are constantly out of breath after doing very little exertion, you should contact your doctor immediately.
5. Swelling in the ankles, feet and hands
Kidneys that don’t work properly don’t remove any extra fluid from the body. This leads to sodium retention that causes swelling in the ankles, feet, and hands. Swelling in the lower parts of your body can also indicate heart and liver disease or leg vein problems.
Warning: Sometimes taking medicine, reducing salt, and flushing excess fluid in the body can stop swelling. If it doesn’t help, then you need separate treatment.
4. Constantly suffer from back pain
Kidney failure can lead to back pain that is usually deep and located just below the rib cage. It can be felt in the front of the groin or hip area. Back and leg pain can be caused by kidney cysts, which are large fluid-filled sacs that form on weekdays and are the result of polycystic kidney disease.
Tip: Back pain caused by kidney failure is accompanied by discomfort, vomiting, high body temperature, and frequent urination. Normal back pain that has no correlation with the kidneys behaves differently: the pain is more localized and occurs suddenly, there is no fever. If you keep experiencing back pain and pain relief pills are not effective, be sure to consult your doctor.
3. Puffy eyes
An early sign that your kidney’s filter system is damaged is protein in your urine, which can lead to swelling around the eye area. The swelling around your eye can be explained by the fact that your kidneys are filtering a large amount of protein in your urine instead of holding it and distributing it throughout your body.
Tip: If you are sure your body is getting enough rest and protein, but you continue to notice puffiness around your eyes, be sure to make an appointment to see your doctor.
2. Very high blood pressure
Your circulatory system and your kidneys depend on each other. The kidneys have small nephrons that filter waste and extra fluids from the blood.
If your blood vessels are damaged, the nephrons that filter your blood don’t get enough oxygen and nutrients. This is why high blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure.
Tip: Learn to control your high blood pressure to avoid kidney failure. Add foods rich in folic acid, as it is dedicated to the production of red blood cells and can help prevent anemia.
1. Changes in urination
Your kidneys are responsible for producing urine and eliminating waste through it. Changes in urine frequency, odor, color, and appearance should not be ignored. Common types of changes include:
Increased need to urinate, especially at night. Anywhere between 4 and 10 times a day is considered normal.
Seeing blood in the urine. Healthy kidneys filter waste from the blood to make urine, but if the filter is damaged, blood cells may begin to «leak» into the urine.
Have foamy urine Bubbles in urine, especially those that require you to wash several times until they disappear, indicate that there is unwanted protein in the urine.
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