Kidney disease affects many people around the world. In USA, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, 14% of the American population is affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD) that can lead to kidney failure, a pathology requiring emergency treatment.
It is therefore necessary to detect as soon as possible a problem with the kidneys, in order to avoid such a complication. Thus, among the symptoms that must prompt consultation with a health professional, we find:
Lower back pain
Since the kidneys, which have the role of filtering and eliminating waste while maintaining the body’s water balance and producing hormones, vitamins and enzymes essential to the proper functioning of the body; are in the lumbar region, it is possible to suffer from lumbar pain when they are damaged. For example, severe lower back pain with urinary problems and fever may be caused by kidney infection or kidney stones.
When the kidneys are not functioning properly, they no longer filter out the toxins and wastes in the body. They accumulate in the blood and cause rashes and itching. In this case, you should consult your doctor, especially if proper hydration of the skin is not enough to overcome these symptoms.
The kidneys have a vital role in maintaining the body’s water balance. However, when they are not functioning properly, this function is harmed, which can cause a reduction in the elimination of urine and water retention. This is visible by swelling, or edema, which occurs mainly in the legs, ankles and hands.
A metallic taste in the mouth
Since toxins and wastes from the body are no longer properly disposed of and accumulate in the blood in the event of kidney disease, it is possible to suffer from bad breath and to feel a metallic taste in the body. stuffy.
As soon as the body is confronted with the weakening of one of its organs, persistent fatigue appears. Moreover, if the kidneys are damaged, this fatigue is even more present. Indeed, the kidneys normally produce a hormone stimulating the production of red blood cells, erythropoietin (EPO). However, when they work poorly, the hemoglobin level decreases, causing anemia and therefore persistent fatigue.
Shortness of breath
Since the production of red blood cells is impaired and the transport of oxygen through the blood is not done properly in case of kidney damage, it is possible to suffer from shortness of breath, without physical effort. was done beforehand. In addition, pulmonary edema leading to shortness of breath may be manifested by the accumulation of fluid in the body caused by kidney dysfunction.
Of course, other signs also indicate a kidney problem, as is the case with urinary disorders. For example, pale or very dark urine, foamy urine, difficulty in urination, less frequent urination, pressure during urination, and more frequent urination at night may be triggered by a kidney disorder.
In general, if you experience one or more of these symptoms, go to a health care provider to rule out serious illness and / or initiate adequate treatment.