6. High fever and backaches
An acute backache with a high fever, frequent urination, and sometimes vomiting are serious signs that may indicate you have a kidney problem. Women are more susceptible to getting an infection because of the way their urinary system works. If you have such symptoms, you should see a doctor immediately. A doctor will most likely prescribe you antibiotics with painkillers.
7. Muscle cramps
Chronic muscle cramps (not those that happen every once in a while) may indicate a disbalance of electrolytes in the body. Magnesium and potassium play a huge role in the functioning of muscles and deviation from the norm which will most likely lead to muscle cramps. However, not only microelements are to blame for muscle cramps. They may also be caused by an excess of liquid. Inflamed kidneys that press on nerve endings of the muscles surrounding them can cause a painful sensation.
8. High blood pressure
High blood pressure has a negative effect on the kidneys — it damages blood vessels which can lead to kidney failure. When the blood flow is too strong, the vessels are stretched which weakens them, making it harder for kidneys to get toxins out of the body. An excess of liquid makes the problem even worse. According to NIDDK, high blood pressure is one of the main causes of kidney diseases.
9. Panic attacks
Panic attacks happen for many reasons: stress, chronic tiredness, and even genetics. However, if you often have symptoms of panic like an increased heart rate, sweating, and sudden changes in blood pressure, this may indicate that you have an adrenal tumor, also known as pheochromocytoma. This tumor has similar symptoms to stress, which is why doctors usually thoroughly examine people who claim that they have panic attacks. Don’t be surprised if your psychotherapist recommends you have a full examination. This is a good decision that might help to identify a more serious disease at an early stage.
10. Skin rash
How to find out if you’re at risk
Nephrologists say to be aware of these factors as they put us at higher risk for kidney disease:
- You have diabetes.
- You have blood pressure problems.
- You have heart problems.
- Your relatives have had kidney problems.
- You smoke or you have extra weight.
- You are older than 60.
If one or more of these statements are true about you, don’t ignore any of the symptoms that were previously mentioned in this article. It’s always a good idea to see a doctor.
Do you know about any other signs of kidney problems? Tell us in the comment section below!