25 Subtle Signs You Have Kidney Problems
We hear a lot about the risks of breast cancer – and rightly so. But did you know that kidney problems such as kidney disease kill more than breast and prostate cancer combined?
According to the National Institutes of Health, over 660,000 Americans suffer from kidney failure. The main causes of kidney failure are diabetes and high blood pressure (hypertension). Renal failure and other kidney conditions lead to accumulation of waste in the body, which can turn into more serious problems.
In this article, we’ll go into more detail about your kidneys, including their location and function, as well as 25 subtle signs that you may have kidney problems. To clear things, we’ll show you some ways you can keep your kidneys healthy – and to the extent possible – sustained kidney damage.
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The kidney is a pair of bead-shaped organs located directly below the rib cage, one on each side. Almost the grip size, your kidneys serve many critical physical functions.
Properly functioning kidneys filter about half a cup of blood every 60 seconds. This allows the filtered blood to pass urine while removing waste by-products. Urine travels to the ureter, a pair of narrow tubes on each side of the bladder. The ureter store urine until it is passed.
If your kidneys have something wrong, it can be very difficult to detect any noticeable signs or symptoms. Thus, why these signs and symptoms are referred to as “hidden”. Here are 25 possible hidden warning signs of kidney problems:
Kidney problems may cause a lack of red blood cells, which can quickly deplete the brain and muscles.
Feeling dizzy may be a sign that your brain is not getting enough oxygen because of anemia or a lack of red blood cells.
- Feeling feeling:
Similar to dizziness, the feeling of fainting is not common when you have kidney problems.
Most people with kidney disease complain of muscle weakness. This is most likely caused by hypoxia in the blood.
- Brain Haze:
Brain fog is a comprehensive term used to describe problems of alertness, concentration, learning and memory. It is common among those with kidney problems.
- Shortness of breath:
Anemia can leave the body with available hypoxia, and can increase fluid accumulation in the lungs. Both are potentially caused by kidney problems.
Since the kidneys are responsible for removing waste from the blood, kidney damage (or failure) can cause accumulation. One common symptom is itching of fluid build-up, itchy skin.
- Swelling of hands and feet:
Kidney problems impair your body’s ability to get rid of excess fluid; as a result, your hands and feet may swell.
- Swelling of neck and face:
The same problem described in (8) also applies here.
10.Metal taste in mouth:
Bedwetting, or the accumulation of waste in the blood, may appear as a mineral-like taste in the mouth.
- Bad breath:
When the body cannot effectively dispose of waste residues, it may produce bad breath.
Uremia may also cause nausea.
- Stomach Stomach:
A troubled stomach is often a common symptom of nausea in people with kidney problems.
Some kidney problems, including kidney infection, may cause vomiting.
- Weight Loss:
Weight loss may be caused by poor appetite or excessive vomiting among people with kidney problems. The former being more common than the latter.
- Feeling often cool:
Anemia can cause cold all the time.
- Repeat urine:
Damage to the nephrons in the kidneys may lead to increased urination, especially at night.
- Feelings of pressure during urination:
Kidney problems may cause feelings of pressure during urination.
- Changes in urine appearance:
Foam urine or strange-colored urine (usually brown, purple or red) usually indicates more serious kidney problems.
- Sleep problem:
Researchers correlated poor sleep duration and quality with CKD.
- Poor appetite:
Lack of appetite is common among people with kidney problems. Poor appetite may accompany metallic taste in the mouth.
- Abdominal swelling:
If your kidneys don’t filter fluid properly, the effects may appear as a swollen abdomen.
- Blood in the urine:
This is always a serious sign that something is not internally present, sometimes with the kidneys.
- Muscle clamps:
This may be due to kidney problems due to electrolytes and fluid imbalances, problems with blood flow, or nerve damage.
Fluid dysfunction caused by kidney problems may also lead to muscle twitching.
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