With the numbers of potential illnesses and diseases that seem to be threatening our everyday existence, it may be difficult to keep up with all of the signs that we should be looking out for, especially when something like kidney failure symptoms can start out so subtly. With that in mind, this article will highlight five of the things that you need to be aware of if you think that you may be one of the many undiagnosed sufferers of chronic kidney disease.
Even if you do have some form of chronic kidney disease, there is only about a 20% chance that this will lead to kidney failure; but it's always worth having a working knowledge of the symptoms so that you can see your doctor at the first signs of anything out of the ordinary.
Symptom 1: Have You Noticed a Change in Your Urine?
These changes are some of the easier of the symptoms to lookout for. It could be a change in the color due to some blood being present in the urine; however lighter color urine could be an indicator too. You may have to urinate more at night than you've had to in the past. It's also possible that you may have difficulty in urinating, even when you desperately need to. Finally, you may notice that your urine has taken on a bubbly appearance.
Symptom 2: Are You Suffering from a Constant Feeling of Tiredness?
This happens because the kidneys have started to struggle to create the hormone erythropoietin, and it's erythropoietin that tells the body that it needs to increase the production of blood cells so as to carry more oxygen around the body. The lack of oxygen circulating in the bloodstream will be most noticeable because of the tiredness in the muscles; and this is more commonly known as anemia.
Symptom 3: Are You Having Trouble Concentrating, And Have Started To Feel Dizzy?
Again, this is a result of anemia. The lack of red blood cells means that you aren't getting as much oxygen circulating to the brain; this can lead to the dizziness, lack of concentration, and possible memory problems that you may have been experiencing.
Symptom 4: Have You Been Suffering From An Unexplained Skin Rash Or Itchiness?
Another of the key functions of the kidneys is to remove the toxic wastes from your body. If the toxins are allowed to build up then one of the symptoms that this can lead to is the skin irritation that you may have started to notice; and when these toxins are still present in the bloodstream, it's a good outward indicator that you may need to start looking for other kidney failure symptoms.
Symptom 5: Have You Noticed A Swelling In The Extremities?
Not only do the kidneys help in the removal of toxins from the body, they also help in the removal of excess fluid that can build up and cause swelling in the face, hands, legs, ankles, or feet.
There are, of course, other things that could be an indication that you need to look for other potential kidney failure symptoms; but, if you do notice that you have a combination of any of the symptoms mentioned above, then it would be well worth your time making that appointment to see the doctor - after all, as the old saying goes, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".