Most kidney diseases can develop without having any symptoms at all which leads to a late diagnosis of a chronic illness. Different problems connected with the kidneys affect about 14% of the adult population and lead to serious complications such as cardiovascular system disorders and frequent bone fractures. This is why it’s so important to recognize a disease at its earliest stage.
1. Itching and dryness of skin
Your kidneys are constantly working — they get rid of harmful elements, they take part in the production of blood and they support the body’s mineral balance. Dry or itching skin, hyperpigmentation, rash, and jaundice may indicate that the kidneys aren’t working as they should. These unpleasant symptoms may appear because of an excess amount of phosphorus that isn’t leaving the body or from an intoxication due to metabolism products.
2. Always wanting to get warmer no matter the temperature
Shivering, tiredness, difficulty breathing, insomnia, and weakness are all signs of anemia that many people are familiar with. Kidney problems might slow down the production of the erythropoietin hormone. This hormone stimulates the production of red blood cells in the bone marrow. Chronic anemia may be a sign that the kidneys aren’t functioning properly. In the cases where anemia is caused by kidney problems and a lack of erythropoietin, doctors prescribe hormones.
3. Unpleasant breath
Unpleasant breath can be caused by many different diseases, but one of them is a urinary tract infection. When a person has kidney problems, their metabolism products don’t leave the body as quickly as they should, so they may go into the gastrointestinal tract and cause a metallic taste in the mouth and a faint smell of ammonia.
Swelling is due to an excess amount of water in inter-cellular spaces. At first, they are formed near the feet, the face, and eyelids — but later, they spread all over the body. Swelling can develop very quickly and can often accompany a pale face and dry skin even if the skin’s temperature doesn’t change. If you press a swollen spot, you will see a mark that will disappear in several seconds. Other symptoms may be neurological, like sleepiness, migraines, and pains in the bones and muscles. Doctors think that swelling appears when there are too many sodium ions which attract a large amount of liquid.