Your kidneys are responsible for elimination needed to sustain overall health. When kidneys are not performing as they should, it can impact wellness and indicate serious kidney problems. Unfortunately, many times kidney dysfunction goes undetected until the problem progresses into serious kidney disease. Detecting and treating kidney issues sooner can help protect these organs from damage. Here are signs and symptoms of kidney dysfunction that should be reported to your doctor.
Kidneys are crucial for healthy elimination and urination, which is why urination problems are usually the first noticeable signs of kidney dysfunction. Changes in frequency, color or urge regarding urination may be signs of kidney problems.
Edema or Fluid Retention
Swollen hands, feet, ankles or even facial puffiness can be symptoms of fluid retention caused by kidney dysfunction. If your rings, shoes or gloves are feeling tight, you may be retaining water, which can be a sign of kidney troubles.
Nausea, Fatigue, Rashes and Bad Breath
Poor elimination by the kidneys can impact other systems in the body. You may feel tired, chilled or fatigued due to hormonal changes linked to kidney issues. Your digestive system may also be affected, causing nausea, a metal taste in the mouth and bad breath. The high-level of toxins in the body may also cause skin rashes to erupt.
Leg and Back Pain
Bladder infections, kidney stones, kidney cysts and other kidney issues can cause pain and discomfort in the legs or back.
If you have a combination of any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment to see your doctor or a kidney specialist. Diagnostic testing is needed to determine if you have kidney disease or other issues that need immediate treatment.
Posted on behalf of:
Alan Benvenisty, MD
1090 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025