Every day, our brain processes tons of information, and the body performs thousands of actions. Due to the frantic pace of life, it is very easy not to notice the help signals that the body sends. And ignoring health problems can lead to serious consequences.
Happy Worthy Life has compiled a list of symptoms that indicate that your kidneys are not working properly.
10. Sleep problems
When your kidneys do not function properly, toxins are not excreted through the urine and remain in the blood. Elevated levels of toxins cause insomnia. Therefore, if you sleep poorly, there is a chance of kidney problems.
Be careful: People with chronic kidney disease are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea. This is a disorder that causes the cessation of pulmonary ventilation during sleep for more than 10 seconds. After each pause, normal breathing returns with a loud snort. Continuous strong snoring signals that you should consult a doctor.
9. Headaches, fatigue and general weakness
Healthy and properly functioning kidneys synthesize vitamin D in our body to strengthen bones and produce the hormone erythropoietin. It plays an important role in the formation of red blood cells. When the kidneys function poorly, they produce less erythropoietin. Reducing the level of red blood cells that carry oxygen in the blood leads to muscle and brain fatigue.
Be careful: Anemia is common in people with kidney problems. It can develop when kidney function decreases by 20-50%. If you have enough rest and sleep, but continue to feel tired and weak, you should immediately consult a doctor.
8. Dry and itchy skin
Healthy kidneys remove harmful substances and excess fluid from the blood, helping to produce red blood cells and maintaining the necessary amount of minerals in the body. Itching and dry skin indicate the inability of the kidneys to maintain the proper balance of minerals and nutrients, and this can lead to diseases of the bones and kidneys.
Be careful: If you have dry and itchy skin, try to use moisturizers. Remember: before taking any medicine for pruritus, you should consult your doctor. Some medicines contain ingredients that can do even more damage to the kidneys.
7. Bad breath and metallic taste
When harmful substances accumulate in the blood, the taste of food changes and a metallic taste appears in the mouth. Bad breath is another sign of a high concentration of toxins in the blood. In addition, there is a chance of losing your appetite, which can lead to unhealthy weight loss.
Be careful: There are various reasons why a food may have a metallic taste (from allergies to poor oral health). As a rule, it should disappear if these factors are eliminated. If the aftertaste remains, consult a doctor.
6. Inconsistent breathing
The link between kidney disease and shortness of breath, especially after a little effort, is due to two factors. Firstly, excess fluid in the body enters the lungs when the kidneys do not work well. Secondly, anemia deprives the body of oxygen, this leads to confused breathing.
Be careful: There are various causes of shortness of breath: from kidney failure to asthma, lung cancer, or heart disease. If you notice that you are constantly experiencing shortness of breath after you apply a little effort, you should immediately consult a doctor.
5. Swelling of the ankles and hands
Kidneys that do not function correctly do not remove excess fluid from the body. This leads to sodium retention, which causes swelling of the ankles, legs and arms. Swelling of the lower body can also signal heart, liver, or vein problems.
Be careful: Taking the necessary medications, decreasing salt intake and removing excess fluid from the body can stop swelling. If this does not help, you should consult your doctor.
4. Back pain
Kidney problems can lead to back pain, it is felt right under the chest. It can be felt in the front of the groin or in the hips. Pain in the back and legs can occur due to the formation of kidney cysts – large sacs filled with fluid.
Tip: Back pain caused by kidney failure is accompanied by a feeling of nausea, vomiting, high body temperature, and frequent urination. Back pain, which does not have a correlation with the kidneys, is felt differently: it is localized and occurs suddenly, without an increase in temperature. If your back continues to hurt, and the pills do not help, you should consult a doctor.
3. Puffy eyes
An early sign that kidney filters are impaired is the appearance of protein in the urine. This can lead to swelling around the eyes. The kidneys let a large amount of protein pass into the urine (and they must hold it and distribute it throughout the body), so the eyes swell.
Tip: If you get enough sleep and get enough protein from food, but continue to notice swelling, do not forget to make an appointment with your doctor.
2. High blood pressure
The circulatory system and the kidneys depend on each other. There are nephrons in the kidneys that filter out harmful substances and remove excess fluid from the blood. If the blood vessels are damaged, the nephrons do not receive enough oxygen and nutrients. Therefore, high blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure.
Tip: It is important to control blood pressure to avoid kidney failure. Products rich in folic acid should be added to the diet, as it is involved in the production of red blood cells and will help prevent anemia.
1. Urine discoloration
Your kidneys are responsible for the production of urine and the removal of harmful substances through it. Changes in urination frequency, odor, color, and appearance of urine cannot be ignored. Types of changes include:
- Frequent urination, especially at night. The norm is from 4 to 10 times a day.
- Blood in urine. Healthy kidneys filter out blood waste to produce urine, but if the filters are damaged, blood cells can enter it.
- The presence of foamy urine. Bubbles indicate that there is an excess of protein in the urine.
- Have you ever had kidney problems? Have you noticed any of the above symptoms? Tell us about your experience.