Our minds process tons of information continuously. Our bodies, on the other hand, perform thousands of actions.
In this fast-paced life, we can easily miss some important messages that our body sends us. The consequences of not communicating and responding to these signals can be fatal, says BrightSide.
In the following rows, we’ll show you a list of signs that might suggest that you have kidney problems. Do not ignore them and, if necessary, seek medical attention.
1. Sleep problems
If the kidneys do not work as needed, the toxins can not leave the body through the urine. On the contrary – they remain in the blood. Increased amounts of toxins interfere with good sleep. For this reason, when you sleep less, you increase your chances of reducing renal function.
Attention: Quite often, people who have chronic kidney disease also suffer from sleep apnea. This is a disorder that causes one or more breathing pauses when you are sleeping. These pauses may take a few seconds to a minute. After each pause, normal breathing returns with severe snoring. Continuous severe snoring signals that it is time to consult a doctor.
2. Headaches, fatigue and general weakness
To maintain healthy bones and produce erythropoietin hormones (EPOs), healthy and normal functioning kidneys turn vitamin D into our body. This hormone plays an important role in the production of red blood cells.
If the kidneys do not work normally, they produce a smaller amount of ERA. Reducing red blood cells (those that carry oxygen) leads to the rapid fatigue of your muscles and brain.
Caution: It is common for people with chronic kidney disease to have anemia. Anemia could begin to develop when someone has 20% to 50% of normal kidney function. If you get enough rest and sleep, but you still experience fatigue, low energy levels and general weakness, you should immediately visit your doctor.
3. Dry and itchy skin
Healthy kidneys make an excellent job by removing waste and additional blood fluid, helping to produce red blood cells and maintaining the right amount of minerals in your body.
Itchy and dry skin indicates the failure of the kidneys to maintain the right balance of minerals and nutrients that can lead to bone and kidney disease.
Attention: If you have dry and itchy skin, try to stay hydrated. Do not forget to consult your doctor before taking any medicine for itching. Some medicines have ingredients that can potentially damage kidney function even further.
4. You have bad breath and metallic taste
When the waste accumulates in the blood, it changes the taste of the food and leaves a metallic taste in your mouth. Bad breathing is another sign that there are too many toxins and contamination in the blood. In addition, you can stop with the desire for meat and lose appetite in general, which can lead to unhealthy weight loss.
Attention: There are various reasons why food can have a metallic taste (from allergies to poor oral health). Usually metallic taste in your mouth should disappear if the reason for it is known. If the taste persists, you should contact your doctor.
5. Shortness of breath
The relationship between kidney disease and difficulty breathing, especially after a little effort, is due to two factors. First, additional fluid in the body moves into the lungs when the kidneys do not function properly. Secondly, anemia deprives the body of oxygen and this leads to shortness of breath.
Warning: There are various causes of air shortage of kidney failure, asthma and lung cancer to heart failure. If you notice that you are constantly experiencing shortness of breath after having made very little effort, you should contact your doctor immediately.
6. Swelling of ankles, legs and hands
Kidneys that fail to work properly do not remove any extra fluids from the body. This leads to retention of sodium, which causes swelling of the ankles, feet and hands. Swelling of the lower parts of the body may also indicate heart and liver disease or leg leg problems.
Attention: Sometimes taking medication, reducing salt and removing excess fluid in your body can stop swelling. If this does not help then you need separate treatment.
7. Back pain
Kidney failure can cause back pain, which is usually deep and is located immediately below the chest. It can be felt on the front of the thigh or groin area.
Pain in the back and legs may be caused by kidney cysts, which are large, fluidly filled, blood and result from polycystic kidney disease.
Tip: Back pain caused by kidney failure is accompanied by nausea, vomiting, high body temperature, and frequent urination.
Normal back pain, which does not correlate with the kidneys, felt different: pain is more localized and suddenly occurs, there is no fever. If you still have back pain and pain relief pills are ineffective, visit your doctor.
8. Puffy eyes
The early sign that your kidney filtration system is damaged by urine protein, which can cause eye swelling. Eye confusion can be explained by the fact that your kidneys emit large amounts of protein in the urine instead of holding them and spreading to the body.
Tip: If you are sure your body gets enough rest and protein, but you still notice eye swelling, be sure to schedule the appointment for consultation with your doctor.
9. High blood pressure
Your bloodstream and kidneys depend on each other. Kidneys have small nephs that filter waste and extra blood fluids. If the blood vessels are damaged, the nephrases that filter your blood do not get enough oxygen and nutrients. That is why high blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure.
Tip: Learn how to regulate high blood pressure to avoid kidney failure. Add foods rich in folic acid because it is involved in producing red blood cells and can prevent anemia.