Our kidneys belong to the group of the most important organs in our 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, but also keeping the bones strong and healthy.
A compromised kidney function has a negative effect on your overall health, so that’s 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:
Kidneys failure can cause skin rash or severe itching, due to not being able to remove the waste from blood. Skin is irritated and dry due to waste accumulation in the blood. Ointments and creams may help on the surface, but putting on the rash isn’t solving problem if it is related to kidney damage.
Upper Back Pain
Pain in your upper back is one of the most common symptoms that will appear if you suffer from kidney damage. The kidney pain is usually one-sided ache in your upper back, commonly accompanied by urinary changes and fever.
If you are dealing with spasms and severe pain, you could be suffering from some kidney infection or kidney stones.
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.
In the case of healthy kidneys, they produce EPO (erythropoietin), which is a hormone that produces red blood cells which supply the needed oxygen for the body. If the number of red blood cells is lowered, the person experiences fatigue, brain, and muscles damage. This is a common sign of severe anemia as well.
Shortness of Breath
Kidney damage may also lead to shortness of breath, as the body is deficient of oxygen, due to the reduced number of red blood cells which deliver oxygen all throughout the body. Their number is reduced due to the accumulated toxins in the lungs.
Changes in Urination
The occurrence of changes in urination is one of the early warning signs of kidney failure.
These changes include an appearance of foamy urine, urine containing blood, increased frequency of urination with pale urine, reduced frequency of urination with dark colored urine, urinating in the middle of the night, or difficulty urinating.
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.