If your kidneys are in trouble and aren’t able to function anymore, this is how you can recognize and prevent problems related to kidney damage or failure:
- Swelling: When kidneys start to fail, they slowly lose the ability to remove excess fluid, resulting in a bloated face, swollen limbs, and joints.
- Urination: Dark-colored urine in small amounts at a lower frequency, pressure during urinating, pale urine in large amounts at a higher frequency, and foamy urine are some of the signs.
- Breath Shortness: It is a common problem. If the body doesn’t have enough oxygen, it is due to a low number of red blood cells that deliver the oxygen to all parts. And the amount of red blood cells is linked to the harmful piled-up toxins in your lungs.
- Pain: Pain in the upper back area is another symptom of this condition. It is the same area around where kidneys are placed. It is triggered even more by infections or kidney stones.
- Rashes: Building up of waste can also be linked to kidney failure, resulting in rashes and itching, dry and unhealthy skin.
- Taste of metal: Accumulated waste in your blood affects your taste, even leads to bad breath and poor appetite.
- Fatigue: Healthy kidneys produce erythropoietin (EPO), the hormone responsible for making more red blood cells. When you don’t have enough RBCs, you feel fatigued and it impacts both muscles and the brain.
- Poor concentration: Poor oxygen flow to the brain is a clear sign of serious anemia, and also kidney failure. It affects your ability to focus and concentrate, makes you feel light-headed and dizzy.