Kidney are one of the major internal organs that help your body function normally and maintain your overall physical health. Kidneys are known to filter blood and remove all the wastes from the same in the form of urine.
However, you might be surprised that kidneys play a major role in maintaining the electrolyte balance of your body, maintain hormonal balance, produce hormones, help your blood cells in carrying oxygen, remove wastes and recycle gallons of fluid present in your body.
So can we call the kidney along with the liver the superheroes of our body? Maybe we can!
There are approximately 40% of people who get diagnosed with chronic kidney conditions every year worldwide. Some of these diseases can prove out to be fatal and can really affect your physical health to a lot of extents.
A point to be noted is the symptoms of these chronic kidney diseases are hard to be recognized until you reach the last stage or a severe condition.
Surprising right? Therefore, it is important to recognize and know the symptoms of kidney diseases at early stages to prevent developing severe conditions such as kidney failure.
Here are 10 major symptoms that indicate the presence of kidney diseases:
Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of kidney failure or kidney diseases. The kidney produces a hormone called erythropoietin that enhances and regulates the production of RBC. As there is less production, there are few RBC to carry oxygen to your body. Hence you might feel exhausted very often.
Anemia is nothing but less RBC in your blood. Less RBC indicates a lesser amount of hemoglobin and therefore, leads to weakness. Consult a doctor if you have been feeling weak and exhausted for a longer period of time. Anemia is one of the common symptoms of kidney diseases.
3) Feeling cold:
People who are anemic tend to feel cold and are sensitive to colder temperatures than usual.
As your brain gets less amount of oxygen, you are more likely to fall unconscious and faint. This also happens to electrolyte imbalance.
5) Memory loss:
Trouble thinking or memory loss is another common sign of kidney failure. As your brain fails to get the proper amount of oxygen, you are more likely to have trouble sleeping well.
6) Shortness of breath:
As kidneys will be unable to recycle the fluids, it is possible that the fluids begin getting accumulated at various parts of your body. These fluids can get accumulated in your chest and cause shortness of breath.
7) Swollen hands/feet:
As mentioned above, as your kidneys fail to recycle the fluid; it is likely that the fluid gets accumulated at different parts of your body. You can observe swollen hands and feet due to the same.
8) Muscle pain:
Your kidneys have to maintain the electrolytic and mineral balance for your muscles to stay active. If there is an imbalance due to any kidney failure, then you will experience frequent muscle pains throughout your body.
9) Urine color:
One of the major symptoms of kidney failure or chronic kidney diseases is the color change of your urine. You must observe and constantly examine if your urine has changed its color etc. If you see any changes, then consult a doctor.
10) High Blood pressure:
The kidney produces hormones that help in maintaining your blood pressure. So if you observe a constant increase in your blood pressure, it could be a sign of a chronic kidney problem.