Kidney Disease Symptoms
Kidney disease symptoms occur slowly over time and can go unchecked until they escalate and can no longer be ignored. One of the more common and often the first signs is frequent trips to the bathroom, where there may be an increase or decrease in passing urine , especially at night. At times you may feel like passing urine but leave the bathroom without doing so,only to return a short time later to repeat the exercise. When you do pass urine,it is recommended to check your urine is not dark in color! When passing urine you may experience pain or a pressure sensation,this could be due to a Urinary Tract Infection which is related to these symptoms as well. If infection spreads to the kidneys it could cause pain in your lower back and induce a fever! A definite symptom of kidney disease is blood in the urine which should be addressed immediately. It is advisable to visit your doctor even though there could be another diagnosis for the symptoms. The function of the kidneys is to remove the waste that the body has stored , if they cannot perform this function , the build up of fluid will cause your hands, feet, ankles and/or your face to swell. Erythropoietin is a hormone produced by our kidneys that help produce red blood cells which transports oxygen. However kidney disease lowers the level of erythropoietin causing a decrease in the red blood cells thus resulting in anemia.
Anemia And Kidney Disease
When suffering with anemia, there is a decrease in oxygen to cells in the body causing a feeling of weakness and extreme fatigue. The level of urea in the blood increases when the kidneys fail,this is known as uraemia,breaking down to ammonia in the saliva which causes bad breath called ammonia breath. It can also induce an unpleasant metallic taste (dysgeusia) in the mouth. If Anemia is associated with kidney disease, it starves the brain of oxygen causing you to feel dizzy and and experience short concentration spans. Other symptoms can be feeling cold even when the weather is warm due to the anemia! When waste products build up in the blood in can also cause nausea and vomiting. Kidney failure can cause rashes to appear on the skin which cause severe itching, this is due to the waste build up in the blood Kidney disease causes fluid to build up in the lungs. And also, anemia, a common side-effect of the disease, starves your body of oxygen. You may have trouble catching your breath due to these factors. A kidney stone in the ureter can cause excrutiating pain from the lower back into the groin. However polycystic kidney disease can also cause similar pain or a severe cramping, Polycystic Kidney Disorder causes multiple cysts in the kidneys that are filled with fluid. Interstitial Cystitis is a chronic inflammation of the bladder wall, which causes chronic pain and discomfort.