The kidneys are one of the most important organs in your body. They are essential for filtering the blood and maintaining it stable, preventing a buildup of excess fluids and waste products, regulating the blood pressure, balancing the electrolyte levels, promoting a red blood cell production, as well as keeping the bones strong and healthy.
A compromised kidney function has a negative effect on your overall health, which is why it is extremely important to recognize the warning signs of kidney damage.
Here are the most common symptoms which indicate that your kidneys are being damaged.
1. Upper Back Pain
If you suffer from kidney damage, you are likely to experience pain in your upper back. The kidney pain is usually one-sided ache in your upper back, commonly accompanied by urinary changes and fever.
In case you are dealing with spasms and severe pain, you could be suffering from some kidney infection or kidney stones.
2. Skin Rash
A kidney failure is often characterized by an appearance of skin rash or severe itching. If your kidneys are unable to remove the waste products from your blood, the waste accumulation can cause dryness and irritation on your skin.
If the occurrence of skin rash is related to kidney damage, you wouldn’t be able to treat it with any ointments and creams.
An occurrence of unexpected swelling can be a symptom of kidney failure.When your kidneys are not working properly, they are unable to remove the excess fluids from your body, which can lead to swelling in your face, hands, legs, ankles, and feet.
4. Changes in Urination
- Changes in urination may be an early warning signal of kidney failure:
- difficulty urinating and feel pressure
- urinate with dark colored urine, small amounts or less often
- urinate with pale urine in larger amounts or more often
- if urine may be bubby or foamy
- urinate in middle of the night
Hormone called EPO or erythropoietin is produced when kidneys are healthy. This hormone is responsible for making red blood cells and they carry oxygen. There are only fewer red blood cells that carry oxygen if kidneys are damaged. Then the brain and muscles are becoming fatigued easily and quickly, and it leads to anemia.
6. Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath could be also caused by kidney damage. The body can be left starved of oxygen. All this comes due to the shortage of oxygen that blood cells carry, and is caused by extra fluid which build-up in the lungs.
7. Metalic Taste in the Mouth
This is when waste accumulates in the blood and could be symptom of kidney damage if there is a change in your food preferences or loss of appetite.