Your kidneys produce 1 to 2 quarts of urine by filtering about 120 to 150 quarts of blood which consists of waste and extra fluids. (1)
Small bean shaped organs are located just below the rib cage. Each kidney has nearly 1 million tiny filters. Though one kidney is capable to filter the waste, your body eventually becomes overwhelmed.
More than 20 million people in US alone have chronic kidney disease. (2) According to experts one of the reasons why this disease is increasing day to day is that symptoms of kidney diseases aren’t identified till they progress to a certain level.
What Causes Chronic Kidney Disease?
Mayoclinic.org says that signs of kidney disease progress over time. There are various causes of chronic kidney disease, some of them are:
- High blood pressure
- Diabetes Type – or 2
- Inflammation of the glomeruli (tiny filters in your kidney)
- Kidney stones
- Recurrent kidney infection
- Polycystic kidney disease and
- Prolonged obstruction of the urinary tract
Symptoms of Kidney Problems
#1. Skin rashes
Wastage buildup in the blood making your skin looks unhealthy and irritated. Rashes and itching can be experienced due to this.
Lotions and home remedies can’t permanently solve this issue.
#2. Shortness of breath
It can’t always be linked to kidney disease. However, lack of oxygen due to less number of red blood cells in the blood can account to harmful toxins piled in the blood.
#3. Changes in your urine
Change in urination is one of the first symptoms of kidney problems.
- Dark urine, urinating less frequent in small amounts
- Foamy urine
- Many urges to urinate during night
- Pale color of urine, frequently in large amount
- Irritation during urine
- Pressure during urinating
Damaged kidneys fail to remove accumulated body waste that results in swelling of legs, ankle, hand, and face.
Healthy kidney produces EPO (erythropoietin) that helps to produce red blood cells so that enough oxygen is supplied. However, in case of chronic kidney disease, red blood cells lower leading to fatigue and anemia.
#6. Pain in lower back
Severe pain in lower back is often related to kidney disease. With infection and kidney stones the pain can be triggered more severely.
#7. Dizziness and bad concentration
Low levels of red blood cells and bad oxygen flow results in anemia. This will not allow you to focus and concentrate.
#8. Taste of metal in mouth
Wastage piled in the blood will change your taste towards foods. Poor appetite and bad breath are signs of kidney disease.
#9. Vomiting and nausea
Toxins and waste accumulated in the blood results in severe vomiting and nausea. Vomiting can also be experienced due to infection in urinary tract, so speak to your doctor.
Waste accumulation, low red blood cells and oxygen levels result in anemia, which comes with a sign that you often feel cold.
NOTE: Consult your physician to confirm the symptoms of kidney disease.