Every day, our thoughts absorb massive amounts of data and our bodies carry out hundreds of activities. In today’s hectic environment, it’s all too easy to ignore some of your body’s signals. And the ramifications of failing to communicate and respond to these signals can be severe.
1 Trouble sleeping
When your kidneys aren’t working correctly, toxins can’t leave your body through urine and end up in your bloodstream. Toxic levels make it difficult to fall asleep. As a result, if you receive less sleep, your kidney function is more likely to deteriorate.
People with Chronic Kidney Disease are more likely to have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition in which you have one or more pauses in your breathing while sleeping. These gaps might last anywhere between a few seconds and a minute. With a loud snort, regular breathing resumes after each break. It’s time to consult a doctor if you’re snoring heavily regularly.
2 Headaches, fatigue and general weakness
Our kidneys process Vitamin D in our bodies to maintain strong bones and create a hormone called Erythropoietin when they are healthy and working correctly (EPO). This hormone is necessary for the formation of red blood cells. EPO production is reduced when the kidneys aren’t functioning correctly. The loss of red blood cells (which carry oxygen) causes your muscles and brain to get fatigued quickly.
Anaemia is a frequent complication in patients with Chronic Kidney Disease. When a person’s kidney function is between 20% and 50% of normal, anaemia may develop. If you’re receiving adequate rest and sleep but still feel weary, have poor energy, or are generally weak, you should see your doctor as soon as possible.
3 Having dry and itchy skin
Kidneys that are in good shape remove waste and excess fluid from the circulation, assist in the production of red blood cells and keep the appropriate balance of minerals in your body. Itchy and dry skin indicate a failure of the kidneys to maintain the proper mineral and nutritional balance, which can lead to bone and renal disease.
Warning: If you have dry, itchy skin, drink plenty of water. Always check your doctor before using any itching medicine. Certain medicines contain chemicals that may cause your kidney function to deteriorate even more.
4 Experiencing bad breath and metallic taste
When waste builds up in the blood, the flavour of food changes and you get a metallic taste in your mouth. Another symptom of too many chemicals and pollution in the bloodstream is foul breath. Furthermore, you may lose your appetite in general and stop desiring meat, which can lead to harmful weight loss.
Food with a metallic flavour can occur for a variety of causes (from allergies to poor oral health). If the underlying problem has been addressed, the metallic taste in your tongue should go away. If the taste persists, you should consult your physician.
5 Shortness of breath
Two reasons contribute to the link between renal illness and shortness of breath, especially after light exertion. When the kidneys aren’t working correctly, excess fluid in the body goes into the lungs. Second, anaemia depletes your body’s supply of oxygen, causing shortness of breath.
Breathlessness can be caused by a variety of factors, including renal failure, asthma, lung cancer, or heart failure. If you find that you are continuously short of breath despite doing minimal exertion, you should see your doctor right away.
6 Swelling in ankles, feet and hands
If your kidneys aren’t working correctly, you won’t be able to eliminate any extra fluid from your body. This causes salt retention in the ankles, feet, and hands, resulting in oedema. Swelling in the lower body can potentially indicate heart or liver illness, as well as leg vein problems.
Warning: Swelling can be reduced by taking medicine, decreasing salt intake, and eliminating extra fluid from the body. If it doesn’t work, you’ll need to seek additional therapy.
7 Having back pain
Kidney failure can cause back discomfort that is deep and situated just behind the rib cage. It might be felt in the groin or hip area in the front. Kidney cysts, which are huge fluid-filled sacs developed on the kidneys as a result of polycystic kidney disease, can cause back and leg pain.
Tip: Kidney failure causes back discomfort, as well as nausea, vomiting, a high body temperature, and frequent urination. Back pain that is unrelated to the kidneys acts differently: the pain is more localized and occurs quickly, and there is no temperature. If your back discomfort persists and pain relievers are unsuccessful, arrange an appointment with your doctor.
8 Puffy eyes
Protein in the urine, which can cause puffiness around the eyes, is an early indicator that your kidney’s filtration mechanism is compromised. Your kidneys are releasing a high amount of protein into the urine rather than storing and distributing it throughout the body, which explains the puffiness around your eye.
Tip: If you’re confident you’re getting enough rest and protein, but you still have puffiness around your eyes, arrange an appointment with your doctor.
9 High blood pressure
Your kidneys and circulatory system are interdependent. Small nephrons in the kidneys filter waste and excess fluids from the circulation. The nephrons that filter your blood are deprived of oxygen and nutrients if blood arteries are compromised. As a result, hypertension is the second largest cause of kidney failure.
To avoid kidney failure, learn to control your blood pressure. Add folic acid-rich foods to your diet since it aids in the formation of red blood cells and can help avoid anaemia.
10 Changes in urination
Your kidneys are in charge of generating urine and removing waste from your body through it. Urine changes in frequency, odour, colour, and appearance should not be overlooked. Changes that are commonly made include:
Urine has to be met more frequently, especially at night. It is considered typical to urinate 4 to 10 times each day.
The presence of blood in the pee. Kidneys filter waste from the blood to generate urine, but if the filter is broken, blood cells may “leech” into the urine.
Frothy urine. Bubbles in the urine, especially those that need multiple flushes to disappear, suggest the presence of undesirable protein in the urine.