14 Signs of Risk of Kidney Damage

14 Signs of Kidney Damage

Kidneys are an integral part of the filtration mechanism in your body. The kidney's main role is to flush waste out of the body and encourage the healthy growth of red blood cells. Given how important the kidneys are to keep you safe and functioning when these vital organs are in danger most people ignore early warning signs. But be sure to pay attention to the following 14 signs that your kidneys need support until it's too late.

1) Back Pain

The first and foremost sign of kidney damage is back pain. You may encounter mild to severe back pain depending on the damage level. There could be either a possibility of kidney infection or kidney stones.  If the infection gets serious, then the pain can also spread to your lower abdomen and groin area.

2) Side Pain 

Kidney stones may cause this type of pain, which are hard deposits of built-up salt and minerals which form inside the kidneys. When passed they can be extremely painful. In reality, compared to giving birth, the pain of moving them through the ureter and bladder is identical. Since the pain occurs in waves, kidney stones are much easier to detect than a chronic ache with a kidney infection.

3) Frequent Urination

Although frequent urination is often associated with other health problems such as diabetes and infections of the urinary tract, this is a sign that you should make an appointment with your doctor to get an examination.

4) Foamy Urine

Impaired kidney function can also produce urine so when you flush the toilet, foam such as soap and the bubbles don't go down. It's quite close to the foam that is produced when you whisk eggs-because of albumin-a protein contained in both eggs and urine.

5) Blood In Urine

Kidney disease is a general symptom of having blood in your urine. If you see blood in your urine, or even if it looks red or brown a little bit, you should see a doctor before anything that goes wrong internally gets worse.

6) Constipation

And getting too much calcium caused by a breakdown of the kidneys in your bloodstream also contributes to constipation. Many things can cause constipation, and this happens to everyone, every now and then. But if it occurs often and you think that there may be an underlying problem, check your calcium levels.

7) Confusion

Either you're smoking too much of the funky stuff and you're not at the top of your game, or it may be a warning that something is happening in your kidneys. Having diminished activity in the kidney will seriously damage the memory and cognition. Moreover, high calcium levels caused by kidney cancer may lead to recurrent feelings of confusion.

8) Swollen Hands And Feet

One of the key functions of the kidneys is to pump out the body's excess water, so when they don't do their job, excess water builds up and swells the extremities. It is important to remember that even heart failure can cause swollen hands and feet; so make sure you don't neglect this symptom.

9) Swelling Around Your Eyes

As mentioned, problems with your kidneys can lead to the accumulation of fluid and sodium in your circulatory system, causing swelling in parts of your body. Swelling around the eyes is another common problem connected with the kidneys. In the case of nephrotic syndrome, when too much protein is secreted by the urine, swelling can also occur due to the lower levels of albumin in your bloodstream.

10) Bad Breath

Your kidneys failing to do their job ensures that the waste they removed before they stopped working, could surface in some very unexpected locations. For example, if your kidneys can not absorb the excess urea, which is a large organic component of urine, you can find a foul smell coming from your mouth. Yeah, kidneys that are not working properly will lead to bad breath!

11) Gum Disease

Poor breathing is not the only oral associated sign that something is wrong in the kidneys. Kidney problems can also cause gum disease and if you neglect the problem, it can get worse, leading to tooth decay and even tooth loss. People with chronic kidney disease are also more likely to have the periodontal disorder as well as other conditions such as overgrown gums and dry mouth.

12) Inability To Eat Meat And Dairy

More advanced kidney disease can turn protein-rich foods such as milk and meat into something horrible to taste. That's how these foods break down into nitrogen and creatinine, waste materials that can not be recycled out of the bloodstream by the unhealthy kidneys.

13) High Blood Sugar

Diabetes has a toll on the work of the body and kidneys. It's also the leading cause of kidney failure-responsible for 44% of new cases. And people with diabetes are at risk for a disorder called diabetic kidney disease because of the damage done to red blood cells, which only worsens the function of the kidneys.

14) Chronic Nosebleeds

Polyangiitis granulomatosis (PAG) is a condition that causes blood vessels to swell in various parts of the body, such as the kidneys, nose, sinuses, mouth, or lungs. A runny nose or having regular nosebleeds is one of the first symptoms of such disease. While GPA does not always affect the kidneys, it affects them to the extreme, causing chronic kidney disease and kidney failure in some cases. If nosebleeds tend to become a daily occurrence, you should discuss this with your doctor.

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