8 Common Symptoms That Could Indicate A Possible Kidney Disease

Date March 7, 2018

As you probably already know, the kidneys are an important organ in the human body. Generally speaking, if we lead a healthy lifestyle we won't suffer any problems with them. However, that isn't to say we're exempt from suffering a disease or infection.

Since taking care of the kidneys is so important, and their incorrect functioning is so damaging for our health, today we want to share some symptoms to detect any kidney deficiency early and be able to receive treatment in time.

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1. Anemia.

One of the functions of the kidney is to secrete a hormone called Erythropoietin — EPO. This hormone is in charge of stimulating the production of red blood cells via the bone marrow. According to some studies, approximately 90% of EPO is produced in the kidneys and when they suffer a problem, they stop producing a sufficient amount of EPO. That's why it's possible for anemia to be considered an early warning sign of kidney failure.

2. Extreme fatigue.

As we mentioned in the above point, the kidneys produce EPO, which stimulates red blood cell production. These cells are responsible for transporting oxygen throughout the body. When we have a kidney problem and they aren't producing enough EPO, we don't have enough red blood cells and our body lacks oxygen as a result. This can lead to tiredness and fatigue.

3. Acne, breakouts, and allergic reactions.

When we have too many toxins in the body — which occurs when our body fails to remove such toxins via urine, due to poor kidney function — skin problems may manifest. When faced with an elevated level of toxins, the body will try to eliminate them one way or another. One of the ways it does this is via reactions such as acne and breakouts.

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4. Itching skin.

One of the main kidney functions is the excretion of bodily waste via urine. When we have a kidney condition, our body may experience a buildup of toxins, which would otherwise have been filtered through the blood and eliminated via the urine. This elevated concentration can cause the skin to itch.

5. Bad breath.

The accumulation of toxins in the body when the kidneys aren't functioning properly can lead to bad breath. The elevated concentration of minerals can leave us with a metallic taste in the mouth and the smell of ammonia remains on the breath.

6. Inflammation of some parts of the body.

As we've already mentioned previously, when the kidneys aren't functioning properly, they aren't capable of eliminating waste via urine in the usual manner. This causes part of the water which should be eliminated to stay inside our system. As a result, we may experience bloating and swelling in some areas of the body, especially the feet.

7. Back pain, especially in the lumbar region.

When suffering from poor kidney function, it can cause muscle contractions, stiffness, and hypermobility. These symptoms are generally associated with others, such as a burning sensation or pain when urinating. Although they may not appear to be serious, such pains and contractions should not be occurring over a long period of time, since they can also affect the sciatic nerve and cause hernias.

8. Urine changes.

One of the easiest and fastest ways of detecting kidney problems is urine changes. It may be a change in color, smell, frequency of urination, or even detecting traces of blood in the urine. However, to be able to detect this symptom, the most important thing is to be aware of these parameters of our own urine, so that we can make accurate comparisons.

As you can see, many of these signals can also be a reflection of other diseases, so they're sometimes not taken into account. It's important for you to begin to pay attention and especially important to see a specialist if you notice more than one of the above symptoms.

Source: Mejor con Salud, Cuídate Plus

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