The problem with kidney disease is that you don’t know you have it until you are on the verge of renal failure. Furthermore, because of their nature, renal failure symptoms are open for mis-diagnosis due to their vague (and common) presentation. It is therefore best to know exactly what the symptoms are so you can receive the quickest treatment possible – and potentially save your, or a loved one’s life.
To understand how the body will respond (i.e. renal failure symptoms) we need to look a little deeper at what the kidneys do for the body.
On top of the kidneys’ list to maintain physical health are the following:
1. Elimination of wastes from the body
2. Sustain the fine pH balance within the body (acid-alkaline level)
3. Regulate fluid volume
4. Regulate electrolyte balance
5. Regulate blood pressure
6. Produce red blood cells
(For more information on the function of the kidneys, please see my previous article on kidney function)
It is therefore safe to assume any renal failure symptoms that arise will be caused as a direct result of one of the above roles ‘failing’ (or being severely compromised).
Renal Failure Symptoms
In the beginning, as mentioned, you may not experience or notice anything untoward. You may be as doctors classify: asymptomatic (=without symptoms). However as kidney function decreases this will begin to change. At first you may notice that you are tired throughout the day, even with a good night’s sleep. Or you may notice that you just seem to hold onto fluid which you never used to. Though potentially there are numerous renal failure symptoms you could experience and I hope by providing them to you it empowers you, and gives you a “leg up” so that you can change the course of the disease.
Here are the most common renal failure symptoms (alphabetical order):
- Fatigue, even with rest
- Feel the cold more
- Halitosis (Bad breath)
- High blood pressure
- Itching, all over body
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Nocturia (urination at night)
- Poor concentration
- Short of breath
- Skin eruptions
- Skin pale – and nail colour
- Swelling of entire body (especially face, hands, legs, feet, ankles)
- Thirst, excessive
- Urination frequency change – with a marked change in colour of urine
- Urine output decreased
If you are already experiencing all, most, or some of these symptoms, please remember there is something you can for your kidneys no matter what stage of the disease you are in. There are many natural remedies you can take to help restore your lost kidney function.
It is always best to get checked out by a health professional (doctor, naturopath, acupuncturist, etc) so that you get an accurate diagnosis, assessment, and treatment plan; before letting your mind get away from you. These symptoms could easily fall into the picture of numerous other health conditions, so as much as this information is helpful, do not rely too much on “Dr. Google” for all your health advice. Sorry for getting all “1989” on you, but play it smart and see a professional… in person!
I hope you found this renal failure symptoms article of real benefit!
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